Savoie and Stanfield Claim Pro Stock Bike and Car Titles

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Originally built in the mid-1960s, Bristol Dragway lies behind the speedway and between two mountains that enhance the blended roar of nitro-powered engines and the sold-out crowds of serious race fans. It is the blending of these natural acoustics that led to the track’s nickname as “Thunder Valley”. Rumor has it that the original drawings for the stadium-like facility were sketched on brown paper bags. Moreover, as a versatile multi-use venue, Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway is a frequent host of major auto races, concerts, and pro football games. One thing is for certain when you travel to the Tri-Cities area for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, you know you will feel welcomed and the unparalleled sports experience will surely exceed your...

June 20, 2022
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Sellout Crowds for NHRA New England Nationals

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To no one’s surprise, NHRA drag racing fans are ready to return to the track to watch the best in the business compete for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series titles for the 2022 season. In fact, sellout crowds were on hand for Saturday’s qualifying rounds and Sunday’s elimination rounds at New England Raceway. Full runs were at a premium for Friday qualifying but the rain subsided long enough for all three professional divisions to post times. In Top Fuel, Steve Torrence proved once again why he and the Capco Contractors team are the defending series champions for four years running. Torrence not only claimed the provisional Number One qualifier position, but he also shattered the existing track record. As crew chiefs searched for the winning combination on...

June 6, 2022
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John Force Racing Doubles at Virginia NHRA Nationals

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The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series tour returned to the fan-friendly Virginia Motorsports Park over the weekend for the first time in three years. Despite a slew of thunder storms passing through the area, drivers and teams were pleased by the tour’s return Virginia Motorsports Park’s smooth surface for the seventh race of the 2022 season. With sunshine blasting through partly cloudy skies, crew chiefs were often perplexed by the changing track conditions and teams constantly had to adjust for differences in track temps as the weekend progressed. Friday’s top qualifiers in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycles lost their favored positions during Saturday’s rain-delayed qualifying rounds before reclaiming their Number One qualifying...

May 17, 2022
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Rookie Tylor Miller Claims First FuelTech Pro Mod Win

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The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series features the world’s fastest Pro Modified race cars in a dedicated doorslammers division that allows for a host of options in manufacturers, fuels, and engine configurations. Equipped with more than 3,000 horsepower, these suspended door Pro Mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph. Pro Mods are allowed to run on injected nitrous/high octane racing fuel or supercharged with methanol. They are the fastest class of NHRA drag cars with suspended doors that have to work. For nearly 20 years, FuelTech has been recognized for its line of engine management systems and have been a key partner for several of the NHRA’s top teams. FuelTech-backed teams have earned four NHRA world titles and a...

May 16, 2022
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Thorne Wins Consecutive NHRA Pro Mod Nationals at zMAX

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The concept of four wide racing is not new, as early drag racing venues tested many variations to side-by-side drag racing. However, the modern hero in bringing a new twist to the NHRA Nationals is the work of NHRA promoter Bruton Smith who introduce the format at zMAX Dragway a dozen years ago. The concept expanded west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, who like the Charlotte track also host a two wide event each year. On hand was the NHRA’s presenting sponsor D-Wagon and Fuel Tech who replaced E3 Spark Plugs as title sponsor for the 2022 NHRA Pro Mod season. D-Wagon also sponsors Pro Mod driver Doug Winters. The company manufactures a people transporter that can be used behind any golf cart or all-terrain vehicle equipped with a hitch. The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series...

May 2, 2022
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Salinas, Force and Johnson Conquer Four-Wide Nationals

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On Friday, the legendary John Force got the ball rolling with a track record run of 3.850 ET at 334.24 mph in his 11,000 horsepower PEAK/Blue DEF Platinum Chevrolet Camaro SS. It was the first Number One qualifier for the sixteen time world champion and 164th of his incredible career in the NHRA Camping World Drag Series. Force entered Sunday’s elimination rounds as the defending winner at zMAX Raceway in Charlotte. Behind the wheel of his Phillips Connect Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Shot, Justin Ashley posted a 3.699-second elapsed time at 331.77 mph on Friday to secure his first Number One qualifier of the 2022 season. Charlotte’s zMAX Raceway has special meaning for Ashley as he made his debut at the facility in 2019. Ashley will be looking for his first win of...

May 2, 2022
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Enders and Johnson Close Out Drag Racing at Baytown

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Houston Raceway Park, also known as Royal Purple Raceway, is a quarter-mile dragstrip built in 1988 on 500-acres east of Houston at Baytown TX. For over three decades the facility has been Houston’s only major multi-purpose motorsports venue. Last week, the Angel family who owned the historic track, announced that they had sold the land to the Belgian company Katoen Natie. The grounds will be developed into an industrial business park. The National Hot Rod Association, the series sanctioning body, initially saw the SpringNationals bounce around among three different sites from 1965 to 1971. That’s when Wally Parks, the founder of the NHRA, decided to move the race to a popular facility in central Ohio called National Trail Raceway. In 1976, Shirley Muldowney became the...

April 25, 2022
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Fourth NHRA Track to Close in Four Years... Baytown is No More!

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After hosting the SpringNationals for more than three decades, officials announced that the Houston Raceway Park had been sold to a Belgium-headquartered service provider for an expanding port development. A staple for the NHRA Camping World Series tour for thirty-five years, the historic event will no longer be run at the Baytown facility. This makes the fourth NHRA race track that has been lost over the past four years. The news on Wednesday was met with mixed emotions by NHRA drag racing fans. On the one hand, they will always cherish the amazing memories that started in 1988 when Houston Raceway Park hosted its first national event. Nonetheless, racers never want to lose such a storied event. The famed Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at Englishtown, Chicago’s Route 66...

April 25, 2022
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FuelTech to Replace E3 Spark Plugs as Pro Mod Title Sponsor

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On April 22, National Hot Rod Association announced that FuelTech, an industry leader in performance engine management systems, would replace E3 Spark Plugs as the title sponsor of the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series for the 2022 season. Pro Mod will compete at ten (10) events during the 2022 campaign. The initial race was contested last month at the 53rd annual Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Florida and was won by Kris Thorne, who claimed his first career victory. The doorslammer class features the world’s fastest race cars featuring a broad array of body styles, engine power adders and fuel types. FuelTech has been a key partner for several competitors on the NHRA national circuit for nearly two decades. It has a stellar reputation for its PowerFT line of engine...

April 22, 2022
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NHRA Nitro Classes Return to Las Vegas for 4-Wide Drag Racing

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Sometimes it is easy to forget that the National Hot Rod Association has been around for seventy-one years. Yep, founder Wally Parks, who also co-founder and editor of Hot Rod magazine, began by organizing Safety Safaris, which toured the country teaching race promoters the basics of hosting safe events in 1954 just three years after creating the NHRA. During the 1960s and 1970s, organizers developed classes and experimented with novel ideas like four-wide drag racing. Since most drag strips in those days lacked the necessary width to host faster classes, the concept never took roots. The Vision for a Four-Wide Drag Strip Fast forward to 1999 when NASCAR Hall of Fame promoter, Bruton Smith rekindled the idea and even had thoughts of building a specialty track in Las Vegas, but his...

April 5, 2022
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