SEMA eNews Vol. 20, No. 12, March 23, 2017

Racing News: Schumacher, John Force, Shane Gray and Krawiec Take Home Wallys

Compiled by SEMA Editors

Schumacher, John Force, Shane Gray and Krawiec Take Home Wally Trophies at Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Tony Schumacher raced his way to the Top Fuel victory last Sunday at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. John Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the third of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Schumacher, an eight-time Top Fuel world champion, piloted his U.S. Army dragster to a 3.703-second pass at 329.26 mph for the 83rd victory of his career and first of the season. He defeated reigning world champion Antron Brown, who ran a 3.764 at 322.65 in his Matco Tools dragster. With the win, Schumacher becomes the winningest Top Fuel driver at the facility with five after previously being in a four-way tie. Force ran a 3.928 at 328.14 in his PEAK Chevy Camaro Funny Car for the 148th victory of his career, eighth at Gainesville and first of the season. He defeated rookie Jonnie Lindberg’s 3.971 at 314.83 in his Head Racing Toyota Camry. In Pro Stock, Gray picked up the sixth victory of his career and first at Gainesville Raceway when he ran a 6.535 at 212.96 in his Gray Motorsports Chevy Camaro to defeat four-time champion Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro’s 6.560 at 213.43 in the final. Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Krawiec defeated teammate Andrew Hines for his 37th career victory, second consecutive and fifth total at Gainesville Raceway. Krawiec rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.763 pass at 199.76 bettering Hines’ 6.802 at 197.10 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31–April 2.

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The NMCA Drag Racing Series presented by E3 Spark Plugs kicked off its 2017 season last week in Bradenton, Florida.
   

15th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Race Wrap

The NMCA Drag Racing Series presented by E3 Spark Plugs kicked off its 2017 season last week in Bradenton, Florida. View the results below:

VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod: Jason Hamstra and his blower car took the green light to the final-round win over Andrew Handras and his nitrous Pro Mod.

Mickey Thompson Radial Wars: David Adkins’ turbocharged LS-powered-Impala charged past Nick Agostino with a 4.00-second winning elapsed time.

Ford-vs.-Chevy: Charlie Cooper edged out Jarod Wenrick at the hit, .051 to .061, and edged him out at the stripe, 4.40 to 4.47.

Holley EFI Factory Super Cars: Last year’s class winner Bruno Massel beat Kevin Skinner in a tight 8.380-to-8.384 matchup.

ARP Nitrous Pro Street Camaro: Don Baskin drove into the final round against Jeff Rudolf and was victorious after a 7.22-7.33 winning effort.

Edelbrock Xtreme Street: Scott Guiler and his Olds 442 drove to the final where he defeated Eric Kenward in his newly ProCharged “Wheelie Wagon” in a close 7.65-to-7.80 victory.

Boninfante Racing NA 10.5: Mike DeMayo and his ’95 Mustang defeated Richie Nye for a 7.85 to 8.22 trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.

DR525-powered Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center: Glenn Pushis pushed to the final where he defeated Keith Vaughn (10.22 to 10.45), who made his first-round appearance since joining the class.

Fast Forward Racing Engines Outlaw 632: John Lastinger met Ryan Thorp in the final, where Thorp went -.003 red, handing Lastinger the win.

Stock/Super Stock Combo: class, Jim Bailey drove his ’10 Dodge Drag Pak Challenger to the final-round win over Kurt Neighbor and his ’64 Thunderbird. Bailey was .011 to .096 on the tree, and 9.92 on a 9.88 to Neighbor’s 8.80 on an 8.75 for the win.

Muscle Car Mayhem Shootout: Andy Warren turned on the red light to hand the win to the NSS’ Brent Wheeler.

NSS vs. NMC Muscle Car Mayhem: Barry Dorn went -.037 red at the hit, giving Doug Duell the winner’s points haul.

Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car: Mike Roup in his Mustang squared off against Jerry Mathis and his ’69 Dodge Charger. The round was over at the start as Mathis was .035 seconds too early, which gave Roup the win.

Magnafuel Open Comp: Ricky Pennington was .023 to Susan Roush-McClenaghan’s .050 at the start, and he won the double breakout with a 10.533 on his 10.55 to Roush-McClenaghan’s 9.37 on a 9.42 bid.

