News & Events - January 2015
TNT Super Series 2014 Top 5: 3rd Place - Tom Coonly
Tom Coonly from Blasdell, New York drove his 1975 Chevy Nova to a third place finish in the 2014 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series. With 657 points, Coonly was in contention right up until the final race of the season..

After winning the second race at Cayuga in early June, Coonly drove to the semis at Lancaster and followed that up with a runner-up in the Sister Act Band SHOOT-OUT at Empire in August. Another final round on Labour Day weekend at Cayuga and then strong qualifying performances to end the season put him solidly in third place. (continued)

Sponsor News: Jiffy-tite's New Pro Compact Series

Lancaster, NY: Jiffy-tite, the leading manufacturer of quick-connect fluid fittings, has released a new product line. Ideal for more compact applications, the new Pro-Compact series is perfect for applications that don’t require valve technology, but do benefit from the no-tools technology behind Jiffy-tite’s signature quick-connect fluid fittings.

Jiffy-tite’s quick-connect technology easily connects and disconnects in seconds without tools, making their fittings ideal for everything from off-road to drag racing. Comparable in size to AN sized fittings on the market today, Jiffy-tite’s Pro-Compact Series is the perfect choice for anywhere valved technology is not a requirement. The reduced size is paramount to bringing Jiffy-tite’s revolutionary quick-connect technology to smaller spaces. (continued)

Maple Grove Raceway Will Repave To All-Concrete Racing Surface
Mohnton, PA - Maple Grove Raceway's quarter-mile, NHRA-sanctioned drag strip will undergo a significant facelift in order to create a better, more consistent racing surface for its racers. The track will be torn up beginning at the 770-foot point of the track and will continue past the finish line. The track currently is concrete from the starting line to the 770-foot point. The old paving will be replaced to create an all-concrete drag strip from start to finish.

"We are making a significant investment in the... (continued)

Rockingham Dragway Announces 2015 Schedule
ROCKINGHAM, N.C.Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood announced a comprehensive 2015 schedule that for the first time in 17 years features the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series along with the PDRA Pro Mod Series, the AMRA all-Harley Motorcycle Series, the Dieffenbach Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism and even a race that uses manpower instead of horsepower.

The track will open on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for the first event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series and two weeks later will play host to the annual Racers Appreciation weekend featuring free entry for all ET racers.

The first of Rockingham’s feature races will be the second annual... (continued)

Pro Mod Test Session In February At PBIR

Pro Mod teams will have a test session at Palm Beach International Raceway coming up on February 9th – 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. All Pro Mods are welcome to participate in this testing week, regardless of which organization they race in. It is also open to the public to come watch.

Danny Rowe, driver and owner of the Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod team, is one driver who is more than ready to get back on the drag strip and start preparation for the 2015 season. (continued)

Sponsor Spotlight: ATI Performance Products

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.

ATI manufactures its own SFI cases for the Power Glide and TH400 and offers many different bell housings and options to fit what you race. ATI 8" and 9" torque converters are made from 100% new parts, no old cores here. ATI’s Super Damper is the industry leading damper and is used exclusively in NASCAR, NHRA Pro-Stock, and by every quality engine builder in the world.

In the transmission department, you can find plenty of models to choose from. Based on the weight & horsepower of your combination, ATI can spec you a transmission and converter combination to guide you to the winner’s circle no matter what your combination is. Whether its aluminum drums, Vasco shafts or trick trans brake valve bodies, ATI makes the parts to put in anything from a basic foot brake Glide for your bracket car, to an all-out Outlaw TH400 Lock Up for your Pro-mod. ATI has the parts and the knowledge to build you a reliable transmission to fit your specific needs. They also supply a wide variety of torque converters; each one specifically made to order. ATI offers everything from light weight 8” units for NHRA Stock class racing all the way up to 10.5” Outlaw Lock UP converters for 3000+HP door cars. They even offer a line of StreetMaster Converters for your hot rod or street car.

When it comes to a harmonic balancer the ATI Super Damper has the best design on the market, period! The design is simply the best piece available and provides the most protection you can get for your engine. After spending a significant amount of your hard earned money on a new power plant, an ATI Super Damper is the best insurance policy you could purchase to protect that new investment. A damper plays such an important role in both absorbing harmonics and preventing torsional twist of the crank shaft. With the best technology readily available, why would you want to risk your investment on anything else? Plus, the ATI damper is completely rebuild-able and every individual part is available separately and service is easy. Only ATI offers a damper that will last the entire life of your engine and then some.

