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Articles Of Interest

B. Force, Butner win in Pomona to go with titles; Johnson Jr. and Hines also earn winsNHRA – November 12, 2017

Hight wins second NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championshipNHRA – November 12, 2017

Martin, Patterson, Johnston, and Toth claim NHRA Summit Racing Series National titlesNHRA – November 12, 2017

Local racer, Dale Green was runner-up in Super Pro!

Tragic loss: Little drag car driver Anita Board, 8, loses fight for life in Princess Margaret HospitalThe West Australian – November 11, 2017

NHRA announces promotion of Glen Cromwell to President; Peter Clifford to Chief Executive OfficerNHRA – October 31, 2017

NHRA PRO STOCK FIELDS TO REMAIN AT 16 CARS FOR 24 RACES IN 2018CompetitionPlus – October 29, 2017

NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion Ends in TragedyRacingjunk.com – October 23, 2017

DEJORIA REFLECTS ON HER REASONS FOR STEPPING AWAYCompetitionPlus – October 12, 2017

DeJoria to retire after conclusion of 2017 NHRA seasonNHRA – October 9, 2017

Racer’s Scrapbook: Jerry Ruth by Phil Burgess – Posted October 2017

NHRA announces changes to Pro Stock qualifying format for 2018NHRA – October 4, 2017

LETTER FROM NHRA PUTS PRO STOCK’S FUTURE IN DOUBTCompetitionPlus – October 4, 2017

This makes me absolutely ill… first it was Modified Production, then Pro Stock Truck, now my favorite category on the chopping block – Roger Young

Pro Stock veteran Allen Johnson to retire at conclusion of 2017 seasonNHRA – September 1, 2017

More Drivers Speak On What Should Happen With Pro StockCompetitionPlus – July 26, 2017

UP FRONT WITH JON ASHER: IT REALLY IS OVER FOR PRO STOCK by Jon Asher – July 4, 2017

Just my 2-cents, seems like everyone is out to kill Pro Stock, yet how many different winners have there been this season? [Currently 9 in 13 races thus far]. Pundits killed Modified Production, Pro Stock Truck and now Pro Stock is in their sights. I don’t like seeing just Camaros either, but the category performance wise, is still very competitive in my opinion and entertaining. Or could it just be that NHRA and the fans today don’t care for gear shifted cars? – Roger

An informative read, how current rev limits took out the Mopar’s:

2016 Pro Stock Problems, Solutions, and the Future by Thom Taylor – February 2017

TERRY CHANDLER PASSES FOLLOWING BRAVE FIGHT WITH CANCERCompetitionPlus – July 4, 2017

JIMMY PROCK RETURNS TO JOHN FORCE RACING; WILL TUNE JOHN FORCECompetitionPlus – January 6, 2017

LACK OF FUNDING HAS PS DRIVER STRONG PARKEDCompetitionPlus – January 6, 2017

Dogay and Ferguson Team Up for 2017 Top Sportsman Championship ChaseDrag Illustrated – January 5, 2017

ALLEN JOHNSON FORGING AHEAD WITH THE MOPAR MINORITYCompetitionPlus – November 28, 2016

“…’The best days of this configuration are definitely behind us,’ Johnson said. ‘If [NHRA] listened to what Mopar and others wanted going forward, that would certainly have helped in popularity. Who knows?’…”

Dan Ferguson is Back on TopPDRA – November 14, 2016

Seconds take first at Finals as Kalitta, Johnson, Anderson collect wins at season finaleNHRA – November 13, 2016

BRYCE SAYS HE WAS BLINDSIDED BY REED-SAMPEY DECISIONCompetitionPlus – September 19, 2016

Strong can do no wrong in stunning Seattle upsetNHRA – September 3, 2016

FIORITO FINALLY STARTING TO SEE PACIFIC RACEWAYS VISION COME TRUE by Susan Wade – August 15, 2016

NHRA STARTER LYLE REMEMBERED AT PACIFIC RACEWAYS by Susan Wade – August 5, 2016

FERGUSON FACES THE PAIN OF RACING WITHOUT FRIEND RONNIE DAVISCompetitionPlus – May 24, 2016

 

Gittings named official NHRA Chief Starter NHRA – May 5, 2016

Comment: Congratulations to Mike, but I find it interesting while Division 7 runs the show, they and NHRA rob Division 6 of our talented personnel. – Roger

Bob Vandergriff announces immediate retirement from drag racingNHRA – April 11, 2016

PDRA RACER RONNIE DAVIS PASSESPDRA – April 10, 2016

Top 20 Funny Cars – NHRA’s Phil Burgess – March 31, 2016 “Celebrating 50 Years of Funny Cars”

Tragic news: NHRA Chief Starter Mark Lyle passesNHRA – March 28, 2016

Mark Lyle - NHRA photo

Mark Lyle – NHRA photo

 

Pro Stock testing breakdown; one expert’s opinionNHRA – February 10, 2016

Pacific Raceways on track to build Pacific Innovation CenterSeattle Times – January 31, 2016

SHANE GRAY TALKS ABOUT PRO STOCK TEST SESSIONCompetitionPlus – January 13, 2016

NHRA video – January 11, 2016:

 

LIBERTY GEARS INTRODUCES NEW THREE AND TWO-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS FOR DOORSLAMMER RACINGCompetitionPlus – December 16, 2015

JEGGIE TO ELITE MOPAR PRO STOCK; WILL TEAM WITH ERICACompetitionPlus.com – December 9, 2015

DUNN CONFIRMS HE WILL NOT RETURN TO NHRA BROADCAST FOR 2016CompetitionPlus – October 28, 2015

JIM HUGHES BEGINS NEW CHAPTER; TAKES OVER TUCSON DRAG STRIPCompetitionPlus – September 3, 2015

SEASON 2, LEGENDS: THE SERIES – THE LEGEND OF REHER-MORRISON-SHEPHERDCompetitionPlus – September 1, 2015

NHRA announces changes to Pro Stock designed to address technology and stimulate fan interestNHRA – July 25, 2016

NHRA TO DITCH ESPN FOR FS1, SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY REPORTS by Susan Wade, July 14, 2015

BREAKING NEWS – COMPTON OUT AS NHRA PRESIDENTCompetitionPlus – July 1, 2015

AA/FC RACER ROGER GARTEN PASSES FOLLOWING RACING ACCIDENTCompetitionPlus – June 29, 2015

PROCK: IT WAS FORCE’S FAULT I ENDED UP AT SCHUMACHER’SCompetitionPlus – June 22, 2015

FORCE: I DON’T EVEN WANT TO SAY THAT MAN’S NAME ANYMORECompetitionPlus – June 22, 2015

UP FRONT (COMMENTARY): A RUDDERLESS SHIP by Jon Asher – June 8, 2015

Gary Burgin, drag racing’s ‘Orange Baron’ by Phil Burgess – May 29, 2015

Fiorito family reaffirms commitment to Pacific RacewaysNHRA – May 29, 2015

Have we made bracket racing too difficult? by Jok Nicholson – May 11, 2015

One of the problems that Jok did not touch on is the fact teens today are not that interested in automobiles!  That is a dramatic change in culture we have no control of! – Roger

The Changing Story Of Teens And CarsNPR – August 2013

 

WARREN JOHNSON DELIVERS STATE OF PRO STOCK ADDRESSCompetitionPlus – February 25, 2015

NHRA’S OILDOWN POLICY MET WITH RESISTANCECompetitionPlus – February 2, 2015

FREEMAN NOT PLEASED WITH NEW PRO STOCK GOODYEAR TIRECompetitionPlus – January 17, 2015

I fail to see where a NHRA mandate on one chosen tire manufacturer in Pro Stock is good for the sport. Does that encourage other manufacturer’s to producing a better tire? Does limiting soft drinks to one chosen refreshment encourage others to invest in our sport?

I’ve been racing since 1965, and am often dismayed at the decisions coming from Glendora! Costs continue to spiral higher and higher and the list of major sponsors declines. Where will it end? – Roger

BOBBY BENNETT: THE TITANIC DIDN’T ADJUST AND SEE WHAT HAPPENEDCompetitionPlus – January 12, 2014

Top Dragster, Top Sportsman to compete for NHRA national championships in 2015NHRA – January 9, 2015

QATAR RACING CLUB TERMINATES FUNDING FOR ALL AL-ANABI RACING NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONSDragStory.com – January 5, 2015

2014 Northwest Nationals, Chris Young photo

2014 Northwest Nationals, Chris Young photo

MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES & WHEELS UNVEILS NEW PRO BRACKET RADIAL FOR SPORTSMAN RACERSCompetitionPlus – December 29, 2014

Just Wondering before the Christmas Egg Nog takes effect – Jeff Burk – December 9, 2014

ZMAX DRAGWAY BEGINS RECONSTRUCTION OF RACING SURFACECompetitionPlus – December 8, 2014

TUNER MEDLEN JOINS DSRCompetitionPlus – December 3, 2014

Dale Armstrong Dead At 73 – Greatest Fuel Car Innovator Of Modern TimesBangShift.com – November 28, 2014

Enders-Stevens, Hagan crown championship years with Finals winsNHRA – November 16, 2014

PROCK OFFICIALLY JOINS DSRCompetitionPlus – October 23, 2014

MAJOR SHAKE-UP AT FORCE; PROCK LEAVES TEAMCompetitionPlus – October 22, 2014

Former three-time NHRA Funny Car champ Beadle diesNHRA – October 20, 2014

THE BAZEMORE FILES: THE RAYMOND BEADLE TRIBUTECompetitionPlus – October 22, 2014

LINDA MCCULLOCH PASSESCompetitionPlus – September 17, 2014

NHRA Pro Stock driver V Gaines wild crash in Charlotte – September 14, 2014

THE TORCH HAS PASSED FOR BOB AND ETTACompetitionPlus – September 3, 2014

LEGENDS: THE SERIES – BILL DONER: THE MASTER PROMOTERCompetitionPlus – Posted July 25, 2014

Indy 1970 by Phil Burgess – July 18, 2014 

RICHARD FREEMAN: PRO STOCK ISN’T BROKEN; STIGMAS NEED TO BE ELIMINATEDCompetitionPlus – July 16, 2014 

BIG JIM DUNN TO UNDERGO SURGERYCompetitionPlus – July 10, 2014

Funny Car Summer 

Spokane County Raceway to become newest IHRA member track in 2015 – IHRA – July 9, 2014

2015 Corvette Z06 Rated at 650 HorsepowerChevrolet News – Posted June 17, 2014 

TED PETERS WINS 2014 NOSTALGIA PRO STOCK “BLACK ARROW CUP” AT SIKESTONCompetitionPlus – June 16, 2014

The Ramchargers by Phil Burgess – NHRA – June 6, 2014

NHRA Fines Vandergriff $20,000 for Atlanta ActionsDragIllustrated – May 22, 2014

Finish at All Costs?  by Jeff Burk – May 20, 2014

Lucas Oil extends multi-level partnership with NHRANHRA – April 28, 2014

Pacific Raceways Drags Offer Best Guaranteed Payout in NorthwestPR – Posted April 25, 2014

At 50, Ford Mustang still revs the hearts of ownersSeattle Times – April 17, 2014

Brown, Hight, Alund, Hines win NHRA Four-Wide NationalsNHRA – April 13, 2014

Innerview Larry MorganDragRacingOnline – April 9, 2014

“…DRO: One of the rumors is that the NHRA is  shopping the pro categories with the intention of separating the pro classes  from the sportsman classes. Would that be a good idea if that happened?

