NHRA extends K&N Horsepower Challenge contract

NHRA extends K&N Horsepower Challenge contract

NHRA has signed a contract extension with K&N Engineering Inc., locking in the company’s sponsorship of the popular K&N Horsepower Challenge, a lucrative bonus event for Pro Stock competitors, through the 2012 event.

The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a special race-within-a-race bonus program for the top Pro Stock drivers in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The K&N Horsepower Challenge is contested during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.  The race features a special elimination pairing with eight Pro Stock drivers in the field: seven who accumulate the most points in qualifying during the 23-race Challenge series and one who is selected to the starting lineup for the event via a special fan vote.

As part of the K&N Horsepower Challenge, K&N will conduct a fan promotion during the running of the series and will present a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to a lucky fan during the final of the K&N Horsepower Challenge. In the promotion, eight lucky fans will receive a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Summit Motorsports Park for the event, where one fan will be selected as the winner of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Each finalist will be paired with a K&N Horsepower Challenge driver during the pre-race ceremony and will be introduced on stage with the driver.

“We are pleased to extend the sponsorship of this important bonus event for Pro Stock racers with our friends at K&N Engineering,” said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president-sales & marketing. “The K&N Horsepower Challenge certainly brings an increased level of excitement to the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.”

The winner of the K&N Horsepower Challenge will earn $50,000, and the runner-up will earn $10,000. The two semifinalists will earn $3,000 each, and the four first-round finishers will receive $2,500 each.

“K&N is committed to making the Horsepower Challenge the premier Pro Stock event at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park,” said Steve Williams, K&N Engineering vice president. “This year, we are paring up eight lucky fans with the top eight drivers for a chance to win a Harley-Davidson Street Bob motorcycle; all they have to do is go to KNfilters.com, vote for their favorite driver, and register to win.”

The K&N Horsepower Challenge features an overall purse of $145,000. In addition to the $76,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge, K&N also will award $69,000 in qualifying bonuses to quick Pro Stock qualifiers throughout the K&N Horsepower Challenge series. Low qualifiers earn $3,000 at each of the 23 events in the Challenge series.

Last season, Jeg Coughlin Jr. claimed his third title in the prestigious race-within-a-race bonus event.  Other past winners of the K&N Horsepower Challenge include Greg Anderson, Dave Connolly, Kurt Johnson, Warren Johnson, Darrell Alderman, Larry Morgan, Jim Yates, Bruce Allen, and Bob Glidden.

K&N Engineering has been a major NHRA contingency sponsor for many years and has been the title sponsor for several NHRA national events in the past.

K&N is in Riverside, Calif., and has more than 700 employees. Its 400,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facilities produce the world’s best air filters that are reusable. Besides creating the first reusable performance air filter, K&N also produces the Wrench-Off oil filter and complete replacement air intake systems, adding horsepower for most cars and trucks.

Koretsky, Stanfield team up in quest for Pro Stock title

Koretsky, Stanfield team up in quest for Pro Stock title

Kenny Koretsky

Popular Pro Stock team owner Kenny Koretsky will partner with driver/engine builder Greg Stanfield and Indicom Electric owner Greg Hill, focusing on a 2010 season they believe could be as bright as the familiar multicolored race cars that run under Koretsky’s Nitro Fish Apparel banner.

This alignment also includes Koretsky’s longtime friend/crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia and is the melding of teams that, as one, have everything necessary to challenge for the coveted NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series title.

“I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do this year,” said the gregarious Koretsky, aka "Captain Chaos." “In fact, I was contemplating sitting out the season when Greg Stanfield and I began talking. He is one of the best engine builders in the sport, and that is something our team has been without in recent years.

“As it turned out, Greg wasn’t sure if he was going to race in 2010 or just build motors. I’m happy we were able to work things out.  Greg had his best Pro Stock finish last year when he was fourth, so we definitely have a solid foundation to build on. ’Captain Chaos’ is going to race for the championship.

