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Gateway Motorsports Park Reschedules LODRS Due To Excessive Heat
July 17, 2017, St. Louis Region – This weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series All-American Hot Rod Showdown at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois has been rescheduled due to a multiple-day excessive heat advisory for the St. Louis area. The event has been rescheduled for October 20-22, 2017.

A detailed schedule for the new event will be released soon. The $20-per-car load coupons and ticket vouchers, originally valid for July 21-22, will be honored on October 21-22.

From the National Weather Service St. Louis Office: "A major heat wave is expected to unfold on Tuesday and then grip the area through Saturday. Dangerous levels of heat are forecast with the most oppressive conditions occurring Thursday through Saturday when highs will range from 97 to 103 degrees, and afternoon/early evening heat index values will be from 105-113. The St. Louis metro region will experience the most dangerous heat levels throughout the area."

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call visit www.gatewaymsp.com.
Rocky Mountain Superchargers Mid-Season Recap
Heading into the final stretch of the 2017 racing season, Rocky Mountain Superchargers (RMS) drivers will have a lot of Kansas – and a bit of Montana and Missouri – on their minds.

Although RMS, founded and shepherded by Ed Arcuri, III, and run under the watchful eye of Competition Director Ron Burge, has always been based in Colorado, its racers also come from 10 other states. Other than the Centennial State, they hail mostly from ...

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Paul Teutul Sr. and Orange County Choppers to Take Part in IDBL Bike Fest
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. - Paul Teutul Sr. entertained millions on his reality television show and even sat in the board room with President Trump. Now, he's on his way to one of the biggest motorcycle drag races and festivals of the year.

The International Drag Bike League (IDBL) is proud to announce the world-famous motorcycle builder and his Orange County Chopper (OCC) team will take part in the WPGC Bike Fest on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Maryland International Raceway. Teutul will bring along his son, Mikey, and the popular Spiderman custom ...

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Wrap-up: Gateway Motorsports Park's Dragplex E.T. Bracket Racing, July 7 & 8, 2017
Drag racing results from the July 7-8 weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park's Dragplex in Madison, Illinois.

Final-round results, indicating racer, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:

Winner: Caleb Beaird (Astoria, Illinois) 2010 dragster .053 5.020 sec. 136.62 mph.
Runner-up: Joe Renaud (Ladue, Missouri) 1998 ....

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Dragtime News On Location: 2017 NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown NJ

Englishtown, NJ - We were on location June 9-11, 2017 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the 48th Annual NHRA Summernationals. What a great time! The weather was fantastic (although hot!) and we got TONS of Sportsman photos (and we all love Sportsman photos).

The classes were Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Modified, Top Sportsman, Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas. As an added treat for me, two of Raceway Park's bracket classes were invited to compete...

Click HERE for more about the NHRA Summernationals and for the photos from June 9-11, 2017. PART IV IS NOW UP.

Dragtime News On Location: Memorial Shootout at Numidia Dragway / Saturday, May 27, 2017
Numidia, PA - We visited Numidia Dragway for its Memorial Weekend Shootout. Saturday and Monday featured $5,000 Super Pro and $3,000 Footbrake; Sunday was a $10,000 Super Pro and a $5,000 Footbrake. We took the Dodge and camera gear to the track for the Saturday race.

Click HERE for more details about Numidia's 2017 gambler races and for photos from May 27, 2017.

Dragtime News On Location: Gamblers Races at Englishtown / Sunday, May 21, 2017
Englishtown, NJ - We attended Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's Sunday Gambler’s Race Series on May 21 with races for Super ET and Pro ET.

Super ET (electronics; 7.00 – 12.99) paid $2,000 Win guaranteed based on 64 cars. Pro ET (no electronics; 9.00 – 17.99) paid $1,000 Win guaranteed.

Click HERE for more details about the Gamblers Series and for photos from May 21, 2017.

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Sponsor Spotlights
PROFORM® Parts Moroso Performance Products ATI Performance Products

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.

The Connecticut-based manufacturing operation is home to Moroso Performance Products and Competition Engineering - The Chassis People. The company also owns Moroso Wire Technologies ...

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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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Big Memorial Weekend Money Races at Numidia Dragway

Numidia, PA – Numidia Dragway's big-money races for Memorial Weekend are almost here. The Memorial Weekend Shootout is Saturday – Monday, May 27-29. Saturday and Monday each feature a $5K Super Pro and a $3K Footbrake race. Sunday features a $10K Super Pro and a $5K Footbrake race. Click the image to see the full flier.

Triple $5Ks at Huntsville Dragway’s Drive for Five
Huntsville, AL – Racers will have the chance to win three $5K races in a single weekend at the Drive for Five at Huntsville Dragway coming up Friday – Sunday, June 2-4, 2017.

Each day’s race pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $250 Quarters, $125 Eighths, $75 Sixteenths and $50 Thirty-Seconds. Payouts are guaranteed regardless of car count. Entry is $100; 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $75.

Gates open Friday at 8:00 am with time trials starting at 9:00 am. Gates open Saturday at 7:30 am with time trials at 8:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am with time trials for new entries at 9:30 am.

The remaining 2017 Drive for Five dates are September 29 - October 1. For more information visit www.HuntsvilleDragway.us.

