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  • Goforth Racing expands to three cars on the heels of IHRA President’s Cup Nationals

    The Goforth Racing Team, currently first and third in the IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock standings with the International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, announced this week that it will be expanding to a three-car operation beginning with next weekend’s IHRA Nitro Jam President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway.

    Current IHRA points leader Cary Goforth and teammate Todd Hoerner will continue to field their current entries with the IHRA, while team patriarch Dean Goforth returns to the seat for the first time since undergoing surgery on his ankle in November. Dean and Cary Goforth will field a pair of brand new Jerry Haas-built Chevrolet Camaros, while Hoerner will continue in the Dean’s Casing Service 2011 Pontiac GXP. All three cars will feature EFI-equipped engines powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines.

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    Goforth Racing has been a dominating force in Pro Stock this season, winning multiple races across two series led by Cary Goforth (pictured)

    With the announcement, the IHRA Nitro Jam President’s Cup Nationals will field the largest contingent of Mountain Motor Pro Stock cars so far this season as the class continues to grow in its return to quarter-mile competition with the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.

    “We are looking forward to having dad back in the seat. He took on the role of team owner pretty well, but it has been hard keeping him away from racing,” Goforth said. “The biggest part of this will be getting dad comfortable with being in the car again. We have been looking for an opportunity to make this happen over the past month or so, we had his gas pedal fit for his foot and switched the car to EFI which should be more forgiving. In the end, Maryland was the perfect place to make this happen and we are very much looking forward to that event and getting dad some seat time.”

    So far this season, the Goforth Racing Team has already proven a powerful force in the world of Mountain Motor Pro Stock. The team has four wins already in 2014, two with the IHRA and two more with the eighth-mile PDRA series.

    Now the team will try to continue that level of success with the addition of a third team car and another proven winner behind the wheel.

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      Dean Goforth (pictured) won his one and only IHRA race in 2009

    “The season has gone great for us. We have had success with both of our cars and now with dad back behind the wheel, we can focus solely on racing again,” Goforth said. “As far as the team itself, we shouldn’t see too many changes. Everyone will take on the same roles as before and we will be adding a floater to go back and forth and make sure all of the teams are taken care of and that they have what they need.

    “All three cars are ready to go and we are excited to get back on the track and get dad back to racing.”

    In addition to getting behind the wheel for the first time in more than eight months, the race at Maryland International Raceway will mark Dean’s return to IHRA competition. Dean last ran with the IHRA in 2009, the last year the class ran fulltime with the series. He has one career win and looks forward to an opportunity to once again compete with the IHRA on the quarter-mile.

    “I am really looking forward to Maryland and seeing some great, tough competition. Everything is starting to turn around in this class, which is pretty exciting,” Goforth said. “If this had been anywhere else except the IHRA, we probably would have parked all of the cars except one, but the support we have received has been exceptional.

    “Bringing three cars out is a big deal for us, but we are really trying to show our support for this class and the IHRA in bringing Mountain Motor Pro Stock racing back to the forefront and where it belongs with the IHRA.”

    With the addition of the three-car Goforth Racing Team, the IHRA President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway will feature a full field in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock division as the series comes off of a thrilling race in its last stop in North Carolina.

    After a dominating start to the season by the Black Diamond Motorsports team, made up of Kevin Bealko and John DeFlorian, and the Goforth Racing Team, a new face reached the finals at the IHRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway as Brad Waddle claimed the first win of his racing career in a major upset.

    Now the teams will try to keep that momentum going the weekend of June 13-14 at Maryland International Raceway, a track known for its longtime support of the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class.

    “It was great to see some new faces in the finals in Rockingham. To see those guys in the final was very gratifying for me, not as a racer, but as a fan of this class and the sport,” Goforth said. “It is not secret that I am out here to win everything I can, but at the same time it is nice to see fresh faces in the finals. Afterwards, though, I definitely told them not to get used to it because we were coming after them. I consider all of these guys my friends, but as they say, that means nothing on the racetrack.”

    Don’t miss the return of the International Hot Rod Association and the President’s Cup Nationals to Maryland International Raceway the weekend of June 13-14. In addition to the return of quarter-mile Mountain Motor Pro Stock racing, the President’s Cup Nationals will also feature professional competition in Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Nitro Altered and Jet Dragster.

    For more information on the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam President’s Cup Nationals, visit www.nitrojam.com or call Maryland International Raceway at (301) 884-9833.


