KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 22) — By the calendar, the Super Chevy Show season opener is still four months away. But car show judging coordinator Andy Hendricks said this is time that can make the difference when the season kicks off in early April.Hendricks recently offered several tips for competitors, who should pay special attention to the engine, body, paint and interior areas of their show cars. “We look at body, paint, engine and interior,” Hendricks said.
Here’s a brief breakdown of each area that participants should concentrate on their off-season work:
Hendricks said the initial work should be in cleaning the front pulley area, The headers should be painted, sand blasted and jet coated. Next would be to detail the wiring before cleaning and painting the fender wells and firewall area.
Another important area of concern is a basic one – the condition of the engine, which should be checked for leaks. Finally, the underside of the hood should be painted, with the frame rails, cross-members and core supports cleaned and painted to give a new look.
BODY AND PAINT
The first order of business is to prepare the body, removing waves and dents that may have occurred during the winter. Next up is to check over the body. Do the panels line up? Also, check from the fenders to the hood. The molding, outside trim and the emblems need to be installed correctly. The paint should be applied very detailed and check the drip rail areas and make sure there are no dry areas or overspray. Then the final finish can be applied.
The interior area is a key component to any show car, and the best entries have that new car look. The first order of business is to clean the carpet. Also, the interior should be free of cleaning materials and jackets. The trunk area is considered part of the interior, and that is an area that needs to be cleaned as well. Next, check the condition of seals and whiskers.
Also, leave the door ajar or open.
Hendricks offered some cleaning tips and those include checking and cleaning some hidden areas in the engine compartment, door jams, and trunk lips. Also clear the wax out from and around trim pieces and emblems, as well as the wheels and tires, which need a thorough check and cleaning.
Everyone who has renewed your ticket order for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, keep an eye out in your mail. We began mailing the Wild Rides DVD gift to all of those accounts this week and we will keep mailing the DVD’s out daily, until Jan 30th, as people renew their ticket orders. Wild Rides would make a great gift or stocking stuffer so make sure you renew your tickets by this Friday, Dec. 17 to give yourself the best chance to get it in time for Christmas!
GLENDORA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2010) — As a way of embracing the voice of one of the most knowledgeable fan bases in sports, and reliving so many of the great moments from the unforgettable 2010 season, NHRA has created the “NHRA Fan Choice Awards,” a year-end recognition of outstanding performance as voted on exclusively by NHRA fans.
The inaugural NHRA Fan Choice Awards will include five categories and fan voting will be conducted over the course of two weeks, from Monday, Dec. 13 to Friday, Dec. 24, on NHRA.com. The winners of the Inaugural NHRA Fan Choice Awards will be announced over the course of the final five days of the year, Dec. 27-31, on NHRA’s Facebook page to allow fans the chance to immediately react to/debate the outcome of each category.
In addition to being invited to exclusively select these year-end honors, NHRA fans who participate in the voting will be entered into a drawing to win two final eliminations tickets to the race of their choosing. They will also be given a coupon code to save $2 off on the purchase of the 2010 Year in Review DVD, which includes video highlights of most if not all of the entries from the NHRA Fan Choice Awards.
The five categories for the inaugural NHRA Fan Choice Awards are as follows:
• Story of the Year
• Moment of the Year
• Upset of the Year
• Driver/Rider of the Year
• Team of the Year
Voting will be open for Story of the Year: Monday Dec. 13-Wednesday, Dec. 15; Moment of the Year: Thursday, Dec. 16-Friday, Dec. 17; Upset of the Year: Saturday, Dec. 18-Sunday, Dec. 19; Driver/Rider of the Year: Monday, Dec. 20-Tuesday, Dec. 21; and Team of the Year: Wednesday, Dec. 22-Friday, Dec. 24.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks nationwide. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
O’FALLON, MO (December 11, 2010) – With the two new tracks debuting races for the first time in league history and a more fan-friendly summer program, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is excited to announce its 2011 ADRL Tour schedule.
The 2011 season is slated to feature nine national events that will take place throughout the United States from March through October.