For more information, visit www.ATIRacing.com.

East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association's 2015 Schedule

The East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association has announced its 2015 schedule, which includes races at Atco Dragway (Atco, NJ), Maple Grove Raceway (Mohnton, PA) and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Englishtown, NJ. (continued)
John Force To Wear Bowtie in 2015

YORBA LINDA, CA - John Force Racing, Inc. and Chevrolet announced that they will be joining forces to back the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship team starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The multi-year agreement will see all three John Force Racing Chevrolet Camaro Funny Cars adorned with the iconic gold bowtie as well as the JFR Top Fuel dragster.

“John Force is a champion and a legend both on and off the track, as a driver and as a team owner,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “John Force is a racer’s racer and a... (continued)

Around The Dial: Winter 2014-2015
  • ALABAMA: Montgomery Raceway Park: call.
  • ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: call.
  • FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: call.
  • GEORGIA: South Georgia Motorsports Park: no racing this weekend.
  • ILLINOIS: Cordova International Raceway: closed for the winter.
  • KENTUCKY: I-64 Motorplex: closed for the winter. Mt. Park Dragway: call.
  • MICHIGAN: Milan Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport Dragway: call.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: New England Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • NEW JERSEY: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: closed for the winter.
  • NEW YORK: ESTA Safety Park: closed for the winter. Lebanon Valley Dragway: closed for the winter. Skyview Drags: closed for the winter.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Farmington Dragway: call. Rockingham Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Maple Grove Raceway: closed for the winter. Numidia Dragway: closed for the winter. Quarter Aces / South Mountain: closed for the winter.
  • QUEBEC: Luskville Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Dragway: call. Greer Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • TENNESSEE: Memphis International Raceway: call.
  • TEXAS: Little River Dragway: call.
  • VIRGINIA: Elk Creek Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • WISCONSIN: Great Lakes Dragaway: call.

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A Dragtime News Featured Photo: Anthony Fetch at The 2014 NHRA Summernationals

Here's Anthony Fetch at the 2014 NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, on his way to a 2014 Division 1 Stock Eliminator Championship, and a 6th Place National finish. (photo by Bob Beucler)

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Pro Mod Returns To IHRA in 2015
The IHRA has announced that Pro Modified will return to IHRA competition in 2015 led by class sponsor Crower Racing Products. The class will feature quarter-mile competition and an open field at most all Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events... (continued)
TNT Super Series 2014 Top 5: 4th Place - Ted Barnes
Driving his Chevy-powered Datsun 510, Caistorville Ontario's Ted Barnes finished fourth in the 2014 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series championship points chase with 625 points.

Barnes, who also happens to be the TNTSS Director of Operations, started the season with a runner-up finish at Empire Dragway and quickly ... (continued)

Maryland International Announces 2015 Schedule
Maryland International Raceway has announced its 2015 schedule. The 2015 MIR schedule will consist of 104 race days with the season opener on March 7-8. Signature special events in 2015 will include: Performance Swap Meets, Door Wars, Mickey Thompson Tires IDBL motorcycle events, NMRA Ford Nationals, Mountain Motor Nationals, Custom T’s Grudge events, War on Wheels events, IREV Import events, IHRA Nitro Jam President's Cup Nationals, ... (continued)
Dragtime News On Location: 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show
We were on location at the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, held December 10th - 13th, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN, and what a show it was! The PRI Show just keeps getting better and better, with more seminars and conferences to help you grow your performance business, lots and lots of networking opportunities, and of course, all of the racing products on the show floor.

Racers, there is a lot of information in our coverage. Please take your time with it. While the tendency sometimes is to rush through things on the Internet, stay with it because there are a lot of cool new items that you might have a need for in your 2015 racing season. It'll also give you a sense of what you'll experience yourself if you go to the 2015 PRI Show (which I strongly suggest if you're involved in the performance industry at all).

So grab a cold one, sit back and visit The 2014 PRI Show. The coverage starts HERE.

