Redesigned Dragtime T-Shirts Are Now Available, And They Are
in addition to publishing The Dragtime News I've been hard
at work behind the scenes coming up with a new design for
the Dragtime News t-shirts, and I think I came up with a
winner. They turned out great, and new for 2014 are women's
sizes. These are high-quality, 100% cotton black t-shirts.
The men's are Gildan and the women's are Hanes.
quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L,
XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL.
the previous design...
what could the new one look like?
Race Operation From Niagara Falls, Ontario
Boicesco! Iggie and Amanda B. Sweep Auto Meter Top 8 Shootout
at Cecil County
Inaugural Autometer Top 8 Shootout presented
by S&W Race Cars and Nitroplate
was held recently at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD.
In the end it was an all family affair as the Boicescos swept
both, with Amanda (photo right) taking the
win in Super Comp and father Iggie winning Super Gas. Joining
Amanda and Iggie were Keith Mayers who took the win in Super
Street. The Autometer Top 8 Shootout featured the best eight
qualifiers of this year's first six events in a special shootout.
In the Super Comp it was the two wildcards reaching the finals
as #7 Amanda Boicesco took down #8 Andy Roberts 8.972 to 8.979.
Shifting gears to Super Gas it was the #1 & #2 Qualifiers
as Iggie Boicesco took down George Donhauser 9.943 to 9.899.
Rounding out the shootout was the 10.90 class and in the end
it was past IHRA World Champ Keith Mayers taking the win over
Jeff Fisher on a hole-shot 10.904 to 10.902.
Mid Atlantic .90 Association also completed event #s 7 &
8 of their 2014 season on Saturday & Sunday. On Saturday
Walter Olt from Medford, NJ took the Super Comp victory
over Ash Senft 8.903 to 8.908. In Super Gas it was New York
native George Smith taking down Iggie Boicesco 9.901 to
9.910. Rounding out Saturday's action was MASSA. 2013 Champ
Jimmy Stack finally won a race in 2014 by taking down Rich
Price in the finals 10.923 to 11.006. On Sunday, another
sunny day greeted the racers. In Super Comp action local
bracket racer Dale Powers turned on the throttle stop and
prevented Walter Olt from doubling-up with a 8.897 to 8.892
victory. In MASGA action Derek Clark (photo
left) finally claimed a victory by defeating Iggie Boicesco
on a hole-shot in the finals 9.902 to 9.901. Rounding out
the action at Cecil County was the 10.90 class and it was
Keith Mayers taking down Martie Ganjoin in the final round
10.912 to 10.890. The Mid Atlantic .90 Association will
close out their 2014 season at Atco Dragway on September
27th & 28th.
Dominates Aug 9-10 ATI Stock Super Stock at Maple Grove; Petitdemange
is Series Champion
PA - Lightning - red lightning, in the form of Byron Worner's
crimson VEGASFUEL Camaro - struck twice at Maple Grove Raceway.
Worner, of Duncannon, Pa., won both rounds of final eliminations
on Saturday and Sunday in the ATI Stock-Super Stock class.
This was the final weekend for points in that division and
Mark Petitdemange of Oxford, Pa., earned enough to claim
the championship. The championship is unofficial until points
are verified, but Petitdemange had a substantial lead over
second place driver Tony Curcio of West Chester, Pa.
AUG. 9 FINAL-ROUND RESULTS
ATI Stock-Super Stock: Byron Worner (Duncannon, Pa.) defeated
Mark Petitdemange (Oxford, Pa.).
Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro: Barry Sauder (Ephrata, Pa.)
defeated Mark Smith (Center Valley, Pa.).
Ciccarone Racing Products Pro: John Binkle (Mount Joy, Pa.)
defeated Rob Snyder (Sinking Spring, Pa.).
P.C. Richard & Son Street: Dave Raser (Oxford, Pa.)
defeated Scott Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.).
Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike: Wayne Pyfrom (Denver, Pa.)
defeated Joe Stuebner (Hamburg, Pa.).
NHRA Jr. Street: Jake Karol (Mohnton, Pa.) defeated Robert
Weidenhammer (Reading, Pa.).
Trophy: Allen Britton (Pottstown, Pa.) defeated Robert Rippel
(Fawn Grove, Pa.).
