Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America … In 19 Series starts at the 4.048-mile road course, RCR has captured three consecutive victories with drivers Brendan Gaughan (2014), Paul Menard (2015) and Michael McDowell (2016). The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has completed 937 laps of the 951 (98.5 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated six top-five and eight top-10 finishes, led 52 laps and averages a starting position of 12.4 and finishing position of 11.8. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Johnsonville 180 Preview
Giovanni Scelzi Sweeps Sprint Invaders Event During Debut at 34 Raceway
Inside Line Promotions – SEDALIA, Mo. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi produced the first sweep of his sprint car career last Saturday when he made his debut at 34 Raceway, where Scelzi guided the BDS Motorsports team to a victory in a heat race, dash and the main event at the Sprint Invaders event.
“It’s really nice to go to places like 34 Raceway,” he said. “34 had a big cushion almost at the fence and had a bottom lane. You could move anywhere. To win my first time there was awesome. It’s great to continue to run well with Bryan (Sundby) and BDS Motorsports.” Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Sweeps Sprint Invaders Event During Debut at 34 Raceway
Permatex/Follow A Dream TA/FC team barely misses making it three wins in a row
MARSTONS MILLS, Massachusetts (August 22, 2017) – The Permatex/ Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car team continued its roll this past weekend, just barely missing a third straight victory.
The team finished runner-up in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ Northeast Division’s event at Cecil County Dragway in Maryland. Continue reading Permatex/Follow A Dream TA/FC team barely misses making it three wins in a row
CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: In Search of a Repeat on GT-Only Weekend
Garcia, Magnussen defending race-winners in No. 3 Corvette
No. 3 Corvette duo leads GT Le Mans Driver’s Championship
Chevrolet looking to regain Manufacturer’s points lead
Gavin, Milner eager to score second tandem VIR victory Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: In Search of a Repeat on GT-Only Weekend Garcia, Magnussen defending race-winners in No. 3 Corvette
R&D and Rain
The NHDRO race in Indianapolis this weekend was forecast for the beautiful weather right up until we got there on Friday. Friday’s test session had great weather and we got to test the new Maxx-Race ECU. The Race combines everything they had on the V-1 with the expander box in one small ECU. In all my years of racing, have never had an ECU that was easy to navigate until the Maxx. Even wiring the bike was easy as all the wires have printing every 9 inches as to what they are for.
Saturday’s weather dawned beautifully, but by the second round of qualifying, we heard rain was coming for Sunday and NHDRO might try and get one round of eliminations on Saturday night. The track was tight but we had some tuning issues getting the bike to move off the line. Going down track the bike ran like a bat out of hell. Shifting was seamless with the new Robinson 1-4 auto. Even fifth and sixth shifted smoothly requiring a very short kill time. No ProStreet eliminations occurred Saturday night. Sunday we woke up to light rain which eventually became heavier. NHDRO made the decision to finish the race during qualifying of the final race in Indy September 30-Oct. 1st. Hope we see you there.
World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer to attempt third world speed record for Denis Manning led Team “7” Racing
Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials create worldwide film stage for Team “7” Racing and Valerie Thompson battling for World’s Fastest Motorcycle title
(Scottsdale, AZ) – August 21, 2017 – Valerie Thompson and AMA Hall Of Fame member Denis Manning return to the world’s fastest race course for the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Salt Flats, August 26-31, on a mission to rewrite motorsports history by breaking the land speed record of 376.36 mph (605.69 km/h) with the famed Team “7” Streamliner (aka BUB 7).
Thompson stunned the racing world at last year’s trials with a speed of 304.263 mph (489.663 km/h) piloting the Manning designed “7” Streamliner on only her fifth run, becoming the first female rider over 300 mph and earning the Fastest Time of the Meet award.
The current record, set in 2010 by the Top 1 Ack Attack team, was formerly held twice by the Manning designed and built “BUB 7” Streamliner, setting the stage for an all out battle for the “world’s fastest motorcycle” title.
The quest for the title is being captured on film by P-51 Pictures and Executive Producer Dana Brown, creators of “Dust to Glory,” “On Any Sunday” and the award-winning “Out of Nothing” motorcycle racing documentary. P-51 crews have followed the teams for more than 12 months filming the land speed-racing documentary, “Rockets & Titans,” scheduled for worldwide theater distribution in 2018.
P-51 Pictures will utilize a crew of more than twenty technicians to film highlights of the speed trials both on and off the track. Asked if the movie related activity is a distraction, Thompson said, “Believe it or not, no. The film crew is very professional and easy to work with. More importantly, I’m delighted land speed racing will get a worldwide stage through this documentary. It’s excellent exposure for sponsors like TROON Inc., Vision Wheel, ilium Works, Wheels Through Time and who make it possible for us to chase our dreams.”
