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Octoberbucks Coming Up at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA Numidia Dragway is getting ready to close out its 2018 series of big-money races and its season in big-money style with OctoberBucks. The first three weekends of October will have $5K Super Pro and $3K Footbrake gambler races. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, 13 & 14 and 20 & 21.

The $5K Super Pro races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 3rd Round Win and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, buyback is $90.

The $3K Footbrake races pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd Round Win. Entry is $90, buyback is $60.

No double entries with the same driver in the same car, but two drivers may share a car or 1 driver can race in two different cars.

Payouts are guaranteed. All races are ¼ mile. Super Pro ET breaks are 6.50 – 12.99; Footbrake is 8.50 – 17.99. For more information visit www.numidiadragway.com.

South Mountain Raceway Reschedules Glory Days Nostalgia Drags to September 30
Boiling Springs, PA - For the second time, weather has forced South Mountain Raceway to reschedule its 2018 Quarter Aces Glory Days Nostalgia Drags. The new-new date is Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Events include a car show with custom trophies, nostalgia drag classes, street cars and funny car and dragster exhibition runs.

1/8th-mile bracket classes include Street/Trophy ($250 Win, $125 Runner-Up, $50 entry, slicks or DOT tires, open exhaust OK, 7.35 or slower dial), Pro ET ($500 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $50 Entry, any ET, no electronics), Super Pro ($500 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $50 Entry, any ET, electronics permitted) and Vintage Eliminator ($250 Win, $125 Runner-Up, $30 entry, for pre-1948 flathead-powered vehicles). There'll also be a $50 test & tune and a $20 Last Chance gamblers race.

Gates open at 8:30 am with time runs getting underway at 11:00 am. For more info visit www.southmountainraceway.com.

Sponsor News: Stroud Safety Re-Certifies Their SFI-Rated Products
A message from our friends at Stroud Safety: check your SFI labels on a regular basis to ensure that you are compliant and that your safety equipment is at peak performance in case of an accident. Nothing is more disappointing than to discover your SFI certification has expired during a technical inspection at your next event!

Also, keep in mind that some sanctioning organizations may have different schedules for some equipment. SFI has the following schedule: seatbelts-2 years, window nets-2 years, fire suits (SFI 15 and 20)-5 years, blower plates-2 years, ballistic blankets-2 years, and fire bottles-up to 6 years.

Drag chutes are not SFI rated, but Stroud will inspect your Stroud Safety chute and wash it at no charge. You will be informed in advance before any repair or replacement charges are incurred. Visit the Stroud Re-certification page on their website at www.stroudsafety.com/recertification for all information and costs.

Stroud Safety has been supplying competitors with Custom Fire Suits, Seat Belts, Window Nets, Ballistic Blankets and Engine Diapers, Fire Suppression Kits, Drag Chutes and Launchers, and more for over 30 years! Write to products@stroudsafety.com or call 405-632-2022 for more information and free catalog. Visit the website at www.stroudsafety.com and follow on Facebook and YouTube.

IHRA Division 2 and 9 Summit Team Finals at Darlington Dragway Rescheduled
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Due to weather predictions of Hurricane Florence impacting the Carolinas this weekend, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is rescheduling the Summit Team Finals to October 10-14 at Darlington Dragway, Hartsville, S.C.

“It is unfortunate that we need reschedule the Summit Team Finals, however our top priority is the safety of our competitors, making sure they are prepared for the impending storm,” IHRA Division 2 and 9 Director Josh Peake said. “We look forward to coming back in October and having an exciting weekend of Summit Team Finals racing at Darlington Dragway.”

For more information visit www.ihra.com and www.darlingtondragway.com.

Gateway Motorsports Park's Fall Bracket Battle Coming Up October 5-7, 2018
September 5, 2018, St. Louis Region – Schedule for the Fall Bracket Battle weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The Fall Bracket Battle features the annual NHRA National Dragster Challenge, VP Racing Lubricants Mid-American Super Car Showdown, bracket racing, box and no-box bonus races and Jr. Dragster competition.

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NHRA Division 1 LODRS, Night of Fire Coming Up at New England Dragway
Epping, NH - New England Dragway hosts the NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Friday – Sunday, September 7 – 9, 2018 and presents its Night of Fire the same weekend on Saturday night, giving racers and fans a double dose of awesome.

Classes for the LODRS are Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Stock Snowmobile, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster. Entry fees for car and driver are $170; test & tune is $75.

Saturday night includes New England Dragway’s Night Of Fire featuring nostalgia nitro funny cars, wheelstanding action and jet cars.

Gates open Thursday at 7:00 am parking, tech inspection and a test & tune from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

Gates open Friday at 7:30 am with NHRA tech inspection starting at 8:00 am and time trials starting at 9:00 am.

Gates and NHRA inspection open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials starting at 9:00 am followed by the start of eliminations.

Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am with eliminations continuing at 9:00 am.

Sponsor News: Performance Racing Industry Announces PRI Direct
From Performance Racing Industry:

The Performance Racing Industry Buyers Guide goes digital with PRI Direct. This new, mobile-friendly platform instantly connects more than 2,400 industry suppliers to over 90,000 racing businesses and high volume buyers, and features product photos, videos and intuitive search tools.

