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Sturbin: Ten Big Memories From 2011 Season
Sunday, 1 Jan, 2012 – 10:28 | One Comment
Sturbin: Ten Big Memories From 2011 Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Completely sober when the ball in New York City’s Times Square dropped – and failed to land anywhere close to Lady Gaga – I admit to immediately clicking over to ESPN to watch extreme sports dudes Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee ring-in 2012 via record-setting ramp-to-ramp jumps on a motorcycle [...]

Pedley: Off Season Means Too Much Time To Think
Friday, 30 Dec, 2011 – 12:35 | Comments Off
Pedley: Off Season Means Too Much Time To Think

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some thoughts on a couple of off-season burgers that may have fallen through the grate:
– The SPEED television network’s series of pieces on the drivers who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January has been very good. They have been of the type of quality that [...]

Al-Anabi Names Second Driver
Wednesday, 14 Dec, 2011 – 16:53 | Comments Off
Al-Anabi Names Second Driver

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Reigning NHRA Pro Mod champion Khalid alBalooshi celebrated an in-house promotion at Al-Anabi Racing Wednesday, when he was introduced as driver of the team’s gold dragster – the car wheeled to the 2011 Top Fuel world championship by Del Worsham.
A 32-year-old native of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, alBalooshi began his tenure in the car owned [...]

Langdon To Drive For Al-Anabi
Tuesday, 13 Dec, 2011 – 16:43 | Comments Off
Langdon To Drive For Al-Anabi

Shawn Langdon has joined Al-Anabi Racing, one day after three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Larry Dixon’s abrupt departure following a successful three-year tenure.
Langdon begins his Al-Anabi Racing employment immediately with the team owned by His Highness Sheik Khalid al Thani of Qatar and managed by Alan Johnson in Brownsburg, Ind.
“This is probably one of [...]

Dixon Departs; Al-Anabi Shake-Up Continues
Tuesday, 13 Dec, 2011 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Dixon Departs; Al-Anabi Shake-Up Continues

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Larry Dixon has followed Del Worsham out the door at Alan Johnson Racing, leaving the Al-Anabi Racing team that has won the last two National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel world championships temporarily – and shockingly – without any drivers for the 2012 season.
The subject of rumors in various media [...]

Hagan Finally Overcame NHRA’s Irresistible Force
Friday, 9 Dec, 2011 – 17:11 | Comments Off
Hagan Finally Overcame NHRA’s Irresistible Force

With his first NHRA Funny Car title in 2011, Matt Hagan joined an elite “Gang of Four” roll call of world champions operating outside the John Force Racing juggernaut.
Beginning with his first title in 1990, Force and respective former/current teammates Tony Pedregon and Robert Hight have captured 17 of 22 National Hot Rod Association Funny [...]

Minter: ‘Twister’ Driver Found Peace At The End
Friday, 2 Dec, 2011 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Minter: ‘Twister’ Driver Found Peace At The End

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The phone call on Wednesday from Rocky Platt brought sad news. His father Huston Platt, the pioneering drag racer, had died at his Buford, Ga., home. He was 79 years old.
I’d heard of Huston Platt for years, but never actually talked to him until a few years ago, when Rocky [...]

Worsham Becomes Crew Chief At Kalitta
Wednesday, 30 Nov, 2011 – 10:08 | Comments Off
Worsham Becomes Crew Chief At Kalitta

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Kalitta Motorsports announced that former Funny Car and Top Fuel dragster driver Del Worsham has joined the team as the crew chief for Alexis DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team.
Having completed his career-long goal of winning an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points championship this past season as the driver [...]

Lucas Hires Tuners
Wednesday, 30 Nov, 2011 – 9:20 | Comments Off
Lucas Hires Tuners

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Aaron Brooks and Rod Centorbi have taken over tuning duties on Morgan Lucas’ GEICO-sponsored  NHRA Top Fuel dragster.
Brooks will head the operation. His most recent stint came at R2B2 Racing where he tuned the In-N-Out Funny Car driven by Melanie Troxel and the Rite Aid flopper of past world champion Frank Hawley.
Before working at R2B2, [...]

Black Friday Dawns Brightly For Race Fans
Friday, 25 Nov, 2011 – 10:35 | Comments Off
Black Friday Dawns Brightly For Race Fans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when normally rational Americans whip out their credit cards and spend like a drunken sailor. Or, maybe the rush to the nearest mall has more to do with escaping assorted family members who conveniently have confused your home with Extended Stay America.
Anyone for [...]