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Next weekend’s ENZED Australian Top Fuel Championships will see 56,000 horsepower on-show as seven 8000hp flame-throwing Top Fuel dragsters take to the Willowbank Raceway quarter-mile over April 17 and 18.

Mildura's Darren Morgan was back in the seat of his Shannon's Top Fuel Dragster over Easter (Saturday April 3) completing a series of test passes at The Edge Hotel / Motel Easter Shootout at the Sunset Strip in Mildura.

For the first time in nine months the Jason Hedges Racing team will be making the trip north for the April 17th and 18th Top Fuel and Pro Stock event.

Victor Bray, the gourmet tomato grower with a formidable reputation as a drag racer, appears in a insightful interview with Talking Heads Peter Thompson this Monday night on ABC TV at 6:30pm.

John Zappia presented his Zappia Racing team for the local Perth Motorplex event last weekend Nitro Funny Cars, and ran the quickest doorslammer pass in Australian history with a 5.814 in Craig Pedley's Striker Crusher Monaro.

The Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) condemned the violent behaviour on the streets of Oakleigh as totally and absolutely unacceptable.
A spokesman for ANDRA also said the Victorian Government must bear some responsibility for fuelling the frustration of motor sport fans in this state.

It is mere rumour no more. Sydney Dragway is delighted to announce the overdue return of Drag Racing’s most unpredictable creations – The Australian Nitro Funny Car Gold Cup at the venue on Sunday, July 4!

Former National Champion Gary Phillips has returned to Queensland from a semi final berth at the Westernationals, rating the weekend as a solid advance in the right direction for the Lucas Oils Studebaker Doorslammer.

Stuart Bishop was the fastest Top Doorslammer on the Perth quarter-mile at the weekend, claiming the top speed bonus points for his 247.25 miles per hour run against Robin Judd.

Stuart Bishop and his ’67 Camaro Diamond Doorslammer will take on Robin Judd in round one of the Top Doorslammer eliminations at the Perth Motorplex’s Westernationals this evening after qualifying seventh overnight.

Day 1 of the 39th annual Westernationals was filled with high drama with the record field of 352 race teams putting on a display of world car drag racing.

 

With 352 entries this weekend at the Perth Motorplex for the 39th Westernationals, it makes action too good to miss TODAY and TOMORROW

If you cant make it out to the Kwinana Beach venue, you can watch the event as it happens via a user-pays live Video feed:

Nothing beats being there, but this is the next best thing!


http://www.streamingaustralia.com.au/live.asp
For $19.99 you can watch from around the world the ANDRA Pro Series action as it happens in Top Doorslammer and Top Bike and all the power and fury of this vital round of the Rocket Allstars Drag Racing Series.

 

Not only is Bray out for some bonus points in the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer eliminator - but having picked up the lead in the Karcher Tri State Challenge is looking to ensure he does well to maintain the lead in the $20,000 challenge.


Canningvale Service and Performance centre, Pro Auto Service and Performance have again stepped up to the plate to add some additional interest in what is already shaping up to be an enthralling night of Top Doorslammer qualifying this Saturday night.

 

The inaugural Karcher Tri State Top Doorslammer Shootout will commence as part of qualifying at this weekend’s 2010 Westernationals at the Perth Motorplex.

 Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship leader, Robin Judd, will be out to break a nine-year drought at this weekend’s 39th annual Westernationals at Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach. 


Judd may have a handy championship series points lead and has won the last two series events, the Australian Nationals in Sydney and Goldenstates, Perth Motorplex – the recent Summernationals in Sydney was abandoned due to rain – however, the Westernationals has proved to be his hoodoo event.


The Perth-based Chartered Accountant has also reach six finals at the past nine events contested, but since the Motorplex opened in 2001, Judd has lost in the first round of eliminations at all Westernationals, except at the 2006 event when he reached the final, only to be runner-up.


This weekend, Judd is looking to break his luckless Westernationals run, win his third-straight event and take a comfortable championship lead with then only two events remaining in the series.
Judd currently leads the Top Doorslammer championship series with 355 points, a 50-point lead over Maurice Fabietti (305pts) and 72 points ahead of defending champion John Zappia (283pts). 
While Judd concedes this year’s Westernationals to be the most important event to date in his 10-year drag racing career, his William Buck/K & B Exclusive team will not be under any undue pressure.  
“The Westernationals is our (the teams) most important event to date. We must do well if we are going to win the championship.


“Does that create pressure? Yes, there is some pressure, but that pressure is on us (the team). My crew and I have created a standard that we don’t want to see compromised, so a poor performance at the Westernationals will be unacceptable,” Judd said.


With the Westernationals carrying 50 percent bonus points to entice interstate teams to travel to Perth for ANDRA Group One Championship series rounds, is another reason Judd needs a good result in his quest to win the championship.    


“We know that we have to perform well. We will be trying our absolute best to win the event. A win would give us a distinct advantage with the 50 percent bonus points on offer.”
While Judd has run Australia’s quickest-ever Doorslammer pass at the Motorplex, a 5.822-seconds, he is confident his William Buck/K & B Exclusive team will have a setup in the ’59 Studebaker to win the event.
“We tested at the Motorplex this week in similar conditions to that forecast for the weekend competition. We had to make some major changes to the car setup to get it down the hot and slippery track. Those changes produced a respectable 6.00-second at 241mph.  


“We have had mixed results at the last few events at the Perth Motorplex, some have been good and some not so good. We have done a lot of research on the data recorded from those events. From that information and this week’s testing, we think we have a car setup base-line that will suit the track conditions this weekend.   

“For this event it will not be so much to run the quickest time, but to stick to the fundamentals, which are to firstly get in the field (to qualify), hopefully in the top-half, preferably in the number one position and then just take each run as it comes,” Judd said.

 

For the man currently sitting in the number two slot of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer standings, the return to the West Coast promises to be have an 80’s theme but don’t expect to see hairspray and shoulder pads – it’s all about getting back into the 5.80s for the Holden Trade Club Monaro.

Well what can I say rain, rain, rain, not good. The build up to the race was a busy one for all the Jim Read Racing team as both race cars needed to be serviced after our back to back Perth races. For me personally it was very busy with plans for the media day at Sydney Dragway for the new McDonalds signage at the venue and launching the Junior Dragster Search for a Star Promotion and the Summernationals event at Sydney Dragway would be the first event flying the McDonalds branding on the Auto one sponsored Top Fuel dragster.

Humpy Racing put in a strong performance at Willowbank Raceway on Saturday for the latest Nostalgia Drag Racing round. This was the first event for the Team in the 09/10 Nostalgia Drag Racing season, after electing to sit out the first half of the season to focus their efforts on building a second nostalgia drag racing car.

After a disappointing rain-out in Sydney, Stuart Bishop, the Stuart Bishop Racing crew and the ’67 Diamond Doorslammer are now on their way to Perth for round five of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship.