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Posted on 03/14/2009 4:53:38 PM PDT by flattorney
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Prayers from all of us for a speedy recovery King. ~ fla
P.S. Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit, Kenny will be inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
For some reason, when Ashly Force lost in the final on Sunday I was not surprised.
Congrats to Pedragon for a great win however.
None of us like 1,000 feet nitro racing but there were some "redeeming values" at the NHRA Spring Nationals, Houston Raceway Park, when the blown Pro Mods ran.
Its just not the same with the nitro cars only racing 1000 feet. I decided to save my money and not attend this year. Its the first time in six years I havent atttended the OReilly Natls.
112 posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:36:43 PM by 38special (I mean come on.)
TB, was Linda around when you used to race?
Public Release of the Big Sounds of the Drags Los Angeles, CA In the spirit of what is known as Creative Commons, the Nitronic Research founders have released the entire body of NRs ambient sound f/x recording, The Big Sounds of the Drags 2001″ for free public consumption. More than than just a fetishistic exercise in audio drag porn, the Big Sounds is made up of 37 distinct recordings, ranging from the intimate and ambient sounds of Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, Fuel Altereds, Jet Cars, Wheelstanders and doorslammers, interspersed with interviews from drag racing luminaries such as Big Daddy Don Garlits, Wild Bill Alexander, Roland Leong, Dean Skuza, Ron Capps, Techno Tim Gibson and others, all of which is sporadically underscored by surf music. It was engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ikky Shivers and Cole Coonce.
Good stuff, check it out ~ fla
Thanks for the pings on the DP story. :)
Guess you should have extended your run. :)
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) has secured title-rights sponsorship of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in Chicago and Englishtown. The United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals will be contested June 4-7 at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, and the United Association NHRA SuperNationals will take place the following week, June 11-14, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown. Through NHRAs unique platform and proven ability to personally reach out to fans attending a national event, UA hopes to build awareness for the International Training Fund (ITF) and United Association as well as recruit new members, said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president-sales & marketing.
In addition to sponsoring NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in Chicago and Englishtown, UA will receive display space at three additional events: the OReilly NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol at Gateway Intl Raceway in Madison, the OReilly NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX at Heartland Park Topeka, and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at OReilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The interactive display space features welding booths and virtual simulators and is designed to drive awareness for and showcase the benefits of United Association and ITF.
The UA team is thrilled with the partnership we have developed with NHRA, said Michael Arndt, UA director of training. The UA through this new partnership will have access to a yet unexplored group of apprenticeship applicants. These applicants will become a part of our ongoing recruitment effort and supply additional applicants to pipe-trade apprenticeship programs throughout the United States. These apprenticeship programs are in the welding, plumbing, pipefitting, HVACR, and sprinkler-fitting industries of the pipe trades.
In addition to the title-rights sponsorships to the events in Chicago and Englishtown, UA is an associate sponsor on the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Top Fuel dragster driven by Spencer Massey and owned by Don Prudhomme Racing.
About UA Training for the Future: No other organization serves the training needs of the piping industry like UA. For more than a century, UA has been training the most highly qualified workers in the United States and Canada. In the past several decades, UAs training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape. No one can match UAs commitment or investment. The UA spends more than $170 million annually on training-program efforts involving approximately 300,000 journeymen and apprentices in more than 400 local training facilities at any given time. In addition to five-year apprenticeship programs, UA offers continuing education opportunities that include journeyman training and certifications in valve repair, welding, backflow prevention, medical gas installation, safe removal of refrigerants, and many more. - NHRA, Edited by FLA & Co.
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Great to see the Union jump in with NHRA sponsorship this season. At this juncture, we take all $ comers. At Chicago, one Texan Top Fuel driver let his thoughts be know about the political connection with his NOBAMA sticker. ~ fla
| 06.09.09, Pro Mod Challenge Series: She holds the honor of being the quickest woman in NHRA history, and most recently graced the seat of a nitro-burning Funny Car, but this weekend, Melanie Troxel will make her debut behind the wheel of an alcohol-burning supercharged Pro Mod, driving for Roger Burgess' R2B2 Racing as part of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx as they compete in Englishtown, New Jersey at the United Association NHRA SuperNationals.
Sitting on the sidelines since last November due to lack of sponsorship funding, Troxel said she is "very anxious to get back behind the wheel in competition. "It's been a tough year sitting out, watching everyone else race, it's exciting to get in the car and get back out and get to make some passes," Troxel said. "We've been out testing a couple times with the Pro Mods and just recently in the Voodoo Corvette that I'll be driving this weekend. "I feel really comfortable in the car and I'm very excited to get out there and race," she said. "I had driven an alcohol Funny Car and alcohol Dragster quite a few years ago, so I thought there would be a lot of similarities between those cars and a Pro Mods, and there are mechanically - shifting, doing a lot of that stuff - but I was surprised at the difference from the alcohol cars and the Pro Mod. There's always a learning curve involved any time you move from the different classes, and it's taken me a little re-programming to get used to what the car is telling me. "I've most recently come from the nitro cars that make a ton of horsepower, but they also make a lot of down-force to use all the power, and in contrast, the Pro Mod cars kind of have the feeling of being really light and loose on the track. They get up on the tire a lot and turn a whole lot of rpm's. It's a whole different sensation from nitro," she said.
"Roger has put together a first-class operation, and I feel really fortunate to be a part of the R2B2 Racing team. He and Raymond [Commisso, Troxel's other teammate] have done such a great job this year, that I really feel like I'm trying to live up to the standards they have set. I'm hoping I can keep up with them this weekend. "The idea of having three cars on the track is to gather a little more information, and hopefully benefit all three of us. It's going to be a great weekend, and I know we'll all do very well, especially with Al Billes calling the shots. "I knew of Al when I was driving the Top Alcohol cars, and now that I get the chance to work with him, I'm realizing just what a great guy he is and how much he's done for the sport. It's been a lot of fun so far with all the guys on the team, they make me feel right at home, and it's been a really good learning experience. "Now, I just want to put all that learning to the test and get out on the track and race," Troxel said.
Qualifying is scheduled for 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday evening and 2 p.m. Saturday, with eliminations slated to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday evening and conclude Sunday afternoon.
2009 NHRA Pro Modified Series Schedule:
ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals - Gainesville, Fla. (March 12-15)
O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals - Houston (March 27-29)
O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals - St. Louis (May 1-3)
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals - Bristol, Tenn. (May 15-17)
O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals - Topeka, Kan. (May 29-31)
NHRA SuperNationals - Englishtown, N.J. (June 11-14)
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals - Indianapolis (Sept. 2-7)
NHRA Nationals - Concord, N.C. (Sept. 17-20)
Virginia NHRA Nationals - Richmond, Va. (Oct. 9-11)
Las Vegas NHRA Nationals - Las Vegas (Oct. 29-Nov.1)
Photo: FlA & Co.
Great ad by the owner of the NHRA Top Fuel dragster with the NOBAMA sticker. ~ fla
I hope you didn’t miss watching the hockey game tonight!,, grand job on the new posts,, will reply tomorrow after I have finally settled down from watching the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.
Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed 1. Tony Schumacher U.S. Army Dragster 3.818 314.46 2. Larry Dixon Al-Anabi Racing Dragster 3.836 314.24 3. Cory McClenathan Valvoline/Fram Dragster 3.844 315.34 4. Morgan Lucas Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil Dr 3.858 308.07 5. Antron Brown Matco Tools Direct TV Dragster 3.871 315.05 6. Shawn Langdon Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Dragst 3.882 306.67 7. Brandon Bernstein Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster 3.884 302.48 8. Clay Millican MPE Motorsports Dragster 3.885 311.05 9. Doug Kalitta Kalitta M'Spts No. 50 Dragster 3.959 305.15 10. Spencer Massey US Smokeless Dragster 3.985 294.11 11. Terry McMillen Amalie Oil Dragster 4.061 293.60 12. Joe Hartley Aeromotive Dragster 4.062 292.14 13. Terry Haddock Dragster 4.098 293.47 14. Steven Chrisman Chrisman Driveline Dragster 7.697 284.56 15. Rit Pustari Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster NTFUNNY CAR
Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed 1. Ashley Force Hood Castrol GTX Mustang 4.071 303.37 2. Mike Neff JFR/Ford Mustang 4.110 295.14 3. Tony Pedregon Nitrofish Impala 4.142 291.95 4. Robert Hight AAA of So. Cal Mustang 4.148 292.01 5. Bob Tasca III Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang 4.166 295.92 6. Del Worsham Al-Anabi Racing Solara 4.170 292.77 7. Tim Wilkerson Levi, Ray, Shoup Mustang 4.177 294.50 8. Jim Head Western Governors University 4.180 293.98 9. Cruz Pedregon Advance Auto Parts Solara 4.196 290.44 10. Ron Capps NAPA Auto Parts Charger 4.196 277.66 11. Matt Hagan Freightliner Charger 4.244 286.74 12. Jeff Arend DHL Solara 4.271 292.65 13. John Force Castrol GTX Mustang 4.344 232.55 14. Cory Lee Fueled by the Fallen Dodge 6.140 119.05 15. Jerry Toliver Canidae Pet Food Monte Carlo 6.311 119.86 16. Jack Beckman Valvoline/MTS Charger 8.043 73.56PRO STOCK
Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed 1. Ron Krisher Valvoline Cobalt 6.583 209.30 2. Mike Edwards A.R.T./Young Life GXP 6.598 209.46 3. Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment GXP 6.600 209.23 4. Kurt Johnson AC Delco Cobalt 6.605 208.52 5. Allen Johnson Mopar/JJ Racing Stratus 6.607 208.94 6. Warren Johnson KN Filters GXP 6.613 208.84 7. Greg Stanfield Attitude Apparel GXP 6.618 208.68 8. Jeg Coughlin Jegs.com Cobalt 6.620 208.91 9. Jason Line Summit Racing Equipment GXP 6.629 208.88 10. Rickie Jones Quarter-Max/RJ Stratus 6.629 207.30 11. Johnny Gray Johnny Gray Racing Stratus 6.632 208.65 12. Larry Morgan Lucas Oil Stratus 6.636 207.46 13. Justin Humphreys RaceRedi Motorsports GXP 6.639 208.33 14. David Beckley Mountain View Tires Stratus 6.642 208.10 15. Rodger Brogdon Charter GXP 6.654 207.05 16. V. Gaines Kendall Oil Stratus 6.667 206.04 --------- Not Qualified --------- 17. Dave Northrop Nitro Fish Wear GXP 6.674 206.70 18. Ryan Ondrejko Wiley X GXP 6.688 205.38 19. Ronnie Humphrey Troy Humphrey Stratus 6.716 205.88 20. Bob Benza BNB Racing GXP 6.734 205.35 21. Erica Enders Dragstar Racing Mustang 6.764 203.65 22. John Gaydosh Jr Gaydosh Performance GTO 6.825 202.42PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
Psn Rider Vehicle ET Speed 1. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.965 189.87 2. Matt Guidera Rocklin Motorsports Buell 6.985 187.96 3. Craig Treble Team Scream Suzuki 7.008 190.43 4. Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance-Hines 7.011 188.65 5. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance-Hines 7.012 186.33 6. Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 7.023 188.73 7. Michael Phillips MPR-Damn Sport Suzuki 7.042 191.35 8. Steve Johnson Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech 7.049 188.20 9. Douglas Horne Horne Racing Buell 7.049 186.43 10. Matt Smith Nitrofish Suzuki 7.065 184.98 11. Shawn Gann Rum Bum Racing Buell 7.069 186.69 12. Junior Pippin Stone Mtn/Granite Mtn HD 7.102 185.61 13. Wesley Wells Kendall Suzuki 7.129 182.50 14. Mike Berry MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil 7.149 183.89 15. Joe DeSantis Suzuki 7.179 187.57 16. Bailey Whitaker Rum Bum Buell 7.187 182.97
Ashley Force Hood continues to dominate NHRA Full Throttle qualifying. She has now been No. 1 at four of the last six events. Ashley is the only one of four John Force Racing funny cars that is having a successful season. Top Fuel does not have a full 16 car field. Funny Car has 16 with one driver I've never heard of. New Ford Racing parts are no help to Erica Enders PS team with another DNQ. Shawn Gann got in trouble and drove his pro stock motocycle into the new pea gravel trap and catch net. ## JJ
ESPN Broadcast Update:
Sat, 06.13: Qualifying 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Part 1)
Sat, 06.13: Qualifying 11:30 pm - 12:30 am (Part 2 - Not P1 repeat)
- - Credit: NHRA, Summit FastNews, FlA & Co.
