News & Events
Have A Blast at South Georgia Motorsports Park
Adel, GA - The big Super Buck Blast VII is coming up Wednesday – Sunday, October 29th – November 3rd, 2014 at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

The weekend kicks off Wednesday and Thursday and also wraps up Sunday with a $10K each day that pays $10,000 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 7th Round lose, $300 6th Round lose, $200 5th Round lose, and $100 4th Round lose. Entry per race is $150, 1st Round buybacks are $100.

Friday and Saturday are the big $20K races that each pay $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $700 7th Round lose, $500 6th Round lose, $300 5th Round lose and $150 4th Round lose. Entry per race is $225, 1st Round buybacks are $150.

Package entry fees are $500 for 3-day ($20K Friday, $20K Saturday and $10K on Sunday) or $690 for all five days ($10K Wednesday, $10K Thursday, $20K Friday, $20K Saturday and $10K on Sunday). Such a deal! All payouts are guaranteed with 200 entries. No double-entries; a car can only go down the track once per round. All racing is 1/8th Mile (yeah, baby!)

Gates open at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 and will remain open 24/7 through the event! A NOTE ABOUT METHANOL: SGMP has been receiving many phone calls regarding methanol for this event. The track is doing its best to keep the price of methanol affordable at only $165 a drum. As of the time of this writing there were only 70 drums available, first come, first served. For more info visit www.racesgmp.com.

Rosa Wins $10K Footbrake Nationals at Maple Grove
Mohnton, PA – Mike Rosa of Wolcott, Conn., scored a $10,000 payday by defeating Rich Panicaro of Mercerville, N.J., in the final round of eliminations of the $10K Footbrake Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Rosa chose the left lane in his red 1964 Chevrolet Nova while Panicaro occupied the right lane in his 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Panicaro fouled, handing the win to Rosa.

"I've never raced for this much money before," said Rosa, whose home track is Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, N.Y., "and I've never won this much money before." When asked how it felt to win the biggest purse of his Sportsman career, it was obvious the thrill hadn't sunk in yet. "I don't know yet. It's pretty crazy," Rosa admitted. "This was going to be my last race of the year, but we just may take the money and race tomorrow." More than 220 cars were entered in the one-day event.

$10,000 FOOTBRAKE NATIONALS, final round:
Winner: Mike Rosa (Wolcott, CT) 1964 Chevrolet Nova .023 6.02 dial, 6.042 @ 111.23 mph.
Runner-up: Rich Panicaro (Mercerville, NJ) 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass -.010, 6.68 dial, 6.712 @ 101.62 mph. Photos: John Bisci

35 Events To Fill PRI 2014 Race Industry Week

Laguna Beach, CA - If you're in the business of racing and are planning to attend the 2014 Performance Industry Show (PRI) in Indianapolis, this is for you. The Performance Racing Industry Trade Show has long been described as the three biggest business days in racing, but with activities consisting of more than 35 conferences, seminars and other special events throughout the racing world, the show has transformed into a six-day event. This year’s 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show will run from Dec. 11-13, but the flurry of activity around Race Industry Week will actually begin in and around the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, on Dec. 9.

“The PRI has long been a showcase of innovation and racing technology,” said PRI Trade Show Producer John Kilroy. “Yet, new innovation also requires more knowledge of how to apply that technology and Race Industry Week provides that. As much as our world has advanced through electronics, nothing can match the ability to exchange ideas and share insight into implementing new ideas together in one room.”
Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 9, attendees will be able to be a part of conferences, seminars and events that allow them to learn and interact with experts from around the racing industry. The events run anywhere from hardware applications to marketing and business philosophies to the world’s foremost experts on motor sport medicine, science and education (Publisher's note: see our coverage from the 2013 PRI Show HERE, including Race Industry Week).

Six major events will take place in conjunction with this year’s show. The Advanced Engineering and Technology Conference (AETC); the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) Annual Congress; Claude Rouelle’s OptimumG Vehicle Dynamics & Data Acquisition seminar; the Race Track Business Conference; Education Day, organized by SEMA’s Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC); and the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Championship. In addition, PRI Management Seminars will help provide proven, practical strategies through exclusive seminars on motorsports marketing, small business management, race engine business operations, opportunities in the vintage racing market, and much more.

A number of exhibitor-sponsored seminars will also run throughout the PRI Trade Show, providing a wealth of technical education opportunities.
“There’s insight to be gained in every aspect of the industry,” said Kilroy. “Whether it’s engine development, chassis dynamics, using the latest technologies to market your racing business or selling tickets at your local track on Saturday night, there’s something available to help you reach your goals here.”

This 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 U.S, 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 events.

Fall Big 3 Shootout at Englishtown

Englishtown, NJ - Muscle cars both classic and modern are invited to the Big 3 Shootout at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

With three classes of street-muffled bracket racing, there should be something for every muscle car. There’s the Big 3 Shootout for Mustang (2005 and newer), Camaro (2010 and newer) and Mopar LX/LC (2005 and newer). .500 full tree, dial your own bracket, no transbrakes / two-steps. Payout is $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, based on 32 car field. Racer entry is $30.

