Civil Wars at Rockingham Dragway
NC - The 19th Annual Fall Civil Wars
hits Rockingham Dragway October 17th – 19th,
2014 for a weekend of outlaw racing action. Classes
include Pro Tree Doorslammer ($1,500 Win / $45 entry on Saturday,
$1,000 Win / $35 entry on Sunday), Footbrake ($1,200 Win /
$35 entry on Saturday, $1,000 Win / $30 entry on Sunday),
Open Comp ($1,000 Win / $35 entry on Saturday and Sunday),
6.0 Index and 7.0 Index (Saturday) and 6.0/7.0 Combo Index
open Friday at 1:00 pm for testing; gates open Saturday
at 8:00 am and Sunday at 9:00 am. Sunday time trial for
new entries at 10:30 am, with eliminations at 12:00 noon.
For more info visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.
vs. Chevy Shootout at Gulfport Dragway
MS - Gulfport Dragway’s 26th Annual Ford
vs. Chevy Shootout is Saturday and Sunday, October
18th and 19th, 2014. The weekend kicks off Saturday with a
test & tune and a Ford /Chevy Gambler’s Race (if
includes races for Dragster ($2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up,
$200 Semis and $90 Quarters), Pro Electronics ($2,000 Win,
$800 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $80 Quarters), Pro Footbrake
($1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $70 Quarters)
and Pro Street ($800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and
open 10:00 am Saturday and 8:00 am Sunday. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com.
2014 Concludes This Weekend at Numidia Dragway
PA – Numidia Dragway wraps up
its 2014 big money races in October with 2014 Octoberbucks
this coming weekend.
& Sunday, October 18th & 19th there are
$5,000 races for Super Pro and $3,000 for Footbrake. The
$5,000 races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis,
$300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 2nd Round Win
and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, buyback is $90. Payouts
are guaranteed. The $3,000 races pay $3,000 Win, $1,000
Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd Round Win.
Entry is $90, buyback is $60.
races are quarter-mile. Super Pro is 6.50 – 12.99;
Footbrake is 8.50 – 17.99. Two drivers may each enter
the same car, one driver may enter two different cars, but
one driver may not double-enter the same car. Gates
open 9:00 am both days, overnight parking available. For
more information, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
Help Power PRI Trade Show
you're an engine builder and you
don't yet have The 2014 PRI Show on your
to-do list, this is why you should add it.
the racing world, there is always one constant pursuit –
to make more horsepower. With that in mind, it’s no
surprise that engines in all forms will once again play
a huge role at the 27th Annual Performance Racing
Industry Trade Show, Dec. 11-13, at the Indiana
Convention Center in Indianapolis.
matter what form of racing, one thing is constant –
the desire to go faster,” said John Kilroy,
PRI Trade Show Producer. “It’s a never-ending
quest for more power and it’s why engine builders
and suppliers play such a prominent role throughout the
PRI Trade Show. If you want to go faster, you really need
to be here at he show.” n fact, the pursuit of more
power at PRI actually begins before the show even starts
with Race Industry Week. The Advanced Engineering Technology
Conference (Dec. 9-10) brings a wide variety of industry
authorities together with engine builders, shop owners,
design engineers and parts manufacturers for two days of
seminars and one-on-one interaction centered on race engines.
The event helps lead into the show’s three days of
innovation and technology on display on the show floor.
like displaying all the new innovations that we have for
the year at PRI,” said Justin Norris of Precision
Turbo and Engine. “That’s what we have to do
– in our business, it’s innovate or die. PRI
is a good venue to show off all the new stuff that we have.”
of the major benefits of the PRI Trade Show is the ability
to meet face-to-face with current and potential suppliers
and customers. "The benefit of going to the PRI trade
show is that you're able to see the latest and greatest
R&D, technology and products that people have come up
with,” Patrick Topolinksi, Engine Builder/Technical
Producer for the television show “Engine Power”
on PowerNationTV. “The side benefit is the interaction
and networking with other engine builders and anybody in
the racing industry across the country. It's common for
a drag racing person to talk to a truck or desert racer
or engine builders in other forms of motorsports. That's
one of the best things about PRI – the people you
are able to share ideas with. It's a very unique trade show
that brings technology and people and ideas together. As
an engine builder, it's really a huge benefit to attend."
also offers the engine builder with the opportunity to find
the latest innovations to improve their product as well.