“LM: I think that the  day that the sportsmen get broken away from professional racing, it’ll be the  end of drag racing. You can’t have a show going on without the sportsmen there.  We can’t continually run a pro category; they can’t keep the show going all the  time. You have to have fill-ins. And I’m not talking bad about the sportsmen  racers. I’m a sportsman racer. I run Pro Stock, that’s all. You have to have  something going on all the time. I think they would be in trouble if they did  away with the sportsman racers…” 

PDRA at Rockingham, NCDragRacingOnline – April 9, 2014 

SUSAN WADE: TOM COMPTON’S SPEECH THAT WASN’T  . . . BUT SHOULD BECompetitionPlus – April 8, 2014

2014 PDRA  – SPRING OPEN NOTEBOOK – ROCKINGHAM, NCCompetitionPlus – April 7, 2014 

COMPTON FACES THE CHALLENGES OF MAKING NHRA TV WORKCompetitionPlus – March 27, 2014

On April 6th, the Summit Nationals at Las Vegas was bumped on ESPN2 by some cricket match in Bangladesh – are you friggin’ kidding me? Is this what our NHRA membership is paying for? I’ve sent an e-mail to the marketing department of NHRA voicing my displeasure. BTW, Sri Lanka won the cricket match! – Roger

Time for Change? Hope it’s not too late by Jok Nicholson – Posted March 27, 2014

Nerd’s Eye View – Inside 10,000 horsepower! – MotoIQ – Posted March 12, 2014

Part 2: Putting the power to the groundMotoIQ – Posted March 12, 2014

BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEET – EVENT NOTEBOOKCompetitionPlus – March 9, 2014

WHIT BAZEMORE: LET’S FIX IT NOW!CompetitionPlus – February 27, 2014

“Apparently, drag racing is dying a slow death. Ask anyone even remotely involved, and you will hear a multitude of reasons why and even more reasons about what needs to be done to save it. The fact that so many people see a perceived problem means the problem is real. Truth is, you don’t have to be a marketing genius or the world’s best tuner to see the problem, although I bet most tuners actually couldn’t care less. It isn’t really their job, anyway…” 

REMEMBERING BILL NEW, 1934 – 2014Firebird Raceway – February 12, 2014

EDWARDS READY TO WRITE NEW CHAPTERCompetitionPlus – February 7, 2014

State of the NHRA: Competitors voice concerns about TV, demographicsAutoweek – February 3, 2014

PAT GARLITS PASSES CompetitionPlus – February 2, 2014

BOBBY BENNETT: WHAT’S OUR SPORT’S CHARACTER WORTH?CompetitionPlus – January 27, 2014

“…Two recent high profile incidents where illegal street racing has been labeled as drag racing has been met with no response from those who promote drag racing in this country…”

GRAHAM LIGHT ADDRESSES NHRA’S ACTIONS AFTER BIEBER ARRESTCompetitionPlus – January 30, 2014

NHRA’S GRAY SAYS NO REV LIMITER CHANGES BEING MADECompetitionPlus – January 27, 2014

NHRA PONDERS REV-LIMITER ADJUSTMENTCompetitionPlus – January 15, 2014

COMPETITIONPLUS.TV – LOOKING BACK AT MODIFIED ELIMINATOR – December 10, 2013

We have much more on Modified, see “Memories of Modified: The Rise and Fall of Modified Eliminator.” – Roger Young 

Remembering Gordie Bonin by NHRA’s Phil Burgess – December 2, 2013

240 GORDIE BONIN PASSESCompetitionPlus – November 30, 2013

pacemaker

Anyone who raced back then in Division 6 knew Bonin and his crew chief, Jerry Verhuel running the Pacemaker, ground shaking Funny Car. This was when Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock competed at the Divisional races. At one of our Division 6 banquets Verhuel sat with all of us who competed in Modified Production while Bonin collected the awards that evening. R.I.P to both Bonin and Verhuel who was taken from us years back after a long battle with cancer. – Roger Young

LEE BEARD NAMED NHRA TOP FUEL AND FUNNY CAR CONSULTANTCompetitionPlus – November 20, 2013

NHRA ESPN2 VIEWERSHIP DECLINES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASONCompetitionPlus – November 18, 2013

Is there any doubt why this is the case?  When you preempt the scheduled coverage and broadcast it in the wee hours of the morning what do you expect? – Roger Young, Edwards & Young Racing

THE JESEL BROTHERS TRULY HAUL WITH THEIR TRUCKCompetitionPlus – November 15, 2013

2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions crowned at NHRA Awards CeremonyNHRA – November 11, 2013

Langdon, Hagan, Jones, Krawiec collect season-ending winsNHRA – November 10, 2013

More Wondering and clearing out  a cluttered notebookJeff Burk – October 29, 2013

Force, Smith earn race victories and world championship titles at NHRA Toyota NationalsNHRA – October 27, 2013

Burke’s BlastDragRacingOnline – October 9, 2013

“I’m getting more than a  little concerned that NHRA drag racing is becoming less and less a sport for the average drag racer and more an elitist hobby for the rich and retired. It  is painfully obvious that the days of anyone but millionaires being competitive in any professional class is almost impossible…”

NHRA relaunches NHRA.com – October 9, 2013

Langdon, Force, Coughlin, Smith take control of points chases with victories in ReadingNHRA – October 6, 2013

RICKIE SMITH BIDS AN EMOTIONAL FAREWELL TO DRIVINGCompetitionPlus – September 30, 2013

CPTV VIDEO: ADAM FLAMHOLC’S DEVASTATING CRASHCompetitionPlus – September 28, 2013

Kalitta, Line take points leads with wins; Pedregon, Krawiec also scoreNHRA – September 22, 2013

BATEMAN, GASPARRELLI WIN NHRA DIV. 6 WOODBURN REGIONALCompetitionPlus – September 18, 2013

Notes and observations from a four-week road trip by Jeff Burk – Posted September 18, 2013

