Countdown Round Five: Nitro Classes at Nevada Nationals

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NHRA nitro teams took on the challenge of racing on two side-by-side lanes at the legendary four-wide facility at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Since its opening in 1996, has been the stage for incredible world championship events. The Strip is one of the most renowned drag strips in the country and was expanded from two to four lanes to allow the best drag racers to reach speeds exceeding 330 mph while racing four-wide. Today, the state-of-the-art motorsports facility situated in Clark County is less than 30 minutes from the famous "Las Vegas Casino Strip" in Paradise. The Speedway is now under the ownership of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which is based in Charlotte, NC. This motorsports investment group also owns the well-known NHRA two-wide/four-wide drag facility zMAX...

October 30, 2023
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Countdown Round Five: Stock Classes at Nevada Nationals

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In April at the 4-Wide National, racing fans saw a historic double-up for Tony Stewart Racing, as racing legend Tony Stewart (Top Fuel) and Funny Car (Funny Car) points leader Matt Hagan both claimed victories in front of a roaring crowd at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Previously known as Las Vegas Speedway Park, a quarter-mile drag strip debuted in February 1972, making Las Vegas a racing hub for over fifty years. The Strip is a must-visit destination for racing enthusiasts. Located just a stone's throw away from the famous "Las Vegas Casino Strip," The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway provides the top professional drivers with the opportunity to reach record-setting speeds. Erica Enders, a six-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion, recorded a 6.559-second elapsed time at 210.28 mph....

October 30, 2023
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Mike Castellana Wins NHRA Pro Mod Championship

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The final round of the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by Type A Motorsports Road to the Championship was hosted at The Strip over the weekend. The world’s fastest doorslammer class participated in the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series at the 23rd annual NHRA Nevada Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This was the tenth of ten races run for one of the sport’s most spectacular and fan-favorite classes. This year, the National Hot Rod Association introduced the Road to the Championship to determine the 2023 FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod world champion. Pro Mod teams and drivers competed at the first six events of the season to determine the Top Ten drivers to advance to the final four championship rounds at Brainerd, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Las Vegas. The Road...

October 30, 2023
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Countdown Round Four: Stock Classes at Texas Motorplex

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*** INJURY UPDATE *** For the second Countdown event in row, a pro stock motorcycle rider went down during a qualifying round accident. This time, rookie Chase Van Sant who rides The Trick Tools Suzuki for the White Alligator Racing team was treated at hospital for serious gravel rash to his kneecap. After being a serious contender for rookie of the year, Van Sant will require skin grafts and physical therapy with no timeline currently given for his return. Over the past ten days, drag race fans experienced the ultimate adrenaline rush at the Texas NHRA FallNationals outside Ennis, TX. The action-packed event is the first playoff matchup after the halfway point of the NHRA Championship shootout, as the world's top teams continue their battle for championship titles in the NHRA...

October 16, 2023
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Countdown Round Four: Nitro Classes at FallNationals

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Hosted each fall at the historic Texas Motorplex, just 35 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, the Stampede of Speed is a must for drag racing fans and newcomers alike. Over the week and half of festivities, fans were able to get up close to the race cars, teams and drivers in the pits to experience the NHRA Countdown to Championship firsthand. Whether you're a drag racing fan or new to the sport, there was something for everyone to enjoy. In true Texas tradition, cowboys drove over a dozen head of Texas cattle (along with special guests) through downtown Waxahachie making the historic loop around the courthouse to kick off the Fastest Ten Days of Speed. A two-day country music festival kicked off the weekend with musical nostalgia featuring some of the best acts from 90's Country. In...

October 16, 2023
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Countdown Round Three: Nitro Classes at Gateway

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Formerly known as Gateway International Raceway and currently named World Wide Technology Raceway for sponsorship reasons, Gateway Motorsports Park is a multi-venue motorsport racing facility in Madison, Illinois, just east of St. Louis. Located in the shadows of the Gateway Arch, the quarter-mile asphalt NHRA-sanctioned drag strip hosted the annual NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Midwest Nationals over the weekend. The NHRA Midwest Nationals in 2008 was a special year for the event at Gateway as legendary 16-time Funny Car Champion John Force secured his 1,000th competitive round win by defeating Ron Capps. Force accomplished the feat on his 59th birthday, making the milestone extra special. In October of last year, his daughter Brittany Force set the Top Fuel speed record at...

October 2, 2023
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Penultimate Event for Pro Mod Road to the Championship

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The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by Type A Motorsports rolled into Wide World Technology Raceway for their penultimate round of the 2023 Road to the Championship. As part of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, the FuelTech-sponsored series joined the nitro and stock classes at the 12th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals over the weekend. The ninth of ten Pro Mod series was powered by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and M&M Transmission. Located just a few minutes east of downtown St. Louis, the quarter-mile asphalt strip resides in the shadows of the Gateway Arch. Formerly known as Gateway International Raceway, the fan-centric facility makes it easy to get close to the action and enjoy three days of incredible speed in side-by-side fashion. Wide World Technology purchased the...

October 2, 2023
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Countdown Round Three: Stock Classes at Gateway

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****** INJURY UPDATE ****** Pro Stock Motorcycle contender Angie Smith encountered a near 200-mph get off during Saturday qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway while trying to put her DENSO Buell into the show for the 12th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals. The 44-year old veteran and wife of six-time world champion Matt Smith barrel rolled into the runoff area. Smith suffered fractures to both feet and will need skin-graft surgery on her arm but is expected to make a full recovery. Over the weekend, drag racing fans experienced the excitement of the NHRA Midwest Nationals. The annual event was a key stop on the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series as the host of the third round of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship chase. The Midwest Nationals feature the most powerful...

October 2, 2023
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Countdown Round Two: Stock Classes at zMAX

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Along with Hall of Fame NASCAR stock car driver Curtis Turner, North Carolina auto dealer Bruton Smith (who is also a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee) designed and built the 1.5 mile track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1959. After the track fell into Chapter 11 reorganization in the 60s, Smith succeeded in repurchasing shares of stock and became the majority stockholder. He hired Humpy Wheeler as General Manager and two began to implement new plans. Plans for an NHRA facility saw zMAX Dragway was completed in 2008 on 46.5 acres of land adjacent to The Dirt Track. Known as the Bellagio of drag strips, the fan-centric track boasts 30,000 grandstand seats and 40 luxury suites. It's also an innovative facility, as the first drag strip in the world to feature the world's first purpose-built...

September 26, 2023
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Countdown Round Two: Nitro Classes at zMAX

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North Carolina auto dealer Bruton Smith, a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, collaborated with fellow Hall of Fame driver Curtis Turner to design and construct the 1.5-mile superspeedway at Charlotte Motor Speedway outside Concorde NC in 1959. Despite facing financial challenges in the 60s, Smith successfully regained majority ownership and appointed Humpy Wheeler as General Manager, leading to exciting new developments. One of the groundbreaking additions included the NHRA-sanctioned zMAX Dragway, completed in 2008. The dragstrip boasted state-of-the-art features and was the first stunning four-lane drag racing surface. But Smith's vision didn't stop there. The Smith family of investors built the second NHRA-sanctioned 4-wide track at The Strip at Las Vegas Motorsports. Excitement...

September 26, 2023
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