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Southern Outlaw Tour Season Opener at Montgomery Raceway Park
Montgomery, AL - The 2018 Southern Outlaw Tour kicks off the weekend of Friday – Saturday, April 27-28 at Montgomery Raceway Park. Classes include Southern Outlaw Tour Pro Mods, Super Pro, Outlaw Bottom Bulb, 5.0/6.0/7.0 Index and Jr. Dragster.

Southern Outlaw Tour Pro Mod pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Quarters. Entry is free plus two crew. 8 car open field.

Super Pro pays $5,000 Win. Entry fee is $100, 1st-round buybacks are $50. Payout based on 50 car minimum. Outlaw Bottom Bulb pays $1,000 Win. Entry fee is $40, 1st-round buybacks are $25. Payout based on 25 car minimum.

Index classes each pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $100, payouts based on 20 car minimum.

Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $40, 1st-round buybacks are $20.

Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm with a test & tune from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and 1st round of qualifying for all classes at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with open time runs at 1:30 pm, qualifying at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm and eliminations at 7:00 pm.

For more information visit www.montgomeryracewaypark.com.

Sponsor News: Improved Bantam Body Available at S&W Race Cars
Spring City, PA – The nearly flawless fiberglass Bantam body is now available at S&W Race Cars . It has been made to S&W’s specifications, by Riggeal’s Performance Fiberglass and Composites, for painless mounting to your Altered chassis. The improved body includes extended body lips, which will provide a smoother edge when fitting the body. Also, the black gel coat is so smooth; you can run it without paint. The Bantam’s superior finish is the result of the new and well crafted mold. Other features include; a raised windscreen area, aerodynamic steering rod cover and integral parachute mount. The promotional video with 360 degree views can be viewed on S&W’s website, social pages and YouTube Channel. Call for pricing

For additional information and detailed specifications, please call Toll Free 1-800-532-3353 or visit S&W at www.swracecars.com.

Huntsville Dragway's Drive for 7Five
Harvest, AL – Hunstville Dragway’s Drive for 7Five is coming up on April 28-29, 2018. The weekend features two $7,500 races for electronics-equipped bracket cars, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Each day pays $7,500 Win, $2,250 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $375 Quarters, $200 Eighths, $125 Sixteenths and $75 Thirty-Seconds. All purses are guaranteed regardless of car counts.

Entry for either day is $100, or buy a two-day pass for… $100. Sounds like a no-brainer. Buybacks are $100, 1st or 2nd round.

Gates open at 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Open time runs are 9:00 to 10:00 am on Saturday followed by a single time run session. Sunday’s time session is for new entries only at 9:30 am.

Additional dates in 2018 are June 2-3 and September 29-30. For more information visit www.huntsvilledragway.us.

Atco Dragway, 4/14/2018
Atco, NJ - A few photos from Atco Dragway on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This was the track's opening day of ET bracket racing points competition in Street, Pro ET (the class that I entered) and Super Pro.

Because I was there to race, I could only get a handful of shots of the earlier classes that day, including Top Sportsman, Pro Dial Dash, 8.50 Index, 10.0 Index and 11.50 Index. If you were in one of those classes then perhaps I was able to capture a shot of you.

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Wrap-Up: St. Patrick's Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park, 3/16/2018 - 3/18/2018
March 16 - 18, 2018, Dinwiddie, VA. - Tommy and Judy Franklin purchased Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va. last fall. They have made not only massive investments in the facility, but also have put it through the paces already. The entire track has been replaced from burnout box through the quarter-mile with a world-class all-concrete surface, including new drainage. Track manager and track prep guru Allen Carpenter has been armed with more equipment to prep and...

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27th Annual Mopars at The Rock
Listen up, Pentastar racers… the 27th Annual Mopars at The Rock is coming up on Saturday, March 31st. 2018. There’ll be a car show and a swap meet, but what we really care about is the drag racing! To that end there’ll be a Challenger Shootout, a Charger Shootout and a Viper Shootout. These shootouts are for street-driven cars only. There’ll also be the Bob Reed Memorial Hemi Shootout with an 8-car qualified field.

For you bracket racers, there’ll be a Pro ET / Footbrake Combo bracket race that pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Pro ET cars and Footbrake cars will be separated as long as possible. Payouts based on 32-car minimum. Entry is $35 plus the $20 general admission fee.

There’ll also be a Trophy Class for street-driven Mopars without slicks. Entry is $10 plus the $20 general admission fee.

Gates open at 8:00 am. For more info visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.

Vanetti Scores Win at Phoenix Divisional
Team Silver Bullet rider Anthony Vanetti came into the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division Opener at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park looking to make a big impression and came away with his first career Wally.

Sporting his new look for 2018 in his debut race featuring...

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Sponsor News: from Stroud Safety - How To Install A Fire Suppression System
All motorsports competitors know that a fire suppression system is perhaps the most critical system in a racing vehicle. This new instruction video from Stroud Safety provides information on the components of the system, proper bottle mounting, tubing routing, and optimal nozzle positioning. There are also helpful instructions on the proper methods of cutting, flaring, and bending tubing. Information is included for maintenance of the system and additional tips to help you achieve a reliable, professional installation. See it at youtu.be/hTmpaiAjg-I or scan the QRC code. Check out the Stroud Safety YouTube channel for many other helpful instruction videos.

