& Events - January 2015
Super Series 2014 Top 5: 3rd Place - Tom Coonly
Coonly from Blasdell, New York drove his 1975 Chevy
Nova to a third place finish in the 2014 Joe's Transmission
TNT Super Series. With 657 points, Coonly was in contention
right up until the final race of the season..
winning the second race at Cayuga in early June, Coonly
drove to the semis at Lancaster and followed that up with
a runner-up in the Sister Act Band SHOOT-OUT at Empire
in August. Another final round on Labour Day weekend at
Cayuga and then strong qualifying performances to end
the season put him solidly in third place. (continued)
News: Jiffy-tite's New Pro Compact Series
NY: Jiffy-tite, the leading manufacturer
of quick-connect fluid fittings, has released a new product
line. Ideal for more compact applications, the new Pro-Compact
series is perfect for applications that don’t require
but do benefit from the no-tools technology behind Jiffy-tite’s
signature quick-connect fluid fittings.
quick-connect technology easily connects and disconnects
in seconds without tools, making their fittings
ideal for everything from off-road to drag racing. Comparable
in size to AN sized fittings on the market today, Jiffy-tite’s
Pro-Compact Series is the perfect choice for anywhere
valved technology is not a requirement. The reduced size
is paramount to bringing Jiffy-tite’s revolutionary
quick-connect technology to smaller spaces. (continued)
Grove Raceway Will Repave To All-Concrete Racing Surface
PA - Maple Grove Raceway's quarter-mile, NHRA-sanctioned
drag strip will undergo a significant facelift in order
to create a better, more consistent racing surface for its
racers. The track will be torn up beginning at the 770-foot
point of the track and will continue past the finish line.
The track currently is concrete from the starting line to
the 770-foot point. The old paving will be replaced to create
an all-concrete drag strip from start to finish.
are making a significant investment in the... (continued)
Dragway Announces 2015 Schedule
N.C. – Rockingham Dragway owner
Steve Earwood announced a comprehensive 2015
schedule that for the first time in 17 years features the
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series along with the PDRA Pro
Mod Series, the AMRA all-Harley Motorcycle Series, the Dieffenbach
Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County
Tourism and even a race that uses manpower instead of horsepower.
track will open on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for the
first event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series
and two weeks later will play host to the annual Racers
Appreciation weekend featuring free entry for all ET racers.
first of Rockingham’s feature races will be the second
Mod Test Session In February At PBIR
Mod teams will have a test session at Palm Beach
International Raceway coming up on February
9th – 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each
day. All Pro Mods are welcome to participate in this testing
week, regardless of which organization they race in. It
is also open to the public to come watch.
Rowe, driver and owner of the Agave Underground
Tequila Pro Mod team, is one driver who is more than ready
to get back on the drag strip and start preparation for
the 2015 season. (continued)
Spotlight: ATI Performance Products
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
manufactures its own SFI cases for the Power Glide and TH400
and offers many different bell housings and options to fit
what you race. ATI 8" and 9" torque converters
are made from 100% new parts, no old cores here. ATI’s
Super Damper is the industry leading damper and is used
exclusively in NASCAR, NHRA Pro-Stock, and by every quality
engine builder in the world.
transmission department, you can find plenty of models to
choose from. Based on the weight & horsepower of your
combination, ATI can spec you a transmission and converter
combination to guide you to the winner’s circle no
matter what your combination is. Whether its aluminum drums,
Vasco shafts or trick trans brake valve bodies, ATI makes
the parts to put in anything from a basic foot brake Glide
for your bracket car, to an all-out Outlaw TH400 Lock Up
for your Pro-mod. ATI has the parts and the knowledge to
build you a reliable transmission to fit your specific needs.
They also supply a wide variety of torque converters; each
one specifically made to order. ATI offers everything from
light weight 8” units for NHRA Stock class racing
all the way up to 10.5” Outlaw Lock UP converters
for 3000+HP door cars. They even offer a line of StreetMaster
Converters for your hot rod or street car.
it comes to a harmonic balancer the ATI Super Damper has
the best design on the market, period! The design is simply
the best piece available and provides the most protection
you can get for your engine. After spending a significant
amount of your hard earned money on a new power plant, an
ATI Super Damper is the best insurance policy you could
purchase to protect that new investment. A damper plays
such an important role in both absorbing harmonics and preventing
torsional twist of the crank shaft. With the best technology
readily available, why would you want to risk your investment
on anything else? Plus, the ATI damper is completely rebuild-able
and every individual part is available separately and service
is easy. Only ATI offers a damper that will last the entire
life of your engine and then some.
more information, visit www.ATIRacing.com.
