articles that have appeared in The Dragtime News
during the 2018 season can be found
here. Older items toward the bottom, more recent items toward
Box? No Problem at Kil-Kare No-Box Classic
OH - Loose Rocker Promotions is
calling all of you no-box racers to Kil-Kare
Raceway for the Labor Day No-Box Classic, Friday –
Sunday August 31 – September 2, 2018
for three days of bottom-bulb, 1/8th mile bracket racing.
Friday’s and Sunday’s
races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$600 Semis, $400 6th Round Win, $300 5th Round Win,
$200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry per
race is $100, 1st-round buybacks are $60.
Saturday’s big race
pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000
Semis, $400 6th Round Win, $300 5th Round Win, $200
4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry is $150,
1st-round buybacks are $80.
No ET breaks; all run. Delay boxes
must be removed. Deep staging honored. Double entries
permitted. Left-hand steer roadsters permitted; no
other open-type vehicles allowed.
There’ll also be Old School
Gambler Races on Friday night and Saturday night with
no double entries and no buybacks. Pays $2,000 Win,
$700 Runner-Up and $300 Semis. $60 entry.
open Thursday for parking from 3:00 pm – 11:00
pm. Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00
am, with a single time session at 10:00 am, so don’t
dilly dally. For more information, visit www.LooseRocker.com.
Grows On the Tree at Farmington
NC - Farmington Dragway’s Money Tree
Top Bulb Triple $20Ks is coming up Friday-Sunday, August
31-September 2, 2018.
day features a $20K race that pays $20,000 Win, $4,000
Runner-up, $1,500 Semis, $650 6th Round win,
$500 5th Round win, $350 4th Round win and $200 3rd
an all-run race with no ET breaks and guaranteed purses.
Double entries permitted; door cars and dragsters
will be separated through 4th round.
are $180 per day; buybacks are $120 per day, 1st round
only. Before heading out check to make sure they are
accepting gate entries. If 350 pre-entries have been
sent in then there will be no gate entries.
Thursday for parking from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am
with a time session at 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday
and a Sunday time session for new entries at 12 noon.
Monday is the rain date.
Beattie Stock/Super Stock Memorial Race Coming to Maple Grove
Raceway in 2018
announcment from ATI
MD —ATI Performance Products, Inc.
announces the 4th Annual “Jim Beattie
Stock/Super Stock Memorial Race” to honor
its founder, James Beattie, Sr.
was an avid race fan, inventor and mechanical genius.
After proudly serving in the US Navy, Jim opened a
modest general transmission rebuilding business which
has grown into one of the most dominant high-performance
manufacturers in the industry. Because of Jim’s
passion, drive and innovative knowledge, ATI produces
some of the finest race transmissions, torque converters,
harmonic balancers and high-performance components
in the world. He is missed by many, and could never
have dreamed that 57 years later his legacy of building
the best products in the high performance industry
would live on with the family business.
year's “Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial
Race” will be held during the NHRA Division
1 Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway
on September 27-30, 2018. Open to ...
ALEXANDRIA, Pa. (Aug. 6, 2018) — Nick
Bowman and Mitch Shomber scored
key wins in the International Hot Rod Association
(IHRA) Summit Spectacular races at Keystone
became the first No Box racer to win an IHRA Summit
Sportsman Spectacular race on Moser Engineering $10K
Saturday. He doubled up with the $10,000-to-win race
and earning a $1,000 bonus as the final...
many times have you heard somebody proclaim that drag
racing needs to be fixed? Maybe you’ve even said
it yourself. Surprisingly enough, even though those
cries can still be heard on a weekly basis, drag racing
has been fixed; it’s just that very few people
have yet to realize this to be true.
you’re an Arizona drag racer, you’ve undoubtedly
heard of American DRAGCAR. But unless you are a DRAGCAR
racer, you likely don’t know all that there
is to know about this one of a kind organization.
Even after 6 years of statewide competition, there
still are racers asking what it is and how it works.
Unfortunately, the complexity of the rules when you
start to read into them tends to scare today’s
racers off into the bracket lanes but the actual goal
of DRAGCAR is to revive the original “first
one there wins” concept while opening up the
MS – Gulfport Dragway has
a big weekend coming up on Friday, May 11 and
Saturday, May 12, 2018.
night it’s TGIF 1,000 Ft. Brackets.
