March 3rd, 2014 / Author: BTS
Doug Winters and Winters Racing have confirmed Meritor, a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, would be joining their team for the 2014 NHRA Pro Modified season as their primary sponsor.
“We are definitely thrilled to have formed a partnership with Meritor,” said Doug Winters. “It is an honor for us and for the entire team to have the backing of a company of their caliber and we are looking forward to a great season.”
Meritor currently sponsors NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car (TAFC) driver, Paul Noakes. “With the addition of Winters Racing to the success that Paul Noakes has already provided Meritor, I am sure we will more then double our brand awareness among NHRA racers and fans,” stated Marty Hetherington, Mgr, Brand and Marketing. With the creation of a Meritor team, Winters Racing’s ’57 Chevy Pro Mod will be dressed in a paint scheme similar to Noakes’ TAFC.
Along with Meritor, Winters Racing will be working with Truck Supply of South Carolina to focus on marketing and business avenues related to commercial trucking service industry. Truck Supply Company of South Carolina has been in business for over 50 years serving the entire South Carolina area. With 3 locations in the state they have a huge selection of truck parts and a service center quipped with a large onsite inventory. “We plan on working hand in hand with Truck Supply of South Carolina, “ stated Doug. “Truck Supply of South Carolina was just recently named 2013 Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year. So they definitely know their industry. With all the race teams out there with road tractors and others with Toter and Motor homes built on road tractor chassis, drag racing is a perfect venue for not only Meritor, but Truck Supply of South Carolina.”
For 2014 Winters Racing will also continue representing their long time partners; Lucas Oil, MavTV, Optima Batteries, Mickey Thompson, NGK, Hedman Hedders, King Engine Bearings, Waterloo and Richmond Gear. “These partnerships got us to where we are today,” stated Doug. “We are very proud to be able to continue our efforts with these great companies. Adding Meritor will enhance everyone’s success with our team.”
Doug and Winters Racing will particpate and compete at NHRA Pro Modified events across the United States in 2014. The season gets started March 14th at Gainesville Florida with the NHRA Gatornationals
February 8th, 2014 / Author: BTS
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2014) – Antron Brown and the Matco Tools team continued their hot streak in 2014 for Don Schumacher Racing and was the quickest Top Fuel dragster Friday during opening day of the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.
The pole-sitting run by Brown was nearly topped by DSR teammate Ron Capps, who qualified third in Funny Car in a spectacular way when a fiery engine explosion destroyed his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T body near the finish line to open the 24-event Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Brown and the Matco Tools Top Fuel team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald earned the provisional pole with a time of 3.731 seconds at 326.00 mph, which is their sixth straight run in the 3.7-second range including January testing in South Florida.
“The first run we just wanted to get down the race track,” Brown said of his opening 3.798-second pass. “We came back and regrouped. We weren’t sure how much we could push it on the last run but Brian and Mark stepped on it.
“The guys did it. The track conditions are very consistent with what we saw at testing. Brian said we had to give it more power because it was more humid here than at West Palm (Beach, Fla.).”
Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team completed a run in 4.014 seconds at 304.67 in the day’s second session before an apparent mechanical problem just past the finish line detonated the 10,000-horsepower engine that ripped apart much of the carbon fiber Dodge Charger R/T body. A portion of the body when airborne before landing in the left lane and was hit by DSR teammate Jack Beckman’s Valvoline Dodge that also destroyed the front of his Funny Car.
The concussion from the blast seemed to briefly stun Capps, who is starting his 20th season as a professional racer. But he was able to get out of the car and walk away from his destroyed race car.
“I’m OK. That was pretty sudden,” he said laughing a few minutes after getting out of the car. “Something came up and hit my helmet but Impact did a great job on the helmet and the (face) shield. I was covered by flames and something went across the shield but nothing got to me.
“These Funny Cars are fun to drive but that’s going to happen once in a while.
“To be honest when I was a kid standing at the fence at Lion’s Drag Strip (a legendary track from 1955-72 in the Los Angeles area) I wanted to be a Funny Car driver because I saw guys like Snake (Don Prudhomme) and Don Schumacher blowing up like this so I guess I asked for too much.
“But a helluva of a job by (crew chief) Rahn Tobler and the NAPA guys for a great run and it was an exciting shutdown. Hey, we’re in the show.”
Capps is the top-seeded DSR Funny Car going into Saturday’s final qualifying sessions at 1 and 4 p.m. before Sunday’s 16-car championship eliminations.
“We’ll take it back and see if we can figure out what happened to it,” Tobler said. “It looked like it was running fine. I didn’t see a flash or any indication that anything was wrong until it happened. Most likely it either broke a (connecting) rod or something in the valve train.”
Losing a body wasn’t the only disappointment for Beckman. On the last run of the night,
reigning world champion John Force clocked a run at 3.966 seconds to take the elapsed time record from Beckman, who ran 3.986 seconds on Oct. 7, 2012, near Reading, Pa.
February 1st, 2014 / Author: BTS
Courtesy of CF Sports Information
Sparked by a pair of newcomers, the College of Central Florida baseball team got off to a good start in its regular season opener.
Christian Khawam homered and drove in five runs, while Mike Cetta struck out nine in a 7-4 win for the Patriots over Pensacola State in a game that was called by rain after seven innings on Friday afternoon at Goodlett Field.
Khawam, a freshman from Miami Southridge High School, hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat as a Patriot and helped the hosts wipe out a 3-0 first inning deficit.
For the game, Khawam went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and had one of his team’s four doubles, to go along with his two-run homer.
Cetta, a transfer from Point Park and Miami Palmetto High product, allowed just one run over his final six innings of work and was effective in getting out of trouble.
