LONDON, ON – It didn’t take long for the freshly minted partnership between the legendary Northern Force racing team and St. Catherines, Ontario based mobility company Kangacruz to hop into the winners circle, with the team taking the CAN-AM Stock/Super Stock event championship this past Saturday at historic St. Thomas Raceway Park in Sparta, Ontario.
After a nearly two-year hiatus from driving, and in only his second race at the controls of the team’s new GT/EA Chevrolet Cavalier, second generation racer Jory Elliott came up with a strong driving performance which, combined with the knowledge and experience of his Hall of Fame inducted father and crew member Kirk Vanni, propelled the team to success on the tricky 1/8th mile racing surface.
“We headed to the track Friday and did some testing to give me some seat time and to get a read on the updates that were made to the car during the off-season,” said Elliott. “That test session provided us with some good data to work with on Saturday and we feel it gave us an advantage over our competitors.”
TULSA, OK – At least they know his name. Despite recording a DNQ this past weekend in his NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series debut, veteran drag racer Keith Haney left Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS, having made his presence known and feeling thoroughly encouraged by the experience.
The Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties opened for Haney with a ceremonial reveal of his new Summit Racing Equipment 2016 Camaro owned and prepared by three-time NHRA Pro Mod World Champion Rickie Smith. Fans and media alike were wowed by the aggressive red-white-and-blue scheme that screamed Keith Haney Racing and prominently displayed his unique “You Know My Name” catch phrase on the car’s doors.
“Chris Davis and his guys at Kryptonite Kustomz did a great job on the wrap and gave me and Summit a look like no other in all of NHRA,” Haney stated. “It’s loud and in your face, just like I am sometimes, and I think it kind of stole the show, at least during qualifying.
ST LOUIS – This weekend, to celebrate what makes America great as we remember those no longer with us, the Premier Street Car Association and the Mid-West Pro Mod Series takes over Gateway Motorsports Park just across the river from St. Louis for the return of Heads-Up Hootenanny this Friday and Saturday.
The NHRA-sanctioned drag strip has hosted numerous PSCA events previously and is one of the best-prepped tracks in the country when it comes to the lack of predictability of Pro Mod racing. PSCA President Mel Roth and the PSCA have shattered numerous records at Gateway and doesn’t see that trend stopping this weekend.
“Chris Blair, Curtis Francois, and the amazing drag crew here consistently give us an incredible racing surface,” Roth said. “We’ve been here when the weather conditions are fighting us, trying to take the track away, and the track guys just keep giving us a track that was better than before. That rep goes a long way. The best drag strips attract the best drag racers and when you have the best, people want in on it. We’ve got a 235 guy coming all the way from Copenhagen! That’s what racing at Gateway is about; knowing no matter what happens, our guys are going to be treated like NHRA champions and get the same racing surface they get.”
Auburn Hills, MI – U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher wrapped up the rain-delayed NHRA Heartland Nationals with a semifinals finish for Mopar and Dodge//SRT on Monday, May 21, at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas.
Mopar Dodge//SRT racers finished the one-third mark of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with two drivers near the top of the ranks in Funny Car — Jack Beckman (second) and Matt Hagan (third). In Top Fuel, two drivers are also listed in the top five, with Schumacher in third and Leah Pritchett fifth.
Just following the conclusion of opening ceremonies on Sunday morning, a sprinkle of rain popped up and soon turned into persistent showers, leading to an extended eight-hour delay. Once racing finally began at 7 p.m. CT, Schumacher had his chance to exact revenge against Bill Litton, who knocked out the eight-time Top Fuel World Champion in the first-round at the previous event in Atlanta. “The Sarge” sent Litton home with a straight-down-the-groove 3.781-second elapsed time (ET) at 326.24 mph.
Cowie qualified No. 2 in Top Alcohol Dragster and faced off with Monroe Guest for the title and the trophy. The pair left the line together and stayed glued throughout the quarter-mile with Cowie edging out Guest with a 5.235 second lap at 275.62 mph to Guest’s 5.273, 272.83.
In Top Alcohol Funny Car it was Shane Westerfield collecting his eighth career and second win of the season with a lap of 5.508, 268.87. Gordon went into tire shake off the line and recovered quickly but could not catch Westerfield crossing the finish line in 5.838, 261.17.
READING, PA – Maple Grove Raceway hosts the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series NHRA Northeast division on
May 25-27. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Series’ presented by Select Performance will also run in conjunction with the event.
Gates at Maple Grove Raceway open at 7:30 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Time trials begin Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Comp Eliminator qualify on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.
TOPEKA, KS — Courtney Force secured her third win of the season, second consecutive, when she out ran teammate and reigning world champion Robert Hight in the Funny Car final Monday at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. It is Hight’s third runner-up finish of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Courtney Force was able to pedal her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS around Richard Townsend in the first round before powering her Funny Car to a 3.934-second pass at 328.54 mph narrowly defeating Matt Hagan and his 3.936 pass at 328.94 during the second round that took place Sunday night after an eight hour delay.
“It was a completely different day of racing when you compare the conditions from qualifying. We had to wait around eight hours and then had to pedal it in the first round. I actually had to pedal it a couple times but we were able to get that win light but we lost lane choice for the second round against (Matt) Hagan but man, my team laid down a solid number,” Force explained. “We gave it all we had and put it all out there with this Advance Auto Parts Camaro. It was a close race with Hagan and he is a great driver. I think we really gave the fans out there a really good show on that run. We really appreciate all the fans that stayed out here all day to support us.”