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Racing News: Capps, Brown and Gray Take Home Wallys at NHRA Heartland Nationals

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Event winners Antron Brown, Ron Capps and Tanner Gray.

Capps, Brown and Gray Take Home Wallys at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals Presented by Minties

Ron Capps raced his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to his fourth consecutive Funny Car victory this season last Sunday at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka. Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the eighth event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series schedule. Defending world champion Capps raced to a 3.924-second pass at 321.42 mph to defeat teammate and No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car. In Top Fuel, three-time and defending world champion Brown raced to his first career victory at Heartland Park Topeka, second of this season and 63rd of his career in his Matco Tools dragster. His pass of 3.709 at 332.75 defeated the losing pass of 3.836 at 256.70 of Steve Torrence in his Capco Contractors dragster. In Pro Stock, Gray clenched the second Wally of his rookie season when Jeg Coughlin Jr. red lit during the final round. Gray powered his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro to a 6.580 pass at 210.87. The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals, June 2–4, at New England Dragway.

Samantha Tan
Motul is sponsoring Samantha Tan in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge.

Motul Named Official Lubricant Partner of Canadian Rally Championship, Subaru Rally Team Canada, Will Sponsor Samantha Tan in 2017 Pirelli World Challenge

Motul has been officially named the official lubricant partner of the annual Canadian Rally Championship. The announcement came after Motul signed a two-year oil partnership, functioning as the official lubricant partner for the championship series in both 2017 and 2018. Motul has also been officially named as the official lubricant partner of the Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) for 2017. SRTC’s vehicles are maintained and serviced by Rocket Rally Racing. After a long hiatus, this partnership marks Motul’s first year partnering with Subaru Rally Team Canada/Rocket Rally in more than a decade. In addition, Motul is sponsoring Samantha Tan, a 19-year-old racecar driver from Gormley, Ontario, Canada, in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge. For the first time, Tan will drive for her own team, ST Racing, along with her teammate Nick Wittmer, both competing in the TC class.

Speed Video
Throughout the month of March 2017, SpeedVideo broadcasts racked up more than 2.7 million views and 16.2 million minutes of viewing time.

SpeedVideo’s Live Broadcasts in March 2017 Reach More Than 16 Million Minutes of Viewing Time

Throughout the month of March, the SpeedVideo team traveled across the United States live broadcasting eight different drag-racing events. The broadcasts were streamed to and leading social media platforms, racking up more than 2.7 million views and 16.2 million minutes of viewing time. The total audience for the month of March 2017 includes:

  • 2.7 million video streams.
  • 87% North American audience.
  • 16.2 million minutes of broadcast time.
  • 586,000 unique viewers.

SpeedVideo’s live drag-racing broadcasts will continue throughout 2017, covering events from the NMRA, NMCA, Dirty South, PDRA, Redemption, Outlaw Armageddon, Shakedown at the Summit, Miller Brothers Productions and more. View the events in HD at

Greg Adler piloted the Team 4 Wheel Parts Pro 4 to his first podium finish of the 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season.

Greg Adler Pilots Team 4 Wheel Parts to Pro 4 Podium

Greg Adler piloted the Team 4 Wheel Parts Pro 4 to his first podium finish of the 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season as he bolted to a second-place result in last Saturday’s main event at the Baja International Off-Road facility in Ensenada, Mexico. Adler posted consistent lap times throughout the May 20–21 doubleheader at the wide open, purpose-built track on Estero Beach, driving to his best finish of the season and his best finish in the team’s Pro 4 race truck that was acquired just prior to the 2016 season. Last Sunday’s weekend finale had the beginnings of a carbon copy of the prior day’s effort as Adler was on pace to make a repeat trip to the podium. Battling his way to secure himself a position in the top three, he found himself knocking on the door of the leaders. Late in the race, while dicing for that final spot, contact with another driver cut a tire and forced him to pull off the track for a quick pit stop. The series now heads to the Utah Motorsports Complex in Tooele, Utah, for rounds 5 and 6. Future events include doubleheaders in Wheatland, Missouri, and San Bernardino, California, before racing returns to Chandler, Arizona, for the season finale and Lucas Oil Challenge Cup.