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All articles that have appeared in The Dragtime News during the 2018 season can be found here. Older items toward the bottom, more recent items toward the top.

Octoberbucks Coming Up at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA Numidia Dragway is getting ready to close out its 2018 series of big-money races and its season in big-money style with OctoberBucks. The first three weekends of October will have $5K Super Pro and $3K Footbrake gambler races. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, 13 & 14.

The $5K Super Pro races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 3rd Round Win and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, buyback is $90.

The $3K Footbrake races pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd Round Win. Entry is $90, buyback is $60.

No double entries with the same driver in the same car, but two drivers may share a car or 1 driver can race in two different cars.

Payouts are guaranteed. For more information visit www.numidiadragway.com.

South Mountain Raceway Reschedules Glory Days Nostalgia Drags to September 30
Boiling Springs, PA - For the second time, weather has forced South Mountain Raceway to reschedule its 2018 Quarter Aces Glory Days Nostalgia Drags. The new-new date is Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Events include a car show with custom trophies, nostalgia drag classes, street cars and funny car and dragster exhibition runs.

1/8th-mile bracket classes include Street/Trophy ($250 Win, $125 Runner-Up, $50 entry, slicks or DOT tires, open exhaust OK, 7.35 or slower dial), Pro ET ($500 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $50 Entry, any ET, no electronics), Super Pro ($500 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $50 Entry, any ET, electronics permitted) and Vintage Eliminator ($250 Win, $125 Runner-Up, $30 entry, for pre-1948 flathead-powered vehicles). There'll also be a $50 test & tune and a $20 Last Chance gamblers race.

Gates open at 8:30 am with time runs getting underway at 11:00 am. For more info visit www.southmountainraceway.com.

IHRA Division 2 and 9 Summit Team Finals at Darlington Dragway Rescheduled
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Due to weather predictions of Hurricane Florence impacting the Carolinas this weekend, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is rescheduling the Summit Team Finals to October 10-14 at Darlington Dragway, Hartsville, S.C.

“It is unfortunate that we need reschedule the Summit Team Finals, however our top priority is the safety of our competitors, making sure they are prepared for the impending storm,” IHRA Division 2 and 9 Director Josh Peake said. “We look forward to coming back in October and having an exciting weekend of Summit Team Finals racing at Darlington Dragway.”

For more information visit www.ihra.com and www.darlingtondragway.com.

Gateway Motorsports Park's Fall Bracket Battle Coming Up October 5-7, 2018
September 5, 2018, St. Louis Region – Schedule for the Fall Bracket Battle weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The Fall Bracket Battle features the annual NHRA National Dragster Challenge, VP Racing Lubricants Mid-American Super Car Showdown, bracket racing, box and no-box bonus races and Jr. Dragster competition.

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NHRA Division 1 LODRS, Night of Fire Coming Up at New England Dragway
Epping, NH - New England Dragway hosts the NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Friday – Sunday, September 7 – 9, 2018 and presents its Night of Fire the same weekend on Saturday night, giving racers and fans a double dose of awesome.

Classes for the LODRS are Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Stock Snowmobile, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster. Entry fees for car and driver are $170; test & tune is $75.

Saturday night includes New England Dragway’s Night Of Fire featuring nostalgia nitro funny cars, wheelstanding action and jet cars.

Gates open Thursday at 7:00 am parking, tech inspection and a test & tune from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

Gates open Friday at 7:30 am with NHRA tech inspection starting at 8:00 am and time trials starting at 9:00 am.

Gates and NHRA inspection open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials starting at 9:00 am followed by the start of eliminations.

Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am with eliminations continuing at 9:00 am.

Be a Good Sportsman at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA – Numidia Dragway and ATI Performance Products present the Northeast Sportsman Nationals on Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd, 2018. Classes include 10.0 Index, 11.50 Index, Pro Dial, Super Street and Super Pro.

Saturday’s payouts for 10.0, 11.50, Pro Dial and Super Street are $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry per class is $55; buybacks are $40.

Sunday’s payouts for 10.0, 11.50, Pro Dial and Super Street are $3,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry per class is $75; buybacks are $50.