Gear Vendors True Street: Randy Thomas came out on top, averaging 8.82 seconds in his ’10 Shelby GT500 Mustang. Derek Putnam grabbed the nine-second average with a 9.42 effort. Other winners include Andy Greiner (10.004) 10-second winner; Bill Lee (11.05) 11-second winner; Tom Calabrese (12.01) 12-second win and Jesse Morse (13.07) 13-second win. Larry Lentz and Wyatt Morse tied for the 14-second win with both averaging 14.038 seconds, and Brock Austin (15.27) took home the 15-second win.

Local racers waged war in two bracket classes this weekend, and last Saturday, Jon Siegel was declared the winner in the B1 final while C.W. Vought claimed victory in B2. Last Sunday, Brett Sloat defeated David Bunn for the B1 win and in B2 Vaughan Boone took the win over Trey Bunner.

Next up for the NMCA Drag Racing Series presented by E3 Spark Plugs is the 9th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals in Commerce, Georgia, April 6–9.

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Lund Safety Trucks will be present at all Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series national and regional events this year.
 
   

Lund Will Lead 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Races as Safety Truck Sponsor

Lund International will sponsor the Lund Safety Trucks at all Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series national and regional events this year. This Team Lucas sponsorship is the first of its kind for Lund International. The Lund logo will appear on the hood and doors of all five Toyota safety trucks and on all the safety crew’s fire suits. Five other Lund International brands—AVS, Bushwacker, AMP Research, Roll-N-Lock and Stampede Automotive Accessories—also will participate in the sponsorship, which includes 137 cumulative television hours (73 of them live), social media, banners, signage and a Vendor’s Row display on site at all events. The first appearance of the Lund Safety Trucks in the national series will be April 21–23 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Continues NMCA Radial Wars Class Sponsorship

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has renewed its sponsorship commitment to the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA). Mickey Thompson has sponsored the heads-up Radial Wars class since its inception in 2014. Additionally, the company will offer on-site trackside support at most NMCA events and contingency awards to all drivers competing in Pro, Sportsmen and various special event classes.

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VP will provide trackside fuel service for both the Irish Drift Championship and British Drift Championship series and post contingency awards of 100, 50 and 25 for first-, second- and third-place finishers respectively.
   

VP Named Official Fuel of Irish, British Drift Championships

VP Racing Fuels has been named the official fuel of both the Irish Drift Championship and British Drift Championship series. Under the agreement, VP will provide trackside fuel service for each event and post contingency awards of 100, 50 and 25 for first-, second- and third-place finishers respectively. Awards will be distributed in euros for the Irish series and pounds for the British championship, and drivers must use VP fuel to be eligible. As part of its fuel service, VP will offer a pre-order program in which all participants will have the opportunity to order fuel in advance and have it delivered to each event. Drivers for both series will be contacted directly and provided with forms for use in placing pre-orders. 

Porsche Design Signs on as PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Series Sponsor

The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series has announced that Porsche Design will once again serve as the official timing partner of the semi-professional racing series. Porsche Design will present the winners of the series championships with exclusive Porsche Design timepieces at the end-of-the-year celebration in October in Daytona Beach, Florida, following the season finale. The Porsche Design logo will also be carried prominently on each Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport car throughout the entire 2017 season.

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PPG continues as a key sponsor of Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity Series races in the 2017 racing season.
 
   

PPG and Team Penske Hit the Track

PPG and Team Penske have teamed up for another year of racing. Celebrating the 34th year of their partnership, PPG continues as a key sponsor of Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity Series races in the 2017 racing season. PPG will serve as the exclusive sponsor for one of Team Penske’s entries in five major racing events—three Verizon IndyCar Series and two NASCAR Xfinity Series races—and as an associate sponsor on all the team’s cars and equipment. Team Penske cars will feature PPG colors and logos at the races.

Service King Named Title Sponsor of NASCAR XFINITY 300 Race at Auto Club Speedway

Service King Collision Repair Centers will serve as the title sponsor for Auto Club Speedway’s NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 race, Saturday, March 25. The event, which will air on FS1 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT), will be known as the Service King 300.

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