August 6, 2012 |
In less than 4.5 seconds, rookie Courtney Force put her mark on the Force family's legendary place in NHRA drag racing. The 24-year-old Courtney, youngest daughter of John Force, the record 15-time funny car champion from Yorba Linda, won her first funny car competition Sunday in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Full Throttle Series. She did so by defeating reigning funny car champion Matt Hagan in the final round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals in Seattle with a pass of 4.238 seconds at 293.54 mph on the 1,000-foot dragstrip.
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May 25, 2012 |
"Big Willie" Robinson was a 6-foot-6, 300-pound former Los Angeles street racer, a gentle giant who promoted organized drag racing as a way to unite people of all races and classes and ease racial tensions. "When you get around cars, man, there ain't no colors, just engines," he told The Times in 1981. Willie Andrew Robinson III, 69, the founding president of the National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers that ran a drag strip on Terminal Island for many years, died Saturday of an infection that led to heart failure at Sharon Care Center in Los Angeles, said Bill Chaffin, a close friend.
April 30, 2012 |
"RuPaul's Drag Race"is crossing its Season 4 finish line, honey, with the reality competition arguably at the height of its popularity. To close the show's splashiest and most twist-laden season yet, RuPaul's pack of drag queens reunited last week in North Hollywood, where a special live taping awaited along with the crowning of "America's next drag superstar. " The Ministry was on site for the taping (the finale airs Monday night on Logo), and Ru and his girls didn't disappoint.
February 10, 2012 |
Tony Schumacher ruled the world of top-fuel drag racing for six years. He was known as "The Sarge" not only for his U.S. Army sponsorship but because, in his father's words, "he looks like a soldier" with his crew cut and ramrod-straight posture. Schumacher was on top, setting every major record in the sport's fastest and most elite division. The records included six consecutive top-fuel championships from 2004 through 2009, giving him a record seven overall, and most career top-fuel wins with 67. Then came 2011 and . . . nothing.
February 7, 2012 |
Drag racing has a new Force to be reckoned with. Courtney Force, 23, the youngest daughter of drag-racing legend John Force, will make her debut in the sport's top series this weekend at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona that start Thursday. She's driving one of the 7,000-horsepower Ford funny cars for her dad's Yorba Linda team in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Full Throttle Series, where the nitro methane-fueled dragsters reach a blistering 300 mph in 1,000-foot races.
November 12, 2011 |
Del Worsham has had a decent drag racing career, finishing in the top 10 in points 14 times in the previous 20 seasons. However, he has never had a season like this one. He came into the National Hot Rod Assn. Finals trailing points leader Spencer Massey by two points and now, after three days of qualifying at the Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, he leads Massey by eight. Worsham had the fastest qualifying times twice, including Saturday, and ended up with eight bonus points. He earned another eight points for being the No. 1 qualifier going into Sunday's elimination round.
November 8, 2011 |
Several drivers are vying to win the championships in drag racing's two leading classes, top fuel and funny cars, as the NHRA holds its season-ending event this weekend in Pomona. The NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway opens Thursday with the first of three days of qualifying rounds, followed by final eliminations Sunday. In the top-fuel class of the National Hot Rod Assn.'s Full Throttle Series, Spencer Massey of Don Schumacher Racing leads by just two points over Chino Hills' Del Worsham of the Al-Anabi Racing team.
February 25, 2011 |
Persistent rain forced National Hot Rod Assn. officials to cancel Friday's racing at the Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Qualifying will resume Saturday, weather permitting, but more rain and even snow at low altitudes are forecast. Continuous heavy rains in 2009 pushed the final day of the Winternationals from Sunday until Wednesday. Snow interrupting the Winternationals would not be a first. Top fuel national champion Larry Dixon recalled that happening in 1978, when he was 11. "The whole track was covered in snow," Dixon said.
February 23, 2011 |
Just before 5:30 p.m. on March 8, 1970, Don Garlits edged his top-fuel dragster to the starting line at the old Lions Drag Strip in Wilmington, the car's 2,000-horsepower engine belching directly in front of the drag-racing legend from Florida everyone called "Big Daddy. " When the green light flashed and Garlits stepped on the throttle pedal with his right foot, the dragster's transmission, which sat between Garlits' legs, exploded from the enormous power unleashed from the engine.