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 Hi everyone and welcome to another issue of AZ Extreme Motorsports magazine, and thank you for looking through the pages of Arizona’s ONLY publication devoted exclusively to our great state’s motorsports scene. Remember, if you have something you think might be of interest to our readers, whether it’s drag racing, off-road racing, boat racing, or whatever, send it to me at diggerboi2@gmail.com.
Finally! A crate engine with 1000 horsepower! Mopar revealed a brand-new HEMI-engine- powered “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine, which turns the crank at 1,000 hp and 950 lb.-ft. of torque, at its press conference during the 2018 SEMA Show. Just the ticket if you really want to impress your friends! Unfortunately, no prices have been released just yet, but just remember you generally get what you pay for.
Congratulations to Wild Horse’s Mike Williams, who runner-up’d in Sportsman; to Wild Horse’s Thomas Maynard who runner-up’d in High School, and to Tucson Dragway’s Samantha Kidd who won High School at at the Division 7
an owner of Manzanita Speedway and a board member of the Martin Auto Museum. He was 69.
NHRA announced that Pro Stock will only have an 18-race season in 2019; it includes the Arizona Nationals. After losing the new Champion Tanner Gray to NASCAR and last year’s Champ back to Sportsman racing (along with someone else I can’t remember), the class will be a shadow of its former self. Most fans I know feel strongly that it should be dropped completely and the always exciting Pro Mod category featured in Pro Stock’s place. I agree . . .
We received this unfortunate announcement today:“Thetimehascomefortheannouncement that we sincerely hoped we would never have to make. The Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum will be closing. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with all of the volunteers and friends in the racing community who helped us carry on our founder Steve Stroud’s dream. Arrangements are being made for all items on loan to be returned by appointment to the owners. We will never be able to adequately thank all of you who supported and loved the museum as we have. Our hearts will always be warm remembering the times and memories that we shared in this great institution and we will remain forever grateful.”
Interesting, but not suprising: Fox Factory Holding Corp. home of Fox Shox (very popular off-road suspension), is shifting its Powered Vehicles Group operations to Georgia. Fox Factory (not to be confused with Fox Head Inc./Fox Racing) also plans to relocate corporate HQ from Scotts Valley, California, to Georgia by the end of the year. Additionally, Fox plans to relocate its aftermarket bike products distribution, sales, and service operations from Watsonville and Scotts Valley, California, to Reno, Nevada. You know the old expression about rats leaving a sinking ship? In this case, it’s good companies abandoning California before it sinks.
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The racing season (meaning summer is over!) is
upon us, with lots and lots of racing going on, of all
kinds. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to go
on a given weekend, especially because sometimes Ineedtogotoaraceasareporter,sometimesas
a racer, and sometimes as an announcer! It’s a
lot of fun, though, even when I find out my new
dragster, Tigger’s Digger Too, has been running
on 7 cylinders with a broken rocker arm! Oh well,
parts are on the way and coming in as this is being   ET Finals recently! Way to go!
written, and I’m determined to race this coming weekend at the Phoenix Dragstrip Reunion at Wild Horse - with whichever of my two dragsters is running! We’ll have coverage of that race in the next issue. The final NHRA National of the year at Pomona is at this weekend, too, with only Top Fuel decided as Steve Torrance wrapped it up last week in Vegas. But Funny Car is going to be a real slugfest, with every qualifying point and round points very valuable.
FLASH! Huge congratulations going out to Kingman’s Chad Webber, who not only won the Division 7 Super Comp Championship at the Pomona Finals, but then went on to win the race! Way to go, ex-Speedworld Junior Dragster driver!
The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving (located at Wild Horse Motorsports Park) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The following statement was made on Wednesday: “In a difficult yet important step towards becoming a stronger company, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Inc. filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 in the Arizona District United States Bankruptcy Court on October 2, 2018. We will continue operating and serving our students and corporate groups as usual while we develop new business relationships to ensure the vitality of the company in the future. For over 50 years, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving has been a fixture in Arizona and renowned nationally and internationally in the world of racing, thanks to our loyal students, dedicated employees, and the Gila River Indian Community. The Chapter 11 ensures we will have sufficient time to reorganize and position the company for
On December 15 , 2018, there will be a Private
Test Session at Tucson Dragway in conjunction
with the Tucson Street Car League; however, all
cars are welcome. The Gates will open 8 am, and
the track will be hot from 9 am to 1:30 pm. There
will be two prepped lanes. The cost is $180 and   sustained success. Our plan is to emerge from this
Phoenix bracket racer Wayne Smith is undergoing surgery to fuse vertebrae in his neck, so we won’t be seeing his white Camaro for awhile. Please wish Wayne a speedy recovery!
    includes car & driver plus 1 crew or spectator per car. Additional crew (collected by the dragway at the gate) $15 each with additional spectators $10 each. Send $$ by PayPal to tonyluceri@cox.net, starting now if you’re coming. Racer fees will not be collected at the gate. Track Tech Card fee 430. Must be prepaid to participate, and there are a limited number of spots available.
Speaking of Tucson Dragway, they are finally going to have an NHRA Divisional! March 1-3 are the dates. The Wild Horse Divisional will be on October 11-13.
process as a stronger company and continue to drive this company into the next 50 years.”
ISM Raceway (formerly and in my opinion, better known as Phoenix International Raceway) has announced their new president, Julie Giese, who will take over just ahead of the big grand opening NASCAR weekend November 8-9. She will succeed Bryan Sperber, who announced his intent to leave last August after 16 years leading PIR.
We’re sorry to report the passing of Robert “Bobby” Martin, a Phoenix native who became
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