Buybacks and double entries in Pro Dial and Super Street only. Multi-class entries are allowed. 10.0 and 11.50 Index is heads-up racing for full-bodied, street-appearing cars only. Tubs are OK; full round- or square-tube chassis are not. .500 Pro tree and 7-second auto-start. Deep staging permitted. Pro Dial is dial-your-own on a .500 Pro tree for full-bodied, street-appearing cars only. Deep staging permitted. Super Street is dial-your-own on a .500 Full tree. This is not the same as NHRA 10.90 Super Street. Throttle stops and delay boxes are not allowed. Deep staging permitted; auto-start in effect at all times.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s payouts in Super Pro are $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $100 3rd Round Win and $50 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150; buyback is $90.

Guaranteed payouts; Tru-Start will be in effect. For more information, visit Numidia Dragway at www.NumidiaDragway.com.

Giving Props To The Rocky Mountain Superchargers For Its Awesome Fan Guide
I've gotten to know many great independent racing organizations from around the country. The thing they have in common is a never-ending passion for our sport. They all try to put together a great racing package for their members and for the tracks that host them. They all do a good job of marketing themselves, but my friends at The Rocky Mountain Superchargers have set the bar pretty high with their excellent fan guide. This 32-page magazine is printed on heavy, ultra-glossy stock and includes full page profiles of each driver, fantastic photography and information about the group. If I were a track operator and received this as part of a presentation to book them in, my impression would be 'here's a group that has its act together and takes my business seriously.' Great job, Rocky Mountain Superchargers.

Learn more about the Superchargers at www.rockymountainsuperchargers.com.

Dragtime News On Location: 30th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, December 2017
We were on location at the 30th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, held December 7th - 9th, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN, and it was bigger than ever. Performance Racing Industry does a great job every year, with seminars and conferences to help you grow your performance business, lots of networking opportunities, and tons of racing products on the show floor.

So sit back and take your time with the coverage. There's a lot of great info in here about companies whose products you just might be needing as you get ready for the coming season. More information about The PRI Show and coverage is HERE.

Sponsor News: Stroud Safety Re-Certifies Their SFI-Rated Products
A message from our friends at Stroud Safety: check your SFI labels on a regular basis to ensure that you are compliant and that your safety equipment is at peak performance in case of an accident. Nothing is more disappointing than to discover your SFI certification has expired during a technical inspection at your next event!

Also, keep in mind that some sanctioning organizations may have different schedules for some equipment. SFI has the following schedule: seatbelts-2 years, window nets-2 years, fire suits (SFI 15 and 20)-5 years, blower plates-2 years, ballistic blankets-2 years, and fire bottles-up to 6 years.

Drag chutes are not SFI rated, but Stroud will inspect your Stroud Safety chute and wash it at no charge. You will be informed in advance before any repair or replacement charges are incurred. Visit the Stroud Re-certification page on their website at www.stroudsafety.com/recertification for all information and costs.

Stroud Safety has been supplying competitors with Custom Fire Suits, Seat Belts, Window Nets, Ballistic Blankets and Engine Diapers, Fire Suppression Kits, Drag Chutes and Launchers, and more for over 30 years! Write to products@stroudsafety.com or call 405-632-2022 for more information and free catalog. Visit the website at www.stroudsafety.com and follow on Facebook and YouTube.

No Box? No Problem at Kil-Kare No-Box Classic
Xenia, OH - Loose Rocker Promotions is calling all of you no-box racers to Kil-Kare Raceway for the Labor Day No-Box Classic, Friday – Sunday August 31 – September 2, 2018 for three days of bottom-bulb, 1/8th mile bracket racing.

Friday’s and Sunday’s races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $400 6th Round Win, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry per race is $100, 1st-round buybacks are $60.

Saturday’s big race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 6th Round Win, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry is $150, 1st-round buybacks are $80.

No ET breaks; all run. Delay boxes must be removed. Deep staging honored. Double entries permitted. Left-hand steer roadsters permitted; no other open-type vehicles allowed.

There’ll also be Old School Gambler Races on Friday night and Saturday night with no double entries and no buybacks. Pays $2,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up and $300 Semis. $60 entry.

Gates open Thursday for parking from 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am, with a single time session at 10:00 am, so don’t dilly dally. For more information, visit www.LooseRocker.com.

Money Grows On the Tree at Farmington
Mockville, NC - Farmington Dragway’s Money Tree Top Bulb Triple $20Ks is coming up Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, 2018.

Each day features a $20K race that pays $20,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-up, $1,500 Semis, $650 6th Round win, $500 5th Round win, $350 4th Round win and $200 3rd Round win.

