$11,600 for Top Alcohol Qualifiers at Cavalcade of Stars in Norwalk
Provided by Summit Motorsports Park as added incentive

NORWALK, Ohio - Summit Motorsports Park is putting up a total of $11,600 for drivers qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster at the 12th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, May 18-20, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, which features 270-plus mph vehicles, and Top Alcohol Dragster, which features 285-plus mph vehicles, the payout for qualifying includes $1,000 for first, $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth, $600 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth and $150 for ninth through twelfth place qualifiers.

That’s in addition to an already plentiful payout in those categories — the quickest and fastest of the event which traditionally welcomes the largest audience on the annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division tour — as winners will receive $2,500, while runners-up will receive $1,5000, semifinalists will receive $1,000 and quarterfinalists will receive $750. All of that pushes the total purse to close to $30,000.

“The last time I checked, a 260-plus mph dragster or Funny Car is damn exciting to watch,” said Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. “Our Top Alcohol classes are critical to our long-term sustainability, and the additional $11,600 is money well-invested.”

Additional details about the event will be released soon. Summit Motorsports Park, which is currently undergoing a $1.6 million track reconstruction project, is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. For information, call 419-668-5555 or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com.

Mary Lendzion
Summit Motorsports Park Media and Public Relations
313-686-0776 or mlendzion@summitmotorsportspark.com
When it comes to consistency which is extremely critical to be successful in NHRA drag racing, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was on the money all weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals with incredible elapsed times on every pass. Consider these numbers: on the opening pass the PEAK Dragster ran a blistering 5.24 at 274 MPH. In the second stanza, the popular Nevada standout ran a 5.21 at 274 MPH. In the final session, Duane rang up another sizzling pass as he posted his second 5.24 of the event to land third on the qualifying ladder.

In the first round, Duane took on number 14 qualifier, Garret Bateman, driving the Rick Henkelman owned A/Fuel Dragster. As the cars launched, Duane was on his game and got out of the box first with an 0.056 reaction time to Bateman’s 0.058. It was a close side by side race to the finish line with Bateman slightly ahead. At the stripe it was Bateman taking a narrow win with a 5.28 at 274 MPH to Duane’s close 5.30 at 275 MPH. “We ran well all weekend and would have likely won most of the other match ups. We didn't change anything but I think the track was just a hair better than we thought it would be. I'm not going to dwell on it. We'll move on from here encouraged that we have a competitive car to start the year” Duane said.

With the season opening race now in the books the PEAK Team will prepare for a series of races in the Southeast beginning in Bella Rose, Louisiana on March 2-4. Duane would like to thank his returning sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support.

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POMONA, Calif. - System 1 Filters has teamed up with Will Hanna of InsideTopAlcohol.com to present 'behind the scenes' coverage of this weekend's Lucas Oil Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. Hanna will be posting video interviews and analysis to the System 1 Facebook page. Click the link to follow.
Krista Baldwin Kicks Off the Season at the Winternationals with WIX Filters®, Bumper to Bumper and Hanson Distributing

POMONA, CA (February 7, 2018) – The NHRA season will kick off this weekend at the Lucas Oil Winternationals, the home track for A/Fuel driver Krista Baldwin. Baldwin will begin her season collaborating with WIX Filters®, Bumper to Bumper and Hanson Distributing.

Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers are a part of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, one of the largest auto parts distribution networks in the world. Hanson Distributing of Azusa, CA is one of the premier distributors of WIX Filters under the Bumper to Bumper alliance.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Krista as she takes on the Winternationals this weekend,” says Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. “NHRA is such an exciting sport, and WIX is proud to be under the hood of her A/Fuel dragster.”

“Being in the aftermarket myself, I understand the importance of a strong relationship between manufacturers and distributors,” says Krista Baldwin, creative director of McLeod Racing. “I am so pumped to begin the 2018 season with WIX Filters and Bumper to Bumper. Highlighting their accomplishments together is truly an honor and I can’t wait to represent them at my home track.”

During off-season, team owner Anthony Dicero and Baldwin assembled a new A/Fuel dragster to debut this weekend. It is a Don Schumacher Racing chassis and is equipped with CP Carrillo rods and pistons, Clevite/Mahle bearings, Manton push rods, Strange Engineering rear-end, Weld Wheels, Lucas Oil products, TBM Brakes and a Boninfante/McLeod Racing clutch.

