Grimes Blows, Lund Goes at Alastaro
story and photos courtesy of Remco Scheelings
The Finnish Hot Rod Association (FHRA) Nitro Nationals at Alastaro are always special, and with an all Finnish final in Super Twin Motorcycle, a Finnish runner-up in Pro Stock Motorcycle, and Finnish winners in Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike, the home crowd had plenty to cheer for.
Two weeks after the season opening Tierp Internationals, the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship had its second round at Alastaro Circuit during the FHRA Nitro Nationals...continued
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NHDRO Showers Big Money on Big Field
story and photos by Tim Hailey
Kyden Mann left Indy $5K richer
When America’s fastest growing motorcycle drag racing series holds their annual Big Money Bracket Race, you can expect more than 200 entries shooting for cash in those classes alone and that’s what you got. NHDRO’s Summer Celebration at Lucas Oil Raceway on August 4-6 featured the finest two-wheeled ET studs from all over the USA racing ‘til 11 pm for Brian and Niki Welch’s money.
Saturday’s MPS Pro ET race paid $5000 to win, and eight rounds later, the final was devoid of NHDRO regulars as interlopers swooped in for the Big Checks. Kyden Mann of Fort Wayne used an .021 light to set the stage for his all-dragbike final round victory over Homer England of Ohio. NHDRO dominator John “Spooky” Markham and Norwalk legend Craig Adams—also on dragbikes—both went down in the semis....continued
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It Never Rains in Cali (or Santa Pod)...
...for 3 Days Anyway....
story and photos by Steven Moxley
It was California weather for the first three days of the event with hot and humid (Louisiana?) conditions. Over night rain delayed the start of eliminations come race day and a heavy deluge ended the event early in the evening (5.45pm). Only the first round of the eliminations where completed in Top Fuel Bike, Pro Stock Bike and SuperTwins. Super Street Bike started their second round before rain stopped the event.
There will be a new Top Fuel champion this year after reigning champ Ian King announced he was racing in the USA this season....continued
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Kahne Wins Crashfest 400
story and photos by Tim Hailey with help from IMS and press releases
Jimmy Johnson came out with the short end of a 3-wide battle into turn 3
Kasey Kahne passed Brad Keselowski on the final restart in overtime to win the 24th annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The whole ordeal started at 2:44 p.m. and finished at 8:58 p.m., just eight minutes before sundown. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was halted three times for red flags for a total of two hours, 31 minutes, including a rain delay of one hour, 47 minutes after the first 12 laps were completed.
"The history here, winning at this track is unreal," Kahne said. "This Farmers' Insurance Chevrolet was great out front. I just had to get there. Man, I'm exhausted. To win at Indy is unbelievable." After being interviewed by NBC after the race, Kahne sat on the ground next to his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, dehydrated and cramping from a long, taxing day in the cockpit. The effort to win was so demanding that he needed intravenous fluids at the infield care center after the race....continued
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Making Racing Slow Again
story and photos by Tim Hailey with help from IMS press releases
TV commentators (I'm looking at you Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton) seemed to think the crowded restart packs of the new Xfinity restrictor plate package qualified as "great racing." Wow guys, come out of retirement and start driving in the post-Indy 500 traffic jam if that looks exciting to you.
Packs like those depicted above lasted about a lap and a half before single file racing resumed. Hoped-for drafting and slingshotting from the new package never materialized.
As for restarts, adding two via the stage racing contrivance means more bunching the field and inevitable lead changes. This does not mean this was good racing....continued
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Santa Pod's Race Rock 'N Ride
story and photos by Steven Moxley
Graham Balchin's amazing ZX12
This is the first time an ACU Championship round has been run at this event— Race Rock ‘N’ Ride at Santa Pod Raceway. Rain on Saturday reduced the qualifying to two sessions instead of the scheduled four, and rain overnight delayed the start on race day. There were some personal bests set over the weekend....continued
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Travis Davis Wins 4th Straight
video, captions and photos by Tim Hailey, text by PDRA
Watch this video interview with chassis builder Walt Timblin and the Davis family
Travis Davis continued his winning streak that began in March when he won the second race of the season. He used his best pass of the weekend, a 4.029 at 174.64, to beat Chuck Wilburn’s 4.116 at 170.62 and win his fourth consecutive final round aboard his Walt Timblin-built Suzuki.
“They were all tough,” Davis said of his four event wins. “You have to be changing and moving and doing something different at every race. We’ve won rounds where we were down on performance. We struggled some when we ran in the heat of the day, but I felt like the numbers would come back when the cool conditions came back, and they did....continued
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Markham’s NHDRO Win Spurs Bounty
story and photos by Tim Hailey
Spooky just can't stop spankin' 'em
NHDRO—America’s fastest growing motorcycle drag racing series—made its only eighth mile appearance of 2017 on the wall-to-wall concrete of Ohio Valley Dragway, just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, with July 7-9’s Mid Season Sizzle and Grudge Reunion.
But whether eighth mile or the full quarter, one thing seems constant—the Route 21 Street Fighter dominance of Bowling Green racer John “Spooky” Markham, who has won every race in the class this year.
