ROCKINGHAM, NC – Jonathan Anderson qualified for the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout in two classes and advanced to the final round in both taking the honors as both Champion and runner up in the specialty event at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Rockingham Dragway.
In a year long points battle, Anderson, Williamson, Ga., qualified both his ‘05 Pontiac Super Street and his ’09 dragster in Super Comp. He then took out Matt Weston (Super Street) and Michelle Furr (Super Gas) in round one. Also qualifying in two classes was Red Boy, Ala., racer Jeff Strickland who beat Kenneth Stott in round one with his stock entry but fell to Lindsey Barker in Top Dragster.
Anderson advanced both cars in round two then took out Jeff Longhany, who had beat Strickland in round 2, and Sandy Wilkins in the semifinals to set up a final round match up with himself. Anderson and his team staged both cars for the final round photo then celebrated in winner’s circle with both cars and the Moser Sportsman Shootout Championship trophy.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Recent first-time Pro Nitrous winner Danny Sauro continued to impress when he topped Friday qualifying at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Sauro’s near-record 3.658-second pass at 204.35 mph led the 18-car Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC qualifying order after two sessions.
The other provisional No. 1 qualifiers in the professional classes are Tommy D’Aprile in Moroso Pro Boost, Jeff Dobbins in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ronnie “Pro Mod” Smith in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, and Johnny Pluchino in East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632. Tim Essick is the provisional low qualifier in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5.
After two sportsman qualifying sessions, the provisional low qualifiers are John Benoit in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Scott Moore in Top Sportsman 32, Camrie Caruso in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Tony Positano in Top Dragster 32. Defending world champion Amber Franklin holds the top spot in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster with a 7.901, while Connor McGee leads Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster with his .001 reaction time.
DINWIDDIE, VA – In-demand track prep specialist Tyler Crossnoe has been named the track manager at Virginia Motorsports Park, it was announced today by track owners Tommy and Judy Franklin during a pre-race driver’s meeting at the PDRA World Finals. Crossnoe has also signed on for another season as the track prep director for the PDRA.
“I’m really excited to come over here to VMP,” said Crossnoe, 26. “Tommy and Judy are some of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to know personally, so to have this opportunity to work at their facility full time is an honor. I look forward to building the team that’s already here and growing with the facility.”
Crossnoe has worked extensively with the Franklins this season as the track prep director for their eight-race PDRA series in addition to helping with a handful of events at Virginia Motorsports Park. He displayed a strong work ethic and broad knowledge of event operations, leading the Franklins to offer him a full-time position for the family’s second year of track ownership.
SALEM, OH – Over the course of the last month Australian Pro Mod racer Steve Easton and the Patriot Pro Mod team have made amazing strides picking up two wins and running a career best elapsed time. On September 22 Easton picked up his second win of the season at D.A.D.’s Big Tire Outlaw at Quaker City Motorsports Park.
“It was an amazing weekend at Quaker City Motorsports Park. I love driving this Patriot Pro Mod race car. We put so much work into it over the summer and now it is tune-able and it is only getting quicker. I have to thank this whole team and especially owner Cor Valentyn,” said Easton after the win.
The last weekend in September at Dragway 42, the site of Easton’s first win this year, the young Australian powered the Patriot Pro Mod to its best run of the year, a strong 3.91 second run at 188 mph. It was an impressive run, ultimately standing as low ET of the event, but due to cold weather the event was called for safety.
High-Flying Athletes to Stop By the Mickey Thompson Booth at the 2018 SEMA Show Autographs available from LOORRS racers, Fitz Army FMX performers
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series father-and-daughter team of Brian (LOORRS Pro 2) and Hailie Deegan (LOORRS Pro Lite/NASCAR) will be joined by Jimmy Fitzpatrick and Destin Cantrell of Fitz Army FMX for an afternoon signing session during the first day of the popular trade event in Las Vegas.
“We’re thrilled to host these amazingly talented racers and riders in our SEMA booth,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “We build our tires and wheels to handle extreme environments, and no one knows extreme like Brian and Hailie Deegan and the Fitz Army FMX crew.”
The autograph session is set for 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Mickey Thompson booth #43035 at the SEMA Show.
During the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway on October 6, relative newcomer Danny Sauro scored the first win of his career in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, using Musi power to work his way through eliminations before meeting fellow Musi customer and two-time defending champion Tommy Franklin in the final round. Sauro defeated Franklin with a record-setting elapsed time of 3.652 seconds.
“It was a great weekend, and I can’t thank my family and crew enough for all their support,” Sauro said. “I also have to thank the Musi family. They’ve been such a huge help during my time in Pro Nitrous, and they build the best engines in the business.”
GLENDORA, CA – The NHRA Southeast Division Moser Sportsman Shootout will take to the track at Rockingham Dragway this Friday, October 19, on opening day of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event.
Through a season long point’s battle in 2018, the top two Moser Sportsman Shootout point’s earners in each of the seven classes in competition were slotted into the 16-car field while Tim Powell and Casey Spradlin will complete the ladder as the Moser Shootout Wild Card entries.
Three drivers are pulling double duty as they have qualified in two classes. Rusty Cook in Super Comp and Super Gas, Jonathan Anderson who will face off with Cook in round one of Super Comp and is also on the ladder in Super Street, and then Jeff Strickland who is entered in Stock and Top Dragster. Cousins Dylan Stott and Kenneth Stott both qualified with Dylan in Top Sportsman and Kenneth in Stock.