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Be a Good Sportsman at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA – Numidia Dragway and ATI Performance Products present the Northeast Sportsman Nationals on Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd, 2018. Classes include 10.0 Index, 11.50 Index, Pro Dial, Super Street and Super Pro.

Saturday’s payouts for 10.0, 11.50, Pro Dial and Super Street are $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry per class is $55; buybacks are $40.

Sunday’s payouts for 10.0, 11.50, Pro Dial and Super Street are $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry per class is $75; buybacks are $50.

Buybacks and double entries in Pro Dial and Super Street only. Multi-class entries are allowed. 10.0 and 11.50 Index is heads-up racing for full-bodied, street-appearing cars only. Tubs are OK; full round- or square-tube chassis are not. .500 Pro tree and 7-second auto-start. Deep staging permitted. Pro Dial is dial-your-own on a .500 Pro tree for full-bodied, street-appearing cars only. Deep staging permitted. Super Street is dial-your-own on a .500 Full tree. This is not the same as NHRA 10.90 Super Street. Throttle stops and delay boxes are not allowed. Deep staging permitted; auto-start in effect at all times.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s payouts in Super Pro are $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $100 3rd Round Win and $50 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150; buyback is $90.

Guaranteed payouts; Tru-Start will be in effect. For more information, visit Numidia Dragway at www.NumidiaDragway.com.

Giving Props To The Rocky Mountain Superchargers For Its Awesome Fan Guide
I've gotten to know many great independent racing organizations from around the country. The thing they have in common is a never-ending passion for our sport. They all try to put together a great racing package for their members and for the tracks that host them. They all do a good job of marketing themselves, but my friends at The Rocky Mountain Superchargers have set the bar pretty high with their excellent fan guide. This 32-page magazine is printed on heavy, ultra-glossy stock and includes full page profiles of each driver, fantastic photography and information about the group. If I were a track operator and received this as part of a presentation to book them in, my impression would be 'here's a group that has its act together and takes my business seriously.' Great job, Rocky Mountain Superchargers.

Learn more about the Superchargers at www.rockymountainsuperchargers.com.

Dragtime News On Location: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Numidia Dragway, June 2018
Numidia, PA - We were on location at Numidia Dragway for the NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series held June, 2018. We were there on Saturday, June 16, arriving at 8:30 am and shooting close to 2,100 photos until leaving at 4:00 pm, after Round 1 of most classes. Classes include Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

PART IV IS NOW UP! Click HERE for more about the NHRA D1 LODRS at Numidia and the photos.

Dragtime News On Location: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway, May 2018
Mohnton, PA - We were on location at Maple Grove Raceway for the NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series held May, 2018. We were there on Saturday, May 26, arriving at 8:00 am and shooting close to 1,400 photos until leaving at 6:00 pm, after Round 1 of Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car.

Classes include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Pro Stock Snowmobile, Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

PART III IS NOW UP! Click HERE for more about the NHRA D1 LODRS at Maple Grove and the photos.

Basics of Proper Trailer Towing
Racers, we all log a lot of miles transporting ourselves and our cars to the dragstrip on a weekly basis. This is no small task but many of us take it for granted. Think about it: we’re not only driving a vehicle, but that vehicle is towing another vehicle that’s carrying yet another vehicle. Then think about how many knucklehead drivers we encounter on a daily basis when we’re driving our regular cars. It’s bad enough having to take evasive action when driving a daily driver. It’s even worse when we’re driving a loaded trailer. Having a properly equipped and loaded trailer won’t prevent any encounters with knucklehead drivers, but it can change the outcome from being catastrophic to being a minor annoyance. Proper towing means having the right equipment, knowing how to load and employing safe ...

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Tech, Tests & Installs Bracket Racing 101
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Sponsor Spotlights
ATI Performance Products Mark Williams Enterprises Meziere Enterprises

ATI Performance Products is a family owned and operated company that has been in business for over 50 years.

The company specializes in racing transmissions, torque converters, engine dampers and the internal parts for each. ATI races what they sell so you can be sure what you’re buying has already been race proven. Everything they make is manufactured under the roof of their 30,000+ sq/ft facility located in Baltimore Maryland.

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It was fifty years ago in 1964 when Denver racer Mark Williams decided to quit his machinist job at John Bandimere, Sr’s speed emporium and go into business for himself building race cars. In the ensuing years Mark Williams Enterprises became the “go to” shop for High Country racers. In addition to the fuel dragster he campaigned with the late Bill Rice, racers like the Kaiser Bros., John Abbott, Vern Moats, Vern & Brian Raymer and Motes & Williams demonstrated the prowess of M-W’s chassis'. The word spread, and soon racers like “Ohio George” Montgomery and Florida’s Jerry Gwynn were winning NHRA events with Mark Williams’ chassis. Williams himself won the Division V Top Fuel Championship when partnered with Larry Frazier. \

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Meziere Enterprises is a family owned and operated company that specializes in cooling systems & accessories, flexplates & accessories, starters & accessories and chassis components & accessories.

