CHAMPION PROFILE: SCHUMACHER, GREEN NHRA'S LATEST HOT COMBO
Toward the end of the 2008 NHRA season, news of acclaimed crew chief Alan Johnson’s upcoming departure from Don Schumacher Racing and the U.S. Army Dragster team became public, and the gossip started. “Tony Schumacher can forget about winning any more Top Fuel championships. He might never win another race, let alone another championship,” it went.
Tony Schumacher paid no attention to the talk. That defiance helped him win two more since then, including his second Nov. 16 with equally innovative tuner Mike Green.
SATURDAY SCSN ACTION CONCLUDES WITH INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES
Street Car Super Nationals X Presented by Chris Alston’s Chassisworks was billed as the race where records are shattered. It has lived up to the billing.
WIN THE CHALLENGE, RACE WITH GEORGE BRYCE AND TEAM
Star Racing has kicked off its 35th Anniversary Season of Celebration with the announcement of a 30 Rider Challenge where one champion will win a prize package worth over $25,000 and the opportunity to be a teammate to 3-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion, Angelle Sampey and Rising Star Chaz Kennedy at one NHRA event in 2015.
“We want 2015 to be a year to remember at Star Racing,” said Founder and CEO George Bryce. “This Riders Challenge will give thirty different racers the chance to live their dream with our team at one NHRA event. We hadn’t even officially announced it and five people had already said I am in…where do I sign up.”
2015 NHRA HOT ROD HERITAGE RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
NHRA officials have released the 2015 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule, headlined by the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories.
Entering its eighth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features Nostalgia Funny Cars and Dragsters and has become a fan-favorite among drag racing enthusiasts across the country with classes for front engine dragsters, altereds and gassers.
2015 NMCA FLOWMASTER MUSCLE CAR NATIONALS SCHEDULE
The National Muscle Car Association (NMCA), along with series sponsor Flowmaster, announced the following official schedule for the 2015 season:
BV2 SEES SEAMLESS TRANSITION INTO DRIVING RETIREMENT
Is Bob Vandergriff sentimental? “No. I never have been,” said the owner-driver who will be shortening his title to just “owner” after this weekend. He said he and wife Marissa share the trait. “Always for us, it’s like on to the next thing. When it’s over, it’s over, and then we’re going to move on to the next thing. It’s just the way I’ve always been.”
He said his collection of memorabilia is virtually non-existent. “A lot of guys collect stuff over their years of driving. I don’t have anything left. I don’t have firesuits and helmets and all that stuff that I’ve collected over the years. I don’t have any of that. I’ve just never been that way,” he said.
Of course, Vandergriff said he wanted to end his career “with a trophy in my hand.” However, he said, “I’ve had a good career out here. It’s been 20 years. Made a living at it. Didn’t have to get a real job. Been able to take care of my family. So it’s been good. I always would have liked to have done better, you know? But it’s one of those things it didn’t line up like some other teams have done – like 60 wins with Larry Dixon has or 70 like Schumacher has. I’m not complaining. I’ve had a good career.”
JIM HEAD DISCUSSES FOOT INJURY AND DANGERS HE FACED
Former Funny Car racer turned crew chief Jim Head has a good handle on tuning a nitro engine, but the special medical box attached to his hip is another challenge.
"This line puts the antibiotics in," Head explained, pointing to the plastic line feeding a clear fluid into a medical boot on his right foot. "Two hours before I put them in my body I have to get them out of the refrigerator. Every six hours, that means and were talking the middle of the night. If you didn't have a smart phone, this isn't doable."
EVEN IN DEFEAT, FORCE RE-ENERGIZED
John Force was re-energized, even in defeat Sunday at the NHRA AAA Finals in Pomona, Ca.
“I have a future now. I didn’t know that six months ago, if I would get to race,” he said after stepping from his Castrol-branded Ford for the final time Sunday evening.
“I will build a championship team again. We only lost this thing by about one round. You want to go out with a win, but if you can’t do that, then be spectacular. I went out with a big ol’ fire,” Force said, referring to his tire-smoking, out-of-the-groove challenge to Hagan in the final.
BLACK IS BACK SALE AHEAD FROM QUARTER-MAX
The team at Quarter-Max Chassis & Racing Components stands poised to deliver a shop full of specials during their annual Black Friday Sale. Starting on November 26, 2014, Quarter-Max will offer 10-percent discounts on nearly every item on their catalog.
HOLLEY EFI DIGITAL DASH BEST ENGINEERED NEW PRODUCT AT SEMA
The soon to be realeased Holley EFI Digital Dash claimed the award for Best Engineered New Product at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV. The award is based on how innovative a new product is, the quality and workmanship of the product, and the overall technical achievement of the product.
The Holley EFI Digital Dash features plug-and-play compatibility with all Holley EFI systems via a CANbus connection. The compact unit features a 7" low glare, high brightness, high contrast, full color touch screen for easy viewing, even in full sunlight. The screen provides nearly limitless customization, allowing users to choose multiple gauge and indicator types for use in a variety of motorsports applications.