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Shake It Off! MMP’s Hangover Nationals
Montgomery MotorSports Park presents their 12th Annual Hangover Nationals on Saturday and Sunday, December 29th – 30th, 2012. Classes include Super Pro, 6.00 index, 7.00 index and No Box.

Super Pro pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths, based on 70 entries. Each day entry is $100; 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $50. 6.00 pays $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up and $100 Semis, based on 20 entries. Each day entry is $100. 7.00 pays $1,000 Win, $150 Runner-Up and $50 Semis, based on 20 entries. Each day entry is $50. No Box pays $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 35 entries. Each day entry is $50; 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $30.

Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 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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MIROCK Superbike Series Expands in 2013, Adds Atco Raceway

The Mickey Thompson Tires MIROCK Superbike Series has announced their 2013 schedule and the addition of the historic 44th Annual Orient Express U.S. Nationals at Atco Raceway to their series. The 2013 schedule will feature a total of nine events held between Maryland International Raceway, Rockingham Dragway, and Atco Raceway.

The MIROCK Superbike Series has always been held at Rockingham Dragway and Maryland International Raceway with racers all over the East coast supporting the series. There are many loyal MIROCK racers from the north (including NJ, NY, PA, DE, and CT), and with the addition of Atco Raceway to the schedule these racers will have at least one race close to home. Atco Raceway's Orient Express U.S. Nationals is one of the oldest motorcycle drag racing events in the country with 43 years of history, and has been re-established under the MIROCK banner.

Skip Dowling of Orient Express stated enthusiastically that "Joe (Sway) and I are really glad to be a part of bringing the U.S. Nationals back to the historic Atco Raceway in conjunction with MIROCK. We have worked extensively with Jason Miller over the years, and we are confident that this will be a great event for racers across the northeast. It will also add an important seventh Orient Express ProStreet event to the MIROCK series, where the racing has been awesome!"

Jason Miller of MIROCK states, "We are very excited to host a MIROCK event at Atco Raceway in 2013. Orient Express has been a long time sponsor of the MIROCK series and when I spoke to Skip and Joe about bringing one of our events to Atco Raceway in 2013 they were all ears to help support the event. The addition of the U.S. Nationals will allow our MIROCK racers from the North to have a great race right in their backyard, and to entice motorcycle racers from even further North to check out what MIROCK is all about. I ask all of our loyal MIROCK racers from the Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and the South as well as the West to support this iconic event. It will allow our MIROCK sponsors to tap into a new market and further dig our roots up and down the east coast."

There will be a total of nine events in 2013. Seven events will feature pro classes, sportsman classes, and the grudge class. Two events will host sportsman classes & grudge classes only (Sportsman Summer Sizzler & Sportsman Showdown). The reason for this change is for Rockingham to highlight the sportsman program, which is the backbone of the series, and to have two events dedicated just for the sportsman and grudge racers.

The MIROCK Superbike Series is the nation's largest all motorcycle drag racing series drawing nearly 600 racers and thousands of fans at each event. The series features ten different classes competing for over $400,000 in cash and contingencies. In addition to the motorcycle drag racing, select MIROCK events also feature Bike Shows, Bikini Contests, Stunt Bike Competitions, and Live Bands.

The first event for the 2013 Mickey Thompson Tires MIROCK Superbike Series will be the FBR Shop Spring Bike Open at Rockingham Dragway on March 22-24, 2013. For more information visit www.MIROCKracing.com.

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New Drag Racing Movie Shooting in North Carolina
From WECT-6 NBC in North Carolina via the North Carolina Motorsports Association: "'Adrenaline' cast and crew revved up about drag racing movie.

Several Wilmington-based actors are starring in a full-length, feature film that shooting right now in southeast North Carolina and they're filming alongside John Schneider, best known for his role in the Dukes of Hazzard."

As you'll see on the news report on WECT-6, the racing featured in the movie is our racing - bracket racing. Although no details were given about the story line, it sounds like the racing is the setting, not the focus. That could be a smart move, because the movie might then have wider appeal which is good for us. See the story on WECT-6 HERE.

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Bruce Larson USA-1 Tribute Car In The Works for 2013 Season
Bruce Larson is having WORM INC build a tribute funny car of his famous USA-1 1968 Camaro. The USA-1 Tribute Funny Car will feature the new nostalgia funny car chassis by WORM INC and will have a period looking fiberglass'68 Camaro body. This USA-1 Tribute Funny Car will look like the original, but will have an up-to-date 10.1E spec chassis so the car can be run at events across the country. It will feature the correct paint job and decals that Bruce himself will approve. The USA-1 Tribute Funny Car will be at nostalgia shows across the country with Bruce himself at the wheel. The proposed 2013 schedule of shows includes the three NHRA Museum shows – Bowling Green, KY; Epping NH; and Bakersfield, CA; Funny Car Reunion in Englishtown, NJ; and US30 Reunion at Beaver Springs, PA.

Top fuel driver and business owner Doug Herbert has agreed to build the Hilborn injected, blown big block Chevy for the car. “I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with Bruce Larson's USA-1 team and WORM INC.” said the NHRA Top Fuel racer and president of Doug Herbert Performance Parts. “The nostalgia drag racing circuits have really gained popularity over the past few years and this is where many of our customers are racing. My Dad (Drag Race hall of Fame member Chet Herbert) has been involved in drag racing since the early days and it's important to me to support the history of the sport we love, drag racing.”

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NHRA and American Red Cross Team-Up to Raise Money For Victims of Hurricane Sandy

As a racer from New Jersey this release from NHRA caught my eye; I thought it was important to share with you here:

GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2012) – NHRA has teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide an opportunity for NHRA fans to give back to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, which caused widespread destruction last week primarily in the Northeast United States.

Fans can go to http://american.redcross.org/nhra-pub to make their contribution today. All monies will go directly to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Your donation provides critical support to those in need.

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In Memoriam: Rick Constable

I have sad news to report: popular NHRA Division 1 bracket racer Rick Constable has passed away suddenly from natural causes.

Ricky was a great person, friend and racer. He was always friendly to everybody he met, and never, ever had anything negative to say about anybody.

Ricky was one of the first racers I became friends with when I started racing in New Jersey. He even loaned me his Camaro a few years ago when my Dodge was broken. I learned a lot from racing with Ricky. I learned how to lose better thanks to him, first because when I'd race against him I'd lose more often than not (his Camaro had a huge top-end MPH charge that fooled me on a number of occasions) and also because I would witness how he would handle losses. He never got angry or upset; he would just shrug his shoulders, and focus on the next race (and on going to the diner with his friends). He was as hardcore a racer as they come, and lived for his time at the track racing and being with his friends. He will be deeply missed.

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Sponsor News: ATI’s Turbo 400 SuperCase™ Wins at SEMA Sponsor News: MT Tires’ Glidden Wins ADRL World Finals; ET Street Radial Runners-Up at SEMA

ATI Performance Products is pleased to announce that the all-new ATI Turbo 400 SuperCase has received SEMA’s Best Performance Racing Product for 2013! The awards go to the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market, and ATI’s new Turbo 400 Case was one of more than 2,000 new products submitted for consideration at the 2012 SEMA Show.

The new cast aluminum Turbo 400 SuperCase is the result of over 2 years of development. Designed in-house at ATI, cast in the USA, and machined at ATI on 4-Axis Horizontal CNC machines, the T400 SuperCase features improved fluid pathways to assure better-performance. The SuperCase will accept any of ATI's SFI bellhousings (Chevy, Mopar, Toyota and Ford), as well as bellhousings from Reid and Browell.

For more information about ATI's products visit www.atiracing.com.

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Bill Glidden is no stranger to American Drag Racing League (ADRL) success. Known as one of the most winning drivers in ADRL history, Glidden has scorched the Extreme 10.5 class since 2008. Following an Outlaw 10.5 class win at the September Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI (presented By Mickey Thompson), Glidden entered the final competition amidst a swirl of speculation. He finished the year with a 10.5 class win in the World Finals VIII on Mickey Thompson ET Drag tires, 33.0/10.5-16W (3169W), and is second place in points standings for the year just behind champion Alan Pittman.

“Billy has really come back strong this year, and it was great to see him finish the season like he did,” said Tom Kundrik, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “In his usual style, he came into the final competitions bringing his best and we congratulate him on an incredible finish to another action-packed ADRL season.”

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels is an official sponsor of Bill Glidden Racing, and the Official Tire of the 2012 ADRL series. For more information about the ADRL visit www.adrl.us.


In other Mickey Thompson news, the new ET Street Radial Pro race tire runnered-up in this year’s New Product Showcase competition at the 2012 SEMA Show in the Best New Tire and Related Product category. The awards are presented in 16 categories, and the criteria for selection included quality, craftsmanship, technical achievement and consumer appeal. More than 2,000 products were submitted for consideration.

The ET Street Radial Pro P275/60R15, introduced in March 2012 and designed specifically for racing, uses next-generation tire technology and a lower tread profile for fast, consistent, reliable launches and responsive handling on the strip.

“This tire was specifically designed for racing applications that require an ultra high performance tire in the P275/60R15 size,” stated Ken Warner, VP Sales & Marketing, Mickey Thompson. “To see the ET Street Radial Pro earn this award recognizes the proven technology that goes into every race tire we make.”

For more info visit www.mickeythompsontires.com/strip.php?item=ETStreetRadialPro.

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The Farm Serves Up Greens for Thanksgiving Wrap-Up: Ghosts & Goblins at Maple Grove Raceway

Farmington Dragway’s 19th Annual MONEYFest is Thursday – Saturday, November 22nd – 24th 2012. This 1/8th mile race for electronics-equipped bracket cars includes a $5K on Thursday and a $10K each on Friday and Saturday.

Thursday 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. 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. Buybacks are $100.

Double entries are permitted. 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. For more information visit www.FarmingtonDragway.net.

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MOHNTON, Pa. – There was no doubt it was November when racers took to the track for Maple Grove Raceway’s season finale . Under cold and overcast conditions, The Grove held its annual Ghosts and ...

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County Corvette’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Racers in the West Chester area of Pennsylvania are presenting the 8th Annual Christmas Toy Drive Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm (rain or shine) at County Corvette, 315 Westtown Road, West Chester, Pa 19382.

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

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; visit www.CountyCorvette.com for more information. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia.

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Fall ET Challenge at Virginia Motorsports Park
Virginia Motorsports Park’s Fall ET Challenge is Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & 18th, 2012. Each day features $5K to Win in Super Pro / Top ET and $2K to Win in Pro ET / Mod. Saturday is also The National Dragster Challenge where the winners of each class will win an NHRA Wally.

Payout for the $5Ks is $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $50 Round starting 3rd Round win. Super Pro entry is $99 for either day, or enter both days for $169. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $60.

Payout for the $2Ks is $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $30 Round starting 3rd Round win. Pro ET entry is $60 for either day, or enter both days for $99. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $40.

Racing is 1/8 Mile. Buybacks are not run as separate rounds. No double-entries, but a single driver may drive two cars. Gates open 9:00 am each day with time trials at 10:30 am. Visit www.VirginiaMotorsports.com for more info.

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Fayetteville Motorsports Park has Class

The Carolina Class Racers Association closes out it's 2012 season at Fayetteville Motorsports Park on Sunday, November 18th 2012.

The CCRA is open to NHRA- and IHRA-legal Stockers and Super Stockers, and you do not need to be a member of the CCRA to enter the event. No scales, no fuel checks, no heads-up runs, and no buybacks.

Entry is $75 and payback is 100%. For example, if 50 entries the payout is $2,205 Win, $945 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $100 Quarters.

For more info about Fayetteville Motorsports Park, visit www.FayettevilleMotorsportsPark.com. For more info about the Carolina Class Racers Association, visit www.CarolinaClassRacers.com.

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Big Bucks at Carolina Dragway

Carolina Dragway’s 8th Annual Big Bucks Bracket Race is coming up on November 17th & 18th, 2012 with two days of bracket racing for electronics-equipped race cars.

Saturday’s race pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $250 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Sunday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Payouts based on 170 car minimum. Weekend entry is $250, 1st Round buybacks are $100 per day.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with time runs at 10:00 am. Visit www.CarolinaDragway.com for more info.

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Mullaney Doubles Up At Atco Raceway's Door Slammer Nationals

Atco, NJ (October 21, 2012) – Bob Mullaney won the Bottom Bulb and the Top Bulb race at the 2nd Annual Door Slammer Nationals at Atco Raceway on Sunday, October 21st, 2012. Mullaney used his trusty Franks Family Racing-owned 1972 Chevrolet Nova to navigate his way through nearly 100 of the best door slammer racers in the Northeast.

The Bottom Bulb race was sponsored by Rob’s Automotive & Collision Center and featured some of the top names in the footbrake world. In 6 rounds Mullaney’s worst reaction time was a .032 and he averaged a .021 light throughout eliminations. In the semi finals he squared off against Atco Raceway’s 2012 Pro Track Champion Bud McNasby. McNasby cut a good .016 light but Mullaney pulled out a .002 and forced Bud to breakout at the top end. In the finals Mullaney faced Dave Nahill who just put the car in the sand when his brakes malfunctioned. A lot of credit has to go Nahill’s crew who got the car back together and ready for the finals. Mullaney dialed in 9.58 and Nahill was dialed in with a 9.70. Nahill was a bit better at the tree (.021 to a .026) but he broke top end when he went 9.666 to Mullaney’s 9.593. That gave Mullaney one trophy and check for the day but he was not content with just that.

The Top Bulb race sponsored by LRA Motorsports Dyno & Speed Shop and nearly 100 door cars packed the staging lanes. Mullaney, who still footbraked it, averaged a .019 light through 7 rounds of racing, with his best light being a .003 and his worst a .039. Mullany driving the same 1972 Nova that he used to win the Bottom Bulb race defeated Joe Mealey, Dave Miller, Dom Burgese, Bryan Balducci, Rick Cox and Dan Commorodo. In the finals it was Mullaney against the local kid Antoine Jett. Mullaney had a slight starting line advantage (.015 to a .020) but Jett ran into engine trouble and clicked it off early to give Mullaney his second victory of the day and a cool $5,000.

The 2nd Annual Door Slammer Nationals at Atco Raceway is promoted by local racer Rob Leipziger. After another successful event the management at Atco Raceway looks forward to hosting the race again next year.

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Southern Outlaw Tour at MMP
The 2012 Southern Outlaw Tour’s next race is October 26th – 27th at Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL.

Outlaw Bottom Bulb, Outlaw Super Pro, 7.00 Index, 6.00 Index, 5.30 Index, and 4.70 Index each pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry in each class is $100. Pro Modified pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $250 Eighths.

16 car minimum in all heads-up and bracket classes for full Winner payout. Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm with a test & tune at 6:00 pm and qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with test & tune at 1:00 pm, qualifying at 3:00 pm and 1st Round at 7:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Wrap-Up: Super Chevy at Rockingham Dragway American Doorslammer Nationals at Fayetteville

Ed Hoover, who won the first Pro Mod race ever contested nationally, got another major win when he drove his nitrous oxide-injected 1968 Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the featured event in the annual Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance and Richmond County Tourism at Rockingham Dragway. The veteran from Gilbert, S.C., qualified No. 1 on the eighth-mile course at 3.895 seconds, then beat ...

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Friday – Sunday November 2nd – 4th, 2012 marks the inaugural American Doorslammer Nationals at Fayetteville Motorsports Park in Fayetteville, NC, presented by Loose Rocker Promotions.

Friday and Sunday each feature a $5,000 race that pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $200 6th Round Win, $160 5th Round Win, $120 4th Round Win, and $80 3rd Round Win. Entry is $85 per race, with 1st Round buybacks of $50.

Saturday is the big $20K that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 6th Round Win, $400 5th Round Win, $300 4th Round Win, and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $230 and 1st Round buybacks are 100.

All races are 1/8 mile, open to door cars and left-hand steer roadsters only. Delay boxes are OK, downtrack throttle stops and/or stutters are not. Double entries are OK, deep staging is not.

Gates open Thursday at 1:00 pm for parking. Gates open Friday at 9:00 am with time trials at 11:00 am. 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. For more information visit www.LooseRocker.com.

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Records Fall, Teuton Conquers All Hemis at the Dutch Classic The Duck Gets Overrun By Street Cars

At the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, three separate elapsed time records were set in Top Fuel, Funny Car, ...

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Sumerduck Dragway’s Fall Street Car Nationals is Sunday October 28th, 2012, 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. The event also includes a Quick 16 Top Sportsman ($1,000 Win), and the Purvis Ford Mustang Shootout.

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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Skyview Drags' Randi Teed Makes History at Bracket Finals Paddle Your Mopars Up The Creek

Skyview Drags in Tioga Center, N.Y. opened mid-season in 2004 as the culmination of a dream that owner George Swansbrough had of putting a drag strip on top of a mountain in the heart of beautiful upstate New York. The track sent its first racing team to the IHRA Division 3 Bracket Finals in 2005 and every year since. This year, the largest team ever, 39 of the track’s best racers made their way south to Pittsburgh Raceway Park to represent Team Skyview at their eighth Bracket Finals. It would be a historical weekend for the track.

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Maryland International Raceway hosts their 20th Annual Mopar Eastern Classic on Saturday, October 27th. This drag race, car show and swap meet is open to all Mopar, AMC, and Jeep Eagle vehicles.

Drag race classes include Top ET, Mod ET, and Street ET. Top ET (0.00 – 12.99, electronics permitted) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30. Mod ET (9.00 – slower, footbrake only) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30. Street ET (9.00 – slower, headlights / brake lights / mufflers required; slicks OK) pays $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Entry is $30, buybacks are $20. There’ll also be a Top Sportsman Quick 8 that pays $500 for no additional charge. This is open to the quickest 8 doorslammers in Top ET. This is a separate 3-round eliminator that will seed all 8 racers into the Top ET race. Returning for 2012 is the Nostalgia Super Stock Hemi Shootout. Also on the schedule is a wheelstand contest and a special appearance by the First Lady of Alcohol funny car, Bunny Burkett.

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

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Gamblers & Goblins at Englishtown
Sunday October 28th, 2012 will be a big day at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. Whether you have a nostalgia rat rod or a money-winning bracket bullet, there’ll be something for you.

On the 1/4 mile track are two Guaranteed $1,000-To-Win eliminators, one for Super Pro (7.00 – 12.99) and one for Pro E.T. (9.00 – 17.99, no electronics). The payout will increase if over 40 cars, but a sample payout based on 40 cars and 10 buy backs is $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $75 Quarters. Entry is $60 and buy backs are $40. Double entries are permitted.

On the 1/8 mile track is the Digs At Etown Monster Bash, with drag racing, costumes, music, hot rods and awards. All pre-1965 hot rods, customs, muscle cars, American bikes, and street freaks up to 1974 get a free tech card. All you’ll need is a helmet and seat belts, but you don’t need mufflers!

For more information about these or other Raceway Park events, visit www.RacewayPark.com.

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Advanced Engineering Technology Conference at PRI 2012

Race Industry Week 2012 will kick off with the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC), attended by hundreds of professional race engine builders each year. It's followed by the opening of the PRI Trade Show, with all the great brand names in race engine components on display, plus the famous Machinery Row. Hundreds of race engine builders will arrive early in Orlando the week of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show to attend the three-day Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC). It is the oldest and most respected race engine conference in the world, and will feature a broad spectrum of speakers this year.

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Goin' Truckin' at Mason Dixon Dragway

Mason Dixon Dragway’s Diesel Truck Drags & Show is coming up on Saturday & Sunday, October 20th & 21st, 2012. There are almost too many Saturday show classes to list, but some of them include classes for day cabs, sleeper cabs, cab overs, dump trucks, and pick-ups. Awards include Best of Show, People’s Choice, Best Interior, Most Detail, Best paint, and Most Detailed Motor.

On the track on Saturday is a $30 Test & Tune, and Saturday night there’ll be a Truck & Tractor Pull. Sunday’s diesel race classes include Quick 8 Pick-Ups, , Quick 8 Semis, E.T. Bracket Pick-Ups, and E.T, Bracket Semis. Entry is $30 for each class.

Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with the Test & Tune starting at 11:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am with runs starting at 11:30 am. For more information visit www.MasonDixonDragway.com.

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Wrap-Up: MASCA Season Finale at Atco Raceway

Atco Raceway. September 29th & 30th – Past NHRA Division 1 Champion Doug Doll Jr. (below, far lane) returned to his winning ways over the weekend at race #7 of the 2012 Mid Atlantic Super Comp Racing Series. Doll, who now hails from Plainsboro, NJ, took his 2009 Lightning Dragster to victory over a tough field of 8.90 Competitors.

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Charity Car Show, Test & Tune on Long Island

How starved are Long Islanders for safe, organized drag racing? Enough to do it 60 ft. at a time. The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Long Island Drag Racing presents a Classic Car Show and Test and Tune on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 8 am – 4:30 pm at the Central Islip F.D. - Race Track Facility, 110 Wheeler Road, Central Islip, NY.

If you’re from Long Island and are just dying to stage your car and take the ‘Tree without having to cross NYC bridges and tunnels to do so, then you’ll be able to test your reaction time and 60’ times using a full-size starting line tree.

This is a charity event so all proceeds will support the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Inc. Car Show only is $20 per vehicle; test and tune $50 per vehicle. Registration 8:00 – 11:00 am; Test and Tune 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Vendors are welcomed. Click HERE for more information.

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Wrap-Up: MASGA Season Finale at Atco Raceway

Atco Raceway. September 29th & 30th – Tom Goldman came into Atco knowing what he had to do to claim his 2nd MASGA Championship in as many years but the competition was not going to make it so easy for the Allentown, PA resident.

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Numidia Dragway Wraps Up With Three Big-Money Weekends

Numidia Dragway puts a period on their successful 2012 season with three straight weekends of big money bracket races in October.

Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th each feature a $5,000 Electronics and a $5,000 Footbrake race. Saturday October 13th and Sunday October 14th each feature a $2,500 Super Pro, a $2,500 Footbrake and a $1,000 Street ET race. Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st feature a $5,000 Electronics race on each day.

For more information about Numidia Dragway and its October money races, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

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SBRA Bracket Nationals at Mason-Dixon

The Southern Bracket Racing Association Bracket Nationals come to Mason-Dixon Dragway October 12th – 14th 2012, with over $65,000 in total payouts.

Friday and Saturday includes Gambler’s Races in Super Pro and Footbrake (each pays $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $200.00 Semis, $100 Quarters, $75 1/16 Round Losers, and $50 1/32 Round Losers. Entry fee $70, buy back $35. There’s also Motorcycle ($1,000 Win, $300 Runner-up, $125 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $25 1/16 Round Losers. Entry fee $60, buy back $30) and Jr. Dragster ($250.00 Savings Bond & Trophy awarded to Win, $150.00 Savings Bond & Trophy awarded to Runner-up. Entry Fee $35.00, Buy Backs $15.00).

Sunday is the SBRA Bracket Finals for member tracks. For more information about the Friday and Saturday events, visit www.MasonDixonDragway.com.

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Jr. Dragster Challenge at Cecil County Dragway
Cecil County Dragway presents the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Jr. Dragster Challenge Race on October 13, 2012. There are a number of races planned within this event, including an Age Group race (winners in each age group receive a Jr. Drag Racing League Trophy and $100, and entrance into the King of the Hill Race. Runners-ups receive Trophy and $50, Semi-Finalists receive Trophy. All 1st round losers are automatically entered into a free Consolation race), Consolation Race (this is an all-age race and will start immediately following 1st round of Age Group Race. Winner receives Trophy and $100, Runner-up receives Trophy and $50), 2nd All Age Bracket Race ($25 entry fee, Winner receives Trophy and $100, Runner-up receives Trophy), 7.90 and Pro Dial Race ($25 entry fee, Winners receive $100), King of the Hill Race (4 Class winners from the Age group race only. Winner receives Trophy and jacket, Runner-up receives Trophy.

Gates open at 8:00 am, time trials begin at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.cecilcountydragway.com.

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Dunn Tire Raceway Park’s Pumpkin Run
Dunn Tire Raceway Park presents their 3rd Annual Pumpkin Run on Saturday October 13th, 2012. The day features big-money races for Box and No-Box. Each race pays $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, and $100 Quarters. Entry is $75, buybacks are $35. Payouts based on 75 cars per class; bikes & sleds welcome.

