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March 31, 2002 - Draglist.com Network Under Construction. We have been down from 3/30 through today because we are upgrading our internet access and network from the Starband Satellite system to a speedy new cable modem. You know my luck with these things... what looked like a two or three hour deal actually turned out to be a 24-72 HOUR process. [Note to Comcast Digital Cable -- you need a LOT of work on your customer setup communications!] At least everyone I've talked to at Comcast has be pleasant, if not completely informed. 

To keep going, today I cobbled together a system that allows me access via a 26.4K modem. I can transfer files over our network the old fashioned way -- by DISKETTE! Look for updates in a few hours. Sorry for the delay, but "Bleeding Edge Bill" strikes again! This new deal WILL pay off as soon as it's running. With the volume of data I move on the internet, I was wasting at least an hour a day WAITING for the Starband system to pass the data. Now I can use that hour to add more content or to SLEEP, which will benefit us both in the long run! <g> Talk to you soon. bp

March 29, 2002 - PhilZone: The 2002 Gatornationals. Phil Elliott offers notes and reflections from Qualifying and Da Race at Gainesville. Photos are on their way!

Drag Racing Story of the Day: How to Build a Winning, Low Buck Nitro Flopper. Fred Vosk describes how the Kens' Speed Shop Corvette finished #2 in NHRA Division 6 on a shoestring.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Walt's Puffer Fuel Altered Shines at Cobo Hall. Wally Knoch and his famous altered won the prestigious Historical Preservation Award at the country's biggest auto show. Congratulations, Wally!

Personal Best with Steve Klemetti: New driver, ET, and MPH updates from NHRA Gainesville 2002. Steve has the numbers from Florida plus some nuggets from the '70s.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Allan Dobson and the Greene Machine Funny Car Burnout. Luke Nieuwhof sent up this awesome half track burnout clip from down under.

Southern Fuel Coupes! Draglist.com Signs as Title Rights Sponsor of Southern Fuel Coupes for 2002. We have joined Bob Gettys of Computer Magic Online in promoting Jerry Davis' Southern Fuel Coupes circuit for 2002. Look for hot southern fried funny car, altered, and pro mod action to grace the pages of Draglist.com soon!

March 28, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Go Fly a Kite: A Story of a Drag Racing Showman. Gary Peters tells a hilarious but scary tale about one particular drag racing sideshow performer.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Jungle Jim Liberman: Photographs and Memories. For true JJ fans only: Bob Frey found these Jim Liberman snapshots in his trunk and Berserko Bob brought them to life.

March 27, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Building the "White Elephant" U/Stock Automatic Malibu. Danny White on the trials and tribulations of building a competitive Stock class drag racer from scratch.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Top Fuel Motorcycles at Maple Grove, 1971. Guy Wills caught these two fuel bikes on side by side burnouts back in '71. These things look like modern STREET bikes -- no wheelie bars, no extra length, nuthin'!

March 26, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Interview with the Pros: Larry Dixon. NHRA Communications catches up with the Top Fuel points leader and gets his thoughts on competition in the sport's leading category.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Danny White's Draglist Texas Terror U/SA Hits the Strip! Draglist Research Editor Danny White has built and is testing a U/Stock Automatic Chevy Malibu. Here is the first action photo.

March 25, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Millican Opens Title Defense With Win in Holley Spring Nationals. The FastNews Network provides final results and point standings after Rockingham.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Mickey Thompson's US Marines Grand Am Funny Car. Berserko Bob Doerrer sent in this cool Norman Blake shot of M/T's patriotic poncho.

March 24, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: McAmis and Millican Lead Qualifying At Rockingham. The FastNews Network provides day final qualifying from the 2002 IHRA Spring Nationals.

PhilZone: 10th Annual International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Banquet. Flyin' Phil Elliott attended the induction ceremonies and provides event highlights in pictures and words.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Sand Drag Racing Mania! Ocean Street Video shows us some wild, wheelstanding Jeep drag racing action from the sandy side!

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March 23, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: IHRA Rockingham: Billes Leads Pro Modified Qualifying In Holley Spring Nationals. The FastNews Network provides day one qualifying from the 2002 IHRA opener.

March 22, 2002 - Draglist Updates on Hold: We will be unable to upload new stories or photos of the day from 3/22 to 3/24 while we attend remembrance services for our sister Diana. Thanks very much for all the wishes of sympathy and support. We will return on Monday, 3/25, with a new story and picture of the day. Bill Pratt

March 21, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Jim of the Jungle - Liberman at the '72 SuperNationals. Berserko Bob Doerrer talks about the time Jungle Jim brought his brand new Vega funny car to Ontario to play with the NHRA big boys.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Earthquake! Unreal Jet Powered Semi Truck. Alice Howard sent in this incredible shot of her equally incredible jet powered semi truck.

