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Around The Dial: Friday, August 29th, 2014 – Monday, September 1st, 2014
ALABAMA: Montgomery MotorSports Park: Mini Millions Series (Fri-Sun) and Labor Day All Out Grudgefest (Sun). ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: call. DELAWARE: US-13 Dragway: ET bracket racing, Ford show, 422 All-Stars (Sun). FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: call. ILLINOIS: Cordova Dragway Park: Midnight Mayhem Street Drags (Fri). Route 66 Raceway: call. KENTUCKY: I-64 Motorplex: Fall Championship (Fri-Sun). Mt. Park Dragway: test & tune, trophy (Fri). MAINE: Oxford Dragway: closed indefinitely.
MARYLAND: Capitol Raceway: test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat-Sun). Cecil County Dragway: YellowBullet.com Nationals (Fri-Sun). Maryland International Raceway: East Coast Grudge Nationals (Sun). Mason-Dixon Dragway: test & tune (Fri), Labor Day Classic (Sat-Mon). MICHIGAN: Milan Dragway: test & tune, Jr. Dragsters (Fri), test & tune, Jr. Dragsters, Sportsman race (Sat), ET bracket racing (Sun). MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport Dragway: call. NEW HAMPSHIRE: New England Dragway: street night (Fri), Ford Fest (Sat), ET bracket racing (Sun). NEW JERSEY: Atco Dragway: Summer Series Shootout (Fri-Sun). Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: ET bracket racing (Sun). NEW YORK: Elegant Builders Raceway Park: ET bracket racing, Quick 16 (Fri). Empire Dragway: 1/8th Mile Nationals (Fri-Sun). ESTA Safety Park: ET bracket racing (Sun). Lebanon Valley Dragway: test & tune (Sat). Skyview Drags: call. NORTH CAROLINA: Coastal Plains Raceway: street legal test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat). Farmington Dragway: Friday Night Thunder (Fri). Mooresville Dragway: 4.70 Outlaws, Pure Street, Performance Street & Bracket Race (Sat). Piedmont Dragway: Labor Day ET bracket racing (Mon). Rockingham Dragway: Grudge Bike Fest 6 (Sat). PENNSYLVANIA: Beaver Springs Dragway: Labor Day Finals (Fri – Mon). Maple Grove Raceway: test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat-Sun). Numidia Dragway: Street Legal (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat), ET bracket racing $2,500 Super Pro / $1,500 Pro / $500 Street (Sun). Pittsburgh Raceway Park: ET bracket racing (Sat), Import Face-Off (Sun). Quarter Aces / South Mountain: call QUEBEC: Luskville Dragway: Fall Bracket Finals (Fri-Sun). SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Dragway: call. Greer Dragway: ET bracket racing (Sat). TENNESSEE: Bristol Dragway: Fun Ford Weekend / Mopar Thunder (Fri-Sat). TEXAS: Little River Dragway: Jr. Dragster Nationals (Fri-Sun). VIRGINIA: Elk Creek Dragway: test & tune (Fri), Race 4a Cure, ET bracket racing (Sat). Sumerduck Dragway: ET bracket racing (Sat). Virginia Motorsports Park: VW Race & Show (Sun). WISCONSIN: Great Lakes Dragaway: fun & grudge racing (Fri), Time Machine Nationals (Sat-Sun).


Numidia Dragway Adds Money Races on Sunday, August 31st
Numidia, PA - To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Numidia Dragway has added a Gambler's Race with increased payouts on Sunday, August 31st, 2014. Super Pro will pay $2,500 Win, Pro ET will pay $1,500 Win and Street ET will pay $500 Win. For more details or info visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
Race 4a Cure at Elk Creek Dragway
Elk Creek, VA - Help a good cause while racing for some big bucks at Elk Creek Dragway on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at Race 4a Cure. A portion of the proceeds will go to cancer research.

Super Pro pays $1,200 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $65, and 1st and 2nd round buybacks are $30. Footbrake pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $25 Semis. Entry is $50, and 1st and 2nd round buybacks are $20.

Gates open 10:00 am with time runs at 2:00 pm and eliminations at 6:00 pm. Visit www.ElkCreekDragway.com for more info.

Bike Fall Brawl at Rockingham Dragway
Rockingham, NC – Rockingham Dragway presents its 6th Annual Fall Brawl Grudge Fest motorcycle shootout on Saturday, August 30th, 2014. Gates open at 10:00 am. Visit www.RockinghamDragway.com for more info.

Labor Day Weekend Mini Millions at Montgomery MotorSports Park
Montgomery, AL - The Mini Million comes to Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL for Labor Day weekend.

