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PRI 2011: Stars From NHRA & More To Compete In Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax

As you've been reading here at The Dragtime News, the 2011 Performance Racing Industry Show will be here before you know it. Over 40,000 racing business people from 65 countries arrive in Orlando each December for the PRI Trade Show to view the latest advances in racing technology by 1,100 racing companies. The 2011 PRI Show runs Thursday - Saturday, December 1st - 3rd, and one of the most exciting events of Race Industry Week 2011 will take place this year outside the exhibit hall - The Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax.

Red Bull brings new energy to karting at PRI with a competition that will include stars from NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, Grand-Am, NHRA and other racing series and who will compete in one of the most unique races on the annual motorsport calendar. (story continues HERE...)

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On The Scene With Al Levine: HDRA 100-Foot Drags

1/4-mile oval Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, NY was recently the site of the area's first-ever 100-Foot Drags presented by the HDRA.

One of the region's staunchest supporters of getting safe, organized drag racing back on Long Island is Al Levine. Al was there covering the event; his photos show a strong turnout of Long Island's racers, proving that they would rather race legally for only 100-feet instead of illegally on the street.

Click HERE to see Al's photo-coverage of the event.

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Mountain Folk Descend on Coastal Plains Dragway

Coastal Plains Dragway’s 25th Annual Mountain Motor Shootout is coming up Friday November 18th – Sunday November 20th, 2011.

Classes include Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods, 275 Drag Radial or 28 – 10.5 Slick Shootout, Top ET, Mod ET and Jr. Dragsters.

275 Drag Radial or 28 – 10.5 Slick pays $1,000, entry is $50. Top ET is $2,000 Win and pays eight places. Entry is $60. Mod ET is $2,000 Win and pays eight places. Entry is also $60. Jr. Dragster pays back 75%, entry is $25.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm for a Test & Tune and Pro Mod Qualifying. Gates open Saturday at 10:00 am with time trials at 11:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am with time trials at 12:30 pm. Visit coastalplainsraceway.com for more info.

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Sean Serra Claims 2nd Northeast Junior Outlaw Series Title

Honey Brook, PA’s Sean Serra celebrated another victory in the Northeast Junior Outlaw Series (NJOS) at Cecil County Dragway on November 5th. This time at the wheel of Bob Caldwell’s Rislone-sponsored Half Scale Dragster, Sean found himself in the winner’s circle for the 7th time in Outlaw 330 competition to cap-off a banner 2011 season. The win padded Sean’s points lead and guaranteed him the 2011 NJOS Championship for the second season in a row.

“I can’t thank Randy [Ditzel] and everyone at Half Scale enough,” said Serra. “I’ve had an excellent race car at every race, the entire season. It takes a lot of pressure off of me, which makes it easier to just focus on driving and to make fewer mistakes. I also have to thank Bob Caldwell for loaning us his Rislone Products dragster for the weekend” Sean also thanks Total Racing Components, Polar America, Portatree, In Motion Design Solutions, FTI Competition Converters, This Is Bracket Racing, ISC Racer’s Tape, Bob Caldwell, Rislone Products, Whaley Motorsports and Batterystoreonline.com.

In 2012 Sean will challenge for a third consecutive NJOS title behind the wheel of a brand new racecar currently being prepared by Half Scale Dragsters. He also plans to participate in select Super Pro and footbrake events during the upcoming season in a mid-ten-second Camaro. For more news and information on Sean and the Serra Motorsports team, visit www.serramotorsports.com.

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Custom Driveshafts From Dynotech Engineering
Dynotech custom driveshaftsWith more than 80 years of balancing experience, Dynotech Engineering has built custom steel, aluminum and carbon fiber driveshafts for OEM support and replacement, as well as for racing, muscle car, hot rod, four-wheel drive and specialty applications. All Dynotech driveshafts are hand assembled, computer welded and high-speed balanced to the highest standards in the industry.

"Our custom driveshafts feature the industry's most sophisticated engineering and building process carried out by our team of highly
skilled technicians, which allows us to offer a vibration-free guarantee that has led to our unofficial reputation as the 'industry referee' on balancing," said Steve Raymond, general manager, Dynotech Engineering Services. "And because we provide balance verification and correction to the OEMs - balancing each driveshaft to the most exacting specifications - we can apply those techniques to all of our custom-designed applications."

"Our years of experience and customer interaction give us the ability to design and create the highest quality driveshafts for a diverse array of applications, but to do so with competitive pricing and on-time delivery," Raymond said. "For example, Dynotech can replace most OEM driveshafts at a lower cost than many local car dealers, and ship it in three days or less."

To learn more about Dynotech driveshaft products and services, visit www.dynotechengineering.com.

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Drag Racing Will Be Well Represented at PRI 2011

As you saw from our coverage of The 2010 PRI Show (see it HERE), we came away feeling that the show is a critical one for the hard-core racing industry. The show is focused on real racing parts, not on wheel covers and air fresheners. And while all forms of Motorsports are well represented, I was impressed by how much of the show was dedicated to drag racing. When the three biggest business days in racing take place at the 2011 PRI Trade Show in Orlando December 1st - 3rd, no form of motor sport will again be better represented than drag racing. In addition to numerous drag racing-related businesses, personalities from the sport are usually on hand – last year included Don Garlits, Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Hector Arana, Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas and Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson.

But it’s the names and faces that many American drag racing fans don’t recognize that may hold the key to our sport’s popularity as drag racing businesses from around the globe will be represented at the show. “It’s important that NHRA is at PRI to represent the drag racing industry,” said Jeff Morton, Director of Advertising Sales for the NHRA. Article continues HERE

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Racers Give Back at Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Racers in the West Chester area of Pennsylvania are presenting the 7th Annual Christmas Toy Drive on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (rain or shine) at County Corvette, 315 Westtown Road, West Chester, Pa 19382. If you're in the area please come out and support a good cause.

Festivities include a car show of Corvettes, hot rods, street rods and drag cars; all car clubs are also invited. Meet Valerie Knight from the WOGL "Breakfast Club", meet legendary "Jungle Pam" Hardy for pictures & autographs. Pictures with Ronald McDonald, Elmo & Santa Claus 10:00 - 1:00. Enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, cakes & Carrabbas. Join the raffle - sign the cash donation banner. Performing live will be nationally acclaimed acapella & doo wop group "Mid Life Crisis.

Please bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl. If you can’t attend in person and still want to help a good cause, you may send donations to County Corvette at the address listed above. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.countycorvette.com/toydrive09.htm.

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Bring Your Grudge To Montgomery MotorSports Park

It’s the Grudge Nationals at Montgomery MotorSports Park on Sunday November 13th, 2011. 4.70 Mini Pro Mod pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis. 12 car minimum. No throttle stops. 6.0 Heads-Up and 7.0 Heads-Up each pay $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 semis. 16 car minimum. No throttle stops.

Gates open at 10:00 am, with qualifying at 1:00 pm. Visit Montgomery MotorSports Park’s website at www.mmpdragracing.com for more information.

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Fall Footbrake Frenzy at Coastal Plains Dragway
Leave room for stuffing your wallet Thanksgiving weekend at Coastal Plains Dragway’s Fall Footbrake Frenzy III, Friday and Saturday November 25th and 26th 2011.

Both days include a $5K that pays $5,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $160 5th Round Win, $120 4th Round Win, and $80 3rd Round Win. Entry per race is $85, 1st Round buybacks are $50. 100 car minimum. Saturday morning includes the big $20K that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 5th Round Win, $300 4th Round Win, and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $230, 1st Round buybacks are $100. 125 car minimum. Enter all three races for the weekend for $380.

Gates open Thursday evening for parking. Gates open Friday at 10:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 noon. Gates open 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 am.

1/8th mile, footbrake only, deep staging honored, no dragsters. Other rules apply, so for more information visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com.

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Bag 10,000 Bucks At The Farm
Farmington Dragway’s 18th Annual MONEYFest is Thursday – Sunday, November 24th – 27th 2011. This 1/8th mile race for electronics-equipped bracket cars includes a $2.5K on Thursday, a $10K on Friday and Saturday, and a $5K on Sunday.

Thursday pays $2,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $20 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $60, buybacks are $40. The Friday and Saturday $10K races each pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, and $50 Round starting 3rd Round win. 120 car minimum. Enter either $10K for $175, or enter both for $300. Sunday’s Leftover race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, and $30 Round starting 3rd Round win. 120 car minimum. Entry is $100, buybacks are $50.

Gates open Wednesday for parking. Gates open Thursday at 8:00 am with time runs at 11:00 am. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. Sunday gates open at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.farmingtondragway.net.

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ADRL News: Hamstra, Owens Claim 2011 Championships
Jason Hamstra and Ashley Owens have locked up ADRL 2011 season championships in Pro Extreme and Pro Extreme Motorcycle, respectively.

Jason Hamstra was the wire-to-wire Pro Extreme leader during the calendar year, claiming his first world championship in the ADRL’s quickest and fastest class. “This was the year you had always dreamed you would have. I always wanted to come out to a national series and put the No. 1 on the car the next season,” Hamstra said. “I would say it was pretty much a dream season for me and my family. It couldn’t have played out a whole lot better.”

The season started in impressive fashion and the Demotte, Ind., native never looked back, putting together a season full of consistent runs. It led to two wins, two finals appearances and four semifinals appearances, advancing to the semifinals in all but one race of a standout and memorable season. Hamstra officially clinched the championship at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII presented by Summit Racing Equipment. “Andy (McCoy) kind of told us over the winter that we were going to go for it and he thought we had a shot, but you never know in this class,” Hamstra said. “We had people nipping at our heels all year and we didn’t think we had it wrapped up until we had it clinched.

In 2010, Ashley Owens put together one of the most dominating years in American Drag Racing League (ADRL) history. A year later, the spoils were even sweeter for the Pro Extreme Motorcycle standout. Owens accomplished nearly everything possible during a truly magnificent 2011 season, ending it with not only a “Battle For The Belts” shootout win but his first ADRL world championship.

Owens racked up four victories and two additional finals berth, recording the most points of any ADRL competitor and winning the points championship by the biggest margin in any class.
Owens more than proved his worth as a rider, winning the first two races of the ADRL season.
By the time the 2011 ADRL Tour had completed, Owens had the most wins (13) of any competitor in ADRL history, also becoming the first PXM rider to make an unprecedented 3-second run.

“I just want to thank (bike owner) Paul Gast of Fast By Gast. He built an even better bike for me this year and that means a lot to me,” Owens said. “We were so close (to running 3 seconds) several times last year and this year, and just to run the (3.98), it was definitely a highlight for me. Winning the belt after being in the finals the last two years, that was great, too. It was a perfect end to the season and just a perfect year for me.”

For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

Other ADRL News: During the ADRL World Finals at the Texas Motorplex, ATI’s Doug Riesterer put down a record breaking 3.79 @ 195 MPH run in his ATI Outlaw Lock-Up Converter-equipped SS Camaro—the first sub 3.80 pass for a torque converter driven car in Pro Nitrous history.

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Street Cars Fly At The Duck

Sumerduck Dragway’s Fall Street Car Nationals is Sunday November 6th 2011, paying $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $20 Round starting with 3rd Round Win (all based on 90 cars). Entry is $30.

No delay boxes. Street tires only; legal DOT rear tires, 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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Pellegrini Resets NSS Record

Frank Pellegrini reset the NSS record at Maryland International Raceway on October 15th, 2011 with an 8.263 @ 161.77.

Running out of the 422 Motorsports stable, Pellegrini's "Dearborn Thunder" '65 Falcon has been fitted with a Rich LaMont-built Shelby aluminum 427 FE engine backed by a Leonard Long prepped 5-speed.
For more information about 422 Motorsports visit their website at www.422motorsports.com.

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Play Trick Or Feet at Montgomery MotorSports Park

MMP’s spooktacular 5th Annual Footbrake / No Box Classic is October 28th – 30th, 2011, with three $7,000 races (two on Saturday, one on Sunday). Scary fun! Open to all front-engine door cars without buttons on steering wheel and no delay boxes; IHRA No-Box rules apply. Each race pays $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Winner, all based on 100 paid entries. Entry is $150 per single race, or enter all three for $300. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm for parking and a Friday night Gambler’s race. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am each day. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com for more information.

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MIR = Mopar International Raceway

Maryland International Raceway hosts their 19th Annual Mopar Eastern Classic on Saturday, October 29th postponed to Saturday 11/12.

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. New for 2011 is the Nostalgia Super Stock Hemi Shootout. This 16-car eliminator pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $100 Quarters; entry is $100.

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

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Doors Open For Doors at Piedmont Dragway

Piedmont Dragway’s Door Car Nationals is coming Friday – Sunday, November 4th – 6th, 2011 for Top ET / Super Pro cars equipped with electronics / delay boxes. 175 car minimum in effect. Door cars only, no dragsters. Left-hand-steer roadsters are permitted.

Friday is a warm-up race that pays $5,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $25 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry is $60, buybacks are $40. 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 or 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.

Visit www.piedmontdragway.com for more information.

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Ed Youmans Claims 2011 422 Allstars N/SS Title

Ed Youmans, driving the Don Nicholson clone 1964 Mercury Comet, scored the 2011 422 Allstars Nostalgia Super Stock title as part of the nine race event series. In recent years Youmans has been close to the title, finishing in the number two spot in 2009 and 2010. Congratulations to Ed and the entire team on their winning effort.

The car is prepared and campaigned out of the 422 Motorsports shop in Oaks, PA and runs a Hilborn-injected cross-bolt 427 FE Ford built by Rich Lamont. The team also campaigns a variety of FE powered Fords and Mercurys that take part in the 422 Allstars series

For additional information on the 422 Allstars Race Series contact Rich Lamont by emailing 422 All Stars.

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Atco’s Fall Finale

Atco Raceway’s Fall Finale race, show and swap meet is Sunday, November 6th. Open to cars 1985 and older, classes include Super Pro (7.00 – 12.99, electronics, $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, all based on minimum 32 cars. Entry $40) and Pro ET (9.00 – 19.99, no electronics, $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, all based on minimum 32 cars. Entry $40).

Also featured on the track will be the East Coast Gassers and Nostalgia Stock & Super Stock.

Gates open at 8:00 am. Visit www.atcoraceway.com for more information.

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Farmington Dragway’s Legendary Weekend
Farmington Dragway’s 2nd Annual Jerry & Norman’s Legends Of The Farm Homecoming Race Reunion and Gathering is coming up the weekend of October 14th – 16th.

Friday classes include Street, Motorcycle, Footbrake Reunion Gambler’s Race, Tag Team Race, and Car Load Race. Gates open at 5:00 pm and time runs start at 6:00 pm.

Saturday includes Classic Gear Jammers, The North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame Top Gambler’s (0-7.99 with electronics), The North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame Footbrake Gambler’s (all run, no electronics), Legends Race (open to anyone who has ever won a race at Farmington Dragway; will be contested in street legal car/truck running 8 seconds 1/8th mile and slower. No delay boxes, no slicks, no throttle stops, runs rain or shine), and Champions Race (open to anyone who has ever won a legitimate Farmington Dragway points championship from 1976 to 2011; same rules as the Legends race). Gates open at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am.

Sunday is the original Big Money Pro Drag Series for Top Eliminator (0-7.99) and Footbrake (all run, no electronics). Payouts are $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $75.00 Quarters (all based on a minimum 64 cars). Sunday’s racer entry is $50.00. All winners receive special trailer checks and plaques. Gates open at 9:00 am, 1 time run starting at 12:15.

Visit www.farmingtondragway.net for more information.

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Holeshot Drags Season Finale October 15th

The Holeshot Drag Racing Association will wrap up its 2011 season on Saturday October 15th with their HDRA Holeshot Drag Nationals at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT.

.500 Pro Tree classes include Comp Eliminator, Street Eliminator, Motorcycle Eliminator and Heads-Up Index Races. There’ll also be a Nostalgia Shootout with flag start and no time slips. Open to 1975 and earlier cars. Other classes are All-Ford Shootout, All Mopar Shootout, All GM Shootout.

Racer entry is $35. Gates open at 10:00 am, with test & tune at 12:00 noon and eliminations at 3:30 pm. Visit www.100footdrags.com.

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Kathy Kiekel Wins 2011 IHRA Division 3 Bracket Finals
With the threat of a rainy start to the 2011 IHRA Bracket Finals at Pittsburgh Raceway Park looming over their heads last weekend, IHRA's best racers from five classes made their way to participate in the Bracket Finals 4-day racing event.

In the Top ET final, Skyview Drags' Top ET Track Champion Kathy Kiekel defeated fellow Skyview Drags racer Jesse Alberts to capture the 2011 IHRA Summit Racing Top ET Championship for Division 3. This is only her second year of racing in the Super Pro class. “Winning this race is the greatest racing event of my life,” said Kiekel. “Racers work for years to hone their skills and get to this level of sportsman racing, I am truly blessed.” Kiekel would like to thank God for her amazing life, her husband Don for his patience in teaching her about bracket racing and his unwavering love and support, Precision Crankworks in Kirkwood, N.Y. for building her BBC 477 motor, Skyview Drags track owner George Swansbrough, and Summit Racing for their sponsorship and long-time support of the sport.

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SuperCar Shootout at Lebanon Valley Dragway

Racers of muscle cars should plan on being at Lebanon Valley Dragway on Sunday October 16th for the SuperCar Shootout Fall MuscleCar Nationals.

Race classes include 1955 – 1974 Factory Appearing Stock Tire Class, 1955 – Present Muscle Cars (Street Tire), 1955 – Present Muscle Cars (Slicks), 1955 – Present Muscle Cars (Slicks & Electronics), and a test & tune for non-muscle and Jr. Dragsters.

Racer entry is $35. Visit www.dragway.com for info.

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One Sick Pony: Ford Fever Classic at MIR

Maryland International Raceway’s 2011 Ford Fever Classic is Friday – Sunday, October 14th – 16th. Events include nostalgia racing with 422 Motorsports, Shootout and Open Comp classes and a variety of Sportsman eliminators.

Shootout classes include Outlaw 10.5 ($2,000 Win, $100 entry), X275 ($1,000 Win, $75 entry), Wild Street ($1,000 Win, $75 entry), Mild Street ($750 Win, $75 entry), Coyote Comp ($500 Win, $50 entry), Modular Muscle ($500 Win, $50 entry), and Lightning Shootout ($500 Win, $50 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 MIR's website at www.mirdrag.com.

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Feel Like A Million At Montgomery MotorSports Park
If you’re into racin’ large then get to Montgomery MotorSports Park for The 2011 Million Dollar Weekend October 20th – 23rd. There’ll be more big-money bracket racing than you’ll know what to do with, including a $20K race each day Thursday, Friday and Sunday ($20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $200 Round starting with 3rd Round Win, $200 entry per race or enter all three for $490, 1st Round buybacks $150), and the big race on Saturday that pays a guaranteed minimum $100,000 Win, $50,000 Runner-Up, $10,000 Semis, $5,000 Quarters, and $1,000 Round starting with 4th Round win. Entry is $2,000, 1st Round buybacks are $500.

Gates open Wednesday October 19th for parking from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Gates open Thursday – Sunday at 8:00 am each day, with time trials beginning at 9:00 a.m. Visit Montgomery MotorSports Park at www.mmpdragracing.com for more information.

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Klash For Hallowe'en Cash at Richmond Dragway

Richmond Dragway unleashes their Halloween Klash on Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th, 2011. Each day features 1/8 mile money races in Top ET and Modified ET. Top ET pays $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Eighths. Entry is $65, buybacks are $50. Modified ET pays $1,500 Win, $350 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $75 Eighths. Entry is $45, buybacks are $35.

In addition to the racing, on Saturday night there’ll be trick or treating, decorated pit area, decorated golf cart and kids costume contest.

Gates open 9:30 am each day with time trials at 10:30 am. Visit richmonddragway.com for more info.

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Virginia Is Ford Lovers At Virginia Motorsports Park

If you’re a racer of the Blue Oval variety then Saturday September 10th is for you at Virginia Motorsports Park. It’s Fun Ford Weekend, with 10 classes of Ford racing. ET classes include Fast Ford (electronics, 1/8th mile, $1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $40 entry), Quick Ford (no electronics, 1/4 mile, $1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $40 entry), Street Ford (DOT tires & registration, 1/4 mile, Trophy Win, Trophy Runner-Up, $25 entry), and Tuff Truck (Ford trucks, 1/4 mile, Trophy Win, Trophy Runner-Up, $25 entry).

