WELD Wheels NMCA Memphis Homecoming

Several racing classes were dominated by racers donning WELD Drag Racing and WELD Street & Strip Wheels

Once again during drag racing events, the weather forecast wasn’t favorable. However, the racers still rolled into the Inaugural Comp Cams NMCA Memphis Homecoming, taking place May 2-5 at Memphis International Raceway in Tennessee to battle for valuable championship points and the Victor trophies, all awaiting them in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle. The ensuing drag racing battles made thousands of spectators happy with their decision to come to the event, even in the face of potential bad weather. After all, rain won’t stop true fans and purebred racing drivers by any means.

Several races donned a set of WELD drag racing wheels, giving the competition a run for their money. Luckily, this time WELD had a dedicated photographer at the event, capturing the live action happening at the Memphis International Raceway. In a thrilling set of races, the fans got to see a slew of American muscle cars, competing in several racing classes. These consisted of the NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw, Holley EFI Factory Super Cars, ARP Nitrous Pro Street, Edelbrock Xtreme StreetFST Carburetors NA 10.5, Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock Combo, Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock, Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car, MagnaFuel Open Comp, ATI Performance Products Muscle Car Madness presented by Deuce Machining, Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, Arrington Performance HEMI Quick 8 presented by Red Line Oil, and finally, the Gear Vendors True Street racing class series as well.

You can take a look at all the action from the WELD Wheels NMCA Memphis Homecoming event right below.

We give a Dodge Charger Hellcat WELD Drag Racing Wheels

WELD S79 NON-Beadlock and WELD S79 Beadlock wheels are installed on this 6.2L HEMI SRT V8 powered Hellcat

Ever since Dodge incepted the Dodge Charger Hellcat, it was always intended to be a monster American muscle car that can take on anything it encounters on both the street & the track. It is powered by a Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT V8 engine that delivers up to 717 horsepower and 656 LB-FT of torque. In turn, the Charger Hellcat delivers an impressive performance of the line. It can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in just 3.6 seconds. And that’s supercar territory right there, whatever some may say.

Furthermore, the Hellcat is also dubbed “The King of the Quarter Mile” as it can achieve a breathtaking 1/4 mile time of just 10.80 seconds, something that only a few production cars are able to do. Add the various bolt-on tuning kits, allowing the Hellcat to cross into the 1,000 horsepower territory, and it’s no wonder that this American muscle car is the weapon of choice for many of our customers that like to race over the weekend.

For this particular Blue Dodge Charger Hellcat, a set of WELD S79 three-piece forged wheels help it achieve some record-breaking drag runs. Featuring WELD S79 NON-Beadlock and WELD S79 Beadlock wheels in the front and rear, respectively, this Hellcat can run Mickey Thompson drag radials without any issues. Both wheels are part of the Street & Strip collection and the WELD RT-S modular three-piece forged wheel line. Furthermore, thanks to the careful, vehicle proprietary engineering, our customers are able to clear both those large Brembo brakes found on the Hellcat, but also, add thicker and wider drag radials to their vehicles.

Blue Dodge Charger Hellcat - WELD S79 Beadlock Forged Drag Racing Wheels

WELD S79 wheels (NON-Beadlock and Beadlock) feature retro looks and modern performance, meeting in one wheel design. Inspired by euro looks of the 70s and 80s, however, featuring a brand new design twist, this six-spoke wheel looks just as good on modern muscle cars as it does on classic sports cars. Add the three-piece construction of truly forged aluminum wheel and our customers can procure wheel fitments across the board, from stock to strip.

WELD S79 Wheel Specifications

  • Available in a full polished or black and machined contrast finish
  • Wheel widths from 4.5″ to 18″ with a wide variety of back spacings
  • 15″ Require shank lug nuts
  • 17″, 18″, and 20″ require conical lug nuts
  • Center cap and valve stem included
  • Beadlock available on 15″ and 17″ RT-S wheels,
  • Made in Kansas City, USA

For further information about our Street & Streep drag racing wheels, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away. Our sales team will provide you with all the necessary information & details about the perfect wheel setup for your build. Please take a look at the complete media gallery of this blue Dodge Charger Hellcat with WELD S79 three-piece forged wheels right below.

John Force and Brittany Force became the first professional father-daughter No. 1 qualifiers in NHRA history

This Saturday threatened with poor weather, but that didn’t stop John Force and Brittany Force becoming the first professional father-daughter No. 1 qualifiers in NHRA history. This father-daughter duo dominated their respective categories through four qualifying sessions to secure the No. 1 qualifiers Saturday at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park. In addition to that, the pair have secured their first double-up No. 1 qualifiers at a facility where John Force secured his 100th win and Brittany Force had her first victory after a jarring accident. Not bad for a day’s work.