There’ll also be a race for Street class that pays $150 Win, $75 Runner-Up, $35 Semis, and $25 Quarters, all based on 32 cars. Entry is $35, buybacks are $15.

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

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Milan Dragway's Fall Brackets
Milan Dragway’s Fall Brackets are Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th, 2012, and includes NHRA Wallys to class winners on Sunday and team bonuses.

Sportsman (11.50 and slower) pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $20 Quarters. Entry is $35, and 1st Round buy backs are $20. Bikes (delay boxes OK) pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $20 Quarters. Entry is $35, and 1st Round buy backs are $20. Pro and Super Pro each have the same payout. At 51+ cars it’s $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. At 31 – 50 cars it’s $1,200 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $80 Semis, and $40 Quarters. At 30 cars or less the Win takes 40%, the Runner-Up takes 20%, and the Semis take 10%. Entry is $40, and 1st Round buy backs are $20.

The Team Bonus is for 4 Racer Teams, where the winning team each day receives $100 per racer. Sweeeet! Gate open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more info.

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Big Field of Pro Mods for 2012 Shakedown Nationals

With a little less than two weeks until the 10th Annual Shakedown Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at Englishtown, N.J., some of the biggest names and fastest Pro Modified drivers are signing up to be part of this historic event and capture the $20,000 winner’s share of the prize. Racers from across the U.S. and Canada and some from as far away as the West Coast and Puerto Rico will compete in what should be the biggest and most competitive Pro Mod event of the year, with supercharged, turbocharged and nitrous-aided engines powering a single 32-car qualified field.

Mike Castellana (Pro Modified Nitrous) and Jose Gonzalez (Pro Modified Blown) were last year's winners as the Pro Modified entrants raced in separate categories. They'll return, along with National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Modified competitors Todd Tutterow, Donny Walsh, Shannon Jenkins, Robert Patrick, Pete Farber, Kevin McCurdy, and recent U.S. Nationals winner "Bad Brad" Brand.

NMCA standout Bill Lutz. representing Canada, PMRA racers Eric Latino, Bruce Boland, Derrick Hawker, Sam Andreacchi, Jay Santos, and Jack Grainy. West Coast representation from the PSCA-WCOPMA includes Mike Maggio and Scott Oksas. From the Northeast and representing the NEOPMA are Fifi Montrond, Steve King, Jim Bersani, Gerry Capano, Jim Barker, Isaias Rojas, Gary Walker, George Williams, Gary Courtier, Matt Deitsch, Steve Drummond, Dwayne Wolfe, Angela Ray, Carl Stevens, and Dean Marinis. Other great Pro Mod teams include Tom Dwyer, Dave Norris, Randy Jewell, and Andy Jensen.

"This list will continue to grow," Shakedown Nationals founder, promoter, and fellow Pro Modified racer Dave Hance, of New York Motorsports, said. Hance, who also will be competing in the Pro Mod class, added, "History will be rewritten at this spectacular event."

The Shakedown Nationals features not only Pro Mods, but also the Top Sportsman, Outlaw 10.5, Limited Street, X275, Heavy Street, 8.50 Index, Pro Import, and Pro Street Bike classes. For more info visit www.ShakedownNationals.com.

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Jack Bazinet Bracket Bash at Oxford Dragway
Oxford Dragway presents their Jack Bazinet Bracket Bash on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 (rain date is Sunday, October 7th). The Bracket Bash is open to all vehicles except Jrs. and Teens. The total purse is a minimum $1,700. Entry is $75, with 1st and 2nd Round buy backs for $30. There’ll also be a Second Chance Race with a $500 purse. This is open to racers that have either bought back 1st or 2nd Round or lost in the 3rd Round.

Gates open at 11:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 pm and eliminations at 2:00 pm. For more information visit www.OxfordDragway.com.

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Wrap-Up: Big Tire Outlaws at Englishtown Keepin' It Classic at Skyview Drags

In preparing for The Big Tire Outlaws event on Sunday, September 16th, 2012, the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park crew had their work cut out for them. The long standing U.S. Diesel Truckin' Nationals were held the night before and parking the Big Tire Outlaws reminded me of the game of Tetris, maneuvering between the leftover big rigs.

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Skyview Drags’ Halloween Classic is coming up on Friday October 5th & Saturday October 6th. The last weekend of racing will include regular 660 points on Friday and Saturday. Saturday night, Skyview Drags invites you to a Halloween Party with tricking or treating in the pits for the kids. There will be a costume contest and an award for the best decorated pit.

Gates open Friday at 10:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 noon for Super Pro, Pro, Bike/Sled, Street Trophy, Street Money, and Northeast Open Comp. There will be a test & Tune following the regular points race on Friday night. On Saturday October 6th gates open at 8:30 am. Jr. Dragsters start at 10:00 am followed by regular racing for the remaining point’s classes. For more information about Skyview's Halloween Classic visit www.SkyviewDrags.com.

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Mid Atlantic Super Street Association To Debut in 2013
Beginning with the 2013 racing season the Mid Atlantic Super Street Association (MASSA) will take flight. The series will run along with the Mid Atlantic Super Gas & Comp Series to form one big ".90 Super Series" in the Northeast. There will be a total of 10 races (5 weekends) with races being held on Saturday & Sunday. MASSA will visit Atco Raceway for four events, Maple Grove for two, Cecil County for two and Numidia for two. MASSA will count six out of a racer’s best ten events towards the season championship. It is not mandatory for you to sign up to become a member and MASSA will welcome all racers. As with MASGA & MASCA all events will feature a free BBQ on Saturday night for racers and friends to enjoy. At this time the rules are still being finalized but there will be no minimum weight rule and all cars must have working doors and a roof.

For information on membership, sponsorship and race information please visit their brand new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Atlantic-Super-Street-Association or e-mail President Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.comor call him at 8 5 6 - 3 3 2 - 2 8 5 I.

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VMP = Virginia MOPARsports Park
MOPAR Madness Weekend comes to Virginia Motorsports Park on September 21st – 23rd, 2012, including three new race classes: Mopar Open Index, Mopar True Street, and Mopar Top Alcohol Funny Cars

On Friday, September 21st there’ll be the Modern Street Hemi Shootout. Shootout time shots begins at 10:00 am. On Saturday, September 22nd it’s the ALL MOPAR Show and Race, with a Mopar Test & Tune from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, followed by Mopar Funny Cars at 1:30 pm and eliminations in Super Pro, Pro, Open Index and Street at 4:00 pm. On Sunday, September 23rd there’s MOPAR bracket racing in Super Pro, Pro and Street.

Super Pro pays $1,000 Win / $300 Runner-Up on Saturday, $1,400 Win / $400 Runner-Up on Sunday. Pro pays $1,000 Win / $300 Runner-Up on Saturday, $800 Win / $300 Runner-Up on Sunday. Street pays $100 Win / $50 Runner-Up on Saturday, Trophy Win and Trophy Runner-Up on Sunday. There are a variety of other classes as well.

For complete event info including detailed payouts, visit www.virginiamotorsports.com.

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Things Get Shakin' at Englishtown
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will host The Shakedown Nationals (formerly The Shakedown at E-Town) Friday - Sunday, October 12th-14th, 2012.

This is the 10th year of The Shakedown. Classes include Pro Modified (supercharged, turbocharged, or nitrous oxide), Top Sportsman (usually nitrous-oxide injected but can have other power sources), Outlaw 10.5 (highly modified on 10½-inch race tires), Heavy Street (3,500 lb. street-appearing machines with low-seven-second ETs), Limited Street (street-appearing, all-metal race cars that are limited to a 29.5-inch slick or a 315 street-legal drag radial tire. They must weigh approximately 3,200 pounds, and they cannot have wheelie bars), X275 (small displacement V-8 engines, and power modifications are strictly regulated), 8.50 Index, Pro Import, and Pro Street Bike (must race on street-legal tires and must be stock appearing).

New York Motorsports owner Dave Hance, founder and promoter of The Shakedown Nationals, has seen the Northeast's premiere street-legal doorslammer drag race evolve into the ultimate outlaw drag racing heads-up doorslammer event in the world. Calling it a "prolific evolution," Hance, of Lawrence, N.Y., said he marvels at just how much this event has grown since 2003, when just a dozen racers showed up and the purse was $1,500.

"It has grown to more than 250 top-notch race teams attempting to qualify for nine heads-up drag race classes," Hance said. "Many of the world's greatest door-car drag racing moments have taken place at the Shakedown Nationals. Multiple performance barriers have fallen during this great event. Fans and racers alike have come to expect records to fall every year in virtually every class. And The Shakedown Nationals has a very special element: since Year 2 of this event, it has retained 90 percent of its racers, fans, and marketing partners/sponsors. As a group we all have grown collectively."

For more info visit www.ShakedownNationals.com.

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Going Old School at Milan Dragway
Milan Dragway presents their Back In The Day Nostalgia Drags on Saturday, September 29th, 2012.

Race classes include Nostalgia Box (11.99 & quicker, 1/8th mile, $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, based on 40 cars, $40 entry), Nostalgia No-Box (13.99 & quicker, $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, based on 40 cars, $40 entry), and Nostalgia Sportsman (11.50 & slower, footbrake, $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, $25 Quarters, based on 30 cars, $35 entry).

There’s also a Muscle Car Show & Shine, The Great Lakes Gassers, funny car match races, and the UMTR (United Manual Transmission Racers).

Gates open at 9:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more info.

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Grassroots Motorsports $2012 Challenge at AutoPlus Raceway
The Grassroots Motorsports $2012 Challenge brings its low-buck showdown to AutoPlus Raceway in Gainesville, FL on September 27th – 29th 2012.

The Grassroots Motorsports Challenge dares teams to buy, build and prepare a car without spending more than the $2012 budget cap. The Challenge uses autocross, drag racing and concours judging to rank the field. Schedule of events include a Welcome Party on Thursday, September 27th. Friday, September 28th will be Autocross and concours at Auto-Plus Raceway beginning at 8:00 a.m. Cars must meet all NHRA rules for bracket-type racing. In addition, all cars must pass a basic SCCA Solo or NASA Autocross safety inspection. On Saturday, September 29th, the Challenge includes drag racing at Auto-Plus Raceway; gates will be open at 8:00 a.m.

For more information visit http://grassrootsmotorsports.com.

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MIROCK Fall Nationals at Maryland International Rescheduled Carolina Coalition at Mooresville Dragway
MIR presents the MIROCK Superbike Series Fall Nationals September 29th – 30th, 2012. Classes include Pro Mod, Pro Street, Real Street, Sportsman Bike ET Classes, grudge class, a vendors midway, a $1,200 bikini contest and a streetbike corral. This is the last MIROCK event of the year at Maryland International.

Gates open Friday at 8:00 am, with test & tune starting at 9:00 am. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with qualifying at 10:00 and eliminations at 3:00 pm. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am with time runs at 9:00 am and eliminations at 12:00 noon.

Visit www.MIROCKracing.com for info.

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The Carolina Coalition bracket series (rescheduled from June 9th & 10th) makes a stop September 29th & 30th at Mooresville Dragway. Each day has a Top ET and Footbrake / Modified big money gambler’s race. Top ET pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $40 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $75 for either day, or $125 for both. Footbrake / Modified pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $20 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $50 for either day, or $90 for both.

Double entries allowed. The track will make every attempt to separate door cars and open body cars for the first three rounds. Friday is open for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with a time run for new entries at 12:15.

Visit www.mooresvilledragway.com for more information.

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Keeping It Civil at Rockingham Dragway
The Holcomb Motorsports 2012 Fall Civil Wars hits Rockingham Dragway on September 21st-23rd, 2012 for a weekend of outlaw racing action. Classes include Outlaw 10.5 ($3,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $350 Semis, $100 Quarters; entry $100), X275 Drag Radial ($5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $350 Semis, $125 Quarters; entry $120), Real Street 275 D/R ($2,000 Win, entry $75), King of The Street SR275 ($2,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $75 Quarters, entry $75), Pro Tree Doorslammer ($1,500 Win Saturday, $1,000 Win Sunday), Footbrake ($1,000 Win each day Saturday and Sunday), Open Comp ($1,000 Win each day Saturday and Sunday), and 6.0 and 7.00 Index.

Gates open Friday at 9:00 am. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with a time trial at 10:30 am and eliminations at 12:00 noon. For more information visit rockinghamdragway.com.

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MASGA and MASCA Finales Coming Up at Atco Raceway

The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association and The Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association are set to finish off their 2012 seasons at Atco Raceway on September 29th & 30th. Both series have seen close racing all year and the points championships are sure to go down to the final rounds on Sunday.

In MASGA, 2011 Champion Tom Goldman (left) is looking to make it back to back championships with his “Bullets to Spare” Corvette. Goldman holds about a 4 round lead over 2nd place Lance Kreiger but lurking in the distance is George Smith and his “Live Wire” 1968 Camaro. Smith has been on a tear as of late with a victory at Numidia and a runner-up at Cecil County to move him into 3rd place. Rounding out the top 5 is Pete Luciano and Derek Clark.

In MASCA, Ken Moses (right) has been the lead horse pretty much all year long but is feeling some stiff competition from last year’s co-Champion Joey Cambria and Don Butkiewicz. Both drivers still have 1 race left to claim and with a 4th round finish or better can surpass Moses in the standings. Rounding out the top 5 are recent Atco winner Kevin Scholl and early points leader Tom Dauber.

Gates open at 9:00 am on both days with time runs beginning around 10:00 am. There will also be a special National Dragster Challenge Wally Day held in conjunction with MASGA & MASCA to give drivers an extra shot at taking home some extra cash that weekend. Also for anyone who is planning on attending the NHRA Uni-Select Auto Parts Nationals at Maple Grove the following weekend this would be a great test & tune. The fee for each MASGA and MASCA is $70.00 per day to be paid to Lucky Luciano (MASGA) or Rob Keister (MASCA) and $30.00 to be paid at the gate for the track entrance and tech card. For more info visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com or www.midatlanticsc.com.

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Numidia Dragway’s AHDRA Event was Homecoming for Rich Vreeland

When Numidia Dragway played host to the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) Liberty Nitro Nationals recently, not only did riders from all across the country converge on the popular ¼-mile strip, but so too did local favorite Rich Vreeland of Danville, PA. Now in his eighth season as a professional motorcycle racer, Vreeland’s return to Numidia served as a homecoming where he began his career. His business, Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson, was the presenting sponsor of the event which drew a very respectable crowd and a full pit area of bike racers.

“This is my home track, it’s my sponsor’s track and our dealership is just seven miles from here so it’s all my family and all my friends, it’s a lot of fun this weekend,” said Vreeland while in between rounds on Sunday.

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Sponsor News: ATI Racer Update

ATI Transmissions, Converters, Flexplates And Dampers Were Part Of History and Records—twice in one night...

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Milan Dragway's September Sundays
Milan Dragway steps it up during September Sundays in Sportsman, Bike, Pro and Super Pro. Sportsman (11.50 and slower) pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $20 Quarters. Entry is $35, and 1st Round buy backs are $20. Bikes (delay boxes OK) pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $20 Quarters. Entry is $35, and 1st Round buy backs are $20.

Pro and Super Pro each have the same payout. At 51+ cars it’s $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. At 31 – 50 cars it’s $1,200 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $80 Semis, and $40 Quarters. At 30 cars or less the Win takes 40%, the Runner-Up takes 20%, and the Semis take 10%. Entry is $40, and 1st Round buy backs are $20.

The remaining dates are September 16th, 23rd and 30th. Gate open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more info.

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Southern Outlaw Tour Races Into Fall at MMP
The 2012 Southern Outlaw Tour’s next race is September 14th – 15th at Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL.

Outlaw Bottom Bulb, Outlaw Super Pro, 7.00 Index, 6.00 Index, 5.30 Index, and 4.70 Index each pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry in each class is $100. Pro Modified pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $250 Eighths.

16 car minimum in all heads-up and bracket classes. Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm with a test & tune at 6:00 pm and qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with test & tune at 1:00 pm, qualifying at 3:00 pm and 1st Round at 7:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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The Street Hits The Beaver
Beaver Springs Dragway’s 14th Annual Fall Mean Street Nationals is Sunday, September 16th. The event includes BSD Iron Trees to all champions, the WFO Club 170 MPH Street Cars, Hot Street ($200-$100-$50-$50) for 11.99 and faster, Cool Street ($150-$75-$35-$35) for 12.00 and up. This is a full Friday Points Series event for Street/Stick, Street/Auto, Sport/Bike, Sport/Compact, Outlaw Street, Bone Stock Truck, ATV, TCR, JR ATV, plus Hot Dog Race (???) and Kids Foot Race.

For more information visit www.beaversprings.com.

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Wrap-Up: National Dragster Challenge at Maple Grove
MOHNTON, Pa. – It was a long Saturday at Maple Grove Raceway with racing running well into the night. And that was a good thing. A total of 315 cars – the most for a bracket race at The Grove since early in the 2009 season – took part in Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 15, which was combined with the National Dragster Challenge. At the end of the night...

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Outlaws Take Aim At Englishtown
The Big Tire Outlaws return to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ on Sunday, September 16th. The Big Tire Outlaws is a rebirth of a class born in the mid 90’s at Englishtown known as the Ultra Quick 8. These are back-half, big tire, factory appearing cars that use every imaginable way to make horsepower.

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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Run 'Em Nationals at Milan Dragway
Milan Dragway’s Motor City Run'Em Nationals is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2012. Race classes include X275 Drag Radial, Open Comp, True Street, 9.50 Index Bike, and the all-out Run'Em class. All NHRA safety rules will be enforced. Fans will enjoy the sights and sounds as racers compete for over $5,000 in cash & prizes.

A Wheel-Stand Contest will also be part of the program. Winners will be judges on how far and high they can hold the front wheel of the vehicle on the ground. This requires an abundance of horsepower, torque, and courage.

Hosted by “The Expert” Ken Herring from Pass Time and Pinks All Out, autographs and photo opportunities with Ken will be available for all event attendees.

Complete class & rule information can found on www.runemnationals.com.

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Charging For The Top at Maryland International Raceway
Maryland International Raceway’s rescheduled Top ET $5K takes place Friday and Saturday, September 21st & 22nd, 2012 at the Superchargers Showdown.

Each day pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, and $100 Round starting with 2nd Round Winners. Entry is $126 per day; 1st & 2nd Round buybacks are $80.

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 3:00 pm on Friday with time trials at 4:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.mirdrag.com.

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MASGA Wrap-Up: Cecil County Dragway Sponsor News: S&W’s New Top Comp Benefits Card


The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association completed race # 7 & 8 the weekend of August 11th & 12th, 2012 at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md. Commonly known as the “Pig Roast” to many racers this years event had special meaning to it as friends, racers and family members all gathered to celebrate and honor the life of Ronnie “Uncle Buck” Harple who had passed away in April of this year. An honored tradition that was started by Harple in the mid-1990s as a way to give back to ...

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S&W Race Cars has announced the formation of their Top Comp discount program where members receive substantial discounts and benefits with each purchase.

It's a simple program with two separate levels available by way of a Gold and Silver card, each signifying levels of discounts. In addition to discounts on all S&W manufactured products, special discounts will be available on products from various aftermarket vendors who will be participating in the program. Thanks to Bonus Program Partners including The Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, Mega Mopar Action Series, 1320go.com, Drag Illustrated and RPM Magazine, you can receive additional discounts.

S&W’s Scott Weney said, “This program is no different than the various gas and grocery discount card programs which have become increasingly popular today. The J&P Cycles® ‘Gold Club’ program is wildly successful and inspired us to develop a similar program, one that will allow us to give back to our customers and encourage them to look to S&W for their performance needs.”

The program becomes available on September 1st, 2012 and you can call toll free (800) 523-3353 or visit www.SWRaceCars.com for details.

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Shooting For Big Bucks at Skyview Drags
Skyview Drags and Interstate Auto Parts present the Box-No Box Shootout on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. Featuring $10,000 in total payouts, this shootout is open to footbrake cars, transbrake cars, delay box cars, and bikes / sleds.

Box and No Box run as separate classes until the shootout at the end. Each class pays $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $100 Quarters. At the end of each class, the winners will face off in the Box Winner vs. No Box Winner Shootout to win an additional $1,000.

Entry fee per class is $100; buybacks are $50 in any round. Racers may run both classes, but the use of a delay box in No Box will result in immediate disqualification from both classes. 1 driver may enter two cars.

Gates open at 10:00 am, time trials are 11:30 am with eliminations immediately following. Gate entry for spectators and crew is $20. For more information about this and other Skyview Drags events, visit www.SkyviewDrags.com.

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Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series at Mason-Dixon Dragway

The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series makes a stop at Mason-Dixon Dragway on Sunday, September 9th, 2012. The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series is a drag racing bracket series dedicated to the avid Pontiac enthusiast. For more info visit their website at www.outlawpontiacdragseries.com.

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AHDRA Liberty Nitro Nationals at Numidia Dragway
The AHDRA Liberty Nitro Nationals are headed to Numidia Dragway Saturday and Sunday, September 8th & 9th, 2012. Racing action gets underway on Saturday, with qualifying at 10:00am. On Sunday eliminations for Pro classes kicks off at 12:30pm with Sportsman classes immediately following.

Sportsman classes include V-ROD ($400 Win, entry $60), VRD ($450 Win, entry $80), DRAGGIN BAGGER ($450 Win, entry $80), HOT STREET ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER
GAS ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER SPORT ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER ELIM ($400 Win, entry $60), SEP ($400 Win, entry $60), and ET ($400 Win, entry $60).

For more information on Numidia Dragway, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com . For more information on the AHDRA Liberty Nitro Nationals visit www.ahdra.com.

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$5K Super Pro Shootout At The Capitol

Capitol Raceway presents their $5K Super Pro Shootout on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. The Super Pro Shootout pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up and $300 Semis; there’s round money for earlier rounds, too. Entry is $100, buy backs are $50.

Also on the schedule is Mod, Bikes, and Door Car Quick 8. Mod pays $1,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $150 Semis; there’s round money for earlier rounds, too. Mod entry is $60, buy backs are $30. Bike pays $1,500 Win, $250 Runner-Up, and $160 Semis. Bike entry is $60, buy backs are $30. Door Car Quick 8 pays $1,000 and the winner goes into 4th Round of Super Pro. 1st Round losers and buy back into Super Pro. Door Car Quick 8 entry is $100.

Gates open at 11:00 am. Visit www.CapitolRaceway.net for more information.

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Go Old School at Pittsburgh Raceway Park
The PID-Keystone Nostalgia Nationals comes to Pittsburgh Raceway Park on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 for a day of drag racing the way it used to be. Open to everything 1979 and older, the event will feature AA Supercharged Gassers, the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Cars, The Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Association, Quick-Stick / Pro-Stick, and a huge photo display. In addition, car cruisers can show their cars for free with a paid spectator entry.

Gates open 8:00 am, with time trials beginning at 10:00 am. Visit www.pittsburghracewaypark.com for more information.

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The Dragtime News Welcomes Mark Williams Enterprises, RockSolid Floors
We welcome Mark Williams Enterprises and RockSolid Floors to our list of supporters of The Dragtime News. Mark Williams Enterprises manufactures a full range of racing axles, spools, rear end housings, steel, aluminum or carbon fiber driveshafts and disc brake kits. Visit www.markwilliams.com to see all of their products.

RockSolid Floors manufactures the RockSolid Polyurea Garage Coat® floor coating system. A one part system, it has no mixing and no measuring; just shake, pour and roll. I installed it in my garage (read the article HERE). Visit www.rocksolidfloors.com to learn more.

In addition to Mark Williams Enterprises and RockSolid Floors, we'd like to thank these other supporters of The Dragtime News:

  • ATI Performance Products, www.atiracing.com. ATI manufactures competition transmissions, Treemaster converters, torsional Super Dampers, Compu-Flow valve bodies, flexplates, and adapter kits.
  • Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, www.mickeythompsontires.com. Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels designs, develops and distributes specialty tires and wheels.
  • Moroso Performance Products, www.moroso.com. Moroso manufactures over 3,000 products, from oil pans and oiling systems, to ignition wire, ignition components, valve covers, fuel system equipment.
  • Numidia Dragway, www.numidiadragway.com. A beautiful NHRA ¼ Mile facility in Numidia, PA, and “The Home of The Guaranteed Payout.”
  • Performance Racing Industry, www.performanceracing.com. PRI connects manufacturers of racing products with racing retailers, race engine builders, race car builders and professional race teams.
  • Portatree Timing Systems, www.portatree.com. Manufactures professional drag track timing equipment, practice trees, test tracks, and weather stations..
  • Road Runners Performance, www.roadrunnersfx.com. Performance parts retailer that carries many of the top manufacturers.
  • S & W Race Cars, www.swracecars.com. S&W Race Cars' award winning race cars are used by many of the leading NHRA & IHRA professional and sportsman race teams.
  • All the racers who have purchased Dragtime News t-shirts and Photos.

