SPARTANBURG, SC – Weldon High Performance has signed as presenting sponsor of CompetitionPlus.com, the video department of iconic internet drag racing magazine CompetitionPlus.com. CompetitionPlusTV presented by Weldon High Performance celebrates its tenth year and the popular YouTube Channel has grown to over 42,000 subscribers largely in part to its original and historical content including its Legends: The Series and Storytellers videos.
“This is an incredible opportunity,” said Bobby Bennett, CompetitionPlus.com founder. “Big thanks to Jim Craig and Lydia Bohm for their faith in our program. For years, CompetitionPlusTV has served as a supporting cast for CompetitionPlus.com, but with this new program, CompetitionPlusTV moves towards our vision of being a stand-alone entity. We knew from day one, CompetitionPlus.com was going to be like no other publication and because of the new world of the internet, it could have so much more for readers including video.”
DENVER, NC – Pro Stock rookie Camrie Caruso will begin her NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series professional career with a lot of power under the hood and all over her Jerry Haas-built Chevrolet Camaro. With new crew chief Jim Yates calling the shots Caruso will start the historic Winternationals and Arizona Nationals with California-based Powerbuilt Tools as her primary sponsor. During both national events Caruso’s Camaro will sport the Powerbuilt Tools logo and the team will host VIPs representatives at the races.
“I am excited to get my rookie year of Pro Stock started and I really appreciate Powerbuilt Tools coming on board for my first two races as a primary sponsor,” said Caruso, who was recognized in 2018 as a 30 Under 30 member by Drag Illustrated magazine. “Powerbuilt Tools will be an associate sponsor the rest of the season. I have a lot of confidence in my racecar knowing it will be put together and serviced between rounds with their tools.”
Headquartered in Cypress, California, Powerbuilt Tools are recognized for their high quality, innovative and durable tools. They offer best in class tools and equipment that deliver quality, innovation and durability to automotive professionals and enthusiasts. For 40 years they’ve produced consistent quality, performance and value to earn the trust of tool users.
OCALA, FL – Top Fuel racer Josh Hart who took the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series by storm in 2021 has been nominated by Drag Illustrated magazine in the Breakout Racer of the Year category. Hart began his rookie season with an attention-grabbing win at the historic NHRA Gatornationals in his debut Top Fuel national event. The racer from Ocala, Florida, backed up that impressive performance with another win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals during the NHRA Countdown playoffs. Hart’s R+L Carriers TechNet Top Fuel dragster was one of the most consistent and high performing teams throughout the season reaching at least the semifinals in six out of thirteen races.
“I want to thank Wes Buck and his editorial staff for this nomination as part of the first ever Drag Illustrated Awards,” said Hart. “We had a great season last year running a partial schedule so to be recognized as a Breakout Racer is a big honor. Drag racing has several drivers like myself who are getting their careers started so this nomination means a lot. We are full speed ahead in 2022 with our eyes on racing for more race wins and the Top Fuel world championship.”
Along with the Breakout Racer of the Year, Drag Illustrated will reveal the winners in 14 other categories, including Racer of the Year and Track of the Year during the DI Awards show streamed live on Thursday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. Central on the Drag Illustrated Facebook and YouTube pages. The winners will also be featured in the new Racer of the Year Issue launching in early February.
Tune in January 23 for Pro Modified Racing Association News
CAYUGA, ON – Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA (Pro Modified Racing Association) will be a featured guest on the Raceline Radio Network broadcast hosted by Erik Tomas and heard coast to coast across Canada. Part one of the interview will air on Sunday, January 23 and part two will air on Sunday, January 30.
In 2022, the PMRA (Pro Modified Racing Association) and the North East Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge (NEOPM Challenge) will work together to present the Empire Dragway / NEOPMA Challenges June 17-18 and August 5-6, 2022 at Leicester, NY.
