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                                                                                                                             quickest of McBride’s illustrious                  Memphis Raceway dirt track
  San Antonio Raceway joins NHRA family                                                                                      career, behind his unofficial 5.74,                champion Terrell Hughes, grew up in
                                                                                                                             recorded at the end of the 2008 season             a racing environment. “Whether it’s a
 S   an Antonio Raceway in Marion, Texas, has joined NHRA’s member
     track network. The facility, which hosts quarter-mile and eighth-
 mile events, features aluminum grandstands, a two-story tower
                                                                                                                             in Valdosta, Ga. He was awarded 10
                                                                                                                             bonus points for making his 5.793 an
                                                                                                                                                                                boy or a girl, this kid is gonna be a
                                                                                                                                                                                racer,” said an ecstatic Guidera.
                                                                                                                             official record with a backup 5.84. In
 complete with a media center and hospitality suites, 600-foot concrete                                                      the final, McBride scored his second               Farewell: Veteran Division 6
 launch pad, concrete walls the entire length of the track, and 15 acres                                                     event win of the season by defeating               racer Francis “Red” Gobel
 of paved pit parking.                                                                                                       Armon Furr with a 5.93.                            died April 12 after a two-year battle
    The facility will participate in the South Central Division’s NHRA                                                                                                          with brain cancer. Gobel, known
 Summit Racing Series, which will culminate with the NHRA Summit                                                             Euro opener: The European                          throughout his life as “Red” because
 Racing Series Finals Oct. 9-11 at Texas Motorplex, and the NHRA Jr.                                                         drag racing season began at Santa Pod              of his hair color, was one of the
 Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals presented by JR Race                                                           Raceway in England with unfavorable                pioneer drag racers in the
 Car, to be held July 23-25 at Bandimere Speedway.                                                                           wet weather, which affected most of                Northwest, running his Chevy-
    The track also will participate in special programs offered                                                              the four-day Auto Trader Easter                    powered dragster in the early years
 exclusively by NHRA, including the National DRAGSTER Challenge,                                                             Thunderball. The event featured                    at Shelton Drag Strip, Bremerton
 Aerospace Components King of the Track, NHRA Jr. Drag Racing                                                                the Pro Fuel Shootout, in which Funny              Raceway, Arlington Drag Strip, and
 League Challenge, and NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by                                                           Cars race Top Fuel dragsters with a                Mission Raceway. After retiring from
 AAA. The National DRAGSTER Challenge and King of the Track                                                                  .35-second head start. The cold, damp              racing, Gobel competed successfully
 programs give local racers an opportunity to earn coveted Wallys at                                                         weather created a challenge for the                in amateur bowling events and
 their home track.                                                                                                           teams as they shook, smoked, and                   enjoyed upland bird hunting. He is
    “We’re real excited about being a part of NHRA,” said Todd                                                               sashayed down the track. Former FIA                survived by his wife, Jean; his
 Zampese, president of San Antonio Raceway. “We have already                                                                 Top Fuel champion Anita Mäkelä, of                 daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and
 received a lot of great                                                                                                     Finland, turned in the best                        Scott Walyor; granddaughters, Haley
 feedback from our racers on                                                                                                 performance with a 5.185 after six                 and Erin Walyor; brother, Ervin
 the announcement, and                                                                                                       years out of the seat. In the final,               Gobel; and uncle, Benedict Auer.
 we’re anxious to compete in                                                                                                 Mäkelä faced Britain’s John Spuffard               Memorial donations in Gobel’s name
 the NHRA Summit Finals                                                                                                      (pictured), who was driving Robert                 can be made to the Franciscan
 this year.”                                                                                                                 Hight’s former Mustang Funny Car.                  Hospice, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA
                                                                                                                             Spuffard shook the tires, got loose,               98401, or a charity of choice.
Honored: Summit Motorsports                           in two separate municipalities. He is                                  and lifted as Mäkelä drifted right at
Park in Norwalk has named veteran                     scheduled to begin his four-year term                                  900 feet and clipped a reflector cone,             Quarter-milestones:
Division 3 racer Nick Iarussi                         April 21.                                                              automatically disqualifying her and                Born: to Division 4 Top Dragster
grand marshal of the May 15-17                                                                                               handing Spuffard his third title.                  and Super Comp Racer Dennis Ake
B’Laster Cavalcade of Stars Division                  Association news: The                                                                                                     Jr. and his wife, Brandi, a son, 8-
2 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing                          Pro Nostalgia Associat
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