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FINAL RACE OF CONGRUITY NHRA PRO MOD SERIES REGULAR SEASON SET FOR RICHMOND

DINWIDDIE, VA – The Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by LearnEV+ returns to Virginia Motorsports Park as part of this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals and the stakes are as massive as the huge car count heading to Richmond.

The event will feature an outstanding 26-car lineup at the sixth of 10 races during the 2024 season. It is the fourth straight race in the category and also the final race of the regular season before the points reset for the NHRA Pro Mod Road to the Championship. This weekend’s event in an area loaded with Pro Mod fans is powered by DPFXFIT by GESi.

Action from the final regular-season race of the season in NHRA Pro Mod will be featured on Sunday’s FS1 broadcast as well, showcasing a weekend that will surely be memorable at the standout facility. Continue reading

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

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

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

MORE HISTORY ON THE LINE FOR PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE’S GAIGE HERRERA AT PLAYNHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Chasing history has been nothing new for Gaige Herrera the past two seasons, but the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion has a chance add another incredible mark at this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Herrera is currently tied with legendary Pro Stock driver Bob Glidden for the most consecutive wins and round wins in NHRA history, picking up his ninth straight win – and 35th straight round win – during his victory two weeks ago at Bristol Dragway in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

A win in Richmond this weekend would give Herrera 10 consecutive victories, which has never been achieved in NHRA’s 73-year history. Herrera hasn’t lost in 2024 on his RevZilla/Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki, winning the first four races of the year. He also hasn’t been defeated since last September, winning the final five events of 2023 en route to his dominant first world title.

He’s set a multitude of records along the way and this is another major one for the standout, but Herrera is simply trying to focus on making solid runs this weekend. Continue reading

AUSTIN PROCK LOOKS TO CARRY FUNNY CAR HOT STREAK INTO RICHMOND AT PLAYNHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Austin Prock was in a Top Fuel dragster two years ago at Virginia Motorsports Park, but at this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals he’ll be looking for his third Funny Car win of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Prock, driver of the 11,000-horsepower Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS, is new to the Funny Car class this season, but his predecessor, Robert Hight, won at Virginia Motorsports Park in 2022, the last time NHRA raced in Richmond. Prock has already seen success in the Funny Car class as he has two wins on the season, including most recently in Bristol, and has been the No. 1 qualifier at six of the first eight races en route to the points lead.

That gives the young standout and former NHRA Rookie of the Year plenty of momentum heading into his Funny Car debut at the standout facility.

“Richmond is one of the flattest tracks on the circuit which will be much appreciated by the tuners with this weekend’s temperatures,” Prock said. “I always say I never like an off weekend and I’m excited to get back into my Cornwell Quality Tools Camaro SS and get back in the groove of things. We’re looking for another strong weekend.” Continue reading

Summit Racing Expands Leadership Role in Drag Racing with the Creation of New Traction Compound

Drag racing’s leading supporter joins forces with industry experts to improve track prep and reduce costs to facilities.

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The World Drag Racing Alliance (WDRA) is proud to release to the sport a historic improvement in track preparation with the creation of a new generation of traction compound.  Summit Racing’s Pro Trac traction compound was created and extensively tested as a joint effort between industry leaders Summit Racing Equipment, Bill Bader Jr., owner of Summit Motorsports Park, and Total Venue Concepts owner Kurt Johnson.

The idea for this new generation of traction compound was born during the great glue shortage our industry experienced.  Summit Racing’s Chief Marketing Officer Al Noe saw firsthand what happened to the business of owning a drag racing facility during the shortage.  A drag racing enthusiast, Al wanted to ensure that drag racing facilities would not be squeezed or priced out of business.  Using the immense buying power of Summit Racing Equipment to secure the components, Al then recruited Bill Bader Jr. and Kurt Johnson to form a dream team that would work for two years to create not just another traction compound, but one that would be priced more affordably for the facilities and one that would work differently than what is currently available.

