At the Norwalk NHRA national event last weekend driving this twin turbocharged Cummins diesel-powered Top Dragster, Jared Jones qualified #10 in the 32-car field at 6.315 at 224 mph. He won the first two rounds before redlighting away a 6.33 against eventual winner, Tyson Fabish. (Tom Schiltz photos)
With the Southwest Heritage Racing Association taking most of the summer off, one event promises to be hot both on and off the track, the upcoming Texas Nostalgia Thunder at San Antonio Raceway on Saturday, July 19.
The event will consist of the Nostalgia Eliminator 1, 2 and 3 classes (giving the Old School Bracket Classes a race weekend off) along with the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association.
Old School bracket racers will be back in action in Ardmore, Okla., on August 30 for the Hot Rod Reunion event.
This year’s special celebrity guest will be Brett Wagner. The star of television and motion pictures will meet fans each day at the all-Chevrolet event. Also referred to as “The Big Schwag,” Wagner is best known to car buffs as the host of Pass Time on Speed and Monster Garage on the Discovery Channel.
Flemington, NJ-based drag racer and Official Drive4COPD Ambassador Joe Morrison is one step closer to his goal of racing professionally after successfully upgrading his NHRA competition license to the Top Alcohol Dragster category, this past weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
Morrison navigated the legendary quarter-mile drag strip in 5.37 seconds at 269.87 mph to earn his NHRA 2A competition license under the watchful eyes of car owner Jerry Darien, track manager Blake Bowser and licensed NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster drivers, Casey Grisel and Paul ‘Goldy’ Gold.
In a period of two days, he made five laps in Darien’s A/Fuel Dragster on a very hot racetrack; including a first test pass, two moderate passes and two full runs.
“Honestly, I can’t believe how well we ran on a 146 degree race track and 3,800 foot corrected altitude, but then again, it’s Jerry D’s car,” noted Morrison, who has been an advocate for the Drive4COPD program for the past three years. “On my first lap I pretty much made a few common rookie mistakes, but after some great advice from both Casey and Goldy — and a stern look from Jerry D — I definitely learned from my mistakes. What’s really cool is that I earned my TAD license in Jerry D’s car, at Famoso Raceway in front of thousands of hardcore racing fans on a hot Saturday Night Nitro event. For a nostalgia racer like me, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.”
Morrison, along with business partner, fellow driver and COPD Ambassador Tim Charlet, are currently in the process of planning the remainder of their 2014 racing schedule and looking forward to a very exciting 2015 NHRA season.
“We’re currently working with several outstanding marketing partners making plans for the remainder of this season and beyond,” Morrison concluded. “In my perfect world, both of us will be out on the NHRA trail full-time next year, both raising awareness for COPD to a very passionate fan-base. I’m highly optimistic about our racing future.” (photo courtesy Tim Charlet)
Great weather greeted the racers at Northeast Maryland’s Cecil County Dragway over the weekend with Mac Dougherty, Matt Schurman and Jeff Fisher claiming victories at event #5 and Joey Cambria, Earl Nichols Jr. and Marty Ganjoin claiming event #6.
With the season hitting the mid-point at this event, drivers were starting to position themselves for a charge at the championships.In the 9.90 category, Matt Schurman of Green Brook, NJ, continued his dominance of the season when he took down first time finalist for MASGA Al Owens from Hyde Park, NY. In the finals Schurman laid down a 27-thousandths package and never looked back on his way to his second victory of the season.
Rounding out the action on Saturday was the MASSA group. Jeff Fisher from New Alexandria, Pa., continued his dominance from race #4 at Maple Grove with a victory at Cecil County. Fisher took down local racer Mario Diteodoro from Newark, Del. In a very close final Fisher got the jump at the start (.023 to .040) and held on to a 10.917 to 10.915 victory.
On Sunday in MASCA action is was two-time MASCA champion Joey Cambria from Shillington, Pa., taking the victory over 2014 Maple Grove Division 1 winner Chase Fahnestock from Newville, Pa. Both drivers were dead even off the tree but Chase pushed the finish line a little too far and broke out 8.891 to Cambria’s winning 8.902.
