I'm celebrating 40 years of sportswriting experience. (OK, wise guys, yes, I started before computers, when we used manual typewriters and carbon paper! You might even find some of my cave scratchings at the University of Tennessee.) I've written for The Indianapolis Star, Seattle Times, Newark Star-Ledger, Chicago Tribune, and the Ontario-San Bernardino newspaper group. My specialty has been drag racing for 16 years. Regular contributor to National Speed Sport News (NHRA and NASCAR) for about 14 years and Competition Plus e-zine for about 10 years. Founded 1320 TV (2006-2009), the first and only all-video, all-drag racing website. Recipient of 2008 Russ Catlin Award and $1,000 scholarship donated to Indiana University. Won a total of $1,800 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for writing awards through the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA). Was AARWBA national vice-president. Was beat writer for motorsports, baseball, hockey, and soccer but have covered just about every sport (including curling and rodeo). Was sports editor 150 years ago for the UT Daily Beacon. No favorite teams or drivers -- I cheer for my story lines, leads, and deadlines.
NHRA Funny Car points leader Jack Beckman had an eventful run on Thursday when his engine blew up and turned the body of his car into shrapnel.
Jack Beckman, Ron Capps face off in hotly contested battle for the NHRA Funny Car championship this weekend at Pomona.
With his win at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Troy Coughlin became an NHRA champion in the Pro Stock category for the first time.
With the championships all but decided for Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycles, the nitro classes will be in the spotlight for the NHRA season finale at Pomona.
Here's a look back at the recently completed NHRA weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, which marked the halfway point of drag racing's Countdown.