Heads Up classes include 11.0, 12.0, 13.0 Index (1/4 mile, $250 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $35 entry each), X275 Street Shootout (1/8th mile, $850 Win, $350 Runner-Up, $50 entry), and 5.90 Renegade (1/8th mile, $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $60 entry).

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

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Have a Scary Ghoul Time at Pittsburgh Raceway Park
Ghosts, Goblins & Gearheads invade Pittsburgh Raceway Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7th – 9th, 2011. Events include prizes for best decorated trailer and pit vehicle 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, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $25 Round.

Single-day entry fees for Jr. Dragster are $25 on Friday, $35 on Saturday, and $35 on Sunday, or buy a 3-Race Weekend Pass for $75. Single-day entry fees for Box or No Box are $40 for Friday, $65 for Saturday, and $65 for Sunday, or buy a 3-Race Weekend Pass for $125. 1st Round buybacks are $30.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm, with a single time-trial session at 6:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit Pittsburgh Raceway Park’s website at www.pittsburghracewaypark.com.

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Got A Grudge? Bring It To Montgomery MotorSports Park

Montgomery MotorSports Park hosts No Limit Grudge Wars on Saturday, October 8th, 2011. Classes include 4.90 (pays $800 Win), 5.95 (pays $700 Win), and 7.00 (pays $600 Win). Visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Raider Challenge Raids MIR

The Raider ET Challenge closes out its 2011 series at Maryland International Raceway on Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th.

All classes will run in the 1/8 mile; classes include Top ET, Mod ET and Jr. Dragster. Top ET pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $40 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Mod ET pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $25 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $100 Quarters, and $50 Eighths.

Gates open both days at 9:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.mirdrag.com for more information including entry fees.

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Mopars Take Over Atco Raceway

Mopars have a day to call their own at Atco Raceway on Saturday, October 8th.

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 class is $40. Gates open at 8:00 am. Visit www.atcorace.com for more info.

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Big Bucktober Kicks Off at Numidia Dragway
Numidia Dragway will close out their 2011 season in a big way in October with three straight weekends of big money, guaranteed-payout gambler's races for electronics-equipped and footbrake bracket cars.

The month kicks off with twin $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake races on Saturday, October 1st and again on Sunday, October 2nd.

On Saturday October 8th it’ll be $10,000 Electronics and $2,500 $5,000 Footbrake. The next day, Sunday October 9th it’s $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake.

On Saturday October 15th and Sunday October 16th, each day includes $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake. For more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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Groundhog Day: He’s Gudat-It Again in ECNSSA
A week after his victory at the East Coast Nostalgia Stock / Super Stock Association (ECNSSA) race at Cecil County Dragway, George Gudat brought his "Big Red" 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie to Atco Raceway in an effort to improve his standing in series points. Once again Team Big Red proved up to the task as George waded through the competition, getting by points leader Nick Berti's Fairlane in the semi final, before defeating the 1962 Impala of Allen George in the final round. This victory places Gudat at the top of the ECNSS points standings with a slight lead over Nick Berti. With just one points race left the battle for the ECNSS points championship will be going down to the wire.

For this race ECNSSA received sponsorship from Black Horse Auto Body in Norristown, PA. ECNSSA is most grateful to The DiMino family, owners of Black Horse and thank them for their support.

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Out Of Gas: MASGA Closes Out Its 2011 Season
The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) closed out its 2011 season at Atco Raceway on September 17th & 18th. Going into the final 2 races 4 drivers had a shot at the 2011 MASGA Championship but after the smoke had cleared it was Tom Goldman and his “Bullets To Spare” 1958 Corvette holding the year end honor.

On Saturday there was a new face in the winner’s circle as Don Miller and his chop-top 1968 Camaro would be the lone car standing after beating Ed Alessi Jr. and his 1963 “Rat in the Cat” Select Performance Catalina. In the final Miller adapted to the dark conditions better then Alessi as he was .009 on the tree to Alessi’s .065. As the 2 cars traveled down the ¼ mile Alessi started to reel in Miller but, took too much real-estate and ran out with a 9.882 to Miller’s winning 9.928.

On Sunday Walter Olt from nearby Medford, NJ would wheel his “Team Advantage” 03 Corvette to the victory over Steve Sisko. At the flash of the green both drivers were tardy with Sisko getting the advantage .031 to Olt’s .048. As both drivers traveled down the track and got closer to the finish line it would be Olt who played the game better and made up the difference at the starting line with a 9.879 to 9.867 victory over Sisko.

With the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Season coming to a close the top 5 finishers for the season will be honored at the year-end banquet in February. They are Tom Goldman, Pete “Lucky” Luciano, Earl Nichols Jr, Iggie Boicesco, and Shawn Harp. Look for updates on the 2012 season in the near future and if you would like to become a sponsor or member please e-mail Leanne at leanneluciano@hotmail.com.

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MASCA: Livezey Ties Cambria for 2011 Championship
The Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association (MASCA) completed its final 2 events of the season at Atco Raceway on September 17th & 18th. Going into the event Tom Boyle held a 3 round lead over Jeff Livezey Jr. for the 2011 MASCA Championship, with Joe Cambria sitting in 4th place and still being able to claim 2 more events towards his year end total.

On Saturday, 2011 NHRA Gatornationals Super Comp winner Tom Dauber wheeled his brand new 2011 Phantom Dragster into the winner’s circle with a victory over Debbie Moses who was making her return to the cockpit after a few races off. As both drivers left the line Moses had a giant advantage on Dauber but she would ultimately give it back at the stripe; Dauber sealed the victory with an 8.902 to 8.958 victory.

On Sunday Jeff Livezey Jr. knew he would have to win the race and have Tom Boyle and Joe Cambria go out in the 1st round for him to have a shot at a tie with Cambria for the championship, and he kept his hopes alive by racing his way to the final against Walter Olt. Livezey was .013 to Olt’s .021 and lead the whole way to victory with an 8.939 to 8.951. Livezey Jr. will tie Cambria for the 2011 MASCA Championship, due to both drivers not being at any events together to have a run-off. Finishing in 3rd place 1 is Tom Boyle, followed by Dave Long in 4th and Bill Hardifer in 5th.

Look for information on MASCA’s 2012 season in the near future and if you would like to be added to the MASCA e-mail list please e-mail Rob Keister at ReKeister@aol.com.

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Calabro Clinches ECSSSA Title
Steve Calabro went into the final race of the East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association’s 2011 season needing to go three more rounds than points leader Frank Ferrucci. As luck would have it both Calabro and Ferrucci won 1st Round and were paired together for 2nd Round.

According to Steve, “I won Round 2 and had to win Round 3 to tie and force at least a run-off. I won Round 3 and Round 4 to clinch and had the bye to the final. Would you believe I lost the bye, battery went dead could not stage!” But at that point at least the season was his.

Here’s a video of Steve’s clinching run in Round 4.

Steve’s season alternated between a Corvette and Camaro, both owned by Joe Fasano. Steve would like to thank “Behrents Performance Warehouse, Steve Ficacci Racing Engines, Ultimate Converters, Select Transmissions, Leon Miranian, Dave, Gloria, Bill, and Russ of the East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association for running a great program, and Atco Raceway and employees for going out of their way for us!”

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Gudat Wins East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock At Cecil County

After enduring two rain delays, the East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock Association race at Cecil County Dragway finally made it's way to the books on Saturday Sept. 10th.

With the season nearing the end, series points contenders Nick Berti and George Gudat faced off in an all Ford Galaxie final. As Berti rolled his huge 1964 Ford Galaxie into the beams to face down the "Big Red" 1963 1/2 Ford of 2010 series champion Gudat, nearly identical dial-ins on the boards made for an almost heads-up race, just as it would have been done in the old days. George and "Big Red" left the starting line first and Gudat's better reaction time forced Berti to charge hard to make up the difference. Berti broke out in the process, sending George to the winner's circle for the second time this year and tightening up the hotly contested points chase.

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A Hole Lotta Fun With The Holeshot Drags

If you read the article I did earlier this season about The Holeshot Drag Racing Association, then you know the HDRA is all about bringing safe, organized drag racing to areas that don’t have a dedicated dragstrip. It also sounds like a bunch of fun. If you’ve been intrigued and are thinking of checking out an HDRA event, there’s still time in 2011. Here’s what the HDRA has lined up for the rest of the year: Waterford Speedbowl (Sept. 16th, 23rd, & 30th, Oct. 15th); Riverhead Raceway (Sept. 18th); Putnam, CT (Sept. 25th); Thompson Speedway (Oct. 8th).

For more information, visit HDRA at www.100footdrags.com.

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Kiekel, Zyla Crowned Skyview Track Champions

Kathy Kiekel of Binghamton, N.Y. has won Skyview Drags’ track championship in Super Pro. Kiekel and her S-10 led the points from the start of the racing season until Aug. 27 when her husband Don Kiekel, the 2008 and 2009 Super Pro track champion and 2008 Summit Super Series runner-up, caught her. The Kiekels retained their point lead to the Sept. 10 cutoff for the Summit Super Series. The tie breaker was determined by the number of class wins; Kathy, with three wins this season, was declared the winner.

For Modified/No Box, rookie Pro class phenom Tim Zyla from Sayre, PA took the class by storm. Zyla drives the flamed Manley Houghtalen sponsored Camaro at Skyview. He had four wins this season, three of them consecutive. Zyla’s most recent win on Sept. 3 netted him an Ironman, the most prestigious IHRA trophy.

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Extreme Pro Stock Driver Bert Jackson In Fatal Racing Accident

Sad news from the ADRL: “Bert Jackson, 51, was fatally injured driving an Extreme Pro Stock 2007 Pontiac GTO during the third qualifying session of the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Dragstock VIII September 9th at Rockingham Dragway. Jackson, of Glen Allen, Va., was pronounced dead shortly afterward by a medical examiner at nearby First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham.

During his third qualifying session, Jackson hit the right wall, the left wall and then barrel-rolled. According to trackside observers, his car first hit the right guardwall, then careened across the track and hit the left guardwall before starting a series of barrel rolls. Jackson was the driver of a car owned by Enoch Love of Richmond, Va.

The entire ADRL community is deeply saddened by Friday’s incident and offers its most sincere condolences and prayers to Jackson’s family, teammates and friends. Jackson was a passionate competitor, an incredibly kind-hearted human being and touched the lives of many during his drag racing career.”

We at The Dragtime News also extend our condolences to Bert Jackson’s family and friends.

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Gettin’ Buggy Wit’ It at Numidia Dragway

Got a bug? Numidia Dragway has the cure.

September 17th 2011 is the Bug Rumble, a drag race and show open to all VWs, whether air- or water-cooled. Also featured is a VW swapmeet in the pits and a wheelstand competition on the track. Racer entry is $20. Gates open at 9:00 am, with racing from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Visit www.numidiadragway.com for more info.

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Outlaws Take Over Montgomery MotorSports Park

It’s the Southern Outlaw Tour coming to Montgomery MotorSports Park on September 16th and 17th, 2011. Classes include Pro Modified ($3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up), 7.00 Class ($2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, entry $100), 6.00 Class ($2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, entry $100), 5.30 Class ($2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, entry $100), and 4.70 Class ($2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, entry $100). 16-car minimum in 4.70 class; 20-car minimum in all other Classes.

Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm, with time trials at 6:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with qualifying at 3:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com for more info.

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Silvers Mean Gold At PRP's Silver Mine 10s

Pittsburgh Raceway Park’s Silver Mine 10s are September 16th, 17th and 18th, with a $10K on each day for electronics-equipped race cars.

Each race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters, $75 Eighths, and $50 Sixteenths. Entry is $150 for any single day, or $299 for the weekend. 1st Round buybacks are $90. Races are 1/8th mile; no gold cards, no break passes.

Gates open 12:00 noon on Friday; gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Visit pittsburghracewaypark.com for more info.

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Nostalgia Drags At “Old” England Dragway

New England Dragway’s 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Sundaaay! nostalgia race is September 18th, 2011, open to all hot rods, race cars and muscle cars 1972 and older. Classes include 7.50 Index, Classic Nostalgia, Amateur Nostalgia, Pro Nostalgia, Street, and Supercharged Shootout. Racer entry is $35.

Gates open at 7:30 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Visit www.newenglanddragway.com for additional information.

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GOJO to Give Away $4,000 Brand-Name Tool Chest

AKRON, Ohio (August 2011) – The GOJO® Tool Chest Giveaway continues to attract attention to America’s #1 Brand of Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner for tough soil environments.

On September 30, one lucky winner will receive an eleven-drawer top-brand-name workstation tool chest valued at more than $4,000. This summer-long promotion also includes weekly drawings of GOJO product prize packs.
Entries can still be submitted daily via the GOJO website at www.gojo.com/toolchest. Two additional entries can be gained by sharing the promotion on Twitter and Facebook. Full details and the names of weekly GOJO Prize Pack winners are available on the site.

The GOJO-sponsored Hanna Motorsports team is creating additional excitement for the GOJO Tool Chest Giveaway by handing out fliers to fans at IHRA and NHRA drag racing events. While admiring the GOJO Firebird Jet Funny Car, the Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster and the Top Secret Jet Funny Car, the drivers and crew chat with fans about GOJO and the Tool Chest Giveaway. Hanna Motorsports team action takes place nationally throughout the summer and into early October. View Hanna Motorsports' 2011 Race Schedule.

“Few events are more exciting than these races,” says Diana Costanzo, GOJO marketing director “The GOJO Firebird, driver Rich Hanna and the entire Hanna Motorsports team thrill and delight the crowd every time. They’re proud to represent GOJO and excited to spread the word about the GOJO Tool Chest Giveaway.”

To learn more about promotions, updates on the race team, and exciting innovations from GOJO, follow GOJOToughSoils on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

For more information about the GOJO Tool Chest Giveaway and GOJO sponsorship of the Hanna Motorsports team, visit www.gojo.com/automotive or call Diana Costanzo at 800-321-9647.

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Full Schedule Of Money Races at Numidia In 2011
Numidia Dragway has announced their 2011 schedule, and once again the track will present a number of big-money bracket races throughout the course of the year.

The money fun begins Memorial Day Weekend, with $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake races on Saturday, May 28th and again on Monday, May 30th. Sandwiched between on Sunday, May 29th are $2,500 Super Pro and $1,500 Pro ET races.

In June, there’ll be $5,000 Electronics and a $2,500 Footbrake races on Friday, June 10th; on Saturday June 11th it’ll be $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake, and on Sunday June 12th it’ll be $10,000 Electronics, $5,000 Footbrake, and $1,000 Street.

On Saturday, July 2nd Super Pro pays $2,500, Pro pays $1,500, and Street ET pays $1,000. In September, there are $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake races on Saturday, September 3rd, and $2,500 Super Pro, $1,500 Pro, and $1,000 Street on Sunday, September 4th.

October includes three straight weekends of big money racing with $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake on Saturday, October 1st and again on Sunday, October 2nd. On Saturday October 8th it’ll be $10,000 Electronics and $2,500 Footbrake; Sunday October 9th it’s $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake. On Saturday October 15th and Sunday October 16th, each day includes $5,000 Electronics and $5,000 Footbrake.

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

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Carolina Bracket Series At Coastal Plains Dragway

The Carolina Bracket Series makes a stop at Coastal Plains Dragway on Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th, 2011, with money races for Top ET and Mod ET on both days.

Top ET pays $5,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $50 3rd Round Win, based on a 100-car minimum. Each single-day entry is $85, or buy a weekend entry for $150. 1st Round buybacks are $50.

Mod ET pays $3,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $35 3rd Round Win, based on a 70-car minimum. Each single-day entry is $60, or buy a weekend entry for $100. 1st Round buybacks are $35.

Gates open Friday September 9th at 1:00 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am and Sunday at 10:00 am. Visit the website at www.coastalplainsraceway.com for more information.

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Pittsburgh Raceway Park Turns Back The Clock

The PID-Keystone Nostalgia Nationals comes to Pittsburgh Raceway Park on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 for a day of drag racing the way it used to be. Open to everything 1979 and older, the event will feature gassers, the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Cars, The Southern Slingshots, The Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Association, stick shift class, and a photo display. Car cruisers can show their cars for free with either a paid spectator entry or a $25 1/8 Mile entry.

Gates open 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit pittsburghracewaypark.com.

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Skyview Drags 6; Hurricane Irene 0

Skyview Drags, Tioga Center, N.Y. -- With Hurricane Irene barreling up the eastern seaboard and threatening to bring several inches of rain to Upstate NY beginning Saturday evening, Skyview Drags worked hard to bring a full day of drag racing to Rumble Ridge for the August 27 bracket race.

In Super Pro, Jack Reome from Blodgett Mills, N.Y. has struggled to find his rhythm. Finally, everything worked perfectly this week and Reome powered his dragster into Victory Lane. In the final, Reome drew the equally fast dragster of Russ Denmark out of Ovid, N.Y. Denmark ran a 4.936 ET on his 4.92 dial while Reome ran a 4.793 ET on his 4.78 dial. Reome had the starting line advantage with a better reaction time to give him the win. Chuck Fish from Ithaca, N.Y was the semi-finalist.

In the Pro class final (pictured), it was Frank Lagalbo from Frankfort, N.Y. against John Tracy out of Athens, Pa. Lagalbo left first with his slower-dialed Nova with Tracy giving chase in his ’55 Ford. Tracy had the reaction time advantage that sealed the deal and earned Tracy his first bracket racing win ever.

In the Bike/Sled class, Jamie Hitchcock powered his Ski-Doo sled to Victory Lane for the second week in a row.

Other Skyview winners: Kenneth Roberts (Street Money); Michael Lamb (Street Trophy); Camrie Caruso (Jr. Dragster). Visit www.skyviewdrags.com for full event and schedule information.

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It’s Gettin’ Old At Empire Dragway
Empire Dragway’s Nostalgia Gold Cup is Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th. There are five classes in this 1/8th mile race. No delay boxes allowed in any class.

Nostalgia Gas is for 1966 and older cars running 8.50 and quicker. Mod Gas is for 1972 and older cars running 7.50 and quicker. The payout is the same for Nostalgia Gas and Mod Gas: Winner gets $250 + Gold Cup Trophy, Runner-Up gets $200, Semis get $125, and Quarters get $75. Entry is $25 per day. Street Gas is for 1972 and older street & strip cars; slicks, open headers & transbrakes are permitted. Winner gets $600 + Gold Cup Trophy, Runner-Up gets $250, Semis get $100, and Quarters get $50. Entry is $40 per day. Open Comp is for altereds & front engine dragsters. Winner gets $200 + Gold Cup Trophy, Runner-Up gets $100, Semis get $50, based on 10 entries. Entry is $40 per day. Quick 8 Nostalgia is for 1972 and older; nitrous & blowers are permitted. Winner gets $500 + Gold Cup Trophy, Runner-Up gets $200, Semis get $75. Entry is $75 per day; non-qualifiers can run in Mod Gas, Open Comp, or Nostalgia Gas.

Gates open Saturday at 12:00 noon with time trials at 1:00 pm; gates open Sunday at 9:30 am with time trials at 10:30. Visit www.empiredragway.com for more information.

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ADRL Features Pro Modified Class With Payouts

After a successful debut, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is set to feature even more Pro Modified racing in 2011. The ADRL has announced that it will be running an eight-car qualifying field, with 12 participants invited to attend, at its final two events of the 2011 season, the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags V, which takes place Sept. 23-24 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and the LenMar Motorsports World Finals VII, which takes place Oct. 21-23 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.

The ADRL also released the purse for the final two Pro Modified events of the 2011. The winner at each event will receive $5,000, with the runner-up earning $2,500. Semifinalists earn $1,500 and first-round qualifiers will get $1,000. There will be a $250 entry fee for each Pro Modified car during these special invitational races.

