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Ken Quartuccio Kicks Off 2023 Outlaw Pro Mod Season with U.S. Street Nationals Victory at Bradenton

BRADENTON, FL – Multi-time U.S. Street Nationals presented by M&M Transmission winner Ken Quartuccio scored his first Pro Mod class win at the long-running event Sunday night at Bradenton Motorsports Park. In the Outlaw Pro Mod presented by FuelTech and PJS Racing final round, Quartuccio used a 3.652-second pass at 204.35 mph to defeat Raymond Matos and his 3.677 at 202.67 to collect the trophy and the $32,000 check.

The other U.S. Street Nationals winners are Marcus Birt in Pro 275 presented by M&M Transmission, Andy Manson in Limited Drag Radial presented by TBM Brakes and Pro Line Racing, Kenny Hubbard in X275 presented by Rife Sensors and PST Driveshafts, Shawn Pevlor in Ultra Street presented by TRZ Motorsports and Innovative Racecraft, Brad Schehr in Limited 235 presented by SPA Tools and ICE Ignition, Chris Holdorf in Outlaw 632 presented by Voss Wheelie Bars, Kevin Lumsden in Sealed Crate Motor Shootout presented by Scoggin-Dickey, NTS, and Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales, and Marques Hatton in the N/T Shootout presented by Florida N/T and Speed & Truck World.

Index class wins went to Geordan Hoagland in 5.50 Index, Bill Stepp in 6.50 Index, and Gerard Hamlik in 7.50 Index.

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Summit Motorsports Park Edelbrock Banquet of Champions presented by Lincoln Electric Offered Enchanting Evening

Norwalk, OH – The tenacity and true grit of Summit Motorsports Park racers took center stage at the 49th Annual Edelbrock Banquet of Champions presented by Lincoln Electric, Jan. 28, 2023 at the completely remodeled Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio.

The compelling ceremony began with side by side entrances by Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco Novice champion Ellieanna Oldenburg and her grandfather, Dan Johnson, Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco Intermediate champion Keegan Beverly and his father, Adam Beverly, Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco Advanced champion Logan Buckley and his father, Lucas Buckley, Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike champion Jeremy Hicks and his friend and fellow racer, Aubrey Collins, Edelbrock Pro champion A.J. Buchanan and his wife, Amy Buchanan, Edelbrock Super Pro champion Carl Keil and his wife, Kourtney Keil, and 2021 Bill Bader Sr. Sportsman of the Year Larry Strohscher and his wife, Nancy Strohscher. Edelbrock Sportsman Delivered on Time by TFC Transportation champion Codie Balcom was not able to attend, but was with us in spirit.

“Our team wanted this to be a magical and memorable night for all of our champions and everyone who attended,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president. “It means the world to us to celebrate the accomplishments of those we care about and cheer for all season long, and we couldn’t be more proud of those who stood in the spotlight on stage at the very special 49th Annual Edelbrock Banquet of Champions presented by Lincoln Electric.”

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PMRA AND NEOPMA RENEW RACING PARTNERSHIP AT EMPIRE DRAGWAY FOR 2023

Marks the return of the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS)

CAYUGA, ON – The self-governing organizations of the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) and the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), are excited to announce the renewal of their partnership for the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge events at Empire Dragway, in Leicester, NY, for 2023.

“We really enjoy working with John Mazzorana of the NEOPMA and Jerry Scaccia at Empire Dragway and their respective teams. So much so, that this year will mark the return of the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS)” said Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA.

“We believe the alliance between the NEOPMA and PMRA will result in making the Northeast Pro Mod Challenge at Empire Dragway one of the largest events in the country, with some of fastest Pro Modified fields in northeast” stated John Mazzorana of the NEOPMA.  “We hope to have over 30 cars attending, breaking track records and giving fans one of the best shows ever. Empire Dragway is one of the best tracks in North America and, combined with our two associations, it is the perfect formula for an amazing race.”

“It is our intent to assist the events with marketing and public relations, through PMRA on both sides of the border.  This should result in sponsor support for the series, the track and our teams, as well as increased spectator and racer attendance,” Mehlenbacher said.

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Chip King Takes New Charger to No. 1 Spot in Pro Mod at U.S. Street Nationals

BRADENTON, FL – Pro Modified veteran Chip King used a blistering 3.591-second pass at 207.88 mph in his brand-new Dreamworks ’70 Charger to qualify No. 1 atop the quickest 32-car field in Outlaw Pro Mod history Saturday at the U.S. Street Nationals presented by M&M Transmission. Just a tenth of a second separated King and the No. 32 qualifier by the time qualifying was complete at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

Along with Outlaw Pro Mod, several other classes completed qualifying at the U.S. Street Nationals. The low qualifiers are Jason Collins in Pro 275 presented by M&M Transmission, Paul Gargus in Limited Drag Radial presented by TBM Brakes and Pro Line Racing, Jamie Stanton in X275 presented by Rife Sensors and PST Driveshafts, Brian Keep in Ultra Street presented by TRZ Motorsports and Innovative Racecraft, Brad Schehr in Limited 235 presented by SPA Tools and ICE Ignition, Daryl Stewart in Outlaw 632 presented by Voss Wheelie Bars, and Kevin Lumsden in Sealed Crate Motor Shootout presented by Scoggin-Dickey, NTS, and Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales.