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Carolina Coalition Wraps Up at Rockingham Dragway
The Carolina Coalition bracket series comes to a close September 8th & 9th at Rockingham Dragway. Each day has a Top ET and Footbrake / Modified big money gambler’s race. Top ET pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $40 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $75 for either day, or $125 for both. Footbrake / Modified pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $20 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $50 for either day, or $90 for both.

Double entries allowed. The track will make every attempt to separate door cars and open body cars for the first three rounds. Friday is open for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with a time run for new entries at 12:15. Visit www.rockinghamdragway.com for more information.

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2012 Super 7 Wrapping Up at MMP
Montgomery MotorSports Park’s Super 7 Series Grand Finale is August 30th – September 3rd, 2012. Super Pro features a daily payout of $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Enter any single race for $150, or enter the weekend (four races) for $400. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

In addition there’ll be an Outlaw Super Pro Bonus race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday that each pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $100 Quarters. Entry is $100 per race.

Electronics OK. Two drivers may drive the same car in a single class, but one driver cannot double the same car. Gates open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.MMPDragRacing.com for more info.

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2012 Labor Day Weekend Classic at Mason-Dixon
Mason-Dixon Dragway gets classic with their Labor Day Weekend Classic Friday August 31st – Monday September 3rd.

The Classic kicks off Friday with a $30 Test & Tune. Then on Saturday - Monday, the Classic gives racers in seven classes three chances to get to the Winner’s Circle. Each day, Super ET pays $2,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up, and $50 Round starting with 4th Round loser. Entry is $75 per day. Pro ET pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $30 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $50 each day. Street ET pays $300 Win, $150 Runner-Up, and $25 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $40 each day. Motorcycle ET pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $25 Round starting 3rd Round loser. Entry is $45 each day. Trophy pays 4’ Trophy Win, 3’ Trophy Runner-Up. Entry is $40 each day. Junior Dragster pays 4’ Trophy + $300 Bond Win, 3’ Trophy and $100 Bond Runner-Up. Entry is $30 each day. There’ll also be a High School Eliminator race.

Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am, and Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.MasonDixonDragway.com for more info.

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Mopars Will Thunder into Bristol Dragway

The Thirteenth Annual Mopar Thunder takes place August 31st -September 2nd 2012 in Thunder Valley, Bristol Dragway. Returning to Bristol is the always-exciting Mopar vs. The World. This special event takes place on Friday night and pits some of the fastest Mopars against all comers.

Saturday racing includes a Bonus race and Slant 6 action, while Sunday features competition in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Slant 6. A Mopar car show will fill the Dragway grounds and offer fans a chance to view some of their favorites from years ago. A visit to the swap meet and Manufacturers’ Midway will give spectators and participants the opportunity to purchase the hard-to-find items they have been looking to buy.

For more information visit www.BristolDragway.com.

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Keeping It General at Milan Dragway
GM Performance Day is coming up soon at Milan Dragway in Milan, MI. This show, shine and drag race event is Saturday, September 8th, 2012 and is open to anything GM-bodied or GM-powered (the exception is Nostalgia class which open to any brand 1987 or older; more about that in a moment).

Box and No Box each pay $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters (all based on 40 cars). Entry for each class is $50 and 1st Round buybacks are $20.

Sportsman and Nostalgia each pay $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $25 Quarters (all based on 15 cars). Entry for each class is $40 and 1st Round buybacks are $20.

Gates open 9:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more info.

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Rich Hanna Sets Record at Muncie Dragway
Enfield, CT., July 28, 2012 – Rich Hanna set a new track record on July 28th at Muncie Dragway. Hanna, driver of the GOJO Firebird Jet Funny Car, appeared at the annual New Muncie Dragway ‘Night of Fire.’ In the first round ...

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Lingenfelter Performance Nationals Coming To Norwalk

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has announced The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals, a new event for customers and enthusiasts in 2012.

The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals will feature drag racing, autocross, car show, speed stop challenge, countryside cruise and a manufacturer's midway. The dates are September 21st-23rd, 2012 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals will offer drag racing, an invitation-only bracket race and a Battle of the Brands event that pits Ford, GM and Chrysler vehicles against one another. Trophies, plaques and cash prizes will be awarded to car show and race winners. The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals will also be an official qualifying event for the OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational.

Stay tuned to www.lingenfelterperformancenationals.com for regular updates about participating in the Lingenfelter Performance Nationals.

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East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Reunion Set For October 2012
The 11th Annual East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Reunion 2012 will be here before you know it. The dates are October 19th, 20th and 21st in Henderson, NC. 2012 Inductees include Chase Knight, Don Carlton, Eugene Coard, Joe Schubeck, Greg Sullivan, Bill Barrett, Pete Hill, Lamar Walden, Harry Hall, Tim & Beth Hyatt, George Eisenhart, Frank Teague, George “Kook” Kryssing, and Roger Gustin.

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Wrap-Up: Fun Ford Weekend at Bristol Dragway

It was another hot weekend of racing on the track in Thunder Valley as Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates, JE Pistons and Joe Gibbs Driven came to a close with some spectacular final-round match-ups on the drag strip and some...

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Drilling For Silver at Pittsburgh Raceway Park

Pittsburgh Raceway Park’s Silver Mine 10s are September 7th, 8th and 9th 2012 with a $10K on each day for electronics-equipped race cars. Each race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $750 8th Round loss, $500 7th Round loss, $200 6th Round loss, and $100 5th Round loss. Entry is $150 for any single day, or $399 for the weekend. 1st Round buybacks are $100. There’s also a bonus Saturday night $5,000 race; entry is $100 and buy backs are $50. Races are 1/8th mile; 1 driver may enter two cars; 2 drivers may enter 1 car; 1 driver cannot double enter the same car.

Gates open 11:00 am on Friday with time trials at 2:00 pm; gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Visit www.pittsburghracewaypark.com for more info.

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2012 Mopars @ Etown

The 26th Annual MOPARS @ Etown is Friday – Sunday, August 24th – 26th, 2012. Friday night’s action includes the Mopar vs. The World Challenge, open to Mopars and all makes that want to challenge them. Payout is $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis, based on 32 cars. Entry is $50. No delay boxes, must have street mufflers. Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm, with time trials at 6:00 pm and eliminations at 7:30 pm.

Saturday includes muffled Mopar King Of The Hill bracket racing in a bunch of E.T. breaks, a Mopar car show, a swap meet, and the Super Car Shootout. All vehicles must be Mopar-powered and bodied. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am.

Sunday features Stock / Super Stock / Nostalgia Super Stock Combo that pays $1,000 Win based on 32 cars; $75 entry. There’s also bracket racing in Super Pro (7.00 – 12.99, electronics OK, $60 entry), Pro ET (9.00 – 15.99, no electronics, $50 entry), Modern Mopar Muscle (7.00 and slower, open to Chrysler, Dodge LX/LC , and Jeep vehicles, $40 entry, and Trophy (11.50 and slower, no electronics, slicks OK, $30 entry). Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am.

Visit www.RacewayPark.com for more information.

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Sponsor News: ATI Racer Update Fords at Mason-Dixon

ATI-equipped racers Billy Gordon, Dean Marinis, Rich Bruder, Doug Riesterer, Chris Rini and Marty Rinehart had strong outings recently at a number of events in the area. Gordon won his second race in 10.5 Outlaw at the Street Car Shootout in Cecil...

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The 15th Annual Mid-Maryland Ford show, shine, and drags is Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at Mason-Dixon Dragway. The event includes 22 car show classes and 7 classes of racing: Super Ford (7.50 and slower, electronics OK, $700 Win, $300 Runner-Up), Pro Ford (7.50 and slower, no electronics, $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up), Street Ford (13.99 – 19.99, $100 Win, $50 Runner-Up), Mustang ($100 Win, $50 Runner-Up), Powerstroke Pick-Up ($100 Win, $50 Runner-Up). Trophy Ford (10.99 – 19.99) and Cougar/Comet. Entry fee for any class is $35.

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

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Jets Will Fly at MIR’s IHRA Pro-Am
The IHRA Pro-Am Tour lands at Maryland International Raceway on Friday August 24th – Sunday August 26th, including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, and Hot Rod..

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster each pay $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Super Stock pays $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Stock pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Quick Rod and Super Rod each pay $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Hot Rod pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Entry fees are $135 per day per event (IHRA membership and license are mandatory).

What makes this stop on the IHRA Pro-Am tour different is the Saturday Night $5K E.T. Clash, the Saturday Night Jet Wars, Bunny Burkett, and the Wild Bunch Supercharged Shootout. According to the track, Jet Wars won’t be exhibition passes, but rather side-by-side jet eliminations. Among the jets will be the team of Hanna Motorsports, along with Bob Motz and his jet Kenworth. The $5K E.T. Clash pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Quarters, and $100 Eighths. Entry is $100, buybacks are $80. The E.T, Clash is open to all Pro-Am racers as well as E.T. racers (no pre-entry is required).

Gates open Friday at 10:00 am, with a test & tune at 4:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 7:30 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.MIRDrag.com.

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Glen Hartzler, 2012 Stock/Super Stock Shootout Champion Stand Tall at Montgomery MotorSports Park

The first Stock/Super Stock Shootout season was completed recently at Maple Grove Raceway with Glen Hartzler taking home the series’ first-ever championship.

Run as part of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, the Shootout features the popular NHRA Sportsman class. Hartzler (White House Station, N.J.) and his 1972 Barracuda had one runner-up and two semifinals finishes to amass 167 points. Byron Worner, who won the second race, was second with 116, while James Perrone (113), Patric Fox (113), Marty Rinehart Jr. (102) and Jeff Tripp (102) rounded out the top five.

The top five finishers will receive a payout at the Money Trail Awards Banquet in February 2013. Hartzler will receive $1,000 for his finish.
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Saturday, August 25th at Montgomery MotorSports Park is billed as “the showdown of all showdowns. It’s the Mini Pro Mod Last Man Standing and the Grudge Kings Last Man Standing. The Mini Pro Mod has a $2,000 purse that pays the top 4. Entry is $100, 8 car minimum. The Grudge Kings has a $1,500 purse that pays the top 4. Entry is $75, 8 car minimum. Gates open at 1:00 pm with qualifying at 4:30 pm. Visit www.MMPDragRacing.com.

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Night of Fire Jet Jam at Skyview Carolina Coalition Comes to Piedmont

TIOGA CENTER, N.Y. - On Saturday, August 18th, thousands of area race fans from all over the northeast will once again convene at Skyview Drags, the IHRA-sanctioned dragstrip in Tioga Center, N.Y. for what has become the sport’s most popular jet and fire show, Skyview Drags' “Night of Fire Jet Jam” with three jets booked in for the show. Additionally, as an added attraction, Skyview Drags event director Amy Culver has added four Pro Mods that will also do battle in...

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The Carolina Coalition bracket series comes to Piedmont Dragway August 25th & 26th. Each day has a Top ET and Footbrake / Modified big money gambler’s race. Top ET pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $40 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $75 for either day, or $125 for both. Footbrake / Modified pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $20 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $50 for either day, or $90 for both.

Double entries allowed. The track will make every attempt to separate door cars and open body cars for the first three rounds. Friday is open for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with a time run for new entries at 12:15. Visit www.PiedmontDragway.com for more information.

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Mod ET $2K Doubleheader at Maryland International
Come out to Maryland International Raceway on Saturday August 11th 2012 for MIR’s Mod ET $2K Doubleheader and get 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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Flashing Back At The Beaver IHRA Pro Am Heads To The Farm

Beaver Springs Dragway’s Flashback Friday Nostalgia Weekend is Friday and Saturday, August 10th and 11th 2012.

Friday’s schedule includes Nostalgia Super Stock, Junior Stock, WFO (Wideopen Flat Out), Nostalgia ET for 1975 and older, Street Stick, Street Auto, and Outlaw Street. Manufacturers Showdown should feature 427 Galaxies & Thunderbolts, A/FX Comets and Chevies, AMXs, and HEMI and Max Wedge Mopars. Junior Stock is for 1975 or earlier with big- or small-block, flat hood or factory experimental hood. No electronics, no tranbrakes, no 2-steps. Saturday features the Nostalgia Super Stockers of 422 Motorsports.

Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm, with time trials at 5:00 pm and racing at 8:30 pm. Gates open Saturday at 12:00 noon, with time trials at 1:00 pm and eliminations at 5:00 pm.

Visit www.BeaverSprings.com.

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The IHRA Pro-Am Tour comes to Farmington Dragway on Friday August 10th – Sunday August 12th, including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Jr. Masters, Jr. Advanced and Jr. Beginners.

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster each pay $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Super Stock pays $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Stock pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Quick Rod and Super Rod each pay $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Hot Rod pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Junior Masters and Junior Advanced each pay $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Junior Beginners pays Iron Man Win and Plaque Runner-Up.

Entry fees are $135 per day per event for big cars (IHRA membership and license are mandatory); $75 for Advanced and Masters, and $50 for Beginner. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am, with a test & tune at 2:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 7:30 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am.

For more information visit www.FarmingtonDragway.com.

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Old Rods in New York: Empire Dragway’s Nostalgia Gold Cup
Empire Dragway’s Nostalgia Gold Cup is Saturday August 18th and Sunday August 19th. There are five classes in this 1/8th mile race. No delay boxes allowed in any class.

Nostalgia Gas is for cars running 8.50 and quicker. Mod Gas is for 1974 and older cars running 7.50 and quicker. The payout is the same for each class: Winner gets $500 + Gold Cup Trophy, Runner-Up gets $200, Semis get $125, and Quarters get $75. Entry is $30 per day. Street & Strip is for 1974 and older street & strip cars; slicks, open headers & transbrakes are permitted. Winner gets $500 + Gold Cup Trophy, Runner-Up gets $200, Semis get $125, and Quarters get $75. Entry is $45 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 $45 per day. Quick Nostalgia is for 1974 and older; nitrous, blowers, turbos are permitted. Winner gets $500 + Gold Cup Trophy, Runner-Up gets $200, Semis get $125. Entry is $50 per day.

Gates open Saturday at 10:00 a.m. 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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Piedmont’s Summer Grudge & Bike Fest

Flat Out, Heads Up, All Outlaw. That’s how Piedmont Dragway is billing their 2012 Summer Grudge & Bike Fest, coming up Saturday, August 18th.

It’s open to all grudge cars, trucks and bikes. Featuring the 28.5 Slicks and 275 Drag Radial Shootout that adds $2,000 to the total purse with 100% payback. No wheelie bars, no tube chassis cars, no times will be shown.

Gates open at 3:00 pm with first round at 8:00 pm. For more information visit www.PiedmontDragway.com.

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Maple Grove's Fun Ford Weekend Empire Dragway’s Bike & Sled Shootout

What better way to celebrate your 50th year of some of the best drag racing on the east coast than to host a Fun Ford Weekend?

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Empire Dragway’s Bike & Sled Shootout is coming on Sunday, August 26th, 2012 with classes for Street Bike, Pro Bike, and Snowmobile. Street Bike (DOT tires, street legal, baffles optional) and Pro Bike (slicks and wheelie bars are OK) each pay $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $10 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Snowmobile pays $750 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, and $10 Round starting with 2nd Round win.

Entry in each class is $25, with a $10 buy back in 1st Round. All drivers must have full face helmet, leather jacket and gloves. Leather pants are required for 10.99 and quicker.

Gates open 9:30 am, time trials at 10:30 am, racing at 2:30 pm. Visit www.EmpireDragway.com.

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Drags and Poker at MIR Route 66 2012 Super Car Reunion

Maryland International Raceway’s $10K - $2K Poker Bash is Saturday and Sunday, August 18th and 19th, 2012. 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 (1/8 mile, 0.00 – 8.49) 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 (all run) 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, gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. Time runs are 2:30 on Saturday; eliminations are 5:00 pm on Saturday and 11:30 am on Sunday. Visit www.mirdrag.com for more info.

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Joliet, Ill – The iconic factory super cars of the 1960s and ’70s will roll out from behind the velvet rope and onto Route 66 Raceway’s dragstrip during the Route 66...

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Going For Super Bucks at Atco Raceway
Atco Raceway’s 4 Day Super Bucks Weekend is coming up August 9th – 12th, 2012. The weekend kicks off with the Jimmy Jones Memorial Race that pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $175, buy back is $100.

The big races are the three $25Ks, one on Friday and two on Saturday. Each race pays $25,000 Win, $8,000 Runner-Up, $4,000 Semis, $1,000 7th Round lose, $60 6th Round lose, $450 5th Round lose, and $300 4th Round lose. Entry is $300 per race, or enter all three for $775. 1st Round buy backs are $215. Sunday there are a number of high roller races scheduled.

All races are 1,000 feet. Gates open Thursday and Friday at 8:00 am, with time runs until 3:00 pm and 1st Round at 3:30 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.AtcoRaceway.com.

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Take A Trip Back To Dover Drags Holbrook Shootout at Milan Dragway
For the fourth straight year it seems the Dover Drag Strip racers, fans and friends just won’t let the old track be forgotten. Spurred by enthusiastic interest ...

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Milan Dragway presents their Holbrook Racing Engines Saturday Shootout Series on (when else?) Saturday, July 28th, 2012.

Classes include Outlaw Limited Street, X275 Drag Radial, Open Comp, Wild Street, and 9.50 Street Bike. Outlaw Limited Street and X275 Drag Radial both feature progressive payouts and bonuses. Open Comp is a 64 car field with $1,750 in payouts, Wild Street is all-run with $1,140 in payouts, and 9.50 Street Bike is all-run with $700 in payouts.

Gates open at 11:00 am, with qualifying at 3:00 pm and racing at 7:00 pm. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more information.

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Jr. Dragsters Take Center Stage at Skyview Drags’ Jr. Dragster Shootout
If you’re a Jr. Dragster-racing family then make sure to put Skyview Drags on your calendar for Saturday, August 4th for the Jr. Dragster Shootout presented by Precision Crankworks. This single-day, 3-race event will pay out over $5,000 in guaranteed purses and prizes.

Race #1 and Race #2 each pays $500 Cash from Precision Crankworks and a $200 Savings Bond and plaque from Skyview Drags to the Winner, $200 Cash from Precision Crankworks and a $100 Savings Bond and plaque from Skyview Drags to the Runner-Up, $50 Cash from Tepco Automotive to the two Semi-Finalists, and $25 Cash from Tepco Automotive to the four Quarter-Finalists.

Race #3 is the Shootout race between the winners of Race #1 and Race #2. The Winner will claim $500 Cash from Precision Crankworks and a $500 Savings Bond and trophy from Skyview Drags; the Runner-Up will win $250 Cash from Precision Crankworks and a $200 Savings Bond and plaque from Skyview Drags.

In addition, there are a multitude of special awards up for grabs, including Best Appearing Jr. Dragster, Best Engineered Jr. Dragster, Best Reaction Time, Best Package, and many others.

All Jr. Dragsters will require IHRA Jr. Dragster safety equipment, including tech inspections. Entry fees are $45 per racer for entire event. No double entries, no buy backs.

Gates open at 8:00 am with registration and tech until 9:15 am. For more information visit www.SkyviewDrags.com.

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Bugs Take Over The Rock
They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and some of them really fly! It’s time for VWs at The Rock coming up Sunday, August 5th at Rockingham Dragway.

This all-Volkswagen race, show and swap meet includes three VW eliminators. Super Pro (7.49 and quicker) pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, and $75 Semis, all based on at least 20 cars. Entry is $40. Pro (7.50 and up) pays $800 Win, $250 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis, all based on at least 20 cars. Entry is $30. Sportsman Fun Runs pays $250 Win and $75 Runner-Up. Entry is $20.

Gates open at 8:00 am, with runs at 10:00 am and racing at 12:00 noon. Visit www.RockinghamDragway.com for more info.

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Jill Canuso Sets New Jet Record at Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Sunday! Sunday! Sunday Niagara at Dunn Tire Raceway Park

Enfield, CT, July 24, 2012 - Jill Canuso, driver of the ‘GOJO’/’BIC Lighter’ “Queen of Diamonds” Jet Dragster, made a statement that resounded through the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania during the July 21-22, 2012 Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway.

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Dunn Tire Raceway Park’s Sunday Niagara 2012 Nostalgia Drags and Car Show will be Friday August 3rd through Sunday August 5th, 2012.

Friday’s schedule includes Dunn Tire’s regular points program in Mod, Top, Street, Bike / Sled, and Quick 16. There’s also a Nostalgia Eliminator open to 1980 and older cars without electronics.

Saturday is for 1980 and older vehicles only; no electronics permitted in any class. Classes include Little Eliminator (7.00 and slower), Competition Eliminator (6.99 and quicker), Gasser Class (for approved, period-correct pre-1966 gassers only) and Supercharged Gasser Shootout. Gates open 8:00 am; time trials at 10:00 am.

Sunday is also for 1980 and older vehicles. Classes include Little Eliminator, Competition Eliminator, Top Eliminator (.400 Pro Tree, 16 car field), Street Eliminator (street driven, DOT tires, closed exhaust), Supercharged Gasser Shootout, Nostalgia Gas, and Street Gasser class. Gates open 8:00 am, with time trials 10:00 am.

For more information, visit www.dunntireracewaypark.com.

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In a Daze at Maple Grove Raceway

Maple Grove Raceway’s Glory Daze Nostalgia Race/Summer Flea Market is coming up on Saturday, August 4, 2012, including bracket racing for all 1984 and older models. Bracket 1 (electronics, crosstalk in use) and Bracket 2 (non-electronics) each pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semifinals, $75 Quarterfinalists, and $50 round money (starting third round). The Geezers Class (55 and older) pays 4-foot trophy to winner, 3-foot trophy to runner-up and 2-foot trophy to semifinalists. Entry fee for all eliminator classes is $35. Also featured will be the 422 All-Stars and MANDRA.

Racer gates open 9:00 a.m, with time trials at 10:00 a.m. and eliminations at 2:00 pm. Visit www.MapleGroveRaceway.com for more info.

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Gunning For Big Bucks in The Valley
Lebanon Valley Dragway’s Mid-Summer Shootout is Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th. Open to electronics-equipped bracket cars, Saturday’s race pays $2,000 Win and $500 Runner-Up. Entry is $80. Sunday is the big race that pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round Loser. Entry is $175, buy backs are $100, E.T. break is 6.50 – 12.99.

No data recorders, no down-track stutters, 1 driver can drive 2 cars, 2 drivers can share 1 car, but 1 driver cannot enter the same car twice. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. Visit Lebanon Valley’s website at www.dragway.com for more info.

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Empire Dragway’s Mid-Season Championship

Empire Dragway’s Mid-Season Championship is Sunday, July 29th, 2012, with bracket eliminators for Box (0.00 – 13.99) and No Box, Bikes & Sleds (any dial). Each class pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $45. The class winners will then run off for a 2013 Season Pass.

Gates open at 9:30 am, with time trials at 10:30 am and eliminations at 2:30 pm. For information visit www.EmpireDragway.com.

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I Say! Have A Jolly Good Time At The Old Englishtown Drags
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park’s 33rd Annual Nostalgia Summernationals and Old Time Drags is Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! July 29th, 2012. Billed as the longest running nostalgia race in the country, the event is open to vehicles 1972 and older and features bracket racing, a rod show, memorabilia & vendors, display cars and drag racing celebrities.

Other racing action includes the East Coast Gassers, the North East Timing Organization, and the 11th Annual Funny Car Reunion featuring nitro and alcohol funny cars.

Gates open at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations following. For more information visit www.RacewayPark.com.

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What Time Is it!? It’s Pro Mod Saturday!
Capitol Raceway’s Pro Mod Saturday is coming up on July 28th, 2012. Pro Mods are shooting for a $5,000 Win payout, with an entry of $125. There’s also a $1,000 bonus paid to the #1 Pro Mod qualifier.

