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HOLLYWOOD, FL – NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway winners, Morgan Lucas, Mike Neff, Vincent Nobile, and Andrew Hines all join Joe Castello, along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro. To listen now, go to http://www.wforadio.com/
Morgan Lucas,driver of the GEICO/MAVTV Top Fuel driver, stops by WFO Radio to discuss his victory in Houston, his team’s effort en route to victory, and his final round battle with Antron Brown.
John Force Racing Funny Car driver, Mike Neff, talks about JFR winning six races in a row to start the season, keeping the momentum going, and his thoughts on a great start to the 2012 NHRA season.
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COMMERCE,GA – College student and Funny Car racer Blake Alexander just finished a week of challenging finals, working on earning a degree in Communications. Now he heads toAtlantafor the NHRA Southern Nationals to complete another challenging task: pilot the Auto Service Plus nitro Funny Car down the hot Atlanta Dragway. Career-best numbers at his previous race inCharlottegive Blake extra confidence.
“I think it raises the confidence in everyone on the team, but at the same time we’re just going to take it one step at a time. The conditions in Atlanta will be unlike any that we’ve raced in all year, so we’re going to take it step-by-step to see how the new supercharger fits in,” said Alexander.
This event marks the first full year that Blake has been driving a nitro Funny Car. He began testing and licensing runs in the Paul Smith’s Top Fuel School Funny Car following this event in 2011. Now three competitive events in to his Funny Car career, Blake says he’s more confident in his driving.
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The 2012 Tim Thorne Rookie of the Year Award by Sam LoVetro Automotive will award a cash prize of $250 to the winner at the yearend banquet.
That winner will be the driver who is new to the TNTSS in 2012 and has the most points at yearend.
Started in 2011, this award was created in the memory of the late Tim Thorne. Tim was a well-known contributor to the local drag racing community in the southern Ontario area for many years who passed away last year.
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Santa Ana, CA—The inaugural Chevy High Performance Magazine Nationals will kick off June 1-3, 2012 and it will be featuring the exciting and popular X275 category at the famed Atlanta Dragway (Commerce, GA). The event is open to all Chevy/GM powered vehicles, including Mustangs and other non-Chevy 275 drag radial cars.
The racers will be competing for $2,000-to-win along with a generous contingency payout that offers $300-per-sticker to the winner and $100-per-sticker to the runner-up—42 leading performance companies are posting contingency awards for over 90 products.
“We are excited to have the X275 program as part of the Chevy High Performance Magazine national event,” says Henry De Los Santos, editor of Chevy High Performance Magazine. He continues, “the X275 racers can look forward to excellent media coverage by our magazine and many other major media outlets.”
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Baytown, TX – Chris Demke and the Maddern Racing Team left the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals with a homework assignment. After being schooled in the second round of eliminations by Mark Taliaferro, the team is going into research and destroy mode.
“We just got beat,” said Demke. “It happens, and we are not happy about it. Now we are going to have to find a few more hundredths. Our quest for more horsepower is on. I know the Maddern Racing brain trust will find what we need.”
The Texas weekend started out with several solid qualifying runs. Friday’s first session 5.420/270.22 was good but the Peen Rite/OSI/801 Racing Team wanted more. The second session on Friday saw them step up to a 5.328/271.84. It was a move in the right direction. Saturday’s final qualifying time of 5.448/267.32 was not an improvement.
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NORTH TONAWANDA, NY – “Well, we have got seven races this year, so that is seven chances to win one.”
Jack Grainy, driver of the Grainy Brothers 1967 Chevy Camaro Pro Modified, has been racing in the Pro Modified Racing Association since the series’ inception in 2005, and has yet to win an event. So, in the hopes of getting that illusive first win, the team has boosted its effort with some new engine equipment for 2012.
“We are ready to go,” said Grainy, who has been racing since the mid-1970s. “We have beefed up the engine and have a new blower setup with the help of Mike Janis.”
He noted the team has installed a new data logger in the help of getting down the quarter mile with more success.
The Camaro, a G-Force Race Cars product, is powered by a 526-cubic inch Brad Anderson Supercharged Hemi built by Mike Janis Racing. A PSI Screw-type Supercharger sits atop the engine, which also features a Mike Janis Racing fuel system. This is backed up by a Lenco three-speed, and the car is capable of five-second runs at over 240 mph. The team placed eighth in the PMRA Championship Point Award Series in 2011.