The event features three $15Ks and a $30K. The $15Ks are Friday, Saturday and Sunday; each pays $15,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $600 6th Round Win, $400 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry is $175 per day, or enter all three days for $500. 1st round buybacks are $125.

Saturday is the $30K that pays $30,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $800 6th Round Win, $600 5th Round Win, $400 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $400, 1st round buybacks are $180.
Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon with time trials at 3:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 am.

Visit www.TheMillionOnline.com for more info.


The Mayhem Continues at Cordova Dragway Park

Cordova, IL - Attention to our street-legal racers in the vicinity of Cordova Dragway Park: get yourself an energy drink and get to Cordova’s Midnight Mayhem on Friday night, August 29th, 2014. This sounds like a lot of fun, with racing from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am! This is open to street-legal cars and trucks with DOT tires and noise-quieting mufflers (sorry, no bikes).

Among the festivities will be a flag girl contest, stop-light starts, flag starts, dB drags, burn-out contest and grudge racing including sport compact and domestic shootouts. If you’re a regular bracket racer at Cordova, perhaps show up and talk to the street kids about coming back to the track on bracket day.

Entry fee is $25 for car & driver from 11:00 pm – 3:00 am, or $40 for test & tune starting at 6:00 pm. Other Midnight Mayhem dates are October 3rd. For more info visit www.CordovaDrag.com.


Labor Day Weekend Classic at Mason-Dixon
Boonsboro, MD - Mason-Dixon Dragway keeps it classic with their Labor Day Weekend Classic Saturday, August 30th - Monday September 1st, 2014. The Classic gives racers in six classes three chances to get to the Winner’s Circle.

Each day, Super ET pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Payouts based on 64 entries. Entry is $75 per day, buybacks are $40 per day.

Pro ET pays $1,200 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $75 Quarters. Payouts based on 64 entries. Entry is $60 per day, buybacks are $30 per day.

Street ET pays $300 Win, $150 Runner-Up, and $25 Round starting with 4th Round loser. Entry is $40 per day, buybacks are $30 per day.

Motorcycle ET pays $300 Win, $150 Runner-Up, and $25 Round starting 4th Round loser. Payouts based on 30 entries. Entry is $45 per day, buybacks are $30 per day.

Trophy pays Giant Trophy Win, 3’ Trophy Runner-Up. Entry is $30 each day. Junior Dragster pays Trophy + $200 Win, Trophy and $100 Runner-Up. Entry is $30 per day, buybacks are $20 per day.

Gates open all three days at 8:30 am. Visit www.masondixondragway.com for more info.


Milan Dragway’s ET Bracket Racing, Sunday August 31st
Milan, MI – Milan Dragway’s ET bracket racing series continues on Sunday August 31st with racing for Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Super Pro Bike.

Super Pro and Pro have the same payouts: At 45+ cars, $1,200 Win, $350 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $60 Quarters and $30 Eighths. At 25-44 cars, $1,000 / $300 / $80 / $40 / $20. At 24 or fewer cars, Win 40%, Runner-Up 20%, Semis 10%. Entry is $45, 1st round buybacks are $20.

Sportsman pays $400 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $75 Semis and $30 Quarters, based on 30+ cars. At 29 or fewer, $300 / $100 / $50 / $20. Entry is $35, 1st round buybacks are $20. S/P Bike pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $35 Semis, based on 8 bikes. Entry is $35, 1st round buybacks are $20.

Gates open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com.


1/8th Mile Nationals at Empire Dragway
Leicester, NY – Bracket racers in upstate New York should mark Empire Dragway’s 21st Annual 1/8th Mile Nationals on their schedules for Friday – Sunday, August 29th – 31st.

Box and No Box each have the same payouts: Friday’s races each pay $1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up and $100 Semis. Saturday’s and Sunday’s races each pay $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $150 semis. Entry for either class is $140 for the weekend or $55 for any single day.

Bikes and sleds are welcomed in No Box. For more info such as gate times visit www.EmpireDragway.com.



Take Off! To Luskville Dragway for the Fall Bracket Finals
Luskville, Quebec – Luskville Dragway presents its Fall Bracket Finals Friday – Sunday, August 29th – 31st 2014.

Friday night features a Cruise Night. Saturday night features a Cruise Night, Jet Cars and Street Car Shootout. For the bracket racers is two days of big money races on Saturday and Sunday. Super Pro pays $5,000 Win on Saturday and also on Sunday. Entry for Super Pro is $200 for either day or $350 for the weekend. Semi Pro pays $2,000 Win on Saturday and again on Sunday. Entry for Semi Pro is $125 for either day or $200 for the weekend.

Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am, gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.LuskvilleDragway.com for more details.


Fun Ford Weekend and Mopar Thunder at Bristol Dragway

Bristol, TN - Bristol Dragway gives fans of every manufacturer the opportunity to see their favorite classics in action. To give fans and competitors added value, Fun Ford Weekend and Mopar Thunder combine for a doubleheader event on Aug. 29th -30th, 2014. The new format features the same elements that made each event popular, but puts them together to give fans even more bang for their buck.
During the course of the weekend, competitors have the opportunity to face off against other racers of the same make, as well as opponents from the rival manufacturers, during the All Manufacturers Gambler's Race on Friday night ($2,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters. Entry $50).

Saturday bracket racing includes the Ford vs. Mopar Gambler's Race, as well as Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and True Street bracket racing for both Ford and Mopar.

Gates open 10:00 am on Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday. Visit www.bristoldragway.com for information.


Newly Redesigned Dragtime T-Shirts Are Now Available, And They Are Cool!

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

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

Here's the previous design...

Hmm, what could the new one look like?

For Sale: 1951 Plymouth Concord Business Coupe
1951 Plymouth Concord Business Coupe

360 c.i. Plymouth V8, 727 transmission, 8 ¼” rear. Original suspension and steering gear. Shaved door handles, frenched headlights and rear license plate. Car customized in '70s. Drivetrain installed late '70s and repainted in early '80s. Weld Racing wheels with new "Moon Discs" all around. 14" fronts/15" rears. Front disc brake conversion done in winter of 2013 along with replaced front springs for stance and replaced L/S outer tie rod end.

Runs and drives fine. Clear New York title. Needs some TLC to be nice driver; would also make a great street rod, Pro Street or bracket project car.

Asking $7,200.00 O.B.O. Eric, 631-264-5335.

A Dragtime News Featured Photo: Serge Couterier's B/SA 1964 Dodge

Digging through The Dragtime News photo archives, I came across this shot of Serge Couterier at the 2010 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. There's just something that grabbed me about this photo when I looked at it anew - maybe the sun backlighting the car, or the sense of motion the photo has. Whatever it is, I thought I'd share it here. .(photo by Bob Beucler)

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

Fridays see the return of the track’s popular Street Legal Drags, providing a great way to help bring new racers to our sport in a fun and safe environment. Saturdays (and occasional Sundays) are Summit Series ET bracket points. Sundays are Test & Tune. Please check the track’s website and schedule to make sure these events are in effect on the specific day you’re planning to go.

Numidia is known as “The Home Of The Guaranteed Payout,” and the track’s series of 2014 big money races will showcase that. Big money races scheduled include Sunday & Monday, May 25th & 26th ($5,000 Super Pro / $5,000 Footbrake); Friday – Sunday, July 4th – 6th (3rd Annual Superbucks In The Hills); the month of October it will be OctoberBucks (exact schedule to be announced).

Other races include the OK 4WD Mudbog (rescheduled for May 3rd), MANDRA nostalgia drags on Saturday, May 10th, National Dragster Challenge / Jr. Dragster Challenge (Saturday, June 14th), Fireworks Show / Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Cars (Saturday, June 28th), NHRA King Of The Track (Saturday, July 12th), NADM Diesel Nationals (Saturday, July 19th), 4th Annual Racer Appreciation Day (Saturday, August 16th) and NETO nostalgia drags on Saturday, August 23rd.

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

Attendee Registration For PRI Trade Show Now Available Online
Racing retailers, engine builders, fabricators, warehouse distributors, race team members and other motorsports professionals planning to attend this year’s Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis can now register online, via the PRI website. There is no charge. This year's PRI Show takes place December 11-13, 2014 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Attendees can click here to register online, or go to the registration section at www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow. After verification of their role in motorsports has been approved, attendees will receive an official confirmation email of their acceptance. The deadline to register online is November 28, 2014.

As always, the hottest new racing products, the latest advances in motorsports engineering, and the best of today’s precision automotive machining equipment will be on display at PRI, where all forms of racing are represented, including stock car, sprint car, dirt late model, open wheel, drag racing, off-road, karting and much more.

“It’s a pretty amazing three days for anyone in the business of auto racing. Not only are all the new racing parts on display, but you can talk to the technical folks behind the new technology and tap into their speed expertise,” said PRI Trade Show Producer John Kilroy. “You’re going to need all three days to shop the Show!”

