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NHRA News: FOX Sports, NHRA set 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing broadcast schedule

FOXFOX Sports and the National Hot Rod Association have released the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule, highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of the Western Swing and the iconic U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day.

The FOX NHRA television season opens Feb. 8-11, with the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com qualifying sessions airing Friday, Feb. 9 (9:30 p.m. ET) and Sunday, Feb. 11 (1:00 p.m. ET) from historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. On Sunday, Feb. 11, FS1 is home to three hours of live final-round coverage, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Dave Rieff, Tony Pedregon and Bruno Massel return to the booth for the FOX NHRA broadcast team, with reporting from Lewis Bloom, Amanda Busick, Jamie Howe and John Kernan.

In 2018, NHRA Today, the drag racing news and entertainment show, moves to a one-hour slot leading into select Sunday FOX NHRA race programming. NHRA in 30, a half-hour recap of the Mello Yello Sunday Finals show, also returns in 2018.

The NHRA Sportsman Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (16 races) and the growing E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service (12 races), both return to Thursday nights on FS2.

NHRA races also will appear in Canada and the Caribbean through FOX Sports Racing, as well as be available through FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go and now is available to 94 million subscribers. READ FULL STORY

SEMA Update: RPM Act Gets Positive Vote in Key House Committee

Chris Kersting

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act took a major step forward, as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill (H.R. 350) with bipartisan support. Approved by a vote of 33 to 20, the bill is now eligible for consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives. The RPM Act clarifies that it is legal under federal law to manufacture, sell, distribute and install race parts that modify the emissions system of a motor vehicle that is used solely for racing.

SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting testified November 14 before the Senate Clean Air Subcommittee. The bill is now pending before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The RPM Act addresses a problem that did not exist prior to 2015 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule stating that it was illegal to convert street vehicles into racing vehicles if the emission system is taken out-of-compliance from its stock configuration. It would also make it illegal to sell any emissions-related parts for those vehicles. This interpretation was inconsistent with 45 years of previous agency policy, practice and industry understanding of the law as it applies to dedicated race vehicles.

Although the EPA withdrew the proposed rule, the agency still asserts it has authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions modifications to converted vehicles used solely for competition. The RPM Act simply confirms that Congress never intended for race vehicles and parts to be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

The racing community and the businesses that support it deserve certainty and confidence that the EPA will not go after this American pastime. While significant progress has been achieved, racers, fans and the industry must keep the pressure on their members of Congress to get the RPM Act over the finish line.

To contact your lawmakers, visit www.sema.org/epa.

Points N Plugs by Jerry Hutchcroft: C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!! TO BRITTANY FORCE THE FIRST FEMALE TOP FUEL CHAMPION SINCE SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY OVER 30 YEARS AGO

I should also congratulate all of the 2017 NHRA Mellow Yellow professional champions; Brittany’s teammate Robert Hight who clinched his 2nd championship, Bo Butner in Pro Stock his first championship and to Eddie Krawiec who captured his 4th championship.

I watched the NHRA Finals on TV and was thrilled that Brittany Force and Robert Hight both won championships for John Force Racing. I’ve rooted for Brittany and her sister Courtney Force since the first day they started racing in the nitro ranks. To me, both ladies have turned into hard core drag racers. They have paid their dues to get to where they are, which is now skilled racers. I can’t wait to cheer them on in 2018.

BREAKING NEWS: NHRA Results from Pomona: B. Force, Butner win in Pomona to go with Championship titles; Johnson Jr. and Hines also earn wins

When Brittany Force (above photo) and Bo Butner showed up to Auto Club Raceway in February for the Winternationals, neither racer had earned a victory at the historic track in Pomona. When racing wrapped up at the Auto Club NHRA Finals on Sunday, both racers had done more than earned their first career wins in Pomona: They were champions.    Force wrapped up her first Top Fuel championship by taking down Richie Crampton in the second round of action after Steve Torrence fell to Antron Brown one pair earlier. Her Monster Energy Dragster ripped off a 3.679 to take down Crampton in the second round, leaving no room for doubt. Torrence could do nothing but watch after losing to Brown just moments earlier. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also captured victories at the final race of the season. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Kenseth Back in Victory Lane at Phoenix

