SHERIDAN, WY – The 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season was a promising start for Greg Hunter and the Synoil Energy Services/Exact Air Top Alcohol Funny Car team. While both the driver and team had plenty of prior racing experience, the combo hadn’t raced together before the start of the season. After developing a friendship over the past two seasons, team owner Geoff Goodwin, a Canadian drag racing icon, and Greg Hunter, driver of multiple blown alcohol machines for more than a decade, paired up in 2014 to make an attempt at winning national and regional events.
“I thought it was overall a successful season. Obviously we wanted to win every race we entered but we had more positives than negatives through the season,” Hunter claimed. “We got a win at the Mission regional race, which was awesome. We had some success on the national level, reaching the semifinals at the spring Las Vegas race. We struggled some during the middle of the season but we got the car back on track at Pomona, running a 5.61. Though that only put us 14th in that show, we were really confident that we were going to be in the fifties by the end of the race if we could’ve kept going.”
SCHEDULE SPANS MORE THAN 40 RACES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
The 2015 edition of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour will feature more than 40 races at 23 facilities across North America. With the recent announcement regarding the return of national event class racing at all Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events, each division will feature a mixture of single and double events stretching from February to September.
Mello Yello Champions Erica Enders- Stevens and Andrew Hines, plus Robert Hight, Rob Goodman, and Alan Reinhart on WFO Radio
HOLLYWOOD, FL – NHRA Mello Yello Champions Erica Enders-Stevens and Andrew Hines, plus, Robert Hight and Rob Goodman all join host Joe Castello, along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, on WFO Radio Nitro. To listen now, go to http://www.wforadio.com
Erica Enders-Stevens discusses her historic NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock World Championship. Enders-Stevens gives the behind the scenes story of her dramatic victory in the Auto Clubs Finals.
NHRA Mello Yello #NHRAPSM World Champion, Andrew Hines, gives the WFO audience and inside look at his championship season and details his upcoming trip to visit United States military stationed in Africa.
Tonight, Dwight Garland has been racing for years, and is one of the strong competitors involved with the Nostalgia racing movement. He has been racing a front engine draster in the Nostalgia eliminator class and has now built a new dragster for the 7.0 Pro class. Hear all about it tuesday night on the show.
We get a update from Paul Williams Specialties about our Project 406 10 second engine build. And since Match Race Madness is this coming weekend we have some more info about the weekend.
Tune into SpeedScene Live on Tuesday November 18th at 6:00 PM (Pacific) at www.SpeedSceneLive.com
PITTSBORO, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association is hard at work planning the 2015 season. Although it will be tough to top their inaugural season, the owners and staff feel confident that 2015 will be even bigger and better than this year. The nine classes that began the PDRA series will also carry them into their sophomore season. Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Junior Dragster and Top Junior Dragster will be contested at all ten 2015 events.
“We had a great turn out of racers for our inaugural year,” stated Bob Harris on behalf of the PDRA owners and staff. “All classes are a big asset to the PDRA and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2015. We want to thank all our sponsors, racers and fans for a great 2014 season, as well as the media for their great coverage and support.”
When the dust settled at the end of the 2014 season, Casey Spradlin and the Southeastern Hose sponsored team from Ranburne, AL, finished at the top of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeastern division Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster championship points battle for the second time in 3 years! Spradlin has had a remarkable run over the past 5 years that has seen the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman driver win Southeast division championships in both IHRA and NHRA competition. The 2009 season started this roll that saw Spradlin win an NHRA national event and four division races, 2 – NHRA and 2 – IHRA, on his way to his first division championship in IHRA.
A footnote to that season is he missed the NHRA championship by just 2 points to Steve Furr. Just three seasons later, Spradlin was able to claim that NHRA championship on the strength of 3 final round appearances, two of which came at the final race of the season in a dramatic come from behind finish because of a rainout makeup. The 2014 championship was no different; Spradlin went into the final race trailing and came out on top with a clutch final round appearance that secured the championship by a scant one point!
INCREASE IN PURSE, PRESTIGE FOR ALL IHRA SPORTSMAN RACERS
NORWALK, OH – The International Hot Rod Association is excited to announce that it will be returning to national event-style drag racing for its sportsman competitors beginning in 2015 with increased payouts, contingency and prestige at Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events across North America.
The 2015 edition of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to the look and feel of traditional national event style class racing for competitors in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod.
The national event class racing program will feature a single race contested during the weekend with an increase in purse and contingency, a welcome change for racers, sponsors and fans. “We are getting very positive responses from our contingency sponsors when we tell them we are getting back to the old IHRA sportsman racing structure at most of the NJDRS events” said Dan Driscoll, IHRA Contingency Director. “This is certainly an exciting time as the IHRA continues its journey back to its roots while bringing racers back into the national spotlight at IHRA Nitro Jam events.”