This is the third points race of this eight-race series
for Electronics and Footbrake classes. The payouts
and entries are the same for both: $400 Win, $100
Runner-Up, $35 entry. Gates open at 6:00 pm, open
time trials until eliminations at 9:00 pm.
it’s Double Hitter Saturday with two
races and two payouts for Electronics and Footbrake
classes. The payouts and entries are the same for
both classes: $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis,
and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40 and 1st Round buybacks
are $20. Races are 1/8th mile.
time trials at 9:00 am with two sessions and eliminations
following. Race #2 time trial with a single session
at 4:00 pm and eliminations following.
also a Jr. Dragster race during Race #1 that pays
$150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis and $20 Quarters.
Entry is $20 and 1st Round buybacks are $10.
Fischle Takes Runner-Up Finish at Fontana in K&N 8.90
CA - Autoclub
Dragway would play host to rounds 3 and 4 of the K&N
8.90 Series series and the Team Fischle duo
of Matt and Brian Fischle came into
the weekend looking to build on a solid but unfulfilling
first two rounds. Their weekend would start off on the
wrong foot as neither driver had the day they were looking
Matt began day one with a promising opening round
win where he was able to run within three-thousandths
of a second of his dial-in time. However, his day
would come to an end three rounds later and he would
have to settle for a quarter-final finish. Brian would
fare no better, battling starter issues all day and
needing a pre-race thrash to make repairs before suffering
a rare ...
Mid Atlantic .90 Association Season Opener, Atco Dragway,
NJ - The Mid Atlantic .90 Association
kicked off its 2018 season at Atco Dragway on Saturday
April 28th, 2018. An action-packed day of racing and
blue skies greeted racers for Race # 1 of the 10 race
Super Comp final featured Maryland's Randy
Winfelder Jr. and Pennsylvania's Kevin
E.T. Bracket Racing at Gateway Motorsports Park, 4/28/2018
28, 2018, St. Louis Region – Scott
Cook of Festus, Missouri won the Super Pro
finale in the Carl’s 4WD Bracket Series meet held
today at Gateway Motorsports Park’s NHRA-sanctioned
Dragplex in Madison, Illinois. Cook defeated Jon
Tignor of Hillsboro, Missouri with an .004
sec. reaction time on a 4.827 sec./136.07 mph run to
his opponent’s .033 6.158 sec./108.25 in the ...
Outlaw Tour Season Opener at Montgomery Raceway Park
AL - The 2018 Southern Outlaw Tour kicks
off the weekend of Friday – Saturday, April 27-28
at Montgomery Raceway Park. Classes
include Southern Outlaw Tour Pro Mods, Super Pro, Outlaw
Bottom Bulb, 5.0/6.0/7.0 Index and Jr. Dragster.
Outlaw Tour Pro Mod pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$750 Semis and $500 Quarters. Entry is free plus two
crew. 8 car open field.
Pro pays $5,000 Win. Entry fee is $100, 1st-round
buybacks are $50. Payout based on 50 car minimum.
Outlaw Bottom Bulb pays $1,000 Win.
Entry fee is $40, 1st-round buybacks are $25. Payout
based on 25 car minimum.
classes each pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up,
$100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $100, payouts
based on 20 car minimum.
Dragster pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and
$50 Semis. Entry is $40, 1st-round buybacks are $20.
open Friday at 4:00 pm with a test & tune from
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and 1st round of qualifying
for all classes at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at
9:00 am with open time runs at 1:30 pm, qualifying
at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm and eliminations at 7:00 pm.
NJ - A few photos from Atco Dragway
on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This was the track's opening
day of ET bracket racing points competition in Street,
Pro ET (the class that I entered) and Super Pro.