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth captured his first win of the season in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway while Brad Keselowski advanced to the Championship 4 with a 16th-place finish.
Kenseth got by Chase Elliott in the late going to score his first win of the season and 39th of his career. He ended a 51-race winless streak.
It was emotional win for Kenseth who does not have a ride in 2018 and will end his tenure at Joe Gibbs Racing next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the season finale.
“I don’t know what to say except for thank the Lord,” Kenseth said fighting back tears. “Had an amazing journey. I know I’m a big baby right now. Just got one race left. Everybody dreams of going out a winner. We won today. No one can take that from us. It was a heck of a race with Chase there. Golly, thanks to DeWalt, Circle K, Toyota, all our sponsors and (JGR) for a great five years. It’s been quite a journey.” READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: William Byron Wins; Championship 4 Set

William Byron

William Byron won Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway as the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship 4 was set.
Byron scored his fourth victory of the season and first at Phoenix.
A two-tire stop late in the race proved to be the winning call as Byron wrestled the lead away and held it to the finish. After seeing his Truck Series hopes literally go up in smoke a year ago at Phoenix when he blew an engine, Saturday’s win provided redemption.
“I don’t know how we it – grinded all day,” Byron said. “It was a great job by the team and a great pit call by Dave (Elenz, crew chief). We’re so ready to go to Homestead. READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Sauter Scores First Phoenix Win

Johnny Sauter

Johnny Sauter scored his first win at Phoenix Raceway, and the 17th of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, in a wild Lucas Oil 150 that set the Championship 4. Sauter took advantage of an accident between Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell who were fighting for the lead. They got together with seven laps to go and although Bell tried to stay on track, he was forced to pit road and that allowed Sauter to inherit the top spot.
On the final restart, Sauter got the jump on John Hunter Nemechek and was able to maintain the advantage to the checkered flag.
Sauter scored his fourth win of the season and second straight after his Texas victory a week ago.
“This is the greatest team I’ve ever been a part of,” Sauter said. “To have a chance to win a second straight championship next week is just unbelievable. READ FULL STORY

NHRA News: Brittney Force sets Pomona track record; Ellis, Beckman, Anderson grab Friday No. 1s

Brittany Force

Top Fuel title contender Brittany Force piloted her Monster Energy dragster to the quickest pass in Auto Club Raceway at Pomona history during qualifying at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also preliminary qualifiers in their respective categories at the final event of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.


Brittany Force

Force, who entered the race only 20 points behind first, put down a 3.667-second pass at 330.31 mph in the second qualifying session to take over the Top Fuel qualifying lead. READ FULL STORY

NHRA News: Courtney Force’s Funny Car to feature Taylor Swift’s ‘reputation’ album cover

Courtney Force

John Force Racing/Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force will drive the No. 6 Big Machine Records Funny Car at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona this weekend in her bid for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello championship. Through JFR’s partnership with the powerhouse record label, the Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car will promote Big Machine Records’ 10-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album reputation, out Friday (11/10).
“I’ve had an incredible experience working with our partners Advance Auto Parts and Big Machine Records this season and am honored to drive the special Taylor Swift reputation Funny Car for our final race in Pomona,” Force said. My team and I are always playing her songs to get in the zone and prepare to battle it out against the boys on race day. I hope to finish out our season on a high note while promoting Taylor’s album release at over 330 mph and hopefully celebrating in the winner’s circle with my team on Sunday.” READ FULL STORY

SEMA Accepting Scholarship Applications — High school and part-time students now eligible to apply —

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2017) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries at www.sema.org/scholarships.    New this year, high school and part-time students can apply for a scholarship. The change is part of an effort by SEMA’s Scholarship committee to start students down the automotive path and support their efforts at an earlier stage.  “SEMA is dedicated to activating the next-generation automotive workforce by providing financial support and career resources to students enrolled in various high schools, universities, colleges, and/or vocational schools in the United States,” said SEMA Chairman-Elect Tim Martin.   The SEMA Memorial Scholarship program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 to help foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Students can apply for the scholarship at www.sema.org/scholarships . Deadline for the program is March 1, 2018. Scholarships are available in a variety of categories, such as accounting, sales and marketing, and engineering. Dozens of awards ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 will be given out, with a $5,000 award going to the top student.   The program also includes a loan forgiveness aspect that offers financial awards to employees of SEMA member-companies who have completed and are paying off a loan for a program of study at an accredited university, college, or vocational/technical program within the U.S.   For more information, contact SEMA Manager of Student Programs Juliet Marshall at 909-978-6655 or julietm@sema.org.