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Phoning It In: JEGS Perfect Start iPhone App
Honing your starting line skills has never been easier thanks to the brand-new JEGS Perfect Start iPhone application, which is free to download and use.

"We're in a global environment and by offering this free app we're hoping to fill a specific need for drag racers, fans, and everyone that just wants to have some fun," five-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. said. "This is a great introduction to drag racing, and at the same time it's perfect for hardcore racers that like to stay sharp at the tree. I certainly spend a lot of time on my practice trees and now I'll have one with me wherever I go right there in the palm of my hand."

Like a regular practice tree, the JEGS Perfect Start iPhone application can be dialed in for each user's specific needs, from a Pro Start to a full Sportsman Tree. "We've been testing it extensively and I really think people are going to enjoy using this, whether to tune themselves up before the big race, or passing it around at a party to see who can cut the best light," Coughlin said.

2011 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Will Include Geezers At The Grove

Maple Grove Raceway's The Geezers Reunion at The Grove has been included in the 2011 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series as an Affiliate Event, NHRA officials have announced. The 10th annual Geezers Reunion at The Grove, the second affiliate event and seventh race overall in the 2011 Hot Rod Heritage schedule, will be held July 2-3.

The race will feature 16 nostalgia racers taking part in the NAPA Auto Parts Cavalcade of Funny Cars. Other major highlights of the event include a Cacklefest, car show and several sportsman competition classes. The event will have several classes of cars, including bracket racing for cars 1984 and older with separate categories for electronics and non-electronics; the Northeast Timing Organization; the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association; East Coast Gassers; and the 422 All-Stars.

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series was developed in 2008 to help preserve NHRA’s history and tradition while providing racing opportunities for those enthusiasts who enjoy nostalgia drag racing competition.

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Take Aim At Thanksgiving Bucks At The Farm
Farmington Dragway’s 17th Annual MoneyFe$t 2010 is coming this Thanksgiving weekend (November 25th – 28th) for Top ET electronics-allowed bracket cars.

The Thanksgiving Day race pays $2,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $20 Round starting with 3rd Round win. Entry is $60, buybacks are $40.

Friday’s and Sunday’s races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $30 Round starting with 3rd Round win. 120 car minimum. Entry for either race is $125, or enter three days (Friday / Saturday / Sunday) for $300. Buybacks are $50.

Saturday is the big race that pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $30 Round starting with 3rd Round win. 120 car minimum. Entry is $175, or buy the three-day entry for $300. Buybacks are $100.

Gates open Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am; gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. For more information, visit www.farmingtondragway.net and download the flier which has complete rules.

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George Gudat: 2010 ECNSSA “Mr. Super Stock Eliminator”
When he rolled through the gates of Atco Raceway on November 7, 2010 for the East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock Association’s Fall Finale, George Gudat was third in points and faced long odds of repeating his 2008 championship. But George and his Big Red 1963½ Ford Galaxie were up to the task as they downed all comers for the event win and the coveted title Mr. Super Stock Eliminator in the East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock series. The Fords of Nick Lillie and Nick Berti, first and second place in points, were eliminated in the first round of competition. In this instance George helped his own cause by stopping the second
place Berti’s Ford Fairlane while Lillie lost to the Dodge of Steve Consentino. Lillie’s 1964 Galaxie ended the season in 2nd Place, while Berti’s 1967 Fairlane finished 3rd.

All day, George showed his abilities on the starting line while Big Red showed her stuff on the track. Elapsed times of 11.17-11.20 against a brisk head wind showed that the 406 enjoyed the cold air; between-round maintenance consisted of nothing more than cooling the engine and topping off the fuel.

In the final round, Gudat faced Consentino in the Yankee Clipper 1962 Dodge station wagon.

With both cars dialed in at 11.20 they would leave heads-up. Reaction times of .013 for George and .019 for Steve turned this into one of the most exciting pairings of the day as the cars were side by side the entire way. At the stripe George tapped the brakes and recorded a stellar 11.21 on his 11.20 dial while Steve ran out at 11.18.

Text by Charlie Morris

Coastal Plains’ Mountain Motor Shootout

Coastal Plains Dragway hosts their 24th Annual Thanksgiving Mountain Motor Shootout Saturday November 20th and Sunday November 21st.

Both days include money gambler races in Top ET and Modified ET; each pays $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $60, buybacks are $40. Saturday schedule also features Extreme Outlaw Promods. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am, with one time trial at 12:00 noon. Visit coastalplainsraceway.com for more info.

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Burn Out With Your Buds in ‘Bama

Montgomery Motorsports Park presents the BAMA Budweiser Burnout II on Saturday, November 20th.

The BAMA Burnout features six bracket classes: 4.70 Index pays $2,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis; entry fee $120, 16 car minimum. 5.30 Index pays $1,700 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis; entry fee $95, 16 car minimum. 6.00 Index pays $1,250 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis; entry fee $85, 16 car minimum. 7.00 Index pays $1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, entry fee $65, 16 car minimum. 8.00 Index pays $250 Win, $100 Runner-Up; entry fee $35, 10 car minimum.

There's also Pro-Bracket that pays $5,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters, $50 Eighths; entry fee $100, 75 car minimum, $50 buyback 1st or 2nd Round.

Gates open at 9:00 am, time runs at 11:00 am, qualifying at 2:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com for more info.

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Coastal Plains Dragway Goes Into A Frenzy
Coastal Plains Dragway goes mad November 5th – 7th with their Fall Footbrake Frenzy II, giving footbrakers three $5K races, two on Saturday, one on Sunday.

Each $5K pays $5,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $50 Round beginning with 3rd Round Win, all based on 100 car minimum. Entry for each race is $80, 1st Round buybacks are $60 (buybacks advance straight into Round 2). There’ll also be a Friday night gambler’s race that pays back 75%. Entry is $40, and 1st Round buybacks are $20. Double entries permitted. No transbrakes, 2-steps, etc. No buttons on steering wheel. Deep staging honored. Air/electric shifters permitted. Dragsters: no. Left-hand steer roadsters: yes.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm, with time trials at 4:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am, with a time trial for new entries at 12:00 noon. For more information, visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com.

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Piedmont Dragway's Open Door Policy
Piedmont Dragway’s Door Car Nationals is coming Friday – Sunday, November 19th, 20th, and 21st for Top ET / Super Pro cars equipped with electronics / delay boxes. 175 car minimum in effect. Door cars only, no dragsters.

Friday is a warm-up race that pays $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $25 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry is $60, buybacks are $35. Saturday is the big money day that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $100 Round starting 3rd Round Win. Entry is $200, 1st & 2nd Round buybacks are $100. Sunday’s race pays $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $25 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry is $60, buybacks are $35.

Visit www.piedmontdragway.com for more information.

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Bring Your Feet To The Farm
Footbrake’s finest racers return to Farmington Dragway November 13th & 14th, 2010 for The Farm’s 13th Annual Footbrake Nationals.

Saturday November 13th kicks off the weekend with a Footbrake Warm-Up Race that pays $1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $40, and buybacks are $30. There’ll also be races in Top and Jr. Dragster on Saturday.

Sunday November 14th is the big footbrake race that pays $4,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $30 Round starting with 3rd Round Win (must win three rounds for round money to start). Entry is $75, and buybacks are $50. Double entries are permitted and will be called to the lanes first. Deep staging allowed, must be written on the car. There’ll also be races in Top and Jr. Dragster on Sunday.

Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, time runs start at 11:00 am. Contact the track for Sunday’s gate times and run schedule. Visit www.farmingtondragway.net.

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Rini Wins 2010 NMCA Pro Street World Championship
ATI-sponsored Chris Rini has won the 2010 NMCA World Championship in the Pro Street class. Rini came out swinging early in 2010 with a win at the opening event in Bradenton. At the following race at Maple Grove, Rini had a new 825ci Charlie Buck motor in his '07 Dodge Stratus to take his first record of the year, running 230 mph. At the third NMCA event of the year, the annual Super Bowl race that combines both the NMCA and NMRA, he set the precedent for the rest of the year.
Chris Rini, ATI Performance Products

Rini qualified #1 with a new NMCA record of 6.18 @ 232 mph. Rini and his crew then headed to Charlotte with a fresh ATI SG4 and Outlaw converter and took his second win of the season. At the next event in Milan, MI Rini set another new record for the NMCA (6.15 @ 233 mph) and took the event win. In St Louis, Rini set another NMCA record of 234 mph, won the event and locked up the NMCA Championship.

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The Return Of Al Hanna’s Eastern Raider
Al Hanna, Eastern Raider Funny Car
Al Hanna’s 1980 Eastern Raider nitro funny car has been restored by new owner Rodney Fazekas and will be on the track in 2011

The car’s restoration began in September 2009 at Rod’s Custom Fabrications, LLC. The 1980 body, paint, chassis, rear and many other original components remain. While in its '80s nitro burning race trim, Hanna recorded bests of 6.13 ET and 232+ mph. Fazekas will be running a Keith Black blown alcohol combination in 2011, but has plans for a nitro burning Hemi for a future powerplant. “My goal, while rebuilding the car, was to keep it as original as possible. Modern safety regulations prompted a few changes, but it’s essentially the same car Al climbed out of, and now I’m the lucky driver that gets to strap back in,” said Fazekas. “I look forward to experiencing the wicked ride and challenges that the Funny Car pioneers, like Al, had faced.”

In addition to being The Eastern Raider’s new owner, Fazekas is also the driver. After many years as a custom car builder, race car fabricator and crew member with Hanna Motorsports Jet Cars, Rod is now following his passion by becoming a professional drag racer. Simpson Race Products, MD Race Cars, Doug Bari, S&W Race Cars, Carroll Hine & family, the Hannas and other friends and family are lending support. The team is currently booking 2011 dates; if you’re a track operator and would like more information visit www.rodseasternraiderfunnycar.com.

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Video Spotlight: The ATI Drag Pak Challenger at Englishtown

In this Video Spotlight it's an appreciation of factory-supported sportsman drag racing.

This is J.C. Beattie Jr. driving the ATI Drag Pak Dodge Challenger at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ at the recent Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional.

J.C. and the Drag Pak qualified #3 at this event, running 9.899 on an 11.00 A/SA index. They're still fine-tuning the combination, so it probably has more in it. Despite the outcome of this round, J.C. and the Drag Pak have been doing well so far in 2010.

You can read more about the ATI Drag Pak HERE.

Strunk, Dunn and Harhart Win Final Raceday at Numidia

Numidia Dragway finished their 2010 season with money races in Electonics, Footbrake, and Street. In $5,000 Electronics, Bob Strunk was the winner. In $2,500 Footbrake, Stephen Dunn took the win. In $1,000 Street, Tom Harhart won after driving his ’62 Chevy from another track and going into Round 1 with no time shots.

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Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Association's 2-Day Event at Mason-Dixon Dragway
Tri-State Stock / Super Stock AssociationThe Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Association and Mason-Dixon Dragway present a two day event for NHRA- and IHRA-legal Stockers and Super Stockers. Saturday November 6th is a test & tune and a Stock/Super Stock gambler’s race. Payout for twenty entries is $550 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Payout for thirty entries is $750 Win, $350 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $50.

Sunday, November 7th is a $2,000 Stock / Super Stock race. $2,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $400 5th-Round loser, $200 4th-Round loser, $100 3rd-Round loser, $50 2nd-Round loser, all based on a six-round race. Entry is $100. Adjustments to some of the payouts will be made for seven rounds and/or 70 cars; email for details.

Gates open 9:00 am on Saturday, with time trials at 11:00 am. Gates open 10:00 am on Sunday, with time trials at 12:00 pm. All NHRA and IHRA-legal Stock and Super Stock cars welcome. You must dial your Class Index or quicker (either NHRA or IHRA Index is acceptable). No heads-up Class runs between two cars in the same class; both will dial-in. For more info, contact Mike Carr at dragrace1302@verizon.net.

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Street Cars Take Aim At The Duck
Sumerduck DragwaySumerduck Dragway’s Fall Street Car Nationals is Sunday November 7th, paying $1,000 Win, $350 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $20 Round starting with 3rd Round Win (all based on 90 cars). Entry is $30, buybacks are $20.

No delay boxes. Street tires only, no slicks allowed. Exhaust system with mufflers. All drivers must have seat belts & helmet in cars running 8.50 & quicker. All cars must have working taillights.

Gates open at 10:00 am, time trials at 11:00 am, eliminations at 2:00 pm. Visit www.sumerduckdragway.com for more information.

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VMP Holds A Grudge
Virginia may be for lovers, but Virginia Motorsports Park will be for Grudgers on Saturday October 23rd with Grudgement Day 4. All cars and bikes are welcomed to the last major grudge event of 2010.

Classes include Quick 32 Bike ($1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, $30 Quarters), Crazy 8s Bike (8.88 Index, $500 Win, $200 Win, $50 Semis), Crazy 8s Car (8.50 Index, $500 Win, $200 Win, $50 Semis), and grudge racing for cars and bikes. Gates open at 10:00 am, with racing at 11:00 am.

For more information visit vmpdrag.com.

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Mopars Are (Penta)Stars at MIR
Maryland International Raceway hosts their 18th Annual Mopar Eastern Classic on Saturday, October 30th. This drag race, car show and swap meet is open to all Mopar, AMC, and Jeep Eagle vehicles.

Drag race classes include Top ET, Mod ET, and Street ET. Top ET (0.00 – 12.99, electronics permitted) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30. Mod ET (9.00 – slower, footbrake only) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30. Street ET (9.00 – slower, headlights / brake lights / mufflers required; slicks OK) pays $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Entry is $30, buybacks are $20. There’ll also be a Top Sportsman Quick 8 that pays $500 for no additional charge. This is open to the quickest 8 doorslammers in Top ET. This is a separate 3-round eliminator that will seed all 8 racers into the Top ET race.

Gates open at 9:00 am with time shots at 10:00 am. For more info visit www.mirdrag.com.

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NENDRA: Sessions Wins At Island; Baum Holds On To Points Lead
NENDRA: Sessions Wins At Island; Baum Holds On To Points LeadBruce Sessions made his first trip to Island Dragway a memorable one when he won The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association’s fourteenth event of the 2010 season October 18th. Sessions (pictured) took the win with his 1965 Dodge Coronet over runner-up Angelo Sclafani with his 1967 Plymouth Belvedere. With the win, Bruce inched up another 2 spots as did Angelo to put them both in contention to win the 2010 NENDRA championship. 2nd and 3rd place remained unchanged as Wayne Farquhar, who also made his first trip to Island, attempted to hold off red hot Mike Volpe. With both going out early, this left points leader Chris Baum to extend his lead by another 10 points after his 2nd round loss to Sessions.

Event #15 is scheduled for Saturday 10/30 at Lebanon Valley Dragway, followed by the season finale scheduled for Sunday 11/7 at Island Dragway. Visit www.nendra.com for more information. Photo: Al Levine.

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News Flash! Woman Flips For Racing

I met David Ashby at the NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals at US13 Dragway, and he shared a story about his wife Diane Blaylock and a day at the track neither will ever forget.

Diane, a paramedic and avid motorcyclist, has been surrounded by racing and racers for years, but she hadn’t actually raced until she met David. David is dedicated to motorcycle bracket racing and has a track championship to his credit, including six wins and three Runner-Ups. He’s also won three National Dragster Challenges, and has two 2nd Place and two 3rd Place season finishes.

His bike is a ’93 Kawasaki KLR 650, single cylinder, stock frame, lowered forks, wheelie bar, air shift/clutch, a ram air box, and a custom-built body shaped and fab’d by him and with graphics by PDG Graphic Design.

So you know David is hooked on racing, and when David and Diane met, his passion was contagious and got Diane hooked, too. She entered her car in bracket races at their track and within the first month she won a Street Trophy event. However, being an avid motorcycle rider it was only fitting she try racing a bike. And then she really flipped for it…

Her first year of bike racing was going pretty well, and she racked up a few round wins. She was riding a 1990 Ninja 500cc, stock with a strut rear, K&N filters, jet kit, and air shifter. One day, Diane was trying to get a better 60-foot time, so she held too many revs, and as the photo sequence shows, the bike flew out from under her. The crash was her second on a bike, both times defeating the kill tether. On this particular crash the handle bar cut the tether in half when it hit the pavement. The bike hit so hard, it popped the tank open. The bike narrowly missed her. She was shaken up by it, but she was back the next week racing the bike…but now with a wheelie bar! David and Diane’s team name is Crashbee Racing after David’s days in motocross, and Diane has earned a place in the team. In addition to racing the bike, she still races Street classes with her 2000 Monte Carlo SS.

Says David, “Being that Diane didn’t start racing until she was in her late forties, she is doing great and loves the racing community. It is a family all its own. We've met many great people and enjoyed some wonderful times with them sharing something we love - drag racing!”

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Capitol Raceway Turns Back The Clock

Capitol Raceway presents the East Coast Regional Nostalgia Drags & Car Show on Sunday, October 24th, including front-engine dragsters and the nostalgia nitro funny cars Nitro Nick and U.S. Male, driven by NHRA Fuel Funny Car star Phil Burkhart, Jr. There are also three bracket classes for cars 1975 and older. Class 1 is .400 Pro Tree, no electronics; Class 2 is .500 Full Tree, no electronics; Class 3 is .500 Full Tree, electronics OK. Entry fee for any class is $60. Visit www.capitolraceway.com.

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Mid-Week 500 Gambler's Races Continue At Englishtown
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park has announced that their Wednesday Night Mid Week $500-To-Win Eliminator will continue.

The dates in October are the 6th, 13th and 27th. $50 green tech card, payout as follows: $500 to win, $200 to Runner-Up, $100 to each Semi-Finalist. Payouts based on 32 car minimum. One official time trial session at 6:45 p.m. sharp. First round is approximately at 7:45 p.m. Round-robin after 2nd round. The curfew for all un-muffled cars is mandatory 10 p.m. For more information, call 732-446-7800 during business hours, or visit www.racewaypark.com.

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5 + 5 + 5 + 20 = Footbrake Classic at MMP
Jim Howard’s Montgomery Motorsports Park continues it’s policy of “Respect The Footbrake” with the 4th Annual Footbrake Classic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

The weekend includes a $5,000 race each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a $20,000 race on Saturday. Each $5,000 race pays $5,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Quarters, and $100 Eighths, all based on 100 car minimum. Entry for any single $5K race is $100; 1st or 2nd round buybacks are $50. The $20,000 race pays $20,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 Quarters, $300 Eighths, and $100 Sixteenths, all based on 100 car minimum. Entry for the $20K is $250; 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $200. Enter the weekend (three $5Ks and the $20K) for $400.

Gates open Thursday at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm for parking. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am, with Run For The Money at 10:30 am. For more information visit Montgomery Motorsports Park’s website at www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Numidia Dragway's October Money Race Series Wraps Up This Weekend

Numidia Dragway concludes their Quaker Steak & Lube big-buck racing on October 15th & 16th with a $5,000 Electronics Race and a $2,500 Footbrake Race on Saturday, and a $5,000 Electronics Race and a $2,500 Footbrake Race on Sunday.

The $5,000 Races pay $5,000 Win, $1,200 Runner-Up, $225 6th Round, $165 5th Round, $120 4th Round, and $75 3rd Round. Entry is $150; buybacks are $50. The $2,500 Races race pays $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $190 6th Round, $150 5th Round, $100 4th Round, and $60 3rd Round. Entry is $100; buybacks are $50. NEW GATE TIMES: Gates open Saturday at 10:00 am with time shots at 11:30 am; gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with time shots at 11:00 am.

The ET break for the Electronics Race is 6.00 – 14.99. The ET Break for the Footbrake race is 9.00 – 19.99. For more information, visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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Iron Man and Boxers Have Summit at Coastal Plains Dragway

Coastal Plains Dragway has an interesting day scheduled for Friday, October 15th.

As part of the 53rd Annual Military World Boxing Championship, the track is hosting the event’s Cultural Day. Cultural Day is a day off for the contestants, so there is no boxing at this event. Rather, it’s a day for these competitors (100 to 150 boxers that represent 20 to 30 countries) to experience some local culture. Being that many of the countries from where they come have no form of Motorsports, they should be in for a treat. It also gives any of you who attend the opportunity to speak with them about racing and to be ambassadors for our sport.

On the track, it’ll be bracket racing in the IHRA Summit Super Series featuring an IHRA Ironman Classic event for Top Eliminator and Modified Eliminator; Junior Dragsters will also be in action.

Also in attendance will be K & B Racing teammates / NHRA World Champion Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line signing autographs and making passes in their Team Summit Pontiac GXPs, and Danny O’Day and his ’34 Ford Roadster, the world’s quickest wheelstander. Visit Coastal Plains' website at coastalplainsraceway.com for more information.

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MASGA: Weaver Wins Final Race; Boicesco Claims 4th MASGA Championship

Iggie Boicesco clinched his fourth MASGA Championship at Maryland International Raceway on Saturday September 25th after closest competitor George Donhauser and Derek Clark lost in the early rounds. In a field mixed with NHRA and IHRA 9.90 competitors it would be the IHRA regulars who would flex their muscle with Wes Weaver taking the win.

Weaver from Orange, VA in the #3 spot took down Rich Price in the 1st round, his father Bernard in the 2nd and a red-lighting Craig Porter in the 3rd round to earn a bye run into the finals. On the other side of the ladder was IHRA standout Dale Koncen and his 1963 Corvette. Koncen from Chaptico, MD played spoiler for the championship contenders as he took down a red-lighting George Donhauser in the 1st round, Daryl Pinder in the 2nd and Clark in the 3rd round before taking down the last remaining NHRA member Tom Goldman in the semis.

