GLENDORA, CA – AMALIE Motor Oil has extended its title sponsorship of NHRA Championship Drag Racing’s traditional east coast opener in Gainesville, Fla., the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, in a multi-year extension agreement.
One of the most legendary races on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit, the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals is a destination race for fans and drivers alike. It also traditionally serves as the season opener for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle category.
“AMALIE Motor Oil is excited to announce the continuation of our title rights sponsorship of the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals,” said Rick Barkett, “We are fortunate to have one of the premier drag racing events in the world so close to our global headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The 50th anniversary Gatornationals this season was a huge success and we look forward to being an integral part of this great event for many more years.”
GLENDORA, CA – NHRA has named JRL Group to help manage and develop the ever-growing licensing program. Categories in the NHRA licensing program include apparel, electronics, and housewares, among others.
JRL Group, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, was founded in 1999 to help brands connect with consumers. They specialize in both outbound and inbound licensing programs, along with creating corporate strategic alliances. JRL Group has been successful in extending brands throughout the globe by handling all aspects of the client’s licensing program. JRL Group has represented a wide variety of clients in automotive, electronics, food, hardware, housewares, publishing, and sports.
STEVIE “FAST” JACKSON ENDS CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR WITH VICTORY DURING E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD ACTION AT LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS – Stevie “Fast” Jackson capped off one of the most impressive seasons in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service history, wrapping up his championship season with a victory over Todd Tutterow in the final round on Sunday.
The series was presented by Elite High Performance in Las Vegas and served as the final event of the 12-race 2019 season.
Jackson clinched his first career world title in the class at the previous event in Charlotte, but added one more dominant performance in his remarkable season. He qualified No. 1 in his blown Bahrain1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and then finished off the year by going 5.788-seconds at 247.84 mph in the finals to beat Tutterow. It gave Jackson his fourth victory this season and the ninth in his career.
B. FORCE & ENDERS GRAB WINS 150 & 151 FOR FEMALES, HAGAN & M. SMITH ALSO GET VICTORIES AT DODGE NHRA NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL
LAS VEGAS – A record-setting weekend for Brittany Force ended with a victory, as she won in Top Fuel on Sunday during the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It also served as the 151st overall win for females in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racing history, coming just moments after Pro Stock’s Erica Enders claimed the 150th female victory on Sunday.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Enders (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all also won in their respective categories at the fifth of six races in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The race also serves as the penultimate event of the 24-race 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Force, who set the national speed record in the class on Friday with an impressive run of 338.17 mph, broke the track E.T. record in the final round on Sunday, going 3.652-seconds at 334.73 in her Advance Auto Parts dragster to hold off points leader Steve Torrence during an epic final round duel in the 900th Top Fuel race in NHRA history.
JOHN FORCE AND PEAK LIGHTING IMPROVE THROUGH SATURDAY QUALIFYING AT THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
LAS VEGAS — John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Lighting Chevrolet Camaro SS team improved from their Friday qualifying to sit No. 3 heading into race day at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team ended qualifying in the No. 2 spot, Robert Hight and Auto Club of Southern California Chevy are eighth and Austin Prock with the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster are tenth.
In the third qualifying session, racing legend John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Lighting Chevy Camaro blasted down the dragstrip to cross the finish at 3.853-seconds and 330.72 mph. For a short while Force would take over the Funny Car No. 1 spot and set the track elapsed time record while also going fastest of the session. It wasn’t until the second to last pair that Force’s record would be outdone pushing him down to No. 3. The 16-time champ would have the chance to reclaim the top spot as the last pair of Funny Cars down track but had trouble early smoking the tires for a 7.276-second, 87.93 mph pass.
BECKMAN, PRITCHETT, ANDERSON & M. SMITH EARN NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AS TRACK RECORDS FALL AT DODGE NHRA NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL
LAS VEGAS – A day after setting the track speed record, Funny Car championship hopeful Jack Beckman made the quickest run in The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway history on Saturday, earning the No. 1 qualifying spot at the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil.
Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the fifth of six races in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The race also serves as the penultimate event of the 24-race 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Beckman powered to a record-breaking run of 3.835-seconds at 331.94 mph during Saturday’s final qualifying session, sending him to the top spot for the third time in 2019 and 27th overall in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge SRT Hellcat. Beckman will meet Terry Haddock to open raceday on Sunday. After going a Vegas-best 335.90 on Friday, Beckman and his team saved their best for last on Saturday, giving Beckman, who is second in points, valuable bonus points as he tries to track down leader Robert Hight.
LAS VEGAS – Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.
Top Fuel — 1. Brittany Force, 3.659 seconds, 338.17 mph; 2. Billy Torrence, 3.662, 332.34; 3. Leah Pritchett, 3.681, 328.38; 4. Mike Salinas, 3.682, 329.34; 5. Richie Crampton, 3.709, 327.03; 6. Terry McMillen, 3.714, 326.00; 7. Austin Prock, 3.726, 330.96; 8. Shawn Reed, 3.736, 321.04; 9. Doug Kalitta, 3.751, 329.67; 10. Steve Torrence, 3.765, 320.05; 11. Clay Millican, 3.811, 322.04; 12. Antron Brown, 3.888, 250.41; 13. Cameron Ferre, 3.942, 299.33; 14. Troy Buff, 3.945, 261.88; 15. Cory McClenathan, 4.110, 278.40; 16. Scott Palmer, 4.112, 226.32.
Not Qualified: 17. Justin Ashley, 4.136, 213.98; 18. Chris Karamesines, 4.323, 200.29; 19. Rob Passey, 9.116, 84.36; 20. Jim Maroney, 11.078, 66.14.