“Actually helping put together this dragster pushed my confidence over the top,” explains 24-year-old Baldwin. “I’ve watched it transform from a bare chassis on saw horses to a race-ready dragster prepared to make our Q1 debut on Thursday.”

McLeod Racing will also continue their efforts to support...
DRAG ILLUSTRATED’s online video show library is about to increase in 2018. The magazine announced today that “Tuneup Tuesday” with noted tuner Will Hanna will debut on the DRAG ILLUSTRATED Facebook page starting Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The live question and answer show will take place at 2 p.m. EST every other Tuesday on the DRAG ILLUSTRATED Facebook page, as Hanna will deliver an abundance of tuning and drag racing insight.

A well-respected and talented name in the sport, Hanna is an accomplished tuner and driver in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, and also has extensive experience and success in the Pro Mod, Top Dragster and no prep areas.

“Tuneup Tuesday” will join DRAG ILLUSTRATED Editor-In-Chief Wes Buck’s popular “DI Live” as a regular show on the magazine’s Facebook page, with Hanna offering his own unique and behind-the-scenes perspective.

“This is going to be very cool and I’m extremely humbled DRAG ILLUSTRATED would consider me to do a show like this,” Hanna said. “With the way social media is going and the popularity of ‘DI Live,’ I thought it would be a good time for a show like this. I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of different combinations and hopefully I can help some racers out and provide some knowledge. People teaching me is how I learned and I’ll try to help people the best I can.”

Hanna is well-versed in the power of online interaction, starting InsideTopAlcohol.com more than 15 years ago. It continues to serve as a hub of Top Alcohol news, insight and forum discussion, with social media and real-time interaction serving as a gradual next step.

That’s the goal of the “Tuneup Tuesday” question-and-answer show, which will take place live from Hanna’s office just outside of Houston. The three-time NHRA division winner in Top Alcohol is ready to answer questions and offer help on any subject in the drag...
NGK Spark Plugs is excited to announce a two-year partnership with NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster, Megan Meyer. This continues a decades-long tradition of NGK as the preferred performance spark plug for the Meyer team, as NGK sponsored Meyer’s father and team-owner, Randy Meyer for many years.

“I am more than excited to partner with NGK for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. NGK is a large company that focuses on the sportsman side of drag racing,” said Meyer. “With our grassroots team, I believe together we will win [the] World Championship next year.”

Following in her father, Randy Meyer’s footsteps Megan Meyer began racing in 2004 at just 10 years-old. She spent many years competing in the Junior Dragster League and after graduating from the league in 2011, she raced in Super Comp for four years. Megan Meyer obtained her NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster license in 2015 and has since won two nationals in the class.

“Megan and the Meyer Racing team embody the passion for performance and professionalism that NGK prides itself on,” said NGK General Manager of Marketing Danielle Orlando. “Megan is a strong role model to the next generation of racers and NGK is honored to support her.”

Meyer boasts an impressive NHRA track record, competing in 17 races in 2016 and winning her first national race at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina that year. She has a top elapsed time of 5.15 seconds, with her fastest time at 283 MPH.

“The entire Randy Meyer Racing Team’s performance this year has been one of our best years yet by reaching 13 final rounds in 20 races, and winning 7 of them.” Meyer added, “The top speeds and E.T.s that we posted this year come from the development of the NGK Spark Plugs we use.”

Megan Meyer’s sponsors include NGK Spark Plugs, Lucas Oil Products, WELD Racing, Clevite, Gunk, Technician Academy and Meyer Truck Center. Megan Meyer’s Top Alcohol Dragster will sport a custom vehicle wrap featuring NGK Spark Plugs.


NGK Spark Plugs – The...
From the new shop in Spartanburg South Carolina, Noonan CEO and Engine Builder Jamie Noonan shares “It’s been 3 years since we’ve released a new 4.8 cylinder head to the market and we felt that it was time to develop new hardware so that our customers can stay ahead of their rivals. The new ‘Mach I Series’ is the evolution of the S600 and Blackhawk cylinder heads (even though they’re still winning championships, and setting ET & speed records around the globe). The Mach I Series will be available for Top Alcohol and Pro Mod, Blower and Turbo. With the on track success of the 4.9, this new Series cylinder head will give an added performance boost for the 4.8. It’s an exciting time for all Noonan Customers!”

Noonan Race Engineering are looking forward to PRI 2017. PRI allows the showcasing of all new artillery to current and prospective customers, as well as the world’s media. In addition to the Mach I, we will also be launching several new additions to our LS Edge Series, and our customers will have the chance to meet our newly formed USA based workshop team.

