‘No Good Losses, No Bad Wins’: The Story of WJ’s Final Wally

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com on 5/5/21) I was the PR director at Gateway International Raceway (now World Wide Technology Raceway) across the Big Muddy from St. Louis when Warren Johnson earned his final NHRA Pro Stock win. It was one of the most bizarre victories I’ve seen in any form of motorsports, similar to Frankie “The Madman” … Continue reading ‘No Good Losses, No Bad Wins’: The Story of WJ’s Final Wally

Racing Community Rallies Behind PSCA’s ‘Krusty’ Ramsey Amid Colon Cancer Battle

(Originally published on DragIllustrated.com 4/29/21) The first time I was at the drag strip and heard an announcement for a racer needing parts, I thought the announcer was nuts (SPOILER: He was, but that’s a story for a different day). I had come from the circle-track world. The idea of a team giving their competition the boost … Continue reading Racing Community Rallies Behind PSCA’s ‘Krusty’ Ramsey Amid Colon Cancer Battle

OPINION: Enders Isn’t ‘Just a Girl,’ She’s the Best in the Business

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com 4/26/21) Sunday, April 18th, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Erica Enders won the NHRA Camping World Series Pro Stock race in her 300th career start. It was her eighth win and second straight at Vegas and her 30th overall in the class. She is currently at the top … Continue reading OPINION: Enders Isn’t ‘Just a Girl,’ She’s the Best in the Business

Warren Johnson Biography to Hit Shelves in Late 2020

(Originally appeared on DragIllustrated.com 1/16/20) The life and career of NHRA Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson is being chronicled in a new biography set to hit the shelves towards the end of this year. Former National Dragster writer Kelly Wade has been tabbed for the monumental task of condensing the accomplishments of arguably the greatest doorslammer pilot … Continue reading Warren Johnson Biography to Hit Shelves in Late 2020

Justin Jones Taking Talents to NHRA Pro Mod

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com 1/15/20) After stunning the racing world with a monster 5.51-second pass at last November’s Street Car Super Nationals, Justin Jones is taking his skills and his Larry Jeffers-built race car to NHRA’s Pro Mod class. In recent years, the doorslammer class has been arguably the best racing in the sport with … Continue reading Justin Jones Taking Talents to NHRA Pro Mod

Matt Smith: I’d Love to Drive Pro Mod Again

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com Sept. 27, 2019) As the NHRA returns to St. Louis this weekend for the AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals, three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith, the defending winner here, stopped by Nitro Notes to discuss why the track, now called World Wide Technology Raceway, has been so good to him in … Continue reading Matt Smith: I’d Love to Drive Pro Mod Again

Warren Johnson: If I Were To Do It Again, I’d Go Circle Track Racing

(First appeared at GoPRN.com Sept. 6, 2019) This week, six-time NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson experienced two firsts. On the one hand, he made his Nitro Notes debut, which went great. On the other, he raced his protégé, four-time Pro Stock champ Greg Anderson during a special match race at the US … Continue reading Warren Johnson: If I Were To Do It Again, I’d Go Circle Track Racing

Angelle Sampey Dishes on Mid-Season Report Card, Matt Smith Comments

Originally published at DragIllustrated.com Aug. 5, 2019. Angelle Sampey, a three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion and 42-time Nationals winner, doesn’t make excuses. That being said, she’ll cop to facing some struggles as the newest member of the Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle crew. After a near seven-year sabbatical, she returned at the end of … Continue reading Angelle Sampey Dishes on Mid-Season Report Card, Matt Smith Comments

Burch Earns Six-Figure Payday at Inaugural SFG 500

(Originally published 7/2/19 at DragIllustrated.com) This time last week, Gage Burch had never set foot in Michigan. He left the Wolverine State Sunday with a six-figure payday. It was a solid week of racing for the 19-year-old Florida resident as he earned the victory at US 131 Motorsports Park’s massive Inaugural SFG 500 bracket race … Continue reading Burch Earns Six-Figure Payday at Inaugural SFG 500

NHRA Pro Mod ‘Speed Queen’ Erica Enders Looks Back on WSOPM 2018

Originally posted on DragIllustrated.com April 26, 2019. Erica Enders decided last year she was going to race Pro Mod at select races in addition to her duties as a full-time Pro Stock driver for Richard Freeman’s Elite Motorsports. Within that 12 months, she has gone rounds and in Houston two weeks ago, set the Pro … Continue reading NHRA Pro Mod ‘Speed Queen’ Erica Enders Looks Back on WSOPM 2018