AUG. 10 FINAL-ROUND RESULTS
ATI Stock-Super Stock: Byron Worner (Duncannon, Pa.) defeated
William Gill (Langhorne, Pa.).
Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro: Derrick Fox (Malvern, Pa.)
defeated Mike Daniels (Devon, Pa.).
Ciccarone Racing Products Pro: Paul Werner (Sinking Spring,
Pa.) defeated Mark Dennebaum (Clarks Summit, Pa.).
P.C. Richard & Son Street: Mark Ketterer (Sellersville,
Pa.) defeated Dave Raser (Oxford, Pa.).
Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike: Austin Youndt (Stevens, Pa.)
defeated Joe Stuebner (Hamburg, Pa.).
NHRA Jr. Street: Robert Weidenhammer (Reading, Pa.) defeated
Hunter Zajac (Manheim, Pa.).
Trophy: Shannon Cain (West Chester, Pa.) defeated Lindsay
Holzman-Hain (Robesonia, Pa.).
Non-points Jr. Dragster: Kyle Robb (Denver, Pa.) defeated
Nicholas Bealer (Douglassville, Pa.).
28th Annual MOPARS @ Etown
28th Annual MOPARS @ Etown is Saturday, August 23rd 2014.
The event includes a muffled No-Electronics Money Bracket
that pays $250 Win, $125 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, based on
32 cars; entry is $40. There’s also a Mopar King Of
The Hill bracket race, with the winners in B1/7.00-10.99,
B2/11.00-11.99, B3/12.00-12.99, and B4/13.00-slower duking
it out to claim the King Of The Hill. Race entry for these
classes is $25. There’ll also be a Mopar car show,
a swap meet, and the Super Car Shootout. All vehicles must
be Mopar-powered and bodied. Gates open Saturday at 8:00
if your Mopar is 1979 and older, Etown has added two special
classes to their Digs at ETown event which will be held
the same day on their 1/8th mile drag strip (the Mopars
at ETown is on their 1/4 mile). So if you want to extend
your weekend bring your Mopar to this Digs event. Only $12
to get in and that includes a tech card to race. Any car
1979 or older is always welcome to the DIGS events at Etown,
and it's cool that the track has added something just for
Mopars at this particular event.
for more information.
Go Block Party in Indy
you're heading to the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals
and live in the Indianapolis area, be sure to set aside
some time to take in all of the festivities like the Big
Go Block Party in Brownsburg, Indiana on Tuesday,
August 19th. The event will take place from 6-9
p.m. at the Brownsburg Town Hall complex and will feature
a driver autograph session, show cars from numerous NHRA
teams, and many interactive displays.
at 7 p.m., top NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racers
will take part in a free autograph session and will allow
fans to interact with their favorite drivers. Representing
the Top Fuel category will be Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBalooshi
of Al-Anabi Racing; Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, and Spencer
Massey of Don Schumacher Racing; Brittany Force of John
Force Racing; Steve Torrence of Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports;
Richie Crampton of Morgan Lucas Racing; and Leah Pritchett
of Dote Family Racing.
Car racers Courtney Force and Robert Hight from John Force
Racing; Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman, and Tommy Johnson Jr.
of Don Schumacher Racing; and Cruz Pedregon and Tony Pedregon
of Pedregon Racing will also take part in the autograph
Stock Motorcycle racers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec of
the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
team will also be on hand to meet the fans.
more information about The Big Go Block Party, like Facebook.com/BigGoBlockParty.
Test & Tune on Long Island
2014 Cooley's Anemia Foundation / Long Island Drag Racing
Classic Car Show and Test & Tune will be held
Saturday, September 13th at the Hempstead
Fire Department Training School located at 370 Milburn Avenue
will be from 7 - 9 AM, with the Test & Tune running
from 9 AM to 4 PM. Show:
$25; Test & Tune: $60 prior to the event, $70 on the
day of the event; Vendors: $100. As
always you will be required to have a DOT approved helmet
and your car must pass a tech inspection.
can pre register by calling or emailing:
Cooley's Anemia Foundation
740 Smithtown Bypass, Suite 201
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 863-0532 Fax (631) 863-0535
information can be found in the LIDragRacing.com
or on their Facebook
Engineering Partners With WNYSRA
note: if you run a racing organization and have been thinking
about finding sponsors for your series, this piece should
be motivating. Sponsors are out there if you look deep and
NY – The Tread City Tire / Western New
York Super Rod Association (WNYSRA) announced that
Banner Engineering of Minneapolis, Minnesota has agreed to
become a major race sponsor of the growing racing series.
