2016 September / October

The past few weeks have been extremely tough for the sand drag community with the loss of several key members from different areas of the country. Please keep the family and friends of these great individuals in your thoughts & prayers at this time.

NSDN is saddened to report the loss of Arizona Top Fuel sand drag racer Charlie Brown Jr. Charlie passed away over the weekend after a lengthy illness. Charlie campaigned the “Team Extreme” Nitro-burning Top Fuel Dragster, which held the Top Fuel World Record in the Mid-2000’s and was also was a many time national event winner. He will always be remembered as a larger than life personality wearing his trademark Cowboy hat, ready to burn some nitro and have fun at the track. NSDN sends our thoughts and prayers to Charlie’s family and friends in this difficult time.

NSDN sends our condolences to the Hensley Family, long time west coast sand drag racers for their recent losses. Family patriarch Lanny Hensley passed away a couple weeks ago. Lanny was a long time sand drag racer and a big part of the USA races at Glen Helen Raceway in the 80’s-90’s. He was followed in passing by his grandson John Hensley this week. John piloted the family’s “One Piece At A Time” Dragster at SCSDA events. There has been a GoFundMe account started to help with the expenses of John’s funeral at https://www.gofundme.com/john-hensleys-funeral-2vyzm2g4. The sand drag family passes along our thoughts & prayers at this extremely difficult time to the Hensley Family.

There was another recent loss in the sand drag family as long time Michigan sand drag racer John Rammacher has passed away after a long battle with cancer. John came up through the ranks with a Blown Alcohol Altered before eventually campaigning the “Warp Speed” Ford-powered Top Alcohol Dragster. John was always a strong competitor on the local scene and also had great success on the road taking a Top Alcohol win in Primm, NV in the mid 2000’s. But even more than that John will be remembered as a family man always on the starting line with his son and daughter who were both top competitors in the Junior categories. NSDN sends our condolences to the Rammacher Family in this difficult time.

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2016 Avenal Sand Drags Fall Nationals Continuation Final Results

Top Alcohol
1st-Jake Morton
2nd-Gary Mink
Top Alcohol Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Jake Morton (W) 2.445/134.76 .087 def. Gary Mink 2.487/NS .051

Top Eliminator
1st-Ron D’Artenay
2nd-Marc Whitmore
3rd-Jim Rossi
3rd-Paul Taylor
Top Eliminator Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet

Atoka Motorsports Park
Fall Fest 2016

October 7-8, 2016 Race Results
Atoka, OK

Top Eliminator

1st-Russ Bailey
2nd-Kenny Kapple
Mid-America Series Champion-Terry Glasscock

Pro 1 Cars
1st-Tim Feuerhelm
2nd-Katherine Brown
Mid-America Series Champion-James Jackson
Atoka Track Champion-Amanda Mathews

Pro 1 Quads
1st-Stephanie Kimbley
2nd-Josh Hibdon
Mid-America Series Champion-Stephanie Kimbley
Atoka Track Champion-John Pate

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The 2016 SCSDA Hammer Down Nationals at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA wrapped up on Sunday with exciting action across the board. It was an awesome sight to see the Nitro-burning Top Fuel Dragsters make the trip to Soboba for this event. Matt Ludlow set Low ET of the day with a pair of great looking 2.32 passes at over 160MPH. Gary Mink stole the show in Top Alcohol with a string of consistent 2.4-second passes capped by a 2.449 for Low ET of eliminations in the final against David Morton. Marc Whitmore had a dream weekend qualifying #1 with a perfect 2.950 on the Top Eliminator 2.95 Class Index, then he put his Blown Altered in the Winner’s Circle on race day defeating Paul Taylor in the final round. The Fast Fours final was wild with Art Cronin taking the win despite having troubles off the line while Kris Lauffer ran the 2nd Quickest ET in Four-Cylinder history with a 2.679 but he left too soon turning on the red light. Jimmy Depasse lowered his A/Pro Jeep World Record with an incredible 2.644 ET on the way to the Pro Mod Unlimited class win. There were no double or triple up winners in the ultra competitive Pro Bracket classers. Here is a rundown on the winners that took home the big cash on Sunday night: Bill Meaney (Pro 1), Jim Larr (Pro 2), Mike Record (Pro 3), Heather Taylor (Motorcycle Pro 1), and Craig Wright (Motorcycle Pro 2). The Junior racers also put on a great show as always, winners included: Delaney Browning (Juniors), Maddox Pena (Peewees), Cole Liston (Junior Dragster 9+), and Blake Adamson (Junior Dragster Mini’s). **Highlight Videos & Run Sheets are now posted!!**

