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As the Official Fuel of the NHRA, Sunoco Racing Fuels provide the juice to make the fastest racers on Earth collect win lights.  As a partner of Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, Sunoco gives new racers the opportunity to feel the power of the most utilized fuel in American motorsports.  The Pennsylvania based company has a 40-year track record of innovation and winning performances, and distributes gasoline to more than 500 race tracks and 50 racing series in the United States.

Rick Williams, the operations manager and managing partner of Southern Racing Fuels, handles Sunoco’s racing accounts for all of Florida and the Caribbean and has been a distributor of the brand for nearly 30 years said,  “The School provides a great opportunity for us to promote our racing fuels to both new and experienced drivers across the country.”

“Sunoco Racing Fuels provide our customers with power and consistency at our School.  We enjoy the relationship with Sunoco and Rick Williams at Southern Racing Fuels.  They are great to work with.” said Hawley.

Many of America’s top motorsports and automotive brands partner with Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School.  For Sunoco, the School’s ability to promote them, through its events and press releases, has been a strong selling point throughout the relationship.

“The School does an excellent job of promoting our product and our brand,” Williams said.  “With the support that we get and the press releases Frank and Lana do, they are on top of it.  Through their marketing people, we get their releases, we see the information going out and it’s shared with Sunoco corporate in Pennsylvania and they love it.”

We plan to get some of the Sunoco executives to come and spend a day and strap them into one of those hot rods and send them down the strip.  I know they’d love it!” said Williams.

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For information on all the programs, class dates & locations at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, please visit our website at www.frankhawley.com!  You can also call us at 866-480-7223!  Our 2018 class dates are coming in slowly, so check back often.

 

 

Justin Ashley’s incredible rookie season just keeps getting better and better.  At last weekend’s Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd Minnesota, Justin defeated number 1 qualifier Gord Gringles in the final round with a low ET of the event 5.237. For those keeping score, Justin has won 2 of the 3 finals that he has been in this year. “It’s been a dream season so far and I know that I am very blessed. Even though I had gotten licensed last year, I went back to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School for some more instruction earlier this year. I spent 2 days driving Frank’s Top Dragster and I can’t tell you how much it helped me. I actually ended up winning my first National Event at the Gatornationals a couple of weeks later! There are a lot of distractions at the races but Frank has taught me how to block them out and be better focused and mentally prepared, and that’s a big part of our success.” said Justin Ashley.

Justin’s father Mike Ashley had this to say. “I was a very successful driver for many years and I didn’t even trust myself to teach Justin. I am a father and love my son and only wanted what was best for him. Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School was the only choice in my opinion. Some people may not know this but Justin had never driven a race car before he went to Frank’s school. I have always said that success comes when preparation meets opportunity. We have a great team with Randy Meyer but I am 100% sure that without Frank’s impact on Justin’s mental and physical state, these victories wouldn’t have been possible!

“Having worked with Justin’s dad Mike for several years, I was very happy to work with Justin when Mike called.  In fact Mike was responsible for my opportunity to get back in the seat of a Nitro Funny Car a few years ago.  Justin’s a very bright and highly motivated person, a lot like his dad.  I think we’ll be hearing more from the Ashley family in the future.” said Frank Hawley.

Justin Ashley’s next race will be at the famed US Nationals Aug 30-September 4th.

 

       Frank Hawley and staff have been helping drivers for many years.  Contact us at 866-480-7223 to help you whether you’re just getting started or if you’ve been racing for awhile.

Jeff Arend, 866-480-7223 x103, jarend@frankhawley.com

Paul Shields, 866-480-7223 x102, pshields@frankhawley.com

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Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and Mickey Thompson Tires have been creating memories together for many years and their event on July 19th at the famed Summit Motorsports Park was no different.

Under beautiful skies, Mickey Thompson pitted some of their best employees and customers against each other in a 10 second, 130 mph battle to the finish line.

Kirk Fenn, MT National Accounts and Business Development, had this to say about the event, “Our employees and customers were jumping out of the cars with grins of excitement, especially our VP of Sales, Perry Lease”.

