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The Chaotic World of Funny Car Chaos! Race weekend from a Promoter’s Point of View

Uncategorized October 13, 2017

For the past fifteen years, I have dedicated my life to the sport of drag racing as a photographer, race reporter, and participant. My wife and I spend every weekend from mid-January to early December at a drag race somewhere across this great country. In addition to serving as President of the Southwest Heritage Racing Association, which is the largest and most rapidly-growing independent drag racing series in the Southwest, I also find the task of hosting large, single events very intriguing. After five years of success organizing and promoting the annual Pro Mod vs Fuel Altered Showdown each summer in Texas, I decided to challenge myself on an even bigger event.

Funny Cars are without question the most entertaining vehicles to ever take the starting line at a drag strip. For decades, they have entertained spectators with their ill handling unpredictability and aggressive style. When funny car lays down a full track burnout, the hair on the back of your neck stands up. That’s what drag racing is all about. We needed to bring Funny Cars back to the main stage in the Southwest, and make it big. The challenge was clear, host a Funny Car race that appeals to both the racers and the spectators like nothing we’ve seen since the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Since that time, smaller eight car shows and two- or four-car match races were all fans and racers had. It was time for a legitimate, mass appealing, large, well-paying and Funny Car event. Thus, Funny Car Chaos was born.

Knowing the amount of Funny Cars not only in the mid-west but across the country, I was sure we could certainly attract sixteen cars to make the tow to North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas if we didn’t require them to fit a certain rules profile and we paid them decent money for their efforts. When I announced Funny Car Chaos in December 2016, I had no money or sponsors, just a date, a track owner who gave me a chance. Over the next six months, I spent tireless hours hunting sponsorships, and after lots of time on a calculator, I knew I had to get the payout announced to make these racers know this was for real. A group of local teams had confirmed interest, and after the announcement of a $25,000 payout, we subsequently attracted the attention of several out of town teams. My title sponsor and biggest supporter, Randy Ranew and the Red Line Shirt Club, played a huge role in getting me to this point.

Holy cow! Now I’ve got 25 cars pre-entered into this race and was only planning on qualifying 16. Back to the calculator, let’s figure out a way to let all these teams who are willing to dedicate their time and money have a chance at a first round and be part of the show. The format was finalized with an elite eight top qualifiers making up the ‘A’ field and remaining nine through twenty four qualifiers slotted into the ‘B’ field of sixteen, qualifying twenty four cars total. With the format and payout set, 25 teams pre-entered and sponsorship commitments higher than I’ve ever raised before, it was time to promote, promote, promote. Could term “Funny Car” be enough to attract people to the event? Who doesn’t love a Funny Car, right?

Fast forward to the week of the race, and my cell phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I literally carried battery packs in my pocket to keep my phone from dying. Teams started arriving on Tuesday. What? You only see things like that at the U.S. Nationals or the March Meet. A dreary forecast for Thursday and Friday had me nervous, as we had test sessions, pre-parties, and lots of action scheduled. Thankfully, we were blessed with a dry Thursday night, and the pre-party went off better than expected. The local restaurant had to quit taking food orders at one point because the kitchen was so backed up. After talking with the owner, more alcohol sales were recorded through the register since the opening of the venue in 2013.

We were off and running at 6:00 am Friday morning, and I was starting to feel the anxiety. After all the hype, I had better deliver the goods with the next two days of drag racing. A steady drizzle hung over North Star Dragway until just before noon,then the track staff took charge to dry the quickest eighth mile in Texas for a 2:00 test session for Funny Cars.

With 22 tech cards turned in at the drivers meeting, all the racers knew they were “in the show”, however, three of the pre-entered teams were unable to make it. We had it all at Funny Car Chaos: nitro cars, alcohol cars, new body styles and old body styles, heck, we even had a ‘topless’ Funny Car. Several teams took advantage of the open rule book and made changes to their engine combinations, choosing to bolt on bigger fuel pumps, more powerful magnetos, etc. It was like Funny Cars on steroids!