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After qualifying No. 13 on Friday, Chip King rolled into Saturday qualifying on a mission. King and his Dreamworks Motorsports team led by Terry Coyle and Justin Carmack successfully executed their mission when King fired off a 3.591 at 207.88 in the first session of the day. He took away the No. 1 spot from Mark Micke, also debuting a new car, who shot to the top with his 3.594 at 218.55 just moments earlier. King was still on top after two more sessions, which his team sat out.

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Randy Weatherford Fires Off 3.605-Second Pass to Lead Friday Pro Mod Qualifying at U.S. Street Nationals

BRADENTON, FL – Perennial Pro Mod front runner Randy Weatherford laid down a 3.605-second pass at 210.11 mph to take the provisional No. 1 spot in Outlaw Pro Mod presented by FuelTech and PJS Racing on Friday at the U.S. Street Nationals presented by M&M Transmission. Weatherford set low E.T. in the first of two Friday qualifying sessions, leading a field of 41 other drivers in the class at the Bradenton Motorsports Park event.

“I tell you, this is a really tough field,” Weatherford said. “I feel good about it. I struggled down here at the [Snowbird Outlaw Nationals] in December with this new car. I had some problems with it and we didn’t race it. We took it back to the shop and worked on it. Hat’s off to RK Racecraft and Pro Line. I wouldn’t be here today with this hot rod without these guys. It feels good to lead this pack. Right now, I’m sitting on top of the pole. Come get it.”

Driving his ProCharged WS Construction ’22 Camaro, Weatherford also recorded a 3.722 at just 174.23 in the second session. A spark plug issue prevented the Virginia driver from making a quicker pass under the lights.

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DH Davies Racing to Back Factory Stock Classic at WSOPM

CLEVELAND, OH – The fields and classes continue to grow for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, March 3-5, at Bradenton Motorsports Park. In addition to the most diverse and spectacular collection of Pro Mod racers ever, a select group of Factory Stock competitors will be invited to race for $15,000 winner’s purse in the DH Davies Factory Stock Classic. The invitation-only race will feature backing from Davies, a well-known and respected Factory Stock competitor, as well as associate sponsorship support from HemiTunerPerformance.com, Warren Walcher’s Pine Country and Wesley Motorsports.

“I saw the opportunity to get some Factory Stock guys on the track at a world class event and the Drag Illustrated team was super receptive to the idea,” said Davies, who will once again be competing in the Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown Series in 2023 behind the wheel of his Mopar Drag Pak. “Drag Illustrated is in charge of the invites and I know they are going to put together a killer field of cars from Chevy, Ford and Mopar. It will be a fun and competitive weekend to start the season.”

The DH Davies Factory Stock Classic competitors will have two qualifying sessions on Friday and two qualifying sessions on Saturday. The races will race for the big money on Sunday before a packed house of fans from all over the country.

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Inaugural WSOPM Runner-Up Steven Whiteley Returning for 2023 Edition at Bradenton

BRADENTON, FL – Veteran Pro Mod driver Steven Whiteley is no stranger to competing at the World Series of Pro Mod, but the 2023 edition of the event – March 3-5 at Bradenton Motorsports Park – will still be a new experience.

Whiteley, who will be driving his J&A Service screw-blown 1969 Camaro, was an attendee of the first two WSOPM races in Denver in 2017 and 2018. Those events ran the quarter mile at an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level. While the format has changed, Whiteley’s excitement has not.

“I was thrown back,” Whiteley said upon receiving his invitation from Drag Illustrated Founder & Editorial Director Wes Buck. “I remember seeing a lot of the stuff on social media, and it was making me think back to when it started in Denver years ago. When he texted me, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, here we go. We’re going again.’”

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RIGHT TRAILERS NAMED SPONSOR OF NHRA TOP DRAGSTER AND TOP SPORTSMAN CATEGORIES

INDIANAPOLIS – A longtime supporter of NHRA drag racing, Right Trailers will now sponsor both the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series as part of a new multi-year agreement between the NHRA and Right Trailers.

The Top Dragster and Top Sportsman categories continue to grow in popularity, featuring standout racers with a quick elapsed time. The qualified field includes 32, 48 or 64 entries and eliminations are run using the traditional bracket format, featuring a full three-amber Christmas tree.

Contested at 18 national events during the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman, which routinely run in the sub-six second range at more than 200 mph, will also be featured at divisional at regional events throughout the country this year. In 2022, Jeremy Hancock claimed the world title in Top Dragster, while Lance Abbott was the Top Sportsman world champion.

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Veteran Tuner Mike Guger Joins Buddy Hull Racing as Crew Chief

DALLAS, TX – Buddy Hull announced Methanol Moonshine as his primary sponsor in December at the PRI Show and today the Dallas-based Top Fuel driver announced veteran Top Fuel tuner Mike Guger will take the reins as his full-time crew chief. Hull plans to race at least eight races in the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Hull’s first race this season will be the Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park at the end of March.

“Adding someone like Mike Guger to the team is a dream come true,” said Hull. “He has so much experience and has worked with so many great drivers, I honestly pinched myself after he said yes to working with our team. We are building a solid foundation to move forward and Mike along with David Shaff, our car chief. They will be a great one-two punch. David joined our team over a year ago and has shown great leadership from the beginning as well as a great work ethic. I can’t wait to get to Phoenix and see what we can do.”

Guger, who learned the basics of drag racing under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Dale Armstrong, was crew chief first to Larry Dixon and then to Leah Pruett when they drove Top Fuel dragsters for Bob Vandergriff Jr. in 2015 and 2016.

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