Brittany Force on Cusp of Winning NHRA World Title

November 10, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com -- Brittany Force and Greg Anderson are battling hard for their NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing World titles this weekend, and Friday was a great day for both of them. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force, who is competing with Steve Torrence for that world title, went to the top of the ladder by posting a compelling pass down the Pomona, California 1000-foot dragstrip – a track record of 3.667 seconds. Leah Pritchett, who had held the low e.t. record of 3.712 seconds in the first round, had car problems in the second qualifying session, finishing fourth. Steve Torrence is currently in fifth. “I knew the team would figure our car out, and I knew I could make a decent run down the track,” said Force. “To jump up to first spot was huge for us, but that’s where we need to be. To [...]

Cruz Pedregon Announces Snap-on Three Year Extension

November 10, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com -- The name “Pedregon” has filled the NHRA competition ranks for decades, and it is still represented by Cruz Pedregon, who campaigns the Snap-On-sponsored Funny Car in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. On Friday, Cruz announced to the media that Snap-On has signed on with his team for another three years, a boon to his team. The owner of his own Funny Car team, where he has often served as his own crew chief in the past, Pedregon feels that he will come on strong in the 2018 drag racing season, but for now, he is concentrating on the current competition in this NHRA World Finals. He also has more announcements to make. “We need to get through this weekend, and then we will announce another position,” he said. “This person will be a great addition to the team; he has [...]

Barney Visser Has Successful Bypass Surgery After Suffering Heart Attack

November 10, 2017 — Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser suffered a heart attack on Saturday Nov. 4 and underwent successful bypass surgery Monday Nov. 6 in Denver, Colo. Due to the recommended recovery period for the procedure, he will not attend the final two NASCAR Cup Series races — this weekend at Phoenix Raceway and next weekend’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where his driver Martin Truex Jr. will be one of the Championship 4 finalists vying for the season title. Visser said he was not feeling well and experiencing numbness before checking into the hospital last Saturday. “It’s a chance of a lifetime to be in position to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship,” said Visser. “I hope to be in touch with Martin and Cole (Pearn, crew chief) leading up to Homestead and participate without too much excitement.” Visser is expected to be released from the hospital [...]

Four Drag Racing Championships Up for Grabs at Pomona

November 9, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com -- Who will win the Pro World Championship titles in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series this weekend? The excitement has built to a crescendo, and there are seven race drivers who may be tossing and turning in their sleep tonight, eager to begin the Friday action in the various Pro series. Those seven drivers met with the media on Thursday at the Wally Parks Auto Museum in Pomona, California to discuss their chances for victory this Sunday in the 53rd Annual Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. In that list, Eddie Krawiec, rider of the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock motorcycle, is the exception. His 150 points are so far ahead of his competition that if he just qualifies this weekend, that world title will be his. With seven wins in fifteen races, he’s had an [...]

Gidley Returns to Daytona

 November 8, 2017 - In preparation for this weekend's Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic at Daytona presented by IMSA, Memo Gidley turned his first laps at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) in nearly four years today and is ready to race on the 3.56-mile DIS road course again after fully recovering from severe injuries sustained in an accident in the opening hours of the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Gidley has returned to DIS to compete for the first time in the 24-hour long Classic at Daytona race in a Doran Racing Ford GT with co-drivers Brad Jaeger and Lyn St. James. Doran built the 600-horsepower Ford GT in 2008, and the race car remains a fan favorite nearly a decade after competing in the IMSA American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Gidley himself has always been popular in the paddock too. Universally liked by race fans and competitors alike, his long and tireless recovery and determination to get back [...]

Tom Bailey Enters Pro Mod Class at Vegas

November 8, 1017 — One of the beauties of the Pro Mod class is seeing some of the most amazing cars ever crafted in Detroit at your local drag strip. On steroids. And angry. Lake Orion, Michigan’s Tom Bailey just made the Legal Pro Mod class at the Nitrous Outlet Street Car Super Nationals 13 Presented by Speed Society a little better by entering his Hemi-powered ’72 Oldsmobile. The screw blower-powered Pro Mod has run in the 570s and Bailey said he just wants to run it against the big names of the sport at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 16-19. "We definitely feel as though we can run legal Pro Mod and run in the 5.60s,” he said of his second trip to the bucket list race. “I know last year there (Sidnei Frigo) he went 5.71 and was the No. 1 qualifier and after him, [...]

Sergeant Ready for Phoenix Truck Finale

November 8, 2017 --  Dalton Sargeant and MDM Motorsports are proud to announce their debut together at Phoenix Raceway on November 10 and then the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami on November 17.  Sargeant, a member of the 2015 NASCAR Next class who already has four career NCWTS starts will pilot the Performance Plus Motor Oil No. 99 Chevrolet Silverado with the same familiar colors that he drove to victory lane at Iowa Speedway in ARCA Racing Series competition earlier this year. Sargeant is no stranger to Phoenix Raceway after finishing 4th in the K&N Pro Series event in 2015, as well as competing inside the top-10 in the Truck Series event that same year. Although Phoenix is a familiar setting, Homestead-Miami Speedway holds a special place for the 19-year-old rookie driver from nearby Boca Raton, FL. "I can't thank all of the great people at [...]

Hight Tops in Funny Car Points Going Into World Finals

November 7, 2017 -- A brilliant second-half of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season has put Robert Hight in the position he hoped for at the beginning of the year, and that’s the chance to compete for a second career Funny Car world championship. All attention in Funny Car will be on Hight and reigning world champion Ron Capps during this weekend’s Auto Club NHRA Finals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The final race in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship will determine a world champion and Hight currently holds a 15-point lead on Capps in his 10,000-horsepower Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS. The spotlight will be large at the must-see finale for the two talented veterans, but it’s a scenario Hight, who won his first world title in 2009, is excited to be part of this weekend. “We haven’t been in this position [...]

Harvick Locked Into Final Four Going Into Phoenix

November 5, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com — When Kevin Harvick charged his No. 4 Ford across the finish line to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Series Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, the fans roared with delight, cheering Harvick on, as they piled up against the fence to show their approval. Harvick needed that victory to move into the Final Four in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and fight for the national title in Homestead, Florida in two weeks. “It was a lot of fun to hear the roar of those fans, see them all against the fence, just jacked up about the 4 car being in Victory Lane,” Harvick said. “It's been an interesting year, to be honest with you, just from a fan standpoint. I feel like I have a much different connection with the fans than I've had in the past.” With this victory under his [...]

Torrence Looking For Top Fuel World Title at Pomona

October 5, 2017 -  Steve Torrence is one race away from putting the ultimate finishing touch on a nearly-perfect 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The eight-time Top Fuel winner this year holds a 20-point advantage against Brittany Force and the world title will be decided at this weekend’s Auto Club NHRA Finals at historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. With defending event winner Doug Kalitta sitting 84 points behind Torrence, a first-time Top Fuel world champion almost assuredly be crowned at the final race of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. The trio has combined to win four of the first five playoff races, with their intense battle to be culminated in a thrilling finish in Pomona. But Torrence won’t change an approach that has led to so much success in his 10,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster this season. “To win a championship, we can do [...]