With such a wide assortment of cars, some who run regularly and some relative novices, I knew we’d face some losses as parts failure took its toll. Testing went well, Mark Sanders ripped off a stout 3.72 elapsed time, which proved the track was ready to hold whatever these cars wanted to throw at. At 8 p.m., we fired the first pair of floppers to officially kick off Funny Car Chaos qualifying. This was the roughest, longest, most challenging session of twelve pairs of cars I’d experienced in my life. Midway through the session, the most iconic Funny Car to ever call Texas home, the “Blue Max”, came to the line with driver Ronny Young lined up against Marc White in the “Crop Duster” from Illinois. At that moment, I quit breathing for several seconds.

At first, it was with disbelief that I was hosting a drag race that included “Blue Max” which is, in my opinion, the most badass Funny Car to ever see the face of the Earth. But after a 3.82 at 192 mph pass from Young, I heard a series of throttle whacks at the top end that was far from normal, followed by the ambulance lights coming to life as the safety crew rolling onto the track.

It’s hard to describe the feeling you get as an event promoter when something scary happens to one of your racers, one of your friends. I had no choice but to get down to the top end and see what had happened. Upon arrival, the first thing I saw was Ronny Young standing in the sand trap with a look of disgust on his face. Thankfully, Young was completely uninjured, but the famed flopper suffered race-ending damage, possibly with a bent frame. Young went into the sand trap after a late chute deployment kept the car from making the final turn off. I shook his hand and expressed my relief that he was alive and well, so thankful for that opportunity. After repairing the net system, we were back in action.

Two pairs later, the dreadful, full-track oil down showed it’s ugly face. So, the staff was back at it, with mops and dry sweep and starter David Strickland manning the scrubber machine. After an hour of delay removing the “Blue Max” from the sand trap and repairing the catch net, another hour of oil clean up ensued, flat lining the momentum we had built to this point. By this time, I already had cars in the lanes ready for their second qualifying pass, but still had six cars left to run in the first qualifying session. Schedule? Throw that out the window. After discussions with the remaining drivers and teams ready for their second shot, we agreed to run as long as the track stayed safe. Thankfully, the evening dew we commonly get never materialized, and those die-hard fans stuck around for one of the most impressive Funny Car runs I’ve ever witnessed.

John Hale lit up his Guy Tipton-tuned “One Bad Texan” to kick off the second qualifying session with a burnout that literally kept the rear tires blazing to the mile per hour cone at the eighth mile. The crowd went wild! Hale finally came to a stop well past the scoreboards, then backed up and brought it to the line. The green light dropped and Hale blasted off the starting line like a rocket, flames dancing from the pipes. The scoreboards lit up with a 3.77 at 194 mph to qualify number two. Wow, what an epic pass! Hale qualified behind Mark Sanders’ 3.68 at 205 mph which led the sheets with one more session remaining on Saturday afternoon.

With Friday a thing of the past, the task at hand was to rebound with a stellar effort on Saturday and that goal was met with flying colors. Plenty of sunshine, temperatures in the high 80s, the front gate flowing with cars and the parking lot filling up, things were looking good. I always try to make sure the events I host provide continuous and flowing entertainment. An arsenal of between round action filled the pits past the normal parking area and almost to the first turn off at the top end of the track. We crammed 125+ trailers in the facility made up of match racers and exhibition machines like K.C. Jones, who was pulling double duty driving both the “Crazy Train” wheelstander and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” jet dragster. Howard Farris was in the house determined to break the 3.53 track record with the “War Wagon” AA/Fuel Altered. John Robinson had his turbo diesel powered dragster on hand among many others. Capping off the show, the Dirty South Gasser series brought back the old school vibe with more than thirty five participants lined up for the Beat The Heat World Finals held on Saturday.

All remaining Funny Cars had a solid spot in the field, so I expected maybe just a few to come up for the final qualifying session. To my amazement, almost every car found a spot in the lanes and were eager to take the track as the stands were literally filled to capacity and spectators were four and five deep on the fence past the scoreboards. Let’s fire ‘em up!