Two new tracks – Palm Beach International Raceway and Maple Grove Raceway – will appear for the first time under the ADRL banner over a six-week stretch in late spring.
“We firmly believe that this is the best schedule the ADRL has ever run,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said. “As we continue to move forward and continue to grow, we are very excited to visit new tracks while keeping the facilities that have been a major part of the ADRL’s success to this point.”
With the 2011 season featuring nine national events at nine unbelievable venues, the races will undoubtedly provide another memorable and record-breaking year.
The seventh ADRL campaign starts at its traditional location, as Universal Technical Institute ADRL Dragpalooza VII presented by Safety-Kleen will take place March 25-26 at Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park) in Baytown, Texas.
The race will also feature the finish of the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI, which was postponed due to rain in October, making the first ADRL racing weekend in 2011 a double-race event.
A month later, the ADRL makes it debut at the first of two new tracks. First on the list is a trip to Palm Beach International Raceway on April 15-16.
“We are very excited about getting an ADRL event for the first time,” Palm Beach International Raceway President Jason Rittenberry said. “I had a terrific experience working with the ADRL in Memphis, watched it continue to grow and this is a great addition to our schedule.”
From there, the ADRL will take another exciting step during the month of May.
The ADRL will race for the first time at Maple Grove Raceway in Maple Grove, Pa., racing in that major market on May 6-7. “I’ve been impressed and sold on the ADRL for years and we are very much looking forward to working with them,” Maple Grove Raceway Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas said. “The show the ADRL puts on is great and people in this area have really wanted us to get the ADRL on the schedule.”
The additional markets are yet another signal of the ADRL’s continued growth on a national level.
The new spring schedule will also take the ADRL directly into an exciting revamped summer schedule.
The summer slate kicks off on June 17-18 for the Hardee’s Independence Drags V at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan. After typically taking place in early July over the holiday weekend, the move to June will make for a more race-friendly and fan-accessible event.
The Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII will occur a month later in 2011, as it will take place at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. on July 15-16.
Less than a month later on the 2011 schedule, the ADRL will run its Speedtech U.S. Drags IV at Virginia Motorsports Park on Aug. 12-13 in Petersburg, Va., finishing off what should be a memorable three-stop summer run.
“We’ve worked hard on this schedule and we’ve gotten great cooperation from each of the tracks to put together a well-rounded tour that will be terrific for sponsors, racers and fans,” Fortune said.
The biggest annual stop on the ADRL Tour will keep its early September slot, as Simpson Dragstock VIII will take place Sept. 9-10 at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C. The yearly occurrence has become the preeminent event for Rockingham Dragway and the ADRL, and the eighth version should be no different.
Like the 2010 regular season, a short two-week break will happen before the final regular season event of the 2011 season, the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags V, takes place on Sept. 23-24 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The 2011 season will conclude in its usual October slot with the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII and the Speedtech “Battle For The Belts” slated to take place at Oct. 21-22 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2011 ADRL tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.
GLENDORA, Calif. — (Dec. 8, 2010) – NHRA announced today that Suburban Chevrolet will sponsor the Top Sportsman class in 2011 for the NHRA South Central Division. The Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman class will run in conjunction with the division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and make stops in Bell Rose, La., Houston (two stops), Ennis, Texas, Tulsa, Okla., and finish out the season in Noble, Okla.
Racers will earn points toward the South Central division Championship with the top three finishers receiving a share of the $3000 purse. The Champion will also be awarded the Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman champion’s jacket and a coveted NHRA Wally trophy.
“NHRA Drag Racing is our market,” said Keith Haney, co-owner of Suburban Chevrolet and three other dealerships throughout Oklahoma. “We sell cars to a lot of racers including new and used race cars. We’ve used the partnership as an opportunity to include some of our other companies as well.”
Suburban Chevrolet has also had a big presence at Tulsa Raceway Park for more than five years, with involvement in several of the track’s racing programs. Haney also competes in the Top Sportsman class where he finished No. 2 in the NHRA South Central division in 2009.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks worldwide. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.