For those interested in being part of the field at the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags V or the LenMar Motorsports World Finals VII, they must pre-register by contacting ADRL Director of Technical Services Chris Bell at chris@adrl.us. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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Skyview Drags: Kiekel Slays The Super Pro Dragon

Skyview Drags, Tioga Center, N.Y. -- With the weather forecast predicting a high chance of rain in the afternoon of Saturday, August 13th, Skyview Drags successfully pushed hard to get their weekly event finished before the skies opened up.

In Super Pro twenty-two racers signed up to vie for the $900 top prize. In the final, Chet Dragon and his altered would run the left lane dialed a 6.57 and Kathy Kiekel in her pick-up would run the right lane dialed a 6.03. With nearly identical reaction times, Kiekel gave chase to Dragon and in one of the closest finish line runs, Dragon broke out by 1/10,000 of a second running a 6.5699 to give Kiekel her third win of the season.

In the Pro class, thirty-three racers competed for the $900 top prize. In the final round, Mike Scribani from Delhi, N.Y. dialed a 6.60 on his Camaro and Jeff Coleman from Barton, N.Y. dialed a 7.10 on his Camaro. As both cars staged, Scribani suffered a trans-brake failure that caused his car to back out of the staging beams. The win light came on for Coleman and he notched his very first victory in Skyview’s Pro class.

Other Skyview winners: Brent Garcia (Bike/Sled); Shanon Fenton (Street Money); Howie Conklin (Street Trophy); Brandon Searcy (Teen); Jared Baker (Jr. Dragster).

Visit www.skyviewdrags.com for full event and schedule information.

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For Engine Builders from Performance Racing Industry

If you're in the business of building race engines, the latest issue of Performance Racing Industry magazine is for you. The cover story by Andy Heintzelman is Race Machining Technology, and discusses advances in CNC, honing and balancing. Keep up with all of these advances by attending the 24th Annual PRI Show, December 1st - 3rd in Orlando, FL. For information on attending, click HERE.

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Play Your Cards Right at MIR

Maryland International Raceway’s $10K - $2K Poker Bash is Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st. Each day has a $10,000 Top ET race, a $2,000 Win Mod ET race, and a $1,000 Win Poker Contest.

Top ET pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, $250 Eighths, and $150 Sixteenths. Entry is $161, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Mod ET pays $2,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters, and $75 Eighths. Entry is $61, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $40.

No double entries, no throttle stops. Gates open Saturday at 11:00 am with times runs at 2:30 pm. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with a time trial at 10:00 am.

Visit www.mirdrag.com for more info.

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Big Weekend On Tap At Oxford Dragway

The Central Mass. Drag Racers are coming to Oxford Dragway Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20th RESCHEDULED to August 26th and 27th due to rain. Being that there is no drag strip in Massachusetts, the Central Mass. Drag Racers visit tracks in the Northeast and have their own club race at those tracks. Friday night will be a gambler’s race, which Oxford racers are welcomed to join. Then on Saturday they have their own club race, after which they stick around to enter Oxford’s weekly bracket race.

Also on Saturday is the Kathy Hyde Memorial Race. Kathy and her husband Jim were Oxford’s track managers for many years (and Jim currently still works at the track). Since this weekend would have been their 43rd wedding anniversary Oxford Dragway is lowering the tech card entry fee for Top Eliminator and Modified to $43.00 instead of the regular $50.00. The total purse for the Memorial race is $1,700.00 ($1,000.00 Win, $300.00 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters); 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $25.00.

Rounding out Saturday’s schedule will be Round 2 of the Oxford Dragway / Winterport Dragway Challenge.

For more information visit www.oxforddragway.com.

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Elk Creek Overflows With Big Bucks

Saturday August 20th is the Footbrake Moneyfest at Elk Creek Dragway, paying $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, and $20 per round won starting with 3rd Round. Payouts based on a 65-car minimum. Entry is $60, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $30.

Double entries are permitted, but transbrakes and delay boxes are not allowed in footbrake cars.

Gates open at 11:00 am, with time runs at 1:00 pm. Visit www.elkcreekdragway.com for more information.

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Rookie Racer Tim Zyla Dominates Pro Class at Skyview Drags

Skyview Drags, Tioga Center, N.Y. – It was another gorgeous day of bracket racing at Skyview Drags today, Saturday, July 30th.

In Super Pro, 21 racers brought their dragsters, door slammers, altereds and roadsters to the staging lanes looking to take home the $900 winner’s prize. After losing first round, Don Kiekel from Binghamton, N.Y. and his Danny Nelson Racecraft dragster made their way through buybacks and continued to win rounds. Meanwhile, Randy Teed from Friendsville, Pa. was working his Camaro through the field with his sights set on the final. In the final, Teed dialed a 6.16 and would leave first against Kiekel’s 5.33 dial. Unfortunately, mechanical difficulties sent Teed’s Camaro lurching ahead, breaking the beams early causing him to foul and handing the win to Kiekel.

In Pro ET, 34 racers rolled their modified cars onto the track looking to take home the $900 top prize. Rookie racer and current points leader Tim Zyla, out of Sayre, Pa. has been dominating the class in the Manley Houghtalen Camaro that he started driving this year. Zyla steamrolled his way through the field and into another final. This time he would face the Belvedere of Zane Furman out of Camptown, Pa. Furman had a good .557 reaction time but his car broke out when it ran a 7.00 on his 7.02 dial and the win light automatically went to Zyla. Zyla had a better .525 reaction time off the starting line and the Camaro ran dead on his 6.34 dial.

Other winners: Boyd McGarry (Bike/Sled), Shanon Fenton (Street Money), Howie Conklin (Street Trophy), Teresa Kurtz (Teen Championship).

For more information about Skyview Drags or to see a full schedule of track events visit www.skyviewdrags.com.

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Lingenfelter Sponsors True Street at Holley LS Fest

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has teamed up with Holley Performance Products to sponsor the True Street drag race class event at the Holley LS Fest, September 9th - 11th, 2011, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

The True Street Class, which is a heads up class designed for fast street cars, is one of six classes in the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center Drag Racing portion of the Holley LS Fest. All participants will complete a 30-mile cruise before heading back to Beech Bend to make three passes down the track, which will be averaged to determine the winner of each index.

In addition to sponsoring the True Street class, Lingenfelter will have two drag race cars participating in this year’s Holley LS Fest. Last year, LPE attended and won the 2010 Camaro Pontiac G8 Class with their 2010 LS9 Supercharged Camaro. Lingenfelter also plans to participate in the 2012 event, racing their new Camaro in the Real Street Class.

The Holley LS Fest is dedicated to cars with GM’s LS engine. To learn more about the Holley LS Fest, visit LSFest.com. For more information about Lingenfelter Performance Engineering visit Lingenfelter.com.

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PRI 2011 Set To Attract Racing Business People From 65 Countries
The 24th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show will be here before you know it. You’ve no doubt seen the articles here about the upcoming show, and perhaps you saw our coverage from the 2010 show (see it HERE). We’ve already booked our flights and hotel and can’t wait for December. If you’re involved in the business-end of motorsports, the PRI Show is a must.

PRI 2011 will be held December 1st – 3rd, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It is a trade only event; attendees must be part of a racing business or professional race team to be admitted and there is no charge to attend. It features the latest advances in motorsports technology for all forms of auto racing. Approximately 1,100 companies will exhibit their new product lines for the 2012 race season in 3,200 booths. The whole event takes up 700,000 square feet. In addition to racing components and motorsports engineering solutions, the PRI Trade Show's famed Machinery Row offers race engine builders the single best place to comparison shop precision machining equipment. Over 100 manufacturers of race shop machinery have their latest machines on display and wired for live demonstrations on race engine parts.

"It's truly the international gathering place for racing industry professionals each year. You won't find more new racing products on display anywhere else on Earth," said Steve Lewis, producer of the PRI Trade Show. "If you're in the business of auto racing, you can't afford to miss it."

New for 2011 is the International Pavilion. It is being designed as an inviting meeting space for international buyers at the PRI trade Show, with such amenities as interpreters, email and Skype access, meeting rooms and more. Espresso, tea and other refreshments will also be available at the International Pavilion.

Several major events co-locate with the PRI Trade Show in Orlando, including Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (the most respected and longest running technical seminar series for race engine builders; November 28-30); Professional Motorsport Circuit Owners & Operators Convention (for motorsports facility owners, operators and managers to discuss the development of new and existing facilities to maximize the return on investment and look at options for expanding the revenue base; November 29-30); Congress of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (race safety experts from four continents - surgeons, doctors, medical professionals, sanctioning body and race track emergency personnel and motorsports engineers - meet to resolve motorsports safety issues; November 30-December 1); Vehicle Dynamics & Data Acquisition Seminar (Claude Rouelle, respected race engineer with 30 years experience, brings racers an in-depth understanding of how, why and how much certain factors affect vehicle behavior, plus the measurement tools to get it right; November 28-30); Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax (stars from NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, Grand-Am, NHRA and more return to their karting roots for one of the most unique races on the annual motorsports calendar. It will be held in purpose-built track adjacent to the Convention Center on Thursday night, December 1).

Racing professionals can register online on the PRI website, and make their hotel accommodations. For more information, go to www.performanceracing.com.

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Blue Ovals Take Over New England Dragway
New England Dragway’s Ford Fest is Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th. In addition to other Ford eliminators and shootouts, there are four bracket racing classes for all Fords and Ford-powered vehicles.

Fast Ford: delay boxes and other electronics allowed. ET Break 12.99 & quicker. Handicapped start .500 full tree. Payout is $1,000 Win, $500 Runner Up, $200 Semis (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 (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 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Visit newenglanddragway.com for more info.

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Brake Your Feet At Atco Raceway

Atco Raceway presents their $10,000 and $5,000 Footbrake Weekend Saturday and Sunday August 13th and 14th.

Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $100 Round starting with 4th Round, and $50 for 3rd Round loser. Entry is $185, and 1st Round buybacks are $85.

Sunday’s race pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $50 Round starting with 4th Round, and $25 for 3rd Round loser. Entry is $125, and 1st Round buybacks are $65.

Double entries permitted. Gates open both days at 9:00 am. Visit www.atcoraceway.com for info.

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Have Twice The Fun at MIR’s Mod ET $2K Doubleheader
Come out to Maryland International Raceway on Saturday August 13th for MIR’s Mod ET $2K Doubleheader for 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 $61 per race, and 1st & 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.

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Summit Racing Equipment To Sponsor ADRL Top Sportsman Class
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has announced that Summit Racing Equipment will be sponsoring the new Top Sportsman class for the rest of the 2011 ADRL season. The class, now called the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class, made its official debut in July at the Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.

“We feel the addition of the Top Sportsman class to the ADRL line up is a natural fit,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Equipment’s Motorsports and Events Manager. “The Top Sportsman racers we have spoken with are extremely excited to be a part of the ADRL and Summit Racing is excited to continue our support of sportsman racing with the official sponsorship of the class.”

The ADRL held four- and six-car Top Sportsman exhibitions at two earlier races this season. Summit Racing will be providing a Top Sportsman class decal for all participants to display on the front fender of the cars to show their support of the ARDL and the class. Summit Racing will also offer contingency payouts for event wins or runner-up finishes, drivers must use the Summit Racing rear tire covers and display the official contingency decal to be eligible. These items are available at the ADRL membership trailer at each event.

The sixth stop on the 2011 ADRL Tour takes place on August 12th - 13th at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, VA. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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Dover Drags at Lebanon Valley Dragway
After two years running their nostalgia drags at Island Dragway, the 2011 Dover Nostalgia Drags will be held August 20th – 21st at Lebanon Valley Dragway. This year’s event will include a car show & swap meet, along with NETO, The East Coast Gassers, and six nostalgia funny cars including Bob Sweatland’s “Lil Missbehaviour.” Classes include Dover New for anything post-1976 (the year the track closed), Dover Vintage for pre-1976, Dover 4-Speed Eliminator, and Dover Comp for altereds, gassers, rails, and anything supercharged.

For all the latest news & updates on the event, including rules and schedule, visit the forum at www.doverdragstrip.com.

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Have A Slammin’ Time At Richmond Dragway’s 10 Grand Slam

Richmond Dragway’s 10 Grand Slam weekend is coming up Saturday and Sunday August 6th - 7th. These 1/8th Mile gambler races are open to Top ET / Super Pro vehicles dialing 0.00 to 8.49, electronics permitted. No double entries allowed.

Each day pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $300 Quarters, $150 Eighths, and $100 Sixteenths. A single day entry is $150, or enter the weekend for $200. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Gates open each day 10:00 am. Visit richmonddragway.com.

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Sepanek Wins Super Circuit Sunday
Katie Sepanek took the win at Super Circuit Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway.

That's Katie standing third from the left in the photo. In the final, Katie (1972 I/SA Chevelle, .013, 11.543 on an 11.55) defeated Mike Ficacci (fouled). Jack Matyas was the lone semi-finalist.

 

 

 

 

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Million Dollar Race At Montgomery Motorsports Park In 2011
The 16th Annual Million Dollar Race Weekend has been scheduled for October 19th thru 23rd, 2011 at Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, Alabama. Car count is projected to be 300+ with a combined payout in excess of $600,000 over the four day event.
Racers can arrive Wednesday, October 19th for set-up and test & tune. Gambler’s Races will start on Thursday, October 20th. The Million Dollar Weekend will come to a close on Sunday, October 23rd. "I feel that Jim Howard has greatly improved the pit areas and overall appearance of Montgomery MotorSports Park over the last two years. Combine this with its centralized location, MMP will

make a great Venue for the 16th Annual Million Dollar Race Weekend," stated race promoter Randy Folk.

Current discussions are underway with two major television broadcast companies for tape delayed airing of the 2011 Million Dollar Race Weekend to be aired initially in the month of November and The Million Dollar Race Film Crew will once again be on site filming live interviews, all racing events, out-takes and other components for the 2011 Million Dollar Race Weekend DVD.

For more detailed information and updates please visit the website at www.race2themillion.com.

Hälsningarna Sverige! (Greetings Sweden!)
You think drag racing isn't big in other countries? Think again! I’ve noticed a lot of traffic lately coming to The Dragtime News from Sweden, so I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge my Swedish visitors.

I first began seeing traffic from Sweden when I published Burnouts 101: Heat Your Tires Without Beating Your Parts. The Swedish Stock & Super Stock Association picked it up and posted a link on their Facebook page. I didn’t even know there was a Swedish Stock & Super Stock Association! When I visited their page, it was apparent that they take their Stock and Super Stock racing seriously.

Most recently I was at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the Summer Motorsports Spectacular when I met Benny Alvenstrand. He was taking pictures of the Dodge so I went over and introduced myself. As we chatted he said we was here visiting from Sweden and that he publishes a website called Snucke (www.snucke.com) which is dedicated to his love of racing and Mopars. He’s a true die-hard drag racing fan.

It's pretty cool when our sport is being actively supported and grown beyond our own borders.

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VP Racing Fuels Associate Sponsor For The Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax
VP Racing Fuels has taken an Associate Sponsor position for the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax, to be held on Thursday night, December 1st, in Orlando. The event is part of the 2011 Performance Racing Industry Show. If you're planning to attend the 2011 PRI Show, make sure to set Thursday night aside for the Red Bull Kart Fight.

Stars from NHRA, NASCAR, ALMS, Grand-Am and more come to the world's largest racing trade show to compete in the popular kart race in Orlando, FL. The race course is a tight, technical, purpose-built race track adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center, site of the 2011 PRI Trade Show. Over 40,000 racing business people from 65 countries arrive in Orlando each December for the PRI Trade Show to view the latest advances in racing technology by 1,100 racing companies.

VP Racing Fuels is the official fuel supplier for the race. The event will run on VP's Motorsport 93, also known as MS93. It is unleaded, and designed for lower compression engines in racing series that require a consistent, cost-effective controlled fuel. It is the fifth year VP has supported the kart race at the PRI Trade Show.

"VP Racing Fuels is a recognized world leader in race fuel technology, and we're very excited to have the company onboard as an Associate Sponsor," said Steve Lewis, producer of the PRI Trade Show. "They supply the fuel that is actually requested by Rotax for its motors."

"We're proud to be the Official Racing Fuel of the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax" said Steve Scheidker, VP's Director of Marketing. "This event provides a great opportunity to remind those in the motorsports community of VP's involvement not only in karting, but across all segments of the racing industry. With nearly 70 blends of fuel for every conceivable racing application, VP's passion for racing and dedication to research and development is unsurpassed."

More details, including announcements of this year's participants in the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax race, will be unveiled on the PRI website: www.performanceracing.com.

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8.90 + 9.90 = The .90 Nationals at Numidia Dragway
Numidia Dragway plays host to The .90 Nationals on Saturday, August 27th (rain date: Sunday, August 28th), open to all NHRA and IHRA 8.90 and 9.90 cars. These classes will run separately; this is not a combo race. Each race pays $5,000 Win, $1,900 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $225 4th Round, and $120 3rd Round, based on 85 entries per class.

Gates open at 8:00 am, with time shots at 11:00 am and 1st round to start 45 minutes after qualifying (1st round is random lane pairings, 2nd round will go on a ladder).

The entry fees per class are $155 if pre-paid by May 31st; $170 if pre-paid by July 17th, and $200 at the gate (cash only). E-mail Rekeister@aol.com for more information.

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MASCA / MASGA: Boyle & Goldman Lead .90 Series Going Into Atco Event
The Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association (MASCA) and The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) will return to action at Atco Raceway on August 13th & 14th. MASCA & MASGA will be joined by the East Coast Stock / Super Stock series and the $10,000 & $5,000 Hoosier Footbrake Races.

MASCA has completed 4 events so far in the 2011 season with Tom Boyle, Jeff Livezey Jr, and Joey Cambria each claiming victories. Boyle is leading the points going into Atco with 4 races to go but is closely followed by Cambria, Dave Long, Livezey and Bill Hardifer.

MASGA has completed 6 races in the 2011 season with Tom Goldman claiming two wins and Iggie Boisceco, Kelli Barbato, Earl Nichols Jr and Scott Reinfod each claiming a win each. Goldman leads the points going into Atco with a small lead over Nichols, Pete Luciano, Shawn Harp and George Smith.

Gates will be open on Friday night (weather permitting) for anyone who is traveling from a long distance and would like to park. On Saturday and Sunday gates open at 9:00 am and time runs start at 10:00 am. Entry fees are $70.00 for Super Gas, to be paid to Lucky or Leanne, and $65.00 for Super Comp to be paid to Rob Keister. Gate & crew fees are paid at the entrance and are separate from the associations’ entry fees.
For any questions on MASCA, email Rob Keister at ReKeister@aol.com. For questions about MASGA e-mail Leanne at leanneluciano@hotmail.com or visit the webpage at www.midatlanticsupergas.com.

Skyview Drags: White, Zyla and Garcia Takes Wins at Mid-Season Championships

Skyview Drags, Tioga Center, N.Y. - Hot weather has invaded the Northeast and Saturday July 16th was no exception as a blazing sun blistered the Mid-Season Championships held at Skyview Drags. With an entire day filled with double points races on the line, racers filled the pits to take their shot at the top money and to add to their points as the standings in each class tighten up for the second half of the season.

In the Super Pro final, Ontario, NY’s Chuck White and his Malibu faced points leader Kathy Kiekel from Binghamton, N.Y. White had a .517 reaction time to Kiekel’s best-of-the-day .503. Kiekel ran a 6.059 on her 6.03 dial and White ran a 6.671 on his 6.66 dial. In the end, the margin of victory was .003 in White’s favor as he earned his second win at Skyview this season.

In the Pro final, current points leader Tim Zyla out of Sayre, Pa. faced second place points racer Steve Cross from Friendsville, Pa. Zyla had the advantage off the starting line with a .562 reaction time to Cross’ .621 but both race cars would break out by running under their dials. Cross ran a 6.335 ET on his 6.39 dial while Zyla ran a 6.319 on his 6.33 dial in to take the win light.

In the Bike/Sled final, Kenny Dolatowski from Camillus, N.Y. faced Brent Garcia his Buell from Cincinnatus, N.Y. Garcia, dialed in at a 6.92, would leave first with Dolatowski, dialed in at a 6.24 giving chase. Garcia had a .632 reaction time but Dolatowski was too eager to chase him down and went red off the starting line, handing the win over to Garcia.