Summit Pro Trac has been extensively tested by Bill and Evan Bader at Summit Motorsports Park in Northern Ohio in weather conditions that cover the spectrum.  This product was privately tested in a double-blind test with select racers as well as SMP events that exceeded 400 cars of all types.  The testing proved better results than anyone expected.  Bader explained, “During our double-blind test, Summit Pro Trac outperformed ‘brand x’ with cars running one hundredth quicker in the Pro Trac lane. Cars were both faster and more consistent. Summit Pro Trac has exceeded my expectations and will be used confidently at all Summit Motorsports Park produced events in 2024.” Continue reading

37 YEARS AFTER FIRST WIN, FORCE PURSUES HIS 158TH

Drag Racing’s Biggest Winner Drives PEAK Chevy in PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals

DINWIDDIE, VA – Five days shy of the 37th anniversary of his first NHRA tour victory (June 28, 1987 at Montreal, Canada), John Force tries to win his 158th this Sunday when he drives his PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS in pursuit of the Funny Car championship in a pared down, two-day version of the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

“Glad to be back in Richmond with my PEAK Chevy,” drag racing’s all-time winner said of his return to a track on which he has a higher winning percentage than on any other in the Mission Foods Series. “We’ve won the race a number of times (and) I’m excited to run it as a two-day (event). It’s something new for the fans, the drivers and the crew chiefs.”

Three Saturday qualifying sessions will set the lineup for Sunday eliminations on what is expected to be an exceedingly hot all-concrete track surface.

An inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the California Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, among others, Force has raised the “Wally” (the winner’s trophy named for the late founder of the NHRA, Wally Parks) four times in 12 appearances in the Virginia Nationals. Continue reading

TRENDING UPWARD, BRITTANY EYES REPEAT AT RICHMOND

Two-Time World Champ Returns to Site of 2022 Win Off Semifinal Finish at Bristol

DINWIDDIE, VA – The timing could not be better for two-time Top Fuel World Champion Brittany Force’s return this week to Virginia Motorsports Park.

In serious need of a victory after a troubled start to the 2024 campaign, the 37-year-old can’t wait to get her 12,000-horsepower HendrickCars.com Chevy back on the all-concrete surface on which she set track records for time (3.654 seconds) and speed (335.82 miles per hour) en route to winning the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals in 2022, the last time the race was contested.

“(I’m) excited to return to Richmond with HendrickCars.com as our primary sponsor,” said the NHRA national record holder for both time and speed (3.623 seconds, 338.94 mph), “(especially) coming out of a strong weekend in Bristol. (Our) team has made progress on the track and we are starting to see results on race day.”

As a semifinalist in the most recent tour event, the former NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year earned the right to compete in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge in which she will have a chance to reverse the order of finish against point leader Doug Kalitta. It will be her first appearance in the bonus race since April when she lost to Tony Schumacher in the Phoenix final. Continue reading

BUDDY HULL READY FOR NEW CHALLENGES IN RICHMOND

LONG BEACH, CA – Any driver will tell you it feels good when you have a gut instinct that you and your car have rounded a corner, and quicker ETs are ahead. Buddy Hull, a Funny Car driver for Jim Dunn Racing, is riding high on that feeling, coming into the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, June 22-23.

“Our performance in Bristol at the Thunder Valley Nationals was exactly what we needed before this race weekend,” said Hull. “We made two solid runs back-to-back, figured out how to replicate when the car runs well, and then had a weekend off to rejuvenate before we hit the ground running again for a busy summer of racing. I am fired up heading to Richmond to build off of those team wins two weeks ago.”

In the ninth race of his Funny Car career, this weekend Hull will be experiencing two new things: racing at Virginia Motorsports Park and trialing a new scheduling format from the NHRA. Typically, a national event consists of two days of qualifying that result in three to four qualifying passes. But for the newly revamped Virginia Nationals, there will be three rounds of qualifying all on Saturday. Continue reading

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