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In The Paging Lanes: Excellent No-Prep Article in Performance Racing Industry Magazine

Check out the April 2017 issue of Performance Racing Industry magazine! No, not for the '63 Mopar (although that's cool, too), but for the excellent cover story on No Prep Drag Racing. You can read the article along with the whole issue HERE.

Sponsor News: New Gloves from Stroud Safety

New from Stroud Safety are these premium "Stripes" & "Bones" driving gloves. These sharp looking gloves feature eye-catching design and durable construction with padding where you need it. SFI 3.3/1 rated. Both styles available in red, blue, and black and all popular sizes. Check out www.stroudsafety.com.

Rocky Mountain Superchargers Light Up 2017 Season
The Rocky Mountain Superchargers is ready to kick off its 2017 season.

On May 6th Competition Products presents Thunder in the Rockies at Pueblo Motorsports Park. Top Supercharged Thunder and Pro Supercharged / All Stars.

The Colorado Fuel and Gas Championships are presented by Howard's Cams at Pueblo on June 3rd. The Superchargers will be racing its Top Supercharged and Pro Supercharged eliminators. Pueblo Motorsports Park is planning...

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Sponsor News: New S&W Quick Release Window Net Latch Kit
Spring City, PA S&W Race Cars has introduced their New Quick Release Window Net Latch Kit. It’s a modern solution to a long standing safety equipment need.

“We have been producing and installing the older style push-button seatbelt style window net latch for 30+ years,” said S&W’s President, Michael Weney. “During a recent high-profile car build, we discussed the need for a new latching mechanism. Fortunately, the solution was literally in our hands and we ran with it.”

Drivers and safety personnel will benefit from the unobtrusive low profile mount, as well as the smooth, quick and easy operation. The release mechanism is proven, having been field tested on other well known safety equipment devices. S&W has successfully adapted it to be an integral part of their new driver/cockpit safety product.

The all inclusive kit includes: .375” diam. x 30” long Steel Top Rod with Quick Release mechanism, 6” red nylon pull tether, .375” diam. x 30” long Steel Lower Rod, Mounting Tabs and Hardware. NHRA Approved. Note: Welding is required. Standard and custom size window nets are sold separately.

S&W’s fabricators made a portable fully functional display that is located in S&W’s showroom M-F 8am-6pm E.S.T., and at S&W’s 2017 weekend track side displays. In addition, you can view the live demo on S&W’s YouTube Channel.

P/N 75-387 Quick Release Window Net Latch Kit – Introductory Price $69.95

For additional information, call toll free 1-800-532-3353 or visit S&W at www.swracecars.com.

Shootout on The Mountain
Clay City, KY – Mountain Park Dragway’s Ultimate 64 Dash for Cash is coming up Friday – Sunday, April 28th – 30th, 2017. The weekend includes three $5K Top ET races, a Friday 64 Shootout and a Saturday 64 Shootout.

Each Top ET race pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $25 Round starting with 3rd Round win. Payouts based on 150 car count. Entry is $225 for all three days or $100 for each individual race. 1st Round buybacks are $50.

The Friday 64 Shootout pays $8,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $300 Eighths. Open to the first 64 cars entered; no buybacks. Entry is $300.

The Saturday 64 Shootout pays $12,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $1,000 Quarters and $500 Eighths. Open to the first 64 cars entered; no buybacks. Entry is $500.

Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 am with time trials Friday and Saturday at 9:00 am. No time runs Sunday except for new entries. Additional dates for this series are July 28th – 30th and September 23rd – 24th, 2017.

For more info visit www.mpdragway.com.

NHRA Division 1 News: Firematic First Reactor Award for Comp Eliminator
From NHRARacer.com, You're fired...
Firematic Supply Company presents the Firematic First Reactor Award for Comp Eliminator. The Firematic First Reactor Award for Comp Eliminator will award $200 at each of the seven NHRA Division 1 LODRS events to the first racer with the best .00X reaction time in a winning elimination round throughout eliminations. Tiebreaker would be who did it first. Single runs do not count. If no racer accomplishes this during the event, the $200 will roll over to the next event accumulating until won and then reset to $200. If the criteria are not met for the award at any of the 7 LODRS events, the total $1400 will go to the driver who had the best winning reaction time of the year at the Northeast Division Awards Banquet.