Visit www.skyviewdrags.com for their complete schedule and racing information.

The Big Showdown at Virginia Motorsports Park

Virginia Motorsports Park presents The Big Showdown on Saturday, July 30th, including Quick 8 Shootout, 4.40 Shootout, Grudge Racing and testing for ADRL cars and bikes.

The Quick 8 Shootout pays $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, and $500 Semis. Open to all doorcars, entry is free with a $30 Test & Tune card. The 4.40 Shootout pays $1,200 Win, $600 Runner-Up, and $300 Semis. Also open to all door cars, entry is free with a $30 Test & Tune card.

Gates open 2:00 pm. Visit www.virginiamotorsports.com for more information.

Results: Mid Atlantic Super Comp at Maple Grove
The Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association (MASCA) ran race #s 3 & 4 of their 2011 season on July 9th & 10th at Maple Grove Raceway. On Saturday Frank Lauria and his '02 Quay dragster took the #1 qualifying spot with an 8.902. As eliminations got underway it would be local resident Joey Cambria and his “Bushwacker” 2003 Ken’s Kustoms dragster who would pull a “double-up” over the weekend. Cambria would start out by taking down Jeremy Hine, #3-in-points Dave Long and Bill Hardifer. In the final Cambria would take down Middletown, DE’s Chris Garretson’s '96 Quay dragster after Garretson took a slight starting line advantage but couldn’t run on the 8.90 index, handing the win the Cambria.

On Sunday Cambria claimed the #1 qualifying spot with a perfect 8.900. For his effort Cambria received a bye-run in the 1st round, took down Lee Ream in the 2nd and Long in the semis. The final would feature a shootout between Cambria and points leader Tom Boyle. Boyle took the advantage at the tree (.007 to .024), but Cambria made up for it by shaving .28 seconds and finishing with a run of 8.931 to Boyle’s 8.959.

Next up for MASCA is Joe Sway’s Atco Raceway in Atco, New Jersey on August 13th & 14th, 2011. For more information e-mail Rob Keister at ReKeister@aol.com.

Lead Your Ponies To The Creek
Elk Creek Dragway presents Mustang Mania on Friday, July 15th, 2011 and Ford vs. The World on Saturday July 16th, 2011.

Mustang Mania includes Street Mustang that pays $200 Win and $50 Runner-Up; entry is $15, and there’s a $5 buyback. Footbrake Mustang pays $500 Win and $100 Runner-Up, entry is $15, and there’s a $5 buyback. Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm, with time runs at 6:00 pm.

Ford Vs. The World includes Super Pro Eliminator that pays a guaranteed $2,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis; entry + Wild Card Buy Back: $80. Footbrake pays a guaranteed $2,000 Win and $200 Runner-Up; Entry + Wild Card Buy Back: $55. Gates open Saturday at 11:00 am, with time runs at 1:00 pm.

The Wild Card Buy Back is a one and only buy back into the race. It can be used in any round. For example, if you lose in the 4th round, turn in the wild card and you’re back in. According to Elk Creek Dragway's event flyer, if you have your unused Wild Card at the end of the race they’ll buy it back.

For more information visit www.elkcreekdragway.com.

A Must Read: Using Social Media For Your Racing Business
Many racers in The Dragtime News audience own speed shops, engine shops, transmission and chassis shops, lettering shops, or other performance retail businesses. This article by Performance Racing Industry is for you.

Social media may be a new frontier for some racing businesspeople, but when used properly, it can prove to be cost-effective and beneficial to a racing business. Here are some ways racing businesses are using Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and more to promote themselves. Learn what's right for your racing business, and how social media keeps you connected to your best customers. CLICK HERE to continue...

 

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MASGA: Reinford and Nichols Take Wins At Maple Grove Raceway

The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association completed race #5 & 6 at Maple Grove Raceway on July 9th & 10th. Scott Reinford from Gilbertsville, Pa and “The Moose” 1963 Corvette took the win on Saturday. Reinford started his day with a victory over Delaney Richardson, Earl Nichols Jr, Iggie Boicesco and Shawn Harp.

On the other side of the ladder was #2 points man Pete Luciano and his 1968 Camaro. Luciano would take down Tom Rakowski, Larry Edwards, Hank Smith and Darlene Staub. In the final Reinford claimed instant victory as Luciano went red by -.001.

On Sunday, winner Earl Nichols and his 1978 Corvette would start off eliminations by taking down Hank Smith, George Smith, Larry Edwards and Tom Goldman. Honey brook, Pa resident Vicki Beam and her 2000 Cavalier would be Nichol’s opposition in the final but before that Beam had to take down Chase Fahnestock, Lance Kreiger, and Joe Eckel. With the victory Beam got a bye-run to the final.

In the final Nichols was set on kill as he cut an outstanding .004 light to Beam’s .022 and with no room for error Beam had minimal room to sneak in between the 9.901 Nichols would lay down and force Beam to break-out with a 9.890.

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Tim McAmis Performance Parts Sponsoring ADRL Top Sportsman Low Qualifier

The ADRL has announced that ADRL sponsor Tim McAmis Performance Parts will be offering a new Top Sportsman No. 1 Qualifier Program. The low qualifier program will award the top qualifier in Top Sportsman $500 at each of the final five events during the 2011 season. This will begin at the Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII, which is the fifth of ninth stop on the 2011 ADRL Tour and takes place from U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.

One of the most popular full-bodied classes in drag racing, Top Sportsman racing continues to grow at a considerable rate in the ADRL. After four-car and six-car exhibitions were held earlier this year, Top Sportsman was recently named the seventh official class in the ADRL (joining Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Junior Dragster).

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Skyview Drags Wrap-Up: Tommy Ingalls No Guts No Glory Gambler's Race

TIOGA CENTER, N.Y. - A perfect race day was on tap for the Tommy Ingalls No Guts No Glory Gambler's Race hosted by Skyview Drags on Saturday, July 9. Ingalls, from Oneonta, N.Y. was a long time bracket racer and had called Skyview his home track since 2005. He passed away on October 21, 2010 at age 53 after a courageous battle with cancer. His family joined their closest friends in honoring his love of drag racing by participating in a Box / No Box gamblers race with over $4,500 in payout money.

The day got underway as 36 Box cars took to the track. In the semi-final round, Joe Ingalls took the win over Dean Olschewske from Ontario, N.Y. Ingalls had a stellar .502 reaction time and ran a 6.157 on his 6.11 dial. Olschewske had a .550 reaction but his car ran a 6.523 on a 6.19 dial. Paul Kelsch, also from Ontario, N.Y. had a bye into the final.

The No Box class started with 38 cars. In the semi-finals Rob Nelson defeated Mike Scribani from Delhi, N.Y. Dave Fetterman, from Binghamton, N.Y. had a bye run into the final.

With only four cars remaining, the finals of each class were set. Unfortunately, it was then late at night and the dew had set in. There was also debris on the track from the fireworks show courtesy of track owner George Swansbrough. All four drivers got together and agreed to split the purse money and give the Tommy Ingalls No Guts No Glory trophies to the local racers, declaring them the winners of this one-time event. Pictured in photo are Tommy Ingalls No Guts No Glory Gambler's Race winners Paul Kelsch, Rob Nelson, Joe Ingalls and Dave Fetterman as they celebrate in Victory Lane with the late Ingalls' Corvette.

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Getting Nostalgic: MANDRA Announces 2011 Schedule
The Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association (MANDRA) has announced its 2011 schedule, which features 15 points events and 3 non-points weekends.

MANDRA’s points series kicks off April 2nd at Mason Dixon Dragway; after that it’s May 1st (Island Dragway), May 15th (Numidia Dragway), May 22nd (Quarter Aces), May 28th & 29th (Beaver Springs Dragway), June 4th (Atco Raceway), June 11th (Cecil County Dragway), June 26th (Island Dragway), July 2nd & 3rd (Maple Grove Raceway), July 23rd (Mason Dixon Dragway), August 14th (Numidia Dragway), September 3rd & 4th (Beaver Springs Dragway), September 11th (Quarter Aces), October 8th (Atco Raceway), and October 22nd ( Cecil County Dragway).

The non-points weekends are June 10th – 12th (Beaver Springs Dragway’s Gasser Reunion), June 16th – 18th (Bowling Green’s Hot Rod Reunion), and July 8th – 10th (York US30 Reunion).

Members receive decals for their cars as well as the MANDRA newsletter, which is published throughout the year featuring race results, current points standings, and other current news. Race winners also receive a winner’s decal, and, at certain events, a share of a cash purse. At the season’s end, the top 20 points earners receive cash awards, with special trophies going to the top 3.

For more information or to download a MANDRA membership application, visit www.mandraracing.com.

East Coast Gassers Release 2011 Schedule
The East Coast Gassers are back for another season of old-school drag racing. Their 2011 schedule kicks off June 10th -12th with the Gasser Reunion at Beaver Springs Dragway. The week after they’ll be at Numidia Dragway on June 19th, then it’s back to Beaver Springs on July 9th & 10th for the York US30 Reunion. On July 24th, the Gassers make the trip to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ for the Old Time Drags & Funny Car Reunion. In August, they pay a visit to Lebanon Dragway for the two-day Dover Nostalgia Drags August 20th & 21st. On September18th the next stop is the Mopar Nationals at Atco Raceway. Rounding out the schedule is the Jalopy Showdown at Beaver Springs Dragway on October 1st, Atco Raceway on October 8th, and Atco Raceway on November 6th for the track’s Fall Finale.

The East Coast Gassers’ intent is that all cars in competition closely resemble the outward appearance of the gas cars that competed in the 50s through the early 70s.

For a complete list of rules, visit www.eastcoastgassers.com.

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Gallen Grabs Third Straight Cavalcade Victory

Peter Gallen was the first to admit the Poverty Stricken nostalgia nitro funny car wasn’t running up to its full potential at the recent Cavalcade of Funny Cars at Maple Grove Raceway.

Still, the Broomall, Pa., resident wasn’t about to let his streak of victories at The Grove come to an end. Going against John Hale and his Nitro Boss FC in the final just , Gallen grabbed the victory in his 1974 Vega with a pass of 6.356 seconds at 234.82 mph.

Beating Hale and his ’69 Boss Mach in the final was especially satisfying for Gallen and his crew. In the first round, Hale (Addison, TX) grabbed Gallen’s Nostalgia Funny Car elapsed time track record with a pass of 5.852, besting Gallen’s previous mark of 5.890 from 2010. Under the Chicago Style format, Hale and Gallen advanced to the final because both had the lowest ETs in the first round. Gallen ran 5.877 on his initial pass.

In the final, Hale couldn’t get to Gallen after getting a bad reaction time off the start. He almost caught him at halftrack, but then drifted over the centerline for an automatic disqualification. From that point, Gallen was able to keep his car steady over the finish line.

Nitro Funny Car final: Peter Gallen (1974 Vega, .109, 6.356 seconds @ 234.84 mph) defeats John Hale (1969 Boss Mach, foul).

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PRI 2011: Racing Professionals Will Race To Orlando for Race Industry Week 2011
If you’re a racing professional (dragstrip owner / operator, engine builder, chassis builder, transmission or drivetrain builder, machinist, racing retailer, etc.), make sure to keep yourself current with the cutting-edge of technology and go to Orlando the week of Monday, November 28, through Saturday, December 3 and attend the events of Race Industry Week 2011. It's the week of the annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (The PRI Show), December 1-3, 2011, in the the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. With 1,100 companies exhibiting the latest advances in racing components and over 40,000 racing business people in attendance, the PRI Trade Show has been the gathering place each year for racing professionals for over two decades. If you've never attended The PRI Show, visit our Dragtime News On Location coverage of the 2010 show HERE to see a report from the show floor.

Additional events have chosen to co-locate with the PRI Trade Show, offering even more value for the price of a plane ticket to those who make a living in racing. Race engine builders, race track owners and operators, race safety personnel, race car builders and more will find extraordinary special events specifically for their interests and education. Here's a look at the schedule of events for Race Industry Week 2011: AETC Race Engine Seminar Series (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday); Vehicle Dynamics & Data Acquisition Seminar - Advanced Advice on Chassis Tuning For Race Teams (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday); Professional Motorsport Circuit Convention 2011 - Business Strategies for Race Track Owners & Operators (Tuesday, Wednesday); Annual Congress of ICMS - Meeting of Racing's Most Prestigious Safety Organization (Wednesday, Thursday); Industry Roundtable - The Best Annual Panel Discussion on Key Issues in Racing Today (Wednesday); EFI University XFI Training Course - Seminar on Electronic Fuel Injection for Performance & Racing Applications (Wednesday); PRI Trade Show - 3 Biggest Business Days in Racing (Thursday, Friday, Saturday); Exhibitor Seminars - Over 20 Technical Seminars Offered by Exhibiting Companies at no charge (Thursday, Friday, Saturday); Management Seminars - 6 Business Seminars Specifically for Racing Entrepreneurs (Friday, Saturday); Bobby Rahal Young Drivers Symposium - Career Advice from Rahal & Other Experts (Saturday).

To register, reserve room or get more information on The PRI Show, go to www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow.

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Sixteen Car Qualifying Field For Top Sportsman Coming To ADRL

Top Sportsman is now an official class in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL). Due to an overwhelming response from racers and fans following two exhibition races in the ADRL, the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league announced on Thursday that it will add a full 16-car qualifying field to its thrilling and fast-paced racing program. Top Sportsman joins Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Junior Dragster.

There will be open participation for those interested and the 16-car qualifying field will begin the Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII, July 15-16 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI. The ADRL also announced the purse for Top Sportsman. The winner at each event will receive $2,000, with the runner-up earning $1,000. Semifinalists earn $500, quarterfinalist will get $400 and first-round qualifiers will earn $300.

For those interested in being part of the field at the Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII, they must pre-register by contacting ADRL Director of Technical Services Chris Bell at chris@adrl.us. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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Be Afraid at Montgomery MotorSports Park

It’s OK to be scared at Montgomery MotorSports Park on Sunday, July 16th 2011, just as long as you’re quick, too. It’s The Quick and the Scared 10.5 4.90 Outlaws along with 4.70 Pro Mod, 5.30 Heads-Up, 6.00, 7.00, and 5.70 indexes.

10.5 Outlaws, 4.70 Pro Mod, and 5.30 Index each pay $2,500 Win; 6.00 and 7.00 each pay $3,000 Win, and 5.70 pays $1,500 Win. Entry for each class is $100.

Gates open 10:30 am, with time trials at 2:30 pm. For more info, visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Dunham, Hertzog Lead AMC Charge At Island
Great Meadows NJ, June 26th 2011 - Today's Nostalgia Race Event at Island Dragway showcased the cars of three nostalgia drag racing organizations (MANDRA, NETO and NENDRA) along with four nostalgia brackets which allowed non-club members to participate at this historic New Jersey drag racing venue. Of particular note were the class victories of two diehard AMC racers, Blaine Hertzog (left in the photo) and Rob Dunham. Hertzog, a multi-time class and bracket title winner, brought home top honors in the Nostalgia 4 bracket with his deadly consistent 1971 AMC S/C Hornet.

Dunham, a machinist by trade, took home honors in Nostalgia 2 bracket with his 1968 AMC Javelin, powered by a 360 cubic inch engine. Solid performances in the 11.40 range took Dunham to the class final where his opponent fouled away any chance of stopping the AMC sweep.

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Sportsman Spectacular at Maryland Int'l Raceway

The Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular is coming to Maryland Int’l Raceway on July 8th - 10th with cash purses and awards up for grabs for the track’s Speed Unlimited ET Series racers in Top ET, Modified ET and Junior Dragster.

In Top ET (1/4 mile, 12.99 & quicker), the winner payout will be $5,000 to win plus an IHRA Ironman Trophy. There's also $2,000 to the runner-up, $750 to the semi-finalists and $100 per round starting with 2nd round winners. The entry fee in Top ET is $125, and re-entry is $80. In Modified ET (1/4 mile, all run race), the winner payout will be $2,000 to win plus an IHRA Ironman Trophy. There's also $750 to the runner-up, $250 to the semi-finalists, $100 to the quarter-finalists and $75 to the eighth-finalists. The entry fee in Modified ET is $60, and re-entry is $40.

In Junior Dragster, the winner payout will be a $1,000 savings bonds plus an IHRA Ironman Trophy. There’s also a $200 savings bond going to the runner-up, $100 savings bond to the semis and a $50 savings bond to the quarters. The class will consist of one age group only (the same as MIR’s weekly ET program) and is treated just like Top Dragster, Quick Rod or any of the other IHRA classes. The entry fee in Junior Dragster is $40, and re-entry is $20.

Both IHRA and NHRA valid memberships, licenses and chassis tags accepted. If you are running the ET classes only, you only need to have an IHRA/NHRA membership if you’re fast enough to require it. Visit MIR’s website at www.mirdrag.com for more info.

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The Beaver Beats The Clock

Beaver Springs Dragway’s 8th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals is Saturday and Sunday July 9th and 10th. This is one of Beaver Springs’ biggest events of the year, and includes NETO, Nostalgia Super Stock, Jr. Stock, Nostalgia Funny Cars, East Coast Gassers, and Nostalgia ET bracket racing. Jr. Stock is for 1975 and earlier, period-correct, factory or flat hood cars. No electronics, $1,000 purse. Nostalgia ET is for 1975 and earlier race cars, no electronics (transbrakes are OK), $1,000 purse.

Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with nostalgia test & tune beginning at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Visit www.beaversprings.com for more info.

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Skyview Drags: Tommy Ingalls No Guts, No Glory Gambler's Race

Skyview Drags presents on 7/9 the Tommy Ingalls “No Guts No Glory” Gambler’s Race, a Box/No Box event where the winner of each class will run the other for an additional $2,000 paycheck riding on that one race.

Tommy Ingalls of Oneonta, NY was a champion bracket racer. He was Super Pro track champion at ESTA Safety Park in 1989 and Super Pro track champion at Skyview Drags in 2007. Tommy also had 2 perfect packages in his beloved ’92 Corvette. In 1998 he was the NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals champion. Tommy passed away in October 2010 and this race is a celebration of his love for the sport.

Box Class pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-up, and $150 Semis; entry $65. No Box Class pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-up, and $100 Semis; entry $60. Box vs. No Box Winner Showdown - Winner Takes All $2,000 to Win. Visit www.skyviewdrags.com for more info.

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The Proof Is In The Footing At Bristol Dragway

The World Footbrake Challenge V is Friday July 15th – Sunday July 17th at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, TN. The Challenge gives footbrakers four chances to win $10,000 over the course of the weekend: one 1/8 mile race each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and one 1,000 foot race on Saturday morning.

The 1/8 mile races pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry for any single 1/8 Mile $10K is $150. First round buybacks are $100. The 1,000’ race is a 64-car shootout that pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $750 Quarters, and $375 2nd Round Win. Entry is $375. No doubles, no buybacks.

Parking on Thursday is 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am each day. Visit www.worldfootbrakechallenge.com for more info.

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Atco’s 2011 Summer Series July 4th Weekend
Atco’s Summer Series continues July 4th weekend with $5,000 gambler’s races on Friday and Sunday, and a $10,000 on Saturday. ET Breaks are 6.50 – 12.99, electronics permitted.

The $5Ks each pay $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, and $400 Quarters. Below the quarters, $75 Round starts with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $140, buybacks are $90. The $10K pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, and $500 Quarters. Below the quarters, $100 Round starts with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $190, buybacks are $120.

Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time trials until 3:30 pm and eliminations following. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am, with time trials until 12:00 noon and eliminations following. Visit www.atcoraceway.com.

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Outlaws Invade Englishtown
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ is bringing back extreme, high-horsepower door cars with the return of The Big Tire Outlaws. The Big Tire Outlaws is a rebirth of a class born in the mid 90’s at Englishtown known as the Ultra Quick 8. This new five-race series is for back-half, big tire, factory appearing cars that use every imaginable way to make horsepower. Race dates are May 22nd, June 12th, July 31st, August 21st, and October 7th, 8th, and 9th at Shakedown At E-Town.