“The PRI show allows us to meet a lot of engine builders
all in one place and to show that we make the best oil,”
relayed Forrest Lucas, of Lucas Oil.
year’s PRI Trade Show is expected to play host to
exhibits from over 1,100 racing companies occupying 3,200
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.
Also, check the web page periodically for program updates,
as well as times and locations for all Race Industry Week
Photos from Numidia Dragway's Octoberbucks Races, 10/12/2014
are a few teaser shots from the $5,000 Super Pro and $5,000
Footbrake races at Numidia Dragway on Sunday,
October 12th, 2014. Be on the lookout for an On Location feature
from the day. Better yet, join the email list and you'll be
alerted when it's published. The sign-up is in the upper-right
corner of this page.
Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway
43rd edition of Maple Grove Raceway’s annual
P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic presented by
Penske Leasing now is in the record books. The event –
the final NHRA Division 1 race of 2014 – was hampered
by rain on Friday and Saturday but enjoyed perfect conditions
on Sunday. The event drew entries from Pennsylvania, New York,
New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia,
Virginia, Maryland and Quebec.
CHALLENGE: Gary Wolkwitz (Califon, N.J.) defeated
Bucky Hess (Bunker Hill, W.V.). Hess’ 1968 Barracuda
fouled (“red-lit”) on the starting line, handing
the victory to Wolkwitz’s 1968 Dodge Dart.
ELIMINATOR: Thomas Miller (Nottingham, Pa.) defeated
Mark Hopkins (Phoenixville, Pa.). Hopkins fouled on the
STOCK: David Chiles (Reedville, Va.) defeated
Wayne Truesdell (Bridgeport, N.Y.).
ELIMINATOR: Bob Hochrun (Colonia, N.J.) defeated
Frank Ferrucci (Paterson, N.J.).
COMP: Jack Sepanek (Moosic, Pa.) defeated Brian
Bell (Lowell Mass.).
GAS: Earl Nichols (Wilmington, Del.) defeated
Mickey Vorner (Edgewood, Maryland).
STREET: Martin Ganjoin (Brick, N.J.) defeated
Alain Berard (St. Louis Richel, Quebec, Canada).
SPORTSMAN: Ed Foley (Warminster, Pa.) defeated
Tom Simone (Cicero, N.Y.).
DRAGSTER: Joe DiPasquale (Palmyra, N.J.) defeated
Michael Esposito (Maspeth, N.Y.).
INDEX: Bill Cohen (Conestoga, Pa.) defeated Avril
Krieg (Fairless Hills, Pa.).
INDEX: Brian Correll (West Chester, Pa.) defeated
Vincent Laurita (N.Y.).
INDEX: Al Davidowski (Columbus, N.J.) defeated
Delon Pleasants (Douglassville, Pa.).
Oct. 18, Maple Grove Raceway will present the $10K Footbrake
Nationals. Gates will open at 8 a.m. with time trials at
9 a.m. For more information, visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Motorsports Tests Jet Dragster At A2 Wind Tunnel
friends at Hanna Motorsports have been hard
at work studying and testing the revolutionary design of the
team's Queen of Diamonds II jet dragster.
On Monday, Sept 29, the Hanna Motorsports/GOJO/XLERATOR team
made drag racing history by testing the Queen of Diamonds
II in the A2 wind tunnel located in Mooresville, NC. Never
before has a jet drag racing machine been in a wind tunnel
for aero testing. The team made a total of 24 test runs in
the wind tunnel. An
incredible amount of data was gathered and the event was also
documented by Drag Racing Action’s John DiBartolomeo.
“It was a dream come true to see our machine in one
of the top wind tunnels in the country. A true honor”
said Hanna Motorsports vice president Rich Hanna. Al Hanna
added “This has been a goal of mine since the center
drive car in 1994, our jet car in a wind tunnel. What a day;
truly an immediate highlight of my 50 year career.”
The team plans on reviewing the data and making changes to
the car for the 2015 season. They may even bring the car back
to the wind tunnel in the spring of 2015. Rich said after
the test “It was our first time here, so we tried to
be as prepared as we could, which we were. But we now have
a better idea for what to do next time as well. Things will
only get better from here.” Two days earlier, 'QD II'
driver Jill Canuso had run at Maryland International Raceway
at a PMRA National event, where set her best time with the
new car with a 5.29 @ 299.93 mph.
Testing to measure the results of the wind tunnel data will
take place October 17-18 at Capitol Raceway. Hanna Motorsports
thanks GOJO and Excel Dryer for support of this program. "Without
such support, a day at A2 would remain a dream" said
Nationals at Mountain Park Dragway
City, KY - You might love rock ’n roll and hate
rap. You might hate country but love classical. You might
hate folk and metal equally. No matter what you like or don’t
like, you’ll be loving bluegrass at Mountain
Park Dragway’s 44th Annual Bluegrass Nationals, Friday
– Sunday October 17th – 19th 2014. This
three-day event of big-money bracket racing is packed opportunities
to win some serious money. Classes include Top ET (Box), Mod
ET (No Box), Doorcar Heads-Up Quick 8, Dragster Heads-Up Fast
4, Saturday 32 Shootout and Sunday 32 Shootout.
Friday, Top ET pays $1,500 Win / $500 Runner-Up; entry is
$50 and buybacks are $30. On Saturday and Sunday, Top ET
pays $5,000 Win / $1,000 Runner-Up; entry per day is $100
and buybacks are $50.
Mod ET pays $800 Win / $200 Runner-Up; entry is $40 and
buybacks are $20. Saturday and Sunday, Mod pays $2,000 Win
/ $400 Runner-Up; entry per day is $70 and buybacks are
open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking and a $10 test &
tune. Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am.
For more information visit www.MPDragway.com.
Shootout, Musclecar Showdown at Milan Dragway
MI - Saturday, October 18th, 2014 is
the Saturday Shootout Series at Milan
Dragway, with Outlaw Limited Street, X275, Ultra
Street, Wild Street and Open Comp. The entry fees for Outlaw
Limited Street, X275 and Ultra Street are $75; payouts based
on car count. Open Comp pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100
Semis, $75 Quarters and $50 Eighths, based on 64 cars. Entry
is $50. Wild Street pays $500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis,
$50 Quarters and $20 Eighths, based on 32 cars. Entry is $35.
on Saturday 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.
open at 11:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com
for more information.
Bracket Race & Funny Cars at Capitol Raceway
Raceway is hosting a Nostalgia Bracket Race and
Nostalgia Funny Cars on Saturday, October 18th,
bracket race has two classes – Electronics and Footbrake.
Electronics pays $2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $300 Semis
and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round. Footbrake pays $1,000
Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $30 Round beginning
3rd Round. Cars must be at least 20 years old to race (so
anything older than 1994, which is pretty much every bracket
car out there).
will also be numerous nostalgia funny cars and altereds,
including The Punisher, Screaming Insanity, Danko Racing,
War Path, Danger Zone, Poison Arrow, Time Bomb, No Money
No Funny, Excalibur and Screaming Eagle.
open at 11:00 am. Visit CapitolRaceway.com.
Tests & Installs
& Charging Basics
had an electrical fire in the Dodge earlier this season.
those of you who’ve never had an electrical fire,
it’s pretty scary. The Dodge was in my shop and
I had just put my new motor in it. I had just started
it up and had it running, getting some heat into it. I
had my back to the car as I was getting my timing light
ready. All of a sudden it just shut off, but I could hear
the fan still running.
turned around and saw plumes of thick, acrid smoke billowing
from the trunk, which thankfully had been open. I ran
to the back of the car and found the alternator wire in
Tech, Tests & Installs articles:
Tests & Installs main page.
is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column
from the November 2011 issue of Drag Racer Magazine
HERE to subscribe). Now that we're into
the Autumn months it seemed like a good time to run it here...
racing constantly changes from season to season. Cars and
drivers perform differently in Summer and Fall. Now that we’re
getting into the Autumn months, let’s take a look at
some of the ways to adjust for racing in the Fall.
Bracket Racing 101 articles:
Racing 101 main page.
