Top Fuel driver Brittany Force talks about her sophomore season with an eye on her third year racing in the NHRA’s quickest and fastest pro category. In 2014 Force raced to four final rounds and three No. 1 qualifiers on the way to reaching the Countdown for the first time in her young professional career.
What was the biggest highlight for you last season?
Brittany Force: The biggest highlight of my 2014 season was locking into the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown in the No. 7 position in Brainerd. That was a proud moment for me knowing regardless of the final races I would be standing on stage at our awards banquet next to the best Top Fuel drivers!
MIR will be the third stop on the seven-city, seven-day tour
MILLINGTON, TN – The legendary HOT ROD Power Tour will return to Memphis, Tennessee in 2015 and they recently announced a stop at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) on Tuesday, June 9. The seven-day, seven-city journey travels more than 1,000 miles from Madison, Wisconsin, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana from June 6 – 12, 2015 and MIR will be the third stop on the tour.
MIR teamed up with the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the annual summer trek of small town America. More than 5,800 participants and upward of 90,000 spectators are expected to celebrate in the 2015 HOT ROD Power Tour. The tour brings together hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, muscle cars, and performance machines from around the world.
“The return of the HOT ROD Power Tour is always a huge win for Memphis,” said Malvin Gipson, Director of the Memphis Sports Council. “When you have one of the world’s largest tours of iconic cars stopping in an iconic city like Memphis, you’re sure to get an enormous turnout of car enthusiasts from around the region.”
PITTSBORO, NC – The 2014 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show was abuzz with all the expected announcements and plans for another season. But for Professional Drag Racers Association racers, staff and supporters it was also a major occasion for celebration. The organization announced new partnerships and plans for 2015 and capped off the event with their first ever awards banquet on Saturday evening.
Besides celebrating an incredible first season, the PDRA made sure to celebrate their champions in grand style. Class Champions each received a monetary award and Championship trophy. Professional champions as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Champs also received a Championship ring. In Pro Extreme, Mississippi’s own Bubba Stanton was crowned King as the first champion of the organization’s premier class. Jason Harris celebrated his incredible season by accepting the Pro Nitrous title. Todd Tutterow, Cary Goforth and Eric McKinney rounded out the professional category champions in Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle, respectively. Sportsman champions included Dan Ferguson in Top Sportsman, Travis Harvey in Top Dragster and Isaac Evans and David Roloff in Pro and Top Junior Dragster.
HOLLYWOOD, FL – Clay Millican, Austin Williams, and Christian Byrd all join host Joe Castello, on WFO Radio Nitro, along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart. To listen now, go to http://www.wforadio.com
Clay Millican, 6-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion, talks about his new team for 2015. Millican gives fans an inside look at the process that brought together himself, former driver David Grubnic, Lance Larsen, and team owner Doug Stringer. Millican gives his expectations for 2015.
Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner will be live in studio to talk about what he has going on and Speed Scene Live TV was at Mooneye’s Christmas party at Irwindale. See the rat rods, low riders, racecars, pinup girls and more. Watch Interviews with some of the legends of Drag racing like Roland Leong, Jim Dunn, and more.
Donnie Couch returned to the studio to talk about his life in the fast lane of Drag racing. He has been spending time at SEMA with Chip Foose. He was seen at the Don “The Snake” Birthday party, and he is always where the action is. Last weekend, he was at the Mooneyes Christmas party at Irwindale.
Robert Hight driver of the Auto Club Funny Car and President of John Force Racing Inc. looks back at 2014 and also looks ahead to 2015. Last season Hight won a class leading five races and finished No. 5 in the NHRA Mello Yello point standings.
What was the biggest highlight for you last season?
Robert Hight: Winning five races which was the most of any Funny Car driver last year was the highlight. We had a good run at the beginning of the year and we went to a lot of finals. We went a little flat in the middle and towards the end of the season but getting those five wins was a good start. That was the first full season I have been with (crew chief) Mike Neff and I am excited about next year since we are all staying together. We’ll be looking for more wins and better results. I believe with what we have in place we can really do that.
Indy drag racing community strikes big for Riley Kids at DSR’s ‘This Is How We Roll: Bowling for Riley’ event
BROWNSBURG, IN – The Indianapolis racing community opened their hearts and bowling bags on Wednesday night to raise $10,246 for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health at an annual event staged by Don Schumacher Racing with support from several of the area’s top professional drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Combined with $50,572 raised on Aug. 29 during the ninth annual DSR Open House, this year’s total contribution through DSR to Riley reaches $60,818 and more than $300,000 over the past 10 years.
“This Is How We Roll” included 200 participants along with NHRA drivers Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Spencer Massey of DSR, who were joined by Shawn Langdon of Al-Anabi Racing, Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec of Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson team and Leah Pritchett of Dote Family Racing along with emcee Bob Wildt of NAPA.