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 Welcome to another issue of AZ Extreme Motorsports, Drag Racing Section! It’s Sunday, March 11 and it’s been a very busy weekend here in Phoenix so far as drag racinghasbeenconcerned.Yesterdaywasthe19th annual AZ Drag Racer’s Reunion at Baer Brakes in Phoenix, once again very capably put on by Bill Goosic. Lots of cool dragsters & one funny car, and a bunch of very cool street rods were in attendance. I brought my car, the Walton Cerney & Moody Top Fuel car from 1972, and along with the other purely race cars, cackled it three times. The first with one of my faithful crew guys, Phil Flower, next with event promoter Bill Goosic and finally with Jody Goff, whose father Lester would have been 79 that day. There’s excellent video & still photo coverage of the event on AZ Auto Scene at http://arizonaautoscene.com/2018/03/10/ hall-of-famers-were-inducted-during-the-2018- arizona-drag-race-reunion/. Scroll down for the video. Thanks for the coverage!
It was also a big weekend at Tucson Dragway, with the Big Money Bracket Racing. Over $100,000 in Purse Money and $30,000 in Racer Appreciation Prizes! It may or may not have rained for Saturday’s racing. For a look at Tucson Dragway’s event schedule, to to https://www. tucsondragway.com/calendar.
Meanwhile, Wild Horse Pass Dragstrip was scheduled for the big Import Faceoff today (Sunday, March 11). It rained overnight here in Glendale, but the skies are somewhat clearing, so let’s hope the event comes off. Next weekend March 16/17 is a biggie, with the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals, always a big event. Besides the drags, show, vendor area and more, there will be a Tractor Pulling, Dyno competition and best of all, a burnout contest (time permitting)! Then on Sunday the 18th, it’s the annual Bug-O-Rama for all you VW fans (it’s a little bit of drag racing and a big car show and HUGE vendor/swap meet area. While I’m not a VW person, I really enjoyed it all last year.
For complete information on each of these venues, visit their track websites . . . although the Wild Horse One is sometimes a bit behind the
8-ball with information, it’s still a good place to start.
I forgot to mention something in the motorcycle opener page “What’s Hot” in this issue - the opening of a new repair, service & parts/accessory shop for motorcycle - street & dirt - ATVs & side- by-sides in Wickenberg. My long-time friend and sometime crewman on my dragsters, Dan Kriese, has opened Fun Addicts at 25 N. Adams St in Wickenberg is now open; phone number is 602- 904-3969. Tell him Hal sent you - good repair, fair prices. Open Mon - Sat.
The NHRA Division 7 Divisional Opener was the week after the National, again at Wild Horse. Congratulations to the notable finishers:
Super Stock Win: Ed Niquette, Lake Havasu City
Stock: Runnerup: Mike Cotton, Cave Creek
Super Gas: #1 Qualifier: Bernie Polvadore, Sun City
Super Street: Runnerup: Ryan Giacone, Glendale
Sportsman Motorcycle: Runnerup: DJ Martin, Glendale
#1 Qualifier: Eric Jaquith, Queen Creek
Many of you went to the Nationals at Wild Horse, so I won’t go over that much, other than to remind you racers that safety gear and proper car construction is very important. If you don’t think so, check out this pic of John Force’s crash with Jonnie Lindberg on Sunday. Neither driver had any serious injuries, thanks to solid construction in the cars and great safety gear. Just remember, though, safety gear is of no value unless it is current and properly installed & used. v
That’s it - we’ll see you at the races!
       Photo © Mark Rebillas
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