• Eagle Motorplex Rejoins as NHRA Member Track

    eagle-facebookNl’Akapxm Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft, B.C., has rejoined the NHRA Member Track Network. Built in 1987, the multi-use motorsports facility will once again become a member of the Northwest Division.

    The facility features a quarter-mile dragstrip, a 2.1-kilometer motocross track and a new ESSO full service travel station at the main entrance to the facility. Track officials also have plans to construct a new tower for the dragstrip this season. Continue reading  Post ID 412

    The track will host a slate of NHRA Summit Racing Series and Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League events during the year, including seven double-header weekends that run from May through September.

    “The track has had some great history with NHRA in the past,” said Sue McKay, track manager of Nl’Akapxm Eagle Motorplex. “We have a new start this year and we are really looking forward to adding to that history going forward.”

    As an NHRA-sanctioned track, the facility will be eligible to offer racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events including the National DRAGSTER Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.

    “Having another place to race in Western Canada is good news for drag racing in the Northwest,” said Matt Levonas, NHRA Pacific Division director. “We’re thrilled to have the track back in the NHRA family.”

  • 2014 NHRA Division 6 Awards Ceremony

    div6logoThe NHRA Northwest Division honored its Division Champions at its annual Awards Ceremony held January 10th. Honored were the Lucas Oil Series Champions, Rig Rentals Top Dragster, RH Race Cars Top Sportsman Champions, Summit Racing Series ET Champions, Harley Davidson Sportsman Motorcycle Champion, Summit Jr. Drag Racing Champions, Land of the Leaders Champions, National Open Champions, Hall of Fame Inductees, as well as Special Awards recipients form the past racing season. Continue reading  Post ID 410


    Lucas Oil Divisional Champions
    Aaron Strong – Comp Eliminator
    Sean Cour – Super Stock
    Mark Faul – Stock Eliminator
    Mike Dalrymple – Super Comp
    Eddy Plaizier – Super Gas
    Tom Manfred – Super Street
    Jeff Havens – Harley Davidson Sportsman Motorcycle
    Dan Provost – Rig Rentals Top Dragster
    Rod Hymas – RH Racecars Top Sportsman

    Summit ET Series Champions
    Norm Braedt – Super Pro Division Champion
    Nick Shepherd – Pro ET Division Champion
    Gordon Rust II – Sportsman Division Champion
    Jeff Havens – Bike/Sled Division Champion
    Cameron Loos – High School Division Champion
    Steve Laskowske – Super Pro Event Champion
    Dave Bronec – Pro ET Event Champion
    Karl Hart – Sportsman Event Champion
    Terry Holloway – Bike/Sled Event Champion

    Summit Jr Drag Racing Series Champions
    Alisha Miller – Jr Thunder Division Champion
    Adam Lint – Jr Lightning Division Champion
    Emma Odman – Jr Thunder Event Champion
    Ryan Widhalm – Jr Lightning Event Champion

    National Open Series Champions
    Mark Campbell – Top Comp & Super Pro
    James Quan – Stock/SS Combo
    Nikki Schultz – Super Comp
    Lloyd Flatum – Super Gas
    Ken Goldade – Super Street
    Ryan Warter – Pro ET
    Gary Gandee Jr. – Sportsman
    Jim Funderburg – Bike/Sled
    Emily Lewis – Jr Lightning
    Carson Campbell – Jr Thunder

    Land of Leaders ET Challenge Series Champions
    Amy Schwab– Super Pro
    Scotty Yaremko – Pro ET
    Luke Jacobsen – Sportsman
    Mark Canty – Bike/Sled
    Emily Lewis – Jr Lightning
    Chandler Steen – Jr Lightning
    Travis VanMaarion – Jr Lightning
    Elizabeth Lindsey – Jr Thunder
    Alexis Krier – Jr Storm

    2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
    Pete & Bill Kost

    Special Award Recipients
    Joey Severance – Top Alcohol Driver of the Year
    Aaron Strong – Sportsman Driver of the Year
    Eddy Plaizier – Super Class Driver of the Year
    Adam Bowdish – Sportsman Mechanic of the Year
    Norm Shannon – Super Class Mechanic of the Year
    Garrett Quinlan – Rod Hoerner Memorial Rookie of the Year
    Jerry Durant Jr. – Mel Bresaw Memorial ET Driver of the Year
    Emily Lewis – Don Rhyne Memorial Jr Driver of the Year
    Danette Thompson – Janet Lang Gracious Lady Award

  • Top Dragster, Top Sportsman to compete for NHRA national championships in 2015

    MoeNHRA’s Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes will compete for NHRA national championships beginning in 2015. Both season champions will be awarded with NHRA National Champion’s Wally trophies along with National Championship rings and jackets.

    The two classes will be contested at 14 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events across the country, as well as the three NHRA JEGS SPORTSnationals events and at all NHRA Lucas Drag Racing Series divisional events. To earn NHRA National Championships, drivers in both classes will count their best three of their first five national events, and their best five of their first eight divisional events. The JEGS SPORTSnationals events will be counted as national events, with competitors earning national event points. Continue reading  Post ID 402

    The six-second, 200-mph race cars featured in both classes have continued to increase in popularity and participation. The addition of three new events in 2015 will include the Route 66 NHRA Nationals which also plays host to the JEGS Allstars.

    “We’ve seen the two categories grow since 2002 with the introduction of Top Sportsman and 2005 with Top Dragster,” said Josh Peterson, NHRA Vice President of Racing Administration. “Recognizing an NHRA National Champion in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster is the next step as interest by racers, sponsors and fans continues to grow.”

    Class field sizes will not change as a 32-car field will be contested at all national events, including the three JEGS SPORTSnationals, and at Lucas Oil divisional events in divisions 1-5. Divisions 6 and 7 will continue to contest 48-car fields with the final Lucas Oil divisional event of the year held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosting a 64-car field.

  • Qatar Racing Club Terminates Funding for All Al-Anabi Racing North American Operations

    1_5_LangdonBROWNSBURG, Ind. – – The Qatar Racing Club has terminated funding for all motorsports activities in North America. This decision includes the two-car Al-Anabi Racing Team operated by Alan Johnson Racing, the team announced today. The decision was made in the final days of 2014, and team members were notified this morning.

    “We are obviously surprised and disappointed about this completely unexpected turn of events,” Alan Johnson Racing team owner Alan Johnson said. “Our plans for the 2015 NHRA season were nearing completion starting with pre-season testing next week in (West Palm Beach) Florida and the first race of the 2015 NHRA season a month from today in (Pomona) California. Many things are uncertain, and our situation is obviously still evolving. We are currently exploring our options, and we hope to have more news in the near future.” Continue reading  Post ID 395

    The Al-Anabi Racing Team won NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championships in 2010, ’11 and ’13. The team won 42 races in the last six seasons with drivers Larry Dixon, Del Worsham, Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBalooshi. When the team has additional information regarding its future, it will make another announcement; until that time, team members are unable to grant any interview requests.

    Alan Johnson has won 11 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championships with five different drivers: Gary Scelzi, Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon, Del Worsham and Shawn Langdon; he is a 15-time NHRA champion in various capacities including crew chief, team owner and team manager. For additional information on Alan Johnson Racing, please visit www.alanabiracing.com.