LAS VEGAS — With the 18th running of the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment still ongoing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was big news when next year’s date was announced.
For years, racers and fans have kicked off their holiday season by coming to Sin City the weekend prior to Thanksgiving to be a part of drag racing’s biggest bucket list event. Next year, SCSN moves up a month to Oct. 18-22, 2023.
The event now leads into the NHRA Camping World Series race at The Strip, scheduled for the following weekend.
LAS VEGAS — In the final round of qualifying at the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 18 presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment, John Durden laid down a pass of 5.683 seconds at 253.90 mph to take the Precision Pro Mod Top Qualifier. The San Juan Bautista, Calif. native edged past Friday’s provisional pole sitter Bret Williamson’s 5.6960-second lap.
Rian Hayward maintained his hold on top qualifier honors in the MagnaFuel Outlaw 10.5 class with his run from Thursday of 3.841 seconds at 193.21 mph.
Race conditions at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway continue to be flawless with Saturday’s temps in the mid-50s under clear skies as eliminations kicked off at 8 a.m. PST. Results, photos, videos, and updates can be found at the official page on Facebook, Street Car Super Nationals Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS — At the completion of Day 1 of the 18th Annual COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment, Bret Williamson stood atop the Precision Turbo Pro Mod standings. After two rounds of qualifying, the Gilroy, Calif-native earned the provisional pole with a pass of 5.696 seconds at 260.61 mph.
Fellow Californian John Durden had the next-best qualifying pass with a lap of 5.826 seconds at 252.90 mph.
Action continued at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday under near-perfect conditions: cool, mostly cloudy, and fast. Day 2 of qualifying for drag racing’s marathon kicked off at 8 a.m. PST and will run through the evening. Results, photos, videos, and updates can be found at the official page on Facebook, Street Car Super Nationals Las Vegas.
INDIANAPOLIS – Ron Capps’ season ended with a Funny Car world championship on the outskirts of Los Angeles in Pomona, but not even a Hollywood writer could have scripted such a magical season for the veteran and first-year team owner in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.
Capps became the first Funny Car driver in 20 years to record back-to-back world titles, claiming his third career championship in his 11,000-horsepower NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra on the final day of the season at the NHRA Finals. It closed out a special season that included five victories and nine final-round appearances but doing it while taking the massive step to become a team owner just before the start of 2022 made it that much more special.
He relied on the expertise of his team, led by crew chiefs Dean Antonelli and the retiring John Medlen, countless phone calls to legends in the motorsports game, and a series of clutch performances down the stretch to slip past Robert Hight by a mere three points, with Sunday marking the only time all season where he led in points.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Tim Essick made Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) history in 2021 when he won the first-ever world championship in the Pro Street category. Following a 2022 season that saw Essick win twice in his ProCharger-boosted “Brown Sugar” ’18 Mustang, the Maryland native is yet again the Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by AFCO world champion.
“It was just a terrific feeling to be able to back it up,” Essick said. “It kind of validates everything that we’ve worked for. It just goes to show that it’s a successful program. It makes you feel good about what you’re doing.”
Essick’s season started with a win at the season-opening East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park. The Pro Street competition at that first race set the tone for the rest of the season.
“That was a huge start to the year,” Essick said. “Through qualifying, we were struggling a little bit. Over the winter, we had changed the transmission and converter, plus we had a hundred pounds thrown on us. But when it came down to eliminations, the air changed and things fell into place and the car ran some really fast passes right up front. Nick Agostino was running real fast as well. Unfortunately, that weather went away and the rest of the year was in slower weather, but that was good momentum to start the year.”
BRADENTON, FL – Long known for his exploits in radial racing with Chevy Corvettes, Mark Woodruff more recently stepped up into the Pro Mod game when he purchased a 1969 Camaro Pro Mod from B&B Race Cars. Since then, he’s had Mark Micke and Craig Sullivan drive the car in both Radial vs. the World and Pro Mod trims, but Woodruff’s entry into the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod is set to be his driving debut in the Pro Mod category.