Number one qualifier Markham’s final round victim in Louisville was Anderson, Indiana’s Dusty Bargo. Spooky’s .018 to .164 starting line advantage was really all he needed to cut gas and win yet another one, this time at the eighth mile index time of 6.15....continued
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Another Tonglet Win in Chicago
photos by Tim Hailey story from team reports and the NHRA
Points leader LE Tonglet secured his fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle victory in six events at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters at Route 66 Raceway. Tonglet ran a 6.835 at 195.99 on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki to defeat Hector Arana Jr. who ran a 6.878 at 193.29 on his Lucas Oil Buell in the finals. This is Tonglet’s first victory at Route 66 Raceway since he went back-to-back in 2010-11. He has now earned victories in all four of his final round appearances this season. “We knew we had a good bike at the start of the season, but it was just a matter of getting tuned up as we learn more about the bike each week,” Tonglet said. “On Sunday our goal is to get win lights, so I’ve improved on being calm and staying focused to try and get the job done.”
Tonglet earned the No. 1 qualifier and defeated Cory Reed, Scotty Pollacheck and Karen Stoffer on his way to victory. Arana Jr. notched the second spot in qualifying, defeating Angelle Sampey, Angie Smith and Eddie Krawiec before earning his second runner-up finish of the season.....continued
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Terry Chandler: Devoted to Giving
story courtesy of DSR, photo by Tim Hailey
Terry Chandler with Antron Brown in 2015
Terry Chandler's commitment to helping others has left an indelible mark on the National Hot Rod Association and Don Schumacher Racing, and her memorable presence at racetracks and with her Make-A-Wish families and the Infinite Hero Foundation will continue to live on in the hearts of thousands.
Sadly, Terry lost her valiant fight with brain cancer on Tuesday afternoon. She was 65 when she died in Florida with family and loved ones at her side.
"Terry is a great human being who devoted the past few years to helping the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero foundations with her love and kindness by funding two of our Funny Car teams," said Don Schumacher, DSR owner and close friend. "Terry is such a beautiful person. She was so much more than a friend and partner. She is family. We will always see that wonderful smile of hers at the starting line....continued
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Marky Marc a Giant in Germany
story and photos courtesy of MotoGP
Marky Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has taken an incredible eighth win in a row at the Sachsenring, extending his run from the 125 World Championship to another year of the premier class – with all those wins from pole. It was anything but easy, however – with German rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) pushing the reigning Champion on home turf throughout the race in a stunning ride to his first podium. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) completed the podium to get back in contention following a more difficult Dutch GP.
Marquez took the lead into Turn 1 from pole, with teammate Dani Pedrosa slotting into second as Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) sliced through from P6 on the grid to third, pushing Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Jonas Folger back.
Marquez and Pedrosa began to pull away in the lead as Folger charged through to get himself into third - and then started threatening the Repsol Honda duo in the lead. Choosing his moment, the German rookie then took Pedrosa and prepared to attack Marquez – pushing through soon after and below lap record pace....continued
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Tonglet’s Norwalk win keeps the WAR Machine Rolling
story, video and photos by Tim Hailey
WAR tuner Tim Kulungian has a lot to say about the success of the team
No two-car or two-bike NHRA team is dominating a class the way White Alligator Racing (WAR) is in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The Louisiana-based Suzuki team has won four straight races in the Mello Yello series and qualified number one in the race they let get away.
After years of trial and error, platform and personnel changes, and this year the expansion to two bikes, WAR is the hottest team in drag racing....continued
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Mythic Winlight for Gladstone at Norwalk
story and photos by Tim Hailey
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Joey Gladstone
Classical mythology leaps off the page and into real life every day, and for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Joey Gladstone, myths play out on the dragstrips of the Mello Yello series.
In every hero’s journey, there comes a time for the student to conquer the teacher. For NHRA Road to the Future candidate Gladstone, that teacher—his mentor—is three-time champion Eddie Krawiec...continued
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Tharpe, Millican Big Bristol Winners
photos by Tim Hailey, story by Hailey, NHRA and team reports
brought to you by Ben "Treating Media Right" Knight
Watch the interview with Tii Tharpe, Jay Turner and Mark Conner above
Epping winner Tii Tharpe is on a roll, qualifying number one right off the trailer at Bristol and beating teammate Jay Turner in the final. Tharpe's Dixie 6.549 at 205.01 was one of his slowest of the weekend but good enough to defeat Turner, who dropped a cylinder and ran 7.603 at 134.20.
Turner and the team were responsible for three bikes in the semis, including Coon Ass Randal Andras. Turner let Tharpe pick out which of his two bikes he wanted to ride this year—every regret that decision Jay now that Tii has two straight? "Nah, it's good business," grinned Turner, who has enough championships under his belt—including this years'—to focus on business...continued
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The 101st Indianapolis 500
Sato clearly fastest at the end of the day
captions, video and photos by Tim Hailey, story courtesy of IMS press releases
Second row starter Alonso's McLaren orange Dallara gets swamped at the start of the Indy 500 by row 3
Takuma Sato capped off another thrilling Indianapolis 500 that featured a record number of drivers leading the race. The driver of the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda edged three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves to the finish line by 0.2011 of a second to become the first Japanese winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Sato passed Castroneves for the lead on Lap 195 - the last of 35 lead changes in the 200-lap race on the historic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and the seventh straight year that the decisive pass for the Indy 500 lead occurred in the last six laps. Sato held off aggressive charges from Castroneves, the driver of the No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet, in the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history....continued
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