Stroud Safety has been supplying competitive drivers with Drag Chutes and Launchers, Seat Belts, Window Nets, Ballistic Blankets and Diapers, Fire Suppression Kits, and more for over 30 years! Stroud re-certifies all their SFI rated products and specializes in custom design applications for many of their products.

Call 800-554-4648 for more information and free catalog, visit the website at www.stroudsafety.com and follow on Facebook.

Wrap-Up: Outlaw Fuel Altereds, Southwest Heritage Racing at San Antonio Raceway, 3/17/2018
Marion, TX., March 17th, 2018 - San Antonio Raceway hosted the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association and Southwest Heritage Racing Association version of Nitro Jam featuring the nitro-burning Fuel Altereds, Dragsters, Funny Cars, plus Nostalgia Super Stocks racing in their own timed categories. The Alkydigger Nostalgia Eliminator 1 (4.65) N.E. 2 (5.00) and N.E. 3 (5.50), all +/- .05, while OFAA are a heads up class.

Defending SHRA champions are Tommy Drozd (NE1), Bruce Dodson (NE2) Doug Morrison (NE3) and Ronnie Smith (Super Stock), Nick Poloson was the OFAA champion.

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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 ...

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Sponsor Spotlights
PROFORM® Parts Moroso Performance Products ATI Performance Products

PROFORM® Parts is a manufacturer of creative products from innovative concepts; Proform’s goal is to provide their customers with high-quality products at affordable prices - thus delivering maximum value.

With more than 25 years in the high-performance aftermarket, the PROFORM® line was the first to popularize affordable and 100% new (not rebuilt) starters, alternators, stock harmonic balancers and distributors; the first to offer the 2-piece timing chain cover, the 2-stage in-line fuel filter, HEI distributor tune-up kits, and direct-replacement carburetor main bodies; the holder of the patent rights to elegant, corrosion resistant ...

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Moroso Performance Products manufactures over 4,000 products, from oil pans and oiling systems, to ignition wire, ignition components, valve covers, fuel system equipment, air cleaners, hard-core racing tools, chassis and suspension equipment and many other performance parts. The company has an impressive list of customers from grass-roots racers to top level NASCAR® and NHRA/IHRA race teams.

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

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ATI Performance Products is a family owned and operated company that has been in business for over 50 years.

The company specializes in racing transmissions, torque converters, engine dampers and the internal parts for each. ATI races what they sell so you can be sure what you’re buying has already been race proven. Everything they make is manufactured under the roof of their 30,000+ sq/ft facility located in Baltimore Maryland.

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Jiffy-tite Stroud Safety Meziere Enterprises

Jiffy-tite Inc. is an OEM supplier of fluid connection systems for the automotive industry and is the OEM's choice for plumbing connections on brands all over the world. There are over 300 million Jiffy-tite devices in service in vehicles worldwide including Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson, Caterpillar and more.

Jiffy-tite's Motorsports' product line includes a unique line of Quick-Connect / Quick-Disconnect Fluid Fittings.

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Stroud Safety started with one product, the drag chute, and now manufacturers over 150 products with new products introduced annually. Almost every type of racing all over the world uses Stroud Safety products.

Stroud Safety also supplies fire suppression systems and manufactures an extensive line of fire suits, personal restraint systems, window netting, and general racing and shop accessories. Custom design is a specialty at Stroud. With a wide range of color options and on-site design and engineering, most products can be configured to meet specific needs of the customer. Where applicable, all Stroud products are SFI certified with re-certification available for required intervals.

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Meziere Enterprises is a family owned and operated company that specializes in cooling systems & accessories, flexplates & accessories, starters & accessories and chassis components & accessories.

For 27 years Meziere’s goal has been to provide its customers with the very best products they can produce. That starts with designs aimed at solving problems common to the performance vehicles and their demanding parameters. It is executed by the company’s wide array of machining and manufacturing capabilities and attention to detail. It is supported by outstanding tech and customer service.

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Mark Williams Enterprises Powermaster Performance  

It was fifty years ago in 1964 when Denver racer Mark Williams decided to quit his machinist job at John Bandimere, Sr’s speed emporium and go into business for himself building race cars. In the ensuing years Mark Williams Enterprises became the “go to” shop for High Country racers. In addition to the fuel dragster he campaigned with the late Bill Rice, racers like the Kaiser Bros., John Abbott, Vern Moats, Vern & Brian Raymer and Motes & Williams demonstrated the prowess of M-W’s chassis'. The word spread, and soon racers like “Ohio George” Montgomery and Florida’s Jerry Gwynn were winning NHRA events with Mark Williams’ chassis. Williams himself won the Division V Top Fuel Championship when partnered with Larry Frazier. \

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Powermaster Performance Starters & Alternators has been manufacturing new starters and alternators in their 145,000 sq. ft. facility since 1981. Powermaster Performance builds a wide range of starters, alternators, and Powergens for all types of domestic vehicles. With adjustable voltage alternators weighing less than 6 pounds all the way up to diesel truck starters and high amp alternators to make sure the race car gets to the track!

