• NHRA Chief Starter Mark Lyle passes

    nhra1 With great sadness, NHRA reported today that Mark Lyle, NHRA’s Chief Starter, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 27. On behalf of NHRA and the entire drag racing community, we offer our condolences to all of Lyle’s family and friends.

    Lyle had been Chief Starter for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series since 2012. He was only the third Chief Starter in NHRA history, along with the late Buster Couch (1955-1996) and Rick Stewart (1996-2011). Continue reading  Post ID 503

    Before becoming the pro series Chief Starter, Lyle was the official starter at Pacific Raceways in NHRA’s Northwest Division since 2000. He was named the official starter of the Northwest Division in 2005.

    Division 6 starter Mike Gittings has been named the interim NHRA Chief Starter for this weekend’s DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas.



    Logo-StroudSafety               Stroud Safety is now supplying Track Safety Packages to drag racing facilities around the globe. Each package is customized to the unique demands and requirements of every track. Depending on the needs of each facility, Stroud has delivered barrier and catch nets, safety crew SFI certified fire suits and related apparel, custom tow straps, and much more.

    The new Stroud, 25 square foot Fire Blanket is a popular item for tracks and teams. This heavyweight Nomex® blanket is perfect in an emergency to quickly help smother a fire on an individual or equipment and comes complete with storage bag. Continue reading  Post ID 505

    According to Darren at Santa Pod Raceway in England, “We are very pleased with Stroud Safety as the supplier of protective clothing for our safety team. It is important to us that the team has the best protection available…”

    For all you competitors out there, if your favorite track could use some help in the safety department, let them know about Stroud Track Safety Packages. The safety of the participants, spectators, and track personnel could depend on it.

    Give Stroud a call to see what products can be provided to enhance your track safety effectiveness and professionalism.

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    bg-bucket-vegas-xsml1  Las Vegas, NV- It’s a controversy that has been brewing for a number of years. Now K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel are going to fix it once and for all.

    “Kyle and I always ask ourselves ‘how can we bring more fairness to our Spring Fling events?’,” Biondo says. “We strive to maintain a level playing field for all of our
    competitors who are in fact our customers. So last year, Kyle and I started talking with
    Bob Brockmeyer from Compulink and that’s when TruSTART was born.” Continue reading  Post ID 491

    Biondo and Seipel were passionate about the concept while Brockmeyer of Compulink,
    the most widely used timing system in the world, quickly agreed and started working
    hard into turning the idea into a reality. Simply put; in a handicapped race where both
    drivers go red, TruSTART will change the game by giving the win to the racer who red
    lights by the lesser amount. The worst red-light loses, period, regardless of if a driver
    leaves first or last.

    Quick example: The slower car is dialed a 10.00 and the faster car dials an 8.00. The
    10.00 car leaves first but with a red light of -.005 while the 8.00 (faster) car also redlights
    but with a worst red of -.015. The 10.00 car loses because he was the first to redlight.
    The -.005 red driver loses to the -.015 red driver even though the -.005 red driver
    was closer to the target reaction time. Has always been that way… until now.

    “The Compulink name speaks for itself and we can’t thank Brockmeyer enough,” adds
    Seipel, “The way TruSTART will function will be exactly how we imagined it thanks to all
    of Bob’s hard work. To keep things fair within TruSTART, the slower car lane will always
    show a green light until the faster driver launches. At that point Compulink will ‘show’
    the worst red where applicable.”

    “We actually tried this back in 1986,” says Brockmeyer, “but for whatever reason it didn’t
    take off. When Peter and Kyle talked to me about it last year, it just made sense now.
    Prior to TruSTART, the advantage in the red-light department went to the faster car.
    This helps to make it just that much fairer. Just like whoever breaks-out the most loses,
    so be it when it comes to a red-light.”

    TruSTART, a product of Compulink and the Spring Fling, will be introduced to the
    bracket racing world at the K&N Spring Fling Million in Las Vegas this year.
    Undoubtedly, it’s the truest way to determine a winner in a double red-light race, and the
    fairest as well.

    Here is the video explaining TruStart.



  • A second NHRA world championship for Justin Lamb crowns successful 2015 season for Lamb Motorsports; Justin also earns NHRA Division 7 Driver of the Year honors

    F346_174-1 HENDERSON, Nev. (Dec. 16, 2015) – The taste of success typically triggers the urge to again savor that triumphant flavor. And for Las Vegas native Justin Lamb, a nibble of achievement has become a regular snack for the now two-time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series champion, who was recently named NHRA’s Division 7 Driver of the Year for 2015 last Saturday at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

    Justin, 27, continued to bolster his reputation as one of the elite racers in the sport of NHRA racing during another fruitful season in NHRA competition. Two years after claiming the 2013 NHRA Stock championship, the University of Nevada Las Vegas grad clinched his second NHRA Lucas Oil Series crown at the season-ending Auto Club Finals at Pomona, Calif. adding the title 2015 NHRA Super Stock champion to his expanding resume of racing accomplishments.

