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DAVE RICHARDS AND VERSATRAN / BLUEBIRD TEAM READY TO MAKE THEIR OWN HISTORY AT VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK

DINWIDDIE, VA – Dave Richards and the Versatran / BlueBird Funny Car team are heading to another new track as they get ready for the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Richards, who is handling driving duties full-time for the first time this year, has made a habit of qualifying for national events. Already eight races into the 2024 season, Richards has qualified for six race days picking up his first-round win at the Charlotte Four-Wide event. The Versatran team will be looking to qualify for their seventh straight race day at Virginia Motorsports Park.

“Virginia Motorsports Park is another new track for me. Luckily, NHRA has only been there a couple of times in the last handful of years, so it could be a more even playing field,” Richards said. “I’ve gotten comfortable in this Versatran / BlueBird car. Things are becoming so much more natural with every pass. My crew guys feel it, too. We’re coming together. It’s a process, but we’re well on our way.”

At the most recent event, the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Richards qualified 15th but came up short to Alexis DeJoria, who had the second quickest run of the first round. Richards is sitting in the No. 14 spot in the Funny Car points standings just six points behind 14th and 182 outside the top 10. Continue reading

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JUSTIN ASHLEY AND SCAG TOYOTA TEAM LOOK TO REGAIN POINTS LEAD AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Justin Ashley and his SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team sit just 22 points out of the lead as they head into this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Nearly halfway through the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series season, Ashley and his SCAG Toyota team have been to the finals four times, visiting the winners circle twice. Ashley’s final rounds came in four consecutive events starting with a win at the rain delayed Winternationals before he runnered-up at the Arizona Nationals. Ashley would then earn runner-up points at the Las Vegas Four-Wide event before taking a victory in the four-wide format at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

Ashley’s race day success has also been coupled with success in the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge. Ashely has picked up two wins in the specialty race that earns him championship bonus points and a cash prize.

Ashley and the SCAG team are due for a turnaround weekend after coming off back-to-back first round losses from the New England Nationals and the Thunder Valley Nationals. Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG FORD FUNNY CAR LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Daniel Wilkerson and his SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car enter this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park looking to climb back up the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series points standings.

After three consecutive races of earning at least semifinal points, Wilkerson is coming off a first-round loss at Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Wilkerson qualified No. 10 after his SCAG Funny Car suffered an engine explosion during qualifying. The SCAG team would pull out their back-up car and made their best run of the weekend and sixth quickest in the round of 16 but came up short to 16-time champion John Force. The result shifted Wilkerson from No. 6 to No. 8 in the points and left him eager to get to the next race.

“We got our crispy car from Bristol back into racing form and can’t wait to get to the pristine surface at Richmond,” said Wilkerson referencing the car that had the explosion during qualifying, “This is one of the places I have not driven at yet. I’ve worked on a couple cars here, but I’ve literally only seen this facility between the pits and the starting line, my wife and daughter have seen more of it than me. The weather appears to be right in Tim’s wheelhouse so our whole team is excited. This SCAG Power Equipment, Summit Ford Mustang team is hungry for a win and we feel like we have the car to do it.” Continue reading

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THREE CAR SCAG RACING TEAM WRAP UP THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – The newly formed SCAG Racing team consisting of Top Fuel pilot Justin Ashley in the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster, Funny Car Rookie of the Year candidate Daniel Wilkerson in the SCAG Power Equipment Summit Ford Mustang and Dave Richards who is running the full NHRA season for the first time in the Versatran/BlueBird Funny Car, exited the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in the first round on Sunday.

Entering race day as the No. 2 qualifier off their 3.795 second pass at 322.42 mph from Friday night, Justin Ashely and the SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel dragster team had a titanic matchup against two-time world champion Brittany Force. Ashley would leave the starting line first but his 3.764 second run at 324.36 mph that ended with an engine explosion at the finish line, wasn’t enough for Force’s 3.733 at 319.42.

“This is racing, things like this are going to happen. This sport is a constant emotional rollercoaster so it’s important to put things in perspective. We lost a close first round matchup against a tough competitor but still accomplished a lot throughout the weekend,” Ashley said. “Mike Green, Tommy DeLago, Dustin Davis and the team always give us a good racecar but we just happened to run into a parts failure early on Sunday. I’m grateful for everybody at SCAG Power Equipment, all the dealers and distributors that were with us this weekend, Toyota, Phillips, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and KATO, and Impact. We’ll get back to work and be ready for Richmond.” Continue reading

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DAVE RICHARDS AND VERSATRAN/BLUEBIRD TEAM FULL OF DETERMINATION HEADING INTO NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – Dave Richards and the Versatran/BlueBird Funny Car team are more motivated than ever as they head into the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the eighth of 20 events on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series schedule.

Racing a full-time schedule for the first time, Richards and his team are learning on the fly. They’ve qualified for seven of the eight events so far and picked up their first round win of the season at the Charlotte Four-Wide event. At the most recent race, the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H., the Versatran/BlueBird machine had some gremlins early in the weekend that had the team qualified only 14th setting them up for a first-round loss to Bob Tasca III.