News On Location
NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway
were on location at the NHRA Nationals
at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA on
Friday - Sunday, October 3rd - 5th, 2014. I am always appreciative
of the hospitality shown to me by the NHRA, granting Friday
starting line access. As a result I was able to get some
very good shots of not only the Pros, but many of the Sportsman
cars as well. I think you'll be pleased with the coverage,
especially the amount of it that spotlights the Sportsman
to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting this in four
parts, so as always please 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.
I is now
NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals at US-13 Dragway
were on location at the NHRA Division 1 Bracket
Finals at US-13 Dragway in Delmar, DE
on Wednesday - Saturday, September 17th - 20th, 2014. I
was doing double-duty, racing the Dodge in Pro ET where
I qualified as an alternate for Team Raceway Park. I spent
a lot of time shooting from all around the track: starting
line, pits, staging lanes, finish line. As usual, we tend
to go heavier than most on the early rounds so that we get
as many cars as possible.
to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting this in three
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.
III is now up HERE,
or start at the beginning with Part I HERE.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown
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.
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.
coverage begins HERE.
News On Location main page.
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Waterman, of W Suffield CT owns this big yet surprisingly
quick 1937 Chevy Coupe. The car is raced around New England
at nostalgia events.
in at 3,200 lbs. and adorned in Patriot Red Pearl paint,
the Chevy is powered by a 12:1 BBC by Billy The Kid at Performance
Engines Inc. It features a Dart block, Callies crank, Oliver
rods, Diamond pistons, Brodix heads, an Edelbrock intake
ported by Wilson, an 1150 Holley Dominator carb, Reher-Morrison
proprietary grind cam by Erson, MSD ignition and custom
headers by Tubular Automotive in Rockland MA.
drivetrain is completed by a Turbo 400 by Dynamic Racing
Trans of North Branford, CT, custom convertor by Ultimate
Convertor Concepts in North Carolina and 9 inch rear with
all Strange internals and 4.57 gear. It all rides on a chassis
done by MPH Fabrication of North Haven, CT, with Bogart
wheels and Phoenix tires. Despite the weight and the less-than-aerodynamic
shape, the Chevy has run a best ET of 9.76 @ 139 mph.
in addition to publishing The Dragtime News I've been hard
at work behind the scenes coming up with a new design for
the Dragtime News t-shirts, and I think I came up with a
winner. They turned out great, and new for 2014 are women's
sizes. These are high-quality, 100% cotton black t-shirts.
The men's are Gildan and the women's are Hanes.
quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L,
XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL. More
info is on the T-Shirts page.
Product News here.
The Dial: Friday - Sunday, October 17th - 19th, 2014
Montgomery Raceway Park:
Southern Outlaw Tour Season Finale (Fri-Sat).
Raceway: Saturday Drags (Sat), Import
Auto Plus Raceway:
Cordova Dragway Park:
Test, Trophy & Gamblers (Fri), Sponsor Showdown, Fun
ET bracket racing (Sat). Mt.
Park Dragway: Ken-Mor Bluegrass Nationals
Milan Dragway: Test
& Tune, Drag Racing 101, Trophy Race (Fri), Saturday
Shootout, Musclecar Showdown (Sat), ET bracket racing
Ford vs. Chevy (Sat-Sun).
New England Dragway:
Street Night (Fri), Gambler's Race, test & tune, CMDR
(Sat), test & tune, CMDR (Sun).
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: Saturday
Street Series, muffled test & tune, $500 To Win Eliminator
(Sat), 23rd Annual Fall VW & Audi Show & Go (Sun).
ET bracket racing (Sun). Lebanon
Valley Dragway: test & tune, Supercar
Warmups (Sat), test & tune, Supercar Shootout (Sunday).
Friday Night Thunder (Fri), VW Car Show, Swap Meet &
Drag Racing (Sun). Rockingham
Dragway: Fall Civil Wars (Fri-Sun).
Maple Grove Raceway:
Footbrake Nationals (Sat). Numidia
Dragway: $5,000 Super Pro, $3,000 Pro
ET (Sat-Sun). Quarter Aces
/ South Mountain: call.
closed for the winter.
Grudge & Gambler's (Sun). Greer
Dragway: 40th Annual Turkey Trot Race
Little River Dragway:
The Day of the Drags Vintage Drag Races (Fri-Sat).
