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Demke Chasing JEGS Allstars Points at Las Vegas Regional Race

LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2015) – Top Alcohol Dragster driver Chris Demke is ready to forget last weekend's NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An untimely parts failure resulted in a rare first-round loss for the defending national champion. Demke and the Maddern Racing team will have another shot at The Strip this weekend, though this race will carry more consequences as the team competes at the Lucas Oil Series regional event.

“The last-minute decision to come out to the national event didn't go as we hoped. The blower came off without a backfire, causing us to lose first round. Clearly it wasn't what we hoped for, but we'll pick up the pieces and move on to the regional race. Our main goal is to earn points and hold onto our spot in the JEGS Allstars standings,” said Demke, who qualified No. 2 in the Nationals field.

Demke is currently chasing fellow blown alcohol racer Joey Severance in the JEGS Allstars West Region points, with A/Fueler Garrett Bateman following close behind. The prize for securing one of the top two spots in each of the four regions is an invitation to compete in the JEGS Allstars specialty race held at the Route 66 Nationals in July. Competing in the prestigious event is an opportunity cherished by Demke and his Peen Rite/Boost Performance Products team, and earning... [Read More]

Pre-Race Test Session Provides Confidence for Hunter and Synoil Racing Team

LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2015) – Past Las Vegas semifinalist Greg Hunter returns to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Nationals. The driver of Canadian drag racing legend Geoff Goodwin's Synoil Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car reached the winner's circle on the regional level since last year's Vegas spring race, and is hoping to reach his first national event winner's circle this weekend.

Hunter, Goodwin and tuner Ryan Protz tested at The Strip at LVMS prior to the Vegas racing events, which continue next weekend with an NHRA Lucas Oil Series regional event.

“We've kind of been struggling for the last couple races and we feel that we figured out what our problem was and we're confident that we have it fixed. We did confirm that our problem is fixed but we didn't get to make a run to prove it. We're looking forward to getting on to a really good, well-prepared NHRA track surface. I feel that we're going to run really good this weekend,” confirmed Hunter, who spent two seasons in Top Alcohol Dragster before returning to TA/FC last year.

Las Vegas has been good to Hunter. It's where he earned his crossover license for TA/D and where he won his first round in the dragster. But it was last year's Nationals experience that Hunter and his Synoil Energy Services team... [Read More]

Speed City Signs as Official Performance Parts Distributor of the PDRA

PITTSBORO, N.C. April 8, 2015: One of the fastest growing parts distributors in the industry, Speed City, has partnered with the Professional Drag Racers Association as the organization’s Official Performance Parts Distributor. Speed City specializes in supercharged alcohol and nitromethane racing, with several highly recognizable brands such as Star Racer Belts and Magnum Fuel Systems. The Ohio-based company will have parts available at each PDRA event in 2015 through Pro Extreme racer Wesley Jones.

“As a company that is run by racers, for racers, Speed City is a great fit for an organization that operates on the same premise,” stated PDRA Senior VP of Marketing, Mike Congdon. “We are thrilled to have Speed City join us as the Official Performance Parts Distributor and look forward to the benefits this will bring our racers.”

Speed City is owned by Australia native and drag race standout, Diana Harker, who made her fame in A/Fuel Dragster before founding Speed City. Now she, along with husband John Bojec, are making Speed City a leader in international racing sales. Bojec explains that Speed City is much more than just a parts distribution company, however:

“We build cars. We have a complete engine rebuilding facility. We have complete fabrication capabilities. We also manufacture our own line of fuel pumps... [Read More]

Nancy Matter has New Look, New Drive for 2015

When Nancy Matter flipped the calendar over for the start of 2015, little did she realize the events that were about to unfold for the upcoming race season.

After a most successful return to the Alcohol Funny Car wars in 2014 from an almost six-year layoff, Nancy and the NTX Diesel crew were looking forward to continuing the contest in 2015. But, unbeknownst to Nancy a series of unique and personal encounters were about to unfold that would reshape not only her racing efforts for the upcoming season, but her energy level as well.