As such, Banner Engineering was the presenting sponsor of
the sixth race of the WNYSRA season at Empire Dragway on Saturday,
Harnden, Co-Founder of the Tread City Tire / Western New
York Super Rod Association, stated, “We’re extremely
excited to have Banner Engineering join us as a race sponsor
for the 2014 season. Banner has been involved in drag racing
longer than most people know, as their photoelectric sensors
are used in the timing systems at almost every track in
North America." Banner Engineering has evolved into
a worldwide leading manufacturer of industrial and process
automation components. Today, virtually every manufacturing
company in the Fortune 500 relies upon Banner Engineering
to satisfy their sensing requirements.
Director of North American Sales for Banner Engineering,
Dan Colvin, stated, “Though our products are not utilized
primarily in motorsports, we realize that many of the fans
and competitors may have the need for the types of products
we manufacture at their full-time jobs. So, we, along with
our distributor for the region, KOM Automation, believe
that we can leverage this partnership with the Western New
York Super Rod Association to positively affect sales in
the territory. Thus, as you can imagine, we are all very
enthusiastic about moving forward with the WNYSRA.”
more information about the WNYSRA, visit www.wnysra.com.
Ready for U.S. Nationals
at Mike Janis Racing has been busy since
the last NHRA Pro Mod race in Norwalk and they are working
hard to prepare for the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals August
29th – September 1st. Janis is currently in 2nd place,
just 11 points out of first.
have been working overtime every day to give it our best
shot at regaining the points lead and winning the NHRA Pro
Mod Championship,” said Janis. “Being one of
the lowest funded teams out there makes us work extra hard;
we really have to think outside of the box, but we just
make due the best we can.”
Janis Racing team competed in the PDRA race in Richmond,
Virginia July 25-26 and ran the car in the Pro Boost class.
They kept the car 100% NHRA legal and showed up with a completely
different engine and drive train set-up. “The Pro
Boost class lets you be 50 pounds lighter and there is no
overdrive limit. We kept everything legal, qualified 3rd
and made it to the semi-finals only losing by 3 thousandths,”
said Janis. “It was a great test session and we were
really happy with the performance for the conditions.”
they just weren't satisfied enough and needed to be stronger
before Indy, Janis is scheduled to participate at the Indy
test session Wednesday, August 20th along with several other
Real Pro Mod (RPM) association teams. “We want to
make sure all of our ducks are in a row so we can repeat
last year and go for the win!”
all the hard work and racing, family still remains number
one to Janis. He recently spent a week vacation in California
to celebrate his 37th wedding anniversary with his wife
Michelle and welcomed another grandchild to his family,
Camden James Janis.
ET Nationals at Milan Dragway
MI – Attention, all you 'No ET' racers in the
Michigan area, this is for you! Bring it to Milan
Dragway on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 for the
No ET Nationals and get into the No
ET $2,000 Payout. This is a winner-takes-all race
with a $250 buy-in. Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’
rules! EXCEPT: 29W or smaller, no bars, and no ET.
open at 12 noon. Visit www.MilanDragway.com
for more info.
Poynter / Joey Whitt Memorial Race at Mt. Park Dragway
City, KY – Kentucky bracket racers, this is all
you. Mt. Park Dragway presents the
2014 George Poynter and Joey Whitt Memorial Race
on Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th
with money races in Top ET (top bulb) and Mod ET (bottom
ET, Saturday has two races and Sunday has one; each pays
$3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters and
$50 Eighths. Enter any single race for $80; enter two for
$150; enter all three for $200. Buybacks are $40. On Sunday
there’s also a 32 Box Shootout that pays $3,000 Win,
$500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $125
for the first 32.
Saturday has two races and Sunday has one; each pays $1,000
Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Enter
any single race for $50; enter two for $90; enter all three
for $120. Buybacks are $25. On Sunday there’s also
a 16 Mod Shootout that pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up,
and $100 Semis. Entry is $100 for the first 16.
open Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am with time runs starting
at 12 noon. For more information visit www.mpdragway.com.
