Rowe & Matusek Feeling the Momentum Headed into NHRA Spring Nationals

BAYTOWN, TX – For Danny Rowe and Steve Matusek, drivers of the popular Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod Camaros, it Danny Roweseems like forever since the last time they took to the quarter-mile, but that’s not the only reason they’re so excited about this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston’s Royal Purple Raceway.

Rowe and Matusek’s combined enthusiasm stems from the team’s track record at Royal Purple Raceway – namely Rowe’s two victories and three final round appearances over the course of the last four seasons.

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Joe’s Transmission posts an additional $2500 to TNT Super Series event winners

NIAGARA FALLS , ON - Drag racing’s most competitive sportsman series has its 2014 schedule set.  Racer rewards are the best Joes Transmissionthey’ve ever been.  Car counts are breaking records with an average 28 cars per event last year.

All we need now is to fast forward one month and the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series will kick off its 10-race 2014 season in Lancaster, New York on Friday May 23rd.

For those who follow the series, they already know that the TNTSS sets the standard in sportsman racing.  With its traditional points chase plus qualifying points to determine a champion, the rewards to the racers are extraordinary.

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Lucas family to help dedicate MRI room at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent will hold a special dedication ceremony Thursday for a Forrest Lucasdrag-racing-themed MRI room.

The room was completed with funds raised from the Eric Medlen Golf Tournament, hosted annually by Morgan and Katie Lucas. The room is complete with racing memorabilia and photos of the late Funny Car driver, who was killed in a crash in 2007.

“We started the golf tournament as a way to honor Eric, to remember him and keep his legacy going,” said Morgan Lucas, owner of Morgan Lucas Racing. “When it came time to decide where the money was going to go, the Children’s Hospital was the first place we thought about.

“Eric was one of the best drivers in the pits, if not the best, when it came to the kids.”

The relationship with the hospital was cemented last December when the Lucases’ newborn son Hunter was admitted for treatment for respiratory syncytial virus.

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ProtectTheHarvest.com driver Brogdon gives back to hometown fans

HOUSTON, TX – ProtectTheHarvest.com Pro Stock driver Rodger Brogdon will arrive at his hometown track this weekend with a Roger Brogden Contestfew extra special guests. In fact, one lucky winner and her guests scored the trip of a lifetime to the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals thanks to the Tomball, Texas, native.

Numerous fans entered for a chance to win a VIP experience as an honorary crew person on Brogdon’s race car through his Facebook page and/or by calling into The Rod Ryan Show, the No. 1 local radio station in Houston, throughout last week.

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U.S. Army Duo Looks To Continue Winning Ways at SpringNationals

BAYTOWN, TX – Win or lose, the two most recent Top Fuel event titlists on the 2014 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series – U.S. Tony Schmacher-Comp Plus-Roger RichradsArmy Racing’s Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown – keep an unwavering focus on demonstrating the same attributes the Army looks for in its Soldiers, which are putting the mission first, a never-quit attitude and a refusal to accept defeat.

Schumacher, the seven-time Top Fuel world champion and driver of the U.S. Army Dragster for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), scored a resounding event title at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the last weekend in March. Brown, the 2012 Top Fuel champion and driver of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Dragster for DSR, followed that up with his first career victory at the unique NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on the outskirts of Charlotte, N.C., two weekends ago.

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Mark Cox collects back-to-back IHRA wins 12 years apart, rides into IHRA record books

Mark Cox wants to win an IHRA championship.

Mark CoxOver the past several years the 55-year-old North Carolinian has won championships in just about everything on two wheels, but an IHRA title and, more importantly, a Top Fuel Harley title, have eluded the veteran rider. So when the IHRA season began in Tucson, Arizona in March with a brand new look and a brand new championship program for the nitro-burning Harley-Davidson class, Cox was ready to ride.

Sort of.

You see Cox was ready, but his brand new bike was not. So Tucson came and went without him, as did IHRA’s second stop on the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour one week later in San Antonio. Two races down, two winners in the form of Mike Scott and Randal Andras, and still no Cox.

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Toyota NHRA Houston Preview

DEJORIA RETURNS HOME TO TEXAS ON A ROLL – Alexis DeJoria arrives back in her home-state of Texas after advancing Toyota Logoto her third final round of the season in Charlotte.  DeJoria, who calls Austin home, is currently tied with Robert Hight for the most Funny Car wins this season with two (Phoenix and Las Vegas) and sits solidly in third-place.  She also became the first woman in Funny Car history to run a sub-four-second pass (3.997) at the season-opening Winternationals.

BROWN LOOKS TO EXTEND WIN STREAK IN HOUSTON – Fresh off his second triumph of the season at the Charlotte 4-Wide, Antron Brown will be looking to keep that win streak alive at Royal Purple Raceway this weekend.  With two victories in the season’s first five races, Brown has already secured his sixth multi-win season since entering the Top Fuel ranks in 2008.  Since 2009, Brown is the winningest driver in NHRA Nitro racing with 25 victories – six more than the closest Top Fuel driver in that time period.

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