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Sponsor News: Enter to Win a Racing Engine in the Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes
Performance Racing Industry and Sunnen Products Company continue their 28-year partnership to present the Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes at PRI 2016, December 8-10 in Indianapolis. Sunnen sponsors the Sweepstakes, which to date has donated over $500,000 to various charities around the country. This year’s proceeds will go to Victory Junction, a year-round camp in Randleman, NC founded by NASCAR’s Petty family for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Nick Ferri, co-owner of Patterson Elite Performance and builder of the engines behind 57 national NHRA Pro Stock victories, has volunteered to create a custom-tuned racing engine for the event.

“PRI is the biggest three days in the motorsports industry in terms of racing technology and products, and we are proud to honor the legendary racing Petty family by bringing the important work they do at Victory Junction to the forefront,” said Ferri. “The engine we’ve created is world-class; we brought our A-game for Victory Junction.” Ferri's team built the engines that delivered consecutive national championships in 2014 and 2015 for NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens.

Tickets for the Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes can be purchased online HERE. Tickets will also be available at the Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes booth in Machinery Row at PRI, sold in sets of two for $5. The 2015 sweepstakes generated more than $59,000 for Victory Junction.

Wrap-Up: Ford Fever Classic at Maryland International Raceway
Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) and TEN: The Enthusiast Network hosted the 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Ford Dealers Ford Fever Classic in October, 2016. The automotive event featured drag racing action, a premiere car and truck show, swap meet, car corral, vendor midway and much more.

The drag strip competition was highlighted by several different pro feature and sportsman classes including Ford vs. the World radial heads-up classes and classes exclusive to General Motors vehicles only. The Ford vs. the World classes included: Three Mules Welding (Limited Drag Radial), UPR Products (X275) and Ultra Street. All-General Motors classes included: JPR Racing (Super Stang), Johnny Lightning (Lightning Shootout), Top ET, Three Mules Welding (Mod ET), American High Performance (Street ET) and Stick ET. Each class had an opportunity to walk away with a cash prize and bragging rights as the winner of the 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Ford Dealers Ford Fever Classic at Maryland International Raceway.

Three Mules Welding (Limited Drag Radial)
Daniel Whetstine from La Plata, Maryland and Mike "Mustang Mike" Modeste from Brooklyn, New York advanced to the final round in the Limited Drag Radial class. Whetstine in his 1991 Ford Mustang claimed the victory when he made a 4.601-second pass at 156.17 mph with a .082 reaction time. Runner-up Modeste ran a 4.760 ET, 114.94 mph pass with a .148 reaction time.

UPR Products (X275)
It was a Ford vs. Chevrolet battle in the final round of the UPR Products (X275) class. Rich Bruder in his 1988 Ford Mustang and Ron Rhodes in his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro lined-up on the starting line and it was Bruder that took the top spot. The Edeison, New Jersey resident had a 4.397-second pass at 160.79 mph with a .094 reaction time against Rhodes' 4.487 ET, 158.52 mph, .070 reaction time.

Ultra Street
Chris Evans from Baltimore, Maryland and John Snyder from Middle River, Delaware paired off in the Ultra Street final round. Evans in his 1990 Ford Mustang took the win when he posted a 4.782 ET, 148.94 mph, .147 reaction time against Snyder's 4.903-second, 142.22 mph with a .132 reaction time. Evans also set an ET and mph track record with his 4.761-second pass at 149.48 mph qualifying effort.

JPR Racing (Super Stang)
The final round came down to a 2004 Ford Mustang and a 2011 Ford Mustang in the Super Stang class. Roxanne Shepard from Virginia Beach, Virginia in her 2004 Mustang landed in the winner's circle when she posted a 9.479 on a 9.45 dial-in, 126.12 mph with a .038 reaction time. Joe Marini from Clinton, Maryland finished in the runner-up position with a 10.611-second pass on a 10.49 dial-in, 126.27 mph with a .036 reaction time.

Johnny Lightning (Lightning Shootout)
Joseph Behensky from Lindenhurst, New York and Joe Cascio from Copiague, New York faced off in the final round. Behensky was victorious when he posted a 13.365-second pass on a 13.15 dial-in, at 102.15 mph with a .262 reaction time. Cascio was credited with a 11.097 on a 9.71 dial-in, 128.36 mph pass with a .921 reaction time.

Top ET
Brian McLaughlin from Mechanicsville, Maryland claimed the number one spot in Top ET during the 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Ford Dealers Ford Fever Classic. He ran 9.574 on a 9.56 dial-in, 137.50 mph with a .016 reaction time against Tavis Francis' 10.006 on a 10.01 dial-in, at 130.14 mph with a .014 reaction time.

Three Mules Welding (Mod ET)
Mark Price from Collegeville, Pennsylvania and Gary Kelican from Ranson, West Virginia advanced to the Mod ET final round. Price ran a near perfect dial-in of 10.288 on a 10.28 at 125.05 mph with a .070 reaction time to secure the win. Kelican finished off the final round of eliminations with a 9.428 on a 9.43 dial-in, 141.45 mph with a .083 reaction time.

American High Performance (Street ET)
Adam Douglas from Brandywine, Maryland and Robert Morris from Harper Ferry, West Virginia lined-up against each other in the Street ET final round. Douglas was announced the winner when Morris fouled at the starting line. Douglas posted a 11.699-second pass on a 11.65 dial-in at 107.78 mph with a .055 reaction time.

Stick ET
Andy Walker and John Morris made an appearance in the final round of Stick ET over the weekend. Walker from Roxboro, North Carolina visited the winner's circle when he posted an 8.583 on an 8.57 dial-in, 152.73 mph pass with a .081 reaction time. Morris from Maydel, Delaware ran a 9.146 on a 9.09 dial-in at 145.52 mph with a .097 reaction time.

Lancaster Dragway Honors 2016 Bracket Champs at Awards Banquet

LANCASTER, N.Y. - Lancaster National Dragway recently saluted its 2016 Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing track champions and celebrated the 2016 season with its Awards Banquet at the Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster. Racers who had signed up for the weekly points program shared in a $10,000 point fund, part of which came from the sales of Sunoco Race Fuel at the track during the season.

All of the 2016 Lancaster National Dragway class champions were honored during the festivities, including Shawn Beatty (Mallare Enterprises Top ET), Dale Eckert (and Clay Ricketson) (McGard Mod ET), Mason Fix (with Jim Bruckman and Nick Morrissey) (Tread City Tire Street) and Mike Peters (Hebeler’s Bikes & Sleds).

The champions from the two classes that ran as part of the Advance Auto Parts Tuesday night program were also honored. Victoria Young was the K100/ Bauer Racing Junior Dragster champion while Anthony Lazzazero won the Teen Championship Racing title. The Buffalo Outlaw Street Outlaws honored their champions as well with Moe Alfaqih (BSO Street Outlaws), Terry Doyle (Limited Street) and Terry Doyle (Real Street) taking home the hardware. In addition to their points fund money and trophy, 2016 track champions received a commemorative jacket from Sunoco and Insinger Race Fuels.

Alex Wesolowski was presented with the 2016 Exemplary Award. Junior Dragster champion Victoria Young was the recipient of the Most Improved Driver award as she ascended to the top of her class in just her second season. Buffalo Street Outlaw racers Douglas Vanstrom and Moe Alfaqih were co-winners of the Showman of the Year Award.

Plans are already place for the 2017 season at Lancaster National Dragway. The season will begin on Friday, April 28 with a test and tune session. The first points race will be Friday, May 5. Visit dragway.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Complete 2017 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Schedule

For the 16th season, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will compete at top flight NHRA Drag Racing facilities across the county for the 2017 season. The upcoming 2017 schedule will feature 45 divisional events with a minimum of six in each of the seven divisions. There will also be 26 regional events featuring the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes.

New for the coming season is the return of two tracks to the series, Orlando Speed World Dragway and South Georgia Motorsports Park. Orlando Speed World Dragway will have the distinction of hosting the first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the year on Feb. 25-26 and the 2017 season will conclude at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nov. 2-5.