The action starts Friday night July 27th with Pro Mod shakedown runs and two qualifiers. Gates open Friday at 4:30 pm. Then on Saturday there’ll be two optional rounds of Pro Mod qualifying, with eliminations following.

Gates open on Saturday at 11:00 am. For more info visit www.CapitolRaceway.net.

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Wrap-Up: MASGA at Numidia Dragway

Numidia Dragway, Numidia, Pa – Bob Phillips and George Smith both claimed victories at Race #s 5 & 6 of the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association event held at Numidia Dragway in Numidia, PA.On Saturday, Phillips from Oley, PA qualified his 2003 Dodge Neon at the bottom half of the field with a...

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Wrap-Up: MASCA at Atco Raceway

Atco Raceway, Atco, NJ – Kevin Scholl and Ken Moses became the newest winners of the Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association (MASCA) on July 7th & 8th at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ.

On Saturday Joey Cambria from Shillington, Pa took the #1 qualifying spot with an 8.903. Cambria was followed closely by ...

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Inaugural .90 Nationals at Numidia Dragway

After a season-long postponement due to poor weather, Numidia Dragway hosted its 2012 .90 Nationals in conjunction with the Combo In The Hills Stock/Super Stock event. Consisting of three NHRA championship categories, Super Street, Super Gas, and Super Comp, the event ... (continued HERE)

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Diesel Drags, King Of The Track at Numidia Dragway Things Get Wild at Elk Creek
Numidia Dragway hosts the East Coast Diesel Nationals IV on Saturday, July 21st, 2012. The event includes diesel drag racing, sled pulling and diesel dyno; cash purses and give-aways total over $25,000. There's also a show & shine and a vendors alley. Gates open 8:00 am, drag racing starts at 9:00 am, dyno opens at 9:00 am, sled pulling at 1:00 pm, Show-N-Shine judging at 2:00 pm, and the Vendor Alley is open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, July 22nd, Numidia's ET bracket racers will be competing in the NHRA King Of The Track, where the winners of each class will face off to try to capture their very own Wally and be crowned the King Of The Track. For more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

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Elk Creek Dragway's Ford & Mopar vs. The World "Wild Card Race" is Saturday, July 21st, with a $2,500 Super Pro race ($80 entry) and a $2,000 Footbrake race ($55 entry). The "wild card" is included with your entry and is your one and only buy back into the race. It can be used in any round. If you don't use it at the end of the race, the track will buy it back. Gates open at 11:00 am. Visit www.ElkCreekDragway.com.

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Going All-American at Mason-Dixon Dragway
The 21st Annual East Coast All-AMC Day is coming up on Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at Mason-Dixon Dragway. This drag race, car show and swap meet is open to all American Motors Corporation vehicles. Bracket racing classes include Super Pro (with electronics), Heavy (no electronics), and Street Trophy. There’ll also be a 100% payout bogey race and a King of The Hill.

Entry fees are $65 for Super Pro, $50 for Heavy, and $35 for Street Trophy. Gates open at 9:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations at 1:00 pm. For more information about this event, visit the Potomac Ramblers at www.PotomacRamblers.com.

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Bonus Bucks at Milan Dragway

Racers in Michigan can go for bonus bucks on Sunday July 15th at Milan Dragway, as the track's Super Pro and Pro racers will be shooting for a $1,000 bonus above the track payout, while Sportsman and Bike will be going after a $200 bonus above the track payout. Here's the way it shakes out: In Super Pro and Pro, if there are 51+ cars the payout for the winner is $1,000 Win + $1,000 Bonus. The Runner-Up gets $300, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $20 Eighths. At 31 - 50 cars, the winner gets $700 Win + $1,000 Bonus. $200 Runner-Up, $80 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, and a $20 buyback will be available to 1st Round losers. In Sportsman and Bike, the payout to the winners is $300 + $200 Bonus, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $20 Quarters. Entry is $35, with a $20 buyback for 1st Round losers. For more information visit www.MilanDragway.com.

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Top Fuel Nitro at Skyview Drags' Chad Wilcox Bike/Sled Shootout
For the first time in Skyview Drags history, Top Fuel Dragsters will be the featured attraction on Saturday, July 14th at the second annual Chad Wilcox Memorial. Headlining the event will be Top Fuel star Hillary Will, a winner in NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel racing. The event is named in honor of Wilcox, who lost his life in a drag racing snowmobile accident July 4th 2010 and was a major part of the Dote Family Racing drag racing teams.  

“This is going to be a real big day at Skyview,” said Amy Culver, track and event director. “Connie (Dote) is bringing two top fuel cars, Hillary, her complete Top Fuel crews and fans will see two nitro runs during the race. It will be a day to remember and a highlight of our six years of racing at Skyview.” The Top Fuelers will be running on Skyview’s eighth mile, so expect to see speeds in the 230 to 250-mph area on the 660 ft. track.

“We’re coming to Skyview with our championship caliber team,” said Dote. “These are the same cars and crews that we utilize on the Full Throttle tour, and we’re doing this all in honor of Chad Wilcox, who we loved and miss. If you’ve never seen, felt, or heard a Top Fuel car, this is your chance.”

In addition to the Dote Family Top Fuel cars, Skyview will host the high dollar Chad Wilcox Memorial Bike and Sled Race that pays $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $200 Quarters. There’ll also be the track’s weekly IHRA Summit Series 660 Bracket Races, featuring Super Pro, Pro, Street Money, Street Trophy, TCR and Junior Dragster.

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NETO and MANDRA at Numidia Dragway
Numidia Dragway welcomes the North East Timing Organization (NETO) and the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (MANDRA) for two days of nostalgia drag racing action on Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th, 2012.

NETO is for 1974 and older cars, front engine dragsters, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers. In order to compete you have to be a NETO member. All cars have to pass N.H.R.A. or I.H.R.A. tech inspection. Cars must make a good appearance. Any size slick will be allowed and there’s no cubic inch limit. For more information visit NETO at www.neto-nostalgia.com.

To race with MANDRA, 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.

On Sunday the track will also be hosting their weekly ET bracket series for Super Pro, Pro and Street ET. For more information about the bracket program including payouts, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

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Things Get Extreme at Farmington World Footbrake Challenge VI in Bristol

Farmington Dragway welcomes the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods and the 4.90 Extreme Heads-Up Series on Saturday, July 14th 2012. The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods racing format is heads-up, pro tree, 1/8 mile. Visit extremeoutlawpromod.com for more info.

4.90 Extreme is for door cars only, no throttle stops, any motor combo OK, engine diapers recommended, all IHRA safety rules apply. Visit www.490racing.com for more info. For more about Farmington Dragway, visit www.farmingtondragway.com.

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The World Footbrake Challenge VI is Friday July 13th – Sunday July 15th at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, TN. The Challenge gives footbrakers four chances to win big bucks over the course of the weekend: one $10K 1/8 mile race each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and one $5K 1,000 foot race on Saturday morning.

The $10K races pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $700 Semis, $350 6th Round Win, $250 5th Round Win, $175 4th Round Win, $100 3rd Round Win, and $50 2nd Round Win. Entry for any single $10K is $150. First round buybacks are $100. The 1,000’ race is a 64-car shootout that pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $250 2nd Round Win. Entry is $250. No doubles in the 1000’ race, no buybacks either.

No ET breaks, deep honored, no dragsters allowed but left-hand steer roadsters OK. 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 info.

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They’re Real and They’re Spectacular at MIR
If you love sportsman racing the way we do then you’ll want to get to Maryland International Raceway July 13th – 15th for the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular.

All valid IHRA and NHRA memberships / licenses / chassis certs are accepted. Classes include Top Dragster (all run, 7.80 max dial, wing required at 200 mph), Top Sportsman (all run, 8.00 max dial), 8.90 Quick Rod / Super Comp, 9.90 Super Rod / Super Gas, 10.90 Hot Rod / Super Street (2,600 lb. minimum weight), Stock (all run, heads-up runs), and Super Stock (all run, heads-up runs).

Each class pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry is $200, with a 1st Round buyback of $100.

Bracket racers are also welcomed, as there will be racing in Top, Mod and Jr. Dragster. For more information including gate times, visit www.ihra.com/SportsmanSpectacular.

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Super Comp Racer Tina Stull Joins Search for Missing Children Mopars Will be Shinin’ At Milan
NHRA Super Comp drag racer Tina Stull has joined the 2012 Fireball Run Adventurally; Northern Exposure as one of this year’s Celebrity Teams in the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children.

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Milan Dragway welcomes all Mopar racers to Michigan Mopar on Saturday, July 14th, 2012. With four classes of bracket racing, there’s something for every Mopar racer. Box and No Box each pay $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters (all based on 40 cars). Entry is $50, 1st Round buybacks are $20. Sportsman and Nostalgia each pays $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $25 Quarters (all based on 15 cars). Entry is $40, 1st Round buybacks are $20. These classes are Mopar only except Nostalgia, which is open to any make vehicle 1987 or older without delay boxes.

Gates open at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.MilanDragway.com.

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Outlaws Take Aim at Capitol

The Outlaw 10.5 Pro Street Shootout comes to Capitol Raceway on July 20th – 21st, 2012. This 1/4 mile, pro tree, quick 16 qualified race pays $10,500 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters, and $200 First Round. Entry is $125. Vehicles must have working lights and rear tires no larger than 10.5W. No round tube chassis cars. Weights for big blocks are 2,600 lbs. with no power adder, 2,700 lbs. with nitrous, or 3,000 lbs. for blower or turbo. Weights for small blocks are any weight with no power adder, 2,600 lbs. with nitrous, or 2,800 lbs. for blower or turbo.

Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon with qualifying at 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 11:00 am, with qualifying at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, and eliminations at 6:00 pm. Visit www.CapitolRaceway.net for more info.

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Footbrake Nationals at Sumerduck Dragway
Sumerduck Dragway presents the Roger Curtis Memorial Footbrake Nationals, Saturday & Sunday July 7th & 8th. Each day pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up... (continued HERE)

 

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Heads-Up! At Milan Dragway
Milan Dragway in Milan, MI presents a special edition of Run What Ya Brung heads-up racing action on Friday, July 6th. The 16-car field will be shooting for a $3,000 Win / $1,000 Runner-Up payout. Other classes include All Motor, Outlaw 10.5, Open Comp, Drag Radial, and Extreme Bike & Sled.

Gates open at 12:00 noon, with qualifying at 3:00 pm and eliminations at 7:30 pm. As an added treat the track will host a fireworks show that night. For more information visit www.MilanDragway.com.

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Sponsor News: ATI-backed Riesterer Wins 2 in a Row
Pro Nitrous racer Doug Riesterer pulled out another win this past weekend at the ADRL race in Richmond.

Equipped with ATI's Outlaw Lock-Up Converter, Doug only made one pass in qualifying, and ended up 15th with a 4.245 @ 178.31. After 3 rounds of eliminations, Riesterer faced Burton Auxier in the final round once again, and put down a 3.750 @ 195.11 for the win - a personal best ET and MPH and just .004 off the class record.

Congratulations to Doug and his team.

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Sponsor News: Mickey Thompson Tires Provides Messenger’s Speedy Delivery
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels congratulates Zane Messenger for a great night of high-speed action at the Saturday Night Nitro competition recently at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Messenger’s custom built 1977 Pontiac “Future Flash” Firebird earned the number two position during eliminations with a 5.956-second elapsed time at 199.17 mph, and a final round win over veteran Dan Horan Jr. with a 5.768-second elapsed time at 233.20 mph. Messenger uses Mickey Thompson ET Drag tires, size 34.5/17.0-16 (Part #3186) on the rear.

“It was great to see Zane come into his first open competition event as a second generation nitro funny car racer and do so well,” stated Tom Kundrik, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “Racing conditions were excellent and Zane was ready to push that Firebird to the limit. We congratulate Zane and wish him continued success.”

The Saturday Night Nitro competition returned to the Auto Club Famoso Raceway to an estimated 2,500 spectators and a host of competitors including nitro funny cars, dragsters and others prepared to burn up the quarter mile. For more information on this series visit www.famosoraceway.com. For more information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Worner Brothers Double-Feature Plays at Numidia Dragway

Byron and Bryan Worner from nearby Duncannon, PA took no prisoners at the 2nd Annual Combo in the Hills Stock / Super Stock Race held at Numidia Dragway on Friday and Saturday, June 8th and 9th. On Friday evening Bryan Worner defeated Angelo Di Tocco from Mahopac, NY in the special CIC Event held under the lights in front of a huge crowd. As in most CIC Races it’s not always the fastest car that wins the race as Bryan qualified #7 out of 11 cars but, used quick reaction times and smart driving to claim the victory 9.77 (10.66 index) over DiTocco’s 9.90 (10.59 index).

On Saturday brother Byron Worner decided it was his turn to shine as he drove his 1996 Camaro to victory over Jeff Tripp’s 1984 Monte Carlo. Worner had victories over Dean Mowery, Bruce Ward, Bill Belden before strapping a .13-thou package on Lee Valentine for a bye into the final. Tripp took his Monte Carlo to the final with victories over Di Tocco, Bryan Worner, Ed Horensky, Ryan Horensky and a broken Lee Zane in the Semis to match up with Byron in the final.

Both drivers were deadly at the tree (Byron .004 to Tripp’s .007) but Tripp’s car tripped at mid-track and could only muster a 9.093 on his 9.04 dial, handing the win to Byron who ran a 10.026 on his 10.00 dial-in. Byron joins Canadian Bryan Clayton as winners of the Combo in the Hills event. Look for more info in the next coming months regarding the 3rd annual event.

MORE NUMIDIA HAPPENINGS: Coming up June 30th – July 1st at Numidia is two days of Summit E.T. points racing in Super Pro, Pro and Street and two days of 9.90 throttle-stop racing with Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association, open to any NHRA / IHRA legal 9.90 cars. In addition, Numidia will light up the hills with jet cars and fireworks on Saturday night. Visit www.NumidiaDragway.com for complete info.

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Old is Best at Oxford’s DragFest

Oxford Dragway’s Nostalgia DragFest Invitational is coming up on Saturday, July 7th, 2012. This day and night event will feature the King & Marshall nitro dragster, funny cars, blown front engine rails, altereds, altered wheelbase funny cars, gassers, and lots more. There’ll also be free camping, live surf music, a pin-up contest and a rod & kustom show. It sounds like it’s going to be a blast up there in Oxford, ME.

For more information about this event or about Oxford Dragway, Maine’s premier 1/8th mile dragstrip, visit www.oxforddragway.com.

 

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Legends At Maryland Int’l Raceway
The Legends At Budd Creek nostalgia drags and show is Friday and Saturday, June 29th and 30th, 2012. Events include celebrity appearances of MIR's Legends Hall of Fame, nostalgia-style racing action, Cruise In & Geezer Eliminations, and a "Cackle Fest" on Saturday night.

Racing action includes the 422 All Stars, the Southern Slingshots, Wild Bunch 2, the S&S Race Team, Rocky Pirrone, Johnny Rocca, Bunny Burkett, and Daddy Warbucks vs. Strip Blazer. Racing on Saturday includes Nostalgia E.T. classes (Nostalgia AA for 12.99 & quicker with electronics, Nostalgia BB for 10.99 & quicker footbrake, and Nostalgia CC for 11.00 & slower footbrake. Each Nostalgia E.T. class pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $100 Semis. $45 entry, and $25 re-entry). All vehicles must be at least 25 years old to participate.

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

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Southern Outlaw Tour at Montgomery MotorSports Park
The 2012 Southern Outlaw Tour’s next race is June 29th – 30th at Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL.

Outlaw Bottom Bulb, Outlaw Super Pro, 7.00 Index, 6.00 Index, 5.30 Index, and 4.70 Index each pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry in each class is $100. Pro Modified pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $250 Eighths.

A new class for the Southern Outlaw Tour is 5.70 Real Street, which pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $100 Semis. Entry is $75.

20 car minimum in all classes except 4.70 which is 16 car minimum. Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm with a test & tune at 6:00 pm and Pro Mod qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with test & tune at 10:00 am, qualifying at 1:00 pm and 1st Round at 5:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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$5,000 Chicago Shootout Coming To Lebanon Valley Dragway
Portatree Timing Systems and Lebanon Valley Dragway are putting on a different kind of bracket race on Saturday, June 30th. It’s the Chicago Shootout, and it’s unique so throw out how you’ve been bracket racing. This is package racing; it uses a full tree and dial-ins, but redlights and breakouts are handled differently than the way you’re used to. With redlights, you’re not considered red unless you’re -.101 or worse; from .000 to -.100 you still get a green light. With breakouts, there really aren’t any. The goal of each round is to get closer to perfect than your opponent. The racer who is closest to a perfect light and closest to the dial (whether over or under) will have the better package and will get the round win. I’m sure we’ve all encountered going .001 red while our opponent goes stupid late but gets the round win. This race changes that.

There are classes for Electronics and Non Electronics. The format will be one qualifying round and then three all-run rounds of eliminations. For the first three rounds winners and losers all advance, in other words you’re guaranteed four passes down the track no matter what. During the first three rounds, there’ll be a guaranteed $500 paid for the best package in each of the rounds. At the end of the first three rounds, the racers who have won all three rounds will move on to laddered eliminations (if there are no three-round winners, then two-round winners will move on). The winner of each class gets a guaranteed $5,000, and the Runner-Up gets $1,500 (payouts based on 64 cars entered per class). Entry is $85.

The date is one week after the NHRA Divisional at The Valley. If you’ll be racing the Divisional, you’ll be able to leave your stuff at the track for this event. There’ll also be an all day test & tune on Friday, June 29th. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with racing beginning at 9:30 am. For more information about Lebanon Valley Dragway visit www.dragway.com. For more information about Portatree visit www.portatree.com.

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Schorr Gaining Steam In XPS Underdog Role
Extreme Pro Stock driver David Schorr and Schorr Family Racing has had their ups and downs this season, but they made a major move at the Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe in St. Louis. While eager to start the first full season with ADRL in Extreme Pro Stock, Schorr Family Racing was pleased with their first outing in Houston. Schorr, driver of the Larry Larson Race Car 2004 Ford Escort ZX2 powered by John Kaase, beat 2010 Extreme Pro Stock Champion John Montecalvo for a huge upset. That momentum was halted – at least momentarily – by not qualifying in Bristol.

Schorr rebounded in May by qualifying at No. 15 in Maple Grove. There, Schorr pulled off another huge upset, gaining a holeshot win against Pete Berner. Like Houston, Schorr gave Brian Gahm a run for his money, only to fall short once again. Still, he took momentum into St. Louis, which is the closest stop on the ADRL Tour to the team’s home. In what ended up as the quickest qualifying field in XPS history, Schorr qualified at No. 12 with an impressive 4.079.

After a holeshot win against Elijah Morton in the first round, Schorr met up with Richie Stevens Jr. in the quarterfinals. “I knew this was going to be a close race. Richie is great on the light, so I had my work cut out for me,” Schorr said.

Schorr was out of the gate first and went on to his first semi-final appearance this season. Schorr was paired up against Trevor Eman in the semi-finals. Although Schorr was first out of the gate, he slowed down to a 4.19 only to watch Eman make his way to the final. “It was on a great pass until the motor starting sputtering,” stated Schorr, “I was worried that we had hurt a motor. After going back to the pits, the problem was a $10 spark plug.”

Schorr will look to build on the performance in St. Louis at the upcoming U.S. Drags V, which takes place June 22-23 at Virginia Motorsports Park.

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IHRA Pro-Am Coming to Dunn-Benson Dragstrip
The IHRA Pro-Am Tour comes to Dunn-Benson Dragstrip on Friday June 22nd – Sunday June 24th, including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, and Hot Rod.

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster each pay $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Super Stock pays $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Stock pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Quick Rod and Super Rod each pay $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Hot Rod pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win.

Entry fees are $135; IHRA membership and license are mandatory. Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon, with a test & tune at 3:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 7:30 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am.

In addition, on Saturday there’ll be a Bracket Race that pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $75 Quarters, with a $50 entry. There’ll also be a Stock / Super Stock Combo Race that pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $50 Quarters, with a $50 entry.

For more information visit www.dunnbensondragstripinc.com.

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Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series at Capitol Raceway

The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series makes a stop at Capitol Raceway on Saturday, June 23rd. The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series is a drag racing bracket series dedicated to the avid Pontiac enthusiast. They offer one class to race in which features everything from an all-out 6 second NHRA Pro Stock car to 14 second front wheel drive GTPs. Early classics such as the GTO, Tempest, Lemans, and Firebird to the latest Trans Am, Grand Am, Sunfire, or Fiero. Anyone who has a Pontiac is welcome to come out and run with them at any time. Pictured is OPDS 2011 Champion Steve Dress and his 1968 Firebird. For more info visit their website at www.outlawpontiacdragseries.com.

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Fezell Breaks Into The 8s In NHRA Stock Eliminator
Don Fezell raised the Stock Eliminator bar a notch when he broke into the 8s earlier this season at the NHRA Four-wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Fezell ran an amazing and record-setting 8.954 at 153.88 mph on the 10.00 AA/S index. This was the first ever eight second pass in NHRA Stock Eliminator history.

Fezell's Cobra Jet is manually shifted, and he credits McLeod Racing (www.mcleodracing.com) for their role in his being the first to break the 8-second barrier. "I’ve been running a McLeod clutch in my Cobra Jet for years and have set a few records in the process,” says Fezell, “I can’t thank McLeod enough for building the highest quality and toughest clutch available. We literally abuse that McLeod clutch on every pass without ay failure.”

McLeod Racing is proud to be the clutch of choice for Fezell and his record setting Mustang. "We are so proud to be able to prove on the track that McLeod clutches help drivers achieve record setting E.T.’s,” says Paul Lee, NHRA Funny Car driver and McLeod Racing owner. "Our goal here at McLeod is to replicate our on-track success of quality and innovation into the design of all our clutches. From our Street Pro to our full race Pro Series, you can count on McLeod. The NHRA Stock Eliminator Class is one of the most legendary and talked about classes in drag racing. We are proud to be part of setting another milestone in this prestigious class."

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Big Bucks at Farmington's Moneyfest
If you’re feeling hot then get to The $10k - $20k - $10k Summer Moneyfest at Farmington Dragway on Friday – Sunday June 29th – 30th, 2012. The $10k races are Friday and Monday and pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $300 7th Round loss, $225 6th Round loss, $150 5th Round loss, and $75 4th Round loss. The $20k pays $20,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-Up, $1,500 Semis, $600 7th Round loss, $450 6th Round loss, $300 5th Round loss, and $150 4th Round loss.

Entry for each $10k is $175, and the $20k is $300. Enter the weekend to race all three races for $500. Payouts based on 150 car minimum. Gates open Thursday for parking. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am with a time run for new entries only. For complete information visit www.FarmingtonDragway.net.

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Mopars or No Cars at Pittsburgh Raceway Park
Bob George Racing presents the 8th Annual Curt George All Mopar Memorial Race Weekend at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, Friday – Sunday, June 15th – 17th, 2012.

All-Mopar drag racing classes include Quick 16 (weekend entry $105), Hemi (weekend entry $90), Max Wedge (weekend entry $80), Super Pro (weekend entry $80), Pro (weekend entry $60) and Sportsman (weekend entry $40).

On Saturday there’ll be the Hemi Showdown for Gen II (426 series) Hemis. Open to A, B, or E full bodies cars with carbs or manual fuel injection. Payout is $1,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, and $500 Semis. Entry is $50.

Gates open at 11:00 am on Friday, 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.pittsburghracewaypark.com for more info.

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Two Much Fun at Maryland International Raceway
Maryland International Raceway gives their Electronics racers two chances to win $5,000 on Saturday June 16th, 2012 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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Tate Sets New AHDRA Record On Mickey Thompson Tires
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels congratulates Carrie “The Amazon” Tate on an incredible performance at the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) Carolina Spring Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway. Coming into the semi finals, Tate competed against legendary racer Mark Cox, the number one qualifier, and thrilled the crowd with a 7.29-second run on Mickey Thompson 31.0/14.0-15M tires (part# 3073M) setting a new record for a female Nitro Harley pilot, racing impressively close to Cox’s quick 7.167-second run.

“It was an honor to compete with Mark,” said Tate. “My run was crisp and straight as an arrow, but not enough to beat his wicked fast pass. I look forward to lining up with Mark again this season with my bike, ‘Brutus,’ and my Mickey Thompson tires.”

