A group of racers and owners in the NHRA Top Fuel Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series have started the Top Fuel Harley Racers Association and launched a website: TopFuelHarleyRacers.com.
The Top Fuel Harley Racers Association was formed during the 2014 racing season to encourage racers competing in the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing series to work together to take the sport of Top Fuel Harley Racing to the next level. Thanks to the support of NHRA, its strong fan base and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Top Fuel Harley bikes will be running at four NHRA national event races in the 2015 season, doubling the number from the 2014 season when they competed at two national events early in the season. The remaining six races for the 10-race tour will be contested at NHRA divisional events.
Team owner Ray Price, one one of the people who helped form the Top Fuel Harley Racers Association, said, “Damian Cownden, Ray Pelrine, Kevin Boyer and I were talking and we wanted to do something to help support the owners, riders and their teams who are so passionate about what they do, while also helping introduce fans to the excitement of Top Fuel Harley racing. We look forward to a successful 2015 season and growing our audience.”
On TopFuelHarleyRacers.com fans can get the latest news on these 200-mph nitro-powered bikes, find out when the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing series will be visiting a track near their hometown, learn more about their favorite drivers, scroll through photo galleries and catch up on rider points rankings.
The first race of the season for Top Fuel Harley Racers is the Circle K NHRA Winternationals Feb. 6–8 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Teams encourage race fans to visit the pit area in order to get to know them personally and request autographs and pictures with their favorite riders. Top Fuel Harley Racers can also be found on Facebook and Twitter under @TFHarleyRacers.
Sonoma Raceway will host the 4th annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer Saturday, Jan. 17 to support the battle against gastric cancer, one of the world’s leading causes of cancer-related deaths.
The event is named in honor of John Cardinale, the raceway’s longtime Vice President of Media and Community Relations, who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with the disease, becoming one of nearly 11,000 people who die from stomach cancer in the U.S. each year.
John’s March offers a unique chance to raise funds for No Stomach For Cancer (www.nostomachforcancer.org) and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. John’s March has raised more than $40,000 over the past three years and is the only major fundraiser for gastric cancer on the West Coast.
At this year’s event, the raceway will introduce a Memory Wall to honor those affected by stomach cancer. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures of loved ones affected by the disease to post on the wall.
The public can participate in the event for a suggested minimum donation of $40, which includes the walk/run around the 2.52-mile road course, a T-shirt and light refreshments following the march. New for 2015, 5K and 10K race distances will be marked with timers, for those who prefer a longer race distance. A shorter, less hilly course will also be available for those who do not wish to complete the 2.52 miles.
Advance registration is available at www.nostomachforcancer.org/johnsmarch to sign-up in advance.
For more information about John’s March, please contact Diana Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-933-3918.
The winning Lone's Rangers team was awarded a unique trophy created by DSR fabricator Tom Patsis (ColdHartArt.com). The winning foursome, below, are Paul Dodson, Marsha Lone, Eric Stephens and Shaun Huddleson.
It was a pressure-free night of bowling for NHRA drivers, from left, Andrew Hines, Jack Beckman, Eddie Krawiec, Antron Brown and Tommy Johnson Jr.
The Indianapolis racing community opened their hearts and bowling bags on Wednesday night to raise $10,246 for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health at an annual event staged by Don Schumacher Racing with support from several of the area's top professional drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Combined with $50,572 raised on Aug. 29 during the ninth annual DSR Open House, this year's total contribution through DSR to Riley reaches $60,818 and more than $300,000 over the past 10 years.
"This Is How We Roll" included 200 participants along with NHRA drivers Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Spencer Massey of DSR, who were joined by Shawn Langdon of Al-Anabi Racing, Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec of Vance & Hines Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson team, and Leah Pritchett of Dote Family Racing along with emcee Bob Wildt of NAPA.
Major supporters of the event for Riley included Brownsburg NAPA & Machining, Carlyle Tools by NAPA, Sandvik Coromant, Jeg's, Hangsterfer's Laboratories Inc., Titanium Metal Supply, Performance Forged Inc., ARS Rescue Rooter, NitroSew, Specialty Insurance Group, Mahle Clevite and Freelance Graphics.
To learn more about Riley Kidsor to make a donation, visit www.RileyKids.org.
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.