I first saw the news of Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of his racecar last week on the news. If you recall, this isn’t the first time Dale Jr. is sidelined with concussion symptoms, as he sat out two races in October of 2012.

Over the years, NASCAR personnel, drivers, fans and the general public have become more aware of the effects of concussions and multiple concussions long-term.

Back when I raced in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, I know at one time, I had water splashed in my face and was told to “Keep going, keep going, what are you stopping for?”

It seems like awareness on this topic has become more known through football players, soccer players, fighters and boxers over the years. We take it for granted, but our heads are very fragile.

Mopar and Pennzoil® Announce Sponsorship of Leah Pritchett-piloted NHRA Top Fuel Dragster


Denver Mopar and Pennzoil® announced today sponsorship of the NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driven by Leah Pritchett, returning the brand to the class in which Mopar first established its reputation for excellence at the dragstrip. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Pritchett will compete at select events in 2016 and debut the blue Omega M on her dragster at the 37th Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, scheduled for July 22-24 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.

The announcement brings the Mopar brand back to winning roots first fueled by drag racing icon “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, who captured the majority of his Top Fuel championships and event wins under Mopar HEMI® power. The new Top Fuel machine also expands the Mopar presence in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The brand now serves as a sponsor in three of the four NHRA Pro classes (including Matt Hagan’s NHRA Funny Car and Pro Stock entries piloted by Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr.), and also remains deeply involved in supporting amateur NHRA Sportsman racers, introducing last year the next generation of its modern-day package car, the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

“We are extremely excited to team up with our partners at Pennzoil in our return to competition in the Top Fuel class,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA - Global. “A key part of Mopar’s DNA has always been going fast at the track. We welcome Leah Pritchett to the Mopar team and will cheer her on as she drives us forward in Top Fuel.”


By Stan Creekmore


After a half season of far less than stellar performances Hscott Motorsports has made changes to their team in hopes of bringing light to a clouded tunnel.

Effective immediately, Mike Hillman, Sr., a veteran crew chief and part-time car owner, has steeped into the company as the crew chief for Michael Annett.