Wrap-Up: Nostalgia Rendezvous at Gateway Motorsports Park
May 16, 2017, St. Louis Region – Drag racing results from the St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Saturday, May 13. Organizations: Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL), Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks (VNSS) and Ozark Mountain Super Shifters. Gassers and Funny Cars ran as exhibition classes.

Final-round results, indicating racer, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:

Winner: Billy Smith (Pickerington, Ohio) dragster .008 7.057 sec. 180.16 mph.
Runner-up: Jamie Palmer (Bowling Green, Ohio) -.143 (fouled) 7.169 sec. 194.32 mph.

Winner: Bo Boles (Slaughters, Kentucky) 1923 Ford T .048 7.498 sec. 177.16 mph.
Runner-up: Jarrod Bradshaw (Utica, Kentucky) dragster .007 7.480 sec. 175.55 mph.

Winner: Ted Maynor (Jackson, Michigan) .051 9.001 sec. 133.74 mph.
Runner-up: Glenn Lever (Rochester, New York) dragster .100 7.966 sec. 14.49 mph.

Winner: Greg Hillyer (Plainfield, Indiana) 1968 Mustang .045 9.987 sec. 133.29 mph.
Runner-up: Chuck Owen (N. Aurora) 1970 Camaro -.001 (fouled) 13.992 sec. 68.15 mph.

Winner: Tim Frees (Menasha, Wisconsin) 1963 Plymouth .107 10.518 sec. 116.45 mph.
Runner-up: B.J. Bax (Henley, Missouri) 1965 GTO .098 11.280 sec. 119.06 mph.

Winner: Jerry McMans (Madrix, Iowa) Oldsmobile -.018 (fouled) 7.371 sec. 183.24 mph.
Runner-up: Rachel Jones (Shawnee, Kansas) 1968 Camaro -.007 (fouled) 9.932 sec. 137.67 mph.

Winner: Jason McKague (Ballwin, Missouri) Nova .044 10.772 sec. 95.19 mph.
Runner-up: Curt Hoeft (Chamois, Missouri) 1969 Nova .014 6.438 sec. 105.97 mph.

Winner: Jon Tignor (Hillsboro, Missouri) 1979 Malibu .021 6.105 Sec. 110.96 mph.
Runner-up: Jeremy McKague (Chamois, Missouri) 1969 Nova .104 6.438 sec. 105.97 mph.

For more information about Gateway Motorsports Park, visit www.gatewaymsp.com.

National Dragster Challenge Coming Up May 27 at Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, FL – E.T. racers in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Super Pro Bike will be vying for a Wally at Gainesville Raceway on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

The payouts are based on the number of entries. At 45 entries, Super Pro pays $1,200 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $75 Quarters and $60 Eighths. Entry is $60, 1st Round buybacks are $25.

At 45 entries, Pro pays $1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters and $35 Eighths. Entry is $50, 1st Round buybacks are $25.

At 49 entries, Sportsman and Super Pro Bike each pay $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters and $35 Eighths. Entry is $35, 1st Round buybacks are $15.

Gates open at 3:00 pm with time trials at 4:00 pm. Visit www.GainesvilleRaceway.com for more info.

Sponsor News: New Bottle Clamps from Meziere Enterprises

Escondido, California – Meziere Enterprises is proud to introduce a line of bottle clamps for use across a wide variety of racing applications; a full line of billet aluminum clamps designed so beautifully and efficiently they will satisfy the most demanding customers. Meziere offers clamps for bottles ranging from 2” to 5.25” in diameter. If you require a simple and clean way to affix the clamp to a bar Meziere offers bar clamp accessory packages for a variety of bar diameters as well. Retail price for clamps range from $42.63 to $58.25.

Meziere Enterprises designs, develops and manufactures performance parts for all forms of motorsports and the serious hobbyist, including components for performance vehicles, and original equipment manufacturers. For more information visit www.meziere.com.

2017 Super 7 Series June 2-4 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 third event of the series is coming up Friday – Sunday, June 2-4, 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 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.

Money Reigns on the Hills at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA – Numidia Dragway is getting ready to kick off its 2017 series of big-money races.

First up is the Memorial Weekend Shootout, Saturday – Monday, May 27-29. Saturday and Monday each feature a $5K Super Pro and a $3K Footbrake race. Sunday features a $10K Super Pro and a $5K Footbrake race.

Next will be the July Fourth Weekend Spectacular on Saturday-Sunday, July 1-2. Saturday has a $10K Super Pro and a $5K Footbrake race; Sunday has a $5K Super Pro and a $3K Footbrake race. Friday night will be a test & tune and a gamblers race.

Then it’s SuperBucks In The Hills on Saturday-Sunday, September 2-3. Saturday has a $10K Super Pro and a $5K Footbrake race; Sunday has a $5K Super Pro and a $3K Footbrake race. Friday night will be a test & tune and a gamblers race.

Numidia will close out its 2017 season in big-money style with OctoberBucks in the first three weekends of October. Each weekend will include a $10K Super Pro and a $5K Footbrake race on Saturday then a $5K Super Pro and a $3K Footbrake race on Sunday, as well as high roller races during the weekend.

The $10K races pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis and $100 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Entry is $190; buybacks are $120.

The $5K races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $100 3rd Round Win and $50 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, buyback is $90.

The $3K races pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd Round Win. Entry is $90, buyback is $60.

Payouts are guaranteed. Super Pro ET breaks are 6.50 – 11.99; Footbrake is 8.50 – 15.99. All races are ¼ mile. For more information visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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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