The final qualifier went off with just one oil delay, and it was now time to compose a ladder. With the assistance of my loyal announcer David Rattan, we put together the field and made copies, then I hopped on the scooter to deliver a ladder to each team. The original plan was to host a pre-race parade of cars, but to make up time, I hesitantly scrapped that part of the show, preferring to make up lost ground on my timeline and have this event completed at a reasonable hour. As a promoter, photographer, spectator, whatever, nothing gets under my skin worse than racing at one or two in the morning in front of empty bleachers on a subpar racing surface. So with the parade scrapped, the call went out for the first round of Funny Cars to head to the lanes, it was time to pair them up and let them ride.

Announcing is a crucial part of hosting any form of entertainment, but especially drag racing. Thankfully, I’ve got a dedicated team behind me including David Rattan in the announcer booth and my long time staging lane director Justin Haas, who also handles the lanes for the SHRA nostalgia series. With this team combined with the hard working staff at North Star Dragway, we were ready to go as Justin sent the first pair to the water box.

The first round saw several upsets, especially in the ‘A’ eliminator as John Hale and Marc White suffered first round losses after qualifying in the top half. Watching from between the lanes on the starting line, directly behind the starter, let me tell you, the nitro fumes were thick and plentiful during the ‘A’ field. A lifelong nitro junkie, it just didn’t get any better than that! ‘B’ field contestants held their own with some great side-by-side racing as we cut the fields in half and teams returned to the pit area for servicing. K.C. Jones did his thing in the wheelie car and jet dragster, the Dirty South Gassers kept the front wheels up on their exhibition runs and rounds were underway in the Beat The Heat program. We had the ball rolling now.

Being the “guy in charge” means you are the one who deals with all the random stuff that happens. I’ve seen more than my fair share of unexpected issues, but thankfully only a few incidents were reported over the weekend. One young spectator whacked his head open on the bleachers running unsupervised between the frame work of the bleachers. An adult spectator took a rolled up t-shirt to the eye from a race team shooting t-shirts into the crowd with an air cannon, bad aim I guess. Those issues were easy to resolve. A few years ago at an event I promoted called “Match Race Madness” we had breaker boxes overloaded and on fire, the water well ran dry and we had to use cases of bottled water in the burnout box, we even lost power to one side of the track lighting system, so a couple bumps and bruises were easy to manage.

Before I knew it, we were into the finals; where did the time go? I felt as if we just held first round an hour ago, but it was now 11:30 p.m. and final round cars were in the lanes. Mark Sanders and Keith Jackson would square off in the ‘A’ feature while Andy Mears and Jordan Ballew were up in the ‘B’ field final. Wait, don’t forget to notify all the photographers and videographers of the fireworks show set for the conclusion of the final round. We had wired a system down the side of the track in both lanes, set to go boom as the ‘A’ field final round went through the finish line. Fireworks ready, media members notified, track clear, let’s crown some winners!

The ‘B’ field was up first with Mears and Ballew coming to life. Mears in a 1957 Chevy entry branded “Dragon Slayer” from Lubbock, Texas and Ballew rocking the 1969 Chevy Nova “Ballew Thunder” tuned by his father Russell. Both personal friends of mine, both great race teams, this one was going to be fun. The ambers dropped and they were off. Side-by-side they charged to the finish line, where Mears’ 4.76 at 144 mph narrowly defeated a 4.77 at 145 mph from Ballew in the closest drag race of the event (.021 margin of victory). Yes! A great side-by-side final round is always what you want to see.

The big boys were up next. Keith Jackson was a funny car racer I grew up watching as a kid on family vacations to Bandimere Speedway for the NHRA Mile High Nationals, his hometown race in his time running NHRA Funny Car. The disbelief that this man was now racing in an event I was hosting in Texas was shocking enough, but to think he might win the event was simply thrilling. Mark Sanders was the last team to pre-enter, notifying me just the week before that they had planned on attending. Sanders had shown no mercy thus far: top qualifier, low elapsed time, top speed, but a thrash in the pits had ensued when the rods decided to exit the block on the “Mr. Explosive” 1970 Ford Mustang entry. Son and crew chief Jake Sanders led the team into battle with a new bullet between the frame rails as both cars pulled into the waterbox. Crew members hung the starters on the front snout of their blown nitro powerplants and gave the nod, we’re ready, crank em’ up.

