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Dragster Finals Headed Back to Denver & Bristol in 2011 NHRA recently announced that the 2011 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals and Eastern Conference Finals will once again return to Bandimere Speedway in Denver and Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, respectively. The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals will be held July 7-9 at Bandimere Speedway, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Finals will take place three weeks later, July 28-30 at...

Comfortably Numb

Don't Know What You Got Until it's Gone Before the monthly pontificating begins, I would like to personally thank all of our readers for picking up our 50th issue. No it's not 50 years, but hey, half a hundred issues isn't too bad either. It's funny how time goes by. On one hand, it seems like only yesterday that we launched this project, but in another way, I almost can't remember ever doing anything before Drag Illustrated. We feel very fortunate to have seemingly struck a chord with the drag...

Otorvation

When I sent Bradenton Motorsports Park an email in late November and told of my interest in attending the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals, track official Dave Lans-bury dropped me a return note that began, You're a brave man If you knew the calamity-filled history between me and Bradenton Motorsports Park you'd understand the joke. You see, when I was a young man in the late 1980's I used to read these magazine articles that delivered an exciting account of this awesome event called the Snowbird...

Outlaws In The East

Arabian Drag Racing League kicks off their 2010 2011 season with three back-to-back events in Doha, Qatar Mad Man Getting After It Earlier this year, Texas-native Frankie Mad Man Taylor could not have envisioned traveling abroad to race in the Middle East, but after setting the world record and winning the American Drag Racing League title this year in Pro Extreme, it was an easy decision for Frankie to keep his momentum moving forward by racing through the winter. It's already been a memorable...

Photo Annual

The defining images of drag racing in 2010 Fifty of the greatest photographs depicting the defining moments, the mayhem, and the simple beauty of our sport The portraits, action and ambient photos displayed in this special issue form a monumental gallery of the best images from this past racing season that you will ever see. Drag racing has always been a demonstration of controlled chaos, and these images - the vast majority of which have never before been seen - are a testament to that notion....

Presents

Q& A MATT HAGAN'S HEARTFELT THOUGHTS > < ,. 46 Coil Departs John Force Racing Champ Responds From perhaps an all-time high to what could easily be considered an all-time low, John Force has dealt with a wide range of emotions since clinching his 15th NHRA Nitro Funny Car world championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, California. After not only winning the title, but also winning the season-ending race, Force celebrated in the winner's circle what many feel was a...

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Tuning Up

Rag Illustrated celebrates a pinnacle in our continuing media anthology with the release of DI 50, our Golden Anniversary issue. As the member of the DI team most recently drafted, unfortunately, I cannot provide an accurate assessment of the history of the early days for Drag Illustrated, for I simply was not here in the pits during the publication's launch. I can, however, attest to the undeniable dedication, passion and sacrifice that is required to accomplish such a feat, for I have been...

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Make Or Break

Owner of RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max Chassis & Racing Components for 20-plus years, Rick Jones is a former world championship winning IHRA Pro Stock racer, competed in NHRA Pro Stock Truck, and now serves as crew chieffor his son, Rickie, in the ever-competitive ADRL Pro Nitrous ranks. The more I hang around the Pro Mod pits, the more I notice that they are probably more plagued by one of the mysteries of the drag racing universe than any other category - tire shake. Almost every day I am...

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Tommy D'Aprile, an up-and-coming hired gun wheelman, broke out on the Pro Modified scene in 2006 as the driver of Quain Stott's second car, a blown and alcohol injected '63 Corvette in IHRA Pro Modified competition, and has grown in popularity as one of doorslammer drag racing's true characters. Currently, D'Aprile drives for Mel Bush Motorsports and competes in the ADRL Pro Extreme category. An avid health and fitness enthusiast, D'Aprile will correlate his responsibilities in the cockpit to...

Road Warrior

Long before the sun shines over his Simpsonville, South Carolina, home, the man affectionately known as Geezer piles into Little Rock, a cluttered, green Chevy Astro van, nicknamed after the late Eric Medlen's favorite roping horse with the blessings of Medlen's family and race team, of course . The van starts easily and its high beams are soon stabbing their way through the early morning gloom as its driver traces a well-rehearsed path to the nearest Interstate. It's the start of another long,...

David Tatum

The second-place finisher in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Nitro Funny Car championship points standings will be just 29 next year and despite making his NHRA fuel coupe debut just two years ago, is performing as if he's been doing this for years. Matt Hagan lost control of his championship fate this year by just one hundredth of a second in the first round of the season-ending event in Pomona, but has seemingly found motivation in defeat. It's something I think about every single day, he says....

Letter From The Editor

In some regards, that may be a relatively small number. In terms of dollars and cents, it's certainly affordable as the quantity of an order, it's not enough for wholesale dealer pricing and if speaking our language - speed - it's non-qualifying. When put into perspective with time or human effort, however, the magnitude of the number is rather apparent. Only five percent of married people reach their 50th anniversary. It took 184 years for the flag of the United States of America to...

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Female Jet Drag Racers

National Jet Racing Association Forms Following PRI The National Jet Racing Association announced its formation at the recently completed PRI show in Orlando on December 9th - some 50 years after Walt and Art Arfons began building jet cars with a Panther jet engine. In 1977, Roger Gustin was able to get the first J-34 dragster approved by the NHRA. Since then, jet engines have been attached to everything from limousines to two-wheeled scooters, each striving to go faster and break new records....

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