“I love the format on it, the invitation, the 40 cars, the top 32 qualified go in,” Woodruff said. “Once you’re in the field, you throw the qualifying out because it’s a chip draw – It’s a unique situation. Most of the people that have been invited to this deal have never raced like that before.”
Woodruff noted that his racing experience over the past 25 years includes quite a bit of grudge racing and cash days-type of street racing that involved a chip draw or just random pairings, so he’s rather familiar with the format.
INDIANAPOLIS – The road to a second world championship in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series included a little bit of everything for Top Fuel star Brittany Force. From a hot start to memorable victories, record-breaking runs at nearly every stop on the tour and a clutch performance in Las Vegas, Force was spectacular from start to finish during her memorable 2022 campaign.
Her championship resumé was finished off with a first-round victory at last weekend’s NHRA Finals in Pomona, a culmination of the most complete year in her career. The record-breaking standout won five races in her 11,000-horsepower Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac dragster, enjoyed 10 No. 1 qualifiers and the fastest run in Top Fuel history, rising above a loaded Top Fuel field to taste championship glory once again.
“This season has been outstanding for us,” Force said. “Coming into the season, I said this was going to be one of the toughest seasons yet with the competition that’s out there. We did really well all season and carried that No. 1 pretty much all year, and then in the Countdown, we started to lose our footing. It was like this championship we were so close to, we were starting to lose it, but we recovered the last two races. I’m still in the excitement of it all. It’s a very surreal moment.”
INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA officials announced today that Lucas Oil Products, the world leader and distributor of high-performance automotive additives and lubricants, will continue as the sponsor of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and “Official Oil of NHRA” as part of a long-term extension.
It furthers a premier and lasting partnership that continues to grow after more than two decades, as Lucas Oil remains a cornerstone sponsor and all-encompassing partner of NHRA.
“All of us at Lucas Oil are excited to extend this Partnership with NHRA for another 3 years,” said Brandon Bernstein, Lucas Oil Director of Partnership Marketing. “We know how important the sportsman racers are to Lucas Oil and we want to keep that alive for many years to come. We see NHRA as an amazing property that has potential for massive growth and Lucas Oil is thrilled to be partnered in this journey.”
BRADENTON, FL – Pro Mod drivers won’t be the only ones racing for big money at the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, March 3-5, at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Event promoters announced today the $25,000-to-win $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving, with 16 drivers getting invited.
“My passion for Pro Modified drag racing is no secret, but I’m also very passionate about Mountain Motor Pro Stock,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated founder and WSOPM promoter. “Like Pro Mod, this class has a rich history and a rabid fanbase. With massive, naturally aspirated engines, hood scoops, clutches, and hard-leaving launches, what’s not to like? The $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving is the perfect complement to the $100,000 winner-take-all World Series of Pro Mod.”
The MMPS Invitational was spearheaded by longtime class enthusiast and media member Scott “the Limo Guy” Soucy. He’s covered MMPS extensively over the last few seasons through his Real Pro Stock series, showcasing the action and the unique personalities that make the class so special. He worked with multiple racers and sponsors to put together the funding and participation for the MMPS Shootout.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Three-time Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle world champion Travis Davis didn’t set out to chase the 2022 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) title this season, but with hard work, smart calls, and a little luck, the Georgia native secured his fourth PDRA world championship. Davis won it on the strength of two event wins in four appearances at the five races the class attended
“Winning the championship was kind of unexpected, to be honest,” Davis said. “To win four of them, I’m proud of our team and everybody that helps me. We really weren’t focused on the championship, just trying to develop a new engine and take a little time off, but we managed to do it. We didn’t go to the Ohio race, so any time you start skipping races, championships usually aren’t in play. But the races we did show up at, we either won or went rounds and put ourselves in a position to do it. You try to win them all, but you’ve got pretty stiff competition to do that.”
After qualifying No. 1 at the season-opening East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park, Davis sat out the DeCerbo Construction American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies at Summit Motorsports Park. He came back at the North vs. South Shootout presented by Line-X and Iron Man Quick Connect Push Bar at Maryland International Raceway, winning that race and the next event, the Drag 965 Summer Shootout presented by Classic Graphix at Virginia Motorsports Park.