In the Weaver vs. Koncen final, Weaver took the tree .019 to .055. As the 2 cars traveled down track Koncen could not make up the disadvantage and was forced to run out more with a 9.882 to Weaver’s winning 9.887. Congratulations go out to Wes, Bernard and the Weaver family on their 1st ever MASGA victory.

MASGA will be releasing their 2011 schedule soon. For information about racing with MASGA, visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com.

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Blue Flu: Ford Fever Classic at Maryland International

Maryland International Raceway’s 2010 Ford Fever Classic is Friday – Sunday, October 15th – 17th. Events include nostalgia racing with 422 Motorsports, eight Shootout classes from Stock to Outlaw 10.5" and a variety of Sportman eliminators.

Shootout classes include Outlaw 10.5 ($2,000 Win, $100 entry), Outlaw ($2,000 Win, $100 entry), Drag Radial ($1,000 Win, $60 entry), Wild Street ($1,000 Win, $60 entry), Mild Street ($500 Win, $60 entry), Street Performer ($500 Win, $60 entry), Modular ($500 Win, $60 entry), and Truck ($500 Win, $60 entry).

Bracket classes include Top ET ($1,500 Win, $60 entry), Mod ET ($1,000 Win, $50 entry), Stick ET ($500 Win, $45 entry), and Street ET ($500 Win, $45 entry).

Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm for a test & tune. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time runs at 10:30 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am, with time runs at 10:00 am. For more information, including complete payouts, visit www.mirdrag.com.

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Keep Your Ghoul at Pittsburgh Raceway Park

Ghosts, Goblins & Gearheads invade Pittsburgh Raceway Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 8th – 10th. Events include prizes for best decorated trailer and pit vehicle, trick-or-treating for the kids on Saturday night, and a costume contest for adults and kids. And lots of bracket racing.

Friday includes the Gruesome Ghouls races for Jr. Dragster, Box, and No Box classes. Jr. Dragster pays $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $25 Semis. Box and No Box each pays $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $75 Semis.

Saturday features the Coffin Of Cash races for Jr. Dragster, Box, and No Box classes. Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $25 Semis. Box and No Box each pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $25 Round starting with 3rd Round Win.

Single-day entry fees for Jr. Dragster are $25 on Friday, $30 on Saturday, and $30 on Sunday, or buy a 3-Race Weekend Pass for $65. Single-day entry fees for Box or No Box are $45 for Friday, $65 for Saturday, and $65 for Sunday, or buy a 3-Race Weekend Pass for $100.

Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm, with a single time-trial session at 6:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Visit Pittsburgh Raceway Park on the World Wide Interweb at www.pittsburghracewaypark.com.

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A Truckin’ Good Time at Capitol Raceway

Capitol Raceway presents their 2nd East Coast Truck Show and Drags on Saturday, October 9th. The festivities include bracket racing for big rigs and small rigs and a truck show for show-only vehicles.

Big rig bracket racing pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $140 Semis, and there’s round money too. Entry is $45, and buybacks are $35. Small rig bracket racing pays $500 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and there’ll also be round money. Entry fee is $35, and buybacks are 25.00.

Gates open at 11:00 am, and time runs are at noon. Visit www.capitolraceway.com for more info.

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New England Dragway (Bow)-ties One On

New England Dragway celebrates all things Chevrolet at their 4th Annual ChevyFest on Saturday and Sunday October 9th and 10th. Race classes include Top Chevy (delay boxes, two-steps, trans-brakes & throttle stops allowed; ET break 12.99 & quicker; handicapped start, .500 full tree; breakout rules apply), Modified Chevy (no delay boxes or throttle stops allowed, trans-brakes and two-steps okay, ET break 9.00 & slower; handicapped start, .500 full tree; breakout rules apply), and Street Chevy (DOT approved drag tires & open headers allowed, no delay boxes, two-steps, trans-brakes or throttle stops allowed. No ET break; handicapped start, .500 full tree, breakout rules apply).

Top Chevy and Modified Chevy each pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $75 Quarters; entry is $50. Street Chevy pays $350 Win, $150 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis; entry is $35.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 am with time trials beginning at 9:00 am. Visit newenglanddragway.com for more info.

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Ultimate Outlaw Shootout Takes Aim at Cecil County

The Ultimate Outlaw Shootout Series unloads on Cecil County Dragway on Saturday October 9th.

Outlaw 10.5 pays $5,000 Win, entry is $125; Outlaw Drag Radial pays $4,000 Win, entry is $100; Extreme 275 pays $1,250 Win, entry is $75. 8.50 Index pays $1,500 Win, entry is $75. Other classes include 7.50 Index (entry $125), Pro Street (entry $50); Super Street (entry $50); Pro Dial (entry $55); and 9.50 Street Bike (entry $25).

Gates open at 9:00 am, with time runs at 10:00 am and eliminations at 4:00 pm. For rules visit www.ultimateoutlaws.com

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Mopars At Atco

Mopars have a day to call their own at Atco Raceway on Saturday, October 9th. Bracket racing classes include Super Pro Mopar (electronics allowed, ET break 7.00 – 12.99) and Pro Mopar (no electronics, ET Break 9.00 – 19.99).

Each class pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters, based on a minimum of 32 cars. Entry for each is $40.

Gates open at 8:00 am. Visit www.atcorace.com for info.

Also, The East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock Association will be holding its annual "Nostalgia Super Stock Spectacular" as part of this year's Mopars at Atco Event. There will be a $2,000 total purse for this race and membership is required in order to race; the fee to join is $50. The ECNSSA welcomes all factory equipped big block cars from 1961 through 1970. Cars should be period correct in appearance for the S/S era. The race will be contested on handicap style format and run off a .500 Pro Tree. No electronics are permitted with the exception of two-steps for manual shift cars. Visit their website at www.ecnssa.org for more information about the association, their rules and their accepted vehicles and combinations.

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The Holcomb Motorsports Fall Civil Wars at Rockingham
The Holcomb Motorsports Fall Civil Wars hits Rockingham Dragway October 1st – 3rd for a weekend of heads-up outlaw racing action. Classes include X275 Drag Radial, True Ten-Five, Pro Tree Doorslammer, Sportsman Footbrake, Open Comp, and Saturday Night Grudgefest.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm; gates open Saturday at 8:00 am. Sunday time trial for new entries at 10:30 am, with eliminations at 12:00 noon. For more info visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.

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The Jim Harrington Footbrake Classic at Cecil County Dragway
The Jim Harrington Footbrake Classic will bring some of the best footbrake racers around to Cecil County Dragway on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th.

Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $100 3rd Round Win. Entry is $185, buy backs are $85.

Sunday’s race pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $50 3rd Round Win. Entry is $125, and buy backs are $65.

Deep staging honored, double-entries permitted, ET break 9.00 – 19.99, no dragsters allowed, but left-hand steer roadsters permitted.

Gates open 8:00 am both days, with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit the official website HERE.

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MASGA's North vs. South 9.90 Shootout at Maryland International Raceway

The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association swings back into action the weekend of September 25th & 26th at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Md for the 1st annual “North vs. South 9.90 Shootout”.

This two-day event marks the final 2 races of the year for MASGA and they have a very tight points battle going into these final races. Currently, Iggie Boicesco holds a 2 round lead over both Derek Clark and George Donhauser who are tied for 2nd place. Sitting right behind Clark and Donhauser is Tom Goldman in 4th and Mike Lauria in 5th.

MASGA uses a real .400 Pro Tree and not the .370 Tree used in NHRA Divisional / National Event competition. They welcome all NHRA Super Gas and IHRA Super Rod racers; you do not have to be a member of the series to run with MASGA but, if you happen to win or runner-up the dues will be taken out and you will earn points for that race.

Gates will open at 10:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday. Time shots will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday followed by eliminations at 3:00 pm. On Sunday, time shots will begin at 11:00 am with eliminations starting at 2:00 pm. Entry fee on Saturday is $35 for drivers and $20 for crew on Saturday and $15 on Sunday to be paid at the gate. For more information about MASGA visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com or e-mail Leanne Luciano at leanneluciano@hotmail.com. For more information about MIR visit www.mirdrag.com.

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Double Dover at Island Dragway

The Dover Dragstrip Nostalgia Drags are back at Island Dragway for their 2nd annual event, this time for two full days of nostalgia drag racing fun and action. It all goes down Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th, with five dial-in trophy eliminators that cover virtually any year and combinations of drag cars and bikes. There’ll also be a nostalgia show display area.

All participants will receive a dash plaque, and there will be special vintage Dover trophies for Oldest Running Dover Car, Best Club Participation, Long Distance, and Top Speed.

Racer entry is $35 per day. Gates open both days at 8:30 am. Visit the Dover Drags website at www.doverdragstrip.com for more information such as time trial / eliminations schedule.

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Southern Outlaws Storm Montgomery Motorsports Park
The Outlaw Racing Street Car Association Southern Outlaw Tour comes to Montgomery Motorsports Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 17th, 18th, and 19th with nine classes of racing.

4.70 Index pays $2,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters; entry is $110. 5.30 Index and 6.00 Index each pays $1,500 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters; entry is $100. 7.00 Index pays $1,250 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $100 Quarters; entry is $90. Outlaw 10.5 pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Quarters; entry is $150. Limited Street pays $4,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $125 Quarters; entry is $125. EZ Street and Modified Street each pays $1,500 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters; entry is $110. Real Street pays $700 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $75 Quarters; entry is $75.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm for a 6:00 pm test & tune. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials starting at 11:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with eliminations at 1:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com for more information.

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Go Back In Time at Pittsburgh Raceway Park
The PID-Keystone Nostalgia Nationals comes to Pittsburgh Raceway Park on Saturday, September 18th, 2010 for a day of drag racing the way it used to be. Open the everything 1979 and older, the event will feature gassers, front-engined dragsters, the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Cars, Nostalgia Super Stock, Stock / Super Stock combo, stick shift class, and a huge photo display. In addition, car cruisers can show their cars for free and make 1/8 Mile fun runs for $25.

Gates open 8:00 am, with time trials beginning at 10:00 am. Visit Pittsburgh Raceway Park's WEBSITE for more information.

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R.I.P. Eddie Peoples
September 8th, 2010 - Very sad news to report. I just returned from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park where I learned of the passing of Englishtown racer Eddie Peoples of East Orange, NJ.

Eddie and his "P's Express" 1965 Pontiac GTO were well-known and liked by his fellow Super Pro racers. He was always quick with a wave and a smile; he was just a real pleasant guy to race with and be around. He will be missed.

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Results: Coastal Plains Dragway, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Final round results from Coastal Plains Dragway’s Saturday, September 4th, 2010 IHRA Summit Series points race:

Top Eliminator - Barry Teachey II (Beulaville, NC, .036, 6.496 on a 6.48, at 103.41 mph) defeats William Cherry Sr. (Cove City, NC, .026, 6.062 on a 6.07, 110.21 mph). Modified Eliminator - Derrik Smith (Jacksonville, NC, .072, 7.608 on a 7.60, 89.64 mph) defeats Tony Wallace (New Bern, NC, .020, 6.470 on a 6.39, 104.88 mph). Jr. Dragster - Lexi

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Dail (Jacksonville, NC, .090, 8.202 on an 8.16, 78.12 mph) defeats Megan Edwards (Jacksonville, NC, .138, 10.477 on a 10.40, 61.90 mph.

Final round results from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park’s Friday, August 27th & 28th, 2010 bracket racing:

8.50 IndexShawn Gallagher (Mahopac NY, 1979 Mustang, .017, 8.604, 142.06 mph) defeats Brian Ferrari (New Brunswick NJ, '66 Chevy, .037, 8.666, 155.65

mph). 10.00 Index - Pat Barbone (East Hanover NJ, 1980 Malibu, .077, 10.013, 121.51 mph) defeats Mike Romeo (Quakertown PA, '74 Chevy, .055, 9.986, 132.88 mph). 11.50 Index - Mike Beck (South River NJ, 1989 Firebird, .023, 11.567, 117.88 mph) defeats Ellis Gray (Holland PA, '00 Corvette, -.043, 11.603, 118.89 mph). Pro Dial Dash - Mike Beck (South River NJ, 1989 Firebird, .019, 12.204 on an 11.96, 107.1 mph) defeats Wayne Roatche (Quakertown, PA, '80 Capri, .153, 11.505 on an 11.31, 117.16 mph).
Jville Bike Bash at Coastal Plains Dragway

Saturday August 28th brings the Jville Bike Bash 2010 to Coastal Plains Dragway. The Bike Bash features non-stop motorcycle events all day, including stunt shows, amateur competitions, drag racing, custom bike show, an activity area for the kids, food and merchandise vendors, live music and a DJ. Proceeds will go to the International Missions Outreach “Run For The Son” as well as the local chapter of the USO. Visit Coastal Plains’ website at coastalplainsraceway.com for more information.

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ESTA Celebrates 50 Years

ESTA Safety Park (Cicero, NY) will host their 50th Anniversary Celebration event on September 12th, 2010 along with The New York State Championship / National Dragster Challenge Race, which will award top payouts and Wally trophies to the winners.

Non Wally class winners will have Christmas Tree-type trophies awarded. In addition there will be a special Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster exhibition between Jim Didio’s “Nitrodiction” and Skip Halgren’s “Mr. Boston” Top Fuel cars.

For more information, log onto ESTA Safety Park's website at www.estadrags.com.

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Back-to-Back Wins for Chris Rini

ATI racer Chris Rini proved how dominant he is at the recent NMCA Muscle Car Nationals in Milan, MI. His first pass off the trailer qualified him in the #1 position with a 6.16 @ 231 mph to beat his previous NMCA record pass. Rini's ATI SG4 and Outlaw converter-equipped 2007 Dodge Stratus then plowed through the Pro Street field setting a new mph record of 233 in the second round and putting him in the final round. There he took down his record qualifying run with an even quicker 6.15 @ 231mph. Rini now has back-to-back NMCA wins and is going to be hard to catch in the points battle for the championship in the final race in St Louis.

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NENDRA Coming To Lebanon Valley

The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (NENDRA) visits Lebanon Valley Dragway on Saturday September 11th. Any American-made vehicle from 1961 to 1974 is welcomed. All cars must run between 8.50 and 12.50. Racing is dial-your-own with a breakout rule in effect. A Pro .500 tree means fewer red lights.

NENDRA is now in their 3rd year of organized racing and in that time they’ve grown from 6 events in 2008 to 15 in the 2010 racing season. Their rules and membership package is online and available for download at www.nendra.com. For more information about Lebanon Valley, visit www.dragway.com.

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No Box Shootout at Skyview Drags
Skyview Drags (Tioga Center, NY) presents their Inaugural No Box Shootout on Saturday, September 11th, 2010. The Shootout pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, and $250 Quarters. Entry fee is $100, 1st & 2nd Round buybacks are $50.

Gates open at 9:00 am, with two sessions of time trials at 11:00 am. For more information visit www.skyviewdrags.com.

 

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Attn. NY/NJ Racers: Help Our Sport For FREE
How many of us have been told by friends and neigbors how they've never been to the track and they'd like to come out and cheer us on, but when we let them know when we'll be going next, they're too busy, no money, etc.

P.C. Richard & Son is making it as easy as possible to get people to come out and enjoy a FREE day of drag racing, most of which will be dial-in racing like we do.

The event is the upcoming NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, September 11th - 12th, 2010. The deal is FREE entry for an entire car load. You just cannot beat this.

Go to any P.C. Richard & Son location (find one HERE) and get the ticket pictured above for FREE ENTRY to see Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, and the dial-in or index classes where you can give play-by-play descriptions to your friends and neighbors so they'll know what they'll be seeing when they come out to watch you race. You can even place a ticket in your neighbor's mailbox with a complimentary note from you. What a great way to get more people involved in our sport. Who knows, maybe they'll like it so much that they'll bring their own car and try Street ET or Trophy. We need new people in our sport, and this can certainly help.

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Willing Takes S&W Summer Shootout Lead
With two wins in August, Bob Willing of Pennsburg, PA currently leads the S&W Summer ET Shootout.

On August 1st Willing took his '99 S&W dragster to Maple Grove’s Victory Lane for the first time this season when he took Kathy Smulligan in the quarters, had a bye in the semis, and beat Don Mattson in the final, who went red by only .001. This past weekend Willing continued his winning ways at Maple Grove with a final-round win over Steve Terkowski by just .0027 seconds at the stripe.

With two weekends remaining, the S&W Summer ET Shootout could go down to the wire if Willing gets knocked out in the early rounds.

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Mopars Thunder Into Bristol Dragway
Bristol Dragway’s 11th Annual Mopar Thunder takes place September 3rd – 5th in Thunder Valley and will feature five (5) classes of Mopar racing action.  

The event kicks off Friday night with Mopar vs. The World, which pays $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $40, and 1st Round buybacks are $25. Other classes throughout the weekend (check Bristol’s website for the exact weekend schedule) include Slant 6 ($300 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis; $40 Entry Fee); Sportsman ($300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis; $40 Weekend Entry, 1st Round buyback $15); Super Pro ($2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Quarters; $15 2nd Round Winner; $80 Weekend Entry, 1st Round buyback $30); and Pro ET ($1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $50 Quarters, $10 2nd Round Winner; $60 Weekend Entry, 1st Round Buyback $20).

Gates open Friday for racer parking at 10:00 am, with open test & tune from noon – 6:00 pm, and 1st Round at 6:00 pm. Gates open Saturday for racers at 9:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations at 3:00 pm. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations at noon. For more information including visit www.bristoldragway.com.

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Flying In The Valley August 29th
Lebanon Valley Dragway uncorks the fast cars on Sunday, August 29th with Pro Comp and Top Dragster / Top Sportsman Combo.

Pro Comp will be an eight car qualified field racing heads-up on a 6.40 Index. Open to dragsters, door cars, altereds, and funny cars (no nitro). The payout is $1,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, and $125 Semis. There is no entry fee for car & driver and 2 crew members.

Top Dragster / Top Sportsman Combo will also be an eight car qualified field open to dragsters, door cars and altereds. Dial-in rules apply. The payout is $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $100 Semis. Entry is $135.

For more information visit Lebanon Valley’s website at www.dragway.com.

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Numidia Dragway Will Deliver Big Bucks on Labor Day Weekend
Numidia Dragway continues their 2010 series of guaranteed-payout big bucks bracket races Labor Day Weekend, with a $5,000 Electronics Race and a $5,000 Footbrake Race on Saturday, September 4th. There'll also be a special Street ET Race on Saturday, Sept. 4th.

Each race pays $5,000 Win, $1,200 Runner-Up, $225 6th Round, $165 5th Round, $120 4th Round, and $75 3rd Round. Entry for each race is $150; buybacks are $50. The Street ET Race pays $1,000 Win / $400 Runner-Up; entry is $50. Gates open 12:00; time shots at 2:00 pm.

The ET break for the Electronics Race is 6.00 – 14.99. The ET Break for the Footbrake race is 9.00 – 19.99. Never been to Numidia Dragway? See our photo-coverage from earlier this season HERE. For more information, visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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Get Screened America Wants YOU To Help Get America Screened

Winning drag racers routinely screen their race cars; after each race, they’ll check the tires and brakes and inspect the fuel and oil filters for any hidden issues. These screenings can uncover potential problems. In the same way, a health screening will help identify problems that can keep your body from running perfectly. GET SCREENED AMERICA will be offering FREE Health Screening on the Nitro Alley Midway at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana September 1st – 6th and zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC September 16th -19th.

Health screening can identify health conditions and diseases that don’t show any symptoms; getting screened can ultimately save your life. Go to the GET SCREENED AMERICA pavilion on the midway and get checked for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It’s never too late to get screened; it’s all about you saving your life one day at a time, and the time to start is now. I got screened at Englishtown; it was quick and easy.

In addition, GET SCREENED AMERICA is looking for volunteers to assist them with simple testing. If you are interested, please contact Demetrius Murphy at 678-248-3171 or dmurphy@getscreenedamerica.com. This will be your way of giving back for FREE admission to the race and just a few hours of your time.

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2010 Super 7 Series Wraps Up Labor Day Weekend at Montgomery Motorsports Park

Montgomery Motorsports Park’s popular Super 7 Series will conclude this coming Labor Day Weekend, Friday September 3rd – Monday September 6th, 2010.

Each day features a $10K for Pro (electronics) class that pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters, $150 Eighths, and $50 Sixteenths, all based on 200 entries. Entry for any single day is $150, or enter the weekend (all four races) for $200. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday also include a bonus $5K each day that pays $5,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $125 Quarters, $75 Eighths, and $50 Sixteenths, all based on 100 entries. Entry is $100 per race; 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $50.

Feetbrakers can also get in on the Super 7 action with two (2) $1,000 Footbrake races (based on 35 entries) on Saturday and two (2) more on Sunday. Entry is $30 per race, or enter all four for $100. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $20.

Gates open Thursday at 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm for parking only. Gates open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 8:00 am. For more information visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Labor Day Weekend Classic at Mason Dixon Dragway
Mason-Dixon Dragway gets classic with their Labor Day Weekend Classic Saturday September 4th – Monday September 6th.

The Classic gives racers in six classes three chances to get to the Winner’s Circle. Each day, Super ET pays $2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, and $50 Round starting with 4th Round loser. Entry is $75 per day, or enter all three days for $200. Pro ET pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $30 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $50 each day. Street ET pays $300 Win, $150 Runner-Up, and $25 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $40 each day. Motorcycle ET pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $25 Round starting 3rd Round loser. Entry is $45 each day. Trophy pays 5’ Trophy Win, 3’ Trophy Runner-Up. Entry is $40 each day. Junior Dragster pays 5’ Trophy + $300 Bond Win, 3’ Trophy and $100 Bond Runner-Up. Entry is $30 each day.