  • Goforth Racing 2014 Season Preview

    Goforth Racing is ready to start the 2014 season. This upcoming season has Cary really excited to get started, “We are returning to IHRA competition, and 1/4 mile racing after many years of racing 1/8th mile and winning 2 championships, but Mountain Motor Pro Stock is returning to its roots in IHRA and the opportunity to pursue a championship in IHRA is a exciting prospect, said Cary.”

     

    Its been a busy off season, from the end of the season where we did not know where we would be racing, to securing a return to IHRA. It all just came together and since IHRA was always the home of Mountain Motor, it just felt like the time for it to happen, we are extremely fortunate as racers to have 1 place to race but this year we have 2 series. That can only be a good thing.

     

    The Goforth Racing team will not only run IHRA, but is hoping to run some of the PDRA events, “We were really excited to see some great racers step up to form PDRA, a new 1/8th mile series, The Scruggs family, The Franklin’s, Gene Hector, and the Henson Family, have put together a series that promises to be around for years to come. It’s nice to know that we have a secure place to race, as racers we need to be thankful to those guys for all the hard work to give all of us a place to race”, said Cary.

     

    “We were able to overcome issues at the end of the 2013 season, and to end the year on a high note, it gave us a lot of confidence going in to the 2014 season,” said Cary. During the off season Dean had another ankle surgery and is still rehabbing, but Dean is expecting to be in his car for the IHRA season opener in Tuscon. March 21-22.

     

    Goforth Racing has basically same team, with Brian “Lump” Self returning as the Crew Chief/Tuner, I think the fact that  we know we can set records and win races, gives us so much confidence starting the season.” said Cary.

     

    Goforth Racing is supported by the following sponsors of our race family, and we need to thank them for having confidence in our team, Lithium Pro’s Batteries, Sonny’s Racing Engines,  Flying A Motorsports, Pay Pro and Deans Casing Service. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible

    Goforth Racing consists of the following: Dean Goforth, Cary Goforth, Chris Goforth, Brian “Lump” Self, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr,Matt McKee and is supported by the employees of Deans Casing Service and members of the Goforth family.

    Photo Courtesy of Kim’s Drag Racing Photography

    Cary & Dean Goforth

     


  • Goforth Racing takes the win and the title of winningest Driver in Extreme Pro Stock

    Courtesy of Denise Ramsey
    For Goforth Racing the ADRL event in Bristol TN was filled with highs and lows. Dean Goforth was able to qualify in the #4 spot with a 4.11@175.34, in the first round of eliminations Dean would match up against Elijah Morton and a get loose taking out a 1/2 track timing cone, and losing to Morton. “It wasn’t the weekend we were hoping for with my car. I got a bit loose and took out the cone, and I knew that our goal of getting both cars into the final round would not happen in Bristol,” said Dean.

     

    Cary Goforth was able to qualify in the #3 spot with a 4.10 @ 174.89 and match up against Scott Hintz in the first round of eliminations taking the win with a 4.148 to the 4.150 of Hintz. Goforth would then have to take on Pete Berner in the second round of eliminations. Goforth would win this matchup with a 4.118 to the 4.299 of Berner. In the 3rd round of eliminations Cary would meet up with Richard Penland taking the win with a 4.109 to a 4.378 of Penland.

     

    Richie Stevens would take the Carsafe car into the final round against Goforth, Cary would be out of the gate first and never trail, to not only take the event win but make him the Winn ingest Driver in Extreme Pro Stock, taking the title from Brian Gahm with 7 wins. Goforth credits current Crew Chief Brian “Lump” Self with 4 of those wins while the other 3 were with previous crew chief Chris Bell. “It took both Chris and Lump both to get us this title and I wanted to take this moment to acknowledge their hard work as well as all the crew guys who have worked with us on the 7 wins, it’s a great accomplishment to add to our list,” said Cary. “We also have seven #1 qualifiers and 11 final round appearances, I am so proud of our team.”

     

    Bristol has a long history for the Mountain Motor Pro Stock cars which is the class that these cars were born from, “a win at Bristol is special there is a lot of history here it’s a great place to race, you won’t see the fastest ET”s here due to elevation and weather, but it’s a real thrill to be in the winner’s circle here at Bristol,” said Cary.

