Footbrake Challenge set for July at Bristol

The eighth BTE World Footbrake Challenge will once again take place July 10-13 at Bristol Dragway’s famed Thunder Valley. Over 400 of the best footbrake bracket racers in the country are expected to flock to Bristol, Tenn., for what is billed as the World’s Greatest Footbrake Race.

Coalburg Productions co-promoters Jared Pennington and Steve Stites are just as excited as many of the racers. “We’re footbrake racers ourselves,” Pennington says, “and it almost breaks my heart I can’t compete at this race for obvious reasons. But we’re especially proud of the tradition we have set here and can’t wait for the gates to open.”

At last year’s event, 459 racers showed up from 25 states to take part in the festivities which this year begin on Thursday, July 10, with the traditional WFC Gambler’s Race paying $3,000 to the winner. On Friday through Sunday, the NitroPlate Triple 10s take place with $10,000 awarded to the winner each day. One of the highlights is second round winners being paid round money which makes this event unique.

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Auto Meter Northern Class Nationals set for May at National Trail

It’s been over a decade since Alex Denysenko’s wildly successful U.S. Class Nationals were held at Byron, Ill., in the summer of 2001. This coming May 2-4, the Auto Meter Northern Class Nationals will be hosted by National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

Friday will feature Qualifying, heads-up Class Eliminations, a Junior Stock Shootout, and Quick 32 CIC Shootouts for both Stock and Super Stock. Class Eliminations will showcase a SS/K Shootout with over $7,000 in cash and prizes on the line. Qualifying on Saturday will wrap up with a wheelstand contest, followed by a $3,00-to-/win S/SS Combo Warmup race and Racer Appreciation Party.

Sunday’s Main Events are separate $5,000-to-win Stock and Super Stock Eliminators. Both will be all-run fields, but contested on a ladder with heads-up runs in effect as applicable.

The total purse, cash, prizes, and contingency postings exceed $100,000. Complete event information can be found at

Western New York Super Rod Association founded

WNYSRA-logoVeteran racers Phil Harnden and Jason Oldfield have announced the formation of the Western New York Super Rod Association. The WNYSRA ( will showcase the IHRA’s Super Rod class, which consists of full-bodied cars and roadsters that use a Pro Tree and run on a 9.90-second index on the quarter mile.

For 2014 the WNYSRA is currently scheduled for six events at Empire Dragway, just outside of Rochester, NY, on May 31, June 28, July 12, Sept. 4 and Oct. 11. Two events will be held at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario, Canada, on July 26 and 27.

Georgia’s Douglas Motorsports Park signs on with NHRA

Douglas Motorsports Park, an eighth-mile facility located in Nicholls, Ga., has become an NHRA Member Track.
Open since the late 1970s, Douglas Motorsports Park is now eligible to offer drag racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.
Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events including the National Dragster Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.
“This brings instant recognition and credibility to southeast Georgia`s drag racing community,” said Tim Pafford, track manager of Douglas Motorsports Park. “We look forward to a record-setting year of NHRA championship drag racing with the vision of creating new racers and new race fans. We’ll work with local businesses, too, to offer affordable family entertainment with a competitive atmosphere.”

Pacemakers Dragway Park renews NHRA member track status begun in 1956

Pacemakers Dragway Park’s new operator Rod Zolman has extended the NHRA track membership of the Mount Vernon, Ohio, facility. The track is one of the oldest NHRA member tracks in the country, originally opened in 1956 by the Pacemakers Rod and Custom Club. Today the facility boasts an all concrete racing surface and concrete guard walls with racing from April to November.
Following a couple of pre-season test and tune events, the track will officially kick off its Summit Racing Series and track point competition on Saturday, May 3.
The track will be hosting the National DRAGSTER Challenge, Summit Racing King of the Track, and Summit Racing Jr. Dragster Challenge as part of its special events during the season.
Pacemakers Dragway Park ( is located one mile southwest of Mount Vernon, Ohio, on State Route 3 and 36.

Cold weather curtails Carolina Coalition

After spending tens of thousands of dollars for a left lane repair job at the transition from concrete to asphalt, Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood’s best efforts were again undermined by the weather.

This time it wasn’t rain that compelled the veteran promoter to pull the plug on the Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition ET series race. Instead it was 40 degree temperatures and 15-20 mile-an-hour winds that made it impossible for the crew to properly prepare the new high-traction pavement.

