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Fall Civil Wars at Rockingham Dragway
Rockingham, NC - The 19th Annual Fall Civil Wars hits Rockingham Dragway October 17th – 19th, 2014 for a weekend of outlaw racing action. Classes include Pro Tree Doorslammer ($1,500 Win / $45 entry on Saturday, $1,000 Win / $35 entry on Sunday), Footbrake ($1,200 Win / $35 entry on Saturday, $1,000 Win / $30 entry on Sunday), Open Comp ($1,000 Win / $35 entry on Saturday and Sunday), 6.0 Index and 7.0 Index (Saturday) and 6.0/7.0 Combo Index on Sunday.

Gates open Friday at 1:00 pm for testing; gates open Saturday at 8:00 am and Sunday at 9:00 am. Sunday time trial for new entries at 10:30 am, with eliminations at 12:00 noon. For more info visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.


Ford vs. Chevy Shootout at Gulfport Dragway
Gulfport, MS - Gulfport Dragway’s 26th Annual Ford vs. Chevy Shootout is Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th, 2014. The weekend kicks off Saturday with a test & tune and a Ford /Chevy Gambler’s Race (if schedule permits).

Sunday includes races for Dragster ($2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $90 Quarters), Pro Electronics ($2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $80 Quarters), Pro Footbrake ($1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $70 Quarters) and Pro Street ($800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $60 Quarters).

Gates open 10:00 am Saturday and 8:00 am Sunday. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com.


Octoberbucks 2014 Concludes This Weekend at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA – Numidia Dragway wraps up its 2014 big money races in October with 2014 Octoberbucks this coming weekend.

Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th there are $5,000 races for Super Pro and $3,000 for Footbrake. The $5,000 races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 2nd Round Win and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, buyback is $90. Payouts are guaranteed. The $3,000 races pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd Round Win. Entry is $90, buyback is $60.

All races are quarter-mile. Super Pro is 6.50 – 12.99; Footbrake is 8.50 – 17.99. Two drivers may each enter the same car, one driver may enter two different cars, but one driver may not double-enter the same car. Gates open 9:00 am both days, overnight parking available. For more information, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.


Engines Help Power PRI Trade Show
If you're an engine builder and you don't yet have The 2014 PRI Show on your to-do list, this is why you should add it.

In the racing world, there is always one constant pursuit – to make more horsepower. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that engines in all forms will once again play a huge role at the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, Dec. 11-13, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

“No matter what form of racing, one thing is constant – the desire to go faster,” said John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show Producer. “It’s a never-ending quest for more power and it’s why engine builders and suppliers play such a prominent role throughout the PRI Trade Show. If you want to go faster, you really need to be here at he show.” n fact, the pursuit of more power at PRI actually begins before the show even starts with Race Industry Week. The Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (Dec. 9-10) brings a wide variety of industry authorities together with engine builders, shop owners, design engineers and parts manufacturers for two days of seminars and one-on-one interaction centered on race engines. The event helps lead into the show’s three days of innovation and technology on display on the show floor.

“We like displaying all the new innovations that we have for the year at PRI,” said Justin Norris of Precision Turbo and Engine. “That’s what we have to do – in our business, it’s innovate or die. PRI is a good venue to show off all the new stuff that we have.”

One of the major benefits of the PRI Trade Show is the ability to meet face-to-face with current and potential suppliers and customers. "The benefit of going to the PRI trade show is that you're able to see the latest and greatest R&D, technology and products that people have come up with,” Patrick Topolinksi, Engine Builder/Technical Producer for the television show “Engine Power” on PowerNationTV. “The side benefit is the interaction and networking with other engine builders and anybody in the racing industry across the country. It's common for a drag racing person to talk to a truck or desert racer or engine builders in other forms of motorsports. That's one of the best things about PRI – the people you are able to share ideas with. It's a very unique trade show that brings technology and people and ideas together. As an engine builder, it's really a huge benefit to attend." PRI also offers the engine builder with the opportunity to find the latest innovations to improve their product as well. “The PRI show allows us to meet a lot of engine builders all in one place and to show that we make the best oil,” relayed Forrest Lucas, of Lucas Oil.