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Club Scene
Club Scene is a spotlight of some of the great racing clubs and organizations across the country. If you have a car that fits into their requirements then check them out. Although these groups are comprised of very serious and hard-core racers, the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed.

If you're involved with a racing group or club and would like to have it listed here, send an email to info@dragtimenews.com with your inquiry and put "Club Scene" in the subject line.

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Comp Assn.

What: for NHRA 8.90 Super Comp / IHRA 8.90 Quick Rod

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Rob Keister, Rekeister@aol.com / midatlantic90.com

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Gas Assn.

What: for NHRA 9.90 Super Gas / IHRA 9.90 Super Rod

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Rob Keister, Rekeister@aol.com / midatlantic90.com

Who: Mid Atlantic Super Street Assn.

What: for NHRA 10.90 Super Street / IHRA 10.90 Hot Rod

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Rob Keister, Rekeister@aol.com / midatlantic90.com

Who: East Coast Stock/Super Stock Assn.

What: for NHRA and IHRA-legal Stockers and Super Stockers

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: Dave Ley, dleyracing@aol.com / www.eastcoaststocksuperstock.com.

Who: The American DRAGCAR Series

What: American DRAGCAR incorporates a variety of formats which provide racers with all-out, no-breakout drag racing that remains fair for all participants while also providing spectators with an easily understood drag racing show.

Where: Arizona

Contact: www.usdragcar.com.

Who: North East Timing Organization

What: For 1979 and older cars, front engine dragsters, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers in two classes: Nostalgia (10.00 and slower any dial-in, .500 full tree) and Competition (9.80 and quicker dial in .1 second increments, handicapped .400 Pro tree).

Where: Northeast / mid-Atlantic

Contact: www.neto-nostalgia.com

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"Sharks of the Strip" Debuts Friday the 13th at Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park's Dragplex in Madison, Illinois, will launch its new Sharks of the Strip program on Friday, April 13.

Sharks of the Strip is the newest 1/8-mile outlaw heads-up racing experience for only the baddest and fastest street cars in the St Louis region. At each Midnight Madness powered by NOS, the top full-bodied racers will battle it out for cash, glory and ...

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Mooresville Dragway and US 90 Dragway Join NHRA Member Track Network
From www.NHRAracer.com:

Mooresville Dragway has joined Division 2, the NHRA Southeast Division, as a NHRA member track. Located in the heart of stock-car country, Mooresville, N.C., the track hosts events March through November. A weekly points championship, the 2nd annual Hot Rod Festival, and the North Carolina Street Outlaws No Prep race highlight the ...

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St. Patrick’s Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park
Michael Beard’s and Anthony Walton’s Loose Rocker Promotions present the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park. This three-day, 1/8-mile event for electronics and footbrake bracket racers is coming up Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, 2018.

Friday’s and Sunday’s payouts for Top ET and Footbrake classes are $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round win. Entry per day is ...

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Sponsor News: The Latest in Brakes and Brake Info from Mark Williams Enterprises
In designing its disc brake systems, Mark Williams Enterprises' engineering team focused on the needs of drag racing: lightest possible unsprung weight and rotating mass, concentrated severe braking, and a long service life. By all measures, MW has achieved its goals. Here's why: ...

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Dragtime News On Location: 30th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, December 2017
We were on location at the 30th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, held December 7th - 9th, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN, and it was bigger than ever. Performance Racing Industry does a great job every year, with seminars and conferences to help you grow your performance business, lots of networking opportunities, and tons of racing products on the show floor.

So sit back and take your time with the coverage. There's a lot of great info in here about companies whose products you just might be needing as you get ready for the coming season. More information about The PRI Show and coverage is HERE.

Bracket Racing 101: Just The Basics
This is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column from Drag Racer Magazine. Being that it's currently mid-winter and the topic of the column was basic off-season maintenance, it seemed like a good time to run it here...
As you’re reading this it’s the winter leading up to another racing season. This is when some basic maintenance can pay big dividends to your bracket program. In my last column, one of the main points I discussed was the importance of consistency and parts longevity as being part of a successful bracket car: consistency because it goes hand-in-hand with predictability, a primary factor in winning races, and longevity because broken race cars are not typically effective tools for going rounds.

Article continues HERE...

Dragtime News On Location: NHRA Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, September 2017
Mohnton, PA - We were on location at Maple Grove Raceway for the NHRA Dodge Nationals held September 2017. We were there on Friday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 24th. We arrived at 9:00 am on Friday and shot close to 2,500 photos until we left on Sunday. Classes include Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas.

PART IV IS NOW UP! Click HERE for more about the NHRA Dodge Nationals and the photos.

Dragtime News On Location: Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, September 2017
Englishtown, NJ - We were on location at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ for the NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, held September 2017. We were there on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th. We got so many photos the first two days that we had to sit out Sunday just to get caught up. Classes at the event were Stock, Super Stock, Super ...

PART III IS NOW UP! Click HERE for more about the Etown LODRS and for the photos.

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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