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.”
DINWIDDIE, VA — Sitting third in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings, Funny Car legend John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car team are gearing up for the Virginia NHRA Nationals looking to build upon their progress.
Force and the Brian Corradi and Danny Hood tuned PEAK Chevy Camaro team have been hard at work to stay fast and consistent as they race towards the driving veteran’s 150th win. With four semi-final finishes, one No. 1 qualifier and three quarterfinal appearances under their belt, it’s not far out of reach. At the recent Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga., Force secured the No. 3 qualifying spot and exited in the second round to rival Ron Capps, making it his first side-by-side race day loss to someone other than teammate Robert Hight his season.
“We didn’t get after it in Atlanta like we wanted to but I’ve got a good race car and I’m getting more confident. We’ve gone some rounds now and we’ll get to the final soon and get in the winner’s circle for PEAK,” said Force. “All of John Force Racing is doing good so I’m looking forward to getting back out there with them after being off for a weekend.”
DINWIDDIE, VA — Points leader Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car team are headed to the NHRA Virginia Nationals motivated to keep the momentum and secure their fourth win of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
With a No. 1 qualifier and victory at the Winternationals to kick-off the season, it’s no question success has been at the forefront for the two-time Funny Car world champion. Since then, Hight and the Auto Club team have continued the upward momentum adding two wins, four No. 1 qualifiers and one runner-up finish.
On his road of success Hight has tallied two NHRA history making moments, one at the 50th Anniversary Gatornationals when he became the first driver since 1987 to collect three consecutive No. 1 qualifiers, and again at the Southern Nationals when he secured the No. 1 spot making him the first driver since 1987 to be No. 1 in five of the first seven events. He also doubled-up with teammate Brittany Force at the Spring Nationals in Houston tallying the third John Force Racing double-up, all three have been Hight and Force.
Dinwiddie, VA – NHRA Virginia Nationals
Ron Capps enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car winner on tour after picking up his 62nd event win
Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty for the third time in 2019 as she continues to defend her Factory Stock Showdown Series title while chasing her first Top Fuel championship
Richmond is a ‘home track’ for lifelong Virginia resident Matt Hagan
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Driver of Matco’s Tools for the Cause Top Fuel Dragster
Matco’s Tools for the Cause to benefit the Fisher House Foundation
RICHMOND, VA – Shane Tucker and the Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock team are ready to get back on the track. For the first time the young Australian will be competing at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The event was added back onto the NHRA schedule lasy season after a decade hiatus. The new venue is on that Tucker is looking forward to adding to his resume.
“It is always exciting to go to a new track,” said Tucker. “I have heard a lot of good things about Virginia Motorsports Park. We are going to be ready and I know Rob (crew chief Rob Tucker) has been working on getting everything squared away for a successful weekend.”
It has been five weeks since Tucker raced down a quarter-mile drag strip but the delay may not have been as hard for him as some of his Pro Stock competitors. For the last five seasons Tucker has been a successful part-time racer while he built up his primary business, Auzmet Architectural. Long delays between races are a situation he has dealt with before.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team are headed to the Virginia NHRA Nationals fueled by their consistent performance that’s earned them a spot at the top of their category just eight races into the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season schedule.
Force and the Advance Auto Parts team led the pack at the recent NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga. She took the No. 1 spot after putting up a 3.720-second pass at 319.52 mph during Friday’s qualifying under the lights. It was her third No. 1 qualifier of the season and first at the facility. Force swept her way to her third final round appearance with three stellar runs in the .80s but fell short of taking home the Wally to reigning world champion Steve Torrance who tallied his second consecutive victory.
“I’ve been building my confidence with this team and they’ve given me a great race car. We almost had it in Atlanta and were the No. 1 qualifier and finished second, but I’m proud of these boys,” said Force. “I’m very impressed with this team and everything we’ve accomplished. My crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage are incredible to work with. They have this car running amazing and I’m excited to see what we can pull off in Richmond.”