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CTech Manufacturing Named Title Sponsor for Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals

ORLANDO, FL – Race officials announced today that CTech Manufacturing, an industry leader in the manufacturing of racing carts, cabinets and drawers, has been named the title sponsor for the upcoming Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals, which takes place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway.

The inaugural event puts the spotlight on Pro Mod and Pro Stock, as winners in both classes at the CTech Manufacturing World Doorslammer Nationals will receive $50,000. CTech Manufacturing has built an impressive resume in drag racing and motorsports, but the highly-anticipated event marks the first time the company has stepped into the title sponsorship role in drag racing.

“We’re excited about it because we’re throwing our hat in the ring to be a title sponsor in drag racing,” CTech Manufacturing Vice President Dean Lee said. “We’ve done it in NASCAR, but never in drag racing. We saw what Wes (Buck, Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director) and Richard (Freeman, Elite Motorsports team owner) had in mind and we threw our hat into the ring. It just seemed like a great opportunity for our company.”

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Johnny Pluchino Renews Strutmasters.com Sponsorship for 2020 Mountain Motor Pro Stock Season

OAKDALE, NY – Johnny Pluchino, a second-generation Mountain Motor Pro Stock (MMPS) driver, announced today his plans to run a combination of NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock races and PDRA Extreme Pro Stock events this season. The 29-year-old recently renewed his partnership with Strutmasters.com to serve as the primary sponsor on the 2013 Ford Mustang owned by his father, 2016 PDRA Extreme Pro Stock world champion John Pluchino.

“I couldn’t be happier to extend my partnership with Chip Lofton and Strutmasters.com,” said Pluchino. “I really want to get them a couple Wallys this year. We also have the continued support of Jon Kaase Racing Engines, Ram Clutches, Book Racing Carbs and Precision Racing Suspension. We have two new partners this year that we’re excited to work with, Hoosier Racing Tires and NGK Spark Plugs.”

Pluchino’s 2020 schedule is made up of five of the six races on the NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock schedule, plus a selection of events on the to-be-announced PDRA Extreme Pro Stock schedule. Pluchino will run the NHRA races in Charlotte (spring race), Richmond, Chicago, Brainerd and St. Louis.

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Legendary Greg Anderson Thrilled for Pro Stock’s Headline Status At $50,000-To-Win World Doorslammer Nationals in Orlando

ORLANDO – When it comes to one-off, big-money Pro Stock races, there has simply been nobody been than Greg Anderson.

Anderson dominated the NHRA Horsepower Challenge during its existence, winning a Pro Stock-best seven times in 14 appearances. While that specialty race is no longer around, the legendary driver has his sights set on another big-money race, the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals.

It takes place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway and will pay $50,000 to the winners in Pro Stock and Pro Mod. It matches the payout of the Horsepower Challenge events, which always seemed to bring out something special in Anderson. Now, he’ll try to recreate that magic in Orlando.

“I loved that race. I would somehow find an extra gear and I always looked forward to those races,” Anderson said. “It’s fun, there’s no stress and you’re not worrying about points. It definitely worked out in our favor a lot of times, so I’m looking forward to this.”

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Richard Freeman Talks Excitement Of $50,000 Pro Stock Payday at Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals Presented by Elite Motorsports

KIRKSVILLE, MO – A major milestone calls for a major celebration, which is why Elite Motorsports team owner Richard Freeman wanted something big to help celebrate the 50th year of Pro Stock.

A $50,000 payout and a major spotlight definitely does it.

Both will happen at the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by Elite Motorsports, which takes place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway. The event will put the spotlight squarely on the stars of Pro Stock and Pro Mod, offering up $50,000 to the winners in each class at the must-see event.

Considering the special year for Pro Stock, Freeman thought it only made sense to sponsor an event that already has the doorslammer world buzzing.

“It’s the 50th year of Pro Stock and we wanted to do something cool for the class and, of course, we love door cars, so marrying it with Pro Mod and having that specialty race right before Gainesville, I thought it was a cool time for a big-money payout,” Freeman said. “We wanted to do that and I think it’s the first time something like this has been done for Pro Stock and Pro Mod at the same race. I’m excited about it and looking forward to it.”

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Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals Presented by Elite Motorsports Offering $50,000 to Pro Stock, Pro Mod Winners at Orlando

ORLANDO, FL – With big money on the line, Pro Stock and Pro Mod will grab the spotlight and take their place as the marquee attractions for the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by Elite Motorsports, which is set to take place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway.

The first-time event will hand out $50,000 to the winners in both Pro Stock and Pro Mod, and a bevy of stars are expected in both NHRA classes. With the race taking place a week before the NHRA Gatornationals, the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by Elite Motorsports gives the star competitors in Pro Stock and Pro Mod a chance to start their season off right with the potential for career-best performances and a shot at a huge payday – plus a massive spotlight on two premier doorslammer classes.

“Right now today, the best drag racing happening on the planet is happening in Pro Stock and Prod mod – period. These are two eliminators that I believe are headline attractions, yet they rarely get that kind of treatment,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said.

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Drag Illustrated Unveils Fifth Annual 30 Under 30 List at PRI Show

INDIANAPOLIS – The highly anticipated 2019 Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 list was revealed during its annual press conference on Friday at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis. The 2019 DI 30 Under 30 list and its members are the focus of Drag Illustrated’s December Issue, No. 151, which includes standout bracket racers Gage Burch and Matt Dadas on the cover.

With a list featuring a strong contingent of talented young drivers, crew members, tuners, fabricators, track owners, media members and other drag racing insiders, the annual Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 selections continue to put a spotlight on the rising stars in the sport. The diverse group in 2019, which features prominent personalities from numerous classes, series and countries, was selected by a panel of Drag Illustrated staffers after reviewing thousands of nominations from the drag racing community that stemmed from the nomination process.

“I’m incredibly proud of the group we’ve put together for the fifth annual 30 Under 30 list,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said. “It’s so critical to keep an eye on the future and look for the next group of stars and standouts that will keep drag racing moving forward. This is a group more than capable of doing that, and these young talents represent so many great and amazing things going on in our sport. I can’t help but smile when I look at this list and see what they’ve all accomplished already in drag racing, and it has me excited to see what all of their futures hold.”

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Drag Illustrated to Unveil Fifth Annual 30 Under 30 List at PRI Show 

INDIANAPOLIS – The fifth annual Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 list presented by Moser Engineering, ididit and Thermo-Tec will be revealed during its official press conference and magazine cover reveal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Now in its fifth year, the annual 30 Under 30 list will be announced in the PRI Press Conference Center. The cover of Drag Illustrated issue 151 will also be released during the press conference, and one-on-one interviews will be available following the press conference with Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck, as well as the 30 Under 30 honorees in attendance. For the first time, all honorees will also receive commemorative 30 Under 30 jackets from Classic Graphix.

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