NHRA® Team Report Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals – Brainerd, MN
Cruz Pedregon and team are undaunted by recent challenges and looking forward the weekend ahead in Brainerd. "I'm working with our new crew chief Tommy DeLago and assistant crew chief Glen (Huszar) to go over every aspect of the Snap-on Toyota with a fine-tooth comb to make sure the car is running at its peak performance this weekend," Cruz says.
In an announcement made last week, Cruz shared news of the team changes saying, “Tommy has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport and we believe he can help take our Snap-on Funny Car to the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. His championship-winning experience will be a tremendous asset to our program.”
Huszar has experience working with DeLago who has a notable career as the crew chief of the 2011 Funny Car world champion driven by Matt Hagan. He also was the first crew chief to guide a nitro-fueled Funny Car to a pass...
Point Leader Tries to Reverse His Fortunes in Lucas Oil Nationals
BRAINERD, Minn. – With a second straight regular season championship clearly in sight, Steve Torrence turns his attention this week to one of the two tracks in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on which he has neither qualified his Capco Contractors dragster No. 1 nor raced for a Top Fuel winner’s trophy.
Nevertheless, when qualifying begins Friday in the 37th Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 35-year-old Texan will enjoy a 161-point advantage over his nearest Top Fuel rival with just two race weekends remaining before the NHRA adjusts the point totals for the start of the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
“We feel pretty confident,” Torrence said of his bid to again get the No. 1 starting spot in the playoffs, “but that’s not our ultimate goal. It’s just a means to an end. We let the championship get away from us last year and there’s not a single person on this team who isn’t...
After Quick Start, Strutmasters/Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel Team Concludes Western Swing with 2nd-Round Exit at Northwest Nationals
KENT, Wash., Aug. 5, 2018: It didn’t take long for Strutmasters/Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel driver Clay Millican to turn heads during the weekend’s NHRA Northwest Nationals, blazing down the track at Pacific Raceways in Q1 at 3.743 seconds, temporarily commanding the No. 1 qualifier spot and earning three bonus points in the process.
Following uneventful runs in Friday’s and Saturday’s remaining sessions, Millican was No. 3, accomplishing the team’s ongoing goal each race weekend of qualifying in the top 5, if not securing the pole itself like the Strutmasters/Parts Plus/Great Clips driver has done seven times this season, including at last weekend’s Sonoma Nationals.
The fast start in Seattle was indicative of the team’s aggressive approach heading into the weekend, after dropping from No. 2 in the NHRA’s top 10 Top...
Kalitta turns stellar qualifying effort into a round win Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team had a season-best qualifying performance and a round win at the Northwest Nationals today.
The Mac Tools driver claimed the second starting spot with a 3.730 second pass in Friday evening's session. He was second after that run and would not be bumped on Saturday. Kalitta would earn lane choice over Bill...
Capco Dragster Comes Up .009 of a Second Short at Cat Spot Northwest Nationals
SEATTLE, Wash. – Steve Torrence drove his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster into the semifinals for the 10th time in 16 races Sunday but the runaway point leader couldn’t get past close friend Antron Brown who went on to win the 31st annual Cat Spot Northwest Nationals, the final event in thee NHRA’s grueling Western Swing.
“I knew he’d break out of this slump,” Torrence said of Brown, who hadn’t won a tour event in a full calendar year, “but I hate that he wound up beating us to do it, especially on a hole shot, especially on my crew chief Richard Hogan’s birthday and especially after we had such a good time together earlier in the week driving rally cars (at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Wash.). C’mon, man.”
The No. 1 qualifier for the 18th time in his pro career, Torrence got a free pass in round one when first time opponent Ron Smith had to abort when...
Kalitta looks to end strong Western Swing on a high note Seattle Highlights: One win (2014); Three finals (2003, 2000, 1999); One no.1 qualifier (2010)
Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified ninth; Semifinalist (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.)...
Point Leader Goes to ‘School’ in Advance of the Countdown
SEATTLE, Wash. – It’s a down-and-dirty weekend for Mello Yello point leader Steve Torrence who after a misstep last week at Sonoma, Calif., tuned up for this week’s 31st annual Cat Spot Northwest Nationals, last of the three races comprising the NHRA’s arduous Western Swing, with a trek off the concrete-and-asphalt and into the gravel-and-mud with close friend Antron Brown.
The principals in Chocolate-and-Crème Racing took advantage of their proximity to DirtFish Rally School to polish their car control skills at the wheel of a couple of turbocharged 4-cylinder Subaru Impreza STIs that represent a night-and-day difference from the 10,000 horsepower dragsters in which they will compete this weekend.
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in scenic Snoqualmie, DirtFish is considered North America’s premier rally school, the perfect place for Torrence and Brown to refresh...
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NHRA Northwest Nationals – Seattle, WA
Cruz Pedregon is heading to Seattle on a high after living the dream at Raiders' Team Camp as the NHRA's number one fan of the team. "That stopover with my favorite team after the race in Sonoma is the energy boost I needed to lead our great team back into top 10 Funny Car standings," Cruz said. "I'm so proud of the team for getting the car ready to be the quickest overall in the first qualifying round last weekend after making a fast-turnaround run back to the shop for another body for the Snap-on Toyota. We'll all be rested and revved this weekend for the Seattle race."
Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, "The Snap-on Funny Car is a better car than recent runs have shown. Every driver, team and fan knows the Seattle track is full of personality, and we're ready for a great weekend at Pacific Raceways for the Snap-on Team and all our great NHRA fans."
Cruz and Team Manager Caleb Cox had the opportunity to...
CRAFTSMAN® named primary sponsor for Crampton’s Top Fuel dragster beginning in Indianapolis
SONOMA, Calif. (July 28, 2018) – Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce that CRAFTSMAN®, a Stanley Black & Decker brand, will be the primary sponsor on Richie Crampton’s Top Fuel dragster starting at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and continuing through the balance of the season.
“I am very excited to represent an iconic brand like CRAFTSMAN as we finish out the...
Event 15: NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals
Kalitta advances to the semifinal Race Recap: Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team advanced to the semifinal of the Sonoma Nationals earlier this afternoon.
Kalitta's Mac Tools team did not have the qualifying effort that they would have liked. Kalitta's best effort, a 3.790, put Kalitta amongst the top half at that point. Saturday did not yield an improvement, and Kalitta was bumped to ninth overall.
The ninth spot meant a tough draw of points leader...
Point Leader Guilty of Rare Foul Start in Opening Round of Toyota Nationals
SONOMA, Calif. – A rare foul start sent Steve Torrence to the sidelines Sunday in the very first round of the 31st annual Toyota Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway but the talented Texan will move on to Seattle for this week’s conclusion to the arduous Western Swing with his 100-plus point lead still intact.
“There’s no way to put lipstick on this one and make it look any better,” a disappointed-but-philosophical Torrence said after leaving the starting line too early against Doug Kalitta. “When you’re racing those Kalitta boys, you know you have to squeeze every little bit of performance out of the race car and the driver. Today the driver just squeezed a little too hard.
“All you can do is put this one in the rearview mirror and move on down the road and that’s what we’re gonna do,” said the driver of the Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster. “We’ll regroup, get Hoagie...
Tub O’ Towels and Free All partner with Don O’Neal for remaining of ’18 season
Evansville, IN – Tub O’ Towels and Free All join NHRA Top Sportsman Driver and US Army Veteran Don O'Neal through the remainder of the 2018 season, keeping the iconic “Mad Scientist” clean while competing in NHRA Top Sportsman competition at 200 MPH.
"We have been using Tub O’ Towels for a long time and they make it easy to keep the Mad Scientist clean,” said O'Neal. "The Mad Scientist is having a great year and we are lucky to have Tub O’ Towels on board. We are looking forward to finishing the season strong, just like Tub O’ Towels finishes the job strong.”
Tub O’ Towels, a Federal Process Corporation brand, is equally as excited for this partnership.
“Don has been a fan of our heavy-duty cleaning wipes for several years,” said Ashley Szeremet, Director of Marketing at Federal Process Corporation. “We are excited to have formed an official sponsorship with him to support the upkeep of their...
Point Leader Aims for Sixth Season Victory in Capco Contractors Dragster
SONOMA, Calif. – No matter what transpires at this week’s 31st annual Toyota Sonoma Nationals, no matter the track conditions, no matter who wins the race or who doesn’t, no matter whether it rains or shines, Steve Torrence will leave town Monday as the Mello Yello point leader.
Having driven the Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to victory in more than a third of the NHRA races contested over the last two seasons (13 of 38) including last year’s Toyota Nationals, Torrence has grown accustomed to life at the top. After all, he’s been No. 1 following 23 of the last 28 NHRA tour events including 13 of 14 this year.
Nevertheless, the odds of the 35-year-old Texan growing complacent, even with a massive 173-point advantage, are astronomical.
“After what happened last year we don’t take anything for granted,” he said, recalling that he was in a similarly dominant position a year ago before fate...