Super 7 Wrapping Up at MMP (rescheduled)
AL - Montgomery Raceway Park’s Super 7
Series Season Finale scheduled for last weekend was
rained out and has been rescheduled to Friday –
Sunday, September 19th – 21st, 2014. Super
Pro features a daily payout of $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $50 Round starting with 3rd
Round Win. Payouts ate based on 100 entries. Enter any single
race for $150, or enter the weekend (three races) for $350.
1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100. Electronics OK. Two drivers
may drive the same car in a single class, but one driver cannot
double the same car.
addition there’ll be Pro Class races on Saturday and
Sunday that each pay $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis,
and $50 Quarters. Payouts based on 30 entries. Entry is
$30 per race, 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $20.
open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking. Gates open Friday
at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Saturday
and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.MMPDragRacing.com
for more info.
Looks To Build on Last Year's Success with 2014 Show
Performance Racing Industry Show returned to Indianapolis
last year for the first time since 2004 after the show’s
owner, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA),
acquired the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS),
consolidating it with the PRI Trade Show under the PRI brand.
For 2014, show producers are preparing an even better event
for the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show,
to be held at the Indiana Convention Center
in Indianapolis, Indiana, from December 11–13,
2013 show was a huge success for both exhibitors and attendees,”
said PRI Trade Show Producer John Kilroy.
“Yet, we have areas that we’re looking to fine
tune and improve on to ensure we present the most incredible
showcase of the latest advances in racing technology in
the show’s 27-year history." With that in mind,
the decision was made to open more space in the Exhibit
Halls to accommodate additional racing parts manufacturers
as exhibitors by not allowing trailers inside the Exhibit
zoning off streets adjacent to the Convention Center for
trailer exhibits, and there will be many trailer manufacturers
with regular exhibit booths inside the Convention Center.
We just won’t have trailers inside the Convention
Center,” relayed Kilroy. “In turn, that will
allow for additional space to bring more exhibitors inside
the Exhibit Halls.”
year’s PRI Trade Show is expected to play host to
exhibits from over 1,100 racing companies occupying 3,000
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.
Wins Rescheduled WNYSRA Race
NY – Multi-time Super Rod and Hot Rod champion
Jon Jablonski is used to winning races, not
to mention bunches of rounds of competition. So, one can understand
why Jon felt a little out of sorts early this season as he
struggled to get his Jason Vitez Race Cars ’67 Chevy
II to repeat from one run to the next. Jon was so frustrated
that he literally removed his car from competition so that
he could concentrate on testing to get the car to meet his
performance expectations. That strategy paid dividends just
a scant few weeks after re-entering competition with a win
at the Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association
(WNYSRA) event at Empire Dragway, which was presented by BRK
Machine & Performance of Alden, NY.
drivers entered Sunday’s race, and it didn’t
take long for Jablonski to notify the rest of the field
he was back and meant business, as after two rounds of qualifying
Jablonski sat atop the qualifying list with a 9.910 e.t..
For his efforts, Jablonski earned an additional 10 points
for being the #1 qualifier, and a first round matchup with
prior race winner and current points leader, Jeff Gregoire.
The tough matchup didn’t faze Jablonski though, as
he was able to use a healthy starting line advantage to
defeat Gregoire with a 9.931 second E.T. to Gregoire’s
second round of eliminations, Jablonski found himself up
against previous WNYSRA race winner John Cira of Rochester,
NY, who was third overall in the points standings. In contrast
to Jablonski’s first round race where he had a significant
starting line advantage, in this race Jablonski found himself
behind at the start with a .036 second reaction time to
Cira’s stout .008 second R.T. Knowing that Jablonski
would be closing on him fast at over 150 mph, Cira was concerned
about scrubbing too much speed on the top end and allowing
Jablonski to get around him. This ended up coming back to
haunt Cira though, as he took too much stripe and broke
out with a 9.880 second elapsed time to Jablonski’s
winning E.T. of 9.915 seconds. In the other 2nd round pairings,
Doug Lynden of Fredonia, NY defeated the 1994 Chevy Corvette
of Mark Herbold, Bill Elekes in his 1995 Chevy Beretta beat
Len Oleksy of Depew, NY, and Andy Lawrence of Spencerport,
NY used a near perfect .002 second reaction time and excellent
9.915 second elapsed time to defeat the always competitive
Jon Pellicane of Attica, NY in his 2013 Chevrolet Corvette.
