Goodguys Racing Preview
(4-13-11) PLEASANTON, CA – The Goodguys Racing Pro Mod ’69 Camaro driven by Marc Meadors has a new look and a whole new attitude heading into the 2011 season. Following a major setback last fall in Sacramento when a freak accident in the staging lanes destroyed the car and injured Marc’s young son, the team has regrouped, reloaded and repainted the car. Better yet, 8 year old Grant Meadors is doing well, while still recovering from his injuries and is ready to watch his dad kick asphalt this year.
Those familiar with Northern California drag racing history will instantly recognize the Camaro’s new paint scheme. In honor of long time family friend and Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee Rich Guasco, the Goodguys Racing Camaro sports the famed “Pure Hell” flames and candy burgundy hues that made the Fuel Altered a worldwide sensation. The scheme matches the famous bantam roadster right down the “Pure Hell” lettering and Guasco couldn’t be happier or more proud to see his colors heading into the Pro Mod Wars.
The engine combination has changed dramatically to match the car’s new look. A screw-type supercharger has been bolted to the potent 451 cubic inch Brand Anderson hemi. A Bruno drive and Bradco torque converter insures the new drive train can handle all that power. The goal is to run consistent 5-sercond passes at speeds over 240mph.
“We want to run for the championship in any Pro Mod series we can this year,” Meadors said. “We’ve got the crew, the experience and now we’ve got all the best parts so we’re confident we can run right there with the best this season.”
A big shout out to all the folks that have helped the Goodguys Racing Team rebound…
Red Line Oil, Darren Mayer from DMPE, Tim McAmis Race Cars, Bradco Engineering and Bunker Race Cars.
Meadors Debuts Pure Hell Camaro
(4-11-11) PLEASANTON, CA – After a very successful 1st weekend testing, we would like to thank each and every one of you for the comments, “likes”, texts and phone calls. We couldnt have had a better 1st time back out. It was a long 6 months, but well worth the wait. We ran into some “new car blues” and lost some testing today, but it allowed us to get the car maintenance and buttoned up for this coming weekend. Were all pretty excited at the possibilities with the hot rod, and were off to a good start. Not too shabby for receiving the car Thursday of this week!
Incrementals on the 2nd pass on the car:
.965 – 60′ | 2.57 – 330′ | 3.85 – 660′ | 193+ – 660 MPH | 4.94 – 1000′ | 6.01 @ 182 MPH Lifting @ 4.95 seconds!
Rowe Vegas Preview
(4-1-11) LAS VEGAS, NV – Fresh off a final round appearance at the season-opener in Gainesville, Florida a few weeks ago, Danny Rowe heads into the second stop on the Get Screened America NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series tour with a full head of steam.
“We really had a tremendous weekend at the Gatornationals,” says Rowe, checking in via cell phone en route to the fabulous Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “We knew we were in for a drag race against Balooshi in the final, and I was fired up, but we didn’t quite have enough to hang on for the win. We’re happy to hang around late on Sunday and be in the final though – earning those oh-so-valuable championship points – and we’re feeling good about Vegas, as well as the 2011 season as a whole.”
There’s little reason not to feel good for Danny Rowe and company as they burst onto the scene the season with their race program firing on all eight cylinders. Not only was Rowe a machine on the starting line, but crew chief Jimmy Rector had a tune-up in the Sterling Bridge ’68 Camaro that had everyone’s attention.
“I can’t say enough about this team,” continues Rowe. “I’m glad that we’re getting off to a good start, but our approach to these races rarely changes. We’ve got some stiff competition out here, so you can’t take anything for granted; every qualified team is capable of winning. We have to keep this pace and not settle for anything less than late-round appearances on Sundays.”
Though Pro Modified is known for its anything-can-happen nature, Rowe’s Sterling Bridge-backed supercharged Camaro looks like a sure-bet after the last event in Florida.
