Join one of the many hot rod car clubs in the nation! You can find something in your area and start connecting with other car fans. There are clubs for all kinds of makes, models, overall types, years, everything! Something to fit almost any car. One of the largest Hot Rod association is Good-Guys with over 70,000 members. Good-Guys was founded in 1983 by Gary Meadors.
What makes this group so popular? They offer at least 20 events annually all across the nation. The events have as many cars as the space can allow, vendors, live music, and passionate car people. It is a great opportunity to connect with other hot rodders and car enthusiasts, build relationships, get ideas, and network.
“Our aim is to provide car owners and enthusiasts alike with fun, family oriented events where the main objective is to have fun with automobiles.” – Good-Guys
They even have a monthly magazine that comes with membership in the group. It includes cars from events, hot rod companies, hot rod cars and owners, classifieds, and everything that has to do with the world of hot rodding. Want to get your car into events? Just fill out a registration application!
The event coming up? The 23rd Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup, WA. The event will have 2,500+ hot rods and customs, vendors, galleries, drags, swap meets and more. You can find more information about this here.
So proud of your car you need to show more people? Send us some photos and information about your car, we would love to feature it in one of our blogs.
Where do you buy the parts you use in your car? Maybe you can find what you need at racerworld.com, the largest aggregate of high-performance auto parts on the web.
NHRA and Disruptive studios are pairing up to produce Who Wants To Be a Racer Car Driver. If you have the drive, desire, and passion to become a racing star they can help you make the move from small time to big time. The show is being directed by Stephen Pullin, who has created Pinks, Pinks All-Out, and Pinks All Outtakes.
So, should you get chosen to be a part of the show, what do you win and how does it help you become a Race Car Driver? A life-changing prize: a one-year completely funded ride in an NHRA series.
If you are interested in trying out, there will be booths set up at all NHRA Unleashed events. The four events to audition are:
More information on these events can be found at NHRAUNLEASHED.com
Garrett Marchant is a young racer building his career in North Carolina. He aspires to one day race in NASCAR.
Racer World: Tell us about yourself.
Garrett Marchant: My name is Garrett Marchant I live in Roanoke Rapids NC, I am 13 years old ,and I am going into the 8th grade.
It is his first year racing.
RW: How’d you get started into racing? Family history?
GM:To be honest with you I just told my dad about three years ago I wanted to go racing and he was more than supportive. I am from a family of racers. My Grandfather raced, my Dad raced and now I am carrying on the family tradition. So it wasn’t too hard to get into racing for me.
RW: Take us back to your early success? Who’s helped you get to where you are?
GM: I have been very happy with my early success. In my first five races I have a worst finish of sixth and I have already knocked out that win so I am very happy. I’m excited to see what we can do throughout the season. My Dad, My Grandfather and Tom Elliott have really helped me with my success so far!
RW: Tell us about your car(s)? What are you running? Who builds your cars?
GM: The division I race in you can race any 4 or 6 Cylinder car with a Stock Engine. I run a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. My grandad, dad, Tom Elliott, and myself are the main ones that build the cars.
RW: What’s the toughest part about being a young driver? Any suggestions to up and coming drivers?
GM: The toughest part would have to be to not be scared because of the speeds you are running and all plus you can’t be scared to bump and bang a little so I would say that’s the hardest part, but if you aren’t you can be very successful! My advice would be as I mentioned to not be scared and to just have fun and enjoy yourself, because if you are not having fun it makes it like a job and you will run worse.
RW: Favorite track to race at?
GM: I honestly do not have a favorite yet. I like the Coastal Plains Raceway because it is a fast and pretty easy track to get around. On the other hand I like the East Carolina Motor Speedway because it is just as fast, it is smaller, and it’s a really hard track to race. But really I just like the track I’m racing at the weekend of the race at that track.
RW: Is it difficult to race and stay on top of schoolwork?
GM: It actually isn’t for me since I am homeschooled, but for someone in Public Schools I could see how it would be very hard for them.
RW: Any off-track training regimen you stick to?
GM: To be honest with you I do not, but I do try to go swimming, walking, or something so when I hop inside the cockpit the racecar won’t ” kick my butt” as I like to say.
RW: Where can fans find more information about you?
RW: Any sponsors you want to plug?
GM: Of course! I would like to thank: Adams Lawn and Landscapes, Roanoke Rapids MonaVie, Howard Tire Shop, Hugo Auto Sales, Carolina Service Center, Plaid Racing, Easy Muffler Shop, and www.racinondirt.com. Also I have to thank God and my family for everything they have done for me!
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The results came in and the top five racers are listed below:
Driver - Team Points Winnings
Matt Sheppard – Brownell Racing 9s Mod 110 $6000
Brett Hearn – Madsen Motorsports 20 Mod 103 $4000
Billy Decker Mod - LJL Racing 91 Mod 95 $2500
Gary Tomkins - Honeoye Auto Parts Racing 84 Mod 95 $1800
Danny Johnson - Thompson Motorsports 27J 85 $1600
To see more racers results, find them here.