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

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Empire Dragway’s 1/8th Mile Nationals
Empire Dragway presents their 17th Annual 1/8 Mile Nationals Labor Day Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 4th – 6th.

Each day features Box class (0.00 – 8.99 dial, delay boxes permitted) and No-Box (any dial, delay boxes prohibited). Payouts are the same for Box and No-Box: Friday pays $750 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $10 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Saturday pays $1,125 Win, $375 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, and $10 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Sunday pays $1,500 Win, $525 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $10 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry per class is $50 for any single day, or enter the weekend for $100.

All purses are guaranteed, with no minimums. Gates open Friday at 2:30 pm with time trials at 3:30 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit Empire Dragway’s website at www.empiredragway.com.

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Results: Luciano Rubs Out MASGA at Cecil County

Cecil County Dragway, August 14th & 15th - Pete "Lucky" Luciano pulled the trigger and gunned down The Mid-Atlantic Super Gas Association when he took the win over John Martin at Cecil County Dragway on Saturday, August 14th. Lucky started his march towards the final with round-wins over Rob Keister, Mike Lauria and Derek Clarke in the semis. Clarke was appearing in his 3rd semi-final of the year and was hungry to get to that first final round but Luciano had other plans. In a close battle Luciano's slight advantage at the tree (.016 to .027) was the key to victory as both drivers ran 9.914s. On the other side of the ladder, John Martin was out with his Corvette for the first time this year and took round-wins over Dave Burket, Larry Edwards and Don Knoblick to meet up with Tom Goldman and his ‘58 Corvette in the semis. As the 2 drivers left it was Martin who got the slight advantage (.026 to .035) which forced Goldman to run under the 9.90 index with a 9.894 to Martin's winning 9.928. In the final Martin took a .010 to .017 advantage at the tree over Luciano but Martin’s break-out 9.893 was whacked by Lucky's winning 9.910. MASGA’s race on Sunday August 15th was a rain-out.

The next race on MASGA's schedule is at Maryland International Raceway September 25th & 26th for the 1st annual "IHRA vs NHRA 9.90 Shootout". This should be a great race for anyone who runs Super Gas or Super Rod in Division 1 or 2.

Dust ‘Em Off and Fire ‘Em Up: Nostalgia Racing Abounds This Weekend
If you own an old-school drag car or simply love to watch them race, then there’s plenty for you around the area this coming weekend.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH:

Lebanon Valley Dragway features The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (NENDRA). NENDRA welcomes any American-made vehicle from 1961 to 1974, which allows all cars from the “muscle car” era to participate. NENDRA competes with an ET break of 8.50 – 12.50, bracket style dial your own with a breakout rule in effect. Visit their website at www.nendra.com.

Empire Dragway hosts the Gasser Gang of Western New York. The Gasser Gang is open to Willys, Henry J, Austin and Anglia

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owners who enjoy nostalgia drag racing, car shows and cruise nights. If you would like more information on the club visit www.gassergang.com.

Elk Creek Dragway presents Charlie Overfelt's Nostalgia Race featuring the Southern Slingshots. Gates open at 11:00 am with time shots at 1:00 pm. Visit Elk Creek's website at www.elkcreekdragway.com for more info.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29TH:

Numidia Dragway plays host to The Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association. MANDRA is for body styles built prior to 1973, except purpose-built late model front engine dragsters or altered replicating cars in competition prior to 1973. Visit MANDRA at
www.mandraracing.com. See coverage of MANDRA at Numidia Dragway in May HERE.

Gassers are on tap at Atco Raceway, when the East Coast Gassers make a stop in New Jersey. East Coast Gassers is dedicated to the preservation and racing of cars (both restored and newly constructed) that campaigned during the glory days of the "Gasser Wars". The East Coast Gassers currently have over 250 members. Learn more at www.eastcoastgassers.com.

Also at Atco is the nostalgia club North East Timing Organization. NETO is for pre-1974 cars, front engine dragsters, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers. Visit www.neto-nostalgia.com.
Running Tuff at Maple Grove
Beginning Friday August 20th at Maple Grove Raceway there will be a new twist in their Auto Locator Grudge Racing Series: a group of 16 grudge competitors will be chosen to run a new feature titled Run Tuff. All grudge participants will be eligible for the special 16-car Run Tuff feature that will be contested after the third session of grudge runs. The winner will receive a 4-foot trophy and the runner up will receive a 3-foot trophy. No additional entry fees are required to be eligible for Run Tuff.

Maple Grove Raceway staff will select the field of cars based on the closeness of the group’s elapsed times during sessions 1, 2 and 3. The times can vary week-to-week depending on closest group times. Cars in the group that are eliminated from Run Tuff may continue to make grudge runs.

All entrants must be state inspected and state licensed to be in the Run Tuff program. The cars will be randomly paired and Run Tuff will be contested on a heads up basis on a full countdown five-tenth tree. For more information, visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.

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Play 52-Card Dial-Up at MIR's Poker Bash August 21-22

Maryland International Raceway’s Inaugural $10K - $2K Poker Bash is Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd. For those who like to gamble with cars and cards, each day has a $10K in Top ET, a $2K in Mod, and a $1K Poker Contest with the first hand free to all participating racers.

Each Top race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, $250 Eighths, and $150 Sixteenths. Entry is $160 per Top race; 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Each Mod race pays $2,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters, and $75 Eighths. Entry is $60 per Mod race, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $40.

No double entries, 1 driver may drive 2 cars, no throttle stops, all races run in the 1/8 mile. Gates open Saturday at 12:00 noon, with time trials at 2:30 pm. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am, with one time trial at 10:00 am. For more info including poker contest details, visit www.mirdrag.com.

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Iron It Out At SkyView Drags Inaugural Iron Man Classic
On Saturday August 21st, SkyView Drags presents its first Ironman Classic, giving racers in the track’s weekly bracket classes a chance to carry home IHRA's top symbol of success. "Our weekly competitors may not have the resources of the teams who go on the road in search of the Ironman, but their dedication and commitment are of the same level. With the cooperation of IHRA, we've been able to establish this event to reward the winners with the ultimate symbol of IHRA success," said SkyView Drags manager Amy Culver.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. with time trials beginning at 10:00 am. Visit www.skyviewdrags.com.

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Purge The Babies At MMP

Montgomery Motorsports Park is the place to be on Sunday August 22nd, 2010 as Edmund Hall and Bell's Transmissions present their Baby Promod Shootout, with five classes of extreme heads-up racing action.

4.70 Class pays $2,000 Win; entry is $75. 5.30 Class pays $1,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $100 Semis; entry is $65. 6.00 Class and 7.00 Class each pays $1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, and $75 Semis; entry is $50. 8.00 Class pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $40 Semis; entry is $35.

No throttle stops, no deepstaging. Gates open 10:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 pm and qualifying at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. For more info, visit MMP's website at www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Sumerduck Summerfest on August 14th
Sumerduck Dragway’s 6th Annual Summerfest IHRA Ironman Classic happens on Saturday, August 14th, 2010.

Features include the Southern Outlaw Run What You Brung Quick 8, Quick 16 Top Sportsman, and Top and Mod ET. The winners of Top Sportsman, Top ET and Mod ET will each win an IHRA Iron Man. Gates open at 1:00 pm, with time shots beginning at 3:00 pm. For more information visit www.sumerduckdragway.com.

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Results: Coastal Plains Dragway's July 24th ET Bracket Racing

Coastal Plains Dragway hosted their sixth IHRA Summit Super Series event of the year on Saturday July 24th, 2010.

Despite weather forecasts for hazy, hot and humid conditions with temperatures hovering close to triple digits, racers and fans filed into the track. When the smoke cleared, Coastal Plains Dragway welcomed three new drivers to the Winner's Circle.

Coastal Plains' final round results from Saturday, July 24th: Top Eliminator - Curtis Newman (New Bern NC) defeats Brian Graf (Jacksonville NC, broke).

Modified Eliminator - Kale Hoffman (Richlands NC, .085, 7.810 on an 8.80) defeats David Chrisjohn (Greenville NC, .002 6.874 on a 6.88). Jr. Dragster - Catherine Dail (Jacksonville NC, .015, 8.316 on an 8.33) defeats Lexi Dail (Jacksonville NC, .028, 8.033 on an 8.05).

CPD’s next event is scheduled for Saturday, August 7th featuring the IHRA Summit Super Series with Top Eliminator, Modified Eliminator and Jr. Dragster. For more information visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com.

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Fords Take Over New England Dragway August 14-15
New England Dragway’s Ford Fest goes off Saturday August 14th and Sunday August 15th. In addition to other Ford eliminators and shootouts, the event has four bracket racing classes for all Fords and Ford-powered vehicles only.

Fast Ford: delay boxes, two-steps, trans-brakes & throttle stops allowed. ET Break 12.99 & quicker. Handicapped start .500 full tree. Payout is $1,000 Win, $500 Runner Up, $200 Semis, $75 Quarters (all based on 100 entries). Entry is $50 each day.

Quick Ford: no delay boxes or throttle stops allowed. Transbrakes and two-steps okay. ET Break 9.00 & slower. Handicapped start .500 full tree. Payout is $1,000 Win, $500 Runner Up, $200 Semis, $75 Quarters (all based on 100 entries). Entry is $50 each day.

Street Ford: DOT approved drag tires & open headers allowed. No delay boxes, two-steps, trans-brakes or throttle stops allowed. No ET break. Handicapped start .500 full tree. Payout is $350 Win, $150 Runner Up, $50 Semis (all based on 64 entries). Entry is $35 each day.

Tuff Truck: DOT approved drag tires & open headers allowed. No delay boxes, two-steps, trans-brakes or throttle stops allowed. No ET break. Handicapped start .500 full tree. Payout is $350 Win, $150 Runner Up, $50 Semis (all based on 64 entries). Entry is $35 each day.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 am, with time trials at 9:00 am.

Visit www.newenglanddragway.com for more info.

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Streetlight Drags at Pittsburgh Raceway Park

Friday August 13th at Pittsburgh Raceway Park is organized street racing at its best, as the track presents their Streetlight Drags. Open to street-legal cars, trucks and bikes only, this is 1/8 mile racing not with a Tree, but with a real traffic light. Races will show a win light only, no posted run times. There’ll also be a run-off for a trophy and bragging rights. Racer entry is $25, gates open at 6:00 pm and racing starts at 7:00 pm. Visit PRP's website for more info.

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All Racers Up The Creek on August 7th
Got a Jr. Dragster? Got a delay box car? Got a footbrake car? Bring ‘em all to Elk Creek Dragway on Saturday August 7th 2010 for their 2nd Annual Jr. Dragster Summer Nationals, the Super Pro Showdown, and a $1,000 Footbrake Eliminator.

The Jr. Dragster Summernationals has three classes: Super Eliminator for the first 16 quickest, Top Eliminator for the second 16 quickest, and Pro Eliminator for the remaining entries. Each class pays $200 & Trophy Win, $75 & Trophy Runner-Up, and $25 Semis. There’ll also be a 2nd Chance race for 1st and 2nd Round non-winners, as well as a $1,000 To Win King/Queen Of The Creek Run-Off for all Jr. class winners. Racer entry is $40.

The Super Pro Showdown pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $20 Round won starting 3rd Round. 65 car minimum. Entry is $100, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $50. Double entries allowed.

The Footbrake Eliminator pays $1,000 Win. Runner-Up and Semi money is dependant on car count. Entry is $35, and 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $20.

Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time runs at 11:00 am. For more information, visit www.elkcreekdragway.com.

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Big Money Footbrake Races Return To Atco Raceway
Atco Raceway presents their Footbrake Challenge on Saturday August 7th and Sunday August 8th, 2010.

Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, progressive round money of $100 begins 4th Round loser, and 3rd Round loser pays $50. Entry is $185, 1st Round buybacks are $85. Sunday’s race pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, progressive round money of $50 begins 4th Round loser, and 3rd Round loser pays $25. Entry is $125, 1st Round buybacks are $65.

ET break 9.00 – 19.99. No round money for Semis or above. Double entries permitted. Gates open both days at 9:00 am. Two (2) time trials per entry on Saturday, and one (1) time trial per entry on Sunday. Visit Atco's website at www.atcorace.com.

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Results: East Coast Stock / Super Stock at Maple Grove Raceway

Final round results from The East Coast Stock Super Stock Association event held July 11th, 2010 at Maple Grove Raceway: Katie Sepanek (1972 I/SA Chevelle, .065, 11.569 on an 11.47, 101.71 mph) defeats Dave Thomas (1969 SS/BA Corvette, .079, 9.086 on a 9.11, 143.67 mph). Semi-finalists: Pete Dutko (1986 I/SA Camaro), Jack Sepanek (1969 SS/BA Camaro).

 

 

 

 

Final round results from The East Coast Stock Super Stock Association event held at The Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway: Byron Worner (1990 GT/EA Camaro .042, 10.251 on a 10.23, 121.50 mph) defeats Larry Jewell (1967 SS/DA Corvette .060, 9.731 on a 9.70, 137.43 mph). Semi-finalist: Dave Mitchell (1982 GT/JA Camaro).

The East Coast Stock/Super Stock Association’s next event will be at Atco Raceway on Sunday, July 25th. Visit www.eastcoaststocksuperstock.com for more info. Photos supplied by The East Coast Super Stock Association.

 

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Results: MASGA and Super Comp Circuit at Maple Grove
Reading, Pa – Maple Grove Raceway hosted the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) and The Competition Photos Super Comp Circuit on July 11th. In MASGA it was Bob Henry from Pequannock, NJ who took his 1963 Corvette into the Maple Grove Winner’s Circle with a final round victory over Rich Price and his 1996 Beretta. Henry was on his game in the final and cut a stout .009 light to Price’s .053 and with that starting line advantage Henry paced himself all the way down the track to a 9.950 to 9.957 victory.

MASGA’s next event will be July 31st & August 1st as they visit the newly paved Numidia Dragway in Numidia, PA (if you've never raced there, read Dragtime News On Location on this page). For more information about MASGA visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com, or send an e-mail to Leanne Luciano.

Over in The Competition Photos Super Comp Circuit, Kathy Smulligan claimed victory in her Cressman dragster over Bruce Combs from New Windsor, Md. It was over before it started as Combs went .016 red and handed the win to Kathy who legged it out to an 8.895 pass.

The next events for the Super Comp Circuit will be at Atco Raceway on August 7th & 8th and Maple Grove Raceway August 14th & 15th. For any questions on the Super Comp Circuit series please e-mail Tom Boyle at tboyle1655@yahoo.com or visit them on www.facebook.com.

 

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Have A Super Gas at Numidia Dragway With MASGA
If you’ve been thinking about racing Super Gas and also been planning to visit Numidia Dragway, then Saturday July 31st and Sunday August 1st is your weekend. The Mid-Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) will visit the rolling hills of Numidia for their season mid-point. If you’ve never raced at Numidia, you can see my Dragtime News On Location coverage here. If you’re not familiar with MASGA, it’s a great way to break into Super Gas in a friendly, relaxed environment. The only true difference between MASGA Super Gas and the NHRA Super Gas is that MASGA runs a true .400 Pro Tree and not the .370 Pro Tree used at NHRA Divisional and National events. Also, once qualifying is completed MASGA goes on a true NHRA Sportsman ladder to make for a much more even playing field. For 1st round only the higher qualified car gets lane choice for that round only. Finally, MASGA completes each race in one day. There’s no waiting around for time shots on one day and eliminations on another. Each day is a new race with two qualifying shots in the morning and straight into first round until a winner is determined.

You don’t have to be a member to race with MASGA, but members are eligible for added bonuses. The first is the “R&J Control #1 Qualifier Award” which is a $25 dollar bonus for the driver who is the closest to 9.900 after qualifying is complete. The next is the “Rockaway Racing Best Package Award.” This $50 award is given to the driver who has the best combined reaction time and elapsed time during eliminations. Last but not least is the free member BBQ that is held every Saturday night. All drivers and crew are invited over for a home-cooked meal while getting to know new MASGA friends.

As MASGA heads into their season mid-point at Numidia, Iggie Boicesco, their 2006, 2007 & 2008 champion, finds himself in the driver’s seat once again. In a tie for 2nd place is George Donhauser and newcomer Tom Nicholson. Sitting in 4th is George Smith and his 1968 “Live Wire” Camaro. Rounding out the Top 5 is Bob Henry and his 1963 Corvette. The rest of the Top Ten is a “Who’s Who” of NHRA D-1 Super Gas with Derek Clark and Tom Goldman tied for 6th, Don Knoblick in 8th and Dan Northrop and Rich Price tied for 9th.

MASGA travels all over the Northeast with races at Atco Raceway, Maple Grove Raceway, Numidia Dragway, Cecil County Dragway and Maryland International Raceway. To join MASGA visit their website at www.midatlanticsupergas.com, scroll to the middle of the page and click on the membership form button. For questions email Leanne Luciano at leanneluciano@hotmail.com. For information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.numidiadragway.com
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Outlaw Summer Showdown at MMP
The Outlaw Drag Racing Association brings their Outlaw Summer Showdown to Montgomery Motorsports Park on Friday and Saturday, July 23rd and 24th. With six classes, there’ll be something for pretty much any race vehicle.

Outlaw Pro Mod pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, and $500 Semis; Outlaw TT5 / Radial pays $2,800 Win, $800 Runner-Up, and $400 Semis; 4.70 Index pays $2,400 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $150 Semis; 5.30 Index pays $2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $150 Semis; 6.00 Index pays $1,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $150 Semis; 7.00 Index pays $1,250 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $150 Semis. Minimum car counts apply.

Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm, with qualifying at 9:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with shakedown at 11:00 am, qualifying at 2:00 pm, and eliminations at 8:00 pm.

For more information including entry fees and car count minimums, visit www.odraracing.com.

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Cut Down Some (Pro) Trees at The Farm
If you love heads-up door car racing then you don't want to miss some of the best pro-tree racers around as the Pro Tree Racers Association comes to Farmington Dragway on Saturday, July 24th. Featured classes of the PTRA will be the heads-up 5.30, 6.00 and 7.00 index classes, the dial-in Pro Tree Eliminator, Street Eliminator and Pro Tree Junior Dragster class.

Gates open at 12:00 noon, time runs start at 3:00 pm, qualifying starts at 4:30 pm, and eliminations start at 7:00 pm. Go to headsupsuperseries.com for more information.

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Frank Hawley's School Returns To Maple Grove Raceway

Those of you who would like to learn how to drag race will have a great opportunity in July at Maple Grove Raceway. Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School will be at The Grove July 26-27 and July 28-29.

The classes offered are open to around 15 students, who will find a fluid and fun day with Hawley and his staff at the track.

For more information, visit www.frankhawley.com.

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Play Bring & Run at MMP
All race classes are welcomed when Montgomery Motorsports Park presents Run What You Brung! on Saturday, July 31st, 2010. Events include G-Body Shootout, match racing, prize racing, and grudge racing featuring Mr. No Limit, Deric “The Hurricane” McLain, The Heartbreaker, Mr. Bandit, and The Gravedigger.

Other events include All Stock Suspension ($50 to enter, $1,000 grand prize based on 20 car field), and Big Rims 22” – 30” Shootout. Bikes are also welcomed for Motorcycle Street ET; entry is $55 and it’s $500 Win.

Gates open at 2:00 pm, with qualifying at 4:00 pm. For more information visit Montgomery Motorsports Park’s website at www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday Niagara at Dunn Tire Raceway Park
Dunn Tire Raceway Park’s Sunday Niagara 2010 Nostalgia Drags and Car Show will be Friday July 30th - Sunday August 1st, 2010.

Friday’s schedule includes Dunn Tire’s regular points program in Mod, Top, Street, Bike / Sled, and Quick 16. There’s also a Nostalgia Eliminator open to 1980 and older cars without electronics. Gates open at 12:00 on Friday, with time trials at 4:30 pm.

Saturday is for 1980 and older vehicles only; no electronics permitted in any class. Classes include Little Eliminator (7.00 and slower), Competition Eliminator (6.99 and quicker), and Pro Gas / Pro Comp combo eliminator, which runs on a .400 Pro Tree. Pro Gas is for left-hand steer, and Pro Comp is center steer. Gates open at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am.

Sunday is also for 1980 and older vehicles. Classes include Little Eliminator, Competition Eliminator, Top Eliminator (.400 Pro Tree, 16 car field), Street Eliminator (street driven, DOT tires, closed exhaust), and Gasser Shootout for ‘60s period-correct Willys, Anglias, Austins, and Henry J. Gates open at 8:00 am; time trials are 10:00 am.

For more information, visit www.dunntireracewaypark.com.

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Double Your Pleasure at MIR’s Mod ET $2K Doubleheader

If your favorite movie is Groundhog Day and your favorite gum is Doublemint, come out to Maryland Int'l Raceway on Saturday July 31st for MIR’s Mod ET $2K Doubleheader and have two chances to win $2,000 in one day. Each race pays $2,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters, and $75 Eighths. Entry is $60 per race, and 1st &

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2nd Round buybacks are $40.

Run either race, or run both. 1 driver may drive 2 cars; no double entry permitted. Delay boxes, trans brakes, two steps (unless manual transmission), air or electric shifters, dual line locks and throttle stops are prohibited in Mod ET. All purses guaranteed except in the event of low car

count, due to rain or inclement weather. Break Policy: 50% of entry issued in gate credit.

Gates open at 10:00 am, with Mod ET test & tune at 10:30 am. The first race’s eliminations begin at 1:00 pm; the second race’s eliminations will be approximately 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.mirdrag.com.

Results: Coastal Plains Dragway July 10th ET Bracket Racing
Coastal Plains Dragway has been idle since June 5th due to persistent inclement weather and Saturday July 10th was no different as the track had rain showers in the early going. After a slight alteration of the original schedule the event was completed at midnight. Not more than 10 minutes after the last pair went down the track rain began to fall again.

