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Chelsea Denofa defeated returning champion Fredric Aasbo for his first-ever Formula DRIFT victory.
Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results—Chelsea Denofa Takes His First-Ever Formula DRIFT Victory
Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Long Beach for the kickoff event of the 2016 Pro Championship season. Chelsea Denofa in the BC Racing/GT Radial BMW earned his first-ever Formula DRIFT victory to start the season at the top of the standings. Returning champion and winner of Round 1 in 2015 Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy/Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC battled through some car issues to meet Odi Bakchis in the Ark Performance/Feal Suspension/Falken Tire Hyundai Genesis in the semi-finals. Aasbo edged out Bakchis to enter the Finals. The 2015 runner-up Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing/Nexen Tire SR Toyota 86 faced off against Denofa in an exciting battle. Denofa beat out Gushi to face the champion in the Finals, which gave Gushi the third-place event finish. With momentum on his side, Denofa outmatched Aasbo to take his first-ever Formula DRIFT victory. This also marks the first victory for tire supplier GT Radial. The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 2: Road to the Championship, May 6–7 at Road Atlanta. Visit the Formula DRIFT website for complete results.
Team Nitto (Shannon Campbell, Jason Scherer and Erik Miller) swept the podium at the MetalCloak Stampede Ultra4 off-road race for the second year in a row.
Team Nitto Sweeps the Podium at the MetalCloak Stampede
Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. swept the podium at the MetalCloak Stampede Ultra4 off-road race for the second year in a row. This occasion also marks the second consecutive Ultra4 Nationals race in which Team Nitto (Shannon Campbell, Jason Scherer and Erik Miller) has swept the podium; the last being the Reno Nationals at the end of the 2015 season. The MetalCloak NorCal Stampede was once again held at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Prairie City SVRA. The course consisted of a two-mile track filled with several rock obstacles, many tight turns and some high-speed sections. The next race of the 2016 Ultra4 season will take place May 6, 2016, at Hot Springs ORV Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Holley has announced the NMCA’s purse and contingency programs for the Holley EFI Factory Super Cars class.
NMCA Announces Purse and Contingency Programs for Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Class
Holley has announced the NMCA’s purse and contingency programs for the Holley EFI Factory Super Cars class. Race teams will receive contingency payouts from participating aftermarket manufacturers and the automotive manufacturer of their race car. The new factory contingency program is in addition to the NMCA Pro Contingency program, which includes NMCA trophies and payouts as part of the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle. The Factory Super Cars class is a heads-up class for 2008 and newer COPO, Cobra Jet and Drag Pak factory cars. This new class will battle it out at all six 2016 NMCA events with a points champion to be crowned at the 2016 NMCA Awards Ceremony.
Factory Vehicle Contingency payouts from Ford, Chevrolet and Mopar per event:
Holley EFI Factory Super Cars class payouts per event:
NMCA class contingency payouts for all other posting sponsors per event:
Winner: $300 per product
Runner-up: $150 per product
Factory Super Cars will compete at the four remaining 2016 NMCA events:
May 12–15: 15th Annual NMCA Quickfuel Bluegrass Nationals, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky
June 23–26: 15th Annual NMCA All-American Nationals, Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis
July 28–31: 11th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois
August 25–28: 14th Annual NMCA World Street Finals, Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
DEI and McKinnon Motorsports Team Up for 2016 Season
DEI Powersports and Elyse McKinnon of McKinnon Motorsports are teaming up for the 2016 drag-race season. Recently, McKinnon returned to the dragstrip with her BMW S 1000 RR for the first time since last summer when a dramatic crash left her with a laundry list of injuries, including a broken back. After a long road to recovery, she is now cleared to once again race on the NHRA circuit. Additional sponsors include Engle Motors, Vanson Leathers, Shinko Tires, Galfer, Sprint Filter, Brock’s Performance, Vortex, Schnitz Racing, Penske Shocks, APE, Bren Tuning, Motion Pro, Worldwide Bearings, GPR, American Kargo, Pro-Bolt and RPM Powersports.
Pagid Racing Brake Pads to Support United States Touring Car Championship Teams in 2016
Pagid Racing Brake Pads—a division of TMD Friction Group based in Essen, Germany—will support the United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) teams in 2016 with a rewards program. Two drivers at each race during the 2016 season shall win a free set of brake pads of their choice. To be eligible, the driver must just show previous purchase of Pagid Racing pads and run the required decals on their car. The USTCC season starts April 16 in Las Vegas.