This year’s PRI Trade Show is expected to play host to exhibits from over 1,100 racing companies occupying 3,200 booths, and attract tens of thousands of racing professionals from across the US and 70 countries around the globe. For additional information on the 2014 PRI Trade Show, or hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2014.com. Also, check the web page periodically for program updates, as well as times and locations for all Race Industry Week events.


Teaser Photos from Numidia Dragway's Octoberbucks Races, 10/12/2014
Here are a few teaser shots from the $5,000 Super Pro and $5,000 Footbrake races at Numidia Dragway on Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Be on the lookout for an On Location feature from the day. Better yet, join the email list and you'll be alerted when it's published. The sign-up is in the upper-right corner of this page.


Wrap-Up: Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway
The 43rd edition of Maple Grove Raceway’s annual P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic presented by Penske Leasing now is in the record books. The event – the final NHRA Division 1 race of 2014 – was hampered by rain on Friday and Saturday but enjoyed perfect conditions on Sunday. The event drew entries from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Quebec.
  • HEMI CHALLENGE: Gary Wolkwitz (Califon, N.J.) defeated Bucky Hess (Bunker Hill, W.V.). Hess’ 1968 Barracuda fouled (“red-lit”) on the starting line, handing the victory to Wolkwitz’s 1968 Dodge Dart.
  • COMP ELIMINATOR: Thomas Miller (Nottingham, Pa.) defeated Mark Hopkins (Phoenixville, Pa.). Hopkins fouled on the starting line.
  • SUPER STOCK: David Chiles (Reedville, Va.) defeated Wayne Truesdell (Bridgeport, N.Y.).
  • STOCK ELIMINATOR: Bob Hochrun (Colonia, N.J.) defeated Frank Ferrucci (Paterson, N.J.).
  • SUPER COMP: Jack Sepanek (Moosic, Pa.) defeated Brian Bell (Lowell Mass.).
  • SUPER GAS: Earl Nichols (Wilmington, Del.) defeated Mickey Vorner (Edgewood, Maryland).
  • SUPER STREET: Martin Ganjoin (Brick, N.J.) defeated Alain Berard (St. Louis Richel, Quebec, Canada).
  • TOP SPORTSMAN: Ed Foley (Warminster, Pa.) defeated Tom Simone (Cicero, N.Y.).
  • TOP DRAGSTER: Joe DiPasquale (Palmyra, N.J.) defeated Michael Esposito (Maspeth, N.Y.).
  • 11.50 INDEX: Bill Cohen (Conestoga, Pa.) defeated Avril Krieg (Fairless Hills, Pa.).
  • 10.00 INDEX: Brian Correll (West Chester, Pa.) defeated Vincent Laurita (N.Y.).
  • 8.50 INDEX: Al Davidowski (Columbus, N.J.) defeated Delon Pleasants (Douglassville, Pa.).

On Saturday, Oct. 18, Maple Grove Raceway will present the $10K Footbrake Nationals. Gates will open at 8 a.m. with time trials at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.


Hanna Motorsports Tests Jet Dragster At A2 Wind Tunnel
Our friends at Hanna Motorsports have been hard at work studying and testing the revolutionary design of the team's Queen of Diamonds II jet dragster. On Monday, Sept 29, the Hanna Motorsports/GOJO/XLERATOR team made drag racing history by testing the Queen of Diamonds II in the A2 wind tunnel located in Mooresville, NC. Never before has a jet drag racing machine been in a wind tunnel for aero testing. The team made a total of 24 test runs in the wind tunnel. An incredible amount of data was gathered and the event was also documented by Drag Racing Action’s John DiBartolomeo.

“It was a dream come true to see our machine in one of the top wind tunnels in the country. A true honor” said Hanna Motorsports vice president Rich Hanna. Al Hanna added “This has been a goal of mine since the center drive car in 1994, our jet car in a wind tunnel. What a day; truly an immediate highlight of my 50 year career.”

