HEBRON, OH – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will race in the Buckeye State for the first time this weekend at the inaugural PDRA Super Strip Nationals, July 19-21, at National Trail Raceway. The all-eighth-mile event will feature competition in several professional and sportsman categories, as well as a performance by Nashville recording artist PJ North.
One of the stars to watch this weekend is John DeFlorian, who’s having a career-best season in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock. Driving the Amsoil ’16 Camaro, DeFlorian raced to two No. 1 qualifying positions and his first-ever PDRA win in the first four races of the season. His goal for the Super Strip Nationals is to rebound from a first-round loss at the PDRA Firecracker Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park last month.
“We’ve had a really good start to the season,” said DeFlorian, who last raced at National Trail Raceway in 2009. “We stubbed our toe a bit in the first round at the last race in Virginia. We hadn’t been shaking the tires all year until that first round, and we were puzzled by that. We figured out what had happened when we got back to the pits, so going into Columbus, I’m feeling optimistic and I’m looking forward to it. If we just stay focused on doing what we’ve been doing all season, I think we should be OK.”
JOLIET, IL -Tony Elrod, Howell, Mich., and Jacob Elrod, Harrod, Ohio celebrated with their family Sunday, after they both reeled in victories during this past weekend’s Lucas Drag Racing Series, Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Raceway.
In the Super Comp finale, Tony Elrod squared off against Larry Bernshausen, Manito, Ill. Elrod scored the holeshot win running 8.924 seconds, 175.80 mph and took home the divisional Wally trophy. Bernshausen followed up at 8.925 seconds, 177.07 mph.
Jacob Elrod took on Justen Moser, of Portland, Ind. Elrod took the lead and held off Moser for the Super Gas final round victory. Elrod ran 9.902 seconds, 159.19 mph. Moser 9.878 seconds, 152.38 mph.
Local runner, Matt Sackman, of Channahon, made his debut in Top Alcohol Dragster, and made it count, earning his second career victory; scoringthe holeshot against Julie Nataas, Santa Barbara, Calif.. Sackman ran 5.357 seconds, 273.83 mph. Nataas runner upped at 5.414 seconds, 275.17 mph.
Woodburn, OR – In the final results from Woodburn Dragstrip and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Les Schwab Tires Challenge, Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., and Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Cowie, worked his way through the field and ran 5.296 seconds at 273.63 mph in his final round victory over Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., who clocked in at 10.147 seconds, 85.51 mph.
Payne, faced off against Jirka Kaplan, Calgary, Alb., and posted a winning run of 5.748 seconds, 260.86 mph in his ’18 Camaro. Kaplan drove to a 5.826 second, 245.09 mph lap for his runner up finish.
In Super Street and Super Comp, a pair of brothers were close in making the win a family affair. Josh Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., took home the Super Street win in his ’61 Camaro with a pass of 10.863 seconds, 155.03 mph. Brother Michael met up with Marion Hurst, Tacoma, Wash., who put an end to the Dalrymple sweep taking out Michael with a run of 8.909 seconds, 175.33 mph to take home the win in Super Comp. Michael, Sunnyside, Wash., tripped the clocks at 8.945 seconds, at 178.78 mph for his runner up finish.
Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar Thunders into Denver, Marks Milestone 30th Year of FCA US Event Sponsorship
Auburn Hills, MI – The Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar is rumbling into Bandimere Speedway near Denver on July 20-22, and the Dodge//SRT brand is marking its first year as title sponsor at Bandimere Speedway. The weekend will feature the reveal of two new race vehicles, the kickoff of a fan contest featuring the popular Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators and much, much more.
The Dodge//SRT brand’s involvement in 2018 also marks a three-decade milestone: it follows 29 years of title support by current presenting sponsor Mopar, making this the 30th consecutive season of FCA US event title sponsorship at Bandimere, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary.
The action at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar will begin on Thursday, July 19, with the unveiling of two new Dodge//SRT and Mopar race vehicles at a pre-race press conference near Denver. The vehicles will be on display to the public for the first time later that night in downtown Golden, Colorado, at the Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil.
In addition to fun-runs, there was Nostalgia Drag Racing League competition, and in the series’ Pro Comp category, Dave Bommarito blasted to the win with an 8.51 on an 8.50 index over Gary Leever, while in Pro Gas, Phil Stamps secured the win with a 9.52 on a 9.50 index over Shawn Grant. In Pro 7.50, Bo Boles used a 7.61 to defeat Kelly Key, and in Pro 7.00, Billy Smith won with a 7.00 over Jeff Sanborn.
In Hot Rod Eliminator, Joseph Luzar Jr. landed an 11.42 on an 11.47 dial to defeat Josh Carpenter despite breaking out, and Gasser Magazine Nostalgia Gas A-G class competition saw Ron Doran, David Bowen, Larry Cousino, Graeme Tyler, Freddy Wilkerson, Dale Healy and Mike Anderson earn wins. In Gasser Magazine Nostalgia Gas, Steve Tanzella took the win with a 10.03 on a 9.90 index over Craig Murray, and in Gasser Magazine Competition Gas, Larry Shawberry sailed to the win with a 10.13 on a 10.00 index when Jay Rust broke out. That set the stage for the Gasser Magazine Run-Off between Tanzella and Shawberry, and Tanzella won when Shawberry couldn’t complete the run.
The 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing has become a destination event for both racers and fans for more than a decade. Billed as the largest gathering of heads-up doorslamers in the nation, it’s no wonder.
With both the racers of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Series and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs racing together there will be 25 racing classes plus the always exciting True Street class highlighting the four-day event which gets rolling with a test session on Thursday July 26th.
The event concludes with the presentation of Nitto Tires Diamond Tree Champions Ring © to the winning team on Sunday evening. Last year it was the drivers of the NMRA who took the rings. Can the NMCA strike back this year?
Regardless of where your brand-loyalty is, the non-stop racing from early in the day until late in the evening serves as an adrenaline injection for any drag racing enthusiast. With record-setting car counts expected in many of the heads-up classes, plus the addition of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, this year’s race will likely be the largest race in the past 13 years.
She would watch racers work on their cars, and then she would watch them wheel to wins.
All the while, she would be thinking about how she wanted to be doing exactly what they were doing, and how she wanted to wrangle up some tools, wrench on a car and go wide-open throttle down track.
But at the time, racing was a male-dominated sport, and the twenty requests for a competition license that she sent to the sport’s sanctioning body between the years 1962 and 1963 were rejected.
While she was decidedly disappointed, she was determined, and she was not willing to be deterred. Finally, in 1964, in the 1937 Willys Gasser she had purchased for $750, she became the first woman to receive a license to drive a supercharged car in the National Hot Rod Association.
She immediately began traveling from race track to race track with her close friend and crew chief, Nancy Leonello, by her side, and when she wasn’t busy putting gas in her tank or pulling the heads off of her engine, she was competing in the C/GS — or C-Gas Supercharged — category.