Michigan Racer Porcelli Wraps Up Championship 2014 Season, Plans Upgrades For 2015
Our friend and hard-core Michigan bracket racer Vince Porcelli checked in recently to let us know how his 2014 season went, and it sounds like it went pretty well! Said Vince, “In 2014 we won the Top ET Championship at Ubly Dragway in Ubly, MI. We were the Opie Top Dawg winner for the 5th time in a row at Lapeer Dragway in Lapeer, MI. We were on the Ubly Bracket Finals team for IHRA in Martin and got down to 3 cars and red lit.” (continued) 
Sponsor News: Proform Parts Releases 2015 Catalog
Our friends at Proform Parts have released their new 80-page 2015 catalog full of innovative and affordable performance parts and specialty tools. You can order a printed copy for only $5.00 by clicking here, or you can view the catalog online by clicking here.
Auto Plus Raceway Kicks Off 2015 With A Win
A message from Auto Plus Raceway, Gainesville, FL - "What a great event the New Year's Bracket Bash turned out to be! First off, thank you to all of the racers that made the drive and spent their hard-earned cash to participate in this event. We had 70+ cars in our No-Box class, and around 90 in the Box category. As a result, we decided... (continued)
Good Vibrations Motorsports Named Title Sponsor for 2015 Southwestern Nationals
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) has announced that Good Vibrations Motorsports has been named title sponsor for the season-opening Southwestern Nationals at Southwestern International Raceway, as well as presenting sponsor for IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ (NJDRS) events in Spokane and Edmonton. In addition to expanding their role with the IHRA's premier series, Good Vibrations Motorsports will also return as sponsor of the IHRA's Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories... (continued)
Sponsor Spotlight: COMP Cams
For more than 35 years, COMP Cams has prided itself on serving as the preferred valve train partner of racers, engine builders and enthusiasts the world over. Whether the company is working with a professional race team or a weekend mechanic, its commitment to building the highest-quality components and providing unparalleled customer service is unwavering.

COMP Cams employs the aftermarket’s largest and most highly trained engineering staff, and its technicians provide a wealth of knowledge unrivaled in the performance aftermarket. Combine the best people with the best resources available in the fields of development, testing and manufacturing, and you have the recipe that makes COMP Cams the absolute leader in valve train technology.

COMP Cams camshafts are the backbone of its lineup and drag racing cams are available in both flat tappet and solid roller configurations for applications ranging from sportsman to Pro classes. Other valve train components by COMP include valve springs that feature revolutionary design, including Elite Drag Race and Dual Conical options, a variety of rocker arms and durable pushrod selections, as well as lifters designed for everything from street/strip to all-out, hardcore racing performance.

For more information about COMP Cams visit www.compcams.com or call 1.800.999.0853.

Sponsor Spotlight: Powermaster Performance
Powermaster Performance Starters & Alternators, located in West Chicago, IL 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! Powermaster is proud to work with racers to develop starters and alternators that suit specific needs. One example is their Ultra Torque High Speed starter, designed for alcohol or magneto engines. The Ultra Torque High Speed spins up to 25% faster with 200ft lbs of torque for engines up to 15:1 compression.

For more information visit powermastermotorsports.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: Mark Williams Enterprises
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. During this time Williams began to manufacture various components to compliment his chassis.

In the late 1970s, sensing a need in the marketplace, Mark Williams came out with the industry’s first guaranteed axle, the “Hi-Torque.” All “Hi-Torque” and budget-minded “MasterLine” axles are individually made to the customer’s requirements. Having the shaft taper from the bearing seat to the spline is a key factor in an axle’s ductility and overall reliability.

In a quest to build the lightest and strongest driveshafts, MW developed the patented Accu-bonding process. This process is used to manufacture aluminum and carbon fiber driveshafts. Now, MW has the most comprehensive driveshaft testing and manufacturing capabilities in the industry. MW also developed a sophisticated computer-controlled torsional testing device that can exert loads up to 15,000 foot pounds torque in measured cycles. Data accumulated from extensive testing has helped SFI establish the specifications that are the cornerstone of the 43.1 Specs program.

Recognizing the shortcomings of steel housings, MW developed the first modular housing to accommodate the popular 9” Ford components. The most important feature of MW modular housings is that everything is CNC machined to exacting tolerances, which makes for optimum alignment of axles, bearings, gears, etc. for maximum efficiency.

The company is also known for its premium grade disc brakes. Kits feature a one-piece aluminum hub/brake hat. The innovative Slot-Drive™ system, used to attach the rotor to the hat or hub, reduces the weight of the rotor while directing heat way from the hub bearings – eliminating warpage. M-W rotors are double disc ground to ensure that both sides are absolutely parallel.