OMG Journey was amazing!!,, simply amazing. Thx for letting us know,, we never heard of the download festival,, If you have a copy I want it,, that 05 Billy Idol too if not asking too much.
Dixon, Treble, Coughlin and Pedregon
Larry Dixon picked up his fifth win in Englishtown, while Jeg Coughlin and Craig Treble also win in their respective categories.
Pedregon powered his Q Horsepower Chevy Impala SS to a 4.246-second run at 260.56 to grab the win. It's Pedregon's second consecutive win of the season, 42nd of his career and second win in Englishtown. Pedregon also moved past points leader Ron Capps to take the top spot in the Funny Car points standings with the win.
NHRA legend John Force moved into the seventh spot with his second-round appearance while rookie driver Matt Hagan dropped from seventh to 10th in the point standings with his first-round loss.
"We've had a lot of success at this race," said Dixon. "The race used to be Father's Day at Columbus, and we won out until they moved the Father's Day to here. I was like, 'Wow, I haven't won Englishtown in a long time. It would be cool to do that,' nonchalantly saying that at the beginning of the season. And then all of a sudden, you get to go to a bunch of finals and win here. This is a great track, and there's so much history here. Racing on the same track as 'Jungle' and Garlits and Shirley and all my heroes that I grew up watching race is a great deal."
With the win, Dixon was able to move past Top Fuel pilot Brandon Bernstein and take over the third spot, just 97 points behind leader Brown.
"It's taken some craftiness on our part," said Coughlin, of his two wins over Edwards, who had the better performing car in both instances. "In the pits, the guys have been doing a fantastic job. We qualified eighth, which was not where we wanted to be, but when the weather mixed up Saturday, we just wanted to make sure that we got down the racetrack. Ideally, we wanted to be in the top eight for lane choice first round, and we finished eighth. We knew we had a lot to work with. We figured we could get within a hundredth and a half or two-hundredths of Mike Edwards and could probably pace with anybody else out there, and as it turned out, that's about the way it turned out."
"This track loves me, and I love it," said Treble. "I don't know what it is but I really like it here. The guys like Matt Smith and Eddie [Krawiec] that went 6.90 were out of my league. I did not have a .90 in my bike. Of course, I don't feel bad about the final because Eddie whipped my butt the last time we raced. I owed that to him. I was doing okay on the starting line, but I just let it fly in the final and went .007. I should have done that other three rounds, but it worked. I'm looking forward to the west coast swing now. I've got a major engine overhaul coming up after Norwalk, and I can afford it now."
With the win, Treble moved from sixth to fourth in the Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings.
Full Throttle Series Final Results: 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals
Top Fuel: Larry Dixon, 4.553 seconds @ (No speed) defeats Antron Brown, Foul-Red Light
Funny Car: Tony Pedregon, (0.068) 4.246 @ 260.56 def Ashley Force Hood, (0.125) 4.219 @ 272.72 (1)
Pro Stock: Jeg Coughlin, (0.025) 6.598 @ 209.49 def Mike Edwards, (0.038) 6.587 @ 209.82 (2)
PS Motorcycle: Craig Treble, (0.007) 6.955 @ 193.10 def Eddie Krawiec, (0.061) 6.906 @ 193.29 (3)
( __ ) = Starting line reaction time
(1) Holeshot win by Pedregon. Both drivers had trouble with their cars in this race. Pedregon got out of the gate first and extended his lead at 330 feet. His car started to move around and get a little loose, giving Force Hood a chance to close the gap. But then Force Hood's car started to move around a bit before it started heavily trailing smoke as it crossed the finish line.
(2) Holeshot win by Coughlin
(3) Holeshot win on an incredible light by Treble
<> Outstanding "tree cutting" in the Finals. Extremely rare to have 3 out of 4 holeshot wins. ~ fla
-- Credits: DRO, Summit FastNews Network, NHRA track report, edits/adds FlA & Co.
I can not believe Ashley lost again!
Bummed no ZZ Top webcast,, I keep singing the Journey songs in my head,, I had not seen them in ages,, wonderful treat,, they are playing Dallas July 19 but is outdoors,, dumb,, its already getting hotter than hell here. Tour schedule shows they are playing close to you all this summer in Hollywood, Fl. at the Hard Rock.
FlA or TAB,, could you pls pull your racing and NHRA comments on the hockey thread to here? That thread is dead,, dont want them forgotten. Cannot wait to hear about Fall Nationals plans,, I am horrible about having to wait :-)
Ditto, not a good year for Kenny
Flattorney; Great thread!!!!!! Just wanted to add that the cartoon was done by me. Jeff DeGrandis for Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen.
Views differ on different racing distances
By Nathan Hague and Dave Rogers
The Baytown Sun
Published March 20, 2010
Earlier this week, Houston Raceway Park general manager Seth Angel issued a nationally-distributed press release calling for the National Hot Rod Association to return to the traditional quarter-mile distance for all its races.
Then he turned his track over to the American Drag Racing League, which is running this weekends Dragpalooza VI and all its races — at half that length, one-eighth of a mile.
Angel said it was an unplanned coincidence that he chose this week to speak out against the NHRAs 2008 decision to shorten races in its two fastest classes, the nitromethane-fueled Top Fuel and Funny Car, from one-quarter of a mile (1,320 feet) to 1,000 feet.
The NHRA cited safety concerns caused by the 2008 death of Scott Kalitta, whose Funny Car crashed into a concrete retaining wall at the end of a New Jersey drag strip after its braking parachutes failed to open.
Angel said the racing fans he has talked to have made it clear they want a return to the quarter-mile races.
“We’re gearing up for the 23rd annual OReilly NHRA Spring Nationals (April 9-11) and I’ve been jumping in and helping our staff with ticket sales over the phone and I can say without question that our fans want the NHRA to return to the quarter-mile, he said. They tell us this over and over again.
NHRA has been working on other ways to reduce horsepower and top speeds, but has said the new 1,000-foot distance will remain in place through the 2010 season.
Their main goal always is safety, and its important we support them at this time, Angel stated in the release. However, the first rule of customer service is listening to your customers and the vast majority are telling us they want quarter-mile racing. We must ... return to the quarter mile as soon as it is feasibly possible.
Drivers and members of their support crews in town for the ADRL Dragpalooza offered their perspectives.
John Montecalvo of John Montecalvo Racing says his crew enjoys the eighth-mile races.
Its a lot of fun, he said. It takes some time to get used to it, but once you do, its great. Its great for the spectators and it allows them to sit anywhere.
Montecalvo said the biggest difference is the safety it has on the drivers.
Chad Hester, member of the pit crew for Rickie Smith Racing, said theres not much of a difference between the two races.
We run both, Hester said. The biggest difference is that in the quarter-mile, youre pouring all your power into it and leaning on the engine more. That can affect the (car) parts.
Hester agreed the eighth-mile race tends to be a tad bit safer.
When youre going at such high speeds, it gets pretty dangerous, he said. You dont have that quite as much in the eighth-mile race.
Greg Lair from Amarillo, owner of Greg Lair Racing, prefers the quarter-mile race from a drivers perspective but said the difference between that of a quarter-mile and an eighth-mile race is bigger than most people might think.
Im not big on the eighth-mile, personally, he said. But the safety issue is serious, he said. I think maybe some of the drivers wives and families dont want them to race in it because of that. Its a fun challenge but you have to be careful.
Angel said because of how valuable the fans are, he wants to give them what they want, but doesnt want to do anything that might risk safety.
We poll our fans calling in, Angel said. Theyve made it loud and clear thats what they want. Thats what we want. Our race is in a month and I feel obligated on behalf of our fans to let their opinion be known.
“We’re all for safety,” Angel said. “Nothing is more important than the well being of the drivers and the fans. We have always supported the NHRA in its ongoing search for solutions.
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