Through an NTX Diesel customer and an idle conversation, a connection was made that now has turned into an alliance for the 2015 racing season, an alliance that has brought a new awareness of a situation that affects the entire country.

“We’ve been blessed to be put in contact with Wayne, Deby, Jeff and Amy Kyle and the GUARDIAN FOR HEROES FOUNDATION.” Nancy stated, “And are proud to become one of the outlets that the foundation has chosen to carry their message of Restoring Hope, Renewing Spirits and Replenishing Energy for combat Vets transitioning to post-military life.”

The Guardian for Heroes Foundation was founded by CPO Chris Kyle, U.S. Navy Seal, in 2011 after his return from a fourth and final tour in Iraq and his effort to continue serving his country by assisting his brothers-in-arms that... [Read More]

Lindberg Makes Quickest & Fastest Runs in TAFC History, Wins Charlotte

Cool air and a tight racing surface at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., presented racers with the chance to make record-setting performances at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on March 27-29, and Jonnie Lindberg was ready to seize the opportunity. He not only became the first Top Alcohol Funny Car on the planet to break the 5.3-second and 270-mph barriers, but he capped it off by scoring his second NHRA win.

“When I saw the forecast for the race, I thought, ‘This is my chance. If the track is good, I know we can run 270,’” said Lindberg. “The conditions were perfect. It was amazing. With a good track and that air, you can’t get much better than that. You’ll probably have to wait 10 years to see it again.”

After setting the speed record during his last outing in Gainesville at 268.71 mph, Lindberg surpassed that on his first qualifying attempt on Saturday (Friday qualifying was cancelled due to rain) with the first 270-mph run in class history with a 5.473 at 270.10 mph despite pedaling the car to get through early tire shake. He saw that there was more left and tuned up his 2010 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for a run that the drag racing world would soon be talking about.

Lindberg launched hard down the left lane and kept charging to a screaming 5.361 at 272.01 mph. The 5.361 elapsed time was a half-tenth quicker than... [Read More]

Blown Engine Sidelines Permatex/Follow A Dream Team

Marstons Mills, MA-April 1, 2015-Jay Blake's Permatex/Follow A Dream team qualified in the fast half of the field at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, as it has at every race this season, but didn't get a chance to parlay that performance into a deep run in eliminations when an engine explosion on the final qualifying attempt knocked the team out of the race.

"It wasn't tuneup-related," Blake said. "It was a parts failure. The spark plugs looked like they'd never been run, and the computer showed that everything was perfect until a connecting rod broke. It's a tough way to lose, and we just missed getting everything back together in time to make it to the lanes for first round."

After persistent rain Friday wiped out both scheduled qualifying sessions, driver Todd Veney ran a 5.57 at 262 mph Saturday morning. About three and a half seconds into what was going to be an even better run, a rod snapped and drove itself out the side of the block, setting off a chain reaction that ended when the supercharger backfired, blowing the burst panel out of the body and creating a mountain of work for the crew.

"I was already through the 'shake zone,' well into second gear and just about to hit high, when it blew up," Veney said. "It's a shame. We had low e.t. of the entire first session for the left lane, and the car wasn't that hopped up. [Tuner] Tom... [Read More]

Tedesco Snags Charlotte Top Alcohol Dragster Victory

On the surface, it appears as though Mia Tedesco and her Hirata Family Racing team dominated the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals with their C.A.R.S. Protection Plus / backed A/Fuel entry. The team qualified on the pole with a staggering 5.22 ET, and went on to win the event; marking the first national event victory in Tedesco’s short but decorated driving career. Domination, however, was not the word the 21-year-old driver used to describe her outing. Instead, the descriptions that she provided repeatedly included words like “lucky,” and “blessed.”

“We were really good in qualifying,” she admitted. “We came into the race with a lot of confidence, and that certainly was reinforced on our first two runs.”

Tedesco came out of the trailer with a strong 5.28 ET in the first qualifying session, then backed it up with a 5.22, the quickest pass of her career. That number paced the field, as she earned top qualifier honors for the first time in national event competition.