Overall points to date and overall winnings for the Super DirtCar Series can be found at Super DirtCar Series website.
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Greg Anderson, Larry Dixon, and Tim Wilkerson win this weekend at Norwalk Raceway in Ohion at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals!
This last weekend in Norwalk, Ohio, drag racers, fans, and family gathered at Norwalk Raceway to watch the races for Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock in the fourth annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. With over 80,000 racers participating in the overall series, the competition was tough at the raceway.
The Top Fuel final results in the fourth round eliminations was Larry Dixon with the win.
(W) Larry Dixon (Al-Anabi Racing Dragster)
(L) Antron Brown (Matco Tools Dragster)
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Dixon is 10 – 3 against Brown in prior events and Dixon is 3 – 1 against Brown in prior final rounds. This was a great drag race with Brown getting the starting line advantage and the lead until right in the lights. – NRHA.com
The Funny Car final results in the fourth round eliminations found Tim Wilkerson with the win.
(L) John Force (Castrol GTX Mustang)
Force is 26 – 9 against Wilkerson in prior events and Force is 3 – 2 against Wilkerson in prior final rounds. He won against Wilkerson at Bristol earlier this year. This is Wilkerson’s fifteenth career win and second this year. - NHRA.com
The huge double win by Greg Anderson in the Pro Stock division left him with $75,000 dollars. This couldn’t have come at a better time. Anderson’s house burned down in January and they close on a new home this week. See more about Greg Anderson’s win and comments at the Norwalk Raceway website and another story about his recent life by ESPN.com.
(W) Greg Anderson (Summit Racing Equipment GXP)
(L) Allen Johnson (Mopar/J & J Racing Avenger)
Anderson is 27 – 9 against Johnson in prior events and each has won 1 times against the other in final rounds. Anderson with the starting line advantage and then just drives away for the win. According to NHRA, Anderson will also collect the double-up bonus for the second time in his career.
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In our last interview we spoke with a young IMCA driver from Iowa. This time we have the opportunity to learn a little bit more about Brent Marks, a successful sprint car driver from Pennsylvania.
Racer World: Tell us about yourself. What’s your background?
Brent Marks: I’m from Myerstown, PA. I’m currently going to college at York Technical Institute and majoring in Electronics Engineering. I’m 19 years old and have been racing since I was 9. The 2010 racing season will be my 11th year racing.
RW: How’d you get started into racing? Is there any family history in the sport?
BM: I grew up at Williams Grove Speedway. My dad previously helped and sponsored a local 358 driver in the late 80′s/early 90′s and I’ve been hooked ever since. After that driver was injured in a crash my dad left the racing scene for about two to three years and then I began to bug him about starting my own career. In 1999 he finally said yes! We started out in the .425 Go-Kart class at Shippensburg Speedway.
RW: Take us back to your early success? Who has helped you get to where you are?
BM: My dad has been the main role in helping me get where I am today. This has been a family operation since I raced karts to today’s 410 sprint car. I have a great group of people that helped fund our cars throughout the years and I appreciate everything they have done to help my racing career.
My first year I accumulated 10 wins and won the championship. Years passed and I’ve gained over 275 career wins and 14 championships.
RW: What classes have you run? Progress you’ve made throughout them?
BM: I’ve run karts, Micro Sprints, a couple races in a Mini-Sprint, and currently the 410 Sprint Car. I feel throughout my career I have made a lot of progress to where I want to end up at someday. That would the World of Outlaws or running USAC. I have gone through the stepping-stones and with seat time we get better every week in the 410.
RW: Tell us about your car, what are you running?
RW: What’s the toughest part about being a young driver? Do you have any suggestions to up-and-coming drivers?
BM: The toughest thing about being a young driver in this division is the experience that you’re racing against. A lot of drivers have been racing longer than I’ve been alive and it’s a tough deal to outrun that level of experience.
Earning respect from veteran drivers is a tough task to take on as well. They expect it and they want you to deliver. My advice to any other young driver is to keep your head on your shoulders and worry about you and only you. There are no friends on the racetrack and what other drivers may feel or think doesn’t matter.
Learn at your own pace and race your own race. Don’t race the way they tell you to because they’re only trying to get into your head.
RW: What’s your favorite track to race that?
BM: That’d definitely have to be East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL.
RW: How does balancing your schooling with everything else go?
BM: It’s really difficult because racing is a full-time job. When you go to school, have a full or part-time job, work on the car and race, it’s sometimes next to impossible. But I’ve learned if you work hard enough it can be pulled of in a professional manner!
RW: Where can fans find out more information about you?