BRISTOL, TN – After Johnny Pluchino unexpectedly made his PDRA Extreme Pro Stock debut at the recent PDRA North-South Shootout in Maryland, the second-generation wheelman is eager to make his quarter-mile debut in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock exhibition at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 14-16 at Bristol Dragway.
“This is a really big race for us,” Pluchino said. “There’s so many things going into this race. I’m preparing for it like it’s one of the biggest races of my life because it might be.”
Pluchino, the defending world champion and current points leader in PDRA Pro Outlaw 632, is set to drive the Strutmasters.com ’13 Ford Mustang previously driven by his father, 2016 PDRA Extreme Pro Stock world champion John Pluchino.
The younger Pluchino made a couple test runs in the car during the PDRA Virginia race in May, then was given the chance to enter Extreme Pro Stock competition at Maryland just hours before qualifying started. It wasn’t as quick of a decision as one might think, but Pluchino took his father up on the opportunity and qualified No. 4, gaining valuable seat time in the process.
Aeromotive Gears Up for Big Weekend Close to Home at NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park
TOPEKA, KS – Aeromotive Inc., the market leader in fuel delivery systems and components, is commemorating its 25th year in 2019 and one of the biggest celebrations will take place this weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka.
The company will have a major presence at this weekend’s Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties in Topeka, bringing all of its employees to Heartland Motorsports Park, which is just over an hour from Aeromotive’s Lenexa, Kan. headquarters.
Aeromotive also sponsors the left-hand lane at the facility, while president Steve Matusek will be driving his turbocharged Aeromotive 25th anniversary Ford Mustang in the NHRA Pro Mod class as well.
“We’re super excited for this weekend. It’s great to have the opportunity to bring our team out to a race of this magnitude,” Aeromotive Vice President Jeff Stacy said. “In total we have nearly 200 people coming out to spend time in the pits with Steve [Matusek] and the Aeromotive Pro Mod Mustang as well as longtime Aeromotive racer Larry Larson, who’ll be attempting to set the street-legal elapsed time record this weekend.”
The first question many have asked, “Is it true, is the track really for sale?” The simple answer is yes, Maple Grove Raceway is for sale. The more complex answer being that it is not just the Raceway being listed for sale. The listing includes campground facilities, expansive income-producing parking, several residential rentals, office/event buildings, numerous outbuilding, racing equipment, etc.
The next question asked is “Why? Why is the track being listed for sale?” Well, this is where one answer is just not enough, because there is not one single reason. Above all, the original families of the founder, Alfred Stauffer, have decided to pursue other personal interests. Running a world famous facility and maintain approximately 450 acres is not an easy venture. The families are seeking new owners for Maple Grove Raceway now because they want to see the track continue and advance to the next level.
DIAMOND BAR, CA – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is expanding its youth outreach efforts by partnering with the NHRA’s Youth & Education Services (YES) Program. This initiative enables SEMA to reach and introduce students to the excitement and opportunities in motorsports, whether as a spectator, career or an overall lifestyle.
Through the program, middle and high school students attend NHRA races, often for the first time in their lives. As a sponsor, SEMA is committed to supporting efforts to introduce youths to the unique environment found at race tracks and helping to grow the automotive aftermarket performance industry.
“We all remember our first time at a race track,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “We never forget the adrenaline and rush watching Top Fuelers top 300 mph in a matter of seconds. It’s inspiring to see that same excitement in kids’ faces, and to watch as fascination takes hold of them.”
Union, SC – Team owner Ven Eman and driver of the Aruba.com Mustang Trevor Eman have made their way back stateside, traveling from their home country of Aruba to their race shop base in Union, S.C. to prepare for the 2019 race season. Team Aruba is eager to build upon the monumental new foundations laid late last season when Mountain Motor Pro Stock began a relationship with the National Hot Rod Association. Eman and team debuted their new Jerry Haas-built Mustang at the Big Go with positive results, both in on-track performance and NHRA fan reception.
In January, NHRA announced a four event exhibition schedule for Mountain Motor Pro Stock. Team Aruba will compete at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in North Carolina April 26-28.
“We are looking forward to seeing the Mountain Motor Pro Stock category more in 2019,” said NHRA vice president of competition, Ned Walliser stated in the January announcement. “These drivers are eager to run at NHRA national events and offer an exciting new showcase for fans.”
HOUSTON – The top drag racing series in the world will be in action this weekend at Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil, with NHRA professional drivers competing in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Mod and Top Fuel Harley.
Located in Baytown, just off the Grand Parkway, HRP is hosting the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil for the 32nd time. Widely regarded as one of the quickest tracks on the planet due to a near-sea level altitude, fans have come to expect big things at this event. This weekend should be no exception.
“We’re excited to welcome all of our racing family back to Baytown and to once again host our legion of fans that literally come from around the world,” track General Manager Seth Angel said. “Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran drag racing supporter, watching Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars go from a standing start to the finish line in just a few seconds at a speed of 330-plus mph is always a thrilling experience.
“We also have the excitement of Pro Mod cars this year, along with nitro-burning Top Fuel Harleys, and once you add in all the Sportsman action to the four professional classes, it’s going to be a full weekend of top-level racing.”
A Houston-based driver, Capp qualified for the Moser Sportsman Shootout in Super Gas out of the year-long points battle during the 2018 NHRA racing season, and would face off with 15 other drivers from seven different NHRA classes in the eighth-mile race-within-a-race competition.
The following are round by round results from the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout at Texas Motorplex:
Slate Cummings, Ponchatoula LA, ’00 Corvette,(0.035) 6.51 6.503 -0.007, def. Austin Williams, Waxahachie TX, ’72 Duster, (0.042) 7.04 7.013 -0.027
Norman Marsden, Santo TX, ’66 Chevy II,(0.027) 6.52 6.523 0.003, def. Craig Gualtiere, Amarillo TX, ’05 Cavalier, (0.036) 6.01 5.997 -0.013
Rick Legaux, Kenner LA, ’11 Mullis, (0.246) 6.05 6.037 -0.013, def. Max McGlothin, Frisco TX, ’68 Camaro, (-0.025 foul) 6.50 13.573 7.073