Coast Stock / Super Stock Association's 2015 Schedule
East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association has announced
its 2015 schedule, which includes races at Atco Dragway
(Atco, NJ), Maple Grove Raceway (Mohnton,
PA) and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
(Englishtown, NJ. (continued)
Force To Wear Bowtie in 2015
LINDA, CA - John Force Racing, Inc. and
Chevrolet announced that they will be joining
forces to back the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship team
starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
season. The multi-year agreement will see all three John
Force Racing Chevrolet Camaro Funny Cars adorned with the
iconic gold bowtie as well as the JFR Top Fuel dragster.
Force is a champion and a legend both on and off the track,
as a driver and as a team owner,” said Jim Campbell,
Chevrolet Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
“John Force is a racer’s racer and a...
The Dial: Winter 2014-2015
Montgomery Raceway Park:
Auto Plus Raceway:
South Georgia Motorsports
Park: no racing this weekend.
Cordova International Raceway:
closed for the winter.
closed for the winter. Mt.
Park Dragway: call.
Milan Dragway: closed
for the winter.
New England Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: closed
for the winter.
closed for the winter. Lebanon
Valley Dragway: closed for the winter.
closed for the winter.
call. Rockingham Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Maple Grove Raceway:
closed for the winter. Numidia
Dragway: closed for the winter. Quarter
Aces / South Mountain: closed for the
closed for the winter.
call. Greer Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Memphis International Raceway:
Little River Dragway:
Elk Creek Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Great Lakes Dragaway:
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Anthony Fetch at the 2014 NHRA Summernationals
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Division 1 Stock Eliminator Championship, and a 6th Place
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Mod Returns To IHRA in 2015
IHRA has announced that Pro Modified will return to IHRA
competition in 2015 led by class sponsor Crower Racing Products.
class will feature quarter-mile competition and an open
field at most all Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events...
Super Series 2014 Top 5: 4th Place - Ted Barnes
his Chevy-powered Datsun 510, Caistorville Ontario's Ted
Barnes finished fourth in the 2014 Joe's Transmission
TNT Super Series championship points chase with 625 points.
who also happens to be the TNTSS Director of Operations,
started the season with a runner-up finish at Empire Dragway
and quickly ... (continued)
International Announces 2015 Schedule
International Raceway has announced its 2015 schedule.
The 2015 MIR schedule will consist of 104 race days with
the season opener on March 7-8. Signature special events
in 2015 will include: Performance Swap Meets, Door Wars,
Mickey Thompson Tires IDBL motorcycle events, NMRA Ford
Nationals, Mountain Motor Nationals, Custom T’s Grudge
events, War on Wheels events, IREV Import events, IHRA Nitro
Jam President's Cup Nationals, ... (continued)
News On Location: 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry
were on location at the 27th Annual Performance Racing
Industry Show, held December 10th
- 13th, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN, and what a show it was!
The PRI Show just keeps getting better and better, with more
seminars and conferences to help you grow your performance
business, lots and lots of networking opportunities, and of
course, all of the racing products on the show floor.
there is a lot of information in our coverage. Please take
your time with it. While the tendency sometimes is to rush
through things on the Internet, stay with it because there
are a lot of cool new items that you might have a need for
in your 2015 racing season. It'll also give you a sense
of what you'll experience yourself if you go to the 2015
PRI Show (which I strongly suggest if you're involved in
the performance industry at all).
a cold one, sit back and visit The 2014 PRI Show. The coverage
Racer Porcelli Wraps Up Championship 2014 Season, Plans Upgrades
friend and hard-core Michigan bracket racer Vince
Porcelli checked in recently to let us know how his
2014 season went, and it sounds like it went pretty well!
Said Vince, “In 2014 we won the Top ET Championship
at Ubly Dragway in Ubly, MI. We were the Opie Top Dawg winner
for the 5th time in a row at Lapeer Dragway in Lapeer, MI.
