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Sponsor News: Stroud Safety Discontinues SFI 5, 15 and 20 Fire Suits
An announcement from Stroud Safety:
"Due to our inability to obtain qualified sewing operators, with regret, we have made a business decision that is aligned with one of our core values - "Keep Promises." We are going to discontinue the manufacture of SFI 5, 15 and 20 fire suits. This includes all custom fire suit design.

Production will continue of our popular standard SFI-1 suits. We will continue our SFI spec and testing so that we can re-certify all existing suits in the field. Our Standard SFI-1 Fire Suit is available in blue, red and black with contrasting piping colors, epaulets, and slanted jacket style pockets."

For more information about Stroud Safety products visit www.StroudSafety.com.

Memorial Bracket Race at Little River Dragway
Holland TX - Little River Dragway presents the Stanley Haynes & Tommy Freeman Memorial Race on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Classes are Box, No Box, Jr. Dragster and Door Slammer Run What Ya Brung.

Box and No Box have the same pay structure: $750 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters. Payouts based on 32 cars. Winner, Runner-Up and Semis also get a Memorial Trophy. Entry is $50, buybacks are $20.

Jr. Dragster pays $100 Win and $50 Runner-Up. Winner, Runner-Up and Semis also get a Memorial Trophy. Entry is $20, buybacks are $10.

Door Slammer pays 80% Win and 20% Runner-Up. Each also gets a Memorial Trophy. Entry is $100.

Gates open at 10:00 am, time trials at 12:00 pm. Visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com for more info.

Numidia Dragway Awards Banquet Set for February 11, 2017
The Numidia Dragway 2016 Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tickets are $70 each. To order tickets send a check to:

Numidia Dragway
24 DiMino Blvd.
Hawley, Pa 18428

For more information visit www.numidiadragway.com.

NHRA Announces 2017 Contingency Sponsors
Attention in the Sportsman pits. The National Hot Rod Association has announced its 2017 Contingency Program. Check it out, racers.

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Rockingham Dragway To Host 2017 NHRA Summit ET Finals
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Rockingham Dragway has a busy Fall schedule in 2017, with the Super Chevy Show, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, the Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals, the Street Outlaws, ManCup, IDBL World Finals and the SRI Performance Fall Civil Wars. Now owner Steve Earwood has announced that the track has been named the new home of the NHRA’s Summit Racing ET Finals.

The Southeast Division ET Finals will be contested at The Rock Oct. 5-8, 2017, with racers from 19 tracks in seven states and Puerto Rico eligible to participate. The series has been contested nationally, in seven separate divisions, for the last 41 years. The Southeast Summit ET Finals most recently was contested at Atlanta Dragway.

“Its tradition and history made Rockingham Dragway a perfect site for this prestigious event,” said Rich Schaefer, NHRA Southeast Division Director. “Under Steve’s ownership, the track always has catered to the grassroots racer and his crew does a great job of track prep and logistics.”

The decision to move the Summit ET Finals to The Rock came during the annual NHRA Track Operators Meetings last week at Jekyll Island in Georgia.

“It’s great for our track, for Richmond County and for all our neighbors because it attracts racers, sponsors and spectators from across the Southeast,” Earwood said of the ET Finals. “We’re looking forward to showing them everything our area has to offer.”

Brainerd International Raceway Announces 2017 Season
BRAINERD, Minn. - Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) released its 2017 racing lineup, a six-month schedule that features some of the most exciting and diverse motorsports in the Midwest.

If race fans want variety, they’ll find it at BIR. The 2017 schedule includes drag racing, road racing, Superbike racing, endurance racing, drifting and autocross competition, an Aussie-style cruising event, two weekends for imports and sport compacts, the BIR Performance Driving School and even...

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IHRA Summit Sportsman Programs Set To Kick Off 2017 Season
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), the world's second-largest drag racing sanctioning body, is gearing up for 2017 with two National sportsman programs highlighting the season. The bracket racing based Summit SuperSeries will make its return to IHRA-sanctioned member tracks for the 16th season and the newly formed Summit Sportsman National Championship, which takes the place of the Summit Pro-Am Tour regional format, will make its debut for class racing competitors. The points funds for both sportsman programs will be greater than and pay more places than ...

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Sponsor News: ATI Increases Payouts for NHRA D1 Stock & Super Stock Racers
ATI Performance Products and the NHRA Northeast Division proudly announce a new 3-year deal benefiting Stock and Super Stock racers competing in the Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Events as well as PC Richard.com National Open events. In this new program ("Stock & Super Stock Eliminator presented by ATI Performance Products"), ATI will present the winner and runner-up of both classes bonus purse money...

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Maryland International Raceway Announces 2017 Schedule
MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND – Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) has announced the its 2017 schedule which includes a diverse line-up of events with the season-opener being held on Sunday, March 5.

Signature special events in 2017 will include: (two) Swap Meets, Haltech Door Wars presented by Winegardner Auto Group, International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman National Championship during Door Wars, (four) International Drag Bike League (IDBL) motorcycle events, (three) Custom T’s Grudge events, (two) Metro Area Grudge Racers events, (two) War on Wheels events...