At the end of the day there was only one person left standing and that was Mark Klacik from Cyclone Auto.  “Participating in the Dragster Challenge is as exhilarating as when I scuba dive with sharks!”  “If you listen to Frank closely and follow what he says, you too could win.”

“We have been relying on the high quality and consistent performance of Mickey Thompson Drag slicks for all our race cars for many years now”.  “As the biggest drag racing school in the country we travel to a lot of different locations and we see all types of track surfaces and temperatures.” “We know we can rely on Mickey Thompson slicks to give us the traction, durability and safety for all our students”, says Frank Hawley.

Contact us about a fun day for your group!  The Dragster Adventure Challenge is AWESOME for groups – team building, employee reward, customer promotion, sponsor day, etc.  Call Jeff Arend x103 or Paul Shields x102 at 866-480-7223 to discuss providing a most memorable day for your group!  Read about all the programs on our website and see what class dates are coming up!  Private group events are scheduled on demand, as are the 200 mph class dates in the Funny Car or Dragster.

 

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World famous financial magazine Forbes, recently sent writer Jim Clash to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School.  Jim attended the competition license class at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. “It’s always a fabulous opportunity when our sport gets featured in the general media.  And to have drag racing featured in a world class publication such as Forbes Magazine, was quite an honor,” Frank Hawley.

Click on the following link to read the story:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimclash/2017/07/19/drive-it-like-you-stole-it-drag-racing-lessons-are-not-for-the-faint-of-heart/#73caed80220d

There are lots of class dates and locations coming up at Gainesville Raceway, Maple Grove Raceway, Heartland Park, The Strip at Las Vegas, and Auto Club Dragway!

Call us at 866-480-7223 to help you get started in drag racing, improve your skills, move up to the 200 mph cars, check an item off your bucket list, or arrange a fun day for you, your company or group!

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Paul Shields, pshields@frankhawley.com, 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 cell

Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 cell

 

 

If you have thought about purchasing a Chevrolet Performance LSX454R Engine, don’t delay.  Chevy is now offering an additional $1,000.00 rebate off their pricing for our grads.  Purchase a LSX454R Engine before December 31, 2017 to receive the $1,000.00 rebate.  You can combine this with the $1,000.00 rebate already offered by Chevrolet Performance, making it a total of $2,000.00 off!    Contact us directly for the rebate from the School.

Call us at 866-480-7223 for information on any of the programs offered at the School.  Jeff Arend is at x103, jarend@frankhawley.com and Paul Shields is at x102, pshields@frankhawley.com

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By Abby Werner:  Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School continues to be the best as they train two future NHRA competitors. Austin Prock and Jordan Vandergriff are currently going through a multi-year program with Frank Hawley’s and are excited about what their future in drag racing will bring.

Austin Prock is the 21 year old grandson of Tom Prock, a former NHRA Funny Car driver, and the son of Jimmy Prock, a crew chief for John Force Racing. Jimmy Prock led John Force to his 16th championship in 2013 and is currently the crew chief for Robert Hight’s Auto Club of California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. Austin has experience racing Sprint Cars and Midgets, and works on the JFR cars as well. He is part of John Force Racing’s driver development program.

“I’ve already been through Frank’s S/C program. Up next I’m gonna test in the School’s Alcohol Funny Car.  We’re hoping to make some runs soon. We’re going to do several laps in that. And then once I get my license, I hope to start testing in a Nitro Funny Car,” explained Prock.

Jordan Vandergriff is the 22 year old grandson of Bob Vandergriff, the owner of Hedman Hedders, and the nephew of Bob Vandergriff Jr., a Top Fuel driver who has raced in the NHRA for over 20 years.

“It’s pretty exciting knowing guys like me and Austin Prock are the future of the NHRA. It’s amazing- I grew up going to the races, watching my uncle. I never thought that I would be the guy to be up next, and now that it’s happening, it’s surreal. Next up is the alcohol program. I am very excited. Hopefully I can win and carry on the family name,” said Vandergriff.

