SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 41, October 11, 2018

Racing News: 2019 NMRA Ford Nationals Event Schedule

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  NMRA
In 2019, the NMRA Ford Nationals will feature a lineup of all-Ford championship and shootout drag-racing classes, car shows and special events.
   

2019 NMRA Ford Nationals Event Schedule

The NMRA Ford Nationals has announced the 2019 national event schedule:

February 28–March 3, 2019
25th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout
Bradenton Motorsports Park
Bradenton, Florida

April 4–7, 2019
11th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Georgia

May 16–19, 2019
Inaugural NMRA Gateway Rumble
Gateway Motorsports Park
Madison, Illinois

June 27–30, 2019
19th Annual NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pennsylvania

July 25–28, 2019
14th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing
Route 66 Raceway
Joliet, Illinois

September 26–29, 2019
21st Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals
Beech Bend Raceway
Bowling Green, Kentucky

NHRA
Top Fuel points leader Torrence has swept the first three races during Countdown to the Championship after his pass of 3.786-seconds at 325.92 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster defeated Terry McMillen’s 3.826 at 321.04 in the final round.
 
   

Torrence, Hight, Gray and Tonglet Victorious at AAA Texas NHRA Fallnationals

Steve Torrence piloted his dragster to the Top Fuel winners circle last Sunday afternoon to secure his first career victory at his hometown race, the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals at Texas Motorplex. Robert Hight (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the third of six playoff events during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Top Fuel points leader Torrence has swept the first three races during Countdown to the Championship after his pass of 3.786 seconds at 325.92 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster defeated Terry McMillen’s 3.826 at 321.04 in the final round. With the win, Torrence now has a 103-point lead over the category. Defending event and world champion Hight powered his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS to his second consecutive win with his pass of 3.955 at 325.69 to defeat J.R. Todd’s 3.984 at 319.52 in his DHL Toyota Camry. Hight has a 50-point lead over Todd after the win. Pro Stock’s Gray grabbed his second consecutive victory during the Countdown to the Championship with his pass of 6.622 at 207.62 in his Valvoline/Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to take down No. 1 qualifier Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the final round. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Tonglet earned his fourth victory of 2018 and 20th of his career with his run of 6.892 at 194.80 to team owner Jerry Savoie’s 6.907 at 193.88. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues October 12–14 with the fourth race in the Countdown to the Championship, the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  Chris Forsberg
Formula DRIFT driver Chris Forsberg was inducted into the LA Sportswalk of Fame Monday, October 8.
   

Chris Forsberg Becomes First Formula DRIFT Driver Inducted Into LA Sportswalk of Fame

In a ceremony that took place Monday, October 8, in front of the Battleship Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles, Chris Forsberg was singled out for his success in the Formula DRIFT (FD) series over the past 15 years. The LA Sportswalk of Fame began in 1978 to honor the men and women who reach the top of their sports. For 2018, Forsberg was among 11 athletes selected for the award. He stood alongside NASCAR, IndyCar and off-road legend Robby Gordon, as well as 11-time Baja champion Johnny Campbell. Forseberg earned his place by virtue of being the most successful Formula DRIFT driver, with three championship titles earned in 2009, 2014 and 2016. He’s currently the second most successful in terms of round wins, with nine to his name, and has 36 podium places, which is more than any FD driver. He currently sits fourth in the 2018 FD Pro standings going into the final round this weekend.

Geoff Turk
At the wheel of his Holley EFI-powered Blackbird ’15 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, Geoff Turk knocked off defending series champion Scott Libersher in the final round. 
 
   

Turk Clinches NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Championship With Another 7-Second Blast

Geoff Turk, who became the first member of the Holley EFI 7 Second Club with a historic 7.99 at the NMCA season opener, Muscle Car Mayhem, in Bradenton, Florida, ended 2018 with another seven-second charge at the World Street Finals in Indianapolis. He paced the field with a 7.98 and wrapped up the NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Championship with another victory. At the wheel of his Holley EFI-powered Blackbird ’15 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, Turk led all qualifiers with the only seven-second pass of the weekend, then plowed through eliminations with times of 8.03, 8.10, 8.13, and 8.06, all at between 169 and 171 mph, to win going away. In the final round, Turk knocked off defending series champion Scott Libersher

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