In fact, PRI is much more than a trade show, as the days leading up to and including the Show have come to be known as Race Industry Week. With over 35 conferences, seminars, social events and gatherings, this year’s Race Industry Week will provide an abundance of unparalleled business, education and networking opportunities.

The PRI Show is a trade-only event; only members of the racing industry are granted admission. For additional information on the 2014 PRI Show, visit www.PRI2014.com.

Summer Series at Atco Dragway
Atco, NJ - The 2014 Summer Series Shootout at Atco Dragway continues Labor Day weekend, Friday – Sunday August 29th – 31st, 2014.

Friday and Sunday each feature a $5K that pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $75 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150 and buybacks are $95.

Saturday is a $10K that pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $200 and buybacks are $125.

ET breaks are 6.50 – 12.99. No double entries. Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time trials at 1:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.atco-dragway.com.

Snake & Mongoose at PRI's Grand Opening Breakfast

Drag racing legends Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme and Tom ‘The Mongoose’ McEwen will share their colorful racing stories at the Grand Opening Breakfast at the 2014 Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, IN, kicking off the world’s largest gathering of motorsports professionals.

On the morning of Thursday, December 11, 2014, the great heritage of the Grand Opening Breakfast at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show continues with the special appearance of two of the biggest names in drag racing’s storied history: Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme and Tom ‘The Mongoose’ McEwen.

The two were part of the greatest rivalry in drag racing history—Snake and Mongoose! With 49 career victories, Prudhomme ranks sixth in NHRA history for most wins. Beginning his driving career in 1962, he was the first driver to win the NHRA series title four consecutive times. McEwen is listed as No. 16 of the 50 most significant drivers of NHRA’s first 50 years, winning five NHRA national events.

“We’re honored to have Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen as our special on-stage guests at the Grand Opening Breakfast,” said John Kilroy, producer of the PRI Trade Show. “In addition to their skills as racers, they were responsible for a promotion that started countless boys, as well as girls, dreaming about becoming drag racers.

“I’ve seen Don and Tom together before, and the friendship and the rivalry of Snake and Mongoose will be a treat for the audience, as Dave Despain is sure to draw out their best racing stories,” continued Kilroy.

The Grand Opening Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., Thursday, December 11, 2014, with doors set to open at 7 a.m. It will be held in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center.

The PRI Trade Show takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 11–13, 2014, in Indianapolis. Over 1100 industry suppliers occupying 3200 booths will exhibit the latest developments in auto racing technology before 40,000 attendees from the US and 70 countries. It is the premier trade show for motorsports professionals throughout the world. It is open to the trade only; race fans are not permitted. To register for the PRI Trade Show, or for more information, go to www.pri2014.com.



Oh Boicesco! Iggie and Amanda B. Sweep Auto Meter Top 8 Shootout at Cecil County
The Inaugural Autometer Top 8 Shootout presented by S&W Race Cars and Nitroplate was held recently at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD. In the end it was an all family affair as the Boicescos swept both, with Amanda (photo right) taking the win in Super Comp and father Iggie winning Super Gas. Joining Amanda and Iggie were Keith Mayers who took the win in Super Street. The Autometer Top 8 Shootout featured the best eight qualifiers of this year's first six events in a special shootout. In the Super Comp it was the two wildcards reaching the finals as #7 Amanda Boicesco took down #8 Andy Roberts 8.972 to 8.979. Shifting gears to Super Gas it was the #1 & #2 Qualifiers as Iggie Boicesco took down George Donhauser 9.943 to 9.899. Rounding out the shootout was the 10.90 class and in the end it was past IHRA World Champ Keith Mayers taking the win over Jeff Fisher on a hole-shot 10.904 to 10.902.

The Mid Atlantic .90 Association also completed event #s 7 & 8 of their 2014 season on Saturday & Sunday. On Saturday Walter Olt from Medford, NJ took the Super Comp victory over Ash Senft 8.903 to 8.908. In Super Gas it was New York native George Smith taking down Iggie Boicesco 9.901 to 9.910. Rounding out Saturday's action was MASSA. 2013 Champ Jimmy Stack finally won a race in 2014 by taking down Rich Price in the finals 10.923 to 11.006. On Sunday, another sunny day greeted the racers. In Super Comp action local bracket racer Dale Powers turned on the throttle stop and prevented Walter Olt from doubling-up with a 8.897 to 8.892 victory. In MASGA action Derek Clark (photo left) finally claimed a victory by defeating Iggie Boicesco on a hole-shot in the finals 9.902 to 9.901. Rounding out the action at Cecil County was the 10.90 class and it was Keith Mayers taking down Martie Ganjoin in the final round 10.912 to 10.890. The Mid Atlantic .90 Association will close out their 2014 season at Atco Dragway on September 27th & 28th.

Worner Dominates Aug 9-10 ATI Stock Super Stock at Maple Grove; Petitdemange is Series Champion

Mohnton, PA - Lightning - red lightning, in the form of Byron Worner's crimson VEGASFUEL Camaro - struck twice at Maple Grove Raceway. Worner, of Duncannon, Pa., won both rounds of final eliminations on Saturday and Sunday in the ATI Stock-Super Stock class. This was the final weekend for points in that division and Mark Petitdemange of Oxford, Pa., earned enough to claim the championship. The championship is unofficial until points are verified, but Petitdemange had a substantial lead over second place driver Tony Curcio of West Chester, Pa.

SATURDAY, AUG. 9 FINAL-ROUND RESULTS
ATI Stock-Super Stock: Byron Worner (Duncannon, Pa.) defeated Mark Petitdemange (Oxford, Pa.).
Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro: Barry Sauder (Ephrata, Pa.) defeated Mark Smith (Center Valley, Pa.).
Ciccarone Racing Products Pro: John Binkle (Mount Joy, Pa.) defeated Rob Snyder (Sinking Spring, Pa.).
P.C. Richard & Son Street: Dave Raser (Oxford, Pa.) defeated Scott Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.).
Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike: Wayne Pyfrom (Denver, Pa.) defeated Joe Stuebner (Hamburg, Pa.).
NHRA Jr. Street: Jake Karol (Mohnton, Pa.) defeated Robert Weidenhammer (Reading, Pa.).
Trophy: Allen Britton (Pottstown, Pa.) defeated Robert Rippel (Fawn Grove, Pa.).

SUNDAY, AUG. 10 FINAL-ROUND RESULTS
ATI Stock-Super Stock: Byron Worner (Duncannon, Pa.) defeated William Gill (Langhorne, Pa.).
Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro: Derrick Fox (Malvern, Pa.) defeated Mike Daniels (Devon, Pa.).
Ciccarone Racing Products Pro: Paul Werner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) defeated Mark Dennebaum (Clarks Summit, Pa.).
P.C. Richard & Son Street: Mark Ketterer (Sellersville, Pa.) defeated Dave Raser (Oxford, Pa.).
Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike: Austin Youndt (Stevens, Pa.) defeated Joe Stuebner (Hamburg, Pa.).
NHRA Jr. Street: Robert Weidenhammer (Reading, Pa.) defeated Hunter Zajac (Manheim, Pa.).
Trophy: Shannon Cain (West Chester, Pa.) defeated Lindsay Holzman-Hain (Robesonia, Pa.).
Non-points Jr. Dragster: Kyle Robb (Denver, Pa.) defeated Nicholas Bealer (Douglassville, Pa.).


The 28th Annual MOPARS @ Etown

The 28th Annual MOPARS @ Etown is Saturday, August 23rd 2014. The event includes a muffled No-Electronics Money Bracket that pays $250 Win, $125 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, based on 32 cars; entry is $40. There’s also a Mopar King Of The Hill bracket race, with the winners in B1/7.00-10.99, B2/11.00-11.99, B3/12.00-12.99, and B4/13.00-slower duking it out to claim the King Of The Hill. Race entry for these classes is $25. There’ll also be a Mopar car show, a swap meet, and the Super Car Shootout. All vehicles must be Mopar-powered and bodied. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am.

Also, if your Mopar is 1979 and older, Etown has added two special classes to their Digs at ETown event which will be held the same day on their 1/8th mile drag strip (the Mopars at ETown is on their 1/4 mile). So if you want to extend your weekend bring your Mopar to this Digs event. Only $12 to get in and that includes a tech card to race. Any car 1979 or older is always welcome to the DIGS events at Etown, and it's cool that the track has added something just for Mopars at this particular event.

Visit www.RacewayPark.com for more information.


Big Go Block Party in Indy

If you're heading to the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals and live in the Indianapolis area, be sure to set aside some time to take in all of the festivities like the Big Go Block Party in Brownsburg, Indiana on Tuesday, August 19th. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Brownsburg Town Hall complex and will feature a driver autograph session, show cars from numerous NHRA teams, and many interactive displays.

Beginning at 7 p.m., top NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racers will take part in a free autograph session and will allow fans to interact with their favorite drivers. Representing the Top Fuel category will be Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBalooshi of Al-Anabi Racing; Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, and Spencer Massey of Don Schumacher Racing; Brittany Force of John Force Racing; Steve Torrence of Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports; Richie Crampton of Morgan Lucas Racing; and Leah Pritchett of Dote Family Racing.

