PLAINVIEW, NY – Justin Ashley Racing announced today world championship-winning crew chief Mike Green has joined the Strutmasters.com/Auto Shocker Top Fuel dragster team. The move comes as Ashley looks ahead to the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and a serious run at the NHRA Top Fuel world championship. Green replaces veteran tuner Aaron Brooks who tuned Ashley to his first win and a top ten finish in the shortened 2020 NHRA season.
“Adding Mike Green to our team provides us with an opportunity to take our program to the next level,” said Ashley. “Mike is a championship winning crew chief with a championship winning mentality. It is a perfect fit. I am grateful to Mike for deciding to join our racing family. I am looking forward to learning from his invaluable knowledge and experience throughout the season. Our goal is to race together for many years to come.”
“I have a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude for Aaron on a personal and professional level. I have known Aaron for a long time and my feelings about him will never change. He’s an outstanding crew chief and a great person. We accomplished a lot together during a short period of time. I am looking forward to watching him have continued success in the sport for years to come,” added Ashley.
Last season Green began the season as the tuner of the Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster wheeled by 2019 rookie of the year Austin Prock. Green was crew chief on eight-time champion Tony Schumacher’s dragster and he spent time in DSR’s machine and fabrication shops.
BROWNSBURG, IN – 2020 brought a great deal of pressure onto the sports world, and NHRA drag racing was no exception. Despite all of the unique challenges, Don Schumacher Racing enjoyed many bright spots both on and off the track throughout the year.
Heading into the final stretch of 2020, drag racing’s winningest organization reflects on a season dotted with many highlights:
Celebrating the final year of the Chandler family ‘giving car’ program –
Jack Beckman kicked off the 2020 NHRA season by racing the Doug Chandler-sponsored Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the winner’s circle at the first race of the year, igniting what would become an undefeated season for DSR’s Funny Car program. Aboard the MD Anderson Dodge, Tommy Johnson Jr. doubled-down on Beckman’s triumph by driving his Chandler family car to victory at the very next event in Phoenix, earning a win for the renowned cancer research and treatment center during only his second race bannering the cause.
GLENDORA, CA – NHRA has announced the eight-race schedule for the 2021 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, featuring the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunions. The series will feature thrilling racing action, highlighted by the crowd-pleasing, nitro-burning Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.
The 2021 season will begin at the Heritage Nostalgia Reunion, April 29-May 1 at Sacramento Raceway. The traditional season opening Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway was postponed until May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be the series’ third event, following the Ignitor Funny Car Opener at Firebird Raceway.
The series visits those three tracks twice, as well as Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park in September for the Nostalgia Nitro Nationals and Beech Bend Raceway Park for the National Hot Rod Reunion.
Norwalk, OH -Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio is proud to announce that Evan Bader has been named Track Manager. Bader began working part-time at the famed family-owned facility when he was ten years old, and transitioned to full-time upon graduating in 2016 with a degree in Sport Management and Public Relations from Ohio Northern, where he also was a goalie for the university’s soccer team.
He has had several roles through the years, including race operations, marketing and announcing, and the medley has strengthened his skills and savvy.
As Track Manager, Bader will organize and oversee all on-track operations, including preparing the track surface, which underwent a $1.6 million reconstruction in 2018. He will ensure that supplies are available and equipment is accessible when needed, and work alongside a well-trained team to present a perfectly prepared track surface for all types of cars and motorcycles and all levels of horsepower.
Bader also will work to create new events, develop innovative racer programs, expand the track rental side of live events and continue to help with marketing events. He may occasionally do some announcing.
The candidate must have experience in engine assembly and block work, including honing and boring, but Pat Musi emphasized the position will include multiple tasks.
The candidate would work under Robert Hallberg, who is the head assembler at the shop and has worked with Musi for 40 years. He’s regarded as one of the most experienced assemblers in the industry, giving the potential employee an opportunity to thrive at one of the top engine-building companies in the sport.
“This is a great chance for somebody to get involved with a shop that continues to grow,” Musi said. “We’ve got a successful team here and it’s a good group of people. Nobody has any egos and we work with the best people in the country. It’s shaping up to be a big 2021 and this is a unique opportunity, and because we’re so busy we definitely need someone who can hit the ground running.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Over the course of the last two Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) seasons, Jim Halsey has experienced two very different paths to the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world championship: leading the points all season and chasing the points leader all season.
This season, Halsey was the chaser, but he was in the hunt the whole time in his Fulton-powered ’68 Camaro. He traded blows with two-time world champion Tommy Franklin, taking runner-up honors to Franklin at two of the first five races before trading roles at the penultimate DragWars event in October.
“Besides running 3.50s, [repeating as the champion] was the only goal we had this season,” Halsey said. “We struggled a little bit, especially at the first two or three races. After that, we finally got our act together. There was a little luck involved in a couple races with Tommy losing early and not qualifying well at the Finals helped us. You take it however you can get it sometimes.”
Competing in 7 of the 12 Top Fuel races in 2020, we consistently qualified in the top half of the 16 car field, winning rounds of eliminations in Gainesville and Houston. Foley & Lewis Racing plans to continue that growth by racing a minimum of 10 races in 2021 all the while building a brand new state of the art facility to house the team in Mooresville.
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