“We keep plucking away at it. The team is working hard, there’s no denying that. We’re getting a flow. We’ve run into some issues, some setbacks, but this Versatran/BlueBird team has managed to get past them all,” Richards said. “Each weekend is a chance for us to get better and we take advantage of each opportunity. After last weekend, we’re all happy to get right back to it.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON REACHES SEMIFINALS FOR SCAG RACING AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team made their third consecutive semifinal appearance Sunday at the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.

Wilkerson entered race day qualified in the No. 4 position, a career best for the Rookie of the Year candidate, after running a 3.899 second pass at 329.91 mph on Friday night. The SCAG Funny Car would face off with Cory Lee in the first round. Wilkerson would cross the finish line in 4.089 at 313.80 while Lee smoked the tires and pulled left into the wall.

In the second round Wilkerson would find himself racing against three-time world champion Ron Capps. Wilkerson would have another clean pass at 4.002 seconds and 320.28 mph while Capps ran into trouble for only a 7.690 at 99.06.

Facing off with points leader Austin Prock, the semifinal would be a clean side-by-side drag race. Wilkerson would come up short with a 4.013-second run at 322.27 mph to Prock’s 3.993 at 317.12. Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON MAKES SEMIFINAL APPEARANCE TO LEAD SCAG RACING AT ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

JOLIET, IL – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car battled their way to the semifinals Sunday at the Gerber Glass & Collision Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago.

Coming into race day qualified No. 9, Wilkerson, crew chiefed by his father Tim, started eliminations with a win over veteran and former champion Cruz Pedregon. Both Funny Cars would haze the tires, but Wilkerson would get to the finish line first at 4.222 seconds and 231.36 mph while Pedregon followed at 4.517 and 194.30. In the second round, Wilkerson would face off with points leader, Austin Prock.

Wilkerson came up with the win on a 4.086 second pass at 314.39 mph better Prock’s 4.109 at 305.01 after he put a hole out. The win put Wilkerson against 16-time champion and eventual runner-up John Force in the semifinals. Wilkerson handled his SCAG Ford to a 4.076 at 309.98 but it wasn’t enough for Force’s 3.987 at 317.94. Continue reading

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DAVE RICHARDS AND VERSATRAN / BLUEBIRD TEAM LOOKING TO KEEP UP PROGRESS AT ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

JOLIET, IL – Dave Richards and his Versatran / BlueBird Funny Car team enter this weekend’s Gerber Glass & Collision Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway eager to build on their recent results.

Richards and the Versatran team came away from the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway with their first eliminations round win. Richards would handle the Versatran / BlueBird machine to a 4.014-second pass at a career best 319.60 mph to beat Blake Alexander and points leader Austin Prock in the first quad. Their performance put the Versatran / BlueBird team up to 15th in the points standings, an improvement from 18th.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the seat of the Versatran / BlueBird Funny Car. We made progress in Charlotte, but these two weekends off have been too long. I’m excited to see what we can do on the track,” Richards said. “The guys have been working hard, and it’s starting to come around. We’re hoping for more improvement every run.” Continue reading

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DANIEL WILKERSON AND SCAG FORD FUNNY CAR TEAM FOCUSED ON LAS VEGAS FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

LAS VEGAS – Daniel Wilkerson and the SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Funny Car team can’t deny the progress they’ve made just three races into the Mission Foods NHRA Drag Racing Series season. They head to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals determined to keep it going.

Wilkerson and the SCAG team, led by Daniel’s father, Tim, are coming of a quarterfinal finish at the NHRA Arizona Nationals where they qualified in the top half of the field for the second consecutive time. Sitting 10th in the points standings, Wilkerson is looking for his first Funny Car victory in his first season racing the full NHRA Mission Foods Series schedule.

“I’m excited to get to Vegas. Coming off a weekend in Phoenix where we learned a lot and made progress, I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the SCAG Summit Ford Mustang,” Wilkerson said. “Four-wide is a little different. I have pretty limited experience racing in the four-wide format, but I think, as long as nothing crazy happens, I should be fine. We get four qualifying runs, which will help our progress continue so we can turn on a few more win lights on Sunday.” Continue reading

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DAVE RICHARDS AND VERSATRAN/BLUEBIRD PREPARED FOR FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

LAS VEGAS – Dave Richards and the Versatran / BlueBird Funny Car team enter this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the third of 20 events on tour and first of two in the four-wide format, with some renewed optimism.

Competing the full NHRA Mission Foods Series schedule for the first time, Richards and his team stayed and tested at Firebird Motorsports Park following the NHRA Arizona Nationals, the second event at which the young team qualified 17th, just shy of making the 16-car field for race day.

“This whole Versatran / BlueBird team is looking forward to Vegas. We had some disappointment in Phoenix with not qualifying, but we stayed and tested, and we’re feeling really good,” Richards said. “We made two runs and learned a lot. The car is getting happy. We’re figuring it out.” Continue reading

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