Both Prock and Vandergriff have already attended Hawley’s S/C and S/G program and agree that Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is the best, and what they have already learned from Frank Hawley will be invaluable in their racing careers. Since Frank Hawley has trained many of the top competitors in the NHRA, they are each optimistic that the racing education they receive at Hawley’s will propel them to the top of the NHRA leaderboard.

“What I liked best about Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School was how Frank was one-on-one with each driver and after you made a lap he would take you back into the classroom and break down the run for you. Frank knew what mistakes you were gonna make before you even made them. It was cool how knowledgeable he was about the human body and your reaction times and your composure as a driver,” said Prock.

Prock and Vandergriff came to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School to train from the best of the best. But the individual faith and support they have each received from Frank Hawley himself is another huge aspect of why they both loved the experience so much.

“Both of these young men come from strong racing families and are excellent examples of the future champions we train here at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School. I’m excited to see what they will accomplish in their racing careers, and I look forward to working with them on their journey,” expressed Frank Hawley.

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Thank you to The Speed Journal for this great piece on the Dragster Adventure Challenge program!  Click on the link below for the video and article – enjoy!

http://www.thespeedjournal.com/exclusive-feature-frank-hawley-drag-racing-school.php

We have lots of dates and locations on our calendar!  Programs coming up at Route 66 Raceway, Woodburn Dragstrip, Gainesville Raceway (year round) Summit Motorsports Park, Maple Grove Raceway, Heartland Park, Tri-State Raceway, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Dragway, and of course our 200 mph class dates are on demand at our home base in Gainesville, FL.

The Dragster Adventure program is great for you, your friends, your employees or your customers!

If you’re interested in higher speeds, advanced training and a racing license, check out our 2-day competition license program. This has been the start for so many people in ALL categories of drag racing!

Contact us for info on any of our classes!  Seats are limited and advance registration is required.

Paul Shields, pshields@frankhawley.com, 904-472-6312 cell

Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 909-973-8279 cell

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While going through our old photos recently, I came across the article Craig Vetter had written for Playboy, in the April 1988 issue, “At Ludicrous Speed”.   Our 200+ MPH program has changed quite a bit in format since then, but this article has always been a favorite of mine and hope you will enjoy it too!  Click on the link below to read.

At Ludicrous Speed – Playboy – Craig Vetter Article April 1988

 

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Contact us for questions or information on any of our programs!

Paul Shields, pshields@frankhawley.com, 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 cell

Jeff Arend, jarend@frankhawley.com, 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 cell

 

Many of our grads are out there racing, and we really appreciate it when they share their news with us.  This newsletter will showcase just a few of them!  So, if you haven’t sent us your news and pictures of your hot rod, please do!  We’ve helped many people get into racing as well as help experienced racers improve, so call us at 866-480-7223!

Jim Petrecky ~~ “There were many times during the season that I remembered lessons from class and they helped me prepare, perform and improve.”  Jim attended the School in 2016, so last year during his rookie season he won a race and qualified as a Lebanon Valley Dragway track representative for the Division 1 Bracket Finals where he went 4 rounds.

 

Chuck Weck ~~ “The school exceeded my expectations in most every way…I intend to recycle some of Frank’s stuff and use with our performance based sales staff…I do think I will be a better driver this season with Frank’s instruction and certainly calmer in the seat.”  Chuck and his daughter Carly attended the school recently.  Chuck is an experienced racer, having run 8 and 9 second cars and an Outlaw Pro Mod.

Jordin DeWald ~~ “When I started racing I referred back to what I learned in the class to help me out on top of my dads help.”  Jordin licensed in both super gas and super comp at Royal Purple Raceway and she is now racing a 2001 S-10 that runs 10.60s along with a 1937 Chevy truck in Super Gas.

Jeff Bragg ~~ “Your class exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your family for the two days. I feel that by implementing knowledge and instruction that I received, it will allow me to develop and practice in order to safely compete.” Jeff recently attended the School and will be fielding a new COPO!

