Hanna launches InsideProMod.com

DEER PARK, Texas – Drag Racing Entrepreneur Will Hanna, owner of the popular forums InsideTopAlcohol.com and InsideCompRacing.com is launching a new website, InsideProMod.com to cater to the Pro Mod/Doorslammer racing categories. He plans to use the same blue print that has made his other websites successful – generate useful content for racers to make it a community of racers.

The wheels went into motion last December when another website shut down due to low activity. Hanna began exploring the feasibility of launching another website and discussed it with many figures in the industry at the Performance Racing Industry trade show.

“We have a fair amount of Pro Mod activity on InsideTopAlcohol.com,” said Hanna. “ITA kind of has become a home for everything blown alcohol or blown nitro in the world. I noticed a prominent Pro Mod forum was shutting down as of December and realized that was the last of the dedicated Pro Mod forums. I reached out to them to see if they needed help staying afloat, they declined and decided to proceed with shutting the site down. I am fortunate enough this is my full time job and we have the infrastructure there to start another website. I asked a number of people within the industry at PRI if they would support it or if they thought I should do it, and it was a resounding yes. So we moved forward with it.

“It’s no secret that social media has taken some of the discussion that used to go on forums,” Hanna continued. “Our strategy and our niche moving forward will be original technical content. There are plenty of outlets that cover the news, race results and personalities. Of course we will have that to a degree, but our focus will be on the technical side. I am going to use my experience as a crew chief to work with manufacturers to create engaging content that educates the racer. We are going to then use social media to leverage that content. We want to be a...
Inaugural Funny Car Chaos Event Lands Primary Sponsor Red Line Shirt Club

Since the announcement of the Inaugural Funny Car Chaos event last month, interest in this flip top outlaw showdown has been plentiful. Set to rock Denton, Texas on September 29th & 30th, 2017 at North Star Dragway, this no holds barred, limitation exempt affair has caught the eye of over twenty funny car teams planning to attend. A true "run what you brung" affair, Funny Car Chaos will showcase funny cars of all types, engine combinations and body styles. Sixteen cars will qualify for this event which is free to enter. Those sixteen will be split into A (Top 8 qualifiers) and B (9-16 qualifiers) fields and run on a three round ladder to decide a Champion for each class. If it's a funny car, it's legal!

A plethora of nitro and alcohol funny cars make up the ever growing list of entrants that now surpasses twenty cars including the two top nitro nostalgia funny cars of the lone star state, Ronny Young's "Blue Max" and John Hale's "One Bad Texan". Also on the bill, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car hitters Jeff Jones, Nancy Matter, Mark Billington and Bryan Brown as well as Reno, Nevada based Chris Morel in the "Little City Cuda" outlaw nitro funny car among many more.

The excitement continues to ramp up as Red Line Shirt Club, maker of vintage drag racing tees, steps up as primary sponsor of the event. Race promoter Chris Graves shares his excitement in bringing Red Line Shirt Club on board, "It's a perfect fit for this event. Randy Ranew of Red Line Shirt Club has a Very relative product line that works perfectly with both the racers and fans who love funny cars! I see this as a perfect fit for our event as we match the uniqueness of our inaugural Funny Car Chaos event to the appeal of the exclusive t-shirt designs Red Line Shirt Club has to offer." To join up and become a member of the Red Line Shirt Club, contact Randy Ranew at ww.RedLineShirtClub.com or...
Vern Moats, one of the longest-tenured Top Alcohol Funny Car driver before his retirement in 2012, died Jan. 15. He was 77.

Moats began racing in the early 1960s, and had been in a Top Alcohol Funny Car since 1972 before the class or the one that preceded it, Pro Comp, even existed. He has accumulated a remarkable tally of 15 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 5 championships, 16 top 10 finishes, 16 national event wins from 1983 to 2000, 14 JEGS Allstars special event appearances, and 56 LODRS event wins in three different classes (Comp, Pro Comp, and Top Alcohol Funny Car).

Moats began racing a blown gas Funny Car in Comp in 1972 and ran on alcohol the following season before the creation of the Pro Comp class, which featured Top Alcohol Dragsters, Top Alcohol Funny Cars, and altereds until TAD and TAFC became classes in 1981. Moats won the Division 5 championship in the first season of Pro Comp in 1974 and became a dominant fixture in the West Central Division.

Moats, whose last national event victory came in Denver in 2000, enjoyed his finest season in 1983 when he won four national events, including the U.S. Nationals.

Between 1974 and 1999, Moats won an unprecedented 15 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships. That record stood until Frank Manzo equaled it in recent years. His 56 career LODRS victories rank him fourth of all time among drivers in all classes behind only Manzo, Bob Newberry, and Jay Payne.

Courtesy Phil Burgess, NHRA.com

New High-Performance LS-EDGE Platform, Noonan “H2O” Water Jacketed Billet Hemi Engine, and the ‘All New All Out’ 4.900” Bore Space Noonan Engine to be launched at PRI Show in Indianapolis by Australian company, Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering

Three new products will be launched internationally by leading Australian race engine building and development company Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering next week in Indianapolis.

