PITTSBORO, NC – Team owner Mel Bush has made evident just how dedicated he is to the growing Professional Drag Racers Association by stepping up to sponsor the organization’s ninth event in the 2015 tour. Bush has supported the PDRA thus far by contesting cars in NAS Racing Pro Extreme and Precision Turbo Pro Boost with driver Tommy D’Aprile. After a complete overhaul of his program during the off season, Bush got a late start in PX this year and is still waiting for updates to be completed on his 409 bubble top Chevy for Pro Boost. However, the Florida businessman has never slowed down in his enthusiasm for his racing operation or for the PDRA.
“You can’t say enough about the Scruggs family,” said Bush. “They keep that thing going. You can’t find better people than that. I just love those guys, Jason and Mitchell. They’re doing a great job with the PDRA. They do whatever they have to do and go above and beyond. My wife and I enjoy being around those people, being around the PDRA as far as that goes. We look forward to every race. We missed the first three because the car wasn’t ready yet, but we’re on board now. It’s great out there. It’s a great bunch of people. I’m just hoping we can get some sponsors on board to help fund it and take some of the burden off the owners. That’s one of the reasons I’m stepping up. I felt like I needed to. They’re just so damn nice to me. I really wanted to do it, because they’re just such a great bunch of people.”
PITTSBORO, NC – Mike Hill, better known as ‘The Hitman’ to his competitors, has been a standout in outlaw racing for years. He cut his teeth street racing during his teens before he wised up and switched to the safety of the strip. He quickly fell in with the outlaw racing scene as it gained popularity among racers in the Southeast. While Hill’s racing operation saw a lot of success, he desired to use his passion to also make a living.
The opportunity came along to team up with famed promoter George Howard and Hill quickly found his second niche in drag racing. “Racing was my biggest hobby,” he told. “Why not take something you love and try to make a living off of it? I started doing promotions around 2000 working with George Howard at Huntsville Dragway. We put on a race for Outlaw 10.5 with $20,000 to win. We started from there, putting up big money for Outlaw 10.5 cars and it just grew.”
International Christian Film Festival winner starring John Schneider set for late summer
NASHVILLE, TN – Word Films proudly announces it has reached a distribution deal with the makers of “Adrenaline,” the International Christian Film Festival winner starring John Schneider and written, produced and directed by Joseph Quinn Simpkins.
“Adrenaline” is the story of a drag racer whose life is changed forever by a near-fatal car crash that leaves him partially paralyzed, forcing him to face new circumstances as he ulitmately learns to race again. The film, scheduled for release late this summer and available to film fans through the Tugg.com, also stars Gregory Alan Williams, Charlene Amoia and Michael Rosander.
Growing pains affect racers and teams at all levels in the exciting sport of drag racing and in 2015, Performance by Fisher Racing has had their fair share. After finally getting to debut their brand new 2015 American Race Cars Top Dragster in mid-May, sans any testing, the team felt a little behind in where they had hoped to be by that time of the season.
The power plant for the new car is relatively the same Ohio Crankshaft 547ci BBC F2 ProCharger combination that the team had utilized over the previous three seasons with Kevin Fisher behind the wheel. Starting this season, Kevin has stepped out of the driver’s seat to concentrate more on the tuning and the crew chief side while Kathy Fisher has assumed double driving duties of both the new Armor Coat Ceramic Header Coating/Ohio Crankshaft/Borla/K&N car and the team’s K&N Filters/Borla Exhaust Super Comp ride.
PITTSBORO, NC – The Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories provide some of the tightest and toughest competition in drag racing. As the fastest and quickest sportsman level categories, these bad boys of bracket racing judge times dialed in to a hundredth of a second at speeds over 200 MPH. The ability of the drivers and crew to predict their cars performance and then gauge the finish line at those speeds is mind boggling.
Don’t be fooled by the ‘sportsman’ title of these classes. Racing at speeds at or above 200 MPH, these guys and gals let it all hang out to make the field each event, and then turn right around and provide some of the best side-by-side racing in eliminations.
PITTSBORO, NC – The list of PDRA partners continues to grow as M&M Transmission joins the team. M&M Transmission, based in Jefferson City, MO, is an innovator of high performance transmissions, components and torque converters. Their transmissions have contributed to countless race wins and national championships in classes across the board.
“Numerous customers of ours run the PDRA and we want to support those that support us,” told M&M Transmission Service Manager Mike Dippold. “We want to thank our customers. This is our way of giving back.”
PITTSBORO, NC – Discovery Channel’s hit reality show, Street Outlaws, has been the source of much controversy, and the show’s colorful stars welcome it with open arms. Street Outlaws hot-headed and confrontational characters draw attention on and off the screen. Now, two of the stars are ready to join PDRA action for the Memphis Drags, August 20-22.
Daddy Dave and Chuck will run a best of three match race in conjunction with the second annual event at Memphis International Raceway. Chuck is widely known as the hothead of the Oklahoma City street racing scene. His ‘89 fox body Ford Mustang is outfitted with a Chevy engine, giving diehard Ford and Chevy fans plenty to argue about. His opponent, Daddy Dave, has a sponsor willing to do anything it takes to keep him on the top. This reigning “King of the Streets” is trading in his tricked-out ‘96 GMC Sonoma for an even more impressive Chevy II Nova.