MOORESVILLE, NC — Justin Elkes has always been ahead of the curve. From his early work at Wilson Manifolds developing cutting edge components to becoming the youngest crew chief in the NHRA Pro Stock pits, Elkes remains at the forefront when it comes to the development and application of new motorsports technology.
To better serve a growing client base across all forms of motorsports, Elkes has launched Modern Racing. Located in Mooresville, NC, known as “Race City USA,” Modern Racing was created with the mission to be the best source for purchasing high-quality electronics and data acquisition components made by Racepak, MoTeC, and more. By also offering tuning, consulting, data acquisition analysis, wiring, fabrication, machining, and complete racing operation housing and management, Modern Racing is a one-stop-shop.
INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster rookie Kirk Wolf earned his first regional event victory in his third consecutive final round last weekend. Racing at the NHRA North Central Region’s Summer Shootout at Lucas Oil Raceway, Wolf drove the torque-converter-equipped Booher Racing blown alcohol dragster to a 5.334-second pass at 273.50 mph to defeat Marty Thacker and his 5.393 at 267.75 in the final round.
“It was one of those things where you can’t find the words to describe it,” Wolf said. “It felt amazing to see that win light come on after all the hard work and trouble we’ve been through this year. It was real rewarding to see that pay off and get to take home a trophy at the end of the weekend. I’ve been trying to win a Wally since I was 10 years old racing Jr. Dragsters. Twenty-one years later, I finally got one. It’s very gratifying.”
Tuned by past NHRA national event winner and 2013 North Central Regional champion Brandon Booher, Wolf qualified second with a 5.345 at 272.83. In eliminations, he used a 5.362 at 270.81 to defeat JP Gutierrez, then fired off low elapsed time of eliminations, 5.315 at 272.83, to beat Kris Krabill and move on to face Thacker in the final round.
The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Series’ presented by Select Performance will run in conjunction with the event along the Ultimax Pro Stock Snowmobile
Jim 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 and drive and innovative knowledge, ATI now produces some of the finest race transmissions, torque converters and high performance components used by racers all over the world. Jim was well loved by family and friends and was well known in the racing world. He will be missed by so many, but his legacy of using cutting edge technology to produce state-of-the-art products for racers lives on with the family business.
16th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals Featuring the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series
Any fan of muscle car racing will tell you there’s nothing quite like the NMCA, with classes racing in the eighth and quarter-mile, it’s a feast for those who live and breathe performance. This year’s event promises to be off the charts as the NMCA begins winding down it’s 30th season.
As Summit Motorsports Park fans have come to expect, this event is stacked with special events not usually seen at other NMCA races. Are you a fan of Street Outlaws? If so we have a chance for you to rub elbows with some of the shows players. This year we will be welcoming BoostedGT, Derek, and Kayla Morton.
BRAINERD, MN – There’s something extra special about winning a race your title sponsor supports, a feeling Lucas Oil Racing TV rider Hector Arana Jr. hopes to experience this weekend at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
“I’m so ready to add myself to the list of Lucas Oil-sponsored racers that have won this race in the past,” Arana said. “Morgan (Lucas, son of Lucas Oil founders Forrest and Charlotte Lucas) won it three times, Richie (Crampton) won it two years ago, even my dad won it (in 2009). Now it’s my turn. It’s time to win.”
Arana came as close as one can get to Brainerd glory in his first two years competing in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, finishing runner-up at BIR in 2011 and 2012. But so far none of his 11 NHRA national event victories have come at the famed Northern Minnesota racing facility.
BRAINERD, MN – Just a few days removed from competing in the closest drag race of the entire NHRA season, two-time Brainerd champion and crowd favorite Erica Enders knows she only needs to gain an eyelash of performance to score her next victory, which she hopes will come at this weekend’s 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Enders finished the recent Seattle race just .0006 behind Drew Skillman. The almost imperceptible margin between the two cars has only served to motivate and inspire the two-time series champ to grind even harder for her second win of the year and 23rd of his illustrious career.