March 20, 2002 - Farewell, Diana. Daily readers will note that we missed our story and pic of the day for the first time yesterday. My sister Diana passed away yesterday morning and I needed to go and take care of things. By all accounts, she went peacefully. But she was way too young at only 53 years old. Do me a favor and hug your loved ones an extra time today. I'll be in and out from now through the end of the weekend, so it may be hard to contact me. I've uploaded a very belated story and picture for 3/19 and we have new ones for today. I'll try to get some more stories and pics of the day pre-loaded before I have to travel to Cleveland for the services this weekend. Thanks. Bill

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Characters with Character: Dave Robinson and Charley Hill. Gary Peters recalls two of Division One's most unique fuel racers and offers other thoughts about drag racing in a cherished era.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Twin Engine Blown Fiat Altered Sets the Night on Fire! Graham Slapp sent up these video captures of his unreal twin engined blown Fiat altered.

March 19, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: 2002 BFGoodrich Tires IDRC Firebird Nationals. Michael Ferrara with results from the big import race that exceeded all expectations in Arizona.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Darrell Alderman and Mopar Win the Gators. Jerry Battle sent in this nice shot of the first Hemi NHRA Pro Stock win in many a year.

March 18, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Dixon, Pedregon, Alderman and Treble Snag Wins at Mac Tools Gatornationals. NHRA Communications provides final results and points standings after Gainesville. NEW: Full Sportsman Elimination results!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: NHRA's Bob Frey Caught Trying To Steal A Funny Car! Berserko Bob Doerrer shows a regrettable earlier shady side of international media superstar Bob Frey.

March 17, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Dixon, Densham, Krisher and Hines Are No. 1 Going into Eliminations at Gatornationals. NHRA Communications provides final qualifying results and first round pairings from Gainesville.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Larry Dixon in Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster. Greg Gage fired off another awesome shot from the 2002 Gators, this one of the Top Fuel low qualifier.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: California Gasser Clash, Ron Nunes vs. Rick Roberts. John Hutchinson sent in this great side by side match between Ron's Corvette and Rick's Willys.

More Big News: We are kicking off our Drag Racing News page this week. We get a ton of press releases every week. We have traditionally used the best ones as stories of the day and let the rest languish in the inbox. We will begin printing ALL of them this week. We also will include up-to-date news feeds from eDrags.com. Click on the Racing News link at the top of each draglist.com page to check out this new feature.

March 16, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Dixon, Cannon, Krisher and Hines Take Early Qualifying Lead at Gatornationals. NHRA Communications lays down the first day qualifying action from the Gators. Hey, Big and Shirley are in so far!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Big Daddy Don Garlits at the 2002 Gators. Greg Gage sent in this awesome shot of Large Father and his futuristic fueler.

March 15, 2002 - PhilZone: On the Road to Bakersfield and Gainesville. Flyin' Phil Elliott tells about his trips to the March Meet and to the Gatornationals. He made it to one place, but not the other...

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Force Seeking 100th Career Victory at Mac Tools Gatornationals. NHRA Communications gets ready for the possible feat this weekend and compares John's records to those of other motorsports legends.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Bob Ver Steeg's Corvette Top Alcohol Funny Car. Ralph Reiter fired off this shot Bob's cool Northwest match race flopper.

March 14, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Early History of the Hydrogen Peroxide Rocket Dragster. Franklin Ratliff provides an excellent history of this exciting and often misunderstood drag racing category.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Heavy Iron: The "New" Old Reliable Chevy Wheelstands off the Line. Ralph "Gonzo" Crosby caught this massive Chevy doing a huge wheelstand down in Florida.

March 13, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: K & N Filters/Goodguys 43rd Anniversary March Meet: "The Amazing Race." John Drummond provides full results of a race that saw record breaking performances in all Goodguys classes.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Don Carlton's 1974 Dodge Demon B/Altered Pro Stocker. Peter Kumble sent this great top end shot of the Mopar master at the '74 Summers, unfortunately running in Comp instead of Pro Stock due to the Chrysler boycott of the NHRA weight breaks.

March 12, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: The Chicken Choker Chronicles: Orlando 2002. Len Cottrell provides highlights from his and Tim Slagle's first event of the year as they begin their quest for NHRA Division 1 Top Alcohol Dragster points and glory.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Dean Skuza and the Zen of Funny Car Racing. Pete Gemar caught Dean in a reflective mood at the 2002 Tucson test session.