Rich Gregorski ~~ “Two important things I learned – I have much work to do both with my skills and my car… I found your class sessions very interesting…many things you spoke about can be used in business as well as life.” Rich attended the school a few years ago and drove one of our SG cars and also brought his car back to the program.  His car was featured in National Dragster a couple years back.

Jim & Jimmy Mallare ~~ Father and son attended December 2014 and Jim (dad) is racing Top Sportsman with his Camaro and Jimmy is bracket racing his Firebird!

 

Contact Paul Shields or Jeff Arend for info on any of our classes or to register!  Classes coming up at Royal Purple Raceway, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Gainesville Raceway, Route 66 Raceway, Woodburn Dragstrip, Summit Motorsports Park, Maple Grove Raceway and more!  Pre-registration required in all programs and seats are limited.  Visit our website at www.frankhawley.com for all our class dates and locations.

Paul Shields – pshields@frankhawley.com, 904-472-6312 cell

Jeff Arend – jarend@frankhawley.com, 909-973-8279 cell

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With such great locations on the schedule we hope almost everyone in the country has a chance to be a part of one of our programs.  “We’ve added The Strip at Las Vegas to the schedule in addition to returning to our many of our favorite tracks at Tucson, Fontana, Chicago, Houston, Woodburn, Norwalk, Maple Grove, Topeka and Earlville” said Hawley.  “The next several weeks we’ll be running classes at our home track in Gainesville, Florida and then our crew will be heading west with stops in Tucson and Fontana. We’ll be almost everywhere!”

So if your goal is to join the list of successful Hawley grads in one of the school’s world class Licensing Programs or just have a blast racing against your friends in one of the school’s Dragster Adventure Programs, please join us in 2017!

Go to FrankHawley.com or call 866-480-7223 to speak to Paul Shields (x102) or Jeff Arend (x103).

Click here for our calendar of dates & locations.  Remember, seats are limited and pre-registration is required at all of our classes.

Here’s a taste of the Dragster Adventure Program which is great for you, your friends, your customers or your employees!  And you can book your seat on-line here!

And here’s some footage of a SC license run during the competition program:

Lots of dates are available for the the 200 mph classes, but these dates are on request, so call us to discuss upgrading your license in the dragster or funny car!

Upcoming class dates:

Gainesville Raceway SC/SG/BYOC competition license: February 14-15; February 28-March 1; March 21-22;  May 30-31; July 11-12;  September 26-27; November 7-8; December 5-6; December 27-28

Gainesville Raceway Dragster Adventures:  March 23; March 24 (sold out); December 1

Tucson Dragway: April 6-7 for SC/SG/BYOC competition license class and April 8 for the Dragster Adventure

Auto Club Dragway SC/SG/BYOC competition license classes: April 12-13; October 18-19

Auto Club Dragway Dragster Adventure dates: April 14, April 15, April 21, April 20, April 26, April 27

Royal Purple Raceway: May 10-11 for SC/SG/BYOC competition license class and May 13 for Dragster Adventure

The Strip at Las Vegas SC/SG/BYOC competition license classes: May 17-18; October 10-11

The Strip at Las Vegas Dragster Adventure dates: October 12, October 13

Route 66 Raceway: June 21-22 for the SC/SG/BYOC competition license class and June 23 & June 24 for the Dragster Adventure

Woodburn Dragstrip: June 29-30 for the SC/SG/BYOC competition license class and July 1(sold out) and July 2 for the Dragster Adventure

Summit Motorsports Park: July 17-18 for the SC/SG/BYOC competition license class and July 20 for the Dragster Adventure

Maple Grove Raceway: August 15-16 for the SC/SG/BYOC competition license class and August 17 & August 18 for the Dragster Adventure

Heartland Park:  September 6-7 for the SC/SG/BYOC competition license class and September 9 for the Dragster Adventure

Tri-State Raceway:  September 16 for the Dragster Adventure

Contact Paul Shields at 866-480-7223 x102, 904-472-6312 c, pshields@frankhawley.com

Contact Jeff Arend at 866-480-7223 x103, 909-973-8279 c, jarend@frankhawley.com

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