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2016 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown from SEMA

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November 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2016 COPO Camaro and Cobra Jet Mustang bowed at the SEMA this week. Both of these cars will be battling in the 2016 NHRA  Factory Stock class.Untitled-1_232

The 2015 Factory Stock champion was Bo Butner driving a Mustang Cobra Jet.fss

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That’s Randi Shipp(Below), a race car driver herself, taking picture of herself with boyfriend Bo Butner and crew. Randi is good looking enough to make Chevy Guy root for a Ford11391299_10101687200643454_5712774417171077943_n
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Chevy is doing 69 COPO Camaros, the engineering of which was helped along by Funny Car driver Courtney Force. Like the previous version, it’s designed for NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes. “I was extremely honored to work with Chevrolet and help design the 2016 COPO Camaro we unveiled today at the SEMA show,” said Courtney Force. “The bright red color and the signature slash marks towards the back on the car bring a part of my Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro, which I think is really cool.2016-chevrolet-copo-camaro-courtney-force-concept-2015-sema-show_100532429_l
Buyers can select from several supercharged and naturally-aspirated engines including a supercharged 350-cc, an NA 427 and a new LT-based 376-cc, all V8s. All three are connected to a race-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed trans.2016-chevrolet-camaro-copo-sema-2Chevy says the new COPO benefits from the advancements of the gen-six Camaro. Body-in-white mass is reduced 133 pounds while structural rigidity goes up 28 percent. It also has better aero than the last car, Chevy says.

Wheelie bars, a parachute, Goodyear racing tires and Weld lightweight racing wheels are also included in the package.

The rest of the chassis and suspension components include:

-Lightweight, adjustable strut-type front suspension

-Four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar

-Rear axle with an aluminum center section featuring a spool-type differential and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts

-Lightweight, racing-type four-wheel disc brakes (un-assisted)

-Un-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system

-Fuel cell with built-in high-pressure fuel pump

-Unique racing wire harness.chevy-copo-camaro-015-1


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The Cobra Jet Mustang–deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2016–starts at $99,990. The graphics and wheelie bar cost about $2,000 each.

The Cobra Jet gets a 50-car run and shares 75 percent of its parts with the Mustang GT, Ford says. Like the Camaro, it’s set for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition.2016-cobra-jet-mustang-secretly-photographed-ahead-of-sema-debut-101597-7

“It was important to use production hardware wherever possible to ensure parts are readily available and reasonably priced for racers,” said Jesse Kershaw, Ford Performance manager for drag racing parts and competition. “The production parts are also incredibly durable in passing our rigorous dyno and drag strip testing.” The Cobra Jet engine is made up of 75 percent production Mustang GT components topped by a front inlet Whipple supercharger; as delivered, it’s capable of eight-second quarter-mile times.2015.11.3-Ford-Mustang-Cobra-Jet-4-850x560

The Cobra gets drag-race coilovers and springs, lightweight racing brakes by Strange Engineering, 8.50-certified (elapsed time) roll cage, Aeromotive fuel system with a trunk-mounted fuel cell, FIA seats, a five-point race harness and a race-prepped automatic transmission.2016-cobra-jet-mustangimage4-600x400

We’ll have some info on the 2016 F Stock Dodge Challenger in a week or so.

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March 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

If you are a causal follower of drag racing it might be hard to keep up with  John Force’s daughters/drivers.

First there was Ashley Force, now Ashley Force Hood. Ashley was a very good Funny Car driver and was second in the points in the 2009 season. She retired from racing  in 2010 when she announced she was expecting the birth of  her first child. Ashley is now the the President of John Force Racing.

Courtney Force, after driving alcohol dragsters sucessfully for a couple of seasons, was promoted to a  Funny Car seat for the 2012 season. Courtney had a very successful 2012 season winning two NHRA national events. Courtney’s 2012 season was topped off  by being named to the 2012 Baddest and Best Female Drivers. Her 2013 season has started well.7855523372_4ac16c7bd5_z

Now in 2013 Brittany Force will be joining her sister Courtney as a driver. She will be driving a Top Fuel Dragester for the John Force Racing Team.