    “I think this one is more special,” Justin said of his 2015 NHRA Super Stock championship. “It’s more recent, so anytime it’s fresh it seems more important. I had a goal to win (championships) in two different classes and was able to accomplish that this year.
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    “I also have raced in Super Stock for many years and have come close, so to finally win the championship in the Cobalt is gratifying. I won the Stock title in my first season racing Stock, this took a while longer. So, it means more to me right now and to win in the (2010) Cobalt was a really big deal cause of successes I’ve had in that car. B&B Race Cars built us a great car and it’s great to win a championship with them.”

    Justin also grabbed the 2015 NHRA Division 7 Super Stock title and has raced to 15 NHRA national event victories in 21 final rounds, a .714 final round win percentage. Lamb, one of only four NHRA drivers to win an NHRA race in six different classes, has five NHRA Division 7 championships in four categories. He also finished in the top 10 of the ‘15 Competition Eliminators standings.
    “The Driver of the Year honor for Division 7 is special,” Lamb said of last Saturday’s honor. “It’s voted on by your peers and very cool that they voted for me. It’s a different a feeling, but very rewarding to be recognized by your peers.”

    Kyle Seipel added to the 2015 achievement of the Lamb Motorsports trio winning two NHRA national events in three final rounds. Seipel now has 11 national event triumphs in five Lucas Oil Series categories. The second generation racer finished seventh in the national Top Dragster standings.

    “We both help each other out,” Justin said of Kyle. “He’s one of the most positive people you’ll meet at the track. He understands the setup of the cars with weather and dialing in the race cars. I was talking with Peter (Biondo) about Kyle and his positivity and you can’t teach that. It’s great to have his attitude around when we have a rough weekend at the track.”
    The highlight of the year for the Lambs’ may have come at their home track at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March when Ryen, 21, edged her brother in the final round of a bracket race in the Super Pro class to earn bragging rights over her racing mentor and champion.

    “I had been going through a rough stretch of racing and struggling with my driving and Justin actually talked me into running that weekend,” Ryen said. “We both ended up making it to the final round and he tricked me and did a half-track burnout. He never backed up and I got the win. It was a great feeling just to get to the final round and did a lot for my confidence as a driver.”

    “She’s more than capable of winning races,” Justin added. “My dad gives us great equipment and I work hard to make sure the car can win. It’s good to see her do well. It’s hard for her to focus full time on racing at this point with college and law school. That event was key for her to win some rounds and improve her confidence.”
    The 2016 NHRA season looks to serve up another full slate of racing for the Lamb Motorsports crew as Justin plans on competing in 8-10 NHRA Mello Yello Series events and up to eight Lucas Oil Series races. While Justin looks to add more NHRA hardware to his collection, Ryen will race periodically while pursuing her law degree.

    Lamb Motorsports, headquartered in Henderson, Nev. near Las Vegas, consists of siblings Justin and Ryen Lamb and Kyle Seipel. The Lamb Motorsports teams have won 20 NHRA national events in 27 final rounds with five drivers collecting the coveted Wally trophy: Justin Lamb, Kyle Seipel, Ryan Harem, Shawn Langdon and Eric Reyes. The Lamb Motorsports teams receive support from Redback Boots, Palmer Electric, Moser Engineering, Matco Tools and Sunstate Companies. The team also is backed by partner V. Gaines and Madcap Racing Engines, along with partners Safety Kleen, K&N Engineering, Driven Motor Oil, Goodyear Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, Book Racing Carbs, B&B Race Cars, Race Tech, Meziere Enterprises, Calvert Racing, Total Seal, A-1 Transmissions, John Richardson and Aeromotive

  • Champions Crowned at 2015 Northwest Division 6 Awards Ceremony

    div6logo1 Seattle, WA – Over 320 were on hand as the 2015 NHRA Northwest Division Champions were crowned during the annual Land of the Leaders Awards Ceremony held at the Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel. Champions from the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Summit Racing Series, Summit Junior Drag Racing League, Northwest National Open Series, and Land of the Leaders ET Challenge Series were honored along with special award winners from across the division.