Elk Creek Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Great Lakes Dragaway:
Grudge & fun racing (Fri-Sun).
The Track Info page for
more information about these tracks. Attn.
track owners / managers: want your track and events
listed? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dragtime News Featured Photo: Numidia Dragway's Season Finale
Dragway will be wrapping up another big season during
the weekend of October 18th - 19th, 2014, and they're
going out with two days of big money races: $5,000 Super
Pro and $3,000 Footbrake each day. I'm sure we'll see
plenty of pairings like this in Super Pro, which I captured
at Numidia's 2012 season finale. (photo
by Bob Beucler)
Photo sponsored by
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Purchases Cordova Dragway Park, Plans To Purchase Another
FL, October 2, 2014 - IRG
Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President &
CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the Company
has entered into a finance agreement with TPG Specialty
Lending (NYSE:TSLX), the publicly traded affiliate of TSSP,
the credit and special situations investment platform of
TPG. The new credit facility is replacing IRG's existing
debt facilities on all companies, make capital improvements
to existing assets owned by the Company and to close on
the acquisition of Cordova Dragway Park
in Cordova, Illinois (to be rebranded as Cordova International
Raceway™), that was announced in late 2013. The TPG
facility also provides the Company with funds to purchase
an additional major motorsports venue, which the Company
will announce in the coming weeks.
The addition of Cordova adds to the existing stable of motorsports
assets owned by IRG, which includes the 44-year old sanctioning
body, the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA),
previously purchased from Feld Motorsports, and venues Palm
Beach International Raceway™ in Jupiter, FL, Memphis
International Raceway™ in Memphis, TN and Southwestern
International Raceway™ (SWIR) in Tucson, AZ .
A new division in the IRG portfolio for 2014, IRGSE Productions,
with subsidiary IHRA Productions was launched this year
to produce the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series television show
for MAVTV. This new show will debut on the popular automotive
network on November 6, 2014 as a 13-week series.
"The ability to access additional capital allows us
to fund and accelerate our growth plans for IRG. We have
been aggressive with acquisitions in the past few years,"
noted Rittenberry. "This funding will allow us to improve
those venues - and complete our planned acquisitions of
Cordova and one additional major motorsports venue, in addition
to improving our IHRA national tours and introducing new
The Company is now sufficiently capitalized to begin the
$10 million in capital improvements with the majority scheduled
to be completed in time for the 2015 racing season. The
planned capital improvements include:
Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) - a clubhouse
with pit garages and operations tower on the Road Course,
concession and restroom buildings, ingress and egress
improvements, additional grandstands for the Road Course,
new LED monument signage at entrance
Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR) - the addition
of a 3/8-mile dirt track, restroom and concession remodeling
International Raceway™ (SWIR) - new restroom building
and office building, renovated restaurant and pit repairs
International Raceway™ (CIR) - new fiber optic timing
and LED scoreboards, additional grandstands, resurfacing
of the Drag Strip
Motorsports™ (IHRA) - additional track preparation
equipment and rigs; new lighting, sound and stage equipment;
development of new show content and a national touring
series; growth of IHRA Productions and new media content.
Pro Mod Championship Coming Down To The Wire
the NHRA Pro Mod Series ends its season
in Las Vegas in a few weeks, the championship is still too
close to call. Rickie Smith is the current
points leader coming into the race, but Troy Coughlin,
Mike Janis and Von Smith
are all less than 100 points behind him.
two events last weekend shook up the Pro Mod points standings.
Pro Mod finished the delayed NHRA Carolina Nationals from
Charlotte presented by Powerocks on Friday and Saturday,
then went on to race the NHRA Midwest Nationals presented
by Precision Turbo & Engine on Sunday.
Coughlin was #7 in points leaving Indy, he now currently
sits in the #2 position after winning the Charlotte race
and going to the quarter finals in St. Louis. Von Smith’s
final round appearance in St. Louis put him ahead of Danny
Rowe and Steve Matusek to grab the #4 spot. Mike Janis went
to the finals of the Charlotte race, but an early exit in
the St. Louis race bumped him down to the #3 spot. Winner
Mike Knowles played the role of spoiler last weekend, starting
in the #14 qualifying spot - and winning the St Louis event.