This is an all-run race with no ET breaks and guaranteed purses. Double entries permitted; door cars and dragsters will be separated through 4th round.

Entry fees are $180 per day; buybacks are $120 per day, 1st round only. Before heading out check to make sure they are accepting gate entries. If 350 pre-entries have been sent in then there will be no gate entries.

Gates open Thursday for parking from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am with a time session at 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday and a Sunday time session for new entries at 12 noon. Monday is the rain date.

For more information visit farmingtondragway.com.

Jim Beattie Stock/Super Stock Memorial Race Coming to Maple Grove Raceway in 2018
An announcment from ATI Performance Products:
Baltimore, MD — ATI Performance Products, Inc. announces the 4th Annual “Jim Beattie Stock/Super Stock Memorial Race” to honor its founder, James Beattie, Sr.

Jim was an avid race fan, inventor and mechanical genius. After proudly serving in the US Navy, Jim opened a modest general transmission rebuilding business which has grown into one of the most dominant high-performance manufacturers in the industry. Because of Jim’s passion, drive and innovative knowledge, ATI produces some of the finest race transmissions, torque converters, harmonic balancers and high-performance components in the world. He is missed by many, and could never have dreamed that 57 years later his legacy of building the best products in the high performance industry would live on with the family business.

This year's “Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial Race” will be held during the NHRA Division 1 Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway on September 27-30, 2018. Open to ...

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Xtreme Dragbike Association Heads to Virginia Motorsports Park
The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) takes motorcycle drag racing back to Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) for the Inaugural Superbike Showdown on August 24-26, 2018.

This season XDA will payout over $200,000 in purse money along with a $120,000 contingency fund that spans all classes. XDA’s guaranteed purses bring out the

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Wrap-Up: Bowman, Shomber Score IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Wins at Keystone
NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pa. (Aug. 6, 2018)Nick Bowman and Mitch Shomber scored key wins in the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Spectacular races at Keystone Raceway Park.

Bowman became the first No Box racer to win an IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular race on Moser Engineering $10K Saturday. He doubled up with the $10,000-to-win race and earning a $1,000 bonus as the final...

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Spotlight on American DRAGCAR Series
How many times have you heard somebody proclaim that drag racing needs to be fixed? Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. Surprisingly enough, even though those cries can still be heard on a weekly basis, drag racing has been fixed; it’s just that very few people have yet to realize this to be true.

If you’re an Arizona drag racer, you’ve undoubtedly heard of American DRAGCAR. But unless you are a DRAGCAR racer, you likely don’t know all that there is to know about this one of a kind organization. Even after 6 years of statewide competition, there still are racers asking what it is and how it works. Unfortunately, the complexity of the rules when you start to read into them tends to scare today’s racers off into the bracket lanes but the actual goal of DRAGCAR is to revive the original “first one there wins” concept while opening up the competition to...

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Three Races in Two Days at Gulfport Dragway
Gulfport, MS – Gulfport Dragway has a big weekend coming up on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Friday night it’s TGIF 1,000 Ft. Brackets. This is the third points race of this eight-race series for Electronics and Footbrake classes. The payouts and entries are the same for both: $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $35 entry. Gates open at 6:00 pm, open time trials until eliminations at 9:00 pm.

Then it’s Double Hitter Saturday with two races and two payouts for Electronics and Footbrake classes. The payouts and entries are the same for both classes: $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40 and 1st Round buybacks are $20. Races are 1/8th mile.

Race #1 time trials at 9:00 am with two sessions and eliminations following. Race #2 time trial with a single session at 4:00 pm and eliminations following.

There’s also a Jr. Dragster race during Race #1 that pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis and $20 Quarters. Entry is $20 and 1st Round buybacks are $10.

For more information visit www.GulfportDragway.com.

Team Fischle Takes Runner-Up Finish at Fontana in K&N 8.90 Series
Fontana, CA - Autoclub Dragway would play host to rounds 3 and 4 of the K&N 8.90 Series series and the Team Fischle duo of Matt and Brian Fischle came into the weekend looking to build on a solid but unfulfilling first two rounds. Their weekend would start off on the wrong foot as neither driver had the day they were looking for.

Matt began day one with a promising opening round win where he was able to run within three-thousandths of a second of his dial-in time. However, his day would come to an end three rounds later and he would have to settle for a quarter-final finish. Brian would fare no better, battling starter issues all day and needing a pre-race thrash to make repairs before suffering a rare ...

