Ideal timing for old friends Diehl, Shortall to join forces

Ideal timing for old friends Diehl, Shortall to join forces

Jeff Diehl

Tony Shortall

Respected crew chief Tony Shortall and NHRA Funny Car driver/owner Jeff Diehl have partnered to form Ideal Racing and will make their NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series debut at the 50th annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline.

Diehl competed in IHRA Funny Car in 2009 and raced at NHRA events in Sonoma, Las Vegas, and Pomona in the later part of 2009.

“The car kept getting better and better every run we made," said Diehl. "Tony and I expect a continuation of that same progress at the upcoming NHRA Winternationals."

“Where can we possibly find a better place to start this team than the 50th anniversary of the NHRA Winternationals?" said Shortall. "What we are doing today is no different than what Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, and John Force did when they pursued their dreams in their beginnings. Hopefully we can have a glimmer of their success in our future."

“I’m excited to team up with Tony and do what we have talked many times about doing: starting an NHRA Funny Car team," added Diehl. "We have been friends for a long time and understand what motivates one another; it’s not complicated, it’s just racing, and that’s how we intend to approach this.”

Competition Photos Super Comp coming to The Grove

Beginning in 2010 the Competition Photos Super Comp Circuit will make its return to the East Coast.

After a seven-year absence from the area Tom Boyle has resurrected the series for the 2010 season.

The first race will be held at Atco Raceway on June 5-6. This is a great opportunity for anyone to test for the United Association NHRA SuperNationals the weekend following at Englishtown, N.J.

The next race the series will visit Maple Grove Raceway on July 10-11 as part of the Sportsman Circuit Showdown.

The series will then run back to back races to close out the season at the same two tracks. On Aug. 7-8 the circuit will return to Atco Raceway and on Aug. 14-15 they re-visit Maple Grove Raceway which is the week before the Cecil County Division Race.

For questions on the series please e-mail Tom Boyle at or you can call him at (610) 399-9319, Monday to Friday, 5-9 p.m.

NE Outlaw Pro Mods Association releases 2010 schedule

The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods 2010 season is set with nine events for 2010 starting with Napa Day at the Drags May 1 at Virginia Motorsports Park. warriors_mod_V2_500

The NEOPM has doubled its quarter-mile Pro Mod racing program from 2009, added a new series name, “1320 Pro Mod Warrior Series”, and added many new sponsors in what will be one of the best quarter-mile Pro Mod racing series in the country.

The series will be running at some of the fastest facilities in the country, such as Maryland International Raceway, Maple Grove Raceway, Atco Raceway, Virginia Motorsports Park, Capitol Raceway and National Trails Raceway.

We added the new and improved Super Chevy Show at Maple and the new NHRA Unleashed Series event developed by the producers of the popular drag racing show Pinks, Stephen Pullin and Jack Schaeffer at National Trail Raceway, which will add the excitement of quarter mile pro mods to these events. We have worked very closely with Roger Burgess of Pro Care RX and the NHRA to help build legal Pro Mod racing in the country and to give these racers a place to compete. Also see the NEOPM’s and the newly formed MMPSA at our 2nd event at Maryland International Raceway’s Mountain Motor Nationals May 15. More >

‘Pinks All Out’ registration sells out in a flash

Just how popular is “Pinks All Out?”

At noon Monday, over 12,000 racers and fans tried to register for the May show at Maple Grove Raceway.

All at once.

With the high volume of people trying to get to the online registration form, the servers for both Maple Grove and its ticket company crashed almost immediately. More >

Racers’ meeting notes online

Over 150 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail racers, crew and officials packed the meeting room at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Wyomissing this past Saturday. For a detailed look at what transpired, please click here.

Last Chance PINKS Lotto

Due to the overwhelming demand of PINKS All Out racer registration, we have elected to offer a special lottery drawing for up to 50 more cars. To be eligible for the lottery drawing, please compete the form Here or call the Maple Grove Raceway office to enter the lottery.

We will accept names until Friday, Febuary 5th at 12 noon. Once the lottery is closed we will have an “at random” drawing for the 50 entries who will have the opportunity to purchase a race entry. Maple Grove Raceway will notify the lucky 50 by email or phone starting on Monday, February 8th.