Beech Underwriting Agencies, major sponsorship partner of the BDRHoF has announced that tickets for the Bench Racing session, to be held from 1pm to 3pm on 19th November at the Atlantic Suite at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow are selling quickly.
Beech Underwriting Agencies managing director Geoff Stilwell said ‘There has been tremendous demand and there are not many places left. We have over 50 already reserved out of a capacity of 100, so potential attendees need to get in touch as soon as possible to make sure they have a seat’.
Last year’s Bench Racing session was a major feature of the day with many of the personalities present telling their stories and anecdotes as well as their current views on the sport. This year’s fantastic line-up is bound to move the session to a new level.
INDIANAPOLIS – Richie Crampton used the two days of testing for the upcoming 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals to prove his Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster will be among the favorites to once again win drag racing’s biggest prize.
Crampton opened the action Wednesday with a blistering 3.706-second pass at 320.28 mph, which was well below the four-year-old track elapsed time record of 3.740 seconds set by Shawn Langdon in 2012. He then backed up his performance with a stunning 3.676 at 323.58 mph, another potential track record and his own personal best mark.
“Being the quickest car both days is very rewarding,” said Crampton, who hails from Adelaide, South Australia, but now resides in Brownsburg, Ind. “Aaron (Brooks, crew chief) and the guys have figured a lot of stuff out lately and it’s coming at the perfect time with Indy and the Countdown to the Championship right on front of us.
BRAINERD, MN – NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster standout Megan Meyer added another impressive event performance to her rookie season scorecard last weekend when she qualified number one and reached the semifinals at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. She also became the quickest female in NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition with a blistering 5.178 elapsed time during eliminations.
Meyer’s Racers Evolved A/Fuel dragster started off qualifying with a 5.539, then stepped up to the number two position with a 5.281 at 275.83 mph on Friday’s second run. With her father, Randy, making the tuning calls, Megan fired off a 5.195 at 276.41 mph to qualify number one for the second time in national event competition.
KENT, WA – “It’s a beast,” proclaimed Johnny Ahten in reference to his Island Renovations / Combust Filters dragster following the Seattle Regional event at Pacific Raceways. Ahten advanced to the semifinals and nearly went to the finals with a return to performance mode in Seattle.
Ahten’s first qualifying run on Friday served notice that the Ahten Racing dragster, known as the Stump Puller, was ready to burst through the line. A 5.346/266.64 run put Ahten in the number three position for the day. Saturday’s first qualifying session produced a 5.393/260.41, with room for improvement. The plan for the final qualifying session was to go quicker, so the wick was turned up. “It was either going to go number one, or smoke the tires,” added Ahten. A 10.532/90.73 pass answered that question. Ahten remained in the number three slot moving into Sunday eliminations and a match-up with Kim Parker.
Sunday saw a break from the warm weather conditions. Ahten took a slight starting line advantage and a 5.369/252.80 effort conquered Parker’s 5.396/262.64. This set a semifinal meeting with Megan McKernan. When the tree came down, Ahten got off the line first and was leading the race until the 300ft mark when the rear tires knocked loose. A couple of quick pedals resulted in two lost cylinders and a 5.837/221.96 defeat to McKernan’s 5.652/262.33.
2016 marks the tenth season for the highly competitive sportsman series!
LEICESTER, NY – The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series hosted its first $5000/win race this past weekend as an opener to the IHRA Pro Am at Empire Dragway. Pete D’Agnolo from Rochester, New York took the win from the 71 car field and earned himself the big cheque.
With presenting sponsors Roy & Tara Lister, the TNTSS 5K was destined for success. Series creators Ted Barnes and Joe Boniferro said they wanted to do something special for the tenth season. “Joe came up with the 5K idea during the off season and we ran with it. Seventy-one cars made this by far the biggest race in the history of the series and a terrific way to celebrate season ten!” said Barnes.
TULSA, OK – The Redemption No Prep series, born and raised in Texas, is going on the road. Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park will host a No Prep race the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-26, the track announced Thursday.
The Redemption No Prep series is a grassroots organization led by Shannon Morgan, designed to give everyday racers a chance to show their stuff in an affordable, professional setting.
“This particular type of racing is what it’s all about,” track co-owner Keith Haney said. “For me, this is for the people who may not be able to compete on the pro level, but they can come and compete on the No Prep level.”
BOWLING GREEN, KY – JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. will take the battle for the Super Comp national and divisional championships to Beech Bend Raceway Park this weekend for the North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Finals.
After a semifinal finish in the Division 1 race at Cecil County Dragway, Coughlin sits fourth in the national Lucas Oil Series points standings and leads the Division 3 standings.
“It’s still pretty early,” Coughlin said. “You look at the points, but you don’t really need to put it in the back of your mind. It’s the fun part of Sportsman racing, but it’s still pretty early. This is a pivotal point in the year. Guys we’re competing against, like Phil Smida, he’s pretty close behind me, and he’s an extremely good driver. You can’t count your chickens too early.”