Coastal Plains Dragway’s final round results from Saturday, July 10th: Top Eliminator: Gabe Taylor (Elizabethtown NC, .010, 5.094 on a 5.08, 132.36 mph) defeats David Banks (Maysville NC, .011, 5.406 on a 5.39, 123.63 mph). In my math that’s a three-thou margin! Modified Eliminator: Kris Antinori (Jacksonville NC, .096, 6.647 on a 6.63, 101.87 mph) defeats Chris Flud (Jacksonville NC, .106, 6.761 on a 6.75, 101.02 mph). Jr. Dragster: Lexi Dail (Jacksonville NC, .003, 8.218 on an 8.06, 79.06 mph) defeats Catherine Dail of Jacksonville NC, .020, 8.477 on an 8.33, 74.11 mph).

Coastal Plains Dragways’s next event is scheduled for Saturday, July 24th 2010 featuring IHRA Summit Super Series racing action in Top Eliminator, Modified Eliminator and Jr. Dragster divisions. Visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com for more info.

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Results: Skyview Drags July 17th Mid Season Championship

Joe Carlyle, near side, had a good day of racing in the Pro Division with his Chevy Malibu. Carlyle took home semi-final money and is shown here against Steve Cross in the Camaro. (Skyview Drags Photo)

Skyview Drags, Tioga Center, NY - Richie Forbes (Super), Zane Furman (Pro) and Gary French (Street Money) topped winners Saturday, July 17th at Skyview Drags Mid Season Championship.  

Forbes drove his dragster to a win over the dragster of Bob Belvick. Although Forbes was a first round loser, he bought back in and then proceeded to shut down the competition all the way to the final where he ran a perfect 4.68 on a 4.68 with a .527 reaction to defeat Belvick’s .522 light and 5.12 on a 5.09.

In Pro, Furman (left) posted his second win of the year in his Plymouth Roadrunner. Furman, who also lost in the first round, bought back in and made to the final to defeat Tony Scribani in his Camaro. Furman’s .566, 7.05 on a 7.05 defeats Scribani’s .586 and breakout 6.60 on a 6.61.

Gary French had a big day in his Buick Regal, winning both Street Money and Street Trophy. In the Street Money final, French defeated Matt Peterson, running a 9.36 on a 9.32 at 74.51 with a .570 reaction to defeat Peterson’s too quick 8.35 on an 8.39 at 79.38 with a .587 light. In Street Trophy, it would again be a French vs. Peterson final, with the same results. However, this time Peterson bulbed at the start, handing the win to French. French pushed his Buick to a 9.33 on a 9.35 at 74.27 while Peterson wasted an 8.39 on an 8.31 with his .483 red-light.

Other July 17th Skyview Drags winners: Carrie Reome (Bike/Sled) Brandon Searcy (TCR), Jared Baker (Jr. Dragster).

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Jimmy Jones Memorial $10K at MIR
Mark your mid-week calendar for Wednesday July 28th for the Jimmy Jones Memorial $10K at Maryland International Raceway. This 1/8th Mile (0.00 – 8.49 dial) Top ET race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, $250 Eighths, and $150 Sixteenths. Entry is $160, and 1st and 2nd Round Buybacks are $100. No double entries (but one driver may drive two cars), no throttle stops.

Gates open 9:00 am, with test & tune at 3:00 pm and eliminations at 7:00 pm. Visit www.mirdrag.com for more information.

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Rich Man, Door Man: DoorCarPalooza at Mooresville Dragway
Got a car with those hinged things that open with handles? Then you’ll be welcomed with open doors at Mooresville Dragway and their Nuthin’ But DoorCarPalooza on Friday and Saturday, July 16th and 17th.

There’s a class for Top ET door cars (0.00 – 7.99 dial) that pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $100 Quarters. Entry is $40 and buybacks are $30. Included in this eliminator for no extra charge is The Quickest 16 Top ET Bonus Race; these 16 will race for an extra $500 Win and $200 Runner-Up, with the winner advancing to the next round of the main race.

There’s also a class for Footbrake door cars (all run) that pays $800 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $30 and buybacks are $20. Included in this eliminator for no extra charge is The Quickest 16 Footbrake Bonus Race; these 16 will race for an extra $200 Win and $100 Runner-Up, with the winner advancing to the next round of the main race. Also in Footbrake is a special Stick Shift bonus race, where all stick-shift cars will run together until only one remains and advances into the main race. Stick Shift Bonus pays $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. For more information, visit www.mooresvilledragway.com.

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Diesel-abration at Numidia Dragway

If you own and/or race a diesel-powered vehicle then this is for you. There’ll be power on the mountain July 17th at Numidia Dragway, as the National Association of Diesel Motorsports (NADM) brings their Diesel East Coast Nationals II to the track. Main attractions of the event are diesel drag racing, sled pulling, diesel dyno, and monster truck. New this year is a huge tent sale in the Performance Alley.

Visit Numidia Dragway’s website at www.numidiadragway.com for more information.

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S&W Racecars Introduces Summer ET Bracket Shootout

S&W Racecars has a new series for bracket racers: the Summer ET Bracket Shootout. This summer-long points series is for ET bracket racers who have chosen S&W Race Cars to either build their race cars or to supply the major chassis components for a car they have built themselves. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, if you’re an eligible racer and win a bracket race at your local track let S&W know and they’ll award you one point. At the end of the season 1st-place will be awarded a championship jacket and a $1,000.00 S&W house credit for use on any of S&W’s products. All other winners will be entered in a drawing for a consolation prize.

Entries will be accepted on the use of any complete S&W race car, S&W chassis & suspension package, complete bolt-on Mustang or Camaro package or an S&W roll bar or roll cage. Entries must display the S&W decal on both sides of the car.

For complete details including eligibility and how to submit your winning results, visit www.swracecars.com.

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Denmark, Furman and Peterson Take Wins on Day 1 of Skyview Drags' Northern Bracket Nationals

Skyview Drags, Tioga Center, NYRuss Denmark (Super Pro), Zane Furman (Pro), Matt Peterson (Street Money), Howie Conklin (Street Trophy), Brandon Searcy (TCR) and Rich Reome (Bike/Sled) were winners July 2nd at Skyview Drags inaugural Northern Bracket Nationals July 2nd & 3rd.

In the Super Pro final, Denmark faced off against Don Kiekel. Denmark needed his right-on 5.15 as his .542 reaction was late against Kiekel’s better .515, but Kiekel’s .03-over 5.19 on a 5.16 just let Denmark nip him at the stripe.

Zane Furman, (nearside) won Pro Eliminator on Day 1 of The Northern Bracket Nationals held at Skyview Drags July 2nd. Furman is shown here racing against Sandy Hacker in her Ford Mustang. (Greg Zyla photo).

In Pro ET , Zane Furman in his Plymouth Roadrunner 440 lined up against current points leader Ray Thurston IV. Furman took the win with a.525 light and a 7.00 on a 6.99 to hold off Thurston IV, who broke out with a 6.21 on a 6.22 while trying to chase down his .565 reaction time.

In Street Money, Matt Peterson posted a win in his Buick Regal when he defeated the Corvette of Rich Lapcevich. Peterson went right on his dial with an 8.34 with a .543 light to defeat Lapcevich’s 7.98 on a 7.96 with a .689 light.

In Bike/Sled, Rich Reome drove his Polaris to a win over defending class champ Brent Garcia on a Buell motorcycle. Reome cut a great .504 light and then cruised to the win with a 7.94 on a 7.90 over Garcia’s .573 light and a 6.93 on a 6.89.

Other July 2nd Skyview winners: Brandon Searcy (Teen Championship); Howie Conklin (Street Trophy); Ashley Denmark (Jr. Dragster); Bob Hacker (Gambler’s – Box); and Bob Belvick (Gambler’s – No Box)

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A Race With Sole: World Footbrake Challenge IV Coming To Bristol Dragway
The World Footbrake Challenge returns to Bristol Dragway July 16th – 18th 2010 for three days of big-money 1/8 mile bracket racing. Each day’s race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, and $100 Round beginning with 3rd Round Win. The entry fee for each race is $150; first-round buybacks are $100. There will also be Shootout races Friday and Saturday nights after the main events.

Gates open Thursday July 15th at 4:00 pm for parking and registration. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am, with time runs at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with time runs for new entries only at 9:00 am. Visit www.worldfootbrakechallenge.com for more info.

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Wednesday Night Gambler's Race Returns To Englishtown
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park has just announced a special Mid Week $500-To-Win Eliminator on selected Wednesday nights. This marks the return of Wednesday Gambler Races at Englishtown, and will be welcome news to those New Jersey bracket racers who remember the old Wednesday night Gambler Races from years back.

The dates are June 30, July 7 and July 14, and more dates may be added. You are eligible if you have a door-car or left hand steer roadster (with fenders) and fit between the 9.00-15.99 e.t. break. No delay boxes or throttle stops will be allowed, but transbrakes are okay. Autostart will be on; DEEP staging allowed and can be written on the car. Open exhaust, slick tires or D.O.T. tires, and racecar lettering are all okay. All NHRA & NJ State rules do apply. SUNDAY TRACK PREP INCLUDING TRACTION COMPOUND IN EFFECT; WILL SPRAY WHEN NEEDED.

The class will be randomly paired for first-round with a sportsman ladder for following rounds of 32 cars or less. $50 green tech card, spectator fee is $14, payout as follows: $500 to win, $200 to Runner-Up, $100 to each Semi-Finalist. Payouts based on 32 car minimum. Bye-runs are determined by best reaction time from the previous round. First round bye-run is determined by a random tech card drawing in the tower.

One official time trial session at 6:45 p.m. sharp. First round is approximately at 7:45 p.m. Round-robin after 2nd round. The curfew for all un-muffled cars is mandatory 10 p.m. For more information, call 732-446-7800 during business hours, or visit www.racewaypark.com.

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Wednesday Is Funday at MIR

Wednesday July 7th at Maryland International Raceway is War On Wheels II, featuring Pro Mod Frantic 8s and wheelstanding x275 cars. There’s also a $1,000 To Win Gambler’s Race. In addition, all ladies are admitted free during the War on Wheels "Fox Hunt".

Racer entry fees are $30 for Test & Tune and $40 for No Time Test & Tune.Gates open at 5:00 pm, with qualifying at 5:30 pm, pro eliminations at 7:30 pm, and the gambler’s race at 9:00 pm.

For more information visit Maryland International's website at www.mirdrag.com.

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NuSouth Drag Racing League To Debut At Montgomery Motorsports Park

The NuSouth Drag Racing League is a new organization that will have its inaugural event at Montgomery Motorsports Park on July 10th 2010.

The NuSouth Drag Racing League includes the following classes for bikes and cars: Outlaw Pro Motorcycles (turbocharged, aspirated/nitrous etc.; nitro allowed); Outlaw 5.0 Semi Pro Motorcycles (5.0 index up until the final, then heads-up, no breakout. No nitro, no blow through forced induction on alcohol); Motorcycle Club Comp (motorcycle club members only); NuBracket Motorcycles (electronics and boxes allowed); Outlaw Limited Street Cars (tires - TT5 30x10.5 or 315 drag radials; no mufflers required; 1 power adder type - Nos, turbochargers or superchargers; no nitro); Outlaw 5.0 Index Cars (dragsters permitted, optical sensors not permitted); Outlaw 6.0 Index Cars (for door cars and trucks, optical sensors not permitted); NuBracket Cars (electronics and boxes allowed).

For more information about this event, visit www.mmpdragracing.com; NuSouth is on the home page. For more information about NuSouth Drag Racing League, visit www.ndrl.us. Their website is still being developed, but it includes a link to their Facebook page.

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ATI's New Damper for 2009+ Hemi Engines
ATI Performance Products introduces its Super Damper for the 2009 and newer 5.7L Hemi powered vehicles including the Dodge Challenger. ATI's HEMI Super Dampers are available in OEM size (918445), as well as 15% over and underdrive. Factory dampers and non-dampened pulleys offer no protection to modified engines and this is why the ATI Super Damper comes stock on all Mopar DragPak and SMS Challengers. All ATI Super Dampers come with laser-etched timing marks and exceed SFI 18.1 Safety Certification for competition use.

ATI Performance Products, located in Baltimore MD, specializes in producing and maintaining high performance products for street and strip applications. For more information, call 800-284-3433 or visit their website at www.atiracing.com.

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ATI Introduces New Outlaw Converters®
ATI Performance Products' new Outlaw Converters® are available in both 10" and 10.5" models. Outlaw Converters are available with 5-axis fully machined Billet Steel or hand-built steel stators and have 6-bolt mounting on the GM small bolt circle. For maximum efficiency each converter has one-way sprags with a ½" thick wall on the inner race for the C-6 stator spline used on Bruno and Lenco units. They're available for standard 30-spline turbo shafts, Lenco C-6 spline and 1-1/4-29 spline, and of course, the ATI SG3 shafts. All Outlaw Converters are backed with a full 1 year warranty on internal damage.

ATI furnace brazes the pump and turbine and installs a new billet stator cap. A new Hub, Pilot and Mounting Ring have also been installed and CNC machined for perfect accuracy. ATI also adds new Torrington bearings throughout. For more information, call 800-284-3433 or visit their website at www.atiracing.com.

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Dual Needle & Seat Float Bowls From The Carb Shop
The Carb Shop's dual needle and seat billet float bowls are designed for high horsepower applications. They feature sight plugs on both sides, high-flow down feed needle and seats, a drain plug at the bottom of the bowl, and use standard Holley gaskets and accelerator pump diaphragms. The bowls come in either billet finish, or polished finish. Contact The Carb Shop at 909-947-3575, or visit them on the web at www.customcarbs.com.

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NHRA Divisional at Lebanon Valley Dragway

Lebanon Valley Dragway hosts the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series NHRA Divisional July 4th Weekend. Classes in competition will be Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Comp Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Super Stock, and Stock. There’ll also be a Pro Stock Sled class.

Gates open Thursday July 1st at 8:00 am for parking and time trials. Gates open Friday July 2nd at 8:00 am, gates open Saturday July 3rd at 7:30 am, and gates open Sunday July 4th at 8:00 am. For more information visit Lebanon Valley Dragway’s website at www.dragway.com.

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Skyview Drags Northern Summer Nationals

Skyview Drags has announced a special two-day Independence Day weekend bracket racing extravaganza. The inaugural Northern Summer Nationals will feature two days of racing culminating in an extra payout race on Saturday, and two Gambler Races set for Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd.

The Friday event kicks off at 10 am when the Precision Crankworks Juniors take to the track for the first of two time trials. Following the Juniors, a regular show of IHRA-sanctioned Summit Series points competition will commence. Following the final run of the regular race, the Test & Tune drivers will take to the track at 6 p.m., followed by the Gamblers Race at approximately 7 p.m. Gates open Friday at 8 am.

On Saturday, an enhanced payout greets the drivers, with $1,400 going to the winner of Super Pro, $1,100 to the winner of Pro, $300 for Street Money, $600 for Bike/Sled and a special trophy or plague to the winner of the TCR class. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am. Visit www.skyviewdrags.com for more information.

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Results: Skyview Drags June 26th ET Bracket Racing

Pro winners at Skyview Drags Saturday, June 26, were Blake Furman (Roadrunner) and Bob Belvick (Camaro). Belvick won the make up race from May 22, while Furman won the day's regular event. (Skyview Drags photo)

Skyview Drags, Tioga Center , NY – It may have taken over a month to conclude, but the May 22 Skyview Drags 660 E.T. Series race is now in the books. Postponed due to a serious accident that found Bike/Sled winner Ken Burlew life-flighted to the hospital, Skyview reports that Burlew is back in action on his ultra fast sled.

In Super Pro, Jim Potenziano proved you don’t have to pilot a dragster to win, as he drove around a stout field of cars, including a red-lighting defending champ Don Keikel in the final, to post his first win of the season. The lone semi finalist was 2010 Skyview opener runner-up Tom Belvick in his dragster.

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In Pro ET, it was a battle between Thomas Fletcher in his wheelstanding Chevy Monza and Bob Belvick in his big-block 1969 Camaro. Belvick, son of Tom, got the win with a 6.51 on a 6.50 at 105.79 with a .540 light to Fletcher’s 6.46 on a 6.45 with a .544 light. Semis were Tim Zyla in his ‘98 Camaro LS6 and Tony DiRose in his Chevy Nova.

In Street Eliminator, Gino Mangino won for the second time this year. Mangino and his Nova turned back Glenna Erecitano and her Chevy Malibu. Mangino took the win with a 7.98 on a 7.91 with a .539 light to defeat the runner-up’s right on but late 10.93 on a 10.93 with a .646 light. Greg Zyla, earned semi-final honors.

Burlew was named the winner of the Bike Sled final when last year’s champ, Brent Garcia, broke a wheelie bar on his Buell motorcycle and was forced into Burlew’s lane. Burlew hit the rear of the motorcycle, launching his snowmobile into the air and crashing back down on him. Burlew received a fairly serious head wound, but was cleared to go home after a night’s stay in the hospital. He was credited with the win as IHRA rules call for a first or worst scenario. Although Burlew got the worst of it in reality, Garcia crossing into Burlew’s lane was “the worst” as far as rules went.

Other Skyview winners from June 26: Teresa Kurtz (Teen); Amelia Scofield (Jr. Dragster).

Southern Outlaw Series at Montgomery Motorsports
The Southern Outlaw Series comes to Montgomery Motorsports Park June 25th – 26th.

The series features five classes of racing: Pro Modified ($3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, $250 Eighths); 4.70 Class ($2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $75 Quarters); 5.30 Class ($2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $65 Quarters); 5.95 Class ($2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters); and 7.00 Class ($2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters). 20 car minimum for all classes except 4.70 class (16-car minimum).

Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm, with test & tune at 6:00 pm and qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with qualifying at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

For more information about The Southern Outlaw Series visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Geezers Wheeze Into Maple Grove
The 9th Annual Geezers Reunion At The Grove will be July 2nd & 3rd at Maple Grove Raceway, featuring nostalgia funny cars, fuel altereds, and nostalgia bracket racing for vehicles 1984 and older.

Nostalgia 1 (electronics) pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $75 Quarters, and $50 Eighths. Nostalgia 2 (no electronics) also pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $75 Quarters, and $50 Eighths.

The Geezer Eliminator (55 & older; I don’t know if that refers to the age of the car or the driver) pays 4 Ft. Trophy Win, 3 Ft. Trophy Runner-Up, and 2 Ft. Trophy Semis.

Race entry is $50 for Friday and Saturday, or $35 for Saturday only. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 9:00 am. Visit www.maplegroveraceway.com for more information.

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Montgomery Motorsports’ Fun With Numbers: 7s = 4 10s for 300

July 2nd – 4th is another installment in the 2010 Super 7 Series at Montgomery Motorsports Park. Whether you’re a button-let’r-go’er or a footbraker, Jim Howard’s got you covered with four $10,000 races for Pro (electronics) and two $1,000 Footbrake races.

The Pro races are one on Friday, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday. Each pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters, $150 Eighths, and $50 Sixteenths, all based on 150 entries. Entry is $150 for each race, or $300 for all four. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

The Footbrake races are one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each pays $1,000 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $25 Quarters, all based on 25 entries. Entry is $50 per race; 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $30.

Gates open Thursday July 1st from 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm for parking only. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com for more information.

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Curt George Memorial Race at Pittsburgh Raceway Park
Chrysler Classic Events presents the 6th Annual Curt George Memorial Double Race Weekend at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, Friday – Sunday, June 18th – 20th. All-Mopar drag racing classes include Quick 16 (weekend entry $115), Hemi (weekend entry $100), Max Wedge (weekend entry $90), Super Pro (weekend entry $85), Pro (weekend entry $70) and Sportsman (weekend entry $50).

Gates open all days at 8:00 am. Visit PRP's website for more info.

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Extreme and Quick at Lebanon Valley

Saturday June 19th at Lebanon Valley Dragway is the Extreme 32 Shootout for electronics-equipped race cars from 6.00 – 11.49. All NHRA rules apply, no throttle stops, and no bikes or sleds.

The Extreme 32 pays $1,500 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $100 Quarters. Qualifying is 11:30 am and 12:30 pm; 1st Round is 1:30 pm.

Entry is a $35 gate fee plus a $100 entry fee; the $100 entry will be refunded to racers who do not qualify.

Sunday June 20th is Quick 16, for 6.00 – 7.49 dials (1/4 mile). $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis. Entry is $35 gate fee plus $100 entry fee.

Visit www.dragway.com for more info.

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Numidia Becomes Oldmidia This Weekend
Numidia Dragway turns back the clock Saturday and Sunday June 19th and 20th when it hosts two days of North East Timing Organization nostalgia racing, along with Pro Stick Racing on Saturday and the East Coast Gassers and Back Seat Drivers front-engine nostalgia dragster association on Sunday.

NETO is for pre 1974 cars, front-engine dragsters, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers.

Pro Stick Association vehicles must use a transmission that is clutch operated off the starting line; a clutchless Lenco or similar type transmission is also permitted. The ET break is 7.50 - 11.49 in the quarter mile (4.75 - 7.39 eighth mile); the format is handicapped dial-in, .500 full tree. Visit www.prostickracing.com for complete rules.

The East Coast Gassers are true to the gas cars that competed in the ‘50s through the early ‘70s. Dial-in is 12.99 or quicker, except 4- and 6-cylinder and flathead V-8 cars. All races are run on a full .500 tree and on a dial-your-own basis. Visit www.eastcoastgassers.com.

