The Nostalgias Zone is presented by the Langley Loafers Car Club....
June 14-16, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (June 15) The NHRA Motorsports Museum Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA came to a thrilling close on Saturday after three glorious days of honoring NHRA drag racing and reminiscing with past legends. Grandstands filled to capacity and fans three deep standing by the fences took in all the sights and sounds during the day.
Odie Coker continued his dominance of Junior Fuel in this series of event. He was the No. 1 qualifier going into eliminations on Saturday and was able to use that it his advantage. He made it to the finals where he defeated Ken Hawkins with a winning run of 7.236 seconds at 187.21 mph. His E.T. was his quickest of the weekend and he picked up his fourth NHRA Motorsports Museum Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA victory.
It was unbelievable, I have to hand it to Ronnie Ussery [owner and crew chief] and the help we received this weekend, without those guys its not possible, Coker said. We had to change transmission and we fought through it and here we are. The competition is getting tougher every year and we have to step up. To be able to run at a place like Bowling Green, it is my favorite track in the world. It is so beautiful, the persona and it is just unbelievable.
In Nostalgia Top Fuel, it was Jim Murphy defeating the No. 1 qualifier Denver Schultz in a thrilling final. Murphy, from Santa Rosa, Calif., driving for team owner Frank Ousley posted a pass of 7.236 at 187.21 mph. The team hurt a motor during qualifying but the hard work of the team paid off for the veteran racer.
It was great but we struggled over the weekend, Murphy said. We mixed fuel like Frank had mixed it and we got a little sideways and was real rich the first two runs. We went back the way we normally mix it and we put it back where it was and we ran great.
N/FC exhibition final
In AA/Gas, Rocky Pirrone defeated Micky Hale;
7.0 Pro winner was Mike Smith who defeated Larry Harlan;
Pat Freels defeated Ric Burdine in the 7.5 Pro final;
Competition Eliminator was won by Tommy Cook who bested Don Nave;
Adam Cline beat Sam Patrick to win Gas Eliminator;
Modified Eliminator was Tim Smith over Kevin Thompson;
Rees Smith won Nostalgia Super Stock over Tommy Sedlock;
Top Stock Eliminator winner was Chad Mahlosky over Roy Dean;
Terry Lindsey defeated Frank Douglas in Hot Rod Eliminator;
and Bill Sworm defeated Al Chernik in Geezer Gassers.
Winners of the Axalta Coatings Show n Shine were honored following the racing with a special introduction to the crowd by legendary NHRA announcer Bob Frey and a pass down the track. The judges painstakingly judge the marvelous cars at the event and were able to find the best of the best.
Larry Hill in his 1961 Ford Starliner was best of show in Classic; Bob Ruby won best of show for Classic Chevy 1955-1957 in his 1956 Chevy Belair; best of show in Custom was Jason Graham in a 1941 Willys Coupe; best of show Hot Rod was Wendall Nash in his 1933 Ford Coupe; the Muscle Car best of show was taken by Morris & Linda Rattler for their 1971 Dodge Dart; The Best of Show Pro Street was the 1952 Chevy Belair John & Deborah O'Nan; Rat Rod best of show was taken by Jason Patterson in a 1949 Chevy Truck; Street Gasser best of show was won by Ray Thenot in a 1955 Chevy 210; Street Rod best of show was awarded to Greg Wilson in a 1934 Ford Woody; the best of show in trucks was Warren Kemp in a 1948 Chevy; the best of show in Memory Lane was Bob Perkins in his 1969 Ford Mustang; and the best of Open Class 1958-1963 was John Kutzlo in his 1963 Ford Falcon
The weekend came to a thrilling conclusion with the Crower Cams Cacklefest. The program featured dozens of cars running and revving their historic motors in unison with the engines cackling a tribute to all that attended the event.
will long be remembered as one of the finest NHRA Motorsports Museum
Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA events at Bowling
Green for a long time to come, Larry Fisher, executive director
of the NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of
Southern California said. The collection of automobiles, both
show cars and race cars were unmatched in their styles and class.
We enjoyed making new memories with our hotrod friends and cant
wait to see everyone again next year.
May 19, 2013
A 2013 North West NFC preview (Courtesy Ken Sitko and Quick Time Magazine)
The North West has always had an abundance of race cars, and still does, from Sportsman door slammers to Top Fuel Dragsters. This, however, is the era of the Nitro Funny Car, nostalgia to be exact, and again, Western Canada and the north west United States sports a high number of these monsters, ranging from budget teams just trying to have some fun, to serious, title contending operations. Of course, all of the teams, whether budget or highly financed, always aim to improve and win, some just might take a little longer to achieve their goals. The glue in all of this is the Nitro, that addictive smell, the sharp ear piercing sound of the explosion out of the pipes, the rumble when the driver puts the hammer down, that can't really be explained to those who have not experienced it.
Our operation, the Team Ace/Sitko Family Racing nitro funny car, didn't really realize the excitement that Nitro creates, and the addiction that would take over everyone in our crew, including the driver. I have to thank Ron Hodgson for hounding us to switch from the Alcohol fc, we resisted for 2 years, probably because we were scared of the cost and the challenge, but Wow, now we are hooked. Of course, we couldn't even begin to do this without the support of our main sponsor, Harold Parfett from Ace Manufacturing. Harold loves drag racing as much as we do, and now that our thirst for Nitro racing is being quenched, a little at a time, the goal for both he and myself, my sons Nathan and Troy, my dad George Sitko, and our crew is to start Winning. It has been a great 2 years, we started off slow, but learned, both through trial & error, and with help from some of our Nitro friends, how to get the car to go faster. We are not at our goal yet, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and have more or less done it without hurting parts, excluding the Rockies race last year where we got a bit carried away. We have run 5.96 at 231 mph, and have a solid plan to run faster this year. We don't run state of the art parts, in fact most of our stuff was made in the 70's, making us truly nostalgic, but we concentrate on the important things to continually advance our program, and hopefully be a contender sometime very soon. With additional help from Castrol Oils, Jet Tools, Pro Stock Performance, Jobsite Mechanical, Commercial Bearing, Precision Performance, Gee and Gee Racing, and Impact Coatings, we will do our best to be in the late rounds at a bunch of races in 2013.
One of the brand new teams for 2013, not even up and running yet, is the Nitro Militia, formed Shawn Sikora and Jordan Pawlick. Talks about starting a Nitro nostalgia funny car program started in July 2012, after spending time in the Alcohol scene (Shawn: Pro Nostalgia funny car with Craig Anstead's Paradise RV Pro Nostalgia Funny Car, Jordan: Synoil Top Alcohol Funny Car). Shortly afterwards, Jordan and Shawn picked up a car from Del Worsham at the California Hot Rod Re-Union in October in Bakersfield. Chris Patt (also raced with Craig Anstead) of Sideshow Fabrications & Paint also came on board with his talents of fabricating, welding and body work. Currently the car is being painted. Black and purple lace will be the color scheme with a Nostalgia feel to the design. The body work and paint has been done in house by everyone involved on the team. Dave Dunbar of Ace Fine Lines is the logo designer and air brush artist on the car. The team's goal is to have the car on the track this year, and get back down to Bakersfield for the hot rod reunion tour to give back to our sponsors, whether it be displaying the car, or potentially trying to qualify it in the tough elimination field. They would like to show the younger generation of people out there that want to race that it is possible to race on a shoe string budget with lots of hard work and dedication. The 1971 Ford Mustang will be running a BAE block and heads, Littlefield LB20 blower, B&J transmission, and a Chrisman Differential. Sponsors include Southtown Napa, Admiral Racing, and Tony Romas. The team has sponsorship packages available for those that would like to be involved in this exciting sport!
A strong running local Nitro funny car is the Prospector 1978 Corvette campaigned by Edmonton's Jay Mageau. Jay has been in the Nitro wars for a few years now, and ran career bests of 5.92 seconds at 237.9 mph at the Rocky Mountain Nationals last season. Jay is putting together a program for 2013 that will build on the performance they found last season, and believes the car will run 5.80's based on the 5.923 data. "We just want to run a 5.80 without burning everything to the ground", says Jay. If they get to that point they will have a car that will make more than a few competitors nervous. Jay is putting together a budget that will allow them to run more races in 2013. Along with the rest of us, he is doing all the necessary upgrades, certifications, and parts replacement necessary to keep the engine in top form. " We have a great program but can't run this car without serious help. any referrals will be greatly appreciated. cash, parts, oil, fuel, tools , tow fuel... you name it, we need it". email email@example.com or call him at 780 719 5749 with your queries."