There’s a Classic Mustang vs. Camaro Shootout, open to 2004 and older Mustangs and 2002 and older Camaros. Also .500 full tree, dial your own bracket, no transbrakes / two-steps. Payout is $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, based on 32 car field. Racer entry is $30.
Last but not least is the Muscle Bracket, open to all U.S. muscle. Again, .500 full tree, dial your own bracket, no transbrakes / two-steps. Payout is $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, based on 32 car field. Racer entry is $30.

Gates open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations at 1:00 pm. Visit www.RacewayPark.com for more info.

Big Bucks at Little River

Holland, TX – To our bracket racing friends in the Southwest, this is for you! Little River Dragway is bringing it big time on Saturday and Sunday, November 1st and 2nd, 2014 with the Big Money Showdown. There are races for Electronics and Non-Electronics on both days.

Electronics pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $250 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry is $150 per day, or buy a two day entry for $275. 1st Round buybacks are $50.

Non-electronics pays $2,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $75 each day; 1 Round buybacks are $35.
Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am with time trials on Saturday at 11:00 am and on Sunday at 10:00 am.

For more info visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com.

Perrone Wins Stock / Super Stock at Etown, Epprecht Runners-Up
Englishtown, NJ - The East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association held their event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Sunday, October 26th, 2014. James Perrone took his beautiful 1969 G/SA Nova to the Winner's Circle, winning the final over Mike Epprecht in the 1994 Q/SA Chevrolet Caprice.
WIN: James Perrone, G/SA 69 Nova (11.02 dial) .016, 11.052 @ 109.37
RUNNER-UP: Mike Epprecht, Q/SA 94 Chevrolet. (13.00 dial) .052, 13.076 @ 95.56
SEMIS: Mike Guiliano, SS/CM 2006 Grand Am

Around The Dial: Friday - Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
  • ALABAMA: Montgomery Raceway Park: Test & Tune Halloween (Fri), Midnight Madness (Sat), Imports Face-Off (Sun).
  • ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: Saturday Drags (Sat).
  • FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: Midnight Madness Halloween Drags (Fri).
  • GEORGIA: South Georgia Motorsports Park: Super Buck Blast VII (Wednesday-Sun).
  • ILLINOIS: Cordova Dragway Park: Fall Fun Day (Sat).
  • KENTUCKY: I-64 Motorplex: KY Horsepower (Sat). Mt. Park Dragway: test & tune (Fri), ET bracket racing (Sat), test & tune (Sun).
  • MICHIGAN: Milan Dragway: No ET Nationals (Sat), test & tune (Sun).
  • MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport Dragway: call.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: New England Dragway: Street Night (Fri).
  • NEW JERSEY: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: Saturday Street Series (Sat), Street Wars 2, EVO vs. WRX-STI (Sun).
  • NEW YORK: ESTA Safety Park: closed for the winter. Lebanon Valley Dragway: call. Skyview Drags: closed for the winter.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Farmington Dragway: call. Rockingham Dragway: MIROCK Superbike Series (Fri-Sun).
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Maple Grove Raceway: closed for the winter. Numidia Dragway: closed for the winter. Quarter Aces / South Mountain: closed for the winter.
  • QUEBEC: Luskville Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Dragway: Finale Grudgefest (Fri-Sat). Greer Dragway: Nostalgia Gasser Finals (Sat).
  • TEXAS: Little River Dragway: Big Money Showdown (Fri-Sat).
  • VIRGINIA: Elk Creek Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • WISCONSIN: Great Lakes Dragaway: call.

Visit The Track Info page for more information about these tracks. Attn. track owners / managers: want your track and events listed? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com.

Dragtime News On Location
$5K Super and $5K Pro at Numidia Dragway

We were on location at the $5,000 Super Pro and $5,000 Pro Gambler's Races at Numidia Dragway in Numidia, PA on Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Thanks to track owner Bobby DiMino for the hospitality and for allowing me to shoot from some different vantage points like at the top of the shutdown area.

It was a perfect day for racing, the car count was very strong, the food was unbelievable as always at the concession and it was the only trip in recent memory that I didn't blow up a trailer tire!

This will be in two parts. Subscribe to the email list (upper-right of the Home page) and be alerted to when new items are published.

Part I is now up HERE,

2014 NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway

We 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 classes.

Due 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.

Part III is now up HERE, or start at the beginning with Part I HERE.

2014 NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals at US-13 Dragway

We 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.

Due 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.

The coverage begins HERE.

2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown

We 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.

Due 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.

The coverage begins HERE.

Dragtime News On Location main page.

Tech, Tests & Installs
Alternator & Charging Basics

I had an electrical fire in the Dodge earlier this season. For 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.

I 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 flames...

Continued here...

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Bracket Racing 101
Racing Into Fall
This is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column from the November 2011 issue of Drag Racer Magazine (click HERE to subscribe). Now that we're into the Autumn months it seemed like a good time to run it here...
Bracket 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.

