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DRAG AND DRIVE EXHIBITION WITH ALEX TAYLOR AND TOM BAILEY RETURNS TO NHRA NATIONAL EVENT AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY

JOLIET, IL – After a successful debut last year during NHRA’s return to Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, officials announced today the special Drag and Drive exhibition will again be part of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series event in Chicago, the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance on May 17-19.

With star drivers like Alex Taylor and Tom Bailey on hand, plus a “Mob of Sick Drag & Drivers,” this exhibition offers an all-star cast of drivers and something unique for the fan-favorite event at Route 66 Raceway. The standout street cars set to be featured all weekend in Chicago run in the 6-second range and quicker at speeds of more than 200 mph, offering a thrilling spectacle for all race fans.

Along with the stars of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, this Drag and Drive exhibition will showcase some of the quickest street cars in the world. They are set to entertain fans with runs throughout the weekend, crowing a winner during eliminations on Sunday. Continue reading

Record Setters and Race Winners Head to Virginia for PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

DINWIDDIE, VA – Two weeks after a record-setting start to the 2024 season, the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series will be back on track this weekend at the Kaeser Compressors Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix. Set for April 18-20, the Mid-Atlantic Showdown will feature a wide range of racing action in the PDRA’s professional, sportsman, and Jr. Dragster classes as racers from across the country compete at the series’ “home track,” Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP).

“It’s always fun to welcome everyone to our home turf at Virginia Motorsports Park,” said Tyler Crossnoe, PDRA series director and VMP vice president. “VMP has been a staple on the PDRA tour since the very beginning of the series in 2014. Virginia fans know when the PDRA is coming to town, and they’re in for a show this weekend. The season opener in North Carolina was off the rails with excitement, and you do not want to miss the second edition of the PDRA this season.”

The two quickest and fastest categories in the PDRA, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, both enter the Mid-Atlantic Showdown with brand-new elapsed-time national records. Four-time world champion Jim Halsey lowered the Pro Nitrous record that he already held to a 3.608-second effort, and Derek Ward charged to a 3.555 to set the new Pro Boost record. Continue reading

Race Wrap | NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals

Rockingham, NC – The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals returned to North Carolina’s Rockingham Dragway for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals Presented by Sipple’s Speed & Performance and Top of the Rock Thrill Festival Presented by Innovation Performance Technologies on April 12-14, 2024, and fans were treated to a full weekend of automotive awesomeness.

Qualifying kicked off for all drag racing categories on Friday morning and on Saturday, the fun festivities were amplified as both the 60th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang and the Top of the Rock Thrill Festival were in full swing.

From Bigfoot, the world’s largest monster truck, on display to the wild, flame-throwing Dawn Perdue vs. Larry Aldrich Jet Car Shootout, freestyle BMX stunt shows featuring Alex Johan doing a trick off of the back of Bigfoot, TV personality and DJ Clarence Barnes, Miss NMRA/NMCA, 704 Exotics supercar display, Innovation Performance Technologies “Laps of Honor” custom Mustangs, meet-and-greet sessions with No Prep Star George Cunningham of Bad Apple Racing, massive car show featuring the best in American-made muscle, a huge vendor midway, and so much more, the atmosphere was absolutely electric. Continue reading

Race Wrap | NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals

Rockingham, NC – Despite the challenges of rain early in the event schedule, the sun shined on the racetrack when it counted and the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals series campaign powered on at Rockingham Dragway with the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals Presented by Sipple’s Speed & Performance and Top of the Rock Thrill Festival Presented by Innovation Performance Technologies, which delivered fast Fords and plenty of fun for all those in attendance.

“NMRA is celebrating Mustang’s 60th birthday all season long, but with our second event rolling into Rockingham just days before its birthday, a celebration was in order,” Steve Wolcott, President and CEO of NMRA, said. “We felt the power of Ford’s pony car throughout the weekend, and it was rewarding seeing so many smiling fans in the stands.”

NMRA celebrated the Mustang’s 60th birthday with special Mustang Day celebrations both on and off the racetrack, as the UPR Products All-Ford Car Show offered a Mustang-only grouping and the huge Circle D Specialties True Street class included a Mustang Day classification as well. Continue reading

Stewart, Hagan Record Final Round Performances at Las Vegas NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in TSR Dodge//SRT Nitro Machines 

Auburn Hills, MI – Legendary racer Tony Stewart continues to rewrite his historic motorsports career each week in the NHRA Mission Drag Racing Series by driving the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) Rayce Rudeen Foundation Dodge//SRT Top Fuel dragster to his first professional final round appearance Sunday in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Stewart, in just his fourth Top Fuel race, was quick off the starting line and quick on the track by advancing in two rounds of competition to the delight of the huge crowd who rooted him on throughout the weekend, and he took on veteran competitors Doug Kalitta, Justin Ashley and Steve Torrence in the Top Fuel final round.