Lawrence’s 0.017 second package on his winning run
held up as the best of the event, and as such he was named
the winner of the “Jiffy-tite Package Award”,
which includes a $50 gift certificate from Jiffy-tite Motorsports.
semifinals, Jablonski was matched up with Lynden in his
1927 Ford roadster. When the Christmas Tree lit, both drivers
left the starting line with superb reaction times; .011
seconds for Jablonski, and .006 seconds for Lynden. But,
at the other end, Jablonski laid down a near perfect 9.906
second elapsed time to defeat the too quick Lynden, who
broke out with his 9.876 second E.T. The other semifinal
matchup saw Elekes take on Lawrence. Unfortunately though,
this race was over before it started as Lawrence ended up
being disqualified for failing to stage his car in the allotted
time. This occurred as Lawrence engaged the transbrake,
and a transmission malfunction caused his Chevy Monte Carlo
to back up a few inches, which was just enough to back out
of the stage beam.
set up the finals between Elekes and Jablonski, who are
not only very good friends, but also have a mentor –
protégé relationship. In the past, Jablonski
had driven Elekes’ race cars on more than one occasion.
But in addition, Jablonski worked for Elekes for many years,
including at Elekes’ most recent venture, Autos Direct
of Buffalo. In late 2013, Jablonski felt he was finally
ready to make a go of it on his own, and with Elekes’
guidance founded Autos Direct of Alden. So, this was definitely
not going to be just another final for these veteran competitors,
as winning this race was certain to be a little sweeter
Given what was at stake, everyone expected to see the best
from both drivers, and they didn’t disappoint. Jablonski
and Elekes left the starting line with near identical reaction
times, with Jablonski holding a slight .005 second advantage
over Elekes. But, on this day, Jablonski’s car was
remarkably dialed-in to the Super Rod index of 9.90 seconds,
and this run would prove no different as Jablonski would
run a 9.925 second elapsed time to secure the victory over
Elekes and his 9.934 second E.T. In every round of competition
at this event, Jablonski ran closer to the Super Rod index
than his competitor, which certainly played a large role
in his victory.
more information about the WNYSRA, visit www.wnysra.com.
Shootout and Musclecars at Milan Dragway
MI – Milan Dragway has something
for everybody the weekend of September 19th – 21st,
night is Harleys at the Dragway, which includes
three all-Harley classes, one metric class and one All Run
Drag Bike class. There’ll also be a swap meet, vendors
and live music. Gates open at 5:00 pm. $12 to race or watch.
is the Saturday Shootout Series with Outlaw Limited
Street, X275, Ultra Street, Wild Street, Open Comp and Jr.
Dragsters. Sunday 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.
for more information.
Wins TNT Super Series Race of Champions
ONT - Past TNT Super Series champion David Surmatchewski
from Oakland, Ontario took the win in the REVS Full Throttle
Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS - an event unique to the Joe's
Transmission TNT Super Series - held during the Labour Day
weekend events at Cayuga Dragway. Open to all previous TNTSS
event winners and with no entry fee, the ROC paid $1,200 to
win and $400 to runner-up.
got the competition bye in round one as the number one qualifier.
In round two, he faced Pete D'Agnolo who has been on fire
recently, winning everything from no box to the 2014 IHRA
Super Stock Division One title. D'Agnolo earned his first
TNTSS win one week ago and got himself a spot in the ROC.
That's where it ended as he went .012 red to Surmatchewski's
.013 green. In the semis, Jamie Stoneman had the tree .019
to .030 but he couldn't catch Surmatchewski who ran dead-on-3
to Stoneman's 7.021 - margin of victory .007. At the same
time, Marc Vezina was making his way through the other side
of the ladder, taking out Gary Kerl, Ted Barnes and JJ Jablonski.
In the final both drivers away got away clean. Surmatchewski
had the lead .036 to .052 and ran dead-on-8 while letting
Vezina take the stripe to go under 6.973.
was the 2011 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series Champion
and drives a 1983 Olds Cutlass powered by a 377 small block
Chevrolet making 600hp @ 8100rpm. The car has run a best
of 10.19 @133 mph.
for more info.
At The River
TX - Little River Dragway will be
the place to be for grudge racing on Saturday, September
20th, 2014 as the track hosts the Bar None,
Fade All Grudge Race.
also be Index racing: 5.80 pays $1,500 Win ($50 entry),
6.60 pays $800 Win ($40 entry) and 7.00 pays $600 Win ($30
Gates open at 2:00 pm, with the lanes opening at 4:00 pm.
For more info visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com.