We were on the Ubly Bracket Finals team for IHRA in Martin
and got down to 3 cars and red lit.” (continued)
News: Proform Parts Releases 2015 Catalog
friends at Proform Parts have released their
new 80-page 2015 catalog full of innovative and affordable
performance parts and specialty tools. You can order
a printed copy for only $5.00 by clicking here, or you
the catalog online by clicking here.
Plus Raceway Kicks Off 2015 With A Win
message from Auto Plus Raceway, Gainesville, FL - "What
a great event the New Year's Bracket Bash turned out to be!
First off, thank you to all of the racers that made the drive
and spent their hard-earned cash to participate in this event.
We had 70+ cars in our No-Box class, and around 90 in the
Box category. As a result, we decided... (continued)
Vibrations Motorsports Named Title Sponsor for 2015 Southwestern
International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) has announced
that Good Vibrations Motorsports has been
named title sponsor for the season-opening Southwestern
Nationals at Southwestern International Raceway,
as well as presenting sponsor for IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing
Series™ (NJDRS) events in Spokane and Edmonton. In addition
to expanding their role with the IHRA's premier series, Good
Vibrations Motorsports will also return as sponsor of the
IHRA's Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories... (continued)
Spotlight: COMP Cams
more than 35 years, COMP Cams has prided
itself on serving as the preferred valve train partner of
racers, engine builders and enthusiasts the world over. Whether
the company is working with a professional race team or a
weekend mechanic, its commitment to building the highest-quality
components and providing unparalleled customer service is
Cams employs the aftermarket’s largest and most highly
trained engineering staff, and its technicians provide a
wealth of knowledge unrivaled in the performance aftermarket.
Combine the best people with the best resources available
in the fields of development, testing and manufacturing,
and you have the recipe that makes COMP Cams the absolute
leader in valve train technology.
Cams camshafts are the backbone of its lineup and drag racing
cams are available in both flat tappet and solid roller
configurations for applications ranging from sportsman to
Pro classes. Other valve train components by COMP include
valve springs that feature revolutionary design, including
Elite Drag Race and Dual Conical options, a variety of rocker
arms and durable pushrod selections, as well as lifters
designed for everything from street/strip to all-out, hardcore
more information about COMP Cams visit www.compcams.com
or call 1.800.999.0853.
Spotlight: Powermaster Performance
Performance Starters & Alternators, located in
West Chicago, IL 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! Powermaster is proud
to work with racers to develop starters and alternators that
suit specific needs. One example is their Ultra Torque High
Speed starter, designed for alcohol or magneto engines. The
Ultra Torque High Speed spins up to 25% faster with 200ft
lbs of torque for engines up to 15:1 compression.
more information visit powermastermotorsports.com.
Spotlight: Mark Williams Enterprises
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. During this time Williams began to manufacture
various components to compliment his chassis.
In the late 1970s, sensing a need in the marketplace,
Mark Williams came out with the industry’s first
guaranteed axle, the “Hi-Torque.” All “Hi-Torque”
and budget-minded “MasterLine” axles are individually
made to the customer’s requirements. Having the
shaft taper from the bearing seat to the spline is a key
factor in an axle’s ductility and overall reliability.
In a quest to build the lightest and strongest driveshafts,
MW developed the patented Accu-bonding process. This process
is used to manufacture aluminum and carbon fiber driveshafts.
Now, MW has the most comprehensive driveshaft testing
and manufacturing capabilities in the industry. MW also
developed a sophisticated computer-controlled torsional
testing device that can exert loads up to 15,000 foot
pounds torque in measured cycles.
Data accumulated from extensive testing has helped SFI
establish the specifications that are the cornerstone
of the 43.1 Specs program.
Recognizing the shortcomings of steel housings, MW developed
the first modular housing to accommodate
the popular 9” Ford components. The most important
feature of MW modular housings is that everything is CNC
machined to exacting tolerances, which makes for optimum
alignment of axles, bearings, gears, etc. for maximum
The company is also known for its premium grade disc brakes.
Kits feature a one-piece aluminum hub/brake hat. The innovative
Slot-Drive™ system, used to attach the rotor to
the hat or hub, reduces the weight of the rotor while
directing heat way from the hub bearings – eliminating
warpage. M-W rotors are double disc ground to ensure that
both sides are absolutely parallel.
more information about Mark Williams Enterprises,
Spotlight: Stroud Safety
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.
