Courtesy of Carpenter Racing
CHARLOTTE, NC – Emerging from the most difficult period of his life, Charles Carpenter’s hope for 2011 is that it improves dramatically over a devastating 2010. The year will kick off on a high note this weekend when Carpenter is inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2011.
The Hall of Fame inductions will be the focal point of the 9th Annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo, to be held this Friday and Saturday, January 21 & 22, at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. The induction ceremony will begin at 1:30 PM on Saturday.
“This is right up there with the top honors that I’ve received during my racing career, and I’m humbled to be inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame,” Carpenter said. “To be considered a peer with some of the incredible names that are already in the Hall along with those being inducted this year is simply a dream come true.”
The dream began nearly forty years ago when Carpenter was a car-crazed young boy, spending his days building model cars and tagging along with his older brother as he raced his ’55 Chevy at the local dragstrips around Charlotte, NC.
Courtesy of NMCA
Santa Ana, CA – The NMCA is pleased to announce ATI Performance Products, one of the leading manufacturers of racing automative transmissions, torque converters, and balancers, as the sponsor for NMCA’s new 275 Drag Radial class in 2011. 275 Drag Radial developed from NMCA’s popular Street Radial class that showcased incredible ETs and MPHs on traditional DOT tires.
With the cars going faster and faster, and the increased popularity of 275 drag racing around the country, the NMCA is moving with the market by rewriting its Street Radial rules into the new ATI 275 Drag Radial class.
Courtesy of IHRA
Norwalk, OH – They are the quickest and fastest sportsman cars on the planet, and once again they are going to be a feature attraction at all Nitro Jam events in 2011.
Known as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, they are the premier sportsman classes in Nitro Jam competition and feature incredible racing, quick times and unique designs and the two classes will once again have an opportunity to showcase their talents on the biggest stage in the sport during the professional rounds of Nitro Jam competition this season.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature our two quickest and fastest classes during the professional rounds all season long,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Race Operations. “IHRA invented Top Sportsman and Top Dragster and we are the only ones really committed to showcasing these classes in front of thousands of fans and I’m very proud of that.
Courtesy of Super Chevy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Super Chevy Show will start its fourth decade of touring across North America later this spring, and will do so with GM Performance Division as the presenting sponsor. SCSW, LLC., the series ownership group made up of national event track operators, acquired the series prior to the start of the 2010 season. This accomplished team of owners has focused their efforts on making this tour one of the premiere automotive event series in the nation.
GM Performance Division will have large, interactive displays on the midway at designated events. This will allow fans, as well as car show, drag race and autocross participants the unique opportunity to see the latest products, Performance Parts/Chevy Accessories and specialized vehicles built by GM on display. Event patrons will get to see one-of-a-kind concept Camaros, Corvettes and specialty builds with many other production models.
Courtesy of ADRL
DOHA, QATAR – After qualifying in the top spot for the second straight race in the Arabian Drag Racing League, Alex Hossler was eager to finish the job this time.
That it took some good luck in the finals was of no concern to the Pro Extreme standout who had suffered his share of mishaps through the first half of the eight-race season.
The second half of the year is quickly proving to be a different story as Hossler was the top driver on both days in Round Five at Qatar Racing Club (QRC), finishing the job on Friday with a fortune-filled win in the finals against Von Smith.
Hossler went 4.09 to beat Smith, who struggled to a 7.94.
“We had some good runs and turned those into rounds wins and then in the finals, we got lucky,” Hossler said. “We had a lot of luck in the bank from the first three rounds and we made a withdrawal for this one.”
Courtesy of ADRL
DOHA, QATAR – Khalid Al-Balooshi found another way to outdo himself on Thursday.
Less than a week after the talented Pro Nitrous driver recovered from a fire to his car to win the fourth race of the eight-race Arabian Drag Racing League series, Al-Balooshi raised the bar during qualifying of Round Five at Qatar Racing Club (QRC).
With near-perfect conditions leading the way, Al-Balooshi went a record 3.80 at 197 miles per hour, taking the No. 1 qualifying spot in PN with one session remaining on Friday before eliminations.
“My team has been working very hard this week to try and squeeze every bit of E.T. and mph out of each run as we can,” Al-Balooshi said. “I want to thank all of them for working so hard and giving me such a good car each week.”
Courtesy of Jegs
Delaware OH – Racing in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series in 2010, Troy Coughlin enjoyed a lot of success as he posted a very respectable fourth place finish behind the wheel of his nitrous oxide-equipped JEGS.com Chevy Camaro. Racing against world class drivers all season, Coughlin’s performance was consistent from start to finish and he earned the dubious distinction of being the only driver in the class to qualify for all ten events in 2010. He also posted several semifinal finishes along the way.
“Overall, it was a pretty good year for us,” said Coughlin. “Being the only guy to qualify for every race says something not only about how competitive the series is, but also how solid our team is. Running a nitrous car, I felt like we were at a disadvantage against the supercharged and turbocharged cars but we were able to hold our own. At the last race in Las Vegas, we were sweating bullets because we struggled to qualify but we managed to get in and that helped us finish fourth.”