MONTGOMERY, AL – For the second time in his career, veteran E.T. bracket racer and longtime JEGS Mail Order associate Kenny Underwood has claimed a victory at the Mickey Thompson Million Dollar Drag Race. Driving his JEGS-backed dragster, Underwood made his way through a field of nearly 300 of the nation’s best sportsman drag racers to capture the massive $275,000 first-place prize.
“Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe this is really happening,” said Underwood, who was also crowned the Million Dollar Race champion in 2013. “Obviously, I’m very, very happy. I want to thank Randy (Folk, Million Dollar Race promoter) for having this race and JEGS for all their support.”
Racing late into the night, Underwood made his way through nine tough rounds of competition on the Montgomery Motorsports Park eighth-mile. In the final round, he staged against 17-year-old phenom Cory Gulitti of Spring, Texas, and won the with a 4.767 elapsed time, matching his dial-in prediction of 4.76-seconds. Gulitti broke out by running quicker than his 4.44 dial with a 4.435. Underwood’s path to the final also includes wins against successful E.T. racers David “Bird” Jones and Chuck Flanagan.
Ennis, TX – The 2018 NHRDA World Finals stormed into the Texas Motorplex this past weekend, literally. Between the sunshine on Friday night to the record rainfall and chasing tornadoes on Saturday to the sunshine on Sunday, the 2018 NHRDA World Champions were crowned at the NHRDA World Finals.
Friday night the Yukon Gear and Axle Sled Pulls got off to a great start in the Valair Clutches Limited Pro Stock Class where Dan Vallance and the Farm Truck took home the World Championship with an outstanding pull of 353.00 feet.
The South Bend Clutch Pro Stock World Championship went to Brad Ingram and the Scheid Diesel Dodge with a distance of 331.01 feet. It was Ingram’s 2nd NHRDA World Championship and first since 2014. In the Super Stock class it was defending World Champion Jim Greenway and his truck Luther taking home the World Championship with a pull of 326.07 feet. The Semi Truck class win went to Trevor Jackley and his Midwest Diesel Freightliner with a distance of 331.04 feet.
Saturday did not go as anyone planned. The rain started around 8:30 am and didn’t relent until well into the evening. But the real excitement started when the call came from the local sheriff’s office that the Texas Motorplex needed to be evacuated due to impending tornadoes that were headed towards the track. Luckily they missed the facility but the drag racing had to be postponed until Sunday.
MILLINGTON, TN — Hundreds of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries track champions, along with Summit Team Finals divisional champions from around the United States, Canada and Aruba, gathered at Memphis International Raceway Oct. 19-20 for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.
Representing nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks, drivers traveled from all over North America and Canada, coming from as far north as Palmer, Alaska making the nearly 4,000-mile trek and as far south as Oranjestad, Aruba, to the largest and most prestigious bracket racing championship in drag racing.
The IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions were crowned Saturday in Top (Box), Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster. The $200,000 program is the championship competition for IHRA member Sportsman racers and more than 8,000 racers compete in the program annually.
Harris, D’Aprile, Boone and Pluchino Clinch World Championships as PDRA World Finals Stretches to Monday
DINWIDDIE, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) crowned world champions in four of its five professional categories Sunday evening at the 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle and sportsman world championships will be decided Monday at the weather-delayed conclusion of the event.
First-time PDRA world champions Tommy D’Aprile (Moroso Pro Boost), Steven Boone (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock) and Johnny Pluchino (East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632) joined 2014 Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC world champion Jason Harris as the drivers clinching world titles.
Race officials decided to postpone the balance of eliminations during the second round of Pro Outlaw 632 competition Sunday night. Racing will resume Monday at 11 a.m. The PDRA will crown the World Finals winners and decide the world champions in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Top Sportsman 32, Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Top Dragster 32, Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster and Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Dew set in on the cold Virginia Motorsports Park eighth-mile Saturday night, leading Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials to postpone final qualifying at the 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals.
Qualifying in several classes was completed, while the remainder of Pro Nitrous final qualifying will kick off Sunday’s racing at the World Finals. The scheduled start time is 10 a.m.
“Even after the rain, we had every intention of finishing qualifying tonight and going into first round in the morning since this is the World Finals, but the conditions became unsafe,” said Bob Harris, PDRA race director. “The temperature was dropping and dew was coming off the cars as they went down the track. We want to finish this race on time, but not if it means sending our racers down a cold, unsafe track.”
ROCKINGHAM, NC – Jonathan Anderson qualified for the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout in two classes and advanced to the final round in both taking the honors as both Champion and runner up in the specialty event at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Rockingham Dragway.
In a year long points battle, Anderson, Williamson, Ga., qualified both his ‘05 Pontiac Super Street and his ’09 dragster in Super Comp. He then took out Matt Weston (Super Street) and Michelle Furr (Super Gas) in round one. Also qualifying in two classes was Red Boy, Ala., racer Jeff Strickland who beat Kenneth Stott in round one with his stock entry but fell to Lindsey Barker in Top Dragster.
Anderson advanced both cars in round two then took out Jeff Longhany, who had beat Strickland in round 2, and Sandy Wilkins in the semifinals to set up a final round match up with himself. Anderson and his team staged both cars for the final round photo then celebrated in winner’s circle with both cars and the Moser Sportsman Shootout Championship trophy.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Recent first-time Pro Nitrous winner Danny Sauro continued to impress when he topped Friday qualifying at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Sauro’s near-record 3.658-second pass at 204.35 mph led the 18-car Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC qualifying order after two sessions.
The other provisional No. 1 qualifiers in the professional classes are Tommy D’Aprile in Moroso Pro Boost, Jeff Dobbins in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ronnie “Pro Mod” Smith in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, and Johnny Pluchino in East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632. Tim Essick is the provisional low qualifier in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5.
After two sportsman qualifying sessions, the provisional low qualifiers are John Benoit in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Scott Moore in Top Sportsman 32, Camrie Caruso in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Tony Positano in Top Dragster 32. Defending world champion Amber Franklin holds the top spot in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster with a 7.901, while Connor McGee leads Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster with his .001 reaction time.