I was there to race, I could only get a handful of
shots of the earlier classes that day, including Top
Sportsman, Pro Dial Dash, 8.50 Index, 10.0 Index and
11.50 Index. If you were in one of those
classes then perhaps I was able to capture a shot
St. Patrick's Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park, 3/16/2018
16 - 18, 2018, Dinwiddie, VA. - Tommy and
Judy Franklin purchased Virginia Motorsports
Park in Dinwiddie, Va. last fall. They have
made not only massive investments in the facility, but
also have put it through the paces already. The entire
track has been replaced from burnout box through the
quarter-mile with a world-class all-concrete surface,
including new drainage. Track manager and track prep
guru Allen Carpenter has been armed with more equipment
to prep and...
up, Pentastar racers… the 27th Annual
Mopars at The Rock is coming up on Saturday,
March 31st. 2018. There’ll be a car show
and a swap meet, but what we really care about is the
drag racing! To that end there’ll be a Challenger
Shootout, a Charger Shootout
and a Viper Shootout. These shootouts
are for street-driven cars only. There’ll also
be the Bob Reed Memorial Hemi Shootout
with an 8-car qualified field.
bracket racers, there’ll be a Pro ET
/ Footbrake Combo bracket race that pays $1,500 Win,
$500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters.
Pro ET cars and Footbrake cars will be separated as
long as possible. Payouts based on 32-car minimum.
Entry is $35 plus the $20 general admission fee.
also be a Trophy Class for street-driven Mopars without
slicks. Entry is $10 plus the $20 general admission
Silver Bullet rider Anthony Vanetti came into
the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific
Division Opener at Wild Horse Pass
Motorsports Park looking to make a big impression
and came away with his first career Wally.
Sporting his new look for 2018 in his debut race featuring...
News: from Stroud Safety - How To Install A Fire Suppression
All motorsports competitors know that a fire suppression
system is perhaps the most critical system in a
racing vehicle. This new instruction video from
Stroud Safety provides information
on the components of the system, proper bottle mounting,
tubing routing, and optimal nozzle positioning.
There are also helpful instructions on the proper
methods of cutting, flaring, and bending tubing.
Information is included for maintenance of the system
and additional tips to help you achieve a reliable,
professional installation. See it at youtu.be/hTmpaiAjg-I
or scan the QRC code. Check out the Stroud Safety
YouTube channel for many other helpful instruction
Safety has been supplying competitive drivers with
Drag Chutes and Launchers,
Seat Belts, Window Nets, Ballistic Blankets and Diapers,
Fire Suppression Kits, and more for over 30 years!
Stroud re-certifies all their SFI rated products and
specializes in custom design applications for many
of their products.
800-554-4648 for more information and free catalog,
visit the website at www.stroudsafety.com
and follow on Facebook.
Outlaw Fuel Altereds, Southwest Heritage Racing at San Antonio
TX., March 17th, 2018 - San Antonio Raceway
hosted the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association
and Southwest Heritage Racing Association
version of Nitro Jam featuring the nitro-burning Fuel
Altereds, Dragsters, Funny Cars, plus Nostalgia Super
Stocks racing in their own timed categories. The Alkydigger
Nostalgia Eliminator 1 (4.65) N.E. 2 (5.00) and N.E.
3 (5.50), all +/- .05, while OFAA are a heads up class.
SHRA champions are Tommy Drozd (NE1), Bruce Dodson
(NE2) Doug Morrison (NE3) and Ronnie Smith (Super
Stock), Nick Poloson was the OFAA champion.
of the Strip" Debuts Friday the 13th at Gateway Motorsports
Motorsports Park's Dragplex in Madison, Illinois, will
launch its new Sharks of the Strip program on Friday,
Sharks of the Strip is the newest 1/8-mile outlaw heads-up
racing experience for only the baddest and fastest street
cars in the St Louis region. At each Midnight Madness
powered by NOS, the top full-bodied racers will battle
it out for cash, glory and ...
Dragway has joined Division 2, the NHRA Southeast
Division, as a NHRA member track. Located in the heart
of stock-car country, Mooresville, N.C., the track
hosts events March through November. A weekly points
championship, the 2nd annual Hot Rod Festival, and
the North Carolina Street Outlaws No Prep race highlight
Patrick’s Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park
Beard’s and Anthony Walton’s Loose
Rocker Promotions present the 9th Annual
St. Patrick’s Classic at Virginia
Motorsports Park. This three-day, 1/8-mile
event for electronics and footbrake bracket racers is
coming up Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, 2018.
and Sunday’s payouts for Top ET and Footbrake
classes are $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up,
$600 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round
win. Entry per day is ...
News: The Latest in Brakes and Brake Info from Mark Williams
designing its disc brake systems, Mark Williams
team focused on the needs of drag racing: lightest possible
unsprung weight and rotating mass, concentrated severe
braking, and a long service life. By all measures, MW
has achieved its goals. Here's why: ...
