Enders Tops Pro Stock Four-Wide Racing at The Strip

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So, you want to host a four-wide drag race in your hometown. Well, it is a common wish on the minds of many track owners and drag racing promoters across the country. After all, what could be more exciting for race fans than to watch 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars line up four abreast and blast down 1,000 feet of pavement in a little over three and half seconds at over 330 mph. Although the original idea for multiple lanes extends back to the hot rod days a local drag strips in the 1960s, it really wasn’t practical for high-horsepower classes on the then narrow quarter mile raceways. Building a NHRA Four-Wide Facility Considering all that would be need to upgrade facilities to accommodate modern day racecars, no one thought it was a feasible idea until the...

April 5, 2022
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Glenn and Stoffer Earn Pro Stock Wins at Gatornationals

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After days of soggy weather, competitors at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals were eager to return to the track for the 53rd annual event. With tires squealing and rubber burning, a dry Gainesville Raceway affords drivers with one of the longest (675-foot) concrete launchpads on tour. In January of 2019, the National Hot Rod Association gave the facility a facelift in preparation for the 50th annual Gatornationals. A new 60-foot wide concrete track was paved from the water box to past the finish line to provide the finest surface for the 11,000-horsepower, nitro burning Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars. After rain washed out qualifying on Friday, teams began prepping for a green racetrack. After all, with a green track, you can expect the unexpected… like four-time world...

March 16, 2022
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Heavy Rainfall Dampened Hopes at NHRA Gatornationals

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Thunderstorms greeted NHRA teams as they arrived at Gainesville Raceway last week. A nasty tropical storm dumped about eight inches of rain across Alachua County as race officials had to cancel Friday’s qualifying rounds for the 53rd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. As the traditional East Coast opener for the National Hot Rod Association national drag racing series, the event has been held since 1970 as one of the sport’s most revered speed fests. After two days of heavy rain, the full-throttle thrill of professional drag racing returned to the track as the nitro classes of Funny Car and Top Fuel began to burn rubber around 2:30 pm on Saturday. Thousands of cheering fans endured the parking lot mud bog outside the gates that resulted in many vehicles opting...

March 15, 2022
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Kris Thorne Claims First Wally in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod

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After two days of delays due to the heavy rainfall at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, die-hard race fans waited under umbrellas for days. On Sunday, the wait proved to be well worth it. As track officials and crew prepped the track for elimination rounds, the pits fired up to sound of thousands of deep-South racing fans. At spark of a DiamondFire plug, the smell of nitromethane and sound of Pro Mods returned the concrete for E3 Spark Plugs season opener at the 53rd Gatornationals. After rain washed out qualifying on Friday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA nationals in Gainesville, drivers running the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout made their picks on Saturday with Brittany Force choosing Antron Brown, Mike Salinas selecting Shawn Langdon as first-round...

March 15, 2022
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NHRA Results from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

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Tony Stewart Racing earned its first Number One Qualifier when Funny Car driver Matt Hagan set a new track with 3.832 ET at 333.41 mph in his Dodge Power Brokers / Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. It was the first time this season that Hagan earned the top qualifying spot and the 44th time in his storied career. Not to be outdone, driver of the 11,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster, Doug Kalitta, posted a career-best run with a 3.656 ET at 329.58 mph in Friday qualifying. It was Kalitta’s 51st Number One Qualifier in Top Fuel and his first since the 2019 season. It also secured Kalitta’s spot in the Pep Boys Top Fuel All-Star Callout, which is a NHRA specialty race that pits the top eight drivers against each other at the Gatornationals. In NHRA Pro Stock...

February 28, 2022
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NHRA 2022 Winners Crowned at Lucas Oil Winternationals

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No major surprises at the first of the twenty-two race schedule for the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series in qualifying for the Lucas Oil Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest. Brittany Force, driver of the Monster Energy top fuel dragster, picked up where she left off last season by posting a 3.661 ET as the Number One qualifier for the 33rd time by .015-seconds over Justin Ashley. Ron Capps returned to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona as the new team owner of the NAPA Auto Parts Camaro and claimed top honors in Funny Car qualifying when he posted a 3.857 ET in a side-by-side shootout with Robert Hight who improved his time with a 3.861 ET. Looking for her first victory in Pro Stock at the NHRA Winternationals, four-time world champion Erica Enders laid down consistent...

February 21, 2022
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Five NHRA World Championships for Greg Anderson and Matt Smith

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Since 1987, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series has been comprised of four main professional classes for Top Fuel dragster, Nitro Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Both Top Fuel and Funny Car feature 11,000 horsepower powerplants and regularly reach top speeds in excess of 300 mph. At the National Hot Rod Association’s World Championship at the Auto Club NHRA National Finals at Pomona Raceway over weekend, two competitors added their names to the list of nine drivers who had previously won five or more world championship titles. In Pro Stock, sixty-year old Greg Anderson overcame a holeshot by four-time defending champion Erica Enders to run a quicker 6.578 ET in the semifinal round and claim his fifth title. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, defending world champion...

November 16, 2021
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Ron Capps Is NHRA Newly Crowned Funny Car Champion

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Sunday was a long day for Ron Capps at the Auto Club NHRA Finals from Pomona, and it got a little bit longer when the Capps lost his quarterfinal matchup against Matt Hagan. The driver of the 11,000 horsepower NAPA Dodge Charger//SRT funny car won his opening round against Terry Haddock, which coupled with a loss by Cruz Pedregon helped his cause, but Capps had to pull for Alexis DeJoria to eliminate Hagan. Having found something special in her setup during the latter portion of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, DeJoria had to recover from Hagan’s .054 RT to post a 3.940 ET to Hagan’s 3.975 for a 321.04 mph pass. It was Capps second NHRA Funny Car World Championship having won his first title in 2016. Ironically, Capps would end his Don Schumacher...

November 15, 2021
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Lyle Barnett Strikes Gold at Las Vegas Pro Mod

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The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service was contested over an 11-race schedule in 2021. Having launched on March 11-14 at the 52nd annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, it was the first time in the history of drag racing that the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series started at the same track on the same date. In addition, new stops for the popular doorslammer class included the July 16-18 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Denver, CO, the August 19-22 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals from Brainerd, MN, and the October 15-17 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals from Bristol Dragway. The E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service features the world’s fastest...

November 2, 2021
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Steve Johnson Wins Penultimate NHRA Nationals

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In qualifying for the 21st annual Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Steve Johnson hoped to make up some ground on Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith. After all, Johnson was in the hauler early at Bristol when he lost to Ron Tornow in the opening round at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. However, Matt Smith put together an impressive run to close out qualifying with a 6.839 ET at 198.23 mph on the Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR to move past Johnson who was the provisional Number One qualifier. It was Smith’s fourth Number One qualifier of the season and the forty seventh of his career. The points leader has his eyes on the prize as he moves one step closer to owning back-to-back world...

November 2, 2021
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