The season will also include two doubleheader weekends taking place at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan., July 27-30 and Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah, Sept. 21-24. The Topeka event will also include a regional event. Galot Motorsports Park will be the only eighth-mile event in the series when they hold their event on April 8-9.

The season will also feature two events during the course of the year at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Pacific Raceways and Woodburn Dragstrip. Bandimere Speedway will change its regional event format to a Friday-Saturday, two-day event with eliminations on Saturday night. Several of the other regional events will run Top Alcohol eliminations on Saturday night as well.

Bonus programs available to competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series include the $100,000 JEGS Allstars. Individual divisions will also have additional bonus programs available to racers.

2017 NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE

Northeast Division
Virginia Motorsports Park April 21-23
Maple Grove Raceway May 26-28
Lebanon Valley Dragway June 30-July 2
New England Dragway July 21-23
Atco Dragway Aug. 4-6
Cecil County Dragway Aug. 18-20
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Sept. 8-10

Southeast Division
Orlando Speed World Dragway Feb. 24-26
Gainesville Raceway March 10-12
South Georgia Motorsports Park March 31-April 2
Galot Motorsports Park April 8-9
Atlanta Dragway May 19-21
Silver Dollar Raceway Oct. 14-15
Rockingham Dragway Oct. 27-29

North Central Division
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis April 28-30
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park May 19-21
Route 66 Raceway June 2-4
Gateway Motorsports Park July 21-22
TBD Aug. 4-6
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Aug. 11-13
Beech Bend Raceway Park Aug. 25-27

South Central Division
Royal Purple Raceway March 24-26
No Problem Raceway Park April 7-9
Texas Motorplex April 28-30
Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park June 23-25
Thunder Road Raceway Park Sept. 15-17
Thunder Valley Raceway Park Oct. 6-8

West Central Division
SRCA Dragstrip June 2-4
Bandimere Speedway June 16-17
Heartland Park Topeka July 27-28
Heartland Park Topeka July 29-30
Brainerd International Raceway Aug. 12-13
Tri-State Raceway Sept. 8-10

Northwest Division
Firebird Raceway May 5-7
Mission Raceway June 2-4
Pacific Raceways June 23-25
Woodburn Dragstrip July 14-16
Pacific Raceway s Aug. 18-20
Woodburn Dragstrip Sept. 15-17

Pacific Division

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park March 3-5
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 7-9
Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway May 19-21
Sonoma Raceway July 21-23
Rocky Mountain Raceways Sept. 21-22
Rocky Mountain Raceways Sept. 23-24
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 2-5

2017 NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES REGIONAL SCHEDULE

East Region
Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville March 10-12
Virginia Motorsports Park April 21-23
Maple Grove Raceway May 26-28
Lebanon Valley Dragway June 30-July 2
New England Dragway July 21-23
Atco Dragway Aug. 4-6
Cecil County Dragway Aug. 18-20

North Central Region
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis April 28-30
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park May 19-21
Route 66 Raceway June 2-4
Gateway Motorsports Park July 22-23
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Aug. 11-13
Beech Bend Raceway Park Aug. 25-27

Central Region
No Problem Raceway Park April 7-9
Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park June 23-25
Bandimere Speedway June 16-17
Heartland Park Topeka July 27-29
Tri-State Raceway Sept. 8-10
Thunder Valley Raceway Park Oct. 6-8

West Region
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park March 3-5
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 7-9
Mission Raceway June 2-4
Woodburn Dragstrip July 14-16
Pacific Raceway s Aug. 18-20
Woodburn Dragstrip Sept. 15-17
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 2-5

2016 NHRA Northeast Division Banquet Info
From the NHRA Division 1 website about the 2016 Awards Banquet, to be held Saturday January 14th, 2017 at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA:
Come join us in honoring our 2016 Northeast Division Champions at this season's Awards Banquet. We will be gathering for a short cocktail hour prior to dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday January 14th, 2017.