Motorsports Park to Open Saturday, March 31
2, 2018, St. Louis Region – Gateway
Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, will
kick off its 2018 event season on Saturday, March 31
with a Test 'n' Tune session at the Dragplex. More than
130 events are planned at the area's largest outdoor
entertainment facility, which is located just five minutes
from downtown St. Louis. More than just an INDYCAR,
NASCAR and NHRA motorsports entertainment facility,
Gateway Motorsports Park also will host the ICS World
Championship Chili Cook-Offs, Formula Drift, 5k runs
and a circus in 2018.
2018 DRAGPLEX SCHEDULE
(This schedule is subject to change due to weather
and added dates. Please consult our website or social
media for the latest updates)....
AZ - The 2nd Annual Southwest Showdown
is coming up March 8-11, 2018 at Tucson
Dragway. The event includes three days of 1/8-mile
big money bracket racing in Super Pro and Pro ET.
features a $5K in Super Pro that pays $5,000 Win,
$1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $400 Quarters
and $200 Eighths. Single day entry is $155, 1st-round
buybacks are $80. Friday’s Pro ET race
is a $3K that pays ...
Bader Jr.’s Energize LLC to Work With Maple Grove Raceway
Bill Bader Jr.’s Energize, LLC
has been hired by Maple Grove Raceway
to help pave a prosperous path for its famed facility
in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
his motorsports marketing company, Bader Jr., who
is also president of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk,
Ohio, will be part of inventing and implementing management
and marketing programs to ensure that Maple Grove
Raceway will be among the leaders in the motorsports
will be involved in every aspect of Maple Grove Raceway’s
operations, from staff and sponsors to track prep
and ticket sales,” said Bader Jr., who has more
than 40 years of experience in the motorsports industry.
“Maple Grove Raceway’s market includes
parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Washington
and other states, and it is extraordinary. It is steeped
in rich tradition, and I look forward to seeing what
the future holds for it.”
addition to offering a wide variety of events April
through October, the family-owned Maple Grove Raceway
will host the 47th Annual Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series,
May 24-27, 2018 and the Dodge NHRA Nationals, Sept.
13-16, 2018, and among Bader Jr.’s goals is
to help the facility captivate capacity crowds at
each of those events.
are 200 sanctioned dragstrips in this country, and
if they all operated to their potential, drag racing
would be right up there with stick-and-ball sports,”
said Bader Jr. “That would be the ideal scenario.”
information about the track visit
www.maplegroveraceway.com. For information
about Bader Jr. and Energize, email email@example.com
or call 419-577-5210.
Wins Super Gas at NHRA Winternationals
CA - The McClelland name and the Pomona Fairplex go
hand in hand with the history of the NHRA which is why
it's only fitting that Kevin McClelland
would add a new chapter to the McClelland family legacy
with his victory at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
weekend long McClelland was strong on both ends of
the track. His round 4 win on Saturday was within
0.007 seconds of his dial-in time and in his final
four rounds he would grab the holeshot including the
final round where his...
Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule Announced
PALM BEACH, Fla. — The
International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced
today the complete 20-race schedule for the new IHRA
Summit Sportsman Spectacular. The historic Wilkesboro
Dragway, Wilkesboro, N.C., has been added to the schedule.
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will produce a
fun double-race weekend with increased purses that is
affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors
who support their local tracks each week.
opening weekend of races is March 9-11, 2018 at Xtreme
Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas and Farmington Dragway,
Mocksville, N.C. The races feature a $10,000-to-win
payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win race on Sunday.
is a national contingency program available to all
IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each
day. As part of its contingency program, Summit Racing
Equipment will now pay for the win, runner-up and
semifinal positions.In addition, there are cash bonuses
for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries member that goes the
furthest in eliminations or wins the event.
are pleased to finalize the great venues and schedule
which will bring grassroots bracket racers their shot
to win two races for only a $150 pre-entry,”
IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “This
new program provides big money races without the big
money entry fees. With all the extra features packed
into this weekend, especially for IHRA members, these
events present a tremendous value.”
entry fees for the season-opening races are $150 for
Saturday with a $10,000-to-win payout, $2,000 for
the runner-up, $1,000 for the semifinals, and $100
per round starting with Round 3 winners. For Sunday,
entry fees are $100 (for anyone not pre-entered) with
a $5,000-to-win payout, $1,000 for the runner-up,
$500 for the semifinals and $100 per round starting
with Round 3 winners.
biggest value comes for racers who pre-enter for the
event. All pre-entered competitors will get a buy
one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018
season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday’s
race, you will get a free entry for Sunday’s
are available until Feb. 26, 2018 for the first two
events of the season. Pre-registration will close
for all events two weeks prior to each event date.
for online registration.