March 11, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Draglist.com Signs as Title Rights Sponsor of Southern Fuel Coupes for 2002. We have joined Bob Gettys of Computer Magic Online in promoting Jerry Davis' Southern Fuel Coupes circuit for 2002. Look for hot southern fried funny car, altered, and pro mod action to grace the pages of Draglist.com soon!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Gary Densham's "Teacher's Pet" Dodge Challenger Funny Car. Berserko Bob Doerrer and Norman Blake team up to show us what Gary Densham was up to before setting world records with John Force.

Tribute: Farewell to Steve Grebeck. Steve lost his life in a racing accident last weekend. His friends offer a celebration of his life.

March 10, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Cone Heads before Saturday Night Live. Gary Peters explains how the Hemi Hunter team went from DNQ to hugging Linda Vaughn in the winner's circle all in the same day.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: "Two Thing" Twin Engine Dragster. Pete Garramone grabbed this shot of the engineering marvel up at Continental Divide Raceway.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Rick Mortensen's Awesome VW Bug Burnout! Dan of Ocean Street Video offers up perhaps the wildest VW burnout ever!

March 09, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: My First Time at Bakersfield. Bruce Wheeler tells about the time he and Al Friedman hopped the redeye from D.C. to L.A. to check out one day of racing at the 'Patch!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Thompson and Riffle Rod Shop Anglia C/Gasser. Paul Hutchins flips to the back of the scrapbook for this cool shot of the famed Ohio drag team.

March 08, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Bill Shrewsberry, The Wildest Wheelstander. Steve Gibbs tells a few Wild Bill Shrewsberry tales that prove that the exhibition driver definitely earned his nickname.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Cy Chesterman's Top Alcohol Funny Car. Lee Ecker sent in this shot of Chesterman's Coca Cola Firebird, one of history's ten quickest alcohol flops.

March 07, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Slammin' Sammy's Rocket Funny Car Facts. John Hutchinson reminds us of some of the great performances of Sammy Miller's rocket cars.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: 3, 2, 1... Launch! Bob Hallock's Fuel Funny Car. Paul Fink sent in this great funny car launch shot from 2001. Thanks to Ray Nestico for the ID on the car!

March 06, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Interview with the Pros: John Force. NHRA Communications provides the transcript of their interview with the man himself.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Mark Worden GRENADES His Injected Nitro Motor. Mike Garland sent in this Rick Kurtz photo of Mark Worden trying to play Doug Herbert at the World Finals...

March 05, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Route I-95, Beer Breaks, and Moon Pies. Gary Peters tells another drag racing tale from the road, but how did they get out of this one alive?

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: David James' Blown Lamborghini. Luke Nieuwhof sent up this shot of the newest supercharged doorslammer to attack the Aussie scene.

Bob's Berserko Lounge: First Annual Funny Car Reunion! Don't miss this awesome event at Englishtown, NJ, on 7/28/02. Check out the new website!

March 04, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: "Rocket Man" Sammy Miller. "Berserko Bob" Doerrer tells us all about Slammin' Sammy Miller and his rocket funny cars (and hints that we may see Sammy run in the U.S. in July.) Stormin' Norman Blake kicks in a photo.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Race Car Art - Barb Hamilton's Supercharged Willys Gasser. Joel Naprstek displays the T-shirt art he did for the drag racing pioneer.

Personal Best with Steve Klemetti: New driver, ET, and MPH updates from NHRA Phoenix 2002. Steve has the numbers from the desert.

PhilZone: Phoenix Day Three: Race Day. Phil Elliott gives us race day highlights and his thoughts and impressions from eliminations at the NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals.

March 03, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: A Tribute to Ann and Buster Couch. Jim Hill offers a touching tribute to the couple who gave so much to NHRA Division 2 and includes a great photo of Buster and Don Garlits.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Nostalgia Fuelers from Toronto. Joe Barrett got these cool shots of vintage top fuel dragsters last Labor Day at Toronto Motorsports Park.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Gary Wall's Wild Bunch '55 Chevy. Carl Witt provides this week's clip of Wall's blown Chevy getting LOUD on a burnout and run.

Events: Southern Fuel Coupes Banquet This Weekend! Bob Gettys provides all the info on this weekend's SFC banquet, where an exciting series sponsorship program will be announced.

March 02, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Hot Rod Power Festival at Moroso: Phase One. Angela Wall reports on early action from Moroso's street legal bash, but rain postponed the remainder until March 16-17.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Jim Nicoll's Funny Car in the Early Texas Spring. Jim White sent in this shot of one of drag racing's best looking floppers.

March 01, 2002 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Al Hanna's Bad Evening, 1981. James Morgan was on hand for a New England funny car show where Al got the Eastern Raider into the wall and on fire.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Drivin' Blind at the CHRR. Pat Foster sent this Jim Sorenson photo of him at the California Hot Rod Reunion that shows that he couldn't see a thing when he staged the Kuhl and Olsen machine at the Cacklefest.

 

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