The team plans on reviewing the data and making changes to the car for the 2015 season. They may even bring the car back to the wind tunnel in the spring of 2015. Rich said after the test “It was our first time here, so we tried to be as prepared as we could, which we were. But we now have a better idea for what to do next time as well. Things will only get better from here.” Two days earlier, 'QD II' driver Jill Canuso had run at Maryland International Raceway at a PMRA National event, where set her best time with the new car with a 5.29 @ 299.93 mph.

Testing to measure the results of the wind tunnel data will take place October 17-18 at Capitol Raceway. Hanna Motorsports thanks GOJO and Excel Dryer for support of this program. "Without such support, a day at A2 would remain a dream" said Al.

Bluegrass Nationals at Mountain Park Dragway

Clay City, KY - You might love rock ’n roll and hate rap. You might hate country but love classical. You might hate folk and metal equally. No matter what you like or don’t like, you’ll be loving bluegrass at Mountain Park Dragway’s 44th Annual Bluegrass Nationals, Friday – Sunday October 17th – 19th 2014. This three-day event of big-money bracket racing is packed opportunities to win some serious money. Classes include Top ET (Box), Mod ET (No Box), Doorcar Heads-Up Quick 8, Dragster Heads-Up Fast 4, Saturday 32 Shootout and Sunday 32 Shootout.

On Friday, Top ET pays $1,500 Win / $500 Runner-Up; entry is $50 and buybacks are $30. On Saturday and Sunday, Top ET pays $5,000 Win / $1,000 Runner-Up; entry per day is $100 and buybacks are $50.

Friday’s Mod ET pays $800 Win / $200 Runner-Up; entry is $40 and buybacks are $20. Saturday and Sunday, Mod pays $2,000 Win / $400 Runner-Up; entry per day is $70 and buybacks are $40.

Gates open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking and a $10 test & tune. Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.MPDragway.com.


Saturday Shootout, Musclecar Showdown at Milan Dragway
Milan, MI - Saturday, October 18th, 2014 is the Saturday Shootout Series at Milan Dragway, with Outlaw Limited Street, X275, Ultra Street, Wild Street and Open Comp. The entry fees for Outlaw Limited Street, X275 and Ultra Street are $75; payouts based on car count. Open Comp pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $75 Quarters and $50 Eighths, based on 64 cars. Entry is $50. Wild Street pays $500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters and $20 Eighths, based on 32 cars. Entry is $35.

Also on Saturday is the Musclecar Showdown. This is ¼-mile, heads-up index racing for footbrake cars on a .500 Pro tree. Racers can pick their index between 10.00 – 14.00 seconds. Payout is $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 40 entries. Entry fee is $40.

Gates open at 11:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more information.


Nostalgia Bracket Race & Funny Cars at Capitol Raceway

Capitol Raceway is hosting a Nostalgia Bracket Race and Nostalgia Funny Cars on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

The bracket race has two classes – Electronics and Footbrake. Electronics pays $2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $300 Semis and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round. Footbrake pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $30 Round beginning 3rd Round. Cars must be at least 20 years old to race (so anything older than 1994, which is pretty much every bracket car out there).

There will also be numerous nostalgia funny cars and altereds, including The Punisher, Screaming Insanity, Danko Racing, War Path, Danger Zone, Poison Arrow, Time Bomb, No Money No Funny, Excalibur and Screaming Eagle.

Gates open at 11:00 am. Visit CapitolRaceway.com.


Tech, Tests & Installs
Alternator & Charging Basics

I had an electrical fire in the Dodge earlier this season. For those of you who’ve never had an electrical fire, it’s pretty scary. The Dodge was in my shop and I had just put my new motor in it. I had just started it up and had it running, getting some heat into it. I had my back to the car as I was getting my timing light ready. All of a sudden it just shut off, but I could hear the fan still running.

I turned around and saw plumes of thick, acrid smoke billowing from the trunk, which thankfully had been open. I ran to the back of the car and found the alternator wire in flames...