Nitro fumes pumped from the pipes high into the sky as the bodies dropped and burnouts were underway. This race was a toss-up. Sanders had been quicker, but the newly installed engine always causes a bit of uncertainty. On the line, crew chiefs made their final adjustments and sent their drivers into the beams. That wicked sound when fuel cars put it on the high side (engage the second fuel pump) will straighten the hair on a nitro junkie’s arms, mine for sure. A flash of amber and the green lights were on as Jackson took a slight starting line advantage. They looked, from my vantage point, glued together at half-track, and I could see Jackson drifting towards the guardrail while Sanders also had his hands full keeping his hot rod in the groove. Both were out of the throttle right before the finish line as Sanders’ win light came on with a 4.12 at 141 mph to Jackson’s close 4.25 at 154 mph, both surprisingly off pace, but with the win going to Sanders and company as the team celebrated on the starting line after their thrash to make the call for the finals paid off.

The fireworks went off- well, most of them did- as the fans started making their way towards the exit and preparation for the winners circle festivities began. Typically I’m the guy lining up the cars in the winner’s circle area, making sure every person in the group is visible to the camera lens, but this time I was the guy handing out the cash, jumbo size check, and custom-designed trophy. For racers to come up and tell you this is the most fun they’ve had in years means a lot. Thankfully, I got that from a lot of the participants and sharing the winners circle photo with these teams was a special feeling I’ll never forget. Everyone was going home safe, the racing was very exciting, the stands were packed, and that’s a wrap, Funny Car Chaos was in the books.

I’d like to personally thank North Star Dragway owner Gene Nicodemus for believing in my vision and giving me the opportunity to make reality of this crazy idea. Secondly, my wife Tera, who was the only person who kept my sanity in this process and poured hours of help into making it happen. Finally, the sponsors and racers, without their involvement no drag race was possible and it is with their support that brought this event together. Thank you all.

A weekend filled with unknowns, triple checking of every piece of the puzzle, answering countless questions, making sure everyone was in place, ensuring your racers and spectators were having fun, it was all worth every second. From back up girls to header flames, the Funny Car teams put on a spectacular show, and my sincere thanks goes out to each team who trusted me in this effort. Not a single driver expressed any issue with the event, and to my surprise, every single team made sure to tell me before they headed home, “I’ll be at the next one!”

I guess that leaves me no choice. Let’s do it again! A few months prior to the inaugural Funny Car Chaos, I had already reached out to a few tracks in hopes of securing a second date for 2018, set for some time in the spring, while keeping a permanent home at North Star Dragway for a fall race. Amarillo Dragway is where I’ve chosen to take Funny Car Chaos 2 and we’re gearing up for a bigger and better edition of this flip top frenzy at one of the most historic drag racing facilities in the country. So look forward to more folks, as we charge ahead full throttle into next year where we will again pack the pits with Funny Cars, it will be, Funny Car Chaos!

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Best Ford in A Ford Cruisin’ the Coast Style

Uncategorized October 13, 2017

After WW II automobiles were largely carry-overs from the 1941 to 1942 model line. The first all-new Fords were introduced in 1949 and the design changes were radical. Gone were the independent fenders, any hint of a running board and the hood line was dramatically lower. It was streamlined and a bit on the boxy side compared to earlier models. It didn’t take long for hot rodders and customizers to label these cool cars the “shoebox Ford”. The new body style had only minor changes for1950, with the most obvious change being the location of the front parking lights. Demand for all new cars remained high and the new Ford sold well. In 1950, Ford sold 50,299 convertibles, but precious few survive today. This fact was not lost on Ken Smith, and when he saw an opportunity to own a ’50 Ford convertible he jumped at the chance. The car was built by Tom O’Rourke and friends in Safety Harbor, Florida. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is second to none.

