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Vegas debuted a four-lane track. NHRA.COM

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Four lane race debuts at  Las Vegas Strip

When: April 6-8, 2018
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada.
What: The NHRA  Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Debuted it's  first event on a Four Wide Lane!

One of my favorite things of all time is being at the Houston Zoo at feeding time to hear the thunderous roar of the majestic lion as he awaits his breakfast. The power of the vibrations rising from the waves sent from the ground, rattling my bones, readjusting my footing, Inciting my heart  to throbbing!

The next best thing I find that really gets the adrenaline going is being in the stands  at a Motorsports Park. In Belle Rose, Louisiana there is No Problem Raceway,  then there is Texas Motorplex in Ennis and of course Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, just to name a few.

These tracks are host  to some of the wildest rides in the 1/4 mile. You have the John Force Racing, Team which includes some of the fastest women on the track- Brittany Force with a 3.667 second- pass at 330.31 mph at Pomona Autoclub Raceway, the same track where now retired Alexis Dejoria was the first woman to break the 3 second Funny Car barrier. Wild, right?  When you consider that these ladies are contending with amazing male counterparts like John Force, Tony Schumacher  and Clay Millican, now that's very classy ladies, amazing feat indeed. The aforementioned are all traditional two-lane tracks.

So now to the point; each time the 11000 horsepower engines torpedoed off the starting  line, it was quadruple  the excitement.  This novelty track is the first of its kind on the West Coast.  

And the winner is: Steve Torrence took the win in Top Fuel in the four lane quad dual beating out  "The Sarge "(#1 Qualifier), 3× World Champion Antron Brown and Doug Kalitta. 

JR Todd took the win in Funny Car; Vincent  Nobile took the top in Pro Stock.

Houston's very own Erica Enders is a formidable contender as  2x  Pro Stock World Champion  in this circuit as well with Melling Performance as her Sponsor, as she has shown us before,  she is the one to watch.

Visiting a nearby track can be an  excellent time for family bonding. It makes for a thrilling field trip for the home school setting . It allows boys and girls to get a closer look at the mechanics of professional racing  teams and their garages on wheels.

All you gear heads can walk the pits to quench your quest for your inner machine head.  Don't forget earmuffs/plugs  for the little ones, seat cushions for the stands, sunscreen, sun visor/caps, comfortable walking shoes for your visit to the pits, And your need for speed!

Looking ahead

NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Enthusiasts  can get a taste of this excitement in our own backyard:

What: NHRA Spring Nationals,  Houston,Tx
When: April 20-22
Where: Royal Purple Raceway 2525 FM 565 Baytown,Tx 77523

SportsMap featured contenders

Pro stock: Houstons' very own Erica Enders-Stephens.

Top Fuel dragster: Leah Pritchett (Don SchumacherRacing). 

Top Fuel Dragster: Brittany Force (John Force Racing).

Funny car: Courtney Force (John Force Racing )

 

 

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How much will DeMeco Ryans' background impact the draft? Composite image by Jack Brame.

The Houston Texans have their guy in head coach DeMeco Ryans.

The leader of one of the top defenses in the NFL in 2022, Ryans returning to the Texans becomes somewhat of a homecoming for the former linebacker. Drafted by the team in the second round in 2006 out of Alabama, he played with Houston until the end of the 2011 season.

Since retiring as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, Ryans became a defensive quality control coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. He was promoted to inside linebackers coach in 2018, and then, in 2021 became the defensive coordinator.

Now, when it comes to the Texans, with Ryans at the helm, how could that affect how the team approaches the draft this year?

Bryce Young more likely?

As mentioned before, Ryans was a member of the Crimson Tide before turning pro. While he never played under Nick Saban, he certainly has plenty of ties in the area that make it much more likely he can learn everything he needs to know about quarterback Bryce Young.

Young put on flashy performances on the field against Alabama’s opponents during his time in Tuscaloosa. But what coaches want to know is what is the young quarterback like off the field. Is he a playbook junky, does he spend extra hours in the training facility, how does he treat employees and staff on the team?

While all this information isn’t necessarily top secret for coaches, Ryans’ Tuscaloosa ties could give the Texans an edge in getting an extra leg up on Young. That could be enough to sway Houston one way or another with its No. 2 overall pick.

In Lance we trust?

The San Francisco 49ers started the season handing the keys of the offense to quarterback Trey Lance. With Ryans being the architect behind the team’s defense, he got a front row seat to all of Lance’s tricks and approach.

Ryans knows what makes Lance tick, what he struggles with, and in what areas he can excel in. If the Texans don’t feel like any of this year’s quarterbacks are the long-term answer, Ryans is the perfect guy to know what they could get out of Lance.

With the 49ers seeming to have found something with quarterback Brock Purdy, it will be interesting to see what the team residing in Santa Clara, California, does at that position as well. However, Purdy's elbow injury will be something to watch. If San Francisco chooses to move on from their first round pick in the 2021 draft, who better to decide whether it is worth scooping up Lance than Ryans.

Defense, defense, and defense!

Going back to the Alabama connection, the same can be said about Will Anderson Jr. The star linebacker, who shined with the Crimson Tide, accumulated 34.5 sacks and 204 tackles in three seasons with Alabama.

Anderson is expected to be a top five draft pick. Similar to Young, Ryans likely has a strong in to learn everything he wants to know about the 6-foot-4-inch edge rusher and more. If Houston does not see a must-have prospect at quarterback, Ryans would love to get a leader on the defense instead.

Ryans played linebacker for all 10 seasons in the NFL. He knows what it takes to be elite at that position group at the next level. If Anderson has the skill set to fit that description, Ryans is the guy to know it heading into the draft.

One thing is for sure, Ryans as the new head coach opens up a plethora of possibilities for the Texans.

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