“After the rule change that was handed down over the offseason, Jimmy [Rector] worked around the clock to make sure we’d not be behind the eight-ball performance wise this year,” says Rowe. “We certainly had favorable conditions in Gainesville, but that applies to everyone – and this Sterling Bridge team was right in the thick of things. We’ve got a lot of racing left to do, but we can’t help but feel confident about our performance at this point.”
Another big outing at the series’ first of two visits to Las Vegas Motor Speedway would have Rowe better positioned early in the season than ever before, and that bodes well for what is sure to be a tightly contested championship battle.
Knowles Vegas Preview
(3-31-11) Grand Junction, CO – There will be no fool’n around this weekend for the NHRA Pro Modified “Blown Money” Team when it comes to this (April Fools) weekend’s Summitracing.com nationals in Vegas. “Blown Money” team owner and driver, Mike Knowles, has his team focused on the prize; their first NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge victory.
After exiting the season opening Gator Nationals in round one,Knowles’ crew chief, Al Billes, and crew took some time to continue testing their new combination with pleasing results.
“Al and the guys stayed in Florida after the last race and put up some pretty good numbers. I’m really excited about our chances in Vegas especially because of our association with the Monte Carlo. They are great people and I love working with them,” said Knowles.
Knowles is referring to his long time association with the Monte Carlo Hotel and Resort. Knowles will once again be displaying his Pro Mod at the hotel and resort prior to the NHRA event. Knowles will have his new Tim McAmis Race Cars built “Blown Money” Camaro on display both Wed. and Thurs. March 30 and 31st before heading to the “Strip” for the event.
For the event the “Blown Money” team will be wearing Monte Carlo crew uniforms designed by Justin Spencer of Competition Designs.
The Monte Carlo features the world famous Comedian, Impersonator, Impressionist Frank Caliendo, performing exclusively in the resorts
The Monte Carlo also hosts the modern dance/hip hop crew, Jabbawockeez. Tune in to MÜS.I.C., an audiovisual story of inspiration brought to life through the harmonization of sound and movement with acclaimed dance crew Jabbawockeez. Dressed in expressionless white masks and white gloves, these one-of-a-kind dancers guide your attention to visualize the music through their intricate moves, leaving audiences in awe.
From March 30th to April 30th the Monte Carlo features Spring Break Escape 2011. Escape the everyday and enjoy Spring Break 2011 at one of the best hotels on the Las Vegas Strip! With AAA Four Diamond Accommodations and Special Offers included, it’s sure to be a party!
Mike Knowles and the other Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge competitors will be afforded three shots at making it into the 16 field for eliminations. Round one of qualifying will be held Friday, April 1st at 2:00 AM (PST). The second round will be later that same day at 5:30 PM. The final qualifying attempt will be Saturday at 12:30 AM. The first round of eliminations will be held later that same day at 3:30 PM. Final eliminations will run in conjunction with Sunday’s professional eliminations.
Ed Burnley EOPM Preview
(3-30-11) – The start of the 2011 race season is just about ready for the EOPM, with their first race of the year scheduled at Coastal Plains Dragway April 9, located in Jacksonville, NC.
Last year in November, Ed Burlney one of the EOPM North cars headed south to represent the North. This beautiful 67 Camaro built by Ed Burnley Race Cars, and powered by a 864 Fulton hit the scene!! “We were trying a lot of things at the end of the season last year, but we had a lot of fun, met some good people, & race fans”.
Well known at Maryland International Raceway for years driving a red Corvette known as The PREDATOR, ED has been building race cars for years. A Crowd pleaser and fan favorite Ed & his partner Billy Smith of Bill Smith Body Shop have been racing together for over 20 years. Last year after posting a personal best 3.93 in ADRL, Ed & his race team are looking for new heights to climb!!
“We are really looking forward to racing with EXTREME OUTLAW PRO MOD SERIES this year & a few ADRL races”said Ed. “Ed Burnley Race Cars builds Complete Pro Mod Race Cars from start to finish, we also build Custom Stainless Steel headers for all Pro Cars. I would like to thank my partner Billy Smith for all we do together, also Bobby Holtzner for being with me at all of the races we attend.”
