Chamber of commerce weather greeted over 400 entries to Day 1 of the C.A.R.S. Protection Plus Million Dollar Drag Race. Possibly never before in the history of any race has there been a 0% chance of rain predicted for the entire weekend. And with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s, racers came out to compete at the 19th edition of this famous race.
Due the amount of cars, it was announced there would be no buyback round today. Two go down and one comes back, just the way drag racing is supposed to work. Everyone was afforded an open time trial session followed by one time run for all beginning at 9:00am. As it was, time trials weren’t completed until 3:30 when the first round began with door cars up first.
DSR, which fields seven teams in the Mello Yello Series, currently leads the standings in Top Fuel with Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army) and in Funny Car with Matt Hagan (Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T).
Through 22 of 24 events this season, DSR has won 13 titles in Top Fuel and six in Funny Car.
Pro Bike Rider Ted Glinny – Fourth Place
CAYUGA, ON – Riding his 2000 Kawasaki Ninja in the 2014 Pro Bike & Sled Series tour, Ted Glinny experienced a year of highs and lows.
The former PBSS champion, from Milton, Ontario, started well with a runner-up finish in the series opener at Grand Bend, losing to 2014 champion Dan Cryderman in the final. After a second-round placing at Martin, Michigan, Glinny did not race at the inaugural PBSS event at Empire Dragway, but was back in form for the next Grand Bend race, where he went rounds and was eliminated once again in the final, and once again by Cryderman. For the final race of the year, he was taken out in the first round.
Glinny’s Kawasaki runs a 1425-cc Kawasaki engine which sits in a frame that is stock in front and has a moly rear-half. The engine uses a Lectron fuel system and shifts through a GPZ 1-2 automatic transmission. The mount is capable of turning the quarter-mile in the low and mid-eight second range at speeds over 150 mph. For all the PBSS events Glinny entered this season, he qualified in the top five in the program.
Daytona Florida based jet racing teams of Larsen Motorsports announced today they have notified sponsor Embry Riddle Aeronautical University they will terminate their agreements at the conclusion of the 2014 racing season following the Orlando Night of Fire on November 15, 2014. Both parties have agreed they will end their relationship.
Larsen Motorsports relocated their business to Daytona Beach in 2011 to work with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University students interested in careers related to the high performance vehicle racing industry. Since the move hundreds of students have interned and volunteered at the Larsen facility. Working with the next generation of motorsports professionals has been a great experience.
NORWALK, OH – It is amazing how one seemingly insignificant decision can have such a profound impact on a person’s life. Or, in the case of IHRA Mod ET World Champion Mark Pressey, an entire racing season.
For Pressey, the 2014 racing season simply wasn’t supposed to happen. Pressey finished last season with a broken car and, following a trying winter, the veteran racer out of Newport, Michigan had no intention of getting his car ready for the season. But one man changed all of that, encouraging Pressey to fix the car and get it ready for racing.
Just a few months later, that motivation led to Pressey earning the IHRA Mod ET World Championship at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway.
BROWNSBURG, IN – John Force Racing CEO and 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force announced today that he has accepted the resignation of his Castrol GTX High Mileage crew chief Jimmy Prock effective today. Force is currently No. 2 in the Mello Yello Funny Car point standings, a mere 36 points behind rival Matt Hagan, with two races left in the NHRA Countdown.
“Yesterday Jimmy Prock told me he was resigning at end of the season and John Force Racing chose to accept his resignation as of today. My No. 1 goal was to keep the people that I have built this machine with over the past three decades. I am working with JMI and we are making progress to be where we need to be financially. We have a major announcement at the Las Vegas race and possibly some announcements at SEMA as well as into the off-season leading right up to the Winternationals in 2015. When I lay out a plan I stick with it.
Reynolds, GA – After recent double wins in both Top Dragster and Top Sportsman at a NOPI Nationals event, the Spradlin Motorsports team was back in familiar territory at the last NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division event of the season at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, GA. The Southeastern Hose backed team carried high momentum into the event and reached the final round in Top Dragster.
“We were really excited to get back to Silver Dollar where we have had a fair amount of success in the past, with a several final rounds appearances and a win,” says Casey Spradlin, team driver of the supercharged ’37 Chevy Coupe Top Sportsman and supercharged rear-engine Top Dragster.