    One of the highlights of the evening was the standing ovation Gracious Lady recipient Linda Schulz received. Linda was honored with the award for all the selfless contributions she has made through the years throughout the Northwest Division.

    Also receiving Special awards were Dylan Hough (Junior Driver of the Year), Matt Keilman (ET Driver of the Year), Lane Cavar (Rookie of the Year), Mike Shannon (Super Class Driver of the Year), Jeff Lane (Sportsman Driver of the Year), Joey Severance (Top Alcohol Driver of the Year), Chris Cannon (Super Class Mechanic), and Ken Lantz (Sportsman Mechanic).
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    Inducted into the Northwest Hall of Fame was ’74 Top Fuel Champion Gary Beck who got his start in the sport with Seattle’s Emperors Car Club. Partnered with Gaines Markley, Beck wheeled a gas dragster to a division Super Eliminator title before getting his Top Fuel license and going on to win the US Nationals three times.

    Joining Beck as a 2015 Inductee was northwest Super Stock legend Dave Wren. After getting his start in Stock classes at various tracks throughout Montana, Wren jumped into the newly formed Super Stock class in 1967 and would go on to win the first Division 6 Championship for the class that year. After another successful Championship run in ’69, Wren secured factory sponsorship from Mopar for the ’70 season and would go on to win the ’70, ’71, and 72 Championships as well in the class. Wren also completed in Pro Stock as well during the time picking up wins in that class as well.

    Lucas Oil Series Champions
    Joey Severance – Top Alcohol Dragster
    Jeff Lane- Comp Eliminator
    Mark Faul – Super Stock
    Brad Burton – Stock Eliminator
    Mike Shannon – Super Comp
    Mike Shannon – Super Gas
    Todd Simms – Super Street

    Rig Rentals Top Dragster Champion
    Andy Morris

    RH Race Cars Top Sportsman Champion
    Darryn O’Connor

    Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson
    Jake Havens

    Northwest Shootout Series presented by C&C Olympic Heating & Lindsey Electric
    Todd Simms – Super Street
    Steve Laskowske – Super Gas
    Mike Dalrymple – Super Comp

    1-800-Truck-Help Stock/Super Stock Top Qualifier Champions
    Sean Cour – Super Stock
    Steve Horton – Stock Eliminator

    Summit Racing Series ET Finals Champions
    Ed Cutler – Super Pro Division Champion
    Robert Steffen – Pro ET Division Champion
    Andy Tabor – Sportsman Division Champion
    Joe Lind – Bike/Sled Division Champion
    Ryan Widhalm – High School Champion
    Al Chinn – Super Pro ET Finals Champion
    Dave Bronec – Pro ET Finals Champion
    Brian Seaburg – Sportsman ET Finals Champion
    Rick Newport – Bike/Sled ET Finals Champion
    Woodburn Dragstrip – Team Champion
    Summit Junior Drag Racing League Northwest Champions
    Cooper Chun – Junior Thunder Division Champion
    Jake Jones – Junior Lightning Division Champion
    Tanner Gaetz – Junior Thunder Division Champion
    Yeshua Wilcox – Junior Thunder Division Champion

    Northwest Division National Open Champions
    Carson Campbell – Junior Thunder
    Yeshua Wilcox – Junior Lightning
    William Nitta – Bike/Sled
    Gerald Patzer – Sportsman
    Peter Oliviero – Pro ET
    Mark Campbell – Super Pro
    John Appleby – Super Street
    Darrel Smith – Super Gas
    Kurt Schultz – Super Comp
    Peter Oliviero -Stock/SS Combo
    Top Comp – Terry Wilcox

    Land of the Leaders ET Challenge Champions
    Ramon Vincent – Junior Storm
    Dylan Hough – Junior Thunder
    Zach Toth – Junior Lightning
    Terry Holloway – Bike/Sled
    Brian Thompson – Sportsman
    Jason Thomas – Pro ET
    William Vest – Super Pro

    Special Awards
    Linda Schulz – Janet Lang Gracious Lady Award
    Joey Severance – Top Alcohol Driver of the Year
    Jeff Lane – Sportsman Driver of the Year
    Mike Shannon – Super Class Driver of the Year
    Matt Keilman – Mel Bresaw Memorial ET Driver of the Year
    Dylan Hough – Don Rhyne Memorial ET Driver of the Year
    Lane Cavar – Rod Hoerner Rookie of the Year
    Chris Cannon – Super Class Mechanic of the Year
    Ken Lantz – Sportsman Mechanic of the Year

    2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
    Gary Beck
    Dave Wren