Fittingly, the launches will be held at the world-leading trade show for the performance racing industry – PRI 2016. The Performance Racing Industry trade show held at the Indiana Convention Center across December 8-10 will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors and is expected to host tens of thousands of buyers from 70 countries. These exciting new products will be on display at Booth 2541.

The staff of Queensland-based Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering will be in the United States to use the expo to officially launch the revolutionary new billet engines.

“We are very excited to once-again be a part of PRI as it really is the trade show for the performance industry,” said Jamie Noonan, Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering CEO and engine builder.

“We are even more excited to say that this year’s expo is going to act as our launch event for three revolutionary new engines that we have developed in-house at Noonan, which will offer amazing steps forward for customers looking for the ultimate in race performance.

“The products will be available immediately after the launch, and we look forward to showing event attendees around the new engines. For those unable to attend PRI, please visit www.noonanrace.com for more information.”


Noonan has taken championship-winning race technology from the Top...
POMONA, CA – The 52nd NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona is in the books. The champions have been crowned, the parts bins depleted and the racecars and crew members are recovering. Johnny Ahten spent the Monday following the race running errands, fulfilling chores around the house and anxiously planning for the February 9, 2017 start of the NHRA Winternationals.

“The racing season may be over, but honestly I can’t wait to get back in the car,” said Ahten. “This year has been a challenge and we are looking to move forward and faster. We qualified strong, and lost a close one in eliminations. Instead of thinking about what we could have done differently or better at the Finals, I am going to focus on the positive gains.”

Johnny’s Pomona Finals started with a strong Thursday qualifying run of 5.395/270.97 which put him in the number eight slot for the day. In Friday’s second qualifying session, Johnny’s run was hampered and he lifted early to a 5.767/208.97. Later in the pits it was determined that the #6 intake valve was damaged. Repairs were made and the team headed to the last qualifying session with high hopes. The DJ Safety dragster ran the quickest elapsed time of the event with a 5.349/262.49 and would face Derik Milanesio in the first round later that afternoon.

Johnny Ahten and crew chief Al Ahten along with racing partner Howard Katano made the final adjustments and headed to the line with Bob Ahten, Kevin "Shark" Colvell, Chuck Costabile, Todd “Rocky” Rockwell, and John Mark. When the tree dropped and the cars rocketed off the line, Ahten had a slight advantage. Tire shake made its presence felt and Milanesio got the 5.307/272.94 win over Ahten's 5.476/249.26 shakefest.

“I am disappointed but motivated,” added Ahten. “I would have liked to have run better and go rounds at my home track, but I am excited about what we have planned for the coming season. DJ Safety, along with Island Renovations and Combust Filters have been very good to us this year...
October 28, 2016 Madison Ill: In all forms of racing, it’s common knowledge to expect the unexpected, on and off the track. One of the most unexpected off track events of the 2016 drag racing season is the inclusion of NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Cars in the newly resurrected American Drag Racing League Series. The Alcohol classes are one of 5 Professional Classes that the ADRL is offering as an alternative racing platform, not a replacement platform to the existing format available.

The Guardian for Heroes Foundation – Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Legacy Funny Car team piloted by Nancy Matter is taking on this new opportunity in St Louis for the Inaugural American Drag Racing League Series set to debut on November 4 and 5th, 2016 at Gateway Motorsports Park named Dragstock XI.

“We are extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity that Larry Jeffers and Kenny Nowling have put together. Their team has spent hundreds of hours restructuring and rebuilding this series” noted Matter. “With the PDRA having an additional platform for the NHRA J&A Pro Mod Series, now the Alcohol Class has an alternative racing platform as well.”

“We were looking for to head out to Vegas and Pomona, however, with everything new and newly installed on the Guardian For Heroes Foundation Funny Car, our testing data at Ennis was close to the numbers we were looking for, however, we were just a little shy without any data accumulated for our comfort level to travel west. We are testing again before the event and really looking forward to our first ADRL Race as a Professional Team.”

Matter’s Team will roll into St Louis on November 2nd for the PreRace Party where there is an anticipated 1500 fans to join in at Chuck a Burger and remain at Gateway Motorsports Park through Saturday, November 5th, until the conclusion of the event.

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Las Vegas, NV. – “Dedicated to Safety” has long been the tag line for the NHRA. Johnny Ahten understands the importance of staying safe when he is traveling at speeds over 270 miles per hour on the track and as a LA County fire captain. He knows all too well that sometimes trouble can occur. This is why Ahten trusts DJ Safety. This weekend the Island Renovations / Combust Filters dragster will be highlighting DJ Safety with a visual overhaul that will continue through the Pomona Finals.

“DJ Safety has been a valued sponsor of Ahten Racing for many years and we are excited to place them loud and proud,” said Ahten. “Big Ben and his crew are amazing and their craftsmanship and commitment to safety is monumental. My new race suit not only looks great, but it’s very comfortable. I know it will protect me if needed.”

DJ Safety’s Ben Conant added, “DJ Safety would like to thank Johnny Ahten Racing for being part of the DJ Safety family and our great partnership we have.”

