After helping the Randy Meyer Racing Team earn the number 1 qualifying spot at the NHRA Pomona Winternationals, with Julie Nataas driving, Megan Meyer is ready to kick off her Junior year in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the Nitro in the Bayou event. Megan and the Randy Meyer Racing Team will be competing for their second consecutive title at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ (LODRS) Central Regional race on March 2-4 with teammate Julie Nataas driving the team’s second dragster.

“I’m stoked to be back in Louisiana,” said Megan. “Our first year ever here, in 2016, we finished second, and won the next year. This track is one of my favorite’s because of the great weather, fun competition, and amazing fans.”

Megan’s win at the Nitro at the Bayou event last year lead to her NHRA Central Region Championship, the 7th LODRS points win for the Randy Meyer Racing Team. Megan also collected wins at Gainesville, Topeka, and Earlville, and Runnered-Up at Tulsa for an almost perfect score. This year, Megan is looking to repeat.

“Our team is one of the best in the business, and we’ve put in countless hours this off season to make these two cars the best in our class,” said Megan. “I know we have enough data, parts, and equipment to have both cars reach the final round this weekend. We raised the bar high last year, and hope to exceed expectations in 2018.”

As the Randy Meyer-led team moves on to their first LODRS regional race after having a short outing at the Winternationals, they applied a new wrap on both cars, provided by Fineline Graphics, for a fresh, new look for 2018. Megan will hold her NGK livery for the entire 2018-2019 seasons, and will share the driver’s seat with Julie following this event. The second car, formerly driven by Randy Meyer, will sport a Randy Meyer themed wrap for driver’s Justin Ashley, Bill Litton, and Rachel Meyer. Tune into...
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– Nostalgia funny car driver Steve Easton will be behind the wheel of the Burnin’ Money nitro funny car at this year’s 60th annual March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, March 1-4.

The Brisbane, Australia native will make his fourth appearance at the historic event driving a 1972 Plymouth Cuda for Bob Godfrey Racing. Easton previously competed in this annual event from 2013-2015 as well as the Hot Rod Reunion held during the fall.

“It’s always a thrill to drive Bob’s car,” said Easton. “We are all great friends and have heaps of fun at the race track. I’m hoping to make some more progress on the tune-up of the car and of course I want to be the first Australian to win the March Meet in a funny car.”

The event kicks off on Thursday, March 1, with time trials for Hot Rod, D/Gas, C/Gas, Nostalgia Elim. 3, Nostalgia Elim. 2, B/Gas, Nostalgia Elim. 1, A/Gas and Hot Rod slated to begin at 9 a.m. (PT). Group 1 Qualifying Session 1 is scheduled for 2 p.m., followed by the Nitro Testing Session at 3 p.m. Fans can view the full event schedule by heading to http://famosoraceway.com/march-meet.htm.

To stay up-to-date on the latest Easton Motorsport news, follow @EastonMotorsport on Facebook and Instagram.

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$11,600 for Top Alcohol Qualifiers at Cavalcade of Stars in Norwalk
Provided by Summit Motorsports Park as added incentive

NORWALK, Ohio - Summit Motorsports Park is putting up a total of $11,600 for drivers qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster at the 12th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, May 18-20, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, which features 270-plus mph vehicles, and Top Alcohol Dragster, which features 285-plus mph vehicles, the payout for qualifying includes $1,000 for first, $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth, $600 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth and $150 for ninth through twelfth place qualifiers.

That’s in addition to an already plentiful payout in those categories — the quickest and fastest of the event which traditionally welcomes the largest audience on the annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division tour — as winners will receive $2,500, while runners-up will receive $1,5000, semifinalists will receive $1,000 and quarterfinalists will receive $750. All of that pushes the total purse to close to $30,000.

“The last time I checked, a 260-plus mph dragster or Funny Car is damn exciting to watch,” said Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. “Our Top Alcohol classes are critical to our long-term sustainability, and the additional $11,600 is money well-invested.”

Additional details about the event will be released soon. Summit Motorsports Park, which is currently undergoing a $1.6 million track reconstruction project, is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. For information, call 419-668-5555 or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com.

Mary Lendzion
Summit Motorsports Park Media and Public Relations
313-686-0776 or mlendzion@summitmotorsportspark.com
When it comes to consistency which is extremely critical to be successful in NHRA drag racing, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was on the money all weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals with incredible elapsed times on every pass. Consider these numbers: on the opening pass the PEAK Dragster ran a blistering 5.24 at 274 MPH. In the second stanza, the popular Nevada standout ran a 5.21 at 274 MPH. In the final session, Duane rang up another sizzling pass as he posted his second 5.24 of the event to land third on the qualifying ladder.

