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Rick Rollins to Serve as Master of Ceremonies for Bob Vandergriff Sr. Roast
Former SEMA Chairman of the Board Rick Rollins (2009–2011) will serve as master of ceremonies for the Quarter Mile Foundation’s “Hustling a Husler” Roast and Toast of Bob Vandergriff Sr., December 8, 2016. Rollins, of Osteen, Florida, has held corporate executive positions at several performance aftermarket companies, including Crane Cams, Taylor Cable Products and Superchips. Currently, he operates Rollins Performance Marketing LLC, and Filter Solutions Technologies LLC/FST Performance, headquartered in Osteen.
The Vandergriff roast will be presented by Hedman Husler Hedders and the Quarter Mile Foundation and sponsored by the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown. It will be held in the Main Ballroom (second floor) of the hotel at 350 West Maryland Street, directly across from the Indiana Convention Center, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a beef and salmon duet dinner at 7:00 p.m., with the roast and live auction starting at 8:00 p.m. The deadline for reserving tables and individual seating is December 2, 2016.
VP Racing Fuels Powers Mia Tedesco to National Championship
Mia Tedesco became the first woman to win the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Gas national championship when she claimed the title during the running of the Division 7 event November 6 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 22-year-old had finished accumulating national points for the season but had to wait for the outcome at Las Vegas where challengers Tommy Phillips and Brad Pierce went out in the second round, assuring Tedesco of the championship. Tedesco’s Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier is sponsored by VP Racing Fuels. Tedesco won two Super Gas races this season, a national event and a Division 3 race at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. In addition to the Super Gas national title, Tedesco also won the Division 3 Super Gas championship and the North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster championship.
Tyler Speer emerged as the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series world champion in the Pro Modified class in just his second tour with the series.
Speer Wins Tight Battle for Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series Championship
Tyler Speer entered the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series World Finals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Phoenix with a slim points lead, but ultimately emerged as world champion in the Pro Modified class in just his second tour with the series. He will sign autographs in the Lucas Oil booth at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis in December, while his Top Fuel boat will be the featured attraction in the Hedman Husler Hedders booth.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. and the Keith Dobbs #15H Champion Racing Oil Team wrapped up a championship season with the ASCS National Series last weekend at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. Wins ASCS National Series With Champion Racing Oil
Champion Oil has announced that Sam Hafertepe Jr. and the Keith Dobbs #15H Champion Racing Oil Team wrapped up a championship season with the ASCS National Series last weekend at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. The Sunnyvale, Texas, driver finished second in last Saturday’s finale to clinch his first title with the series. Champion Oil also has announced that Chad Kemenah won the 2016 All Star Circuit of Champions Championship—his fifth—during the final race of the season at Atomic Speedway. In addition, sprint car driver Trey Starks won 11 races at 11 different tracks from coast to coast. He captured his first international win during the Gold Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August with the NSA Shootout. He also garnered the inaugural World Short Track Championships at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina.
SpeedVideo and ProMedia Sign Multi-Year Agreement to Live Broadcast NMRA and NMCA Racing Series
SpeedVideo and ProMedia Events have jointly announced a multi-year agreement to live broadcast the NMRA and NMCA Racing Series through 2018. SpeedVideo will release the official NMRA and NMCA broadcast schedules later this year.