On the T he 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
began to heat up in April. Larry Dixon’s wins in
Houston and Las Vegas vaulted him from fourth to first
year in Las Vegas, and Mike Edwards scored his fourth
triumph at the same event. The Las Vegas event, which
experienced racing surface temperatures close to 130
rebound place in the standings, John Force got his third win of the degrees, marked the first “hot track” race of the season.
Del Worsham, who has
struggled with hot track
conditions since joining the Al-
Anabi Racing team, reached April was a successful mo
the semi’s at both April multicategor y racer Jay Payne, who
events and highlighted was the Pro Mod No. 1 qua
his month by Houston, won Top Alcohol Funny
s the TAFC
qualifying No. 1 in Car in Las Vegas, and wa
Las Vegas under very runner-up at the Divisio n 4 NHRA
warm conditions. Lucas Oil Drag Racing Ser
in Dallas . Payne also took delivery
Through the first five of a new Fire Ice-sponsore
races of the season, Mustang Pro Mod entry built by
Brandon Bernstein had only Dennis Burnevik of Sinned
three round-wins and was Customs that he was schedu Madison national event.
embedded in 14th place in the test the Mo nday following the
standings, but after an extended
test session following the SPONSORSHIP SIGNINGS
Houston race, he made his
A rash of sponsorship agreements were announced in April in yet another
best appearance of the
indication of an improving economy.
year, a semifinal finish
• World Industries rejoined and expanded its role as major marketing partner for
in Las Vegas that
T.J. Zizzo’s Top Fuel team with its Peak and Herculiner brands.
moved him all the way
• The Racers Edge agreed to sponsor Michael Phillips and his Pro Stock
up to eighth.
Motorcycle in 2010 beginning with the Houston national event.
• TBC Retail Group expanded its primary sponsorship role of Paul Richards’
Bobby Lagana-driven Tire Kingdom/Big O Tires Top Fuel dragster.
• O’Reilly Auto Parts signed a multiyear deal to become the title-rights sponsor of the 3rd annual
rebound efforts at both April
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway.
events. After blowing off the
• Rocky Boots, manufacturer of premium outdoor, work, and Western footwear, returned as
body and tagging both
primary sponsor for Doug Kalitta’s Top