Mickey Thompson is a 2012 sponsor of the AHDRA, celebrating 35 years in 2012. Racer participation that started with 50 to 60 entries now includes 250 to 450 entries and 5,000 to 12,500 event attendees. For more information about this exciting drag racing series featuring all Harley Davidson® motorcycles, visit www.ahdra.com. For more information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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George Wins MANDRA at Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way

Allen George (above) took the win at the recent Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association race at Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way in Boiling Springs, PA. Congratulations to Allen and all the late-rounders.

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Mustangs Gallop To Milan Dragway
Milan Dragway in Milan, MI is home to many different race events throughout the season, and their racing surface has been home to testing for one of the most important vehicles to come along in years - the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. This makes Milan a perfect venue as the fourth stop on the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals annual tour - near the heart of the automotive industry and just minutes away from the home of the Blue Oval in Dearborn. The Milan event is a bit different from the rest of the stops on the NMRA schedule in that it's a two-day event rather than three or four, packing all of the typical NMRA action into Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th, 2012. The fast-paced action means that the competitors are under the gun from the minute they arrive at the racetrack, as two qualifying sessions are held on Friday, with the second one under the lights, and the third session Saturday morning. From there, the event heads right into the elimination sessions Saturday afternoon and night, making each qualifying hit on Friday that much more important for the racers to gain a leg up on their competition.

Gates open Friday at noon, with a test & tune from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, qualifying at 6:00 pm, and ET bracket racing at 7:30 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time trials starting at 10:00 am. For more info about Milan Dragway, visit www.MilanDragway.com. For more info about the National Mustang Racing Association, visit www.nmradigital.com.

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Back-To-Back Big Weekends at Numidia Dragway Grudges Held at Montgomery MotorSports Park, Raceway Park in Englishtown
Numidia Dragway goes back-to-back with two big weekends of racing for Stock, Super Stock, .90 Super class cars, and big bucks electronics and footbrake gambler races.

First up on June 9th is the sequel to 2011’s successful Combo in the Hills Stock/Super Stock race along with the long-awaited .90 Nationals for Super Comp / Super Gas / Super Street cars. On Saturday night all racers & crew are welcomed to attend a free racer BBQ that will be put on by the .90 Nationals group. On Sunday, the event wraps up with Numidia Dragway’s weekly Summit Racing Equipment Bracket Race.

The next weekend is the three-day Superbucks In The Hills on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 15th – 17th.

Friday 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 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 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 info visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

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Montgomery MotorSports Park welcomes all grudges to the Grudge Nationals Part 2 on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

In addition to lots of winner-take-all grudge racing, there’ll also be 4.70 Mini Pro Mods ($2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters, $100 for tech card, 16 car minimum), 5.70 Heads-Up ($1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $75 for tech card, 12 car minimum, no throttle stops), and 7.0 Heads-Up ($1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $65 for tech card, 12 car minimum, no throttle stops).

Gates open at 1:00 pm, qualifying at 4:00 pm. Rain date June 10th. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com for more info.

Farther up the East coast the following weekend is GrudgeFest at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ on June 16th & 17th, featuring no-time street races and The Big Tire Outlaws. Visit www.RacewayPark.com for more information.

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Paying Tribute To Da Grump

WSM Racing sent in photos of their tribute car to Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, this 1975 Monza "Grumpy's Toy XII" built by WSM Racing. Powered by a 396" big block Chevy with a 'Glide, this National Nostalgia Pro Stock Association match race car has run a best ET of 9.985 @ 136.02 mph.

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Texas vs. the World Coming To Dallas Raceway
In publicizing events here at The Dragtime News I’ve come across all different racing clubs and organizations in various parts of the country. I'm actually seeing a trend away from bracket racing as part of a sanctioning body's ET points program. One thing I’ve noticed is when it comes to all-out, high-MPH heads-up racing, they do it big in Texas. That’s why, even though I don’t currently focus too much coverage on the Southwest part of the country, I thought you’d like to learn about one particular group that’s come to my attention. The High Velocity Impact Racers of Houston Outlaw Racing is gearing up to roll into Dallas Raceway (which is under new management) in Crandall TX for their Texas vs. the World race on June 8th & 9th, 2012. The event will include a Gambler’s Race on Friday night June 8th for the Outlaws. This race will be Winner Take All with a $500.00 entry. There’ll also be a Friday night Winner Take All Gambler’s Race for Radial 275 or 28/10s with an entry fee of $200.00.

The Outlaw True Tens are fast cars on small tires that run on the ragged edge of "traction vs. disaster." In addition to the Outlaw True Tens, other classes include True Street, Index Racing and JR Dragsters, all running heads-up.

They’ll also have Pro Mods joining them this season in a Gambler’s Race on Saturday June 9th. They’ll run the top qualified fields (8 or 16 or 32 x $500.00 depending on how many show up) and a non-qualified Jack Pot race with the additional entries. The entry fee for this race is $500.00, winner take all.

Visit www.HoustonOutlawRacing.com to learn more. It’s a forum with lots of information and photos of many of their cars. I'm sure a quick Google search will find videos of their cars in action, too.

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Camaroguys.Com Gen 5 Challenge At Super Chevy Show In 2012
CamaroGuys.com is continuing their support of the Super Chevy Show in 2012 and is giving Gen 5 Camaro bracket racers at all 12 events a chance to win the CamaroGuys.com Gen 5 Challenge award. Beginning with the kick-off event for the season at Palm Beach International Raceway in March, the racer with the fastest 5th Generation Camaro at each of the 12 Super Chevy Show events will take home the limited edition trophy created specifically for the challenge winner by CamaroGuys.com. Each specially-designed trophy is crafted on the company’s waterjet machine and given a bright chrome finish for racers to proudly display. In addition, each Winner and Runner-Up will receive a special t-shirt to commemorate their performance.

For more information about Super Chevy 2012, visit superchevyshow.com; for more information about CamaroGuys.com, visit www.CamaroGuys.com.

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Golden Oldies at Lebanon Valley, Atco Raceway
Lebanon Valley Dragway hosts the Capital Area Rods Swap Meet & Nostalgia Drags on Sunday, June 10th, 2012, 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. For more information visit Capital Area Rods at www.CapitalAreaRods.com or Lebanon Valley Dragway at www.dragway.com.
 
Also, the rescheduled Philadelphia Modifiers’ Spring nostalgia race is Sunday, June 10th 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. Visit www.philadelphiamodifiers.com.

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MIR's ET Classes During NMCA
Maryland International Raceway welcomes the 10th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals June 8th -10th, 2012, and will feature all classes of the track’s ET bracket series on Saturday, June 9th as part of that day’s events, including Top ET, Mod ET, Jr. Dragster, and Motorcycle.

Top ET pays $2,000 Win, $750 Runner-Up, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Payouts based on seven round race. Entry is $61; re-entry is $40. Mod ET pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $30 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Payouts based on seven round race. Entry is $41; re-entry is $30. Jr. Dragster pays $100 Win + Trophy, $50 Runner-Up + Trophy, and $25 Semis. Entry is $21; re-entry is $15. Motorcycle pays $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up. Entry is $31; re-entry is $25.

Gates open 10:00 am, with time trials at 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm; eliminations start at 6:00 pm. Visit www.mirdrag.com for more info.

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Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series at Mason-Dixon
The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series makes a stop at Mason-Dixon Dragway on Saturday, June 9th. The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series is a drag racing bracket series dedicated to the avid Pontiac enthusiast. They offer one class to race in which features everything from an all-out 6 second NHRA Pro Stock car to 14 second front wheel drive GTPs. Early classics such as the GTO, Tempest, Lemans, and Firebird to the latest Trans Am, Grand Am, Sunfire, or Fiero. Anyone who has a Pontiac is welcome to come out and run with them at any time.

For more info visit their website at www.outlawpontiacdragseries.com.

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Two Timers: Atco’s Twin $10,000 Footbrake Races
Atco Raceway footbrakers will have 2 chances to win $10,000 on Saturday June 9th, with twin footbrake $10Ks. The pay structure for each race is $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $100 Round starting with 4th round, and $50 for 3rd Round losers. Entry at the gate is $140 per race, and each has a $70 buyback.

Gates open at 8:00 am with time shots starting at 9:15 am for the first race. Time shots for the second race will begin after 3rd Round of the first race. Visit www.AtcoRaceway.com for more info.

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Carolina Coalition Comes to Mooresville Dragway
The Carolina Coalition bracket series makes a stop June 9th & 10th at Mooresville Dragway. Each day has a Top ET and Footbrake / Modified big money gambler’s race. Top ET pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $40 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $75 for either day, or $125 for both. Footbrake / Modified pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $20 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $50 for either day, or $90 for both.

Double entries allowed. The track will make every attempt to separate door cars and open body cars for the first three rounds. Friday is open for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with a time run for new entries at 12:15. Visit www.mooresvilledragway.com for more information.

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Volpe Wins MANDRA Event at Island Dragway

Results from the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association's recent race at Island Dragway: Mike Volpe (left photo) takes the win over Runner-Up Allen George in a double break out. Charlie Innerst was the lone semi finalist.

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IHRA Pro-Am at Pittsburgh Raceway Park
The IHRA Pro-Am Tour comes to Pittsburgh Raceway Park on Friday June 1st – Sunday June 3rd, including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, and Hot Rod.

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster each pay $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Super Stock pays $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Stock pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Quick Rod and Super Rod each pay $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Hot Rod pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win.

Entry fees are $135; IHRA membership and license are mandatory. Gates open Friday at 9:00 am, with a test & tune at 3:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 7:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am with qualifying at 9:00 am and Pro-Am eliminations immediately following. For more information visit www.pittsburghracewaypark.com.

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Lebanon Valley Flexes Its MusclePalooza
Lebanon Valley Dragway plays host to MusclePalooza on Sunday, May 27th, 2012, with 1/4 mile drag racing and 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 many times in the 10s, going at it in head-to-head dragstrip shootouts.

Racing entry is $30. 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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Sponsor News: S&W Hires Volpe, Implements Shipping Special for May 2012
S&W Race Cars has announced that Carlo ‘Ollie’ Volpe has joined their sales team. Ollie’s interest in the internal combustion engine started in the late 1950’s. He was tearing apart and rebuilding carburetors and lawnmower engines long before his 15th birthday. In 1964, he crossed paths with Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, who would change his commitment to engines and racing for the rest of his life. The knowledge and respect that he acquired in his formative years has given Volpe the desire to always strive to be the best.

Through the late sixties and early seventies Ollie’s cars set 4 NHRA National Records in Super Stock and Street Eliminator. “Frankly, Ollie has the ‘right stuff.’ His racing background combined with his vibrant personality and depth of professional motorsports experience fits the S&W team profile,” said S&W’s Sales manager, Tom Hoosigian. “Both our sales team and our customers will benefit from having a person of Ollie’s caliber on board.”

Ollie has worked for some of the nation's top drag race engine builders, including Reher Morrison, Sonny Leonard, and John Lingenfelter. His technical articles and photos have appeared in Hot Rod, Super Stock Magazine, Drag Racing Magazine, Drag Racing Monthly, and Bracket Racing Magazine. In addition, Moroso Performance Products, Canfield Cylinder Heads, Jesel, and The Mr. Gasket Performance Group appear on his resume. Volpe’s experience includes everything from Sales & Marketing to New Product Development, which is his forte.

Other S&W News: S&W Race Cars announces ‘May Madness’ promotion: $99 backhalf & front A-arm package shipping specials to a business address, anywhere in the continental U.S.for any S&W Backhalf Kit purchased with a 9" Ford rear housing or any S&W A-arm Front Suspension Package purchased with a front brake kit. These are eligible for the 90 Day S&W Layaway Program. This promotion ends midnight, May 31st 2012, P/N 99-SHIPPING. Here a LINK to the promotion.

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Numidia Dragway's 2012 Big Bucks Races Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend
Numidia Dragway kicks off their 2012 series of big bucks bracket races Memorial Day Weekend, with three days of guaranteed-payout money bracket racing.

Saturday, May 26th 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, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters, $75 Round starting 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150, and buybacks are $90.

Sunday May 27th is a Summit Series Points Race with bonus payouts: Super Pro (electronics, 7.00 – 11.99) pays $2,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up, and $55 Round beginning 3rd Round loss. Super Pro entry is $65, with a $50 buyback. Pro ET (footbrake, 9.00 – 17.99) pays $1,500 Win, $800 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning with 3rd Round loss. Pro ET entry is $50, with a $40 buyback.

Monday, 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, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters, $75 Round starting 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150, and buybacks are $90.

Other Numidia Upcoming Events: The East Coast Gassers will be at Numidia Dragway on Saturday, May 19th; The North East Timing Organization will be at Numidia Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th.

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

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Juniors Rule at Cecil County Dragway MIR's Doorslammer Nationals

Cecil County Dragway hosts the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Jr. Dragster Shootout Race on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Classes include Age Group Race ($25 entry fee). 8-9 Yr. Old, 10-12 Yr. Old, 13-14 Yr. Old, 15-17 Yr. Old. Winners in each age group receive a Special Event Trophy and $100, and entrance into the King of the Hill Race. Runner-ups receive Trophy & $50, Semi-Finalists receive Trophy. All 1st round runner-ups receive coupon for free ice cream from Comer’s Concession Stand.

There’ll also be 2nd All Age Bracket Race ($25 entry fee). Winner receives Trophy & $100, Runner-up receives Trophy; 7.90 and Pro Dial Race ($25 entry fee). Winners receive $100; King of the Hill Race- 4 Class winners from Age group race only. Winner receives Trophy. Frantic 15 ($25 entry fee). Winner receives Trophy & $100; Northeast Jr Outlaw Series- $75/Tech Card; Outlaw Series rules apply, 330 Heads-up racing. Gates open 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am. Visit www.cecilcountydragway.com.

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Sunday May 27th is the Doorslammer Nationals at Maryland International Raceway.

Classes include Quick 8 Pro Mods (1/8th mile, $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 1st Round; free entry for car, driver and two crew); Top Sportsman (1/8th mile, $1,800 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $75 entry, 5.99 & quicker); Quick 8 Pro Mod Bike (1/8th mile, $700 Win, $40 entry); Gambler’s Race (1/8th mile, $1,000 Win, $40 entry), grudge racing ($50 entry) and a test & tune.

Gates open at 9:00 am. Visit www.mirdrag.com for more info.

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Playing The Classic at Mason-Dixon Dragway
Mason-Dixon Dragway’s Memorial Day Classic is coming up Saturday – Monday May 26th – 28th. Classes are Super ET ($3,000 Win; $1,000 R/U; $300 Semi, $50 Round starting with 4th round loser. Entry fee: 3-Day $225 or 1-Day $80); Pro ET ($1,500 Win; $600 R/U; $200 Semi, $50 Round starting with 4th round loser. Entry Fee: 3-Day $160 or 1-Day $60; Street ($500 Win; $200 R/U, $25 Round starting with 4th round loser. Entry Fee: $45 each day; Motorcycle ($500 Win; $200 R/U; $200 Semi, $25 Round starting with 4th round loser. Entry Fee $45 each day); Trophy (4' Trophy Win, 3' Trophy R/U, win at least 2 rounds and receive a round trophy. Entry Fee: $40 each day. Junior Dragster (4' Trophy Win + $300 Bond; 3' Trophy R/U + $100 Bond Win at least 2 rounds and receive a round trophy. Entry fee $30 per day)

Gates open 9:00 am each day. Visit www.masondixondragway.com for more info.

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Southern Outlaw Tour Continues at MMP Footbrake Frenzy at Elk Creek
The 2012 Southern Outlaw Tour’s next race is May 18th – 19th at Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL.

Outlaw Bottom Bulb, Outlaw Super Pro, Extreme 10.5, 7.00 Index, 6.00 Index, 5.30 Index, and 4.70 Index each pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry in each class is $100. Pro Modified pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, and $250 Eighths. 20 car minimum in all classes except 4.70 which is 16 car minimum. Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm with a test & tune at 6:00 pm and Pro Mod qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with test & tune at 10:00 am, qualifying at 1:00 pm and 1st Round at 5:00 pm.

Visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Elk Creek Dragway gives footbrakers a chance to win $2,500 on Saturday, May 19th 2012 at their Footbrake Frenzy. The race also pays $500 Runner-Up and $125 Semis. Entry is $60, with a $30 buy back. Double entries allowed; no gold cards. No delay boxes or transbrakes in footbrake cars.

Gates open 11:00 am, with time runs at 2:00 pm. For more information visit Elk Creek at www.ElkCreekDragway.com.

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Racers Will Hunt For Iron at The Rock
AHDRA Coming to Atco
Rockingham Dragway throws down their IHRA Iron Man Memorial Weekend Bracket Nationals Friday May 25th – Monday May 28th, 2012 with big money races for Top ET, Footbrake, and Jr. Dragster.

SATURDAY, MAY 26th and MONDAY, MAY 28th: Top ET pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, and $50 Round after 3rd Round win. Footbrake pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $25 Eighths. Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $25 Quarters. SUNDAY MAY 27th: Top ET pays $7,500 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $100 Round after 3rd Round win. Footbrake pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $25 Eighths. Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters.

ENTRY FEES: Top ET is $100 each on Saturday and Monday, with $50 buy backs 1st or 2nd round. Top ET is $200 on Sunday, with $100 buy backs 1st or 2nd round. Enter the weekend for $300. Footbrake is free entry all weekend, with $30 buy backs 1st or 2nd round each day. Jr. Dragster weekend entry is $100, with $25 buy backs on Saturday and Monday, and $50 buy backs on Sunday.

SCHEDULE: Gates open 3:00 pm on Friday May 25th for a Test & Tune beginning at 5:00 pm. Gates open 8:00 am Saturday – Monday.

For more information visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.

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The AHDRA-Northeast Nitro Nationals come to Atco Raceway Saturday & Sunday, May 19th & 20th. Racing gets going Saturday with qualifying at 10:00am. On Sunday eliminations for Pro classes start at 12:00 pm.

Sportsman classes include V-ROD ($400 Win, entry $60), VRD ($450 Win, entry $80), DRAGGIN BAGGER ($450 Win, entry $80), HOT STREET ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER GAS ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER SPORT ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER ELIM ($400 Win, entry $60), SEP ($400 Win, entry $60), and ET ($400 Win, entry $60).

For more information on the AHDRA Northeast Nitro Nationals visit www.ahdra.com.

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Items Needed for DRAW Auction at Englishtown

DRAW's auction will be held at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday June 2nd. DRAW needs donations of items by May 20th. Items of interest from manufacturers and professional racers would be signed pictures, tool boxes, tools, racer apparel like team shirts and helmets, jackets, "team crew member for a day,” and gift certificates. For more info email Pat Shaeffer of DRAW at minitvw@yahoo.com.

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MANDRA's 2012 Schedule Posted
The Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racers Association has announced it’s 2012 race schedule.

Points races are May 6th, Island Dragway; May 20th, Quarter Aces; May 26th & 27th, Beaver Springs Dragway; June 9th, Cecil County Dragway; June 17th, Atco Raceway; June 24th, Island Dragway; July 14th, Numidia Dragway; August 4th, Maple Grove Raceway; August 19th, Quarter Aces; September 1st & 2nd, Beaver Springs; October 6th, Atco Raceway; October 14th, Quarter Aces; and October 20th, Cecil County Dragway.

Non-points races are June 9th, Beaver Springs; June 14th – 16th, Bowling Green, KY; July 13th & 14th, York Reunion; and July 15th, Beaver Springs Reunion.

For more information about MANDRA, visit www.mandraracing.com.

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Chevies are Super at Virginia Motorsports Park
The Heartbeat of America powers its way into Virginia Motorsports Park May 18th – 20th for the Super Chevy Show presented by Chevy Performance.

The largest all-Chevrolet show in the country will be headlined by Extreme Chevy Pro Mods and 300 MPH Jet Cars. The huge Chevy Car Show features nostalgia and new generation classes, plus Super Chevy Magazine will be on site with expanded show coverage. Chevy lovers can buy, sell, and trade at the Chevy Swap Meet or find great deals on new Chevy Parts in the Manufacturer’s Midway.

Saturday’s race classes include a Bonus Race (pays $1,200 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $100 Quarters). Sunday’s racing includes Bracket 1 (aka Super Pro, pays $3,000 Win,, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters, and $100 Eighths), Bracket 2 (aka Pro ET, pays $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters, and $75 Eighths), DOT Street (pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $100 Quarters, and $75 Eighths), and 4.90 Index (1/8 mile, pays $1,200 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $75 Quarters).

Gates open 8:00 am each day. Visit Virginia Motorsports Park’s Super Chevy page HERE for more info.

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Bugs Will Swarm To The Farm
The South East Volkswagen Association (SEVWA) comes to Farmington Dragway on Sunday May 20th for all-VW show, swap and race.

This event features the Turbosmart Pro Outlaw Heads up class. Other race classes include Super Pro (0-7.49, pays $1,500 Win, $450 Runner-Up, and $100 Semis. Entry is $35, with a $25 buy back); Pro (7.50-9.49, pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Entry is $25 with a $15 buy back); and Sportsman (9.50 & up, pays $300 Win and $75 Runner-Up. Entry is $20 with a $10 buy back).

Gates open at 8:00 am, with time trials at noon and eliminations at 2:00 pm. For more information visit www.sevwa.com.

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Meet The Mopars! at Mason Dixon Dragway

Sunday May 20th at Mason-Dixon Dragway is the 29th Annual Mid-Atlantic Mopar Meet, with five bracket racing classes.

Class I (7.00 – 13.99) pays $600 Win, $250 Runner-Up. Class II (7.00 – 16.99) pays $350 Win, $150 Runner-Up. Street (10.0 – 19.99) pays $150 Win, $75 Runner-Up.

The other two classes are Trophy and Slant Six. Entry fee is $35. Gates open 8:00 am, with racing starting at 12:00.

Visit masondixondragway.com for more information.

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Put Some Spring In Your 2-Step at Bristol Dragway
Bristol Dragway’s K&N Spring Fling 20s are coming up the weekend of May 17 – 20, 2012, with four days of big bucks, electronics bracket racing. Bristol is running their Spring Fling 20s like last 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 $250 each day for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If you enter Friday, Saturday and Sunday together, the three-day special is $650. 1st Round-only buybacks are $125 on Thursday and $150 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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Fords Will Be Rockin’ at The Rock
If you’re a racer of the FoMoCo variety then Friday & Saturday May 11th & 12th is for you at Rockingham Dragway. It’s Fun Ford Weekend, with Ford ET bracket racing classes including Pro Fast Ford (1/8th mile, $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $75 Quarters, $40 entry, 30 car minimum), Quick Ford (footbrake, 1/8 mile, $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, $30 entry, 30 car minimum), Street Ford (DOT tires & street legal, 1/4 mile, Trophy Win, Trophy Runner-Up, $20 entry), and Tuff Truck (Ford trucks, 1/4 mile, Trophy Win, Trophy Runner-Up, $20 entry).

Other classes include Open Comp (.500 Pro tree, full body only, dial is qualifying time with a tenth breakout, ¼ mile, $800 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $65 Quarters, $40 entry, 30 car minimum), 6.0/7.0 Combo Index (.400 Pro tree, 1/8th mile, $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, $30 Entry, 20 car minimum), and True Street (1/4 Mile, street legal, .400 Pro tree, $250 Win to quickest car based on the average of three runs).

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm with a Test & Tune from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations at 1:00 pm. Visit www.RockinghamDragway.com for info.

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Sponsor News: Mickey Thompson Tires Sponsors 2012 NMCA
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels returns to National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) racing as the official 2012 series and Super Street 10.5W class title sponsor for all seven national events. The company will also offer contingency awards for all Pro and Sportsman classes including Pro Street, Super Street 10.5W, Nostalgia Pro Street, Xtreme Street, Pro Stock, Drag Radial, Mean Street, Late-Model EFI, Open Comp, Nostalgia Super Stock, Muscle Car and special event classes.

Pro class competitors who win using four Mickey Thompson tires will earn a $300 award, with $150 to be awarded to the runners-up. In the Sportsman classes, winning racers will earn $150, and runners-up will receive $75. Additional payouts will be awarded to winners and runners-up using four Mickey Thompson wheels in the Pro Street, Super Street, Nostalgia Pro Street, Xtreme Street, Pro Stock and Drag Radial classes.

