Brown, Capps and Stanfield Shift Gears at zMAX Raceway

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During qualifying runs over the weekend at the famed all-concrete zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte NC, the intensity ratcheted up for the final round of qualifying at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals. As engines came to life on Saturday for the second of six Countdown events for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, it was Doug Kalitta, John Force, and Erica Enders temporarily holding the top spots in qualifying for Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, respectively. Top Fuel points leader Justin Ashley made a career-best run to close out qualifying on Saturday and picked up his second straight Number 1 qualifier at zMAX Dragway for the 2022 season. Ashley posted an impressive run with a 3.688 ET at 335.65 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Phillips Connect dragster. Ashley and Brittany...

September 28, 2022
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Top Ten Compete at Countdown to the Championship

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Maple Grove Raceway celebrates sixty years of continuous operation as a drag racing facility. After the track was lengthened to a quarter mile, it began hosting events for the National Hot Rod Association in 1964. For most of the drag strip’s history, the facility was owned and operated by the Alfred S. Stauffer family, but the 457-acre facility was purchased this year by veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky and his family. Koretsky, also affectionately known as Captain Chaos, is a resident of Buck County and competed as pro drag racer in IHRA and NHRA. His sons Kenny Jr and current NHRA Pro Stock driver Kyle Koretsky are both involved in the family’s racing business. Kyle competed over the weekend in the opening round of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. After...

September 20, 2022
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Countdown Begins for NHRA Pro Classes at Maple Grove

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After sixty years of hosting American drag racing, the Stauffer Family sold Maple Grove Raceway to veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky in the Spring of this year. Located just outside of Reading PA, the fan favorite facility has been home to a NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event for nearly four decades. It has also been the hometown track for the Koretsky family and Kenny’s son Kyle, who won his first NHRA Pro Stock race last season. Koretsky enters the Countdown to the Championship at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals as a top contender for the NHRA 2022 title in Pro Stock. Year-after-year the family-friendly track has provided a great vibe for die-hard NHRA race fans as they topped the hill to enter the historic facility. Kyle grew up racing Jr Dragster at Maple Grove Raceway...

September 19, 2022
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Nitro Classes Explode at NHRA U.S. Nationals

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Most often referred to as The Big Go by drag racing fans, the historic event dates back to 1955, when the National Hot Rod Association sponsored the NHRA Nationals at Great Bend, KS at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The annual event would be hosted at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds outside Oklahoma City. Detroit Dragway was the last site used before the event moved to its permanent home at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The US Nationals are the last NHRA points paying event before the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Race teams look forward to annual event, as drivers compete for the “points and a half” that the NHRA awards. Indy also hosts the Pep Boys Allstar Callout, a specialty event with an $80,000 winner’s payout to the best in Top Fuel and...

September 8, 2022
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Pro Stock Classes Vie for Honors at NHRA U.S. Nationals

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Commonly known as The Big Go, the Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals is a week-long NHRA-sanctioned event that is considered to be one of the most prestigious races in the world. In 2004, the historic event became the longest-running motorsports event hosted in the United States over Labor Day. The initial NHRA Nationals was conducted in 1955 in Grand Bend, Kansas at the Great Bend Municipal Airport and then moved to Oklahoma City for the 4th annual National Championship Drag Races. Detroit Dragway would host the NHRA-sponsored event for two years before the crown jewel found a permanent home at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1961. NHRA founder and Chairman of the Board Wally Parks purchased the IRP facility that was renamed O’Reilly Raceway Park after the Indianapolis-based auto...

September 8, 2022
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Lyle Barnett Wins NHRA Pro Mod at US Nationals

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The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon features the fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars in the world. Pro Mod has something for everyone and is highlighted by a broad spectrum of historic muscle cars (Mustangs, Vettes, and Camaros) as well as a variety of today’s late model cars. Over the Labor Day weekend, Pro Mod drivers showed up at The Big Go for the 2022 event. After racing in Indy, Pro Mod will finish the season with three straight races at Charlotte, St. Louis and the season finale in Dallas. Purpose-built Pro Mod race cars are the fastest NHRA class with working doors. The limitless combinations of engines and drive trains allow nitrous cars to use high octane racing fuel while supercharged and turbo cars run on methanol. With more...

September 8, 2022
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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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