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  • Electric Car Drag Racing: Video and Poll: Would You Attend?

    09/04/2009 11:19:14 AM PDT · by wrrock · 26 replies · 832+ views
    cars ^ | 9/4/2009 | cars
    Electric Car Drag Racing: Video and Poll: Would You Attend?
  • Electric Drag Racing - 1972 Datsun 210 - 11.5 quarter mile

    12/03/2008 4:45:34 PM PST · by Blue Highway · 13 replies · 2,203+ views
    OPB.org ^ | 11/13/08 | Oregon Public Broadcasting
    Interesting video of a guy that converted his 1972 Datsun 210 to run on batteries. He takes it to the track and smokes a late model Corvette as well as a BMW. It broke several speed and time records for an electric vehicle that particular day. It is a must watch kind of video. Enjoy it.
  • Drag racing mourns death of Funny Car driver for second straight season

    06/22/2008 6:13:57 AM PDT · by xcamel · 24 replies · 387+ views
    espn ^ | June 22, 2008 | Bill Stephens
    ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- He was strong and determined, wearing a name that exemplified the tough and unforgiving attitude drag racing demands from its winners. Scott Kalitta lost his life in a top-end accident at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park while driving his DHL-sponsored nitro Funny Car on Saturday. The violence of the crash and the stultifying devastation that ended his life at 46 years of age was a sobering shock to the drag-racing world at a time when much is being made about the safety advances that have recently enhanced the level of protection Funny Car drivers can count on....
  • Drag Racing TV Live Trucks Caught on Video

    03/12/2008 2:32:19 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies · 444+ views
    woai.com ^ | 03/12/2008
    EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A day after a fatal highway drag racing crash, a pair of local television live trucks were caught on video in their own race at a local drag strip. The El Paso stations, KDBC-TV and KVIA-TV, were at the legal drag racing strip Friday night when a crowd of onlookers apparently convinced a pair of photographers and a part-time anchorman to race. Kevin Lovell, KVIA's general manager, said photographer Richie Zamora and part-time anchor Rick Cabrera were preparing a story about the legal drag racing site when they made an "impromptu decision" to race the...
  • Need your support and your vote!

    10/07/2007 2:24:52 PM PDT · by FlashBack · 42 replies · 194+ views
    Self | 10-07-2007 | Gene
    Hey people, I am in the midst of a contest where the top vote getter will win 15K!!! The voting begins on October 15th on RacingJunk.Com and will go for one month...the racer with the most votes will win the 15k. My car is the GrabberBlue Ford Fairmont w/silver flames. My name is Gene and is listed above the pic of the car. The 'Vote For Me' button is below the picture. The link is: http://www.racingjunk.com/55k_winners/voting?from=rightbtn I would appreciate your vote and if you would spread the word via your 'ping-lists' I would appreciate that very much as well. Thanks...
  • NHRA Founder Wally Parks Dead at 94

    09/29/2007 5:52:07 AM PDT · by flattorney · 14 replies · 2,165+ views
    AutoWeek / NHRA ^ | Sept 29, 2007 | Mark Vaughn
    Wally Parks, the driving force behind the National Hot Rod Association, died Sept. 28 at the age of 94."An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in a collection of essays 166 years ago. He could have been talking about the NHRA. Emerson's quote was stitched on a quilt presented to Parks by Louise McClelland, wife of longtime NHRA announcer Dave McClelland, at Park’s 90th birthday party four years ago. Parks' shadow stretched much taller than his six-foot four-inch frame across drag racing, lakes racing, automotive publishing and the aftermarket speed parts industry. Parks was...
  • John Force taken to Dallas hospital after top-end accident with Bernstein

    09/23/2007 2:11:36 PM PDT · by devane617 · 46 replies · 1,192+ views
    NHRA News ^ | 09/23/2007 | Rob Geiger Sr
    Drag racing's biggest star, 14-time champion John Force, was alert and conscious after suffering two broken legs and an injured arm in a nasty top-end collision Sunday with fellow straight-line legend Kenny Bernstein in the second round of eliminations at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas. Force has been airlifted to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas for further treatment. Their Funny Cars got together just as they crossed the finish line after Bernstein clipped the final timing cone. The numbers, although unofficial, showed Force crossing with a 4.863 at 315.34 mph to Bernstein's 4.904...
  • Teens killed in TN drag racing accident (Selmer, Tenn.)

