Castellana Claims E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod at Atlanta Southern Nationals

Pro Mod race teams rolled into Commerce GA this past weekend for the 39th annual Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Originally a hard-packed red clay airport, the track became an NHRA-sanctioned facility back in the 1980s and was resurfaced and updated in 1999 when the National Hot Rod Association purchased the speedway. In Friday's qualifying, Stevie "Fast" Jackson claimed the second number one qualifying position of the 2019 season for the Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Jackson posted a class best qualifying time with a 5.768-second ET at 250.69 mph. Jackson expressed his disappointment of not having a shot at the quick time on Saturday, after foul weather moved into the northeast Georgia area. Wild upsets ruled the day, as Mike Castellana claimed his second Wally in...

May 6, 2019
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Reigning E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Champion Wins NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte

The reigning world champion in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service claimed his first victory of the 2019 season on Sunday with a win at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by SMP Racing. Having joined the doorslammer division during its inception in the 1990s, Mike Janis entered the 2019 Pro Mod season as an early favorite to take top honors again. The two-time Pro Mod World Champion is the second winningest driver in history. What a quadrant of competitors for the final light of the weekend for Pro Mod. Multi-time world champion (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016) Rickie Smith and his Bahrain 1 teammate Steve "Fast" Jackson launched from the outside lanes in Sunday's Final as Janis and the fierce competitor Erica Enders managed...

April 29, 2019
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Torrence No Longer Winless in 2019 NHRA Top Fuel

After winning the closing six races last season, defending Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence laid down three consecutive 3.7-second ETs at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Sunday. Although it was the first win for Torrence this year, the Capco Contractors driver garnered his 28th Wally in Top Fuel to go with his four victories in Top Alcohol dragster, where Torrence also won an NHRA World Championship. But, this season hadn't gone as planned for the winless Capco Team. Now, after the team's third straight victory at the Charlotte event, Torrence leaves the four-wide with the points lead in Top Fuel. It is always a special moment when a driver gets his or her first class win. No stranger to the victory podium, former Top Fuel World Champion, Shawn Langdon won his first...

April 29, 2019
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Steve Fast Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series in Houston

With just the name "Steve Fast" affixed to his driver's side window, multi-time NHRA Pro Mod champion Steve Jackson sought redemption at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals at Baytown. Jackson came up short in the season opener at this year's 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in March. North Carolina native Todd Tutterow grabbed a holeshot win and the special-edition "Gold Wally" at the Gainesville event, even though Jackson set the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod national speed record with a quicker 5.643 ET at 253 mph. Having arrived last week at Houston Raceway with a chip on his shoulder, Steve "Fast" Jackson quickly eliminated teammate Khalid alBalooshi with a 5.679 ET at 253.80 mph in Round One. In the quarterfinals, Jackson defeated Brazilian driver Sidnei...

April 15, 2019
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John Force Racing Tops the Field for NHRA SpringNationals

With sixteen Funny Car season titles to his name, John Force is still setting records at 69 years of age. This past weekend the patriarch of JFR (John Force Racing) posted a 3.888 second ET at 319.29 mph to claim top qualifier in his class at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil. Not to be outdone, daughter Brittany Force, the black sheep in a family filled with Funny Car drivers, set a new track record at Houston Raceway with a 3.661 ET at 332.18 mph run in Top Fuel. It was the first time in the history of the sport that a father and daughter both qualified number one for the Nitro events. The father and daughter's hopes of standing on the podium together were nixed, when his son-in-law Robert Hight, defeated his boss in the semifinal round of...

April 15, 2019
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Formula 1 Celebrates 1000th World Championship Race... Sorta?

Over the weekend, Lewis Hamilton, the defending F1 World Champion, jumped ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix and never relinquished his lead to win the 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix... well sorta. You see not every fan of the world's most elite racing series agree that the Shanghai race was actually Grand Prix number one thousand. Although most agree the first World Championship race was held in the United Kingdom in 1950 at Silverstone, the sanctioning body actually held a non-points formula race at Pau a month earlier for the single-seater racecars that were purpose-built to compete on dedicated road courses as well as make-shift tracks along city streets. One thing we do know for certain, Formula 1 has been filled with controversy, turbulence,...

April 15, 2019
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Salinas, Todd, and Butner Win Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip

Northern California native Mike Salinas picked up his first career NHRA win in Top Fuel dragster at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the Strip hosted the 20th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Having built his California-based scrap metal and garbage hauling business from scratch, Salinas has applied the same winning philosophy of surrounding himself with lots of talent. For the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing season, the 57-year old hired former Brittany Force crew chief Brian Husen to join his long-time tuning advisor Alan Johnson at Scrappers Racing. As an added bonus, Husen was able to bring several John Force Racing teammates with him, as JFR announced their intention to move in a new direction. Reigning Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd drove the DHL Toyota Camry to...

April 8, 2019
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Scrappers Racing Captures NHRA Top Fuel Win at Las Vegas 4-Wide Nationals

Mike Salinas pilots the Scrappers Racing Top Fuel dragster to his first class win in the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series this weekend at the Strip for the Four-Wide Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During the off-season, the Scrappers Racing team announced former Top Fuel world-championship crew chief Brian Husen was moving to the second-year team as the tuner with Alan Johnson already in place as the tuning advisor. The notable pair worked together at John Force Racing for the Top Fuel team of Brittany Force, where they helped the JFR driver win the 2017 NHRA Top Fuel World Championship. With over fifteen years experience working in tandem, Husen replaced crew chief Doug Kuch, who turned the wrenches for Salinas in 2018 during his first full-time season in Top Fuel...

April 8, 2019
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Where Have All the Pro Stocks Gone?

Needless to say, NHRA officials were expecting fallout from Pro Stock drivers and teams when the sanctioning body announced plans last fall to cut the 2019 schedule for the class to eighteen races. Almost immediately Tanner Gray, one of the NHRA's most promising young stars and winner of the NHRA Pro Stock World Championship in 2018 announced his plans to move full-time to NASCAR's K&N East Series as well as to race part-time in ARCA Menards Series. The 19-year old is currently the youngest national event winner and NHRA season champion in the history of the sport. Gray is set to drive for David Gilliland's American stock car race team DGR-Crosley, which also competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Similar to the move that has revitalized the modified division (Pro...

April 2, 2019
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Sellout Crowds Watched the NHRA's Best Claim Gold Wallys at the 50th Gatornationals

At the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, sellout crowds lined the newly paved track at Gainesville Raceway on Sunday for a glimpse of the world's fastest cars and drivers. For the most part, the Florida weather cooperated and the combination of the cooler temperatures and a new racing surface ensured record-setting elapsed times. This year's event was not just the traditional season opener for E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Racing series, but the 2019 Gatornationals was the 50th anniversary of the historic event at the NHRA-operated facility. The race was the third of twenty-four NHRA National events scheduled for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for the Pro Stock, Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions. 2017 World Champion Bo Butner coasted his Jim Butner's Auto Chevrolet Camaro to an...

March 18, 2019
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