Archive for April, 2011

2010 ADRL Season in Review

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Frankie “Mad Man” Taylor, owner/driver of the Quickest Doorslammer on the Planet, can add ADRL Pro Extreme Champion to his list of credits. Chalk one up for the little guys!

The 2010 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season began with a rainout and ended with a “get out” as series’ president and cofounder Kenny Nowling was abruptly relieved of his duties late in the year, tossing the 6-year-old organization into uncharted waters. (more…)

The 59th Season of NHRA Drag Racing Has Drawn to a Close

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Rings on his fingers and toes. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson gets booed for winning five, John Force wins his 15th AA/FC Championship and the fans love him even more!

The World Champions Have Been Crowned

The King is dead. Long live the King.

Names old and new make this very rarified list of 2010 winners. One name is glaringly absent, Tony Schumacher. For the first time in seven years, we have a new Top Fuel Champion. One name absent for four years is back, John Force. (more…)

Assorted Happenings on the Road

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

On the dusty trail in the Tirend Gold Spot Special, Jerry Bivens (L) talks with Jim Herme as Rick got ready to send me on my way.

In ’87, after the powerful Blue Max operation finally disbanded, D. Gantt joined my Coors Corvette team. One of his favorite expressions was, “these are the good old days.” Pretty good thought, I’d say. (more…)

Dan Stevenson’s ADRL Pro Nitrous Cameron

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Shortly before turning 50, Dan Stevenson announced to his wife Donna that he was returning to drag racing. A dedicated racer back in the early ‘70s at legendary strips like U.S. 30 Dragway in York, Pennsylvania, Great Lakes Dragway in Union Grove, Wisconsin, and Oswego Dragway in his native Illinois, Stevenson gave it all up when marriage, children and work took over his life. (more…)

Exclusive First Look: LSX 454-R Crate Engine From GM Performance Parts

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The Big Three have jumped into the grassroots performance scene in a lot of different ways, while others are dabbling in class-specific racing, the gang at GM Performance Parts (GMPP) tapped their area of expertise of crate engine production for its grassroots efforts. The GMPP catalog has staked its claim as being the leader in crate engine offerings from entry-level small-blocks and four-cylinder power plants to robust 572-ci street monsters. (more…)

Brake Safety Tips for Drag Racing

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Valves—Properly functioning residual pressure valves are a key element to a safe brake system. They are available in different configurations to suit many applications.

The braking systems in various forms of racing differ significantly.  Dirt cars, such as sprint and late models, vary greatly from asphalt vehicles, such as road race and NASCAR.  Drag racing is especially unique and has its own special requirements. (more…)