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PEGASUS RACE TRAILERS NAMED OFFICIAL TRAILER OF NHRA: Pegasus Race Trailers—a manufacturer of custom-built race trailers—has been named the official trailer of the NHRA. Beginning in 2014 in the multiyear agreement, Pegasus Race Trailers will provide the NHRA with a state-of-the-art, purpose-built trailer to be utilized at all 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events across the country. Read more on this story.
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Southern California NHRA fans will have the opportunity to attend a special screening of the Snake & Mongoose film, Saturday, December 14, at the NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by AAA. The film, which documented the careers and partnership of Don "the Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "the Mongoose" McEwen, enjoyed a national run at theatres across the country, and now makes a stop at the home of drag racing. McEwen, Richard Blake (who played the legend in the movie), producer Robin Broidy and screenwriter Alan Paradise will be at the event. The museum opens at 6:00 p.m. and the screening will take place at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $35 per person. Visit the NHRA website for more information.
FORCE FAMILY FEATURED ON HALLMARK CHANNEL'S "HOME & FAMILY": The quartet of John Force Racing drivers were featured along with Ashley Force Hood and Laurie Force recently on the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family." The drivers discussed racing as a family and the thrills of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The group also raced Traxxas radio controlled Funny Cars along with popular actor John Ratzenberger. A full story and links to the video can be found on the NHRA website.
2014 NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The schedule for the 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series was announced and features 10 events, including a return to Atlanta Dragway for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. All events will be televised nationally on the Velocity Channel. A full story can be found on the NHRA website.
NHRA WINTERNATIONALS, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, February 6–9, 2014: The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks-off at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, February 6–9, 2014. Antron Brown has two wins at the facility but has yet to win at the track in the NHRA Winternationals. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) will attempt to defend their 2013 wins and start the season off on a positive note.
CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, February 21–23: For the 30th season, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races into the Valley of the Sun for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, February 21–23. The venerable facility, located south of Phoenix, has seen many historic performances over the years. Ron Capps will attempt to claim his third win at the facility, and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) recorded wins at the track in 2013 and will once again be among the favorites to claim early-season victories.
HE SAID, SHE SAID
"Katie did an amazing job and is already an outstanding mother. I'm enjoying the moment right now, and I'm already a sucker for this little guy. I love my family and have God to thank for it."
—Morgan Lucas on the birth of his first child Hunter, who was born November 30. Hunter, who was 7 lbs., 20.5 in. long, and mother Katie are both happy and healthy following the delivery.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
15: Number of No. 1 qualifying positions Pro Stock racer Mike Edwards earned during the course of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. He led the Pro Stock category with that amount as well as the four professional categories. Edwards and Greg Anderson hold the record of 16 No. 1 qualifying positions in a single season. Anderson achieved the feat in 2004, and Edwards in 2009, which were both championship seasons for the racers. In 2013, Edwards finished fourth in the Countdown to the Championship.
DID YOU KNOW…
SMITH NAMED CREW CHIEF FOR B. FORCE: Todd Smith has joined John Force Racing and was named the crew chief for Brittany Force and her Castrol Edge Top Fuel dragster. Smith won a championship as a tuner with Funny Car racer Jack Beckman in 2013 and has worked for Kalitta Motorsports, Darrell Gwynn Racing and Don Schumacher Racing.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining John Force Racing. I am excited because I have experience with both types of cars—Funny Cars and Top Fuel—in the modern era. I am more excited to be getting back to the Top Fuel dragster in such a good organization. To have all the equipment and resources to run a top-shelf team will be exciting,” said Smith. “I have known all the JFR crew chiefs for years but have never worked with them. I am looking forward to starting to work together.”