MICHAEL KNIGHT: IMPROVING FAN EXPERIENCE MANDATORY FOR NHRACompetitionPlus – September 17, 2013

FORCE SPEEDS THROUGH HIS LATEST ‘CROSSROADS’CompetitionPlus – September 17, 2013

FORCE COMPLETES PURCHASE OF SNAKE RACING PROPERTYCompetitionPlus – September 16, 2013

NHRA SUPER CLASS RACERS: IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE INDEXESCompetitionPlus – September 13, 2013

Comment: I have a real issue with this. NHRA should have put a cubic-inch or MPH restriction on these classes years ago to make it more affordable for racers across the country. Not doing so has made these categories much more expensive and more dangerous in the long haul. Changing the indexes as suggested will only enourage more cubic inches and dollars in my opinion. – Roger Young

Enders-Stevens will race for NHRA title with new sponsor Husky LinersNHRA – September 6, 2013

The Big Picture: Peter Biondo on the Psychology of the Starting Line – Posted September 2, 2013

NHRA ERASES LINE IN THE SAND REGARDING SS/AH CARSCompetitionPlus – August 30, 2013

ANDERSON SEES TURNAROUND IN WHAT HAS BEEN RED-LINE FRUSTRATING SEASONCompetitionPlus – August 23, 2013

TASCA HAPPY WITH HOW NEW FC BODY RESPONDINGCompetitionPlus – August 22, 2013

NHRA CONTEMPLATING SCREW SUPERCHARGERS IN PRO MODCompetitionPlus – August 20, 2013

CASTROL CHANGES MARKETING STRATEGY TO HONOR FORCE THROUGH END OF CONTRACTCompetitionPlus – August 20, 2013

It has been a tough few weeks for JFR. First Ford now Castrol slated to step aside. Certainly NOT good news for our sport as major sponsors are falling by the wayside in these tough economic times. – Roger Young

Video now available: PROJECT WHITE WAGON – CPTV’S VIDEO SERIES, PT. 1CompetitionPlus – Posted August 19, 2013

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: RON CAPPS GRENADES HIS FUNNY CAR BODYCompetitionPlus – August 17, 2013

UP FRONT:  RACING IS KILLING DRAG RACING – Jon Asher – August 15, 2013

A SPECIAL BAZEMORE FILES: REMEMBERING MR. PAUL, THE GENTLEMAN by Whit Bazemore – August 12, 2013

NORTHWEST DRAG-RACING KING STILL CAN HOLD COURT – Susan Wade – August 8, 2013 

THE RECLINER REPORT: O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NORTHWEST NATIONALSCompetitionPlus – August 8, 2013

Northwest Nationals Complete Coverage – Edwards & Young Racing

NHRA MAKES FC TETHERING SYSTEM OPTIONALCompetitionPlus – August 3, 2013

FORD RACING’S JAMIE ALLISON DISCUSSES FORD’S EXIT FOR NHRA MELLO YELLO SERIESCompetitionPlus – August 3, 2013

Notice they mention television ratings which have been sinking like a rock! – Roger

PAUL CANDIES 1940 – 2013CompetitionPlus – August 1, 2013

MICHAEL KNIGHT: WHAT FORD’S DEPARTURE FROM NHRA PRO RACING REALLY MEANSCompetitionPlus – July 30, 2013

JOHNNY GRAY: I’M NOT INTEREST IN BEING A 60-YEAR OLD GUINEA PIGCompetitionPlus – July 29, 2013

COMMENTARY: FORD, PLEASE GIVE THIS A SECOND THOUGHTCompetitionPlus – July 29, 2013

VIDEO FLASHBACK – ’77 NHRA SPRINGNATS SPORTSMANCompetitionPlus – July 25, 2013

Tanks A Lot! – A fuel system to cure vapor lock by Jeff Burke – Posted July 25, 2013

Bernie Fedderly: A champion’s crew chief – NHRA – Posted July 25, 2013

MICHAEL KNIGHT: HOW ESPN LOSING NASCAR COULD AFFECT NHRACompetitionPlus – July 25, 2013

Ford Motor Co. Could be Done with Professional Drag RacingJeff Burk – July 23, 1013

Anxiety in Detroit Over a Prized Car TroveThe New York Tmes – June 20, 2013

MIKE EDWARDS: A MAN ON A MISSIONCompetitionPlus – June 12, 2013

THE EDWARDS EXPRESS ROLLS THROUGH E-TOWNCompetitionPlus – June 3, 2013

SPORTSMAN RACERS TO NHRA: THERE’S DEFINITELY A DISCONNECTCompetitionPlus – May 9, 2013

An AN adaptor fitting to stop those leaksDragRacingOnline – Posted April 6, 2013

COUGHLIN HAS HIS FASTEST MOPAR EVER AT THE PERFECT TIMECompetitionPlus – April 5, 2013

CPTV – VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DIXON’S CRASHCompetitionPlus – March 29, 2013

Who says NHRA is profitable!? …and one more NHRA TV rant by Jeff Burk – March 20, 2013

GREG ANDERSON UNVEILS NEW LOOK FOR CAMARO AT ROCKINGHAM TEST SESSIONCompetitionPlus – March 8, 2013

Automated shifters allowed in Pro Bracket in Div. 6Edwards & Young – March 3, 2013

CPTV VIDEO – ANTRON TALKS ABOUT POMONA CRASHCompetitionPlus – February 18, 2013

NHRA Video:

ENDERS PLANS 2013 ATTACK WITH NEW CAMARO AND POSSIBLE NEW SPONSORCompetitionPlus – January 30, 2013

BEARD LOOKING FORWARD TO LATEST CHALLENGECompetitionPlus – January 22, 2013

JFR expands effort with Castrol Edge Top Fuel dragsterNHRA – January 10, 2013

NHRA CONTENDS WITH CONFLICTING SCHOOLS OF THOUGHTCompetitionPlus – January 8, 2013

