Baltimore, MD – “ATI Performance Products is thrilled to announce its 2020 partnership with Alex Laughlin Motorsports”, said Harvey Baker of ATI. “Alex is best known for running Pro Stock, Pro Mod, Radial vs the World and No Prep all over the country and sometimes 2 classes at once. ATI will partner on Alex’s cars for testing many of our high-quality products and he will be a great addition to our family. His ability to work on his own cars, race them, and win makes a great combination for ATI’s quest to produce the highest quality parts we can.”
“I’ve been working with JC Beattie Jr, Harvey Baker and everyone at ATI Performance Products for a little while on a few other things, but timing would have it that this was the opportunity that worked best for all of us, and they stepped up big time as our Primary sponsor for this event as well as an associate sponsor on our Pro Stock car for the remainder of the year,” said Alex Laughlin.
Alex will be competing in the Caruso Family Racing Pro Mod Camaro at the Inaugural World Door Slammer Nationals March 6-8 at Orlando Speedworld Dragway with ATI Performance Products as a Primary Sponsor.
Bo Butner, Dave Kramer Set for Best 2 out of 3 Match Race with $25,000 up for Grabs at World Doorslammer Nationals
ORLANDO – The friendly barbs and endless trash talk has gone on for months. Now, Bo Butner and Dave Kramer are going to settle things on the track – with $25,000 on the line – at the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by CTech Manufacturing.
The event takes place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway, and Butner and Kramer’s best two-out-of-three duel will take place on Saturday in Factory Stock Showdown. The winner gets $25,000 – though Butner predicts that purse could go up by the time Saturday night arrives – and some major bragging rights.
“Like I told him when he started talking, he’s got the easy part done. He’s talked about it,” said Butner, who campaigns a Cobra Jet Ford Mustang. “His stuff is fast, but I think we’ve got something to surprise him with.”
Kramer, who won a NHRA race in St. Louis in the class a year ago in his Chevrolet COPO Camaro, had a retort at the ready.
The Weney Family Passing of the Torch
Spring City, PA – The S&W Performance Group announced today, Terri (Weney) Gdowik will helm the family owned 61 year old performance racing industry powerhouse, as its new President. Terri’s appointment from Executive Vice President to President comes after her brother, Michael Weney, completed his successful 4 year term as S&W’s President. Their new EVP will be named at a later date.
“Terri has been a key part of the business for over 38 years. I’m confident in Terri’s leadership and experience, to lead us through this new decade and beyond,” stated S&W company founder, Walt Weney.
She discovered her passion for motorsports at a very young age. Terri, her Mother Vonda and Brothers Gary, Scott and Michael were Walt’s trusted crew, both at the drag strip and at his rapidly expanding race car business. She officially joined S&W Race Cars in 1982 and quickly set a personal goal of learning every job position in the building, including but not limited to: sales, shipping, accounting, advertising, IT, project management, cutting, bending, machining and fabricating. Terri was also natural behind the wheel of a drag car, competing in North East Division Super Pro and Super Comp classes.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue the hard work that my family and team members have been doing for the last 60 years, and build upon our ongoing success,” said Mrs. Gdowik. “I want to thank my family, employees, customers and business partners for their long-standing support.”
Truly one of the nicest facilities in the country, track owners Clyde and Amanda Scott, along with track operators Gaylen and Celeste Smith designed the facility that opened in 2018 to be racer-friendly.
Their hard work has paid off and the track, conveniently located off Interstate 45 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, was named the IHRA Division 4 (Renegades) Track of the Year in 2019.
One innovation was the construction of “Bull Pens”, built on raised platforms behind the starting line. They are under a 40’ x 40’ covered pavilion with picnic tables and commercial fans to provide a unique perspective and to add protection from the blistering Texas heat.
GAINESVILLE, FL — Tom Bailey and Rod Tschiggfrie, two of the best street car racers on the planet, will participate in the NHRA Street Car Showdown at the Gatornationals, a special grudge match held during the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, March 12-15 in Gainesville, Fla. Bailey will take his “Beast Mode” ’69 Camaro up against Tschiggfrie’s radical Sorceress ’84 Hurst Olds Cutlass, driven by veteran chassis builder Don Speer. Both vehicles are licensed, registered, and legal for street use.
Bailey, of Lake Orion, Mich., made headlines last year during Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week, when he uncorked a 5.99 run on the final day of the event at Virginia Motorsports Park. Since then, he has since improved upon his career-best with a 5.77 elapsed time during pre-season testing at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. NHRA fans who attended last year’s U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway got a glimpse of Bailey’s Pro Mod-style Camaro when he made exhibition runs alongside fellow Drag Week competitors.
“We had such a good time doing the [exhibition race] last year at Indy, I’m happy that we were able to put something together with NHRA for Gainesville,” said Bailey. “This is the big show, and it’s cool to be able to match race against Rod’s car. I’ve never raced against Rod, but I’ve met him a couple of times and his car is impressive. His car is tuned by [fuel injection expert] Shane Techlenburg, who certainly knows what he’s doing.”
ORLANDO – In a first-of-a-kind moment for drag racing, race officials with the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by CTech Manufacturing announced today that O.penVAPE and Trulieve, a pair of leading companies in the cannabis and personal vaporizer industries, have been named major sponsors for the inaugural race.
The highly-anticipated event takes place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway, offering a total purse of more than $300,000 for racers in Pro Stock and Pro Mod. Those two classes will get headline status at the race, with Pro Stock racing for $75,000 and the winner in Pro Mod netting $50,000. Bringing two giant names outside the motorsports industry only adds to the magnitude of the event, furthering the unique feel of what is already shaping up to be a memorable weekend in Orlando.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring O.penVAPE and Trulieve into the fold for the World Doorslammer Nationals. It seems only fitting that a historic event like this also features a historic partnership with two leading companies in the medicinal and recreational marijuana industry,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said.
ORLANDO – The Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by CTech Manufacturing has added another marquee partner, as race officials announced today that Strutmasters, an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits, has been named a major sponsor of the race.
The highly-anticipated inaugural event, which takes place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway, features a purse of more than $300,000, awarding the winners in Pro Stock and Pro Mod $75,000 and $50,000, respectively. For Strutmasters founder and owner Chip Lofton, it’s another way to be involved in a sport – and now an event – he loves.
“You look at this event, and it offers big money, it’s going to draw a lot of teams, it’s at the beginning of the year, and I really think it’s going to be a great event,” Lofton said. “They’ve put a lot of time and thought into what makes a great race, and it’s a great location as well. The track owners (Ozzy and Maria Moya) are wonderful people and all of it together is going to make it a really incredible show, so I’m excited to be involved.” In recent years, Lofton and Strutmasters have become major players in the sport, working with a number of top NHRA teams.