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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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The Dragtime News Visits John Force Racing
While at the 2016 PRI Show in Indianapolis in December, we were invited to John Force Racing's shop in Brownsburg, IN for a press event announcing the new sponsorship of Courtney Force's funny car by Advance Auto Parts. I've made no secret here that I am a huge John Force Racing fan, so this was really special.

I had the chance to speak one-on one with John for a few minutes. I was telling him about a fun video that I produced a few years ago when he was a guest at the PRI Opening Breakfast in Orlando. I told him that I took his best quotes and sound bites from the Breakfast and edited into a "John Force In Under 5 Minutes" video. As I was speaking to him I realized...

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Sportsman Drag Racing in Performance Racing Industry's January Issue

Our friends at Performance Racing Industry once again demonstrate how important we are to the industry by devoting a cover feature article to sportsman drag racing in the January 2017 issue. I'd like to thank my friends at PRI for including me in the article.

The 2017 PRI Show is December 7-9 in Indianapolis. If you're in the business of racing (engine builder, chassis shop, retailer, etc.) and you have never been to the PRI Show, then your business is missing out on opportunties. Start making your plans to attend; it will be here before you know it. Want to see what you've been missing? Check out our Dragtime News On Location of the 2016 PRI Show.

Read the full January 2017 isue of Performance Racing Industry magazine here...

Mid Atlantic .90 Announces 2017 Schedule
The 2017 Mid Atlantic .90 Association season looks to be an action-packed one as the series will once again travel to NJ, PA & MD. One big change this season will see the series return to fan favorite in Numidia Dragway in Numidia, Pa for the 4th annual Mid-Summer Shootout. The return to Numidia is the first time the series has visited the track since 2013. Atco Dragway in New Jersey & Cecil County Dragway in Maryland round out the 10 race series....

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Gateway Motorsports Park Dragplex Releases 2017 Schedule
Gateway Motorsports Park's NHRA-sanctioned Dragplex in Madison, Illinois has announced its full calendar for 2017.

The main event of the 2017 season is the annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The event draws the world's biggest names in professional drag racing and will be held September 29 to October 1. A number of high-profile special events are on tap for 2017, including...

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Contingency Connection Adds New Sponsors

Kingsport, TN - Contingency Connection continues to announce new sponsors for their popular Racer Rewards and Engine Professional Rewards programs: SCAT Enterprises, PROCAR Seats by Scat, UCoat It Garage, Straub Technologies, ProCote Floor Coating, and Design Engineering, Inc (DEI) have all signed on for 2017 joining the largest grassroots, weekly motorsports event-marketing platform in the country.

Contingency Connection’s Racer Rewards program is a weekly, grassroots-level contingency program which rewards local racers with money-saving discounts from top performance manufacturers. Racers at participating tracks and series simply...

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Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR at Tucson Dragway, December 4, 2016
American DRAGCAR celebrated the completion of five full drag racing seasons at southern Arizona’s Tucson Dragway during the December 3rd & 4th weekend Pentennial Season Celebration Event and if you missed it, this event offered up a guaranteed $5,000.00 winner’s payout to Sunday’s level 5 ($100) DragSport Eliminator entrants and the possibility of there becoming two separate $5,000.00 winner’s pays with one being a quick 16 Top DragSport Eliminator field if the total DragSport entry list reached 200 or more entries. This event also offered a different kind of bracket event for Saturday which incorporated DRAGCAR’s own race fee/payout structure option with two Pro light brackets and a full tree bracket. And there were also races for...

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Maple Grove Announces Racer Awards Banquet
For those who race at Maple Grove Raceway or know someone who does, this is for you.

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Manufacturers Series Expands for the 2017 Season
The Manufacturers Series consisting of Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford, and Mega Mopar series events will expand its geographic footprint in 2017 by hosting events at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, and Thunder Valley Raceway Park serving the Oklahoma City market. At total of 29 event dates are already secured for the season that begins in April. Many of the tracks hosting events have been a part of the series since it was established at the start of the 2010 season. The eighth consecutive season for the Manufacturers Series will focus on ...

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Dragtime News On Location: 29th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show
We were on location at the 29th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, held December 8th - 10th, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN, and it was huge! Performance Racing Industry just continually outdoes itself year over year, with more 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 article. 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. The coverage starts HERE.

Check Your SFI Expirations, Racers!
Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep
This is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column from Drag Racer Magazine. If you're struggling to cut good lights then deep-staging should be considered.
In my columns Take Action For Reaction and Take Action For Reaction Part II, I discussed the two major components that comprise reaction time - the driver’s reaction to the tree and the vehicle’s reaction to the driver. The latter is somewhat easily adjusted: if the vehicle is leaving too quickly or too slowly the driver can leave at a different RPM, change the pressure of the slicks, or change the travel of the front suspension. But in the case of the driver’s reaction time, what can be done if he or she is just inherently slow? Remember, both components of reaction time must equal .500 in order to equal a .000 light (assuming a 5-tenths tree).

Article continues HERE...

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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