Continued here...


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Bracket Racing 101
Racing Into Fall
This is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column from the November 2011 issue of Drag Racer Magazine (click HERE to subscribe). Now that we're into the Autumn months it seemed like a good time to run it here...
Bracket racing constantly changes from season to season. Cars and drivers perform differently in Summer and Fall. Now that we’re getting into the Autumn months, let’s take a look at some of the ways to adjust for racing in the Fall.

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Dragtime News On Location
2014 NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway

We were on location at the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA on Friday - Sunday, October 3rd - 5th, 2014. I am always appreciative of the hospitality shown to me by the NHRA, granting Friday starting line access. As a result I was able to get some very good shots of not only the Pros, but many of the Sportsman cars as well. I think you'll be pleased with the coverage, especially the amount of it that spotlights the Sportsman classes.

Due to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting this in four parts, so as always please be patient and stick with it. Subscribe to the email list (upper-right of this page) and be alerted to when new items are published.

Part I is now up HERE.

2014 NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals at US-13 Dragway

We were on location at the NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals at US-13 Dragway in Delmar, DE on Wednesday - Saturday, September 17th - 20th, 2014. I was doing double-duty, racing the Dodge in Pro ET where I qualified as an alternate for Team Raceway Park. I spent a lot of time shooting from all around the track: starting line, pits, staging lanes, finish line. As usual, we tend to go heavier than most on the early rounds so that we get as many cars as possible.

Due to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting this in three parts, so be patient and stick with it. Subscribe to the email list (upper-right of this page) and be alerted to when new items are published.

Part III is now up HERE, or start at the beginning with Part I HERE.

2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown

We were on location at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday - Sunday, September 6th - 7th, 2014. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Pro Stock Sled. Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier than most on the early rounds so that we get as many cars as possible. 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, so be patient and stick with it. Subscribe to the email list (upper-right of this page) and be alerted to when new items are published.

The coverage begins HERE.

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  Mark Waterman, of W Suffield CT owns this big yet surprisingly quick 1937 Chevy Coupe. The car is raced around New England at nostalgia events.

Weighing 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.

The 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.

Racers, 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.

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Around The Dial: Friday - Sunday, October 17th - 19th, 2014
  • ALABAMA: Montgomery Raceway Park: Southern Outlaw Tour Season Finale (Fri-Sat).
  • ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: Saturday Drags (Sat), Import Face-Off (Sun).
  • FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: call.
  • ILLINOIS: Cordova Dragway Park: Test, Trophy & Gamblers (Fri), Sponsor Showdown, Fun Day (Sat).
  • KENTUCKY: I-64 Motorplex: ET bracket racing (Sat). Mt. Park Dragway: Ken-Mor Bluegrass Nationals (Fri-Sun).
  • MAINE: Oxford Dragway: closed indefinitely.
  • MICHIGAN: Milan Dragway: Test & Tune, Drag Racing 101, Trophy Race (Fri), Saturday Shootout, Musclecar Showdown (Sat), ET bracket racing (Sun).
  • MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport Dragway: Ford vs. Chevy (Sat-Sun).
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: New England Dragway: Street Night (Fri), Gambler's Race, test & tune, CMDR (Sat), test & tune, CMDR (Sun).
  • NEW JERSEY: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: Saturday Street Series, muffled test & tune, $500 To Win Eliminator (Sat), 23rd Annual Fall VW & Audi Show & Go (Sun).
  • NEW YORK: ESTA Safety Park: ET bracket racing (Sun). Lebanon Valley Dragway: test & tune, Supercar Warmups (Sat), test & tune, Supercar Shootout (Sunday). Skyview Drags: call.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Farmington Dragway: Friday Night Thunder (Fri), VW Car Show, Swap Meet & Drag Racing (Sun). Rockingham Dragway: Fall Civil Wars (Fri-Sun).
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Maple Grove Raceway: Footbrake Nationals (Sat). Numidia Dragway: $5,000 Super Pro, $3,000 Pro ET (Sat-Sun). Quarter Aces / South Mountain: call.
  • QUEBEC: Luskville Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Dragway: Grudge & Gambler's (Sun). Greer Dragway: 40th Annual Turkey Trot Race (Sat).
  • TEXAS: Little River Dragway: The Day of the Drags Vintage Drag Races (Fri-Sat).
  • VIRGINIA: Elk Creek Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • WISCONSIN: Great Lakes Dragaway: Grudge & fun racing (Fri-Sun).

