Doug Kalitta Takes Mac Tools TF to Quarterfinals in Epping
Epping, NH – The Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel team and Doug Kalitta made the most out of their time at the NHRA New England Nationals racing to a quarterfinal finish. The team took advantage of two days of qualifying with Kalitta closing out qualifying with his quickest run of the weekend a 3.728 second at 329.50 mph pass to jump to the No. 4 position. He was sitting seventh with a 3.752 second pass before his final qualifying pass. It was the second quickest run of the third qualifying session. He also had the fourth quickest run of the second session on Saturday. The consistent runs had Kalitta and the Mac Tools team ready for race day.
In the first round Kalitta never trailed versus Cameron Ferre getting a starting line advantage of .073 to. 096 and the veteran driver made a smooth pass for the win. His winning time of 3.742 seconds at 330.23 mph gave Kalitta lane choice over his teammate Shawn Langdon in the second round.
In the quarterfinals Kalitta had a tough draw with Langdon and the DHL Toyota dragster in the opposite lane. Both veteran drivers took off together but as the Mac Tools dragster closed in on half-track his Goodyear tires lost traction. Langdon was on a smooth run and pulled away for the win.
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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.
Arizona Nationals: Coughlin Jr Friday’s top Qualifier in Pro Stock
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.
Arizona Nationals: Steve Torrence Returns to Action with Top Fuel #1 Qualifier
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.
Phelps Finishes First in MWPMS Top Dragster Championship Chase
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.
2020 NMRA Ford Nationals Event Schedule
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.
JOHN FORCE AND PEAK BLUEDEF TAKE NO. 1 SPOT SATURDAY AT THE AAA INSURANCE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS
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.
E3 Spark Plugs, FireAde Join Ed Federkeil to Promote Hoods for Heroes and The Ronnie Thames Foundation at U.S. Nationals
Dania Beach, FL – Competition Eliminator racer Ed Federkeil will be competing at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance Parts NHRA U.S. Nationals Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis to raise awareness and interest for the Hoods for Heroes organization and The Ronnie Thames Foundation. Federkeil will be teaming up with sponsors E3 Spark Plugs and FireAde to run his Nickens Powered Dodge Avenger in one of the most competitive and diverse classes contested on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The former firefighter is using his racing career and sponsor relationships to shine a light on two very important charities.
Federkeil, a 33-year professional firefighter, knows the risks firefighters take every day to save lives.
“One of the risks we are now seeing are the effects of the protective hoods that firefighters wear absorbing all sorts of carcinogens and now firefighters are succumbing to cancer years later. I recently lost a coworker and friend to this very disease. I am getting my sponsors together to team up to promote Hoods for Heroes to get as many firefighters as possible new particulate hoods which are made of barrier materials which shield firefighters from toxic particles.”