The Al-Anabi Team has won three Reading races in the last five years. Shawn Langdon won last year, and the team won at Reading in 2009 and ’10 with driver Larry Dixon. In addition, the team advanced to the 2011 Reading final round with driver Del Worsham. Last year, alBalooshi was the No. 13 qualifier and lost to Brendon Bernstein in the first round.
Langdon prior to Reading:
“We are looking forward to getting back to Reading this weekend. We won there last year, and looking at the weather forecast, it’s looking like the conditions could be really fast. The weather looks good. It looks like the air will be great, and if that happens, I see some low 3.70-second runs happening this weekend. If that happens, it will be an exciting time for drivers and crew chiefs, and especially the fans, because we can really throw down and have some good racing. We could even see some records set at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend.
Arana Sr. will put the hammer down in preparation for Reading
READING, PA – Despite a second-round appearance and solid overall showing this past weekend, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Sr. will have more work on his hands than he originally expected before heading to Maple Grove Raceway for the NHRA Nationals.
Continuing to get his Lucas Oil Buell on the right track, Arana was hoping to spend an extra day at Gateway Motorsports Park to put in valuable track time. However, with his oldest son Hector Jr.’s engine giving out early in the St. Louis eliminations, Arana must now turn his focus towards building a replacement in their race shop at home.
“I was really hoping to test Monday in St. Louis,” Arana said. “We really needed the extra time on the track to figure out what the problem is before we went home.
FREDY SCRIBA WINS SECOND ANNUAL NEOPMA SUPERCHARGERS SHOWDOWN INTERNATIONAL PRO MOD CHALLENGE AT MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Mechanicsville, MD – The Second Annual International Pro Mod Challenge was an overwhelming success with 33 pro mods in attendance, several cars running in the 5.90’s and quicker and many more running in the 6.0 range. 2012 [NEOPMA] Champion Fredy Scriba and the “Sorcerer Team” had their 63’ Pro Mod Corvette ready for action and proved it with an impressive 5.91 personal best ET and win at the second annual “International Pro Mod Challenge” at Maryland International Raceway this past weekend. Fred’s consistency was awesome, and Team USA take the Title back from Canada at the Pro Mod Challenge’s second event.
The weather all weekend was perfect. Team USA had their Pro Mods ready for action. Fredy Scriba and Steve Drummond moved through the field with impressive runs, with their best times of eliminations a 5.91 for Fredy in the finals, and a 6:01 for Steve in the second round. Other highlights included Matt Deitsch running for the first time in 2014 went a 6:08, Steve Assenmacher ran a 6.13 with a 738CI nitrous motor. The shot heard around the web was Robert Patrick running a 5.81 and setting the MIR track ET record.
Corona, CA – To NHRA drag racing fans and motorsports fans everywhere, Antron Brown is an icon. Not only is he a world champion in one of the toughest sports on the planet but he’s the first African-American piloting a 300 mph top fuel dragster ever to do so.
“My hero is Big Daddy Don Garlits”
Brown has all the right racing genes. He almost grew up at drag strip when he tagged along with his father, Albert, and uncle, Andre, who were – and continue to be – avid NHRA Sportsman racers. So it’s only fitting that Antron dreamt of growing up to be a drag racing champion and starting on Pro Stock bikes at speeds touching 200mph he made the jump to 300mph plus Top Fuel fulfilled his dream.
Madison, IL – Mike Knowles’ Blown Money team is one of the highest profiled teams on the NHRA Pro Mod circuit. Their dedication to excellence is evident to anyone who gets just a quick glimpse of their operation but, for many a year the winner’s circle at an NHRA event has evaded them. That was until this past weekend.
Knowles advance to the finals of the NHRA Pro Mod class at the AAA Insurance Midwest nationals held at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, Mo. from the 14th qualifying position. He was able to defeat Steven Whiteley in round one, followed by a win over Kevin Fiscus in round two, and then Todd Tutterow in the semi-finals.
NORWALK, OH – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are pleased to welcome Chris McMahan as the Corporate Director of Track Development and Division Director for IHRA’s southeastern region.
McMahan will take over duties as Division Director for IHRA’s southeastern region, overseeing track relations and serving as race director in IHRA’s Division 2. He will also work directly with IRG’s extensive network of member tracks, overseeing track development for all IRG facilities. McMahan will be based out Memphis, Tenn., in addition to attending IHRA events throughout the southeastern region.
“We are pleased to announce this new position and welcome Chris to the IHRA family. Chris is a great fit for this new role as he brings a great deal of experience and a real passion for the sport of drag racing,” said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. “Chris has been around racing for most of his life and I know he will do a great job overseeing one of our most populous divisions while taking care of our great tracks in that region.”
Santa Ana, CA – The 13th Annual FEL-PRO NMCA World Street Finals is the final event of the 2014 NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals and the 2014 Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series. It’s the biggest American muscle car drag race of the year and it’s where the 2014 NMCA Champions are crowned! The points race is close in several classes so the racing is bound to be some of the best yet. This is a MUST ATTEND event for racers, sponsors, media and spectators.
Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis was the scene of last year’s NMCA World Finals and it did not disappoint! Records were set and spectators loved the close side-by-side action on the drag strip. This year, the 250+ mph heads up racing in Kooks Pro Mod and Stainless Works Street Outlaw is guaranteed to be exciting. Mickey Thompson Radial Wars, Edelbrock Xtreme Street, ARP Nitrous Pro Street and several other classes deliver wheels up action every time. And there’s something for everyone, including entry-level racers who can join the ranks of Magnafuel Open Comp and Gear Vendors True Street.