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Great Day at the NHRA Drags

on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 04:41

October 6th, 2013 Somewhere between Lancaster PA and Reading PA

It was a tranquil, foggy morning in Pennsylvania and I was driving through rolling hills surrounded by foliage on the verge of bursting into fall colors. 

On the edge of my hearing, it might have been nothing more than my imagination, was thunder. 

Could it be?  Maybe it was an early hint of things to come at the quickest ¼ mile drag strip in the country, Maple Grove Raceway.

I was on my way to the NHRA Auto Plus Nationals Race to the Championship outside Reading PA.. 

I joined a capacity crowd set for a day of acceleration contests.

NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Champion John Force Wows Maple Grove Raceway

on Sun, 10/06/2013 - 04:03

October 6th, 2013 Maple Grove Raceway, Reading PA

John Force, piloting his Traxxas / Castrol Mustang from the #1 qualifying position for Funny Car, made his first 3 second run of the 1000 foot era, winning back-to-back races from pole for first time since 2004. 

As he won his 137th career victory, he took out Chad Head in the final with a blistering 4.106 and 313.37 mph, scared off Ron Capps in the 3rd round semi,  and left Cruz Pedregon behind in the 2nd

He started the day be eliminating Jeff Arend in he first round. 

He is a 15 time NHRA Mello Yellow funny car champion. 

Shawn Langdon for Al-Anabi Racing Wins Top Fuel Dragster at Maple Grove Raceway

on Sun, 10/06/2013 - 04:00

October 6th, 2013 Maple Grove Raceway, Reading PA

 

Shawn Langdon of Al-Anabi Racing took his long car to the NHRA Mello Yello Auto Plus Nationals Top Fuel Eliminator win at Maple Grove after recovering from going sideways in round 1 against Leah Pruett.  

 

After Leah blew a turbo he took round 1 and went on to take round 2 against Bob Vandergriff. 

Shawn won the semi final against Doug Kalitta, and then finished off reigning world champion  Antron Brown in the final, turning 3.779 seconds at 323.81 mph.  

After the race, Shawn commented “That first round that was a little

Simon Pagenaud Avoids The Bumpercars and Claims First for Indycar at 2013 Baltimore Grand Prix

on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 18:13

September 1, Baltimore Maryland

Above:  Simona de Silvestro takes flight over the Baltimore chicanes in #78.

Outside the efforts of individual drivers and teams, many of which were pleasant surprises, the main story out of the 2013 Baltimore Grand Prix seemed to be the chicane and the bumps that wreaked havoc and wrecked a lot of metal in all of the events.

The six full-course cautions got very tedious and there was a lot of unrest from the fans.  On the other hand, many people claim the fans want to see the wrecks.  That’s not the impression I got.  The people around me came for the racing.

Josef Newgarden Wins Second After Qualifying Top 6 at 2013 Baltimore Grand Prix

on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 04:48

Baltimore Maryland, September 1, 2013

Josef Newgarden is a 22 year old American Izod Indycar Series race car driver from Hendersonville, Tennessee, driving the #67 Hartman Oil car for the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team.

Josef spent a few minutes with Highway.tv after qualifying in the top 6 for the 2013 Baltimore Grand Prix and give us this exclusive interview.

 

 

 

 

Josef turned in one of the 6 fastest laps of the day placing him in the Firestone Fast Six Qualifiers for his first time.  

Josef went on to take 2'nd place in the main event on Sunday.