Funny Car racers Courtney Force and Robert Hight from John Force Racing; Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman, and Tommy Johnson Jr. of Don Schumacher Racing; and Cruz Pedregon and Tony Pedregon of Pedregon Racing will also take part in the autograph session.

Pro Stock Motorcycle racers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec of the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team will also be on hand to meet the fans.

For more information about The Big Go Block Party, like Facebook.com/BigGoBlockParty.


Charity Test & Tune on Long Island
The 2014 Cooley's Anemia Foundation / Long Island Drag Racing Classic Car Show and Test & Tune will be held Saturday, September 13th at the Hempstead Fire Department Training School located at 370 Milburn Avenue in Hempstead.

Registration will be from 7 - 9 AM, with the Test & Tune running from 9 AM to 4 PM. Show: $25; Test & Tune: $60 prior to the event, $70 on the day of the event; Vendors: $100. As always you will be required to have a DOT approved helmet and your car must pass a tech inspection.

You can pre register by calling or emailing:
Cooley's Anemia Foundation
740 Smithtown Bypass, Suite 201
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 863-0532 Fax (631) 863-0535
email: darlene@suffolkcaf.com

More information can be found in the LIDragRacing.com forum HERE or on their Facebook page.


Banner Engineering Partners With WNYSRA
Publisher's note: if you run a racing organization and have been thinking about finding sponsors for your series, this piece should be motivating. Sponsors are out there if you look deep and work hard:
Rochester, NY – The Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association (WNYSRA) announced that Banner Engineering of Minneapolis, Minnesota has agreed to become a major race sponsor of the growing racing series. As such, Banner Engineering was the presenting sponsor of the sixth race of the WNYSRA season at Empire Dragway on Saturday, August 16th.

Phil Harnden, Co-Founder of the Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association, stated, “We’re extremely excited to have Banner Engineering join us as a race sponsor for the 2014 season. Banner has been involved in drag racing longer than most people know, as their photoelectric sensors are used in the timing systems at almost every track in North America." Banner Engineering has evolved into a worldwide leading manufacturer of industrial and process automation components. Today, virtually every manufacturing company in the Fortune 500 relies upon Banner Engineering to satisfy their sensing requirements.

The Director of North American Sales for Banner Engineering, Dan Colvin, stated, “Though our products are not utilized primarily in motorsports, we realize that many of the fans and competitors may have the need for the types of products we manufacture at their full-time jobs. So, we, along with our distributor for the region, KOM Automation, believe that we can leverage this partnership with the Western New York Super Rod Association to positively affect sales in the territory. Thus, as you can imagine, we are all very enthusiastic about moving forward with the WNYSRA.”

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


Janis Ready for U.S. Nationals

Everyone at Mike Janis Racing has been busy since the last NHRA Pro Mod race in Norwalk and they are working hard to prepare for the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals August 29th – September 1st. Janis is currently in 2nd place, just 11 points out of first.

“We have been working overtime every day to give it our best shot at regaining the points lead and winning the NHRA Pro Mod Championship,” said Janis. “Being one of the lowest funded teams out there makes us work extra hard; we really have to think outside of the box, but we just make due the best we can.”

The Janis Racing team competed in the PDRA race in Richmond, Virginia July 25-26 and ran the car in the Pro Boost class. They kept the car 100% NHRA legal and showed up with a completely different engine and drive train set-up. “The Pro Boost class lets you be 50 pounds lighter and there is no overdrive limit. We kept everything legal, qualified 3rd and made it to the semi-finals only losing by 3 thousandths,” said Janis. “It was a great test session and we were really happy with the performance for the conditions.”

Deciding they just weren't satisfied enough and needed to be stronger before Indy, Janis is scheduled to participate at the Indy test session Wednesday, August 20th along with several other Real Pro Mod (RPM) association teams. “We want to make sure all of our ducks are in a row so we can repeat last year and go for the win!”

With all the hard work and racing, family still remains number one to Janis. He recently spent a week vacation in California to celebrate his 37th wedding anniversary with his wife Michelle and welcomed another grandchild to his family, Camden James Janis.


No ET Nationals at Milan Dragway

Milan, MI – Attention, all you 'No ET' racers in the Michigan area, this is for you! Bring it to Milan Dragway on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 for the No ET Nationals and get into the No ET $2,000 Payout. This is a winner-takes-all race with a $250 buy-in. Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules! EXCEPT: 29W or smaller, no bars, and no ET.

