Going Rounds

Top Fuel: An Essay

Drag racers tend to have their own idea of the “Golden Age” of drag racing. The truth is, each time period has its own appeal for different reasons. When drag racing...

Earning a NHRA Competition License

Since I am a racing instructor for Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, “How can I earn my NHRA Competition License?” is a question I get asked all the time. So, I...

Gary Beck

Much has been written about 2-time NHRA drag racing champion Gary Beck’s storied career; I hope I can put a bit of a different spin on this legend of drag racing...

I Just Want to Race

Al Heisley contacted me back in mid-September and asked if I would be willing to put together a couple of thoughts about being a female crew member in a male-dominated...

Hollywood Goes to the Darkside

By Hot Rod Jimmy – with Sherm Porter Kris Krabill, the vaunted 2016 champion in NFC cars, has made the move back into Nostalgia funny car racing. He is doing it...

Knox, Knox, Knox on Heaven’s Door

Eddie Knox Finds His Newest Direction Occasionally we hear that a boat racing team has made the transition to asphalt; Eddie Hill, Jerry Toliver, Shane Westerfield and...

Some Guys Just Need a Break

If It Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It The statement, “If it was easy, everyone would do it,” is such an overused axiom but it rings true to most things in life.  If...

Al Heisley as Interviewed

By John Hufcut Not long ago, we were wandering around Las Vegas and ran into Big Al Heisley. So I sat down for a conversation with the man who started Fuel Coupe...

Nick Arias, Jr

Founder of Arias Pistons and Nick Arias Jr. Racing Components Nick Arias, Jr, was born in January 1929 in Los Angeles, and like many young guys growing up in Southern...

“Happy Hour” with Tim Boychuk

By Al Heisley, Editor, Nitro Hot Rods Magazine This whole racing deal started back in 1993. Tim’s Dad had recently passed away at a young age from a short bout with...

Shorty’s Summer

By Al Heisley The idea for this article came to me while sitting in the Mr. Explosive pits at the 2014 California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, California. On Saturday...

“Domestic Disturbance”

Rod & Jill Fazekas’ Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car Teams By Al Heisley – Photos By Rod & Jill Fazekas Jill and Rod Fazekas of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, are...

Brad Thompson, Drag Racer

By Al Heisley Brad Thompson was 5 years old when he regularly started going to Orange County. Sleeping on an open trailer, eating track food and knowing everyone, it...

Jim Henry’s Big Iron A/FXr

By Jim Henry, Owner with Al Heisley Jim Henry’s BIG IRON, Plymouth, was actually bought over 30 years ago when the owner called him because he’d heard that Jim was...