The Back Seat Drivers is a club for front-engine dragsters only; all NHRA or IHRA safety rules apply; no delay boxes or throttle stops; Zoomie-style headers only; driver must have Competition License if ET is under 10.00. Visit www.bsdrivers.com.

Numidia’s gates open at 9:00 am Saturday and 8:00 am Sunday. For more info visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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RESULTS: Competition Photos Super Comp and Mid Atlantic Super Gas at Atco
Atco Raceway, June 5th & 6th, 2010 – After a seven year layoff the Competition Photos Super Comp Association returned to Atco Raceway on June 5th & 6th. On one side of Saturday’s ladder was winner Marty Jones and his ‘97 Undercover Dragster. Jones started his claim to victory with wins over Ashley Senft, Richard Leone, Jack Donnelly and Clint Mills before receiving a bye into the finals. On the other side of the ladder was Matt Eitel and his Racetech dragster. Eitel started from the #30 Qualifying spot and would take down Dave Long, Joseph Gallucci, Steve Sisko, had a bye in the quarterfinals, and Howard Zane in the semis. In the final Jones had a .038 to .042 advantage over Eitel; as they both traveled down the track glued next to each other Eitel tried to make up the distance left at the starting line but just missed coming up short 8.914 to Jones’ winning 8.917.

On Sunday the series drew in 35 cars looking to claim victory at the end of the day. Winner Scott Albrecht (left) started off his day with victories over Jim Larro, Lee Ream, #1 Qualifier Duane D’Agostino, and Ashley Senft before receiving a bye into the final. On the other side was #31 Qualifier Scott Lorish from Center Valley, Pa. Lorish started his march to the final with victories over Vonnie Mills, Frank Lauria, Brian Brown, Wallter Olt, and Joey Cambria. In the final Albrecht showed he was for real with a .002 light to Lorish’s decent .023 but the starting line advantage could not be made up and Lorish broke out with an 8.886 to Albrecht’s 8.921.

The next event for the Competition Photos Super Comp Association is July 10th & 11th at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. For more information on how to become a member e-mail Tom Boyle at tboyle1655@yahoo.com.

Atco also hosted the season opener for the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) the same weekend. On Saturday Iggie Boicesco would stake claim to the first 2010 race of the season. Boicesco took out Michael Lauria, Bob Henry, George Smith, and Joe Eckel in the semis. On the other side of the ladder was 2000 NHRA Super Gas Champ Dan Northrop and his ISC Racers Tape ‘75 Vega. Northrop started off with victories over Gary Eitel, Mickey Varner, Scott Albrecht, and Delaney Richardson in the semis. In the final it was Boicesco and Northrop. Both drivers were almost even at the tree with Boicesco gaining a slight advantage .011 to .014 and forcing Northrop to run under and break out with a 9.884 to Boicesco’s winning 9.924. Boicesco also claimed the Rockaway Racing “Best Package” of the race with his Round 2 victory over Bob Henry.

On Sunday, John Maggiulli Jr. (right) took Delaney Richardson’s Corvette to the winner circle. Maggiulli, the 2007 Division 1 Top Dragster champion took out Earl Nichols, Iggie Boicesco, had a bye-run in the 3rd round, and defeated Derek Clark in the semis. The other side of the ladder featured Tom Nicholson and his Top Sportsman 1953 Studebaker. Nicholson’s climb to the final started out with victories over Tom Goldman, Michael Lauria, Don Knoblick, and George Smith’s in the semis. In a very close final Maggiulli took a slight advantage over Nicholson .012 to .016 and at the stripe they were separated by inches as Nicholson could not make up the starting line advantage and ran a 9.912 to Maggiulli’s winning 9.915.

MASGA will visit Maple Grove Raceway on July 10th & 11th for their 2nd race of the season. For more information visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com.

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Photos & Videos from NHRA LODRS at Atco Raceway

I was at the NHRA Divisional at Atco Raceway Saturday, May 1st with cameras in hand (both photo and video), capturing Qualifying and 1st Round. Photos & Videos HERE. Photo: The Dragtime News

 

 

 

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RESULTS: NENDRA at LVD

The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association visited Lebanon Valley Dragway for stop #3 of their 2010 season, and a familiar face came out on top. John Colabattista of Danbury, CT took the win at the first event he has attended of the 2010 season. John was also using a new engine combo that was installed that week and was completely untested. Mark Dimauro made it to his first final and a runner-up finish. Stop #4 for NENDRA is scheduled for June 20th at Island Dragway.

SEMI-FINALS: John Colabatistta (Danbury CT, 1962 Plymouth, .084, 10.145 on a 10.20) defeats Wayne Farquhar (1966 Chevy Nova, .050, 12.008 on a 12.00); Mark Dimauro (East Haven CT, 1965 Chevy Chevelle) has the bye. FINAL: Colabatistta (.053, 10.202 on a 10.15) defeats Dimauro (.265, 12.390 on a 12.20).

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ATI Drag Pak Challenger Makes Debut at NMCA Hemi Shootout
If you saw my coverage of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional at Atco Raceway from Saturday, May 1st (photos & Videos HERE) then you may recall this photo of the then-brand-new Hemi Drag Pak Challenger of ATI Performance Products:

What a difference a month makes; the large photo is the Challenger now. ATI's Chief of Operations, JC Beattie Jr., piloted the Challenger at the NMCA Hemi Shootout at Maple Grove Raceway this past weekend, taking the car to the final round.

The ATI Drag Pak Challenger, which normally runs a Gary Stanton-built 370ci Hemi, was running with its Mopar Performance-prepped motor while final tuning was being completed on the Stanton motor. This meant JC could not run the car to its full potential. JC's Challenger is equipped with an ATI 8" Treemaster MRT and ATI-built Chrysler 904 Transmission. JC ran consistent 10.60s all weekend, making it to the final. Unfortunately the final round was canceled due to rain, ending in a split.

JC will be competing with the Challenger in A/SA with the new Stanton motor at the NHRA Supernationals at Englishtown, NJ June 11th - 13th.

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It’s Madness at Virginia Motorsports

Bring your Mopar to Virginia Motorsports Park on Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th for Mopar Madness, billed as “Virginia’s biggest all Mopar race & show.” Saturday is an all-Mopar race & show, and Sunday is Mopars Vs. The World, so all makes are welcomed.

Saturday’s race classes and payouts are Super Pro (entry is $41, $1,200 Win, $350 Runner-Up, based on car count), Modified (entry is $41, $1,200 Win, $350 Runner-Up, based on car count), and Street Legal Shootouts (entries are $20, Challenger $150 Win, $50 Runner-Up; Charger $150 Win, $50 Runner-Up; Truck $150 Win, $50 Runner-Up; Front-Wheel-Drive $150 Win, $50 Runner-Up; Street $150 Win, $50 Runner-Up).

Sunday is a VMP ET Bracket Points day; payouts and classes are available on VMP’s website.

Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am; gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit virginiamotorsports.com for more info.

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Seeing Double at MIR

Maryland International Raceway gives their Electronics racers two chances to win $5,000 on Saturday June 12th at the Top ET $5K Double Header. Each race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $40 Round starting with 2nd Round Winners. Entry is $99 per race, or $179 for both. 1st & 2nd Round buybacks are $75.

Each race is on the 1/8th Mile for 0.00 – 8.49 dials. No throttle stops. No double-entries, but one driver may drive two cars. Gates open 10:00 am, with time trials for the first race at 10:30 am and 1st Race at 1:00 pm; the 2nd Race is 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.mirdrag.com.

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Fords In The Valley and at The Farm

It’s a big weekend for those of the Ford persuasion. Lebanon Valley Dragway presents their Ford Day at the Valley on Saturday, June 12th. There’ll be three classes for Ford vehicles: Fast Ford Bracket (.500 Sportsman tree, dial your own, slicks allowed, no electronics, no air shifters, no throttle stops, Sportsman ladder when down to 8 cars, amateurs only), DOT ET (.500 Sportsman tree, dial your own, DOT-approved tires required, no electronics, no air shifters, no throttle stops, Sportsman ladder when down to 8 cars, amateurs only), and Gear Bangers Pro Dial (.500 Pro tree, Sportsman ladder on qualifying reaction times, manual clutch transmission only, no electronics except two step, no changing dial after eliminations begin, zero breakout in effect, no deep staging). For more information (gate times, entry fees, etc.) visit Lebanon Valley Dragway’s website at www.dragway.com.

Also, checking the Track Info & Weekend Schedules page, Farmington Dragway has their All Ford Show & Race on Sunday, June 13th. At the time of this update I had no additional information; check their website at www.farmingtondragway.net for more details.

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Results: Coastal Plains Dragway

Coastal Plains Dragway ET Bracket Racing results from June 5th, 2010:

TOP ET FINAL: Michelle Pelo (Jacksonville NC, .014, 6.581 on a 6.57, 101.81 mph) defeats Roy Evans (Jacksonville NC, .033, 5.810 on a 5.80, 117.86 mph). MODIFIED ET FINAL: Doug Walton (Jacksonville NC, .065, 6.502 on a 6.50, 104.63 mph) defeats Steve Antinori (Sneads Ferry NC, .102, 6.971 on a 6.97, 96.53 mph). Jr. DRAGSTER FINAL: Jason Craft (Wilson NC, .430, 8.776 on an 8.76, 72.56 mph) defeats Lexi Dail (Jacksonville NC, .291, 8.450 on an 8.09, 80.17 mph).

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Thanks to Coastal Plains’ Shawn Smith for submitting results.
ODDS & ENDS: M/T Tires Rebate Program Ends Soon; ATI Joins The Dragtime News

The current Mickey Thompson Rebate is ending soon, so if you need slicks now's the time to get them and save.

Also, please welcome ATI Performance Products to The Dragtime News; their support is extremely appreciated. You can see their ads here on the Home page and also on The Track Info & Weekend Schedules page. ATI specializes in high performance products for street and strip applications; visit them at www.atiracing.com to see how their products can benefit your racing program.

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Results: ECNSSA at Cecil County Dragway

Saturday May 22nd, 2010 marked the East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock Association’s second points race of the year. On this day the ECNSSA made the trip to historic Cecil County Dragway for a great day of weather and racing. George Gudat earned his first ECNSSA win behind the wheel of his '631/2 Ford Galaxie. Gudat had dominated in 2008 behind the wheel of an AMX and was the ECNSSA series points champ but went winless in 2009. First time ECNSSA competitor Bud McNasby earned a runner-up finish behind the wheel of Joe & Ginny Durkee's "Nothin' Special"

62 Dodge wagon. Gudat left little room for McNasby in the final by cutting a stellar .004 light. Nick Lillie and Allen George stayed hot with semi-final finishes. With a win and a semi-final finish to his credit, Nick Lillie currently leads the ECNSSA points.

The ECNSSA’s next event is Saturday, June 5th at Atco Raceway as part of the Super Funny Car Nitro Showdown.

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Results: NENDRA at Lebanon Valley Dragway
May 24, 2010 - The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (NENDRA) made its 2nd trek of 2010 to Lebanon Valley Dragway. Event #2 saw the association’s membership growing and a first-time NENDRA winner. New NENDRA racers Gary Federico with his 1972 Nova and S. McDevitt with the 1968 Dodge Dart made a great showing along with returning NENDRA racer Rich Cosenza and his ultra clean 1966 Chevy Chevelle. The semi finals had Barry Longo with his 1969 Chevy Camaro getting the bye and Federico taking on long-time NENDRA member and Lebanon Valley Dragway regular Bob
Onofrio; Onofrio took the round-win as Federico couldn’t run the number. In the final it took an almost-perfect package by Onofrio to get his first win. Visit NENDRA’s results page on their website for more details and their photo page for some great shots courtesy of Lebanon Valley Dragway’s Photos by Jim. Event #3 is scheduled for June 5th at Lebanon Valley followed by event #4 on June 20th, NENDRA’s first stop at Island Dragway for 2010.

SEMI-FINALS: Bob Onofrio (Hamden CT, 1966 Chevy II, 10.420 on a 10.350) defeats Gary Federico (Hopewell Junction NY, 1972 Chevy Nova, 9.390 on a 9.300); Barry Longo (Enfield CT, 1969 Chevy Camaro) has the bye. FINAL: Onofrio (10.397 on a 10.39) defeats Longo (9.866 on a 9.88).

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Results: Coastal Plains Dragway

Coastal Plains Dragway ET Bracket Racing results from May 23rd, 2010:
TOP ET FINAL: Mark O’Neal, Jr. (Jacksonville NC, .003, 6.119 on a 6.11, 111.17 mph) defeats Roy Evans (Jacksonville, NC .013, 5.793 on a 5.78, 117.56 mph). MODIFIED ET FINAL: Jason Leary (Jacksonville NC .002, 7.777 on a 7.78, 86.19 mph) defeats Kris Antinori (Jacksonville NC, foul). Jr. DRAGSTER FINAL: Austin Thompson (Sneads Ferry NC, .014, 12.504 on a 12.49, 51.37 mph) defeats Breanne Wall (Kenly NC, .042, 8.042 on an 8.00, 82.40 mph).

Coastal Plains Dragway IHRA Pro-Am results from May 22nd, 2010:
TOP DRAGSTER FINAL: Derrick Sholar (Holly Ridge, NC) defeats E. J. Womack (Lillington, NC). TOP SPORTSMAN FINAL: Dale McSwain (Worwood, NC) defeats Reggie Norris (Wilmington, NC). SUPER STOCK FINAL: Brandon Peterson (Eandleman, NC) defeats Cam Tingen (Henderson, NC). STOCK FINAL: Jack Zimmerman (Clemmons, NC) defeats Mike Longhany (Wade, NC). QUICK ROD FINAL: Greg Broadway (New Bern, NC) defeats W. G. Lankas (Sneads Ferry, NC). SUPER ROD FINAL: Donald Webb (Four Oak, NC) defeats Barry Estep (Hurley, VA). HOT ROD FINAL: Donald Webb (Four Oak, NC) defeats Matt Robinson (Garner, NC). Jr. DRAGSTER BEGINNER FINAL: Dyler Blanton (Campobello, SC) defeats Blake Hickman (Lawerburg, NC). Jr. DRAGSTER ADVANCED FINAL: Madison Lee (Campobello, SC) defeats Jason Craft (Wilson, NC). Jr. DRAGSTER MASTER FINAL: Holden Dial (Maxton, NC)
defeats Anthony Stanco (Richmond, VA).

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Top Street at Englishtown

This is Succusunna, NJ's Rick Constable in his Camaro. Rick is a past NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals winner in Pro ET; here he is going .01 over for a round win in Top Street.

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It's Madness at Englishtown
Bring your musclecar to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Sunday, June 6th for American Musclecar Madness.

There’ll be classes for just about any American musclecar, including Modern Muscle (1981-present, 9.00-19.99), Musclecar (1960-1980, 9.00-19.99), and Hot Rod (1900-1959, 9.00-19.99); these classes must run 4 DOT-approved tires. There’s also Outlaw Tire for cars that run slicks.

This event is for American musclecars. No front-drive, no imports, no motorcycles, no time-only. No gutted, bracketized, lettered race cars. No delay boxes. Open headers allowed. All NHRA safety rules apply. Visit www.racewaypark.com for info.

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Half The Wheels, Twice The Fun: MIRock SuperBike Series at Maryland International Raceway

The MIRock SuperBike Series Summer Showdown is Saturday and Sunday, June 5th & 6th, 2010 at Maryland International Raceway, featuring 200 mph Pro Street Class, Short Wheelbase Real Street Class, Sportsman Motorcycle ET Classes, and Grudge Class.

There’ll be a Manufacturer’s Midway, Motorcycle Club Hot Spot, $1,200 Bikini Contest, Streetbike Corral, and grudge racing Saturday night. VP Race Fuels will be available at the track.

Gates open Saturday at 10:00 am, with qualifying for Pro ET, Street ET, Q32, and Crazy 8 at 11:00 am; Pro Street, Real Street, and Grudge Qualifying at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. Pro ET and Street ET eliminations at 4:00 pm.

Gates Open Sunday at 9:00 am, with Pro ET, Street ET, Q32, and Crazy 8 Last qualifying at 9:30 am and eliminations at 12:00 noon. For more information, visit www.mirockracing.com.

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No Wimps at Lebanon Valley’s MUSCLEPALOOZA

Hemmings Muscle Machines and Lebanon Valley Dragway celebrate the cars that got us all into drag racing: American muscle cars. Musclepalooza XI is Sunday May 30th, and features drag racing, a car show, and the F.A.S.T. Shootout. If you’re not familiar with F.A.S.T., it stands for Factory Appearing Stock Tire. These muscle cars look like stock factory machines but can run in the 10s.

Musclepalooza is open to all domestic, street-legal cars in sound working order. Racing entry is $30; gates open at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. For more info, visit www.dragway.com.

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Old American Hot Rods at New England Dragway

Sunday May 30th is the Northeast Nostalgia Classic at New England Dragway. Open to ‘72 & older vehicles, this event includes 6 drag racing Classes: Nostalgia Comp (flathead V8, Inline 4 or 6 cylinder engine. heads-up); Amateur Comp (any engine in ’72 or older race car, no permanent numbers or regular racers; rev limiters, line locks & transbrakes OK, handicapped); Pro Comp (permanent numbers & regular racers; any engine in ‘72 or older race car. Includes Footbrake and Electronics; handicapped); and two Street Classes (any engine in ’72 or older street vehicle, must be streetable/inspectable. DOT approved drag tires, open headers, rev limiters, and line locks OK; handicapped).

Racer entry is $35. Gates open at 7:30 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. For more information visit New England Dragway’s website.

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Ironman Lands At The Rock

Rockingham Dragway lifts-off Memorial Day Weekend with the Memorial Bracket Nationals.

The weekend includes three big-money races for Top ET, one each on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday’s and Monday’s races pay $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis; Sunday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis. Entry for either Saturday or Monday is $100, with a $50 buyback. Sunday’s entry is $200, with a $100 buyback. A three-day weekend entry is $300.

In addition to the Top ET races, there’s also a free daily footbrake race that pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters. Buybacks are $30. The winners of each day’s Top and Footbrake races will race in a daily Ironman Runoff.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm for parking, test & tune, and a Gambler’s race. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open at 8:00 am Sunday, with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open 8:00 am on Monday with a time trial for new entries only at 9:00 am. For more information, visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.

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Super Gas and Super Comp Coming To Atco Raceway June 5th & 6th
The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) and The Competition Photos Super Comp Circuit will kick off their 2010 seasons at Atco Raceway on June 5th & 6th. This will be a great opportunity for anyone looking to test before the NHRA Supernationals at Englishtown the following weekend. The field is open to all NHRA-legal 9.90 Super Gas and 8.90 Super Comp cars. After 2 qualifying runs the fields will be set on an NHRA Sportsman ladder and the higher qualified car gets lane choice for the 1st round only. MASGA’s entry fee is $35.00 at the gate plus the MASGA fee paid at Lucky’s Trailer. The payout is based on a 32 car all run field. After racing is complete on Saturday all racers are invited over to Uncle Buck’s and the Donhausers for a free BBQ. The Super Comp Circuit entry fee is also $35.00 at the gate plus the Association fee paid to Tom Boyle at his trailer. The payout is based on a 32 car all run field.

New for MASGA in 2010 are the #1 Qualifier and Best Package bonuses. R&J Control will sponsor the #1 qualifier at each race and the winner will receive $ 25.00 for the closest to running 9.900 in qualifying. The Best Package Bonus will be sponsored by “Rockaway Racing” and the car having the best overall package in eliminations will receive $ 50.00. You do not have to be a member to run the race but if you win or runner-up dues will be taken out of your winnings and you will earn points.

Gates open both days at 9:00 am with time runs beginning at 10:00 am. If you need more information about MASGA log onto www.midatlanticsupergas.com; if you have questions about the Super Comp Circuit e-mail Tom Boyle at tboyle1655@yahoo.com.

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Big Bucks Brackets and Nostalgia Racing: Something For Everyone at Numidia Dragway

Numidia Dragway kicks off their 2010 series of big bucks bracket races Memorial Day Weekend, with three days of guaranteed-payout money bracket racing, two days of nostalgia drag racing, and a benefit for one good cause.

Saturday, May 29th has money races for Super Pro (electronics, 6.00 – 14.99) and Pro ET (footbrake, 9.00 – 19.99). Super Pro pays $5,000 Win, $1,200 Runner-Up, $225 6th Round, $165 5th Round, $120 4th Round, and $75 3rd Round. Super Pro entry is $150, and buybacks are $50. Pro ET pays $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $190 6th Round, $150 5th Round, $100 4th Round, $60 3rd Round. Pro ET entry is $100, and buybacks are $50. Gates open Saturday at 12:00 noon, with time trials at 2:00 pm and 1st Round at 4:00 pm.

Sunday May 30th is a Summit Series Points Race with bonus payouts: Super Pro (electronics, 7.00 – 11.99) pays $2,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up, and $55 Round beginning 3rd Round loss. Super Pro entry is $65, with a $50 buyback. Pro ET (footbrake, 9.00 – 17.99) pays $1,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning with 3rd Round loss. Pro ET entry is $50, with a $40 buyback. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am and 1st Round at 2:00 pm. Also on Sunday is the first annual "Breast Cancer is a Drag...Race to Save Lives" Numidia Dragway Breast Cancer Benefit 2010. There will be two 50/50 drawings and if you donate $10 you will receive a free t-shirt.

Monday, May 31st has $5,000 races for Super Pro and Pro ET. Each race pays $5,000 Win, $1,200 Runner-Up, $225 6th Round, $165 5th Round, $120 4th Round, and $75 3rd Round. Entry for each race is $150, and buybacks are $50. Gates open Monday at 9:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am and 1st Round at 1:00 pm.