CF’s Ryan Crile goes up high to bring down a overthrown ball. Photo by: Thomas Gaines
Pensacola went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position after the opening inning and Cetta allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Khawam gave him all the support he would need with a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth.
He added a run-scoring double for CF (1-0) in the sixth and Josh Ellzey extended his team’s lead to three with a sacrifice fly later in the frame.
From there, Weston Pope got the final two outs of the seventh for the save.
Another newcomer, Ryan Crile of North Marion High, went 1-for-4 with three runs scored and a double from his leadoff spot.
Enderson Velasquez (2-for-4), Ben Ellzey (double) and Robby Jolley (3-for-4, two runs scored, triple) also had good games for the Patriots at the plate.
CF will host Indian River State in a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday.
January 29th, 2014 / Author: BTS
The 2014 Summit ET series got under way at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville , Fl on a cool Saturday with all six classes running. Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Cycle, Jr. Dragster and True Street saw fierce competition all day.
Super Pro saw a battle of the dragsters as David Scigliuto from Seminole, Fl driving a 2004 Worthy dragster running against Derek Vazquez from Alachua, Fl driving a 2014 Miller dragster. Vazquez leaving a little early turning on the red light on a -.001 reaction and automatically giving the win to Scigliuto. Vazquez ran a 4.992 on a 4.97 dial in running 129.12 MPH and Scigliuto breaking out on his run when he dialed in at 4.82 and running a 4.794 at 144.67 MPH but due the Vazquez red light that didn’t matter. Three time track champion James Kelly Hicks started his quest for a forth track champion going out the second round. Hicks broke the first round and bought back in and then lost to Jimmy Montgomery.
In Pro ET, Ken Grant won his final round when his opponent Brien Radley also turns on the red light. Grant from Ty Ty, Ga., driving a 1972 Nova dialed in a 6.88 and running a 7.159 with a reaction time of .011 and 84.90 MPH, while Radley went a 9.888 on a 7.87 dial and running 44.95 MPH in his station wagon.
The Sportsman class came down to two familiar drivers, Chip Rollins driving a 1982 Malibu station wagon from Rollins Automotive and Robert Simpson in a 1970 Nova. Rollins from Gainesville, Fl ran an 11.663 on a 11.59 dial in at 106.64 MPH for the win. Simpson from Jacksonville, Fl ran a 13.576 with a 13.49 dial in at 99.88 MPH for the runner up .
Pro Cycle saw last year’s track champion Billy “ the Wheelie” Barton going out in the second round when turning on the red light to eventually runner up winner Scott Delong . Ken Konter from Gainesville, Fl riding a 1977 Kawasaki ran a 9.288 at 139.27 MPH on a 9.19 dial in taking home the win while Scott Delong from Citra, Fl ran a 8.755 on a 8.63 dial in and running 149.20 MPH for the runner up spot.
Jordan Arnold in her Jr. dragster, this will be her last year in a Jr.
JR. Dragster saw two great opponents in the final round. Jordan Arnold running in her final year in the JR. Dragster category picked up her first win of the season when Miah Balcom turned on the red light. Arnold from St. Johns, Fl ran a 8.004 with a 7.90 dial in at 82.52 MPH while Balcom went 8.992 on a 8.98 at 73.07 MPH.
In True Street it was Mitchell Gunter from Starke, Fl running in his 2009 Mustang going a 13.624 on a 13.58 dial in and going 101.13 MPH getting the win over Gunner Lakey from Belleview, Fl in his 1999 Ford going 16.604 on a 16.48 dial in and running 84.10 MPH.
January 29th, 2014 / Author: BTS
Written by Megan Meyer – Texas resident, Chase Copeland, has been selected to drive the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s second Top Alcohol Dragster at select NHRA and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (LODRS) event races for the 2014 season. Chase, who is new to the Kansas-based team, was accepted by owner Randy Meyer, for his previous driving experience and proven winning record in Top Alcohol Dragster.
Fielding two A/Fuel Dragsters is not new for Randy Meyer; he believes adding a second Top Alcohol Dragster, and fourth race car to team, will help guide him in the future when his daughters, Megan and Rachel Meyer, step up from the Super Comp ranks, to Top Alcohol Dragster.
“After talking to several potential drivers, I felt Chase had the best credentials to drive my second car. His driving record speaks for itself; he is a well experienced and diverse driver, and he has the ability to win races with an A/Fuel car, and skills to help the crew,” Randy said. “We welcome him to the Randy Meyer Racing Team, and we are excited to see what 2014 holds for us.”
Chase Copeland, has been selected to drive the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s second Top Alcohol Dragster
Chase got his start with drag racing at the age of 12 in the Junior Dragster field. He then moved on to compete in Drag Boats and in the NHRA Pro Mod class until 2009 when legendary Gene Snow asked him to pilot his Top Alcohol Dragster. Chase, who drove for Snow until 2012, won his first LODRS divisional and two NHRA national events, as well as multiple runner-up finishes. He also earned the 2010 Division 4 Points Championship, and held a consecutive top 10 points finish in the NHRA national points championship from 2010-2012.
“I am honored to be considered by Randy Meyer Racing to drive the second car for their team,” said Chase. “I haven’t been in the seat in a year, and I am excited to get back behind the wheel. I think 2014 is going to be a great year and can’t wait to get back to the track!”
With Chase as the pilot, Clay Copeland, Chase’s father and knowledgeable racer, will also join the Randy Meyer Racing Team to be the crew chief and team leader for the second dragster. Chase and Clay plan on bringing several sponsors to NHRA drag racing.