The chassis incorporates a Fatman Fabrications IFS front clip with stainless steel control arms, coil-over shocks and power rack and pinion steering. Out back a nine-inch Ford rear is located with a pair of Posies lowering leaf springs and Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes slow the old rag top down. Keeping this Ford all-Ford was a big part of the build and to that end a Mustang 5.0 connects to a Ford AOD tranny. The motor breathes through a Trick Flow intake and spent gases exit through Ford Racing stainless headers connected to a complete stainless steel exhaust system. MSD provides a hot spark and a Superior Radiator combines with Cooling Components fan to control engine temperatures. A new Tanks, Inc. fuel tank and in-tank fuel pump supply the required fuel pressure.

The body remains largely the way Ford built it in 1950 as the focus was on improvement rather than change. To that end the car has a much improved fit and finish. The Nu-Relics power windows add convenience and the 1953 Cadillac Artisan Ochre is the perfect vintage yellow. The slightly lowered stance is reminiscent of an early fifties mild custom and the factory skirts and 1952 Ford Crestline bumper guards add to that look. In keeping with the traditional look the car rolls on Vintique wheels covered with 1952 Ford Crestline hubcaps. The black Haartz cloth top combines the rich look of canvas with modern durability.

Inside the upgraded original approach continues. The stock dashboard carries Dakota Digital analog gauges. The tilt column is topped with a Limeworks steering wheel while Custom Air A/C keeps the cabin cool when the top is up. The seats have been covered in Spice Tan leather and the square weave carpet sports leather piping. All factory trim pieces have been restored to perfection, resulting in a timeless interior that blends perfectly with the rest of the car.

Ford has always taken great pride in building reliable cars, and that extends to the hot rod world as well. It seems Ken had a total of 41 miles on the car when he left home in Spring Hill, Florida driving to Cruisin’ the Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi. By the time he got back home the car had over 1,000 trouble-free miles on the odometer, you gotta love a well-built old Ford.

The total package takes you back to a simpler time, a time when GI’s were busy resuming the good life. The vintage feeling is so strong, when you turn on the Alpine stereo you almost expect to hear Guy Lombardo, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby or Patti Page singing one of the hit songs of the day. All that and more is why we chose Ken Smith’s 1950 Ford convertible for our Best Ford in a Ford Award at the 2017 Cruisin’ the Coast event.

The simple good looks of a 1950 Ford shine through the 1953 Caddy Artisan Ochre yellow paint. A subtle lowering, factory fog lights and rare 1952 Ford Crestline bumper guards add up to a fine mild custom look.
The rear view is pure ‘50s flavor with another set of those rare bumper guards in service. All original trim has been repaired and polished or sent off for fresh chrome.
Under the hood a 5.0 Mustang motor breathes through a K&N filter and Trick Flow intake. MSD ignition and Ford Racing stainless headers help performance. To the untrained eye this may look like a stock engine bay, but notice the nicely filled and finished firewall.
Much like the exterior, the inside focuses on improving rather than changing things. Full Spice Tan leather is sewn in traditional rolls and pleats while square weave carpet and the Limeworks steering wheel add a touch of class.
The devil is in the details. How about these cool side view mirrors that appear to be stock but have built-in LED turn signal indicators? They flash when the turn signals are on and disappear when not in use.
Speaking of LED lighting the stock bezels hold much brighter than original LED lights. Factory optional backup lights remain in service. Note the perfect decklid gaps, this is one fine automobile.
Ah yes, remember when cars came with a full-size spare tire? Leather and carpet now cover what was once covered with a simple rubber mat. The Bud box stores tools and cleaning supplies.

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BMW to recall 85,000 X3 crossovers in U.S. over airbag-related issue

Uncategorized October 13, 2017

BMW is recalling 85,300 X3 crossovers in the U.S. over a problem with a seat sensor that could result in the failure of the vehicle’s airbags.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Krass & Bernie: Mechanics For…Hire?

Uncategorized October 13, 2017

The guys find a Trans Am for sale and head over to take a look. When starting it up, they discover some problems and get under the hood for a look. But maybe they give it a little too much love.