“In my career I’ve done a lot of things, won a lot of specialty races but anytime this sport brings we together with my children, that’s what I really love about NHRA drag racing,” said John Force about qualifying No. 1 with his daughter. “We’re one big family. To have a moment with Brittany, that her and I can share together, we’ve really become a lot closer. There won’t be a party tonight, we have a race to win tomorrow but it’ll give us a moment of just looking at each other and me being mostly proud of her.”

Brittany Force holds both ends of the track record after a blistering 3.661-second pass at 332.18 mph from Friday’s session under the lights. The Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster team headed by David Grubnic and Mac Savage had a plan to work some things out during Saturday’s qualifying sessions. They lost traction for a 6.460-second pass on the third run but came back with a solid 3.716-seconds at 306.19 mph even after shutting off early.

“We’re coming in strong this weekend. We had a good weekend in Vegas. We were runner-up at the Four-Wide. We’re coming in strong in Houston. We won this last year and the plan is to come out and win this thing tomorrow on race day. Setting both ends of the track record last night was awesome. A 3.66 on the board is a pretty incredible run by David Grubnic and Mac Savage, and the Advance Auto Parts team. We’re looking for a long day tomorrow. Its where it really begins,” said Force. “Talking to my crew chiefs, we were looking to get setup for tomorrow. In the second run temperatures cooled down a bit so I had a good feeling we’d be able to get it down there and put a good number on the board. We struggled in the third session but overall we’ve had a great weekend with good runs and looking for a long day tomorrow.”

This is Force’s 11th No. 1 qualifying position and first at Houston Raceway Park where she is the defending SpringNationals champion. Force has won from the No. 1 spot only once in her career, but it was significant — the 2017 Auto Club Finals where she clinched her world championship. She’ll start race day matched up with Cameron Ferre.

John Force and his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil BlueDEF team will start race day from the No. 1 position for the first time this season. It is Force’s 156th career No. 1 qualifier, an NHRA record, 18 more than second all-time Warren Johnson who has 138. It is also his 11th No. 1 at Houston Raceway Park. The last time Force qualified No. 1 was the 2017 Gatornationals here he went on to win the race. He’ll be chasing win 150 on Sunday, beginning with a match-up against Terry Haddock.

“I’ve earned a lot of these hats. Not so many lately but Brian Corradi and Dan Hood, Tim Fabrisi, these guys are doing a really good job at teaching the new kids and the old. They give me a hot rod that runs like that, tomorrow is a whole new ball game,” Force said. “Tim Wilkerson is hungry and I thought he was going to be right there with me but tomorrow we have to get after this thing. Tonight, we can share the moment and tomorrow, we’ll come out here to Houston Raceway Park to entertain the fans. Again, I want to thank the Angel family. The Angels spent their money and that is what our sport is all about for us to survive in this economy. To run numbers like that on a great race track makes me feel really good and, especially, to see my baby girl do the same so thank you to the whole family and God bless you.”

Force’s 3.888 second run came during the first qualifying session Friday at Houston Raceway Park and held through both sessions on Saturday. Force and his PEAK BlueDEF team went up in smoke early and had to click the Chevy Camaro off in the first session but came back with a solid pass of 3.923-seconds at 324.20 mph to close out the night.

Starting Saturday’s qualifying from outside the 16-car field, Robert Hight and the AAA Texas Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car team turned things around during the final two sessions. Hight ran a 3.920-second pass at 321.73 mph in the first session that bumped him up into the top of the field in the No. 5 spot. He kept up the effort in the final run to make a 3.908-second pass at 314.17 mph securing his position going into race day.

Hight will go head-to-head with Jonnie Lindberg in the first-round Sunday.

“We didn’t start the weekend like we hoped for but we really changed things today. We ran consistently and got in the .90s so I’m happy with what this AAA Texas team has done to get this car where it needs to be. We were second quickest both sessions today,” said Hight. “We weren’t in the game and now we are. I never had any doubt. We’re sitting number five and we’ll be ready to go rounds tomorrow. We’re heading into race day and looking for another win.”

After staying consistent during Friday’s qualifying, Austin Prock faced trouble in the third session on Saturday when he ran a 8.639-second pass at 74.89 mph after shaking the tires and pedaling his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster to the finish line. Prock was able to turn things around in the final session when he posted the second-quickest elapsed time of his career 3.727-seconds at 325.92 mph. The run bumped him up one spot to the No. 6 position heading into race day where he’ll face fellow Rookie of the Year candidate, Jordan Vandergriff for the first time in round one.

“I had a good day. I ended the day with a 3.72. It still had a little bit left in it and tomorrow morning conditions are going to be good,” said Prock. “We’re going to try and go up there and do the same or a little bit better. Jordan Vandergriff is running good too so it’ll probably end up coming down to the starting line. I’m looking forward to racing him. It will be my first time racing him in eliminations and hopefully, we can come out on top.”

Eliminations at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals begin Sunday at 11 a.m. Tune into FOX Sports 1 (FS1) for live finals beginning at 3 p.m. ET

Source: John Force Racing