Warm, welcoming, and distinctly Hershey, Hershey Lodge offers convenience and comfort for families and guests of all ages. You'll find 665 well-appointed guest rooms and deluxe suites featuring chocolate-themed decor and artwork. Relax by the lobby's signature fireplace, swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, choose from five unique restaurants, and partake in activities galore. For more information visit the Hershey Lodge website.

2016 Northeast Division Awards Ceremony & Banquet
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
5:30 pm reception & cocktail hour, 6:30 pm dinner, 7:45 pm ceremony (times are approximate)
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The Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Reservations: 1-800-533-3131 or direct 717-533-3311

NHRA hotel guest rate $119/night
Deadline for booking: December 1st, 2016
Mention nhra for discounted rate.
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Banquet dinner tickets $70/each
To reserve a table, tickets must be sold in blocks of 10.
Ticket sales will close at noon Ffriday January 6th, 2017.
RSVP/ticket online credit card order form
RSVP/ticket printable order form - check/money order payment

Wrap-Up: NETO's Final Four Races of 2016
The Northeast Timing Organization (NETO) closed out another successful season of nostalgia drag racing with its final four events of 2016.

Saturday September 24 at Lebanon Valley Dragway

On a crisp clear early autumn day, forty seven racers competed in the race sponsored by T&E Racing of Clinton Corners, NY. This was day one of the eighth annual Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags. Erin and Tom Dewhirst... CONTINUED HERE.

Holiday Bracket Bash at Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville Raceway hosts its 2nd Annual 1/8th Mile Holiday Bracket Bash on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. Classes include Box and No-Box.

Box pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis and $150 Quarters. Entry is $65, 1st Round Buyback is $35.

No-Box pays $2,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $60, 1st Round Buyback is $35.

Payouts are guaranteed. Door cars only in No-Box. Double-classing permitted. Deep staging honored. Gates open at 10:00 am, time runs at 11:00 am. Rain date is Sunday, December 4th.

For more information visit gainesvilleraceway.com.

Pre-Entries Open for Hangover Nationals at Tucson Dragway
For our friends in the Southwest part of the country, ring in the New Year at the track with Tucson Dragway’s inaugural Hangover Nationals, coming up Friday – Sunday, December 30th – January 1st, 2017. Classes include Electronics, Non-Electronics and Jr. Dragster.

Friday features a $40 open test & tune and two gamblers races ($50 high-roller and $25 Low Roller).

Saturday’s Electronics race pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $225 5th Round Win, $150 4th Round Win and $75 3rd Round Win. Entry is $125, 1st Round buybacks are $75.

Saturday’s Non-Electronics race pays $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $350 Semis, $175 5th Round Win, $100 4th Round Win and $50 3rd Round Win. Entry is $110, 1st Round buybacks are $50.

Sunday’s Electronics race pays $1,500 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 5th Round Win, $100 4th Round Win and $50 3rd Round Win. Entry is $100, 1st Round buybacks are $50.

Sunday’s Non-Electronics race pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $125 5th Round Win, $75 4th Round Win and $25 3rd Round Win. Entry is $85, 1st Round buybacks are $25.

A discounted 3-Day Pre-Entry is available until December 16th, 2016 at www.TucsonDragway.com. Electronics is $200 and Non-Electronics is $150. After December 16th the 3-Day Entry is $250 for Electronics and $200 for Non-Electronics.

Gates open Friday at 7:00 am with the test & tune from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 am.

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

Sponsor Spotlights
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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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Dragtime News On Location: 2016 Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway
We were on location at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, October 1, 2016. We were supposed to be there Friday-Sunday, but if you followed the event you know that rain was the big problem all weekend. Friday was totaly washed out, Saturday had some Sportsman cars but they had to make way for the Pros, and when we left the track on Saturday, the forecast for Sunday was so bad that we opted to cancel the hotel, head home and call it a weekend. So as a result there will only be two parts of coverage for this event and it includes a lot of the Pros as well. We'll try again next time, racers.