For more information about the NMCA series, visit www.nmcadigital.com. For a 2012 event schedule, visit www.nmcadigital.com/2012_event_schedule/. For more information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Learn To Race, Help A Cause
If you’re a regular reader here you’re probably already a pretty experienced racer, but perhaps you have some friends who have wondered what it is like to be at the drag strip, racing down the quarter-mile. Thanks to County Corvette of West Chester, PA they can do just that and help a great cause, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. On Sunday May 20th, 2012 County Corvette will be holding their second annual Race Day for the Beginner at Maple Grove Raceway. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winners and $25 Visa Gift Cards for the runners-up.

Gates will open at 8:00 am. Every car racing must get safety checked first. No shorts, sleeveless shirts or opened toe shoes and a helmet is required if you run faster than 13.99. Time trials will start at 9:00; racing will begin at 10:00 am.

To help make the day go smoothly there will be an overview course on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 pm at County Corvette. They’ll discuss what you can expect at the track including doing a burnout and staging the car.

The price of a ticket to race will be $65.00. That will cover the cost of one (1) driver and one (1) crewmember seated in the car at arrival. Anybody else who isn’t racing but would still like to support you can purchase a ticket for $20.00 per carload. All tickets must be pre-paid through County Corvette to avoid any complications with Maple Grove Raceway. No tickets will be sold for this event at the gate.

County Corvette would like to have the car count for this event set by April 30th.. All types of cars are welcome, from street cars to hot rods (sorry, no motorcycles). If you’re interested in purchasing racer or spectator tickets for the event, send an email to Denny Parisan at denny.parisan@countycorvette.com.

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Bring Your Mopars to The Farm

Farmington Dragway hosts the 27th Annual Piedmont Mopars Fun Run on Saturday, May 12th, 2012, including Top ET, Footbrake, and Street. Top ET (0.00 – 7.99, electronics) pays $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $75 semis. Entry is $25. Footbrake (all run, no electronics) pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Entry is $25. Street ET is for street-legal Mopars. Winner, Runner-Up and Semis all receive a trophy. Entry is $10.

Gates open 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:30 and first round approximately 2:00 pm. Visit www.farmingtondragway.com for more information.

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Over The Mountain at Maryland International
Head to Maryland International Raceway Friday & Saturday May 11th & 12th for their two-day Top ET $5Ks at the Mountain Motor Nationals. Each day pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, and $100 Round starting with 2nd Round winner.

Entry is $126 per day, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $80. No double-entries, no throttle-stops. Races will run in the 1/4 Mile; ET break is 12.99 and quicker. Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm, with time trials at 4:00 pm. Saturday gates are 10:00 am, with time trials at 1:30 pm.

For more information, visit MIR's website at www.mirdrag.com.

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Sponsor News: Mickey Thompson Tires Sponsors 2012 NMRA Season
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels returns to the NMRA scene as the official 2012 series sponsor including all national NMRA events. The company will also be posting contingency awards in all Pro and Sportsman classes including Pro Outlaw 10.5, Super Street Outlaw, EFI Renegade, Hot Street, Drag Radial, Coyote Stock, Factory Stock, Modular Muscle, Super Stang, Open Comp, and Truck and Lightning as well as special-event classes.

In the Pro classes, winners using four Mickey Thompson tires and displaying the Mickey Thompson logo will earn a $300 award, with $150 awarded to the runners-up. In the Sportsman classes, winners will earn $150, and runners-up will receive $75. Additional payouts will be awarded to winners and runners-up using four Mickey Thompson wheels in the Pro Outlaw 10.5, Super Street Outlaw, EFI Renegade, Hot Street and Drag Radial classes.

For more information about the NMRA, visit www.nmradigital.com. For more information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Walleigh Wins Maple Grove Spring $10K Footbrake

Congratulations to Dan Walleigh of Reading, PA on taking the $10,000 win at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, April 28th in his new 1970 AMX.

 

 

 

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MASGA, MASCA and ECSSSA at Atco Raceway
It’s a big weekend for Super Gas, Super Comp, Stock and Super Stock racers at Atco Raceway on April 28th & 29th. The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA), The Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association (MASCA), and the East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association (ECSSSA) each have events at the track.

MASGA and MASCA are two-day events on Saturday and Sunday. MASGA is for all NHRA and IHRA- legal 9.90 cars. For information on MASGA such as membership forms, becoming a sponsor, etc. please visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com.

MASCA is for all NHRA and IHRA-legal 8.90 cars. For any questions on MASCA e-mail Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com.

The ECSSSA’s event is Sunday only. Visit eastcoaststocksuperstock.com for more information.

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Sponsor News: ATI's Rini, Boicesco Take Big Wins
ATI's Chris Rini Takes Back To Back NMCA Wins
Fresh from a win at the NMCA event in Bradenton, FL, Chris Rini and his ATI sponsored '69 Camaro headed to Atlanta Dragway for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. On day one, he ran a strong 6.03 @ 235 in the heat of the day to earn top qualifier in the Kooks Custom Headers Pro Street class. The following day, Rini put up a 6.06 @ 234 MPH in the final round, making it back-to-back wins to start off the NMCA season. Chris' team worked hard all weekend putting down a string of consistent runs of 6.03, 6.08, 6.13, 6.10 and 6.06 adding up to a second win for 2012. Rini is currently armed with a Superglide 4 Lock-Up Trans and Outlaw Lock-Up Converter, Super F ATF, a SuperPlate flexplate and ATI Super Damper

Boicesco Wins NHRA Super Gas At Charlotte
At the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals outside Charlotte, NC, it was long time ATI racer Iggie Boicesco who drove to the Winner’s Circle. He cut an .018 light and defeated Frank Altillo in the final round with a 9.905 @ 168.62. Iggie's S/G "Obsession" Corvette has host of ATI products throughout, including a Straight Cut ProGlide transmission, 9" MRT TreeMaster Converter, SCS-30 Trans Cooler, Super Damper and Super F Synthetic Transmission fluid.

ATI would also like to congratulate Dan Fletcher on his Runner-Up in Stock and Joe Santangelo, Jr for taking Runner-Up in Super Stock.

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23rd Annual AETC® Early Registration Offer Ends Soon
For more than two decades, the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference™ (AETC®) has been the premier venue for engine builders, parts manufacturers, industry leaders and media members to interact and learn valuable information and trade secrets from some of the automotive world’s top engineering minds. This annual conference focuses on turning automotive theory into practical application.

The spotlight of the 23rd annual AETC® will be “The Latest Advancements & Developments in Engine Performance Technology.” Register now to receive a special $50 discount and save your spot for
the 23rd annual AETC® at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, on November 26th-28th, 2012.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the PRI Trade Show, with AETC® attendees receiving a PRI credential. Everyone who signs up for AETC® before June 1, 2012, will receive a special $50 early registration discount, after that the price will be firm at $499.95. Space is limited to 350 attendees, so visit www.aetconline.com to reserve your place.

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Comp Cams to Sponsor Top 32 Shootout at .90 Nationals

Competition Cams has signed on as the primary sponsor of the .90 “Top 32 Shootout” on Friday, June 8th at Numidia Dragway in Numidia, Pa. This is a special race-within-a-race that is open to all Super Comp, Super Gas & Super Street competitors that are attending the .90 Nationals on June 9th. There will be three separate races held on that evening (1 per class) with each winner pocketing $1,000 along with product gift certificates from Comp Cams and their related companies.

Since there is no actual qualifying for the Top 32 Shootout, entries for the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon at the base of the tower. The entry fee for the event will be $75.00 and will pay back to the 3rd round loser. Once the free Test & Tune is completed at 4:00 pm, the 1st round of the “Shootout” will begin. A time shot might be allotted; that will be determined by how much free there is so it will be important to attend the free Test & Tune. First Round will be random drawing and be run along with a special CIC Race for the Stock/Super Stock cars that are in attendance for the 2nd Annual “Combo in the Hills” event.

For more info you can e-mail Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com or visit the .90 Nationals online at www.dot90nationals.com.

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Gary Simpers: Riding a Flying Comet

One of my all-time favorite bracket cars in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast is the Comet wagon of Gary Simpers. It's clean, it's consistent, and it flies. Literally.

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Go Extreme at Farmington

The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods makes a stop at Farmington Dragway on Saturday, April 28th. Payout is $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, and $500 1st Round lose.

Racing format is heads-up, Pro tree, 1/8 mile. Full rules and more information is available on the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod website at extremeoutlawpromod.com.

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Brooks Robbins: Devoted Bracket Racer Defies The Odds
I received this email from a racer named Brooks Robbins from upstate New York, who wrote to be added to my email list. I thought his story was very inspirational and wanted to share it with you here. He said, “I started racing a long time ago, back when Fonda Speedway was a NASCAR track, both dirt and drag, running Wednesday nights really just getting my feet wet. I was about 17 years old and that was in the early-to-mid 60s. When NASCAR pulled out of drag racing, we shifted our racing to South Glens Falls Dragoway, and ran in the stock class there until bracket racing was started, and ran there until the track closed, with a championship the first year of bracket racing. From there we started bracket racing at Lebanon Valley Dragway, the best track in the area, and we raced there for many years in Heavy Eliminator class, with a championship in 1989 and 1991, with my son (in the blue Super Bee above) taking it in 1990. In 1992 I moved to the Pro Class, finishing 7th that year, 1993 finished 6th, 1994 did not finish in the top 10, and than in 1995 I finished 9th. All of the racing from South Glens Falls to Lebanon Valley was done in the same car, my 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury named "CLASS OF 63".

At the end on the 1995 season my spine was dislocated. I was paralyzed from the waste down on my right side and was told that I may never walk again. Well here I am again, signed up to run Pro this year at Lebanon Valley, and am loving it. It’s not with the same car; I sold it when I was recovering, thinking that my racing was over with. As I progressed my interest started to overwhelm me and near the end of the 2011 season my son bought me a car and said "Let’s go racing again, Dad,” so this year I will be running a 1972 Plymouth Scamp, running in the mid to high 11s, with sticky Mickey’s and mufflers, and we will build on that.

As you can tell, racing is in my blood, and in my family’s blood, and has been since my son was born. He is now 43 years old, and racing was a part of his growing up, it kept him off the streets and out of trouble, and out of jail. I can not thank drag racing enough for what it has given me and my family.”

What a motivating and inspirational story. Thank you for sharing it, Brooks. Your letter sums up perfectly how racing occupies such a special place in those who do it. There is nothing that I can add except to wish Brooks and his son the best of luck this year racing at Lebanon Valley.

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Sponsor News: MT Tires Returns As Associate Contingency Sponsor Of The LODRS
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels will support NHRA Sportsman class racers again in 2012 at the divisional level as an Associate Contingency Sponsor for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Through this relationship, Mickey Thompson Motorsports will be on site at numerous divisional events with the fully-equipped Mickey Thompson trailer to provide trackside service to the Sportsman class racers throughout the season.

Mickey Thompson products are popular with NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class and in all Sportsman class competitors, including Stock Eliminator, Super Stock, Competition Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street classes. Mickey Thompson Motorsports will continue to support the NHRA racers through its Team M/T program, and racers interested in joining Team M/T may contact Tom Kundrik, Motorsports Manager at 800-222-9092 X3114 for more information. For more information about Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Sponsor News: ATI Racer Marinis Wins $10K Spring Civil Wars at The Rock
ATI-equipped X275 racer Dean Marinis was the winner of the $10,000 Spring Outlaw Civil Wars at Rockingham Dragway in NC. Dean had the low ET on Friday and qualified #1 with a 4.811 @ 153.18 MPH. Fellow ATI racers making the Top 10 were Rich Bruder taking 3rd with a 4.834 @ 138.22 MPH and Al Marlow taking 9th with a 4.938 @ 147.47 MPH.

Prior to the event, Marinis had installed ATI's new lightweight billet aluminum Pro-Brake which resulted in consistent lights all weekend: .056, .052, .054, .051. In the final round, Dean got the holeshot with a .051 RT to Barry Mitchell's .129, and took the win with a 4.817 @ 153.16 MPH. In addition to the new ATI Pro-Brake, Dean runs ATI's Superglide 2 transmission, Outlaw Torque Converter, Super Damper and Super F Synthetic Transmission fluid.

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Gasser Racing Series at Empire Dragway

The Gasser Racing Series is back in 2012 with a 9 race schedule at Empire Dragway, including the 2nd Annual Empire Nostalgia Gold Cup. The 2012 Gasser Racing Series schedule is May 19th, June 16th, July 7th, July 21st, August 11th, August 18th & 19th, September 16th and September 30th. For more information about the Gasser Racing Series visit www.gasserracingseries.com.

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422 Allstars Announce 2012 Schedule

The 422 Allstars Nostalgia Super Stock Series has released its 2012 schedule: April 21-22, Maryland International Raceway; April 28, Capitol Raceway; May 19, Numidia Dragway; June 30, Maryland International Raceway; July 29, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park; August 4, Maple Grove Raceway; August 11, Beaver Springs Dragway; September 2, US13 Dragway; October 6, Atco Raceway; October 21, Capitol Raceway. Visit www.422allstars.com.

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Getting Slammed at Richmond Dragway

Richmond Dragway’s 10 Grand Slam is coming up on April 28th – 29th with two chances to win $10,000 in the weekend.

This 1/8th mile race is open to Top ET electronics-equipped vehicles dialing 0.00 – 8.49. No double entries. 1st or 2nd round buybacks; buybacks are not run as separate rounds.

Entry is $150 per day or buy the weekend for $200. Buybacks are $100.

Gates open on Friday April 27th for parking at 5:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with time trials at 11:00 am.

Visit richmonddragway.com for more information.

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Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods at Maryland International
The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods will start their season at Maryland International Raceway with the East Coast Door Warz event April 21st – 22nd.

On Friday April 20th Pro Mods will have 2 test/shakedown sessions starting at 7PM. On Saturday Pro Mods will have 3 qualifying sessions at 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. On Sunday eliminations begin at 12:00 pm,. All North East Outlaw Pro Mod club members that pre-enter will receive free car and driver plus 3 crew for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday racing and testing.

Visit www.mirdrag.com for info.

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Keepin’ It Old With The Philadelphia Modifiers

The Philadelphia Modifiers’ Spring nostalgia race is Sunday, April 22nd at Atco Raceway.

Classes include Super Pro (7.00 – 11.99 dial, electronics, $500.00 Win, $200 Runner-Up), Pro ET (9.00 – 15.99, no electronics, $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up), Street ET (11.50 – 19.99, no electronics, $200 Win, $100 Runner-Up), and Street Rod (street legal & tagged, no electronics). Entry is $35. Gates open 8:00 am, time trials 10:00 am, racing at 1:00 pm. Visit philadelphiamodifiers.com.

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Shifty Business at Elk Creek Dragway

Elk Creek Dragway welcomes the Stick Shift Championship Series for 5 races in 2012. Each race pays $1000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $25 Eighths if more than 32 cars. $40 Entry, $20 Buy-back and you do not have to be a member to run these races.

The series kicks off April 21, with the following dates being June 2, July 14, August 11, and September 1. Visit www.elkcreekdragway.com for more info.

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AHDRA Season Opener in Gainesville

The AHDRA-Florida Nitro Nationals are headed to Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, FL Saturday and Sunday, April 21st and 22nd. Racing action gets underway on Saturday, with qualifying at 10:00am. On Sunday eliminations for Pro classes kicks off at 12:30pm with Sportsman classes immediately following.

Sportsman classes include V-ROD ($400 Win, entry $60), VRD ($450 Win, entry $80), DRAGGIN BAGGER ($450 Win, entry $80), HOT STREET ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER GAS ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER SPORT ($400 Win, entry $60), SUPER ELIM ($400 Win, entry $60), SEP ($400 Win, entry $60), and ET ($400 Win, entry $60).

For more information on Auto Plus Raceway of Gainesville, visit www.autoplusraceway.com. For more information on the AHDRA, visit www.ahdra.com.

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Door Prizes Added to S&W Test & Tune at Atco Raceway
When's the last time you were invited to a free Test & Tune where you had the chance to also win some door prizes? S&W Race Cars invites you to join them at Atco Raceway on Saturday April 28th. The Test & Tune is open to all S&W customers past, present & future at no charge. Door prizes include samples of Torco Accelerator donated by TORCO Race Fuels, Moroso Digital Tire Gauges donated by Moroso, DJ Safety Driving Gloves donated by DJ Safety, HANS Embroidered Hats donated by Hans, and S&W swag.

Scott Weney and other experienced S&W team members will be there to lend technical advice. In addition, S&W will distribute samples of Torco Accelerator (courtesy of Torco Race Fuels) and other items that will make the experience memorable.

If you’re interested you must call 800-523-3353 to register.

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IHRA Pro-Am Coming To Rockingham Dragway

The IHRA Pro-Am Tour comes to Rockingham Dragway on Friday April 27th – Sunday April 29th, including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Junior Masters, Junior Advanced and Junior Beginner.

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster each pay $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Super Stock pays $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Stock pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Quick Rod and Super Rod each pay $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Hot Rod pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Junior Masters and Junior Advanced each pay $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Junior Beginners pays Ironman Win, and Plaque Runner-Up. Entry fees are $135 for big cars (IHRA membership and license are mandatory), $75 for Junior Advanced and Masters, and $50 for Junior Beginners. Gates open Friday at 11:00 am, with a test & tune at 2:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, gates open Sunday at 8:00 am. For more info visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.

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Super 7 Continues at MMP

Montgomery MotorSports Park’s next installment of their Super 7 series is coming up April 27th – 29th.

The payout is $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $50 Round starting 3rd round winner. Enter all three races for $300, or enter a single day for $150. Buyback $100 1st or 2nd round.

Friday’s schedules: open for parking at 12:00 pm, with a Test and Tune at 1:00 pm.

Saturday’s schedules: gates open 8:00 am, time trials at 10:00 am, Run for Money at 12:00 noon, eliminations at 1:00 pm; Sunday’s schedules: Gates open at 9:00 am, church at 9:30 am, Run For Money at 10:30 am, eliminations at 11:30 am For more information, visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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MIROCK Superbike Series at Maryland International
The Mickey Thompson Tires MIROCK Superbike Series is headed to Maryland International Raceway for the first MIROCK event of the year in Maryland on April 28th & 29th, 2012 with the Spring Nationals

Classes include Pro Mod, Pro Street, Real Street, Top Sportsman, Crazy 8s, 5.60 Index, Pro E.T., and Street E.T. The event will also include grudge racing both days, and the "Afterdark Underground" 2-hour grudge program on Saturday night. The event will also host a huge vendor midway on both days full of motorcycle parts, apparel, and accessories. In addition to the racing MIR will host a $1,200 bikini contest on Sunday.

There’s an open test & Tune on Friday night beginning at 6:30 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am. For more information visit www.mirdrag.com.

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Cecil County Says (Outlaw) Street is Neat in 2012

Cecil County Dragway (Rising Sun, MD) has announced its 2012 Outlaw Street Car Shootout schedule. Twelve classes will contest during the eight-race points-series in 2012: Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial, 275 Drag Radial, Ultra 275, Outlaw Big Tire, Top Sportsman, 8.50 Index, 10.00 Index, 11.50 Index, Pro Dial, Pro Street and Super Street.

Details for each class is as follows: Outlaw 10.5: $150 entry, $5,000 to Win, $1,200 to Runner-Up, $500 to Semis, $125 to Qtrs. Outlaw Drag Radial: $100 entry, $2,000 to Win, $400 to Runner-Up, $200 to Semis, $100 to Qtrs. 275 Drag Radial: $75 entry, $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Qtrs. Ultra 275: $60 entry, $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up. Outlaw Big Tire: $125 entry, $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $125 Semis. Top Sportsman: $125 entry, $2,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $250 Semis. 8.50 Index: $75 entry, $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $75 Qtrs. 10.00 Index / 11.50 Index / Pro Dial: $55 entry, $450 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $100 Semis. Pro Street / Super Street: $50 entry, $500 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $125 Semis.

The dates are April 7th, April 28th w/Top Sportsman, June 2nd, July 7th w/Top Sportsman, August 4th, Friday August 31st – Sunday September 2nd (The Yellow Bullet Nationals, with its own entry fees, payouts and points), October 6th, and November 3rd. Gates open 10:00 am. For more details and full rules, visit Cecil County’s website at cecilcountydragway.com.

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Carolina Coalition Returns, Kicks Off at Farmington Dragway
The Carolina Coalition bracket series makes its return April 21st & 22nd at Farmington Dragway. Each day has a Top ET and Footbrake / Modified big money gambler’s race. Top ET pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $40 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $75 for either day, or $125 for both. Footbrake / Modified pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, and $20 Round starting 3rd Round win. Entry is $50 for either day, or $90 for both.

Double entries allowed. The track will make every attempt to separate door cars and open body cars for the first three rounds. Friday is open for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with a time run for new entries at 12:15. Visit www.farmingtondragway.com for more information.

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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, April 21st & 22nd, 2012 with 1/8th mile money races for Top ET and Mod ET on both days.

Top ET pays $3,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, and $50 Round starting 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 $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $35 Round starting 3rd Round Win, based on an 85-car minimum. Each single-day entry is $60, or buy a weekend entry for $100. 1st Round buybacks are $35.

Gates open Friday April 20th at 1:00 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am and Sunday at 10:00 am. Visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com for more information.

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2012 Stock / Super Stock Combo In The Hills at Numidia Dragway
The sequel to 2011’s successful Combo in the Hills Stock/Super Stock race will take place on June 8th & 9th 2012 at Numidia Dragway in Numidia, PA. Brian Clayton (pictured) made the long trip down from Canada and took top honors at the 2011 event, defeating Ray Thurston IV in the final.

There’ll be a few changes for the 2012 version of the Combo in the Hills. On Friday afternoon track owner Bob DiMino will offer a free Test & Tune from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm for all competitors who are entered for the Combo in the Hills event. Once the Test & Tune is complete, for an additional fee of $50.00 promoters Lee Zane & Brian Van Poppel will offer a CIC Event that is open to all Stk/SS classes. The race will use a trigger of .85 under the pre 2011/IHRA indexes as a guide for all racers and the winner at day’s end could have a nice start to their weekend and a cool $1,000 payday based on how many cars are entered for this event.

On Saturday the 2nd annual Combo in the Hills Stock / Super Stock kicks off at 9:00 am. All drivers will get 2 time shots before eliminations are set to start. The entry fee is $150.00, and based on 100 cars entering Van Poppel & Lee will pay out $4,000 to the winner of this event. If there are more than 100 entries the purse will increase.

On Saturday night all racers & crew are welcomed to attend a free racer BBQ that will be put on by the .90 Nationals group that is also running at the track that weekend. On Sunday, the event wraps up with Numidia Dragway’s weekly Summit Racing Equipment Bracket Race. This event is a $65.00 entry fee with a chance to win over $2,500 as long as there are more than 85 cars entered for this event.

Anyone who wishes to park following the NHRA Supernationals on June 2nd & 3rd will be allowed to leave their rigs at the track for the following weekend. On Thursday June 7th the gates will open for parking at 5:00 pm and will remain open until 10:00 pm. Friday and Saturday gates open at 8:00 am. For more information and details, email Lee Zane / Brian Van Poppel at sportsmanpromotions@gmail.com. For more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.numidiadragway.com.

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.90 Nationals Throttle-Stops at Numidia Dragway June 8th & 9th, 2012

The long awaited .90 Nationals will take place on June 8th & 9th 2012 at Numidia Dragway in Numidia, Pa. This event was originally scheduled for August 27th, 2011 but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene.

On Friday June 8th track owner Bob DiMino and promoter Rob Keister will offer a free Test & Tune from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm for all competitors who are entered for the .90 Nationals. Once the Test & Tune is complete there'll be a “Top 32 Shootout” that is open to all .90 competitors for an additional fee of $75.00. There will be a total of 3 races on Friday night, one for Super Comp, one for Super Gas and one for Super Street. At night’s end the winner of the “Shootout” will pocket a cool $1,000 and the runner-up will claim $500.