$1000 bonus award drawing will be held at the Northeast Division banquet for any Comp Eliminator racer recording a .000 reaction time on a winning elimination round. Decals will be provided by Firematic. All racers must run decal to be eligible for awards. Award checks to be mailed from Firematic following the event completion.

2017 Super 7 Series Continues at Montgomery Raceway Park
Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Raceway Park’s popular Super 7 Series continues with another weekend of big-bucks, points-driven bracket racing.

This second event of the series is coming up Friday – Sunday, April 21-23, 2017. This will be a Triple 15s weekend, with a $15K on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Each $15K pays $15,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry for the weekend is $399, or single race entries are $200. Buybacks are $125. Payouts are guaranteed. Door cars run separate until 16 cars.

On Saturday and Sunday there’ll also be eliminators for Pro Class and Jr. Dragster. Pro Class pays $1,750 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 40 entries. Entry is $50 and buybacks are $30. Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $25 Semis, based on 16 entries. Entry is $30 and buybacks are $20.

The remaining 2017 Super 7 Series schedule is June 2-4 and September 1-3.

Gates open at 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm on Thursday for parking. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am; gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. For more info visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com.

Weather Delays New England Dragway Opening and Chassis Cert
From New England Dragway's website www.newenglanddragway.com...
Due to the current weather, the long range forecast of more snow Friday night (March 31st) and cool temperatures, New England Dragway will not open for the season until Saturday April 8, 2017. The 603 Diesels Season Opener has been rescheduled to Saturday April 15, 2017

Similarly, with the forecast of 6"-10" of snow Friday night and through the day on Saturday, the NHRA Chassis Certifications scheduled for April 1st & 2nd have been rescheduled to April 29th & 30th.

Appointment times remain the same only the dates have changed. If you absolutely cannot make the reschedule please contact the track for other possible options.

Mayhem Coming To Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, GA – Atlanta Dragway hosts the 9th Annual NMRA-NMCA All-Star Nationals on Thursday-Sunday, April 6-9, 2017. The weekend features Bracket Mayhem with two bracket classes with guaranteed payouts. No NMRA / NMCA membership is required.

Bracket classes are Bracket 1 (a.k.a. Top ET, a.a.k.a. Super Pro) and Bracket 2 (a.k.a. Mod ET, a.a.k.a. Pro ET). Both classes will run in the 1/8th Mile. Bracket 1 is for 4.40 – 9.99 dials. Electronics are permitted and CrossTalk will be used. Bracket 2 is for 5.70 – 9.99 dials. No electronics except transbrakes will be permitted. The money eliminators will run on Sunday.

Entries and payouts are the same for Bracket 1 and Bracket 2: $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $60 Quarters and $30 Eighths. Entry fees are $125 for Thursday-Sunday, $125 for Friday – Sunday, $100 for Saturday-Sunday or $75 for Sunday only. Buybacks are $30.

Thursday is for parking and tech, Friday features time trials, Saturday has a time trial and a Run For The Money and Sunday includes a time trial and the bracket eliminator.

For more information visit www.AtlantaDragway.com.

NHRA Division 3 News: Conley Named North Central Division Director
From NHRARacer.com, Meet the new boss...
Jeff Conley has been named as NHRA’s North Central Division Director (Division 3). The North Central Division includes tracks in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and is home to four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. Conley began working with the North Central division in 2007 as a member of the certification team.

“I’m excited to continue in this position and further my career with NHRA,” Conley said. “I look forward to meeting and working with our member tracks, competitors and sponsors. I am excited to have an opportunity to grow the sport of drag racing and enhance all programs.”

Conley joined the NHRA on a full time basis in 2013 as the operations and track manager at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Most recently he served as the regional technical director. Prior to joining NHRA, Conley was the race director at Milan Dragway in Michigan. He was also the event coordinator and national tech director for NMCA and NMRA.

“We are excited to have Jeff join the team,” said Josh Peterson, vice president, racing administration. “He brings a wide range of relevant experience that will prove beneficial to manage and grow the division. His familiarity with the North Central Division will provide for a smooth transition.”

Car Chix Jr. Dragster Class Debuts at Byron Dragway's Ladies Only Drag Race & Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Car Chix, the motorsports organization for women, continues to raise the bar for the rapidly growing Car Chix Ladies Only Drag Race. To continue the evolution of women in motorsports and to further enhance the future of the sport of drag racing, Car Chix will debut the first ever Car Chix Junior Dragster Class at the upcoming Car Chix Ladies Only Drag Race and Breast Cancer Fundraiser at Byron Dragway

Car Chix has been taking the drag racing scene by storm since 2010 with events such as the Drag Racing for Life Breast Cancer Fundraiser (formerly known as Racing for a Cure a Quarter Mile at a Time) and ...

