Kalitta Motorsports has announced that Rusch Machine and Design, Inc. (RMD), a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of tube and pipe bending machinery, has signed on to be an associate sponsor on the team’s four 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled race cars.
Large RMD decals now adorn the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd, the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham, and the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria.
The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series consists of 24 national events all across the United States.
“RMD has been involved behind the scenes with NHRA drag racing for years,” Chris Rusch, RMD owner and president, said. “Our many satisfied customers use RMD tube bending and notching machines to create custom chassis from the home bracket racers on up to the professional racers.
“Being associated with Kalitta Motorsports and nitro race cars is a big step for RMD. We are excited to see what the Team Kalitta engineers create in their chassis shop using RMD equipment. We are confident our RMD machines will give Kalitta Motorsports an extra edge, or bend, to win even more races.”
“We are very excited to add RMD to our Team Kalitta family,” Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations for Kalitta Motorsports, said. “We know that the addition of RMD equipment will give us the proper tools we need as we move forward building our in-house chassis and fabrication shop.”
All eyes in the nostalgia world will shift their focus toward the capital city of Idaho when Firebird Raceway rolls out the red carpet for the 43rd edition of the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals. Set for August 7th thru 10th, a strong turnout of racers are anticipated for the premiere motorsports happening located in the Treasure Valley foothills northwest of Boise. Operated by the New Crew, the featured NHRA Hot Rod Heritage point's event will host a pair of open eliminators in both Nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel.
The Nightfire is steeped in history dating back to 1972. Twig Zeigler and Dale Armstrong scored Nightfire victories in the event's inaugural year. Over the years, champions have included the likes of Don Prudhomme, Ed McCulloch, John Force, Gordie Bonin, Raymond Beadle, Tom McEwen and quite a variety of other top teams.
Leading the charge in the AA/Funny Car class will be the number one ranked team in Heritage points, Dan Horan Jr. with his Patriot Mustang. Horan was runner-up at the season opening Ignitor and winner of the Heritage event at Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake City. In AA/Fuel Dragster, the class will be led by Tony Bartone who will be bringing his points-leading Top Fueler from New York. In Outlaw Pro Modified, defending Nightfire champion Marc Meadors Camaro will lead the charge in the key West Coast Outlaw Pro Modified Association event.
In addition, the Nightfire weekend will also play host to the longest running major bracket tournament in America (dating back to 1976) recognized as the Bracketeer Series. Racers from 12 states and three Canadian provinces will compete for a purse topping $80,000 in guaranteed payout. The event will also include a 4-day overall point's series within the National Dragster Challenge. Daily champions in Bracketeer will pocket $5,000 to win on Thurs., Fri., and Sun., along with a $7,500 payday on Saturday night. The event will also showcase the Lucas Oil Top Fire eliminator for the quickest 12 open-wheelers and 12 full-bodied rides in a special “race within a race”.
Approaching three dozen Professional racers will compete under the lights nightly, including qualifying at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by finals at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon and continuing until nightfall. Tickets are available by contacting the Firebird hotline at 208-938-8986 or by dropping by the track website: www.firebirdonline.com
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In conjunction with Team Wilkerson, who will be competing at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals with a special-edition car, Rottler Manufacturing has announced a series of Demo Days at their Seattle headquarters, for all racers and engine builders who will be in the area during the week preceding the Seattle race. The daily events will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, from Tuesday July 29 through Friday August 1.
Rottler is a leading manufacturer of machines that are specific to the building and servicing of racing engines, and racers are invited to stop in during any of the open-house days to see a variety of machines in action. Rottler will have their latest 5th-axis head-porting machine running, their newest line of seat and guide machines, as well as valve refacers, a new true vertical stroke CNC cylinder honing machine, and both of Rottler's CNC block machining centers.
Racers arriving from Sonoma can take the Orillia St. exit off Interstate 5, then head east on Orillia. From there, turn left on S. 200th which then becomes S. 196th Street. Turn right on 81st Avenue South, and then right on S. 200th. Rottler is immediately ahead on the left side of the road. Racers can contact Rottler at 253-872-7050
A benefit fund has been established in the name of Valerie Bennett, a 15-year-old Ohio NHRA Jr. drag racer who committed suicide recently after being a victim of online bullying.
The fund was established to help her parents, Kim and Cartho, pay for the funeral expenses and for the establishment of a health services scholarship.
Valerie, whose home track was Summit Motorsports Park, is pictured, near lane, racing her brother, Brandon.
Contributions can be sent to:
Valerie S. Bennett Benefit Fund
1001 Sandusky Street
Perrysburg, OH 43551