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Car Craft Summer Nationals 2017: Josh Munson and His 1970 Chevelle

Uncategorized October 13, 2017

Josh Munson and his team at Green Mountain Gear Heads in Williston, Vermont are responsible for some unique and beautiful creations including this 1970 Chevelle that was featured in the Undiscovered Builders Showcase presented by Amsoil at this year’s Car Craft Summer Nationals. It can be challenging to make a vehicle like a Chevelle stand out because so many of them have been built, but Josh and his crew incorporated many custom touches that set this build apart from the rest.

The car features a big block Chevy under the hood that has been bored and stroked to 498 cubic inches and topped with a set of AFR heads. Josh opted for a Tremec TKO 600 manual transmission for transferring the power to the 12-bolt rear axle. The suspension is a mixture of different parts, with Ridetech spindles coupled with upper and lower control arms from SPC up front, while the rear features Currie billet arms and a Fays2 Watts link. To help it corner better, the stock sway bars have been swapped for larger-diameter units and rack and pinion steering has been added.

The exterior is painted a gorgeous shade of metallic green, with real carbon fiber left exposed for the stripes on the hood and deck lid. In addition, the bumpers have been smoothed and shaved, giving this car a sleek appearance that is set off perfectly by the Billet Specialties Mag G wheels. Inside, the carbon theme continues with a custom steel dash and center console that have both been hydro dipped in a carbon-like finish.

The best part about this car is that Josh built it to be driven, even adding a custom 29-gallon fuel cell and air conditioning, and he beats on it regularly. We respect the work that has gone into crafting this one of a kind machine and are glad to see it used just how it’s meant to be.

You can find more information on Josh’s shop at his website

Josh has crafted one beautiful machine that turns heads everywhere it goes, and if you look closely you can see the custom smoothed bumper with no visible bolts and a smoothed front license plate area.
In the sun, the green metal flake really comes to life and the subtle carbon stripes contrast against it nicely. You can also see the massive 29-gallon fuel cell hanging out from underneath, making this car great for road trips.
Under the hood is nicely finished with a smoother firewall as well as more green and carbon accents. That 498 cubic inch big block Chevy looks right at home and shines nicely with all its aluminum jewelry.
This beautiful engine is topped with a custom, carbon fiber cold air intake that feeds a 1000 cfm Holley carburetor customized by Pro Systems.
These Billet Specialties Mag G wheels look just right with the six-piston Baer brakes behind them.
When painting the car Josh masked off stripes in the carbon hood and deck lid resulting in a look that one does not typically see on old Chevelles.
The Hydratech system mounted to the firewall uses pressure from the power steering to provide assistance during breaking making this car easy to stop every time.
The front headlights are actually LED motorcycle lights that he sourced from Mid USA Cycle.

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U.S. unveils proposal to boost autos content in NAFTA, report says

Uncategorized October 13, 2017

The United States has formally unveiled proposals to boost the amount of regional content that autos must contain to qualify for NAFTA tariff-free access, sources told Reuters.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Chevy's mid-engine Corvette shows more styling cues

Uncategorized October 12, 2017

Another, more production-looking C8 Corvette mule has been spotted in camouflage — this time near Cadillac, Mich.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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CarGurus shares surge in Wall Street debut; online firm raises $150 million

Uncategorized October 12, 2017

Shares of CarGurus, an online marketplace connecting car buyers and sellers, jumped as much as 84 percent in their market debut after the company raised $150 million from the stock offering.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Championship Check Up

Uncategorized October 12, 2017

As we hit the midway point of October, most traveling series around the county are about to put the wraps on their Championship battle (if they haven’t already).  We’ll take a quick look around to see who has won and who is on the track to a title.

All Star Circuit of Champions


Chad Kemenah is well on his way to the 2017 All Star Circuit of Champions title.  He is 469 points ahead of Ryan Smith with just two races remaining.

Races Remaining

Oct. 13 – Mansfield (OH) Motor Speedway

Oct. 14 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

American Modified Series


Josh Harris has a commanding 530 point lead over Gabe Menser with just one stop remaining this season.

