Denver, CO — The Premier Street Car Association has provided fantastic, heads-up racing across the nation for 20 years. Slow down? Rest on past successes? Never. The third decade of PSCA’s unique brand of grassroots motorsports kicks off this summer at the legendary Bandimere Speedway with the MagnaFuel Rocky Mountain Summer Series. The three events (July 6-7, Aug. 17, and Sept. 13-14) feature six heads-up, small-tire classes including two recently-added import classes.
PSCA’s summertime racing isn’t limited to the Denver area. Street Car Super Nationals: Anarchy at the Arch 6 returns to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (former Gateway Motorsports Park) outside St. Louis Aug. 1-3. Returning to the Gateway City, PSCA is bringing the heat with three radial small-tire classes, 6.0 index, Jr. Dragsters, the Mid-West Pro Mod Series, and the Nostalgia Drag Racing League.
BRISTOL, TN – After Johnny Pluchino unexpectedly made his PDRA Extreme Pro Stock debut at the recent PDRA North-South Shootout in Maryland, the second-generation wheelman is eager to make his quarter-mile debut in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock exhibition at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 14-16 at Bristol Dragway.
“This is a really big race for us,” Pluchino said. “There’s so many things going into this race. I’m preparing for it like it’s one of the biggest races of my life because it might be.”
Pluchino, the defending world champion and current points leader in PDRA Pro Outlaw 632, is set to drive the Strutmasters.com ’13 Ford Mustang previously driven by his father, 2016 PDRA Extreme Pro Stock world champion John Pluchino.
The younger Pluchino made a couple test runs in the car during the PDRA Virginia race in May, then was given the chance to enter Extreme Pro Stock competition at Maryland just hours before qualifying started. It wasn’t as quick of a decision as one might think, but Pluchino took his father up on the opportunity and qualified No. 4, gaining valuable seat time in the process.
World Champion Beard, Hometown Driver Powell Headline IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Winners at Keystone
NEW ALEXANDRIA, PA — Three-time International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) World Champion Michael Beard returned to the winners circle Saturday at the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at Keystone Raceway Park.
Beard from Galloway, Ohio flexed his Mopar muscle, driving his 1980 Plymouth Volare to the Mod division victory. He won on a holeshot with a .019 reaction time to best JT Harrold from Pittsburgh.
Beard posted a 6.604-second pass at 101.10 mph against a 6.61 dial-in. Harrold in a 1971 Chevy Nova went 6.524 at 104.80 against a 6.53 dial-in.
Hometown driver Matt Powell doubled up by winning the Moser Engineering Sunday $5,000-to-win top prize for the Top division and also winning the Motorcycle class. AJ Casini captured the $5,000-to-win prize for the Top division for Battle Born Batteries Sunday.
Powell drove his Oldsmobile Cutlass to the Top victory when final-round opponent Nick Bowman from Delmont, Pa., red-lighted. Powell had a 7.298 elapsed time at 93.44 mph against a 7.31 dial-in. Bowman, looking to repeat after his 2018 win at Keystone, had a 7.947-second pass in his Plymouth Duster after his foul.
TOPEKA, KS – A strong run by Erica Enders in her turbocharged Elite Motorsports Camaro made sure things didn’t get a lot worse during a first-round Pro Mod matchup with Jeremy Ray at Sunday’s NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park.
Ray got loose near half-track, went left and then darted back to the middle, shooting across both lanes and going hard into the right wall. He narrowly missed Enders, who went a strong 5.808 at 258.57 mph to claim the first-round win and just escape colliding with Ray, who got out of the car under his own power.
“He’s a blower car and I was a little behind at the start of the race, but as my boost starting rolling in, I got up next to him and could see him out of my peripheral vision,” Enders said. “I saw the right corner of his car turn and I could see him come across. Fortunately I was on a good run.”
TOPEKA, KS – Troy Coughlin Jr. did his sponsors proud this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka, powering his Weld Racing At JEGS.com hot rod to his second runner-up finish of the last three races, this time at the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals.
“It feels great to have another big weekend with Weld Racing on the car,” Coughlin said. “They’re a family business, just like we are at JEGS, and it’s really cool to show them a result like this in their backyard. Big thanks to everyone at Weld for supporting us these last two races. Here’s to many more years of racing together through JEGS.com.
“What can I say about Rich and Richie McPhillips and this crew? They’ve had this car absolutely running on a rail. Three different races under all kinds of different track conditions and they don’t miss a step. We wanted the win, for sure, but taking runner-up behind Shawn Cowie and that team isn’t bad at all. We claimed some great national points today and that’s always a good thing.”
TOPEKA, KS — Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team put together an ideal Sunday to race their way to their fourth win of the season at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. The victory, which was his third at the Heartland Motorsports Park where he earned his Funny Car license, ties him with Don “Snake” Prudhomme at 49 all-time wins.
“It’s a real big deal. I can’t believe my name is used in the same sentence as Don Prudhomme. Forty-nine, that’s crazy. You know what’s really crazy is that I’m only 100 back from John (Force), but I’m coming,” Hight said.
The streak of perfection began for Hight in his fourth qualifying effort when he ran 4.015-seconds to be low of the session. The pass improved him from No. 13 to No. 9 entering race day, only the second time this season he’s qualified in the bottom half of the field. Hight would go on to be low of each elimination round on Sunday.
Auburn Hills, MI – Jack Beckman finished runner-up Sunday in the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas, after becoming the fourth consecutive Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driver to reach the final round in Funny Car competition.
Beckman’s run to his 59th career final round appearance followed a semifinal run last weekend in Chicago. The road to the final for the driver of the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat included encounters with a pair of former champions, including fellow DSR and Hellcat Funny car racer Matt Hagan, before Beckman lost in the final to current championship leader Robert Hight.
Tommy Johnson, Jr. reached the semifinals for the fourth consecutive race after knocking out DSR teammate Ron Capps. Cruz Pedregon and Jim Campbell also made Sunday’s field in Hellcat Funny Cars. Leah Pritchett qualified her DSR HEMI-powered Mopar Top Fuel dragster 10th, but was narrowly defeated by Doug Kalitta in the first round.