Written by Ian Tocher
SUWANEE, GA – Just a couple of weeks ago Ronnie Davis was relaxing with friends and family at the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA’s) Division 2 banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. Seated with girl friend Michelle Dearing, Mike and Lisa Greg of Tracstar Satellite Systems, Brent Fisher of Goodyear Tires and daughters Michelle and Bridget, who both flew in from Houston to join the celebration, the Suwanee, Georgia-based golf cart dealer was savoring his second NHRA Div. 2 Top Sportsman championship.
Not one to rest on his laurels, though, the man they call “The King” was back in action this past weekend in the Davis Golf Cart Sales Automatic Pro Mod class during the 7th annual U.S. Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park in south-central Florida, the first of five races he has planned over just six weekends.
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HOLLYWOOD, FL – John Force, Robert Hight, Ashley Force Hood, and Mike Neff with all make appearances tonight on WFO Radio following major announcements about the future of John Force Racing. In addition, the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart will join host Joe Castello, live tonight at 7 p.m. ET on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen live or on-demand following the show, go to WFORadio.com.
On tonight’s WFO Radio, John Force will discuss major announcements made at the John Force Racing press conference, his family’s new addition, and the formation of a new John Force Racing entertainment subsidiary.
Robert Hight, the 2009 NHRA Funny Car Champion will discuss his promotion to President of John Force Racing, his sister in law’s big announcement, and the 2011 season.
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Gainesville, FL – Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has announced that he will be making his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut at the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, March 11-13, at historic Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.
The 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion will be competing for one of the 16 qualifying spots in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class in the Shell Dodge Avenger for Allen Johnson and J & J Racing.
“Pro Stock is the tightest pro category as far as the elapsed time is concerned and it’s not going to be an easy task,’ Busch said. “I feel me teaming up with Allen Johnson and the Mopar folks, we’ve given ourselves the best opportunity to make the show.”
Busch spent a good part of his busy offseason testing with Allen Johnson and he earned his NHRA Pro Stock license with an impressive best-pass of 6.576 seconds at 210.43 mph at Bradenton, Fla.
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GLENDORA, Calif. – After reviewing feedback from the Performance Aftermarket Advisory Council (PAAC) and a majority of NHRA contingency sponsors, NHRA officials announced today the creation of an innovative program for Super Stock and Stock class eliminations, which will be introduced at select NHRA national events during the 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Series season.
The new program will feature a 12-race class-eliminations schedule for Super Stock and Stock that will offer double contingency payouts at four of those events. A new bonus-points program will be instituted for the eight non-paying class-eliminations events, and season-ending contingency payouts will be awarded to two National Class Performers (stick and automatic divisions) in each category. Finally, to enhance competition in class eliminations, new stick and automatic combo classes will be created in Super Stock and Stock to group those classes that are represented by only one car.
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Gainesville, FL – The 2011 Division 2 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events will feature an addition of 3 select “index” classes to the program. All three index classes will be running for the coveted Wally trophy and will be collecting points toward the 2011 Division 2 Championship title.
Rules will parallel the popular NHRA Unleashed program and are available at www.nhraunleashed.com
· Deep staging is allowed in all index classes. Courtesy staging is not required. The tree is in Autostart mode, and will not be held to allow extra time to deep stage.
· Index classes will be laddered on a Sportsman ladder beginning 1st round.
· Index classes will be run on a Pro Tree.
· Delay boxes and/or timed throttle stops prohibited. Mechanical type throttle stops permitted. Any adjustment during the run prohibited. Timers of any kind associated with, but not limited to, fuel and/or nitrous delivery, throttle control, vehicle performance criteria, etc. are strictly prohibited. Transmission brake and two-steps are permitted.
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Glendora, CA – Furthering the ongoing initiative to improve the racing experience for fans at NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events, NHRA has announced a two-pronged approach to minimize excessive downtime as a result of oildowns and track preparation.
NHRA has invested in additional trackside cleanup equipment and implemented strict oildown penalties, which will include monetary fines and championship point deductions for violations.
“We recognize that oildowns are part of racing,” said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president of racing operations. “But we polled our fans, and they indicated that, though a part of racing, excessive downtime on the track has a negative impact on their experience. We believe the added equipment, coupled with across-the-board oildown penalties, will lead to less oildowns by all competitors, shorter downtime on the track, and a better experience for our racers and fans at NHRA national events.”