Knowles jumped from #13 in points, to #10.
the Real Pro Mod (RPM) association all season has been their
loyal sponsors. They continue to award products and bonuses
to Pro Mod drivers at every race.
RedHorse Performance awarded first round bonuses to: Dave
Pierce, Steve Matusek, Bill Glidden, Danny Rowe, Jim Laurita,
Mike Janis, Steven Whitely and Jason Hamstra. Quarter-final
bonuses went to Troy Coughlin, Dan Stevenson, Don Walsh
and Kevin Fiscus. Rickie Smith and Todd Tutterow earned
semi-final bonuses. The Larry Jeffers Race Cars Reaction
Time Bonus went to Von Smit,h who cut a .027 light in his
win against Rickie Smith.
RPM drivers meeting on Fridays of race weekends, prizes
are raffled off to members. This past week, Jason Hamstra
won $3,000 worth of Mickey Thompson Performance Wheels.
Four drivers were each given $250 product certificates from
JE Pistons: Danny Rowe, Don Walsh Jr., Chip King and Jim
Bell. Von Smith and Chris Juliano each took home Powerocks
chargers and Mike Janis was given two cases of CRC Brakleen.
News: Stroud Safety Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stroud
Safety has announced a campaign to help in the
fight against the disease. Save 5% in the month of October
with your purchase of Stroud Safety netting, drag chutes,
cool collars and vests, fire suits or any other item that
they offer in fluorescent pink and save 5%. In addition,
they’ll add that 5% to their annual donation to Breast
can be part of making a difference in the fight against
this deadly disease. Visit www.StroudSafety.com.
Rumble and Asphalt Assault at Gulfport Dragway
MS – Gulfport
Dragway has a unique program that will give racers
a lot for their $20 entry fee. The Hourly Rumble and Asphalt
Assault provide a venue where racers can spend an entire
evening at the dragstrip and not be eliminated, while still
have a chance at winning some money.
Hourly Rumble (Friday, October 10th, 2014) and the Asphalt
Assault (Saturday, October 11th, 2014) give racers a chance
to hone their dial-in skills while not being eliminated.
At the top of each hour, the racer closest to their dial
will win one of the progressive payouts. From 6 pm to 7
pm it’s $50; from 7 pm to 8 pm it’s $75, and
from 9 pm to 10 pm it’s $100. This is a great idea.
Perhaps the winners will feel confident enough to join the
weekly bracket program.
night from 11 pm – 2 am, the track includes a Smackdown
Street Race, heads-up, drag radials and slicks only. Gates
open 4:00 pm both days. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com
for more info.
Mid Atlantic .90 Season Finale; Bangs, Schurman and Mayers
Mid Atlantic .90 Association closed out its 2014
season at Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ. Two days of non-stop
.90 action hit the track on Saturday morning through Sunday
Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association: Going into
Race #9 on Saturday, Super Gas racer Matt Schurman had a
significant lead over 2006 World Champ Iggie Boicesco. Coming
into the event both drivers were replacing events and with
a good showing Boicesco could pass Schurman if Matt went
out early. Unfortunately, Boicesco lost a heart breaker
in the first round opening the door for Schurman to clinch
by nights end. Schurman decided to go out in style as he
took down muti-time MASGA champ Tom Goldman in the final
of Race #9. In the finals it was anyone's race as both were
pretty even off the line (.018 to .021 in favor of Goldman)
but, Goldman was just a little too fast and lost a close
double-breakout 9.888 to 9.894 handing the victory and clinching
the championship for Schurman. On Sunday it another champ
taking the victory as IHRA Division 1 champ Jerry Pierce
took the victory back to Albany, NY. Waiting for Jerry was
Joe Eckel and his 92 Camaro. In the final both driver played
it safe at the tree (.015 to .018 in favor or Pierce) and
with that slight advantage it forced Eckel to break-out
with a 9.892 to Pierce's winning 9.913.
