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Fanning the Flames of a Mustang Rivalry

Mickey Thompson sponsors the NMRA’s Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout class for 2019

STOW, OH – Knowing the thrill of a good rivalry, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has signed on as sponsor of an exclusive Mustang drag race showdown, in addition to its continued support of the National Mustang Racers Association.

The NMRA Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout class runs at two of the largest NMRA events on the schedule: the NMRA Spring Break Shootout season opener Feb. 28-March 3 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida; and the NMRA All-Ford World Finals Sept. 26-29 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

“The Mickey Thompson Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout features some of the baddest Ford factory-produced street cars on the planet battling heads-up for national bragging rights,” said Steve Wolcott, NMRA CEO and co-founder. “There has always been a rivalry between the supercharged Cobra segment and the GT500 community, and Mickey Thompson is helping to fan the flames with prize money and bonus tires up for grabs for the winner. Fans can witness this insane battle at the Spring Break Shootout and World Finals events courtesy of Mickey Thompson.

Mickey Thompson is posting valuable racer contingencies on Mickey Thompson tires (all four) in all NMRA championship classes and will also continue to offer onsite trackside support at most events, as well as contingency awards to drivers competing in Pro, Sportsman and various special event classes.

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VP RACING FUELS ACQUIRES TENNESSEE LOCATION

San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., today announced they have acquired a new property and facility in Huntingdon, Tennessee, citing a favorable atmosphere for business growth and development. With all that the location has to offer, VP feels it is ideal for their vision of the future.

“VP was founded over forty years ago in San Antonio,” said Alan Cerwick, President and CEO of VP Racing Fuels.“ As the company has continued a consistent and remarkable growth, we have acquired additional properties in Texas, plus have facilities in Indiana and Delaware. We evaluated all of these locations, ultimately hoping to expand in Texas, but unfortunately, acquiring the approvals to fully develop the Texas sites has been too challenging.  On the flip side, Tennessee is clearly open for business, and their desire to attract and partner with companies wanting to grow is a perfect fit for VP.”

The local, state and economic development agencies in Tennessee were eager to help VP acquire this property and obtain all necessary permits and approvals to ensure full use of the facility. “One of our main objectives in Tennessee is to make sure our rural communities are well-represented in the world of economic development,” said Governor Bill Lee. “I want to thank VP for supporting our mission to prioritize rural areas by investing in Huntingdon and creating new jobs in West Tennessee.”

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Top Fuel’s Millican and Pro Stock’s Hartford Begin 2019 Season for the Straightline Strategy Group With a Big Step in the Right Direction

POMONA, CA – Clay Millican and Matt Hartford begin the 2019 season with strong qualifying efforts. With multiple obstacles throughout the weekend, including a cold tricky track and weather delays, the Straightline Strategy Group (SSG) teams prevailed with great ET’s and close race matches.

Clay Millican, driver of the Parts Plus/Strutmasters.com Top Fuel dragster, celebrated his birthday weekend in style with a 10th qualifying position with a posted time of 3.759 ET. The Mike Kloeber lead team lined up against Mike Salinas Sunday morning for the last pair of Top Fuel in the first round. As they were about to spin the motors over on the starting line, rain began to sprinkle. The rain had not ceased the rest of Sunday, forcing NHRA to postpone the rest of eliminations on Monday at 10 am.

With a sunny, but chilly Monday morning, Millican left the starting line first, but shook the tires. With a perfect quick pedal job, he could not catch up to Salinas’s 3.68 ET effort.

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NHRA STARS Team up with NBA FOR All-Star Weekend!

NHRA stars John Force, Brittany Force, Antron Brown, and Erica Enders provided acceleration education to NBA all stars for the All-Star Motor Sports Challenge that will air during next Saturday’s NBA All Star prgramming at 5 PM Eastern on TNT.

The drag race style competition — held at zMAX Dragway -– features Turner’s roster of All-Star NBA personalities including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Baron Davis, Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Candace Parker and Kristen Ledlow.

The hour-long show features TNT commentators divided into two teams selected by captains Barkley and O’Neal to compete in a head to head three-round race on the dragstrip to determine the champion of the Challenge.

Mickey Thompson is Ready for a Showdown

Tire manufacturer signs on as sponsor of Don Schumacher Racing’s NHRA Stock Showdown Series program and driver Leah Pritchett

STOW, OH – Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels is ready for an old-fashioned drag racing showdown. The well-known racing tire manufacturer has announced a sponsorship agreement with Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) NHRA Stock Showdown Series program and driver Leah Pritchett.

The sponsorship of DSR’s SAMTech.edu NHRA Mopar Factory Stock Showdown Series team will involve support for drivers Leah Pritchett and Mark Pawuk. The agreement includes plans for driver appearances, marketing partnerships and exposure on Pritchett’s social media channels throughout the 2019 and 2020 race seasons.

“Mickey Thompson is no stranger to championships, and we’re thrilled to align ourselves with DSR’s championship-winning Stock Showdown Series team and driver Leah Pritchett,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “We know this is going to be another great year for the DSR team, and we can’t wait to hit the track.”

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Haney Counts on Consistency to Carry Lights Out 10 Victory

TULSA, OK – It’s been 10 months since Keith Haney last raced “Enigma,” his nitrous-boosted, drag radial-equipped 2016 Camaro. Regardless, he’s hoping to capture one of the sport’s crown jewels with it this weekend (Feb. 14-17) at Lights Out 10, the prestigious radial-racing season opener from promoter Donald Long at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP).

“I’m excited to get back in the ring of fire. I’ve had a lot of great fans across the country ask me if I was ever going to race the little-tire car again. Well, yes I am, it’s down in North Carolina at Brandon Switzer’s shop getting a little tender loving care,” says Haney, owner or co-owner of several Tulsa-area new car dealerships, as well as co-owner with Todd Martin of historic Tulsa Raceway Park.

“And Lights Out sets the tone,” he declares. “I proved it in 2015 when I first went there. I made the drag radial world go faster then and now they’re going even faster and it’s time for me to pick up the pace with the nitrous and you know, get back in the game.”

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Sackman Brothers Reach Final Round at NHRA Winternationals

POMONA, CA – Hangsterfer’s Metalworking Lubricants drivers Matt and Zach Sackman both raced to the final round in their respective classes at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Feb. 11 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Racing in his first national event, Matt drove the Hangsterfer’s/TMS Titanium/Gemini Farms A/Fuel dragster to the Top Alcohol Dragster final round, while Zach posted a runner-up finish in Top Dragster in the Hangsterfer’s blown alcohol dragster.

“This was a fantastic start to the 2019 season,” said Matt, 25. “Obviously, we both wanted to win the race, but we’re pretty happy with the way the weekend went, that’s for sure.”

“It was a great points day for me,” said Zach, 23, who finished sixth in the 2018 NHRA Top Dragster national points standings. “This will more than likely be one of my claims, so I’m happy with the finish. Matt did a pretty good job going to the final round at his first national event. Overall it was an awesome weekend.”

Competing in just his fourth Top Alcohol Dragster event, Matt and the Randy Meyer-tuned Hangsterfer’s entry qualified No. 2 after ripping off a 5.181-second pass at 276.52 mph in the first session and smoking the tires in the second session. The third session was canceled due to rainy weather.

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