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2014 Super 7 Wrapping Up at MMP (rescheduled)
Montgomery, 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.

In 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.

Gates 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.


PRI Looks To Build on Last Year's Success with 2014 Show
The 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, 2014.

"The 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 Halls.

“We’re 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.”

This 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.


Jablonski Wins Rescheduled WNYSRA Race
Rochester, 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.

Sixteen 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 break-out 9.866.

In the 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.

In the 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.

That 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 than most.
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.

For more information about the WNYSRA, visit www.wnysra.com.


Harleys, Shootout and Musclecars at Milan Dragway
Milan, MI – Milan Dragway has something for everybody the weekend of September 19th – 21st, 2014.

Friday 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.

Saturday 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.

Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more information.


Surmatchewski Wins TNT Super Series Race of Champions
Cayuga, 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.

Surmatchewski 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.

Surmatchewski 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.

Visit www.tntsuperseries.com for more info.


Grudge At The River

Holland, 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.

There’ll 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 entry).
Gates open at 2:00 pm, with the lanes opening at 4:00 pm. For more info visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com.


Quartermasters Challenge at Maryland Int’l Raceway

Budds 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.

Also 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.


Dragtime News On Location: 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown

We were on location at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday - Sunday, September 6th - 7th, 2014. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Pro Stock Sled.

Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier than most on the early rounds so that we get as many cars as possible. We also tried to position ourselves in a variety of places around the track to provide numerous points-of-view.

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

Go to Part I HERE.


Grudge Bike Blowout at Capitol Raceway

Crofton, 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.

Pro 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.

There’ll 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.


Fall Drags at Gulfport Dragway

Gulfport, 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.

Trophies 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.


Mini Millions at Piedmont Dragway

Piedmont, NC - The Mini Million comes to Piedmont Dragway during September 19th – 21st, 2014.

The 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 are $125.

Saturday 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.

Gates 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.


Parking Map for the NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals at US-13 Dragway

If 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.

See you in Delaware next week!

Around The Dial: Friday - Sunday, September 19th - 21st, 2014
  • ALABAMA: Montgomery Raceway Park: rescheduled Super 7 season finale (Fri - Sun).
  • ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: Friday Night Drags (Fri).
  • DELAWARE: US-13 Dragway: NHRA Division 1 ET Bracket Finals (Thursday - Saturday)
  • FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: ET bracket racing (Sat)..
  • ILLINOIS: Cordova Dragway Park: Test, Trophy & Gamblers (Fri), Mobile Wiring Race & Show (Sat), Midwest F-Body & Open Fun Day (Sun). Route 66 Raceway: test & tune (Fri).
  • KENTUCKY: I-64 Motorplex: test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat), Gambler's race (Sun). Mt. Park Dragway: test & tune, trophy (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat).
  • MAINE: Oxford Dragway: closed indefinitely.
  • MARYLAND: Capitol Raceway: test & tune (Friday), ET bracket racing (Sat), Bike Blow Out (Sun). Cecil County Dragway: East Coast Buick Regionals (Fri-Sat). Maryland International Raceway: Midnight Madness (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat), Quartermasters Challenge (Sun). Mason-Dixon Dragway: closed.
  • MICHIGAN: Milan Dragway: Harleys (Fri), Muscle Car Showdown (Sat), ET bracket racing (Sun).
  • MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport Dragway: Fall Drags (Sat).
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: New England Dragway: Street Night (Fri), test & tune (Sat), test & tune (Sun).
  • NEW JERSEY: Atco Dragway: test & tune (Fri), Outlaws at Atco (Sat), Harleys & Hot Rods (Sun). Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: test & tune, Gambler's race (Sun).
  • NEW YORK: Elegant Builders Raceway Park: closed. Empire Dragway: Nostalgia drags (Sat), 1/8th Mile Box / No Box (Sun). ESTA Safety Park: test & tune (Sun). Lebanon Valley Dragway: Mopars @ The Valley (Sat), Gearheads @ The Valley (Sunday). Skyview Drags: call.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: 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).
  • PENNSYLVANIA: 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: call.
  • QUEBEC: Luskville Dragway: test & tune (Sat).
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Dragway: IHRA Division 2 Bracket Finals (Thur-Sun). Greer Dragway: motorcycle race (Fri), ET bracket racing, Classic Gear Jammers (Sat).
  • TENNESSEE: Bristol Dragway: ET bracket racing (Sat-Sun).
  • TEXAS: Little River Dragway: test & tune, street-legal shootout (Fri), Grudge Fest at the River (Sat).
  • VIRGINIA: 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).
  • WISCONSIN: Great Lakes Dragaway: Real Street Drags (Fri), Nitrous Street Car Brawl (Sat), Import Wars (Sun).

