XENIA, OH – A pair of powerful JEGS.com dragsters are headed to Kil-Kare Raceway for this weekend’s 15th annual Ultimate 64 Shootout. The yellow-and-black attack will be led by confirmed JEGS Allstars racer Paige Coughlin and her cousin Makenna Brown, who is stepping up from the Junior Dragster ranks this year.
While waiting out COVID-19 restrictions, Paige has been getting herself back up to speed with a pair of races in the last two weeks, the ACE Super Slam at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio, and the K&N Spring Fling GALOT presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park in Dunn, N.C.
“Just like it was last season, my JEGS.com dragster is running really well,” Paige said. “The main thing is it’s repeating, which is what you want out of your car more than anything. My guys, Justin Beaver and Tony Collier, always make sure I’m 100% ready to go and I thank them for all their hard work during this extra-long off-season.
“I’m so thankful to finally be able to race again. It was a long time out of the seat but once we got started again it felt like I’d never left. We are trying to stay as busy as possible and I know the schedule will be packed from here on out but we’ll be ready.”
GLENDORA, CA – The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will roar back into action at famed Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, July 11-12, with Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series plus two special companion events.
The event is the first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event since the COVID-19 pandemic and will be the third of 19 events that make up the 2020 schedule. The event also will be the first this season for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, which was originally scheduled to begin competition at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in mid-March before all racing was halted.
The event, the first of two consecutive weekend events at the historic venue, will be covered on the NHRA on FOX family of channels including a live FOX national broadcast network for Sunday’s final eliminations and qualifying Saturday on FS1.
ST. LOUIS – During last Thursday’s ADRL LIVE presented by Twin Lakes Whitetails broadcast from his home in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., American Drag Racing League CEO Kenny Nowling announced the return of ADRL’s popular Battle for the Belts competition for the Pro Extreme class. The ADRL kicked its season off last weekend at the Texas Motorplex where Frankie “The Madman” Taylor took the first victory of the four-race series.
The Battle for the Belts has seen some of the top names in doorslammer history hoist the ADRL strap, including Taylor, John Lynam, Bubba Stanton, Jason Scruggs, Todd Tutterow, and Von Smith. This year’s field will see the top 4 PX racers after the third race on the schedule (to be revealed very soon) face off during qualifying Friday, Oct. 23 at the season-ending Dragstock event at World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis. The winner takes home $10,000 in cash.
“What’s cooler than a world championship belt around your waist?” said ADRL President Mel Roth. “It’s the coolest trophy in racing, hands down, and we’re stoked to bring this competition back. One of the first questions I was asked when I came to ADRL was ‘When are you bring back the Battle for the Belts?’ We’ve got a great Pro Extreme field this year and if Dragpalooza last weekend was any indication, it’s going to be a great battle.”
WEST SALEM, OH — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering returned to Draway 42 Saturday and Sunday with Zack Hawthorn and Jordan Freshour taking home the top honors in the Top and Mod class.
Huge fields of 500-plus cars Saturday and 450-plus cars Sunday provided tough competition for competitors throughout the weekend.
In the Junior Dragster beginner class finals Saturday, Brayden Baher from Amherst, Ohio defeated Parker Novak from Monroe, Mich. Baehr had a final run of 11.850 seconds at 54.84 mph against a 11.90 dial-in. Novak had a 11.884 second run at 54.45 mph against a 12.09 dial-in.
In the Junior dragster advanced class finals on Saturday, Peyton Novak from Monroe, Mich., defeated Roman Iocoangeli from Monroe, Mich. Novak had a winning pass at 9.004 seconds at 72.48 mph against an 8.94 dial-in. Iocoangeli had a quicker but losing final of 8.935 second at 72.16 mph against an 8.90 dial-in.
Marion TX – With two rounds of qualifying under their belts the Funny Car Chaos group ran one more round to set the two 8-car fields competing in eliminations later in the day. Terry Haddock leads ‘group A’ qualifying with a record setting set of numbers while Andy Mears comes in atop of ‘group B’, with everyone having a chance to improve their number and move up, or down, the elimination ladder.
Funny Car Chaos qualifying, round 3
Ken Singleton, 3.7297 @ 205.86
Jonathan Johnson, 3.8662 @ 193.30
Steve Vang, 4.3552 @ 155.28
Dustin Bradford, 4.5500 @ 139.02
Marion, TX – For those missing the cackle of Nitro Funny Cars it’s a big weekend at Alamo City Motorplex, just outside of San Antonio. It’s been several years since a field of Funny Cars raced in anger, but the Funny Car Chaos group stepped up to fill the void. The FCC group is a touring series running tracks around the country in several states, for championship points.
With two events in the 2020 books(Lufkin, Tx, Oskaloosa, Ia) defending Champion Ken Singleton(High Risk) leads the points by 9 over Steve Vang(Weekend Warrior) and Chris Schneider(Brutus) tied for second.
Some of the cars closely resemble their modern day counterparts, while others carry nostalgia bodies, but still pack a potent punch. Nitro fumes and header flames at night always bring in the fans to experience the adrenaline rush as they leave the line running the 1/8th mile track, some in under 4 seconds, and near 200mph.
Friday was day 1 for qualifying for the FCC class, with one more session set for Saturday, before eliminations later in the day. Qualifying is different than national sanctions being broken down into two groups based on qualifying times, the top 8 and the next 8 in a second group, with each group running their own rounds of eliminations. Double your pleasure, double your fun, so to speak.
Beaver Springs, PA – For the sixth year in a row, Paul Burruss and Dylan Griffey will be staging their Mutt & Jeff Promotions Race this year at Beaver Springs Dragway in central Pennsylvania. It began some years ago as a joke in relation to the long-running comic strip characters. The two mismatched gamblers, not unlike the comic strip pair, have been gambling with the race which highlights high dollar bracket racing.
From its original home in Maryland, the pair last year moved the race north to Beaver Springs Dragway. “Each year we’ve tried to give our customers, who are also many of our friends, a great experience,” said Burruss. “We’ve had a good relationship with Beaver Springs’s owner Mike McCracken, who is now into his third year as owner of the facility and he’s been making a lot of improvements. We worked with Mike last year and it was a rousing success. As such, it made no sense to move the race anywhere else.”
Scheduled since late last year on the weekend of June 18-20, there was still a lot of worry on the part of Burruss and Griffey due to the COVID-19 virus. “A lot of tracks have been shut down but Mike has worked diligently with local government officials,” says Burruss, “and the closer we got to our date, the clearer it became that we would be able to race without a problem.