LANCASTER, NY – While race teams, fans and partners are looking for the perfect gift to give their loved ones this holiday season, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is giving their own gift to its racing family.
The 2018 Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series track schedules have finally come together and are ready for release.
Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will begin its 59th consecutive season of operation on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. featuring the annual Queen City Clash for the Stock Cars. The Dragway season opener is Friday, April 27 with tech inspection and time trials.
YORBA LINDA, CA – Brittany Force, pilot of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, took some time to look back at how the whole 2017 season came together to earn her the first Top Fuel world championship for John Force Racing and the first by a woman in 35 years. Force ended the year with four race wins, two runner-up finishes and two No. 1 qualifiers. A strong showing in the Countdown to the Championship secured her first Top Fuel world championship.
Q: You finished the season with a three hat Sunday. Green hat for the No. 1 qualifier, yellow hat for the race win and white hat for the championship. Does it get any better than that?
No, it’s pretty incredible to see what Alan Johnson, Brian Husen and our team pulled off that day. Not that we just won a championship but we won at my home track and were the No. 1 qualifiers. That just seems absolutely unreal. Its because of the group and support that I have around me that I’m able to pull it off.
YORBA LINDA, CA – Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro, took a few minutes to sit down and look at how his second NHRA Mello Yello championship came together as well as how important the championship was to his family and his relationship with crew chief Jimmy Prock. Hight, a four-time winner in 2017, captured the second championship of his career on the strength of two wins in the Countdown and three No. 1 qualifying efforts.
Q: Was the second championship more satisfying than the first?
I believe it was. It was easier to win the championship in 2009 because we did it from the No. 10 spot. I don’t think that is possible anymore unless you win four or more races in the Countdown. Four out of six would be tough to do. All I had to do was show up in 2009 and qualify and it was over. I also think we went into Pomona this year needing to go round for round with Ron Capps. He went a lot of rounds this year and won a lot of races. He was the current champ so there was a lot more pressure on him. This one was more special. I also got Jimmy Prock back as my crew chief. I was pretty bummed in 2013 when John (Force) switched crew chiefs and he ended up winning the championship that year. I was pretty bummed and then Jimmy left after that. We were lucky enough to get him back and I was really lucky to have him as my crew chief. I always thought that there was some unfinished business. With all that and the difficulty to win in this class and how hard it is this championship is more special.
PITTSBORO, NC – At the PRI Show this past week, the Professional Drag Racers Association announced that the payout in their top three classes will increase in 2018. PDRA Pro Extreme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC and Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost will now all pay $10,000 to win. That’s an increase of $3,000 for Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous and $4,000 for Pro Boost.
“We’re entering into year five,” stated Bob Harris of the PDRA. “We have put down strong roots and we recognize that the cost of racing will always continue to rise. We felt the timing was right to increase the payout for these classes. This organization has always been ‘by racers, for racers’ and one of our main goals is to give back to the racers as much as possible. We hope our racers will continue to see our commitment to them through moves like this. Our series consists of an elite group of racers and we want to treat them as such.”
YORBA LINDA, CA – John Force, the 148-time Funny Car winner, wrapped up the 2017 season in seventh place in the NHRA Mello Yello point standings with a No. 1 qualifier and a win at the Gatornationals. The winningest driver in NHRA history’s season was highlighted with two more NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships as a team owner. Daughter Brittany Force earned her first Top Fuel world championship and son-in-law Robert Hight took home his second Funny Car world championship crown. John Force took some time to reflect on the 2017 season and talk about what’s coming in 2018.
Q: Could you be any happier as a team owner?
No, because we told Chevrolet, Jim Campbell, that John Force Racing had won all those championships for all those years and that we could turn it around again. We need to get back financially and get our people back and we made that happen. No, I’m tickled pink to be a champion, as part of this championship team with Robert winning and with my daughter Brittany. It’s amazing what took place.
HOLLYWOOD, FL – Megan Meyer headlines this edition of WFO Radio NHRA Nitro. Meyer discusses her NGK sponsorship for the 2018 season and her plans to run for the Top Alcohol Dragster World Championship.
NHRA Division 1 Hall of Famer, John DiBartolomeo, from Drag Racing Edge, discusses the latest edition of the magazine, and his thoughts on the DOT seminar at the PRI Trade Show.
NHRA’s Alan Reinhart gives his thoughts on the 2018 Pro Stock rules changes.
Host, Joe Castello, recaps PRI in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AUDIO LINK: http://wforadio.com/nhra-nitro-12122017/
G & J Diesel Renews as the Pro Stock Sponsor for the 2018 Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Drag Racing Series
The NHRDA is happy to announce that G & J Diesel has renewed as the Pro Stock Sponsor for the 2018 Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Drag Racing Series. G & J Diesel are one of the leading names in the NHRDA Pro Stock class having claimed four World Championships and four National Championships since 2012. G & J Diesel has also signed on as the Title Sponsor of the G & J Diesel Big Sky Truck Fest on August 24th & 25th at Yellowstone Drag Strip in Acton, Montana.
“Brad and Tracy Makinen have been great friends both professionally and personally for years and having them back on board for the 2018 NHRDA Season is great. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the track this season,” said NHRDA President Randy Cole.