Castellana Wins Pro Mod at Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

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It really doesn't matter which class you run; everybody wants to win the "Big Go". Once again, it was a spectacular fan event at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with Pro Mod veteran Mike Castellana scoring his first career victory at the prestigious event. Castellana relied on a holeshot in the final round of E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service action on Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to defeat longtime rival Rickie Smith. The fan-popular series in Indianapolis was presented by Hot Wheels and marked the ninth race in the twelve-race event for the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod 2019 series. It was Castellana's tenth win in his E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series and his second victory of 2019 racing season. Castellana,...

September 3, 2019
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NHRA Young Guns Win Big at the Big Go... NOT!

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Just when you thought it was time for his "Swan Song", the ageless John Force claims the second win of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series and his 151st win in the premiere division of Funny Car. Almost two decades his junior, 51-year old Doug Kalitta followed suit and got the Indianapolis monkey off his back too with a win at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg IN over the Labor Day weekend. Unlike Kalitta who had never hoisted a Wally at the Indy track, Force had won the U.S Nationals at the Big Go on four previous occasions. Nonetheless, the driver of the PEAK Chevrolet Performance Accessories Camaro SS stood in victory lane at Indy for the first time since 2002... and the second race in a row. The legendary Funny Car driver beat Jonnie Lindberg, points leader and teammate...

September 2, 2019
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Pro Mod Driver Chad Green Hospitalized After Spectacular Crash

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Chad Green, the driver of the Bond-Coat nitrous powered Pro Mod Chevrolet Camaro, survived a horrific crash on Saturday at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg IN. A native of Midland TX, Green was immediately transported to Indiana University Methodist Hospital for diagnosis and treatment of his injuries. The historic event known as the Big Gorace is presented by Hot Wheels as the ninth of 12 events during the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season. As the Pro Mod class was set to begin its final stretch toward this season's championship, the world's fastest doorslammer race cars poured into the Indy track to do battle. The class, which is highlighted by historic muscle cars like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and...

September 1, 2019
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World's Fastest Women Eye Countdown to the Championship

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It's that time of year again, when only a couple of races remain on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing calendar before the Countdown to the Championship begins. No doubt, female athletes have broken into the mainstream of the National Hot Rod Association's premiere divisions and they are here to stay. Whereas other motorsports have seemingly lagged behind, the NHRA has seen female drivers rise to the top in NHRA Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. One thing is for certain, nothing is going to hold these women back as each seek to build upon her own racing legend in the exciting sport of drag racing. TOP FUEL NITRO Top Fuel dragsters are 25 feet long, weigh 2320 pounds in race-ready trim, put out nearly 11,000 H.P. and burn methanol with 90% nitromethane as...

August 20, 2019
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Pritchett Clinched Countdown Berth with Win at Brainerd

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It was a double-up victory for Don Schumacher Racing at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway at the seventeenth event on the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Funny Car legend Ron Capps got the ball rolling Sunday by qualifying for consecutive Final Round appearances. Capps had the honor last weekend of placing the winner's cap on long-time rival John Force, who captured his 150th win NHRA Funny Car at the 32nd annual Northwest Nationals. Dubbed the "Mayor of the Brainerd Zoo" because of the popularity of Capps' Corner at the track campground, it was the NAPA Auto Parts driver's third win in 2019 and his sixth overall victory at Brainerd MN. Not to be outdone, Top Fuel teammate Leah Pritchett driving the MOPAR Top Fuel dragster for team owner...

August 19, 2019
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Drag Racing Is the Sport Where Gender Does Not Matter

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From competing in professional golf to participating at the Olympic Games, the vast majority of sanctioned sporting events have distinct divisions for the sexes... but not the National Hot Rod Association. Since the premiere divisions of the NHRA features rocket ships on wheels with a nitro-burning 10,000-horsepower power plant that generates six Gs at speeds nearing 350 mph, drag racing is arguably the only mainstream sport in which women compete head-to-head with men in the "macho world of speed". Although it is true that athleticism is needed to compete in the world's fastest sport, a driver does not need the massive physique and bulk strength of a Pro Bowl linebacker in the NFL; or the footwork of a World Cup soccer player; or the wingspan of an NBA basketball star. Nonetheless,...

August 19, 2019
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John Force Celebrates His 150th Win in NHRA Funny Car

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John Force, the legendary driver of the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro, claimed his first NHRA win on June 28, 1987 some 777 races ago. On Sunday at the 32nd annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals, Force moved a step closer to earning his 150th career Wally when his semifinal matchup with "Fast" Jack Beckman saw the veteran driver smoke his tires leaving the start.  Force had eliminated Jim Campbell and point's leader Robert Hight, who is also a John Force Racing teammate, on his way to his 253rd final round against longtime rival Ron Capps. It would be the 121st final round for Capps, who is second all-time in Funny Car wins to John Force. Capps eliminated Tim Wilkerson, defending Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd (who got sideways at mid track) and Matt Hagan on...

August 5, 2019
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Rookie Austin Prock Claims First NHRA Top Fuel Victory

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If Pacific Raceways was not already a favorite track for John Force Racing, the powerhouse teammates of John Force and Austin Prock dominated the last of the three races on the famed NHRA Western Swing for 2019. After his boss and 16-time Funny Car champion John Force extend his lead as the NHRA's winningest driver, it was his rookie teammate's turn to pick up his first career win as part of a historic day for JFR in Kent WA. Prock got his day started by defeating Leah Pritchett, Clay Millican and Mike Salinas to reach his first career final. Prock posted his first class win with a 3.875 ET at 307.86 mph in his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster to eliminate the defending world champion Steve Torrence. The current point's leader advanced to his 52nd final by eliminating...

August 4, 2019
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Billy Torrence Stops Son's Streak; Hight Wins at Sonoma

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Steve Torrence had been the dominant driver on the CAPCO Contractor's Top Fuel team having made it to the final round at nine consecutive NHRA events this year. Moreover, as the point's leader, Steve took home the Wally at eight of those national events. However, his dad put an end to that streak on Sunday with a semifinal round elimination of the sport's most dominant Top Fuel driver. For least a few a weeks, the elder Torrence has earned bragging rights, as it was the first time he had beaten Steve in eight head-to-head meetings. Due to his busy schedule, Billy Torrence was competing in only his 40th career Top Fuel race and is not scheduled to compete at the NHRA's next stop in Seattle. The 61-year old Torrence runs a limited schedule on the circuit and spends the majority of his...

July 28, 2019
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Torrence and Johnson Jr. Victorious at 40th Annual Dodge Mile High Nationals

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Two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan led Sunday's ever-so-popular Track Walk with an endless line of NHRA fans on hand for the 2019 Dodge Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil. The mid-summer event at Bandimere Speedway traditionally marks the first race of the "Western Swing" for the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series. Each year the sport's best Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers congregate outside Denver at Thunder Mountain to post track speeds in excess of 300 mph while earning valuable world championship points. Current Funny Car point's leader Robert Hight earned his seventh Green Low-Qualifier's ball cap in Saturday's qualifying by a scant .002-second elapsed time of 3.976 seconds to slip past eventual winner Tommy Johnson Jr. It was the 67th low qualifier for Hight,...

July 22, 2019
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