Visit The Track Info page for more information about these tracks.

A Dragtime News Featured Photo: Door Cars vs. Dragsters, or Why I Love Bracket Racing

This 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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Numidia Dragway’s 2014 Season Packed With Variety (Updated)
Numidia Dragway has announced its 2014 schedule, and once again the track is delivering something for every racer.

Fridays 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 to go.

Numidia 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).

Other 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, August 23rd.

For more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

Attendee Registration For PRI Trade Show Now Available Online
Racing 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 Convention Center.

Attendees can click here to register online, or go to the registration section at www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow. 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.

As 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.

“It’s 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!”

In fact, 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.

The 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.


The U.S. Nationals: It's Special; Now Let's Make It Unique

If 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.

So I 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 unique.

In the 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.

Fast 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.

Anything 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.


Before Heading Out For A Long-Distance Tow

Well 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.

  • First, 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.
  • If 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 ground.
  • Go 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!
  • Give 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.
  • If 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.

Last 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.


Turning Back The Clock at Milan Dragway
Milan, 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).

There’s also a Muscle Car Show & Shine, The Great Lakes Gassers, and funny car match races. Gates open at 9:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more info.


McCandless Mopar Classic at Piedmont Dragway

Greensboro, NC - The McCandless Mopar Classic comes to Piedmont Dragway on Sunday, September 14th, 2014, featuring Mopar drag racing, car show and swap meet.

Drag 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.

Gates open at 10:00 am, time trials start at 12:00 noon. Visit www.TheMillionOnline.com for more info.


Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, 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.

The 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.

RACER 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.

Saturday 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.

For more information, visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.


Final Points Weekend Coming Up at Gulfport Dragway

Gulfport, 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 season.

Pro 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.

Gates open Saturday at 12:00 noon, Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com.


Teaser Photos from the Englishtown LODRS
Racers, 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...

2014 Super 7 Wrapping Up at MMP
  Montgomery 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.

In 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.

Gates 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.


NC vs. TN Street Outlaws at Farmington Dragway
North 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.

Street 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.

Gates open Friday at 5:00 for testing and qualifying. Gates open Saturday at 12:00 noon. For rules visit www.NCStreetOutlaws.com.


Carolina Coalition at Rockingham Dragway

Rockingham, 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.

Friday 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.


Newly Redesigned Dragtime T-Shirts Are Now Available, And They Are Cool!
Racers, in addition to publishing The Dragtime News I've been hard at work behind the scenes coming up with a new design for the Dragtime News t-shirts, and I think I came up with a winner. They turned out great, and new for 2014 are women's sizes. These are high-quality, 100% cotton black t-shirts. The men's are Gildan and the women's are Hanes.

All quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL.

Here's the previous design...

Hmm, what could the new one look like?

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

Thanks to Drag Racer Magazine for submitting this photo of George Gudat in the Big Red 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxy photographed at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ. Racers in the Northeast are quite familiar with this car as it was raced for many years by Eddie Hildebrandt. I always like sharing what Drag Racer sends in because the photography is first-rate.

Drag Racer Magazine is available at better bookstores and magazines stands or you can subscribe HERE. (Drag Racer Magazine photos: Doug Adama / James Drew / Lou Hart / Pete Ward)

Tech, Tests & Installs

Tech: Basics of Proper Trailer Towing

Racers, 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 trailer.

