PITTSBORO, NC – Racing, especially within the PDRA, is a family affair. Many of the professional drivers have sons and daughters that also race in the PDRA ranks. And while any of these drivers are capable of winning, having a parent and child do so on the same day is a difficult task. Almost three full seasons into the PDRA’s existence, the Kirk family is the first to make it happen.
Longtime Extreme Pro Stock powerhouse, Doug Kirk, is no stranger to winning. His son, Justin, entered the Lucas Oil Top Dragster scene last season and quickly began earning a name for himself. This season he put himself in championship contention early, but was still searching for his first national event win.
After battling some issues in the previous dragster, Kirk’s car owners Randy and Kathy Kelley purchased a new-to-them 2014 Spitzer which the team debuted at the Memphis Drags. There, they experienced engine trouble and electrical problems.
READING, PA – Pro Stock driver Shane Gray is heating up at the perfect time as NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship reaches its third of six events this weekend with the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Gray and his Valvoline/Nova Services Chevrolet Camaro crew were the top qualifiers at last weekend’s race in St. Louis, extending their streak of top-half qualifying efforts to 14th straight races, and the group’s seventh semifinal finish of the season on Sunday lifted Gray two more spots in the Mello Yello points to fifth place overall.
“Hopefully we can keep this momentum going in Reading,” Gray said. “We’re also very anxious to make it to a final round and have a chance at another victory. We knew if we could get consistency on our side, then all the other things would fall into place and Dave (Connolly, crew chief) has definitely given us that consistency.”
WFO Radio NHRA Nitro features Mello Yello Series winners Shawn Langdon, Jack Beckman, Alen Laughlin, and Jerry Savoie, as they each give listeners a full debrief on their victory in St. Louis.
Lucas Oil Competition Eliminator winner, Terry Smith, talks about his first career win.
MOHNTON, PA — In just about every championship journey, there is a specific moment when it becomes clear that something special is happening. In each of the previous two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series seasons, the turning point in the championship race for U.S. Army Racing teammates Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown has occurred in the rolling hills of Eastern Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Army tandem returns this weekend with the knowledge that coming out triumphant in the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading has tipped the scales in their respective battles to become the Top Fuel world champion.
World champ Brown to support Matco’s ‘Tools for the Cause’ with ‘Driven by Their Strength’ dragster beginning this weekend
BROWNSBURG, IN – For the fifth year, Antron Brown will drive Don Schumacher Racing’s “Tools for the Cause” Top Fuel dragster for Matco Tools, featuring this year’s “Driven by their Strength” campaign to support breast cancer research.
Brown, the two-time and reigning NHRA world champion, will reveal an all-new paint scheme that he will carry to support Breast Cancer Awareness month in October beginning with this weekend’s NHRA Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. He will also campaign the dragster in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events near Dallas (Oct. 14-16) and Las Vegas (Oct. 28-30).
The Tools for the Cause program through Matco Tools has raised more than $700,000 for breast cancer research and awareness since it was launched in 2012.
Hardy to Brand with VP, Distribute Race Fuels on Long Island
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Officials with VP Racing Fuels today announced a retail branding partnership with Andre Hardy, owner and operator of Montauk Native Gas located in Mastic, New York. Effective with its reimaging, Hardy’s station will be the first on Long Island to brand with VP as well as the first to distribute VP’s race fuel blends on the island. The station also co-sponsors an NHRA Funny Car and a Top Alcohol Funny Car team, both of which will provide marketing support for the station and the VP Racing Fuels brand.
“I’ve been a fan of VP since I was a kid and through my involvement in racing recognize its reputation as the top race fuel brand in the industry,” said Hardy. “I founded Montauk Native Gas three years ago to help support our racing programs, which in turn provide exposure for my station. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to brand with VP and leverage the strength of the VP brand to build my retail business, provide more robust support for our racing and ultimately enable me to achieve my dream of driving an NHRA Top Fuel car.”
MILWAUKEE, WI – The entire contingent of John Force Racing drivers as well as the crew of the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team spent the day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, participating in two rewarding and exciting events in conjunction with Old World Industries, the parent company of team sponsors PEAK and Blue Def. The team, led by 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, were the featured speakers at the Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation, Inc. luncheon and then in the afternoon Force fired up his 10,000 horsepower Funny Car for over 100 students at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).
“Today was a great day to talk about what is really important which is the young people of this country that need some encouragement and mentoring. The Al Hurvis Foundation luncheon was a great opportunity to talk with a group people that give their time and money to help inner city kids have a chance at a better life through scholarships,” said Force, who was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. “After the luncheon we went to the Milwaukee Area Technical College and talked with some students that someday could be on a Funny Car or Top Fuel crew or working in a Chevrolet dealership. They are getting some of the best training and education you can get. I was blown away by their questions and I think I blew them away when I fired up this hot rod. I have to thank all the teachers and students from MATC and the Oak Creek Fire Department for being there to keep us safe.”