Sale: 1951 Plymouth Concord Business Coupe
Plymouth Concord Business Coupe
c.i. Plymouth V8, 727 transmission, 8 ¼” rear.
Original suspension and steering gear. Shaved door handles,
frenched headlights and rear license plate. Car customized
in '70s. Drivetrain installed late '70s and repainted in
early '80s. Weld Racing wheels with new "Moon Discs"
all around. 14" fronts/15" rears. Front disc brake
conversion done in winter of 2013 along with replaced front
springs for stance and replaced L/S outer tie rod end.
and drives fine. Clear New York title. Needs some TLC to
be nice driver; would also make a great street rod, Pro
Street or bracket project car.
$7,200.00 O.B.O. Eric, 631-264-5335.
Dragtime News Featured Photo: Getting Ready for the LODRS
is almost over (racers, where did this season go? I think
Mother Nature is on a break-out pass...), and with September
right on our bumpers it's time for me to get ready to
cover the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
This is a shot of Steve Levine getting
ready at last year's event in the danged loudest Comp
Eliminator car I've ever heard! (photo
by Bob Beucler)
Photo sponsored by
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Dragway’s 2014 Season Packed With Variety (Updated)
Dragway has announced its 2014 schedule, and once
again the track is delivering something for every racer.
see the return of the track’s popular Street
Legal Drags, providing a great way to help bring
new racers to our sport in a fun and safe environment. Saturdays
(and occasional Sundays) are Summit Series ET bracket points.
Sundays are Test & Tune. Please check
the track’s website and schedule to make sure these
events are in effect on the specific day you’re planning
is known as “The Home Of The Guaranteed Payout,”
and the track’s series of 2014 big money races will
showcase that. Big money races scheduled include Sunday
& Monday, May 25th & 26th ($5,000 Super
Pro / $5,000 Footbrake); Friday – Sunday,
July 4th – 6th (3rd Annual Superbucks In
The Hills); the month of October it will be OctoberBucks
(exact schedule to be announced).
races include the OK 4WD Mudbog
(rescheduled for May 3rd), MANDRA
nostalgia drags on Saturday, May 10th, National
Dragster Challenge / Jr. Dragster Challenge (Saturday,
June 14th), Fireworks Show / Great Lakes Nostalgia
Funny Cars (Saturday, June 28th), NHRA
King Of The Track (Saturday, July 12th), NADM
Diesel Nationals (Saturday, July 19th), 4th
Annual Racer Appreciation Day (Saturday, August
16th) and NETO nostalgia drags on Saturday,
more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
Registration For PRI Trade Show Now Available Online
retailers, engine builders, fabricators, warehouse distributors,
race team members and other motorsports professionals planning
to attend this year’s Performance Racing Industry
Trade Show in Indianapolis can now register online,
via the PRI website. There is no charge. This year's PRI Show
takes place December 11-13, 2014 at the Indiana
can click here
to register online, or go to the registration section at
After verification of their role in motorsports has been
approved, attendees will receive an official confirmation
email of their acceptance. The deadline to register
online is November 28, 2014.
always, the hottest new racing products, the latest advances
in motorsports engineering, and the best of today’s
precision automotive machining equipment will be on display
at PRI, where all forms of racing are represented, including
stock car, sprint car, dirt late model, open wheel, drag
racing, off-road, karting and much more.
a pretty amazing three days for anyone in the business of
auto racing. Not only are all the new racing parts on display,
but you can talk to the technical folks behind the new technology
and tap into their speed expertise,” said PRI Trade
Show Producer John Kilroy. “You’re going to
need all three days to shop the Show!”
PRI is much more than a trade show, as the days leading
up to and including the Show have come to be known as Race
Industry Week. With over 35 conferences, seminars, social
events and gatherings, this year’s Race Industry Week
will provide an abundance of unparalleled business, education
and networking opportunities.
PRI Show is a trade-only event; only members of the racing
industry are granted admission. For additional information
on the 2014 PRI Show, visit www.PRI2014.com.
