Posts Tagged ‘NHRA’

Now you can Bring the Excitement of NHRA Racing Into Your Home

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Reality and perception draw closely together when you check out Auto World’s NHRA slot cars. The 1:64 scale cars sport intimate detail and full-size speed. Race them on Auto World’s Pro Racing Dragstrip slot track and you’ll have the thrill of big show drag racing right in your basement or living room. (more…)

Behind the Scenes with… Charlie Neilson

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Unquestionably, Charlie Neilson should be high on the BFF (Best Friends Forever) list of any serious NHRA drag racer. As the Association’s Contingency Sponsor Service Manager, Neilson is the guy responsible for amassing, organizing and overseeing distribution of some $19,000,000 posted this year at all NHRA Full Throttle (National), Get Screened America, Pro Mod, Jegs Sportsnationals, Lucas Oil (Divisional) and Summit E.T. Championship Series events. (more…)

Then and Now

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

First-time JEGS All-stars winner Mike Griggs is awarded his personal trophy.

The 2011 JEGS (http://www NULL.jegs NULL.com) All-stars event at Route 66 Raceway was a huge hit, featuring some of the best Sportsman action of the year. In my estimation, it was a total home run, but it took a lot of work to pull off an event of this magnitude.

The JEGS All-stars Race invites the top Sportsman racers from all classes in all NHRA divisions, plus the returning champions are the team blockers. Eighty competitors took part in this year’s race and every one earned their spot through some exceptional driving over the past 12 months. There’s a reason this race is considered such a crowning achievement: It’s so darn hard to make the cut. (more…)

Quarter-Mile Update

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action! Snake and Mongoo$e Motion Picture Moves Forward

Drag Racing prepares to return to the big screen after a 30-year absence. Not since Heart Like A Wheel has our sport received much cinematic attention.

Rhino Films and newly formed shingle Storywise Productions have acquired life-story rights from legendary drag racing rivals Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoo$e” McEwen, and partnered with NHRA to produce a movie about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track. (more…)

Behind The Scenes — Gary Fratus

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

It takes concentrated effort to put on a successful drag racing series. Most of us are familiar with the roles of the drivers, crew chiefs, mechanics, race officials and publicists that comprise the NHRA Full Throttle Tour. But there’s one key component of the equation that labors in relative obscurity, but clearly helps keep the show on the road, the field reps of the various sponsoring manufacturers. Whether there is a need to get a new set of tires, weld a broken bracket, replace a valve train component or get a case of oil, it’s all there on the Manufacturer’s Midway, the world’s largest portable speed shop. (more…)

M/T Assault

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The Course Was Rough and Daylight Often Could be Seen Under all Four Wheels

Most people think of museums as dried-up, dusty old places with no relevance to what’s happening in the world around them. Well, it’s not like that here at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. For example, we recently received a call from an auctioneer who had sold an auto parts store back east. Leftover was an old trophy from the Pomona Drags in 1953. The name on the trophy was M. Serar, and the guy asked if I knew anybody by that name. I said I did. So I called my friend Rudy, and sure enough, his mom had won that trophy in 1953. What a great feeling is was to reunite Rudy with his mom’s long lost trophy. (more…)

The NHRA Auto Club Finals

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The final race of the season, fittingly held not far from the movie capital of the world, had all of the elements of a great Hollywood script.

Set up:  All four of the Pro plus Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Cars and a couple of the Sportsman categories had yet to be decided prior to this race. (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…)

In This Era of “Buy and Race” the Faint Light of Creative Engineering Still Flickers in Competition Eliminator

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Michigander Steve Ambrose and his guys have certainly left their mark on Competition Eliminator, winning nine NHRA National Events including Indy and capturing three division championships. They’re currently marching toward their fourth. (Hope we didn’t jinx you, Steve!)  The J/AA six-cylinder Ford-powered ‘23 T roadster, which has chalked up these wins, is powered by cubic ingenuity not cubic dollars.

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It’s Been Said Anticipation is Better Than the Reality, not so for Bob Bode

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

As I write this, two days following the conclusion of NHRA’s Lucas Oil Nationals, somewhere outside of Chicago there’s one really happy guy—actually a bunch of really happy people: Bob Bode, his wife (and “bug”) Alice, son Bobby and crew. After 10 years of competing, they’ve just won their first NHRA National Event. Bob Bode notes wistfully, “There’s just no way to put into words what this feels like…what this means to my family, crew and me.” (more…)