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Perkins Looks to History for Pomona Finals

Courtesy of 801 Racing
Photo by John Rogers

Pomona, CA – Cody Perkins and the 801 Racing Team are looking to days gone by for inspiration. The venue is the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. It is at this track that Perkins ran his career best. A 5.33 elapsed time blast that he would like to improve upon. The motivation is in place and history is on his side.

“Pomona has treated us pretty good,” said Perkins. “In fact, when my father first ran Pomona he unloaded the car from the trailer and ran a 5.41. We also have made some big hits here and we are looking forward to the challenge”

Cody and his 801 Racing teammates have been busily preparing their Top Alcohol Dragster for the finals. Parts have been replaced, repaired and smoothed over. They will need everything to be right with the caliber of teams making the trip west for the last race of the year. The team is pumped up and ready to go down the quarter mile.

“We are excited about going to a tough race,” added Perkins. “The big teams are here and we want to beat the best. It means much more to run against a stout field.”

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Chris Demke Looking at Pomona for Redemption

Courtesy of Maddern Racing

Pomona, Ca. —   Chris Demke and The Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Team is hoping that the swinging pendulum gremlins are still gambling in Las Vegas so they can finish off their 2011 drag racing year in fine fashion.

“As a team, you always strive to be the best” said Demke, “we went from winning, to a DNQ in Vegas at the Nationals and the Division 7 finale. 

“Luckily, we are true veterans of this sport and look forward to rising to the “rebound” occasion here at our home track in Pomona.  It looks like we’re going to have some rain, but the forecast has improved significantly since Monday and I’m sure all the fans will get plenty of racing action.”

Maddern Racing enters this event in the 5th position within the Top Alcohol Dragster Champion National Points Championship Series and is based in Sun Valley, California.

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The Pro Bike & Sled Series Top Five for 2011 – Dan Cryderman – Number Two

Courtesy of PBSS

THAMESVILLE, ON – Pro Bike rider Dan Cryderman placed second in points in the Pro Bike & Sled Series Championship Point Award Series Standings for 2011, the first year for the popular drag racing series featuring motorcycles and snowmobiles.

The Thamesville, Ontario rider said along with his fine showing in the first season of competition, he enjoyed his off-track experiences during the six-race series.

“We had a pretty good year,” noted the former AMA (American Motorcycle Association) drag racer. “We had fun and we met a lot of new people.”

Qualifying for all events on the Cryderman Farms 2004 Suzuki, Cryderman’s season was highlighted with two final-round appearances on the Pro Bike side of the racing, plus an overall event win (at Grand Bend) over number one qualifier Jim Bernier of Stratford, Ontario after eliminating eventual PBSS champion Randy Hope of London, Ontario in the Pro Bike final.

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Ahten Ready to Bring the Noise to Pomona

Courtesy of Ahten Family Racing

Pomona, CA – Growing up in southern California, Johnny Ahten would go to the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and dream of driving an A-Fuel car. Starting Thursday, Ahten and his CleanBoost Dragster are planning on letting the whole neighborhood know about it.

“We want to make some noise,” said Ahten. “Everyone knows when the dragsters are running, In fact, they have walls and even special gates to keep the noise down a bit.”

Not wanting to sit still and remain quiet, Ahten and the team have freshened up the clutch packs, fine tuned the fuel system and have the parts ready to go some rounds.

“The car is telling us what it wants,” added Ahten. “It’s a good time of the year to run here and I know we can because it’s my home track.”

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A Fitting End To A Terrible Drag Racing Season

Written by Camp Stanley
Photo by Roger Richards

Hagerstown, MD – This 2011 season have seen things go from bad to worse to what we thought were great and then back to bad yet again. After we left the next to the last ADRL Norwalk, Ohio we were pretty sure we finally figured out what had been ailing our race car since the Topeka race in June. And FINALLY we got it right!

So off to the last ADRL race of the year in Dallas, Texas we went, sincere in our beliefs that all was once again well with the Appalachia on Steroids Camaro. We really had no desire to put the car away for the winter not knowing if we had truly solved our issues. We consciously decided to use the last race of the season as a test session and could help justify the expense by dropping the car off at Garret Race Cars in Marble Hill, Missouri after the race. We had scheduled the car into Garret’s after the Maple Grove race for some needed updates and some chassis work that could only be done on a chassis shop jig.

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IHRA to hold $200,000 Summit Sportsman World Finals at Memphis in 2012

Courtesy of IHRA

NORWALK, OH – With renovations complete and the track ready to go, the International Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of championship sportsman drag racing to Memphis International Raceway.

The track, located in beautiful Millington, Tenn., will host three full days of sportsman drag racing at the IHRA World Finals in October of 2012 featuring three distinct races and the crowning of champions in all of IHRA’s sportsman categories.

“Memphis International Raceway is honored to be the host track for the 2012 IHRA World Finals,” Vice President and General Manager Pam Kendrick stated. “Next season marks the initial year for the IHRA and MIR partnership to build a successful program for the racers. We are excited to cap off our first full season as Memphis International Raceway with the World Finals.”

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Coughlin, Hight, Bennett, Reinhart on WFO Radio

Courtesy of WFO

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Jeg Coughlin, Robert Hight, and Bobby Bennett join Joe Castello along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart tonight at 7 pm ET. To Listen, go to WFORadio.com

4-time Pro Stock World Champion, Jeg Coughlin Jr. stops by WFO Radio to give details regarding his return to the NHRA Pro Stock wars in 2012, driving a Mopar.

Robert Hight of John Force Racing, stops by preview the final race of the 2012 season and stump for votes for his team that was nominated for the Full Throttle Hardest Working Crew Award.

CompetitionPlus.com editor, Bobby Bennett brings the heat with his championship perspective.

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