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Demke Chasing Two Wallys, Norwalk Ice Cream Scoop at Summit Nationals

NORWALK, Ohio (July 1, 2015) – NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Chris Demke has some unfinished business to settle when he gets to Summit Motorsports Park for the 9th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals this weekend. The California native is scheduled to complete the final round from the Chicago regional race during qualifying for the Norwalk national event, adding another level of excitement to the Fourth of July weekend.

Back at Route 66 Raceway's NHRA North Central region event in June, Demke qualified the Peen Rite/Boost Performance Products dragster in the No. 2 spot before scoring round wins over John Paul Gutierrez and Jake Sanders. He'll face Mia Tedesco in the Hirata family's A/Fuel dragster in the final round, set to take place during the third qualifying session at the Summit Nationals.

“From a tune-up perspective, we'll just need to find our race tune-up quicker,” Demke said of the impact on the team's qualifying strategy. “We don't get as much of a chance to experiment or try anything crazy. From a driver's perspective, I don't get three qualifiers. That just means I have to be race-ready sooner. We've had to do this before, and our team knows how to work through the situation.”

Once Demke and the Maddern Racing team get past qualifying and the Chicago final round, their focus will shift to... [Read More]

MBR and Dreher Motorsports Looking to go to Work Over Holiday Weekend at Norwalk

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) rolls into the Buckeye State this weekend for its annual stop in Norwalk, Ohio. Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR) and Dreher Motorsports will join forces once again to field an entry in the ultra-competitive Top Alcohol Dragster class at the 9th running of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

With the drag racing world shifting its attention to northwest Ohio for the holiday weekend, MBR driver Corey Michalek looks ahead to getting back on track after being idle behind the wheel since early March.

“Anxious is probably the most appropriate term,” said Corey. “It’s been a long 4 months of being out of the driver’s seat since Charlotte. As a part time driver running a limited schedule, there is so much emphasis put on every opportunity that you get to stand on the gas, and it’s a challenge to get into any type of rhythm with such long gaps in between races. The main objective for me coming into the weekend is to show up mentally in midseason form the way Kyle did in Houston.”

Norwalk marks the second consecutive race of the season that MBR will pull up to the starting line with primary sponsorship from the Kenan Advantage Group (KAG). MBR states its goals for the weekend are simple: perform well on track, and just as important, help KAG find qualified applicants to... [Read More]

Lawson Powers New RMR A/Fuel Dragster to Semis

June 19, 2015 – Shayne Lawson was the first to compete in the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s brand new Top Alcohol Dragster, and piloted the Smart Chicken, Reasor’s dragster to the semi-finals at Tulsa Raceway Park for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Regional event.

Built by Copeland Race Cars and Fabrication, the new A/Fuel Dragster was tested on Wednesday and Thursday of last week for the first time, and powered to the quarter-mile finish line in 5.41 seconds.

“It handles like a Cadillac,” said Shayne. “Chase built an outstanding race car.”

Shayne drove a best time of 5.51 seconds at 261 mph during qualifying to claim the 8th position out of 14 cars, while Randy Meyer piloted his Top Alcohol Dragster to claim the 2nd qualifying spot with a 5.36 ET at 269 mph.

With high temperatures close to 100°F, tuning the injected nitro cars were tricky, but Randy Meyer was able to tune the Smart Chicken, Reasor’s dragster to run a 5.43 ET at 257 mph for the first round win over the number one qualifier. Unfortunately, Randy had trouble with his car, and smoked the tires to lose round one of eliminations.

Moving onto second round, Shayne was up against Michael Manners. Shayne had a handle on the A/Fuel car and got off the starting line first, but soon had trouble as the tires went up in smoke and Shayne had to let off... [Read More]

TA/FC Driver Greg Hunter Goes Back-to-Back at Mission Regional

MISSION, B.C. (June 10, 2015) – Northwest native Greg Hunter now has even more reason to like Mission Raceway, one of his local tracks. Hunter successfully defended his 2014 event championship at Mission's NHRA Lucas Oil Series regional race on Sunday.