    Selmer, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Selmer, Tennessee, now say six, not seven, people died after a drag-racing car went out of control and careened into a crowd of spectators. A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman says the fatalities include two 15-year-old girls and a 17 year-old girl. The accident injured 18 others, including a five-year-old boy. Authorities have identified the driver as pro drag racer Troy Warren Critchley, an Australian who is now based in Wylie, Texas. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
  • Tennessee - 4 killed, up to 15 hurt in dragster incident at show

    06/16/2007 10:36:40 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 35 replies · 5,121+ views
    Excerpt - SELMER, Tenn. — A drag-racing vehicle lost control during a parade and spun into a crowd of bystanders on Saturday night, killing four adults and injuring up to 15 people, authorities said. Investigators were trying to determine what caused the vehicle to careen into the crowd at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, located about 80 miles east of Memphis. Scott Henley, of Selmer, witnessed the accident around 6:30 p.m. CDT and said the vehicle started burning off its tires, then began to fishtail and slammed into a light pole before spinning around into the audience....
  • NHRA and ESPN Force-Feeds its Viewers

    02/18/2007 10:04:27 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Loud Mime ^ | 02/18/2007 | Loud Mime
    NHRA and ESPN “Force Feeds it’s Viewers All Weekend” Some people like John Force. But, like oil in an engine, you can have too much. Last weekend’s broadcast of the Winternationals in Pomona was wall to wall Force; if it wasn’t John, it was his daughter Ashley. But the good news was that Ashley didn’t subject us to the yabber-yabbers that has made her father famous. He’s the Dino Flintstone of Auto Sports; Ashley is a mild mannered young lady straining to reach the loquacious levels of her father. The coverage of the qualifying days featured John and Ashley. Then...
  • Indy Nationals - Kalitta 4.49; Scelzi 330 in a Funny Car!

    09/02/2006 8:18:47 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 4 replies · 181+ views
    National Hod Rod Association ^ | 09/05/2006 | Rob Geiger
    POWERade points leader Doug Kalitta posted a quick 4.497-second run at 322 mph to lead Top Fuel during opening-day action at the $2.6 million Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the most prestigious and longest-running drag race in the world. Kalitta was joined by Funny Car's Robert Hight, Pro Stock's Jason Line, and Pro Stock Motorcycle's Karen Stoffer on the day-one podium at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis with four more rounds of Professional qualifying left on the schedule. Just as he did in Memphis, Kalitta showed up reigning champ Tony Schumacher, who was in the other lane during Kalitta's pass. The...
  • TJ's Funny Car runs 4.67 - 328mph

    06/10/2006 8:51:38 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 3 replies · 246+ views
    NHRA ^ | 6-9-06 | Rob Geiger
    Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. covered Route 66 Raceway in 4.672 seconds Friday night to highlight a very quick opening day of racing at the ninth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. The $1.9 million race is the 10th of 23 on the $50 million POWERade Drag Racing Series. Johnson's pass was his best ever and the third quickest in class history. Richie Stevens also earned high praise for posting a 6.635 at 207.40 mph, the second quickest Pro Stock pass ever. Top Fuel's reigning champion Tony Schumacher continues to qualify well, carding a 4.484 at 329 mph to...
  • Army Dragster runs Quarter Mile 331.53 mph 4.476-seconds

    05/20/2006 6:29:42 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 22 replies · 313+ views
    NHRA Website ^ | 05/19/2005 | Rob Geiger
    Back-to-back Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher posted a 4.476-second pass at 331.53 mph Friday night to highlight a record-setting opening day of Pro qualifying at the 42nd annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals presented by Summit Racing. Seven of eight National Trail Raceway records fell by the wayside in the opening two sessions of the $1.5 million race, the eighth of 23 on the POWERade tour. The elapsed times of Funny Car's Robert Hight (4.715), Pro Stock's Dave Connolly (6.693), and Pro Stock Motorcycle's Andrew Hines (7.038) placed them atop their respective fields, although they had to share the spotlight with...
  • John Force Sets Track Record: 4.686 at 329.58 mph

    05/06/2006 9:13:33 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 41 replies · 487+ views
    NHRA ^ | 05/05/2006 | Rob Geiger
    This is a new track record, just a shade off the current national record of 4.66 333.58, also held by Force "Living legend John Force celebrated his 57th birthday with a No. 1 qualifying effort at the 26th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. Force (pictured) used a track-record 4.686 at 329.58 mph to make himself the early favorite at a race he's won seven times in the past. Brandon Bernstein (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) joined Force on the low qualifier's podium." snip Look at all the people who qualified in...
  • Brush With Death (Video of Amazing Crash)

    05/02/2006 2:42:01 PM PDT · by Paddlefish · 7 replies · 1,708+ views
    CNN | 5/2/06
    Top fuel driver Cory McClenathan talks about how he cheated death and survived a fiery crash (May 2) Crash video
  • Cory Mac Crashes at 330 mph - he's ok!