There is the oldest daughter,  Adria Force Height. She was never a driver but is married to John Hight, one of John Force Racing drivers. Adria is CFO of John Force Racing. Pictrues of Adria a difficult to come by. She is standing next to John.

A picture of Brittnay and Courtney just for fun.

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November 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Cute, sexy, affable, smart, wins races, wins events, wins championships and now has made the’s 2012 Baddest and Hottest 2012 Female Driver list. She has it all. 

 She is the youngest daughter of 15-time NHRA Funny Car national champion John Force. Here we have them staging at the light in a 2012 race.

Courtney is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. In 2009 She won her first National event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category and ended up amassing enough points in that season to win the Top Alcohol Championship. In 2012 Courtney became the fourth driver for John Force Racing, driving the Traxxas Ford Mustang. In 2012 season she went on to went to win a National event and 5th in the 2012 NHRA Funnt Car points.

 Here we have Courtney, on the right, having some fun away time from the track with her sister Brittany Force.

 A fun video of Courtney. Be sure and get through the first 35 seconds of the video. 




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January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The O’Reilly’s Winter Nationals at Panoma Ca. kicks off the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Series this weekend,Feb.9-12. Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions dominate the series. For the 2012 season the Funny Cars could prove to be the most intersting division. More on that later.


Top FuelAmong the fastest-accelerating machines in the world, 7,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters are often referred to as the “kings of the sport,” and with good reason. They are capable of covering a quarter-mile in 4.4 seconds at more than 330 mph. Powered by a supercharged and fuel-injected 500-cubic-inch adaptation of the famed Chrysler Hemi engine, Top Fuel dragsters can burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane fuel during a single quarter-mile run. Constructed of chromoly steel tubing and carbon-fiber composite, Top Fuel cars are 25 feet long and weigh 2,250 pounds in race-ready trim.

Del Worsham driving the Al-Anabi Top Fuel Dragster was the 2011 Champion. Del has since retired and will be the crew chief for the Al-Anabi Funny Car that will be driven by Alexis DeJoria. The plot thickens in the Funny Car section.


Funny Car — Similar to their Top Fuel counterparts but with a shorter wheelbase and a carbon-fiber body that loosely resembles a production-based automobile, Funny Cars routinely run in the 4.7-second range and are capable of speeds in excess of 330 mph. Funny Cars are powered by the same supercharged and fuel-injected 500-inch engines as Top Fuel dragsters. Funny Cars are also similar to Top Fuel dragsters in that they do not use a transmission but rather transmit power to the huge Goodyear rear slicks through a multistage clutch assembly that is activated by timers.

Matt Hagan driving the DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing was the 2011 Funny Car Champion.

Here’s where things get really fun. For the 2012 season we have Alexis DeJoria, a good driver and daughter of billionaire Paul Michell Hair Co. CEO Paul Dejoria, going againist Courtney Force, daughter of legendary Funny Car driver John Force and sister of former driver Ashley Force, for Rookie of the year award in The Funny Car series. John Force is still an active driver while Ashley has started a family and has retired from driving. Ashley was a very good driver.



I regret to say that R2B2 Racing has cancelled it’s Funny Car teams so as of the writing of this article Melanie Troxel and Leah Pruett do not have rides.


Pro StockOften called “factory hot rods” because of their resemblance to production-based automobiles, Pro Stock cars are some of the most technologically advanced machines in drag racing. Built around a sophisticated tube chassis and four-link rear suspension, Pro Stock cars must conform to precise measurements and weigh no less than 2,350 pounds. Pro Stock engines use two carburetors and spec gasoline and are restricted to a maximum of 500 cubic inches. They can rev to more than 10,500 rpm and make in excess of 1,300 horsepower. A competitive Pro Stock car can run in the 6.6s at more

Jason Line driving the Ken Black Summit Racing Pontiac GXP was the 2011 Pro Stock champion.

Erica Enders is one of the most capable female drivers in any racing venue, drives in the Pro Stock Division. Watch for Erica to be one of the top conteners for the 2012 Pro Stock championship.



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