National Sand Drag News is preparing for two big trips for west coast sand drag racing action. The first stop will be at the SCSDA Hammer Down Nationals on September 30-October 2 in San Jacinto, CA. NSDN will have our normal Daily Race Coverage with our great group of valued sponsors as well as our NSDN Live Stream segments Presented By Good Vibrations Motorsports. This will be a huge event with tons of competitors coming out to do battle on the 300’ at the Soboba Casino. From there, NSDN will make the trip to Avenal, CA for the Avenal Sand Drags Fall Nationals on October 15-16. This is also shaping up to be a great weekend of sand drags; NSDN will be on-site with our normal Daily Race Coverage as well as NSDN Live Stream segments, courtesy of Avenal Sand Drags. Be sure to stay tuned to www.NationalSandDragNews.com as well as our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/NationalSandDragNews/ for all of the updates through both events.
Thunder Valley Sand Drags in Grain Valley, MO. is hosting their annual Show-Me Nationals September 23 & 24. This event will feature Top Alcohol & Top Eliminator (2.95 Index) categories as well as a full slate of bracket classes for Cars and ATVs. Be sure to click “Read More” to view the full event info, and go to Thunder Valley’s Facebook page for all the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/thundervalley.sanddrags .

Atoka Motorsports Park
September 10, 2016 Race Results
Atoka, OK

Pro 1 Cars

1st-Tim Feuerhelm
2nd-Amanda Mathews

1st-Randy Kimbley
2nd-Tim Feuerhelm

The National Sand Drag News classified section is full of great sand drag race cars and equipment. Be sure to check out what’s available and be ready to hit the track for the west coast fall season. The pictured Jeep to the right is ready for the track and dunes, located in Southern California. For more info, click the link below to view everything available in the NSDN Classifieds.

National Sand Drag News Classifieds Section <--- Click the link
The Southern California Sand Drag Association (SCSDA) Hammer Down Nationals Presented By Greg Tounget Motorsports is just around the corner on September 30-October 2 at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. There is a lot of excitement surrounding this event as everyone readies for this can’t miss event. The race info for this event has been released. Click “Read More” to view event info files as well as the race flyers.

The Avenal Sand Drags Fall Nationals in Avenal, CA is coming up on October 15-16. Check out the extremely cool flyer for this event. NSDN will be on-site with Daily Race Coverage & Live Stream from this event. For more info on Avenal Sand Drags, go to www.AvenalSandDrags.com. Click “Read More” to view full event flyer.

Atoka Motorsports Park
August 13, 2016 Race Results
Atoka, OK

Pro 1 Cars

1st-Kenny Kapple
2nd-Les Steelmon

The SCSDA Hammer Down Nationals at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA on September 30-October 2 will host a historical sand drag racing display highlighting the history of the sport. There will be a tent put up to display historic sand drag vehicles along with photos, videos and other memorabilia from the 1960’s up through the 2000’s. If you are interested in displaying a vehicle or memorabilia, contact Dan “The Man” Beard at 951-249-0939 for more info. We are certainly looking forward to checking out this display at the race, as we know some great pieces of history will be unearthed with sand drags having such a deep history in the Hemet Valley. Check out the photos below of 1975 sand drag racing in the Hemet Valley passed along to us by our friends at Greg Tounget Motorsports.

Photo Gallery - 1975 Hemet Valley Sand Drags

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