The base rules are 3,200 lb. base weight. No Pro Modified cars, this is for factory produced cars with VIN numbers only. One power adder, any tire size. Courtesy staging in effect, AutoStart will be on set at 7-seconds. All NHRA safety and license rules are in effect. If you’re interested in participating, visit www.bigtireoutlaws.com and check the rules page to see where your car fits.

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Hanna Motorsports Announces Marketing Partnership with GOJO
Hanna Motorsports, Enfield, CT, a 47-year professional exhibition drag race company, announces the signing of a sponsorship agreement with GOJO Industries, Inc. Akron, Ohio. GOJO will be represented on Hanna Motorsports’ exhibition jet car teams, with the primary car being the “First Strike” Firebird of driver Rich Hanna, which will now be known as the “GOJO Firebird.” The Firebird is the current ‘World Speed and ET Record Holder’ in the Jet Funny Car category, having run a best time of 5.42 @ 296 MPH. “We are extremely proud to represent GOJO with our exhibition jet car teams and look forward to a successful, growing, and long-term relationship”, states Al Hanna, President of Hanna Motorsports. Driver Rich Hanna adds, “This is really exciting for Hanna Motorsports. I am proud to represent GOJO, America’s #1 Brand of Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner, at events across the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. 2011 should be great.”

Diana Costanzo, Marketing Director for GOJO, echoed the Hannas’ comments. “We look forward to working with Al, Rich, and the entire Hanna Motorsports team. Many of their loyal fans enjoy fixing cars and doing work that gets their hands dirty, and we want them to know GOJO is the best choice for getting their hands clean. We believe Hanna Motorsports is the perfect fit to help us connect with our customers. We’re very excited to start and grow this program with them.”

The Hanna Motorsports team cars, the “Queen of Diamonds” 300 MPH Jet Dragster, driven by Jill Canuso, the ”GOJO Firebird”, and the “Top Secret” Firebird, driven by Ken Hall, are recognized as one of the top teams in the history of the exhibition jet car category. In 2011, the team cars will appear in between 60 and 70 events, including race events, trade shows, auto shows, and other special venues, and all will carry the GOJO logo.

The GOJO Firebird makes its initial 2011 debut at the traditional Easter Weekend event at Roxboro Dragway, Roxboro, North Carolina, April 23-24. The entire team debuts the ‘GOJO’ colors at the upcoming Blaster Racing/Lucas Oil NHRA Points Series Championship race being held at Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio, May 13-15.

For more information about the GOJO Skin Health Program for Tough Soils Environments, visit www.gojo.com/automotive.

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Cosenza Wins Lebanon Valley NENDRA Event

The North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (NENDRA) visited Lebanon Valley Dragway recently and completed a great event despite a few lengthy shutdowns due to non-NENDRA wrecks.

The semi-finals saw a pair of Mopar vs. Chevelle match-ups as John Colabattista and his 1962 Plymouth lost to the 1970 Chevelle of NENDRA-newcomer Bob Smith (right in photo). On the other side of the ladder was the 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger of Jason Heintz falling to the 1966 Chevelle of Rich Cosenza (left in photo). In the final, Smith and Cosenza came together for an all-Chevelle match-up. Coming out on top was Cosenza and his 1966 (.051, 11.609 on an 11.59) taking the win over Smith and his 1970 (.120, 10.809 on a 10.84).

The next stop for NENDRA is Saturday July 18th at Lebanon Valley Dragway. Visit www.nendra.com for more info.

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GMPP E-ROD Concept Highlights Barrett-Jackson
Efficiency isn’t a word typically associated with hot rods, but when the GM Performance Parts (GMPP) E-ROD 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hit the road for this summer’s Hot Rod Power Tour, it delivered an impressive average of 23 mpg on the drive from Florida to Michigan. That was with a 430-horsepower LS3 V-8 under the hood and emissions performance comparable to a new Camaro SS.

The key to this classic cruiser’s balanced performance was the GMPP-engineered E-ROD crate engine system, which features emissions equipment designed to make it compliant with increasingly stringent emissions laws. In fact, the E-ROD LS3 in the GMPP ’55 carries Executive Order (EO) number D-126-30 from California Air Resources Board (CARB), making it legal for installation in pre-OBD II (1996-and-earlier) vehicles in that state. It also delivers on the expectations of a new generation of hot rodders and custom car builders, where greater fuel economy and lower emissions play more important roles in their projects.

All of the E-ROD engine packages, transmissions and Supermatic transmission controllers are available through authorized GM Performance Parts retailers, GM dealership parts departments and via GMPP’s Web site: gmperformanceparts.com. The engines are backed by a two-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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Open Race With MANDRA at Beaver Springs

Have you ever thought of running at a Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (MANDRA) event, but you’re not currently a member? If so, come out and race with MANDRA at Beaver Springs Dragway on Saturday, July 9 during the York US30 Reunion. On this day only, MANDRA is opening its roster to non-members for non-points racing. Dust off your pre-1972 muscle car and test your reaction time against some of the best nostalgia racers in the Mid-Atlantic region. On the day of the race, simply sign in at the MANDRA headquarters trailer. All entries must meet MANDRA rules, which are available at www.mandraracing.com.

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A Must-Read: "Improve Your Retail Selling Techniques"

Many racers in The Dragtime News audience own speed shops, engine shops, transmission and chassis shops, lettering shops, or other performance retail businesses. This article by Performance Racing Industry is for you.

One of the fastest ways to tune up profitability is for the entire retail sales team to improve their sales skills. Revenues go up at no additional expense. Good salespeople guide their customers to making smart decisions now by probing their needs and delivering solutions. Read this article for practical, proven tips to turn shoppers into buyers. CLICK HERE to continue...

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Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Announces 2011 Schedule
Tri-State Stock / Super Stock AssociationThe Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Association has announced a seven-race series for 2011: April 2nd – 3rd (Mason-Dixon Dragway), May 29th (Quaker City Motorsports Park), June 4th (Pittsburgh Raceway Park), July 10th (Beaver Springs Dragway), September 10th (Pittsburgh Raceway Park), September 17th (Quaker City Motorsports Park), and November 5th & 6th (Mason-Dixon Dragway). All races are 1/4 mile and are open to any legal NHRA or IHRA classed S/SS car.

Points and non-points racers are eligible for the same race payouts: 23 cars guarantees $1,000 Win and $500 Runner-Up; 40 cars guarantees $1,500 Win and $700 Runner-Up. Round money starts at $50 2nd round, and doubles each round after ($100 3rd round, $200 4th round, $400 5th round, in a six round race).

These payouts apply to Tri-State Stock / Super Stock races with a $100 entry. Win two rounds and get your entry fee back. Win one round, get half of it back.

For more information about joining the Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Association, contact Mike Carr at dragrace1302@verizon.net.

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The Roaring .90s: MASGA and Super Comp Association Announce 2011 Schedules
The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) and Ken Moses Race Transmissions Super Comp Association have announced 2011 racing schedules for both of these popular .90 drag racing series.

For 2011, the racing will consist of ten races for MASGA and eight for the Super Comp Series.
The season opener will take place at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md on May 21st & 22nd. This will be a great warm-up race for all drivers who would like to test & tune before the NHRA Lucas Oil Race the weekend following at Maple Grove Raceway.

MASGA will then venture out on its own on Father’s Day Weekend (June 18th & 19th) for a visit to Bob Dimino’s Numidia Dragway. Dimino has stepped up to the plate for 2011 and will guarantee the $1,000 winner’s payout. Dimino has also added if MASGA draws over 30 cars he will up the payout to $1,500.

The Super Comp Circuit rejoins MASGA on July 9th & 10th for the “2nd Annual Super Circuit Shootout” at Maple Grove Raceway. Then it’s on to Joe Sway’s Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ on August 13th & 14th, the first of two stops at Atco Raceway in 2011. This race will fall the weekend after the Lucas Oil Divisional Event at the same track. Both series will finish up the season back at Atco Raceway on September 17th & 18th.

2011 Mid Atlantic Super Gas & Ken Moses Race Transmissions Super Comp Association Schedule:
May 21st & 22nd: Cecil County Dragway (MASGA, SC); June 18th & 19th: Numidia Dragway (MASGA); July 9th & 10th: Maple Grove Raceway (MASGA, SC); August 13th & 14th: Atco Raceway (MASGA, SC); September 17th & 18th: Atco Raceway (MASGA, SC).

For more information about MASGA, visit their website at www.midatlanticsupergas.com; for more information about the Super Comp Association, visit their Facebook page HERE, or e-mail Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com.

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Ready, Aim, FIRE at Montgomery MotorSports Park
It’s the Night Of Fire and Southern Outlaw Tour at Montgomery MotorSports Park on July 1st and 2nd, 2011.

Classes include Pro Modified ($3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up), 7.00 Class ($2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, entry $100), 6.00 Class ($2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, entry $100), 5.30 Class ($2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, entry $100), and 4.70 Class ($2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, entry $100). 16-car minimum in 4.70 class; 20-car minimum in all other Classes.

Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm, with time trials at 6:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with qualifying at 3:00 pm and 1st Round at 7:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com for more info.

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Legends At Maryland Int’l Raceway

The Legends At Budd Creek nostalgia drags and show is Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th, 2011. Events include celebrity appearances of MIR's Legends Hall of Fame, nostalgia-style racing action, Cruise In & Geezer Eliminations, and a "Cackle Fest" on both Friday and Saturday nights. Nostalgia racing continues on Saturday with special exhibition races plus a huge swap meet. Bracket classes include Nostalgia AA (12.99 & quicker, electronics), Nostalgia BB (10.99 & quicker, footbrake), Nostalgia CC (11.00 & slower, footbrake), and Nostalgia DD (all manual transmission cars). Each class pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up. All cars must be 25 years old or older.

Visit Maryland International Raceway’s website at www.mirdrag.com for complete event info.

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ECSSSA Results, June 12th
Results from the East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association race at Atco Raceway on Sunday June 12th, 2011.

Frank Ferrucci (J/SA 1990 Camaro, .050, 11.956 on a 12.01) defeats Kevin Fogerty Sr. (N/SA 1965 Impala, -.018, 12.148 on a 12.12. Semi-finalists were Steve Calabro (A/SA 1969 Camaro) and Howard Barsky (SS/NA 1957 Chevrolet Wagon).

 

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Catch A Buzz At Numidia Dragway
The East Coast Electric Drag Racing Association (ECEDRA) will be coming to Numidia Dragway on June 25, 2011. ECEDRA is a coalition of racing enthusiasts, EV racing owners and supporters with a goal in promoting the sport of electric vehicle racing. The association promotes the use of electric vehicles for racing as a sport. The EV world is growing daily with members from all over the east coast of the United States and beyond.

Gates open at 9:00 am, with a test & tune at 10:00 am. I’m guessing you can leave the earplugs at home. For more information about the ECEDRA, visit their website at www.ecedra.com.

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ATI Challenger Wins Twice at the NMCA Hemi Shootout

ATI's Chief Operating Officer JC Beattie Jr, had a great weekend behind the wheel of his Drag Pak Challenger #047. The Shop Hemi and Modern Street Hemi groups put on a special event during the recent NMCA races at Maryland International Raceway. There were various dial indexes for late model Hemis ranging from 9.5 to 15 seconds, so there was a class for everyone. The ATI Performance Products Drag Pak fell into the Nitrous Outlet Unlimited class this year running against other late model Hemis with turbos, superchargers and lots of spray.

The Drag Pak was able to qualify number two at a 9.92 behind the Arrington Challenger, which ran a 9.69. However, when the final round ended the ATI Challenger stood in the winner's circle. Later that night, the other 3 class winners all raced in an Index style format for "King of the Hill" honors where Beattie and his Challenger were able to snag a second win. Two wins in one night for the ATI Drag Pak set the goals for the season.

The ATI Drag Pak Challenger runs a Gary Stanton Racing built 370ci Hemi motor in legal NHRA Stocker trim, with Fuel Injection via AEM and Devin Pearce, and a Super Damper on the front and the ATI custom Drag Pak Starter as well. The Challenger is equipped with an ATI 8" Treemaster MRT converter and ATI built Ultra Lightweight Competition 904 Transmission using new Super F synthetic fluid. JC and the Challenger get great support from Moser rear ends, Moroso, Racepak, Manley, Mark Williams drive shafts, Rinehart's Performance, MPR Racecars, XS Batteries and Joe Gibbs Driven lubricants.

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ECNSSA Opener At Atco Raceway
The East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock series held their 2011 opener at Atco Raceway on June 5, 2011. With twelve cars entered, the final round came down to the same pair that faced off at the series finale last November: Steve Consentino's 413 Max Wedge-powered "Yankee Clipper" 1962 Dodge Dart wagon from Dumont, NJ against the 2010 series champion "Big Red" 1963 1/2 406 Ford Galaxie of George Gudat and Charlie Morris of Toms River, NJ. On this day Steve was robbed of his chance at revenge for the previous final round defeat at the hands of George and his big Ford when a charging system problem caused him to miss the call to the lanes. George soloed at 11.38 118 mph for the win and an early points lead for the season.

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The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Throttle Stops

The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association will invade Numidia Dragway for 2 races on Father’s Day Weekend June 18th & 19th, 2011. This will be the 5th year that MASGA has visited the “Thrills in the Hills” in Numidia, Pa.

An added bonus to joining MASGA at Numidia on Father’s Day Weekend is what Track Owner Bob DiMino is doing for the association. DiMino is stepping up to the plate and guaranteeing the payout of $1,000 to the winner on each day. DiMino has also added an additional bonus to the MASGA racers. If the car count is more than 30, DiMino will up the payout to the winner to $1,500 dollars. DiMino will once again live up to Numidia Dragway’s nickname as the “Home Of The Guaranteed Payout.”

Each day’s entry is $35.00 at the gate and then once inside racers pay Lucky or Leanne the $70.00 MASGA entry to run the MASGA race for that day. You can race on one day or both, it is not required that you attend both days.

To join MASGA visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com, scroll to the middle of the page and click on the membership form button; otherwise you can simply join at the track. For questions you can forward them to Leanne Luciano at leanneluciano@hotmail.com.

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Seeing Double at MIR

Maryland International Raceway gives their Electronics racers two chances to win $5,000 on Saturday June 18th, 2011 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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Where’s That Confounded Stripe? Going Long In Maine
For those of you interested in going really flat-out but don’t want to go all the way to the Bonneville Salt Flats, did you know there’s a high-speed event in the Northeast? It’s in Maine at the upcoming 2011 Maine Event to be held July 15th – 17th at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, ME.

The 2011 Maine Event will bring together motorsports enthusiasts from around the globe for the pursuit of speed. It is a chance to see the latest trends in performance and to experience a true spectacle of motorsports. Racers from as far as Alabama and southern California come to experience the flattest and fastest 2.5-mile piece of asphalt in the world. The timing of The Maine Event to Speed Week makes it a logical event for racers to shake-down their vehicles prior to heading to Bonneville.

The mission is to provide a safe, fun, and fast environment for racers to pursue terminal speed. For more information, visit www.lta-lsr.com.

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Curt George Memorial Race at Pittsburgh Raceway Park

Bob George Racing presents the 7th Annual Curt George Memorial Double Race Weekend at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, Friday – Sunday, June 17th – 19th, 2011. All-Mopar classes include Quick (weekend entry $115), Hemi (weekend entry $100), Max Wedge (weekend entry $90), Super Pro (weekend entry $90), Pro (weekend entry $70) and Sportsman (weekend entry $50).

Gates open all three days 8:00 am. Visit PRP's website at pittsburghracewaypark.com.

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Skyview Drags Two Day Memorial Weekend Recap
TIOGA CENTER, N.Y. -- The Memorial Day Weekend brought a two day race to Skyview Drags. Saturday was Old School Nostalgia Night with special shows from NETO (Northeast Timing Organization). Sunday was a regular points race for all classes.

In NETO Comp, Brian English lined up against the Fiat-bodied altered of Joe Morrison from New Jersey, with Morrison earning the win. In NETO Nostalgia, Lee Mills from Newark Valley, N.Y. and his’67 Ford Fairlane defeated Craig Norton and his ’55 Ford Thunderbird. Mills had the better reaction time and ran dead on his 7.29 dial to take the win. Also on Saturday, in Super Pro Kathy Kiekel from Binghamton, N.Y. defeated the Nova of Jim Potenziano Sr. from Johnson City, N.Y, who broke. In Pro, Bruce Rowan and his Camaro defeated a red-lighting Mike LaRose and his “Hustle Stuff” ’68 GTX.

On Sunday in Super Pro, Chuck Fish from Ithaca, N.Y. defeated Matt Spisak. Fish had a .516 reaction time and ran 4.952 on a 4.94 dial while Spisak had a .527 reaction time running 6.9770 on his 6.96 dial. In Pro, Bob Belvick from Durhamville, N.Y. defeated Joe Rodriguez in the final when Rodriguez broke out.

Other Skyview winners: Randy Teed (Saturday) and Jason Crawford (Sunday) in Bike/Sled, Howie Conklin (Saturday) and Roger Seidel (Sunday) in Street Money, Christian Taylor (both days) in Teen.

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A View To The Past at Skyview Drags

Skyview Drags presents Old School Nostalgia Night on Saturday, May 28th. In addition to the track’s regular weekly program which offers 7 full classes of bracket racing, Skyview welcomes The Northeast Timing Organization (NETO) and The Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit.

NETO brings pre-1974 front engine dragsters, funny cars, altered, gassers, super stocks and stockers to the program. NETO offers Nostalgia (.500 tree) and Competition (.400 tree) elimination classes for their members and always puts on a great show.

The Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Cars are a blown alcohol funny car circuit that provides a step back into the old day when traveling funny car shows were the norm. The show at Skyview will be a 6-car field consisting of circa 1970’s period correct cars that have been replicated to look as they did in their glory days. Visit their website at www.glnfcc.com for more information.

Gates open at 10:30 am. Visit www.skyviewdrags.com for more info.

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Organized Drag Racing Returns To Long Island, NY
Like many places in America, Long Island, NY has a rich history in drag racing. It was home to a number of major dragstrips including Islip Speedway’s 1/8-mile track, N.Y. National Speedway’s famous quarter-mile, and Hamptons Dragway/Long Island Motorsports Park, where I got my start racing the Dodge.

One by one these have all gone by the wayside. As a result, Long Island’s racers have either moved off of Long Island, abandoned racing completely, or worse have taken to illegally racing on the street. None of these are good for any area.

There is a group of dedicated racers who have never given up hope to have safe and organized drag racing once again on Long Island. Now, after years of trying, their prayers are being answered on May 22nd, 2011, albeit in a slightly abbreviated format.

Riverhead Raceway, the 1/4 mile round NASCAR track in Riverhead, NY is playing host to The Holeshot Drag Racing Association’s 100-Foot Drags. Jay Eastgate of The HDRA has produced events in Connecticut, at both the Thompson Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl ovals with the events becoming very popular among the most ardent drag racers. "Many drivers come to our events with some questions on what you can do in just 100 feet, but after they make their first pass they all comment on how much fun this truly is," Jay noted. The HDRA 100 Foot drags utilize the Christmas tree starting light system and as of now Eastgate indicated the bracket racing events might be broken into four divisions or categories.

Riverhead Raceway owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty feel the HDRA events at Riverhead Raceway will prove to be very popular and give Long Island drag racing enthusiasts an opportunity to either compete or just be a spectator for the 100 Foot Drags. All told five HDRA events will take place at Riverhead Raceway on a monthly basis in 2011. Aside from the May 22nd HDRA event at Riverhead Raceway, the 100 Foot Drags will also compete on June 26th, July 24th, August 28th and September 11th with all events starting at 12:00 noon. Pit gates will open at 10:00 am.

For further information on the Holeshot Drag Racing Association 100 Foot Drags visit www.100footdrags.com. All questions from competitors should be addressed to the HDRA officials and not the Riverhead Raceway business office.

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Super Bucks In The Hills at Numidia Dragway
Numidia Dragway continues their 2011 series of big bucks bracket races this weekend with Super Bucks In The Hills for three days of guaranteed-payout big-money bracket racing.

Friday, June 10th has races for Electronics and Footbrake. Electronics pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters, and $75 Round beginning 3rd round loser. Entry is $150, and buybacks are $90. Footbrake pays $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, and $60 Round beginning 3rd round loser. Entry is $100, and buybacks are $50. Gates open Friday at 10:00 am.

Saturday June 11th has $5,000 races for Electronics and Footbrake. Each race pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters, and $75 Round beginning 3rd round loser. Entry is $150, and buybacks are $90. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am.

Sunday June 12th has has races for Electronics and Footbrake. Electronics pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $100 Round beginning 3rd round loser. Entry is $190, and buybacks are $120. Footbrake pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters, and $75 Round beginning 3rd round loser. Entry is $150, and buybacks are $90. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am.

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

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Have A Capital Good Time at Lebanon Valley Dragway

The Capital Area Rods Spring Car Show, Swap Meet and Drags is Sunday, June 12th, featuring 1/8th-mile and ¼-mile drag racing, along with the cars of The North East Timing Organization (NETO).

1/8th-mile racing is for amateur racers only; the ¼ mile classes include Street (DOT tires, mufflers, registration), Pro (non-electronics) and Super Pro (electronics allowed). Drag racing entry fee is $35.

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

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Gassers Will Blast At The Beaver

Beaver Springs Dragway presents the 10th Annual Gasser Reunion June 10th – 12th. Scheduled cars include the Stone, Woods & Cook Willys coupe, the Mallicoat AA/GS 1968 Barracuda, and the East Coast Gassers. There’ll also be an AA/Gas Supercharged Shootout. Visit Beaver Springs Dragway’s website for more info: www.beaversprings.com.

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Super 7 Series Continues At Montgomery Motorsports
Montgomery MotorSports Park's Super 7 Series continues June 17th - 19th with three days of money races. Friday includes a Gambler's Race. The big money is Saturday and Sunday for Super Pro. Each day pays $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Winner. Entry for any single race is $150; 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100. Payouts based on 100 entries. Each day also has races for No Box that pay $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $45 per race.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm with a test & tune from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and the Gambler's Race at 7:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am, with a Run For The Money at 10:30 am. For more information visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Goldman, Barbato Take Wins at MASGA Season Opener
Cecil County DragwayThe Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association kicked off its 6th season at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD on Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd. On the first day 23 cars showed up to take a shot at becoming the 1st winner of the season. As eliminations got underway it would be a pair of Top 5 Division 1 players meeting up in the Final. On one side of the ladder was 2010 Division 1 Top 5 finisher Tom Goldman and his 1958 Chevy Corvette. Goldman started his march to the final from the #17 Qualifying spot and claimed victories over Mike Lauria, Kelli Barbato, Pete Luciano and Frank Tatarynowicz. On the other side of the ladder was 2010 Division 1 Champion Matt Schurman and his 1996 Chevy Beretta. Schurman started from the #11 Qualifying spot and claimed victories over Earl Nichols, George Donhauser and Derek Clark to receive a bye-run into the Final. In the final Goldman took a .007 to .036 advantage over Shurman at the tree, then sealed the deal with a 9.961 over Matt’s 9.968.

The second day had 22 cars going for the win. As eliminations got started, NHRA Super Street regular Kelli Barbato was on a mission to prove that she could also be a force in Super Gas. Barbato and her 1968 Camaro started her march to victory from the #7 Qualifying spot. Barbato then claimed wins over Gary Laird, Mike Lauria, Pete Luciano and Earl Nichols to punch her ticket to the final round. On the other side of the ladder was MASGA regular George Smith and his “Livewire” 1968 Camaro. Smith, who started from the #3 spot, took victories over Bernard Weaver, Delaney Richardson and Darlene Staub to claim a bye-run into the final. As the two lined up for the final both drivers played it safe on the tree as Barbato took an .026 to .027 advantage at the tree. At the other end Smith dialed a little too hard and broke out with a 9.887 to Barbato’s winning 9.922.

The next race for MASGA will be at Numidia Dragway on Father’s Day Weekend, June 18th and 19th. Track owner Bob DiMino is guaranteeing the $1,000 payout to the winners on both days, and if there are over 30 cars the payout will be $1,500 per day. For more information visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com or www.numidiadragway.com.

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Mickey Thompson Tires Keeping It Old & Funny

STOW, OHMickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels returns to the Drag Racing Online (DRO) AA/FC Challenge in 2011 as a presenting sponsor along with Victory Performance Parts. The company will be posting awards for winners and runners up at all five events beginning with the first event June 10-11 in Cordova, IL.

“Nostalgic nitro funny car racing is as strong as ever in the Midwest,” stated Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “From June through October it’s power packed racing action culminating in the October NMRA/NMCA World Street Finals and LSX Shootout in Indianapolis, so it’s always something we look forward to.”

Racers using Mickey Thompson tires and displaying the Mickey Thompson logo decal will be eligible to win $300 for achieving the top speed, and $100 for achieving the lowest elapsed time.
For more information visit www.dragracingonline.com/challenge/index.html.

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Americans Will Storm Capitol

Who says there’s no unity among Americans? There’ll be a bunch of them at Capitol Raceway on June 10th and 11th, 2011 for the 20th Annual East Coast AMC Event, open to all American Motors Corporation vehicles, including but not limited to Hurst Machines, SC/Ramblers, SS/AMX, and SC/360s.

Friday night includes a social and cruise-in. Saturday’s events feature an AMC-only Test & Tune for $30, as well as AMC / Mopar bracket racing in Super Pro ($50 entry) and Pro ET ($35 entry).

Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am. For more information about Capitol Raceway, visit www.capitolraceway.com. For more information about this event, visit the club's website at www.potomacramblers.com.

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Memorial Bracket Nationals At The Rock
Come out to Rockingham Dragway for the Memorial Bracket Nationals Friday May 27th – Monday May 30th, 2011 for four days of Top ET big money bracket racing.

Friday includes a Test & Tune and a Gambler’s Race. Saturday’s and Monday’s races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, and $50 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry for each day is $100, with a $50 buyback. Sunday’s race pays $7,500 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, and $100 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $200, and buybacks are $100. Purses are guaranteed at 100 entries. Buy a weekend entry for $300.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm, with test & tune at 5:00 pm. Gates open Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 8:00 am. Visit www.rockinghamdragway.com for more information.

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The Classic’s Always In Style at Mason-Dixon
Mason-Dixon Dragway’s Memorial Day Weekend Classic is Friday May 27th - Monday May 30th, 2011, with a $50-entry Gambler’s Race on Friday night, followed by three days of brackets for Super ET, Pro ET, Street ET, Motorcycle, Trophy, and Jrs.

Super ET pays $2,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Entry is $75 per race. Pro ET pays $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, and 50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Entry is $60 per race. Street ET pays $300 Win and $150 Runner-Up. Entry is $40 per race. Motorcycle pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up. Entry is $40 per race. Trophy and Jr. Dragster winners receive a trophy.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm, Saturday at 10:00 am, Sunday and Monday at 8:00 am. Visit www.masondixondragway.com.

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Lebanon Valley Gets Pumped For MusclePalooza

Lebanon Valley Dragway plays host to MusclePalooza XIII on Sunday, May 29th, 2011, with 1/4 mile drag racing and a muscle car show. The event is open to all domestic street-legal muscle cars in sound, working order. A special feature is the F.A.S.T. SHOOTOUT (open to qualifying candidates). F.A.S.T is for stock-appearing, tweaked and tuned muscle cars running quite offten in the 10s, going at it in head-to-head dragstrip shootouts.

Gates open at 8:00 am; bracket racing time trials start at 10:00 am, with eliminations at 1:00 pm. The Muscle Car Show registration closes at 12:00 noon, with judging at 1:00 p.m. Visit www.dragway.com for more info.

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Big Bucks at Numidia Dragway Memorial Day Weekend
Numidia Dragway kicks off their 2011 series of big bucks bracket races Memorial Day Weekend, with three days of guaranteed-payout big-money bracket racing.

Saturday, May 28th has $5,000 money races for Super Pro (electronics, 6.00 – 14.99) and Pro ET (footbrake, 9.00 – 19.99). 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 Saturday at 10:00 am.

Sunday May 29th 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, $700 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.

Monday, May 30th 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 8:00 am.

Never been to Numidia Dragway? Check out our Dragtime News On Location coverage from last year's Memorial Day and Labor Day events. For more information, visit Numidia Dragway’s website at www.numidiadragway.com.

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Nostalgia Drags at Elk Creek Dragway

Elk Creek Dragway keeps it really old on May 21st, 2011 at Charlie Overfelt’s Nostalgia Show, and I do mean really old: the age break is for 1964 and older cars only. My Dodge would just make it in!

The event has two 1/8th Mile classes: Nostalgia Hot Rod and Nostalgia Eliminator. Nostalgia Hot Rod is flag-start, heads-up, no dial-in, 80 MPH or less in the 1/8th, first one to the stripe wins. Winner receives a 4 ft. trophy, Runner-Up receives a 2 ft. trophy. Entry is $10.

Nostalgia Eliminator is a dial-in format, no electronics (trans-brakes are OK), must run 8.30 or quicker in the 1/8th. Winner and Runner-Up receive a trophy.

Gates open at 11:00 am. Visit www.elkcreekdragway.com for more info.

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Mickey Thompson Supports NHRA Heritage Series Funny Car Racers
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels returns to the funny car racing scene in support of NHRA Heritage Series racers at several upcoming Heritage Series events including the March Meet (Bakersfield CA, March 18-20), the Nightfire Nationals (Boise ID, August 11-14) and the California Hot Rod Reunion, (Bakersfield CA, October 21-23).

Mickey Thompson motorsports staff will be on-site at each event to provide trackside support and service to the Heritage Series racers. In addition, Mickey Thompson will reward winning racers with $500, and event runners up with $200. This is considered to be an independent support program developed by Mickey Thompson for NHRA Heritage Series racers and is not part of a formal contingency awards program as defined by the NHRA.

“We enjoy supporting the NHRA Heritage Series racers,” stated Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “We’re looking forward to being trackside with support at some of the big races this year in the midst of funny car racing action.”

For more information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, visit their website at www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Bullets Will Fly At Empire Dragway’s 1/8 Mile Shootout

Empire Dragway’s 1/8 Mile Shootout is Sunday, May 29th, 2011, with gambler’s races for Box (0.00 – 8.99 dial) and No Box (any dial).

Each race pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters, guaranteed with no minimums. Entry is $40 for either class. Gates open 9:30 am, with time trials at 10:30 am and eliminations at 2:30 pm.

Visit www.empiredragway.com for more info.

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NENDRA’s 2011 Season Now In Sessions
The 2011 North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (NENDRA) season got underway recently, albeit at a venue other than originally planned. With their first event (scheduled for Island Dragway) cancelled due to flooding, Lebanon Valley Dragway was the season kick off for NENDRA. And, with NENDRA's previous season ending in a controversy over the final points tally, the 2011 season kicked off promptly into high-gear as NENDRA's members now know that every point counts and they were determined to let it all hang out and charge hard for the crown at this season-opener event.
In the semis, 2010 Series Co-Champion and NENDRA founder Chris Baum and his 1965 Dodge held off NENDRA-newcomer Dan McHugh and his sinister black 1969 Yenko Camaro in a heads-up race as both were dialed 9.05. Bruce Sessions drew the bye into the finals, where he was able to seal the deal. Congratulations to Bruce Sessions taking the win and Chris Baum taking the runner up.

Semi Final Round: Chris Baum (1965 Dodge, .037, 9.113 on a 9.05) defeats Dan McHugh (1969 Chevy Camaro, .090, 9.068 on a 9.05); Bruce Sessions (1965 Dodge Coronet) has the bye. Final Round: Sessions (.044, 11.229 on an 11.25) defeats Baum (-.446, 9.100 on a 9.05).

Event #3 is scheduled for May 21st at Lebanon Valley Dragway . Also, NENDRA welcomes their newest members: Danny Sica (1971 Dodge Dart), Bobby Smith (1970 Chevy Chevelle), Rick Daigle (1967 Chevy Nova) and Dan McHugh (1969 Chevy Yenko Camaro).

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Bodmer and Washington Cash In At Richmond Dragway's $10 Grand Slam
Richmond Dragway, Sandston, VAScotty Bodmer and Wesley Washington each took big wins April 30th and May 1st at Richmond Dragway during the 2nd Annual Collision One Paint and Autobody $10,000 Grand Slam.

On Saturday, Bodmer used a 4.744 pass (4.74 dial) and a .017 bulb to turn back Wayne Tinnell's 4.642 (4.61 dial) and a great .006 light for the win. Scotty and his crew celebrated in Victory Lane with Beau Morris from Collision One.

Sunday’s final round pitted Washington against Michael Shoop. Washington was .017 on the tree and ran a 4.673 (4.66 dial) to oust Shoop’s 4.727 (4.72 dial) and .025 light.

There was additional racing action with a High Roller Gambler’s on Saturday night that paid out over $3,400 to win and Kenny Melton Jr. took the victory over a red-lighting Wesley Washington Jr. Saturday afternoon, Duane Allen took home a $2,500 payday in the Gambler’s Race after beating Daniel Harris in the final. Sunday had another Gambler’s Race with $2,600 up for grabs; Tim Thomas knocked off AJ Currie for that victory in that final.

For additional results or information, visit www.richmonddragway.com.

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Frank Sticks With Mickey: MT Named Official Tire Of Hawley Drag Racing School

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has been named the official tire of Frank Hawley Drag Racing School this year. Mickey Thompson provides high performance tires and wheels for the drag racing vehicles used by the students. School founder and instructor Frank Hawley has been using the Mickey Thompson brand at the school since 2003.

“We love the consistent results we see with Mickey Thompson tires,” said Frank Hawley. “We use several of the different drag tires and sizes, and we select certain compounds for certain applications. Our Super Comp Dragster, the Super Gas Firebird and both of our alcohol cars are outfitted with Mickey Thompson tires. We even have them on our Pro Stock bike.”

The feedback the Mickey Thompson team receives from the teaching staff and students at the school is extremely valuable, and aids in further product development. “The information we receive from Frank and the students helps us in our development of the best high performance drag racing products,” said Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “As in years past, Mickey Thompson will continue to offer $250 Team M/T Gift Cards for students who graduate from one of Frank Hawley’s programs during the course of the year and would like to continue using Mickey Thompson tires.”

For information on Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School, visit www.frankhawley.com/intro-from-frank-hawley/. For information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Spotlight On NHRA National Open Winner Steve Calabro
Steve Calabro defended his 2010 National Open win by driving his 1969 A/SA Corvette to a win over the 1968 F/SA Chevelle of Tom O’Loughlin at the 2011 Open at Atco Raceway. Calabro (.027, 10.091 on a 10.04, 126.16 MPH) gets there first by .0069 over O'Loughlin (.047, 11.177 on an 11.14, 117.20 MPH). Play the video to go onboard with Steve on a pass at Atco Raceway.

Steve thanks car owner Joe Fasano, crew Ron Infantino, Behrent's Performance Warehouse, Steve Ficacci Racing Engines, Select Performance, Morgan International and Ultimate Converter Concepts.
(photos: Diane Kubicke, submitted by Steve Calabro)

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East Coast Stock / Super Stock Launches 2011 Season
The East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association kicks off their 2011 season on Saturday April 30th at Atco Raceway.

The ECSSSA 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 30th, May 21st, June 12th, August 13th, and August 14th. The Maple Grove non-points races are July 10th and July 16 & 17 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. For more information contact Dave Ley at dleyracing@aol.com or visit their website at www.eastcoaststocksuperstock.com.

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Muscle Car Mania at Capitol Raceway

Sunday May 1st brings Muscle Car Mania to Capitol Raceway, featuring seven classes of bracket racing for all GM, Ford, Mopar and American Motors muscle cars: three for automatics, three for manuals, and one for electronics. All NHRA safety rules apply.

Racer entry is $45. Gates open at 11:00 am with time trials at 12:00 noon. Visit Capitol Raceway's website at www.capitolraceway.com for more information.

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422 All Stars Kick Off 2011 Season at Capitol Raceway
The 422 All Stars have announced their 2011 Nostalgia Super Stock Series.

The first event is April 30 at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, MD. After that the series runs May 14 at Numidia Dragway in Numidia PA, June 12 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ, June 25 at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek MD, July 2 at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading PA, July 30 at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek MD, August 13 at Beaver Springs Dragway in Beaver Springs PA, September 4 at US-13 Dragway in Delmar DE, and then wrapping up October 8 at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ.

Additional information is available www.422allstars.com.

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2011 Super 7 Series at Montgomery MotorSports Park

The popular Super 7 series is back for another year of big-money bracket racing at Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL. The five-weekend series kicks off February 25th – 27th. The other four weekends are April 29th - May 1st, June 17th – 19th, July 22nd – 24th, and September 1st – 5th with the “4 10s for $200” season finale.

This year’s Super 7 Series Points Super Pro Champion will win a complete weekend at the 16th Annual Million Dollar Race at MMP October 19th – 23rd (or cash option). The No Box Points Champion will earn entry in 11th Annual Footbrake Classic in October at MMP.

There are some rule changes for this year: 1) Two people can drive the same car in one class but one driver canot drive the same car twice. 2) Door cars will run each other in elimination until completion of third round, then they'll fall into next round with rest of field. 3) Non-electronics class this season will be No-Box (transbrakes allowed).

There’s also a new payout structure: Super Pro (Electronics) pays $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $50 Round starting 3rd round winner (based on 100 paid entries). Entry Fee: All three races $300, or a single day: $150. Buyback $100 1st or 2nd round. No-Box (Non-Electronics) pays $1,500 Winner, $300 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $50 Quarters, all based on 50 cars. Entry Fee: $120 All Three Races, or a single day: $45; Buybacks: $25 1st or 2nd round.

For more information, visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Child’s Play at Numidia Dragway

Continuing their commitment to family-focused entertainment, Numidia Dragway has purchased a new gym set for their younger visitors to the track. The new playset is 60’ long with slide, tunnel, climbing wall, play house, swings, bridge and much more. Also, Numidia will once again have their kids’ bounce room up every weekend.

For more info about Numidia Dragway, visit their new website at www.numidiadragway.com.

 

 

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Dunn-Benson's Carolina Door Wars

Saturday May 21st is Carolina Door Wars at Dunn-Benson Dragstrip. In addition to Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods and 275 Drag Radial classes, there’ll be Pro and Street Brackets. Pro pays $3,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $75 Quarters. Entry is $50, and buybacks are $40. Street pays $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $40 and buybacks are $30. Visit dunnbensondragstripinc.com for more info.

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It Takes Less Than A Quarter To Win $20K At Bristol Dragway

Bristol Dragway presents their Spring Fling 20s on Thursday – Sunday, May 19th – 22nd, 2011. If you’ve raced this event in the past you might feel like something’s missing, like the last 320 feet of dragstrip. Bristol is running their Spring Fling 20s this year in 1,000 feet. No matter: a stripe is a stripe regardless of where it is.

Thursday’s kick-off race pays $12,500 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $600 6th Round Win, $450 5th Round Win, $300 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Each race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday pays $20,000 Win, $6,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $800 6th Round Win, $600 5th Round Win, $400 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry fees are $175 for Thursday, and $230 each day for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If you enter Friday, Saturday and Sunday together, the three-day special is $590. 1st Round-only buybacks are $125 on Thursday, and $175 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Gates open Wednesday at 2:00 pm for parking, registration and tech. Gates open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.bristoldragway.com for more information.

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Street Is Neat at Mason-Dixon on Saturday; Footbrakers Shoot For $2,000 on Sunday

Mason-Dixon Dragway presents Street Night on Saturday May 14th, including a $1,000-To-Win Kwik 16 eliminator. The quickest 16 cars on the property will qualify on the ¼ but race on the 1/8. Payout is $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, and $100 Semis. 1st Round losers can fall into 1st Round of Pro Street, which is for street-appearing, 11.49 and quicker muffled vehicles. There’s also Modified Street for 11.50 and slower muffled vehicles, Limited Street for DOT-tire muffled cars, Pure Street, Street Bike, Diesel Pick-Up and Import Street. Entry fee is $30 for car & driver.

Then on Sunday, May 15th, it’s Mason-Dixon’s $2,000 Footbrake Race. Entry is $50, gates open at 10:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 noon.

Visit Mason-Dixon’s website at www.masondixondragway.com for more information.

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MMP Wears Its Colors On Its PURS

That’s the Patriot Ultimate Racing Series, and it goes down May 13th-14th at Montgomery MotorSports Park with three Pro classes and three Index Classes.

The Pro classes are Pro Mod (no entry fee, $10,000 total purse); Extreme Street (no entry fee, $10,000 total purse); and Super Street (no entry fee, $6,000 total purse). The Index classes are 5.00 ($70 entry, $3,000 total purse); 6.00 ($60 entry, $3,000 total purse); and 7.00 ($50 entry, $2,500 total purse).

For complete descriptions of the class rules, visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Pentastars Will Shine At Englishtown

The 25th Annual Mopars @ Etown are coming this weekend, Friday 5/13 - Sunday 5/15, with all-Mopar drag racing, car show and swap meet.

Friday night kicks things off with the Mopars vs. The World Challenge, paying $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis; Entry is $50.

Saturday race classes are for street-muffled vehicles only, and includetrophy classes for 7.00 - 11.99, 12.00 - 12.99, 13.00 - 13.99, and 14.00 - slower. There are other trophy classes as well, including Modern Mopar Muscle and Front Wheel Drive/SRT4 Challenge. Tropy class entry is $20. Saturday also includes a non-electronics money bracket that pays $250 Win, $125 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Entry is $40, minimum 32 cars for full payout.

Sunday race classes include Super Pro (7.00 - 12.99, electronics, $60 entry), Pro ET (9.00 - 15.99, no electronics, $50 entry), Modern Mopar Muscle (7.00 - slower, $40 entry), and Trophy (11.50 - slower, no electronics, $30 entry).

Gates open at 5:00 pm Friday, and 7:00 am Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.racewaypark.com for more information.

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Numidia Dragway Welcomes MANDRA

The Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association (MANDRA) will be racing at Numidia Dragway on Sunday, May 15th.

MANDRA is for vehicles with body styles built prior to 1973, except purpose built late model front engine dragsters or altered replicating cars in competition prior to 1973. For more information or to download a MANDRA membership application, visit www.mandraracing.com. For more information about this specific event, visit Numidia Dragway's website at www.numidiadragway.com.

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$10,000 Stock/Super Stock This Weekend at Numidia Dragway
Racers Lee Zane and Brian Van Poppel are organizing a $10,000 To Win Stock/Super Stock combo race at Numidia Dragway on Saturday May 7th, 2011. The overall structure is $10,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 5th Rd lose, $200 4th Rd lose, $100 3rd Rd lose. Payouts are based on 125 cars, but the $10,000 Winner’s payout is guaranteed at 100 cars. Entry: $275 cash only.

NHRA and IHRA cars allowed; Stock and Super Stock rules apply. No scale, no fuel check, no heads up. Must dial quicker than your Index. Stock and Super Stock will be run separately for the first 3 rounds. For more information, visit www.sportsmanpromotions.net.

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Roell Wins East Coast Stock / Super Stock Opener

Jeff Roell (above left, with ECSSSA's Dave Ley) drove his 1993 GT/GA Ford Mustang to a win over the 2010 A/SA Ford Mustang of Gary Richard at the East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association’s 2011 season opener at Atco Raceway. Steve Calabro, who recently won the NHRA National Open at Atco, was the semi-finalist in his 1969 A/SA Corvette. (photos: Dave Milcarek above left and top right; Diane Kubicke bottom right)

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Chip Johnson Wins At The Rock; Panthers’ Lineman Brayton Impresses In Debut

Flashing the form that made him a two-time IHRA World Champion, Fayetteville’s Chip Johnson (right) raced to the Top ET Championship in bracket racing competition at Rockingham Dragway.

Johnson’s starting line reactions were the big difference. The former Rockingham track champion grabbed the starting line advantage in each of the final four rounds with reaction times of .022, .001, .014 and .008 and his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro never was more than .031 off the dial. In a dragster-vs.-door car final, Johnson beat John Seabolt of Pleasant Garden, NC for the championship.

Among the last 16 drivers in competition was Carolina Panthers’ defensive lineman Tyler Brayton (right), who performed surprisingly well in his first drag racing appearance. The 6’6”, 280-pounder made it as far as round three before his inexperience cost him in a race with Chadbourn, NC’s Jeff Allen. Brayton used a great .003 reaction time to take a big advantage at the start only to give it back at the stripe where he pushed his 1964 Chevy .024 under his 6.91 dial-in.

Other winners included David Scottow of Robbins, NC in Footbrake and Robert Vogler of Lewisville, NC in Jr. Dragster. Vogler beat his sister, Janna, in round three before stopping Breanne Wall of Kenly, NC on a breakout foul in the final.

Dale Sanders of Eagle Springs, NC drove his 1991 Mustang to the Open Comp title in the Network Distributors Mustangs at the Rock event held concurrently with the bracket race. It was his second Open Comp win in two weeks.

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NMRA Comes To Atco Raceway
The NMRA Ford Nationals come to Atco Raceway on Friday May 13th through Sunday May 15th for an all out East Coast blue oval show down. In addition to drag racing, there’s also a vendor midway, car show, swap meet and burnout contest.

NMRA Ford Nationals Heads Up Racing features 6-second Pro Outlaw 10.5 passes along with the wheelstanding Hot Street class. Entry level classes include True Street, Open Comp, Modular Muscle and Super Stang.

Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon, with NMRA Test & Tune at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm and qualifying at 7:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time trials beginning at 9:15 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with eliminations at 9:00 am. For more info visit www.nmradigital.com/nj.

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Swing For The Fences At Richmond Dragway’s 10 Grand Slam

Richmond Dragway’s 10 Grand Slam weekends are coming up. There are two of them in 2011: Saturday and Sunday April 30th - May 1st, and then again Saturday and Sunday August 6th - 7th.

These 1/8th Mile gambler races are open to Top ET / Super Pro vehicles dialing 0.00 to 8.49, electronics permitted. No double entries are allowed.

Each day pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $300 Quarters, $150 Eighths, and $100 Sixteenths. A single day entry is $150, or enter the weekend for $200. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Gates open each day 10:00 am. Visit the track's website at www.richmonddragway.com for more info.

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Racing Back To The Future with NENDRA, MANDRA, and NETO

There’s no shortage of races for those of you with nostalgia race vehicles, as NENDRA, MANDRA and NETO all have events this weekend.

Saturday April 30th it’ll be NENDRA at Lebanon Valley Dragway. NENDRA, or North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association, is for any American-made vehicle from 1961 to 1974. All cars must run between 8.50 and 12.50. Racing is dial-your-own with a breakout rule in effect. All racing is done on a Pro .500 tree. 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.

On Sunday, May 1st, MANDRA and NETO visit Island Dragway. To race with MANDRA (Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association), cars must be body styles built prior to 1973, except purpose-built late model front engine dragsters or altereds replicating cars in competition prior to 1973. Vehicles compete bracket style, with dial-your-own handicaps. Visit www.mandraracing.com for more info.

NETO (North East Timing Organization) is for pre-1974 cars, front engine dragsters, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers. For more information visit NETO at www.neto-nostalgia.com. For more about Island Dragway, visit www.islanddragway.com.

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Swap Meet Coming To Numidia Dragway

If you have racing parts and pieces you no longer need, bring them to Numidia Dragway’s 2011 Spring Swap Meet In The Hills on Saturday, May 14th. Vendor spots are still available but are going fast so reserve your spot. Vendor spots are $25 for a single-trailer space, or $40 for a double.

Gates open for vendors at 8:30 am, and swap meet hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Visit www.numidiadragway.com for more information.

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Atco’s 2011 Summer Series Kicks Off April 22nd
Just like the changing seasons, Atco’s Summer Series is a sure thing year after year. The 2011 series kicks off Easter Weekend with $5,000 gambler’s races on Friday and Sunday, and a $10,000 on Saturday. ET Breaks are 6.50 – 12.99, electronics permitted.

The $5Ks each pay $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, and $400 Quarters. Below the quarters, $75 Round starts with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $140, buybacks are $90. The $10K pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, and $500 Quarters. Below the quarters, $100 Round starts with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $190, buybacks are $120.

Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time trials until 3:30 pm and eliminations following. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am, with time trials until 12:00 noon and eliminations following. Visit www.atcoraceway.com.

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Mickey Thompson Named The Official Tire Of The American Drag Racing League 2011 Tour
In addition to being an ongoing ADRL contingency sponsor, Mickey Thompson has been selected as the Official Tire of the 2011 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) for the second consecutive year.

“It is a great pleasure for us to support the ADRL,” said Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “The ADRL staff understands that we are passionate about working with and meeting the needs of the racers, and that really means a lot to us.”

A great deal of momentum has been generated following the collaboration between Mickey Thompson and ADRL resulting in the successful fulfillment of the ADRL Extreme 10.5 Three-Second Club. This program, awarding a number of prizes to the first five race teams achieving less than four-second runs in the Extreme 10.5 Class, was completed in the 2010 season. This year, Mickey Thompson will be rewarding Extreme 10.5 racers a low qualifier bonus for their efforts.

For more information about the ADRL, including race news and schedules, visit www.adrl.us. For more information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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2011 Dover Nostalgia Drags at Lebanon Valley
The Dover Nostalgia Drags are returning to New York in 2011 and if you haven’t raced yet at a Dover event…mark your calendar for this one. After two successful years running their now-annual event at Island Dragway in Great Meadows, NJ, the Dover Drags decided to get back to their home state of New York (the original Dover Dragstrip was located in Wingdale, NY). The date: August 20th – 21st, 2011 at Lebanon Valley Dragway. Back when Dover Dragstrip was in operation (1961-1976) Lebanon Valley was the destination for Dover’s racers if Dover rained out. This year’s event is being expanded to include a Car Show & Swap Meet. NETO and The East Coast Gassers will be attending.

Classes include Dover New for anything post-1976 and Dover Vintage for anything pre-1976. There’s also Dover 4-Speed Eliminator and Dover Comp for altereds, gassers and rails, and anything supercharged. The first Dover Nostalgia Drags saw 197 entries, with plenty of vintage Dover Racers with their old or current drag car. Last year’s inaugural two-day format was just as popular.Returning as Title Sponsor is M&M Speed & Custom. Founder Rich Marchese supported Dover racers back in the day, and he’ll be backing 6 cars this year.

For all the latest news & updates on the event, including rules and schedule, visit the forum at www.doverdragstrip.com.

Maple Grove Debuts New Index Races
Two new index races have been added to Maple Grove Raceway’s 2011 schedule. Dubbed Hudson Performance Door Warz, these will be run on July 31st and August 13th.

Entry is $35. Payout per class is $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. There will be four index classes that run under a five-tenths pro tree. Race vehicles must be full-bodied door cars with full fenders, hood, grille, top, windshield and functioning doors. The four classes are for 9.0, 10.0, 11.0 and 12.0 seconds.

The July 31 event will also feature a stick shift class along with a Super Eliminator gamblers’ race and a test and tune for other racers. The stick shift class is for manual transmission vehicles that are clutch operated off the starting line. The cars can’t be clutch-activated automatics or air-shifted. Also prohibited is nitrous oxide, delay devices or hydraulic throw-out bearings with release button. Linelocks and two steps are OK. Door cars only; ET is 7.50 through 11.49. The Super ET gambler’s race on July 31 is $15 to enter with $25 tech card fee; test and tune is $30.

For more information, visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.

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ADRL Adds Memphis International Raceway to 2011 Schedule
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is bringing their breathtaking racing, world-record speeds and a grand opening back to Memphis, TN in 2011.

ADRL and Memphis International Raceway officials announced that the 350-acre track will open its 2011 season with an ADRL event on May 20-21. With the addition of Memphis International Raceway to the schedule, the American Drag Racing League will now have 10 races on its 2011 ADRL Tour.

Formerly known as Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis International Raceway was recently purchased by Moroso Investment Partners, the ownership group of Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, FL. The ADRL event will serve as Memphis International's first official event under the new ownership group, and track officials are currently enhancing the track and facility in time to host the May event.

For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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In Case You Missed It
This is from my new column which debuted in the January 2011 issue of Drag Racer Magazine.

In speaking with Drag Racer's editor Pete Ward, we thought the magazine's readers would be interested in hearing from a racer devoted to bracket and index racing, as opposed to strictly traditional heads-up drag racing. There are still many purist racers out there who don't understand all that goes into what we do; the thought is that if they learn more about it, perhaps they'll participate more regularly at their own local track.

Drag Racer Magazine is available at better bookstores and magazines stands and you can subscribe HERE.

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ADRL Announces Payout Increases In All Classes For 2011 Tour
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has announced that it will increase the purse and payouts for all five of its professional classes (Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Extreme Pro Stock) at each national event on the 2011 ADRL Tour.

Every class received a payout increase and some finishing places received as much as a 100 percent increase. Event winners in Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous will now earn $10,000 for their victories, while runner-ups in each class will be awarded $5,000. Semifinalists will get $2,500; quarterfinalists will earn $2,000 and qualifiers will earn $1,500, all of which is an increase over previous seasons.

In Extreme 10.5, champions at each event will now get $8,000, with $3,500 now going to the runner-up. An increased sum of $1,500 will be awarded to semifinalists, while $1,250 and $1,000 will now go to quarterfinalists and qualifiers, respectively.

Winners in Pro Extreme Motorcycle will get $5,000, while the runner-up will now get $2,000. Semifinalists will earn $1,000; $750 will go to quarterfinalists and qualifiers will be awarded $500, which are all increases from 2010.

In Extreme Pro Stock, single-event victors will now see a payout of $8,000. The runner-up at each race will now earn $3,500, while the semifinalists will get $2,000. Racers who advance to the quarterfinals will get $1,500, while qualifiers will earn $1,250.

Additionally, the ADRL officially announced Low Qualifier Programs in three classes (Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous and Extreme 10.5). Larry Jeffers Pro Cars will sponsor the program in Pro Extreme and Mickey Thompson Tires is the official sponsor of the program in Extreme 10.5. RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max was announced as the program sponsor in Pro Nitrous earlier this month. The low qualifier at each event in Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous will earn $1,000, while $500 will go to the top qualifier at every race in Extreme 10.5.

The increased payouts and low qualifier program will begin at the first race of the 2011 season, which begins on March 25-26 with CarSafe Dragpalooza VII presented by LenMar Motorsports at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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Top Street at Island Dragway

Island Dragway (Great Meadows, NJ) will feature Top Street class on their schedule in 2011.

The 16-car, 11.99 and quicker qualified field pays $300 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $70 Semis, and $60 for Number 1 Qualifier. Entry is $60, no buybacks.

Racing is handicapped on a .500 Sportsman tree. Full-body, factory rear-wheel-drive street cars only. Mufflers are not required, but lights, mirrors, bumpers, etc are. For the complete list of rules, visit Island Dragway's website at www.islanddragway.com.

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Spangler Wins Super Pro at Englishtown Opener

Here's a burst shot of Tom Spangler lighting them up before taking a round win in Super Pro during the opening day of the 2011 points season at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Spangler went on to win the day. He and I had a great race in the 4th Round: we both went dead-on with a .003, but Tom had the tree so my day in Super was done.

Other winners were John Moreno in Pro ET, Brian Mullaney in Street ET, Rick Constable in Top Street, and Ken George in Bike / Sled.

Spring Back In Time With The Philadelphia Modifers

The Philadelphia Modifiers’ Spring nostalgia race is Sunday, May 1st at Atco Raceway, open to 1975 and older domestic powered race vehicles.

Classes include Super Pro (7.00 – 11.99 dial, electronics OK, payout $500.00 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $50.00 Semis), Pro ET (9.00 – 15.99, no electronics, payout $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $50 Semis), Street ET (11.50 – 19.99, no electronics, payout $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis), and Street Rod (must be street legal & tagged, no electronics).

Entry is $35. Gates open 8:00 am, time trials 10:00 am, eliminations at 1:00 pm. For more information visit www.philadelphiamodifiers.com.

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Mason-Dixon Hosts Warrior's Racing Team

The Warrior’s Racing Team makes a stop at Mason-Dixon Dragway on Saturday, April 23rd (RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 30th). The Warrior's Racing Team is dedicated to raising awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project by holding 10.5 Outlaw Pro Street races in the Northeast.

The team’s website states, “The families of our severely wounded veterans are struggling daily under mounting financial and medical decisions that threaten their ability to care for our nation’s heroes. They deserve our help and they deserve it now! The Warrior's racing team's goal is to help make people aware of the problem, and send a message to our nation’s wounded veterans letting them know they have not been forgotten. The show will host ground shaking, wheelstanding and fire shooting 1/8 mile heads up drag racing that will keep you on your feet watching the cars battle to the finish line.

Fords, GMs and Mopars will race side by side at speeds over 140 mph on 10.5 inch tire. Large cubic inch engines, small cubic inch engines with super chargers, nitrous powered fuel injected prochargered cars racing in a last man, last lady standing action you will not want to miss.” Visit www.warriorsraceteam.com for more information.

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Salvation Cup at Dunn-Benson Dragstrip
Dunn-Benson’s Salvation Cup is Saturday, April 23rd, with bracket racing for Pro ET, Street ET and Jr. Dragster.

Pro ET pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $75 Quarters; entry is $45 and buybacks are $35. Street ET pays $800 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters; entry is $40 and buybacks are $30. Jr. Dragster pays $100 Win, $50 Runner-Up and $20 Semis; entry is $20, buybacks are $10.

In addition to the racing, there’ll also be an Easter Egg hunt, a prayer tent, and kids entertainment. Gates open at 10:00 am, with time trials at 2:00 pm and eliminations at 4:00 pm. For more info, visit dunnbensondragstripinc.com.

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Bring Your Doors To Piedmont For The $50K Door Car Nationals

Piedmont Dragway presents its $50,000 Door Car Nationals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 15th – 17th.  

Friday’s warm-up race pays $5,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $25 Round starting after 3rd Round win. Entry fee is $60, and buybacks are $40. Saturday is the big race that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, and $100 Round starting after 3rd Round win. Entry is $200, and buybacks are $100 for 1st or 2nd Round. Sunday’s wrap-up race pays $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $25 Round starting after 3rd Round win. Entry fee is $60, and buybacks are $35.

Minimum car count 175. Delay boxes welcomed, no dragsters, no throttle-stops, roadsters must be left-hand steer. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 11:00 am. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Racing starts at noon on Sunday. Visit www.piedmontdragway.com for more information.

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Linke Wins Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Opener
Hagerstown MD - Russell "Bubba" Linke of Old Bridge NJ drove his C/SA '96 Camaro to a win at the season opener of the Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Association on April 3rd, defeating the SS/HA Camaro of Hagerstown MD's Larry Mohar. Bubba was .009 on the tree, and a +.02 10.64 beat Mohar's too-quick 9.92 on a 9.93 dial. Linke beat Chris Bowman's K/CM ‘84 Mustang in the Semis, while Mohar took out the R/SA '96 Impala of Dave Campolito.

Linke backed up previous 2011 wins at the NHRA Gatornationals and Division 2 LODRS event.

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It’s Madness at Farmington Dragway
Farmington Dragway goes mad on Saturday April 23rd with their Pro Tree Madness and Jr. Dragster Spring Fling.

Classes include Pro Tree Top Eliminator (electronics-equipped vehicles dialing 0.00 – 8.49, throttle stops and NOS timers are permitted, tree is 4-tenths with handicapped start, payout is $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, entry is $50, minimum 48 cars), Pro Tree Footbrake (no electronics, all-run, 5-tenths handicapped-start tree, payout is $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, entry is $50, minimum 48 cars), and 5.49, 6.00, 7.00 and 7.49 Heads-Up Index classes (payout per class is $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $100 Semis, entry is $30, check Farmington’s website for rules specific to each index). For the Jr. Dragsters there’s Pro Tree Junior for 7.90 and slower and 7.90 Index Heads-Up.

Gates open 9:00 am with an Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 for the kids and time trials beginning at 12:00 noon. Visit www.farmingtondragway.net for more info.

