If you’re at Lucas Oil Raceway for the U.S. Nationals this weekend, put our charity auction on your list of things to do! Fans who stop by the Tony Pedregon Racing pit this afternoon can get a sneak peek at the great items we will have up for bid. From die casts and crew shirts to signed helmets and even Indianapolis Colts VIP sideline tickets, there’s something for everyone. And, 2012 “Hoosier Rock Idol” Matthew Hurt is going to perform for us! Hope to see you after pro qualifying on Sunday.
BROWNSBURG, IN – Southern California native Ashley Sanford and her Gelish Gel Nail Polish A/Fuel dragster team have made the trek to Indianapolis for the legendary NHRA national event known by many simply as “The Big Go”. The 60th Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, August 27 through September 1, is the one race that every drag racer wants to enter, and Sanford is doing just that for the first time this weekend.
“I’m blown away by the experience so far,” she said of the historic race. “It’s kind of a racer’s dream to come to Indy, especially coming from southern California. Making the trip to Indy is a big deal for a sportsman team like ours. It’s the 60th anniversary, my first time here – I’m so excited for the experience.”
Indianapolis, IN – When looking to build a better, more competitive race car for the quarter-mile drag strip, who better to ask for feedback than the Sportsman drivers and the drag racing legends who have helped Chrysler Group’s Mopar brand build the reputation and heritage it has in motorsports?
The best place for that to happen of course would be at the prestigious 60th annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event as the largest contingent of Sportsman and professional racers get set to compete at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, this weekend.
On Thursday evening, Sportsman racers were invited to meet many of the Mopar legends in the sport of drag racing including Don Garlits, Roland Leong, Ted Spehar, Herb McCandless, as well as members of the original Ramchargers — Tom Coddington, Al Adams and John Wehrly — at Mopar’s racers reception held at Lucas Oil Raceway. All then got the chance to preview the first 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak test vehicle and to talk with Mopar Performance Parts and SRT Motorsports engineers about the proposed next generation drag pak.
Drag racing champions to be determined this weekend at Grand Bend’s popular “Thunder by the Beach” August 29-31
CAYUGA, ON – The final race in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series Boland – PMRAtakes place this weekend, and this event could determine the 2014 champions.
Presented by Teamsters Canada and Local 879, the “Thunder by the Beach” racing weekend will be held at the Grand Bend Motorplex August 29-31, and promises an exciting climax to the drag racing season with a large contingent of cars in many classes.
Three-time PMRA champion Bruce Boland will be on his game trying for his fourth title. The Stoney Creek racer with the B&B Racing 1968 Firebird Pro Modified leads the Championship Point Award Series at present with 1072 points, but he will have his work cut out for him, as fellow racer Jeff Roth of New Dundee, Ontario is close behind with 1056 points with his 1941 Willys Pro Modified.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – All season long John Force Racing and BrandSource have been showering NHRA fans across the country with washer & dryer sets and flat screen TVs through the BrandSource “Win with Force” promotion. To date JFR drivers have been No. 1 qualifier ten times and have put a race car in the NHRA winner’s circle ten times. Mello Yello points leader John Force has won three times and been No. 1 qualifier five times with his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford.
Robert Hight and the Auto Club Mustang have been in five winner’s circles and been No. 1 qualifier once. The Traxxas Ford Mustang and Courtney Force have two wins and three No. 1s followed by sister Brittany Force and the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster with three No. 1 qualifiers, twice this season Brittany and Courtney have shared the No.1 qualifier stage.
Infamous star, car of 1970 U.S. Nationals to lead Cacklefest Friday with unveiling of recreated Top Fueler at DSR Open House for Riley
Before Jim Nicoll and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme are recognized Friday evening at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis for creating one of the most iconic moments in the 60-year history of the NHRA U.S. Nationals, Don Ross will unveil his recreation of the Top Fuel dragster Nicoll drove against Prudhomme in the championship round of the 1970 event.
Nicoll will attend and is expected to start the newly recreated dragster around 1:15 p.m. at the free DSR Open House (1681 E. Northfield Drive, Brownsburg, Ind., 46112) that is about 2 miles from the iconic racetrack.
Grand Junction, Co – It’s no secret that Pro Modified Racer, Mike Knowles, has been a HUGE supporter of the NHRA Pro Modified series for many years but, it’s also no secret that Mike is a man that speaks his mind. In recent months Mike has been very vocal of his displeasure with the pre entry list process for the Pro Modified class but because of his love for the sport and the class Knowles has decided to make a return to NHRA completion at INDY.
“We recently went to an 1/8th mile PDRA event in Tulsa with the expectation of using that time as testing for INDY but, I’ll tell you once you’re at an event like that you get caught up in the event. There are so many great cars, good people and an amount of fans like I’ve never seen before. After we ran some real good numbers in qualifying we decided to back off the testing and go after winning the race. My guys had their stuff together and we ran some high 3.80’s and went for it but, we ended up losing in the semi finals to Kevin Rivenbark by less than a hundredth. That’s a very strong car that, that in my opinion, SHOULD be at INDY. No matter what, we’ll be there loaded for whatever it takes,” stated Mike Knowles.