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

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

Losing Sucks, Especially at Indy

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com Sept. 17, 2018) You know that feeling when your favorite NHRA racer is having an incredible weekend and then loses in the first round on Sunday? Sucks, right? Let me tell you, it sucks even more in E1 on Monday of US Nationals weekend. I know because it happened to me. … Continue reading Losing Sucks, Especially at Indy

Zizzo: I’m Not the Giant Killer, I’m the Giant

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com Sept. 2, 2018) The Rust-Oleum Rocket is on jack stands. The supercharger is on a table next to the car. Most of the livery is off, the engine in pieces. Crew members, seemingly at random, zip around the pit, adding a part here, tweaking a belt there. It’s chaos with the … Continue reading Zizzo: I’m Not the Giant Killer, I’m the Giant

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

Amanda Busick Dishes on Drag Racing Reporting Experience

(Originally run in the 2017 Drag Illustrated HOTTEST issue, also posted at DragIllustrated.com Jan. 29, 2018) Like watching a child open gifts on Christmas, there is a similar joy when watching one become a drag racing fan. Many of the stats and milestones you, as a learned steward of the sport, take for granted create … Continue reading Amanda Busick Dishes on Drag Racing Reporting Experience