BUFFALO, NY – Melanie Simmons Salemi recently adorned the pages of one of Drag Racing’s most popular print and online magazines, Drag Illustrated (www.dragillustrated.com). Melanie was chosen as one of 2014’s hottest female Racers. That Hot is referring to both on and off the track! Melanie stated, It is a huge honor to be in this issue of Drag Illustrated.
Melanie2To flip the pages and see all of the other female racers that I’m included with in this issue is just awesome. For one to be in the same light as them is an accomplishment and secondly to know that females in racing are really making a name for themselves on all levels of racing is a great factor as well. I’m just really fortunate to have the opportunities that I do. It’s a total win, win situation for my team and all of my marketing partners.
They have invested in additional preparation and safety equipment, hoping to build upon the facility’s reputation as one of the top tracks in the country. Already a top testing venue, Haney and Martin want to attract NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams for 2014 and beyond.
“Our track is the best in the country, and it has proven that for the last three years against the best of the best,” Haney said.
“We are extremely excited about our 2014 program,” says Real Pro Mod Association liaison and longtime proponent of Pro Modified drag racing John Waldie. “This group has worked tirelessly alongside NHRA on a number of programs for our racers. We’re thrilled to have the program finalized and get this information out to our racers.”
NHRA this week announced to competitors in the class that it will pay prize money of $10,000 to each event winner, and $3,000 to each event runner-up.
CHARLOTTE, NC – Canadian Top Alcohol Funny Car team Kon Rodz Racing is preparing for its fifth season with fan-favorite driver Cassie Simonton. Also back with the team is veteran crew chief Randy Anderson, who won the 1993 and 1994 TAFC world titles as a driver. Kon Rodz has spent the last month preparing their red, black, and white Monte Carlo, which will hit the track at Valdosta testing next week.
“We’ve been at the North Carolina shop for the last couple weeks, preparing the car and stocking the trailer full of parts. Randy arrived this week to help make sure everything is ready for testing at the beginning of next week. He also worked on some new ideas for the fuel system over the winter that we’re excited to test,” said Simonton, who lives in Brownsburg, Ind.
The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a special race within a race for the elite of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock class. The top seven racers earned their way in based on qualifying points since the K&N Challenge last year, and the eighth spot is awarded through a vote by NHRA fans.
Brogdon deserves to be the eighth driver because he finished in the top 10 in the Pro Stock points standings last season, winning his first career race in Bristol, Tenn., in the process, and of the drivers eligible for the fan vote, Brogdon is the highest-ranked.
Fans can go to www.vote4rodger.com to vote Brogdon into the Challenge, as well as find other information about the race. Voting continues through March 16, the final day of the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Brogdon will have special #VoteRodger decals available for fans at the Gatornationals.
The veteran from Newark, Ohio, is asking for the help of all his fans to vote him into the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a special race for Pro Stock drivers held during the March 28-30 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fans can go to AddTheOldMan.com to vote Morgan, 59, into the Challenge, as well as find other information about the race. Voting continues through March 16, the final day of the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Morgan will have special #VoteLarry decals available for fans at the Gatornationals.
DETROIT, MI – MGM Grand Detroit has entered into a partnership agreement with Berkley, Michigan-based National Hot Rod Association Top Alcohol drag racing team, Gutierrez Brothers Racing. The arrangement includes financial and marketing support for the team at regional NHRA competitions, as well as other auto and racing related events.
“This is a great way to increase the visibility of our award-winning property on a grassroots level in a number of key markets throughout the Midwest”, said Matt Buckley, Vice President of Marketing at MGM Grand Detroit. “We are able to work with a local Michigan team in a mutually beneficial partnership. We are excited about this great opportunity.”