News & Events - February 2015
Milan Dragway's 2015 Schedule
Attention to our racing friends in Michigan: Milan Dragway has released its 2015 schedule, which is available for download by clicking on the image to the right. Opening day is Saturday, April 11th.

For more information about Milan Dragway, visit www.milandragway.com.

New England Dragway's Jr. Dragster Program Splits in Two for 2015

New England Dragway's East Coast Outdoor Power Equipment Jr Dragster Program will be contested in 2 different classes for the 2015 season. Classes will be divided into two age groups: 6-9 year olds and 10-18 year olds. The first class will be comprised of 6 & 7 year olds which are restricted to 13.90 seconds or slower ET, and 8 & 9 year olds restricted to 11.90 seconds or slower ET. The second class will be comprised of 10-12 year olds which are restricted to 8.90 seconds or slower ET and 13-18 year olds which are restricted to 7.90 seconds or slower ET. New England Dragway feels this will create a more relaxed atmosphere for the younger competitors and increase their odds at bringing home some hardware. All NHRA safety rule apply to both classes.

New England Dragway will also introduce the new Trainee class that NHRA has created for 5 year olds. This class is for noncompetition single passes only. The Trainees are restricted to 20.00 seconds or slower ET. A special note to the 5 year old Trainee class and the 6 & 7 year old competitors. This group is restricted to the use of the factory sealed Briggs & Stratton 206 engine. These programs will be run in conjunction with the VP Racing Fuels ET Series.

Jr. Dragster King of the Track race added for 2015
On Saturday October 17, 2015 a Jr Dragster King of the Track Race will be contested between the champions of the two E.C.O.P.E. Jr Dragster Classes. Race will be conducted on a best 2 out of three runs. The race will be run at the conclusion of the Buddy Scurto Memorial Jr Dragster Bracket Race. If the two competitors are eliminated early in the Bracket race we will start the King of the Hill race early.

For more information about New England Dragway, visit newenglanddragway.com.

Skyview Drags Announces 2015 Schedule
The 11th season of drag racing at Skyview Drags includes four 2-Day race weekends, three double points races, and a host of special events all leading up to the IHRA Bracket Finals 09/30 - 10/04.

The track's first Points Race will be held on Saturday, 05/09. There is a 2-Day race scheduled for Memorial Day weekend on Saturday 05/23 & Sunday 05/24, with Sunday's race being the first double points race of the season. Another 2-Day race is scheduled for Saturday 06/06 & Sunday 06/07.

On Saturday 06/20 is the special Girls Gone Racing event in addition to normal points races. The Northern Summer Nationals 2-Day race will be held on Saturday 07/04 & Sunday 07/05, with Sunday's race being the second double points race of the season. In addition, the Pro Stick Racing Series returns on Saturday, 07/04.

The Mid-Season Points Race will be held on 07/18 and then the track is closed for our break on Saturday 07/25. On 08/01 is the IHRA Ironman Classic for Super Pro, Pro, Bike/Sled, Street Money & Junior Dragster racers. On 08/08 is the annual Chad Wilcox Memorial Bike/Sled Shootout in addition to normal points races.

Labor Day weekend will bring the final 2-Day race on Saturday 09/05 & Sunday 09/06, with Sunday's race being the last double points race of the season.

On 09/19 is the last day of qualifying points to crown Summit Super Series Champions in Box, No Box & Junior Dragster classes and end the qualifying period for making the team that will travel to Pittsburgh.

Skyview wraps up their season on 09/26 with the Halloween Classic, which is the final points race of the season. Because of the change to the Bracket Finals dates, the Halloween Classic is only 1 day this year so that if any of the racers break that weekend, they have Sunday - Wednesday to make repairs and still get to the Bracket Finals to race for the team.

For more information about Skyview Drags, visit www.skyviewdrags.com.

