NHRA Year in Review In December NHRA will release the inaugural NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship DVD. Relive the excitement of the 2007 season and pre-order your copy of the Countdown to the Championship 2007. The price is only $19.99 plus tax.
Dodge Drag Package Dodge has plans to have a drag race package for the 2009 Dodge Challenger. The word is, it will be like the Hemi Darts of 1968-69. You'll actually be able to order yours from your local Dodge dealer. It seems that the glory days of factory race cars is back! Also, Mopar is working on their new pro-stock for NHRA Drag Racing.
New Blood on the Track Leah Pruett was born and raised in Redlands, CA. Her father Ron, a 12-time land speed world record holder and owner / driver of the World's Fastest Ford-powered Thunderbird, began racing 8-year old Leah in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League. After clenching many championships and titles, Leah retired from the Jr. Drag Racing League at the age of 16 to race with her father in the Goodguys series. Pruett Racing is a unique team because it consists of three females amongst the crew of men. Pruett Racing includes Ron (father), Linda (mother), Lindsey (older sister and former Jr. drag racing champion), Casey Suzuki (tuner / consultant) and driver / supermodel Leah Pruett.
Already Pruett Racing has captured the attention of major corporations such as Dickies Girl. Dickies Girl has seen the potential of Leah and her race team since the beginning and is now becoming part of Pruett Racing's largest drag racing phenomenon ever. Starting in June 2007, Pruett Racing will be competing in the nostalgia Funny Car Association. Leah will be the first and only female to compete in this association. These funny cars are the main attraction at every nostalgia race across the country and the ultimate crowd pleaser.
Another Nomination for Ashley Ashley Force gets nominated as Rookie of the Year for the Auto Club Road to the Future Award. We at MuscleCarsLive.com hope she gets the award. She has been a great role model for up and coming women in drag racing.
God Bless You Wally! MuscleCarsLive.com would like to send out our prayers to the family of Wally Parks who passed away on September 23, 2007. If it wasn't for him, there would be no drag racing at all.
Wallace Gordon ("Wally") Parks is widely known as the Father of Drag Racing. He was the Founder, President, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Hot Rod Association, or better known by the acronym NHRA. Parks was also an accomplished automobile writer and hobbyist, and co-founder and first editor of the magazine Hot Rod in the late 1940s. He was also instrumental in the founding of Motor Trend magazine in 1948. As editor of Hot Rod, he began to promote safety in the organization of drag racing, both in the magazine and by organizing "safety safaris," which taught drag racing organization and safety at several tracks around the country. This was the first concerted effort in getting racers off the streets and into controlled race tracks.
In 1951, he founded the National Hot Rod Association, which stands today as the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world, and became its head for several decades after leaving the magazine business. His wife, Barbara, who preceded him in death in 2006, worked for the NHRA as its Chief Secretary in its formative years.
Prior to his death, he was Chairman of the Board of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California.
JOHN FORCE on the death of NHRA founder Wally Parks:
?I?m laying in the hospital after crashing at Dallas, thinking about Eric Medlen and his dad, like I do every day, and the call came in about the loss of Wally Parks. It saddened my heart. There couldn?t be a greater loss for the sport because this is the individual who gave us a dream and gave us a playground. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and I just pray that Wally?s legacy continues, that the NHRA?s current commanders and chiefs take the sport to the level it deserves. NASCAR did it and, if we all work together, we can do it, too. Wally always said this was a family sport and no one knows that better than me. To have my family here during my recovery and to have my extended family of fans and friends sending their wishes has given me the heart to come back from the worst wreck of my career. If I can, I know I owe it to Wally because he saw something special in drag racing. I love this sport just like he did and we?ll always have that bond.?
Funny Car Women If you think women in the 2007 drag racing season were hot, wait for 2008 when Ashley force and Melanie Troxel go head to head in funny cars. This will mark the first time in NHRA history that this will happen. Another rising star is Nostalgia Racing 's Leah Pruett, who is making a name for herself at the young age of nineteen. She has been testing a Don Schumacher funny car and is looking like a serious contender. Get ready funny car fans, 2008 is shaping up to be a great year for NHRA and for women in drag racing.