ST LOUIS – This weekend, to celebrate what makes America great as we remember those no longer with us, the Premier Street Car Association and the Mid-West Pro Mod Series takes over Gateway Motorsports Park just across the river from St. Louis for the return of Heads-Up Hootenanny this Friday and Saturday.
The NHRA-sanctioned drag strip has hosted numerous PSCA events previously and is one of the best-prepped tracks in the country when it comes to the lack of predictability of Pro Mod racing. PSCA President Mel Roth and the PSCA have shattered numerous records at Gateway and doesn’t see that trend stopping this weekend.
“Chris Blair, Curtis Francois, and the amazing drag crew here consistently give us an incredible racing surface,” Roth said. “We’ve been here when the weather conditions are fighting us, trying to take the track away, and the track guys just keep giving us a track that was better than before. That rep goes a long way. The best drag strips attract the best drag racers and when you have the best, people want in on it. We’ve got a 235 guy coming all the way from Copenhagen! That’s what racing at Gateway is about; knowing no matter what happens, our guys are going to be treated like NHRA champions and get the same racing surface they get.”
Auburn Hills, MI – U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher wrapped up the rain-delayed NHRA Heartland Nationals with a semifinals finish for Mopar and Dodge//SRT on Monday, May 21, at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas.
Mopar Dodge//SRT racers finished the one-third mark of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with two drivers near the top of the ranks in Funny Car — Jack Beckman (second) and Matt Hagan (third). In Top Fuel, two drivers are also listed in the top five, with Schumacher in third and Leah Pritchett fifth.
Just following the conclusion of opening ceremonies on Sunday morning, a sprinkle of rain popped up and soon turned into persistent showers, leading to an extended eight-hour delay. Once racing finally began at 7 p.m. CT, Schumacher had his chance to exact revenge against Bill Litton, who knocked out the eight-time Top Fuel World Champion in the first-round at the previous event in Atlanta. “The Sarge” sent Litton home with a straight-down-the-groove 3.781-second elapsed time (ET) at 326.24 mph.
Cowie qualified No. 2 in Top Alcohol Dragster and faced off with Monroe Guest for the title and the trophy. The pair left the line together and stayed glued throughout the quarter-mile with Cowie edging out Guest with a 5.235 second lap at 275.62 mph to Guest’s 5.273, 272.83.
In Top Alcohol Funny Car it was Shane Westerfield collecting his eighth career and second win of the season with a lap of 5.508, 268.87. Gordon went into tire shake off the line and recovered quickly but could not catch Westerfield crossing the finish line in 5.838, 261.17.
READING, PA – Maple Grove Raceway hosts the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series NHRA Northeast division on
May 25-27. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Series’ presented by Select Performance will also run in conjunction with the event.
Gates at Maple Grove Raceway open at 7:30 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Time trials begin Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Comp Eliminator qualify on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.
TOPEKA, KS — Courtney Force secured her third win of the season, second consecutive, when she out ran teammate and reigning world champion Robert Hight in the Funny Car final Monday at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. It is Hight’s third runner-up finish of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Courtney Force was able to pedal her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS around Richard Townsend in the first round before powering her Funny Car to a 3.934-second pass at 328.54 mph narrowly defeating Matt Hagan and his 3.936 pass at 328.94 during the second round that took place Sunday night after an eight hour delay.
“It was a completely different day of racing when you compare the conditions from qualifying. We had to wait around eight hours and then had to pedal it in the first round. I actually had to pedal it a couple times but we were able to get that win light but we lost lane choice for the second round against (Matt) Hagan but man, my team laid down a solid number,” Force explained. “We gave it all we had and put it all out there with this Advance Auto Parts Camaro. It was a close race with Hagan and he is a great driver. I think we really gave the fans out there a really good show on that run. We really appreciate all the fans that stayed out here all day to support us.”
Race Wrap–17th Annual NMCA Quick Fuel Technologies Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center
Santa Ana CA – Back for another great rendition, the 17th Annual NMCA Quick Fuel Technologies Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center featuring the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series blew into Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, over the weekend of May 18-20, 2018. With a wet forecast dimming racers’ hopes initially, the weekend took a turn for the better and sunshine was more prevalent. The race was run to completion, and competitors went home with points, prizes, payouts, records, and many more reasons to celebrate. Additionally, the Grudge RACE TV show filmed several episodes on-site over the weekend and was an added source of excitement for race fans.
Turbocharged, supercharged, and nitrous oxide-powered machines came to battle it out in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod and it was Jason Hamstra who topped the qualifying list with an insanely quick 3.695 at 207.91mph pass from his blown ’69 Camaro. It was a battle of the Chevys on Sunday as number-five qualifier, Jackie Slone Jr, and his nitrous-oxide-injected ’69 Camaro went up against the twin–turbo ’15 Corvette of number-two qualifier, Don Walsh Jr, and ran 3.819 at 199.88 mph to surpass Walsh’s 3.989 at 167.03.
Santa Ana CA – Mother Nature was all talk and no action as rain threatened the second round of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series held during the 17th Annual Quick Fuel Technologies NMCA Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Beech Bend Raceway Park. Fortunately, the event went off with only minimal delays and there was some great heads-up LS-powered, drag-racing action.
Jessie Coulter was the number-one qualifier in the special 275 radial-tire eliminator Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout with his 4.791 at 148.94mph number. The 2017 Real Street champion and driver of the infamous turbocharged ’91 Camaro then went on to win the class outright on Saturday when he took down Ernie Dampier and earned an additional $1,000 prize, along with a new LSX Bowtie block from Chevrolet Performance.
Last year’s Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Chevrolet Performance Stock class winner Jesse Wilson maintained the momentum as he and his ’14 Camaro lead the qualifying order on a 10.160 at 130.32mph trip. Wilson made it two in a row as he defeated Haley Rounsavall during the last eliminations pair of the weekend; Wilson went 10.205 at 130.23 mph to Rounsavall’s 10.285 at 128.73 mph and late reaction.