Also on Saturday and Sunday are the nostalgia bracket racers of Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association (MANDRA). For Saturday, Numidia Dragway is asking all car club members to bring their cars to the track and enter for free. You’ll have a special space to park your car where you can meet and greet other car enthusiasts and watch the MANDRA cars race. There will also be a 50s DJ from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. For more information about this call Bob Rush at 570-245-6246. For more information about the track, visit Numidia Dragway’s website at www.numidiadragway.com.

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Pittsburgh Raceway Park Bashes On Memorial Day

Pittsburgh Raceway Park hosts their Memorial Bash Weekend May 28th-31st for Box and No Box. Friday’s race pays $1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $75 Semis; entry is $50, with a $20 buyback. Saturday’s and Monday’s race pays $2,500 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $25 Round starting with 3rd Round win; entry is $75, with a $35 buyback. Sunday’s race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis, $40 Round starting with 3rd Round win; entry is $100, with a $50 buyback. A full weekend entry can be had for $250.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm, with time trials at 4:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 7:30 am, with time trials at 11:00 am. Monday’s gates open at 8:00 am, with a time trial at 9:00 am. Visit pittsburghracewaypark.com for more info.

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Memorial Day Classic at Mason Dixon

Mason Dixon Dragway’s Memorial Day Classic goes off Friday through Monday on Memorial Day weekend for a Friday Gambler’s Race, then three days of Super ET, Pro ET, Street ET, Motorcycle, Trophy, and Jr. Dragster.

Super ET pays $3,000 Win; $1,000 Runner-Up; $300 Semis, and $50 Round beginning with 4th round loser. Entry is $80 for any single day, or a three-day entry is $225. Buybacks will be $60, and only if time permits. Pro ET pays $1,500 Win; $600 Runner-Up; $200 Semis, and $50 Round beginning with 4th round loser. Entry is $60 for any single day, or a three-day entry is $160. Buybacks will be $50, and only if time permits.

Street ET pays $500 Win; $200 Runner-Up; and $25 Round beginning with 4th round loser. Entry is $40 for any single day. Buybacks will be $30, and only if time permits. Motorcycle ET pays $500 Win; $200 Runner-Up; and $25 Round beginning with 4th round loser. Entry is $40 for any single day. Buybacks will be $30, and only if time permits.

Trophy pays 5’ Trophy Win; 3’ Trophy Runner-Up; entry is $40 each day. Jr. Dragster pays 5’ Trophy + $300 Bond Win, 3’ Trophy + $100 Bond Runner-Up; entry is $30 each day.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm for parking and Electronics and Footbrake Gambler’s Races. Entry is $50; payouts for the Gambler’s Races are 60% Win, 30% Runner-Up. Gates open Saturday at 10:00 am, Sunday and Monday at 8:00 am. For more information visit www.masondixondragway.com.

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$10,000 Grand Slam at Richmond Dragway

Richmond Dragway (Sandston, VA) presents their 10 Grand Slam on Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd. These 1/8th mile races (one Saturday, one Sunday) pay $10,000 Win, $750 Semis, $300 Quarters, $150 Eighths, and $100 Sixteenths. Entry fee for either day is $150, or enter the weekend for $200; a 1st or 2nd Round buyback is $100.

The 10 Grand Slam is open to Top ET (electronics) from 0.00 – 8.49. No double entries; buybacks are 1st or 2nd round; buybacks are not run as separate rounds.

Gates open Friday for parking at 5:00 pm; gates open Saturday at 10:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am; Sunday gates open at 10:00 am, with a time trial at 12:00 noon. For more info visit the track's website HERE.

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AHDRA at Numidia Dragway

The All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) comes to Numidia Dragway Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd. Some of the AHDRA classes include Top Fuel, Pro Drag, Pro Mod, and Street Pro.

AHDRA began in the late seventies and continued over the years under many different names. All Harley Drag Racing Association/AHDRA became the official licensed name for the sanction in 1991. AHDRA has seen phenomenal growth over the years, with racer participation that started with 50-60 entries to events that now range with anywhere from 250 to 450 entries.

Gates open Saturday at 7:30 am, and Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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IHRA Pro-Am at Coastal Plains

Coastal Plains Dragway (Jacksonville, NC) hosts the IHRA Pro-Am Tour on Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd.

Classes include Top Dragster ($1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up), Top Sportsman ($1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up), Super Stock ($1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up), Stock ($1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up), Quick Rod ($1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up), Super Rod ($1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up), and Hot Rod (1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up).

Entry fee for these classes is $125, IHRA membership and license are required. Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon for tech and a test & tune. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials and qualifying at 9:00 am. Visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com/dragway for more information.

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Pontiac Show & Go at Raceway Park

Saturday May 22nd is the 30th Annual Pontiac Show & Go at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Englishtown, NJ). Open to all muffled Pontiac street and race vehicles, it offers four bracket classes: 7.50 – 10.99, 11.00 – 12.99, 13.00 – 13.99, and 14.00 and slower. There’s also a New Generation GTO High Roller Race and SLP Performance Product Fun Classes.

Gates open at 10:00 am, with eliminations at 1:00 pm. Visit www.racewaypark.com for more information.

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Farquhar Lords Over NENDRA Season Opener; Kraenzle Runners-Up
The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association kicked off their 2010 season Saturday, May 1st at Lebanon Valley Dragway. The sunny skies and temperatures in the 90s made it more like a Summer slam than a Spring swing, but either way the racing was hot.

The Semis had Wayne Farquhar (above left) taking the round win over NENDRA newcomer Bruce Sessions and his 1965 Dodge Coronet. Jeff Kraenzle (above right) had the bye.The final saw Farquhar vs. Kraenzle, with the 1966 Nova taking the win on a redlight by the 1967 GTX.

Visit NENDRA's website at www.nendra.com and check out the results page for more details and their photo page for some great shots courtesy of Jim of Photos by Jim of Lebanon Valley Dragway. NENDRA's next event is scheduled for May 22nd at Lebanon Valley Dragway. For more information about Lebanon Valley, visit www.dragway.com.

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NMRA Ford Nationals at Atco Raceway

The NMRA (National Mustang Racing Association) visits Atco Raceway May 14th - 16th. Bringing all the heavy hitters from the East coast, this event is always a crowd pleaser. The Atco Raceway Bar will be open all weekend for everyone to mingle and have a cold one while thay watch some of Ford drag racing's best racers on the track.

As with all NMRA events, there will be two separate drag racing events on Saturday and Sunday. There's also a vendor midway, car show, swap meet and burnout contest.

Gates open Friday at noon, Saturday at 9:00 am, and Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit NMRA's website at www.nmradigital.com for more info.

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Quick 8 Outlaw Pro Mods, Top & Mod Double-Points at Coastal Plains Dragway

The Quick 8 Outlaws Pro Mods will be shaking things up at Coastal Plains Dragway on Saturday, May 8th. Billed as "the world's fastest automatic Pro Mods," these blown, NOS or Procharger 4-second doorslammers will cover the CPD 1/8th at over 180 mph.

It's also a double points race for Top ET and Mod ET; they pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $60, and buybacks are $40. For more information visit coastalplainsraceway.com.

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Mountain Climbing at MIR

Head to Maryland International Raceway Friday & Saturday May 14th & 15th for their Top ET $5Ks at the Mountain Motor Nationals. Each day pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, and $100 Round starting with 2nd Round winner.

Entry is $125 per day, buybacks are $80. No double-entries, no throttle-stops. Races will run in the 1/4 Mile; ET break is 12.99 and quicker. Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm, with time trials at 4:00 pm. Saturday gates are 10:00 am, with time trials at 1:30 pm.

For more information, visit MIR's website at www.mirdrag.com, or call 301-884-RACE.

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Free Bracket Race at Dunn-Benson Dragstrip

Dunn-Benson Dragstrip (Benson, NC) will host a FREE bracket race on Saturday, May 15th, and the payouts are very good.

Pro (Top) pays $1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Buybacks are $35 (there will be two rounds of buybacks). Footbrake pays $800 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Buybacks are $25, and there will also be two rounds of buybacks.

Gates open at 1:00 pm, with time trials at 3:00 pm. For more info, visit the track's website at dunnbensondragstrip.com.

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DC Outlaws Storm Into Capitol Raceway May 15th
If you have a mid-6 second door car or dragster, you'll want to know about the DC Outlaws, a mid-Atlantic-based racing organization put together for heads-up racing on a 6.40 index. Any type of car, any combination is welcome, but NHRA safety regulations are a requirement and you must possess an NHRA Advanced ET driver’s license.

The DC Outlaws run an eight car field, qualifying on a 6.40 index. The eight cars closest to the 6.40 index make the field. Run quicker than 6.40 in qualifying, you do not qualify. Likewise, if you run quicker than 6.40 in any race other than the final round, you are out. The final round is run all out…no 6.40 index rule applies.

Entry fee is $100 which gets the car driver and 3 crew members in the track. Payout is $1,200 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $450 Semis, and $225 for 1st Round Loser. If you'd like more information about the DC Outlaws, visit hfrfab.com/DCoutlaws.html

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Maple Grove Kicks Off ET Season May 8th

Maple Grove Raceway's ET Series kicks off its 2010 season Saturday, May 8th, with the first of 21 races this year. These events feature Super Eliminator, Pro Eliminator, Street Eliminator and Top Bike. Competitors race for points and a season championship.

Also racing during Money Trail events are Trophy cars – regular street cars – and Junior Dragsters, who will also be taking part in their own season points race.

The countdown to “Pinks All Out” coming to The Grove will begin Saturday with a “Pinks Warmup” as part of the race. Eight Jr. Dragsters and, tentatively, eight Super cars will qualify to participate in an exhibition race at the big event May 14th & 15th.

Gates open Saturday at 9 a.m. with time trials beginning at 10.

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Tigers Chasing Goats at VMP Pontiac Nationals
Virginia Motorsports Park presents their Pontiac Nationals Friday April 30th – Sunday May 2nd. Billed as “the largest Pontiac show on the East coast,” the event includes Pontiac drag racing, judged car show, and seminars.

Friday’s entry fees for Super Pro, Modified, Street, or New Generation are $17. Saturday's entries for Super Pro, Modified, Street, or New Generation are $60. Sunday’s entries for Super Pro or Modified are $40; for Street or New Generation they’re $30. Full event entry for Super Pro or Modified are $80; full event entry for Street or New Generation are $60. Gates open at 8:00 am each day. Visit virginiamotorsports.com for more event details.

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Street Cars Fly At The Duck
Sunday May 2nd brings the Spring Street Car Nationals to Sumerduck Dragway. The payout is $1,000 Win ($1,200 if over 90 cars), $350 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $20 Round beginning 3rd Round Win.

Entry fee $30.00. All vehicles must have street tires and mufflers. Gates open at 10:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am.

For added fun and frolic, there’s also a Quick 4 Pro Mod Shootout as part of the event, with qualifying at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.

For more information visit www.sumerduckdragway.com.

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Capitol Raceway Flexes Some Muscle
Capitol Raceway will host Muscle Car Mania on Sunday, May 2nd. Presented by Corvette Club of America and the Maryland Camaro Club, this drag race and car show is open to all makes and models of American muscles cars.

The drag race portion includes seven eliminators: three for automatics, three for stick, and one for electronics. All NHRA rules apply, and all vehicles must pass tech before being allowed on the track.

Gates open at 11:00 am, with time trials at noon and eliminations at 3:00 pm. Entry fees are $40 for racing, and $20 for car show.

Visit www.capitolraceway.com for more information.

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Old Cars of NENDRA Kick Off New Season at Lebanon Valley
The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association kicks off their 2010 season on Saturday May 1st at Lebanon Valley Dragway. No doubt 2009 NENDRA Champion John Colabatistta will be on hand to defend his title.

Any American-made vehicle from 1961 to 1974 is welcomed. All cars must run between 8.50 and 12.50. Racing is dial-your-own with a breakout rule in effect. A Pro .500 tree means fewer red lights.

NENDRA is now in their 3rd year of organized racing. In that time they’ve grown from 6 events in 2008 to 9 events in 2009 and now 15 in the 2010 racing season.

NENDRA's rules and membership package is online and available for download at www.nendra.com. For more information about Lebanon Valley Dragway, visit www.dragway.com.

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Wheelie Cool: ECS/SSA Season Lifts Off April 24th at Atco Raceway

The East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association kicks off their 2010 season on Saturday April 24th at Atco Raceway.

The ECS/SSA will run seven races this year - five points races at Atco and two non-points races at Maple Grove. The Atco points races are April 24th, June 20th, July 25th, August 7th, and August 8th. The Maple Grove non-points races are July 11th and July 17 & 18 at Super Chevy (for GM cars only).

To participate, your race car must be a current NHRA- or IHRA-approved Stock or Super Stock race car and you must have a current/active NHRA/IHRA license. All track rules and track regulations apply, and the program is a complete "dial in" format, with no forced heads-up runs. For more info contact Dave Ley at dleyracing@aol.com or visit www.eastcoaststocksuperstock.com.

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Rollin’ With The Oldies at Mason Dixon Dragway
The Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (MANDRA) and the 422 All-Stars will be on hand at Mason Dixon Dragway on Saturday, April 24th for a full day of nostalgia drag racing.

MANDRA’s cars must be body styles built prior to 1973, except purpose-built late model front engine dragsters or altered replicating cars in competition prior to 1973. Vehicles will compete bracket style, with dial-your-own handicaps. Visit www.mandraracing.com for more info.

Pennsylvania-based 422 All-Stars campaign 60s vintage, Detroit big block powered nostalgia cars; their website boasts “all driver and motor. The way drag racing was meant to be… All 60s big blocks, all lettered, dual quads, all motor, all cool, no slicks on the wrong end of the car, no cars that came to America on a boat. Just plain old classic Detroit Iron with open exhausts and not a prayer of ever being driven on the street. The show consists of 427 Fords and Chevies in addition to Chrysler Hemi and wedge big blocks with a dose of AMC and Pontiac big block power.” The 422 All-Stars run on a .400 Sportsman tree. Learn more about them at www.422allstars.com.

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Have A Spring Fling at Bristol Dragway
Bristol Dragway wants to fling you into Spring at their Spring Fling 20s on April 22nd – 25th. With three 20Ks and a warm-up $12.5K, there are four chances to win serious money. For the first three rounds, it’ll be door car vs. door car / dragster vs. dragster; races are 1,000’.

The event kicks off Thursday with a $12,500 race. Payout is $12,500 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $600 7th Round Lose, $450 6th Round Lose, $300 5th Round Lose, and $200 4th Round Lose. Entry is $175 for this race; buyback is $125.

Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s $20Ks pay $20,000 Win, $6,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $800 7th Round Lose, $600 6th Round Lose, $400 5th Round Lose, and $225 4th Round Lose. Entry is $230 for any single race, or enter all three $20Ks for $590 and save; buybacks are $175 in each race.

Gates open Wednesday for parking and tech at 3:00 pm; Thursday gates open at 8:00 am, with time runs at 9:00 am and eliminations at 2:30 pm; Friday’s and Saturday’s gates open at 8:00 am with (1) time run at 9:00 am; Sunday’s gates open at 8:00 am, with eliminations at 9:30 am. For more information, visit www.bristoldragway.com.

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Diesel Drags at Lebanon Valley on April 17th
Lebanon Valley Dragway is the place to be on Saturday, April 17th if you're a diesel drag racer. The National Hot Rod Diesel Association Racing Series rolls into town with five classes of diesel racing: Top Diesel, Pro Stock, Pro Street, Super Street and Sportsman ET.

Entry fees are $55 for Top Diesel and Pro Stock, $45 for Pro Street and Super Street, and $35 for Sportsman ET. Gates open at 8:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am and eliminations at 1:00 pm.

Visit Lebanon Valley's website at www.dragway.com for info.

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Norris, Blackburn and Edwards Winners at Coastal Plains Dragway

Jacksonville, NC - Semifinal and final round results from Coastal Plains Dragway's April 10th ET Bracket Racing:

TOP ET SEMIFINALS: Reggie Norris (Wilmington NC, .013, 5.849 on a 5.84, 114.83 mph) defeats Mark O'Neil (Jacksonville NC, .017, 5.698 on a 5.68, 119.63 mph); David Banks (Maysville, NC) has the bye. FINAL: Norris (.003, 5.842 on a 5.84, 114.83 mph) defeats Banks (.013, 5.157 on a 5.16, 128.92 mph).

MOD ET SEMIFINALS: David Antinori (Sneads Ferry NC, .015, 6.945 on a 6.91 93.73 mph)

defeats Ricky Edwards (Jacksonville NC, broke); Eric Blackburn (Harrells NC, .013, 6.327 on a 6.28, 98.60 mph defeats Kris Antinori (Sneads Ferry NC, .086, 6.653 on a 6.60, 94.15 mph). FINAL: Blackburn (.012, 6.323 on a 6.29, 101.58 mph) defeats Antinori (.026, 6.939 on a 6.91, 94.34 mph).

Jr. DRAGSTER FINAL: Lauren Edwards (Jacksonville NC, .084, 11.161 on an 11.09, 54.15 mph) defeats Lexi Dail (Jacksonville NC, .037, 8.327 on an 8.20, 77.57 mph).

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Panicaro Wins Opening Night at Atco Raceway

Atco, NJ - Rich Panicaro (right) left the track a winner when he won Pro ET at Atco Raceway's opening points night on Saturday, March 27th.

Panicaro held off Rockaway, NJ's Bob Mullaney in a tight final round: Panicaro's .029, 6.882 on a 6.88 over Mullaney's .002, 6.163 on a 6.13. Panicaro gets there first by .004.

Celebrating in the Winner's Circile with Rich are Brian Ottaviano (left) and Howard Mason (center).

(photo: Dave Milcarek)

Up The Creek Without A Transbrake
Elk Creek Dragway’s Outlaw 32 Footbrake Series kicks off on Saturday, April 10th. This 5-race series pits the same 32 drivers against each other in a limited points shootout. The 32 drivers were chosen by lottery drawing so the field is set for the series.

The schedule is April 10th, May 1st, June 12th, July 24th and September 25th. Race payouts are $650 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $70 Semis, an $20 Qtrs. Points payout is $450 1st, $350 2nd, $250 3rd, $150 4th, and $75 5th.

I guess it’s an interesting concept. Visit Elk Creek’s website at www.elkcreekdragway.com if you'd like to keep track of the results of the series.

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Grind Your Own Business: Numidia Dragway Adds Concrete, Smooths Surface

Numidia, Pa. - The hills weren’t the only things rolling around Numidia Dragway recently. The DiMino family had the heavy equipment rolling in preparation of their season opener this coming weekend.

During the off-season, the track laid new concrete to the 1/8th, and ground and polished the entire track. According to owner Bob DiMino, the surface is national-event quality.

The track kicks off it's 2010 season on Friday, April 2nd with Street Legal Drags; Saturday is a Test & Tune and Chassis Certification. In addition to a glass-like track surface, other amenities at Numidia Dragway are a playground for the kids, a covered pavilion, and home-made food and Italian Ices; the track also sells Sunoco Fuels 118 octane, 116 octane, 112 octane and alcohol. Visit www.numidiadragway.com for more information.

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Cecil County Adds Classes to Outlaw Street Car Shootout Series
Rising Sun, MD - Cecil County Dragway has announced its 2010 Outlaw Street Car Shootout schedule presented by Finishline Performance of Wilmington, DE. Eleven classes will contest during the seven-race points-series in 2010: Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial, 275 Drag Radial, 7.50 Index, 8.50 Index, 10.00 Index, 12.00 Index, Pro Dial, Pro Street, Super Street and 9.50 Street Bike.

Details for each class is as follows: Outlaw 10.5: $125 entry, $5,000 to Win, $1,200 to Runner-Up, $500 to Semis, $125 to Qtrs.; Outlaw Drag Radial: $100 entry, $1,500 to Win, $600 to Runner-Up, $250 to Semis, $100 to Qtrs.; 275 Drag Radial: $75 entry, $700 to Win, $200 to Runner-Up, $125 to Semis, $75 to Qtrs.; 7.50 Index: $125 entry, 60% to Win, 20% to Runner-Up, 10% to Semis; 8.50 Index: $75 entry, $1,000 to Win, $500 to Runner-Up, $200 to Semis, $75 to Qtrs. (if 16+ car field); Pro Dial, 10.00 Index, 12.00 Index: $55 entry, $450 to Win, $150 to Runner-Up, $100 to Semis; Pro Street, Super Street: $50 entry, $500 to Win, $250 to Runner-Up, $125 to Semis, $50 to Qtrs. (if 32+ Cars 1st Round); 9.50 Street Bike: $25 entry, $150 to Win, $50 to Runner-Up, $25 to Semis.

The dates are Saturdays: April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th, and November 6th, with the rain dates being the next day on Sundays. Gates open 10:00 am with qualifying at noon. For more details and full rules, visit Cecil County’s website at www.cecilcountydragway.com.

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Super 7s This Weekend At Montgomery Motorsports Park

Montgomery Motorsports Park (Montgomery, AL) presents another in their 2010 Super 7 Series on March 26th – 28th.

The weekend includes three $10,000 races for Pro, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. The payout for each race is $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters, $150 Eighths, and $50 Sixteenths, all based on 100 entries. Entry for any single $10K is $150, or enter the weekend for $300 and save. Buybacks are $100 for 1st or 2nd Round.

There'll also be three $2,000 races for Footbrake, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. The payout for each race is $2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $25 Eighths, all based on 55 entries. Entry for any single $2K is $75, or enter the weekend for $150 and save. Buybacks are $30 for 1st or 2nd Round.