Series at Atco Dragway
NJ - The 2014 Summer Series Shootout at Atco Dragway continues
Labor Day weekend, Friday – Sunday August 29th –
and Sunday each feature a $5K that pays $5,000 Win, $2,000
Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters (if 8 round race) and
$75 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150 and
buybacks are $95.
is a $10K that pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000
Semis, $500 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $100 Round starting
with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $200 and buybacks are $125.
are 6.50 – 12.99. No double entries. Gates open Friday
at 11:00 am with time trials at 1:00 pm. Gates open Saturday
and Sunday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit
4 Ronald's House Aug. 24 at Maple Grove Raceway
PA - Drag racers will be giving back to their community
again on Sunday, Aug. 24, when they compete in the Race
4 Ronald's House charity event at Maple Grove
Raceway. All proceeds from the entry fees will be
donated to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
4 Ronald's House will be held during the rescheduled Spring
Bracket Nationals, which was postponed due to rain earlier
this season. Drivers and riders will race for trophies,
plaques and gift cards. The entry fee is $65 and includes
car or motorcycle, driver and one crew member. Racing is
open to all types of cars, trucks and motorcycles. A special
carload ticket for $20 is offered to spectators. Participants
must pre-enter with event organizer Denny Parisan
by calling (610) 696-7888 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
first Race 4 Ronald's House of 2014 at MGR, held on June
1, was won by Lee Ormsbee (Veteran racer
class) and Jim Calvarese (Novice class).
Ormsbee defeated Chuck Snyder in the veteran's final. Calvarese
defeated Charles Busnack in the final round of novice eliminations.
Both Calvarese and Busnack drove Corvettes. More than $7,800
was raised for Ronald McDonald House Philadelphia.
News On Location: 2014 LI Hot Rod Reunion / Old Days Drags
were on location at Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park in Englishtown, NJ on Saturday, July
26th 2014 for the Long Island Hot Rod Reunion
and on Sunday July 27th, 2014 for the Old
Days Drags and Funny Car Reunion. On Saturday I
took the Dodge and won the Pro Tree Eliminator, so I don't
have many photos. On Sunday I left the Dodge at home and
just concentrated on shooting.
II is now up; click
HERE to go to Part II or start
at the beginning with Part I.
Madness Street Wars at Gainesville
FL - Midnight Madness Street Wars comes
to Auto Plus Raceway on Friday, August 22nd,
2014 at 8:00 pm. If you think you have the fastest street
car in town, bring it out to Midnight Madness Street Wars.
$10 to watch, $15 more to race 8:00 PM until midnight.
Madness Street Wars is true heads-up 1/4 mile drag racing
for cars, trucks and motorcycles on a fully prepped racing
surface. Pro / Full tree option; VP Racing Fuel sold during
racing event. Visit www.autoplusraceway.com
for more information.
Mod Last Man Standing at Maryland Int'l Raceway
you're a Pro Mod racer who will be racing at the War On
Wheels at Maryland International Raceway on Wednesday, August
13th, you can try to be the Last Man Standing. This program
is a "Run-Whatcha-Brung - Last Man Standing" format.
There will be no qualifying or ladders and pairings will
be random with a deck of cards.
will be one shakedown opportunity at 6:00 pm at each event.
Pro Mod entries will receive car, driver and three crew
credentials free provided the car meets minimum E.T. requirements
and has preentered the event (pre-entry deadline is 3 days
prior to the race). Must run 4.65 or quicker to pre-enter
(1/8th mile). Pro Mods must be a full body car with functional
doors. No restrictions on power adders, engine displacement
or minimum weight. Any size tire permitted. All IHRA safety
rules and requirements in effect.
will be no qualifying or ladders; pairings will be done
with a deck of cards by the race director. If there is over
a 16 car field in any class, in third round only the two
quickest winning ETs will go to the final. If there is a
bye run, the bye run car's ET will count toward qualifying
for the final. No more than four rounds of eliminations
will run. Any cars that are eliminated in early rounds may
make test runs behind each round of eliminations (time permitting).
more information visit www.MIRDrag.com.
Mustang Show & Go at Maple Grove Raceway
PA - AmericanMuscle.com will present its sixth annual
Mustang Show on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Maple
Grove Raceway. Spectator gates will open at 9 a.m. Spectator
admission and parking is free.
all-Mustang show includes racing, entertainment. a car show,
burn-out contest, food and refreshments, a dyno challenge,
activities for kids and celebrity appearances by Chip Foose,
Vaughn Gittin Jr., the AmericanMuscle Girls and Brett "Big
The event is the largest Mustang-only show in the Northeast
and benefits the Special Olympics.