Races Remaining

Oct. 28 – Florence Speedway (Union, KY)

American Canadian Tour (ACT)


Scott Payea leads Dillon Moltz by 37 points with just one race remaining.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14 – Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park

ARCA (Automobile Race Club of America)


Austin Theriault has a healthy 400 point lead over Dalton Sargeant with just ones stop remaining.

Races Remaining

Oct. 20 – Kansas Speedway

ARCA Midwest Tour


Ty Majeski won his fourth straight series Championship

American Sprint Car Series


With two weekends remaining Sam Hafertepe Jr. holds a 400 point lead over Aaron Reutzel.

Races Remaining

Oct. 20-21 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Oct. 27-28 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)

Big 8 Series


Michael Bilderback won his third straight series Championship.

Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series


Dustin Smith won the 2017 BOSS Championship.



Layne Riggs holds a slim four-point lead over Josh Berry and is nine points ahead of Anthony Alfredo in the Late Model Stocks.  Cole Rouse is eight points ahead of Brandon Setzer heading into the final Super Late Model event.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14 – South Boston (VA) Speedway

Carolina Clash


With two races remaining Zack Mitchell sits 68 points ahead of rookie Michael Brown.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14 – Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, NC)

Nov. 18-19 – Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC)

Champion Racing Association


Johnny Van Doorn won the CRA Super Series Championship. Carson Hocevar won the CRA JEGS All Star Tour title.

Dirt Kings Late Model Tour


Nick Anvelink won the first ever Dirt Kings Late Model Tour Championship.

Empire Super Sprints


Although two races remain this season, the Empire Super Sprints will not award points.  Jason Barney is the 2017 Champion.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14 – Brockville Ontario Speedway

Oct. 21 – Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, NY)

Fastrak Racing Series


Benji Hicks leads Jensen Ford by 22 points with three weekends remaining in the season.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14-15 – Toccoa (GA) Raceway

Nov. 3-4 – Lavonia (GA) Speedway

Nov. 17-18 – Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, GA)

International Super Modified Association (ISMA)


Jon McKennedy has a 24-point lead over Tim Jedrzejek with just one race remaining.

Races Remaining

Oct. 13-15 – Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park

Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series


Tim McCreadie leads Josh Richards by 40 points with a two-day stop at Porstmouth left to decide the 2017 title.

Races Remaining

Oct. 20-21 – Portsmouth (OH) Raceway Park

Mid-American Stock Car Series


Dan Gilster secured the 2017 Mid-American Stock Car Series Championship.  In other Go Racing Promotions series Dave Trute was Champion of the Great Northern Sportsman Series and George Sparkman captured the Midwest Dash Series title.

Midwest Truck Series


James Swan won the Midwest Truck Series overall and TUNDRA events titles.  Danielle Behn won the Midwest Truck Series State Park Speedway Triple Crown Championship.

Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series


With one race remaining Jimmy McCune leads Anthony McCune by 97 points.

Oct. 20-21 – Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway

NASCAR Local Racing


Harrison Burton is the K&N Pro Series East Champion. Doug Coby holds a 10 point lead over Justin Bonsignore in the Whelen Mods with one race remaining.  Todd Gilliland is up by 11 points over Chris Eggleston with two stops still left in the K&N Pro Series West.

Oct. 14 – All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) (K&N West)

Oct. 15 – Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park (Whelen Mods)

Nov. 4 – Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA) (K&N West)



Cory Hedgecock holds a commanding 210 point lead over Grant Garrison.

Races Remaining

Oct. 13-14 – Talladega (AL) Short Track

Nov. 3-4 – Southern Raceway (Milton, FL)

Nov. 23-25 – Magnolia (MS) Motor Speedway

Northwest Super Late Model Series


Brittney Zamora became the first female Northwest Super Late Model Series Champion.

NYPA Midgets


Kyle Hutchinson won the 2017 NYPA Midget Championship.

POWRi Racing


Logan Seavey holds a 230-point lead over Tucker Klaasmeyer with one race remaining in the POWRi National Midgets.  Korey Weyant is the 2017 WAR Sprint Cars Champion.

