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The product line of ProTorque Racing Torque Converters becomes news everyday with our racers breaking records with each pass using our products as we spotlight the most important racing news in our blog. Press releases hitting the internet through various media and publication features will be highlited. Stay Informed In Our New Drag Racing News Section With updated Drag Racing Records, ADRL, NHRA, NMCA, NMRA, Outlaw 10.5, Drag Radial and more. See Our "Archived Racing News" for Archived 2013 Racing News by ProTorque Here and earlier in 2012 Archived Racing News HERE
Outlaw Drag Radial Class, ProTorque Converters Dominate By The Numbers
The Outlaw Street Car Reunion:
Battle of the States event that took place this past weekend at Memphis International Raceway showed a number of things - that eighth-mile racing is alive and well, and that our friends at Pro Torque are on the edge of development in the insane Outlaw Drag Radial class.
How so, you ask? Well, take into account that many of the top performances of the weekend were achieved with Pro Torque torque converters onboard. Kevin Mullins topped the ladder with a 4.11 with Rob Valden just behind him at 4.12. DeWayne Mills clicking off a 4.13, and Keith Berry's LSX 'Vette in the mix also at 4.14 to place Pro Torque in the bellhousing of four of the lowest ET's in drag radial history.
More on the Outlaw Drag Radial Front Runners on the cusp of 4.0's at our good friends Dragzine
ProTorque Gen X Racing Torque Converter's Equals The Hottest X275 Drag Radial Racers
X275 is one of the HOTTEST drag radial classes and ProTorque is bringing these racers to the front of the line.
X275 racers Shane Fisher, Brad Medlock and Charles Hull are using the ProTorque Gen X racing torque converter, and all three racers achieved new personal bests in X275 this past weekend, with Fisher's 4.519 at 158.74MPH the quickest pass the class has seen to date, anywhere, and he's reset that record at nearly every single race he's attended with the Pro Torque equipment onboard.
Interestingly, all three of these X275 cars are tuned by none other than legendary radial racer John Kolivas. Perhaps Kolivas learned something running a Pro Torque converter for the last few years?
More on the Outlaw Drag Radial Front Runners on the cusp of 4.0's at our good friends Dragzine
Shane Fisher X275 Drag Radial And Gen X Revolution Series Torque Converter
Shane Fisher has broken the X275 drag radial record almost every time he has gone out racing! A relative unknown last year he seemed like he came out of nowhere. But really he had a secret weapon ... John "MF" Kolivas behind the keyboard.
Fisher is using the new "GEN X" revolution series bolt together and has been dominating this field and it looks like he isn't slowing down any time soon. Are you?
The fastest drag racing cars use ProTorque .... Do You?
Keith Berry .... WHOOOOOO
Keith Berry .... WHOOOOOO ..... Nothing More!
Late Model Racecraft Win The Battle Of The States Memphis
Can anyone say JOSHSQUATCH? Man this LMR team did one hell of a job to win the "battle of the states" in Memphis last weekend. Steven Fereday and Josh Ledford from LMR Late Model Racecraft are great Dealers from the ProTorque Products including all of our ProDrive late model Street car torque converters.
They know how to win On Sunday and sell on Monday. And they carry the full line of ProTorque torque converters.
Late Model Racecraft Win The Battle Of The States Memphis on Dragzine HERE
John Urist NMRA Street Outlaw Winner Bradenton 2014
Coming into Bradenton Motorsports Park, we had one goal in mind, redemption. This year we are going to fight for our 9th championship in the NMRA's Street Outlaw class.
We could not have asked for better weather all weekend in Florida, as it was a nice 75 degrees at the peak of the day and a cool 55 degrees in the evening. Temperatures like this meant only one thing, record-breaking times. Our first pass down the track was very good, as we expected. The car worked the way we needed it to, and then it was time to turn it up and see what the track could do.
After a few test hits, it was time for our Friday night qualifier. Going 7.042 at 200 mph put us at the top of the list as the Number 1 qualifier and that's where we intended to stay. The next two qualifying hits were slightly off, however, as we kept having small gremlins get us at the wrong time.
