Dale Armstrong, 1941-2014
Dale Armstrong, whose talents as a driver, tuner, fabricator and innovator rivaled those of drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, died Thursday at his home in Temecula, California, with his wife, Susie, and their menagerie of rescued dogs and cats by his side. He was 73.
Although he was best known as crew chief to Kenny Bernstein when the Texan won five of his six NHRA championships, Armstrong was much, much more. In fact, he already had completed one successful career before he and Bernstein joined forces in 1982.
Born in Holden, Alberta, Canada, Armstrong developed his mechanical skills modifying hot rods in his family’s garage. He started racing in 1957 and, in 1965, moved to Southern California because it provided him an opportunity to race his Chevy II up to five days a week.
His driving career took off in the mid-1970s with the debut of the NHRA’s Pro Comp category in which fuel altereds, Funny Cars and dragsters raced against one another in a heads-up format.
Armstrong won NHRA Pro Comp events in four distinctly different vehicles – a BB/Funny Car, an A/Fuel Dragster, a AA/Fuel Altered and a Top Alcohol Dragster which, at the time, was designated AA/DA. It was from that “AA” designation that Armstrong’s “Double-A Dale” nickname was derived.
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Warner Robins, GA – I can think of no better American figure, past, present or future, than John Wayne to express how I feel about America, the good ole’ US of A! As I watched this video, I realized how blessed I am to live in this great nation. Yes, we have our difficulties as all societies do, but none the less, we are so very fortunate to call the USA home.
Warner Robins, GA – Today is Memorial day, a day our nation sets aside to honor those who have given their all for the freedom we enjoy as Americans. Through my many years of service in the US Military, one honor that never lost it’s sense of deep responsibility was when we’d return one of our hero’s from overseas.
The following video ‘Angel Flight’ and song that accompanies it, captures the very essences of how a crew felt as they escorted home a fallen comrade.
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Orlando, FL – The ADRL released it’s 2013 schedule at a 10:00 am press conference at the 25th Annual Performance Racing Industry show. The schedule has 7 events, for now, and return to the traditional tracks that made the ADRL world famous.
The categories featured in the ADRL are Junior Dragster, Pro Junior Dragster, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Mod, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest full bodied class in all of drag racing. The ADRL will revive it’s standard of being the only major professional drag racing organization in existence that offers thousands of FREE TICKETS to every action packed event.
Commerce, GA – Tony Nesbitt got a real scare during the third round of qualifying in Super Street when a fuel line broke as he was clearing the motor. His was able to get out unharmed and it appears the car was not hurt thanks to the quick reaction of the Atlanta track crew.
Sunday morning update – the team worked all night and have the car back together. We will see Team Midnight in round one of Super Street.