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Experience NHRA Toyota Nationals in Vegas With Club Nitro Platinum Package
The biggest names in professional drag racing will roll into Las Vegas, October 27–30, for the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Experience the event like never before with a Club Nitro Platinum Package, which includes platinum seats, access to the Club Nitro hospitality tent, food and beverage each day, a private viewing area adjacent to the burnout box, reserved parking, and Q&A sessions with NHRA’s tops stars. Book a Club Nitro experience by calling 800-644-4444 or visiting www.LVMS.com.
Team Nitto driver Jason Scherer has been crowned the 2016 Ultra4 national champion.
Jason Scherer Wins Ultra4 National Championship
Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. has announced that Team Nitto driver Jason Scherer has been crowned the 2016 Ultra4 national champion after placing third in the final race of the season, held at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada, last Saturday. Nitto’s team of off-road racers also swept the Ultra4 Western Regional series with a 1-2-3 finish for Erik Miller, Jason Scherer and Shannon Campbell. In addition to the Ultra4 4400 Unlimited class wins, Team Nitto’s Rick Waterbury also secured another national championship win in the 4800 Legends class. The the 2017 Ultra4 season kicks off on February 3, 2017, with the King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley, California.
General Tire Wins Pro Lite Unlimited Championship with Jerett Brooks
Jerett Brooks put an exclamation point on his dominating Pro Lite Unlimited season last weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park by winning the Pro Lite Challenge Cup and the championship. Brooks started the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series weekend strong as he set the fast time for qualifying last Saturday, which earned him an additional championship point allowing him to win the Pro Lite Unlimited Championship by just starting the feature race. Brooks finished second in last Saturday’s final points race before winning the $10,000 Challenge Cup race last Sunday.
Team M/T Sweeps LOORS Pro Buggy Championship Podium
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) hosted its championship round 15 to wrap up the series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, this past weekend. Point standings were close in the Pro Buggy class, with three Team M/T racers—Garrett George, Darren Hardesty Jr. and Mike Valentine—in range to earn the championship. Hardesty earned the top spot in the Pro Buggy class by securing a first-place finish. George’s fourth-place finish earned him enough points to secure second place in the series. Valentine finished in third place overall.
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing Announces 2017 Inductees to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing has released the names of the individuals to be inducted into the Museum’s International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. They include the late Jeff Byrd, president/general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway for Speedway Motorsports; brothers “Jeep” (Gerald) and Ronnie Hampshire; the late racer and second SEMA president Dean Moon, whose “Mooneyes” logo has become an icon with racers and street performance enthusiasts; Joe and Dellie Reath, husband-and-wife operators of Reath Automotive; Joe (“Gentleman Joe”) Schubeck, top fuel/top gas car racer and founder of Lakewood Industries; Bill (“Wild Bill”) Shrewsberry, one of the founding fathers of the “wheelstander” exhibition cars; and Larry Sutton, who served as one of the sport’s most well-known race starters. The 2017 recipient of the Founder’s Award is veteran photographer, journalist and author Bob McClurg. The inductees will be honored at the 27th annual International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Banquet presented by Lucas Oil Products, to be held March 16, 2017, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel Gainesville in Gainesville, Florida.