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New Port-A-Tree Gamblers Series at Lebanon Valley Dragway
West Lebanon, NY – Lebanon Valley Dragway has announced a new points series for 2017, the Port-A-Tree Gamblers Series. The series runs on Saturdays and features Electronics and Non-Electronics classes. There is no sign-up fee for the series. The entry per race is $35 gate fee + $20 gamblers race fee. Payout per race is based on the number of entries.

At season end, the winner of the season points will win a Port-A-Tree Eliminator Next Gen, while the runner-up will win a Port-A-Tree Pocket Pal.

The Port-A-Tree Gamblers Series at Lebanon Valley Dragway
- April 29
- May 20
- June 3
- June 17
- July 8
- July 22
- August 5
- August 19
- September 9

For more information visit Lebanon Valley Dragway at www.dragway.com/port-a-tree-gamblers-races.

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

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

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

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

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

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Jiffy-tite Stroud Safety Meziere Enterprises

Jiffy-tite Inc. is an OEM supplier of fluid connection systems for the automotive industry and is the OEM's choice for plumbing connections on brands all over the world. There are over 300 million Jiffy-tite devices in service in vehicles worldwide including Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson, Caterpillar and more.

Jiffy-tite's Motorsports' product line includes a unique line of Quick-Connect / Quick-Disconnect Fluid Fittings.

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

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

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

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

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Mark Williams Enterprises Powermaster Performance  

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

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

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

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

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Comp Assn.

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

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

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

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Gas Assn.

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

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

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

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Street Assn.

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

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

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

Who: East Coast Stock/Super Stock Assn.

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

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

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

Who: The American DRAGCAR Series

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

Where: Arizona

Contact: www.usdragcar.com.

Who: North East Timing Organization

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

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: www.neto-nostalgia.com

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Chassis Certification and ETI Day at Maple Grove Raceway
An announcement from Maple Grove Raceway:
"During our Spring Swap meet April,8 2017 Maple Grove Raceway will offer NHRA Chassis Certifications and Extended Technical Inspections (ETI). Hours will be 8am-2pm. Drop-ins are welcome although scheduled appointments take precedence. Appointments will be scheduled on each hour; 8am,9am,10am, etc. For those who would like to schedule an appointment please contact Jason Leber by calling 610-856-9204 or email jleber@maplegroveraceway.com.

Inspections will be held at the garage located across from tech and time-slips. All participants will pay gate entry of $5, additional fees for chassis inspection sticker. Effective Feb. 1, 2017 Sportsman inspection stickers are $160; Pro inspection stickers are $250. No additional inspector service or travel fee is charged.

Any car running 9.99-seconds (6.39 1/8-mile) or quicker in the quarter-mile is required to have the chassis inspected and an NHRA/SFI certification sticker affixed. All sportsman certification tags are valid for 3-years from the date of inspection; pro certification tags are valid for 1-year from the date of inspection."

64th Annual World Series of Drag Racing to Sponsor Dixon at NHRA Gatornationals
Racers, I received this release from IRG Sports + Entertainment, which owns IHRA. First, from a sponsorship standpoint this is pretty shrewd on IRG's part. Second, I'm very happy for Larry Dixon. Having gotten to know him, he is truly a nice guy and a class act.
Two of drag racing's marquee events will come together with one of the sport's most decorated champions this weekend at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway

Three-time world champion and IHRA Australia winner Larry Dixon will be sponsored by the 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing, at Cordova (Ill.) International Raceway, when he competes in...

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep
This is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column from Drag Racer Magazine. If you're struggling to cut good lights then deep-staging should be considered.
In my columns Take Action For Reaction and Take Action For Reaction Part II, I discussed the two major components that comprise reaction time - the driver’s reaction to the tree and the vehicle’s reaction to the driver. The latter is somewhat easily adjusted: if the vehicle is leaving too quickly or too slowly the driver can leave at a different RPM, change the pressure of the slicks, or change the travel of the front suspension. But in the case of the driver’s reaction time, what can be done if he or she is just inherently slow? Remember, both components of reaction time must equal .500 in order to equal a .000 light (assuming a 5-tenths tree).

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