Challenge at Maryland Int’l Raceway
Creek, MD - Maryland International Raceway
presents the Quartermasters Challenge
on Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The Challenge is an 1/8-mile, all-run race that pays $3,000
Win, $800 Runner-Up and $100 Semis. Entry is $85, re-entry
is $40. There’s also an 1/8-mile Top Sportsman that
pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $100 Semis, based on
48 car field. Entry is $75.
on the schedule are Jr. Dragsters ($250 win), test &
tune, a show & shine and many grudge races. Gates open
at 9:00 am. Visit www.MIRDrag.com
for more info.
News On Location: 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at
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.
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.
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.
Part I HERE.
Bike Blowout at Capitol Raceway
MD - If you race on two wheels and you’re in
the area of Capitol Raceway, then the Metro
Area Grudge Bike Blowout on Sunday, September
21st could be for you.
ET pays $1,500 Win and $500 Runner-Up. Entry is $50 and
1st round buybacks are $20. Street ET pays $750 Win and
$200 Runner-Up. Entry is $40 and 1st round buybacks are
$20. V-Rod and Bagger each pays $300 Win and $100 Runner-Up.
Entry is $25 and 1st Round buybacks are $10.
also be No Time, Grudge, test & tune, a dunk tank and
a Corn Hole Competition (I don’t want to know). For
more info visit www.capitolraceway.com.
Drags at Gulfport Dragway
MS – Gulfport
Dragway’s Fall Drags are coming up on Saturday,
September 20th, 2014. Electronics pays $300 Win,
$200 Runner-Up and $60 Semis. Entry is $40; 1st and 2nd
Round buybacks are $10. Footbrake pays $250 Win, $150 Runner-Up
and $50 Semis. Entry is $30; 1st and 2nd Round buybacks
are $10. Jr. Dragster pays $150 Win, $75 Runner-Up and $25
Semis. Entry is $20. 10 car minimum.
also awarded to Winners and Runners-Up. $100 paid to Low
ET during time trials. Gates open at 11:00 am, time trials
at 12:00 noon, and 1st Round starts at 3:00 pm. For more
info visit www.GulfportDragway.com.
Millions at Piedmont Dragway
NC - The Mini Million comes to Piedmont
Dragway during September 19th – 21st, 2014.
event features three $15Ks and a $30K. The $15Ks are Friday,
Saturday and Sunday; each pays $15,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up,
$1,000 Semis, $600 6th Round Win, $400 5th Round Win, $200
4th Round Win, and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry is $175 per
day, or enter all three days for $500. 1st round buybacks
is the $30K that pays $30,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $2,000
Semis, $800 6th Round Win, $600 5th Round Win, $400 4th
Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $400, 1st round
buybacks are $180.
open Friday at 12:00 noon with time trials at 3:00 pm. Gates
open Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 am. Visit www.TheMillionOnline.com
for more info.
Map for the NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals at US-13 Dragway
you're an NHRA Division 1 bracket racer and will be heading
to US-13 Dragway in Delmar, DE for the Division 1 Bracket
Finals next week, here's the parking map for the pits. Click
on the small map here to go to a larger version.
you in Delaware next week!
The Dial: Friday - Sunday, September 19th - 21st, 2014
Montgomery Raceway Park:
rescheduled Super 7 season finale (Fri - Sun).
Raceway: Friday Night Drags (Fri).
NHRA Division 1 ET Bracket Finals (Thursday - Saturday)
Auto Plus Raceway:
ET bracket racing (Sat)..
Cordova Dragway Park:
Test, Trophy & Gamblers (Fri), Mobile Wiring Race
& Show (Sat), Midwest F-Body & Open Fun Day (Sun).
Raceway: test &
test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat), Gambler's
race (Sun). Mt. Park Dragway:
test & tune, trophy (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat).
test & tune (Friday), ET bracket racing (Sat), Bike
Blow Out (Sun). Cecil
East Coast Buick Regionals (Fri-Sat). Maryland
International Raceway: Midnight Madness
(Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat), Quartermasters Challenge
(Sun). Mason-Dixon Dragway:
Milan Dragway: Harleys
(Fri), Muscle Car Showdown (Sat), ET bracket racing (Sun).
Fall Drags (Sat).
New England Dragway:
Street Night (Fri), test & tune (Sat), test &
Atco Dragway: test
& tune (Fri), Outlaws at Atco (Sat), Harleys &
Hot Rods (Sun). Old Bridge
Township Raceway Park: test & tune,
Gambler's race (Sun).