Mid Atlantic Super Street Association: Jimmy Stack
held a slim 2 point lead over Pittsburgh, Pa's Jeff Fisher
going into event #9. Early exits by Fisher & Keith Mayers
opened the door for Stack to build a lead that could see
him clinch by nights end. Stack only made it to the semi-finals
but, did pad his lead to 22 points going into race #10 on
Sunday. Claiming the victory on Saturday was Bob Kodadek
and his sharp looking Corvette. Bob who was making his 1st
race of the season after an off season motorcycle accident
made the best of his comeback. Waiting for Kodadek was NESSA
president Kenny Vangorder and his Vega. At the tree Kodadek
took a huge advantage (.022 to .083) and parlayed that into
a 10.920 to 10.903 victory and his first MASSA victory.
Entering Race #10 the cards were all out on the table. Five
drivers had a shot at the Championship, now it was time
to settle the score. Things got interesting in the first
round as a match-up of the Frank Quarno & Marty Ganjoin
would eliminate one from the chase. Quarno took the victory
eliminated Ganjoin. Then Stack turned on the red-light to
Jason Lawrence followed by Fisher who did the same to Vangorder
eliminating Fisher. This would leave Quarno, Mayers and
the leader Stack for the championship. Third round would
eliminate another contender as Quarno took on Mayers. Mayers
took the victory and with that he actually tied Stack going
into the fourth round. Mayers was then defeated by Ron Ross
driving the Penco Tech Camaro in the semi's. Ross then took
that motivation to match up yet again with Vangorder in
the finals. Ross laid down a 21 thousandths package in the
finals and Kenny couldn't do much with that as Ross took
his first MASSA Victory. Once the dust had settled Mayers
& Stack found themselves tied but, it would come down
to season victories. Mayers had two & Stack had one
which means that Keith Mayers is the 2014 MASSA Champion.
Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association: Going into
the event 2 time champ Joey Cambria held a 2 round lead
on about fourteen eligible drivers but, one problem....Cambria
was in Ohio for business so he couldn't be there to help
his cause. Knowing things wouldn't pan out till Race #10
racers still battled it out for the Event #9 victory. Ken
Moses had run a limited 2014 MASCA season but, wheeled his
American Race Cars digger to the finals. Waiting for Moses
in the finals was Ash Senft. In the finals Senft took a
huge advantage (.018 to .051) over Moses but, with the sun
down and the lights on both drivers set-up way to quick
with Senft breaking out the worst and handing the victory
to Moses (8.861 to 8.865). After Race #9 Cambria's lead
was cut down to 1 round but, he was still in the lead after
Race #9. As Race #10 opened up there were 8 drivers who
still had a shot at the championship. Senft & Mac Dougherty
both lost in the 1st round eliminated them from the hunt,
Fahnestock would then join them after round #2. Still in
the hunt were Walter Olt, Kevin Scholl, Dave Long &
Don Bangs. Long would take out Olt and Scholl was upended
by Joe Gallucci III ending their hopes. As the night got
longer it was going to come down to Long and Bangs in the
finals. Long beat Dave Stine in the Semi's and Bangs got
the bye-run. By now both drivers had passed Cambria for
the Championship. This would set-up a winner take all 2014
MASCA Championship final round. At the hit Bangs took the
advantage (.028 to .040) and held that advantage all the
way to the finish line in a 8.928 to 8.923 victory and his
first MASCA Championship.
the B-O-P at Cordova Dragway Park
IL - Calling all Midwest owners of Buicks,
Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs: Saturday, October
11 is your day at Cordova Dragway Park.
a Show & Shine, a swap meet, and of course drag racing!
Classes include Quick 16 Box / No Box Combo. The Q8 Box
winner and the Q8 No Box winner each win $400, then run
each other for an additional $600. Q8 entry fee is $75.
also a Buick-Olds-Pontiac Race For Cash for Street Tires
(drag radials and cheaters allowed) and Race Slicks. Each
class pays $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50
Quarters, all based on 32 car minimum field. Entry for each
is $40. Gates open at 9:00 am. For more info visit www.CordovaDrag.com.
Jason Vitez Clinches TNT Super Series Championship
NY - Friday September 26 saw the Joe's Transmission
TNT Super Series come to Elegant Builders Raceway
Park for the final event of 2014, presented by
Sam LoVetro Automotive. With a record number of cars on
the property for EBRP's final race, the event ran into the
early morning hours of Saturday and was ultimately called
at 2:00am with three TNTSS cars remaining - Jeff Sobczynski,
Tim Fletcher and Harry Phelps.
