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Kyle Michalek Has Strong Performance at Houston

Qualifies #2 and records career-best E.T. and MPH en route to semifinal finish

Over the course of three hot, humid days in Houston, TX, Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR), Dreher Motorsports, and the Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) teamed up to post a string of impressive performances en route to a semi-final finish at the 28th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals.

Back in the driver’s seat for the first time in just under a year, Kyle Michalek kicked off his third season behind the wheel of the Dreher's nitro-burning A/fuel dragster in style by posting a career best 5.299 second elapsed time at 267.96 MPH to sit in the provisional #1 qualifying position. The Michalek/Dreher combo then reeled off a 5.356 second lap at 267.00 MPH and a 5.326 second lap at 270.16 MPH (new career best MPH) in the remaining qualifying sessions to enter eliminations in the #2 qualifying spot. This starting spot marked the team’s best qualifying effort in National Event competition.

Still riding a high from resetting his personal best ET and MPH, Kyle Michalek broke down the team’s qualifying performance.

"It's tough being out of the car for an extended period of time; I was probably more nervous for the first qualifying pass than I was racing in the final round of the Norwalk regional a few years ago," said Kyle. "I knew we had a great... [Read More]
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Meyer Celebrates Third Consecutive Spring Nationals Victory

April 27, 2015 – The Randy Meyer Racing Team took home the win this weekend in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway for the third year in a row.

Randy Meyer, Top Alcohol Dragster driver and team owner based out of Spring Hill, Kansas, claimed the victory after defeating David Brounkowski, who red light in the final round and automatically giving the win to Randy.

On Friday and Saturday, Randy qualified his A/Fuel Dragster with a best run of 5.378 ET at 271 mph to claim the fifth position, out of 16. All elimination rounds were held on Sunday, which gave Randy the chance to make experienced tuning adjustments to have the quickest times on Sunday, making him unbeatable.

“We didn’t do as good as I wanted to in qualifying,” Randy said. “I changed some things on the motor before first round, and we were very happy with the results.”

Randy got his first taste of success with a 5.294 ET at 271 mph to defeat Aaron Tatum in round one of eliminations. As the only dragster to run in the 5.20s, Randy had lane choice in second round over competitor and veteran Jim Whiteley, and his 5.279 ET at 271 mph took out Whiteley’s 5.359 at 267 mph.

Randy continued to knock down the competition, and defeated Lee Callaway with a 5.264 ET at 272 mph in the... [Read More]
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Demke Claims Important Vegas Regional Win

LAS VEGAS (April 21, 2015) – Chris Demke's Top Alcohol Dragster win at last weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Series West Region event in Las Vegas might not seem so special at first glance; a regional event win is a standard accomplishment for a championship team like Maddern Racing. But it really was an important win for Demke and team, as it was their first win in Sin City in five years and they defeated Joey Severance, who previously hadn't lost a round at The Strip since 2013.

“We struggle at this racetrack all the time and this weekend certainly wasn't any different. We faced our own challenges and the car never ran as good as I expected it to run, but as it turned out it was good enough,” Demke remarked.

Demke qualified the Peen Rite/Boost Performance Products blown alcohol dragster in the third spot, standing on his first run down the track, a 5.380 elapsed time at 269.76 mph. In the first round of eliminations, he defeated Randy Eakins, who he fell to in the first round at the SummitRacing.com Nationals in Vegas last weekend. The second round was the big one, though. Demke left just one thousandth of a second behind Joey Severance, then
charged ahead to win in a 5.415 to 5.429 race.

“Winning that round, as has happened with other rounds, felt like we won the race even though it wasn't the final. We talked about it afterward; if there... [Read More]
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Kyle Michalek Looks to Build on Past Texas Success in 2015 Debut

Over the course of five years in the early-2000’s, Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR) made a habit of turning in dominant performances in the state of Texas while working as pit crew members for Mark Thomas Racing. During the span of 2003-2007, MBR racked up an impressive résumé with 2 victories, one runner-up, one semi-final appearance, and one quarter-final appearance. Now, after a 7 year absence from the Lone Star State, MBR arrives in Houston with a hunger to continue its history of success; this time in the driver’s seat.

