Paul Lee is taking over the driving duties for Gary Densham at this weekend’s NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Densham had complications with a knee surgery earlier this month and was not comfortable competing in the event.
The NHRA Toyota Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the second-to-last race of the year, and with championships on the line, the bright lights of the city make a perfect background for the drama at hand. Here’s a look at what some of the Mello Yello drivers were talking about heading into the event.
For more than five decades, the National Dragster staff has tested its prognosticating skills prior to each national event, putting odds on the top-eight racers it thinks have the best shot at victory in Tricky Tipster. This week, Tricky Tipster handicaps the NHRA Toyota Nationals.
With two of his team cars – driven by son Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel and Matt Hagan in Funny Car – leading the Mello Yello points standings with two races to go, these are pretty exciting times for Don Schumacher. Against all of the background noise of last week’s news about hiring superstar crew chief Jimmy Prock, “the Don” has quietly been going about the business of preparing for the final two events amid the swirl of speculation surrounding the news.
Kon Rodz Racing has reached a two-race deal with driver John Cannuli, a veteran in the Top Alcohol ranks in the Australian National Drag Racing Association who will be competing in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for the first time.
Now that Bob Vandergriff Jr. has officially announced what was probably the worst-kept secret this season – that he has tapped Pro Stock star Dave Connolly to drive his second Top Fueler next season – he’s not wasting any time putting his new driver to the challenge.
John Force has announced that he has accepted the resignation of his crew chief, Jimmy Prock. Force is No. 2 in the Mello Yello Funny Car points standings, 36 points behind rival Matt Hagan, with two races left in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.