What more can be said about the Boychuk/Hodgson team. They were a powerhouse with the legendary Roland Leong as crew chief, and seemed to falter a bit when he left the team last season. To their credit, in only one year, they have re-built the program, and capped off their comeback with an incredible win at the recent March Meet in Bakersfield. The Troy Lee Designs/Castrol sponsored 77 Firebird was consistently quick all weekend, and by the final they wore all the other competitors down. With Crew Chiefs Jim Basko and Bob Papernick, they pack a lot of years of experience, and know how to get the job done. Add Dan Brochu, Dan Syme, Jimmy Basko, and Ray Randozza, and it is no wonder they were able to change so many pistons throughout the weekend. Their quickest run in Bakersfield was an astounding 5.75 at 252 mph. Groooannnnn. They're going to be tough again this year!
Ken Webster showed up at the IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals last year with a new 1975 Chevy Camaro, new engine combination, and rag tag crew (sorry guys), and damn near won the thing. With nary a spare piston in the trailer, the car ran strong with veteran Gordon Jenner tuning the engine, Mike and Ed Grekul on the crew, in addition to Neal Fedderly and Dale Braun. They qualified in the tight 8 car field, and defeated Jim Obalek in the opening round, and was only stopped in the semi finals by an un-conscious .009 light by Tim Boychuk, even though Webster had the quicker running car. The team then went on to Mission for the Canadian open, and continued their winning ways in the rain shortened event by advancing to the semi finals before the weather turned ugly, resulting in a tie for the weekend championship. Their 2013 plans are to run 4 or 5 races on the west coast, and they even picked up a spare motor!
Chris Davis campaigns the Nitro Vega funny car from his base in Spokane, Washington. They are admittedly a low budget team, but have been improving their performance as of late, running career bests at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield last fall. In 2013, they plan to make some ignition changes, and are switching to a new TFX combination. They are venturing out again this year, this time to the Boise Ignitor, and I'm sure we will see them at the Night of Fire in Spokane in August. Right now, they are performing restoration on the tow rig & preparing for their first race. The car has also raced in Yakima, and Forks.
Mark Hentges started a new operation in 2012, and ventured out with very few spare parts, but still made some great runs, and attended quite a few races. They have been mostly working on their engine program over the winter, checking all the clearances, measurements and volumes. The 9 month build of the Funny Car gave Mark the biggest challenge of all his past race cars. He wanted to check everything. After building 4 Top Alcohol Dragsters it seemed like nothing fit, everything had to be redone and parts were hard to obtain from the manufacturers for the F/C. For 2013, they hope to test in April at Mission, with their first race in Boise.
I missed some cars, sorry, but there is limited space here, just like
an 8 car field for a Heritage race with over 20 cars in the pits.
Obviously Bucky Austin is one of the big hitters, and has a real advantage
with the talented Kris Krabill driving, they are hard to stop. Twig
Zeigler is another one that is tough to deal with, his car can run
5.80 on a gravel road. Nobody said this would be easy.
April 29, 2013
Texas Raceway - Kennedale, TX
Hale shoots down the Blue Max at Kennedale
It was a classic nitro flopper final round under the lights Saturday, April 27, at Texas Raceway, Kennedale, Texas. Nitro Funny Car racer John Hale driving his Mike Burkhart tribute 1969 Camaro faced Ronny Young in his Raymond Beadle Blue Max tribute Plymouth Arrow in an all-Texas final round of the Mickey Thompson Tires DragRacingOnline.com AA/FC Challenge presented by Comp Cams.
It was the first time the Midwest series, now in its fifth year, had competed at the historic track near Ft. Worth and at the eighth-mile distance.
Defending Series Champion Hale ran a stellar 3.746 at 200.50 mph to defeat Young, who ran a respectable 3.940/191.10 in the final.
Hale had an outstanding race. His Guy Tipton-tuned 69 Camaro set Top Speed and Low ET of the event on race winning lap.
Hales team not only won the race but also set the DRO series records for 1/8th mile ET and speed at 3.818 and 196.07 mph. Both Hale and Young ran over 200 mph in the eighth but were unable to back up that speed.
Hale was on Mickey Thompson tires and Young was racing on Goodyears.
Hale got every point he could out of the event other than Low ET in qualifying. That honor went to Minnesota racer Brian Stewart and his Bear Town Shaker 76 Mustang with a 3.888. His car was tuned by Jim Stanke.
The remainder of the 2013 events will be contested on the quarter mile. The next event for the Mickey Thompson Tire DragRacingOnline.com AA/FC Challenge is July 19-20 at Cedar Falls Raceway in Iowa.