AmericanMuscle.com Mustang Show is a track rental and is
not a Maple Grove Raceway event. For more information visit
& Mongoose at PRI's Grand Opening Breakfast
racing legends Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme
and Tom ‘The Mongoose’ McEwen
will share their colorful racing stories at the Grand Opening
Breakfast at the 2014 Performance Racing Industry
Show in Indianapolis, IN, kicking off the world’s
largest gathering of motorsports professionals.
morning of Thursday, December 11, 2014, the great heritage
of the Grand Opening Breakfast at the Performance Racing
Industry Trade Show continues with the special appearance
of two of the biggest names in drag racing’s storied
history: Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme and Tom ‘The
two were part of the greatest rivalry in drag racing history—Snake
and Mongoose! With 49 career victories, Prudhomme ranks
sixth in NHRA history for most wins. Beginning his driving
career in 1962, he was the first driver to win the NHRA
series title four consecutive times. McEwen is listed as
No. 16 of the 50 most significant drivers of NHRA’s
first 50 years, winning five NHRA national events.
honored to have Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen as our special
on-stage guests at the Grand Opening Breakfast,” said
John Kilroy, producer of the PRI Trade Show. “In
addition to their skills as racers, they were responsible
for a promotion that started countless boys, as well as
girls, dreaming about becoming drag racers.
seen Don and Tom together before, and the friendship and
the rivalry of Snake and Mongoose will be a treat for the
audience, as Dave Despain is sure to draw out their best
racing stories,” continued Kilroy.
Grand Opening Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., Thursday, December
11, 2014, with doors set to open at 7 a.m. It will
be held in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention
PRI Trade Show takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
December 11–13, 2014, in Indianapolis. Over 1100 industry
suppliers occupying 3200 booths will exhibit the latest
developments in auto racing technology before 40,000 attendees
from the US and 70 countries. It is the premier trade show
for motorsports professionals throughout the world. It is
open to the trade only; race fans are not permitted. To
register for the PRI Trade Show, or for more information,
go to www.pri2014.com.
Day at Gulfport Dragway
MS - Attention Gulfport Dragway bracket racers.
If you went to the August 9th Summit Super Series and have
your receipt, use it for entry on the make-up day of Saturday,
August 23rd. August 9th receipts are only good
on August 23rd. Pro Footbrake (actually the
flier says Pro Football, but I think I know what they meant)
and Pro Electronics each pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40 and buybacks are
open at 4:00 pm with time trials from 4:00 pm and eliminations
at 7:00 pm. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com
for more info.
Is For You, Wisconsin Racers! 5/50 and Real Street Drags
at Great Lakes Dragaway
Grove, WI - OK, Wisconsin racers. If you have off on
Friday, August 15th and want to spend the entire day at
the track testing, grudging, hanging out, basically having
a great time, then get you and your car to Great
Lakes Dragaway for the 5/50 and
Real Street Drags.
5/50 means $5 to spectate and $50 race all day from 10:00
am - 5:00 pm. For fifty bucks you can make unlimited runs.
That's a great deal if you have a lot of testing to do.
Then you can stick around for the Real Street Drags that
night for no additional charge. The Real Street Drags are
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. If you arrive after 5:00 pm the gate
fee for racers is $35. The Real Street Drags include $$$$
races, flashlight starts, flag starts, normal tree starts,
instant green starts, spot cars out, if it goes on the street,
it goes at RSD! According to Great Lakes' website, "The
track is prepped and set on kill. A full force of safety
crew is on site. Enjoy the atmosphere of street racing with
the benefits of a prepped track, no police run-ins, and
knowing there are EMTs watching your back."
good to me! Visit www.GreatLakesDragaway.com.
The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: The Big Red Galaxy at Atco
to Drag Racer Magazine for submitting
this photo of George Gudat in the Big
Red 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxy photographed at Atco
Raceway in Atco, NJ. Racers in the Northeast are quite
familiar with this car as it was raced for many years
by Eddie Hildebrandt. I always like sharing
what Drag Racer sends in because the photography is first-rate.
Racer Magazine is available at better bookstores
and magazines stands or you
can subscribe HERE. (Drag
Racer Magazine photos: Doug Adama / James Drew / Lou Hart
/ Pete Ward)
Tests & Installs
Basics of Proper Trailer Towing
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
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 drive habits.
