Well, while most were enjoying the weekend and hopefully some amazing weather, there were quite a number of big happenings this weekend.
First and foremost is the news that most people already know about. That is the shot heard round the world...literally! Team EKanoo was testing their Pro Import car in Orlando on Friday and killed the previous U.S Import Record. The team cracked off a blistering 5.89 at 245. What is even more impressive is when you see the time slip below. Your eyes do not deceive you, those numbers are very comparable to a typical PDRA Pro Boost or even NHRA Pro Mod numbers. What makes this even better is that Team EKanoo Racing will be competing in PDRA Pro Boost this coming up weekend in Martin, MI. On a side note, we have heard through the grapevine that the Ekanoo car will stay stateside until later this season and continue to compete in events on this side of the pond.
The next big thing that happened this weekend was the announcement by 2015 IHRA Pro Mod World Champion Dina Parise, who has secured a partnership with Aerospace Components. Dina will be competing the rest of the 2016 season in the hard fought NMCA Pro Mod class. This is a great opportunity for both Dina Parise Racing, as well as Aerospace Components.
I am sure by now you have also heard how well Billy Glidden did in his test session. As previously reported by E3xtreme, Billy has been hired to drive the Precision Turbo & Mickey Thompson twin turbo Camaro. Well Billy certainly showed everyone that he can drive any car no matter the power adder. The numbers on this time slip are ones that I am sure the entire NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod competitors are looking at closely.
In other news, there was a tremendous amount of racing that happened this weekend as well. There were N/T races from Indiana to the Carolinas. US41 held their first annual event called "Glued". The track prep was handled by track prep guru Tyler Crossnoe. The biggest news to come out of the N/T World was that Swanstrom defeated Tony Bynes. Obviously there are no times, just a whole lotta money. Who some may considere the baddest man on a small tire Keith Szabo defeated Kip Broaddus in a $15k final at the Glued race. This comes less than a month after winning the small tire class at American Outlaws Live. Keith BMF Berry, the leader of the WOOOOO Nation, also took the win at the House of Hook, and that was after of course the team took the RV, with trailer attached for a test pass. On the east coast, Mike Decker took the win in his beautiful 10.5 car at Cecil County on Saturday over 10.5 heavy weight Mo Hall. Unfortunately, Mike had a mishap yesterday while riding a four wheeler of all things and suffered a nasty shoulder injury. Not sure if this will sideline him for any of their upcoming races though.
In NHRA news, we will have to wait until today for the eliminations to be run because of rain in Epping, NH on Sunday. What some may notice is the dwindled car count at Epping as well. We aren't 100% sure why the count was down, but this is a topic that we will address later this month. In the mean time, feel free to watch what may be the biggest explosion that we have ever seen in an NHRA fuel car.