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NHRA: alBalooshi, C. Force, Line and Krawiec Take Home Wins in Sonoma

Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Pro Stock), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) took home wins at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals—the second of three races in the Western Swing. In Top Fuel, alBalooshi piloted his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.912 at 309.42, defeating teammate Shawn Langdon. It was the second win of the season for alBalooshi, who celebrated his 35th birthday during race day, and fourth of his career.

Movers & Shakers: Kristin Grons Joins Brake Parts Inc.; THI Holdings Acquired by TA Associates

Here is a brief look at some of news and updates from around the specialty-equipment industry. Companies featured this week: Brake Parts Inc., Snow Performance, THI Holdings, A.R.E. and Amos Media.

SEMA Council & Network News: Meet Your SEMA Launch Pad Competitors

From a large pool of competitors, the top 10 young automotive entrepreneurs have been named in the second annual SEMA Launch Pad Presented by YEN competition.

Racing News: McNamara Takes Victory in Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown

Formula DRIFT returned to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, last weekend for Round 5: Throwdown, where Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan S14 took his first victory of the season.

NHRA: Johnson Continues Dominance of Denver; Todd, Hight and Hines Also Win

Allen Johnson in his Team Mopar Dodge Dart continued his dominance of Bandimere Speedway when he recordered his sixth win at the track in his eighth consecutive final-round appearance. J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took home wins at the event.

Movers & Shakers: Trim Parts Acquires Mr. Mustang; Stacey David’s GearZ Moves to Velocity

Here is a brief look at some of news and updates from around the specialty-equipment industry. Companies featured this week: Trim Parts, Rattletrap Productions, University of Northwestern Ohio and more.

SEMA Council & Network News: Connect With Hot Rodders and Discuss Online Trends

The Young Executives Network's (YEN) mission is to cultivate young talent in the automotive aftermarket through implementation of education and networking. In order to help further that mission, SEMA gave 10 YEN members a chance to attend the 20th Anniversary Hot Rod Power Tour and share their impressions.

Racing News: Masao Suenaga Takes Formula DRIFT Japan Event Victory

Formula DRIFT entered Fuji Speedway for the first Formula DRIFT Japan event for Round 2 of the Formula DRIFT Asia Championship where Japan’s own Masao Suenaga took the inaugural event victory.

NHRA: Hagan Has Big Goals Heading Into Denver

Matt Hagan isn’t going to make any bold claims following his first win of the season. But heading into a crucial stretch of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season it was precisely the type of performance the Funny Car standout wanted to see.

SEMA Heritage: The Great California Street Rod Civil War

At the 1973 Street Rod Nationals (or so the story goes), rod builders Andy Brizio and Lil’ John Buttera got into a, shall we say, friendly discussion about which end of the Golden State produced the best street rods.
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