Oct. 22 – Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)

Pro All Stars Series (PASS)


Travis Benjamin is the 2017 PASS North Champion.  Matt Craig is 74 points clear of Kodie Conner with two races remaining in the PASS South.  Ben Rowe leads David Farrington Jr. by 29 points in the PASS National Standings.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14 – Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway

Oct. 21 – Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, NC) (PASS South)

Nov. 3-4 – Concord (NC) Speedway (PASS South)

Nov. 18 – Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway

Southern United Professional Racing Series


With one race remaining B.J. Robinson is 45 points ahead of Jon Mitchell.

Races Remaining

Oct. 21 – Chatham (LA) Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series


Matt Sheppard tops Billy Decker by 46 points with two races remaining.

Oct. 13 – Brockville Ontario Speedway

Nov. 2-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte

TUNDRA Super Late Model Series


Dalton Zehr won his third TUNDRA Championship.



Kody Swanson won the 2017 USAC Silver Crown Championship.  Justin Grant is 45 points ahead of Chris Windom in the Sprint Car Standings.  The margin is 66 points between leader Spencer Bayston and Brady Bacon in the Midgets.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14 – Terre Haute (IN) Action Track (Sprints)

Oct. 22 – Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL) (Midgets)

Nov. 3-4 – Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ) (Sprints)

Nov. 9-11 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway (Sprints)
Nov. 18 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway (Midgets)

Nov. 23 – Ventura (CA) Raceway (Midgets)

World of Outlaws Late Models


Brandon Sheppard has spaced himself to a 300-point lead over Chris Madden.

Oct. 13-14 – The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Joliet, IL)

Nov. 2-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars


Donny Schatz is 158 points ahead of David Gravel.

Races Remaining

Oct. 14 – Port Royal (PA) Speedway

Oct. 15 – Weedsport (NY) Speedway

Oct. 16 – Ransomville (NY) Speedway

Oct. 20 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)

Oct. 21 – Salina (OK) Highbanks Speedway

Oct. 27-28 – Dodge City (KS) Raceway Park

Nov. 2-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte


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Jesse James to Unveil His Twin-Turbo 1964 Dodge Polara at SEMA 2017

Uncategorized October 12, 2017

With the start of the annual SEMA show less than a month away, we’re starting to see some of the anticipated builds coming together, and this 1964 Dodge Polara owned by the famous car and motorcycle builder, Jesse James, will definitely be one to keep your eye on. In order to bring this project to life, Jesse has partnered on the build with Honeywell Garret, a global leader in performance turbochargers, as well as Roadster Shop out of Mundelein, IL who is known for their complete chassis systems that you can literally bolt underneath many old-school muscle cars.

The build on this old Mopar was a little more involved than a simple-bolt on job due to the Polara’s unibody structure, so Roadster shop went to work scanning the entire vehicle with their Faro Technologies 3D Scanner giving them the ability to design every single part of the chassis on the computer and thus ensure that it would be dead-nuts accurate. After designing and building the chassis they went to work cutting out all of the car’s floor pans and substructure to make room for the new chassis as well as a custom-made floor which were then married together to create what they had in the renderings.

With Honeywell’s backing, this rather unassuming Polara will have a couple tricks hidden under its weathered exterior – and by tricks we mean turbos – the plan is to equip this old B-body with a twin-turbo, Hemi, which should perform quite well when combined with the custom Fast Track chassis. Additional details include a custom set of Forgeline monoblock wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05R tires as well as a restored, simplistic interior. They will be unveiling this one-of-a-kind 1964 Dodge Polara in the Honeywell Garrett booth at the aftermarket’s biggest trade show, SEMA, in Las Vegas on October 31, 2017. To see the unveiling live, tune into the Honeywell Garrett Facebook page at 2:00 p.m. on October 31st, and be sure to stay posted for more information on this car once it has been unveiled.

Despite its unassuming exterior appearance, this 1964 Polara will be seriously capable with a twin-turbo Hemi power plant combined with a custom Fast-Track Chasses from Roadster Shop hiding under the skin.
Inside, the theme of subtlety continues with a simple and clean interior that resembles what would have come from the factory with only some custom seats, a harness bar, a central switch panel, and some custom gauges hinting at what this machine will be capable of.

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