Michalek Brothers Racing driver Kyle Michalek is gearing up for a weekend of new opportunities as he zeroes in on the 28th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals. Michalek, entering his third season behind the wheel of the Dreher Motorsports A/fuel dragster, will be making his 2015 debut in Texas, the state that he now calls home. This event also marks the first race west of the Mississippi for an MBR driver, bringing along with it a new batch of competitors different from the list of drivers the team has become accustomed to lining up against in the Midwest and along the east coast.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back in the driver's seat and taking on new competition at a new facility," said Kyle. "We have experienced success in Texas before and we're looking to pick up right where we left off. They... [Read More]
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Demke Chasing JEGS Allstars Points at Las Vegas Regional Race

LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2015) – Top Alcohol Dragster driver Chris Demke is ready to forget last weekend's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An untimely parts failure resulted in a rare first-round loss for the defending national champion. Demke and the Maddern Racing team will have another shot at The Strip this weekend, though this race will carry more consequences as the team competes at the Lucas Oil Series regional event.

“The last-minute decision to come out to the national event didn't go as we hoped. The blower came off without a backfire, causing us to lose first round. Clearly it wasn't what we hoped for, but we'll pick up the pieces and move on to the regional race. Our main goal is to earn points and hold onto our spot in the JEGS Allstars standings,” said Demke, who qualified No. 2 in the SummitRacing.com Nationals field.

Demke is currently chasing fellow blown alcohol racer Joey Severance in the JEGS Allstars West Region points, with A/Fueler Garrett Bateman following close behind. The prize for securing one of the top two spots in each of the four regions is an invitation to compete in the JEGS Allstars specialty race held at the Route 66 Nationals in July. Competing in the prestigious event is an opportunity cherished by Demke and his Peen Rite/Boost Performance Products team, and earning... [Read More]
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Pre-Race Test Session Provides Confidence for Hunter and Synoil Racing Team

LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2015) – Past Las Vegas semifinalist Greg Hunter returns to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the SummitRacing.com Nationals. The driver of Canadian drag racing legend Geoff Goodwin's Synoil Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car reached the winner's circle on the regional level since last year's Vegas spring race, and is hoping to reach his first national event winner's circle this weekend.

Hunter, Goodwin and tuner Ryan Protz tested at The Strip at LVMS prior to the Vegas racing events, which continue next weekend with an NHRA Lucas Oil Series regional event.

“We've kind of been struggling for the last couple races and we feel that we figured out what our problem was and we're confident that we have it fixed. We did confirm that our problem is fixed but we didn't get to make a run to prove it. We're looking forward to getting on to a really good, well-prepared NHRA track surface. I feel that we're going to run really good this weekend,” confirmed Hunter, who spent two seasons in Top Alcohol Dragster before returning to TA/FC last year.

Las Vegas has been good to Hunter. It's where he earned his crossover license for TA/D and where he won his first round in the dragster. But it was last year's SummitRacing.com Nationals experience that Hunter and his Synoil Energy Services team... [Read More]
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Speed City Signs as Official Performance Parts Distributor of the PDRA


PITTSBORO, N.C. April 8, 2015: One of the fastest growing parts distributors in the industry, Speed City, has partnered with the Professional Drag Racers Association as the organization’s Official Performance Parts Distributor. Speed City specializes in supercharged alcohol and nitromethane racing, with several highly recognizable brands such as Star Racer Belts and Magnum Fuel Systems. The Ohio-based company will have parts available at each PDRA event in 2015 through Pro Extreme racer Wesley Jones.

“As a company that is run by racers, for racers, Speed City is a great fit for an organization that operates on the same premise,” stated PDRA Senior VP of Marketing, Mike Congdon. “We are thrilled to have Speed City join us as the Official Performance Parts Distributor and look forward to the benefits this will bring our racers.”