For 27 years Meziere’s goal has been to provide its customers with the very best products they can produce. That starts with designs aimed at solving problems common to the performance vehicles and their demanding parameters. It is executed by the company’s wide array of machining and manufacturing capabilities and attention to detail. It is supported by outstanding tech and customer service.

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Moroso Performance Products Powermaster Performance PROFORM® Parts

Moroso Performance Products manufactures over 4,000 products, from oil pans and oiling systems, to ignition wire, ignition components, valve covers, fuel system equipment, air cleaners, hard-core racing tools, chassis and suspension equipment and many other performance parts. The company has an impressive list of customers from grass-roots racers to top level NASCAR® and NHRA/IHRA race teams.

The Connecticut-based manufacturing operation is home to Moroso Performance Products and Competition Engineering - The Chassis People. The company also owns Moroso Wire Technologies ...

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Powermaster Performance Starters & Alternators has been manufacturing new starters and alternators in their 145,000 sq. ft. facility since 1981. Powermaster Performance builds a wide range of starters, alternators, and Powergens for all types of domestic vehicles. With adjustable voltage alternators weighing less than 6 pounds all the way up to diesel truck starters and high amp alternators to make sure the race car gets to the track!

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PROFORM® Parts is a manufacturer of creative products from innovative concepts; Proform’s goal is to provide their customers with high-quality products at affordable prices - thus delivering maximum value.

With more than 25 years in the high-performance aftermarket, the PROFORM® line was the first to popularize affordable and 100% new (not rebuilt) starters, alternators, stock harmonic balancers and distributors; the first to offer the 2-piece timing chain cover, the 2-stage in-line fuel filter, HEI distributor tune-up kits, and direct-replacement carburetor main bodies; the holder of the patent rights to elegant, corrosion resistant ...

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  Stroud Safety  

Stroud Safety started with one product, the drag chute, and now manufacturers over 150 products with new products introduced annually. Almost every type of racing all over the world uses Stroud Safety products.

Stroud Safety also supplies fire suppression systems and manufactures an extensive line of fire suits, personal restraint systems, window netting, and general racing and shop accessories. Custom design is a specialty at Stroud. With a wide range of color options and on-site design and engineering, most products can be configured to meet specific needs of the customer. Where applicable, all Stroud products are SFI certified with re-certification available for required intervals.

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Club Scene
Club Scene is a spotlight of some of the great racing clubs and organizations across the country. If you have a car that fits into their requirements then check them out. Although these groups are comprised of very serious and hard-core racers, the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed.

If you're involved with a racing group or club and would like to have it listed here, send an email to info@dragtimenews.com with your inquiry and put "Club Scene" in the subject line.

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Comp Assn.

What: for NHRA 8.90 Super Comp / IHRA 8.90 Quick Rod

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Rob Keister, Rekeister@aol.com / midatlantic90.com

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Gas Assn.

What: for NHRA 9.90 Super Gas / IHRA 9.90 Super Rod

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Rob Keister, Rekeister@aol.com / midatlantic90.com

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Street Assn.

What: for NHRA 10.90 Super Street / IHRA 10.90 Hot Rod

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Rob Keister, Rekeister@aol.com / midatlantic90.com

Who: East Coast Stock/Super Stock Assn.

What: for NHRA and IHRA-legal Stockers and Super Stockers

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Dave Ley, dleyracing@aol.com / www.eastcoaststocksuperstock.com.

Who: The American DRAGCAR Series

What: American DRAGCAR incorporates a variety of formats which provide racers with all-out, no-breakout drag racing that remains fair for all participants while also providing spectators with an easily understood drag racing show.

Where: Arizona

Contact: www.usdragcar.com.

Who: North East Timing Organization

What: For 1979 and older cars, front engine dragsters, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers in two classes: Nostalgia (10.00 and slower any dial-in, .500 full tree) and Competition (9.80 and quicker dial in .1 second increments, handicapped .400 Pro tree).

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: www.neto-nostalgia.com

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Dragtime News On Location: 30th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, December 2017
We were on location at the 30th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, held December 7th - 9th, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN, and it was bigger than ever. Performance Racing Industry does a great job every year, with seminars and conferences to help you grow your performance business, lots of networking opportunities, and tons of racing products on the show floor.

So sit back and take your time with the coverage. There's a lot of great info in here about companies whose products you just might be needing as you get ready for the coming season. More information about The PRI Show and coverage is HERE.

Bracket Racing 101: Just The Basics
This is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column from Drag Racer Magazine. Being that it's currently mid-winter and the topic of the column was basic off-season maintenance, it seemed like a good time to run it here...
As you’re reading this it’s the winter leading up to another racing season. This is when some basic maintenance can pay big dividends to your bracket program. In my last column, one of the main points I discussed was the importance of consistency and parts longevity as being part of a successful bracket car: consistency because it goes hand-in-hand with predictability, a primary factor in winning races, and longevity because broken race cars are not typically effective tools for going rounds.

Article continues HERE...

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