Stewart was impressive with quick reaction times and solid runs of 3.773, 3.754 and 3.769 before losing the final to Kalitta’s 3.715. The final round appearance vaulted Stewart into the sixth position in the current NHRA Mission Top Fuel points standings as the NHRA tour travels to zMAX Dragway, outside of Charlotte, on April 26-28. Continue reading

KALITTA, TASCA AND COUGHLIN JR WIN LAS-VEGAS 4-WIDE

LAS VEGAS – Doug Kalitta – Top Fuel Winner

Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster – 3.715 seconds, 333.58 mph

Bob Tasca III – Funny Car Winner
BG Products Ford Mustang – 3.915 seconds, 329.75 mph

Jeg Coughlin Jr. – Pro Stock Winner
SCAG Power Equipment/Outlaw Mile Hi Light Beer Pro Stock Car – 6.616 seconds, 207.18 mph

video courtesy of NHRA

AUSTIN PROCK SECOND IN LAS VEGAS 4-WIDE NATIONALS; WIDENS FUNNY CAR POINTS LEAD

Brittany Force reaches semifinals, John Force makes early exit

LAS VEGAS – Austin Prock paced John Force Racing by finishing second in Sunday’s final round of Funny Car competition in the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

With team owner John Force failing to advance in the first round, and teammate Brittany Force being eliminated in the Top Fuel semifinals, it was left to Prock to carry the banner for JFR – and that’s just what he did.

Prock has had an outstanding start to the season, reaching the finals in three of the first four races. He finished runner-up in the season-opening race at Gainesville, won his first career NHRA Funny Car race (in just his third-ever start in the class) last week at Phoenix, and now finished runner-up in Las Vegas.

He also won Saturday’s Las Vegas edition of the Mission #2Fast2Tasty competition, a race-within-a-race that takes place in each of the 20 NHRA national events. Continue reading

THE JOHN MASSINGBERD MEMORIAL AWARD PRESENTED AT DRAG STRIP MEMORIES

Erik Tomas honoured as newest recipient

Mount Hope, ON – The John Massingberd Memorial Award has been presented by the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA) to a new, deserving individual, who represents the same commitment, dedication and passion that John Massingberd conveyed for the sport of auto racing.

Massingberd, a long-time motorsports media personality, was instrumental in promoting Canadian motorsports until his passing in December of 2008, after a long and courageous battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

This year’s award was presented on April 14, at the Drag Strip Memories show at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope, Ontario to Erik Tomas. Continue reading

Shawn Langdon Suffers First Opening-Round Loss of Season

LAS VEGAS – Qualifying: Shawn Langdon was the No. 8 qualifier at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. He recorded his quickest qualifying attempt in the final qualifying session Saturday afternoon when he ran a 3.798-second pass at 305.56 mph.

Eliminations: After winning two of the season’s first three races, Langdon lost to his teammate, Doug Kalitta, and Steve Torrence in the first round of eliminations. The first-round loss was his first of the season.

Unofficial Point Standings: Langdon leaves Las Vegas in second place in the NHRA Top Fuel point standings. He trails first-place Justin Ashley by 23 points and leads third-place Steve Torrence by 28 points.

Langdon on Las Vegas: “We were in a tough quad in the first round, and we smoked the tires down the track; it happens. When you run (Steve) Torrence and Doug (Kalitta), you have to make a good run to advance, and we smoked the tires down there. I’m not really worried about it; it’s just one race. All in all, everything still looks good. Everyone on our Kalitta Air Careers Toyota team is still excited about this season. Sometimes things don’t go your way, but we still have a great team and a great car. We’ll move on and be ready to go at Charlotte for Revchem, Safety-Kleen and everyone else that supports us.” Continue reading

J.R. Todd, DHL Funny Car, Record Quarter Final Finish

LAS VEGAS – Qualifying: J.R. Todd was the No. 3 qualifier at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. His best qualifying attempt came in the final session Saturday afternoon when he made a 3.930-second run at 322.19 mph.

Eliminations: Todd and the DHL Toyota team defeated Dan Wilkerson and Doug Richards before losing to Ron Capps and Matt Hagan in the semifinals.

When Todd advanced to the quarterfinals, he earned a spot in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte in two weeks. During Saturday’s qualifying sessions, the drivers who reached the quarterfinals in Las Vegas will re-run the quarterfinals in the 4-Wide format with the four winners advancing to the “finals” earning additional purse and championship bonus points.

Unofficial Point Standings: Todd leaves Las Vegas in second place in the NHRA Funny Car point standings. He trails first-place Austin Prock by 48 points and leads third-place Bob Tasca by 42 points. Continue reading

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