Posts Tagged ‘drag racing’

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…)

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…)

Mongoose Journals: From Doorslammers to Dragsters

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Cutting-edge tech when the Mongoose gets his paws on 'em.

Route 66 sees more action than the dragstrip in this wacky Mongoose adventure.

Hauling my D/Gas ’57 Chevy all the way from California to Oklahoma City for the ’57 NHRA Nationals was quite an adventure for me and my three friends. The race was exciting, but it was nothing compared to our journey home.

For the ’57 to make D/Gas class weight, we stacked a couple of hundred pounds of barbell weights in the trunk. The car raced, as was the hot set-up of the time, with its nose in the air. Prior to the trip home, we relocated the weights to the front floorboards, so it would tow easier, hitched it up to Jim Yander’s Chevy and headed west on Route 66.

I was asleep in the front seat of the ’57. We were heading up the grade just east of Albuquerque when Jim started to pass another vehicle. The race car swung wide, tearing loose from the tow bar with its locked rear end chattering. Instantly wide awake, I grabbed the steering wheel and yanked myself up just in time to see the race car pulling alongside the tow car. The gasser plowed into the center divider, careened across two lanes of traffic … (more…)

Inside Story: The Mongoose’s First Funny Car

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Can barracudas fly? The Mongoose takes a dive.

February 1965: The NHRA Winternationals turned into a much bigger show than I bargained when I debuted the Hemi-Cuda Funny Car, my first Funny Car ride.

Lou Baney, owner of the Yeakel Plymouth Top Fuel team I was driving for, was the consummate wheeler-dealer. He convinced the Southern California Plymouth Dealers Association to pony up for the construction and sponsorship of the famous (or maybe infamous), Hemi-Cuda I rear-engine Funny Car. The mission was to build a racer, not another Barracuda wheelstander like Hurst’s “Hemi Under Glass.”

Next: Mongoose remembers what the Hemi-Cuda’s engine … (more…)