Sunday brought on eliminations, and with a lot of hard work and thrashing, we were able to work out all the kinks just in time for first round. We lined up against our competition and dusted off the quickest pass in Street Outlaw history, 7.03 at 197.5 mph! In our second round, we bested Tony Alm to land ourselves a bye round into the semi-finals. The final round of competition, we lined up to last years' champ, Phil Hines, for what we think was one of the most exciting races so far this year. With an .043 to Hines' .055, the cars were neck and neck down the track, but we edged out the win with a 7.104 to Hines' 7.150. What a way to start off the 2014 season!
We want to thank you for your continued support and sponsorship and hope to bring home our 9th championship title this year in the NMRA Street Outlaw class.
John, Melissa & The Hellion Crew
Tony Alm NMCA Street Outlaw Winner Atlanta 2014
Congrats to Tony Alm for his win in NMCA Street Outlaw class. Tony has been pecking away at his combination and has proven that hard work and persistence pays dividends using our ProTorque GEN X-RSBT Racing Torque Converter.
Read The Recap Here on NMRA Digital
Khalil Al Ansari personel best of 3.787@192 ProTorque GEN I Torque Converter
Khalil Al Ansari ran a personel best of firstname.lastname@example.org in Abu Dabi recently, while truly a very fast pass even by Pro Mod standards, its significance lies in the fact that this was done with a ProTorque GEN I Torque Converter. The ability to harness ultra hi-horsepower cars was once thought of as a feat only reserved for clutch equipped cars.
The constant R&D of ProTorque has closed the gap between clutch equipped cars and converter cars immensely in the last year. The ProTorque GEN I is laying the ground work for what will become a landmark in converter design, in areas previously thought unattainable by a torque converter. As more advancements are made one thing is certain ProTorque will be leading the way!
Moits Racing Mustang Goes For Another Wild Excursion
Moits Racing Paul Mouhayet Outlaw Extreme 10.5 Mustang
With the five-second, Proline-powered, twin-turbo Mustang repaired and repainted in a fresh new sinister, all-black paint scheme, the team headed for the Sydney Dragway over the weekend for their official re-debut at the annual Sydney Jamboree, where they entered in the Outlaw Extreme class with their 250+ MPH machine that runs on a set of 10.5W tires.
And there, no sooner than the team got a handle on the combination to start putting together full hits did the Mustang attempt to K.O. itself once again, when the parachutes failed to deploy properly, sending it careening across the centerline in the shutdown area as over 200 MPH.
Moits Racing Mustang Goes For Another Wild Excursion and full story at Dragzine HERE
Brian McGee wins with ProTorque Racing Torque Converters
Brian McGee wins with ProTorque Racing Torque Converters at the Outlaw 275/28 race at Shadyside Dragway Saturday. Brian ran as fast as a 4.35@174mph and he never ran slower than a 4.42
Pro Mod Driver Jim Bell Makes Career Best Pass At NHRA Gatornationals 2013 Mustang
At this past weekend's Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Florida, Canadian racer Jim Bell carded a career-best 5.959 seconds pass at 246.89 mph in his twin-turbocharged JB's Power Centre 2013 Mustang to qualify 15th in NHRA Pro Mod.
It set up a first-round pairing for eliminations against Mike Janis, who ran 5.862 at 247.93 to start number two in his supercharged 2012 Camaro.
"We knew it would be tough just to make the field this weekend against 27 of the best Pro Mods in all of North America," Bell stated after qualifying concluded Saturday night (Mar. 15). "We also felt that we could run with Mike with some minor tuning changes."
Pro Mod Driver Jim Bell and full story at Drag Illustrated HERE
John Urist 2014 NMRA Spring Break Shootout Win And Street Outlaw Record - ProTorque Gen X converter
Long time Team ProTorque racer John Urist won the 2014 NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Street Outlaw,after qualifing #1 and resetting the SO record. John,a muliti time world champion, was using a new ProTorque Gen X converter.
He was one of the first test subjects in 2013 to use it, and it looks as if testing went very well for him and his team. This new billet bolt-together platform is being released to the rest of the racing world and are available with many stator options to compliment a racers particular combination.
Urist responded with the best performance of anyone in the class with a 7.042 at 200.71 MPH to top the qualifying ladder heading into Saturday. There, he took his best shot at the track again, but was unable to put complete runs together, leaving Friday's performance as the one to beat come Sunday. With Ronnie Diaz as his first-round opponent, Urist went one tick better, closing out the first round with a quickest-ever Street Outlaw-record blast of 7.032 at 197 MPH before cruising through the next two rounds, eliminating Tony Alm and taking the competition bye before facing off with Phil Hines in the final round. Urist took out Hines in the process of going wire-to-wire with a 7.10 to Hines' 7.15
John Urist 2014 NMRA Spring Break Shootout Win And Street Outlaw Record on Dragzine HERE
THE Kevin Mullins Crushes Outlaw Drag Radial Record At Lights Out V ProTorque Racing Torque Converters
When many racers started their tow to SGMP for Lights Out V, they had to have their doubts about setting any records or personel bests in the days ahead. Mother Nature had been on the war path along the east coast and thru-out the country. Snow and freezing temps were the norm in many states. Lights Out V would kick off the season for small tired racers from across the country, so racers were "chomping at the bit" to get the action going. While sporadic rain did put a halt to some of the action, the rest was nothing short of amazing.
In radial vs the world Team ProTorque racer Kevin Mullins brought his "A" game, when he fired the shot heard around the radial world a 4.11@193 on 315 drag radials to lead qualifying! Then in the first round he repeated the run again ... another 4.11! To clinch the record. Not far behind was another Team ProTorque racer, Dwayne Mills at 4.17@190. In Outlaw Drag Radial still another Team ProTorque racer Brian McGee set a record at 4.35@167and took the #1 qualifier position with Mark Carlyle (also Team ProTorque, starting to see a pattern here?) grabbing the #2 spot at 4.39@174. John Schroeder (Yes another ProTorque customer) was in the #1 qualifier spot in Outlaw 632 with a 4.53@160. Long time ProTorque customer Scotty G also had a personel best of 4.33.
It looks like having a ProTorque converter is a must have if you want to perform at your best and the records prove it.
Read More about SGMP Lights Out V on Dragzine HERE
ADRL: TEAM ProTorque Outlaw 10.5 and Super Street 8
With Round 4 of the ADRL race series in the books it was TEAM ProTorque going to the finals in both Outlaw 10.5 and Super Street 8. It was a very fast final in Super Street with Abdullah Al Shatti taking the win over Jassim Alsolaiteen. Both drivers ran new personal bests this week in testing, Jassim Running a 4.32 and Abdullah running an astounding 4.29 at 188 mph on 29 x 10.5 tires.
In the Outlaw 10.5 class it was the other Abdullah Wahab taking the win over Turky Al Humridi, who won last rounds race. TEAM ProTorque has won every round of the 10.5 war over in the ADRL series, and it looks like ProTorque equipped cars will continue to dominate thru out 2014.
In other news it was the "Drag 965" NOS Pro Mod car driven by Khalil Al Ansari that rocketed to 3.81 at 193 in the Pro Mod Class, which makes it his personal best so far, with even quicker times expected.
With only two races left it's a race for the points and the records. We want to wish all of the racers a safe weekend of racing. Be fast but be safe
Abdullah Al Shatti Q80 Racing Super Street 8 Record
Abdullah Al Shatti / Q80 Racing in testing, recently laid down an absolutely killer pass on 10.5x29 tires that stunned small tire racers around the world. His 4.29 @ 188.9 1/8th mile pass was accompanied by a 1.16 sixty foot time, with a 2.97 to the 330.
This is believed to be one of the fastest passes on a 29' tire. The combination behind this record run was an 632 Ford twin turbo powerplant (tuned by Steve Petty), a ProTorque Revolution series converter that transferred the mega horsepower to a Rossler transmission.
Keep an eye on this team, they are sure to be in the hunt for a championship belt in Super Street 8 competition.
TEAM ProTorque Welcomes Jeffery Cummins 1967 Shelby Gt500 Pro Mod
We want to congratulate the newest member to TEAM ProTorque, Jeffery Cummins who had just about a perfect debut with a BRAND NEW Bickel Promod at the US Nationals at Bradenton FL. With a brand new car he was one of the fastest cars on the grounds running a 3.88 at 190 mph in NHRA legal Promod Trim. The car is a 1967 Shelby Gt500 built by Jerry Bickel.
The motor is from Reher Morrison and is a 872 cubic inch motor. The transmission is a Bruno drive with a awesome Revolution Series Modular Drive plate Pro Torque Convertor and a manually shifted liberty four speed extreme. New Tech Global sponsors the car and Jeff's dad "Jeff Cummins Sr." is the team owner and Kenny Hubbard is the crew chief. Look for them to be running NHRA Pro Mod as well as PDRA events in the 2014.
Jeff has had some great success racing in the past in Top Sportsman in NHRA for about 6 years and he has been running Pro Mod for the last 3 years. He was a Jegs All Star in 2010 for Top Sportsman. So look for big things for Jeff in the 2014 season.
Team Stupid Cancer Mallory Rivera's NYC 1/2 Marathon Fundraiser
ProTorque is proud to announce their Contribution to a GREAT Cause and to Joe Rivera Jr's DAUGHTER. Mallory Rivera is running a half marathon and needs support... and by SUPPORT we mean FINANCIAL SUPPORT. So please step up your game here and help a girl out to raise money for a GREAT cause. PLEASE consider donating something even if it is the price of a cup of that FANCY coffee you drink. We ask that you can make small sacrifice for someone else in need. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE!!
Thank you in advance for your support
Since 2009, Team Stupid Cancer has helped to raise over $100,000 in support of our mission to empower young adults affected by cancer.
Join an awesome community fighting cancer in young adults. Team Stupid Cancer is your chancer to raise funds to ensure that no young adult affected by cancer goes unaware of the age-appropriate resources they are entitled to so then can get busy living! Whether you run one mile or 26.2, in the mud or on a bike, there's a place for you.
Roger Holder PSCA Win
Long time West Coast Racer Roger Holder opened up the PSCA Season opener with a bang. Not only was he #1 Qualifier, Low ET, and Hi MPH but he went to the final to take the WIN !!!
With a strong crew headed up by Rod Wheeler as crew chief, Chris Wheeler and Dave Boles, Holder ended the year strong with the #1 Qualifying position at the Street Car Super Nationals in Vegas last year. The car is equipped with a Proline 481X and a Rossler two speed 400 as well as a ProTorque Revolution Series converter
Look for BIG things to come from Roger Holder and his crew in the 2014 racing season
Team ProTorque Is Rocking It Out All Over The World
Team ProTorque is Rocking it out all over the world. We are lucky enough to be working with race teams all over the world and the teams over in the Middle East are no exception. We are happy to be taking part of some really great racing on the other side of the world. Halfway through the ADRL Series at Qatar Racing Club and TEAM ProTorque has been doing really well including winning EVERY 10.5 race and a bunch of Runner ups and #1 qualifiers as well as a bunch of new Personal bests.
Outlaw 10.5 - Yousef Al Ali / Turky Al Humaidi
In the Outlaw 10.5 class Yousef Al Ali took the first two wins in the Outlaw 10.5 class and Turky Al Humaidi took the win in the last round. This last race no exception taking the win in an all TEAM ProTorque final and ran a 4.16 at 190 mph
Super Street Class Jassim Alsoilateen
And in the Super Street Class Jassim Alsoilateen took the win in the last race with John Carters old Drag radial car tuned by Josh Ledford from LMR.
Abdullah Alshatti New Personal Best
Abdullah Alshatti took the win at the race in Bahrain as well as a new personal best of 4.33 in testing at the Qatar racing club
Also worth mentioning is the win by Khalid al Balooshi in the prestigious Muraab Hill climbing race in his NOS equipped Truck in Liwa-Abu Dhabi.
The break in the race schedule ends this week and they resume THIS weekend. We hope that TEAM ProTorque will keep up the good work and hope everyone has a safe and successful rest of the season for our friends in the Middle East Race scene.
Team ProTorque Racing Torque Converters Dominate!!