In the first round, Duane took on number 14 qualifier, Garret Bateman, driving the Rick Henkelman owned A/Fuel Dragster. As the cars launched, Duane was on his game and got out of the box first with an 0.056 reaction time to Bateman’s 0.058. It was a close side by side race to the finish line with Bateman slightly ahead. At the stripe it was Bateman taking a narrow win with a 5.28 at 274 MPH to Duane’s close 5.30 at 275 MPH. “We ran well all weekend and would have likely won most of the other match ups. We didn't change anything but I think the track was just a hair better than we thought it would be. I'm not going to dwell on it. We'll move on from here encouraged that we have a competitive car to start the year” Duane said.

With the season opening race now in the books the PEAK Team will prepare for a series of races in the Southeast beginning in Bella Rose, Louisiana on March 2-4. Duane would like to thank his returning sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support.

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POMONA, Calif. - System 1 Filters has teamed up with Will Hanna of InsideTopAlcohol.com to present 'behind the scenes' coverage of this weekend's Lucas Oil Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. Hanna will be posting video interviews and analysis to the System 1 Facebook page. Click the link to follow.
Krista Baldwin Kicks Off the Season at the Winternationals with WIX Filters®, Bumper to Bumper and Hanson Distributing



POMONA, CA (February 7, 2018) – The NHRA season will kick off this weekend at the Lucas Oil Winternationals, the home track for A/Fuel driver Krista Baldwin. Baldwin will begin her season collaborating with WIX Filters®, Bumper to Bumper and Hanson Distributing.

Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers are a part of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, one of the largest auto parts distribution networks in the world. Hanson Distributing of Azusa, CA is one of the premier distributors of WIX Filters under the Bumper to Bumper alliance.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Krista as she takes on the Winternationals this weekend,” says Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. “NHRA is such an exciting sport, and WIX is proud to be under the hood of her A/Fuel dragster.”

“Being in the aftermarket myself, I understand the importance of a strong relationship between manufacturers and distributors,” says Krista Baldwin, creative director of McLeod Racing. “I am so pumped to begin the 2018 season with WIX Filters and Bumper to Bumper. Highlighting their accomplishments together is truly an honor and I can’t wait to represent them at my home track.”

During off-season, team owner Anthony Dicero and Baldwin assembled a new A/Fuel dragster to debut this weekend. It is a Don Schumacher Racing chassis and is equipped with CP Carrillo rods and pistons, Clevite/Mahle bearings, Manton push rods, Strange Engineering rear-end, Weld Wheels, Lucas Oil products, TBM Brakes and a Boninfante/McLeod Racing clutch.

“Actually helping put together this dragster pushed my confidence over the top,” explains 24-year-old Baldwin. “I’ve watched it transform from a bare chassis on saw horses to a race-ready dragster prepared to make our Q1 debut on Thursday.”

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DRAG ILLUSTRATED’s online video show library is about to increase in 2018. The magazine announced today that “Tuneup Tuesday” with noted tuner Will Hanna will debut on the DRAG ILLUSTRATED Facebook page starting Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The live question and answer show will take place at 2 p.m. EST every other Tuesday on the DRAG ILLUSTRATED Facebook page, as Hanna will deliver an abundance of tuning and drag racing insight.

A well-respected and talented name in the sport, Hanna is an accomplished tuner and driver in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, and also has extensive experience and success in the Pro Mod, Top Dragster and no prep areas.

“Tuneup Tuesday” will join DRAG ILLUSTRATED Editor-In-Chief Wes Buck’s popular “DI Live” as a regular show on the magazine’s Facebook page, with Hanna offering his own unique and behind-the-scenes perspective.

“This is going to be very cool and I’m extremely humbled DRAG ILLUSTRATED would consider me to do a show like this,” Hanna said. “With the way social media is going and the popularity of ‘DI Live,’ I thought it would be a good time for a show like this. I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of different combinations and hopefully I can help some racers out and provide some knowledge. People teaching me is how I learned and I’ll try to help people the best I can.”

Hanna is well-versed in the power of online interaction, starting InsideTopAlcohol.com more than 15 years ago. It continues to serve as a hub of Top Alcohol news, insight and forum discussion, with social media and real-time interaction serving as a gradual next step.

That’s the goal of the “Tuneup Tuesday” question-and-answer show, which will take place live from Hanna’s office just outside of Houston. The three-time NHRA division winner in Top Alcohol is ready to answer questions and offer help on any subject in the drag...
NGK Spark Plugs is excited to announce a two-year partnership with NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster, Megan Meyer. This continues a decades-long tradition of NGK as the preferred performance spark plug for the Meyer team, as NGK sponsored Meyer’s father and team-owner, Randy Meyer for many years.

“I am more than excited to partner with NGK for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. NGK is a large company that focuses on the sportsman side of drag racing,” said Meyer. “With our grassroots team, I believe together we will win [the] World Championship next year.”

Following in her father, Randy Meyer’s footsteps Megan Meyer began racing in 2004 at just 10 years-old. She spent many years competing in the Junior Dragster League and after graduating from the league in 2011, she raced in Super Comp for four years. Megan Meyer obtained her NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster license in 2015 and has since won two nationals in the class.

“Megan and the Meyer Racing team embody the passion for performance and professionalism that NGK prides itself on,” said NGK General Manager of Marketing Danielle Orlando. “Megan is a strong role model to the next generation of racers and NGK is honored to support her.”

Meyer boasts an impressive NHRA track record, competing in 17 races in 2016 and winning her first national race at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina that year. She has a top elapsed time of 5.15 seconds, with her fastest time at 283 MPH.

“The entire Randy Meyer Racing Team’s performance this year has been one of our best years yet by reaching 13 final rounds in 20 races, and winning 7 of them.” Meyer added, “The top speeds and E.T.s that we posted this year come from the development of the NGK Spark Plugs we use.”

Megan Meyer’s sponsors include NGK Spark Plugs, Lucas Oil Products, WELD Racing, Clevite, Gunk, Technician Academy and Meyer Truck Center. Megan Meyer’s Top Alcohol Dragster will sport a custom vehicle wrap featuring NGK Spark Plugs.

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From the new shop in Spartanburg South Carolina, Noonan CEO and Engine Builder Jamie Noonan shares “It’s been 3 years since we’ve released a new 4.8 cylinder head to the market and we felt that it was time to develop new hardware so that our customers can stay ahead of their rivals. The new ‘Mach I Series’ is the evolution of the S600 and Blackhawk cylinder heads (even though they’re still winning championships, and setting ET & speed records around the globe). The Mach I Series will be available for Top Alcohol and Pro Mod, Blower and Turbo. With the on track success of the 4.9, this new Series cylinder head will give an added performance boost for the 4.8. It’s an exciting time for all Noonan Customers!”

Noonan Race Engineering are looking forward to PRI 2017. PRI allows the showcasing of all new artillery to current and prospective customers, as well as the world’s media. In addition to the Mach I, we will also be launching several new additions to our LS Edge Series, and our customers will have the chance to meet our newly formed USA based workshop team.

We’ll be located in the Green Hall – Booth 2237 (see below).

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Contact: Debbie O’Rourke, Noonan Race Engineering. Phone: +1 (864) 754 4111 Email: debbie@noonanrace.com
HAMILTON, Ohio – If there ever was a definition of the ‘working man’ or ‘little guy’ in the NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car ranks, veteran racer Tony Bogolo would certainly fit the bill. While he experienced success on the IHRA circuit with a roots supercharger, Bogolo has made a steady ascension up the NHRA ranks since switching to a screw supercharger in 2012. After battling it out with former two-time Champ Chris Foster much of the year, Bogolo clinched his first championship in style with a win at the NHRA North Central Lucas Oil Regional Series finale at Gateway Motorsports Park just outside of St. Louis, Oct. 20-21.

Bogolo, who manufactures racing safety equipment with his company RamJet Racing Products in Hamilton, Ohio, didn’t make the decision to attend the St. Louis event until the last minute. Inclement weather pushed the schedule a day sooner than normal, putting the small volunteer team behind the proverbial eight ball from the start.



“We finally decided to go at the last minute,” said Bogolo. “We didn’t leave Ohio until 6:30 Friday morning. Then we found out they had moved both qualifying sessions to Friday. Luckily we had the car ready to go in the trailer, but we didn’t have very much time to get ready to run once we got there. Once we got to the track we found out they didn’t have any methanol fuel for sale, so we had to get some from Foster just to be able to run.”

“We had some ignition problems at our last few races, so I just bypassed all the retard boxes and ran it straight on the mag,” Bogolo continued. “I wasn’t able to use the six shooter like we normally do, so I just put a tune up I thought would go down the track. I was really surprised it ran a 5.56 (elapsed time) right out of the trailer like that. I figured it was going to run a .66 or so.”

Staying true to his form as a budget racer, Bogolo sat out the final qualifying session and ended up in the 4th position. In the first round, he defeated...