The Inaugural .90 Nationals will kick off Saturday, June 9th at 9:00 am with 2 time shots before eliminations. There are two ways to enter this event. The first is to pre-enter before May 6th, 2012 at the rate of $170.00. After May 6th or at the gate the fee is $190.00. The payouts are based on 85 entries per class (S/C, S/G. S/ST) and the winner will take home $5,000 and the runner-up will take home $2,000 and paybacks will reach all the way back to the 3rd round. It is also available to enter into more then one class at the .90 Nationals but neither double entries nor buybacks will be offered.

Gates open Thursday June 7th at 5:00 pm for parking. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am. Tech will be open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Friday and from 8:00 am until the start of the 2nd qualifying session on Saturday. You must make at least 1 time run to be qualified for 1st round of eliminations. Anyone who wishes to drive up and park following the NHRA Supernationals on June 2nd & 3rd will be allowed to leave their rigs at the track for the following weekend to save on gas & travel.

For more information and details, email Rob Keister at ReKeister@aol.com. The .90 Nationals can also be found on the web at www.dot90nationals.com or www.classracer.com.

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Sponsor News: Mickey Thompson Tires Supports MIROCK Superbike Series
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels returns as official title and Pro Mod class sponsor in support of the MIROCK Superbike Series in 2012. "When it comes to motorcycle drag racing, the MIROCK Series has been the cornerstone and we appreciate the opportunity to support the growth and success of this competitive series,” said Tom Kundrik, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “The addition of the Pro Mod class created a lot of excitement for the fans and additional exposure for the venue, and we’re looking forward to another great year.”

The Mickey Thompson Pro Mod class awards pays $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Quarters and $75 Eighths. The Pro Mod class will also have a championship point series. The winner will be awarded $1,000, a MIROCK Championship Gold Card, an Iron Tree Trophy and a MIROCK Championship Jacket. Spring Nationals kick off on April 28. For more information, visit www.mirockracing.com.

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MustangGuys.com Sponsors “Fastest 5.0 Award” at 2012 Fun Ford Weekend
Fun Ford Weekend will be offering the grassroots racing enthusiast an award and recognition that can’t be earned anywhere else. MustangGuys.com is sponsoring a special award called the “Fastest 5.0 Award” at all twelve of the 2012 Fun Ford Weekend events.

“The opportunity to support the Fun Ford Weekend is one that we quickly embraced,” said Tom Hoosigian, MustangGuys.com sales manager. “We wanted to align ourselves with a series that ‘bled blue’ and we certainly found it. Just as the ‘Fastest 5.0 Award’ is all about Mustang performance, so are we. It’s a perfect fit.”

With the renewed popularity of the 5.0 Mustang, this award will recognize the fastest 5.0-powered Mustang meeting the following requirements: 1) eligible to any driver of a Ford Mustang entered in the Fast Ford (Electronics) or Quick Ford (No-Electronics) Bracket Classes; 2) the Mustang must have a 5.0L displacement engine; 3) Windsor or Coyote engine; 4) only one power adder is allowed (turbo charger, super charger, or nitrous); 5) the MustangGuys.com decal given to each participant in their event goodie bag must be displayed on the car before first round of eliminations; 7) the award will be given to the car/driver that meets these specifications and posts the fastest MPH during eliminations. If there is a tie between more than one racer for the fastest mile per hour, the tie breaker will be closest to dial-in; 7) winner will pose with their MustangGuys.com Fastest 5.0 Award in a picture for event-results reporting.

Each event winner will then be featured on the MustangGuys.com web site and will be eligible for a special offer after the race and their recognition.

For more information about all of the go-fast parts for your Mustang, visit MustangGuys.com. For more information about Fun Ford Weekend, visit funfordweekend.com.

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Outlaw Drag Radial Kicks Off April 13th at Maryland Int’l Raceway
Maryland International Raceway’s Midnight Madness series will include the season debut of Outlaw Drag Radial on Friday, April 13th, 2012. Outlaw Drag Radial is a heads-up, Quick 8 class that runs on a .400 Pro tree in the eighth-mile. Courtesy staging and Autostart is in effect. Outlaw Drag Radial pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters; entry fee is $75. Gates open at 6:30 pm, with qualifying sessions at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm and eliminations at 10:00 pm.

The car must retain its original appearance, profiles, and dimensions. Factory roof and quarter panels must be used. Aftermarket fiberglass replacement panels are limited to hood, front fenders, doors, decklids, and bumpers only. All front ends must be of factory dimensions and cannot be stretched. Aftermarket wings and spoilers are permitted. Complete stock appearing front and rear bumpers are required. Forward facing hood scoops are permitted. There are additional rules which can be found at www.mirdrag.com.

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Taking Stock: East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association 2012 Season

2011 ECSSSA Champion Steve Calabro (left); 2011 ECSSSA Runner-Up Frank Ferrucci (right)

The East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association is taking the wraps off a busy upcoming season, as they’ll be contesting their own points series at Atco Raceway and debuting a new four-race shootout series at Maple Grove Raceway.

The ECSSSA points dates at Atco are Sunday April 29th, Saturday June 16th, Saturday August 25th, Saturday September 15th, and Sunday September 16th. Gates open each day at 9:00 a.m.

The Maple Grove four-race Money Trail Stock/Super Stock Shootout will be run over two weekends on back-to-back days: May 19th-20th and August 11th-12th. Gates open each day at 8:00 a.m. A point system will be maintained and a points fund will be created paying the top five finishers in the series. Awards will be presented as part of the Money Trail Awards Banquet in February 2013. Points will be awarded based on the current Money Trail ET point structure. The guaranteed purses and the entry fees for the series were also announced: $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters. Entry fee to race is $75 for one day and $140 for both days on a weekend. There is also a $25 Money Trail membership fee.

Visit www.eastcoaststocksuperstock.com for more information.

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MASGA Announces 2012 Season Schedule
The Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) has released its 2012 schedule. The series will start out at Atco Raceway on April 28th & 29th. This event falls the weekend before the NHRA PC Richard Open also being held at Atco on May 4th & 5th. Next is May 19th & 20th at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, PA for the “3rd annual Sportsman Circuit Shootout”. This event will be held the weekend before the Lucas Oil Division Race also held at the Grove on Memorial Day weekend. The third stop on the schedule is Numidia Dragway on June 30th - July 1st. Track owner Bob DiMino will step up to the plate once again and guarantee the $1,000.00 winner’s purse on both days. If 30 or more cars show up for either event DiMino will up the payout to $1,500.00. Also since this event falls on the July 4th observed weekend, Numidia will be having fireworks and a few other surprises on Saturday night for all the racers and their families. Next, the newly repaved Cecil County Dragway hosts races 7 & 8 on August 11th & 12th. The Cecil County event will feature the annual “Pig Roast” put on by Super Gas Racer George Donhauser and his family. This event falls the weekend before the Lucas Oil event held at Cecil on Aug 17th - 19th. MASGA goes to Atco Raceway on Sept 29th & 30th to crown their season ending champions. This event will provide a great test & tune opportunity for anyone who is entered for the Uni-Select Nationals the following weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

2012 MASGA Schedule: April 28th & 29th – Atco Raceway; May 19th & 20th – Maple Grove Raceway; June 30th & July 1st – Numidia Dragway ($1,000 Guaranteed both days); August 11th & 12th – Cecil County Dragway; September 29th & 30th – Atco Raceway.

For information on MASGA such as membership forms, becoming a sponsor, etc. please visit www.midatlanticsupergas.com, or e-mail Leanne at leanneluciano@hotmail.com.

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MASCA Announces 2012 Schedule
The Mid Atlantic Super Comp Association (MASCA) kicks off its 3rd full season on April 28th & 29th, 2012 at Atco Raceway. This event will also be a great test & tune session for anyone running the NHRA PC Richard & Son National Open the following weekend at the same facility. The next two events on the schedule will see the series visiting Maple Grove Raceway for the “3rd Annual Sportsman Circuit Shootout” on May 19th & 20th. The series then returns back to Atco Raceway for the final two weekends of the 2012 season. The first is July 7th & 8th for the 1st annual MASCA Big Bash BBQ held on Saturday night. The second is September 29th & 30th when MASCA closes out the season and crowns their champions This is also the weekend before the NHRA Uni-Select Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

MASCA runs two races on each weekend of competition and offers a year-end points fund that is paid out to the Top 5 racers at the end of the series. The fee to enter each MASCA event is $70.00 in addition to the gate fee that is to be paid to the track when entering. Based on a 32 car field the payout to the winners will be $1,000.

MASCA’s annual membership fee is $70.00 and includes a free T-shirt, two stickers, and two free entries into their annual banquet held in 2013. There’s also an added bonus to become a member as in 2012 as the “MASCA Membership Fund” has been established. Thanks to sponsorship from Aqua-Terra Environmental Services all MASCA members will receive an added “Bonus” for a win or a runner-up at an event in 2012. Also for the 2012 season MASCA welcomes Bushwacker Truck Accessories, Auto Meter Competition Products and K&N Filters as series sponsors.

For any questions on MASCA please e-mail Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com.

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East Coast Gassers Release 2012 Schedule
The East Coast Gassers has announced it’s 2012 racing schedule.

Their season kicks off May 19th, Numidia Dragway; June 9th & 10th, Gasser Reunion at Beaver Springs Dragway; June 17th, Spring Nostalgia Nationals at Atco Raceway; July 14th & 15th, York Reunion at Beaver Springs; July 29th, Funny Car Reunion at Englishtown; August 11th & 12th, Dover Drags at Lebanon Valley Dragway; September 29th, Jalopy Showdown at Beaver Springs Dragway; October 6th, Mopar Nationals at Atco Raceway; November 4th, Fall Finale at Atco Raceway. For more information visit www.eastcoastgassers.com.

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Englishtown Welcomes Bugs & Audis
The Spring VW & Audi Show & Go is Sunday April 15th 2012 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The event will feature all-VW and all-Audi drag racing, car show, and more than one hundred new and used parts vendors.

Gates open at 8:00 am, time trials at 10:00 am, and eliminations at 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.racewaypark.com.

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Door Warz at Richmond Dragway
Calling all Top ET and Mod ET doorslammers to Richmond Dragway on April 14th & 15th for Door Warz.

Each day includes a big bucks race for Top and Mod. Each Top ET race pays $3,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $325 Semis, $150 Quarters, $100 Eighths and $70 sixteenths. Entry is $85 per day or $150 for the weekend. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $50.

Each Mod ET race pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $100 Quarters, $70 Eighths and $35 Sixteenths. Entry is $60 per day or $100 for the weekend. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $35.

Gates open Friday April 13th from 5:00 – 10:00 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday April 14th at 9:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday April 15th at 9:00 am with time trials at 11:00 am. Visit www.richmonddragway.com for more information.

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Mopars Will Rock The Rock
Hey Pentastars, it’s the 21st Annual Mopars @ The Rock on Saturday, April 7th at Rockingham Dragway. This all-Mopar car show, swap meet and drag race includes racing for Pro ET, Sportsman ET, and True Street.

Pro ET pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $35 Qtrs., entry is $35. Sportsman ET pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $25 Qtrs., entry is $25. True Street is for street-legal, tagged Mopars only that have completed a 10-mile road trip. Each car makes three back-to-back runs. The Mopar with the quickest average ET wins a 4 ft. trophy.

Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations at 12:00 noon. Visit Rockingham Dragway's website at RockinghamDragway.com for more information.

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Going To The Top: Piedmont’s $50,000 Top ET Classic
Piedmont Dragway’s $50,000 Top ET Classic is coming fast on April 13th – 15th, 2012, with three chances to win big bucks with your electronics-equipped dragster or door car.

Friday’s race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $50 Round starting after 3rd Round win. Entry for Friday’s race is $75; buybacks are $50. Saturday’s race pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis and $150 Round starting after 3rd Round Win. Saturday’s entry is $225; buybacks are $150. Sunday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis and $100 Round starting after 3rd Round win. Sunday’s entry is $150; buybacks are $100. A three-day entry is $400. 1/8 mile, 0.00 – 8.50 dials. Double-entries allowed; no throttle stops; Autostart and CrossTalk will be in effect.

Gates open Friday at 8:00 am with time shots at 11:00 am. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time shots at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. For more info visit www.PiedmontDragway.com.

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Auto Meter To Pay Contingency in Stock & Super Stock for MFDL Products
Auto Meter is expanding its contingency program with the NHRA in 2012 to include paying contingency to class winners in the Stock and Super Stock classes at the three Sportsnationals events and the US Nationals. Qualifying class winners will be paid $100. In order to qualify you must be running the Auto Meter Multi-Function Dash Logger (#9601, 9602, or 9603) and have the Auto Meter yellow Data Acquisition contingency decal posted clearly and visibly on the side of your vehicle for the entire event. Auto Meter will also be paying $500 cash to the year end winners if they run both series and meet the program requirements. Visit www.autometer.com.

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Product Spotlight: Remflex Exhaust Gaskets

I’ve recently discovered a product that I’d like to share with you. It's an exhaust gasket by a company named Remflex. I first learned about Remflex at the 2011 PRI Show in Orlando; if you saw my coverage (see it HERE) you may recall reading about them.

I’d been using reusable copper header gaskets on my engines, and although they worked OK, I was always annoyed by the constant “tsk-tsk-tsk” of a slight leak somewhere at the headers. I was never sure if it was a faulty gasket or if there was an imperfection in the header or head; all I knew is that I was getting tired of hearing it. When I saw the Remflex gaskets at the show, the first thing that caught my eye was how thick they are. That’s by design, because they’re meant to crush significantly, thereby absorbing imperfections that would normally cause a leak. I told Remflex that I had to pull one of my heads during the winter and that I’d like to try a set. The set is now on my engine, and they performed just as intended. No more “tsk-tsk-tsk.” Learn more at www.remflex.com.

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Super 7 Coming Up at MMP

Montgomery MotorSports Park’s second race of their Super 7 series is coming up March 30th – April 1st.

The payout is $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $50 Round starting 3rd round winner. Enter all three races for $300, or enter a single day for $150. Buyback $100 1st or 2nd round. Friday’s schedule: parking at 12:00 pm, with a Test & Tune at 1:00 pm. Saturday’s schedule: gates open 8:00 am, time trials at 10:00 am, Run for Money at 12:00 noon, eliminations at 1:00 pm; Sunday’s schedule: Gates open at 9:00 am, church at 9:30 am, Run For Money at 10:30 am, eliminations at 11:30 am.

For more information, visit Montgomery MotorSports Park at www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Sponsor News: ATI’s Rini Wins and Ebert Qualifies #1 at Bradenton
ATI's Chris Rini kicked off the NMCA season opener at Bradenton with a win in Pro Street. The 2010 Pro Street champ looked strong in qualifying and ended the day with a 6.03 @ 235 MPH - good enough for top qualifier. Unfortunately, he lost a valve on the last run and had to put in last year's engine for eliminations. The old motor didn't miss a beat as Chris put down a pair of 6.10s before going on to take the win in the Pro Street final over Bill Lutz.

In the LSX Real Street class, Lingenfelter Performance's Jon Ebert took the #1 spot with the low ET of the day at 8.608 @ 161.57, besting the field by a tenth. Ebert's 2010 Camaro has a host of ATI products throughout, including a Superglide 4 transmission, Outlaw Torque Converter, ATI Superplate Flexplate, Super Damper and Super F synthetic transmission fluid. LPE's 358 LS7 puts out some great HP; Jon made it to the final but had a little too much power and spun the tires.

For more info about the NMCA, visit www.nmcadigital.com. For more info about ATI and the products mentioned here, visit www.atiracing.com.

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PRI Announces Transition and Sale To SEMA

Performance Racing Industry (PRI), producers of the motorsports business magazine and trade show, finalized plans to be purchased by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). The transaction is set to close in late March 2012.

With 20-plus years of publishing and management experience at PRI, John Kilroy will serve as Vice President/General Manager of PRI and assume day-to-day operations for the group. All the operations, employees and offices will remain intact at PRI's current location in Laguna Beach, California.

"Steve Lewis launched the PRI concept a quarter-of-a-century ago, as an organization totally dedicated solely to the racing industry," said Kilroy. "It was Steve's dream that PRI continue to serve the racing community, and to 'nest' PRI with an organization that clearly understands PRI's heritage and the role we play in how the racing industry conducts business. We are pleased to have found that strategic partner in SEMA."

"We carefully considered all our options, and SEMA was the obvious choice to carry on the legacy of the PRI brand," said Lewis. "SEMA is financially sound and has an experienced management team. They bring a long-term outlook to the table, as well as exceptional insight into the trade show business overall. I have no doubt that the PRI brand will continue to deliver value to the racing community, and I know John Kilroy and the current management group will keep the basic business themes that have been established as they continue to work out of the current location here in Laguna Beach that has housed the PRI family for all these years," he said.

The 25th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show takes place November 29 - December 1, 2012, in the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It features exhibits by 1,100 racing companies in 3,100 booths, requiring 700,000 square feet to house the event. For more information, visit www.performanceracing.com or www.sema.org.

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ATI Super Dampers Dominate At PHR's Engine Masters Challenge
ATI Super Dampers were well represented at this years "Engine Masters Challenge" presented by Popular Hot Rodding magazine. All 3 of the top 3 teams in the Xtreme class and all 5 of the top 5 finishers in the Street Class were equipped with ATI Super Dampers and over 20 of the engines in the competition were fitted with ATI Dampers.

Top honors in the Xtreme class went to BES Racing Engines with a top score of 3124.5 with their 912 HP 441 Ford Windsor, and the School of Automotive Machinists took first place in the Street Division with a score of 2471.

The competition showcases the talents of top engine builders from all across North America competing in Street and Xtreme Street classes. Their challenge is to build an engine that produces the highest average horsepower and torque over a given RPM range.

For more information about ATI Super Dampers, visit the Super Damper page on ATI's website HERE.

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Keep It Up Front with the Back Seat Drivers

The Back Seat Drivers front-engine dragster racing club has announced its 2012 schedule. Their season kicks off on May 19th at Numidia Dragway. Then it’s June 9th at Cecil County Dragway, June 17th at Atco Raceway, July 29th at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, August 4th at Maple Grove Raceway, and finally October 8th back at Atco Raceway.

The club’s rules are pretty simple: front-engine dragsters only, all NHRA or IHRA safety rules apply, no delay boxes or throttle stops, zoomie-style headers only, and driver must be current member of NHRA and have Competition License if ET is quicker than 10.00.

If you own a front-engine rail and are interested in The Back Seat Drivers, visit their website at www.bsdrivers.com.

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Mickey Thompson Sticks With Glidden
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has renewed their long-time partnership with Bill Glidden Racing again this year. Part of the Big Tire Development Program, Bill Glidden Racing will continue to work closely with Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels to provide product development staff with evaluation results of tire and wheel products in real-world racing. Mickey Thompson will provide support to the Bill Glidden Racing team as they compete in the Extreme 10.5 class of the 2012 ADRL drag racing series.

“Bill had another great season in 2011, and we want to continue to support his efforts and help him maintain his momentum,” said Ken Warner, VP Sales and Marketing, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “He is consistently on the list of top performers in the 10.5 class, and a fierce competitor in this drag racing series. We are looking forward to another great year in 2012.”

Officially established in 2007, the Big Tire Development Program is a collaborative effort that allows real-world testing and evaluation of the ET Drag tire and wheel line in a variety of applications and racing environments. Evaluative data is used for product development that results in consistently exceptional and reliable products for racers on the strip. For more information about Mickey Thompson’s full line drag racing products, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com/strip.php.

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S&W Taps Into Their Roots, Sponsors March Meet Radio
In case you missed it, S&W Race Cars was a sponsor of BangShift.com's live March Meet coverage last weekend. S&W’s roots go back to the early days of drag racing in both front-engine dragsters and fuel funny cars. S&W’s founder Walt Weney (pictured) is a drag racing pioneer who began setting NHRA records in 1962. Scott Weney, S&W’s President and 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Champion, cut his teeth in the fuel funny cars of the late 70s, including the famed ‘Frantic Ford.’ Today, S&W Nostalgia Front Engine Dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars are still setting records and can be found at many nostalgia races around the world.

Nostalgia drag racing is a growing sport,” said S&W’s Jill Canuso. “The March Meet is a special nostalgia race at an equally famous venue, and it’s one that shouldn’t be missed so we teamed with BangShift.com to bring fans and racers four days of live racing action."

With the popularity of nostalgia racing, perhaps you've been considering getting a nostalgia car of your own. If so, make it a new one so that it's all up to spec. If you’d like to speak with S&W Race Cars about having your own car built, call 800-523-3353 ext.111; Scott Weney will be happy to answer your questions.

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IHRA Pro-Am at Coastal Plains Dragway
Coastal Plains Dragway welcomes the IHRA Pro-Am Tour on Friday April 6th –Saturday April 7th, including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Junior Masters, Junior Advanced and Junior Beginner.

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster each pay $1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, and $50 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Super Stock pays $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Stock pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Quick Rod and Super Rod each pay $1,100 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Hot Rod pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, and $40 Round beginning 3rd Round win. Junior Masters and Junior Advanced each pay $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis. Junior Beginners pays Ironman Win, and Plaque Runner-Up.

Entry fees are $135 for big cars (IHRA membership and license are mandatory), $75 for Junior Advanced and Masters, and $50 for Junior Beginners. Gates open Friday at 12:00 noon, with a test & tune at 3:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, with time trials at 9:00 am and eliminations immediately following. For more information visit www.coastalplainsraceway.com.

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Atco’s 2012 Summer Series Kicks Off April 6th
Atco’s Summer Series Shootout is back for another season of big-money gambler’s races. The 2012 series kicks off Easter Weekend with $5,000 gambler’s races on Friday April 6th and Sunday, April 8th, and a $10,000 on Saturday, April 7th. 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 $150, 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. For a complete list of rules, visit www.AtcoRaceway.com.

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Heads-Up at Virginia Motorsports Park!
Leave your dial-in at home and come to the Spring Heads-Up Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park on Saturday March 24th, 2012.

Classes include 4.90 Index, 5.90 Index, 10.00 Index, 11:00 Index, 12:00 Index, and X275. 4.90 pays $1,200 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $75 Quarters. Entry is $75. 5.90 pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $60. 10.00 Index pays $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $40. X275 pays $850 Win, $350 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50. 11.00 and 12.00 Index each pay 60% Win, 40% Runner-Up. Entry is 30 each.

Gates open at 10:00 am, with racing at 12:00 noon. Visit Virginia Motorsports Park at www.vmpdrag.com for more information.

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Spring Into Footbrake Action at The Farm
Farmington Dragway’s Spring Foot Brake Showdown is Saturday March 30th and Sunday April 1st, 2012.

Saturday’s warm-up race pays $2,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters. Entry is $60, buybacks are $50. Payouts based on minimum 75 cars. Sunday’s race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $30 Per Round Won after 3rd Round. Sunday’s 1st Round Best Winning Package wins 5-gallons of race fuel. 1st Round Best Losing Package wins a free buyback. Best Reaction Time in eliminations wins a $100 Gift Card; tiebreaker goes to closest to dial. Entry is $125, buybacks are $80, payouts based on minimum 75 cars. Enter the weekend for $150.

Double-entries permitted, deep staging allowed, no dragsters, no delay boxes, no transbrakes or buttons, air/electric shifters allowed, clutch cars are permitted to run 2-steps.

Gates open 8:00 am on Saturday, 9:00 am on Sunday. Visit Farmington Dragway online at www.farmingtondragway.net for more information.

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Things Are Cookin’ At Coastal Plains Dragway

If you can stand the heat then get yourself to Coastal Plains Dragway for The Cookout Shootout on Friday & Saturday March 23rd and 24th. The weekend features The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods, Saturday match racing between “Tricky” Ricky Smith vs. Roy Hill, and Top and Mod races that each pay $2,000 Win and pay 8 places; entry is $60 for Top or Mod.

Gates open Friday at 12:00 pm, with a test & tune at 1:00 pm and Pro Mod qualifying at 5:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time trials at 10:00 am. Pro Mod qualifying at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, and eliminations at 2:30 pm. For more info visit coastalplainsraceway.com.

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M/T Names Tom Kundrik New Motorsports Manager
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has promoted Tom Kundrik to the position of Motorsports Manager. Kundrik has been an employee since 2006.

“I am very pleased to have been selected for this important position,” stated Kundrik. “I am passionate about our motorsports program, our high-performance tire and wheel products, and the racers, sanctioning bodies and dealers we support though our motorsports program, and I will dedicate myself to making a valuable contribution to our continued success in my new role.”