Driving the Synoil Energy Services/Exact Air Top Alcohol Funny Car for Canadian drag racing legend Geoff Goodwin, Hunter qualified No. 2 with a 5.828 at 251 mph.

Even though the race had a short field, Hunter and the Synoil team approached the event with as much intensity as they would a stacked national event. An eagerness to get a second consecutive Mission win certainly played a part in the team's attitude.

“We were cautiously optimistic going into the race. We have had some issues at the last few races so we had a plan going in to correct them. We didn't think too much about experimenting in qualifying because we had an eye on the first-round bye run that comes with qualifying No. 1,” Hunter recalled.

Hunter and the Ryan Protz-tuned Synoil Racing machine stepped up for the first round of eliminations against Brian Hough, laying down a 5.706 at 256 mph to take the round win and low et of eliminations. A consistent 5.709 lap followed in the final round, allowing Hunter to take the event win over Shane Westerfield, who ran 5.754.

“We had an... [Read More]

Johan Lindberg Unveils New Sponsor at Tierp

Lindberg Bros Motorsports is looking to make a big impact at the upcoming Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena, north of Stockholm, Sweden on June 4-7, 2015.

After 6 races in the USA competing in NHRA with Jonnie's car it's finally time for Johan to jump in his own car and start of the European season at his home track only one hour from Lindberg's headquarters in Stockholm. With new partners and a brand new design the team looking forward to race on Swedish soil again.

''I can't wait until I jump back in the seat again and floor it and hopefully run some good numbers this coming weekend, Johan said. We have done a lot racing this year already with Jonnie's car with me watching from the outside, but now it's my turn behind the steering wheel.''

''It's fun to be back home and race for our home crowd, and I guess it's my brothers turn to shine a little bit, Jonnie said with a smile. I'm pretty confident we going to run fast this weekend, we have a fresh blower and a new injector hat from Jeff Burnett, so basically it's the same parts as my car in US. And together with the experience I have as a tuner with many runs racing so much overseas helps to.''

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Demke Ready to Bounce Back from Kansas Nationals Loss at Joliet Regional Race

JOLIET, Ill. (June 3, 2015) – Chris Demke and his Maddern Racing teammates don't usually dwell on the last race's performance, but the California racer is especially ready to forget the last race and move on to this weekend's Burndown at Sundown NHRA regional race at Route 66 Raceway. Demke is still hurting over a first-round loss at the Kansas Nationals, so he sees this weekend as a chance to redeem himself.

“I just failed on the starting line and gave away an opportunity to go rounds and earn more points. I was racing against a torque converter-equipped car, and the required staging process for one of those cars just distracted me. The fact is I don't have enough experience racing converter cars. I certainly don't blame the guy in the other lane; he didn't do anything wrong. There is enough of a difference in the staging procedure of a converter car compared to that of an A/Fuel or blown clutch car that it distracted me. It was a good learning opportunity and I'll be better prepared for the next time I line up against a converter car,” Demke said.

Maddern Racing tuner Adam Rhoades was quick to defend his driver, noting, “He's human. I've lost him more races from bad tuning than he's lost us from his driving. We're already moving on to the next race.”

After all, the rare, early-round loss was just a minor... [Read More]

Shields' PEAK Team Wins AGAIN

Mohnton, PA - Duane Shields and the PEAK Top Alcohol Dragster team are undefeated so far in NHRA regional competition. This past weekend they added the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional event held at Maple Grove Raceway into their trifecta which also includes wins in Gainesville, Fl and Dinwiddie, Va. This was no ordinary event as the track was recently repaved, there was a monster field of cars and the stands were filled on Saturday. The event and the track surface scored rave reviews by Duane. "It was a great event and the first major race since it was repaved. They did some good advertising and a special carload promotion helped make it a successful turnout. The track itself was perfect, very smooth and really nice," he said.

