What possibly could be the biggest news to hit the drag racing world, Spring Fling co-promoters Kyle Seipel and Peter Biondo are looking to gamble in Las Vegas by committing to raising the level of excitement of the K&N Spring Fling Vegas.
Enter the Spring Fling Million, coming to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in April 2016. While the majority of the event will stay true to the current Spring Fling Vegas event, the Saturday portion will be paying the winner life-changing money.
“The Spring Fling Million will be very similar to what we do now at our Spring Fling Vegas,” says Biondo, “but with purse increases in both Pro and Super Pro. The Pro class will pay $5,000 to win on Thursday, $10K Friday and $10K Sunday for a total package entry fee of $450.
First-Day Qualifying Results From The IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals Presented By Sunoco Race Fuels
AMSOIL NITRO FUNNY CAR PRESENTED BY AEROMOTIVE
1. Jason Rupert (Yorba Linda, California) 1969 Camaro “Black Plague” 5.669 sec./258.42 mph
2. Mike Smith (Boynton Beach, Florida) 1975 Vega “Jungle Jim” (red car) 5.723 sec./249.58 mph
3. Paul Romine (Fishers, Indiana) 1979 Mustang “Man O’ War” 5.741 sec./248.93 mph
4. Mike McIntire Jr. (Mentor, Ohio) 1970 Camaro “McAttack” 5.753 sec./252.99 mph
5. Steve Nichols (Newark, Delaware) 1970 Camaro 5.835 sec./241.93 mph
6. Mark Sanders (Maple Valley, Washington) 1970 Mustang “Mr. Explosive” 5.840 sec./246.71 mph
7. Bruce Litton (Indianapolis, Indiana) 1974 Vega “U.S. Male” 6.057 sec./220.94 mph
8. Rick Krafft (Chesterton, Indiana) Chesterton, Indiana) 1974 Vega “Jungle Jim” (blue car) 6.927 sec./132.70 mph
The U.S. Army Top Fuel driver duo of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown stand second and eighth, respectively, following the opening two rounds of qualifying Friday for this weekend’s 28th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
The U.S. Army tandem arrived in Houston holding the top two positions in the championship standings through five events and both were looking to bounce back quickly from their results in Las Vegas two weeks ago. Schumacher, driver of the U.S. Army Dragster for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), maintained his consistency in qualifying by posting a pair of solid runs. The eight-time world champion opened the day with a pass of 3.826 seconds at 322.88 mph and came back Friday night with a spectacular lap of 3.754 seconds at 326.24 mph.
Beckman in Funny Car, Massey in Top Fuel hold provisional poles as DSR opens SpringNationals near Houston with four track records
BAYTOWN, TX – Don Schumacher Racing was not deterred by a couple brief rain delays Friday on the opening day of the NHRA SpringNationals near Houston as the team left with provisional poles in Top Fuel and Funny Car along with track elapsed time and speed records in both categories.
Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T team led by crew chief Jimmy Prock made the most noise when they recorded the first sub 4-second run in the 28-year history of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event with an elapsed time of 3.988 seconds at 318.17 mph.
Then Spencer Massey shattered track time (3.734) and speed (330.01) records to earn the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot with the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant team led by crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler.
BAYTOWN, TX – Robert Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car started the day with a successful run and it was third year pro Brittany Force and the Next Generation Top Fuel Dragster who ended the day on a positive note for the 18-time Mello Yello World Championship team. Hight will go into Saturday as the No. 7 qualifier on the strength of his first qualifying run. Brittany Force wrapped up Friday’s qualifying as the No. 6 quickest Top Fuel dragster.
Hight and the AAA Texas Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car came out of the box on a hot track posting a solid 4.058 second elapsed time at 317.05 mph. His run was the third quickest of the session and garnered Hight one qualifying bonus point.
IHRA Announces Allstar Performance Contingency Award For Quick Rod, Super Rod And Hot Rod Classes At Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL Events
NORWALK, OH – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is proud to announce a new sportsman contingency sponsor for the Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL. Allstar Performance, a leading distributor of thousands of motorsports products — including drag racing, oval track, road racing and off-road – is offering a contingency to the winner and runner-up in the Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod classes at IHRA Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL events. No purchase is required and drivers must display the Allstar Performance decal on their car to be eligible for the contingency.
“We welcome Allstar Performance to our growing family of contingency sponsors,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “The IHRA strives to create programs which benefit our racers and the Allstar contingency is the perfect example.”
Since we began this wild journey of racing 2JZ powered cars down the quarter mile in 2002 one long shot goal had hung as a bright red target, the elusive 5 second pass. We are proud to announce that through our partnership with EKanoo Racing, the 5 second barrier has been broken in their Titan Motorsports built Supra, cementing itself in the history books in the process.
Gary White piloted the EKanoo Racing – Titan Motorsports built and powered 10.5 Supra to a 5.972 @ 240 mph pass in Bahrain during the final round of their BDRC Series. The pass is the quickest and fastest import pass in history and was completed using a factory 2JZ Block and Cylinder head casting built by Titan Motorsports.