NHRA Finals of Pep Boys All-Star Callout

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The National Hot Rod Association had announced earlier in the season that the Pep Boys All-Star Callout for select Funny Car and Top Fuel drivers would run their semifinal and final rounds of the $80,000-to-the-WINNER specialty event at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Over the holiday weekend, drivers took to the Indianapolis track as part of the weeklong Dodge Power Broker NHRA U.S. Nationals. The event where drag racing fans have experienced a sensory overload for the last sixty-eight years. Eight drivers pre-qualified to participate in each of the Nitro divisions based on a combination of points earned in qualifying events.   Ron Capps Wins Allstar Callout in Funny Car Top-seeded Ron Capps, the defending NHRA Camping World champion in Funny Car, picked longtime rival...

September 6, 2022
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Torrence and Tasca III Victorious at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

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The world’s fastest drag racers returned to Brainerd International Raceway over the weekend for the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. In additional to its ¼ mile dragstrip, Brainerd International Raceway has overlapping 2.5-mile and 3.1-mile road courses. With teams from all over the country making the trek to Minnesota, the Lucas Oil Nationals was expecting thousands of loyal drag racing fans to make the journey as well. On Friday, qualifying began with Nitro drivers making early runs approaching 335 mph. Funny Car qualifying continued Saturday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals with John Force Racing’s Robert Hight leading the way. Paired with points leader and provisional Number One qualifier in the final qualifying session, Matt Hagan delivered his quickest...

August 22, 2022
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Kris Thorne Wins D-Wagon Pro Mod Shootout at Brainerd

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The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon returned to Brainerd International Raceway over the weekend as part of the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. The championship event, which was powered by Stinar, was the sixth of ten races during the 2022 season. This weekend at Brainerd Raceway also marked the first-ever shootout for the Pro Mod category with more than $11,000 up for grabs. On Saturday, points leader Kris Thorne started the weekend off by winning the D-Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout specialty race at Brainerd International Raceway. Thorne had advanced with wins over Khalid AlBalooshi, Mike Thielen and Justin Bond, while Stevie Jackson reached the final round with wins against Lyle Barnett and Mike Castellana. Driving his all black ProCharger-powered...

August 22, 2022
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Deja Vu in Pro Stock Classes at Heartland Nationals

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Heartland Motorsports Park is located on the southside of Tulsa and has played host to some of the best drag racing over the past three decades. Coming off of the NHRA Western Swing, teams rolled into the 700-acre park for the 14th of 22 national events at the 33rd annual Menards Nationals. Over the years, drag racing fans have seen many record-setting runs by the world’s fastest drag racers. Track officials recently announced the facility’s full support of drag racing's move toward “Going Green”. Heartland Motorsports Park added an Electric Vehicle category to each of its nine ET Racing Series events. Eco-friendly drivers compete in a handicap-style bracket eliminations over the full quarter mile with its 660-foot concrete launch pad. The 2022 nationals...

August 16, 2022
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Brown and Tasca III Win Nitro Classes at Topeka

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Four years after the motorsports facility was first proposed, Heartland Motorsports Park opened its doors, and for more than three decades, the track has continued to host adrenaline pumping events on its ¼ mile dragstrip, 2.5-mile road course, and motocross track. The 700-acre facility features 660 feet of concrete launch pad, 660 feet of asphalt racing surface, and 2600 feet of runoff. Over the years, drag racing fans have seen many record-setting runs and crowds still pour in on weekends at the Kansas track. Located on the southside of Tulsa, Heartland Motorsports Park is best known as the host track for the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by Pet Armor, which features the top professional classes in drag racing. This year for the 33rd annual Menards Nationals both nitro...

August 16, 2022
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Justin Bond on Top at NHRA Topeka Pro Mod

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It had been a lengthy break for the 2022 FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, as teams had the last seven weeks to prepare for a return to action at Topeka. The 33rd annual Menards NHRA Nationals was the fifth Pro Mod race of the ten race season and was powered by M&M Transmission and torque converters. M&M is well known for championship-winning and record breaking high-performance equipment. It seems every weekend that teams and drivers are faced with high ambient temperatures, more humidity than anyone wanted to soak up, and a track temp pushing a 140-degrees. So, it really wasn’t much of a surprise to find out Kansas can be really warm during the late summer months, too. The last two Pro Mod world champions, Jose Gonzalez and Stevie...

August 15, 2022
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Heatwave Hits Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals

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Located in the distant shadows of Mount Rainier, Pacific Raceways is a legendary motorsports facility that opened as a family business in 1960. Dan Fiorito Sr. owned a local road construction company and along with his sons built the track to provide a controlled place for locals to safely have fun racing. The inaugural event was stagged over the Fourth of July weekend the same year and B/Modified driver Dick Kalivoda set NHRA national record with an 11.78-second elapsed time. From then on, drag racing has been an integral part of Northwest’s racing heritage and now the track is a significant part of the NHRA’s famed Western Swing along with Sonoma (California) and Bandimere (Colorado). In the 1970s, the track was besieged with racers and began hosting Bill Doner’s...

August 1, 2022
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Troy Coughlin Jr Wins First Pro Stock Wally

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After finishing a career-best sixth overall in the Pro Stock championship points last season, Troy Coughlin Jr. arrived at this weekend’s Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals with a clear and simple plan – win his first Wally in Pro Stock at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. The third-generation driver was named to Drag Illustrated Magazine’s 30-Under-30 list of up-and-coming young people in the sport of drag racing. But, the humble Ohio youngster quietly moved onto the professional drag racing scene during the pandemic to drive the legendary yellow-and-black Chevrolet Camaro of RJ Race Cars. Like his dad, and his dad’s dad, and his uncle Jeg, Troy Coughlin Jr. has his sights set on winning a NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championship in Pro Stock....

August 1, 2022
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B. Force and Tasca III Win at Sonoma Raceway

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Originally known as Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma Raceway is located in the southern Sonoma Mountains about thirty minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The popular motorsports facility contains a separate quarter mile dragstrip inside a full-length 12-turn road racing course with 160-feet of elevation change. The history of this track dates back to 1968 but there were many ownership changes in the early years as the track struggled to find its way. Drag racing has been a crucial piece of Sonoma Raceway’s history since its inaugural season in 1969. While the cars, speeds and names may change, the thrilling excitement of Sonoma Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip has remained central to the wine country facility’s success and enduring legacy. In 2000, big changes began...

July 26, 2022
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Enders and Gladstone Top DENSO NHRA Nationals

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Professional drag racing made its debut 50 years ago as Sears Point Raceway hosted its first drag racing event (the San Francisco Open) on a freshly-paved quarter-mile drag strip. Although drag remained a crucial piece of Sonoma’s history over the years, the initial NHRA-sanctioned drag race didn’t happen until 1988. The winners were Joe Amato (Top Fuel), Mark Oswald (Funny Car) and Harry Scribner (Pro Stock). Since the late 1980s, facility has been transformed from a sleepy road course into one of the busiest motorsport facilities in the United States. While the cars, top speeds and driver names may change, the thrills and excitement at the quarter-mile drag strip have remained central to the wine country’s legacy of big name racing, including AMA Road Racing,...

July 25, 2022
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