Builders Raceway Park: closed. Empire
Dragway: Nostalgia drags (Sat), 1/8th
Mile Box / No Box (Sun). ESTA
test & tune (Sun). Lebanon
Valley Dragway: Mopars @ The Valley (Sat),
Gearheads @ The Valley (Sunday). Skyview
Coastal Plains Raceway:
test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat). Farmington
Dragway: Friday Night Thunder (Fri). Mooresville
Dragway: ET bracket racing (Sat). Piedmont
Dragway: Mini Millions (Fri-Sun). Rockingham
Dragway: Late Nite Street Drags (Sat).
Beaver Springs Dragway:
closed. Maple Grove Raceway:
Jr. Dragsters, heads-up racing, test & tune (Sat),
trophy (Sun). Numidia Dragway:
closed. Pittsburgh Raceway
Park: IHRA Division 3 Bracket Finals (Thur-Sun).
Quarter Aces / South Mountain:
test & tune (Sat).
IHRA Division 2 Bracket Finals (Thur-Sun). Greer
Dragway: motorcycle race (Fri), ET bracket
racing, Classic Gear Jammers (Sat).
ET bracket racing (Sat-Sun).
Little River Dragway:
test & tune, street-legal shootout (Fri), Grudge Fest
at the River (Sat).
Elk Creek Dragway:
test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing, Stick Shift
Championship Series (Sat). Sumerduck
Dragway: ET bracket racing (Sat). Virginia
Motorsports Park: Mopar Madness (Sat-Sun).
Great Lakes Dragaway:
Real Street Drags (Fri), Nitrous Street Car Brawl (Sat),
Import Wars (Sun).
The Track Info page for
more information about these tracks.
Dragtime News Featured Photo: Door Cars vs. Dragsters, or
Why I Love Bracket Racing
is why I love bracket racing, for pairings like
this: a production door car against a purpose-built dragster.
I've had many rounds like this, my Dodge dialed around
10.70 and my dragster opponent around 7.50. Pure seat-of-the-pants
driving, stabbing the brakes at the last second, sometimes
you get there first, sometimes the dragster gets by you.
Either way, it's a rush! (photo
by Bob Beucler)
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Dragway’s 2014 Season Packed With Variety (Updated)
Dragway has announced its 2014 schedule, and once
again the track is delivering something for every racer.
see the return of the track’s popular Street
Legal Drags, providing a great way to help bring
new racers to our sport in a fun and safe environment. Saturdays
(and occasional Sundays) are Summit Series ET bracket points.
Sundays are Test & Tune. Please check
the track’s website and schedule to make sure these
events are in effect on the specific day you’re planning
is known as “The Home Of The Guaranteed Payout,”
and the track’s series of 2014 big money races will
showcase that. Big money races scheduled include Sunday
& Monday, May 25th & 26th ($5,000 Super
Pro / $5,000 Footbrake); Friday – Sunday,
July 4th – 6th (3rd Annual Superbucks In
The Hills); the month of October it will be OctoberBucks
(exact schedule to be announced).
races include the OK 4WD Mudbog
(rescheduled for May 3rd), MANDRA
nostalgia drags on Saturday, May 10th, National
Dragster Challenge / Jr. Dragster Challenge (Saturday,
June 14th), Fireworks Show / Great Lakes Nostalgia
Funny Cars (Saturday, June 28th), NHRA
King Of The Track (Saturday, July 12th), NADM
Diesel Nationals (Saturday, July 19th), 4th
Annual Racer Appreciation Day (Saturday, August
16th) and NETO nostalgia drags on Saturday,
more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
Registration For PRI Trade Show Now Available Online
retailers, engine builders, fabricators, warehouse distributors,
race team members and other motorsports professionals planning
to attend this year’s Performance Racing Industry
Trade Show in Indianapolis can now register online,
via the PRI website. There is no charge. This year's PRI Show
takes place December 11-13, 2014 at the Indiana
can click here
to register online, or go to the registration section at
After verification of their role in motorsports has been
approved, attendees will receive an official confirmation
email of their acceptance. The deadline to register
online is November 28, 2014.
always, the hottest new racing products, the latest advances
in motorsports engineering, and the best of today’s
precision automotive machining equipment will be on display
at PRI, where all forms of racing are represented, including
stock car, sprint car, dirt late model, open wheel, drag
racing, off-road, karting and much more.
a pretty amazing three days for anyone in the business of
auto racing. Not only are all the new racing parts on display,
but you can talk to the technical folks behind the new technology
and tap into their speed expertise,” said PRI Trade
Show Producer John Kilroy. “You’re going to
need all three days to shop the Show!”