Continued here...

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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.

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  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.

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. More info is on the T-Shirts page.

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A Dragtime News Featured Photo: "Pistol Pete" Dutko at Englishtown

"Pistol Pete" Dutko in his freshly-painted Camaro Stocker at The East Coast Stock / Super Stock event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (photo by Bob Beucler)

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Fall Gambler’s Races at Englishtown
The season in the Northeast might be winding down, but Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will be going strong through November with a series of Sunday Gambler’s Races.

Bracket 1 is for Super Pro (electronics) dialing 7.00 – 12.99. $2,000 Win guaranteed based on 64 cars. $80 entry, $40 buybacks (no buybacks on 10/26), double-entries permitted.

Bracket 2 is for Pro ET (no electronics) dialing 9.00 – 17.99. $1,000 Win guaranteed; payout will increase if more than 40 cars. Deep staging honored, no two-steps / throttle stops / transbrakes / delay boxes.

The dates are October 26, November 9, November 16 and November 23. Gates open at 9:00 am. Visit www.racewaypark.com for more info.

Halloweird at Cordova Dragway Park
Things get weird at Cordova Dragway Park on Saturday October 25, 2014 with Halloweird. There’ll be a test & tune for $25, a Trophy race for $30, and a Gambler’s Race for $20 additional. The Gambler’s Race will be a single Box / No Box combo. There’s also a Jr. Dragster Trophy race for $20.

In addition to the racing, there’s a costume contest for all ages (racers welcomed, too) and trick or treats for the kids (so racers, please bring wrapped treats).

Gates Open 10:00 am, racing starts at 11:00 am. Visit www.CordovaDrag.com for more info.

The Million at Montgomery MotorSports Park
The Million comes to Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL for October 23-26, 2014.

The event features three $20Ks and a $100K. The $20Ks are Thursday, Friday and Sunday; each pays $20,000 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 $225 per day, or enter all three days for $650. 1st round buybacks are $150.

Saturday is the $100K that pays $100,000 Win, $50,000 Runner-Up, $10,000 Semis, $5,000 Quarters, and $1,000 Round starting with 4th Round Win. Entry is $2,000, 1st round buybacks are $500. At 126 cars or more, the purse to the Win increases. At 551 or more entries, it’s $1,000,000. Wow!

Gates open each day at 8:00 am. Visit www.TheMillionOnline.com for more info.

Carolina PowerFest 2 at Rockingham Dragway

It’s a big weekend of big-money racing at The Rock. Rockingham Dragway hosts Carolina Powerfest 2 on Friday – Sunday, October 24 – 26, 2014.

The big races are for Top ET and Footbrake. Each class features the same entry and payout on all three days: $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis, $200 Quarters, $100 Eighths and $50 Sixteenths, all based on 125 car minimum. Entry fee is $100 per day, or enter all three days for $200. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $50.

On Sunday there’ll be a Pro Tree Dial-In race that pays $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $50. Make three qualifying runs on Saturday, 1st Round is on Sunday. Your dial will be the best average ET. .500 Pro tree.

Gates open 8:00 am on Friday and Saturday; gates open 9:00 am on Sunday. Visit www.RockinghamDragway.com for info.

$1,000 Win Super Pro and Pro ET at SGMP

Adel, GA - South Georgia Motorsports Park has something for every racer on Saturday & Sunday October 25 & 26, with eliminators for Super Pro, Pro ET, Street ET and Jr. Dragster.

Super Pro and Pro ET each pay $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Eighths. Entry is $50. Street ET pays $200 Win and $100 Runner-Up. Entry is $30. Jr. Dragster pays $100 Win Advanced and Intermediate, Trophy for Novice. Entry is $25.

Gates open at 9:00 am Saturday with time runs at 10:00 am. Gates open at 8:00 am on Sunday with time runs at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.RaceSGMP.com.

Grassroots Motorsports Challenge at Auto Plus Raceway

Who says going fast takes a load of cash? Not the staff of Grassroots Motorsports. For more than a dozen years, the magazine has been hosting their $2,000 Challenge. The basic premise is simple: teams buy, build and prepare a car without spending more than the budget cap, which is always equal to the year of the competition. For this year, teams are limited to $2,014. The level of craftsmanship at the annual event is impressive and the cars have been quick, posting quarter mile times in the 10-second range in cars built for just two grand.

This year’s Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge takes place at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Florida, home of the NHRA Gatornationals, October 24-25, 2014. The rules have been heavily revised and simplified for this year, putting the focus on the thrill of cool cars rather than the minutiae of rules hawking.

There’s no charge to spectate, roam the paddock, or spend the weekend in the bleachers. Visit Auto Plus Raceway at www.AutoPlusRaceway.com.

Sponsor News: Stroud Safety Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 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 Cancer Research.

You can be part of making a difference in the fight against this deadly disease. Visit www.StroudSafety.com.

Sponsor News: Mark Williams' Free Drive Stud Special
Mark 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).

Mark 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.

For more information, visit www.MarkWilliams.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)

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