Gates open at 12 noon. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more info.


George Poynter / Joey Whitt Memorial Race at Mt. Park Dragway

Clay City, KY – Kentucky bracket racers, this is all you. Mt. Park Dragway presents the 2014 George Poynter and Joey Whitt Memorial Race on Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th with money races in Top ET (top bulb) and Mod ET (bottom bulb).

In Top ET, Saturday has two races and Sunday has one; each pays $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Enter any single race for $80; enter two for $150; enter all three for $200. Buybacks are $40. On Sunday there’s also a 32 Box Shootout that pays $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $125 for the first 32.

In Mod, Saturday has two races and Sunday has one; each pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Enter any single race for $50; enter two for $90; enter all three for $120. Buybacks are $25. On Sunday there’s also a 16 Mod Shootout that pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $100 Semis. Entry is $100 for the first 16.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am with time runs starting at 12 noon. For more information visit www.mpdragway.com.


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

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

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

Tech, Tests & Installs

Tech: Basics of Proper Trailer Towing

Racers, we all log a lot of miles transporting ourselves and our cars to the dragstrip on a weekly basis. This is no small task but many of us take it for granted. Think about it: we’re not only driving a vehicle, but that vehicle is towing another vehicle that’s carrying yet another vehicle. Then think about how many knucklehead drivers we encounter on a daily basis when we’re driving our regular cars. It’s bad enough having to take evasive action when driving a daily driver. It’s even worse when we’re driving a loaded trailer.

Having a properly equipped and loaded trailer won’t prevent any encounters with knucklehead drivers, but it can change the outcome from being catastrophic to being a minor annoyance. Proper towing means having the right equipment, knowing how to load and employing safe drive habits.

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Installs: The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring
You may recall that I had an electrical fire in the trunk of the Dodge last season. My alternator developed a dead short and it overheated the wire running back to the battery. Then, VOILA!... smoke and fire. It was at that time that I realized the wiring in the Dodge had to go. Not just some of it, but ALL of it. I spoke with my friend and fellow Englishtown bracket racer Steve Russell, who's a bit of a Mr. Wizard when it comes to wiring and electrical. He took my thought a step further and suggested not just replacing the wiring but upping the size, making a new fuse block, adding relays, and installing a nice switch panel.

Racers, we documented the before and after here. Not only is the Dodge safer, but it also starts easier and the fuel pump, water pump and fan work better. It also looks great under the hood. If you race a vehicle that still has the original wiring, trust me. Replace it. It's a great investment. If you're in the NJ/PA/DE area of the country and are interested in having Steve do the job on your car, his contact info is at the end of the article.

Click HERE to go to the installation.

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Racers, I recently made a big change in my routine: I switched to a different brand of oil. As a racer using a flat tappet camshaft I always knew that oil is critical to lobe life, but the way I went about it was not very good. I had been using a pretty heavy mixture of oil, thinking that heavier is better. My builder raised an interesting scenario when he found some wear attributed to lack of oiling. He said I'm never getting the engine hot enough to really flow the heavy oil that I was running. I then did some research and made the switch to Joe Gibbs Driven racing oil (I went with their organic HR2 10W-30). I then started reading some of the technical articles on their website and wanted to share some of them here.
Don’t Fall For The Myths!
We separate fact from fiction with some of these more common—and harmful—oil myths
By Jeff Huneycutt

We live in a world where more is better. More money in the bank account, more friends in the Facebook account, we even know some people with more tattoos than we care to count. But among all types, horsepower freaks and gearheads may be the worst. When it comes to horsepower more is never enough, even if it means sacrificing durability and drivability.

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Brake System Info & FAQs Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter
As racers, we're always looking to go fast, but slowing safely is actually much more important. Additionally, for the footbrakers among us, it's the braking system that holds the car at the starting line as we're way up on the converter. That's why when I saw this technical piece about brake systems on the website of Mark Williams Enterprises, I knew I had to share it here with you. The article continues at the link below, and discusses Pedal Ratio & Master Cylinder, Master Cylinder Selection, Caliper Alignment Clearance and Position, Proportioning Valves, Brake Lines and Fluid, and Troubleshooting.

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Misinformation - we’ve all received it or innocently passed it along at one time or another. I’m sure you have your own examples of it. One of mine pertained to torque converters, and ATI helped educate me. Follow the link below to read about my experience.