The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring
may recall that I had an electrical fire in the trunk of the
Dodge last season. My alternator developed
a dead short and it overheated the wire running back to the
battery. Then, VOILA!... smoke and fire. It was at that time
that I realized the wiring in the Dodge had to go. Not just
some of it, but ALL of it. I spoke with my friend and fellow
Englishtown bracket racer Steve Russell,
who's a bit of a Mr. Wizard when it comes to wiring and electrical.
He took my thought a step further and suggested not just replacing
the wiring but upping the size, making a new fuse block, adding
relays, and installing a nice switch panel.
we documented the before and after here. Not only is the
Dodge safer, but it also starts easier and the fuel pump,
water pump and fan work better. It also looks great under
the hood. If you race a vehicle that still has the original
wiring, trust me. Replace it. It's a great investment. If
you're in the NJ/PA/DE area of the country and are interested
in having Steve do the job on your car, his contact info
is at the end of the article.
to go to the installation.
Fall For The Myths About Oil
I recently made a big change in my routine: I switched to
a different brand of oil. As a racer using a flat tappet camshaft
I always knew that oil is critical to lobe life, but the way
I went about it was not very good. I had been using a pretty
heavy mixture of oil, thinking that heavier is better. My
builder raised an interesting scenario when he found some
wear attributed to lack of oiling. He said I'm never getting
the engine hot enough to really flow the heavy oil that I
was running. I then did some research and made the switch
to Joe Gibbs Driven racing oil (I went with their organic
HR2 10W-30). I then started reading some of the technical
articles on their website and wanted to share some of them
Fall For The Myths!
We separate fact from fiction with some of these
more common—and harmful—oil myths
live in a world where more is better. More money in
the bank account, more friends in the Facebook account,
we even know some people with more tattoos than we care
to count. But among all types, horsepower freaks and
gearheads may be the worst. When it comes to horsepower
more is never enough, even if it means sacrificing durability
System Info & FAQs
Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter
racers, we're always looking to go fast, but slowing safely
is actually much more important. Additionally, for the footbrakers
among us, it's the braking system that holds the car at the
starting line as we're way up on the converter. That's why
when I saw this technical piece about brake systems on the
website of Mark
Williams Enterprises, I knew I had to share it
here with you. The article continues at the link below, and
discusses Pedal Ratio & Master Cylinder, Master Cylinder
Selection, Caliper Alignment Clearance and Position, Proportioning
Valves, Brake Lines and Fluid, and Troubleshooting.
- we’ve all received it or innocently
passed it along at one time or another. I’m sure you
have your own examples of it. One of mine pertained to torque
converters, and ATI helped educate
me. Follow the link below to read about my experience.
& Installs here.
Cams LSR Series Hydraulic Rollers
All In The Timing, Pt. 1
Flying Connecticut Bowtie
LSR™ Series from COMP Cams® is
a lineup of hydraulic roller camshafts featuring the most
advanced lobe designs for all popular GM LS engine (single
& three-bolt) applications. Designed specifically for
radical street performance and all-out racing applications,
these aggressive profiles take full advantage of today's
newer and better-flowing aftermarket cathedral and rectangular
port LS cylinder heads.
higher exhaust duration and overall lift, LSR™ Roller
Cams are the right choice for engine builders looking for
the most advanced designs available in off-the-shelf options.
With the broadest powerband and most top-end power of any
LS cams ever created, the LSR™ Series will jump start
the bragging rights of LS engine owners.
features include advanced lobe designs for LS engines, higher
exhaust duration & overall lift, broadest powerband
of all LS cams on the market, and the most top-end power
of any LS cams ever created. For additional information
is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column
from the July 2012 issue of Drag Racer Magazine
HERE to subscribe). It's always a good
time for a refresher course on how our timing system works...