We’ll be located in the Green Hall – Booth 2237 (see below).


Contact: Debbie O’Rourke, Noonan Race Engineering. Phone: +1 (864) 754 4111 Email: debbie@noonanrace.com
HAMILTON, Ohio – If there ever was a definition of the ‘working man’ or ‘little guy’ in the NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car ranks, veteran racer Tony Bogolo would certainly fit the bill. While he experienced success on the IHRA circuit with a roots supercharger, Bogolo has made a steady ascension up the NHRA ranks since switching to a screw supercharger in 2012. After battling it out with former two-time Champ Chris Foster much of the year, Bogolo clinched his first championship in style with a win at the NHRA North Central Lucas Oil Regional Series finale at Gateway Motorsports Park just outside of St. Louis, Oct. 20-21.

Bogolo, who manufactures racing safety equipment with his company RamJet Racing Products in Hamilton, Ohio, didn’t make the decision to attend the St. Louis event until the last minute. Inclement weather pushed the schedule a day sooner than normal, putting the small volunteer team behind the proverbial eight ball from the start.

“We finally decided to go at the last minute,” said Bogolo. “We didn’t leave Ohio until 6:30 Friday morning. Then we found out they had moved both qualifying sessions to Friday. Luckily we had the car ready to go in the trailer, but we didn’t have very much time to get ready to run once we got there. Once we got to the track we found out they didn’t have any methanol fuel for sale, so we had to get some from Foster just to be able to run.”

“We had some ignition problems at our last few races, so I just bypassed all the retard boxes and ran it straight on the mag,” Bogolo continued. “I wasn’t able to use the six shooter like we normally do, so I just put a tune up I thought would go down the track. I was really surprised it ran a 5.56 (elapsed time) right out of the trailer like that. I figured it was going to run a .66 or so.”

Staying true to his form as a budget racer, Bogolo sat out the final qualifying session and ended up in the 4th position. In the first round, he defeated...
Pomona - Duane Shields driving the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster ended the season valiantly in the quarterfinal round at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. Duane lost a close race to Joey Severance despite making his quickest run of the event. Duane qualified fifth with a competitive 5.26 at 275 MPH. “The car ran solid every time down the track. This was the quickest field in history and the car ran good in qualifying and then we ran a little quicker in each round of eliminations which is what you want” Duane said.

In round one, Duane took on James Stevens who qualified twelfth with a 5.31. As the lights went green, Stevens got off the starting line first with an .042 reaction time to Duane’s .073. Stevens’ lead didn’t last long however as Duane was on a great pass and stopped the clock with another blistering 5.26 at 275 MPH to take win!

Advancing into the quarterfinals, Duane faced off with Joey Severance for the second weekend in a row. As the two cars staged and the lights came down Severance got off the line first with an .013 reaction time to Duane’s .058. Both cars were nearly side by side with Severance maintaining a slight lead. At the stripe it was Severance taking the win with a 5.24 at 273 MPH to Duane’s nearly identical 5.25 at 273 MPH. “It was a very close race and we ran really well but I was unable to close the gap to get the win” Duane said.

Looking towards next season, Duane is optimistic that the PEAK team will have a great year in 2018. “We finished this season strong with a very competitive car and that will move us forward going into next year. We just need a few breaks next season to go our way” he said. Duane would like to thank his team for a hard fought season and thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support all season long.

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Las Vegas - Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team turned in a solid performance at what is arguably one of the toughest fields on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Circuit at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Duane went all the way to the final four and qualified in an 8 car field where 16 teams were fighting hard to get in. Duane made it into the elite field at the sixth position with a 5.34 at 271 MPH.

In round one, Duane raced against Bill Litton who qualified third with a 5.32. As the lights came down, Duane was on his game and left the line first by a substantial margin. This was an important factor in the race as Duane shook the tires and had to pedal to regain traction. His skills paid off as he grabbed the win with a 5.44 at 264 MPH to Litton’s 5.53 at 276 MPH.

In the semi-finals the PEAK Dragster went up against the recently crowned National Champion Joey Severance. At the hit, Severance got out first with an .028 to Duane’s .067. Severance won the race by less than 30 feet with a 5.27 at 272 MPH to Duane’s valiant 5.34 at 268 MPH. “It was a solid run for us but we came up a little short. We will go to Pomona later in the week and try to win it” Duane said after the run.

Next week, the season comes to a conclusion at Auto Club Raceway for the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support.

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