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

Sponsor News: PRI 2016 Staged To be Banner Show for Drag Racing
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Drag racing parts, equipment and solutions will play a prominent role in this year’s Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, where scores of suppliers for all levels of competition will converge on Indianapolis for the annual epicenter of new racing technology.

Indeed, the segment that spawned some of the first performance parts will be well-represented throughout the floor of the PRI Trade Show, which takes place at the Indiana Convention Center December 8–10, 2016.

“Indianapolis is truly a hub of drag racing because of the US Nationals and the many major teams located nearby,” relayed Bill Miller, PRI Trade Show general manager. “We see all aspects of the sport at PRI, everything from the top professional teams to sportsman racers from across the country, to an ever-growing international presence. The business of drag racing definitely starts here.”

Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force, owner of John Force Racing, is among the many prominent drag racers that regularly attend the PRI Show. “We do a lot of business at PRI,” said Force. “I see a lot of our sponsors there, and I try to get with as many of them as I can. It’s a chance to meet up with sponsors like Chevrolet and Hurco, as well as get some one-on-one time with a lot of other vendors. They’re all here, and it gives our crew chiefs the chance to see the latest products first-hand.”

Straight-ahead racers and parts/service providers will find wall-to-wall offerings at PRI 2016, where exhibitors run the gamut from top OEMs like Ford and GM, to leading engine outfits like Jon Kaase Racing, Sonny’s Racing Engines and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, to parts manufacturers like Dart Machinery, Edelbrock, Holley Performance Products, Precision Turbo & Engine, VAC Motorsports, and countless others catering to the drag racing market. “We hit the Show every year,” said 2015 IHRA Pro Mod World Champion Dina Parise. “We love getting to see our marketing partners one-on-one and seeing new products. The Show is fantastic.”

For exhibitors, the PRI Show presents opportunities to not only display their latest products, but also to meet face-to-face with customers. “For us to keep growing, it’s very important to attend the PRI Show and meet all of the racers who come to the Show looking for new products,” said Danny Vaca of LAT Racing Oils, which will promote a new, thicker automatic transmission fluid for Pro Mods and two new engine oils for sportsman racers at PRI 2016. “It’s been phenomenal. There are a lot of drag racers—a lot of sportsman, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock racers; just a wide variety of racers—that we want to know about our products.”

Activities connected to this year’s PRI Trade Show begin December 5 with the start of Race Industry Week, which includes more than 45 conferences, seminars and other special events in and around the Convention Center, offering unlimited business opportunities, as well as insight on the latest technologies and how to apply them throughout the racing world. To register, or for more on the Show, including hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2016.com.

Wrap-Up: 24th Annual Mopar Eastern Classic at Maryland International Raceway

MECHANICSVILLE, Maryland - Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) hosted the 24th Annual Mopar Eastern Classic presented by Mopar Muscle magazine at the Budds Creek facility the last weekend of October, 2016. The all-day event celebrated all things Mopar with drag racing, pro cars, premier car show, and swap meet.

The drag strip competition was highlighted by several different drag racing features including: an all Mopar and AMC drag race, Mopar Nostalgia Super Stock open race, match race with Bunny Burkett's "Bunny and the Boys" Funny Cars, F.A.S.T. vs. The World and sportsman races. The event was also highlighted by a swap meet and a "best of awards" car and truck show.

Top Sportsman
John Knapp from Smithfield, Virginia and Jeff Jones from King George, Virginia advanced to the final round in Top Sportsman. Knapp walked away victorious when he posted a 9.044 on a 9.03 dial-in, 146.77 mph with a .023 reaction time against Jones' 8.930 o
n an 8.88 dial-in, 149.08 mph with a .010 reaction time.

Nostalgia Super Stock
Chris Shaffer in his 1966 Plymouth went up against Roger Dalton Jr. in his 1968 Super Bee in the Nostalgia Super Stock competition. Shaffer from Middleburg, Pennsylvania claimed the top spot over Aberdeen, Maryland's Dalton Jr. with a near perfect 9.872 on a 9.87 dial-in, 129.55 mph pass with a .070 reaction time. Runner-up Dalton Jr. ran a 11.152 on a 11.10 dial-in, 117.57 mph, ,052 reaction time.

