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NHRA DRAG RACING RETURNS TO FAMED ROUTE 66 RACEWAY FOR THIS WEEKEND’S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time since 2019 there will be drag racing at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to the track for this weekend’s Division 3 race.

It marks the first racing action at the popular facility in three years, with more than 400 cars expected to take part in an event that starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. The North Central Division race will feature a full slate of sportsman racing and some of the top drivers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, including standouts in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, with each team excited to return to the standout Chicago-area facility.

“There’s so much excitement for this weekend and the passion that has been displayed by the staff and management at Route 66 has been truly impressive,” North Central Division Director William Tharpe said. “We’ve all dedicated a lot of time to this event, and we want everything to go well. We all have the same mindset and want to relish and enjoy this weekend and put our best foot forward.”

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Scott Wildgust and the Smokies Garage Race Team to compete at Empire Dragway’s Mid-Summer Mayhem

Large Pro Modified contingent from NEOPMA and PMRA return for round two of eighth-mile action August 5-6

CAYUGA, ON – The Pro Modified entry list continues to grow as this popular class of drag racing returns to Empire Dragway in Leicester NY August 5-6 for North East Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III with cars from the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) and the Pro  Modified Racing Association (PMRA).

Running in conjunction with the NEOPMA will be PMRA teams which have competed in the Southern Ontario-based series and are making a return.

Southwestern Ontario native Scott Wildgust will be competing in this weekend’s event in the Smokies Garage Race Team entry, the 1967 Mustang Pro Modified owned by Mike Clark. Wildgust, along with Melanie Salemi of Buffalo, NY, and Spencer Hyde of Stratford, ON are former Top Dragster and Top Sportsman drivers who now compete in Pro Modified. Salemi and Hyde competed in the PMRA-associated Quick 32 Sportsman Series and Wildgust was a regular competitor in the PMRA.

Wildgust and his team have attacked the PDRA ranks with gusto, currently sitting eighth. The team also won the NMCA season opener in Bradenton, Florida, and qualified fifth at the Snowbirds event last December.

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Empire Dragway’s Mid-Summer Mayhem to feature North East Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III

Cars from NOPMA and PMRA return for round two of eighth-mile action August 5-6

CAYUGA, ON – Pro Modified racing returns to Empire Dragway in Leicester NY August 5-6 for round two with cars from the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) and the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA).

Running in conjunction with the NEOPMA will be PMRA teams which have competed in the Southern Ontario-based series and are making a return.

Two prominent drivers who competed in the PMRA-sanctioned Quick 32 Sportsman Series are Melanie Salemi and Spencer Hyde.

Based in Buffalo, NY, Salemi drives the Eddie Whelan-owned, Jim and Jon Salemi-prepared Camaro with Melanie Salemi Motorsports.

A former Top Dragster driver, Salemi has become a prominent Pro Modified driver. Melanie currently sits as the PDRA Pro Boost record holder 3.568, 207 mph which she clinched at GALOT Motorsports Park earlier this season. She has held the Pro Boost record three separate times in her career. Not only was Melanie the first female to win in Pro Boost at Rockingham Dragway in 2015 but she comes into this race as the champion of the PDRA  Summer Shootout at Virginia Motorsports park earlier this month and has also recorded notable wins at the last 1/4 mile Shakedown at The Summit In 2018 and at the 50th anniversary of the infamous Snowbird Outlaws race for $50,000.00 which was contested this past winter.

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Stampede of Speed Returns, Enhances Fan Experience

ENNIS, TX – The return of the Stampede of Speed, a ten-day festival of music, drag racing and amazing fan experiences in advance of the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, was officially announced today with the release of the special event schedule on www.stampedeofspeed.com. Hosted once again at the historic Texas Motorplex, the multi-use facility located just 35 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as in downtown Waxahachie the Stampede of Speed will feature non-racing activities, concerts, educational and business events for fans from across the country.

“Last year we took a leap of faith with the Stampede of Speed and it paid off with thousands of fans coming to Texas Motorplex, Waxahachie and Ellis County for ten days of racing and entertainment,” said Christie Meyer Johnson, Texas Motorplex co-owner. “Over the next two weeks we will be unveiling new events, a major country concert line-up, fan contests and additional elements making the second annual Stampede of Speed even bigger than last year. Our goal is to welcome visitors to the great state of Texas and introduce them to our facility, the NHRA playoffs and high quality family-friendly events.”

The Stampede of Speed event calendar will feature ticketed and non-ticketed events leading up to the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals. Fans can visit www.stampedeofspeed.com for more information. Tickets will be available for online purchase Saturday, August 6, at noon CT. Highlights of the Stampede of Speed include:

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BIG STAKES FOR NHRA CAMPING WORLD DRAG RACING SERIES STARS AT LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS IN BRAINERD

BRAINERD, MN – Known for its unique and memorable atmosphere, as well as plenty of thrilling racing action, Brainerd International Raceway is again set to host a key stop during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season with the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 18-21.

It is the 15th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA campaign, marking the penultimate race of the regular season. That means plenty is on the line for the stars in the 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car classes as they get ready for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

For four decades, Brainerd International Raceway has played host to remarkable racing action, some of the best camping on the NHRA tour and the famed “Zoo,” which provides something unique for fans and racers. This year, fans can enjoy two qualifying sessions on both Friday and Saturday, a specialty shootout in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, and then Sunday eliminations to cap off a weekend sure to be filled with incredible moments.

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NHRA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY 8-TRACK ENTERTAINMENT COMES TO DODGE POWER BROKERS NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

INDIANAPOLIS – Along with the thrilling racing action NHRA fans expect from the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, racer goers will also be treated to a star-studded concert as country superstar Colt Ford will headline at this year’s NHRA Concert Series Presented by 8-Track Entertainment.

As NHRA competitors gear up for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, the musical talents of Ford on Saturday, September 3, at 3:00 p.m. as well as rising star Anna McElroy on Friday, Sept. 2 at 5:00 p.m., and country rock-duo BoomTown Saints on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2:00 p.m. amp up to perform for the NHRA fans at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Headliner Ford is a Georgia native and a singer, songwriter, rapper, musician and performer and keeps up pace as the country’s preeminent independent maverick. Selling over three million albums, attracting millions of followers on social media and hitting one billion-plus streams, the country rap pioneer’s dynamic discography spans collaborations with Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jermaine Dupri as well as members of No Doubt, Lit, and Lady Antebellum. Additionally, he co-wrote No. 1 hits “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Country Must Be Country Wide,” with artists Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert respectively.

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ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB CHEVY FIRST TO CLINCH SPOT IN NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

YORBA LINDA, CA – Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS’s dominance through the first half of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule, which now includes six wins, two runner-up finishes, and three No. 1 qualifying positions, has earned the three-time champions a spot in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs. Hight and Erica Enders in Pro Stock are the first two drivers to clinch their spot.

“Clinching a spot in the Countdown this far out, its big, especially after last year where we struggled all season long. This Auto Club Chevy team worked hard over the winter,” Hight said. “They came up with good combination and it’s been working for us but there’s still more in it. We’ve capitalized when we’ve needed to, we just need to stay steady to go into the Countdown No. 1. That could be big. I’ve lost the championship by 19 points so every point counts especially when they reset after the U.S. Nationals. We want to be No. 1 to get that 20-point advantage.”

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Mickey Thompson Announces Official Tire Sponsorship of MotorTrend Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge

Seventh edition of street-legal racing event on historic Woodward Avenue

STOW, OH – Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels will be right in the middle of the street-legal drag racing action at one of the nation’s premier car shows as the Official Tire Sponsor of Roadkill Nights.

Part of the legendary Woodward Dream Cruise in Pontiac, Michigan, Roadkill Nights brings live drag racing with celebrity head-to-head competitions, thrill rides, simulation experiences and show vehicles to the festivities.

“We can’t wait to get to the Woodward Dream Cruise and celebrate great cars and the hot-rodding lifestyle,” said Dominick Wycoff, President of Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “The Roadkill Nights event is in the heart of the action and is the perfect opportunity to showcase our drag race and performance street tires.”

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NEOPMA Returns to Empire Dragway for Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III

LEICESTER, NY – Just over a month after racing at New York’s Empire Dragway, the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) returns to the historic IHRA-sanctioned track this weekend for the Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge III on August 5-6. It’s the fifth points race of the NEOPMA’s 30th anniversary season, and a full field of Pro Mod competitors are on tap to put on a show for the fans.

“The stands were packed when we raced at Empire in mid-June, and our racers are thrilled to return this weekend to give the fans another exciting show,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “Jerry Scaccia, Patrick Budd, and the whole Empire Dragway team provide a fantastic track and treat us really well. The fans in the area are passionate about Pro Modified racing, which makes for a great atmosphere for our members.”

At the Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge II in June, 21 cars attempted to qualify for the 16-car field. Seven of those qualifiers dipped into the 3.60-second range, while Saturday eliminations also featured side-by-side, 3.60-second racing thanks to cool conditions and tight track prep.

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