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Kawasaki rider wins second race and takes points lead

Courtesy of PBSS

CAYUGA, ON – Some consistent passes and a quick reaction time in the final gave Randy Hope the victory in the second Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products event, held on the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park June 12.

The Pro Bike racer from London, Ontario, defeated Pro Sled racer Michael Swartz of Woodstock, Ontario in the event final to win his first PBSS race.

This new series is comprised of Pro Motorcycle drag and Pro Snowmobile drag machines, and each division races separately, and the top eliminators from each division are paired for an event final.

Hope ran an 8.723-second, 141.37 mph winning pass over the 8.717-second, 164.87 mph effort of Michael Swartz. Hope qualified number three on the Pro Bike side with his Lil’ Hope Racing 1978 1500-cc Kawasaki, and Swartz was number one on the Pro Sled side riding the Team Modfather 2003 Yamaha RX-1 1000-cc, turbo-charged sled.

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Janis Hopes Recent Performance Will Aid the Search for New Marketing Partners

Courtesy Mike Janis Racing Inc.
Photos By Johan Lindberg  

Elma, NY– In the last three races Mike Janis and his Eaton Aeroquip backed team has begun their climb up the point’s ladder. The Elma, NY based team has seemingly found the consistency that all drag race teams look for.

“We have made some very good progress these last three or four races. We have a unique combination that no one else out here is running so we are forced to learn from our own mistakes. Our converter program has helped us not just behind the bellhousing but in front of it. It has forced us to look at things that we never paid much attention to in the past.  We are going for the Championship. Hopefully we can keep going rounds and make enough noise for people to want to become marketing partners with our team; it’s getting rough out here fighting the bigger teams.” We are looking for partners this year and especially major and associate sponsors for the 2012 season, added Janis.

While the new torque converter program that Janis is running may have helped the team find consistency it has also helped award them with a 75 pound weight penalty. The NHRA has implemented a new rule adding 75 pounds to any vehicle in Pro Mod competition utilizing a torque converter. This will once again force the Janis team to learn what their combination will teach them.

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JOE MORRISON RAISING AWARENESS FOR COPD FOUNDATION

Courtesy of Morrison Racing

Englishtown, NJ – When NHRA Nostalgia Drag Racer Joe Morrison notices a problem, he is bound and determined to turn it into a positive. This year, with the assistance of his beautiful 1948 Fiat-Topolino Injected-Alcohol 190 mile per hour Altered, the business man from Flemington, NJ will proudly display the branding of the COPD Foundation in attempt to raise awareness for the estimated 24 million adults who are living with this disease.

“Joe is a great example of how a family member can make an impact by dedicating his life to raising awareness of the disease that affects his father,” says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “He’s incorporated the COPD awareness message in what he loves to do. Every family member of an individual living with COPD can do the same, and if they did, imagine how many more lives would be improved.”

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases, encompassing emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and severe bronchiectasis. 

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Utah’s biggest drag race to get underway this Friday and Saturday at RMR

Courtesy of IHRA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – In anticipation of one of the largest motorsports events in the state of Utah this Friday and Saturday, Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker has officially declared that Friday, June 17 will be “Salt Lake Nitro Jam Day” in the city in advance of the Salt Lake Nitro Jam presented by NAPA Auto Parts this weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

After last year’s Salt Lake Nitro Jam debut broke attendance records at the track and produced a full weekend of championship drag racing and entertainment, the excitement surrounding Nitro Jam’s return to the city has been overwhelming as drivers from all over North America prepare for two days of thrilling action at the beautiful Rocky Mountain Raceways facility.

“We are very honored to have Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker acknowledge our 2011 Nitro Jam event with his proclamation of June 17 being Salt Lake Nitro Jam Day,” said Mike Eames, General Manager at Rocky Mountain Raceways. “It is out biggest race of the 2011 season here at Rocky Mountain Raceways that attracts some of the best racers in the county to the Salt Lake Valley. To have the support of the local community is awesome.”

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Darrin Grubb wins at Xtreme Mayhem Nationals at TMP’s Cayuga Dragway

Courtesy of Quick 32

CAYUGA, ON – A strong consistent race car gave Darrin Grubb and the Grubb Racing Team a victory in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts event at TMP’s Cayuga Dragway June 10-12.

“This has been an awesome day,” noted Grubb, driver of the Top Sportsman 2004 Chevy Cavalier, after the race. “Everything worked perfect.”

Grubb eliminated Top Dragster driver Michael Hinbest in the final of the event with a 7.22-second, 194.86 mph run over Hinbest’s 6.361-second, 212.46 mph effort. Working with a Sportsman-style, dial-in race format, Grubb, from Pine River, Ontario, got a big jump on Hinbest of Orangeville, Ontario and his Bos Top Dragster in the final, and the supercharged dragster of Hinbest could not catch the Cavalier at the top end.

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Wurtzel to make Top Fuel debut at Canadian Nitro Jam events

Courtesy of IHRA

EDMONTON, AL – With the help of past IHRA Nitro Jam Top Fuel world champions Bruce Litton and Bobby Lagana Jr., Indiana native Kyle Wurtzel will finally realize his lifelong dream of competing in Top Fuel at the upcoming Canadian Nitro Jam national events June 24-26 at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton and July 16-17 at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend.

Wurtzel, a former nostalgia Nitro Funny Car competitor, made the switch to Top Fuel in 2010 when he purchased one of Litton’s dragsters and then received his Top Fuel license later that year. Now, after a year of preparation and with the backing of two former world champions, Wurtzel is ready to make his official Top Fuel debut beginning at the Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals in Edmonton next weekend.

“The KWR racing team is overwhelmed with excitement and ready to mix it up with past world champions,” Wurtzel said. “To get an opportunity to run against these legends is unbelievable, but to have these two guys help me along in my Top Fuel career is a dream come true.

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‘Mr. Explosive’ ready to defend Salt Lake Nitro Jam title

Courtesy of IHRA 

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – In the spring of 2010 Nitro Jam made its debut at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City. 

Also making their Nitro Jam debut that same sunny afternoon in the mountains of Utah was Nitro Funny Car pilot Mark Sanders, better known in the racing world as “Mr. Explosive.”

Two days and two thrilling races later both Rocky Mountain Raceways and the thrilling “Mr. Explosive” were suddenly household names in the IHRA.

Not only did the debut event at RMR bring out record crowds and produce incredible racing, but that same weekend the loud, exciting and over-the-top Sanders swept the new Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car category and began his quest to become Nitro Jam’s next big star.

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