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 1980 NHRA CAJUN NATIONALS  – CompetitionPlus – January 6, 2013

Medford motorsports owner will run dragstripMail Tribune – January 4, 2013

SUSAN WADE’S 2012 NAUGHTY AND NICE LISTCompetitionPlus – December 21, 2012

A new bracket racing magazine is in our futureDragRacingOnline – December 12, 2012

SCHUMACHER REMEMBERS: THE UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED WONDER WAGONSCompetitionPlus – December 12, 2012

VIDEO – 1983 NHRA SUPER GAS RACING BEFORE ELECTRONICSCompetitionPlus – December 2, 2012

Western senators ask Justice Department to probe soaring gas prices this yearFoxNews – 27 Nov 12

MAJOR KALITTA RESTRUCTURE: AREND OUT, WORSHAM IN, DELAGO AND HUSZAR TUNING ALEXISCompetitionPlus – November 27, 2012

PEDREGON RELEASES BEARD IN CHANGE OF DIRECTION MOVECompetitionPlus – November 27, 2012

BOB FREY’S PARTING LINE: IT’S GOOD TO BE MECompetitionPlus – November 21, 2012

THE BAZEMORE FILES: NOVEMBER ADDITIONSCompetitionPlus – November 21, 2012 [Great old photos by Whit]

UPDATES TO NHRA PRO STOCK BIKE ENGINE SPECS REVEALEDCompetitionPlus – November 15, 2012

2012 champions honored at NHRA Full Throttle Awards Ceremony in HollywoodNHRA – November 12, 2012

Bernstein, Pedregon, Johnson, Hines win drama-filled FinalsNHRA – November 11, 2012

ECKMAN AND TEAM SERVE UP FITTING VETERANS TRIBUTECompetitionPlus – November 10, 2012

Project White Wagon – BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST: TALES OF THE FRONT ENDCompetitionPlus – October 17, 2012

NHRA Pro Mods: still an Exhibition class after all these years – Jeff Burk – October 10, 2012

Notes scribbled in my coaster from The Cooler “dive bar”  in O’Fallon, MO by Jeff Burk – October 2, 2012

Famed broadcaster, racing journalist Economaki diesNHRA – September 28, 2012

COMPTON: NHRA MUCH BETTER OFF THAN MANY RECOGNIZECompetitionPlus – September 28, 2012

Comment: I question his demographics that states the sport is getting younger!  When I started in this sport the vast majority were high school seniors or in their 20’s. Look around the pits today and decide for yourself. – Roger Young

TO 2013 RULE CHANGESCompetitionPlus – September 21, 2012

INCREDIBLE PHOTOS: GRAY’S WILD RIDE IN CHARLOTTECompetitionPlus – September 17, 2012

Woodburn Lucas Oil winners crownedNHRA Division 6 – September 9, 2012

A DAY WITH THE GEAR-JAMMERSCompetitionPlus – August 28, 2012

A look back: INDY MEMORIES – UNDERSTANDING INDY IS THE REAL NATIONALSCompetitionPlus – August 25, 2012

DRO Photo Extra from 41st Pepsi Nightfire Nationals (Boise, Idaho) – DragRacingOnline – Posted August 20, 2012

SCHUMACHER FIRES BACK AT CRITICS WITH NO. 1 AND STERN WORDSCompetitionPlus – August 19, 2012

DSR CANOPY: NOT EVERYBODY FEELING THE LOVECompetitionPlus – August 18, 2012

IN HIS OWN WORDS: JERRY ECKMAN TALKS ABOUT THE LAST 15 YEARSCompetitionPlus – August 17, 2012

 

One of Eckman’s older Pro Stocks

 

SOURCE: PAUL PAGE OUT OF NHRA BOOTH FOR 2013CompetitionPlus – August 15, 2012

Line shatters Bonneville record, enters 200-mph ClubNHRA – August 14, 2012

NHRA GIVES FINAL CANOPY APPROVAL; USE NOT MANDATORY FOR REST OF CLASSCompetitionPlus – August 14, 2012

PLOURD’S DOUBLE HEADLINES NHRA NORTHWEST NATS SPORTSMAN WINNERSCompetitionPlus – August 7, 2012

ANDERSON APOLOGIZES TO ENDERSCompetitionPlus – August 6, 2012

NHRA INCREASES INVOLVEMENT WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSONCompetitionPlus – August 6, 2012

Courtney Force scores first Pro win; Enders, Torrence also shine in SeattleNHRA – August 5, 2012

More thrills from Indy ’77 by NHRA’s Phil Burgess – August 3, 2012

BOBBY BENNETT: NHRA’S DECISION HAS PSM IN A NO-WIN SITUATIONCompetitionPlus – July 31, 2012

Getting Nostalgic: Trying to stay positive and passionate by Brian Losness – July 2012

KJ FOULS BUT REALLY DOESN’TCompetitionPlus – July 30, 2012

ANDERSON CALLS OUT ENDERS ON SPORTSMANSHIP ISSUECompetitionPlus – July 30, 2012

Brown, A..J. score again to keep Swing sweep hopes aliveNHRA – July 29, 2012

The Neutering of Nitro Drivers by Jeff Burk – Posted July 23, 2012

Is it just me or do we need to make some changes? by Jok Nicolson – Posted July 23, 2012

INCREDIBLE PHOTOS: PAUL PITTMAN’S DENVER CRASHCompetitionPlus – July 22, 2012

COMPULINK TESTING NEW NHRA TIMING SYSTEM THIS WEEKENDCompetitionPlus – July 20, 2012

House kills measure to end sports sponsorshipsArmyTimes – July 19, 2012

LAWRENCE, PAYNE HEADLINE WOODBURN NHRA REGIONAL WINNERSCompetitionPlus – July 17, 2012

JOPLIN VICTIM’S DRAG RACE STORY TRANSCENDS WINNINGCompetitionPlus – July 12, 2012