In MASGA, 2013 Champion Earl Nichols Jr. claimed his first victory of the season with a win over rookie Jerry Holcomb and his 2001 Camaro. Nichols parlayed a .002 to .046 starting line advantage into a 9.929 to 9.904 victory over Holcomb.The Mid Atlantic .90 Series will take a month off before returning to Cecil County for the annual Uncle Buck Pig Roast on August 9-10.
This makes three races in a row in the Victory NSS Series being won by the Wisconsin race team of Wally Krueger and Russ Berens. There are three races in the to go in the Victory points series for the rest of the NSS contingent to catch these two.
A full race report from Eddyville will be coming soon. The next race in the Victory Nostalgia Super Stock series will be at the World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova, Ill., on August 22-24. (photo courtesy Chris Schneider)
Pre-registration is now open for Holley LS Fest 2014 to be held Sept. 5-7 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
Two new drag classes (a C7 Corvette Challenge and a COPO Camaro Challenge) have been added to LS Fest. More information on these classes will be posted to the LS Fest site as it becomes available.
Last year Autocross and 3S Challenge portions of LS Fest were capped at 125 cars to ensure enough driving time for each participant. This same process will apply for 2014 as well.
Spectators can enjoy a day at LS Fest for $12 at the gate or save $11 by purchasing a three-day ticket for just $25.
The search continues for teams to compete in this year’s Engine Swap Challenge. Read up on the details of the event at www.holley.com/LSFest/EngineSwap, Holley wants team submissions sent directly to email@example.com for consideration.
The Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association will welcome Air Force Academy Band, Wild Blue Country, to Sturgis Dragway on Wednesday, August 6, to perform the National Anthem and Opening Ceremonies for our 3rd Annual AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals.
“Our drag racers and drag racing fans are some of the most patriotic folks in the country and we’re so honored to have the Air Force Academy Band join us at the track,” said WMDRA President Sandra Alberti. “God Bless America!”
Wild Blue Country to support every Air Force mission, from local and international community relations to recruiting and deployed troop support. Wild Blue Country has regularly been featured on the Grand Ole Opry and television shows like Nashville Now and Opry Back Stage. They have appeared with country recording artists such as Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams, Jr., and Reba McEntire just to name a few. The U.S. Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“We will be performing in and around the Sturgis area for Military Appreciation events throughout the Rally, but are really excited to be able to perform at Sturgis Dragway,” said USAF Technical Sergeant Jeff S. Valentine, steel guitar. “We can’t wait for the 200+ mph Nitro Harley’s to fire up as our ‘…home of the brave’ finale!”
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For the past seven years, some of the best Footbrake drag racers in the
country have made their way to Tennessee’s Bristol Dragway to compete in the BTE World Footbrake Challenge.
Last year, 459 racers showed up from 25 states. This year’s festivities
begin on Thursday, July 17, with a Gambler’s Race followed by the weekend’s main activities, the NitroPlate Triple 10′s, where three separate races will be contested paying $10,000 to the winner each day. As standard in all Coalburg Racing Promotions events, every race contested pays second round winners and beyond. Co-promoters are Jared Pennington and Steve Stites.
In addition to the cash awards, a number of sponsors have jumped on board to help support the event with round prizes and special awards. For more information, visit www.worldfootbrakechallenge.com.
After his partner and former car owner, Nick Jeffrey, passed away a few weeks ago, Jok Nicholson has been wanting to get the Olds Guys Cutlass in the Winner’s Circle as a small tribute to the original Olds Guy.
“Last time out we got the Olds to the finals of Super Pro but lost that race by .0003. That was disappointing for sure,” said Nicholson, editor of ETdragracing.com. “This weekend we got the Olds in the finals of Super Pro at Cedar Falls Raceway and got one of the most satisfying wins.
“I think I put some extra pressure on myself to get a final-round Super Pro win light for Nick and I’m glad I could get it done. I know he is looking down from Heaven, feeling great and telling ‘Oldsmobile stories’ to everyone who will listen.”
Nicholson added, “I couldn’t do all of this without my wife Barb’s 38+ years of putting up with a die-hard racer, and the family and friends that ‘keep the competitive juices’ flowing in these old bones. I hope young people get to enjoy this sport and the great people I have met along the way as long as I have.
“Don’t worry, Nick, we ain’t done yet bro!” (photo courtesy Jok Nicholson)