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Racing News: Mike Whiddett Wins Big at Formula DRIFT Japan

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Mike Whiddett in a Mazda RX-7 defeated Japanese drifter Masashi Yokoi in the finals.

Formula DRIFT Japan Round 2: Ebisu/Formula DRIFT Round 3: Mike Whiddett Wins Big In Japan

G-Shock presents Formula DRIFT Japan headed to the Ebisu Circuit for the second round of the Formula DRIFT Japan Championship and third round of the Formula DRIFT World Championship, where Mike Whiddett took the victory in a Mazda RX-7. The finals saw Whiddett take on famed Japanese drifter Masashi Yokoi. Both drivers went door-to-door on both runs, but it was Whiddett’s lead run that sealed the victory with a perfectly executed backwards entry. Yokoi lost his positioning as Whiddett accelerated to the final clip, which ended with the judges unanimously favoring Whiddett giving him the victory. The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 3: Unchartered Territory, June 3–4, at Orlando Speedworld.

Jason Line Leads NHRA Pro Stock Pack

Pro Stock frontrunner Jason Line rode to victory for the fifth time this season at Heartland Park Topeka during the NHRA Kansas Nationals. The May 20–22 races marked the eighth weekend event in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Line has reached the finals in all eight Pro Stock contests in the 2016 series. He crossed the finish line in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro in 6.664 seconds at 207.85 mph to capture his latest trophy. With a total of 942 points, Line leads the field in the Pro Stock class as the series nears the halfway point in the 18-race regular season before the top 10 drivers compete for the championship in six playoff races. Line bested Summit Racing Equipment teammate Greg Anderson by 0.023 in the final round. Anderson holds the No. 2 position on the Pro Stock roster with 816 points. Ranked No. 3 with 614 points is Bo Butner, who reached Sunday’s second final elimination round.

Truck racing returns to the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the season opener of TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL. Photo credit: TORC Series

Season Opener for TORC: The Off-Road Championship Starts This Weekend

Short-course off-road truck racing brings the best drivers on dirt to The Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway, May 27–28, for the season-opening doubleheader of TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL. This weekend’s action takes place on a purpose-built track at the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway, which is transformed for TORC Series racing to include a jump that will see trucks fly 130 ft. through the air, a 200-ft. rhythm section and 12-degree banked turns. AMSOIL driver Scott Douglas is back to battle for championship victory in the highlight PRO 4WD category, while stars, including Keegan Kincaid and Brad Lovell, return to the series this season in PRO 2WD. The young drivers of the Atturo Tires PRO Light include Luke Johnson and Kyle Hart.

Jerett Brooks Wins LOORRS Pro Lite Rounds 5 and 6

Jerett Brooks, in his RIGID Industries/General Tire Nissan, earned back-to-back wins in rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS) at the Utah Motorsports Campus last weekend, keeping him at the top of the LOORRS Pro Lite points battle.