Notes and quotes from a sweat-soaked reporter’s notebook by Jeff Burk – July 10, 2012

UPDATED: ARMY DROPS NASCAR PROGRAM BUT HINTS POSITIVELY ABOUT DSRCompetitionPlus – July 10, 2012

Army terminating its NASCAR sponsorshipArmyTimes – July 10, 2012

Edwards & Young comment: With the Defense Dept. facing large budget cuts, I expect the same cuts to impact DSR in the future!  With enlistments and retention numbers high and the Army looking to cut the size of their forces, there is little need for advertising in this tough economy. – Roger

Nobile sweeps event; Massey, Neff, Hines also win in NorwalkNHRA – July 8, 2012

Enders makes history with Pro Stock win in ChicagoNHRA – July 1, 2012

PROJECT WHITE WAGON: GRINDING, CLEANING, LIGHTENING AND ASSEMBLINGCompetitionPlus – June 24, 2012

Oldies But Goodies Drags at BoiseDragRacingOnline – June 12, 2012

Fighting fires by Phil Burgess – NHRA – June 12, 2012

Force’s fire-fighting flopper by Phil Burgess – NHRA – June 6, 2012

JERRY ECKMAN: EVERY DAY SHOULD BE MEMORIAL DAYCompetitionPlus – May 28, 2012

PHOTOS: GREG ANDERSON’S NEW SUMMIT CAMAROCompetitionPlus – May 24, 2012

New attempt made to quash [military] NASCAR sponsorshipsArmyTimes – May 17, 2012

ENCORE: GLIDDEN’S FAIRMONT – NOTHING LIKE UNDEFEATEDCompetitionPlus – May 12, 2012

Carroll Shelby, Automotive Legend, Dead At 89 – May 11, 2012

Nelson named NHRA Northwest Division DirectorDivision 6 – May 1, 2012

Harry Schmidt, original owner of Blue Max, diesNHRA – April 30, 2012

Wondering a little bit more by Jeff Burk – April 26, 2012

“With all the problems the sport and business of drag racing face in these tough economic times how can the picayune issue of what kind of parking surface professional racers park on be a major issue and warrant rants from the racing press?…”

COMMENTARY: INEXCUSABLE AND WE’RE NOT EVEN SURPRISEDCompetitionPlus – April 26, 2012

Beating my head against a dead horse by Jeff Burk – April 16, 2012

“…Currently, the solution that the major sanctioning bodies have come up with to make up the shortfall in revenues is to keep increasing the financial burden on their ever-dwindling manufacturer, racer, and fan base by raising or adding fees…”

BROGDON HONORS VETERANS IN CHARLOTTECompetitionPlus – April 13, 2012

S#!+ SCELZI SAYS – APRIL EDITIONCompetitionPlus – April 12, 2012

CAPPS: I WAS SHOCKED TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENEDCompetitionPlus – April 5, 2012

SCHUMACHER: RICHARDS REFUSAL TO TEST LED TO RESIGNATIONCompetitionPlus – April 4, 2012

What do race fans want? by Jeff Burk – April 4, 2012

Clearing out a cluttered Reporter’s Notebook by Jeff Burk – March 29, 2012

Pro Stock legend Bill ‘Grumpy’ Jenkins dies – March 29th 2012

SoCal Drag Strips — who needs ‘em? by Darr Hawthorne – March 27, 2012

“…What is really surprising to me is that there has not been one word, not a whimper of protest or support, from the National Hot Rod Association. Actually there has been very little or no support for any local SoCal dragstrip in recent years. After all, the Big Show has basically stolen Pomona Raceway from anything but the Big Show; there is no weekly racing…”

‘WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM?’ DSR DEVICE DESIGNER ASKSCompetitionPlus – March 27, 2012

PROJECT WHITE WAGON: POPPING WHEELIES THE RIGHT WAYCompetitionPlus – March 24, 2012

Comment: The White Wagon is going to be one trick ride, but it is far from the original MP car which I thought was the original intent of the project? – Roger

PSM – GRAY: ADDING WEIGHT WAS THE RIGHT STEP TO TAKECompetitionPlus – March 22, 2012

DSR CANOPY STILL UNDER REVIEWCompetitionPlus – March 21, 2012

HORTON RECREATES MAGIC WITH KARAMESINES DUAL ENGINE DRAGSTERCompetitionPlus – March 15, 2012

The passing drag racing scene by Jeff Burk – March 14, 2012

“…I know I’ve ranted about this before and maybe this is premature but I think it still needs talking about. As of close of business here at DRO on Wednesday, March 14th, we have yet to receive a single piece of PR from NHRA regarding the JEGS-backed Cajun SPORTSnationals being held this weekend at No Problem Dragway. (We did get PR from JEGS, but nothing from NHRA.)

“Just what do the Lucas and Coughlin families have to do for the NHRA sportsman classes to get the giant NHRA PR machine to do some promotion for this race?

“In my opinion there is simply no excuse for their absolutely ignoring one of the three SPORTSnationals. There is no NHRA national event this weekend the NHRA’s PR staff needs to promote. The SPORTSnationals offers plenty of story angles for the mainstream press including the fact that three generations of the Coughlin family will be racing at this event. I tell you I think the NHRA’s lack of attention to this ‘national event’ and its primary sponsors is simply inexcusable!”