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: Numidia Dragway's Season Finale

Numidia Dragway will be wrapping up another big season during the weekend of October 18th - 19th, 2014, and they're going out with two days of big money races: $5,000 Super Pro and $3,000 Footbrake each day. I'm sure we'll see plenty of pairings like this in Super Pro, which I captured at Numidia's 2012 season finale. (photo by Bob Beucler)

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IRG Purchases Cordova Dragway Park, Plans To Purchase Another

Jupiter, FL, October 2, 2014 - IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President & CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the Company has entered into a finance agreement with TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX), the publicly traded affiliate of TSSP, the credit and special situations investment platform of TPG. The new credit facility is replacing IRG's existing debt facilities on all companies, make capital improvements to existing assets owned by the Company and to close on the acquisition of Cordova Dragway Park in Cordova, Illinois (to be rebranded as Cordova International Raceway™), that was announced in late 2013. The TPG facility also provides the Company with funds to purchase an additional major motorsports venue, which the Company will announce in the coming weeks.

The addition of Cordova adds to the existing stable of motorsports assets owned by IRG, which includes the 44-year old sanctioning body, the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA), previously purchased from Feld Motorsports, and venues Palm Beach International Raceway™ in Jupiter, FL, Memphis International Raceway™ in Memphis, TN and Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR) in Tucson, AZ .

A new division in the IRG portfolio for 2014, IRGSE Productions, with subsidiary IHRA Productions was launched this year to produce the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series television show for MAVTV. This new show will debut on the popular automotive network on November 6, 2014 as a 13-week series.

"The ability to access additional capital allows us to fund and accelerate our growth plans for IRG. We have been aggressive with acquisitions in the past few years," noted Rittenberry. "This funding will allow us to improve those venues - and complete our planned acquisitions of Cordova and one additional major motorsports venue, in addition to improving our IHRA national tours and introducing new content."

The Company is now sufficiently capitalized to begin the $10 million in capital improvements with the majority scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 racing season. The planned capital improvements include:

  • Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) - a clubhouse with pit garages and operations tower on the Road Course, concession and restroom buildings, ingress and egress improvements, additional grandstands for the Road Course, new LED monument signage at entrance
  • Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR) - the addition of a 3/8-mile dirt track, restroom and concession remodeling
  • Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR) - new restroom building and office building, renovated restaurant and pit repairs
  • Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR) - new fiber optic timing and LED scoreboards, additional grandstands, resurfacing of the Drag Strip
  • IHRA Motorsports™ (IHRA) - additional track preparation equipment and rigs; new lighting, sound and stage equipment; development of new show content and a national touring series; growth of IHRA Productions and new media content.

NHRA Pro Mod Championship Coming Down To The Wire

As the NHRA Pro Mod Series ends its season in Las Vegas in a few weeks, the championship is still too close to call. Rickie Smith is the current points leader coming into the race, but Troy Coughlin, Mike Janis and Von Smith are all less than 100 points behind him.

Racing two events last weekend shook up the Pro Mod points standings. Pro Mod finished the delayed NHRA Carolina Nationals from Charlotte presented by Powerocks on Friday and Saturday, then went on to race the NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Precision Turbo & Engine on Sunday.

Troy Coughlin was #7 in points leaving Indy, he now currently sits in the #2 position after winning the Charlotte race and going to the quarter finals in St. Louis. Von Smith’s final round appearance in St. Louis put him ahead of Danny Rowe and Steve Matusek to grab the #4 spot. Mike Janis went to the finals of the Charlotte race, but an early exit in the St. Louis race bumped him down to the #3 spot. Winner Mike Knowles played the role of spoiler last weekend, starting in the #14 qualifying spot - and winning the St Louis event. Knowles jumped from #13 in points, to #10.