     

    Goforth Racing is supported by the following sponsors of our race family, and we need to thank them for having confidence in our team, Lithium Pro Batteries, Sonny’s Racing Engines, Access Employer Services, Mickey Thompson Tires, and Deans Casing Service. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible

     

    Goforth Racing consists of the following: Dean Goforth, Cary Goforth, Chris Goforth, Brian “Lump” Self, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr, Herb Bailey, Russ Van Pelt, and Scott Benham, and is supported by the employees of Deans Casing Service and members of the Goforth family.

     

    For more information: Goforth Racing can be found on Facebook.

    Goforth Racing Team

    Dean’s Casing Service

    Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

    Sonny’s Racing Engines

    Lithium Pro’s Batteries

     

    Photo courtesy of Roger Richards and CompetitionPlus.com

     

    Photo from left to right Keith Harr, Herb Bailey, Jason Roberts, Sonny Leonard, Brian “Lump” Self, Cary Goforth, Dean Goforth, Chris Goforth and Scott Benham.


  • Goforth Racing ADRL Dragpalooza VIII Preview

    Courtesy of Denise Ramsey
    Goforth Racing is proud to announce that they have formed a partnership with Eckel Manufacturing Inc. for the ADRL CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII, in Baytown Texas. Eckel is The World’s Leading Manufacturer of Hydraulic Power Tongs, a working relationship already established between Eckel, and Deans Casing Service led to this partnership on the track.

     

    This race marks the return to competition for the Patriarch of Goforth Racing Dean, since a life threatening illness in December of 2011, many were unsure if Dean would be able to return to driving his Extreme Pro Stock car. A successful test session in Tulsa Oklahoma in the past few days left those questions with just one answer and that is that Dean will compete in Houston.

     

    Cary Goforth comes into the first event of 2012 as the current ADRL Extreme Pro Stock Champion, and the Driver of the Year for 2011 two title’s he looks to continue to hold in 2012. We made some changes to our cars, but we have maintained the team the won the Championship last season, and with all the same components should come the same results.

     

    Goforth Racing is supported by the following sponsors of our race family, and we need to thank them for having confidence in our team, Lithium Pro Batteries, Sonny’s Racing Engines, Access Employer Services, Mickey Thompson Tires, and Deans Casing Service. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible

     

    Goforth Racing consists of the following: Dean Goforth, Cary Goforth, Chris Goforth, Brian “Lump” Self, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr, Herb Bailey, Russ Van Pelt, and Scott Benham, and is supported by the employees of Deans Casing Service and members of the Goforth family.

     

    For more information: Goforth Racing can be found on Facebook.

    Goforth Racing Team

    Eckel Manufacturing Inc.

    Dean’s Casing Service

    Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

    Sonny’s Racing Engines

    Lithium Pro’s Batteries


  • Dean Goforth recovery Update

    Courtesy of RacerChick – Denise Ramsey
    1/26/2012 Holdenville OK – Dean Goforth had a health scare recently, and while he has made great improvements, he still has a battle to get back to 100%. “I have been overwhelmed by the phone calls, the emails, the cards, and the outpouring of well wishes, people I know, people I have never met, race fans, its really amazing,” said Dean.

    “I know that we have a lot of friends that we race with, and a lot of fans that follow us, but the amount of well wishes is just astounding, Dad has graduated from the walker to a cane, and is continuing with physical therapy, he has a long road ahead of him to get back to 100%, but if you know Dean Goforth you know that he will do it. the racing stuff for him is up in the air right now, he will return, but it might not be at the Houston event, but again this is Dean the guy who figured out how to drive his race car with a cast on his foot,” said Cary Goforth.

    “We just really want to thank everyone for the support, and well wishes and cards, and phone calls, it means more to us as a family than we could ever express.” a sentiment shared by the entire Goforth family. “Its amazing how many people will private message one of us on Facebook, just to ask about Dad’s health, I field messages all the time, and it just makes us smile that so many people are worried about Dad,” said Brandi Goforth Mariott, and brother Chris Goforth.

    “There is nothing else to say except Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!!”


  • Goforth Racing wins Tulsa event

    Courtesy of Denise Ramsey
    Goforth Racing wins Tulsa event, and will be crowned Extreme Pro Stock Champion in Ennis, Texas at the LenMar World Finals

    10/18/2011 Holdenville, OK – When Goforth Racing rolls into the World Finals in Ennis Texas, the pressure is off of the shoulders of the team. Cary has only to qualify for the event to lock up the points Championship. “All I have wanted was to win a championship, I have won races, and the next step would be to win a championship, I am just so excited its very overwhelming to think that we reached our goal this year.” Cary said Continue reading  Post ID 8717