Top ET
John Knapp found himself in contention for
another victory but in the Top ET class this time. Knapp and Brent Noll lined-up on the starting line for the final round. Noll from Painted Post, New York defeated the Top Sportsman winner when he ran a 9.039 on a 9.00 dial-in at 144.36 mph with a .140 reaction time. Knapp posted a 9.043 on a 9.04 dial-in at 146.93 mph pass, .346 reaction time.

Mod ET
The final round came down to Keith Burch from Mechanicsville, Maryland and Eddie Payne from Brunswick, Maryland in Mod ET. Burch had the winning pass in his 1971 Dart when he ran a 10.498 on a 10.51 dial-in at 123.75 mph, .060 reaction time. Payne posted a 10.115 on a 10.13 dial-in, 128.69 mph pass, .064 reaction time.

American High Performance Street ET
Keith Mayers from Ellendale, Delaware and Eric Wessell from Centreville, Maryland faced off in the Street ET final round. Mayers defeated Wessell when he ran a perfect 11.92 dial-in at 108.59 mph with a .024 reaction time against a 11.093 on a 11.12 dial-in, 118.31 mph, .108 reaction time.

Text & photos: Rick Lindner, Maryland Int'l Raceway

New England Dragway Schedules Its Racer Awards Banquet

Attention to the bracket racers and fans of New England Dragway: the track's 2016 Racer Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 28th 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH. This will be a two-day celebration honoring New England Dragway's 2016 season champions. On Saturday night it's the annual New England Dragway Banquet & Awards Ceremony but all the fun begins on Friday, January 27th, 2017 with a special Racer Celebration featuring food, drinks and the return of the Reaction Time Winter Nationals!

Once again the Radisson Hotel is pleased to offer New England Dragway guests a deeply discounted rate of $89 a night. You can book online at www.radisson.com/nashua using the code DRAG17 or call them at (603) 888-9970.

Buy your tickets now for the Annual New England Dragway Banquet & Awards Ceremony at $50 per ticket. The ticket price will go up to $60 on Friday January 13th. Follow this link to purchase tickets.

Street-Legal-only Midnight Madness at Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park's Dragplex has added a special edition of Midnight Madness presented By Road Rage Fuel Booster to its 2016 calendar. The street-legal-only Midnight Madness will take place on Friday, November 11.

”We are doing this based on the fact we’ve had a warmer-than-expected autumn so far," said GMP Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. "It gives us one more opportunity this year to offer the community a safer alternative to illegal street racing."

The event will feature drifting, street-legal drag racing and music by D.J. Frizzy.

"This will be a street-legal-only Midnight Madness," Blair added. "The drag racing portion of the event is open only to street-legal vehicles. Drag racers must drive their cars into the track and no trailered vehicles will be allowed. The only exception will be for drifting participants. We will start earlier due to the switch from daylight saving time to standard time."

Admission is $15 for spectators and crew members and $25 to race. Spectators ages 12 and under are admitted free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing from 6 p.m. to approximately 12 a.m.

The Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day at Palm Beach Int'l Raceway Postponed Until 2017
The Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship event held at Palm Beach International (PBIR) has been cancelled for 2016 and will resume in 2017. The 35th Annual Bennett Auto Supply Citrus Nationals presented by South Florida Chevy Dealers, which runs in conjunction with the 5-Day, will still run as scheduled November 25 - 27, 2016.

“PBIR is already in the playing stages for the 2017 5-Day Bracket Championship event,” stated Darren Thompson, PBIR President. “We understand the significance of this historic event and continually look for ways to improve on the existing foundation. We will roll out a new format and a higher payout for the racers to enhance the overall experience in 2017.”

Last year’s 5-Day Bracket Championship participants that received a voucher for free entry at this year’s event will be honored for the 2017 5-Day. Please hang on to your vouchers for future admission into the event.