Supporting the Real Pro Mod (RPM) association all season has been their loyal sponsors. They continue to award products and bonuses to Pro Mod drivers at every race.
RedHorse Performance awarded first round bonuses to: Dave Pierce, Steve Matusek, Bill Glidden, Danny Rowe, Jim Laurita, Mike Janis, Steven Whitely and Jason Hamstra. Quarter-final bonuses went to Troy Coughlin, Dan Stevenson, Don Walsh and Kevin Fiscus. Rickie Smith and Todd Tutterow earned semi-final bonuses. The Larry Jeffers Race Cars Reaction Time Bonus went to Von Smit,h who cut a .027 light in his win against Rickie Smith.

At the RPM drivers meeting on Fridays of race weekends, prizes are raffled off to members. This past week, Jason Hamstra won $3,000 worth of Mickey Thompson Performance Wheels. Four drivers were each given $250 product certificates from JE Pistons: Danny Rowe, Don Walsh Jr., Chip King and Jim Bell. Von Smith and Chris Juliano each took home Powerocks chargers and Mike Janis was given two cases of CRC Brakleen.


Sponsor News: Stroud Safety Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stroud Safety has announced a campaign to help in the fight against the disease. Save 5% in the month of October with your purchase of Stroud Safety netting, drag chutes, cool collars and vests, fire suits or any other item that they offer in fluorescent pink and save 5%. In addition, they’ll add that 5% to their annual donation to Breast Cancer Research.

You can be part of making a difference in the fight against this deadly disease. Visit www.StroudSafety.com.


Hourly Rumble and Asphalt Assault at Gulfport Dragway

Gulfport, MS – Gulfport Dragway has a unique program that will give racers a lot for their $20 entry fee. The Hourly Rumble and Asphalt Assault provide a venue where racers can spend an entire evening at the dragstrip and not be eliminated, while still have a chance at winning some money.

The Hourly Rumble (Friday, October 10th, 2014) and the Asphalt Assault (Saturday, October 11th, 2014) give racers a chance to hone their dial-in skills while not being eliminated. At the top of each hour, the racer closest to their dial will win one of the progressive payouts. From 6 pm to 7 pm it’s $50; from 7 pm to 8 pm it’s $75, and from 9 pm to 10 pm it’s $100. This is a great idea. Perhaps the winners will feel confident enough to join the weekly bracket program.

On Friday night from 11 pm – 2 am, the track includes a Smackdown Street Race, heads-up, drag radials and slicks only. Gates open 4:00 pm both days. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com for more info.


Wrap-Up: Mid Atlantic .90 Season Finale; Bangs, Schurman and Mayers Crowned Champs

The Mid Atlantic .90 Association closed out its 2014 season at Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ. Two days of non-stop .90 action hit the track on Saturday morning through Sunday night.

MASGA, Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association: Going into Race #9 on Saturday, Super Gas racer Matt Schurman had a significant lead over 2006 World Champ Iggie Boicesco. Coming into the event both drivers were replacing events and with a good showing Boicesco could pass Schurman if Matt went out early. Unfortunately, Boicesco lost a heart breaker in the first round opening the door for Schurman to clinch by nights end. Schurman decided to go out in style as he took down muti-time MASGA champ Tom Goldman in the final of Race #9. In the finals it was anyone's race as both were pretty even off the line (.018 to .021 in favor of Goldman) but, Goldman was just a little too fast and lost a close double-breakout 9.888 to 9.894 handing the victory and clinching the championship for Schurman. On Sunday it another champ taking the victory as IHRA Division 1 champ Jerry Pierce took the victory back to Albany, NY. Waiting for Jerry was Joe Eckel and his 92 Camaro. In the final both driver played it safe at the tree (.015 to .018 in favor or Pierce) and with that slight advantage it forced Eckel to break-out with a 9.892 to Pierce's winning 9.913.

