Steve’s Electric returns to present season opener!
NEW YORK – The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series gets its eleventh season underway this weekend in western New York. Action kicks off Friday night at Lancaster Speedway & Dragway and then continues on Saturday afternoon at Empire Dragway in Leicester.
The TNTSS Memorial Day weekend double header presented by Steve’s Electric has a guaranteed $1000 to win each day and has become a tradition in the 10.90 based sportsman drag-racing series. To double up, racers will need to be good on the eighth mile at Lancaster and then just as good on the quarter mile at Empire.
Each TNTSS race is of course a qualifier for the REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS coming up in June where all you have to do is be a TNTSS race winner and you are automatically entered into the free $1200 / WIN event.
BOWLING GREEN, KY – Following a triumphant return in 2016, the JEGS SPORTSnationals presented by Quick
Fuel Technologies will once again take center stage this weekend at scenic Beech Bend Raceway Park.
The highly-anticipated event, long been considered one of the crown jewels of Sportsman drag racing, is expected to attract more than 500 of the best drag racers from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
“There are certain races that just have a magical quality about them and this is certainly one of those events,” said JEGS Director of Media and Motorsports Scott “Woody” Woodruff. “Last year we brought the JEGS SPORTSnationals back to its ancestral home in Bowling Green and the response from the racers was overwhelming. We were able to rekindle the spirit of competition and camaraderie that helped make the early SPORTSnationals races so popular.”
Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Tanner Gray, Stevie Fast Jackson, Austin Williams and Alan Reinhart on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro
Ron Capps discusses his historic 4th consecutive Funny Car win, his role in stopping the last 4 in a row, and hanging with WFO listeners in Topeka.
Top Fuel winner, Antron Brown gives the details of his victory, talks a little Top Gear America, and has a message for Stevie Fast.
Pro Stock winner Tanner Gray takes a break from his school work to debrief on his 2nd win of the season.
Jumps into Top 50 on first day on Amazon.com
DALLAS — Veteran sports personality Bob Wilber has released his long-awaited autobiography, “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” with publisher Outskirts Press. It is on sale to the public, effective immediately, and can be purchased online at Amazon.com and other internet retailers. It can also be obtained in both print and digital versions. In just its first day on amazon.com it moved into the Top 50 Sports Biographies or Memoirs on sale.
The memoir traces Wilber’s life from the age of three to the present day, including tales of a childhood as the youngest son of a former Major League catcher (Del Wilber) and a radio-personality mother (Taffy Wilber) before recounting numerous stories about his own baseball career, his sports marketing experiences, and three stints as a senior-level executive for professional indoor soccer franchises in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Indianapolis.
In 1991 Wilber was named general manager of Heartland Park Topeka, and in that position he saw his first drag race. In 1996, he began a career working directly for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drivers as a team manager and public relations representative, initially for Funny Car star Whit Bazemore, followed by Funny Car driver Del Worsham (1997-2008), as well as Worsham’s Funny Car teammates Frank Pedregon (2000-2002), Johnny Gray (2003-2004), Phil Burkart (2004-2006), and Jeff Arend (2007). Wilber then completed his 20-year career with Funny Car star Tim Wilkerson (2009-2015).
READING, PA – Maple Grove Raceway hosts the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series NHRA Northeast division on May 26-28 highlighted by the Showdown at Sundown on Saturday. The event is one of 46 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.
Saturday night features the Showdown at Sundown with Jet Funny Cars, along with the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Car eliminations once the sun sets beginning at 5 p.m. See schedule below for details on run times. Pricing for each day is $20 per day, children 12 and under are free with paid adult. A special $25 per car load price is offered on Saturday after 3 p.m.
DELAWARE, OH – Two-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin hadn’t even made it home from the Cavalcade of Stars event in Norwalk, Ohio, when his mind became filled with this coming weekend’s JEGS SPORTSnationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky.
“This is a busy time for us,” Coughlin admitted. “Actually, we’re running three weekends in a row, so we’re not even at the halfway point of this particular stretch, but we’re having a blast, for sure.”
After winning the first Top Dragster race of the year at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Coughlin brought his JEGS.com rail to the D3 opener in late April in Indy, where he claimed the pole just before rain postponed the race until later in the year. His next event came this past weekend in Norwalk, where he qualified seventh and beat Mike Scheel and Tim Antinora before exiting in the quarterfinals in a double-breakout affair with Zach Sackman.
“It was a wild weekend in Norwalk,” Coughlin said. “Lots of big changes in the weather. We had heat, rain, cold, wind, you name it, and it made it tough on us. Everyone’s racing the same track but being supercharged our car tends to be a little more sensitive to the conditions. We just missed the dial in the third round.
BOWLING GREEN, KY – Top Fuel rookie pilot Troy Coughlin Jr. is taking a few days off from driving the 10,000-horsepower Kalitta Motorsports SealMaster/Toyota nitro-powered dragster to pilot little sister Paige’s brand-new JEGS.com Super Comp rail at this weekend’s JEGS SPORTSnationals.
“Any time I have the chance to race at Beech Bend Raceway Park, I’m taking it,” Coughlin said. “It’s one of the most historic drag strips in the world, especially for Sportsman racing, and it’s also pretty much a second home to everyone in my family.
“When they moved the JEGS SPORTSnationals there last year I was super excited because I absolutely love that place. To have a chance to race there again now that I’m racing full-time in Top Fuel is a real blessing. Thankfully, this race has fallen on an off weekend for the NHRA pro tour and I have the support of everyone at Kalitta Motorsports, SealMaster and Toyota to go ahead and race.”