Thompson has seven land speed records on a variety of bikes ranging from Harley-Davidson to BMW’s and is a member of six-land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs. Breaking the current record would be her first in a streamliner.
“I set my first record at Bonneville in 2006 and fell in love with land speed racing where you can keep the throttle open and push the equipment to its ultimate limit. I’ve prepared for this moment since then, so I’m anxious to get back on the salt,” said Thompson. “With Denis Manning leading the best team I’ve ever worked with, I know the bike has the power. It all comes down to track conditions, weather and me hitting my marks,” stated a determined Thompson.
Manning started racing at Bonneville as a teenager, earning his first world speed record at age 24 as builder of Cal Rayborn’s 1970 entry, reaching a top speed of 265 mph. “I’ve pursued this dream with my family for over 40 years, a dream I hope to fulfill with Team “7” Racing and three generations of Manning’s,” said Manning. He added, “I’m confident we’ve properly prepared the vehicle, especially considering the expertise of Team “7” owners Jon Jans and Joe Harrelson who are ‘best in class’ machinist and builders. I know Valerie is more than ready. She dreams about Bonneville as much as I do.”
If seven is truly a lucky number, look for Thompson, Manning and Team “7” Racing celebrating a dream come true on the Salt Flats of Bonneville.
Mopar to Shine Spotlight on Sportsman Racers During 63rd Annual NHRA U.S. Nationals
63rd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals scheduled for August 30 – September 4 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana
17th annual Mopar HEMI® Challenge pits SS/AH racers head-to-head in original Mopar package cars: 1968 Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas on August 31 – September 1
Mopar Sportsman Appreciation Night on Thursday, August 31 will recognize loyal Mopar-powered Sportsman competitors
Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak vehicles to compete in Factory Stock Showdown class
Year-long contingency programs include Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar Drag Pak Rewards Program, Mopar Contingency, Tom Hoover points and Dodge Top Finisher Continue reading Mopar to Shine Spotlight on Sportsman Racers During 63rd Annual NHRA U.S. Nationals
ERIE, MI (August 20, 2017) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP invaded Merritt Speedway for the annual Allstar Performance Open Wheel Spectacular with Dan McCarron (Britton, MI) picking up his second career win at “Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track.”
“Danny Mac” started second, but was moved back one row for jumping the start. All that did was give him a chance to prove he was the class of the field as he took the lead on lap nine. Thirteen-year-old Andrew Scheid (Sparta, MI), leading SOD sprint car rookie, started on the pole and led the first lap before Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, MI) grabbed the lead. After McCarron took command, Dalman held second until lap sixteen when Steve Irwin (Fenton, MI) took the position. At times, it looked like Irwin had the speed in the low groove to overtake McCarron, but McCarron was up to the task and used the middle groove to perfection to pull away.
Lap eighteen saw a quick caution for a spin by Tyler Bearden , then disaster struck for Chris Jones when he flipped while trying to evade a spinning Mike Burkin.
Ryan Ruhl and Thomas Schinderle also looked like they could challenge for the win, but finished third and fourth respectively. 2016 SOD champion Brian Smith finished fifth.
Steve Irwin did double duty and won the non-winged portion of the Allstar Performance Open Wheel Spectacular over Brian Smith.
Pritchett Takes Top Fuel Win for Mopar at NHRA Brainerd, Johnson Runner-up
in Funny Car
Eric Bell wins Super Stock
Leah Pritchett wins 36th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster
Victory is fifth for Mopar HEMI®-power from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) in Top Fuel this season, 17th Nitro victory for Mopar overall in 2017
Pritchett’s win is fourth of season and fifth of career
Tommy Johnson Jr. drives to runner-up finish in Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, his fourth final round in last five events Continue reading Pritchett Takes Top Fuel Win for Mopar at NHRA Brainerd, Johnson Runner-up in Funny Car
CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
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TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE RECAP
AUGUST 20, 2017
Will Power Puts Chevrolet in Victory Lane at Pocono
· Third win of season for 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion
o Scores 32nd career win and breaks tie for ninth on all-time list with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy
o First IndyCar driver to score back-to-back wins at the Tricky Triangle
o With runner-up finish, Josef Newgarden gives Chevrolet IndyCar V6 1-2 finish in 14th race of season and extends point lead with three races left
Holds 18 point lead over second place
o Four Team Chevy drivers in top five of standings
· Chevrolet holds 37-point lead in battle for 2017 Manufacturer Championship Continue reading Will Power Puts Chevrolet in Victory Lane at Pocono
Record-setting weekend ends in semifinals
for Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight
Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight left Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday with the national elapsed time record, second place in the Funny Car points standings and his 400th elimination round victory after the NHRA Nationals.