For more information contact Jim Howard at (334) 260-9660 or visit Montgomery Motorsports Park at www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Virginia Is For Lovers: VMP RD

Richmond Dragway and Virginia Motorsports Park have teamed up for the 2010 racing season. For the first time ever, VMP and RD Championship Gold Cards will be valid at both race tracks. If you are a VMP gold card holder, you will be eligible to use your gold card at RD for the AED Performance ET Points series. In turn, RD gold cards will be valid at VMP for ET Points Races. VMP and RD are excited about offering extra incentives for racers who support the tracks' programs.

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Video Spotlight: Dragtime Dodge Testing At Atco Raceway

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This is just a test of embedding video on the site. You've already seen video here in various formats, and I'm still experimenting with different file sizes and formats trying to deliver the best quality while enabling fast page loads.

This was shot with a MiniDV camera with 40X zoom lens. I went with MiniDV because the video is typically sharper and less compressed. I went with a large zoom to hopefully capture tranbrakes being released while I'm at the finish line. I'm committed to presenting the highest-quality video possible; please be patient as I work out the bugs.

This was taken on March 6th, 2010 at Atco Raceway while testing new brakes and new tubular upper control arms.

Numidia Dragway Increases Super Pro and Pro Payout Structure for 2010

Numidia, PA – Numidia Dragway has announced a new payout structure for the Super ET and Pro ET classes for 2010. The new payout has increased for car counts 61 and above; for car counts up to 60 the structure remains the same as 2009.

Super Pro (7.00 - 11.99): for 85+ cars, $2,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up; for 71 – 84 cars, $2,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up; for 61 – 70 cars, $1,750 Win, $600 Runner-Up; for 0 – 60 cars, $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up. $55 Round beginning 3rd Round loss. Entry fee is $65, and 1st Round buybacks are $50. There’s an optional $10 Calcutta. All payouts are guaranteed.

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Pro ET (9.00 -17.99): for 85+ cars, $1,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up; for 71 – 84 cars, $1,350 Win, $600 Runner-Up; for 61 – 70 Cars, $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up; for 0 – 60 cars, $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up. $40 Round beginning 3rd Round loss. Entry fee is $50, and 1st Round buybacks are $40. There’s also an optional $10 Calcutta. All payouts are guaranteed
Numidia’s points sign-up fee for all classes is $50, except Junior Dragster which is $30.

Also in 2010 Numidia Dragway will again present their popular series of big-dollar races throughout the season.

For more information, visit Numidia Dragway's website at www.numidiadragway.com.

Thunder Storms Over Montgomery Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 10th
Montgomery, AL. – For the first time ever Thunder Jam is bringing its one-night only drag racing thrill to Montgomery Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 10. Three flame-throwing jet vehicles will be on hand for the explosive debut along with a full field of five-second baby Pro Modifieds, the "Cool Bus" wheelstanding school bus and the area's best sportsman racers all on one action-packed night.

“We always love bringing Thunder Jam to new areas and Montgomery Motorsports Park is no different. MMP is known for its huge $1 Million dollar bracket races and other huge events and this will only add to the already action-packed schedule Jim Howard has planned for this season,” said Jim Marchyshyn, Thunder Jam Operations Manager. “We are loading this event full of the best-of-the-best from our Thunder Jam menu and giving these fans a show they won’t soon forget.”

Along with all the on-track action fans will also be invited to participate in the Thunderfest Pit Party prior to the start of the main event. Fans will be able to meet the stars of Thunder Jam, take pictures, get autographs and enjoy plenty of good food. Tickets for the April 10 event are just $20 for adults and $5 for children and parking and access to Thunderfest is free with admission. Discount coupons good for a FREE child ticket (12 and under) purchased with. adult admission are available by logging onto www.thunderjam.com. The show will begin at 7 p.m. For more information about the event call 334-260-9660 or logon to www.thunderjam.com to get a coupon good for a free kid’s ticket when you purchase an adult ticket at the gate.

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Improvements at US 131 Motorsports Park

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Martin, MI - US 131 Motorsports Park is finalizing upgrades that began at the end of the 2009 season; at that time the concrete was extended from 500 feet to 1000 feet to allow it to slowly cure during the winter.

Michigan saw warmer than normal March temperatures, which enabled Penhall Corporation to grind the newly poured concrete and IHRA Track Specialist Jim Weinert to polish the freshly ground racing surface, all in preparation for US131’s opening on Saturday, April 3. US 131’s General Manager Jason Peterson oversaw the process. Peterson stated, “In the past our weekly private track rentals have included pro racing teams from IHRA, NHRA, ADRL and the newly formed Mountain Motor Pro Stock Association cars. With continued support from these teams in addition to the championship drag racing and weekly events that we offer we deemed it necessary to ensure that US 131 Motorsports Park retains the reputation of being one of the smoothest tracks in the industry and these improvements will ensure that.”

Visit www.us131msp.com to view US 131 Motorsports Park’s 2010 schedule of events.

Todd Moyer's 3.96 Earns Spot in Mickey Thompson Three-Second Club
The 2010 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season opener at Houston Raceway Park was a history maker when Todd Moyer of Pasadena, TX made a 3.96-second run at 196.50 miles per hour on Mickey Thompson Pro-5 wheels, #3169W rear tires, and #3001 front tires. This achievement qualified Moyer for second place overall in the event and earned him a seat in the Mickey Thompson Three-Second Club for Extreme 10.5 competitors, joining Spiro Pappas and Chuck Ulsch.

The Mickey Thompson Three-Second Club was introduced in February 2009 as an exclusive program to reward and recognize ADRL Extreme 10.5 Class racers who are able to achieve elapsed times in the three-second range. “The Three-Second Club racers have consistently achieved elapsed times in the three-second range on our tire and wheel products, and it means a lot to us to share in their success,” said Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “We only have two seats left in the club, and we are eager to see who will be the next to earn their place among this prestigious group of competitors.”

Mickey Thompson Three-Second Club racers earn a number of very special prizes including a custom Mickey Thompson Three-Second Club leather jacket, a signature Three-Second Club gold and diamond ring, and a bonus check for $3,000. In addition, Three-Second Club racers will be featured in a special section of the official ADRL web site at www.adrl.us. For more info on Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels visit their website at www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Results: Englishtown, March 21st, 2010
Englishtown, NJ – Results from the March 21st bracket racing season-opener at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park:

SUPER PRO SEMIFINALS: Jason Carr (Middlesex NJ, 2004 Miller, .006, 7.879 on a 7.88, 168.70 mph) defeats Scott Giordano (Staten Island NY, 2006 Miller, .002, 7.499 on a 7.51, 174.35 mph); Joseph Seibert (Princeton NJ, 2007 RaceTech, .017, 7.110 on a 7.11, 189.20 mph) defeats Ralph DeBruin (Midland Park NJ, 2010 Race Tech, .027, 7.359 on a 7.37, 181.23 mph). FINAL: Seibert (.033, 7.112 on a 7.11, 189.20 mph) defeats Carr (.031, 7.887 on a 7.87, 167.24 mph).

PRO ET SEMIFINALS: Leigh Ratzkovich (Metuchen NJ, 1968 Mustang, .073, 10.683 on a 10.67, 122.27 mph) defeats Jeffrey Jewell (Bangor PA, 1967 Corvette, .048, 10.038 on 10.00, 121.91 mph); Clint Walters (Poughkeepsie NY, 1986 Camaro) has the bye. FINAL: Walters (.051, 10.833 on a 10.90, 105.84 mph) defeats Ratzkovich (broke).

STREET ET SEMIFINALS: Bill Hakucsa (Flanders NJ, 1968 Camaro, .063, 11.513 on an 11.52, 121.33 mph) defeats Bob Gay (Fair Lawn NJ, 1985 Corvette, -.004, 12.018 on a 12.04, 113.09 mph); Brian Mullaney (Rockaway NJ, 1983 Monte Carlo) has the bye. FINAL: Hakucsa (.018, 11.501 on an 11.50, 119.46 mph) defeats Mullaney (.029, 11.688 on an 11.70, 112.26 mph).

BIKE/SLED SEMIFINALS: Ken George (Landing NJ, 2002 Suzuki, .127, 8.499 on an 8.50, 156.35 mph) defeats Ron Reagan (Jackson NJ, 2008 Suzuki, .103, 9.397 on a 9.42, 139.18 mph); Mike Ostrowski (Bay Shore NY, 1996 Suzuki, -.019, 8.751 on an 8.73, 147.99 mph) defeats Liz Parsons (Millstone Twp. NJ, 2005 Honda, -.061,11.40,11.909, 122.90 mph). FINAL: Ostrowski (.113, 8.757 on an 8.73, 146.62 mph) defeats George (.147, 8.509 on an 8.50, 156.57 mph).

TOP STREET SEMIFINALS: Peter Prasnal (Eatontown NJ, 1967 Chevy, .017, 10.561 on a 10.61, 127.74 mph) defeats Rick Constable (Succasunna NJ, 1987 Camaro, -.002, 10.330 on a 10.33,131.90); Chuck Render (Old Bridge NJ, 1980 Camaro, .027, 10.530 on a 10.50, 132.00 mph) defeats Chris Cassidy (Scotch Plains NJ, 1988 Chevy, .083, 10.284 on a 10.28, 129.62 mph). FINAL: Render (.049, 11.345 on a 10.49, 90.79 mph) defeats Prasnal (.007, 22.950 on a 10.57, 36.26 mph).

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ECNSSA's 2010 Schedule
The East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock Association (ECNSSA) has announced its 2010 schedule:

Atco Raceway (Sunday, May 9th), Cecil County Dragway (Saturday, May 22nd), Atco Raceway (Saturday, June 5th), Atco Raceway (Sunday, June 20th), Beaver Springs Dragway "Nostalgia Nationals" (Sunday July 11th), Old Bridge Township Raceway Park “Old Time Drags” (Sunday July 25th), Cecil County Dragway (Saturday, Sept 11th), Atco Raceway "S/S Spectacular" (Saturday & Sunday, October 9th & 10th), Atco Raceway (Sunday, November 7th), Island Dragway (TBA).

The ECNSSA was founded in 1996 with the purpose of preserving the history of the 1960's S/S cars and providing those with a love of these cars the means to race and enjoy showcasing their period correct vehicles.

Visit their website at www.ecnssa.org for more information about the association, their rules and their accepted vehicles and combinations.

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NHRA Four-Wide: For Why?
If I wanted to watch more than two cars on the track at the same time, I’d watch any other form of motor sport besides drag racing. Pick one: NASCAR, Indy, CART, but not drag racing. That’s what makes our sport unique: two cars, two drivers, on one track at the same time; first one to the finish line wins, not the first two.

The best commentary I’ve seen so far was posted on Drag Race Results’ forum HERE by ‘32 Bantam’:

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'NHRA VERSION of "Spinal Tap"

NHRA: The pros all race 4 wide. Look, right across the track, racecar, racecar, racecar and...
Race Fan: Oh, I see. And most tracks race 2 wide?
NHRA: Exactly.
Race Fan: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
NHRA: Well, it's two louder, isn't it? It's not two. You see, most tracks, you know, will be racing two at a time. You're racing two at a time, two at a time, two at a

time, two at a time, you're racing two at a time. Where can you go from there? Where?
Race Fan: I don't know.
NHRA: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need better ratings, you know what we do?
Race Fan: Race 4 wide?
NHRA: 4 wide. Exactly.Two louder. Race Fan: Why don't you just race two cars down the track with no down time?
NHRA: [pause] These race 4 wide.'

That sums it up brilliantly.

Numidia Dragway Goes High-Text

Numidia, PA – In the coming weeks Numidia Dragway will be setting up a system to send racers a text message as soon as the track is closed for weather or for other info they feel you would want to receive. Now if you’re half way to the track and the track closes due to weather you’ll be the first to know. Click HERE to sign up to receive Numidia’s text alerts.

Numidia’s also making use of the information-superdragway to keep its racers connected. The track has a new Facebook page HERE and a new blog HERE. For more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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Traylor, Atkinson, Jackson and Benfield Take Wins at VMP Season Opener
Petersburg, VA - Virginia Motorsports Park launched its 2010 ET Point Series on Sunday March 21st. Chad Traylor (Top ET winner), Brian Anderson (Top ET runner up), Todd Atkinson (Modified winner), and Rocky Pintavalle (Modified runner up) all purchased Gold Entry Tickets and as a result picked up bonus cash in the first race under VMP’s new payout structure.

Others claiming top honors were Jermaine Jackson, who used a .020 reaction time to send him past Wilson Burkhead in Pro Bike, and Morgan Benfield, who got the win in Junior Dragster after knocking off Jessica Goodman in the final round with an 8.031, 75 MPH pass.

Top ET: Chad Traylor (.007, 4.567 on a 4.55, 151.83 MPH) defeats Brian Anderson (-.006, 4.583 on a 4.55, 150.50; Mod ET: Todd Atkinson (.073, 10.269 on a 10.26, 130.58 MPH) defeats Rocky Pintavalle (.078, 9.334 on a 9.32, 142.85 MPH); Pro Bike: Jermaine Jackson (.020, 8.875 on an 8.85, 153.32 MPH) defeats Wilson Burkhead (.089, 8.987 on an 8.98, 145.97 MPH); Jr. Dragster: Morgan Benfield (.056, 8.031 on an 8.00, 75.72 MPH) defeats Jessica Goodman (.082, 8.943 on an 8.93, 72.81 MPH).

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Nice Melt at Mooresville Dragway
Mooresville, NCMooresville Dragway will melt away your blues – not your green – at their 2nd Annual Winter Melt Down on Saturday, March 20th. For $20, the cost of a spectator admission, racers will have their choice of running for the money in either Top ET or Footbrake. Top ET (0 – 7.99) pays $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $75 Quarters. Buybacks are $40. Footbrake (all run) pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Buybacks are $30. 

Gates open at 9:00 am, with time trials at noon. Visit www.mooresvilledragway.com for more info.

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Coastal Plains Dragway Footbrake Spring Fling
Jacksonville, NC – Final round results from Coastal Plains Dragway’s St. Patrick’s Footbrake Spring Fling held March 19th – 21st,, 2010:

Friday 3/19: Doug Walton (Maysville, NC) defeats Scott Macy (Randleman, NC). Dash4Cash winner: Tommy Duff (Holly Ridge, NC).

Saturday 3/20: Steve Alford (Angier, NC) defeats Roger Rhodes (Pikeville, NC). Dash4Cash winner: Francis Reynolds Jr. (Charlotte Hall, MD); Gambler’s Race winner: Tommy Duff (Holly Ridge, NC).

Sunday 3/21: Chris Plott (Winston-Salem, NC) defeats DeWayne Ramsey (Bear Creek, NC). Dash4Cash winner: Jamie Radford (Christiansburg, VA).

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Summer Arrives At Atco Raceway April 2nd – 4th
Atco NJAtco Raceway will kick off their 2010 big-money bracket schedule on April 2nd – 4th with their Summer Series Shootout season opener.

Open to vehicles running 6.50 – 12.99 with electronics allowed, the weekend includes a $5K race on Friday and Sunday, and a $10K on Saturday. The payout for the $5Ks is $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters, and $75 Round starting with 3rd Round loser (no Round money for Quarters and up). Entry is $140; buybacks are $90.

The $10K pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser (no Round money for Quarters and up). Entry is $190, and buybacks are $120.

Gates open Friday at 11:00 am, with time trials until 5:00 pm and eliminations at 5:30 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am, with time trials until 11:00 am and eliminations at 12:00. Visit Atco’s website at www.atcorace.com for series rules and more info.

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Have a Whale Good Time at MMP’s ORSCA Season Opener
Montgomery ALMontgomery Motorsports Park plays host to The Outlaw Racing Street Car Association’s (ORSCA) 2010 season opener March 19th – 21st. ORSCA’s classes include Outlaw 10.5, Limited Street, EZ Street, Real Street, Modified Street, 4.70 Index, 5.30 Index, 6.00 Index, and 7.00 Index.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. For information about ORSCA rules, payouts and entry fees, visit www.outlawracing.com.

For more information about Montgomery Motorsports Park, visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Coverage of Dover Drags in Drag Racer Magazine
If you attended the Dover Drags at Island Dragway last November 2009, you know it was a great time.

One of the reasons the event went so well was the involvement of Drag Racer Magazine, whose support to event organizer Dean Lawrence and Island Dragway helped make it a success.

The magazine chronicles the Dover Drags with a major feature in their May 2010 issue. Written by Lawrence, the article is a first-hand account and includes stunning photography with action shots, vintage photos, and pictures of some of the vehicles of NENDRA (North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association), NETO (North East Timing Organization), and the East Coast Gassers. They even included a photo of the Dragtime Dodge.

Other features include tech pieces "565 To Go" and "Carburator Class: The Benefits Of Billet," as well as a tour of Moroso Performance. The issue is on sale now, and is available at newsstands and book store chains like Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and others.

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Gang Banging: Gasser Gang Announces 2010 Series
The Gasser Gang of Western New York has set its 2010 schedule, a 12-race points series alternating between Empire Dragway (Leicester, NY) and Dunn Tire Raceway Park (Lancaster, NY):

Empire Dragway (May 8th); Dunn Tire Raceway Park (May 21st); Empire Dragway (June 12th); Dunn Tire Raceway Park (June 13th); Dunn Tire Raceway Park (July 9th); Empire Dragway (July 17th); Dunn Tire Raceway Park (July 31st); Empire Dragway (August 14th); Empire Dragway (August 28th); Dunn Tire Raceway Park (September 10th); Empire Dragway (September 19th); Empire Dragway (October 3rd).

The Gasser Gang of Western New York is open to Willys, Henry J, Austin and Anglia owners who enjoy nostalgia drag racing, car shows and cruise nights. Other vehicles are welcomed too, but must be pre-1966 and gasser-correct in appearance. If you’d like more information on the club, visit www.gassergang.com. If you’d like to become a member, contact club president Jeff Cryan at pastgas33@aol.com.

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NMRA / NMCA Announce 2010 Schedules
2010 NMRA Schedule

March 4-7: Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, FL; March 26-28: Atlanta Dragway – Commerce, GA; May 14-16: Atco Raceway – Atco, NJ; June 11-12: Milan Dragway – Milan, MI; July 15-18: Route 66 Raceway – Joliet, IL; Aug. 5-8: zMax Dragway – Concord, NC; Sept. 3-5: National Trail Raceway – Columbus, OH; Sept 30-Oct. 3: Beech Bend Raceway – Bowling Green, KY; Nov. 12-14: Houston Raceway Park – Houston, TX.

Visit www.nmradigital.com for more information.

2010 NMCA Schedule

March 19-21: Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, FL; April 30- May 2: Beech Bend Raceway – Bowling Green, KY; June 4-6: Maple Grove Raceway - Reading, PA; July 15-18: Route 66 Raceway – Joliet, IL; August 5-8: zMax Dragway – Concord, NC; August 27-29: Milan Dragway - Milan, MI; October 7 - 10: Gateway Int’l Raceway – St. Louis, MO; November 12-14: Houston Raceway Park – Houston, TX.

Visit www.nmcadigital.com for more information.

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Virginia Motorsports’ 2010 Season Kicks Off March 6th
Virginia Motorsports Park (Petersburg, VA) kicks off its 2010 season next Saturday March 6th with their Season Opener Test & Tune.

This will be the first of four Saturday test & tunes in the month of March, which means plenty of time to break in new combinations before the season hits full stride in April. There will also be a special Test & Tune for motorcycles Friday March 26th.

VMP will also launch its remodeled bracket program in March as the first two ET Points Races take place March 21st and 28th.

To see VMP’s full 2010 Season Schedule, visit their website at virginiamotorsports.com.

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2010 Dash Bash at MIR
Budds Creek, MD – Maryland International Raceway is introducing a new bracket program in 2010 called “The Dash” Speed Unlimited ET Series Championship Runoff. Just like “The Chase” in NASCAR, “The Countdown” in NHRA and "The Tournament of Champions" in IHRA, its purpose is to keep all the drama of the four Speed Unlimited ET Series track championships as intense and unpredictable as possible up until the final ET race of the season. To qualify for “The Dash” a racer needs to finish in the top 15 in points in their class. Top and Mod racers have two opportunities to qualify for a top 15 spot because the 1/4 mile races and the 1/8 mile races are run as separate points programs. For more info about MIR's Dash format, visit www.mirdrag.com.

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Top ET Shootout at Coastal Plains Dragway

Jacksonville, NC – Coastal Plains Dragway presents their Top ET Spring Shootout March 12th-14th. This 1/8th mile race for electronics-equipped vehicles features a $10K race on Friday and Sunday and a $20K on Saturday.

The payout for the $10Ks is $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $50 Quarters, $250 Eighths, and $50 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry for each $10K is $125, and 1st Round buybacks are $75. The $20K pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $100 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $200, and 1st Round buybacks are $100.

Payouts are based on 125 car minimum for the $10Ks, and 150 car minimum for the $20K. Double-entries are permitted, and will run each other for the first four rounds.

Gates open Friday at 9:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. For more info, visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com/dragway.

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Maple Grove Champs Honored At Banquet
Wyomissing, Pa. – Even though it was freezing and the ground was buried with snow from back-to-back blizzards, drag racing was on the minds of Maple Grove Raceway racers Saturday night February 13th at the track’s 47th annual Money Trail Awards Banquet. David Deeds (Super Eliminator), Paul Thimm Jr. (Pro Eliminator), Paul Werner (Street Eliminator), Joe Stuebner (Top Bike) and Kassie Kulp (Junior) were recognized for their season championships in their respective classes.

