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December 31, 2000 -- Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to all our friends at The Drag Racing List! We have had a fantastic year of sharing drag racing memories with you. I hope everyone has a relaxing holiday season, surrounded by friends, family, health, and happiness. Thanks for making us a part of your life. The Pratt Family -- Bill, Denise, Jason, and Emily

NEWS FLASH from horsepowerheaven.com! Click HERE to read about the exciting addition to the annual FotoVideoSpectacular scheduled for TONIGHT!

Drag Racing Story of the Day: The College of Drag Racing. Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Bill Naves shares a piece of advice he received when he started racing in Pro Comp years ago.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Farewell to the 2000 Racing Season. Here's a neat shot by drag racing's own "Ansel Adams" -- Pete Garramone. While not its original intent, I'm using the photo to signify that the 2000 racing season has made tracks and is outta here! Farewell to another season of racing. Thanks to all our friends and supporters for a wonderful year of capturing drag racing history. Take it easy tonight -- we want to see you next year!

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Top Fuel Burnouts at Norwalk. This one is from yours truly. I captured Jim Head and another Top Fuel car pounding the track at Norwalk's IHRA World Nationals. Can you name the other car? bp

NITRO CHAT at www.dragster.cc! Paul Fink has put together a great Nitro Chat week at his site. David Grubnic starred on 12/29. Here's next week's lineup:

Jan. 4th  9:00-10:00pm  Paul Romine
Jan. 5th  9:00-10:00pm  "Jungle" Pam Hardy

Paul reports that Tony Schumacher and Dean Skuza will also probably be scheduled soon.

FINALLY! The FREE Match Race Madness PC game has been updated with new racers and times for the complete 2000 season! Click HERE to download it!

Exclusive bonus photos: 2000 Flashback! NHRA Pros at Phoenix and Seattle! Les Welch has provided us with cool photos from NHRA events since about halfway through the season, but he took shots at all the early events, too! If you want to see photos from a particular NHRA event that occurred in 2001, drop us a line at bilden@draglist.com, and we will get the word to Les. In the meantime, check out his photo archives.

Updated Draglist Links.

Don Montgomery's Hot Rod Books! We are extremely proud to offer you Don Montgomery's outstanding hot rod books. Don's books set the standard for high quality automotive books. These beautiful hard cover books make the perfect gift for the hot rod or dragster fan in your life! Well written and packed with hard to find information and hundreds of photos, Don's books "take you back" to the heyday of American Performance cars. A racer himself, Don captures the "inside scoop" on the history of the men and women who drove these fascinating machines. Click HERE for more information or to order Don's books.

The Drag Racing List Souvenir Store is open! That's right! We have plastered The Drag Racing List logo (seen in the upper left hand corner of each page at draglist.com) on a variety of products! Show your friends that you KNOW what you are talking about in drag racing -- 'cause you frequent the site that has all the info!

There are shop aprons, caps, clocks, golf shirts, T-shirts for kids and adults, magnets, buttons, mouse pads, mugs, picture key rings, sweatshirts, tank tops, tote bags, and visors! Basically, we waved at things. If they didn't wave back, we slapped a draglist.com logo on 'em! Check out our Draglist Souvenir Store for a neat collection of affordable gifts.

December 30, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: John Force -- Still Doin' What it Takes. Tom West offers an alternative view of the ten time champ that many now say "wins too much."

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam -- Casual Spectators. Norman Blake caught Jungle and Ms. Hardy checking out the action at E-town one day.

December 29, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: The First Israeli Rocket. Jim Hill fills us in on one of history's first successful rear-engined dragsters.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Steel Warrior '88. Ron Dilley with some nice photo/art of IHRA Top Dragster/Altered machine of Billy DeWitt.

December 28, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Push Truck Racing at OCIR. Bob Van Luven proves that if you dare someone to beat you to the starting line, you'd better have the juice to back it up...

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Jody Austin -- Top Alcohol Corvette. Rob Potter with a shot of the "other" Austin in Top Alcohol racing -- one who took on the AA/FC cars at one race.