Mountain Park Dragway Releases Its 2015 Big Events Schedule
Mt. Park Dragway ("MPD") has put together another year of special events for bracket racers.

MPD kicks it into gear in April with the Spring Championship paying “Tres 3Ks” or $3,000 to win in 3 different races for delay box racers and $1,000 to win for no box cars. The Memorial Classic comes up next with $5,000 to win each day plus 32 car shootouts for delay box racers and competition for no box, 1/4 mile Super Street, and Junior Dragsters. The Ultimate 64 Shootout comes up in June featuring the richest 64 car field in the country paying $50,000 to the winner plus 3-10Ks and more. July is another month with a multi-day special event as the 7th Annual Hillbilly Showdown fires up July 4th weekend and features a $10,000 win 64 car field plus big money box & no box and exhibitions and fireworks on Saturday night.

  • Sat - Sun, April 11-12: Spring Championship
  • Fri - Sun, May 22-24: Memorial Classic
  • Fri - Sun, June 12-14: Ultimate 64 Shootout
  • Fri - Sun, July 3-5: Hillbilly Showdown
  • Sat - Sun, Aug 15-16: George & Joey Memorial
  • Sat - Sun, Sept 19-20: Fall Championship
  • Sat - Sun, Sept 26-27: Mopar Southern Classic
  • Sat, Oct 3: King Of The Bluegrass
  • Fri - Sun, Oct 16-18: Ken-Mor Bluegrass Nats
  • Fri - Sun, Nov 14-16: Toys Thanksgiving Classic

Get more information on their website www.mpdragway.com.

Sponsor News: Auto Meter Supports Canadian Race Series
Our friends at Auto Meter Products are returning for their third season supporting the Canada-based DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series, contributing $2,000 in certificates towards the Year-End Championship Fund which will reward top points racers in Super Pro, Modified, Super Bike/Sled and Quick 16 during this next season.

“We are truly excited and greatly appreciative to have Auto Meter Products return for another season to support both our racers and the series” said Series Director Andrew Stirk. “ We think it's great to have the support of such a notable manufacturer backing our series in such a notable way.” Racers will be eligible to win the Auto Meter Certificates as well as thousands of additional dollars in cash and prizes by joining the DSE Sportsman Series Points Membership Program this Spring. Racers will be able to join the membership at various auto shows the series will be attending in the coming months, or by downloading and mailing in a points registration form with payment that can be found on the Sportsman Series website.

Auto Meter is an industry leader in performance instruments, which includes gauges, tachometers, consoles, battery testing and charging equipment. Auto Meter also owns Dedenbear Products, which produces delay boxes, nitrous controllers, shifters and throttle stops & controllers for those running in the .90 classes in the NHRA and IHRA.

The first event in the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series is the 4th Annual Season Opener which takes place June 6th -7th at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. The DSE Sportsman Racing Series features six different classes and a points structure where racers claim their best 8 out of 12 points races during the season. For more information on the series visit www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.

Photo: Darwin Kent

Maple Grove Raceway's Index Series Returning in 2015
Maple Grove Raceway will once again present a season of index racing in 2015 with cars competing in three classes: 8.50, 10.00 and 11.50. It’s been described as doorslammer racing meets bracket racing. One thing’s for sure, Index Racing brings out the best in competition as racers go heads up, leaving the starting line at the same time and racing down the quarter-mile to the finish line. Races are scheduled for:
  • May 9: A special race for 11.50 cars only. The winner and runner-up will be part of a special eight-car showcase eliminator at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Joining the Maple Grove entrants will be two cars each from Atco, Cecil County and Raceway Park.
  • June 28
  • Aug. 29
  • Sept. 19

Entry fee for 8.50 is $100, while 10.00 and 11.50 is $55. Throttle stops/controllers and/or delay boxes/devices are prohibited in all classes. For complete rules and payout information, visit the Index Series info page at Maple Grove’s website HERE.

