NHRA fans can win prizes every race weekend this season through a special contest with GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton.
Named "Selfies with Richie," fans at NHRA national events are encouraged to take "selfie" pictures with the rookie driver and post them to Crampton's official Twitter page, @richiecrampton (https://twitter.com/richiecrampton), using the hashtag #selfieswithrichie.
The contest kicks off with this weekend's NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, and track general manager Christian Byrd has donated a special prize for the inaugural weekend of #selfieswithrichie -- a pair of tickets to Sunday's elimination rounds.
Crampton will pick this week's winner Saturday evening after the final round of qualifying for the Four-Wide Nationals. Fans also are encouraged to use the hashtag #4Wide for the Charlotte race to help raise exctement for the event and the contest.
"I can't wait to meet all of the fans in Charlotte and get some pictures with them," Crampton said. "Meeting with fans has been one of the best parts of my rookie year, and I hope this contest encourages more people to come by our pit area or the GEICO display and say hello.
"I'll be picking my favorite each weekend, so I hope fans come up with some creative ways to take 'selfies' with me. I'm fairly new to Twitter, but it's been fun to interact with followers there. This should be a fun deal all year."
Prizes for upcoming races will be announced via @richiecrampton and the official Twitter page for GEICO Powersports, @GEICOPowersprts (https://twitter.com/GEICOPowersprts).
For most other events, Crampton will pick his favorite #selfiewithrichie at the end of the weekend and award the prize to that person. A grand-prize winner for the year also will be selected to attend a special event during NHRA's Countdown to the Championship.
B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), the non-profit teen-safe-driving foundation created by Doug Herbert, will be hosting two big events surrounding the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway.
Many of the quickest and fastest NHRA drag racers in the sport will be swapping out their driving gloves for their driving glove and hitting the links when Doug Herbert’s “Take It To The Track” Charity Golf Tournament returns to the Rocky River Golf Course in Concord, N.C., Thursday, April 10. This annual event draws a stellar turnout of popular NHRA celebrity racers, some of whom are almost as proficient on the golf course as they are on the dragstrip. This year, drivers include former Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson, Top Fuel veteran Clay Millican, Funny Car standouts Ron Capps and Matt Hagan, Pro Stock Motorcycle favorites Matt Smith and Michael Ray along with Matt’s legendary drag racing father, Rickie Smith, and former NASCAR Nationwide champion Randy LaJoie will be competing in this fun-filled, upbeat tournament.
B.R.A.K.E.S. also will again present the “Hotcakes and Hot Rods Fundraiser” at Schumacher Racing’s hospitality area at the world-class racing facility on Saturday morning, April 12 from 8-10 a.m.
Along with a full pancake breakfast prepared on the spot, NHRA fans attending the event will also enjoy breakfast while seated next to many of their favorite professional racers who enthusiastically support the organization. Such stars as John Force, Antron Brown, “Fast” Jack Beckman, Hagan, and Capps are expected to make the 2014 edition of the “Hotcakes and Hot Rods Fundraiser” a truly memorable one.
“Every year “Hotcakes and Hot Rods” winds up being one of the real high points of the season for the racers and fans,” says Herbert, who created B.R.A.K.E.S. in 2008, leading to the Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools which have now seen over 10,000 teenagers learn greater levels of concentration and competency behind the wheel.
“For only a $10 donation, everyone can fill up on a stack of hotcakes, mingle with a bunch of NHRA drivers, take some pictures, get some autographs, and support what we’re doing at B.R.A.K.E.S. all at the same time.”
For more information on either of this year’s B.R.A.K.E.S. events, contact Jane Johns, B.R.A.K.E.S.’ Community Relations Coordinator at 704-720-3806 or at email@example.com.
SealMaster, a global leader in providing pavement maintenance products and equipment, has signed on to be a major associate sponsor on Kalitta Motorsports team’s two Top Fuel dragsters, driven by Doug Kalitta and David Grubnic.
The SealMaster logo will adorn the front sides of the Kalitta’s Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster and the front sides of the Optima Batteries Top Fueler driven by Grubnic, for the entire 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series consists of 24 national events all across the United States.
“This is an amazing opportunity to partner with a great team and two great drivers to represent the SealMaster brand,” says Rick Simon, SealMaster franchise director.
“We couldn't be more excited to welcome SealMaster into our family of partners,” Kalitta Motorsports Team Manager Rachel Brunner said. “Companies need to spend their marketing dollars wisely and we're glad they see the value in NHRA drag racing. We look forward to seeing their franchise owners and customers at each event this year while giving them a great experience with Kalitta Motorsports.”
Jack Beckman, Scotty Pollacheck, and Ron Capps with fan winner Milas Mills.
(Mike Finnegan photos)
Nearly 30 lucky race fans mingled with stars from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday and helped support a great cause at the 12th annual NHRA Tour de Charity at the Sonoma Raceway Karting Center.
The charity event, which pitted race fans against NHRA racers for a day of karting on the raceway’s challenging course, raised $8,125 for Speedway Children’s Charities, bringing the 12-year total for the event to more than $130,000.
Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, raises funds for distribution to qualified youth organizations in Sonoma County. The charity has distributed more than $4.5 million since 2001.
NHRA Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman (Valvoline Dodge Charger) and Ron Capps (NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger) as well as Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Scotty Pollacheck (Viper Motorcycle Co. Buell) traded paint with fans on the challenging course.
“This is such a fun event to interact with fans, but by the end of the day, the fangs and the horns start popping out,” said Capps. “It’s all for charity but it gets the competitive juices flowing. I’m happy to spend an off weekend of racing around with these guys.”
Capps took King of the Track honors among the NHRA racers, turning the best lap over the 16-turn, three-quarter mile circuit at 58.578 seconds. Capps holds the record for most King of the Track honors, taking the title seven times (2003, 2005-2007, 2010-2011, 2014). Other winners have included Top Fuel drivers Cory McClenathan (2004), David Baca (2009), Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Guidera (2008), Beckman (2012) and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Adam Arana (2013).
Race fans also competed in a 10-lap race at the end of the day, with Elk Grove’s Milas Mills taking top honors for the second year in a row with a time of 57.012.
“I had a blast out here today,” said Mills. “It’s great to see the drivers and everyone else coming out here to support the charity.”
The Simraceway Performance Driving Center provided the karts, race suits, classroom instruction and on-track pointers for all competitors. The NHRA racers also signed autographs and donated memorabilia for a raffle.