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For Better or Worse – The journey of Ricky and Michelle Furr

GALAX, VA – When two people pledge their love and agree to spend a life together, they never quite know what the road ahead holds, especially for couples in which drag racing is involved. The journey for Ricky and Michelle Furr has been full of life’s typical – and not so typical – ups and downs. With Michelle in the driver’s seat of various hot rods and Ricky crewing her to a respectable amount of NHRA, IHRA and other event wins, they’ve seen a fair amount of “for better” in their marriage.

Last year, however, there was quite a bit of “for worse”. After partnering with Marvin Benoit and Papa Motorsports and debuting the first C7 Corvette Roadster at the tail end of the 2016 season, 2017 followed with one bad break after another. New car blues hit, and, even when those weren’t plaguing the Furrs, they were often headed home early.

“New car blues hit us, silly little things,” Michelle explained. “When it wasn’t anything with the car, it was one of those years where if I had a .001 package, the guy in the other lane had a .000 package. If I had a .010 package, they had a .009 package. It was like that in Super Gas and in the dragster. I really began to doubt myself. Maybe I’d lost it. Maybe it’s just not meant to be.”

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GC COOLING RELEASES 16V HIGH PERFORMANCE COOLING FAN

DES MOINES, IA – GC Cooling has announced the addition of a 16V Fan to their high performance fan product line. The 16V Fan was created after GC Cooling recognized a large demand for a high-performance cooling fan which could efficiently run on 16 volts.

Drag and circle track racers are opting to use 16 volt batteries to boost their ignition system as well as other components. The hotter spark caused by the higher voltage allows the vehicle to run a larger spark plug gap and boost the carburetor. When the hotter spark is combined with increased fuel, improved performance is achieved.

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BRITTANY FORCE ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY FROM POMONA, CALIF. INCIDENT

POMONA, CA — NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racer Brittany Force escaped serious injury after a racing incident in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Force’s Monster Energy dragster went out of control during the pass, made contact with the guard wall and came to rest past the finish line. She was responsive, speaking with medical personnel, and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Force suffered no major internal injuries but does have some bruising of the lungs. A CT Scan was negative and the MRI showed subtle findings likely from previous injuries. She was admitted overnight for observation simply as a precaution.

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DRISKELL RACING ENGINES SPONSORS BIG BUCKS AT EDDYVILLE

Driskell Racing Engines have signed an agreement with Eddyville Raceway Park, Oskaloosa, Iowa to sponsor the Big Bucks Bracket Bash, August 3-5.

Bracket racers in Top and Modified E.T. classes will run for the biggest bracket race purse ever presented at Eddyville Raceway Park.  Starting on Friday, August 3 will be a 32-car shootout featuring $2000 to the winner. On Saturday and Sunday, the winner in Top will collect $5000 and in Modified $2000 each day. Payout begins with 3rd round winners and the purse is guaranteed.

“For Driskell Racing Engines the sponsorship is about giving back to our customers of which many of them race at Eddyville” mentioned Matt Driskell. “Eddyville has great character and will be our home away from home a lot in 2018 as we like their classes and format.”

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U.S. Army NHRA Racing 20th Annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals Friday Qualifying Report 

The U.S. Army Racing duo of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown returned to Chicago with an eye on pushing the U.S. Army winning streak to six consecutive Top Fuel wins in the Windy City. Following Friday’s two qualifying sessions, Schumacher and Brown rank second and fifth, respectively, in the 20th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.

It was a homecoming for Schumacher, who now resides in Austin, Texas and the eight-time Top Fuel world champion and Chicago native opened his run for a sixth NHRA Route 66 Nationals triumph with a qualifying pass of 3.827 seconds at 314.24 mph aboard the U.S. Army Dragster for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to grab the fourth position. He followed that up with an impressive run of 3.758 seconds at 325.37 mph to climb up to the second position with two qualifying sessions remaining Saturday to set Sunday’s elimination ladder.

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Monster Energy driver Brittany Force claims No. 2 qualifying position for Norwalk

Robert #2, John #3, Courtney DNQ

NORWALK, OH – Brittany Force put her fellow NHRA Top Fuel competitors on alert Saturday for tomorrow’s Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

The driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster led both qualifying sessions Saturday with two solid passes, and will stand on Friday’s qualifying effort of 3.714 seconds – a career-best elapsed time at the track – at 327.66 mph. That put her No. 2, which she held throughout Saturday’s two sessions.

But most importantly, she achieved consistent passes in weather conditions expected to be similar on Sunday. Her third-round pass of 3.770 seconds at 325.14 mph was the second-quickest Top Fuel pass of any driver of the day, topped only by her slightly quicker pass in the final round, 3.767 seconds at 325.85.

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Robert Hight, Courtney Force quickest on Day 1 of  NHRA Nitro Spring Training

CHANDLER, AZ – John Force Racing driver Robert Hight turned the quickest overall elapsed time in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car class to lead all drivers in Thursday’s opening day of the Nitro Spring Training test at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Hight set the time of 3.886 seconds at 302.75 mph during his opening pass, in the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS. He was followed by Funny Car teammate Courtney Force in the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS. Force’s best ET was 3.894 seconds at 318.47 mph.

Hight said the goal of his initial run was just to get accustomed to the car.

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