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Wrap-Up: Mid Atlantic .90 Association Season Opener, Atco Dragway, 4/28/2018
Atco, NJ - The Mid Atlantic .90 Association kicked off its 2018 season at Atco Dragway on Saturday April 28th, 2018. An action-packed day of racing and blue skies greeted racers for Race # 1 of the 10 race series.

The Super Comp final featured Maryland's Randy Winfelder Jr. and Pennsylvania's Kevin Scholl. At...

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Wrap-Up: E.T. Bracket Racing at Gateway Motorsports Park, 4/28/2018
April 28, 2018, St. Louis Region – Scott Cook of Festus, Missouri won the Super Pro finale in the Carl’s 4WD Bracket Series meet held today at Gateway Motorsports Park’s NHRA-sanctioned Dragplex in Madison, Illinois. Cook defeated Jon Tignor of Hillsboro, Missouri with an .004 sec. reaction time on a 4.827 sec./136.07 mph run to his opponent’s .033 6.158 sec./108.25 in the ...

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Wrap-Up: IHRA Summit Spectacular at State Capitol Raceway, 4/21/2018 - 4/22/2018
PORT ALLEN, La. — Perry Comeaux and Brian Hughes made history as the first winners of the new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular races at State Capitol Raceway.

Comeaux from Praireville, La., was the winner of ...

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Southern Outlaw Tour Season Opener at Montgomery Raceway Park
Montgomery, AL - The 2018 Southern Outlaw Tour kicks off the weekend of Friday – Saturday, April 27-28 at Montgomery Raceway Park. Classes include Southern Outlaw Tour Pro Mods, Super Pro, Outlaw Bottom Bulb, 5.0/6.0/7.0 Index and Jr. Dragster.

Southern Outlaw Tour Pro Mod pays $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Quarters. Entry is free plus two crew. 8 car open field.

Super Pro pays $5,000 Win. Entry fee is $100, 1st-round buybacks are $50. Payout based on 50 car minimum. Outlaw Bottom Bulb pays $1,000 Win. Entry fee is $40, 1st-round buybacks are $25. Payout based on 25 car minimum.

Index classes each pay $2,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $100, payouts based on 20 car minimum.

Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $40, 1st-round buybacks are $20.

Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm with a test & tune from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and 1st round of qualifying for all classes at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with open time runs at 1:30 pm, qualifying at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm and eliminations at 7:00 pm.

For more information visit www.montgomeryracewaypark.com.

Huntsville Dragway's Drive for 7Five
Harvest, AL – Hunstville Dragway’s Drive for 7Five is coming up on April 28-29, 2018. The weekend features two $7,500 races for electronics-equipped bracket cars, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Each day pays $7,500 Win, $2,250 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $375 Quarters, $200 Eighths, $125 Sixteenths and $75 Thirty-Seconds. All purses are guaranteed regardless of car counts.

Entry for either day is $100, or buy a two-day pass for… $100. Sounds like a no-brainer. Buybacks are $100, 1st or 2nd round.

Gates open at 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Open time runs are 9:00 to 10:00 am on Saturday followed by a single time run session. Sunday’s time session is for new entries only at 9:30 am.

Additional dates in 2018 are June 2-3 and September 29-30. For more information visit www.huntsvilledragway.us.

Atco Dragway, 4/14/2018
Atco, NJ - A few photos from Atco Dragway on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This was the track's opening day of ET bracket racing points competition in Street, Pro ET (the class that I entered) and Super Pro.

Because I was there to race, I could only get a handful of shots of the earlier classes that day, including Top Sportsman, Pro Dial Dash, 8.50 Index, 10.0 Index and 11.50 Index. If you were in one of those classes then perhaps I was able to capture a shot of you.

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Wrap-Up: St. Patrick's Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park, 3/16/2018 - 3/18/2018
March 16 - 18, 2018, Dinwiddie, VA. - Tommy and Judy Franklin purchased Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va. last fall. They have made not only massive investments in the facility, but also have put it through the paces already. The entire track has been replaced from burnout box through the quarter-mile with a world-class all-concrete surface, including new drainage. Track manager and track prep guru Allen Carpenter has been armed with more equipment to prep and...

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27th Annual Mopars at The Rock
Listen up, Pentastar racers… the 27th Annual Mopars at The Rock is coming up on Saturday, March 31st. 2018. There’ll be a car show and a swap meet, but what we really care about is the drag racing! To that end there’ll be a Challenger Shootout, a Charger Shootout and a Viper Shootout. These shootouts are for street-driven cars only. There’ll also be the Bob Reed Memorial Hemi Shootout with an 8-car qualified field.