Deeds, of Womelsdorf, Pa., won one race in ’09, but was consistent through the season, getting to the quarterfinal round eight times and winning 45 rounds. This was his second championship. Thimm, from Mohnton, Pa., accumulated the

Maple Grove Raceway's 2009 champions are, from left, Joe Stuebner (Top Bike), Paul Thimm Jr. (Pro Eliminator), David Deeds (Super Eliminator) and Kassie Kulp (Junior Dragster). Not pictured is Paul Werner (Street Eliminator). Photo: Harold Hoch.

most points among the 283 Money Trail racers with 793. He had 56 round wins, won two events and was runner-up three times. Thimm also won track championships in 2005, ’06 and ’08. Werner, a 39-year racing veteran from Sinking Spring, Pa., claimed three victories in ’09 and won 47 rounds for his eighth championship. Stuebner, of Hamburg, Pa., claimed three wins and 32 round wins. The veteran racer also won titles in 2004, ’05, ’06, ’07 and ’08. Kulp, a Pottstown, Pa., resident who attends Pottsgrove High, came out on top after a points race that went down to the final weekend of the season. Charles Shaffer, of Mohnton, Pa., was recognized for winning Street Battles. He accumulated 75 points over the three events.

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Do You Know This Car?

Dragtime News.com reader and Facebook fan Albert Bambace is trying to locate this car. He writes, "Does anyone remember me from a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere called the 11th Commandment, later changed to The American? Both ran out of Brooklyn N.Y." If you have any information about this car, contact Albert at 11thcommandmentrecoveryteam@gmail.com.

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22nd Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, December 2009, Orlando, FL
In the best indication yet that the racing industry has been ramping up for 2010, throngs of buyers crowded the exhibit aisles at the PRI Trade Show, conducting business throughout the entire exhibit hall at a pace that only comes from an invigorating sense of optimism about the coming year.

The racing industry is dynamic, ingeniously inventive and ever perseverant, and all of these qualities were on display in Orlando this past December. Approximately 1100 racing companies brought the latestadvances in hardcore racing components, and roughly 38,000 motorsports entrepreneurs were in attendance to get absolutely current with today’s fast-changing race technology. 

They came from all 50 states, as well as 64 countries. The PRI

Trade Show is timed for racing business buyers to preview the hottest new product introductions in racing, make purchase decisions and have the updated inventory in stock for the start of the next racing sales season.

In addition to racing components, the PRI Trade Show also features the latest advances in precision machining equipment, motorsports

  engineering services and more. “The value that the PRI Trade Show delivers was particularly important this year. It’s the most cost-efficient way for suppliers and buyers to meet and do business in preparation for the next year. And, clearly, tens of thousands of racing entrepreneurs took full advantage of this opportunity of having all of the industry in one hall at one time!” exclaimed Steve Lewis, producer

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North Carolina Big $$$ Bracket Races

Where do you take that special someone for Valentine’s Day? If that special someone is your racecar, take it to Coastal Plains Dragway (Jacksonville, NC) and Dunn-Benson Dragstrip (Benson, NC) for back-to-back weekends of Valentine’s Day big money racing.

First up is the 10th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Classic at Coastal Plains on Saturday and Sunday, February 6th and 7th. Each day features a race for Top ET and another race for Mod ET. Payout for each is $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry for either day is $60, or enter the weekend for $100. Buybacks are $40. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, time trials are 11:00 am, and eliminations go off at 2:00 pm. Sunday gates open at 10:00 am, time trials at 12:00 noon, and eliminations go off at 2:00 pm. Early arrivers can park Friday, February 5th from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Visit their website at www.coastalplainsraceway.com/dragway for more info.

The following week it’ll be Dunn-Benson’s Valentine’s Day Race on Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th 20th and 21st. Pro Class pays $3,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $75 for either day, or enter the weekend for $125. 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $50. Footbrake pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50 for either single day, or enter the weekend for $80. 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $35. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am, with time trials at 12:00. Racers can park anytime on Friday. Visit www.dunnbensondragstrip.com for more info.

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A Survivor's Tale: Drag Racer Tommy Johnson Sr. Recounts His Battle With Cancer
Ten years after Tommy Johnson Sr.'s oncologist told him to prepare to die because the chemotherapy treatments weren't working on his colon cancer, the Iowa native is enjoying life with his family and his grandchildren. How did he beat the odds? Through exhaustive research that led him to an alternative medicinal regime currently shunned by government regulating agencies.

In Johnson's just released, self-published book “The True Story of How I Survived Absolute Terminal Cancer,” the former drag racer describes the emotional roller-coaster he faced while desperately trying to find a cure after being told he had only three months to live. In his 80-page, paper-back book, Johnson details the daily regime he uses to keep the cancer at bay, shares his medical records and talks about how the life altering event changed him personally. He also candidly expresses his opinion regarding a cure for cancer and why he believes the medical industry doesn't want to find one.

In this emotional rendition of his battle with colon cancer, Johnson encourages people fighting the dreaded disease to never lose hope and to take control of their destiny by researching alternative treatments. Written in the first person, Johnson honestly reveals every emotion he faced and the various thoughts that raced through his mind after being given his “death sentence.”

For more information about the $19.95 book “The True Story of How I Survived Absolute Terminal Cancer” visit www.tommyjohnsonjr.com/Cancer-Book.html.

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COMP Cams® Elite Race™ Solid Roller Lifters
COMP Cams® new Elite Race™ Solid Roller Lifters feature an SAE 8620 steel alloy body that is CNC-machined and REM-finished, SAE 9310 steel alloy wheels that are micro-polished and micro-sized, and needles that are made from 52100 bearing steel and micro-sorted with a controlled contour profile. They feature an exclusive body design that does not include an oil band, which maximizes rigidity and reduces lifter bushing wear. While the construction and body design make them strong, they're also lightweight, with each lifter weighing less than 100 grams each. All lifter bodies are "tall" and will clear both stock and aftermarket .300" tall lifter bores and will properly fit either 5/16" or 3/8" ball pushrods.

Possibly the most critical element of this lifter design is the fact that the oversized (.400") axles are dual-pinned: pins go through the lifter ears at each end and leave a small gap in-between for wear-reducing oiling that actually flows through the center and the top of the axle directly to the needles.

For maximum control and durability in high rpm race applications, these lifters also feature captured link bars and an exclusive modular pushrod design that allows the pushrod insert to be swapped out for centered, left or right offsets. And with patent-pending oil control through the pushrod insert, engine builders can modify the lifter to meter extra oil to the top as desired.

Elite Race™ Solid Roller Lifters are fully heat-treated, machined to high tolerances and are available for a number of Chevy, Ford and Chrysler applications. For more information visit www.compcams.com.

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Edelbrock 2010 Free "Race Only" Products Catalog
Edelbrock Corporation recently released their 2010 Race Products Catalog. Complete and up to date with the latest products from the floors of the SEMA and PRI trade shows, this catalog includes the full range of new and existing Edelbrock products that help racers, both amateur and professional, dominate the field at each event. Round the track, down the strip or on the water; Edelbrock race products can be found anywhere the very best in performance is demanded from an American Made pushrod V8.

Featured products include the new series of Victor Two-Piece manifolds that split longitudinally to allow easy access to the runners and plenum for CNC or hand porting work. New cylinder heads are available in a wide variety of configurations, ranging from complete with valves, springs and CNC machined ports, to Pro-Port Raw for full customization by professional head porters. Most heads are available with a HIP treatment that raises the material density of the head to nearly that of billet aluminum for three times the fatigue life of a normal cast aluminum cylinder head.

Call today to receive your free 2010 Race Products Catalog (#01909), and discover the high performance parts that will keep your car running at the head of the pack. Features include 24 pages of Edelbrock race parts and accessories in a new design with dozens of new products. To order by phone call toll free (800) 416-8628, or click HERE to download The 2010 Race Catalog. For more information visit www.edelbrock.com.

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ATI Introduces the Superglide® 4 Transmission

After three seasons of testing and thousands of runs on Superglide 3 transmissions leased to ATI customers around the world, ATI is proud to introduce the Superglide 4 transmission. Because of the generous 5-year warranty program with the SG3, ATI customers have enjoyed service at no additional cost to them for breakage or updates, and ATI has been able to monitor performance on the SG3 used by various racers at various tracks under various driving conditions.

The Superglide 4 is the result of this vigorous three-year testing program. The SG4 is available for purchase and is being offered with a conditional five year warranty program* (*the warranty will be void if upon arrival, the seal is broken; the case is cracked or the unit was damaged by use of a non-ATI converter dimension or failure. Customer to pre-pay all freight charges) which requires an annual overhaul - $850 for both units and $1,000 for a transmission and two converters. Included in the package is a perfectly matched converter and the price is being held for this introductory time at $7,995. As a special incentive to carry a spare, if you purchase a second converter at the time you purchase your initial package, you will receive a special sale price of $1,000 on the second converter. ATI has concluded that most traveling racers should carry two converters for optimum performance under different track conditions.

Current owners with a SG3 lease have the option of purchasing a second converter for $1,000 as well, as long as they have kept up with their warranty requirements. Current SG3 owners may also exercise the buy-out option on their lease at any time. Further by participating in the SG3 lease program, those units that have been in compliance with the annual overhaul agreement will have their units updated to an SG4 during the next scheduled maintenance. Your initial warranty cost will be honored for the entire five-years.

ATI Performance Products, located in Baltimore MD, specializes in producing and maintaining high performance products for street and strip applications. For more information call 800-284-3433 or visit www.atiracing.com.

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Tilton Super Starter for ATI 10DP Flexplate
ATI Performance Products, Inc. introduces the Tilton Super Starter (P/N 915546) for ATI 10DP 139-tooth Flexplates. This high torque mini-starter from Tilton features a modified spacer for use with ATI's 10DP Flexplate for Chevy engines. This starter is custom configured for ATI by Tilton. The new starter has gear reduction for high cranking torque. The Tilton and ATI starter is made with lightweight construction and features a compact size. The ATI 10DP Flexplate is designed for small and big block Chevy engines.

ATI Performance Products, located in Baltimore MD, specializes in producing and maintaining high performance products for street and strip applications. For more information call 800-284-3433 or visit www.atiracing.com.
The charge for the re-certification of the transmission if not overhauled is $75 and the case, bell and liner must be returned together, stripped of all parts, and thoroughly cleaned.The base price for an ATI built transmission overhaul is $395 and includes all soft parts, plus a Dyno test run to insure all functions from line pressure to cooler circuit flow in gallons per mile.

Contact an ATI Sales Technician for shipping instructions to take advantage of ATI's greatly reduced shipping costs and details on ATI's 5-year warranty plan for Superglides® and other selected units that use an ATI converter and are overhauled annually. For more information, call 800-284-3433 or visit their website at www.atiracing.com.

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Mickey Thompson Tires Supports NHRA Divisional Sportsman Racers
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels will support NHRA Sportsman class racers at the Divisional Level as an Associate Sponsor of the Contingency Program. Mickey Thompson has supported NHRA racers for more than 26 years and will be on site at numerous divisional events with the Mickey Thompson team and trailer to provide trackside service to the Sportsman class racers.

“We want to have the opportunity to provide outstanding support and service to all the Sportsman class racers,” stated Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “We are making a commitment to a contingency sponsorship for all divisional events beginning with the Southeast Division Two race, February 12-14, Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL.”

Mickey Thompson products are popular in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class and in Stock, Super Stock, Comp Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. Mickey Thompson Motorsports will continue to support NHRA racers through its Team M/T program. Racers interested in joining Team M/T may contact Carl Robinson at 800-222-9092 x3152 for more information.

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Look, On The Track! It's A Transbrake! It's A Throttle Stop! It's SUPER COMP!

January 22, 2010 – After a 7 year absence from the East coast the Competition Photos Super Comp Circuit will make its return to the area in 2010.

Tom Boyle has resurrected the series and the first race will be held at Atco Raceway on June 5th & 6th. This is a great opportunity for Super Comp racers to test for the United Association NHRA SuperNationals the weekend following at Englishtown, NJ. The next race in the series will be at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA on July 10th & 11th as part of the “Sportsman Circuit Showdown”.

The series will then run back to back races to close out the season at the same 2 tracks: on August 7th & 8th the circuit will return to Atco Raceway and on August 14th & 15th they re-visit Maple Grove Raceway which is the week before the Cecil County Division Race.

For questions on the series please e-mail Tom Boyle at tboyle1655@yahoo.com or you can call him at 610-399-9319 (Monday to Friday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST).

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2010 Super 7 Series at MMP Kicks Off Feb. 26-28

Montgomery Motorsports Park (Montgomery, AL) kicks off their 2010 Super 7 Series on February 26th – 28th and will give racers a chance to win a total of $100,000 during the event.

The weekend includes three $20,000 races, one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The payout for each race is $20,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-Up, $1,500 Semis, $500 Quarters, $200 Eighths, and $150 Sixteenths, all based on 150 entries. Entry for any single $20K is $200, or enter the weekend for $500 and save. Buybacks are $200 for 1st or 2nd Round.

There will also be two (2) bonus $5,000 races, one each on Friday and Saturday. Payouts for the bonus races are $5,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $125 Quarters, $75 Eighths, and $50 Sixteenths. Entry is FREE for racers who have entered all three $20Ks, otherwise it’s $150 for Friday and Saturday, or $100 for either single day. Buybacks are $75 for 1st or 2nd Round.

For more information contact Jim Howard at (334) 260-9660 or visit Montgomery Motorsports Park at www.mmpdragracing.com.

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NENDRA Announces 2010 Schedule

The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association has announced their 2010 schedule. This year’s series encompasses a total of 15 events at Lebanon Valley Dragway and Island Dragway.

Any American-made vehicle from 1961 to 1974 is welcomed. All cars must run between 8.50 and 12.50. Racing is dial-your-own with a breakout rule in effect. A Pro .500 tree means less red lights.

NENDRA is now in their 3rd year of organized racing. In that time they’ve grown from 6 events in 2008 to 9 events in 2009 and now 15 in the upcoming racing season. NENDRA's rules and membership package is online and available for download at www.nendra.com.

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PINKS All Out At Maple Grove May 14th & 15th

PINKS All Out will be making a stop at Maple Grove Raceway on May 14th & 15th, and a time for potential participants to register has been announced. Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on February 1st. All entries will be online at the track's website; no phone entries will be accepted. The fee is $60. For more information, contact Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9200 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.

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Scotty Richardson’s Drag Racing School Debuts February 25th At Montgomery Motorsports Park
Montgomery Motorsports Park's Super 7 Series kicks off on February 26th, so what better way to get your game on than by attending Scotty Richardson’s Drag Racing School at the track the day before on Thursday, February 25th. In his 21 years in racing, Richardson has won 38 NHRA national events. If you would like to attend, register by calling Montgomery Motorsports Park at (334) 260-9660 Monday thru Friday 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. This class will be for Super Pro only; bottom bulb classes will be offered later this season at MMP. For more information about Scotty Richardson’s Drag Racing School, visit their website at www.scottyrichardsonsdragracingschool.com.

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Englishtown Launches Racer-Friendly Web Page
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Englishtown, NJ) has launched a new page on their website. In an effort to keep racers connected to the latest news concerning the Sunoco Points Series and Team RP at Raceway Park, the track has created a "Racer News" page. This new page can be found at www.racewaypark.com/racer_news.aspx. With any suggestions, please contact Jeanne Linke at Raceway Park at jlinke@racewaypark.com or by phone at 732-446-7800.

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East Coast Gassers Release 2010 Schedule
The East Coast Gassers 2010 schedule has been announced; the Gassers will make the following stops: Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way (May 16th), Thompson “Gasser Reunion” (June 4th – 6th tentative), Beaver Springs Dragway (July 10th – 11th), Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (July 25th), Atco Raceway (August 28th), Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way (September 26th), Beaver Springs Dragway (October 2nd), Atco Raceway (October 9th & 10th, November 7th).

The East Coast Gassers is dedicated to the preservation and racing of cars (both restored and newly constructed) that campaigned during the glory days of the "Gasser Wars". Established in October 2001, they now have over 250 members. Visit www.eastcoastgassers.com for more information.

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PINKS All Out at Virginia Motorsports Park
Virginia Motorsports Park will host PINKS All Out on Friday & Saturday June 4th & 5th. Racer registration will begin January 18th, 2010 at 7:00 pm; registration will be for participants and crew members. The entire registration process will take place online and 400 participant entries will be available. Tickets are expected to sell out within minutes of going on sale. Racer tickets are $60 for the full 2 day event. Crew tickets will be $35 for the weekend.

All participants must be 18 years old or older and a licensed driver. Entry must be a door car and recording an elapsed time of 12.99 seconds or faster. One entry per racer. Tickets are non-transferable without prior approval from the track or SPEED. Racers must have the following information ready when registering: name, address, preferred contact numbers, email, estimated elapsed time, vehicle details (year, make and model), age, any prior appearances on PINKS, PINKS ALL OUT or Pass Time telecasts. All racer information may be used for SPEED promotion and marketing purposes. This information gathered before registering will make it easier for you to register.

VMP's website is here. VMP asks that you be patient as there will be many entries processing at the same time. For info call VMP's office at 804-862-3174, M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

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Englishtown Early Birds Will Get Points Sign-Up Discount
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Englishtown, NJ) has announced that they are again offering a discount to racers competing in the Sunoco Championship Points Series. Racers who sign up by February 5th, 2010 for points competition at Raceway Park will receive a $5.00 discount per category. Entries must be postmarked by February 5th.

The discount alleviates some of the costs of racing, and also ensures that racers will receive their bonus point, which is a free point awarded to each racer who signs up for the series prior to first round of the first day of points for the category being contested.

The 2010 Points/Permanent Number form is available HERE. Contact Jeanne Linke at jlinke@racewaypark.com or 732-446-7800 if you need more information.

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Kicking Gas: MASGA’s 2010 Schedule Announced
The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) has announced its 2010 series. The season is a 5 weekend / 10 race schedule that starts off in New Jersey in June and ends in Southern Maryland in September. 2009 MASGA Champion Earl Nichols Jr. of Wilmington, DE will be defending his title in his Goldman Autorace Specialties-prepared 1980 Corvette against tough competition from the 2009 Top 5 of Delaney Richardson, Iggie Boicesco, Lance Kreiger, and George Smith.

The opener is June 5th & 6th at Atco Raceway (Atco, NJ). This will also be a great test and tune date for Super Gas racers planning on running the 41st Annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown the following week. The next race on the schedule visits Maple Grove Raceway (Reading, PA) on July 10th & 11th, getting a shot at the newly paved surface of The Grove in the mid-summer months as part of the “Super Sportsman Showdown.” The mid-point of their season hits the “The Thrill in the Hills” of Numidia Dragway (Numidia, PA) on July 31st & August 1st. This will be the 4th year that the Dimino family has welcomed MASGA to their facility in central PA. MASGA’s season wraps up with 2 weekends / 4 races in Maryland. The first stop is Cecil County Dragway (Rising Sun, MD) on August 14th & 15th for the annual “Pig Roast.” This race is the week before the NHRA Divisional Race at Cecil County and will be a great test for drivers to get some information for the following weekend. The season closes out at the Maryland International Raceway (Mechanicsville, MD) on September 25th & 26th. This will be the association’s first visit to Royce Miller’s facility.

For more information visit MASGA's website at midatlanticsupergas.com or find them on Facebook. For questions, contact either Rob Keister at ReKeister@aol.com or Leanne Luciano at LeanneLuciano@hotmail.com.

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Improvements at Maple Grove Raceway
When racers compete at Maple Grove Raceway (Mohnton, PA) in 2010, they will notice several upgrades made to the track. The improvements, which will be done in time for the May 1, 2010 season opener, include extending the concrete launch pad by 300 feet to a total length of 820 feet, and milling the asphalt from the end of the concrete pad by 2 inches. A new paving mix will be installed from the end of the concrete to 250 feet past the finish line for a total of 1,275 feet.

Maple Grove’s 2010 racing season includes PINKS All Out on May 14th-15th; the Lucas Oil Drag Race Series on May 27th-30th; Geezers at The Grove Reunion on July 2nd-3rd; Super Chevy Show on July 16th-18th; the Toyo Tires Nationals on Oct. 7th-10th; and the Pennsylvania Dutch Classic on Oct. 21st-24th.

For information on these and other events throughout 2010, contact Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9200 or visit maplegroveraceway.com.

 

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Off-Seasonings: Dragtime Dodge Gets Front Suspension / Rear Brake Upgrades
January 7, 2010 - The Dragtime Dodge is getting a much-needed and long-overdue upgrade to its front suspension and rear brakes in this off-season. Nothing major, but the sort of improvements that should make it a safer and more consistent bracket car.

In front, I'm installing new tubular upper-control arms that will give the Dodge a lot more built-in positive caster. In back, I'll be installing new 11" x 2 1/2" drum brakes (up from the 10" brakes that I've been racing with forever). The 10" brakes were not good at holding the car on the starting line at 3,500 RPM; the 11" brakes should solve that.

The Passing Of A Giant
December 29, 2009 - Our sport lost one of the greats early this morning with the passing of drag racing's gentle giant, Jim Harrington.

Jim's racing knowledge and prowess are legendary. To those who ever had the pleasure of meeting Jim, his affable smile and gregarious nature will never be forgotten. To those who never had the chance, read the thoughts and memories of Jim's friends and fellow racers here, here, and here.

Off-Seasonings: John Graziano's Winter Welderland
Long Island, NY's John Graziano has been busy this winter getting his new Suncoast Race Cars 1938 Chevy ready for action.

Says John, "The car is being built for 25-1 Spec, 6.00 certified; I'll use it for Top Sportsman in NHRA Division 1. We're starting with a 582 CI running about 1150 HP, and adding 1 fogger system (400 HP). It will have a Powerglide and a 9" rear w/4:56 gear. It has Koni electric shocks and has Goodyear 1490s out back. Once we work out the new car blues we will move up to a 763 CI Sunset Racecraft engine making about 1600 HP."

 

 

 



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