Remembering Buddy Ingersoll… March 11, 2012

PHOTOS FROM BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEETCompetitionPlus – March 3, 2012

KNIGHT: NHRA LARGELY TO BLAME FOR AZ NATS SHORTCOMINGSCompetitionPlus – February 27, 2012

 

NHRA isn’t the only game in town anymore by Jeff Burk – February 23, 2012

DRAG RACING ICON GARLITS SUFFERS MILD STROKECompetitionPlus – February 23, 2012

McMillen Team Rolls Up Sleeves, Looks For Veterans To HelpCompetitionPlus– February 21, 2012

Related article: Power Of Caring: McMillen’s 2nd Dragster To Help VeteransCompetitionPlus – February 21, 2012

NHRA TECH MAN GRAY DISCUSSES THE CANOPY APPROVAL PROCESSCompetitionPlus – February 15, 2012

S#!+SCELZI SAYS – THE NHRA GRIPES, PT. 2CompetitionPlus – February 14, 2012

The Winternationals was a ‘good ol’ drag race’ by Jeff Burk – February 13, 2012

Video: 2012 NHRA Winternationals Mike Austin Crash – Posted February 12, 2012

InnerView with Austin CoilDragRacingOnline – Posted February 10, 2012

A Conversation With Larry DixonCompetitionPlus – February 10, 2012

BACK PAIN NEARLY FORCED PRO STOCK’S EDWARDS FROM DRIVINGCompetitionPlus – February 9, 2012

COUGHLIN PRIMED AND READY FOR PRO STOCK RETURNCompetitionPlus – February 9, 2012

Project White Wagon: The Devil Is In The DetailCompetitionPlus – February 2012

HADMAN, LESSER FUNDED TEAMS TALK CANOPYCompetitionPlus – February 6, 2012

“…Brad Hadman, a renowned chassis and car builder, believes NHRA would be making the Top Fuel dragster more dangerous for drivers because the fully-enclosed canopy adds about 25 pounds to a dragster’s weight…”

NO ENCLOSED COCKPIT FOR DSR IN POMONACompetitionPlus – February 3, 2012

“Don Schumacher Racing will not be able to start the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season with its innovative fully enclosed canopy on Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster until NHRA completes further inspection of the revolutionary component…”

Mark Lyle named official NHRA chief starterNHRA – February 1, 2012

Mark Lyle – NHRA photo

JFR BACK IN ITS PROPER ORBIT WITH RETURN OF JOHN MEDLENCompetitionPlus – February 1, 2012

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 1981 NHRA WORLD FINALSCompetitionPlus – January 22, 2012

Tidbits from the Burkster’s slightly cluttered notebook! – Jeff Burk – January 20, 2012

“It’s so quiet out there you can hear the paint drying! The National Hot Rod Association (of which I’m a dues paying member)  spends a lot of their (not our) money employing full-time and high-priced marketing talent and public relations types whose job it is to sell NHRA drag racing to the public, news media and Corporate America. So my question is, where the hell has all that expensive help been the last couple of months?…”

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1980 NHRA FALLNATIONALSCompetitionPlus – January 14, 2012

ADRL BRINGS OUT A TRUE PRO STOCK CLASSCompetitionPlus – January 13, 2012

Finally some good news! by Jeff Burk – January 11, 2012

Looking at NHRA’s 2010  Tax Return by Jeff Burk – January 11, 2012

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM COURTNEY FORCE PRESS CONFERENCECompetitionPlus – January 11, 2012

Fresh Off Vegas Crash, Petersen Returns With ’52 Chevy Pro ModDragZine.com– January 11, 2012

PROGRESS AND PREPARATION DOMINATE LINE/ANDERSON OFFSEASONCompetitionPlus– January 9, 2012

ENCORE: THE RIVALRY TO END ALL RIVALRIES – BIG AND SHIRLEYCompetitionPlus– January 8, 2012

Bernstein signed to drive MavTV/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragsterNHRA– January 4, 2012

Stocking Stuffers for the Drag Racing World by Jeff Burk – Posted January 4, 2012

“For NHRA Pres Tom Compton: The realization that a majority of the members of the National Hot Rod Association still think of it as their car club. That for a majority of NHRA racers and members it is a hobby, not a business. The understanding that a huge majority of NHRA’s members absolutely don’t understand why the NHRA needs to make enough profit to pay executives that work for the organization over $2,000,000 yearly…”

UP FRONT: FACING UP TO A VERY TOUGH FUTURECompetitionPlus– December 30, 2011

TEAMS, DRIVERS REACT TO NEW DRUG TESTING POLICYCompetitionPlus– December 26, 2011

PROJECT WHITE WAGON: ADDING THE PIPECompetitionPlus– December 23, 2011

Closing the books on 2011 by Jeff Burk – Posted December 22, 2011

“…Now I have no issue with NHRA punishing anyone who knowingly violates their rules with fines or what have you, but I do think they had better damn well be sure that what they are doing is justified. Being branded as a cheater in any sport is extremely serious business and is not to be taken lightly…”

PROJECT WHITE WAGON: THE LATEST INSTALLMENTCompetitionPlus.com– December 9, 2011

‘WE CAUSED IT OURSELVES,’ HIGHT SAYS OF TIRE INCIDENTCompetitionPlus.com– November 28, 2011

PROJECT WHITE WAGON: WE ARE ROLLING AGAINCompetitionPlus.com– Posted November 28, 2011

Kenny Bernstein retires from NHRA Drag RacingNHRA– November 15, 2011

Force’s improbable 15th Funny Car title is fans’ choice for NHRA’s greatest momentNHRA– November 13, 2011

Stewart era as official NHRA starter comes to a closeNHRA– November 9, 2011

LINE STARTING TO EMERGE FROM ANDERSON’S SHADOWCompetitionPlus– November 8, 2011

Four-time NHRA Pro Stock champ Coughlin to return with new MoparNHRA– November 1, 2011

A Kid & His Hero: Remembering Don CarltonCompetitionPlus.com– Posted October 19, 2011

LINDER MAKES MEMORIES WITH HIS S/ST ‘57 CHEVYCompetitionPlus.com– September 30, 2011

