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Fri 29 Dec 2000
Warren Johnson tests new Grand Am

Warren Johnson tests new Grand Am

SUGAR HILL, Ga. - While visions of sugar plums danced in children's heads, Pro Stock racer Warren Johnson unwrapped his new 2001 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Grand Am in a preseason test in Bradenton, Fla. The five-time NHRA champion was as...

Mon 25 Dec 2000
Jimmy Prock to tune Matco Tools Funny Car

Jimmy Prock to tune Matco Tools Funny Car

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (December 22): Don Schumacher Racing is pleased to announce that Jimmy Prock has accepted the position of Crew Chief for the Matco Tools Pontiac Funny Car driven by Whit Bazemore. A veteran of Top Fuel tuning, Prock...

Peter Biondo Pontiac Racing's Super Stock Champion

Peter Biondo Pontiac Racing's Super Stock Champion

INDIANAPOLIS (December 21, 2000) - It's times like these, when most of the country remains encased in a layer of snow and ice, that our thoughts turn longingly to springtime and the warm drag-racing locales of Phoenix, Gainesville and ...

Self will not leave Pro Stock Trucks

Self will not leave Pro Stock Trucks

HOUSTON, Texas -- It is no secret that the cost of competing in professional motorsports is high. In all forms of motorsports the cost of campaigning and maintaining a competitive race team is far more than a team can win on the racetrack. This...

Force, Scelzi headline AARWB selections

Force, Scelzi headline AARWB selections

GLENDORA, Calif. - John Force and Gary Scelzi were named first team selections in the drag racing category for the 2000 American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association All-America Auto Racing Team, as announced Dec. 10 by the media ...

Force Racing hires Gibson as engineer

Force Racing hires Gibson as engineer

YORBA LINDA, Calif. - In a move designed to insure the future "airworthiness" of drag racing's dominant Funny Cars, Winston Champion John Force confirmed Wednesday that he has signed Tim Gibson to a three-year contract as Team Engineer and...

Sat 16 Dec 2000
Bristol to have Mac Tools sponsorship

Bristol to have Mac Tools sponsorship

GLENDORA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2000) - Mac Tools, a leading nationwide supplier of hand tools and equipment, has reached a multi-year agreement with Bristol Dragway and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to become the primary sponsor of the first...

Mendy Fry to drive Johnson Racing Junior Fueler

Mendy Fry to drive Johnson Racing Junior Fueler

Ron "Big Yohns" Johnson made a decision this week to change his race team to better cope with the rigors of Nostalgia Junior Fuel racing. As of today, Mendy Fry will be driving Johnson's San Diego-based Junior Fuel nostalgia dragster. Ron ...

Larry Dixon recap 2000, look ahead

Larry Dixon recap 2000, look ahead

How happy were you with your performance behind the wheel, as well as the effort of the Miller Lite Dragster in finishing third last season? Dixon I was very happy with the performance we had as a team with Dick LaHaie tuning for us last season.

Tue 12 Dec 2000
Mac Tools continues sponsorship of NHRA Gatornationals

Mac Tools continues sponsorship of NHRA Gatornationals

GLENDORA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2000) - Mac Tools, a leading nationwide supplier of hand tools and equipment, has reached a multi-year agreement with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to continue its primary sponsorship of the historic NHRA ...

2001 Federal-Mogul Series schedule

2001 Federal-Mogul Series schedule

<pre> NHRA FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAG RACING SERIES 2001 SCHEDULE NORTHEAST DIVISION May 25 - 27 Maple Grove Raceway Reading, Pa. June 8 - 10 U.S. 13 Dragway Delmar,...

2001 Federal-Mogul Series schedule report

2001 Federal-Mogul Series schedule report

GLENDORA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2000) - The National Hot Rod Association has released its 2001 NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing divisional schedule. In addition to the 44-race divisional schedule, the Federal-Mogul series will be featured at all NHRA ...

Jeg Coughlin to race against motorsports elite

Jeg Coughlin to race against motorsports elite

NHRA Pro Stock Champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. will head to Charlotte, NC Wednesday, December 11th for the taping of TNN's Raceday show. The show will salute the "Champions" and will air Sunday, December 31st from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. TNN...

Fri 08 Dec 2000
Celedon revamps racing program for 2001

Celedon revamps racing program for 2001

EDINBURG, TX - Ruben Celedon, driver of the Sikeston Dragstrip sponsored Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, is looking forward to the start of the 2001 NHRA Drag Racing season. Celedon will enter the new racing season with a completely revamped...

Stevens facing prospect of not racing in 2001

Stevens facing prospect of not racing in 2001

NEW ORLEANS (Dec. 6) -- Oftentimes billed as the future of NHRA drag racing, 22-year-old Pro Stock sensation Richie "The Kid" Stevens is facing the reality of not competing next season. Stevens' primary sponsor, Valspar Refinish -- a 200-year-old...

Rick Jones names Mike Corvo as 2001 driver

Rick Jones names Mike Corvo as 2001 driver

GALESBURG, Ill. (December 4, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck team owner Rick Jones today named Mike Corvo Jr. as driver of the RJ Racecars GMC Sonoma for the 2001 NHRA Winston championship season. Jones also announced that Corvo will be...

Tommy Johnson Jr. to drive second Prudhomme car

Tommy Johnson Jr. to drive second Prudhomme car

VISTA,CA (December 4) - Veteran driver Tommy Johnson Jr. has reached a long-term agreement with Don Prudhomme Racing to drive a second funny car for Snake Racing during the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series, Prudhomme Racing General Manager,...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Labonte wins Driver Of The Year honors

CHAMPCAR/CART: Labonte wins Driver Of The Year honors

Bobby Labonte, who parlayed consistency and four victories into the Winston Cup Championship, added another honor today as he was selected DRIVER OF THE YEAR for all American motorsports. Labonte, 36, driver of the Joe Gibbs/Interstate Batteries...