PRI is much more than a trade show, as the days leading
up to and including the Show have come to be known as Race
Industry Week. With over 35 conferences, seminars, social
events and gatherings, this year’s Race Industry Week
will provide an abundance of unparalleled business, education
and networking opportunities.
PRI Show is a trade-only event; only members of the racing
industry are granted admission. For additional information
on the 2014 PRI Show, visit www.PRI2014.com.
U.S. Nationals: It's Special; Now Let's Make It Unique
you're a regular reader of The Dragtime News,
you know that I'm as devoted a drag racing fan as there
is. Being the fan that I am, I watch all of the events on
ESPN2. I think overall the coverage is good, especially
given the fact that many of us can remember when our sport
was rarely if ever on TV. Now we have a whole season, and
it includes qualifying and Sportsman programs as well.
was watching the coverage of The U.S. Nationals,
taking in all of the history of the event and hearing the
drivers say how winning Indy is so special. And I found
myself wondering, "It might be special, but is it really
so unique?" It seems like all of the reverence for
this event is based on its past, not on its present. However,
back when this event started it obviously had no past: it
was the event's very existence that made it special and
early days of our sport, there were no national events.
That changed in 1955, when the first national event in Great
Bend, KS gave racers from different parts of the country
the chance to meet at one event and prove who was the best.
The event was special because winning it was such an accomplishment,
and unique because it crowned national champions which hadn't
been done before. That single event then went to different
tracks for the next few years. It settled in Indianapolis
in 1961, the same year that the Winternationals was added
as a second event. In more recent memory (I believe until
sometime in the 1990s), the U.S. Nationals featured double
points, which kept the event both special and unique.
forward to present day and The U.S. Nationals is really
the same as any other stop on the NHRA tour. True, it has
another qualifying session, a 64-car Comp field and it's
the final race of the regular season for the pros to secure
a top-10 spot in the Coutdown To The Championship, but other
than that it's no different. I say let's make it special
and unique once again. Bring back double points
for the pros. That'll really make things interesting,
especially because it is the last race of the regular
season before The Countdown. You want to win the "biggest
race of the year?" Then let's make it the biggest
race of the year. Imagine: a team with no mathematical
chance at the top 10 under the current points system could
make it in if they have a really good day at the U.S. Nationals
with a double points system. On the flip side, teams that
would be a lock under the current points going into Indy
would have to fight extra hard to do well in a double points
scenario to keep from getting bumped.
that can help build more drama and excitement for our sport
is a good thing, and double points for the pros at The U.S.
Nationals would provide both. That's just my .002.
Heading Out For A Long-Distance Tow
racers, we’re getting close to the time of
year when we all head to our respective bracket finals.
Wherever you live and whatever track you race for, if you’ve
had a good season in either NHRA or IHRA ET bracket competition,
you’ve secured a spot on your track’s team and
will be going to do battle with the best of the best of
all of the tracks in your division. Some of you might have
a long tow ahead of you, and some of you might not be used
to towing for long distances. Before you take to the road,
here’s a handy check list to refer to before heading
out. You should also refer to Basics
of Proper Trailer Towing.
always have a spare trailer tire, and if possible
carry two spares. If you have a blowout of a trailer tire
and you use the spare, then you’ll be completing
your trip with no additional spare. Another issue is the
remaining tire that was on the same side as the blowout
may have taken a lot of abuse when it had to support all
of the weight on that side by itself. It’s possible
the tire has been compromised. When it comes time to replace
the tire that blew out, you should replace the other one
at the same time. Make sure that when you check the tire
pressures on the truck and trailer before hitting the
road, you also air up the spare. If it's been sitting
for a while, it's likely not inflated enough to last very
long while carrying a heavy load.
you do have a blowout on your trailer,
the easiest way to get that tire off the ground is to
drive the good tire up onto a ramp. I keep two ramps I
made of wood in my tow vehicle (pictured). If
I do blow a tire, I put the ramps on both sides of the
trailer and drive it up evenly. You’ll want to break
the lug nuts loose before getting the flat tire off the
to your auto parts store and stock up on emergency road
flares to use if you need to pull over on the
side of the road. Also pick up a tire plug kit.
Not all flats are blowouts. Many are punctures from a
nail or screw that are easily repaired with a rope plug.