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ADRL News: New Rainout Policy, New Safety Program
O’FALLON, MO (January 26, 2011) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has announced that it will implement a new rainout policy, which will go in effect with the first race of the 2011 season. In the event of rain or other adverse conditions that delay or cause an event cancellation, the following new policies will now go into effect:

• If two or more rounds of qualifying have been completed but eliminations are unable to begin, then 100 points plus qualifying points will be awarded to the top 16 qualifiers in each class, and the event will be considered to be complete.

• If two qualifying sessions are unable to be completed and no elimination rounds are completed, the event will be considered canceled. All racers with an event tech card will receive 25 points for participation.

• If any elimination rounds are completed prior to an event being declared a rainout, points and payouts will be awarded to that point in the contest under the normal system and the event will be declared complete.

The ADRL will continue its policy of not racing on Sundays and in no case will an event be carried over or completed at a later date.

ADRL Adds Ford Safety Truck and Staff For 2011 Season

The ADRL has announced the development of a new track safety program that includes a state-of-the-art, fully-customize safety truck, a full contingent of emergency equipment and the addition of two new safety technicians for the 2011 season. A high-tech Ford F-150 will be equipped with a full array of track safety gear. Among the featured equipment will be six CO2 fire extinguishers. The fire system and reel will hold nearly 100 gallons of cold fire and water, and Tim McAmis Race Cars (TMRC) is building it with the help of the ADRL track prep and maintenance staff. In addition to the Ford safety truck, a Hurst ML 50 extraction cutter and power unit for cutting the chassis during extraction has also been obtained for the 2011 season.

For more information on the ADRL, visit their website at www.ADRL.us.

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Bugs Will Invade East Coast

There’s going to be a major infestation of bugs on April 10th, but leave the Raid at home. These are the Bugs of the Volkswagen variety, and they’ll be landing at Farmington Dragway in Mocksville, NC and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.

Farmington’s event is the South Eastern Volkswagen Association (SEVWA), with classes in Pro Outlaw (Pro tree, heads-up), Super Pro (0.00 – 7.49), Pro (7.50 – 9.49, no electronics), and Sportsman (9.50 & slower). I believe these are all 1/8th mile ET breaks. Gates open 8:00 am, with time shots at 12:00 noon and racing at 2:00 pm. For more information, visit www.farmingtondragway.net. For information about the SEVWA, visit www.sevwa.com.

Englishtown plays host to the 13th Annual Spring VW & Audi Show & Go, for all air- and water-cooled VWs and Audis. The day will include VW / Audi-only drag racing, show car classes, parts vendors, and live music (probably not The Beatles, though). Gates open at 8:00 am, with time shots at 10:00 am and racing at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.racewaypark.com.

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It’s About To Get Old at Virginia Motorsports Park

If you have a 25-year-old or older drag car, make way to Virginia Motorsports Park for the Best Of Times Nostalgia Nationals on Friday April 8th – Sunday April 10th, to include bracket racing and nostalgia funny cars.

Friday’s activity is a Test & Tune followed by a Welcome Party from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The racing action kicks off on Saturday with bracket classes for Competition Eliminator (1/4 mile, .500 full tree, no electronics, front-motor, center-steer dragsters, altereds and funny cars only), Modified Eliminator (1/4 mile, .500 full tree, no electronics, open to all pre-1986 door cars and street roadsters), Stock / Super Stock Combo (1/4 mile, .500 full tree, no electronics, pre-1986 door cars with matching engine/body), and an 1/8th Mile Bracket Race (.500 full tree, no electronics, all-run for door cars and dragsters). Sunday includes open brackets and a show & shine.

Racer entry for a single day is $40, or enter the full event for $65. Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon, Saturday at 8:00 am, and Sunday at 10:00 am. Visit www.vmpdrag.com.

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Coastal Plains Helps Street Cars Keep It Legal
Friday night street-legal ET Bracket Racing is on hand once again at Coastal Plains Dragway in 2011, with the next scheduled Street Legal Drags set for Friday, April 8th. This is 1/4–mile, .500 Full tree bracket racing for full-bodied street-appearing cars running 11.50 and slower, with mufflers, four D.O.T. tires and lights. No electronics, trans-brakes, four-wheel line-locks, or air/electric shifters. Entry is $20.00; gates open at 7:00 pm.

Visit coastalplainsraceway.com for more information.

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Three Wallys in Two Weeks for Peter Biondo

ATI Performance Products driver Peter Biondo started off 2011 by collecting 3 NHRA Wallys in 2 weeks. Driving in the Super Gas and Super Stock categories, Biondo achieved the "Double Up" at the Lucas Oil Division 2 race in Gainesville FL, winning both classes at the same event. "Doubling up at an NHRA event is something a racer dreams about. With all the hot lapping of the late rounds, the consistency and reliability of my ATI transmissions and converters was vital in me sealing the deal in Gainesville", said Peter. This double win took place just 7 days after Peter picked up the Super Gas Wally in Bradenton, FL. Peter plans to try to carry this momentum into the 2011 Gatornationals with his ATI-equipped entries.

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Numidia Launches New Website

Numidia Dragway has launched their newly redesigned website at www.numidiadragway.com. Some of the new features are a Track History section that includes pictures and newspaper clippings; another new section is for Driver Profiles.

Numidia has also set up the Numidia Dragway Channel on YouTube for all videos they take this coming season. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the channel and receive an email when new video is posted.

 

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ADRL Appoints Chris Bell As Director of Technical Services
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has announced that Chris Bell has been named the ADRL’s Director of Technical Services after a lengthy and successful career in the sport. Most recently, Bell worked as the crew chief for the standout Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) team of Cary and Dean Goforth. Bell, who started his professional career in drag racing in 1994, is excited about the new opportunity. “I’m honored that I was asked to take on this role in the ADRL,” Bell said. “I’ve been a big proponent of the ADRL from the start. The ADRL is a great organization and has an amazing following, and I simply hope to do my part to make it even better.”

“One of our goals in the ADRL is to have a strong technical department and bringing Chris on as the Director of Technical Services is a great move and definitely another step in the right direction,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said. “He has a wealth of experience and is extremely talented, and I think this move will be well-received among everyone in the racing community, including our drivers and teams.”

Bell will be responsible for all matters relating to the cars and everything involving the rulebook, from changes to new safety specifications. He will also be an integral and vital part of the ADRL introducing its new Chassis Certification Program, which will debut in Baytown, Texas at Royal Purple Raceway, the site of the first race of the 2011 ADRL season on March 25-26.

Super 7 Series Kicks Off at Montgomery MotorSports This Weekend

Montgomery MotorSports Park’s Super 7 Series kicks off this coming weekend, February 25th – 27th 2011, with racing for Super Pro (electronics) and No Box (no electronics).

Super Pro pays $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $50 Round starting 3rd round winner (based on 100 paid entries). Entry Fee: all three races $300, or a single day: $150. Buybacks are $100 1st or 2nd round.

No-Box (Non-Electronics) pays $1,500 Winner, $300 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $50 Quarters, all based on 50 cars. Entry Fee: $120 all Three Races, or a single day: $45; Buybacks are $25 1st or 2nd round.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm with Test & Tune at 5:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am; gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with Run For The Money at 10:30 am. For more information, visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Pro Tree Racers at Mooresville

The Pro Tree Racers Association makes their season-debut at Mooresville Dragway on Saturday, April 2nd. Classes include 7.00 Index, 6.00 Index, 5.30 Index, Pro Tree Eliminator (7.99 dial and quicker), Pro Tree Dragster (7.99 dial and quicker), Pro Tree Jr. Dragster, Super Street, Performance Street, and Street Eliminator (8.00 dial and slower). All classes run on a .400 Pro Tree, except Jr. Dragster and Street Eliminator, which run on a .500 Pro Tree.

For more information including gate times, entry fees and payouts visit www.headsupsuperseries.com.

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Outlaw Street Cars at Cecil County

Cecil County Dragway’s popular Outlaw Street Car Shootout makes its 2011 debut on Saturday, April 2nd (raindate: Sunday April 3rd) with eleven classes of street car action: Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial, 275 Drag Radial, Outlaw Big Tire, 8.50 Index, 10.00 Index, 11.50 Index, Pro Dial, Pro Street, Super Street, and Pro Dial Bike.

Outlaw 10.5 pays $5,000 Win, $1,200 Runner-Up and $500 Semis; entry is $125. Outlaw Drag Radial and 275 Drag Radial each pay $1,000, $400 Runner-Up and $200 Semis; entry for each is $75. Outlaw Big Tire pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $200 Semis; entry is $125. 8.50 Index pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $200 Semis; entry is $75. 10.00 Index, 11.50 Index, and Pro Dial each pay $450 Win, $150 Runner-Up and $100 Semis; entry for each is $55. Pro Street and Super Street each pays $500 Win, $250 Runner-Up and $125 Semis; entry for each is $50. Pro Dial Bike pays $150 Win, $50 Runner-Up and $25 Semis; entry is $25.

Gates open at 10:00 am with qualifying at 12:00 noon. For more information visit www.cecilcountydragway.com.

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Juniors Are Senior at Montgomery MotorSports Park

Montgomery MotorSports Park presents the 2nd Annual ARC Gritz Blitz Jr. Dragster National Event presented by SERJA on April 1st-3rd. This will be the first of two events for the popular Series at MMP. The event will feature big buck bracket racing, heads-up classes, age group classes and the baddest Jr. Dragsters around, the Outlaw 330s.

Friday includes a Test & Tune with a free bracket race included with the Test & Tune tech card. The payout is $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis.

Saturday includes 7.90, 8.90 and 12.90 Index classes that each pay $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis; there’s also a $1,000 All Run bracket class that pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. In addition to the action on the track, there will be a tent with live music, cookout, games, prizes and more.

Sunday features 8-9, 10-12, and 13+ age-group classes that each pay $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis; there’s also a $1,000 All Run bracket class that pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $50 Semis.

For more information including entry fees and gate times visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Summit Racing Equipment To Participate In ADRL Contingency Program In 2011
Summit Racing Equipment announced recently that it will retain the title as the official high-performance source of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) in 2011 in addition to continuing as the official title sponsor for the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH on September 23rd - 24th.

In addition, Summit Racing will also offer contingency to drivers during the 2011 ADRL Tour. Summit Racing will pay contingency to each eligible winner and runner-up in the five ADRL professional classes (Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Extreme Pro Stock) at every ADRL race during the 2011 season.

To be eligible for contingency payouts for event win or runner-up finishes, drivers must display the official Summit Racing contingency decal on each side of their car or bike.

The 2011 ADRL season begins on March 25-26 at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

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Fords Vs. Buicks at Atco Raceway
Owners of Fords and Buicks will square off against each other on Sunday, March 27th at Atco Raceway’s Ford Vs. Buick Showdown.

Three classes will be contested: Super Pro for electronics-equipped Fords and Buicks dialing 7.00 – 12.99, Pro for non-electronics Fords & Buicks dialing 9.00 – 19.99, and Ford Lightning Truck for non-electronics Ford Lightnings dialing 8.00 – 19.99. Payouts for all classes are $500 + trophy Win, $200 + trophy Runner-Up, $100 +trophy Semis, and $50 Quarters, all based on minimum 32 cars. Entry is $40.

Gates open 9:00 am. Visit www.atcoraceway.com for more information.

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Oh Baby! Promods at Montgomery MotorSports Park
Edmund Hall and Bell’s Transmission presents the season opener Baby Promod Shootout at Montgomery MotorSports Park on Sunday March 20th..

Classes include 4.70 Class ($2,000 Win, $75 entry); 5.30 Class ($1,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis; $65 entry); 6.00 Class ($1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $75 Semis; $50 entry); 7.00 Class ($1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $75 Semis; $50 entry); and 8.00 class ($300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $40 Semis, $35 entry).

Gates open at 10:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 pm and 1st round at 3:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Race For The Green at Coastal Plains’ St. Patrick’s Spring Fling
Coastal Plains Dragway’s 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Spring Fling is this weekend, March 18th – 20th, 2011.

Friday is set aside for test & tune and an evening warm-up race. The real action gets going on Saturday and Sunday for Top E.T. (electronics) and Footbrake. Saturday’s races in each class pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $700 Semis, $300 5th Round win, $200 4th Round win, and $125 3rd Round win, based on 125 cars. Entry fee is $150; 1st Round buybacks are $80.

Sunday’s races in each class pay $5,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $160 5th Round win, $120 4th Round win, and $80 3rd Round win, based on 100 cars. Entry fee is $85; 1st Round buybacks are $50. Enter the weekend for $220.

Double entries permitted. Deep-staging honored in Footbrake. Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon, with test & tune from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 noon. For more information, visit Coastal Plains’ at www.coastalplainsraceway.com.

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Don't Blink! Pro Tree Racers at Mooresville Dragway
The Pro Tree Racers Association takes to Mooresville Dragway on Saturday, March 5th for an open house and warm-up event.

The day includes an all-welcome test & tune, 5.30, 6.00, 7.00, Pro Tree Eliminator, Pro Tree Dragster, a Gambler’s Race for Pro Tree Eliminator, Super Street, True Street, and Performance Street. Entry fees are $10 for test & tune, and $30 for the Gambler’s Race. Gates open at 11:00 am, with test & tun at 12:00 noon and the Gambler’s Race at 2:00 pm. For more information visit www.headsupsuperseries.com.

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Taking Heart At Coastal Plains Dragway: St. Valentine's Race Results
Coastal Plains Dragway’s 2011 season kicked off February 19th & 20th with the 11th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Classic. Unseasonably warm temperatures greeted a highly competitive field of IHRA Summit Super Series Top Eliminator, Modified Eliminator and Jr. Dragsters.

Results for Saturday February 19, 2011: Top ETWinner: Jason Tyson of New Bern, NC; Runner – Up: Troy Brewer of Shannon, NC; Semi: David Phipps of Kenansville, NC. Modified ETWinner: Chris Plott of Winston - Salem, NC; Runner – Up: Mark Marshburn Sr. of Jacksonville, NC; Semi: Jason Leary of Jacksonville, NC. Jr. DragsterWinner: Robert Vogler of Lewisville, NC; Runner – Up: Mad Maxx of Garner, NC.

Results for Sunday February 20, 2011: Top ETWinner: David Stensel of Jacksonville, NC; Runner – Up: Michelle Pelo of Jacksonville, NC; Semis: T. J. Reece of Kinston, NC, Lee Desist of Fayetteville, NC. Modified ET – Winner: Tommy Duff of Holly Ridge, NC; Runner-Up: Carl Duff of Holly Ridge, NC; Semis: Chris Plott of Winston - Salem, NC, Danny Waters Jr. of LaGrange, NC. Jr. Dragster – Winner: Catherine Dail of Jacksonville, NC; Runner – Up: Austin Thompson of Sneads Ferry, NC.

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Snakes Alive! Historic Drag Cars at Kissimmee Auction

1963 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake History's winningest competition Cobra will cross the block at the upcoming Mecum Kissimmee Auction to be held January 26th-30th, 2011 in Kissimmee, FL.

The 1963 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake CSX2093 (Lot S121.1) is the 93rd Cobra built and one of just eight cars modified with the Shelby-developed DragonSnake package. Originally owned by Jim Costilow and driven by Bruce Larson, the DragonSnake won seven NHRA National events and the 1966 NHRA World Championship, among other victories. It joins more than a dozen factory-backed drag racing cars up for bid at Mecum Kissimmee, including the 1971 Sox & Martin Hemi Cuda Pro Stock (Lot S150.1) restored to its race configuration and featuring the iconic red, white and blue Sox & Martin livery. Also set to cross the block is drag racing legend Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins' 1970 Camaro Pro Stock (Lot S151.1) known as Grumpy's Toy VIII.

More than 1,750 collector cars will be offered at Mecum's Kissimmee Auction, which takes place at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL. The auction will broadcast with four days of live national TV coverage on "Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More" on Discovery Communications' HD Theater. Tickets are available at the door for $15. Fans can also watch the auction via live Webcast at www.mecum.com. Bidders are encouraged to pre-register to bid for these drag racers by also visiting www.mecum.com.

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The Heartbeat Of America Helps Hearts Beat In America
Grand Blanc, Mich. – GM Performance Parts (GMPP) will auction the first production LSX454R crate engine at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event this month, with the proceeds going to the American Heart Association. The charity sale is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Jan. 21, and will be carried live on SPEED’s coverage of the Barrett-Jackson auction. The engine carries lot number 1032.1 and bids can be submitted at the auction in person or online.

“GM Performance Parts is thrilled with the opportunity to leverage our high-performance engine, the heart of a vehicle, to help prevent heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. “This sale gives the highest bidder the opportunity to buy the first production version of the most powerful small-block V-8 ever engineered by General Motors.”

The all-new LSX454R crate engine (part number 19257880) is officially rated at 750 plus horsepower and 680 lb.-ft. of torque. It was developed for drag racing, bringing together many of the specialized GMPP LSX parts racers are already using, including the robust LSX Bowtie block. GMPP engineers designed the LSX454R for the unique, high-rpm demands of drag racing. It is a high-compression, solid-roller combination that uses new LSX DR cylinder heads (part number 19166979). The 11-degree, six-bolt aluminum heads feature raised ports that provide tremendous airflow. They are matched on the engine with an exclusive, all-new high-rise open-plenum intake manifold and a Holley 1,150-cfm Dominator carburetor.

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Powersource Transportation and ADRL Extend Partnership
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has announced that its growing partnership with Powersource Transportation, an industry leader in trailer delivery service, will continue for the 2011 season.

Powersource’s continued participation is also an exciting move for the ADRL as the top eighth-mile drag racing series prepares to reach new heights entering its seventh season. In addition to being a top-notch trailer transportation team, Powersource also sponsors Pro Extreme driver Mick Snyder, who debuted with the ADRL in 2010.

“I’m thrilled with our relationship with the American Drag Racing League and I think we’re going to have a really good year in 2011,” said Skip Bakos, owner and president of Powersource Transportation. “Our sponsorship with the ADRL is all about trying to recruit over-the-road truck drivers and the ADRL’s demographics fit in perfectly with the age range and experience level we look for.”

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“Skip and the rest of the Powersource team are such wonderful people and it’s always a pleasure to see them at our races,” ADRL Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Evans said. “They are a real partner to the ADRL and we really appreciate what their company means to our league.”

Based in O’Fallon, MO, the ADRL is the nation’s premier sanctioning

body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2011 ADRL tour consists of nine national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.
Improvements Underway at Luskville Dragway
Improvements began this past week at Luskville Dragway, the NHRA facility just outside of Aylmer, Quebec. The first steps in the repaving of the race track began as Tom Orr Cartage and Construction and Intercity Paving started work on what will be the first phase of a scheduled upgrade of the race track.

The complete repaving of the race track to 100 feet mark past the 1/8 mile finish line will be Phase 1, with Phase 2 being the remainder of the racetrack in what the track’s management hopes will be the following season.

Saw cuts and removal of the old pavement at the end of the concrete pads was the first step, this to ensure a smooth and flat transition from the pad to the new pavement. The same will be done at the end of the paving. For more information about Luskville Dragway, visit www.luskvilledragway.com.

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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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ADRL Adds Maple Grove
The American Drag Racing League, known for its hard-charging, eighth-mile racing, will be bringing its show to Maple Grove Raceway for the first time on May 6th & 7th, 2011.

The 2011 ADRL season is scheduled to feature nine national events that will take place from March through October.

“We firmly believe that this is the best schedule the ADRL has ever run,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said. “As we continue to move forward and continue to grow, we are very excited to visit new tracks while keeping the facilities that have been a major part of the ADRL’s success to this point.”

For info, visit www.adrl.us.

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Start Off 2011 With A Hangover
The 10th Annual Hangover Nationals will kick off the 2011 bracket racing season January 1st & 2nd (postponed to Jan. 22-23 due to rain) at Montgomery Motorsports Park. The event features two complete days of bracket racing with eliminations and payouts in Pro (Electronics) Class and Footbrake each day.

Each day’s Pro Class race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters, and $100 Eighths, based on 70 cars. Each day’s entry is $100, and 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $50.

Each day’s Footbrake race pays $1,000 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $35 Quarters, based on 35 cars. Each day’s entry is $35, and 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $20.

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

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