“We haven’t been able to put together a solid engine program,” Koretsky continued, “and now we’re associated with a very good one. The Nitro Fish/Indicom Electric Pro Stock team will be at all 23 races.”

Stanfield  is enthused about this opportunity.

“We’re excited,” he said. “It shouldn’t take long for us to get things working right. One good thing is Eddie has raced for a long time, and so have I.

“Pro Stock is definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Stanfield continued. “Things have been improving for us each year, but we’ve never had the resources to really do the things I want to do. It’s a slow process because you have a lot of teams that have a lot of money, and they are working hard, raising the bar every day. It’s not only about the money; it’s about the work you need to do to keep up the performance.

Stanfield’s father taught him how to build engines. “He got me involved in racing,” he said. “He always built his own engines . . . so one thing led to another. I spend a lot of time in the shop. It is seven days a week for us.”

Greg Stanfield

Stanfield also has an impressive – and varied – resume that includes four Super Stock championships, a second-place finish in the 2001 Pro Stock Truck standings, and four top 10 Pro Stock finishes in the last five seasons.

“I’ve won races in every class I’ve raced in – Stock, Super Stock, Competition eliminator, Pro Stock Truck, and Pro Stock,” Stanfield added. “There aren’t many of us who have won races in that many categories.”

Guarnaccia said that the team will attend the preseason test session in Las Vegas (Feb. 4-6). “We’d like to start the season on a good note. This is our best opportunity to win races in about five years. Stanfield is obviously an excellent driver, and his motors put out excellent power. 

“He had his best Pro Stock season last year, and they should be proud of what they did against the tough competition. I’m hoping we can do better things for them.  With the horsepower they have, it’s a real good opportunity for all of us.”

Stanfield’s fourth-place finish was “one of the most efficient team efforts in Pro Stock,” said Hill. “Greg did a great job driving, and we fought our way through the season. 

“I think having Eddie as crew chief is a huge plus for our team,” Hill continued. “I respect him and think he’s one of the smartest tuners out there.  He’s dedicated to making the car go down the racetrack. I think this season is going to be a lot of fun.”

Ultimately, Stanfield hopes to give Koretsky his first Pro Stock national event victory and, perhaps, a taste of what it’s like to be involved in a championship race.

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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to call ESPN2, ESPN2HD home in 2010

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to call ESPN2, ESPN2HD home in 2010

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will again be televised in 16 one-hour shows on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, with coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events. In addition, the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlights, focusing on NHRA’s member-track network, will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD as part of the race coverage.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD on a tape-delay basis as part of NHRA’s relationship with ESPN, which enters its 10th year as the exclusive home of NHRA Drag Racing. All 16 telecasts will air Saturday or Sunday. The NHRA Lucas Oil Series has a long-standing tradition of serving as a highly competitive developmental arena for the future stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Returning as anchor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts will be longtime NHRA announcer David Rieff, who will be joined in the booth by popular NHRA announcer Bob Frey. Rieff has been involved for many years with NHRA coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. ESPN2 is available in 98.7 million households.

In addition to his race-coverage duties in the booth, Frey will host the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlight segments, which will be featured within the race broadcasts on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. The segments will showcase unique and interesting stories from NHRA member tracks in each of the sanctioning body’s seven divisions. Frey’s schedule of appearances includes Atco Raceway in Atco, N.J. (Aug. 4, Division 1); Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando, Fla. (March 6, Division 2); the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional event at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (April 24, Division 3); the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, La. (March 20, Division 4); Cedar Falls Raceway in Cedar Falls, Iowa (July 31, Division 5); Portland Int’l Raceway in Portland, Ore. (Aug. 28, Division 6); and Kauai Raceway Park in Kapaa, Kauai (July 4, Division 7).

Complete 2010 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series TV schedule

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 tboyle1655@yahoo.com or you can call him at (610) 399-9319, Monday to Friday, 5-9 p.m.