You can then air the tire back up using the portable compressor
you keep in your trailer to air up your slicks. Don’t
have one? Time to get one!
your tow vehicle an oil change, and if possible
new transmission fluid. A little bit of cheap maintenance
can go a long way toward keeping your rig happy and healthy.
you’re traveling a long distance to get to your
bracket finals, you may find yourself parking your rig
in a hotel parking lot
on the way to and from the event (when you’re at
the event, you’ll likely unhook the trailer and
leave it at the track as you go back and forth to the
hotel). This brings up the questions of security. How
much would THAT stink to go out to the parking lot the
next morning to find an empty spot where your truck, trailer
and race car were parked. A good insurance policy is a
trailer security system like the Pro-Tec
System One, which monitors and protects the
trailer and its contents. Any movement of the trailer,
or the opening of a door will trigger the alarm. This
will cause the electrical brakes of the trailer to be
applied making movement impossible in addition to exterior
alarms alerting the public.
but not least, know your loaded weight! Take your fully
loaded trailer to a weigh station or scrap yard with a scale
and find out how much you’re really towing. Good luck
and safe travels.
Back The Clock at Milan Dragway
MI - Milan Dragway presents their Nostalgia
Drags on Saturday, September 27th, 2014.
Open to cars 1989 and older, race classes include Nostalgia
Box (7.75 & quicker, 1/8th mile, $1,000 Win,
$300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, based on 40 cars,
$40 entry), Nostalgia No-Box (13.99 &
quicker, $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters,
based on 40 cars, $40 entry), and Nostalgia Sportsman
(11.50 & slower, footbrake, $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up,
$50 Semis, $25 Quarters, based on 30 cars, $35 entry).
also a Muscle Car Show & Shine, The Great Lakes Gassers,
and funny car match races. Gates open at 9:00 am. Visit
for more info.
Mopar Classic at Piedmont Dragway
NC - The McCandless Mopar Classic
comes to Piedmont Dragway on Sunday, September
14th, 2014, featuring Mopar drag racing, car show and swap
racing classes include Top ET (0.00 – 7.99) that pays
$1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters;
payouts based on 32 car field. Entry is $35, buybacks are
$30. Footbrake (all run) pays $700 Win, $200 Runner-Up,
$50 Semis and $25 Quarters, based on 32 car field. Entry
is $20, buybacks are $15. There’s also Mopar Street
and a test & tune.
open at 10:00 am, time trials start at 12:00 noon. Visit
for more info.
Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway
PA - Maple Grove Raceway will present
the annual Fun Ford Weekend on Sunday,
September 14th, 2014. The event includes an all-Ford
car show, drag racing, manufacturers midway and swap meet.
weekend will kick off on the evening of Friday, Sept. 12,
with Auto Locator Fast Friday. Gates will open at 4 p.m.
with informal heads-up racing and testing from 5-10 p.m.
Adult spectator admission is $10. Entry fee is $20 for street-legal
cars and motorcycles, $25 for trailered cars. On Saturday,
Sept. 13, Maple Grove will host Fords Against The World
and the Fairlane Club of America's car show. Cars of all
manufacture are welcome and if a Ford wins the final round
of eliminations in the Bracket 1 or Bracket 2 classes, Scott's
Transmission Center will award a $150 bonus to the driver.
CLASSES AND PURSES:
Saturday Bracket 1, Sunday Quick Ford (Bracket 1): 7.00-19.99
sec. E.T., electronics. If a Ford wins on Saturday, Scott's
Transmission Center will pay 1 $150 bonus. Purse: $800 to
win, $400 for runner-up, $100 for semifinals, $75 for quarter-finals,
$50 for eighths.
Bracket 2, Sunday Fast Ford (Bracket 2): 7.00-19.99 sec.
E.T., non-electrnics. If a Ford wins on Saturday, Scott's
Transmission Center will pay a $150 bonus. Purse: $800 to
win, $400 for runner-up, $100 for semifinals, $75 for quarter-finals,
$50 for eighths.
more information, visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Points Weekend Coming Up at Gulfport Dragway
MS – Attention in the Gulfport Dragway
pits! September 13th & 14th are the last chances for
Gulfport’s bracket racers to gain points for the 2014
Electronics and Pro Footbrake run both days; each pays $1,000
Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry
is $40 and buybacks are $20. Jr. Dragster runs Saturday
only and pays $150 Win, $50 Runner-Up and $20 Semis. Entry
is $20 and buybacks are $10.
open Saturday at 12:00 noon, Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com.