In ProCharger Limited Street, James Lawrence’s ProCharged Dragzine Camaro slipped past Roger Rydell’s Woppado Racing Camaro to take the win, 4.53 to 4.67, and the ride into the Aerospace Component's Winner's Circle.
5th Annual Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Spring Nationals Race Wrap
The 2016 NMCA WEST VP Racing Fuels drag-racing season began at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California, April 1–3.
Fastest Street Car Pro Modified: The Mustang of Greg Seth-Hunter scored a 4.15, edging out the ’93 Corvette of Mack Moffat’s 4.39 effort.
ProCharger Limited Street: James Lawrence’s ProCharged Dragzine Camaro slipped past Roger Rydell’s Woppado Racing Camaro to take the win, 4.53 to 4.67, and the ride into the Aerospace Component's Winner's Circle.
Ultra Street Shootout: Mike Silva’s ’64 Chevy II took the win with a 5.46 over Bill Wallace and his ’81 Mercury Capri’s 5.63 pass.
Lucas Oil NA 10.5: Ross Wilson’s Pontiac Sunfire charged to an 8.16 while Ryan Bell’s newly painted red Corvette stopped the clocks in 8.25 seconds. Bell was -.057 red at the hit, thus handing Wilson the win.
ARP Outlaw 8.5: Benjamin Davidow’s ’95 Mustang tripping the win light with a 5.05 at 142 mph, defeating the ’94 Pony of Richard Shelly.
Meziere Top Sportsman: Kelly Harper and his ’07 Pontiac GTO defeated Gary Ross and his ’69 Chevy Camaro in the final round.
Champion Cooling Pro Comp: Kevin McClelland in his ’27 Davis roadster faced Gary Cooke and his ’61 Corvette in the final. Both racers ran 9.91 on their 9.90 index, but it was McClelland’s .011-second reaction time that gave him the win over Cooke’s .042.
Jet-Hot Open Comp: Dennis Sato’s third-gen Camaro took the double-breakout win over Ron Mihld.
Street Comp: Dan Geis cut an .098 light and piloted his ’64 Chevy II to a 10.08 on a 10.18 dial-in to defeat Vince Frontino’s ’88 Mustang, which was .182 at the hit and 10.04 on a 10.07 dial-in.
Hedman Hedders Nostalgia Street Car: James Ferguson’s 10.02 on a 10.00 dial-in defeated Jim Losquadro’s 10.56 on a 10.50 dial-in.
MMR Mustang Madness: 2015 champion Greg Dreher was victorious over Cal Gordon in his return to defend his title.
Edelbrock Super Quick: Zach Meziere and his ’11 Mullis dragster were .004 on the tree, and 8.903 on an 8.90, whereas Kevin Houmard was .017 at the hit and 8.50 on an 8.49.
Calvert Racing Quick Street: Street Comp winner Dan Geis found himself in another final round, but broke out by two hundredths of a second, handing Jeff Interlicchia and his ’66 Dodge Coronet the win and a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle.
Gear Vendors True Street: Bryan Corey’s blue Nova edged out Dan Geis’ white deuce with a 9.62-second average (9.99 for Geis) for the top position. Arthur Thompson was the 11-second winner at the wheel of his Chevy Malibu, and Ken Slater was the quickest Mustang in TS competition, as his Shelby GT took home the 12-second honors. Gene Federico grabbed the 13-second award and was followed by Kevin Stokesberry, who drove to a 14.007 average for the 14-second win.
Edelbrock Bracket Showdown: D.J. Houmard took the Super Pro win with his new dragster, Trey Sommers grabbed the B2 Pro win at the wheel of his wheel-standing ’56 Chevy and Frank Malone grabbed the trophy in B3 with his Mopar. Sunday’s winners were Hank Pramov in Super Pro, Ryan Houmard at the wheel of his father’s pro street Camaro in Pro and Willie Hoefer in B3 Sportsman.
Joe Dryden Sets Guinness World Record
On March 2, Avon Tyres-sponsored Victory Stunt Team rider Joe Dryden set a new Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle burnout. The 2.23-mile record-shattering burnout on a ’17 Victory Octane was completed at Orlando Speed World where Dryden smoked more than seven laps.