    04/29/2006 7:58:33 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 10 replies · 604+ views
    Green County On-Line ^ | 04/29/2006 | Joe Byrd
    BRISTOL – Cory McClenathan cheated death Friday night during the second round of Top Fuel qualifying for the NHRA O’Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals when he walked away from what looked like a devastating crash. Near the end of his run at more than 330 mph McClenathan’s dragster snapped in two right behind the cockpit, went up the air, erupted into a fireball and slammed into the retaining wall. Amazingly and in a testament to the engineering put into an NHRA dragster, McClenathan climbed from the smoldering pile of wreckage himself and was talking to track safety officials before all the...
  • - Las Vegas Drag Races - Mickey Thompson

    04/06/2006 6:20:44 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 40 replies · 736+ views
    NHRA - Various Internet Sites ^ | 04/05/2006 | Loud Mime
    Night time racing in Vegas this Friday. I plan on being there and will post up some photos. I also received an OK from the Army crew to photo some of the returning Vets with the Schumacher car! To start things, I'm doing a little photo piece on one of the greatest hot-rodders of all time Mickey Thompson. He challenged life many times, but lost his life when he was gunned down, along with his wife, by hit men. The Challenger I was powered by four blown pontiac engines. It made a top run at 406.6 mph. at the Bonneville...
  • Schumacher and Force lead Field in Florida

    03/19/2006 1:22:52 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 8 replies · 219+ views
    National Hot Rod Association ^ | 3/19/2006 | Rob Geiger
    U.S. Army Top Fuel racer Schumacher entered Saturday's final two rounds of time trails unqualified, and started his final pass sitting on the bump spot, but four and a half seconds later he was in more familiar territory as the event's No. 1 qualifier. Funny Car's John Force, Pro Stock's Greg Anderson, and Pro Stock Motorcyclist Ryan Schnitz joined Schumacher on the low qualifier's podium as the 37th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals completed its elimination fields. Schumacher's last-gasp 4.515 at 325.96 mph kept him perfect on the season as he earned his third low qualifier award of the year. It...
  • Schumacher (US Army Dragster) Runs Quarter Mile in 4.459 330.96 (PHX)

    02/25/2006 7:08:55 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 45 replies · 861+ views
    National Hot Rod Association ^ | Rob Geiger, NHRA.com
    Mike Edwards sets a Phoenix speed record of 206.95 mph in his Young Life GTO. Eric Medlen got the job done when he roared to a 4.707 at 321.96 mph in Round 2 of Funny Car. snip After running such a great number in the first Top Fuel session, anticipation was high that Schumacher and his U.S. Army teammates would make some history after it cooled off. But it wasn't meant to be as he slowed slightly to a 4.47. Even so, his two passes were the only ones in the 4.4-second range. snip Sophomore Pro Stock racer Erica Enders...
  • Pregnant motorist dies in accident

    11/04/2005 4:20:04 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies · 342+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | November 4, 2005 | Ralph Ranalli
    A 31-year-old pregnant woman was killed yesterday when a man apparently drag racing on the Lowell Connector lost control of his car, which veered into the median strip at more than 90 miles per hour, became airborne, and landed on the woman's station wagon, police said. The driver of the Mercury, Carlos Rodriguez, 18, of Lowell, was ejected from his car and was taken to Lowell General Hospital with numerous injuries, State Police said. He was transferred to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he was listed last night in critical condition, police said.
  • Nightmare at a Drag Strip

    07/06/2005 1:09:44 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 27 replies · 5,313+ views
    Car & Driver ^ | July 2005 | STEVE SPENCE
    It will likely go down in history as the most freakish, nightmarish accident in drag-racing history. One top drag-racing official with 40 years' experience told the media he'd never seen or heard of anything like it. On the first Saturday in April, Michelle "Shelly" Howard, a 59-year-old registered nurse and mother of three who had been drag-racing for 27 years, took her Top Alcohol Dragster for a 10 p.m. practice run at Tulsa Raceway Park as part of a late-night event. Howard, the wife of a Tulsa physician, had huge experience—she'd won the Division 4 title twice and was a...
  • 12 Second Mini Van