ProTorque is proud to end up the 2013 racing season "on top of the racing game" in many categories of outlaw heads up racing. This compilation just demonstrates how our products are holding many records in the drag racing scene. We are humbled and blessed to have the great opportunity to work with some of the greatest names and minds in racing.
This poster (which will become available to the fans in the next couple of weeks) represents just a small amount of the talented race programs that we work with. We are much looking forward to rocking out 2014 even harder. We support the racers that support us and we thank them for the opportunity to work with them. We will continue to innovate and let our customers continue to dominate the sport with our Revolution Series Converters.
Fiscus Wins US Street Nationals
The 2014 US Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park usually serves as the kickoff to the new year of drag racing. With a Drag Radial victory in last year's race, Kevin Fiscus was ready to compete for Pro Mod bragging rights!
Fiscus , driver of the Fiscus/Klugger Racing Pro Mod Mustang, has already made big waves in the Pro Mod world. That being said, he was looking for a victory against some of the fastest Pro Mod racers in the world.
He qualified #7 with a 3.94@199mph! On his way to the finals, Fiscus laid down some of his best passes ever, including a 3.91@200mph to advance to the second round and a 3.89@197mph in a broke bye run. In the semis, he unleashed a huge holeshot victory going 3.85@200mph to Chris Rini's 3.84@192mph.
In the finals, Fiscus faced Todd Tutterow in a Turbo vs. Blower showdown for the championship! Fiscus saved the best pass for last, going 3.851 to Tutterow's 3.856! What a drag race! They proved that there is a turbo Pro Mod team from Florida that should not be taken lightly. We will be watching Fiscus/Klugger Racing very closely as they continue to tear up the Pro Modified ranks!
Congrats to Kevin, Josh and the whole crew!
Photo thanks to Bryan Epps
John Schroeder Wins US Nationals Outlaw 632 Class X3
John Schroeder wins US Nationals Outlaw 632 class THREE YEARS IN A ROW !!!! That is amazing and what many people don't know about John Schroeder is that he is one of our oldest and dearest customers. And what many of you don't know is that car has some "SERIOUS HISTORY" with the ProTorque Product line development. This car owned by John for the last 11 years was originally owned by our good friend and well known racing legend Leo Barnaby (who sadly passed several years ago).
This car was one of the very first development cars back when we started in the racing game back in the early days. And after all this time this car continues to dominate his class. Winning the US nationals THREE years in a row! This car has a long list of wins all over the country in many classes. We are proud to be working with this car for so long and still dominating the classes with the ProTorque brand winning multiple races and multiple championships year after year.
See The Full Weekend Coverage Here At Dragzine
John Schroeder ran through the Outlaw 632 field with a string of mid-low 4.50's in his Scotty's Racing Engines powered 2002 Camaro. His opponent was number eight qualifier Dillon Voss driving the families 1994 Thunderbird. Voss did his job on the tree with a .030 reaction but Schroeder drove by with a 4.537 at 157 to Voss' 4.681 at 152. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Crisafulli Blasts Into Drag Radial
Do you remember this car? This was John Carter's PLR 670-powered Outlaw 10.5 Corvette. Now, this is the Crisafulli Brothers new Outlaw Drag Radial Covette. Slapping on radial tires and removing the wheelie bars from Outlaw 10.5 cars seems to be a normal practice these days, and in many cases, an effective way to jump into the Outlaw Radial ranks. Either way, the Crisafulli Brothers have a badass ride for sure!
They brought the Vette down to the U.S. Street Nationals in Bradenton to see what their machine was capable of, and they were not let down! Steve Crisafulli ran a 4.33@191mph to take the #1 qualifier spot, low E.T. of the event, and high MPH of the event! He made it all the way to the semifinals where he lost in an extremely close, side-by-side race against Frank Menshaw (4.436 to a 4.437!)
This weekend should be seen as a major victory for this team. They took a new combination and ran a 4.33 off the trailer. It is safe to say that there is a lot left in this one!
Photo thanks to dragzine.com
Steve Crisafulli was running consistent mid 4.30's in today's testing int he first event for the Corvette since the purchase last year. He put up a 4.331 at 191 to earn top qualifier in Pro Drag Radial in the first session.