Courtesy Rick Jackson Racing
Topeka, KS – A fourth-consecutive National Hot Rod Association final round appearance for the Rick Jackson Racing team at the NHRA Supernationals contested at Heartland Park Topeka, provides more important Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series points for the Centre Pointe Collision Center sponsored team’s quest to capture the NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car World Championship.
Entering final eliminations, driver Tony Bartone and the Rick Jackson Racing / Centre Pointe Collision Center Ford Mustang Funny Car found themselves qualified in the number three position, after recording a solid 5.625 in a shortened due to severe weather qualifying session.
“The weather delays on Friday gave us only one chance at the track on Friday, so we wanted to be sure to lay down a good base-line to improve on,” stated team owner Rick Jackson, the owner of Centre Pointe Collision Center in Santa Clarita, Calif. “Qualifying has been highly diverse for our team this year; from sitting on the pole, to being the last qualifier.
Courtesy of Maddern Racing
Famosa, CA – The Southern California based Top Alcohol Dragster Team of Maddern Racing with Chris Demke as the pilot, are ready for racing action this weekend at the third of six Pacific Division 7 Lucas Oil Racing Series Event in Famosa, California.
This event is the sixth race for the Peen Rite / Clean Boost Performance Oil Partnered team this year. They currently sit fourth within the National Points Championship chase.
“We had a very tough weekend during our last race at the Vegas Nationals” noted Demke, “our team, along with several others, experienced a manufacturer’s heaven with the amount of carnage we experienced that kept us from making it to the Semi Finals.
Courtesy of WFO
HOLLYWOOD, FL – Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals winners Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Jason Line, and L.E. Tonglet join Joe Castello along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen now, go to WFORadio.com.
Jack Beckman, coming off his second victorof the season, discusses his team’s strong performance, the rivalry between himself and John Force being over hyped, and how competing in the NHRA tests a driver’s character.
DSR Top Fuel driver, Antron Brown celebrates his second victory of the season. Brown talks about playful jabs back and forth between himself and event runner-up Tony Schumacher, the level of competition in the Top Fuel eliminator, and the intensity required for success on the NHRA tour.
Courtesy of Trevor Wiggins
Canton, GA – Super Comp driver Trevor Wiggins created quite a buzz among fellow sportsman racers at the NHRA Summit Southern Nationals since converting his motor set-up to electronic fuel injection (EFI) after teaming up with Holley Performance Products and Hilborn Fuel Injection.
Wiggins, who runs a 602-Steve Schmidt engine in his silver Undercover dragster, moved away from the traditional carburetor system found on most dragsters thanks to support from Holley Performance Products and Hilborn Fuel Injection.
With the help of Holley EFI expert Doug Flynn, Wiggins put together some great packages in time trials and eliminations during the NHRA national event held in Atlanta, May 13-15.
Among 61 Super Comp racers, Wiggins ousted Ken Griffiths in round one. After ranking fourth on the ladder, Wiggins convincingly beat Jim Nash in round two with a tight 0.007 package. Wiggins went 0.007 on the tree and a perfect 8.900.
In round three, Wiggins met up with Kurt Damron. Wiggins, with a better reaction time, (0.030) 8.894, 175.75 m.p.h., narrowly lost on the break-out to Damron (0.032), 8.908, 167.07 m.p.h., who hit the wall after the finish line.
Courtesy of Roy Hill Racing
COMMERCE, GA – Roy Hill and Grant Lewis kept the Phoenix Racing / Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School Super Stock team’s hot streak alive at the 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals with yet another top qualifier and semifinal finish. This time it was Lewis in the Phoenix Racing 2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet who raced to the semis from the pole, while Hill drove the Coca-Cola / Alsco Cobra Jet to the class eliminations victory over Lewis in Super Stock/A-Automatic.
Lewis, from Jesup, GA, qualified on top with an 8.738 on a 9.70 index while Hill placed 12th in qualifying with a 9.019 before falling in the opening round to Tyler Caheely. Meanwhile, Lewis dispensed of Sal Biondo, Arthur Leong, and Kevin Helms on his way to the semis. There he would lose a close one to James Caro by .0078 seconds, running 8.834 on an 8.76 dial-in for a .074 package compared to Caro’s 10.068 on a 10.04 dial.
Courtesy of Paul Smith Racing
Commerce, GA – After completing his fifth career National Hot Rod Association Full Throttle Series race day start this past weekend at Atlanta Dragway, Jon Capps, driving for the Paul Smith Racing / Biesenbach Inc. Monte Carlo Funny Car team, is progressively improving and remains upbeat following a first round loss to the current NHRA Funny Car point leader, Mike Neff.
“We came here to compete, not just qualify and today Neff was just a taste better than us,” said Capps, the Las Vegas, Nev. resident who qualified in the number 11 position and recorded a career best elapsed time and speed during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. “We learned quite a bit during the weekend, but had some issues taming what was a very tricky right hand lane. I felt like I had a good light (reaction time) and the car was charging pretty hard in the first 60 feet, but about 300 feet into the run it started to rattle the tires and smoked the hoops. By the time I caught it, Neff had zipped by me to take the win.”
Courtesy of Tim Miller
ATLANTA, GA – After obtaining his NHRA Top Fuel license only months ago, Canadian Ike Maier qualified and competed in the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals, held over the weekend at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.
Maier qualified in his second-ever NHRA Top Fuel event, and was eliminated by NHRA champion Tony Schumacher in the first round.
The Top Fuel Dragster class is the quickest and fastest in all of drag racing, featuring 8000-horsepower cars which travel from zero to over 325 mph in under four seconds.
“It was a lot of hard work, but it all came together pretty quickly,” said Maier, who is from Tottenham, Ontario, just north of Toronto. “I stayed pretty calm, but it was a busy and exciting weekend.”