Waterman, of W Suffield CT owns this big yet surprisingly
quick 1937 Chevy Coupe. The car is raced around New England
at nostalgia events.
in at 3,200 lbs. and adorned in Patriot Red Pearl paint,
the Chevy is powered by a 12:1 BBC by Billy The Kid at Performance
Engines Inc. It features a Dart block, Callies crank, Oliver
rods, Diamond pistons, Brodix heads, an Edelbrock intake
ported by Wilson, an 1150 Holley Dominator carb, Reher-Morrison
proprietary grind cam by Erson, MSD ignition and custom
headers by Tubular Automotive in Rockland MA.
drivetrain is completed by a Turbo 400 by Dynamic Racing
Trans of North Branford, CT, custom convertor by Ultimate
Convertor Concepts in North Carolina and 9 inch rear with
all Strange internals and 4.57 gear. It all rides on a chassis
done by MPH Fabrication of North Haven, CT, with Bogart
wheels and Phoenix tires. Despite the weight and the less-than-aerodynamic
shape, the Chevy has run a best ET of 9.76 @ 139 mph.
we do on the dragstrip relates to time. We put a time on
our windows, we try to leave on time, and we’ll hit
the brakes at the stripe to kill some time. Yet with all
of the importance of time to what we do, there are racers
who don’t fully understand the timing system of the
travels racing at Northeast dragstrips I’ve gotten
to know Al and Sue Smyth
of Portatree Systems (www.PortaTree.com).
The Smyth family is extremely active in our sport. Al races
a stick SS/AH 1968 Barracuda, son Stephen races a 2009 A/SA
Hemi Challenger, and daughter Allison races a C/SA 1997
Firebird. Practice trees, full competitive drag racing timing
systems, and simulators are all part of the products that
Portatree manufactures. As someone who founded and runs
a company that makes...
Product News here.
News On Location
Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown
were on location at the NHRA Toyota Summernationals
at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park from
Friday - Sunday, May 30th - June 1st, 2014. Classes were
Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator,
Top Dragster, Pro Mod, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock,
Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster.
we have to give thanks to NHRA for supplying credentials
and for their hospitality during the weekend. As a result
we were able to get some really great shots of all the classes.
Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier than most
on the Sportsman classes. We also tried to position ourselves
in a variety of places around the track to provide numerous
points-of-view. Due to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting
this in four parts.
at the beginning with Part I HERE.
NY Car Show
spent a recent weekend visiting family and friends on Long
Island, NY and while I was there took in a neat little car
show. I realize Dragtime News On Location normaly focuses
on racing events, but we're all car people here so why not!
I hope you like some of the cool cars I saw. Click HERE
to go to the coverage...
Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN
on location from Wednesday, December 11th, - Saturday, December
14th, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN at the 26th Annual
Performance Racing Industry Show. Every year we
go to the show it's better than the previous year's. The
exhibits are only part of it; PRI provides excellent educational
seminars and roundtables that arm the attendees with valuable
information that will help them have more competitive and
successful performance businesses. If you have a performance
business and you've never attended the Performance Racing
Industry Trade Show, you're missing out. In this economy
it's more important than ever to take advantage of every
resource, and Performance Racing Industry is probably the
best single resource you'll find. For more information about
Performance Racing Industry, visit www.performanceracing.com.
already can't wait for the 2014 show, but we're getting
ahead of ourselves! Let's
get to the coverage of the 2013 show first HERE...
Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013
were on location at the NHRA Auto Plus Nationals
at Maple Grove Raceway held Thursday
- Sunday, October 3rd - 6th, 2013. Classes were Stock, Super
Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Pro
Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel.
at the track Friday and were given starting line photo access
thanks to NHRA. As a result, I got some really incredible,
up-close imagery of Friday's qualifying action. We went
back for a full day on Saturday and for most of Sunday.
IV is now up: CLICK
HERE to go to Part IV or start at the beginning HERE.
Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013
were on location at the NHRA Division 1 Bracket
Finals at Numidia Dragway held
Wednesday - Sunday, September 18th - 21st, 2013.
Classes were Super Pro, Pro ET, Street and Bikes/Sleds.
racing in Pro ET as an alternate for team Raceway Park.
I arrived Wednesday just in time to come down with a head
and chest cold which knocked me out. As a result, I didn't
spend a lot of time shooting photos. Thanks to my friends
Steve and Arlene Russell for their hospitality at the track
which helped me feel better, and to Arlene for supplying
the photos that she shot at the event.
II is now up: CLICK
HERE to go to Part II, or start
at the beginning HERE.
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013
were on location at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park held Friday - Sunday, September
6th - 8th, 2013. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super
Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top
Sportsman and Top Dragster.
at the track Friday after they were done sending cars down
the track. We went back for a full day on Saturday.
III is now up: CLICK
HERE to go to Part III. or start at the beginning with
News On Location here.
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