9-11 — Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas
9-11 — Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C.
20-22 — State Capitol Raceway, Port Allen,
18-20 — Keystone Raceway Park, New Alexandria,
25-27 — Darlington Dragway, Darlington, S.C.
8-10 — Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio
28-July 1 — Wilkesboro Dragway, Wilkesboro,
17-19 — US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Mich.
24-26 — Maryland International Raceway, Budds
28-30 — Memphis International Raceway, Millington,
Dragway Announces 2018 Team Bracket Schedule and Payouts
AZ - Tucson Dragway has announced the
schedule for the track's NHRA ET bracket racing points
program along with the payout structure for points races.
Tucson's points season kicks off Saturday, February
3rd, 2018 and includes nine (9) races:
Thoughts About Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
past week, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Old
Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown
NJ announced that it was ceasing all drag racing activities
effective immediately. The track had entered into
a multi-year lease agreement with Copart, the auto
auction company, to store its vehicles on Raceway
Park property. The track was not sold; other motorsports
activities such as drifting and motocross will continue
at the facility, but drag racing was done. No NHRA
Summernationals, no NHRA Divisional race, no bracket
announcement was met with anger, disappointment, sadness
and bewilderment by the track’s racers
and fans. “How could the track owners do this?”
was a common question. The current owners –
the third generation of Napps who took over...
California Independent Funny Car Association's (CIFCA) Announces
California Independent Funny Car Association
2018 season will kick off at the Whittier Area Classic
Car Show, February 24th 2018 at Whittier Area Community
Church. This annual car show is open to all makes and
models of American and foreign classic and collector
vehicles 1976 and older. The net proceeds of this event
will fund Whittier Area Community Projects and help
fund a Whittier Union High School District Scholarship
honoring fallen Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer.
It's free to the public. There will be live music, vendor
booths, food trucks, sponsor information, raffle prizes,
opportunity drawings, event t-shirts, games, kid activities
and mini cackle-fest.
CIFCA currently has four races booked for 2018 and
are working on more. Currently three races at Sacramento
Raceway Park for their Funny Car Fever, Nitro Nite
of Fire & the Governor's Cup. New for 2018, the
CIFCA is heading to Redding Dragstrip for the "Thunder
Under the Lights." This will be the first time
in many years that the CIFCA cars have run at Redding.
Independent Funny Car Association 2018 Schedule*
24th - Whittier Area Classic Car Show - Whittier,
7th - Funny Car Fever - Sacramento Raceway Park
- Sacramento, CA
9th - Nitro Nite of Fire - Sacramento Raceway Park
- Sacramento, CA
18th - Thunder Under the Lights - Redding Dragstrip
- Redding, CA
22nd - Governor's Cup - Sacramento Raceway Park
- Sacramento, CA
Motorsports Park to Honor Local Drag Racing Champions February
Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports
Park in Madison, Illinois, will honor its 2107
E.T. Bracket Racing Series champions on Saturday, February
3. The awards banquet will take place at the Four Points
Sheraton in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Doors will open
at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., awards at 7 p.m.
and dancing with DJ Doug Jenkins from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Champions include: Mike Eggleston (Super Pro),
Jesse Garcia (Pro), Jim Pearson
(Sportsman), Charles Willis Jr. (Super
Pro Motorcycle). Sam Stewart (Jr. Dragster Thunder),
Allysia Vaultonburg (Jr. Dragster Lightning)
and Ronnie Beach III (High School).
The ticket deadline is January 30. Tickets are $45 each
or $400 for a table of 10. Each champion will receive
one complimentary ticket. To purchase tickets, please
call (618) 215-8888 extensions 101 or 114. Rooms are
available at a discounted rate of $92 by calling (888)
627-8246 (mention Gateway Motorsports Park to obtain