Top 10 Challenge at Memphis International Raceway
Memphis International Raceway announces the Top 10 Challenge in 2015. The new program will give racers a chance to see where they rank during weekly events this year. Racers that participate in Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz can battle it out for a top spot, bragging rights and prizes.

The Top 10 Challenge will consist of two qualifying sessions at each event and racers will be ranked fastest to slowest by their ET. Times will not be published on the top-10 list so participants must place "NT" on their windows. There is no additional fee to enter and it is for door cars only.
The top 10 from Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz will compete against each other in a final showdown on Friday, September 25 during Midnight Madness.

Racers who compete in the challenge and rank in the top 10 will receive a one-time free entry in the R.T. Turbines DOT/Street class during the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams. In addition, the top three from Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz will receive plaques and passes to the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring the Nitro Jam Nationals. The overall winner of the MIR Top 10 Challenge will be named "King of the Track" and walk away with $500 in prize money; the remaining nine will receive $50 each.

The Top 10 Challenge will kick-off during the following events: Test N Tune on Thursday, March 5, Midnight Madness on Friday, March 20 and Street Warz on Friday, April 3, and will continue all season log until the finals on September 25. For more information, please visit www.RaceMIR.com.

Jeff Lopez’ COPO Camaro Ready for Stock Eliminator in NHRA D4

Jeff Lopez will be driving his Ace Door-sponsored 2014 COPO Camaro in NHRA Division 4 Stock Eliminator during the 2015 season.

Jeff would like to thank Todd and Allen Patterson from Patterson Racing Inc for their help in setting up the COPO.

Sponsor Spotlight: AED Competition
AED Competition was founded with one basic premise in mind - the manufacturing of high quality components at reasonable prices. The company manufactures performance and competition CNC-machined carburetors and also carries an extensive fuel system parts line-up that is second-to-none along with support and service capabilities to match.

AED's background includes over three decades of research, design and development of high performance components. They have one of the most high tech research facilities in the country including their computer controlled wef flow bench which is capable of flowing any throttle bore seperatly or combination of throttle bores to provide CFM, air-fuel ratio, test pressure, pounds of fuel and air, and corrected data as related to RPM range.

AED features in-house CNC machining centers, flowbenches, total induction benches, engine dyno, and chassis dyno.

For more information visit www.aedperformance.com.

Around The Dial: February 2015
  • ALABAMA: Montgomery Raceway Park: Friday 27th - Sunday March 1st: Super 7 Series opener,
  • ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: call.
  • FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: Saturday 7th: ET bracket racing; Sunday 8th: Import Face Off; Thursday - Sunday 19th - 22nd: LODRS; Saturday 28th: ET bracket racing.
  • 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: Saturday 7th: Gulf Coast Winter Classic; Tuesday 17th: Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Challenge.
  • 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: Saturday 14th: test & tune..
  • 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.

Visit The Track Info page for more information about these tracks. Attn. track owners / managers: want your track and events listed? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com.

A Dragtime News Featured Photo: Doug Winters' 1957 Chevy Pro Mod at Englishtown

One of my favorite Pro Mods is the beautiful, mean and nasty 1957 Bel Air of Doug Winters, photographed at the 2014 NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. (photo by Bob Beucler)

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TNT Super Series 2014 Top 5: 1st Place - Jason Vitez
Jason Vitez of Elma, NY dominated the 2014 TNT Super Series points chase by taking the lead right from the first race. He won that race back in May at Empire Dragway taking out past TNTSS champion Ted Barnes. Vitez then continued to lead the points most of the season going rounds at multiple events and capitalizing on new qualifying points system. He gave up the lead briefly to Barnes in August but then took it back decisively with another event win on Labour Day Saturday night over the 2014 Rookie of the Year, Pete Maduri Sr. (continued)
Numidia Dragway Announces Payout Updates for 2015 Season
Numidia Dragway has announced payout updates for the 2015 season in Super Pro ET and Pro ET bracket classes. Super Pro will pay a guaranteed $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $60 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Super Pro entry is $80; buybacks are $60.