MASSA, Mid Atlantic Super Street Association: Jimmy Stack held a slim 2 point lead over Pittsburgh, Pa's Jeff Fisher going into event #9. Early exits by Fisher & Keith Mayers opened the door for Stack to build a lead that could see him clinch by nights end. Stack only made it to the semi-finals but, did pad his lead to 22 points going into race #10 on Sunday. Claiming the victory on Saturday was Bob Kodadek and his sharp looking Corvette. Bob who was making his 1st race of the season after an off season motorcycle accident made the best of his comeback. Waiting for Kodadek was NESSA president Kenny Vangorder and his Vega. At the tree Kodadek took a huge advantage (.022 to .083) and parlayed that into a 10.920 to 10.903 victory and his first MASSA victory. Entering Race #10 the cards were all out on the table. Five drivers had a shot at the Championship, now it was time to settle the score. Things got interesting in the first round as a match-up of the Frank Quarno & Marty Ganjoin would eliminate one from the chase. Quarno took the victory eliminated Ganjoin. Then Stack turned on the red-light to Jason Lawrence followed by Fisher who did the same to Vangorder eliminating Fisher. This would leave Quarno, Mayers and the leader Stack for the championship. Third round would eliminate another contender as Quarno took on Mayers. Mayers took the victory and with that he actually tied Stack going into the fourth round. Mayers was then defeated by Ron Ross driving the Penco Tech Camaro in the semi's. Ross then took that motivation to match up yet again with Vangorder in the finals. Ross laid down a 21 thousandths package in the finals and Kenny couldn't do much with that as Ross took his first MASSA Victory. Once the dust had settled Mayers & Stack found themselves tied but, it would come down to season victories. Mayers had two & Stack had one which means that Keith Mayers is the 2014 MASSA Champion.

MASCA, Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association: Going into the event 2 time champ Joey Cambria held a 2 round lead on about fourteen eligible drivers but, one problem....Cambria was in Ohio for business so he couldn't be there to help his cause. Knowing things wouldn't pan out till Race #10 racers still battled it out for the Event #9 victory. Ken Moses had run a limited 2014 MASCA season but, wheeled his American Race Cars digger to the finals. Waiting for Moses in the finals was Ash Senft. In the finals Senft took a huge advantage (.018 to .051) over Moses but, with the sun down and the lights on both drivers set-up way to quick with Senft breaking out the worst and handing the victory to Moses (8.861 to 8.865). After Race #9 Cambria's lead was cut down to 1 round but, he was still in the lead after Race #9. As Race #10 opened up there were 8 drivers who still had a shot at the championship. Senft & Mac Dougherty both lost in the 1st round eliminated them from the hunt, Fahnestock would then join them after round #2. Still in the hunt were Walter Olt, Kevin Scholl, Dave Long & Don Bangs. Long would take out Olt and Scholl was upended by Joe Gallucci III ending their hopes. As the night got longer it was going to come down to Long and Bangs in the finals. Long beat Dave Stine in the Semi's and Bangs got the bye-run. By now both drivers had passed Cambria for the Championship. This would set-up a winner take all 2014 MASCA Championship final round. At the hit Bangs took the advantage (.028 to .040) and held that advantage all the way to the finish line in a 8.928 to 8.923 victory and his first MASCA Championship.


Doing the B-O-P at Cordova Dragway Park

Cordova, IL - Calling all Midwest owners of Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs: Saturday, October 11 is your day at Cordova Dragway Park.

There’s a Show & Shine, a swap meet, and of course drag racing! Classes include Quick 16 Box / No Box Combo. The Q8 Box winner and the Q8 No Box winner each win $400, then run each other for an additional $600. Q8 entry fee is $75.

There’s also a Buick-Olds-Pontiac Race For Cash for Street Tires (drag radials and cheaters allowed) and Race Slicks. Each class pays $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, all based on 32 car minimum field. Entry for each is $40. Gates open at 9:00 am. For more info visit www.CordovaDrag.com.