This the 30th Anniversary Season and since 1992, Raceline Radio, Canada’s only national motorsport radio voice has provided Canadian race fans with in depth shows on the world of motorsport in Canada, the United States and around the world. Raceline Radio has won and continues to win major international broadcast journalism awards.
PLAINVIEW, NY – NHRA championship contending Top Fuel driver Justin Ashley announced the addition of Aladdin Bakers, Inc., a Brooklyn based bakery and owner of Baked In Brooklyn pita chips, snack sticks, and assorted snacks, as an associate sponsor for the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Baked in Brooklyn logos will appear on Ashley’s 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster.
“We are thrilled to have Baked in Brooklyn join our team,” said Ashley, the 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year and No. 4 finisher in Top Fuel in 2021. “As a native New Yorker, I am proud to represent a company with such delicious snacks located so close to home. I am looking forward to introducing these foods to NHRA fans across the country.”
Since Ashley made the move three years ago to the Top Fuel ranks as a driver and team owner along with Dustin Davis of Davis Motorsports creative and non-traditional sponsors have been a mainstay for the team. Ashley has worked with Menards to bring a variety of products to market and then promote them at over 330 mph at NHRA national events across the country. Baked in Brooklyn products will be available in Menards stores to coincide with this sponsorship.
DALLAS, TX – Second year driver Buddy Hull, who finished No. 14 in points in Top Fuel during his rookie season last year, will be back in action during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series driving a Tim Wilkerson tuned Top Fuel dragster. Hull purchased the Top Fuel operation that Wilkerson, a two-time Funny Car winner in 2021, ran at a handful of national events with Keith Murt driving. The race car will race under the Buddy Hull Racing banner with primary sponsorship from Hull’s business Vertex Roofing and General Contractors as well as associate sponsor support from DFW RV Center, Lucky’s Diesel Shop and 1st Class Graphics.
“We had a solid rookie season and I want to build on that success,” said Hull. “I have known Tim almost my whole life and the chance to work with him made this a great opportunity. I have to thank Terry Haddock for everything he did for me last year. There is no way I would have had the opportunity to race at the professional level without his help and guidance. We are going to try and do as many national events as we can and be smart about how we are racing. Tim will continue to be the leader of our team and I am super excited about the 2022 season.”
Hull plans on participating in the PRO Nitro Spring Training event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park prior to competing at the season opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. The driver and team owner from Dallas, Texas, will skip the NHRA Arizona Nationals but return to action at the historic Gatornationals. Additionally, he plans to run the SpringNationals in Houston, the Heartland Nationals in Topeka, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, the Texas Fall Nationals and Stampede of Speed at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis and possibly the fall Las Vegas national event.
ENNIS, TX – After hosting the largest Funny Car event in over 50 years in March of 2021 at the Texas Motorplex, the excitement and anticipation for the beginning of the 2022 Funny Car Chaos season has been building for almost a year. The season opener, Funny Car Chaos Classic, will happen March 24-26 at the famed track south of Dallas and early indications are this event will be even bigger. The season will conclude with the Funny Car Chaos Championship Finals at Texas Motorplex, October 7-8, to begin the 2nd annual Stampede of Speed. Over $45,000 will be awarded at this event and the 2022 Series Champions for both Funny Car Chaos and the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association will be crowned.
“We are very excited to be working with the team at the Texas Motorplex to start and finish our 2022 Funny Car Chaos season at the Texas Motorplex,” said Chris Graves, Funny Car Chaos promoter and race director. “I grew up a Motorplex kid, this is where my addiction to the sport was born, so it means a lot to me personally, aside from the luxuries and professionalism the Motorplex venue and staff bring to our racers and fans. This facility is rich with history and that’s a tradition we aim to continue in working with the Meyer family and Andy Carter. The Stampede of Speed is a prime example of what hard work and passion can produce. The Motorplex continues to rise to the top and Funny Car Chaos is proud to be a part of that. We’re ready to put on a show, so you know what to do, be there!”