The 35th Annual Bennett Auto Supply Citrus Nationals presented by South Florida Chevy Dealers on November 25 - 27 will feature a swap meet, car show, Pro Show and competition in the following classes: X-632 Outlaw, Ultra Street, Top Eliminator, Super Eliminator, Street Bike, Quick 16 Door Car, Quick 16 Dragster and Junior Dragsters. Confirmed Pro Show participants include: IHRA Nitro Motorcycle Champion Jay Turner, Bob Motz in his Jet Semi Truck and Danny O’Day in his “Superwinch” Wheelstander. Additional Pro Show announcements will be made leading into the event.

For more information, please visit www.RacePBIR.com.

Big Bucks Bracket Race at Carolina Dragway
Aiken, SC - The 12th Annual Big Bucks Bracket Race is coming up at Carolina Dragway Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20, 2016.

Saturday’s race is an all-run that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $250 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Sunday’s all-run race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths.

Entry fee for the weekend is $250. 1st Round buybacks are $100. Payouts based on 170 car minimum. Gates open Friday for parking at 3:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am.

Visit www.HouseOfHook.com for more info.

Fall Footbrake Frenzy at Piedmont Dragway
Julian, NC - The Fall Footbrake Frenzy VIII is coming up Friday – Sunday, November 25-27, 2016. These 1/8-mile races for footbrake only pay big bucks on all three days.

Friday’s and Sunday’s races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $400 6th Round Win if 9-round race, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry per day is $100, 1st Round buybacks are $60.

The big race is Saturday and pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $800 6th Round Win if 9-round race, $600 5th Round Win, $400 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $230, 1st Round buybacks are $100.

Enter the weekend for $380. No dragsters, altered or bikes. Left-hand steer roadsters are OK. Deep staging honored, double-entries permitted.

All payouts based on 150 entries. Gates open for parking Thursday at 5:00 pm. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am with a new-entry time trial at 12:15 pm. New entries must be new car and new driver. Visit www.PiedmontDragway.com.

The Dragtime News flip-magazine: Mopars Photo Special
Continuing with The Dragtime News digital flip-mags is the new issue for February 2016. It celebrates our Mopar racing brothers and sisters! Don't say we never gave you anything, Pentastar peeps. The flip-mag also includes News & Events for the month, and links to major sections here on the website such as Tech, Tests & Installs and Bracket Racing 101.

So what do you think? Is this format something you'd like to see more of? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com and let us know.

The Dragtime News flip-magazine: The 2015 PRI Show
Continuing with The Dragtime News digital flip-mags is the new issue for January 2016. It includes highlights of the 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show held in December 2015. However, the big installment of our show coverage will be right here, so make sure you're subscribed to the enewsletter! The show coverage is in the works and will be published shortly. The flip-mag also includes News & Events for the month (only a handful for now, but this will be expanded), and links to major sections here such as Tech, Tests & Installs and Bracket Racing 101.

So what do you think? Is this format something you'd like to see more of? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com and let us know.

The Dragtime News flip-magazine: Super Street Photo Special
We tried this new format last month with a Stock Eliminator Photo Special; the feedback was encouraging so here's another test copy, this time focusing on the 10.90 racers. It also includes News & Events for the month (only a handful for now, but this will be expanded), and links to major sections here such as Tech, Tests & Installs and Bracket Racing 101.

So what do you think? Is this format something you'd like to see more of? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com and let us know.

The Dragtime News flip-magazine: Stock Eliminator Photo Special

Trying something new here to see what everyone thinks. Be patient as this is an experiment that is still being sorted out. For example, you'll see that the bottoms of the pages are clipped off. This will be fixed for next time.

So what do you think? Is this format something you'd like to see more of? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com and let us know.

New Design Dragtime News T-Shirts
In addition to publishing The Dragtime News I've been hard at work designing new t-shirts, and I think I came up with a winner. They turned out great, and new for 2014 are women's sizes. These are high-quality, 100% cotton black t-shirts. The men's are Gildan and the women's are Hanes.

All quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL. More info is on the T-Shirts page.













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