For you bracket racers, there’ll be a Pro ET / Footbrake Combo bracket race that pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Pro ET cars and Footbrake cars will be separated as long as possible. Payouts based on 32-car minimum. Entry is $35 plus the $20 general admission fee.

There’ll also be a Trophy Class for street-driven Mopars without slicks. Entry is $10 plus the $20 general admission fee.

Gates open at 8:00 am. For more info visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.

Vanetti Scores Win at Phoenix Divisional
Team Silver Bullet rider Anthony Vanetti came into the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division Opener at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park looking to make a big impression and came away with his first career Wally.

Sporting his new look for 2018 in his debut race featuring...

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Sponsor News: from Stroud Safety - How To Install A Fire Suppression System
All motorsports competitors know that a fire suppression system is perhaps the most critical system in a racing vehicle. This new instruction video from Stroud Safety provides information on the components of the system, proper bottle mounting, tubing routing, and optimal nozzle positioning. There are also helpful instructions on the proper methods of cutting, flaring, and bending tubing. Information is included for maintenance of the system and additional tips to help you achieve a reliable, professional installation. See it at youtu.be/hTmpaiAjg-I or scan the QRC code. Check out the Stroud Safety YouTube channel for many other helpful instruction videos.

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Wrap-Up: Outlaw Fuel Altereds, Southwest Heritage Racing at San Antonio Raceway, 3/17/2018
Marion, TX., March 17th, 2018 - San Antonio Raceway hosted the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association and Southwest Heritage Racing Association version of Nitro Jam featuring the nitro-burning Fuel Altereds, Dragsters, Funny Cars, plus Nostalgia Super Stocks racing in their own timed categories. The Alkydigger Nostalgia Eliminator 1 (4.65) N.E. 2 (5.00) and N.E. 3 (5.50), all +/- .05, while OFAA are a heads up class.

Defending SHRA champions are Tommy Drozd (NE1), Bruce Dodson (NE2) Doug Morrison (NE3) and Ronnie Smith (Super Stock), Nick Poloson was the OFAA champion.

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"Sharks of the Strip" Debuts Friday the 13th at Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park's Dragplex in Madison, Illinois, will launch its new Sharks of the Strip program on Friday, April 13.

Sharks of the Strip is the newest 1/8-mile outlaw heads-up racing experience for only the baddest and fastest street cars in the St Louis region. At each Midnight Madness powered by NOS, the top full-bodied racers will battle it out for cash, glory and ...

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Mooresville Dragway and US 90 Dragway Join NHRA Member Track Network
From www.NHRAracer.com:

Mooresville Dragway has joined Division 2, the NHRA Southeast Division, as a NHRA member track. Located in the heart of stock-car country, Mooresville, N.C., the track hosts events March through November. A weekly points championship, the 2nd annual Hot Rod Festival, and the North Carolina Street Outlaws No Prep race highlight the ...

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St. Patrick’s Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park
Michael Beard’s and Anthony Walton’s Loose Rocker Promotions present the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park. This three-day, 1/8-mile event for electronics and footbrake bracket racers is coming up Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, 2018.

Friday’s and Sunday’s payouts for Top ET and Footbrake classes are $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round win. Entry per day is ...

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Sponsor News: The Latest in Brakes and Brake Info from Mark Williams Enterprises
In designing its disc brake systems, Mark Williams Enterprises' engineering team focused on the needs of drag racing: lightest possible unsprung weight and rotating mass, concentrated severe braking, and a long service life. By all measures, MW has achieved its goals. Here's why: ...

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Gateway Motorsports Park to Open Saturday, March 31
March 2, 2018, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, will kick off its 2018 event season on Saturday, March 31 with a Test 'n' Tune session at the Dragplex. More than 130 events are planned at the area's largest outdoor entertainment facility, which is located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis. More than just an INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA motorsports entertainment facility, Gateway Motorsports Park also will host the ICS World Championship Chili Cook-Offs, Formula Drift, 5k runs and a circus in 2018.


(This schedule is subject to change due to weather and added dates. Please consult our website or social media for the latest updates).

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Southwest Showdown at Tucson Dragway
Tucson, AZ - The 2nd Annual Southwest Showdown is coming up March 8-11, 2018 at Tucson Dragway. The event includes three days of 1/8-mile big money bracket racing in Super Pro and Pro ET.

