FREDERICKSBURG, VA – After qualifying No. 1 at the first two races of the 2021 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season, Jim Halsey leads the way in Nitrous Wars presented by Structural Concrete. The two-time and defending world champion in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous is also the defending champion in Nitrous Wars, the PDRA’s bonus program rewarding top performers in Pro Nitrous.
“It’s no surprise to see Jim Halsey, [tuner] Brandon Switzer and that whole team continue to lead the way in our Nitrous Wars program,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Those guys won back-to-back championships for a reason, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. We’re proud to have Jim and the baddest nitrous Pro Mod racers in the world racing with us in PDRA Pro Nitrous.”
Halsey led the field at the East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park in early April with a 3.65-second pass at 207.08 mph in his Fulton-powered “Daddy Shark” ’68 Camaro. He also went on to win the race. A 3.651 at 208.01 followed at the Stroud Safety Doorslammer Derby presented by Classic Graphix at Beech Bend Raceway Park a month later, displaying incredible consistency and giving Halsey his second consecutive low qualifier award.
Nancy Matter Racing Welcomes New Partnership with Autolite Spark Plugs for the 2021 Drag Racing Season
DALLAS, TX — With an ongoing array of new companies joining The American Valor – Chris Kyle Legacy Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car, also known as The Guardian, Nancy Matter Racing is proud to announce their newest addition of partnerships with Autolite Spark Plugs for the 2021 Racing Season.
The Autolite® story began in 1911 when two small companies started producing buggy lamps, becoming a thriving automotive parts manufacturer by the 1930s. But its history as a spark plug manufacturer began in 1936, celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, when Royce G. Martin, President of the Electric Autolite Company, equipped and staffed a lab to develop the first Autolite spark plug. Leading the project was Robert Twells, a ceramic engineer, who eagerly researched current patents and ceramic insulator technology. With a handful of new draftsman and staff members, it only took a few months before the Electric Autolite Company had a spark plug available for distribution. Autolite had instant success, as the brand supplied spark plugs and other ignition parts to well-known automotive leaders including Chrysler, Studebaker, Packard and Willys.
The fan-favorite event will be held October 15-17, during the heat of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Drivers in all four NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series professional categories will continue their battle towards a world championship in the valley of Bristol Dragway. The seven-race Countdown kicks off at Maple Grove Raceway and will conclude at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring Bristol back on board for the 2021 season,” said Glen Cromwell, NHRA President. “The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals is a staple on the NHRA circuit. The fall date will give us the opportunity to allow more loyal NHRA fans into the facility. To have the event as a Countdown race is an added bonus for both NHRA fans and competitors.”
The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown division is a favorite amongst loyal NHRA fans. Fans love to see NHRA stars push their stock cars to limits while competing at national events. Competitors in the field include Top Fuel star Leah Pruett and Pro Stock race Aaron Stanfield.
“We are excited to welcome Constant Aviation to the family of NHRA partners,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class is a very competitive field, and we look forward to seeing the class continue to grow.”
Commerce, GA – Coming off a runner-up finish at the previous National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series event, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) pilot Matt Hagan was once again the top finishing Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car with a semifinal appearance at the 40th annual Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Hagan, the reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion, was back to the familiar Mopar blue and white livery on his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car this weekend and looking to chase down his first victory of the 2021 season for the final NHRA event at the historic track (due to local area development.)
After trouble negotiating tricky track conditions on his first qualifying pass, Hagan came back with a stout 4.001-second run at 314.02 mph, the second-quickest run in the final session to earn a third place starting position and two bonus points.
JUSTIN BOND GETS WIN AT FINAL E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES RACE AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY
COMMERCE, GA – After finishing as the runner-up at the opening race of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season, Justin Bond finished the job on Sunday, beating back-to-back world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson on a holeshot in the final round of the final race at Atlanta Dragway.
The race, which was presented by Alsum Farms/Wisconsin Potato, is the second event of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and Bond picked up his second career victory.
He went 5.738-seconds at 249.49 mph in his ProCharger-powered Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro to beat Jackson, who went a quicker 5.724 at 252.43 at his home track. After qualifying third, Bond, whose first win in the class came a year ago in Houston, beat Alex Laughlin, Dwayne Wolfe and Brandon Snider to reach his fourth final round. He posted a .038 reaction time in the championship round against Jackson to hold off the standout driver and grab the victory.
COMMERCE, GA – Behind the wheel of Matco’s ‘Tools for the Cause’ benefitting the Fisher House Foundation/Toyota Top Fuel dragster, Antron Brown raced to victory, capturing the last NHRA Southern Nationals Top Fuel Wally trophy as the curtain closed on the annual Atlanta Dragway event after an incredible 40-year run.
Brown’s historic triumph on Sunday was his 68th overall and moved him into a two-way tie with Joe Amato on the all-time Top Fuel win list where they rank third with 52 victories. Brown, who has wins in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at the Commerce, Ga. venue, remains seventh on the all-time driver win list but is now within one win of tying legend Kenny Bernstein’s 69 victories. Among active NHRA drivers, the Pittsboro, Ind. resident ranks third overall and tops the Top Fuel leaderboard.
Brown’s march to victory began from the eighth-seeded position where he drew Doug Kalitta as his round-one opponent. The two Top Fuel titans were the first drivers to hit the track on Sunday morning and kicked off what would become a spectacular day of close-call races among NHRA Camping World Series competitors. Brown and Kalitta were nearly even leaving the starting line with Brown’s machine barreling down the track in 3.793 seconds to narrowly beat his competitor’s 3.800 E.T. In the quarterfinals, Brown faced Billy Torrence. The three-time Top Fuel world champion nabbed the starting line lead and never trailed, taking his win light into the semifinals against Brittany Force. Once again, Brown used his quick reflexes to activate the win light, capturing the holeshot victory to set up a meeting with reigning Top Fuel champion, Steve Torrence, in the final round.