Hot Shot’s Secret’s Secrest Pulling Team has won the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) championship. Hot Shot’s Secret-sponsored husband-and-wife pulling team, Brent and Kristie Secrest driving Nuthin’ EZ ‘Bout It, finished the season as the overall champion in the Grand National Two Wheel Drive division with two wins, five top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes with a total of 317 points to land the team’s first Grand National Championship.
Hot Shot’s Secret-sponsored husband-and-wife pulling team, Brent and Kristie Secrest driving Nuthin’ EZ ‘Bout It, finished the season as the overall champion in the Grand National Two Wheel Drive division.
They edged out Showtime (Timmerman) by two points and finished the final event in Bowling Green, Ohio, as the champion of the Two Wheel Drive Pulling division. In addition, the team was named the Two Wheel Drive Pullers of the Year during the association’s annual awards banquet last Saturday and Brent was named Crew Chief of the Year.
NHRA Announces Full Camping World Drag-Racing Series Category Schedule
NHRA has unveiled the category schedule for the four professional categories in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series for the 2023 season, as well as the announcement of NHRA All-Star Callout events in both Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, adding to the scheduled Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout specialty races in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.
The 2023 campaign starts with the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, kicking off what will be the 72nd season of racing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Both Top Fuel and Funny Car will compete at all 21 races at tracks across the country. Pro Stock will take part in 18 events, while Pro Stock Motorcycle will appear at 15 races.
All four professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will also race in all six events in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The NHRA Pro Stock All-Star Callout will take place on Saturday, May 20 as part of the Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, pitting eight top drivers against each other in a unique callout format for the one-day specialty race.
The NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout happens on Saturday, July 29, during the final race of the famed NHRA Western Swing, the DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. Eight of the top riders in the two-wheeled category will face off in the one-day shootout, with the first round being set from a rider callout. In all four specialty races, the driver who makes the quickest run during the opening round will also get to select their semifinal opponent.
The Pro Stock category will appear 18 times during the 2023 season, including the first six races of the year. In that mix is the NHRA’s return to Route 66 Raceway in May, as well as both four-wide events in Charlotte and Las Vegas early in the season. Pro Stock will race the opening event of the Western Swing in Denver and then will return to Brainerd the next month, appearing at the fan-favorite track for the first time since 2019. In all, Pro Stock will race at the final nine events of 2023.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, riders in the two-wheeled class will compete at 15 races next season, starting with the category’s traditional opener in Gainesville. Pro Stock Motorcycle will also race in Chicago and will compete in the traditional three-race Western Swing in Denver, Seattle, and Sonoma for the first time in class history, also making its first-ever appearance at Pacific Raceways in Seattle. After a two-race break, they return at Indy, finishing the season at the final seven events.
Reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps will look for another win in the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout as it once again will thrill fans as part of the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indy on Sunday, Sept. 3.
To view the full 2023 event schedule and for more information about NHRA, visit www.NHRA.com.
SPEED SPORT, Obsession Media and Industry Execs Create SPEED SPORT 1
SPEED SPORT has partnered with the television network development group, Obsession Media, and a consortium of motorsports and television executives to launch the SPEED SPORT 1 television network. In addition, Dan Teitscheid—previously with MTV, ESPN, Disney, and MAVTV—has been named president and general manager of SPEED SPORT 1. Teitscheid is also the president of distribution and development for Obsession Media.
With plans to deliver more than 400 live events and thousands of hours of motorsports content from around the globe each year, SPEED SPORT 1 will debut in Spring 2023. It will be found across FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming Television) and traditional linear platforms, presenting all variations of motorsports competition, news, information, behind-the-scenes action, lifestyle programming and documentaries.
The development team—with backgrounds at ESPN, Speedvision, Speed Channel, FS1, NASCAR, MTV, Disney, and MAVTV—aims to develop a TV network dedicated to live motorsports and is designed for the world’s most passionate fans. For more information, visit speedsport1.com and speedsport.com.
World of Outlaws Unveils 2023 Sprint Car Schedule
Officials with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series have announced the 2023 schedule. “The Greatest Show on Dirt” will feature 87 nights of racing at 36 different venues across 19 states. For the 19th consecutive season, the World of Outlaws season will begin in the Sunshine State with three days at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) for the DIRTcar Nationals (February 9–11) with an expanded $20,000-to-win, $1,500-to-start finale. Then, the cross-country campaign will take the Series to 19 different states before concluding in North Carolina for the championship-crowning World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in North Carolina (November 1–4). The entire season will be streamed live on DIRTVision. To view the complete schedule, visit the World of Outlaws website.
For more racing news, visit Performance Racing Industry’s (PRI) website.