Friday features a $5K in Super Pro that pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $400 Quarters and $200 Eighths. Single day entry is $155, 1st-round buybacks are $80. Friday’s Pro ET race is a $3K that pays ...

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Bill Bader Jr.’s Energize LLC to Work With Maple Grove Raceway
MOHNTON, PA, - Bill Bader Jr.’s Energize, LLC has been hired by Maple Grove Raceway to help pave a prosperous path for its famed facility in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.

Through his motorsports marketing company, Bader Jr., who is also president of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, will be part of inventing and implementing management and marketing programs to ensure that Maple Grove Raceway will be among the leaders in the motorsports industry.

“I will be involved in every aspect of Maple Grove Raceway’s operations, from staff and sponsors to track prep and ticket sales,” said Bader Jr., who has more than 40 years of experience in the motorsports industry. “Maple Grove Raceway’s market includes parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Washington and other states, and it is extraordinary. It is steeped in rich tradition, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for it.”

In addition to offering a wide variety of events April through October, the family-owned Maple Grove Raceway will host the 47th Annual Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, May 24-27, 2018 and the Dodge NHRA Nationals, Sept. 13-16, 2018, and among Bader Jr.’s goals is to help the facility captivate capacity crowds at each of those events.

“There are 200 sanctioned dragstrips in this country, and if they all operated to their potential, drag racing would be right up there with stick-and-ball sports,” said Bader Jr. “That would be the ideal scenario.”

For information about the track visit www.maplegroveraceway.com. For information about Bader Jr. and Energize, email energizeme@icloud.com or call 419-577-5210.

McClelland Wins Super Gas at NHRA Winternationals
Pomona, CA - The McClelland name and the Pomona Fairplex go hand in hand with the history of the NHRA which is why it's only fitting that Kevin McClelland would add a new chapter to the McClelland family legacy with his victory at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.

All weekend long McClelland was strong on both ends of the track. His round 4 win on Saturday was within 0.007 seconds of his dial-in time and in his final four rounds he would grab the holeshot including the final round where his...

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IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule Announced
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced today the complete 20-race schedule for the new IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular. The historic Wilkesboro Dragway, Wilkesboro, N.C., has been added to the schedule. The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that is affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week.

The opening weekend of races is March 9-11, 2018 at Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas and Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C. The races feature a $10,000-to-win payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win race on Sunday.

There is a national contingency program available to all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day. As part of its contingency program, Summit Racing Equipment will now pay for the win, runner-up and semifinal positions.In addition, there are cash bonuses for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries member that goes the furthest in eliminations or wins the event.

“We are pleased to finalize the great venues and schedule which will bring grassroots bracket racers their shot to win two races for only a $150 pre-entry,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “This new program provides big money races without the big money entry fees. With all the extra features packed into this weekend, especially for IHRA members, these events present a tremendous value.”

On-site entry fees for the season-opening races are $150 for Saturday with a $10,000-to-win payout, $2,000 for the runner-up, $1,000 for the semifinals, and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners. For Sunday, entry fees are $100 (for anyone not pre-entered) with a $5,000-to-win payout, $1,000 for the runner-up, $500 for the semifinals and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners.

The biggest value comes for racers who pre-enter for the event. All pre-entered competitors will get a buy one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018 season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday’s race, you will get a free entry for Sunday’s race.

Pre-entries are available until Feb. 26, 2018 for the first two events of the season. Pre-registration will close for all events two weeks prior to each event date. Click here for online registration.

2018 Schedule:

  • March 9-11 — Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas
  • March 9-11 — Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C.
  • April 20-22 — State Capitol Raceway, Port Allen, La.
  • May 18-20 — Keystone Raceway Park, New Alexandria, Pa.
  • May 25-27 — Darlington Dragway, Darlington, S.C.
  • June 8-10 — Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio
  • June 28-July 1 — Wilkesboro Dragway, Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Aug. 17-19 — US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Mich.
  • Aug. 24-26 — Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Md.
  • Sept. 28-30 — Memphis International Raceway, Millington, Tenn.
For more information, visit www.ihra.com.
Tucson Dragway Announces 2018 Team Bracket Schedule and Payouts
Tucson, AZ - Tucson Dragway has announced the schedule for the track's NHRA ET bracket racing points program along with the payout structure for points races. Tucson's points season kicks off Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 and includes nine (9) races:
  • Team Race #1 - February 3rd - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #2 - February 4th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #3 - March 17th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #4 - March 18th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #5 - April 7th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #6 - April 8th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #7 -May 26th - Gates Open at 3pm
  • Team Race #8 - August 25th - Gates Open at 3pm
  • Team Race #9 - September 15th - Gates Open at 3pm