But Hight, who turned 48 on Sunday, wanted more – much more. Continue reading Record-setting weekend ends in semifinals for Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight
Continuing to turn proverbial corner, John Force
takes PEAK Chevy to Brainerd semis
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) – John Force keeps saying he and his PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS are turning the proverbial corner. This weekend, they made seven strong runs and were inches from taking the car to the Funny Car final round.
After making four qualifying attempts in the 3.9-second range or better and qualifying No. 3, Force won his first two rounds in Sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway before narrowly falling in the semifinals – by just two thousandths of a second to eventual race winner Alexis DeJoria. Continue reading Continuing to turn proverbial corner, John Force takes PEAK Chevy to Brainerd semis
Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Recap: Brainerd NHRA Nationals
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 20, 2017) – Allen Johnson took his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinals at the 36th annual NHRA Nationals this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway after earning a season-high No. 3 qualifying position.
In the first round, Johnson staged up against Mark Hogan. Johnson was awarded a bye-run and clocked in with a 6.641-second pass at 207.11 mph when Hogan suffered mechanical issues at the starting line and was unable to stage. Continue reading Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Recap: Brainerd NHRA Nationals
Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force looks
to Indy after Brainerd quarterfinals appearance
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) – Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS team put together a strong performance in this weekend’s NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in which they continued to establish consistency and competed in the quarterfinals.
Force, who at one point held the track speed record this weekend and made four runs of 3.9 seconds or better, handily won her opening-round race Sunday before bowing out with a mechanical problem in the second round. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force looks to Indy after Brainerd quarterfinals appearance
Rossi Heads Honda Effort at Pocono
• 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion leads 44 laps, finishes third
• Seven Honda drivers combine to lead 160 of 200 laps
• 500-mile race features Pocono record 41 lead changes
LONG POND, Pa. (Aug. 20, 2017) – Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal and a heroic Ryan Hunter-Reay were among seven Honda drivers to contend for victory Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the second and final 500-mile race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series. But a third-place result for Rossi was the highlight for Honda, as an off-sequence pit strategy paid huge dividends for Penske Racing, with Will Power and Josef Newgarden finishing 1-2 at the end of 200 hard-fought laps. Continue reading Rossi Heads Honda Effort at Pocono
Despite close second-round defeat in Brainerd, Brittany Force knows Monster Energy car is fast at right time of year
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) – This is the right time of the season to be running well, and since Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster driver Brittany Force is doing just that, she’s pumped for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and the Countdown to the Championship.
Force dropped a close second-round match in the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway, but the Monster Energy car was flying all weekend. Continue reading Despite close second-round defeat in Brainerd, Brittany Force knows Monster Energy car is fast at right time of year
Progress made with quarterfinal run at
Brainerd for two-time champ Erica Enders
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) — Although she was unable to capture her third career Brainerd win at this weekend’s 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Erica Enders says progress is being made with her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, as witnessed by her race day performance.
After qualifying with a 6.665-second quarter-mile pass at a top speed of 206.42 mph, Enders managed to improve her best time of the event twice on Sunday, first beating teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. with a 6.659 at 207.78 mph and then running a 6.648 at 207.66 mph in a close loss to Tanner Gray. Continue reading Progress made with quarterfinal run at Brainerd for two-time champ Erica Enders
CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
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TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE QUOTES
AUGUST 20, 2017
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, RACE WINNER: “We had to add a lot of downforce because we went to the back and went a lap down, so you had to try to get good in traffic. Oh, man. What a day. I’ve got to thank Verizon and Chevrolet, obviously; the engine is very, very quick. It was a seriously dramatic day. It was a lot of fun. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Pocono Post Race
CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS
BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY AT BRAINERD, MINNESOTA
SUNDAY, AUG. 20, 2017
Chevrolet Continues Winning Streak, Record-Setting Funny Car Runs
• Rookie Tanner Gray earns fourth Pro Stock win of season
• Bo Butner is runner-up for fifth time, retains Pro Stock points lead
• Robert Hight sets Funny Car national record in Chevy Camaro
• Hight, John Force advance to the Funny Car semifinal round Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Brainerd
Jeg Coughlin Jr. drops close race to Elite Motorsports teammate by .004 seconds
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. ran his best quarter-mile pass of the weekend in the opening round of the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. He also left the starting line with a stellar .009-second reaction time. Unfortunately, neither feat was enough to give his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro team the victory against stablemate Erica Enders, who also had her best pass of the weekend and recorded an even better .003-second launch.
“We made a lot of changes on both cars overnight and tried very hard to make them as similar as possible today, being team cars and all, “Coughlin said. “I wanted to be somewhere between .004 and .012 on the Tree and had a .009, but I still left second and crossed the finish line second. It just didn’t pan out for us by four-thousandths of a second. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. drops close race to Elite Motorsports teammate by .004 seconds