John Force powered to the first three-second run of his standout career and raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car Friday at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their categories at the fourth of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Qualifying continues Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (ET) and 2:15 p.m. before Sunday’s eliminations at 11 a.m. More >
Eleven NHRA Mello Yello Series drivers were on hand Thursday evening for an autograph session at Classic Harley-Davidson near Reading to help raise funds for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Several dozen fans lined up at the dealership to get autographs, take pictures and shake hands with their favorite drivers.
Fans attending the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of their favorite Mello Yello Series drivers and help support a good cause.
An autograph session will be held Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Classic Harley-Davidson, located on Route 183 north of Reading. Admission is free, but attendees may wish to make a donation to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at the door.
Among the NHRA racers scheduled to be in attendance are:
- Blake Alexander
- Brandon Bernstein
- Johnny Gray
- Shane Gray
- Matt Hagan
- Andrew Hines
- Allen Johnson
- Eddie Krawiec
- Spencer Massey
- Tony Schumacher
- Greg Stanfield
For more information contact Classic Harley-Davidson at (610) 916-7784.
The Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals will is Oct. 3-6 and is part of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship. For ticket information, contact Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9210 or visit here.
There’s work to be done this week for Matt Hagan and it doesn’t include his Mopar/Rocky Boots Funny Car. He has chores at home on his cattle farm in rural Virginia.
Home for Hagan is an escape from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series scene. It’s where he can reflect, relax and rejuvenate his mental game. And that’s exactly what he’s doing prior to the 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.
With three of six Countdown to the Championship playoff races complete, the Mopar team is clinging to the points lead in the Funny Car class by six points over 15-time champion John Force. Led by crew chief Dickie Venables, Hagan has a runner-up finish and two quarterfinal finishes in the past three events. More >
John Force raced to his 136th career victory and moved into position to earn a 16th Funny Car world championship title Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the 21st race of the season and third of six playoff events in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
Force powered to his second win of the season with a final-round performance of 4.097 seconds at 310.13 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang while defending world champ Jack Beckman trailed in his Valvoline/MTS Dodge Charger with a 4.127 at 309.84. More >
Throughout his standout career, Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher has shown an impressive ability to rally when the pressure is at its most intense level.
After struggling through the first two races of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the seven-time world champion will again need to rely on that expertise over the final four events of the 2013 season.
Schumacher and his 8,000-horsepower U.S. Army dragster will have an opportunity to get back on track this weekend at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, Sept. 27-29 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec are the defending winners of the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship. The race will be televised by ESPN2HD and Schumacher is eager to move up in the points standings from the fifth position he currently holds. More >