Having 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.

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Installs: The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring
You 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.

Racers, 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.

Click HERE to go to the installation.

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Racers, 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 here.
Don’t Fall For The Myths!
We separate fact from fiction with some of these more common—and harmful—oil myths
By Jeff Huneycutt

We 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 and drivability.

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Brake System Info & FAQs Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter
As 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.

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Misinformation - 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.

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More Tech, Tests & Installs here.
Product News Bracket Racing 101 Readers' Rides
COMP Cams LSR Series Hydraulic Rollers It's All In The Timing, Pt. 1 A Flying Connecticut Bowtie
The 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.

Featuring 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.

Special 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 visit www.compcams.com.

This is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column from the July 2012 issue of Drag Racer Magazine (click HERE to subscribe). It's always a good time for a refresher course on how our timing system works... Mark Waterman, of W Suffield CT owns this big yet surprisingly quick 1937 Chevy Coupe. The car is raced around New England at nostalgia events.

Weighing in at 3,200 lbs. and adorned in Patriot Red Pearl paint, the Chevy is powered by a 12:1 BBC by Billy The Kid at Performance Engines Inc. It features a Dart block, Callies crank, Oliver rods, Diamond pistons, Brodix heads, an Edelbrock intake ported by Wilson, an 1150 Holley Dominator carb, Reher-Morrison proprietary grind cam by Erson, MSD ignition and custom headers by Tubular Automotive in Rockland MA.

The drivetrain is completed by a Turbo 400 by Dynamic Racing Trans of North Branford, CT, custom convertor by Ultimate Convertor Concepts in North Carolina and 9 inch rear with all Strange internals and 4.57 gear. It all rides on a chassis done by MPH Fabrication of North Haven, CT, with Bogart wheels and Phoenix tires. Despite the weight and the less-than-aerodynamic shape, the Chevy has run a best ET of 9.76 @ 139 mph.

Everything 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 dragstrip.

In my 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...

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More Product News here. More Bracket Racing 101 here. More Readers' Rides here.

Dragtime News On Location

Dragtime News On Location: 2014 LI Hot Rod Reunion / Old Days Drags at Englishtown

We 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.

Part II is now up; click HERE to go to Part II or start at the beginning with Part I.

NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

We 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.

As always, 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.

Start at the beginning with Part I HERE.

Smithtown, NY Car Show
I 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...
More Dragtime News On Location here.
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TECH, TESTS & INSTALLS

Basics Of Proper Trailer Towing

The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Brake System Info & FAQs

Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter

Lots More Tech, Tests & Installs

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BRACKET RACING 101

Keep Your Pace To Win The Race

Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep

Looking Back To The Future

Racing Into Fall

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. I

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. 2

Just The Basics

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DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION

2014 NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

Smithtown, NY Car Show

26th Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN

NHRA Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013

NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013

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TECH, TESTS & INSTALLS

Basics Of Proper Trailer Towing

The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Brake System Info & FAQs

Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter

Lots More Tech, Tests & Installs

Scroll down for Bracket Racing 101








BRACKET RACING 101

Keep Your Pace To Win The Race

Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep

Looking Back To The Future

Racing Into Fall

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. I

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. 2

Just The Basics

Scroll down for Dragtime News On Location







DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION

2014 NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

Smithtown, NY Car Show

26th Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN

NHRA Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013

NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013

MORE DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION








Twitter: @DragtimeNews.

LIKE US on Facebook!



TECH, TESTS & INSTALLS

Basics Of Proper Trailer Towing

The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Brake System Info & FAQs

Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter

Lots More Tech, Tests & Installs

Scroll down for Bracket Racing 101








BRACKET RACING 101

Keep Your Pace To Win The Race

Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep

Looking Back To The Future

Racing Into Fall

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. I

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. 2

Just The Basics

Scroll down for Dragtime News On Location







DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION

2014 NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

Smithtown, NY Car Show

26th Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN

NHRA Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013

NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013

MORE DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION








Twitter: @DragtimeNews.

LIKE US on Facebook!