Photos from the Englishtown LODRS
our Dragtime News On Location photo coverage
from the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will be
massive, so if you're not on the email list, JOIN NOW and
you be alerted when it's published. See the subscription form
in the upper-right of the Home page. Here are a few shots
from the weekend to give you a taste...
Super 7 Wrapping Up at MMP
Raceway Park’s Super 7 Series Season Finale
is Friday – Sunday, September 12th – 14th,
2014. Super Pro features a daily payout of $10,000
Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $50
Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Payouts ate based on 100
entries. Enter any single race for $150, or enter the weekend
(three races) for $350. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.
Electronics OK. Two drivers may drive the same car in a single
class, but one driver cannot double the same car.
there’ll be Pro Class races on Saturday and Sunday
that each pay $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and
$50 Quarters. Payouts based on 30 entries. Entry is $30
per race, 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $20.
open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking. Gates open Friday
at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Saturday
and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.MMPDragRacing.com
for more info.
vs. TN Street Outlaws at Farmington Dragway
Carolina’s Top 10 Street Outlaws will take on the Top
10 from Tennessee at the 2nd Annual NC Street Outlaws
Top 10 Shootout at Farmington Dragway
on Friday – Saturday, September 12th – 13th, 2014.
Outlaws pays $3,000; entry is $75. True Street pays $1,000
Win based on 20 cars; entry is $50.6.49 and 7.49 pays $500
based on 10 cars; entry is $50.
open Friday at 5:00 for testing and qualifying. Gates open
Saturday at 12:00 noon. For rules visit www.NCStreetOutlaws.com.
Coalition at Rockingham Dragway
NC - The Carolina Coalition bracket
series makes a stop at Rockingham Dragway September
13th & 14th. Each day has a Top ET and Footbrake
/ Modified big money gambler’s race. Top ET pays $3,000
Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $40 Round starting
3rd Round win. Entry is $75 for either day, or $125 for
both. Footbrake / Modified pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up,
$150 Semis, and $20 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry
is $50 for either day, or $90 for both.
is open for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with
time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with
a time run for new entries only. Visit www.RockinghamDragway.com
for more information.
Redesigned Dragtime T-Shirts Are Now Available, And They Are
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.
quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L,
XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL.
the previous design...
what could the new one look like?
The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: The Big Red Galaxy at Atco
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.
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)
Tests & Installs
Basics of Proper Trailer Towing
we all log a lot of miles transporting ourselves and our cars
to the dragstrip on a weekly basis. This is no small task
but many of us take it for granted. Think about it: we’re
not only driving a vehicle, but that vehicle is towing another
vehicle that’s carrying yet another vehicle. Then think
about how many knucklehead drivers we encounter on a daily
basis when we’re driving our regular cars. It’s
bad enough having to take evasive action when driving a daily
driver. It’s even worse when we’re driving a loaded
a properly equipped and loaded trailer won’t prevent
any encounters with knucklehead drivers, but it can change
the outcome from being catastrophic to being a minor annoyance.
Proper towing means having the right equipment, knowing
how to load and employing safe drive habits.
The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring
may recall that I had an electrical fire in the trunk of the
Dodge last season. My alternator developed
a dead short and it overheated the wire running back to the
battery. Then, VOILA!... smoke and fire. It was at that time
that I realized the wiring in the Dodge had to go. Not just
some of it, but ALL of it. I spoke with my friend and fellow
Englishtown bracket racer Steve Russell,
who's a bit of a Mr. Wizard when it comes to wiring and electrical.
He took my thought a step further and suggested not just replacing
the wiring but upping the size, making a new fuse block, adding
relays, and installing a nice switch panel.
we documented the before and after here. Not only is the
Dodge safer, but it also starts easier and the fuel pump,
water pump and fan work better. It also looks great under
the hood. If you race a vehicle that still has the original
wiring, trust me. Replace it. It's a great investment. If
you're in the NJ/PA/DE area of the country and are interested
in having Steve do the job on your car, his contact info
is at the end of the article.
to go to the installation.
Fall For The Myths About Oil
I recently made a big change in my routine: I switched to
a different brand of oil. As a racer using a flat tappet camshaft
I always knew that oil is critical to lobe life, but the way
I went about it was not very good. I had been using a pretty
heavy mixture of oil, thinking that heavier is better. My
builder raised an interesting scenario when he found some
wear attributed to lack of oiling. He said I'm never getting
the engine hot enough to really flow the heavy oil that I
was running. I then did some research and made the switch
to Joe Gibbs Driven racing oil (I went with their organic
HR2 10W-30). I then started reading some of the technical
articles on their website and wanted to share some of them
Fall For The Myths!