    12/22/2004 9:20:13 AM PST · by TChris · 3 replies · 471+ views
    TurboVan.Net ^ | Unknown | Paul Smith
    Racing at the track is a truly unforgettable experience! To pull up to the track entrance with a Van Load of kids (6 of us all together!) and ask for a run card to race, talk about stupid looks! Then to pull into tech inspection with all the Mustangs and Camaros and watch all the kids pile out. The tech inspector will normally not give it a close look until he notices the helmet in the seat and the slicks in the back. When I say I run 12 Second 1/4 miles, they do a double take. "You got a...
  • Cooter #14 - Swift Boats, Bad Choices

    08/25/2004 8:06:49 AM PDT · by Davis · 8 replies · 935+ views
    E-mail to Candidate Kerry #14 From: James (Cooter) Thompson re: Swift Boats, Bad Choices Dear Senator Kerry: Last Saturday night, a bunch of us from here in Lagniappe went to the drag races over to Hadleyville. We went mostly to cheer on Lorna Gibbs who is Armen Yazoo's cousin and was matched up against Frank Gaston who owns Frank's Welding. It was Ford versus Chevy, too. Ol' Frank red-lighted twice and was way down the track in his one fair start. As you probably know, drag races are over mighty quick. There is a quantity of time spent waiting between...
  • Trial for officers in Kmart raid starts June 2

    02/21/2003 10:35:31 AM PST · by No Truce With Kings · 11 replies · 324+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 21, 2003, 11:46AM | LISA TEACHEY
    Trial for officers in Kmart raid starts June 2 By LISA TEACHEY Coypright 2003 Houston Chronicle Two former Houston police officers who were at the helm of a botched raid at a westside parking lot will go to trial June 2 to answer charges of official oppression. Capt. Mark Aguirre and Sgt. Ken Wenzel, who appeared in court today for the trial setting, each face five charges of official oppression for ordering the arrests of more than 300 people, including many teenagers, at a Kmart parking lot in the 8400 block of Westheimer on Aug. 18. The scene of hundreds...
  • Testimony heard on police raid

    11/21/2002 12:32:30 PM PST · by No Truce With Kings · 4 replies · 219+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 21, 2002 | ROMA KHANNA
    Nov. 21, 2002, 10:35AM Testimony heard on police raid Lawyer: Focus is on Aguirre, sergeant By ROMA KHANNA Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle Houston police Capt. Mark Aguirre and a sergeant who works closely with him appear to be the only targets of an investigation into the mass arrest of people in a Kmart parking lot, a lawyer for an officer cooperating with authorities said. "After reviewing all the evidence, my impression is that Aguirre and one other sergeant who is his right-hand man are the targets of this probe," said Clint Greenwood, who is representing Lt. Frank Jackson. Greenwood would...
  • Drag-racing sting gone awry divides Houston police

    10/09/2002 12:00:41 PM PDT · by No Truce With Kings · 8 replies · 382+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/9/2002 | Drag-racing sting gone awry divides Houston police
    <p>The police chief might go to prison for perjury. The captain who led the raid might eventually be fired. Twelve other officers have been relieved of duty. And the city faces millions in potential legal costs.</p> <p>The 5,300-man Houston Police Department is in turmoil, many aligning themselves behind either Capt. Mark Aguirre or Police Chief Clarence Bradford.</p>
  • Raid at hot dog joint preceded Kmart bust

    08/21/2002 9:34:08 PM PDT · by niki · 139 replies · 866+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 21, 2002, 11:13PM | By ROMA KHANNA
    Raid at hot dog joint preceded Kmart bust By ROMA KHANNA Houston police Capt. Mark Aguirre, the man who ordered the arrests of 278 people at a westside Kmart last weekend, prodded a local restaurant to allow his officers to conduct a similar raid of its parking lot Saturday in a sting that netted 25 arrests. Officials with the James Coney Island at 5745 Westheimer said they felt used after police swept in and arrested 25 people, some of whom were customers, for criminal trespass. "We were cooperative with the idea (of the raid), but are not necessarily happy with...
  • Drag Racing Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Injured

    06/26/2002 7:46:32 AM PDT · by today · 27 replies · 346+ views
    San Diego Headline News ^ | 6-26-02 | staff writer
    SAN DIEGO, CA - A traffic collision left two people dead and two others injured Monday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, the cars were drag racing just prior to the crash. It happened around 11:30pm on SR-52 near Convoy Street.