Heatwave Hits Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals

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Located in the distant shadows of Mount Rainier, Pacific Raceways is a legendary motorsports facility that opened as a family business in 1960. Dan Fiorito Sr. owned a local road construction company and along with his sons built the track to provide a controlled place for locals to safely have fun racing. The inaugural event was stagged over the Fourth of July weekend the same year and B/Modified driver Dick Kalivoda set NHRA national record with an 11.78-second elapsed time. From then on, drag racing has been an integral part of Northwest’s racing heritage and now the track is a significant part of the NHRA’s famed Western Swing along with Sonoma (California) and Bandimere (Colorado). In the 1970s, the track was besieged with racers and began hosting Bill Doner’s...

August 1, 2022
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Troy Coughlin Jr Wins First Pro Stock Wally

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After finishing a career-best sixth overall in the Pro Stock championship points last season, Troy Coughlin Jr. arrived at this weekend’s Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals with a clear and simple plan – win his first Wally in Pro Stock at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. The third-generation driver was named to Drag Illustrated Magazine’s 30-Under-30 list of up-and-coming young people in the sport of drag racing. But, the humble Ohio youngster quietly moved onto the professional drag racing scene during the pandemic to drive the legendary yellow-and-black Chevrolet Camaro of RJ Race Cars. Like his dad, and his dad’s dad, and his uncle Jeg, Troy Coughlin Jr. has his sights set on winning a NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championship in Pro Stock....

August 1, 2022
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B. Force and Tasca III Win at Sonoma Raceway

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Originally known as Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma Raceway is located in the southern Sonoma Mountains about thirty minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The popular motorsports facility contains a separate quarter mile dragstrip inside a full-length 12-turn road racing course with 160-feet of elevation change. The history of this track dates back to 1968 but there were many ownership changes in the early years as the track struggled to find its way. Drag racing has been a crucial piece of Sonoma Raceway’s history since its inaugural season in 1969. While the cars, speeds and names may change, the thrilling excitement of Sonoma Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip has remained central to the wine country facility’s success and enduring legacy. In 2000, big changes began...

July 26, 2022
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Enders and Gladstone Top DENSO NHRA Nationals

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Professional drag racing made its debut 50 years ago as Sears Point Raceway hosted its first drag racing event (the San Francisco Open) on a freshly-paved quarter-mile drag strip. Although drag remained a crucial piece of Sonoma’s history over the years, the initial NHRA-sanctioned drag race didn’t happen until 1988. The winners were Joe Amato (Top Fuel), Mark Oswald (Funny Car) and Harry Scribner (Pro Stock). Since the late 1980s, facility has been transformed from a sleepy road course into one of the busiest motorsport facilities in the United States. While the cars, top speeds and driver names may change, the thrills and excitement at the quarter-mile drag strip have remained central to the wine country’s legacy of big name racing, including AMA Road Racing,...

July 25, 2022
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Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals

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Race teams are always challenged by the high altitudes and tricky track conditions when NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series unloads at Bandimere Speedway for the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals. As the opening event for the NHRA Western Swing, crews have to battle an overall lack of downforce as well as reduced performance as engines try to make power in thinner air. John Bandimere Sr. purchased a parcel of land to the west of Denver in the Hogback that leads up to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains back in 1958. His family had an auto parts business in the area and felt that a drag strip would boost sales and augment their income. Situated at 5800-feet above sea level, the track is one of three NHRA national dragstrips that feature an all-concrete racing...

July 19, 2022
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NHRA Pro Stockers Compete at Thunder Mountain

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When the trailers are unloaded at Thunder Mountain, racing teams know that they will be chasing the track and managing the thin air at Bandimere Speedway for the rest of the weekend. Nothing had changed in 2022 as the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series rolled to the line to get Friday’s opening round of qualifying underway in front Denver’s screaming fans. After watching his Elite Motorsports teammate Erica Enders take over the top spot in Pro Stock qualifying, Aaron Stanfield posted a 6.934 ET at 196.82 mph in the Janac Brothers Chevrolet Camaro to claim his fourth Number One qualifier this season. Not bad, as the Elite team claimed the top three spots for the Dodge Power Brokers Mile-High Nationals. Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith started his...

July 18, 2022
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Norwalk Hosts NHRA Nationals; Bill Bader Sr. Passed On

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Current owner of Summit Motorsports Park dragstrip, Bill Bader Jr. announced late Sunday that his father and longtime owner of Norwalk Dragway had passed away following an accident near his home in northern Idaho. Just hours after Final Round eliminations, the news hit the pits at the track that Bill Sr. had invested four decades building for the New England drag racing community. Having purchased the track in 1974, he turned the quarter-mile facility into “America’s Race Track” a place where drag racers, teams and race fans were greeted like family, where you could get a signature pound of ice cream for just one dollar, where a fireworks display ended each day of competition at major events, and where championship drag racing of the highest caliber was routinely...

June 28, 2022
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Kris Thorne Dominating 2022 NHRA Pro Mod Season

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Powered by Mike Janis Superchargers, the 2022 FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon racing series held the fourth of ten races at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park over the weekend. Since winning his first career Pro Mod Wally at the 53rd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Thorne has been the dominant driver at the majority of the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series events. Driving the all black ProCharger-powered Camaro the veteran doorslammer driver added his second win of the season at zMAX Dragway. The final elimination round at Charlotte was one of the strangest (and slowest) wins in Pro Mod history. Mass confusion struck when Stan Shelton rolled his Mustang past the starting line and then backed up. According...

June 27, 2022
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Pro Stock Bikes and Cars Thrill Fans at Norwalk

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Pro Stock Motorcycles and Pro Stock (cars) are two of the fastest classes to run on a 1320-foot quarter mile track when the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing series conducts its National Events. As for the pro stock bikes, there is no seat belt, parachute, or roll cage to protect the riders, just a wheelie bar and lots of motor. Although massive in appearance, race bikes feature a tube chassis and lightweight bodywork. Last year Vance & Hines, which is a name that is synonymous with motorcycle drag racing and a long-time Harley Davidson stable, introduced a new 1850cc four-valve head Suzuki motor that approaches 400 horsepower and lays down times in 6.70s. Even defending NHRA world champion Matt Smith has parked his V-twin Buell in favor of the Suzuki engine package. Pro Stock cars...

June 27, 2022
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Capps and Ashley Win Nitro Classes on Fathers Day

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The Legends of Thunder Valley is a Bristol-based Hall of Fame that honors those who have had a long and storied history at Bristol Dragway over the decades. Prior to Sunday’s elimination rounds at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, officials inducted Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, who was on-hand to receive the honor. Prudhomme acknowledged that winning at Bristol was a big deal back in the 1967 when he won Top Fuel at the NHRA Spring Nationals. On Sunday, the winner of four NHRA Funny Car World Titles joined NHRA founder Wally Parks, Top Fuel legend Don Garlits, Funny Car legend John Force, and NHRA team owner Don Schumacher as members of the Bristol Hall of Fame. Day One of qualifying for the NHRA Summit Nationals, which begins with “Thunder Under the...

June 21, 2022
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