Story & Photo by: KW Multi Media Group
Rowe Takes Runner-Up in Gainesville
(3-14-11) GAINESVILLE, FL – Just like he had planned, Danny Rowe came out swinging in 2011, scoring a runner-up finish in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season-opener at the 42nd Annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.
Utilizing a combination of high-level performance and consistency, Rowe built on his second-place qualifying effort (5.855/250.27mph) by toppling some of the best Pro Modified has to offer in Scott Ray, Ed Hoover, and racing legend Rickie Smith, before facing Khalid Al-Balooshi in the final round on the historic Gainesville Raceway quarter-mile. Rowe left first with a .056-second reaction time and held the lead until almost half-track when Balooshi squeaked by to take the win and bring to an end a phenomenal weekend of Pro Mod Drag Racing.
“Wow, what a weekend,” says Rowe, climbing out of his car after the series’ first final round of 2011. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit that we’re a little disappointed, but I can’t deny that simply being in the final round here today – it’s a big deal for this team. We wanted to come out and make a statement early, and I think that’s exactly what we did.
“We talk about it a lot, but the competition out here is incredible,” Rowe continues. “You look at the number of low 5.90 and 5.80 runs in eliminations and it’s undeniable that Pro Mod Racing is as serious as ever. As always, we went into race day focused on consistency. We had to make good, fast runs to go rounds, and Jimmy [Rector, crew chief] provided me a hot rod that did just that.”
Rowe’s run to the final included a string of impressive runs, including a 5.913 and a 5.894 – both at nearly 250mph.
“I can’t say enough about this Sterling Bridge team,” says Rowe. “We worked hard this offseason and I believe it’s going to pay dividends all year long. This was a great way to welcome RCD Engineering to our amazing family of sponsors, and I’m looking forward to the next stop on the GSA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series tour already.”
Photo Courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com
Halsey Breaks Into 3.70’s
(3-10-11) BRADENTON, FL – Fresh from the TMRC shop for some upgrades and set up changes, Jim Halsey made his way down to Florida for a test session in preparation for the upcoming ADRL CarSafe Dragpalooza VII at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
Halsey, the current ADRL world speed record holder in Pro Nitrous (198.99 MPH) made some impressive passes, including an earth shaking 3.79 at 199.82 MPH! Everyone at Tim McAmis Race Cars would like to congratulate Jim, Kathy, Eric and the entire team on the outstanding performance!
Lang Unveils New ’69 Camaro
(3-07-11) PALM BEACH, FL – Pro Modified Champion Kenny Lang unveils his new ’69 Camaro. The new car will replace his 1953 Corvette built by TMRC which lead him to the first NHRA Pro Modified victory as well as back to back IHRA World Championships in 2008 and 2009.
The new ride came out of the TMRC shop as a welded chassis with the body mounted. With assistance from the TMRC Sales and Technical team, Kenny and his crew finished the Camaro in-house using TMRC Performance Parts kits such as the 1199K Front End Mounting Kit, 1235K Door Mounting Kit, as well as many other parts and components from Composites to Batteries.
Everyone at the shop is looking forward to seeing the car perform in the NHRA Pro Modified series for 2011.
Photos Courtesy of Roger Richards – ProModifieds.us
Laurita Gets Updates
(2-21-11) HAWK POINT, MO – One of the top newcomers in the ADRL in 2010 was Pro Nitrous driver Jim Laurita. In one of the deeper classes in the league, Laurita performed well, capping off his first year in the ADRL with a win at the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags in Norwalk.
Laurita was bitten by the ADRL bug and the ‘70.5 Camaro was delivered to Tim McAmis Race Cars over the winter to get some of the latest updates for the 2011 season. Look for Laurita and the TMRC Camaro to be a top contender in the Pro Nitrous division in 2011.