We separate fact from fiction with some of these
more common—and harmful—oil myths
live in a world where more is better. More money in
the bank account, more friends in the Facebook account,
we even know some people with more tattoos than we care
to count. But among all types, horsepower freaks and
gearheads may be the worst. When it comes to horsepower
more is never enough, even if it means sacrificing durability
System Info & FAQs
Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter
racers, we're always looking to go fast, but slowing safely
is actually much more important. Additionally, for the footbrakers
among us, it's the braking system that holds the car at the
starting line as we're way up on the converter. That's why
when I saw this technical piece about brake systems on the
website of Mark
Williams Enterprises, I knew I had to share it
here with you. The article continues at the link below, and
discusses Pedal Ratio & Master Cylinder, Master Cylinder
Selection, Caliper Alignment Clearance and Position, Proportioning
Valves, Brake Lines and Fluid, and Troubleshooting.
- we’ve all received it or innocently
passed it along at one time or another. I’m sure you
have your own examples of it. One of mine pertained to torque
converters, and ATI helped educate
me. Follow the link below to read about my experience.
& Installs here.
Cams LSR Series Hydraulic Rollers
All In The Timing, Pt. 1
Flying Connecticut Bowtie
LSR™ Series from COMP Cams® is
a lineup of hydraulic roller camshafts featuring the most
advanced lobe designs for all popular GM LS engine (single
& three-bolt) applications. Designed specifically for
radical street performance and all-out racing applications,
these aggressive profiles take full advantage of today's newer
and better-flowing aftermarket cathedral and rectangular port
LS cylinder heads.
higher exhaust duration and overall lift, LSR™ Roller
Cams are the right choice for engine builders looking for
the most advanced designs available in off-the-shelf options.
With the broadest powerband and most top-end power of any
LS cams ever created, the LSR™ Series will jump start
the bragging rights of LS engine owners.
features include advanced lobe designs for LS engines, higher
exhaust duration & overall lift, broadest powerband
of all LS cams on the market, and the most top-end power
of any LS cams ever created. For additional information
is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column
from the July 2012 issue of Drag Racer Magazine
HERE to subscribe). It's always a good
time for a refresher course on how our timing system works...
Waterman, of W Suffield CT owns this big yet surprisingly
quick 1937 Chevy Coupe. The car is raced around New England
at nostalgia events.
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.
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.
we do on the dragstrip relates to time. We put a time on
our windows, we try to leave on time, and we’ll hit
the brakes at the stripe to kill some time. Yet with all
of the importance of time to what we do, there are racers
who don’t fully understand the timing system of the
travels racing at Northeast dragstrips I’ve gotten
to know Al and Sue Smyth
of Portatree Systems (www.PortaTree.com).
The Smyth family is extremely active in our sport. Al races
a stick SS/AH 1968 Barracuda, son Stephen races a 2009 A/SA
Hemi Challenger, and daughter Allison races a C/SA 1997
Firebird. Practice trees, full competitive drag racing timing
systems, and simulators are all part of the products that
Portatree manufactures. As someone who founded and runs
a company that makes...
Product News here.
News On Location
News On Location: 2014 LI Hot Rod Reunion / Old Days Drags
were on location at Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park in Englishtown, NJ on Saturday, July
26th 2014 for the Long Island Hot Rod Reunion
and on Sunday July 27th, 2014 for the Old
Days Drags and Funny Car Reunion. On Saturday I
took the Dodge and won the Pro Tree Eliminator, so I don't
have many photos. On Sunday I left the Dodge at home and
just concentrated on shooting.
II is now up; click
HERE to go to Part II or start
at the beginning with Part I.
Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown
were on location at the NHRA Toyota Summernationals
at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park from
Friday - Sunday, May 30th - June 1st, 2014. Classes were
Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator,
Top Dragster, Pro Mod, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock,
Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster.
we have to give thanks to NHRA for supplying credentials
and for their hospitality during the weekend. As a result
we were able to get some really great shots of all the classes.
Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier than most
on the Sportsman classes. 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.
at the beginning with Part I HERE.
NY Car Show
spent a recent weekend visiting family and friends on Long
Island, NY and while I was there took in a neat little car
show. I realize Dragtime News On Location normaly focuses
on racing events, but we're all car people here so why not!
I hope you like some of the cool cars I saw. Click HERE
to go to the coverage...
News On Location here.
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