Come eliminations, things got a little bit dicey. The team was forced to change engines prior to round one, where the C.A.R.S. Protection Plus / machine shook the tires. But Tedesco did a masterful job of pedaling the car to regain traction, and easily defeated Mike Lewis despite an off pace 5.54 ET. That cost Tedesco lane choice in a second round... [Read More]

Michalek Brothers Racing Bows Out Early at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Michalek Brothers Racing opened their 2015 NHRA campaign this past weekend at the 8th Annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina. Driving the Dreher Motorsports A/fuel dragster, Corey Michalek came into the event with his sights set on defending his event title from the previous year.

After having all racing action cancelled on Friday due to persistent rain showers, the team faced unseasonably cool conditions on an action-packed Saturday that included two qualifying runs and the opening round of eliminations. MBR was in the first pair of Top Alcohol Dragsters on track and set the early pace with a 5.357 second lap at 266.11MPH; good enough to land them the #9 qualifying position after the first qualifying session.

The second round of qualifying started strong when the Champion Spark Plugs A/fueler launched hard with a .938 60′ time but dropped a cylinder soon after and covered the quarter-mile in 5.420 seconds at 258.86MPH to enter eliminations in the #10 position, setting up a matchup with Wayne Morris. Upon firing the car in the round of 16, the crew noticed a mechanical issue with the team’s 3,500 horsepower nitro-burning motor and ordered Corey to shut it down, causing the team’s weekend to come to an abrupt halt.

“The most sobering part about that outcome was getting out of the car knowing... [Read More]

Lindberg Receives Support from Scott Gaddy Racing Parts & Equipment

Leaders in remarketing high performance race car parts for nitro cars, Scott Gaddy Racing is looking to expand and pick up exposure in the overseas market by partnering with the Sweden-based Lindberg Bros. Motorsports Team, a European record-holder and championship team.

Jonnie Lindberg, driver of the Lindberg Bros. Top Alcohol Funny Car, won his first NHRA National event at this year’s Winternationals in Pomona, California, and became the national record-holder for NHRA TA/FC with a 268 mph at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

Scott Gaddy Racing, who is looking to grow into the blown alcohol and A/Fuel market, is one of the premier suppliers to nitro cars. By partnering with Lindberg Bros. Motorsports, Scott Gaddy plans to gain worldwide exposure with quality blown alcohol parts and injected fuel parts to service the growing market that includes boat racing, truck and tractor pulls, and Pro Mod racing.

Jonnie Lindberg is excited to help Scott Gaddy Racing expand and help his race team along the way while competing at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend. The team is looking to once again be the number-one TAFC qualifier, and earn their second Wally this year. Follow them on Facebook to see how Jonnie and the... [Read More]

For Michalek Brothers Racing, Charlotte is a Long Time Coming

Just under one year ago, Corey Michalek entered his debut race in the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster class, the 2014 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, behind the wheel of a 3,500 horsepower A/fuel dragster with wide-eyes and a great appreciation for having the opportunity to compete against some of the best Top Alcohol Dragster drivers on the planet. Three days later, a dream was realized when MBR and Dreher Motorsports crossed the finish line at nearly 270mph on Sunday afternoon to take home the Wally trophy in Corey’s first ever start.

“We went from having mechanical issues that wiped out both runs on Friday, to getting in the show under massive pressure with a career best lap during Q3 on Saturday,” said Corey. “From there, the Drehers had the car dialed in running close to low E.T. each round of eliminations and we rode a huge wave of momentum all the way through the finals on Sunday. To this day, the memories from that weekend still seem surreal.”

Fast-forward to less than a week before the 2015 installment of the NHRA’s 6th annual spring race in the Tar Heel State and the tone gets a lot more serious. While last year’s Charlotte victory remains sweet, Michalek continues to hold on to what could have been in his second race behind the wheel, this time at his home track in Norwalk, Ohio, where the team bowed out as the #11 qualifiers without... [Read More]

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