BOWLING GREEN, KY – A breakout 2013 season had Brandon Booher and his AB Construction team primed for a national championship chase as the 2014 season began. They kicked off the year with a runner-up finish at the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte then a win at the Norwalk regional. Their luck turned for the worse after that, falling in the first and second round at most races, even failing to qualify twice. Booher, who drives and tunes the family-owned Top Alcohol Dragster, hopes to turn things around for the better at this weekend’s NHRA North Central Region event in Bowling Green.
“To go from the year we had last year and starting this year strong to struggling with issues and the car not running these last few races has been tough. It’s no shortage of work or effort on anyone’s part, it’s just issues we’ve had to chase. It’s been tough but that’s part of the deal. We just need to plug away and get our car back to running where it should.
Rainouts earlier this season for RACE #1 and RACE #6 created this weekend’s double. Steve’s Electric powers the TNTSS at Elegant Builders Raceway Park in Lancaster, NY on Friday August 22. It will be high stakes Friday night 1/8th mile action – there were 36 cars last time out!
Then on Saturday August 23 the TNTSS heads to Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY presented by Autos Direct of Buffalo. This time it’ll be 1/4 mile competition… testing the drivers as they switch set-ups.
Crampton and the MLR team debuted the new car during testing today at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, posting a best pass of 3.773 seconds at 324.36 mph on the first full run with the new chassis.
“We wanted to shake the thing down and make sure it responded well to all the stuff we were trying to do with it, and it did,” Crampton said.
Rain hampered the NHRA team’s testing at Indy in preparation for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on Aug. 29-Sept. 1, but Crampton was happy with the progress.
TOPEKA, KS – Top Alcohol Dragster star Chris Demke claimed his third regional event win of the season last weekend when he won the NHRA Lucas Oil Series West Region race at Pacific Raceways. Just weeks removed from reaching the finals at the O’Reilly NHRA Northwest Nationals, also at Seattle, Demke beat two northwest blown alcohol drivers and a fellow SoCal resident to win his third regional event in as many attempts. Now Chris and the Peen Rite team head east for two weeks of Midwest racing in Kansas and Indiana.
Demke qualified at the Seattle regional event in the No. 2 spot with a 5.273 at 273 MPH. He was a few thousandths of a second shy of repeating in the first round against Kim Parker, winning with a 5.278. A quick pedal was necessary to beat local hero Shawn Cowie in a 5.357 to 5.436 semifinal decision. Chris again had to pedal the Peen Rite entry in the final round but opponent Johnny Ahten, who ran 5.22 and 5.20 earlier in the weekend, smoked the tires. Demke took the win with a 5.348 elapsed time.
Kent, WA – Johnny Ahten’s performance statement at the LODRS Regional speaks volumes. Johnny not only had low ET of the event, but he reset the Pacific Raceways A-Fuel track record. He then parlayed his #1 qualifying performance into the final round, which was his third of the year. See a trend here? Even though Ahten fell to CleanBoost Performance Oil teammate Chris Demke in the final, the numerical threat the Island Renovations / Combust Filters Dragster displayed was more than enough to make it a memorable outing.
“I am very happy with our performance, “said Johnny Ahten. “The Stump Puller was a monster and we ran on the edge the whole time. I am so proud of my guys the way we came back from a first round loss at the Seattle National event. It’s tough to lose, but it’s not so bad when it’s to the team leading the points. This was our third final of the year and Ahten Racing is confident going into the end of the year.”
GRAND BEND, ON – The Grand Bend Motorplex will once again celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend with its traditional “Thunder by the Beach” weekend offering a great three-day show of drag racing action.
Pro-ModPresented by Teamsters Canada and Local 879, fans will be able to watch a wide variety of racing August 29-31 at the quarter-mile facility in Southwestern Ontario.
Coming into its final event for 2014, teams in the Pro Modified Racing Association will take to the track running on all cylinders in the tight Championship Point Award Series race. The two companion series of the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, will also be racing over the holiday weekend.
Some of the other highlights of the Thunder by the Beach show will be the appearance of nitromethane-burning race cars and crowd-pleasing jet-powered cars. Four Nitro Altereds will compete, while the Top Secret and GoJo Firebird Jet Funny Cars will light up the track along with the Jet Dragster Queen of Diamonds in the Saturday “Night of Fire” program presented by Performance Unlimited.
The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) is pleased to announce more financial support for the restoration of Europe’s first dragster, Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler. It is particularly welcome at this time when the engine needs a rebuild after a year and a half of ‘cackling’.
American drag racer Julie Braskett, now residing in the UK, has donated a four figure sum to the project. Brian Taylor, Chairman of the ACAG, handed the money over to Doug Hill, Museum Manager and Lord Montagu’s Chief Engineer, on August 16th.
Julie said. “I have been following this project on-line long before I moved to the UK. It is so important to cherish our history and this dragster has a fan base both sides of the Atlantic. Now I have seen the car up close it is even more beautiful than I thought and I’m so pleased to be able to help the team keep it running. I’m looking forward to sitting behind the wheel when it is ready to cackle again”.