The PEAK dragster qualified second with a 5.34 at 271 MPH in a tough field. "Twenty cars competed for an eight-car field which made it very competitive. You really had to be on your game just to qualify," Duane added.

In round one, Duane raced Dan Mercier, of LaPrairie, PQ, who qualified 7th with a 5.44 at 270 MPH. At the hit Mercier lost traction and Duane was long gone scoring a sizzling 5.24 at 274 MPH to seal an easy win.

Prior to the semi finals there was a long delay due to numerous oil downs resulting in the second round being pushed back to 9:30. By this time the track was starting to go away due to the cool track... [Read More]

Booher Scores Second Consecutive Runner-Up Finish of 2015

NORWALK, Ohio (May 21, 2015) – Brandon Booher is working his way back into championship form in NHRA's North Central region, where he now has back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2015. The for-hire Pro Mod tuner drove the AB Construction Top Alcohol Dragster to his seventh regional-level final round at Summit Motorsports Park last weekend, just two weeks after taking runner-up at the season opener in Indianapolis.

“It was definitely good to be in those final rounds and to acquire the points. Obviously I would've liked to win them both, or at least one. It certainly could've been worse. I suspected a few issues at Indy, though they were overshadowed by other unrelated problems. Those issues made themselves evident at Norwalk, but there was nothing we could do about that at the track. I just had to maintain performance and do my job as a driver,” said Booher, who also tunes the family-owned car.

A threatening forecast for the Norwalk area forced officials to cut Top Alcohol qualifying down to two sessions, though Booher managed to qualify sixth in the eight-car field with a 5.427 elapsed time. Racing in front of over 20,000 people, he left first with a .012 light and ran 5.475 to beat Canadian Jeff Veale in the first round. Booher improved to a 5.440 at 265 mph to defeat Mike Manners in the semifinals, again leading the race from the starting line.... [Read More]

Red-Hot Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Ready for Maple Grove

Marstons Mills, MA-May 21, 2015-Fresh off a victory at Virginia Motorsports Park, Jay Blake's Permatex/Follow A Dream heads to the rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania for this weekend's East Regional at historic Maple Grove Raceway. With the Virginia win, driver Todd Veney moved into a first-place tie with Mickey Ferro atop the East Region Top Alcohol Funny Car standings.

"Everybody feels good about the win, but that was last week," said Blake, whose team reached the final round of this event in 2010 and 2013 - both times against Frank Manzo. "Now, we have to do it again. It's a great track - my favorite - but all the same cars from Virginia should be there, so this will be just as tough as Virginia."

Qualifying on the all-new surface at Maple Grove, which was completely repaved in the off-season, will be on Friday, with sessions scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eliminations are set to go off under the lights Saturday night at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00.

Demke Seeking First and Potentially Last Kansas Nationals Win

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21, 2015) – NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster national points leader Chris Demke and his Peen Rite team are kicking off their 2015 Midwest tour this weekend at the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka. The four-time Topeka finalist is seeking his elusive first Kansas Nationals Wally, and with Heartland Park Topeka's future in jeopardy, this might be his last chance.

“[Tuner] Adam Rhoades texted me a couple weeks before the race and said, 'Looks like this could be the end of the Topeka event, we're gonna have to win it,' so we've got our marching orders. I've been to the finals here plenty of times, but I've yet to win the national event. We went to the regional event for the first time last year and won. We know how to win at this track. We just haven't been able to put together the four runs necessary to win the Kansas Nationals,” Demke admitted.

Even though the Peen Rite/Boost Performance Products team is more than capable of stringing together win lights in the hot, humid conditions Topeka is known for, they thrive in cool weather where every bit of performance can be squeezed out of the Jerry Maddern-owned entry. A quick look at the forecast shows the possibility for ideal conditions is there.

“Our team has been going to Topeka as long ago as 1999 with Darren Nicholson driving,” said Demke, who served as a Maddern... [Read More]

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