2014 TNTSS points championship will go to Jason Vitez. He
won the first race of the season and led the points pretty
much ever since. Going into the last race, Vitez had the
championship points lead over JJ Jablonski, Tom Coonly,
Ted Barnes and Harris Phelps in fifth.
one and only qualifying session on Friday saw the top three
qualify 3rd, 5th and 6th respectively... each gaining valuable
qualifying points. Barnes was not so lucky and qualified
at the bottom of the ladder, taking him out of championship
contention. Then in a dramatic turn of events, both Vitez
and Jablonski were taken out in first round, victims of
Joe Karosik and Jim Thomson. That left Tom Coonly 57 points
out of first place. If he got to the final and won, he would
become the points champion.
two, Coonly was up against Harris Phelps. Almost dead even
on the tree, Coonly was .519 to Phelps .518. At the big
end, it was a .005 margin of victory for Phelps running
7.012 to Coonly's 7.016.... ending Coonly's championship
hopes. And with Barnes falling in round three to Sobczynski,
the top five remained almost exactly as they came into the
day with the exception of fifth place.
the first time in the TNTSS eight year history, there is
a tie in the top five. Harry Phelps (Harris' father) defeated
Harris in round three when Harris went .001 red. This landed
them both with exactly the same number of points so both
will receive embroidered TNTSS jackets along with the rest
of the top five drivers.
of this and more will be celebrated at the Joe's Transmission
TNT Super Series Awards Night which is coming up in November
at Johnny Rocco's in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Stay close
for the finalized date and everything else you need to know
about the TNT Super Series.
East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association Finale - Gill
Wins Day, Preiser Wins Season
NJ - In the final race of the 2014 season for the East
Coast Stock / Super Stock Association, William
Gill in the 1957 SS/MA Chevrolet wagon took the win over
James Perrone in the 1969 G/SA Nova. The almost heads-up
race (Gill's 11.16 dial to Perrone's 11.17 dial) was started
off by two redlights. Perrone's was first so Gill takes
the win. The semi-finalists were Rich Preiser (SS/EM 67
Mustang) and Bryan
Valentine (SS/JA 97 Firebird).
Gill's win, it was Preiser taking home the 2014 ECSSSA Championship.
photos: Dave Milcarek (www.DaveMilcarek.com)
News: Mark Williams' Free Drive Stud Special
Williams Enterprises has announced a special offer
to those who purchase their Hi-Torque axles and the appropriate
axle bearings by November 15th, 2014: a free 5/8" drive
stud kit (racers, if you've never used drive studs, they are
the way to go).
Williams' Hi-Torque axles are forged from nickel-chromium-molybdenum
or 300M alloy steel and austempered for extra strength and
ductility, then precision CNC machined with absolutely perpendicular
flanges. Bearing seats are tapered to the optimum profile
and feature true involute splines. 40-spline axles are warranted
for 10 years! This bonus sale includes a drive stud kit
with 5/8" steel studs, aluminum Snap-Lock washers,
jam nuts and our new Snap-Lock steel lug nuts. To qualify
purchase any pair of Hi-Torque axles and the appropriate
axle bearings before 11/15/14.
more information, visit www.MarkWilliams.com.
Classic Coming Up at Maple Grove
PA - One of the biggest Sportsman races around is coming
to Maple Grove Raceway Thursday, October
9 - Sunday, October 12, 2014. The Dutch Classic
will include Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas,
Super Comp, the Hemi Challenge, Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman
and Top Dragster.
open Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 am and Sunday at
8:30 am. For more info visit www.MapleGroveRaceway.com.
The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: The Big Red Galaxy at Atco
to Drag Racer Magazine for submitting
this photo of George Gudat in the Big
Red 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxy photographed at Atco
Raceway in Atco, NJ. Racers in the Northeast are quite
familiar with this car as it was raced for many years
by Eddie Hildebrandt. I always like sharing
what Drag Racer sends in because the photography is first-rate.
Racer Magazine is available at better bookstores
and magazines stands or you
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Racer Magazine photos: Doug Adama / James Drew / Lou Hart
/ Pete Ward)