By Stan Creekmore

Carl Edwards is ready.

Yes, ready for the start of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. More interesting though is the driver from the Columbia Missouri area being ready to accept an invitation to climb into a rocket ship and take a trip in space.

“This is my first time,” stated Edwards when asked if he had ever been to the NASA Kennedy Space Centersite located just 45 miles south of Daytona Internationa Speedway. He also agreed after viewing a movie and the Atlantis, the first and final Shuttle to go up into space, he would gladly love a first time in outer space.

Edwards excellent visit to the Kennedy Space Center started with him flying his Cessna plane to the facility, landing on the 15,000 foot runway used as a backup runway for the Shuttles sent into space from 1985 to 2011.

“It was just amazing to land my little plane on such a long runway,” Edwards said as he explained his very...
POMONA -- Brittany Force, the 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year, is looking to continue to build momentum off of a strong finish last year. Entering her fourth professional season the driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team has a new crew chief but has the same drive to get into the winner’s circle. Over the off-season two-time Top Fuel champion crew chief Brian Husen joined JFR as crew chief for the Monster Energy team and world class tuner Alan Johnson will act as a tuning consultant. Husen describes the tuning relationship perfectly saying he is the quarterback and Alan is the coach.

“Teaming up with Alan Johnson and Brian Husen as my crew chief has been great. They have made a lot of changes to this Monster Energy dragster. They run a whole different system that what we used to run. It takes some time to adjust to that and I am learning the car. It is starting to feel like home. We ran a couple of 3.72s and I am...

GLENDORA, Calif. – In 1966, a brand new class of competition emerged in NHRA when hot rodding enthusiasts of the era were trying to squeeze more performance out of their gassers, super stocks and muscle cars. With a larger motor, stretched frame and bigger rear tires, these powerful machines took the drag racing world by storm, except they didn’t look like a factory hot rod.

In fact, these cars looked just a bit “funny.”

But drag racing fans were hooked by the appeal of the category that was officially named Funny Car, and today the category remains one of the most popular to have ever powered down a drag strip.

During the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, NHRA will celebrate 50 years of the Funny Car. The season-long promotion will feature the fan-favorite cars, explain the evolution of the category, remember the greatest rivalries and put the spotlight on the legends who drove the cars in some of the most memorable...