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.
in Oklahoma City, the 24,000 square foot facility includes
a 4,000 square foot show room. The production area is equipped
with a wide range of industrial sewing machines, state-of-the-art
digital cutting table, and fire bottle/suppression system
assembly area. Efficient production and inventory control
expedites the customer ordering experience with daily shipment
of products. Customers may order direct from the factory
or from U.S. and international dealers.
Stroud Safety at 405-632-2022 for information and tech support,
800-554-4648 for orders, and email@example.com.
More product information available at www.stroudsafety.com
Spotlight: Auto Meter Products
in 1957, Auto Meter Products, Inc. is a
high technology company based in Sycamore, IL USA, focused
on performance and racing automotive instrumentation and
electronics. With a state-of-the-art cellular manufacturing
operation, world class ISO 9000:TS 16949 Certified Quality
System, an advanced engineering team, and product technology
that is unmatched in the instrumentation marketplace, Auto
Meter has been a leader in the performance aftermarket for
generations. In addition to the more commonly known Auto
Meter High Performance division, they are also one of the
largest builders of battery and electrical system test equipment.
The company's products include the Dedenbear STSK
Throttle Stop, the Auto Meter Ultimate
DL tachometer, Auto
Meter Street & Race Dash and SPEK-Pro
STSK Throttle Stop - The Dedenbear STS System
combines the consistency of an electric stop with the
tunability of an air stop. The STS can open and close
the blades 8 separate times during a run, all at different
speeds and different angles. Starting line control is
also included for the ultimate in launch consistency.
Every adjustment can easily be accomplished right from
the driver's seat, including stop RPM.
Meter Ultimate DL tachometer - The
Ultimate DL includes a high accuracy, competition-grade
air core meter movement capable of achieving 0 to 10,000
RPM in 333 milliseconds. I t features new and improved
ARMS (automatic recording memory start) system for worry
free driver operation, a 4 stage shift light control,
advanced LED backlighting
for improved visibility, reduced electrical system draw,
and resistance to vibration and tire shake. Engine and
driveshaft RPM records at 100 samples per second with
up to 60 seconds of available memory. Driver can play
back data right on the tach itself, or easily download
it to award winning DataPro analysis software, the same
software found on professional STACK Motorsports data
acquisition systems. Onboard tri-axis accelerometer to
provide advanced data about vehicle acceleration and launch,
working intelligently with DataPro software to pin point
not only when, but where particular events occurred on
the track. Backed by contingency in NHRA, IHRA, NMCA,
and NMRA, a 1 year competition warranty, and Auto Meter's
customer service and race support team
Meter Street & Race Dash - Full Sweep, Stepper
Motor meter movement and includes user programmable warning
function, integrated programmable warning light and LCD
message display for temperatures, pressures, and battery
voltage, external plugs provided for shift and warning
light activation, and a robust professional wiring harness
pre-terminated with mil spec and MSS connectors for ease
of installation. Operates on most 1-16 cylinder engines
with 12V electronic ignitions. The Street & Race Dash
is water, dust/dirt, shock, and vibration proof! and is
fully sealed to IP67 standard. Multiple pre-programmed
display layers allow you to track different combinations
of vehicle parameters at the push of a button. Transflective
LCD Backlit display provides guaranteed visibility in
bright sunlight and complete darkness. Playback Recording
mode provides up to 2 hours (or 15 runs) of continual
dash sensor input data to be saved to memory for later
review and analysis.
features include plug & play wire harness for easy
installation, 7 color user-selectable background illumination,
adjustable illumination brightness settings for day and
night, independent dimming for dial and pointer, peak
recall, and 280-degree brushless stepper motor movement
with illuminated pointer. The patented lighting delivers
one of the largest viewable displays ever assembled on
a 2 1/16 inch gauge.
more information about the Auto Meter
family of products, visit www.autometer.com.
Design Dragtime News T-Shirts
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
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.
The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: Troy Moyle in the Hart's
Texaco Flathead Ford
to Drag Racer Magazine for submitting
this great photo of Troy Moyle in the
wheelstanding Hart's Texaco flathead
Ford. 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)