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Denny Darnell, who served as NHRA Director of Communications from 1991-98, died Nov. 22 of a suspected heart attack. He was 70.

After graduation from East Tennessee State University, Darnell began his career as a sportswriter at the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News, and later became the general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, where he worked from 1982-87.

After leaving the NHRA, Darnell went to work for Sports Marketing Enterprises at RJ Reynolds for five years, where he supported the company's motorsports sponsorships, including NHRA Winston Drag Racing and NASCAR's premier series.

He founded Darnell Communications, where he managed public relations for Dodge Motorsports from 2008 through 2013. Darnell retired at the beginning of 2014.
 

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Scott Weney, a longtime NHRA competitor in the nitro and alcohol Funny car ranks and the president of the family business, S&W Race Cars, which has built race cars and supplied parts to the drag racing community since it was founded by his father, Walt, in 1959, died Nov. 19. He was 55.

In addition to his pass Funny Car activity, Weney recently completed in the Super Comp and Super Gas ranks.

Weney is survived by his wife, Candi; sons Rory & Dillon; brothers Michael and Gary; sister Terri; and parents Walter and Vonda.

“The entire Weney family wants to express their gratitude to everyone who has prayed and offered support during these difficult days,” the company said in an email to friends in the racing community. “They also wanted to clearly state that Scott spent his last moments at a place that he considered ‘home,’ which is the dragstrip. His accomplishments are many and too numerous to list, but his most impressive include winning the 2000 IHRA Funny Car world championship, becoming the president of S&W Race Cars, and his latest achievement of becoming a race series promoter, forming S&S Race Promotions with Scotty Richardson and launching the ‘Fun in the Sun’ Race Series. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers.”

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John Force Racing has announced a multi-year sponsorship with Lucas Oil Products. The announcement makes Lucas Oil the “Official Oil of John Force Racing” and the Corona, California based company will have signage on all the John Force Racing Funny Cars and the Top Fuel dragster as well as driver uniforms and race transporters beginning in 2015.

“Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with their son Morgan and Lucas Oil Products are a perfect fit for John Force Racing. This partnership between two strong American families and companies is what makes this sport and country so great. Our two families have grown up together in this sport and we will have a strong future together,” said John Force, CEO of John Force Racing. “I had a great partner for almost 30 years with Castrol and they will always be part of our history but Lucas Oil is our future. I am excited about the opportunity to grow my company and keep racing for many years with the backing of Lucas Oil.”

Force winner of sixteen Mello Yello Funny Car championships has almost 1,200 round wins and 141 Funny Car race wins to his credit. The entire John Force Racing team has 237 Funny Car victories, the most by any NHRA racing organization in one class, and is chasing down their 19th team Mello Yello Funny Car championship this weekend at the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.

“John Force is a guy I have admired for many, many years. In my opinion he made Castrol oil in this country. The fact that he became available was shocking to me. I see him partnering with us and it will be a huge economic boost for Lucas Oil around the world. It will be good for John Force Racing because it is more stability and I see this as a win-win situation. It will also be good for NHRA drag racing because it keeps John racing and we don’t have any intentions on leaving so it should be good for everybody.  Hopefully all the fans will keep coming back and using Lucas Oil,” said Forrest Lucas, Founder and CEO Lucas Oil Products.

“There are not as many young people coming into NHRA as we would like to see but John has his beautiful daughters involved and they are doing a good job. He has given them good equipment and has good people working with them. Morgan grew up with the girls and they are all good friends. The fact that we are creating the second generation of drag racing leaders and we are not the only ones doing this but we have some of the top rising stars out there,” added Lucas.

Forrest and Charlotte started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.

Lucas is also one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. A premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives has helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace.

Lucas has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. The Lucas success story has been built upon hard work, an unparalleled line of premium products and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. This single formula for success will continue to guide Lucas Oil Products as it grows in the years to come.

This is the second major sponsorship announcement for John Force Racing. In Las Vegas JFR announced PEAK anti-freeze and Blue Def as a primary sponsor for John Force for the majority of the races in 2015. Today’s announcement is another major step forward to financially strengthening the winningest Funny Car team in NHRA history. In the coming weeks John Force Racing plans a number of additional announcements leading up to the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
 

Jim Dunn Racing: Two cars in one weekTuesday, November 11, 2014
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Race fans will get to see the popular Jim Dunn Racing Mooneyes Tribute Funny Car compete this weekend at the 2014 Auto Club NHRA finals in Pomona. And as a bonus, they will also get to see their Grime Boss Dodge Funny Car at a California Home Depot.

The Grime Boss Funny Car will be on display Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Home Depot on McKinley Street in Corona, Calif. Fans will be able to meet team owner Jim Dunn and get his autograph.

Beginning on Friday at the NHRA Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, the Jim Dunn Racing team will be running a newly designed Mooneyes Tribute Funny Car.

Only at the Jim Dunn Racing pit this weekend, fans can get a special Mooneyes-themed souvenir card. The double-sided hero card shows the evolution of the Jim Dunn Racing and Mooneyes Funny Cara throughout the years.

“Mooneyes is really part of the Jim Dunn Racing family. They have been with us through the years and we are grateful for their support,” said team manager Jon Dunn. “The Mooneyes car is also a huge hit with the fans. We love bringing it out in Pomona in front of our hometown crowd. I’m also excited about the Mooneyes souvenir cards and I invite all of our fans over to our pits to pick one up.”

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