December 27, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: American Graffiti Tidbits. Robb Lowe shares some little known trivia about the hot rods in George Lucas' venerable coming of age flick.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: USSC Madness -- Manny DeJesus vs. Charles Carpenter. Art Cimilluca with a great side-by-side burnout shot of two of the cars that helped give birth to Pro Mod.

December 26, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Swiss Funny Car Racer Takes Drag Racing to Italy. Dezsoe Krivan wowed the crowd at MotorSport 2000 in Bologna, Italy.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Junior Kaiser -- Strapped in and Ready. Pete Garramone with a shot of the Colorado digger shoe, suited up and ready for battle.

December 25, 2000 -- Season's Greetings to all our friends at The Drag Racing List! We have had a fantastic year of sharing drag racing memories with you. I hope everyone has a relaxing holiday season, surrounded by friends, family, health, and happiness. Thanks for making us a part of your life. The Pratt Family -- Bill, Denise, Jason, and Emily

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Purple Girl's Christmas Present. Laurie Watts tells us about her Christmas present --  a first ride in her newly-injected dragster, and a surprise visit from cross-country traveler Flyin' Phil Elliott.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: John Force Stars as The Grinch. Robert Briggs captured the ten-time world champion sporting Christmas colors at Pomona.

December 24, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Let's Race! Free Match Race Madness PC Game Updated for 2000. Yeah! It's been a long time comin', but the MRM game has been completely updated with all the racers and times for the 2000 season! Here's what it's all about...

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Dickie Harrell at Bakersfield '66. Paul Hutchins captured Dick Harrell's "Nickey Chevrolet" Chevy II at the 1966 March Meet.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Bailey Bros. Fuel Funny Car. Carl Witt captures the Bailey Bros. Aussie Ford Probe AA/FC at speed.

December 23, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Norma Gets an Autograph (A John Force Story). Dave Libby with another example of why John Force is possibly the most popular drag racer in history.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Al Hofmann/Jim Dunn Mooneyes Avenger.visited the states from Australia in November and got some great shots at the NHRA World Finals. Here's the first.

December 22, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Memories of Dover Drag Strip. New contributor Tom DeLello talks about the cars at the Wingdale, NY, strip, including his brother's fueler and the early Lagana Bros. machines.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Piranha on Fuel! Walt Stevens provides a shot of the ORIGINAL nitro fish -- the AMT Piranha. You could by an AMT model of this car for about two bucks back then...

December 21, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Drag Racing's Musical Memories. Robb Lowe finds that a few songs bring back memories of the people, places, and events in drag racing.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Before 90 Percent: Doug Herbert's' Massive 1999 Explosion. New contributor Keith Percival shows off his great shot of Doug Herbert's sport-changing fireball at the '99 World Finals.

December 20, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Another Fine Mess the Snake Got Me Into. TV Tommy Ivo shares a funny tale of the first and only time he joined his fellow fuel drivers on a desert motorcycle jaunt.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Fugitive Aims for the Sky! New contributor Ted Pappacena with two great shots of Tommy McNeely's outrageous Fugitive Corvette wheelstander in 1972.

December 19, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: The Police and the River Road. Dave Williams provides an ample demonstration of the dangers of early street racing.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: New Generation! Rick Stambaugh's Charger AA/FC. Old friend Norman Blake has sent along some of his fantastic photos for us to use in Draglist.com. I've known Norman for nearly 15 years. I miss seeing him since the NHRA Division 1 traveling road show doesn't do MIR anymore. We used to have some great times -- him, Henry Timmerman, Matt Polito, and all the other NY/NJ guys. I miss 'em all, but this is a nice treat. Thanks, Norm!

New Desperately Seeking entry. Where is the Foster's King Cobra Funny Car?

December 18, 2000 -- Another friend passes. The drag racing world lost yet another member of its family this past week. Marie Lagana, the wife and mother of the father and son "Twilight Zone" Top Fuel team of Bob and Bobby Lagana passed away Friday after a yearlong illness. This hurts. Marie was another racer whom I have known since the mid '80s. She and Bobby always made room in their pit space for me. 

The life of an independent fuel racer is anything but easy, but Marie Lagana worked right beside Bobby on his series of funny cars and then fuelers, sacrificing some of life's comforts to feed the nitro monster. Eventually, Bobby, Jr., hit the track, too, and Marie was there to support both her husband and her son in their uphill battle for Top Fuel glory. I can't imagine a more supportive wife or mother. Marie's passing leaves a large void in the collective soul of racers and fans everywhere. RIP, Marie. Bill Pratt

Updated Drag Lists. Danny White, Steve Klemetti, and hundreds of our readers have contributed new stats and info to our lists. Here is the latest stuff, with another update due in early January.

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Match Race Q&A with Tommy McNeely. Flyin' Phil Elliott caught up with funny car and wheelstander legend Tommy McNeely to find out just how it was on the match race trail in the '60s and '70s.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Farewell to Marie Lagana. Art Cimilluca says goodbye to a great gal.

December 17, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: The Foster Bros. & the Down Track Wheelies. Flyin' Phil Elliott tells how the Foster Bros.' small block Chevy fueler beat all the Hemis to the NW speed record at SIR...

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Udder Nonsense of Nitro Trucks. James Morgan captures Brent Fanning's Dodge Dakota Funny Truck at speed.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Blown Altered Chain Reaction! New contributor Aidan Smith checks in with neat footage of a blown altered getting WAY out of shape off the starting line. 

December 16, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: What To Do on New Year's Eve. Larry Pfister recommends visiting horsepowerheaven.com, where he will host a drag racing multimedia bash.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Durart Sartin, Racing Rancher. Travis Perrenot provides a great shot of a Texas fuel flathead racer.

December 15, 2000 -- Our friend Steve Collison passed away yesterday, December 14, of an apparent heart attack. Steve was a generous and personable man who made some of the sport's most important journalistic contributions. He was currently the editor of Drag Racing USA magazine. Before that, he edited Super Stock & Drag Illustrated. Steve also did a stint at National Dragster in the 1970s. Steve Collison was one of our earliest supporters, placing ample free ads for the fledgling Drag Racing List booklet in Super Stock magazine. I will definitely miss him. Bill Pratt

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Tribute to Steve Collison. Joel Naprstek with fond memories of Steve Collison, a drag racing fan who stayed true to his Super Stock roots.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: A Fire Burnout for Steve. Pete Orres shot Brian Kohlmann's Factory Experimental Dodge laying down a blaze -- the perfect tribute to the ultimate doorslammer fan, Steve Collison.

December 14, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Drivin' for The Greek. Pat Foster continues to tell us how it was to drive 'em in the good old days. This time, Pat's going on tour with Chris Karamesines' funny car.

Update! Making Drag Racing More Exciting. Brian Spink has added lots more to his story of the day for 12/13. Check it out!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Altereds at San Gabe. Steve Gibbs checks in with more lost treasures from San Gabriel -- Altereds!

December 13, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Making Drag Racing More Exciting. New contributor Brian Spink has one of the best ideas I've heard all year. I think it would DEFINITELY make drag racing more exciting!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Teacher's Pet. Art Cimilluca makes the grade with a nice shot of Jerry Stein's Mopar Super Stocker.

December 12, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Your Top Speed or Average Speed? Doug Dornbos with a funny tale of a too-quick ride around the block on a motorcycle.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Fish Fry II - David Ray vs. the Nitro Fish. James Morgan with a photo of two IHRA Funny Cars doing battle.

December 11, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Payin' the Bills at San Fernando. Walt Stevens tells how he set top time at The Pond and offers more memories.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Return of the Gremlin. New contributor Bill Peters captured Rich LaMont's great looking AMC Gremlin Pro Stock car at Atco's November nostalgia race.

Updated Heads Up Event Calendar: You had go to Hawaii to see it, but we had six-second, 200 mph action this weekend! Florida had action, too, and Australia had TOP FUEL! Any other December events out there? If so, get 'em in to bilden@draglist.com. I will be posting the 2001 heads up events soon.

Exclusive bonus photos: Flashback! NHRA Pros at Atlanta! Les Welch has provided us with cool photos from NHRA events since about halfway through the season. But he took shots at all the early events, too! If you want to see photos from a particular NHRA event that occurred in 2001, drop us a line at bilden@draglist.com, and we will get the word to Les. In the meantime, check out his photo archives HERE.