Pro ET will pay a guaranteed $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $50 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Pro ET entry is $60; buybacks are $50.

Opening Day for Numidia Dragway will be Friday, April 3rd for the Friday Night Street Legal Drags. The track’s 2015 schedule is now available for download by clicking HERE . For more information about the track, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

Rockingham Dragway’s Valentine’s Day Test & Tune; ATI To Sponsor Pro Tree Doorslammers Class
For those of you who are in a committed relationship with your race car, what better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than Rockingham Dragway. The track opens its gates for the first time in the new year on February 14 to host the initial event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series.

“I know it’s not where you might usually celebrate Valentine’s Day, but why not?” asked ... (continued)

Sponsor News: 10% Off and Free Shipping from Stroud Safety
Get ready to race during the Presidents' Day Sale at Stroud Safety. Save 10% on your purchase of Stroud Safety drag chutes and accessories, fire suits, engine diapers and transmission blankets, cool collars and vests, seat belts, window nets, fire suppression systems, and all racing accessories.

This Sale is valid on February 12, 13, and 16. Be sure to mention you saw this sale on The Dragtime News to receive your 10% Discount and free shipping. Stroud re-certifies all their products. Orders: 1-800-554-4648; Tech & Info: 405-632-2022. For more information about Stroud Safety, visit www.stroudsafety.com.

Montgomery Raceway Park's Super 7 Series Opener

Attention to our racing friends in Alabama, get ready to light ‘em up at Montgomery Raceway Park’s 2105 series opener of the Super 7 Series. This three day event is Friday – Sunday, February 27th – March 1st.

Super Pro races all three days. Friday’s payout is ... (continued)

Sponsor News: Auto Meter's New Race Dash

Auto Meter has announced that their LCD Competition Dash, the next evolution of driver communication and data acquisition, is now shipping. Designed specifically for the harshest of environments, the carbon composite housing is IP65 sealed against water and dust intrusion and will easily withstand 20g of continuous vibration and 50g of shock. The 7" LCD panel ensures easy visibility under all circumstances with a retina level pixel density, unmatched brightness and an optically bonded lens for extreme glare suppression. The display layout is fully configurable to your individual specifications. The system will accommodate four programmable data bus channels (2 CAN and 2 serial) in conjunction with a nearly limitless amount of discrete analog sensors and its integrated 3 Axis Accelerometer. Data collection can occur at up to 1 kHz and the internal memory allows for practically infinite recording time. User definable warnings take advantage of super bright, multicolor LEDs placed around the perimeter of the chassis to alert the driver to critical onscreen information. The display features • 7.0” TFT LCD panel, 1000 nit brightness for unmatched daytime and nighttime visibility with 800x480 resolution. Onboard photo sensor for automatic brightness control. • Dimensions - 8.3" Wide x 5.2" High x 1.4" Deep.

For more information visit www.autometer.com.

In The Paging Lanes: Drag Racing Takes Center Stage in PRI's January Issue
Once again, Performance Racing Industry confirms how important the drag race market is to the industry by devoting an entire issue to our sport. And notice the cars they chose for their cover: Sportsman cars!

I'm proud to have been included in this article numerous times (you can see one of the mentions in the highlighted area below). You can read the entire issue online HERE.

If you're involved in the business end of the drag racing market, such as an engine builder, chassis shop, speed shop, etc., and have never attended the annual PRI Show, you don't know what you're missing. You can get a complete look at the 2014 show by visiting our Dragtime News On Location coverage HERE.

For more information about Performance Racing Industry, visit www.performanceracing.com.

NHRA Division 1 Chassis Certification Dates; Bracket Finals news

The National Hot Rod Association has announced a schedule of Division 1 chassis certification dates. Contact each track directly for arranging for a certification.