“It was a safety issue,” said the frustrated track owner. “You have to apply rubber to a new surface to keep the cars stable but, because of the cold and wind, the rubber wouldn’t adhere to the new part of the track. We even bought a couple of new sets of Hoosier tires to try and put down some rubber ourselves, but it just wasn’t happening. Very frustrating for my crew, for the racers, the sponsors.

“But, really, there was no choice,” Earwood said. “I just felt it wasn’t safe to send cars down a green track at speed with a head wind of up to 22 mph. It’s been a very frustrating year but, hopefully, we’re getting all the bad stuff out of the way early. We’ve had rain almost every week and then we had the problem with a bump in the left lane that we fixed only to create a dip. Now this.

“The good news is that the weather looks great this week and the Professional Drag Racing Association travels with its own track preparation folks, the famous “traction twins”, Cale and Cody Crispe, who’ll put everything in prime shape for the Pro Mods and the Pro Stocks. I just feel bad for the bracket guys. They’ve been hit several times already this year All I can say is we’ll make this up somewhere down the road.”

Gateway ‘Underground Armdrop’ grudge racing to run April 19

Gateway Motorsports Park ( will let local racers work out their grudge matches on Saturday, April 19, with the first Underground Outlaw Armdrop Drags from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The track will be sprayed with VHT to the 60-foot mark. As the flyer for the event says, “This ain’t no Test n’ Tune. It’s like racing on Hall Street without the blue lights in your rearview mirror.”

So, all you St. Louis area racers — or anyone who wants to take them on — put up or shut up! And the armdrop start will be by “hot girls — not some bald dude.”

Eighth-mile ‘Radial Wars’ category added to NMCA events

The NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals is adding a new category, Radial Wars, which will be contested in the eighth-mile distance. The class sponsored by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels will compete in the five remaining national events on the NMCA schedule.

Class winners compete for an increased purse of $4,000 to win, plus pro level contingencies, and NHRA Wally trophies at NHRA-sanctioned tracks under the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program.

The Radial Wars class debuts April 10-13 at Atlanta Dragway with the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals.

“We are thrilled to unleash this new class in the NMCA, which will incorporate our current Super Street 10.5W competitors,” said Rollie Miller, NMCA National Event Director. “The Radial Wars rules package is very similar to Radial vs. The World, which is contested all across the country. This allows an incredible group of racers to easily step into the NMCA brand of drag racing.”

Radial Wars rules are at

Spring Fling 20s becomes Spring Fling 5-Day

K&N-SpringFling-5day-logoLast year, over 500 of the best bracket racers east of the Mississippi and even some as far as California, descended upon

Bristol Dragway’s infamous Thunder Valley to compete in the fourth annual K&N Spring Fling 20s bracket race.

With this year’s event set to take place on May 13-18, it marks the fifth anniversary for the race and with that comes a big change. Out goes the Spring Fling 20s and enter the new K&N Spring Fling 5 Day. The three traditional $20,000-to-win main events will stay in place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However, bookending these events will be a $15,000-to-win Warm-Up race on Wednesday and another $15,000-to-win event on Sunday. As is always the case, the entire 5-Day purse is 100% guaranteed.

In addition to the actual racing, a points fund is in place sponsored by Wiseco Pistons which pays $5,000 to the winner in addition to paying back five places. As has been the tradition, all races are run at the ‘Fling’s patented 1,000’ Compromise which benefits both quarter- and eighth-mile racers. Over $40,000 in prizes and awards also awaits all racers in appreciation giveaways. The Spring Fling $20,000 Challenge awards 20 randomly chosen drivers who record “double-0” or “triple-0” reaction times with even more money. The Racetech/American Race Cars Super Tuesday Dragster Shootout and Steve Schmidt Friday Door Car Shootout are highlights on those days along with the Sparco Racer Appreciation Party on Saturday night.

For more information, visit for a complete schedule and for a live video and audio feed of the event the days of the event sponsored by JEGS and Steve Schmidt Competition Engines.

Tucson Dragway Reunion set for May 17

Sam Chastain’s “Iron Horse” dragster.

Sam Chastain’s “Iron Horse” dragster.

The 2014 Tucson Dragway Reunion will be held Saturday night, May 17, at Southwestern International Raceway.

The laid-back event will again feature Nitro Alley with historic nostalgia cars on display with cackles and push starts happening all evening. The Nitro Blast will see cars lined up on the dragstrip revving their engines in a horsepower extravaganza.

The Western Fuel Altereds will be running a Chicago-style race, the Arizona Drag Racing Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be inducted, and there will be plenty of vehicles to see up close.

General admission is only $10. For more information go to