Bradenton Motorsports Park’s Victor Alvarez Talks $50,000-to-Win Pro Mod Show at 50th Annual Snowbird Outlaw Nationals
BRADENTON, FL – Excitement continues to build for the 50th annual Snowbird Outlaw Nationals presented by Motion Raceworks, Dec. 3-5 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Fifty Pro Modified entries are locked in to race for a special $50,000 payday at the event that will also include multiple small-tire classes and a jet car show.
“We’ve been getting messages and calls every single day about this race,” said Victor Alvarez, the owner of Bradenton Motorsports Park. “The Pro Mod guys in particular just can’t wait to get here. It’s a big deal. It’s always been a historic event, and now with this being the 50th anniversary and this $50,000 payout, it’s got everybody talking.”
Alvarez said the support for the 50th annual Snowbirds celebration has been overwhelming. The 50 Pro Mod tech cards sold out in just over 24 hours when they went on sale in late August, while another 20 or so drivers are on the waiting list.
JR Carr Wins PDRA World Finals in Extreme Pro Stock; Rain Pushes Balance of Eliminations into Sunday
DINWIDDIE, VA – Championship runner-up JR Carr was the lone winner on Saturday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals, as rain set in just after completing the Extreme Pro Stock final round at Virginia Motorsports Park. Carr won on a single after final-round opponent Dwayne Rice lost power after the burnout.
The all-eighth-mile series will attempt to finish the season finale on Sunday, though rain remains in the forecast.
“We’ve been trying to get ahead of these storms all weekend, and we just came up a little short tonight,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “We are watching the forecast and we’ll do the best we can to get this race completed when the weather allows.”
During eliminations that were completed, drivers in a handful of classes secured 2020 PDRA world championships. John Strickland claimed his first title in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction. Similarly, Wes Distefano became a first-time world champion in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632. Steve Furr (Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster), Stacy Hall (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman), Nyckolas Shirkey (Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster) and Alyssa Rabon also clinched championships.
JEG COUGHLIN JR. PRO STOCK PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFIER
JEGS.COM/ELITE PERFORMANCE CHEVROLET CAMARO
6.536 SEC., 208.46 MPH
NOTE: After a perfect weekend at the season opener, Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin continued his dominance with a provisional No. 1 qualifier position at Phoenix.
STEVE TORRENCE TOP FUEL PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFIER
CAPCO CONTRACTORS DRAGSTER 3.671 SEC., 326.48 MPH
NOTE: Reigning back-to-back Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence seeded himself provisionally No. 1 on Friday to kick off the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
TULSA, OK – Dan Phelps wasn’t even on the grounds at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park when he clinched the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series Race Star Wheels Top Dragster championship.
“We had lost in the first round and it was cold and there was nothing more that I could do anyway, so my wife and I just decided to pack up and go home,” the Labadie, MO-based champ explains. “After qualifying I was 47 points ahead of Danny (Nelson), so at 20 points per round he had to at least win a semifinal to beat me.
“I was actually listening to the race on the Internet while we were getting fuel at a truck stop in Joplin, Missouri, and when Danny lost in the second round I knew no one else could catch me, so I hugged Melodie and congratulated her because she puts just as much into this as I do.”
Phelps missed attending the MWPMS season opener in Dallas, instead joining the seven-event tour in April at his home track, the Gateway facility near St. Louis, where in 2013 he suffered a serious blowover accident that led to the purchase of his current car, a 2014 Race Tech from Russ Farmer in North Carolina.
The NMRA Ford Nationals is excited to release its 2020 all-Ford event schedule. Operating for over 20 years, the NMRA series is the largest and longest running Ford performance series in the world. For 2020, the schedule packs in championship drag racing, exciting Street Car Shootouts, Car Shows, Manufacturer’s Midways, and much more.
“The NMRA series has a lot to offer racers and fans in 2020 with the same line-up of awesome tracks as 2019, increasing the number of special attractions at each stop on the tour, and using unique formats at two of the six events,” said General Manager, Rollie Miller.
New for 2020 are compact race schedules for the NMRA Gateway Rumble, held at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Madison, IL), and the NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals that takes place at Maple Grove Raceway (Mohnton, PA). These events will run over the course of three days with the gates opening on Thursday, qualifying on Friday, and eliminations on Saturday.
ST. LOUIS — John Force handled his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS team to the No. 1 qualifier spot for the fourth time of the season Saturday night at the AAA Missouri NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway. Teammate Austin Prock held onto the No. 3 spot with his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist hot rod, and Robert Hight and the AAA Missouri team and Brittany Force with Advance Auto Parts will both start race day from fourth.
Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion, John Force strung together four quality passes through two days of qualifying at the Midwest Nationals that ended with his fourth No. 1 position of the season, 159th of his career and third at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Starting the day sitting in the No. 3 spot, Force kept his performance consistent handling his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Chevy Camaro SS to a 3.911-second pass, identical to his Friday night pass with a slightly faster speed of 328.22 mph. In the final qualifying session of the Midwest Nationals, Force handled his Chevy Camaro to a blistering 3.842-second pass at 334.40 mph.