Kundrik will manage all aspects of Mickey Thompson’s motorsports marketing programs including the company’s trackside support team, event sponsorships, sanctioning body relationships, and sponsorship efforts for drivers through the “Team M/T” program.

“Tom was a natural pick for this important role,” stated Ken Warner, VP Sales & Marketing, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “He has proven himself to be a hard working, reliable and knowledgeable member of the team, and we look forward to working collaboratively with Tom as we continue to take our motorsports program to the next level.”

For more information, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Diesel Drags At Gainesville
The National Hot Rod Diesel Association 2012 Gator Diesel Drags are coming to Auto-Plus Raceway in Gainesville, FL on Saturday March 24th, and includes diesel drag racing, a burnout contest and a show & shine.

Classes include Top Diesel, Pro-Stock, Pro-Street, Super-Street (all are heads-up classes with a .400 Pro tree, pro ladder by ET, Auto Start on, various weight breaks and rules by class), Super Diesel - 11.90 Index (heads-up class with an 11.90 index, .400 Pro tree, pro ladder by ET, Auto Start on); and Sportsman ET (bracket racing class with a Sportsman tree, sportsman ladder by reaction time, Auto Start is off).

Gates open at 12:00 noon. For more information about the NHRDA, visit www.nhrda.com. For more information about Auto-Plus Raceway, visit www.autoplusraceway.com.

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Maple Grove Champs Crowned at Banquet
Maple Grove Raceway racers Jackie Grater (Super ET), Brock Moshier (Pro ET), Jake Knarr (Street ET), Joe Stuebner (Top Bike) and Joe Dedrick (Jr. Dragster) were recognized for their season championships in their respective classes at the track’s awards banquet.

Grater, of Perkiomenville, Pa., took the Super championship on the final day of the season in his Thunderbird, reaching the quarterfinals and jumping from third to first.
Moshier, from Lititz, Pa., was the most dominant driver in 2011. His ’71 Vega amassed 533 points, which provided a 57-point margin over runner-up Denny Renninger. Knarr, who was in Junior Dragsters just a few seasons ago, took Street by accumulating round wins. Stuebner was the Top Bike winner for the fourth consecutive season. The rider from Hamburg, Pa., needed to get past his son, Cory, on the final day of the season. On his ’90 Kawasaki, Stuebner had two wins and one runner-up. Another repeat winner was Dedrick, who won once and was runner-up twice in ‘11. He beat Jimmy Fizz by 38 points, clinching the title with three consecutive quarterfinal finishes.

In the photo: Maple Grove's 2011 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail season champions. Kneeling: Joe Stuebner (Top Bike); standing, from left: Jake Knarr (Street), Brock Moshier (Pro), Jack Grater (Super), Joe Dedrick (Junior Dragster). Photo: Don Carrick.

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2012 Super 7 Series at Montgomery MotorSports Park

Montgomery MotorSports Park’s popular Super 7 series is back for another year of big-money bracket racing in Montgomery, AL. The five-weekend series kicks off February 24th – 26th, 2012. The other four weekends are March 30th – April 1st, April 27th – 29th, June 15th – 17th, and August 30th - September 1st with four points races at the season finale.

Once again this year’s Super 7 Series Points Super Pro Champion will win a complete weekend at the 17th Annual Million Dollar Race to be held at Montgomery Motorsports Park October 18th – 22nd plus cash and prizes going to top 32 points leaders in season Finale 32 car Shoot-Out to be held Labor Day weekend.

The payout structure is: Super Pro (Electronics) pays $7,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $50 Round starting 3rd round winner. Entry Fee: All three races $300, or a single day: $150. Buyback $100 1st or 2nd round.

Friday’s schedules: opens for parking at 12:00 pm, with a Test and Tune at 1:00 pm. Saturday’s schedules: gates open 8:00 am, time trials at 10:00 am, Run for Money at 12:00 noon, eliminations at 1:00 pm; Sunday’s schedules: Gates open at 9:00 am, church at 9:30 am, Run For Money at 10:30 am, eliminations at 11:30 am For more information, visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Welcoming A New Subscriber

I received an email from Bruce Boyle, signing up for my email list. I thought the photos he sent were very good and I liked his car so much that I wanted to share them here with you. Bruce writes, “I am 58 years old, racing No Box at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet Il. I also travel with the NMCA in the Open Comp class. I race a 1980 Monza Alston square tube car weighing 2,375 lbs. w/driver. The car has run a best of 8.90 with a Dart SBC 406 ci built by THP and a ‘glide by Begler Performance. Have to thank a couple of supporters: Interstate Emergency Vehicles and Genesis Rescue Systems, both in the Joliet area.”

Thanks for writing, Bruce, and good luck this season!

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The South’s Gonna Do It Again at MMP
The 2012 Southern Outlaw Tour kicks off March 9th and 10th at Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, AL.

Two new classes make their debut this year. Outlaw Bottom Bulb is a pure no-box footbrake class on a .500 full tree that pays $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $100, no buy backs. Outlaw 275 vs. 28 x 10.5 also pays $2,000/$300/$100/$50, and is on a .400 Pro Tree. Entry is $100, no wheelie bars, no tube chassis, no weight restrictions, 5.00 Index, 275 or 28x10.5 tires only.

Other classes are Pro Modified ($3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters, $250 Eighths) and 7.00 Index, 6.00 Index, 5.30 Index, and 4.70 Index (each class pays $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $100).

20 car minimum in all classes except 4.70 which is 16 car minimum. Gates open Friday at 5:00 pm with a test & tune at 6:00 pm and Pro Mod qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with test & tune at 10:00 am, qualifying at 1:00 pm and 1st Round at 5:00 pm. Visit www.mmpdragracing.com.

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Cen-Pen Speed Shop’s “March Meet 2012 Garage Party & Open House”
Instead of making the trip to Bakersfield in March, Cen-Pen Speed Shop in Grantville, PA (17028) is having an open house/garage party on Saturday, March 3rd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. They’ll open their doors for a look behind the scenes of their front-engine dragster shop which produces over 30 nostalgia dragster chassis per year. Snack food and sodas will be provided. Send an email to worm@slingshotdragsters.com if you plan to attend so they can get a tentative count.

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Iron Man $50K at Memphis International Raceway
Memphis International Raceway hosts The Dixie House Café Iron Man $50K on March 9-11, 2012. A weekend purse totaling over $100,000 will beckon big money bracket racing hopefuls to the centrally-located facility from all corners of the map.

Friday and Sunday races each feature a $10,000-to-win main event. $100 round money starting third round winner leads up to a $1,000 semifinal round, and a $2,000 runner-up prize. Saturday’s main event is overflowing with cash, with not only $50,000 to be awarded to the winner, but also $10,000 to the runner-up, $2,500 to the semis, and $300 round money beginning with third round winners.

Drivers can save money with a three-day weekend entry of just $699. Door cars will run against door cars and dragsters against dragsters as long as possible in each round, up to the 16-Car Ladder. Each race will have just one round of buybacks, run re-entry style, where buybacks race each other one round for the right to advance to the second round of eliminations. The Re-entry format virtually guarantees that a driver will only have to light no more than nine win lamps to claim even the massive $50,000 carrot.

“We designed an event where racers could win a few rounds here and there and win their money back,” said promoter Danny Sons. “It should be a big one! It’s a great way to welcome back Paul Cartwright, who will be our Racemaster. Paul will be back for good, and that’s a great thing for the racers. Make plans now for the biggest and best kick-off bracket event in years!”

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels presents a free entry $1,000 Run for the Money in the final time trial of each day, paying back three places. On Saturday, the festivities stretch into the evening with the TNT Supercars 64-Car Shootout, with a $30,000 dragster and cash up for grabs. (to pre-enter the limited field, call 972-290-7032 and ask for Frank.) Dale Simon from Dixie House Café sweetens the deal Saturday night with a free Racer Appreciation BBQ.

For more detailed event information and daily schedules, visit www.RaceDataShop.com.

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2-Day Dave Morgan Chassis Seminar March 3 & 4
Alston Racing will be hosting a race car chassis seminar by renowned chassis tuner Dave Morgan, March 3rd & 4th, in Lake Zurich, IL.

Morgan’s previous one-day seminars had a reputation for being over-packed with information, so much so that some racers felt it was too much to cover in a single day. As a result, Morgan has developed a new two-day seminar series for racers who want to receive more in-depth information at a better pace and one that allows for more discussion and interaction. Morgan believes the new, two-day format will provide everyone with a better learning experience,” said Morgan. “We can cover many more details about the subjects I normally cover, while adding new material and allowing more time for discussion of examples and the challenges everyone faces in setting up their chassis.”

Visit davemorganseminars.com for more information about Morgan's new seminar plan, read testimonials, take a self-test and register for the March 3-4 event in Wauconda. Contact Dave directly at staaytuned@aol.com.

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Island Dragway Gives Super Pro Racers 320 Additional Feet of Shutdown
Island Dragway in Great Meadows, NJ has announced that their Super Pro class will race 1,000 feet during the track's Saturday night ET Bracket Racing points program in the 2012 season. According to Island Dragway manager Steve Opetosky, "The 1000 ft. Super Pro length was based on the reality that cars have gotten faster and faster. The fact is that racers have always and will always look to make their vehicles faster but since the shutdown at Island can't be lengthened, a safety and business decision was made to try to bring back some of the quicker Super Pro racers that would still like to race at Island but were concerned about doing so. This is only for Super Pro and only during Saturday Summit racing series ET bracket racing. The Super Pro racer will receive E.T. and MPH for the 1000 ft. along with all the other standard info like reaction time, 60', etc.. They will not receive any 1/4 mile info. However, If a Super Pro racer is running test & tune on Saturday or any other day, they will receive all regular 1/4 mile data. The E.T. breaks for 1000 ft. are going to be 5.80 - 9.99, with 6.23 and quicker requiring the advanced E.T. rules safety equipment. These numbers equate to the 1/4 mile numbers. This takes effect for the 2012 season. Once our website is completley up and running, all will be posted."

Island Dragway has heard the concerns of racers with fast Super Pro cars who have stopped racing at the track, and it seems like a reasonable attempt at getting these racers back. Although a good portion of the feedback posted on the Web is supportive, judging by some of the posts you'd have thought they banned delay boxes, outlawed dragsters and changed the Earth's rotation all in one fell swoop.

It would have been easier for the track to dispense with the 1,000 foot altogether and go straight to 1/8 mile Super Pro, but instead they chose to give their racers as much dragstrip as they could while still improving safety. Whether you race Island or not, give them a break and wish them well. They wouldn't have implemented this unless they felt it was absolutely necessary, and we cannot afford to lose any more dragstrips.

For more information about Island Dragway, visit www.islanddragway.com.

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Upgrades at Maryland International Raceway
Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD is undergoing major upgrades for the upcoming 2012 season. So far, MIR has purchased additional hand-held radios to supplement their existing supply, which will make running events even smoother as more staff can now be in communication with each other. MIR’s starting line is getting a facelift into the modern era. They’ve removed all of the old asphalt that's between the two concrete pads and replacing everything with brand new concrete. This new concrete pad will extend from the water box to the Christmas tree. MIR will also have poured concrete walls in the center for the starter area and a concrete strip to the tree. This new look will give racers a cleaner and better looking backdrop for all of their photos and videos.

Also for 2012, new gates and barriers to help section off the pit areas for easier parking and traffic control, all of the wood bleachers have now been removed and replaced with aluminum, and the track is expanding the asphalt pad behind the water box. MIR will also have two ambulances and two fire trucks for increased racer safety.

For more information about Maryland International Raceway visit www.mirdrag.com.

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PTRA Racers Win Big at Banquet

Racers won big at the recent Pro Tree Racers Association 2011 season banquet held at the Hilton at University Place in Charlotte, NC on January 7, 2012.

In addition to eleven class champions being crowned, drawings were held in each category for the top ten points earners for prizes. Calico Coatings and Performance Plus Connection offered gift certificates to all categories. The highlight of the drawing landed in the open body division, Pro Tree Dragster. Several companies partnered to give away a $3500 powerglide transmission.

Dragster driver Brad McBride walked away with the ‘glide featuring a Reid Racing case, Sonnax Performance 1.80 straight cut planetary, Transmission Specialties Pro Mod input shaft, Alto PowerBand and clutches, other parts from Performance Torque Converters (PTC), and assembled by Tony Meltvedt at Meltvedts Racing.

2011 PTRA Champions: Super Street - Scott Owenby; True Street - Scott Gilman; Performance Street - Eddie Young; 4.80 Index - Nick Cline; 5.30 Index - Michael Martin; 6.00 Index - Kenny Floyd; 7.00 Index - Kurt Flanagan; Pro Tree Dragster - Joel Mills; Pro Tree Eliminator - Larry Dowless; Pro Tree Junior Dragster - Jesse Warren; Street Eliminator - Trevor Lemon.

For more information about the PTRA and their 2012 season, go to www.protreeracersassociation.com or visit Mooresville Dragway at www.mooresvilledragway.com.

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Racer Puts His Money Where His Feet Are
This is an advertisement that a veteran Northeast bracket and NHRA sportsman racer ran recently in The Raceway News, the newspaper of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ:

“RIDE WANTED: No "hired gun" touring professional in drag racing would make the following statement: "If I lose a round of eliminations due to a reaction time worse/higher than .029 or red (minus .001 or worse), I will pay a penalty of $100 for that round loss." They wouldn’t make that statement, because nobody is consistently that good and unforeseeable mechanical and physical circumstances are always present. Al Vanis is looking for a ride in a consistent and well-maintained "foot brake" race car. If I determine that the race car offered is as described, I will pay the owner of it $100 for any round in eliminations that I lose by fouling or from a reaction time of .030 or worse/higher. Judging the "stripe" is an educated guess, and nobody is better at it than a racer who has been doing just that for 45 years. Make me pay!!”

I heard about this and knew immediately that I’d run it to share with you. This is an inventive approach to getting a ride for the season, and it shows how serious we bracket racers are about our sport.

Al Vanis is about as hard-core a bracket racer as there is. He’s dedicated a good portion of his life to our sport, just as many of us have. He’s also raced Stock Eliminator and has notched two national event wins, with one of those being the U.S. Nationals. The times I’ve raced against Al he’s been pretty stellar on the Tree. You never take this guy lightly.

So what does a good racer do if they’re approaching a season without a ride? They get creative like Al has. There are all different ways to get creative, and perhaps reading about Al's approach will spark some ideas of your own. The main thing is to elevate the top-of-mind awareness others have of you. I can almost guarantee that after someone reads Al's ad, they will remember it and him. That's key.

If you own a consistent footbrake car and are interested in contacting Al, email him at ajajman@yahoo.com.

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Kanka Plans Full Season With Nostalgia Rail

Donald Kanka of Ewing, NJ will be expanding his events in 2012 with his 2010 S&W Race Cars 225” front-engined nostalgia dragster. So far Donald has only logged five partial-run passes on the car, but has gone a best of 6.991 in the 1,000’ at Atco.

Donald’s dragster includes Specialized 408 BB Chevy, head work by RHS, complete Hilborn Fuel Injection, MSD Mag, Hedman Hedders, Steph’s Pan w/Moroso Billet Pump, ATI Trans, shorty case and bellhousing, converter and balancer, Strange 12 bolt drop in pumpkin rear, 35 spline axles and Strange dual braking system, Champion and Hayden wheels, Goodyear Tires, and Deist chute. Jeff Kundratic of JKR Racing in Baltimore did all the powder coating, DJ Restoration of Ewing, NJ did the paint and AGIN Signs did all the gold leaf lettering and graphics.

Donald belongs to two nostalgia associations and races at Maple Grove, Englishtown, Atco, Cecil County Dragway, and Island Dragway.

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ATI’s Chris Rini Breaks Into The 5s

The five second barrier has stood all season long in the NMCA Pro Street class until the NMCA World Street Finals in Indianapolis, where ATI’s Chris Rini put down a 5.988 ET at 236.4 MPH to become the 1st person in any NMCA class to break into the fives. That run turned out to be the fastest pass of the day and put Rini #1 in qualifying.

Chris runs an ATI Superglide 4 and an ATI Outlaw Converter, making his '69 Bickel Pro Mod Camaro the fastest nitrous true automatic in the world. See the run on ATI’s video page HERE.

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Photos From Maple Grove's $10K Footbrake Race

No, it's not an installment of Dragtime News On Location; this time I was at Maple Grove only to race. The Dodge did well, too; I was still in it at the split.

If you were there and are looking for photos, Don Carrick has you covered. He was on the scene taking not only starting-line shots, but lots of action down track and scenes from the pits. It's great stuff.

Visit Don's site HERE and look under Featured Galleries on his home page.

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Lingenfelter Performance Nationals Coming To Norwalk in 2012

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has announced The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals, a new event for customers and enthusiasts in 2012.

The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals will feature drag racing, autocross, car show, speed stop challenge, countryside cruise and a manufacturer's midway. The dates are September 21st-23rd, 2012 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals will offer drag racing, an invitation-only bracket race and a Battle of the Brands event that pits Ford, GM and Chrysler vehicles against one another. Trophies, plaques and cash prizes will be awarded to car show and race winners. The Lingenfelter Performance Nationals will also be an official qualifying event for the OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Lingenfelter will announce additional event details throughout the year. Stay tuned to www.lingenfelterperformancenationals.com for regular updates or e-mail Mike Copeland at mcopeland@lingenfelter.com for questions about participating in the Lingenfelter Performance Nationals.

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Driving Schools Return to Maple Grove in 2012

The Doug Foley Drag Racing School and Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School will both be back at Maple Grove Raceway in 2012.

The Doug Foley Drag Racing School
will be offering classes on May 7th - 8th and on September 23rd. It will also offer a drivers’ clinic to help experienced racers sharpen their skills on May 28th. Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School will be at Maple Grove on August 21st – 22nd.

To enroll, visit The Doug Foley Drag Racing School at www.dougfoley.com or Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at www.frankhawley.com.

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The 2011 PRI Show: First Look

We just returned from Orlando, FL where we were on location at The 2011 Performance Racing Industry Show. We met with various manufacturers and saw lots of new products; look for our post-show coverage coming soon including exclusive photos and video interviews from the show floor.

Our visit to PRI kicked off Thursday night at the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax. In an outstanding night of racing under the lights before a standing-room-only crowd of over 3,500 members of the racing industry, Jan Heylen won the 2011 All-Star division race at the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax. He drove a CRG kart for the CRG USA team.

Jay Howard drove an Arrow chassis for the KartSport-Arrow team to a second-place finish, while the UK's Ben Cooper, fresh off his Senior Division win in Dubai at the 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Finals, charged from P16 to claim the final spot on the podium. He drove a Praga kart, made by Intrepid, for the Praga North America team.

The Red Bull Kart Fight, Powered by Rotax featured drivers from diverse series such as NASCAR Cup, X Games, IndyCar, ALMS, Grand-Am and the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. Heylen competed in Grand-Am in 2011, while Howard competed in IndyCar. It was a great way to start our PRI visit, with intense racing action under a beautiful nighttime Orlando sky. It just doesn't get any better than that.

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ADRL To Allow EFI In Pro Stock
In a landmark move for the highly-competitive Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) class, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) announced that it will allow electronic fuel injection (EFI) on all XPS cars starting in the 2012 season. With the ruling, the ADRL becomes the first major drag racing sanctioning body to allow EFI to be used in any Pro Stock car. Manufacturers wishing to have their EFI Controllers in the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league will have to first submit them to the ADRL for approval prior to them being allowed to be used at any ADRL event.

The full set of 2012 rules can be downloaded at www.adrl.us/competition/rules or by clicking on the “2012 Rules and Regulations” dropdown under the “Competition” tab on the ADRL homepage, www.ADRL.us. The individual PDF version of the Extreme Pro Stock class is also available for download on the Rules page.

For further information or if there are questions regarding the EFI announcement or the 2012 ADRL Rulebook, competitors are encouraged to e-mail ADRL Director of Technical Services Chris Bell at chris@adrl.us or ADRL Director of Competition Tom Grooms at tom@adrl.us.

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Suspended Conversation: The Importance Of Suspension On Drag Cars
As she’s in the process of upgrading her chassis and suspension components for the 2012 season, NHRA Division One Stock Eliminator racer Jeanne Linke recently dropped off her 1985 Camaro to CamaroGuys.com supplier S&W Race Cars in Spring City, PA. CamaroGuys.com is a distributor of many well-known brands of performance race and street parts, including S&W who installed her new chassis and suspension components. Because suspension and chassis is so critical to consistency, Jeanne wanted to share her experience; click HERE to read.

Chuck Samuel Joins Aeromotive Ford Mustang Pro Mod

Aeromotive has announced the addition of racer and engine builder Chuck Samuel as crew chief on Aeromotive’s Pro Mod Mustang. Samuel brings with him a racing history going back to the early 80s. In the late 90s he found his way into the record books with the first 10” tire car to break into the 6s. Chuck will make his debut with the car at the start of the 2012 season. Look for the RoushYates powered turbo Mustang at multiple events next season, including NHRA Pro Mod, NMCA, ADRL and PSCA events.

For more information on the Aeromotive Racing program, the Pro Mod Mustang or Aeromotive and their line of fuel delivery components, visit www.aeromotiveinc.com.

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Sponsor News: M/T Tires Backs Danny Thompson's Challenger 2.5 Project

I received this announcment from Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. Although it's not drag racing related, any tire company that can make a tire that stands up to 420 mph can more than handle any of our cars' needs!

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has announced their support of Danny Thompson’s plans to exceed the existing internal combustion wheel-driven land speed record of 417.020 mph with a goal of more than 420 mph by the summer of 2012 on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Thompson will complete the restoration of his father’s custom- built Challenger 2.5, building the fastest piston-powered car in the world, to achieve this incredible goal.

Through this important relationship, announced at a press conference at the 2011 SEMA Show, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels will donate $300,000 and a variety of other services in support this historic project.

“It is incredibly exciting for our company to play an integral role in assisting Danny in his efforts to continue his father’s legacy and achieve motorsports history,” stated Ken Warner, VP Sales & Marketing, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “This will be the realization of a dream come true for both Danny Thompson and the late Mickey Thompson, and we want to do all we can to support this effort.”

Through this sponsorship relationship, Thompson will act as the official spokesperson on behalf of the project representing the Mickey Thompson brand name, and will make a number of appearances throughout the year, providing regular monthly updates regarding progress. Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels will support Thompson financially, and will build a special project website for Danny Thompson Motorsports, develop a promotional video to market the land speed record initiative, create video content covering the progress of the restoration of the Challenger and the advancement of the project, and support the development team with a variety of other marketing and communications efforts. For more information, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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Focus On: Kyle Cultrera

UNC-Charlotte Engineering student and sportsman drag racing standout Kyle Cultrera has capped his solid 2011 NHRA campaign with dual top-ten finishes in the NHRA Northeast Division points standings. Cultrera enjoyed his share of success on the race track in 2011, securing five event wins along with two runner-up finishes. One of those wins came on the national stage at his North Carolina home track, zMAX Dragway, during the Visitmyrtlebeach.com 4-Wide Nationals in April. "The win at zMAX was easily the highlight of my season," said Kyle. "I really had to earn that one, having to get past so many worthy opponents."

Kyle also earned four other event wins on the season, the most exciting of which in the Competition Eliminator category behind the wheel of Dave Ring’s and Al Ackerman's H/EA Bantam. Cultrera maneuvered his way through five rounds of eliminations and again found himself hoisting the Wally trophy at Atco Raceway for his first Comp victory.

"It felt great to come through for Dave [Ring], Al [Ackerman] and my dad who helps tune the car; they worked hard all year and that win made it all worth it!" exclaimed Cultrera.

Those individual performances paid dividends in terms of divisional points in both classes as Cultrera finished 3rd in Comp and 9th in Super Comp in NHRA's Division 1.

Kyle knows his 2011 success would not be possible without the help he receives from Dave Ring and Al Ackerman, Abruzzi Converters, Aeromotive, Independent Boat Haulers, Jegs, Kaye Powerglides, K&N Filters, Lamb Components, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Moldstar.com, MSD Ignition, NW Radio, Penske Racing Shocks, Racepak Data Systems, Speedco, Ted Black Motorsports & Consulting, The Racer's Mind, Undercover Motorsports, and Eastern VP Racing Fuels Distributors. Visit www.KyleCultreraRacing.com for more team news and information.

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