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Racing News: Team Falken Has Big Weekend at ULTRA4 Finale; Toyota Extends Official Car of NHRA Agreement

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ProMedia
ProMedia Productions is responsible for handling the drag-racing segments of Holley LS Fest and Holley MoParty, and is currently in talks with other high profile specialty drag-racing events for 2021 and beyond.

ProMedia Launches New Event Production Division

ProMedia Events & Publishing has announced ProMedia Productions—a new division for the sanctioning body and media company. The newly formed brand is a for-hire event production and logistics group offering complete, turnkey motorsport event management. ProMedia Productions is responsible for handling the drag-racing segments of Holley LS Fest and Holley MoParty, and is currently in talks with other high profile specialty drag-racing events for 2021 and beyond. ProMedia Productions allows companies to focus on their core business while developing live events. The events will carry the moniker “Powered by NMCA” to let racers and fans know there will be a high level of professionalism and organization.

“We currently produce and operate 17 nationwide events with NMRA, NMCA, NMCA WEST and outside events. We have developed teams of experienced staff featuring an SFI-certified technical inspection department, race operations, and a fire and safety group that includes trucks, equipment, and a motorsport-trained rescue staff. Additionally, ProMedia Productions is capable of handling off-track concerns with gate management, racer and spectator parking, advance and same-day ticketing, marketing and media relations,” said Rollie Miller, general manager at ProMedia Events, Publishing, & Productions.

For more information about ProMedia Productions visit www.NMCAProductions.com.

Hot Shot's Secret
The Hot Shot’s Secret-sponsored Firepunk Diesel S10 broke the world record in the qualifying round in the Radial vs. World Class at No Mercy 11.

Hot Shot’s Secret Sponsored Firepunk Diesel S10 Crushes Diesel World Record at No Mercy 11

The Hot Shot’s Secret-sponsored Firepunk Diesel S10 broke the world record in the qualifying round in the Radial vs. World Class at No Mercy 11. The event was hosted at South Georgia Motorsports Park, October 17–18, with qualifiers held earlier in the week. With Larson Miller behind the wheel, the Cummins-based D&J Precision-built billet diesel-powered S10 competed against the nation’s fastest gas-powered cars. Normally on a big tire, the Firepunk team had only one day of testing on a new 315 radial tire setup before setting the record with a 4.11 pass at 181 mph. For video footage of the record-breaking qualifying round, visit www.facebook.com.

Toyota Extends Agreement to Serve as Official Car of NHRA

Toyota has extended its agreement to serve as the Official Car of the NHRA. In continuation of its long-standing partnership with NHRA, Toyota will have a season-long presence at NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events and will be featured prominently in NHRA’s television broadcasts. Toyota will receive NHRA on FOX commercials, trackside signage, in-venue video ad placements and bannering rights. NHRA fans will also see Toyota displays at races where they can see the latest Toyota products, including a Toyota Camry replica Funny Car, driven by NHRA racers. In addition to serving as the Official Car of the NHRA, Toyota also supports several NHRA drivers, including Antron Brown, Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta, Shawn Langdon and J.R. Todd. These teams use Toyota Racing Development (TRD) technology to battle the competition in their 11,000-horsepower nitro-burning machines. The partnership between Toyota and NHRA began in 2002. Toyota added the Official Car of the NHRA title beginning with the 2014 season.

Tony Schumacher
Tony Schumacher’s run of 3.669 seconds at 330.63 mph in his 11,000-hp Okuma/Sandvik Coromant Toyota dragster edged past Steve Torrence’s 3.687 at 330.07.

Schumacher, Johnson Jr., Stanfield and Krawiec Earn Victories at Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil

Eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher picked up his first victory in more than two years, powering to the win in a side-by-side duel with Steve Torrence in the final round of last Sunday’s 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil, the 10th of 11 races during the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Schumacher’s run of 3.669 seconds at 330.63 mph in his 11,000-hp Okuma/Sandvik Coromant Toyota dragster edged past Torrence’s 3.687 at 330.07. It gave Schumacher his 85th career victory and first since winning at Bristol in June of 2018.

Johnson remained in championship contention in Funny Car with a clutch performance in Houston, going 3.929 at 321.04 in his 11,000-hp MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to beat teammate Ron Capps’ 3.952 at 325.14 in the final round. It gave DSR its 13th straight Funny Car win and a victory for Johnson’s sponsor in their hometown. The victory pulled Johnson to within 42 points of Hagan, with Jack Beckman, who was upset in the opening round by Capps, just one point behind Johnson, ensuring a must-see showdown in Las Vegas.

In Pro Stock, Stanfield earned his first career win in the class, thanks to a pass of 6.535 at 211.03 in his Janac Brothers Racing Chevrolet Camaro to beat Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the final round. Stanfield won the race in the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown Drag Racing Series, also clinching the world championship in that class. Add in the Pro Stock victory and Stanfield took home three Wallys on Sunday.

Despite falling in the second round, Enders stretched her points lead as she tries to win back-to-back world titles and her fourth overall. She leads Jason Line and Coughlin by 55 points heading to Las Vegas. Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Krawiec won for the first time in more than two years on his Harley-Davidson FXDR, going 6.801 at 198.61 in the finals to beat Ryan Oehler. Matt Smith kept the points lead and is 58 points ahead of Scotty Pollacheck with one race remaining.

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series finishes its 2020 season October 30-November 1, with the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


Dan Fresh and co-driver Mike Kim.

Team Falken Has Big Weekend at ULTRA4 Season Finale

Team Falken spent the weekend in Davis, Oklahoma, competing in ULTRA4’s Season Finale at Cross Bar Off Road Park, winning two races and taking home the National Points Championship in two different classes. Dan Fresh and co-driver Mike Kim, competing in the 4500 Class, took first place in the last event of the season and scored enough points to walk away with the 2020 National Championship. Different class, same result for Team Falken’s Josh Atteberry and co-driver Jack Gessner, who took first in the 4600 Class and earned the points necessary to win the Season Championship along the way.

Off-road racing fans are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2021 ULTRA4 King of the Hammers week, January 29 to February 6, at “Hammertown” in Johnson Valley, California. For more information, visit www.ultra4racing.com.

For more racing news, visit Performance Racing Industry’s (PRI) website.