SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 32, August 9, 2018

Racing News: Brown, Capps and Gray Victorious at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  Antron Brown
Antron Brown piloted to the winner’s circle with a run of 3.835 seconds at 322.84 mph in his Matco Tools dragster to take down teammate Leah Pritchett in the finals.
   

Brown, Capps and Gray Victorious at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals

Antron Brown, three-time Top Fuel world champion, locked down his first victory of the season last Sunday as he emerged victorious at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the 16th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Brown piloted to the winner’s circle with a run of 3.835 seconds at 322.84 mph in his Matco Tools dragster to take down teammate Leah Pritchett in the finals. Capps used a 4.033 at 314.90 in his Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T to beat points leader Courtney Force in the finals to eliminate John Force Racing’s hopes of sweeping the Western Swing. In Pro Stock, Gray drove to a 6.632 at 210.05 in his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro to defeat Deric Kramer in the final round. Gray qualified fourth and locked in his position in the Countdown playoffs. The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota, August 16–19.

National Speedway Directory
The 2018 National Speedway Directory lists detailed information on a total of more than 1,300 auto-racing facilities.
 
   

2018 National Speedway Directory Comes to Race Tracks

Now available, the 2018 National Speedway Directory lists detailed information on a total of more than 1,300 auto-racing facilities, including oval tracks, dragstrips and road courses. Listings for approximately 300 sanctions, 60 racing publications and 70 racing-related museums pushes the total to more than 1,730 motorsports related listings. Series schedules for 2018 are also included. Price per copy is $15 (including postage) or two copies for $25. Orders can be placed online or by emailing twfrost@speedwaysonline.com. Checks or money orders can be sent to National Speedway Directory, 2504 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091. In addition, the brand-new completely updated History of America's Speedway—Past and Present is also available. The fourth edition lists information on more than 9,000 auto-racing facilities. The book is 853 pages with more than 700 photos spread throughout.

Unlimited Desert Truck Race Added to King of the Hammers Week

A new desert race is coming to the 2019 King of The Hammers (KOH) week lineup. The Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy will feature 30 elite off-road desert racers in an invitation-only, traditional open-desert, off-road truck race in Johnson Valley, California. The event marks the return of unlimited off-road racing to Southern California, and is also the first time that four wheel drive will not be required of trucks to compete during KOH Week. The invited teams will vie for a $125,000 prize purse—said to be the richest off-road race in the history of the sport. The winner will take home $100,000, second place will earn $15,000 and third place will grab $10,000. The driver with the fastest lap of the day earns an additional $3,750. With increases in prize money to the Ultra4 class to match, the payout for KOH week exceeds $300,000.

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