For more information about Mark Williams Enterprises, visit www.MarkWilliams.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: 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.

Located in Oklahoma City, the 24,000 square foot facility includes a 4,000 square foot show room. The production area is equipped with a wide range of industrial sewing machines, state-of-the-art digital cutting table, and fire bottle/suppression system assembly area. Efficient production and inventory control expedites the customer ordering experience with daily shipment of products. Customers may order direct from the factory or from U.S. and international dealers.

Contact Stroud Safety at 405-632-2022 for information and tech support, 800-554-4648 for orders, and products@stroudsafety.com. More product information available at www.stroudsafety.com and www.facebook.com/stroudsafety.

Sponsor Spotlight: Auto Meter Products
Founded in 1957, Auto Meter Products, Inc. is a high technology company based in Sycamore, IL USA, focused on performance and racing automotive instrumentation and electronics. With a state-of-the-art cellular manufacturing operation, world class ISO 9000:TS 16949 Certified Quality System, an advanced engineering team, and product technology that is unmatched in the instrumentation marketplace, Auto Meter has been a leader in the performance aftermarket for generations. In addition to the more commonly known Auto Meter High Performance division, they are also one of the largest builders of battery and electrical system test equipment. The company's products include the Dedenbear STSK Throttle Stop, the Auto Meter Ultimate DL tachometer, Auto Meter Street & Race Dash and SPEK-Pro Gauges.

Dedenbear STSK Throttle Stop - The Dedenbear STS System combines the consistency of an electric stop with the tunability of an air stop. The STS can open and close the blades 8 separate times during a run, all at different speeds and different angles. Starting line control is also included for the ultimate in launch consistency. Every adjustment can easily be accomplished right from the driver's seat, including stop RPM.

Auto Meter Ultimate DL tachometer - The Ultimate DL includes a high accuracy, competition-grade air core meter movement capable of achieving 0 to 10,000 RPM in 333 milliseconds. I t features new and improved ARMS (automatic recording memory start) system for worry free driver operation, a 4 stage shift light control, advanced LED backlighting for improved visibility, reduced electrical system draw, and resistance to vibration and tire shake. Engine and driveshaft RPM records at 100 samples per second with up to 60 seconds of available memory. Driver can play back data right on the tach itself, or easily download it to award winning DataPro analysis software, the same software found on professional STACK Motorsports data acquisition systems. Onboard tri-axis accelerometer to provide advanced data about vehicle acceleration and launch, working intelligently with DataPro software to pin point not only when, but where particular events occurred on the track. Backed by contingency in NHRA, IHRA, NMCA, and NMRA, a 1 year competition warranty, and Auto Meter's customer service and race support team

Auto Meter Street & Race Dash - Full Sweep, Stepper Motor meter movement and includes user programmable warning function, integrated programmable warning light and LCD message display for temperatures, pressures, and battery voltage, external plugs provided for shift and warning light activation, and a robust professional wiring harness pre-terminated with mil spec and MSS connectors for ease of installation. Operates on most 1-16 cylinder engines with 12V electronic ignitions. The Street & Race Dash is water, dust/dirt, shock, and vibration proof! and is fully sealed to IP67 standard. Multiple pre-programmed display layers allow you to track different combinations of vehicle parameters at the push of a button. Transflective LCD Backlit display provides guaranteed visibility in bright sunlight and complete darkness. Playback Recording mode provides up to 2 hours (or 15 runs) of continual dash sensor input data to be saved to memory for later review and analysis.

SPEK-Pro Gauges - features include plug & play wire harness for easy installation, 7 color user-selectable background illumination, adjustable illumination brightness settings for day and night, independent dimming for dial and pointer, peak recall, and 280-degree brushless stepper motor movement with illuminated pointer. The patented lighting delivers one of the largest viewable displays ever assembled on a 2 1/16 inch gauge.

For more information about the Auto Meter family of products, visit www.autometer.com.

New Design Dragtime News T-Shirts

In addition to publishing The Dragtime News I've been hard at work designing new 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.

All quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL. More info is on the T-Shirts page.

From The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: Troy Moyle in the Hart's Texaco Flathead Ford

Thanks to Drag Racer Magazine for submitting this great photo of Troy Moyle in the wheelstanding Hart's Texaco flathead Ford. I always like sharing what Drag Racer sends in because the photography is first-rate.

Drag 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)

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