John Force Racing building momentum as they head to Reading

HIGHT EAGER TO ARRIVE AT RECORD SETTING MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY

READING, PA – Over the past two weeks Robert Hight and the Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team have Hight AAA Stage - Ron Lewisbeen making performance improvements in leaps and bounds. Following the Carolina NHRA Nationals the Countdown contending team stayed over and tested on Monday. The team saw exciting progress and as a group they were encouraged by the trajectory of improvement.

Last weekend on a hot and muggy race track in St. Louis at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals Hight and the Auto Club team reaped some of the benefits of their hard work. The Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car was the quickest Funny Car in three of the four qualifying session and Hight picked up his first No. 1 qualifier of the season. It was a breakthrough moment for the team and one that they felt could lead to race day success.

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Angie Smith excited to pick up the pace in Reading with Victory Gunner

READING, PA – After scorching temperatures at Gateway Motorsports Park last weekend, cooler weather for the angie-smith-2016-maple-groveDodge NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway will be a welcome relief for NHRA competitors, and so will the higher speeds that accompany the cooler weather.

Victory Motorcycles racer Angie Smith is one of those racers who appreciates the break in temperatures and the increase in speed.

“I love Reading,” Smith said. “It’s a great place to go. It’s a great racetrack, it’s a fast racetrack, and I just always look forward to going up there. The season is almost over, and it’s that racetrack where you are like, ‘Wow, it’s the halfway point of the Countdown.’ ”

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Pro Stock champion Erica Enders hoping for Mopar magic at Dodge NHRA Nationals

READING, PA – Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders is hoping for a little Mopar magic during the Dodge erica-enders-stevens-2016-maple-groveNHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

Enders posted her best qualifying effort of the season at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver earlier this season, grabbing the No. 2 spot. She hopes for similar success at another Dodge-sponsored race, this time in Pennsylvania.

“At our last Dodge race this year, we had our best qualifying performance,” Enders said. “Hopefully that translates to Reading.”

Enders and her Elite Motorsports/Mopar team haven’t had the season they expected after switching manufacturers for 2016. Enders won 15 races and two championships over the 2014-15 seasons, but a raft of changes have hindered her efforts this season.

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Plenty left to achieve in 2016 for Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith

READING, PA – Victory Motorcycles Gunner rider Matt Smith is hardly giving up on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello matt-smith-2016-maple-groveDrag Racing Series season, even though he realizes his championship hopes are slim.

A difficult start to the six-race Countdown to the Championship has Smith looking up at the title contenders, but the two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion has plenty for which to race this season.

“Our championship hopes for this year are done,” said Smith, who will race in the Dodge NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway. “We’ve lost first and second round at the first two races, and we are 10th in points since Cory (Reed) won that round (in St. Louis). But all in all we can make a run and maybe get top four or five, but our goal right now is to win rounds and make this bike competitive so we can have something to go at for next year.”

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St. Louis success has Lucas Oil pro Richie Crampton ready for more in Reading

READING, PA – Fresh off one of his best outings of the NHRA Drag Racing season — a semifinal run at Sunday’s race richie-crampton-2016-maple-grovein St. Louis — Lucas Oil Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton is revved up and ready for another big weekend at the upcoming 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals, which begins Friday at Maple Grove Raceway.

“I’m really excited to get to Reading because I get to strap into one of the few race cars on the planet that can dip into the 3.6-second range when we’re at a good racetrack like Maple Grove,” Crampton said. “And this time through it’s really exciting because we just ran really well on a hot and slick track in St. Louis, so I can only imagine what we’ll do with better weather conditions.

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D’Aprile Set to Square off with Jet Dragster at PDRA Sunshine State Shootout

BRADENTON, FL – Fresh off of his recent win at PDRA Dragstock XIII earlier this month, Pro Extreme star Tommy pro-extreme-winner-tommy-daprileD’Aprile has announced that he will face off against a jet dragster at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Sunshine State Shootout presented by Mel Bush Motorsports, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The rare doorslammer versus jet dragster match race is just one of the reasons why D’Aprile is looking forward to his home race at Bradenton Motorsports Park, the eighth of nine stops on the PDRA 2016 tour.

“For Mel and Johanne (Bush) this is a big race. This is the only time when PDRA comes to Florida, so we’re going to be racing in front of local friends and family who usually don’t get to see us race. We’re certainly wanting to do well in the race itself, but we’re just excited to have everyone out to enjoy the experience of seeing all of these fast cars in one place at one time.

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TEXAS MOTORPLEX TAKES TEAM TITLE; FOUR ADVANCE TO NATIONALS

ENNIS, Texas – The Team from Texas Motorplex dominated the team competition finishing nearly 20 points ahead Summit Racing seriesof second place Royal Purple Raceway at the NHRA Summit Racing Series South Central Division Finals at Texas Motorplex. Max McGlothin won the Super Pro / Pro run off and will join Jake Howard, Jeff Hefler and Tony Davis in advancing to the Summit Racing Series National Championship in Pomona, Cali.

Racking up 83 points, the Motorplex team ran away from Royal Purple Raceway (64 points), Texas Raceway (50 points) and the eight other NHRA member tracks that brought teams to the event.

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