Audio feature: Talking with David ReherCompetitionPlus.com– June 24, 2011

2010 Edwards & Young Highlight Video– Posted May 4, 2011

NHRA Sportsman Car Count Woes Continue To SpiralDragzine.com– April 21, 2011

WANTED: WAYNE COUNTY OPELCompetitionPlus.com– April 8, 2011

GARLITS RECALLS THE FUTURE HE SAW IN GWYNNCompetitionPlus.com– March 11, 2011

PROJECT WHITE WAGON: SPACE AGE INTAKE MEETS THE BASKET CASECompetitionPlus.com– February 10, 2011

Has Chevy’s management abandoned NHRA’s Chevy faithful? by Jeff Burk – Posted February 2, 2011

NHRA UNVEILS PORTION OF 60TH ANNIVERSARY PLANSCompetitionPlus.com– January 27, 2011

NHRA’s Non-profit Status Challenged– January 22, 2011 [Updating as events unfold]

What’s Happening at Pacific Raceways?– January 18, 2011

Memories of Modified: The Rise and Fall of Modified Eliminator– Updated 5 Feb 2011

Are Burnouts Abusing Your Engine? by David Reher– Posted December 17, 2010

Bruce Allen: Life After Drag RacingCompetition Plus.com– May 7, 2010

Comp: Still Racing All OutCompetition Plus.com– March 11, 2010

The White Wagon: The Modified Production Car That Built HistoryCompetition Plus.com– December 31, 2008

Project White Wagon, Pt. 3 – Preparing For The Four LinkCompetition Plus.com– March 1, 2010

Project White Wagon: A Real Clutch PlayerCompetition Plus.com – October 14, 2010

The Tijjuana Taxi: Under ConstructionCompetition Plus.com– February 8, 2010

“…Before Roush became one of the most successful team owners in NASCAR, he worked as an engineer with partner Wayne Gapp in the early 1970s in the NHRA, IHRA and AHRA. The duo competed under the name Gapp and Roush and one of their cars that Gapp drove was ‘The Tijuana Taxi’…”

The Rear Engine Car Had Its Critics; But More Importantly It Had GarlitsCompetition Plus.com– February 3, 2010

Don Garlits Top Fuel Dragster – Where It All BeganHot Rod – Feb 2009

Once Upon A Time, So-Cal Was The Promised Land Of Drag RacingCompetition Plus.com– January 14, 2010

Liberty Stands Tall In The Face Of Increased CompetitionCompetition Plus.com– December 31, 2009

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“TV Tommy” Ivo – “Barnstormer” – AA/FDCacklefest.com– Posted 15 Dec 09

“240 Gordie” Reflects On His Drag Racing CareerCompetition Plus.com– December 7, 2009

Mike Edwards: Before Pro Stock There Was ModifiedCompetition Plus.com– November 21, 2009

Mike Edwards – His Place In HistoryTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com – August 26, 2008

TECH – Is Pro System’s SV1 The Last Great Innovative Carburetor Design?Competition Plus.com– October 26, 2009

Remembering Indy’s 32-Car TF FieldsCompetition Plus.com– September 2, 2009

A Carolina Legend LivesCompetition Plus.com– August 30, 2009

Classic Video – Judy LillyCompetition Plus.com– August 12, 2009

Former Modified Racer Works The Gearbox AgainCompetition Plus.com– June 25, 2009

From The Grandstands: Give Me The Old SchoolCompetition Plus.com– May 20, 2009

Class Racing Dead? Not Hardly Says Super Stock RacerCompetition Plus.com– March 6, 2009

Iaconio No Longer Wondering “What If”Competition Plus.com– February 15, 2009

F.J. Smith HonoredCompetition Plus.com– January 15, 2009

Glidden’s Fairmont – Nothing Like UndefeatedCompetition Plus.com– December 29, 2008

WJ’s White Knuckle RiderCompetition Plus.com– December 4, 2008

Lee Shepherd Video TributeTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– December 3, 2008

The Early Days of 500-inch Pro StockTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– November 10, 2008

“…Bob Glidden said that he and his Pro Stock constituents had no idea the change was coming…”

Mike Edwards – His Place In HistoryTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– August 26, 2008

Mike Edwards remembers his Modified world championship and the end of the class …

Related: The Day the Sportsmen Fought BackTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com – Jan 2007

Buddy Ingersoll – The Day Modern Technology Scared Pro StockTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– August 22, 2008

An American Longshot – The AMC Factory Pro Stock EffortTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– Nov 30, 2007

How Booth and Maskin built a Pro Stock operation from scratch

The Wayne County Opel – This Opel was Really a DiamondTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– Nov 6, 2007

Faith Moved Mountains – Mountain Motor Pro Stock Racing’s Early YearsTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– Aug 2007

Pounds Per Cubic Headache – The Days Before 500-inch Pro StocksTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– Jan 2007

Looking back to the days when the NHRA formulated the factory hot rods

The Day the Sportsmen Fought BackTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– Jan 2007

“…These racers, many of whom had raced in one particular category for more than a decade, had no say-so as their beloved class was sentenced to the proverbial chopping block. The remnants of their high-energy eliminator known simply as Modified were to be spread out among the classes that ranked above and below it in the eliminator pecking order. To diehard gearheads, the move made no sense. Those on the outside could see the direction of sportsman drag racing changing before their eyes…”

E&Y comment: In a similar move in July 2001, NHRA announced that the Pro Stock Truck category would be moved also to Comp Eliminator for 2002, thus in effect, ending the days of the small-block trucks with apparently little or no prior discussion with the teams involved.

This caused much debate and angst across the racing community and negated the millions of dollars that had been invested in developing new small-blocks for the high-winding, wheel-standing Pro Stock Truck category.

NHRA could have – and should have – handled this transistion with far more sensitivity in my opinion. A minimum one-year advance warning could have saved the teams a lot of cash and grief. – Roger Young

The Legend of Lee ShepherdTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com– Jan 2007

“Few drivers make an impact on drag racing like a soft-spoken, determined individual named Lee Shepherd of Arlington, Texas did…”

Lee Shepherd Video TributeTorco Racing Fuel’s Competition Plus.com – December 3, 2008

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