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Comeaux, Hughes Make History at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular

PORT ALLEN, LA — Perry Comeaux and Brian Hughes made history as the first winners of the new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular races Saturday at State Capitol Raceway.

Comeaux from Praireville, La., was the winner of Saturday’s Moser $10k race. Hughes from Diana, Texas was the winner of the LaQuinta Inn & Suites $5k race, which was moved up to Saturday night due to a wet weather forecast.

The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to produce a double-race weekend with increased purses that is affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week. Saturday’s action did just that.

Comeaux was presented an IHRA Ironman Trophy and a large championship check for $10,000 for his efforts. Brad Roberts of Carthage, Texas captured the $2,000 runner-up prize.

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CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT ROYAL PURPLE

BAYTOWN, TX – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series came to town this past weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. Brenda Grubbs, Tim Snively, Lyndon Rutland, and Koy Collier celebrated with their teams in winner’s circle.

Grubbs, Magnolia, Texas, squared off against fellow Texan Craig Gualtiere of Amarillo in the Super Stock final round. Grubbs took the lead from the starting line and never looked back as she earned her second national event Wally trophy with a victory pass of 9.284 seconds, 138.47 mph. Gualtiere recorded a runner up pass of 9.691 seconds, 132.43 mph.

The Stock final round between Snively, Fayetteville Ark., and Brandon Bakies, Alexandria, La., came down the wire. Bakies took a small lead off the starting line, but Snively was able to catch and edge him for the victory peaking at 11.745 seconds, 110.84 mph. Bakies followed up at 11.091 seconds, 114.30 mph.

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WINNERS CROWNED AT NHRA NORTHEAST DIVISION OPENER

RICHMOND, VA – In the results from Virginia Motorsports Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Justin Ashley, Plainview, N.Y., and Mathew Gill, Brockton, Mass., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Ashley, worked his way through the field and ran 5.238 seconds at 277.89 mph in his final round victory over Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., who clocked in at 7.614 seconds, 120.22 mph.

Gill faced off against DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., and posted a winning run of 5.508 seconds, 268.22 mph in his ’16 Camaro. Cox suffered mechanical issues in his runner up finish.

In the MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance it was a busy weekend for local racer Mark Payne, from Waynesboro, Va., who raced in both classes taking home victory in Top Dragster and a close runner up finish in Top Sportsman.

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For Better or Worse – The journey of Ricky and Michelle Furr

GALAX, VA – When two people pledge their love and agree to spend a life together, they never quite know what the road ahead holds, especially for couples in which drag racing is involved. The journey for Ricky and Michelle Furr has been full of life’s typical – and not so typical – ups and downs. With Michelle in the driver’s seat of various hot rods and Ricky crewing her to a respectable amount of NHRA, IHRA and other event wins, they’ve seen a fair amount of “for better” in their marriage.

Last year, however, there was quite a bit of “for worse”. After partnering with Marvin Benoit and Papa Motorsports and debuting the first C7 Corvette Roadster at the tail end of the 2016 season, 2017 followed with one bad break after another. New car blues hit, and, even when those weren’t plaguing the Furrs, they were often headed home early.

“New car blues hit us, silly little things,” Michelle explained. “When it wasn’t anything with the car, it was one of those years where if I had a .001 package, the guy in the other lane had a .000 package. If I had a .010 package, they had a .009 package. It was like that in Super Gas and in the dragster. I really began to doubt myself. Maybe I’d lost it. Maybe it’s just not meant to be.”

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The World’s Fastest Fords Take Over Maple Grove Raceway!

18th Annual CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Nationals Presented by Vortech Superchargers

The Keystone Automotive NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals returns to Maple Grove Raceway for an action-packed weekend of racing May 4-6 as drivers of the world’s fastest Fords return to Eastern Pennsylvania for their only stop of the year in the Northeast.

Already the 2018 season has produced numerous record runs, and with good air usually around the first weekend of May in Pennsylvania, more of those records could be broken. Could we see the first-ever nine-second run in G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock? It could happen as drivers in this highly competitive sealed engine class have been running in the low-10’s already this year. Another class to keep an eye on is the new Steeda Limited Street class, an entry-level, single power adder class, which debuted at Bradenton back in March.

Racing however isn’t the only thing happening at Maple Grove Raceway the first weekend of May. Along with the great on-track action, there is also plenty going on off the track. Take some time to check out the Manufacturers Midway, where you can talk one-on-one with several performance parts manufacturers about their products for your ride. You can also stroll around the UPR Products All-Ford Car Show, as some of the nicest rides around will be on display both Saturday and Sunday, if you’re looking for some used parts, the Swap Meet may have exactly what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re into classic Ford or Modern Fords, show cars or 200 MPH Street Outlaws, the 18th Annual CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals Presented by Vortech Superchargers will be able to quench your thirst for all things Ford!

Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett, Beckman and Schumacher Advance to Semifinals at Houston 

Jacob Pitt of Mansfield, Texas earns Dodge Top Finisher award in both Stock Eliminator and Super Stock

Defending SpringNationals event winner Pritchett turned heads on Saturday afternoon when the Mopar Dodge dragster rocketed to the top with an impressive 3.680-second pass. The team earned their first No. 1 qualifier of the season and was set up for success on race day. Led by crew chief duo Todd Okuhara and Joe Barlam, the team dismissed of Top Fuel newbie Terry Brian in the opening round on Sunday with another sub 3.7-second pass, the lowest elapsed time of the opening round.

In the second round, Pritchett defeated rival Steve Torrence in one of the best side-by-side races of the day. Pritchett got the edge on the starting line and posted a 3.740, 320-mph lap over Torrence’s 3.778-second effort.

For the first time all weekend at the track near Houston, teams faced sunny skies for the semifinal round and Prichett’s dragster hazed the tires in the semifinal race against Terry McMillen. McMillen also struggled down the tricky 1,000-ft course but was able to take the win light.

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BRITTANY FORCE WINS NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

BAYTOWN, TX — Just four races after being involved in a serious crash, Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force piloted her Monster Energy dragster to the winner’s circle at the NHRA SpringNationals on Sunday. Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car finals and Courtney Force had a first round finish at Royal Purple Raceway just outside of Houston.

Brittany Force picked up her eighth career win, first of the season and first at Royal Purple Raceway when she raced to a 3.762-second pass at 299.46 mph to defeat Terry McMillen’s 3.818 at 311.56. The result comes after months of recovery for Force. As a result of her devastating crash at the season opening NHRA Winternationals, Force had an overnight hospital stay and has continued to go to physical therapy.

“This is a big win for us because our season has been so up and down. Our wreck in Pomona was a tough start,” Force said. “Leaving Pomona last season we were on a huge high. We won the championship and that is something every driver dreams about. We were able to do that and then coming out to the opening race of the season at the same track in Pomona it was the ultimate low. It was really tough in Phoenix getting back in that car. My guys knew it and for me I didn’t care about winning the race. All I cared about was getting back in the car and making runs. Gainesville was when I really felt like it was game on. This win is big for us. It puts Pomona behind us and it pushes us towards another championship. It’s because of the support system I have around me – sponsors and my team – that got us here today. I feel great now. I am back in the gym but not a 100% back.”

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