photo courtesy of Comp Plus and Roger Richards
RICHMOND, VA – After a 41 day break in the action between NHRA races featuring Pro Stock competitors Shane Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro made two solid runs at Virginia Motorsports Park. The first day of qualifying at the Virginia NHRA Nationals was highlighted by one of his quickest runs of the season, a solid 6.655 seconds, by the young Australian. The pass has Tucker sitting in the provisional No. 12 spot heading into Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions.
“I am excited to see the improvement from the first session to the second session. We are starting out with better runs in Q1 and getting quicker. We are getting a handle on this Auzmet Camaro and I am looking forward to tomorrow,” said Tucker. “I didn’t mind the break between races. I was able to go back to Australia and work on some business projects. I am glad to be back racing for sure. ”
On his first pass Tucker made his inaugural run at Virginia Motorsports Park and posted a 6.715 second, 206.16 mph pass. The run was good enough to position Tucker as the No. 10 Pro Stock car after the first session.
But even the veteran admits it has been a bit strange being off for nearly six weeks. The extended break comes to an end this weekend at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, and that’s the good news for Brogdon, who is excited to jump back into the mix with his RBR Machine Chevrolet Camaro.
“It feels like we’ve been off for a year,” Brogdon said. “I’m ready to go. We’ll go in and see what happens, but I think we’ll be good. I’m looking forward to racing in Virginia. The fans are fantastic there.”
Brogdon wasn’t a part of NHRA’s return to the track a year ago after nearly a decade absence, but he has fond memories of the highly-regarded facility, racing in both Pro Stock and competition eliminator on the same weekend at a previous race there.
ENNIS, TX – The Texas Motorplex, home of the historic AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, held October 17-20, is teaming up with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to offer military and first responders free tickets to the annual NHRA national event. The “Buy a Ticket, Give a Ticket to a Military or First Responder” campaign was announced Wednesday by NHRA Top Fuel World Champion and long-time Chris Kyle Frog Foundation supporter Steve Torrence during the Horsepower Shootout event with world champion roper Tuf Cooper.
“I have been a supporter of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation for many years,” explained Torrence. “This is an awesome promotion by the Texas Motorplex and I am proud to have Capco Contractors involved as well. Everyone needs to show their appreciation to our military and first responders whenever they can. This is just one small way for me to say, ‘Thank you’ to so many people who have made and continue to make sacrifices for our country and Texas.”
MOORESVILLE, NC — When NHRA Pro Stock made the switch to electronic fuel injection (EFI) in 2016, championship-winning tuner and consultant Justin Elkes saw an opportunity to bring his EFI expertise to the forefront while simultaneously growing Modern Racing, his wiring and electronics business.
Modern Racing began providing custom Holley EFI wiring harnesses to many Pro Stock teams, which was a catalyst for growing the business into the multi-faceted organization it is today. The harnesses were wired primarily by Mitch Jackson, who would eventually come on board with Modern Racing full-time and form the foundation of the business’s wiring shop.
Jackson has an extensive background in wiring and electronics paired with a lifelong passion for anything automotive.
DINWIDDIE, VA – After a six-week layoff, Pro Stock is back and Erica Enders couldn’t be more excited. That the class is returning at Virginia Motorsports Park, the site of this weekend’s Virginia NHRA Nationals, makes it even better for the two-time world champion.
The NHRA returned to the facility last year for the first time in nearly a decade, wowing every competitor and fan that entered the gates. It has Enders eager to be back in a Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Camaro she hasn’t campaigned since early April with Pro Stock’s new 18-race schedule.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been out of the Pro Stock car this long,” Enders said. “I’m excited and anxious to get back at it. I love going back to Richmond. The Franklin family (who own the track), they’re racers and they get it. The way they treat people from the time you pull in, it all shows how much it matters to them. I’m excited to go back and I know how awesome that track surface is.”
New ownership group takes over for 60th anniversary season
LANCASTER, NY – The 60th anniversary season of racing at Lancaster Speedway & Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park kicks off this Saturday with a Test & Tune session for the IHRA Drag Racing program.
Following of a winter of uncertainty surrounding the facility, local businessmen Vito Antonicelli and Mike Swinarski purchased the 77-acre property and will continue to operate it as a motorsports venue as well as bring in additional events to compliment the 2019 racing schedule.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel dragster team are making their way to the Virginia NHRA Nationals, the eighth event on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season schedule, sitting inside the top 10 of the NHRA Mello Yello points standings.
In a close side-by-side race during the first round of the recent NHRA Southern Nationals, Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team laid down a 3.849-second pass at 321.42 mph that was only narrowly bettered by three-thousandths of a second. The strong first round effort came after Prock made a move from the 15th qualifying position to 11th during a rain hindered two days of qualifying that only allowed a single try in each lane. Although it was his fourth first-round exit, Prock has continued to boost his rookie resume. The first-year driver has three second-round finishes and a career-best elapsed time of 3.699-seconds and speed of 334.15 mph.
“Every time I go down the race track, I’m learning new things and trying to improve my skill set. That first round in Atlanta was a tough loss for this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team. We were close, it was a solid side-by-side race but we just couldn’t get the job done,” said Prock. “We’ve had a weekend off to get things back on track and I’m in the mindset to go out there and go some rounds in Richmond.”