Other dates are Maple Grove Raceway, Aug. 2-3; Cordova Dragway Park, Aug. 23-24; US 131 Motorsports Park, Sept. 6-7; and Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, Sept. 13-14.
John Hale: 3.818 ET
John Hale: 196.07 mph
Points after one event:
1. John Hale - 168
2. Ronny Young - 99
3. Brian Stewart - 90
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. - 87
5. Kebin Kinsley 76
2 Young, Ronny - "Blue Max" 1978 Arrow 3.911 192.33 1
3 Hale, John - "Mike Burkhart Tribute" 1969 Camaro 3.941 190.54
4 Johnson, Tommy Jr - "Crop Duster" 1972 Duster 4.218 136.00
5 Kinsley, Kebin - "Wild Child" 1968 Mustang 5.044 104.86
April 29, 2013
Krabill Scores Ignitor Heritage Title at Firebird
In convincing fashion, Kris Krabill collected his second straight major Firebird event title during the recently concluded NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Nitro Opener. Presented by Dan Wiebold Ford, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series meet for the Funny Car division attracted a very impressive thirteen entries for this years 8-car qualified field.
The qualifiers included: Dan Horan Jr. at 5.83; Robert Overholser at 5.86; Kris Krabill at 5.91; Roger Garten at 6.06; Dennis LaCharite at 6.07; Cameron Ferre at 6.11; Tim Boychuk at 6.15; and Mark Sanders at 6.15. Non-qualifiers were Jason Rupert (6.26), Tom Padilla (6.34), Chris Davis (6.48) and Wally Giavia (6.81).
During eliminations, Krabill ran 5.90, 5.87, and a final round 5.85-245.63 with the Bucky Austin and Mike OBrien-owned `78 Trans Am. They defeated Dan Horan Jr., who finished at 5.91-246.64, red-lighting his chances away in the final. Horan recorded top speed of the weekend at 248.00 mph.
Both Dennis LaCharite with his Back in Black `69 GTO and Robert Overholser at the wheel of the Don Nelson California Hustler `77 Trans Am, which recorded the quickest elapsed time of the weekend in first round of eliminations at 5.82, were the two semi-finalists.
736 Dan Horan, Sylmar CA, '70 Mustang 5.833 246.30 246.30
------------ Not Qualified ------------
9 1 Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda CA, '69 Camaro 6.261 233.82 233.82
January 17, 2013
San Dimas, CA
CP-Carrillo enters nostalgia drag racing thru partnership with Jam-Air Motorsports
Today it was announced that CP-Carrillo is entering the world of nostalgia drag racing thru a partnership with the Jam-Air Motorsports Nostalgia Funny Car team. For nearly 50 years, the name Carrillo is synonymous with connecting rods. Carrillo has won more races in virtually every format of motorsports than any other rod manufacturer in the world. Now, the next chapter in the Carrillo legacy unfolds by venturing into nostalgia drag racing.
"Last year we were plagued with a lot of different issues with our connecting rods" said Co-Owner and Driver Will Martin. "We reached out to the folks at CP-Carrillo after seeing the success they were having with teams like Terry McMillan, Eddie Knox, and Shane Westerfield. The idea was to see if they could help us with the problems that were plaguing us. Richard and the staff at Carrillo have helped us analyze every problem we were experiencing and have engineered solutions to those problems. It is our belief that we have come up with the ultimate connecting rod for the nostalgia fuel application"
"What makes the new nostalgia rod unique is it is 100% machined from a C555 forging and not a plate" said CP-Carrillo Product Manager Richard Batchelor. "Each rod is laser marked, both on the rod cap and beam from CP, to ensure components never get swapped. Plus the pin ends are roller burnished for added durability. This all coupled with a fastener developed for us by A-1 Technologies give us a great package to offer to racers who are looking for the ultimate in reliability and performance".
"We are excited to work with Will Martin and the Jam-Air Motorsports team" said Cindy Verkooij, Marketing Manager for CP-Carrillo." The Jam-Air Motorsports team is a past proven champion with a lot of success in any class they have raced in. We believe there experience coupled with the new nostalgia fuel rod we have worked with them to develop will play a key role in getting them be back to the winner circle in no time at all."
The Jam-Air Motorsports team will debut the CP-Carrillo rod in pre season testing in February under the watchful eye of Crew Chief Chris Nance.
For additional information on the new nostalgia fuel connecting rod or this press release, please contact: