For the second year NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown and sponsor Matco Tools teamed up to increase breast cancer awareness through the "Tools for the Cause" campaign and raise funds for Susan G. Komen.
The 2012 NHRA Top Fuel champion's Don Schumacher Racing dragster supported the cause at two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in October. Brown was runner-up at the early-October event in Reading, Pa., before getting the pink Matco Tools "Tools for the Cause" dragster in the winner's circle on Oct. 27 in Las Vegas.
The pink firesuit and helmet worn by Brown, crew shirts worn by the Matco Tools team and a diecast of the 2013 pink Tools for the Cause dragster will be auctioned off on eBay.com beginning on Nov. 25. All proceeds go directly to Susan G. Komen®.
Items auctioned off last year raised more than $10,000 for the Komen organization.
"For the second year I was truly honored to be a part of the special campaign through Matco Tools," said Brown. "NHRA fans really showed their support for the campaign this year and it's great that they can continue to show their support and bid on these items and continue to help raise funds for breast cancer research."
According to Susan G. Komen®, in 2013, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,620 women will lose their battles. Susan G. Komen® is the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world, and has invested almost $2 billion in fulfilling its promise to end breast cancer.
For more information on the Tools for the Cause campaign, including a full list of available products from Matco Tools, visit ToolsForTheCause.matcotools.com.
To view or bid on the eBay auction items visit http://goo.gl/gnB8vz.
In 1961, the NHRA Winternationals arrived at Pomona’s Fairplex to begin its long and continuing run as the historic traditional NHRA season opener. A year later, more history began a long tenure at the home of the LA County Fair when Big Boy 4014, the last of the giant freight locomotives, arrived in Southern California and became part of the year-round Rail Giants Train Museum.
And though the Winternationals again will launch the season in Pomona in 2014, Big Boy 4014 won’t be there because the historic train is being moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where the Union Pacific Heritage Fleet Operations Team will try to get the historic iron running again.
The locomotive and its tender weigh more than 1.2 million pounds, making movement quite a task, but crews have been inching their way at 300 feet per day across the fairgrounds and ultimately through what is the pit area for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, continually leapfrogging a small section of track ahead of the towed behemoth, a trip that will end at the railroad tracks that line the northern part of the facility.
Built in 1941, Big Boy No. 4014 logged 1,031,205 miles hauling freight until its retirement July 21, 1959. It arrived in Pomona in January 1962.
Don “Mad Dog” Cook, a standout Top Fuel driver from the mid-1960s through the late 1970s, and veteran nitro driver Ed Moore both passed away recently.
Although Cook never won an NHRA national event, he was one of the strongest runners on the AHRA circuit and initially gained fame in 1966 by running the sport’s first 220-mph pass (223.32) during an AHRA meet at Fremont Raceway near his original Northern California base.
He later relocated to Kirksville, Mo., and won a number of AHRA national events with his Southwind Too and later while driving for NHRA standout Jim Nicoll. He also is credited with being the first Top Fuel driver in the 6.8-second range after qualifying with a 6.89 at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals. Cook died Nov. 9 of heart failure. He was 76.
Moore, who made a name for himself in fuel altered racing in the 1970s with The Mob entry (an acronym for the last name of the team members: Moore, Steve Oates, and Mike Bradley) and later with a Top Fuel dragster of the same name in the mid-1980s, died Oct. 27 after a short battle with cancer. He was 71.
Moore also drove John Lindsay’s Southern California-based Impulse! Funny Car and fuel altereds in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He won the 1982 AHRA Winternationals Funny Car title with Lindsay as well as six Fuel Altered Nationals titles. He also took part in the NHRA’s USA Drag Festival trip to Japan in 1989 with The Mob Top Fueler and made a crowd-pleasing burnout in front of a throng of curious Japanese fans on the front straight at Fuji Speedway.
Former Pro Stock, Super Stock, and Stock racer “Akron Arlen” Vanke remains hospitalized in New Mexico following a stroke.
The well-respected veteran racer scored NHRA national event victories in Junior Stock and Super Stock in the 1960s and collected three runner-ups in Pro Stock in its inaugural season in 1970.
He can receive phone calls directly to his room, 575-544-4022. Cards, flowers, and other well-wishes can be sent to Mimbres Memorial Hospital, 900 W. Ash St., Deming, NM 88030, or to his home, 1201 Allen St., Deming, NM 88030.