December 10, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Steve Read Takes First Top Fuel Points of the Season At Calder Park. Paul Marinelli provides full coverage of the weekend's action in Australia.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Bean Bandits Hit the Flatlands. Pete Garramone with a great shot of the legendary San Diego team at Great Bend, Kansas, in 1955.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Top Doorslammer on its Roof! Rob Oberg's Drag Racing TV program from Willowbank captures some of the best drag racing action anywhere. Grant Stephens of the Cackling Pipes website has pulled some of the best clips together and has offered them to Draglist.com. Thanks, guys!

December 09, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: A Day at the Races with Dick Harrell's Car. New contributor Dave Libby provides a glimpse into the drive-all-night world of professional funny car match racing, '60s style.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Swedish Pro Street Action! Hans Karlsson provides some great shots of mid-six-second European Doorslammers.

December 08, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Grumpy Debuts his Famous Vega. Phil Elliott remembers how they laughed and bounced Bill Jenkins from tech when he brought out his legendary '72 Vega. But the Gnome of Malvern had the last laugh...

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Austin vs. Anglia in Neon. Gonzo whips up some tasty photo art.

December 07, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Harry Hibler in the Lights. Pat Foster with a tale of a close encounter with two '60s era top fuel cars at speed.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Racing's Over for Another Year. Anni Valder provides a nice photo of the sun going down on Santa Pod Raceway -- another season's in the books.

December 06, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Keith Black and the Kid. Frank Oglesby tells a funny tale about a kid who showed four fuel tuners a thing or two.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Swiss Trouble -- Switzerland's  Fastest Pro Mod. Edi provides a nice burnout shot of Marcus Hilt's Swiss Pro Mod '55 Chevy.

December 05, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: My Best Time at the Drags. Digger racer Laurie "Purple Girl" Watts tells of her favorite day at the drags.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Gene Mooneyham's 554 and Kenny Ellis' 3-Wheeler. Steve Gibbs came upon buried treasure recently -- a few rolls of undeveloped drag racing shots from 1962. Here's the first pair. Wow!

December 04, 2000 -- Link problems are on they way out! You probably have noticed that our drag racing links have been down for hours or even days at a time recently. It was simply a matter of server power under the load of millions of hits (wish they were all mine!). I got this note from the LinkBank folks today to let us know the status of a planned server upgrade: 

"The current LinkBank system is not up to the task of serving the current traffic. (This has been a problem for a long time.) The new LinkBank system will be ready for current customers to test by the end of the week. If the test goes well, we'll replace the slow, old system right away. The problems with LinkBank are the result of the high amount of traffic it is getting. With over 4.5 million page views per month our system from a year ago is not able to function properly under peak loads. The new version of LinkBank operates on a different system and will be much, much faster." 

There you have it! I will make sure to grab the new version ASAP to ensure our links are available all day, every day! [NOTE: LinkBank ceased operations in January 2002. We have moved Draglist Links to the LinksManager system. bp] 

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Fire in the Headers (Sing Along)! Ron Dilley offers up his own drag racing song, sung to the tune of Marshall Tucker's "Fire on the Mountain."

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Sunburn in the Sensitive Spots. James Morgan examines why drag racing fans always seem to sunburn the bottoms of their forearms...

December 03, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: 2000 NHRA Oildown Final Report. motorsport.com provides the final tally of dollars and points racers were penalized in 2000. Now we want to know your opinion of this rule.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Jeggie Takes the Crown. Robert Briggs caught the new NHRA World Champion at the World Finals.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: John Ellis' Outrageous Burnout! Brian Fawcus catches European Pro Mod Racer John Ellis as he aims for the starter during the burnout!

December 02, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Tommy Joe Invents the Drag Chute. Gonzo's back with another hilarious Tommy Joe Cauldwell story. Enjoy!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Junior Bikers? Gonzo provides the picture today, too! Where do the bike guys get their next generation of pilots?

December 01, 2000 -- Drag Racing Story of the Day: Dragster Front End Specs Q&A. Jim Hill and Pat Foster combine to discuss the unique challenges involved in getting front engine dragsters to go straight.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Photographer Hunt! Digger Comin' Right at Ya! Wherein, Pete Garramone asks, just why DID we stand in front of those ill-handling fuelers?

 

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