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More Tech, Tests & Installs here.
Product News Bracket Racing 101 Readers' Rides
COMP Cams LSR Series Hydraulic Rollers It's All In The Timing, Pt. 1 A Flying Connecticut Bowtie
The LSR™ Series from COMP Cams® is a lineup of hydraulic roller camshafts featuring the most advanced lobe designs for all popular GM LS engine (single & three-bolt) applications. Designed specifically for radical street performance and all-out racing applications, these aggressive profiles take full advantage of today's newer and better-flowing aftermarket cathedral and rectangular port LS cylinder heads.

Featuring higher exhaust duration and overall lift, LSR™ Roller Cams are the right choice for engine builders looking for the most advanced designs available in off-the-shelf options. With the broadest powerband and most top-end power of any LS cams ever created, the LSR™ Series will jump start the bragging rights of LS engine owners.

Special features include advanced lobe designs for LS engines, higher exhaust duration & overall lift, broadest powerband of all LS cams on the market, and the most top-end power of any LS cams ever created. For additional information visit www.compcams.com.

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

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

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

Everything we do on the dragstrip relates to time. We put a time on our windows, we try to leave on time, and we’ll hit the brakes at the stripe to kill some time. Yet with all of the importance of time to what we do, there are racers who don’t fully understand the timing system of the dragstrip.

In my travels racing at Northeast dragstrips I’ve gotten to know Al and Sue Smyth of Portatree Systems (www.PortaTree.com). The Smyth family is extremely active in our sport. Al races a stick SS/AH 1968 Barracuda, son Stephen races a 2009 A/SA Hemi Challenger, and daughter Allison races a C/SA 1997 Firebird. Practice trees, full competitive drag racing timing systems, and simulators are all part of the products that Portatree manufactures. As someone who founded and runs a company that makes...

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

Dragtime News On Location

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

We were on location at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ on Saturday, July 26th 2014 for the Long Island Hot Rod Reunion and on Sunday July 27th, 2014 for the Old Days Drags and Funny Car Reunion. On Saturday I took the Dodge and won the Pro Tree Eliminator, so I don't have many photos. On Sunday I left the Dodge at home and just concentrated on shooting.

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

NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

We were on location at the NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park from Friday - Sunday, May 30th - June 1st, 2014. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Dragster, Pro Mod, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster.

As always, we have to give thanks to NHRA for supplying credentials and for their hospitality during the weekend. As a result we were able to get some really great shots of all the classes. Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier than most on the Sportsman classes. We also tried to position ourselves in a variety of places around the track to provide numerous points-of-view. Due to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting this in four parts.

Start at the beginning with Part I HERE.

Smithtown, NY Car Show
I spent a recent weekend visiting family and friends on Long Island, NY and while I was there took in a neat little car show. I realize Dragtime News On Location normaly focuses on racing events, but we're all car people here so why not! I hope you like some of the cool cars I saw. Click HERE to go to the coverage...
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TECH, TESTS & INSTALLS

Basics Of Proper Trailer Towing

The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Brake System Info & FAQs

Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter

Lots More Tech, Tests & Installs

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BRACKET RACING 101

Keep Your Pace To Win The Race

Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep

Looking Back To The Future

Racing Into Fall

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. I

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. 2

Just The Basics

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DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION

2014 NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

Smithtown, NY Car Show

26th Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN

NHRA Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013

NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013

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TECH, TESTS & INSTALLS

Basics Of Proper Trailer Towing

The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Brake System Info & FAQs

Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter

Lots More Tech, Tests & Installs

Scroll down for Bracket Racing 101






BRACKET RACING 101

Keep Your Pace To Win The Race

Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep

Looking Back To The Future

Racing Into Fall

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. I

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. 2

Just The Basics

Scroll down for Dragtime News On Location








DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION

2014 NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

Smithtown, NY Car Show

26th Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN

NHRA Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013

NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013

MORE DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION










Twitter: @DragtimeNews.

LIKE US on Facebook!



TECH, TESTS & INSTALLS

Basics Of Proper Trailer Towing

The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring

Don't Fall For The Myths About Oil

Brake System Info & FAQs

Track Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter

Lots More Tech, Tests & Installs

Scroll down for Bracket Racing 101






BRACKET RACING 101

Keep Your Pace To Win The Race

Don't Be Afraid Of The Deep

Looking Back To The Future

Racing Into Fall

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. I

Take Action For Reaction, Pt. 2

Just The Basics

Scroll down for Dragtime News On Location








DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION

2014 NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown

Smithtown, NY Car Show

26th Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN

NHRA Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013

NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013

MORE DRAGTIME NEWS ON LOCATION










Twitter: @DragtimeNews.

LIKE US on Facebook!