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NHRA Readies For Thundering Start To 2017 Campaign

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season is just a few weeks off and there are quite a few changes in order. First, and foremost, the championship points earned at the season ending event has been increased. The winner of the Auto Club NHRA Finals in each of the professional classes will now claim 150 points (each round is worth 30 points instead of 20). With the additional points also awarded during the qualifying rounds and final qualifying positions, it now possible for a driver to earn as much as 190 points at the event (130-points at all other ...

January 25, 2017 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | SPORTS


Fishing Report

My family has started its annual secret Santa gift list. I was told that I needed to update mine since I haven't updated it since 2013. It hasn't changed, a gift card to my favorite tackle shop is all I ever ask for. I can get my fishing license, new tackle, or save it until I need something for an upcoming trip. You really can't go wrong with a gift card unless of course you were to lose it. My son on the other hand just realized that he never downloaded one of the gift cards that ...

December 14, 2016 | | SPORTS


25th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion Is Bartone’s Last Hurrah

In what has been announced as his final year competing in the NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel category, Tony Bartone closed out the season with his third consecutive California Hot Rod Reunion Nostalgia Top Fuel title. This also secured his third consecutive NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel season championship. Bartone dominated the category over the weekend at the Famoso Raceway by qualifying in the top spot and setting low elapse time of the event (5.521 seconds) enroute to a dramatic 5.600 at 247.25 mph final round (winner take all) win over Jim Murphy. The two drivers entered ...

October 26, 2016 | Mike Burghardt | SPORTS


Tight Lines

Fall Trout Fishing Tactics

September 21, 2016 | | SPORTS


Raiders Wrap Up Minicamp

Draft…check. OTA's…check. Minicamp…check. The Oakland Raiders completed their three day mandatory minicamp in Alameda on June 16. With full participation from all 90 players and an injury free minicamp, the Raiders are looking towards the season on a positive note.

June 21, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | SPORTS


Raiders Prep For Future Through Draft

Expectations are running high in the East Bay and all across Raider Nation worldwide. If the 2015 season was any indication, the Raiders are on the right path back to glory. Oakland finished with a 7-9 record, an impressive four game improvement from the abysmal 2014 season.

April 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | SPORTS


Surprises At NHRA Event In Las Vegas

By MIKE BURGHARDT

April 06, 2016 | | SPORTS


March Meet Champions Crowned At Famosa

The month of March signals the coming of spring each year, but it is also the time when great drag racers from across the county meet up at the famed Famosa strip in Bakersfield. This event has become known as the "March Meet." Back in the day, it was also known as the "fuel and gas" championship.

March 09, 2016 | MIKE BURGHARDT | SPORTS


History And Championships Highlight NHRA Finals

The 50th annual AAA of Southern California NHRA Finals featured cool very comfortable southern California blue skies on race day. These conditions brought out some spectacular on track performances throughout the event and drew some of the largest crowds seen in recent years to witness the crowning of champions in the four professional categories.

November 26, 2014 | Mike Burghardt Racing Correspondent | SPORTS


Thunder At The Strip Thrills Vegas Race Fans

The 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals qualifying brought plenty of thundering excitement over the weekend, as the event marks the fifth of six events in the Countdown to the Championship. With championships looming in all three professional categories and a season championship to be claimed in another, all the race teams were putting all the chips on the table.

November 10, 2014 | Mike Burghardt Racing Correspondent | SPORTS


Oakdale’s Olivo Accused Of Biting Off Teammate’s Ear

Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo, a resident of Oakdale in the off-season, got into a fight Tuesday, May 20, during a game in Salt Lake City while playing for the Class AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. Olivo is accused of biting off a part of Guerrero's ear during the melee.

May 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | SPORTS


Olivo Tearing Up Minors In Comeback Attempt

After being sent down to AAA by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of this season's spring training, Oakdale resident Miguel Olivo is destroying minor league pitching in his attempt to make a Major League comeback.

April 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | SPORTS


Out Of Bounds - My Last Will And Testament: A to Z

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

September 18, 2013 | Ike Dodson | SPORTS


Another Force To Be Reckoned With

The 59th Annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance US Nationals at Indianapolis witnessed some hot and humid weather on Friday, but it didn't deter much from the on-track action or spectator attendance.

August 31, 2013 | Report Abuse account | SPORTS


It Takes A Lot Of Will Power To Win

It had been 25 races (16 months) since Will Power had won a race. Coming into the 2013 season, Power and his Verizon/Penske race team had high hopes to contend for the championship, after finishing 2nd each of the last two seasons. Unfortunately, this season has been nothing if not frustrating. Power and the team ran into more than their fair share of "bad luck" and found themselves almost mathematically eliminated from any championships hopes.

August 26, 2013 | Report Abuse account | SPORTS


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