NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series: NHRA Carolinas Nationals,
Charlotte; O’Reilly Super Start
Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals,
Month in Review Dallas; O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South
reflection, and prognostication:
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Each month, the National
Series: Old Bridge Township
DRAGSTER staff will reflect on the
Raceway Park, Englishtown (Div.
happenings from the previous 30 or
1); Tri-State Raceway, Earlville,
31 days, recapping the month’s
Iowa (Div. 5); Champion Raceway,
biggest headlines, tracking hot
Eagle Point, Ore. (Div. 6); Auto
streaks, cold streaks, trends, and
Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield,
more, and casting a speculative eye
Calif. (Div. 7).
to the coming month.
Sept. 1: Worsham Racing and O’Reilly Auto Parts, which recently acquired Sept. 16: NHRA announced that the NHRA Softball Classic, which was rained
CSK and its Checker, Schuck’s, Kragen, and Murray’s brands, out in August, has been rescheduled for Nov. 12 at Arrowhead Credit
announced that their 12-year relationship will end at the conclusion Union Park in San Bernardino, Calif., home of the Inland Empire
of the 2008 NHRA season, bringing to a close the third-longest 66ers, the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
primary sponsorship in Professional drag racing in terms of Sept. 19: Del Worsham was named driver of the Alan Johnson Al-Anabi
consistent branding on the same car. Racing Funny Car effective at the conclusion of the 2008 NHRA
Sept. 6: Tom Hammonds hired Kenny Tom as crew chief for his Tom POWERade season.
Hammonds Racing Pro Stocker. Sept. 20: Four-time NHRA world champion Gary Scelzi announced that he will
Sept. 9: Pro Stock’s Justin Humphreys announced that he would be back in his step down from NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series competition
family-operated RaceRedi Motorsports Pontiac GXP for the inaugural at the end of the 2008 season.
NHRA Carolinas Nationals with a General Motors powerplant supplied Sept. 21: J.R. Todd ended Tony Schumacher’s reign of terror in Top Fuel, and
by veteran driver/engine builder Warren Johnson. Greg Stanfield scored his first victory in Pro Stock to highlight final
Sept. 9: Bob Tasca III announced that his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car eliminations at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall
team will have a new home in 2009 after breaking ground for its Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex. Todd
racing shop in Concord, N.C. ended Schumacher’s amazing winning steak at 31 rounds and seven
Sept. 14: Pueblo Motorsports Park won the team championship, and Jeff straight NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series victories. Tim
Soloman (Super Pro), Andy Schmall (Pro), Tim Lewondowski Wilkerson earned back his points lead in Funny Car by defeating
(Sportsman), and Tom Klemme (Motorcycle) earned individual titles then-points leader Tony Pedregon in the final, and Chris Rivas
at the West Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at defeated points leader Matt Smith to claim the win in Pro Stock
Bandimere Speedway. Motorcycle.
Sept. 14: Before Saturday’s third round of qualifying at the NHRA Carolinas Sept. 22: Dan Brickey, longtime NHRA director of emergency medical
Nationals at zMax Dragway, Connie Kalitta presented Doug Herbert services, died after a lengthy illness. He was 58.
a $50,000 check for his charity organization, BRAKES (Be Sept. 24: Undefeated on the dragstrip, Tony Schumacher was voted third-
Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe). quarter Driver of the Year 2008. Schumacher won every NHRA
Sept. 15: O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis won the team championship, POWERade Drag Racing Series event in the third quarter, which
and Lance Stillwell (Super Pro), Joe Lee (Pro), Jimmie Barrett ended Sept. 14. That included his 53rd victory, breaking a tie for all-
(Sportsman), and Chad Isley (Super Pro Bike) earned individual time Top Fuel wins with Joe Amato. It was his seventh straight win
titles at the North Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series and 12th of the year.
Finals in Indianapolis. Sept. 25: Officials from NHRA and the Automobile Club of Southern
Sept. 15: Tony Schumacher ran his Top Fuel winning streak to seven California announced the nominees for the 2008 Automobile Club of
races with a convincing victory over Antron Brown at