57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

August 8, 2011 by  
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The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals by Lucas Oil will see masses of NHRA fans and racers heading to the track on Labor Day weekend. This event is known as the most prestigious and richest on the drag racing calendar. Forming the final event for Full Throttle teams and will also see the NHRA Get Screened Aemerica Pro Mod Drag Racing Series taking place. Last year the event was won by Larry Dixon and Ashley Force Hood.

Dates: 31 August to 5 September 2011
Venue: Lucas Oil Raceway
State: Incianapolis
Country: United States of America

John Force Dominates

May 4, 2011 by  
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John Force is a name in the racing industry that is associated with success, determination, and a passion for the sport of drag racing. Not only does he own John Force Racing, but he is also a seventeen time champion car owner and has won no less than fifteen championships as a driver in the Funny Car division. With more than a hundred and thirty victories, John Force has proven his worth in the racing industry and continues to do so without any thought of retiring.

After a very serious accident in the year 2007, many of his fans and close friends did not think he would return to driving. Not only has he managed to return to driving, he has gone on to win more championships and has been motivated to begin a campaign to ensure the safety of drivers. The Medlen Project, named after the late Eric Medlin, was created by Force and his wife, and they were the pioneers in three rail chassis and improved housing tubes to create safety awareness for drag racers.

This past weekend, at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, which was held at the Royal Purple Raceway, John Force once again showed the racing community that he is still at the top of his game as a drag racer at the age of sixty-one. And make no mistake; he has no thoughts about slowing down either, only plans for the future. Even though he has set many records and won many trophies, Force maintains that he focuses on the driving and not the awards to keep his head in the game..

Force now drives for Hood, and has managed to qualify in first position for three consecutive events. John Force qualified with a time of 4.097 seconds and a speed of 310.27 miles per hour, while his John Force Racing team was not doing badly themselves with a time of 4.131 seconds and a speed of 293.44 miles per hour. In regard to race day, John Force commented: “We are just going to come out here tomorrow and hope we have a beautiful day. We hope we pack the stands. That is what this is all about. We want to entertain the fans. You have war, tornados and the economy we just want to entertain the folks tomorrow. Somebody will get a Wally tomorrow and they will go home. Maybe it will be this old man.”

NHRA Summer Nationals

April 14, 2011 by  
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Since opening in 1989, Heartland Park Topeka has become a popular racing event venue, with its dragstrip hitting the headlines with record-breaking performances. One of the more noteworthy of these achievements being the 1993 shattering of the quarter mile four-second and 300-mph barriers in Funny Car.

Dates: 20-22 May 2011
Venue: Heartland Park Topeka
State: Kansas
Country: United States of America

NHRA Summit Racing Southern Nationals

April 14, 2011 by  
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The 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals is considered to be one of the toughest of the NHRA series to claim a victory on. The heat of the action is magnified as temperatures rise, and all eyes are on the dragway’s 660-foot concrete launchpad.

In addition to the NHRA events, the program includes Pro Stock Motorcycles and Pro Mods.

Dates: 13-15 May 2011
Venue: Atlanta Dragway
State: Atlanta, Georgia
Country: United States of America

2011 NHRA Kicks Off in Style

March 2, 2011 by  
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The Auto Club Raceway, Pomona, was abuzz with excitement as the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series got underway. There were some concerns as the weather during the qualifying days was marked by intermittent rain, but it also allowed for teams to enjoy fierce competition in varying weather conditions, leading to much action and excitement. The four day event was enjoyed by both competitors and spectators, providing unexpected results and surprising outcomes that had everyone at the edges of their seats.

Fans in the stands were confident that last year’s two top drivers were going to make a huge impact on the series, but were greatly disappointed when both Larry Dixon and John Force fell out of contention in their respective categories. There are four main divisions in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, namely Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and PS Motorcycle. Over the course of the series, drivers gain points with each event that takes place throughout the year, allowing officials to determine who the top drivers of that year were. John Force was the champion of the Funny Car division last year, while Larry Dixon took the Top Fuel victory with ease.

With the first event of the series this year, John Force only got as far as the second round in the funny car eliminations, while Larry Dixon only made the top fuel first round. The top fuel event came down to the Lucas Oil drivers, Morgan Lucas (Son of Lucas Oil owner) and Shawn Langdon, who have been friends since school. When Lucas was asked about his victory, he commented: “I have never been in the points in Top Fuel before, and I don’t really even know how to feel right now.” Robert Hight (John Force’s son-in-law), put John Force out of contention, and went on to beat Matt Hagan in the finals for the Funny Car.

Jason Line, on the other hand, qualified eleventh in the Pro Stock division, but seemed to have his game face on, on race day as he raced to victory in his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac. It was his twenty-second victory and he was extremely happy with the outcome and his car’s performance. Line, Lucas and Hight ensured that there was excitement every step of the way, and started their season on a very high note.

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