  • February 28 & March 1 - Virginia Motorsports Park
  • March 7 - Atco Dragway
  • March 14 & 15 - Mason-Dixon Dragway
  • March 14 - Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park
  • March 21 & 22 - New England Dragway
  • March 21 & 22 - US 13 Dragway
  • March 21 - Island Dragway
  • April 4 - Lebanon Valley Dragway
  • April 11 - Numidia Dragway
  • May 2 - South Mountain Raceway
  • May 16-17 - Luskville Dragway

In other NHRA Division 1 news, as many of the D1 racers are already aware The Summit Racing Series ET Bracket Finals will be at Atco Dragway in 2015. What you might not know is the track operators have voted to do a rotation for ET Finals location as follows: Lebanon Valley Dragway (2016) , Numidia Dragway (2017), US 13 Dragway (2018) and Atco Dragway (2019). The Summit JDRL Division Championships will return to Numidia Dragway for 2015.

IHRA 2015 Summit Pro Am Season Opener at Immokalee

The first race of the 2015 International Hot Rod Association's Summit Pro Am set a record for entries over the weekend at Immokalee (Fla.) Regional Raceway. Competition was fierce: Two complete races were contested and the final rounds of eliminations produced no repeat winners.

Weekend winners included: Troy Williams and Larry Flynn (Hot Rod), Leonard Schrimscher and Leonard Mattinsly (Stock), John Brannen and John Labbous Jr. (Quick Rod), John Taylor and David O'Bryon (Top Sportsman), Steve Furr and Wayne Bogle (Super Rod), Stanley Albritton Jr. and Steve Dweck (Top Dragster), Mark Nowicki and Mike Pearson (Super Stock), William Craft and Julian Puya (Jr. Dragster Beginner), Courtney Mee and Brooke Debonis (Jr. Dragster Advanced) and Camryn Fredrickson and Samantha Hollingsworth (Jr. Dragster Master). (continued)

Heads Up Index Program Outline for 2015 NHRA Division 2 Southeast Events

For the 2015 season, the NHRA Southeast Division will continue to run a “Heads Up” Index class at all of its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events. In an effort to maintain and grow the participation in the Index class, the 2015 program will be combined into one single eliminator category of an 11.00 second index. There will not be a 10.00 or 12.00 eliminator category this season. Now entering its 5th season on the NHRA Southeast schedule, the purse has been restructured to show more parity with the primary classes on the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule. The purse will paid in round money, which starts with racers eliminated in Round 3. The “Heads Up” category now pays $1,000 to win and $400 for runner-up. Entry fee for the class will be $125 for the car/driver. The class will continue to be a part of the season points championship program. Points will be earned by counting a driver’s best 5 finishes from the presently scheduled 7 events in 2015. The winning driver will receive an NHRA Division Championship Wally, a Division Champion’s jacket, and a “Gold Card” for the 2016 Heads Up program.

All rules and requirements remain the same as previous years, and mirror those of the GENERAL REGULATIONS sections of the 2015 NHRA rulebook with the following clarifications specific to the NHRA Southeast “Heads Up” category:

Eligible Vehicles: Reserved for full-bodied cars with full fenders, hoods, grille, top, windshield, all other windows, and functional doors. No open-bodied cars of any description are permitted. Tree Type: The class will run on an 11.00 index with a .500 Pro Tree. Ladder Type: Sportsman. Also, the same car and/or driver combinations may compete in one other eliminator (Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Stock, or Super Stock only) and Index class only.

For more information, visit the NHRA Division 2 website at www.nhradiv2.com.

Through The Lens of Dave Milcarek: Atco Dragway Awards Banquet

Look at this cool montage that our friend Dave Milcarek assembled from his night at the Atco Dragway Awards Banquet! Thanks for sharing with us, Dave. To see all of his excellent drag race photography, visit Dave Milcarek Photography at www.DaveMilcarek.com.

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.

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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