Wrap-Up: Jason Vitez Clinches TNT Super Series Championship

Lancaster, NY - Friday September 26 saw the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series come to Elegant Builders Raceway Park for the final event of 2014, presented by Sam LoVetro Automotive. With a record number of cars on the property for EBRP's final race, the event ran into the early morning hours of Saturday and was ultimately called at 2:00am with three TNTSS cars remaining - Jeff Sobczynski, Tim Fletcher and Harry Phelps.

The 2014 TNTSS points championship will go to Jason Vitez. He won the first race of the season and led the points pretty much ever since. Going into the last race, Vitez had the championship points lead over JJ Jablonski, Tom Coonly, Ted Barnes and Harris Phelps in fifth.

The one and only qualifying session on Friday saw the top three qualify 3rd, 5th and 6th respectively... each gaining valuable qualifying points. Barnes was not so lucky and qualified at the bottom of the ladder, taking him out of championship contention. Then in a dramatic turn of events, both Vitez and Jablonski were taken out in first round, victims of Joe Karosik and Jim Thomson. That left Tom Coonly 57 points out of first place. If he got to the final and won, he would become the points champion.

In round two, Coonly was up against Harris Phelps. Almost dead even on the tree, Coonly was .519 to Phelps .518. At the big end, it was a .005 margin of victory for Phelps running 7.012 to Coonly's 7.016.... ending Coonly's championship hopes. And with Barnes falling in round three to Sobczynski, the top five remained almost exactly as they came into the day with the exception of fifth place.

For the first time in the TNTSS eight year history, there is a tie in the top five. Harry Phelps (Harris' father) defeated Harris in round three when Harris went .001 red. This landed them both with exactly the same number of points so both will receive embroidered TNTSS jackets along with the rest of the top five drivers.

All of this and more will be celebrated at the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series Awards Night which is coming up in November at Johnny Rocco's in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Stay close to www.tntsuperseries.com for the finalized date and everything else you need to know about the TNT Super Series.


Wrap-Up: East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association Finale - Gill Wins Day, Preiser Wins Season

Atco, NJ - In the final race of the 2014 season for the East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association, William Gill in the 1957 SS/MA Chevrolet wagon took the win over James Perrone in the 1969 G/SA Nova. The almost heads-up race (Gill's 11.16 dial to Perrone's 11.17 dial) was started off by two redlights. Perrone's was first so Gill takes the win. The semi-finalists were Rich Preiser (SS/EM 67 Mustang) and Bryan Valentine (SS/JA 97 Firebird).

Despite Gill's win, it was Preiser taking home the 2014 ECSSSA Championship. Congratulations, Rich.

photos: Dave Milcarek (www.DaveMilcarek.com)


Sponsor News: Mark Williams' Free Drive Stud Special
Mark Williams Enterprises has announced a special offer to those who purchase their Hi-Torque axles and the appropriate axle bearings by November 15th, 2014: a free 5/8" drive stud kit (racers, if you've never used drive studs, they are the way to go).

Mark Williams' Hi-Torque axles are forged from nickel-chromium-molybdenum or 300M alloy steel and austempered for extra strength and ductility, then precision CNC machined with absolutely perpendicular flanges. Bearing seats are tapered to the optimum profile and feature true involute splines. 40-spline axles are warranted for 10 years! This bonus sale includes a drive stud kit with 5/8" steel studs, aluminum Snap-Lock washers, jam nuts and our new Snap-Lock steel lug nuts. To qualify purchase any pair of Hi-Torque axles and the appropriate axle bearings before 11/15/14.

For more information, visit www.MarkWilliams.com.


Dutch Classic Coming Up at Maple Grove

Mohnton, PA - One of the biggest Sportsman races around is coming to Maple Grove Raceway Thursday, October 9 - Sunday, October 12, 2014. The Dutch Classic will include Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, the Hemi Challenge, Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.

Gates open Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 am and Sunday at 8:30 am. For more info visit www.MapleGroveRaceway.com.



From The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: The Big Red Galaxy at Atco

Thanks 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.

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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