February 1, 2001 |
Wally Parks and Dallas Gardner guided the National Hot Rod Assn. through its first 50 years--49, actually--as it evolved from a group of drag racing enthusiasts into the world's largest motor racing sanctioning body. Now Tom Compton is poised to lead the Glendora-based organization to even loftier heights. Compton, 41, became the NHRA's third president when he took over from Gardner in January 2000.
September 2, 2013 |
John Force has known triumph and tragedy on the track, but now the drag-racing legend is having to battle back from a financial 1-2 punch. Two of Force's biggest sponsors, Ford and Castrol motor oil, recently announced separately that they plan to pull their support after the 2014 season, a major setback for his four-car team based in Yorba Linda. Both companies, in so many words, said they were looking for better returns on their marketing spending than they could earn where Force competes, in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series.
July 4, 2004 |
Rob Geiger got lost on the way to the hospital. He and Racers for Christ chaplain Larry Smiley flagged down a St. Louis police officer who escorted them to University Medical Center to see Darrell Russell. Already there were drag racer Brandon Bernstein, team owner Kenny Bernstein and his wife, Sheryl. There was also a hospital chaplain who delivered the news: "He didn't make it."
February 4, 2000
A guest list of sports figures to be featured on TV and radio from today through Thursday: * Kevin Carter, Orlando Pace, Stephen Davis --"Up Close," today, 2:30 p.m., ESPN, and midnight, ESPN2 * LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw, NHRA president Tom Compton --"The Irv Kaze Show," Saturday, 6-7 p.m., KIEV (870) * Mia St. John, Angel Manfreddy --"Ringside With Johnny Ortiz," Saturday, 9-10 p.m., KRLA (1110) * Wayne Gretzky, John Elway --"Goin' Deep," Sunday, 9 p.m.
August 31, 2006 |
NHRA drag racing took a page from NASCAR and other major sports Wednesday and unveiled a playoff system for its top series to heighten fan interest starting next year. The National Hot Rod Assn. also unveiled its 2007 schedule for the Powerade Drag Racing Series, which will follow tradition by starting its 23-race season at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in February and ending there in early November.
February 1, 2008 |
The National Hot Rod Assn.'s planned sale of its professional racing series was derailed on Thursday when shareholders of a Santa Monica company voted not to complete the $121-million deal. The proposed sale, which NHRA founder Wally Parks blessed months before his death in October 2007, would have transferred the Powerade Drag Racing Series, NHRA's Pomona headquarters building and other assets to HD Partners Acquisition Corp.