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

Eplings, Pancake Continue Proud Mopar Tradition

Originally post on DragIllustrated.com Dec. 2, 2018. You’ve heard it. You may have said it. Mopar or no car. The brand has a presence in racing like no other. Mustang and Camaro? Much respect to those legends. Having one iconic car is an accomplishment. But having several? Like the Challenger, the Charger, the Superbird, the … Continue reading Eplings, Pancake Continue Proud Mopar Tradition

Medlock Getting It Done With Less in Outlaw 8.5

Originally posted on DragIllustrated.com Nov. 18, 2018. Standing next to his lime green 2013 Mustang in the staging lanes, Brad Medlock cuts an interesting image. A fireplug of a man whose calloused paws swallowed mine when we shook hands, his soft Arkansas drawl sometimes gets lost in the sounds of an active drag race. It’s … Continue reading Medlock Getting It Done With Less in Outlaw 8.5

Worsham Sees Promise in New Three-Parachute Concept

Originally published at DragIllustrated.com March 4, 2018. A couple years ago, a discussion broke out in the media center at an NHRA National event. Doesn’t it seem as though parachutes on the nitro cars are shredding upon deployment more lately? Like, a lot more? It appears as though we weren’t the only ones paying attention. Former NHRA … Continue reading Worsham Sees Promise in New Three-Parachute Concept

“Big Chief” Dishes on NHRA-legal Shakedown Runs

(This story first appeared at DragIllustrated.com Aug. 27, 2016.) It was after midnight at Gateway Motorsports Park and a crowd was forming around the small trailer and pop-up forming the pit of Justin “Big Chief” Shearer. The star of the Discovery Channels’ hit reality television show Street Outlaws had just made his last pass of the night, … Continue reading “Big Chief” Dishes on NHRA-legal Shakedown Runs