Team Tucson guaranteed payouts:

  • Super Pro:
    Winner: $1,000
    Runner-Up: $400
    Semi's: $150 (32+ Entries)
    Quarter's: $70 (40+ Entries)
  • Pro:
    Winner: $800
    Runner-Up: $300
    Semi's: $100 (32+ Entries)
    Quarter's: $50 (40+ Entries)
  • Sportsman:
    Winner: $200
    Runner-Up: $100
    Semi's: $40 (40+ Entries)
  • Motorcycle:
    Winner: $200
    Runner-Up: $100
    Semi's: $40 (40+ Entries)

    Race-day entry fees per class:
  • Super Pro: $80 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 7.00 to 12.25
  • Pro: $60 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 9.00 to 14.25
  • Sportsman: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 12.00 to 20.25
  • High School: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 12.00 to 20.25
  • Motorcycle: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 7.50 to 16.25
  • JR Dragster: $30 - Index: (age appropriate for 1/8 Mile)

For more information, visit www.tucsondragway.com.

Final Thoughts About Old Bridge Township Raceway Park

This past week, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ announced that it was ceasing all drag racing activities effective immediately. The track had entered into a multi-year lease agreement with Copart, the auto auction company, to store its vehicles on Raceway Park property. The track was not sold; other motorsports activities such as drifting and motocross will continue at the facility, but drag racing was done. No NHRA Summernationals, no NHRA Divisional race, no bracket racing.

This announcement was met with anger, disappointment, sadness and bewilderment by the track’s racers and fans. “How could the track owners do this?” was a common question. The current owners – the third generation of Napps who took over...

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The California Independent Funny Car Association's (CIFCA) Announces 2018 Schedule
The California Independent Funny Car Association 2018 season will kick off at the Whittier Area Classic Car Show, February 24th 2018 at Whittier Area Community Church. This annual car show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign classic and collector vehicles 1976 and older. The net proceeds of this event will fund Whittier Area Community Projects and help fund a Whittier Union High School District Scholarship honoring fallen Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer. It's free to the public. There will be live music, vendor booths, food trucks, sponsor information, raffle prizes, opportunity drawings, event t-shirts, games, kid activities and mini cackle-fest.

The CIFCA currently has four races booked for 2018 and are working on more. Currently three races at Sacramento Raceway Park for their Funny Car Fever, Nitro Nite of Fire & the Governor's Cup. New for 2018, the CIFCA is heading to Redding Dragstrip for the "Thunder Under the Lights." This will be the first time in many years that the CIFCA cars have run at Redding.

California Independent Funny Car Association 2018 Schedule*

  • February 24th - Whittier Area Classic Car Show - Whittier, CA
  • April 7th - Funny Car Fever - Sacramento Raceway Park - Sacramento, CA
  • June 9th - Nitro Nite of Fire - Sacramento Raceway Park - Sacramento, CA
  • Aug. 18th - Thunder Under the Lights - Redding Dragstrip - Redding, CA
  • Sept. 22nd - Governor's Cup - Sacramento Raceway Park - Sacramento, CA
For more information, visit www.cifca.com. *subject to change
Gateway Motorsports Park to Honor Local Drag Racing Champions February 3
St. Louis RegionGateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, will honor its 2107 E.T. Bracket Racing Series champions on Saturday, February 3. The awards banquet will take place at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., awards at 7 p.m. and dancing with DJ Doug Jenkins from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Champions include: Mike Eggleston (Super Pro), Jesse Garcia (Pro), Jim Pearson (Sportsman), Charles Willis Jr. (Super Pro Motorcycle). Sam Stewart (Jr. Dragster Thunder), Allysia Vaultonburg (Jr. Dragster Lightning) and Ronnie Beach III (High School).

The ticket deadline is January 30. Tickets are $45 each or $400 for a table of 10. Each champion will receive one complimentary ticket. To purchase tickets, please call (618) 215-8888 extensions 101 or 114. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $92 by calling (888) 627-8246 (mention Gateway Motorsports Park to obtain the discount).