Speed City is owned by Australia native and drag race standout, Diana Harker, who made her fame in A/Fuel Dragster before founding Speed City. Now she, along with husband John Bojec, are making Speed City a leader in international racing sales. Bojec explains that Speed City is much more than just a parts distribution company, however:

“We build cars. We have a complete engine rebuilding facility. We have complete fabrication capabilities. We also manufacture our own line of fuel pumps... [Read More]
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Nancy Matter has New Look, New Drive for 2015

When Nancy Matter flipped the calendar over for the start of 2015, little did she realize the events that were about to unfold for the upcoming race season.

After a most successful return to the Alcohol Funny Car wars in 2014 from an almost six-year layoff, Nancy and the NTX Diesel crew were looking forward to continuing the contest in 2015. But, unbeknownst to Nancy a series of unique and personal encounters were about to unfold that would reshape not only her racing efforts for the upcoming season, but her energy level as well.

Through an NTX Diesel customer and an idle conversation, a connection was made that now has turned into an alliance for the 2015 racing season, an alliance that has brought a new awareness of a situation that affects the entire country.

“We’ve been blessed to be put in contact with Wayne, Deby, Jeff and Amy Kyle and the GUARDIAN FOR HEROES FOUNDATION.” Nancy stated, “And are proud to become one of the outlets that the foundation has chosen to carry their message of Restoring Hope, Renewing Spirits and Replenishing Energy for combat Vets transitioning to post-military life.”

The Guardian for Heroes Foundation was founded by CPO Chris Kyle, U.S. Navy Seal, in 2011 after his return from a fourth and final tour in Iraq and his effort to continue serving his country by assisting his brothers-in-arms that... [Read More]
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Lindberg Makes Quickest & Fastest Runs in TAFC History, Wins Charlotte

Cool air and a tight racing surface at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., presented racers with the chance to make record-setting performances at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on March 27-29, and Jonnie Lindberg was ready to seize the opportunity. He not only became the first Top Alcohol Funny Car on the planet to break the 5.3-second and 270-mph barriers, but he capped it off by scoring his second NHRA win.

“When I saw the forecast for the race, I thought, ‘This is my chance. If the track is good, I know we can run 270,’” said Lindberg. “The conditions were perfect. It was amazing. With a good track and that air, you can’t get much better than that. You’ll probably have to wait 10 years to see it again.”

After setting the speed record during his last outing in Gainesville at 268.71 mph, Lindberg surpassed that on his first qualifying attempt on Saturday (Friday qualifying was cancelled due to rain) with the first 270-mph run in class history with a 5.473 at 270.10 mph despite pedaling the car to get through early tire shake. He saw that there was more left and tuned up his 2010 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for a run that the drag racing world would soon be talking about.

Lindberg launched hard down the left lane and kept charging to a screaming 5.361 at 272.01 mph. The 5.361 elapsed time was a half-tenth quicker than... [Read More]
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Blown Engine Sidelines Permatex/Follow A Dream Team

Marstons Mills, MA-April 1, 2015-Jay Blake's Permatex/Follow A Dream team qualified in the fast half of the field at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, as it has at every race this season, but didn't get a chance to parlay that performance into a deep run in eliminations when an engine explosion on the final qualifying attempt knocked the team out of the race.

"It wasn't tuneup-related," Blake said. "It was a parts failure. The spark plugs looked like they'd never been run, and the computer showed that everything was perfect until a connecting rod broke. It's a tough way to lose, and we just missed getting everything back together in time to make it to the lanes for first round."

After persistent rain Friday wiped out both scheduled qualifying sessions, driver Todd Veney ran a 5.57 at 262 mph Saturday morning. About three and a half seconds into what was going to be an even better run, a rod snapped and drove itself out the side of the block, setting off a chain reaction that ended when the supercharger backfired, blowing the burst panel out of the body and creating a mountain of work for the crew.

"I was already through the 'shake zone,' well into second gear and just about to hit high, when it blew up," Veney said. "It's a shame. We had low e.t. of the entire first session for the left lane, and the car wasn't that hopped up. [Tuner] Tom... [Read More]
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