DJ Safety, Inc. is an engineering and manufacturing corporation which designs and produces safety equipment for a variety of industries including: Aerospace, Aviation, Film, Racing and Theme Parks. DJ Safety offers a variety of the standard and “made to order” safety products. The company has been successfully designing safety products for 15 years and manufacturing them for 16 years.

Johnny Ahten will have plenty of “ShowTime” with three races in Vegas and the Pomona finals. DJ Safety and Johnny Ahten worked together with One 11 Ink to design a new wrap for the car and matching starting line shirts from Six B Apparel. The new-look Ahten Racing dragster affectionately known as the “Stump Puller” will be revealed under the bright lights of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

This weekend’s NHRA Toyota Nationals will be followed by the spring Vegas Regional make up race, then the Vegas Regional. The Ahten Racing Race Rig is full of parts and the team is eager to get it all started. It has...
CONCORD, NC (September 14, 2016) – Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster driver Chris Demke enters this weekend’s NHRA Carolina Nationals as a past event champion, but he’s never actually hoisted a coveted “Wally” trophy at zMAX Dragway. Demke hopes to change that this weekend, though.

“I would love to add Charlotte to the list of racetracks where I’ve won. It’s one of Bruton Smith’s tracks, so it’s an awesome racing facility. It’s the only four-wide dragstrip in the world, and it’s in the heart of racing country. The fans in the Charlotte area are all about any kind of racing, and they love drag racing,” said Demke, who won the 2014 Charlotte event as part of a trifecta weekend during which Demke won the Carolina Nationals, Keystone Nationals, and the NHRA Lucas Oil Series national championship.

The 2016 NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 16-18, is Demke’s second race back in the seat of his championship-winning Maddern Racing dragster after walking away from a violent crash in the team’s formerly experimental “X-car” at the Seattle regional race. With just a couple weeks between the crash and the prestigious U.S. Nationals across the country in Indianapolis, the Jerry Maddern and Kevin Watson-led team worked to prepare the second Peen Rite dragster for Indy. Demke qualified sixth with a 5.287 and bowed out in the second round.

While winning is always on the minds of the Peen Rite/Boost Performance Products team, Demke will spend this weekend focusing on the mental aspect of successfully pursuing race wins and a second national championship.

“After my crash in Seattle, getting back in the seat at Indy was challenging. The old saying about getting back on the horse really holds true. I would’ve liked to do better at Indy, but our team is very satisfied with our performance. In the end, it was my driving that failed us. The only thing that’s going to solve that is more laps. The sooner I get back in the seat, the sooner I get back to one hundred percent behind the...
Duane Shields made a surprise visit to the Midwest in order to compete at the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event being held at Tri-State Raceway in Earlsville, Iowa. In the pits there was an impressive line-up of professional-looking teams in both the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car class and the PEAK team's unplanned visit complimented the big row of semi trailers.

Duane qualified on top with a 5.32 at 278 MPH and would face James Stevens, of Gothenburg, Nebraska who qualified with a 5.57 at 262 MPH to place him sixth on the ladder going into the first round.

As the cars launched, Stevens got a little too eager and red lit. Even though the race was already won for Duane, both cars made a race out of it and Duane stopped the clock with a 5.32 at 275 MPH to Steven's 6.18. In round two, Duane received a single because it was a short field. On the second round bye run Duane rang up a strong 5.31 at 274 MPH.

In the finals it was USA vs. Canada as Duane took on Gord Gingles from Winnipeg MB. Unfortunately for Duane, the PEAK Dragster lost traction on the run which allowed Gingles to cross the finish line first and win the event. "We spun the tires out there aways but congrats to Gord Gingles and to Rich McPhillips for clinching the Eastern Region Championship," Duane said.

Duane would like to thank his great sponsors: PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support in 2016.
Indianapolis - Everything was pointing towards another trip to the winner’s circle at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals for the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team. They took the number three qualifying position, made plenty of sub 5.30 runs and the PEAK Dragster set low ET of the first round. But sadly Duane’s good karma ended in round two when he was stopped by Shawn Cowie.

Duane began the marathon race known as Indy by qualifying third with a 5.26 at 278 MPH which is usually a good position on the ladder to start from but this was Indy after all so there were no easy rounds.

In round one, the Nevada veteran took on Buddy Domingue who qualified in the 14th position. At the start Duane got the lead on Domingue right out of the box with an 0.069 reaction time to his 0.089. Duane was on a lightning quick pass and scored the quickest run of the round, a sizzling 5.25 at 280 MPH to Domingue’s very respectable 5.31 at 270 MPH.

In the quarter finals, Duane took on Canadian Shawn Cowie who was behind the wheel of a blown alcohol dragster. Both cars left together with Cowie getting a slight 0.081 lead to Duane’s close 0.085. Cowie maintained his lead with Duane in close pursuit all the way to the finish line but Cowie was able to reach the stripe first and took the win with a 5.28 at 275 MPH to Duane’s close 5.30 at 278 MPH. “No win at Indy this year. We dropped a cylinder at 5. seconds into the run which slowed us down but the car's still running good” Duane said.

Next, the PEAK team moves on to Charlotte for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support in 2016.