Mon 04 Dec 2000
Darlington Dragway names new manager

Darlington Dragway names new manager

DARLINGTON, SC - (December 1, 2000) - Larry Hensley, a longtime and highly successful drag racing track operator, promoter and former-competitor, has accepted the position as general manager of Darlington International Dragway (DID). In making...

2000 NHRA oildown final report

2000 NHRA oildown final report

<pre> 2000 NHRA OILDOWN FINAL REPORT Following 23 events in the $45 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series and the Winston Showdown all-star race Name Category Penalties Fines Points Lost David Grubnic ...

Jim Yeates tests new Grand Am

Jim Yeates tests new Grand Am

BRADENTON, Fla. (November 28, 2000) - The 2000 NHRA Winston championship season may be over, but teams hoping to compete for a title next year are already hard at work preparing for the long 24-event schedule. Jim Yates is one of those drivers...

Tue 28 Nov 2000
Team Jeg's vehicles go on display

Team Jeg's vehicles go on display

Team Jeg's recently loaned Race Rock some vehicles for display in their restaurants. At the Race Rock in Las Vegas, NV you can find one of the Jeg's Mail Order Olds Cutlass driven by '00 NHRA Winston Pro Stock Champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. In ...

Capps in guitar ad

Capps in guitar ad

What's NHRA Funny Car driver Ron Capps doing in a print advertisement for a Yamaha guitar? No, Capps - a long-time rock and roll fan - isn't changing professions. He was asked to appear in the upcoming ad by Michael Anthony, Van Halen's...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Driver of the Year fourth quarter winner

CHAMPCAR/CART: Driver of the Year fourth quarter winner

Tony Stewart, driver of the NASCAR/Winston Cup Joe Gibbs/Home Depot No. 20 Pontiac, easily cruised to fourth quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR Honors today. For Stewart, 29, winner of three races during the quarter, it was de ja vu, since he repeated...

Mon 27 Nov 2000
Warren report: season review

Warren report: season review

2000 was a learning year for the Professor of Pro Stock. After winning back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999, Warren Johnson finished third in the championship race behind Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his son Kurt. Johnson, a lifelong student of...

Kurt chronicles: season review

Kurt chronicles: season review

2000 was a breakthrough year for Pro Stock racer Kurt Johnson. He scored a career-best six national event victories and finished second in the Winston championship - his best showing since 1993 when he was named the Winston "Rookie of the Year."...

Lampus contracts Solutioneers to head sponsorship hunt

Lampus contracts Solutioneers to head sponsorship hunt

HOUSTON (Nov. 22) -- Newly-crowned NHRA Rookie of the Year Top Fuel drag racer Don Lampus has retained Solutioneers Consulting, Ltd., to secure sponsors for his promising racing operation. The Houston-based company is currently working through ...

Tue 21 Nov 2000
Valvoline partners with Evernham

Valvoline partners with Evernham

"This is one more important step in the road we've taken to assure the Dodge program has nothing but the best racing technology," said team owner Ray Evernham. "I've won many races and a Winston Cup championship with Valvoline and I couldn't be...

Mon 20 Nov 2000
Winston champions honored in Hollywood celebration

Winston champions honored in Hollywood celebration

STUDIO CITY, Calif. - Gary Scelzi headlined the NHRA Winston champions honored late Monday evening at the 2000 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the spectacular Universal Amphitheatre, as the world's largest motorsports...

Force inks new NHRA deal

Force inks new NHRA deal

WAYNE, NJ, November 14, 2000 - The future of the most successful partnership in drag racing history was secured Tuesday with the announcement by Castrol North America that it will continue to provide primary sponsorship for John Force...

Pomona:  B&J Transmissions wrap up

Pomona: B&J Transmissions wrap up

POMONA, Calif. - Federal Mogul Funny Car once again saw an Austin in the late rounds at this past weekend's AAA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif., not Pat but "Uncle Bucky" Austin who made it to the semifinals. Bucky came into the event hot...

Lampus named Rookie of the Year

Lampus named Rookie of the Year

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 13) -- Top Fuel driver Don Lampus was named the National Hot Rod Association's Rookie of the Year for the 2000 season Monday night during the annual post-season awards ceremony at Universal Amphitheatre. The 36-year-old from...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford celebrates championships in 2000

CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford celebrates championships in 2000

The 2000 North American auto racing season ends this weekend with the NASCAR Winston Cup finale in Atlanta, and every major championship has already been decided. Among those celebrating championships is Ford, which saw its program capture at...

Mon 13 Nov 2000
Pomona: Etchells Racing wrap-up

Pomona: Etchells Racing wrap-up

Whit Bazemore had hoped to make his final race in Chuck Etchells' Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 a memorable one. However, after placing 16th in the rain-abbreviated qualifying, Bazemore knew his path to the Automobile Club of Southern...

Pomona: Duane Shields wrap up

Pomona: Duane Shields wrap up

POMONA, Calif. - Federal Mogul Dragster driver and team owner Duane Shields lost in the first round of eliminations to Steve Faria during this weekend's AAA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif. Shields was ahead of Faria to the 330' mark, when a ...

Pomona: Castrol Racing finals wrap up

Pomona: Castrol Racing finals wrap up

POMONA, California - John Force won his 11th race of the 2000 season and the 92nd of his career Sunday, beating Bruce Sarver in a classic final to claim the top prize in the 36th annual Auto Club of Southern California Finals at the Los ...