Pro Mod Rookie Lyle Barnett Wins Texas NHRA FallNationals

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Whenever Richard Freeman puts together a team to go racing, he expects to win. The most recent trip to victory lane for an Elite Motorsports entry couldn’t have been more popular with drag racing fans, especially those who love a fast doorslammer driver and crew. At Texas Motorplex during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, first-year driver Lyle Barnett donned the traditional cowboy hat as the winner of the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division at this year’s Texas FallNationals. Having only qualified 12th in the sixteen-car field that advanced to the Elimination Rounds, Barnett’s Elite Performance ProCharger Camaro had the speed (251.86 mph) early on, but a 5.844 elapsed time was slow when compared to teammate Rickie Smith’s 5.755 ET. However, anyone who...

October 12, 2021
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Justin Ashley and Ron Capps Win Nitro Classes at FallNationals

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With flames blasting from the header pipes, the NHRA Nitro classes are the world’s fastest and quickest form of motorsports. Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters can go 0 to 100 mph in less than half a second and hit top speeds in excess of 330 mph on the 1,000-foot track at Texas Motorplex in Ennis. The all concrete quarter-mile drag racing facility was the first stadium-style venue and the track has hosted NHRA National events since 1986. Many of the legendary drivers in the National Hot Rod Association, such as Big Daddy Don Garlits as well as the Godfather of Funny Car John Force, have competed for Wallys at the Texas FallNationals. The 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event is the fourth race in the six-race Countdown to the Championship. In conjunction with this...

October 11, 2021
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Greg Anderson Makes History; Matt Smith Sets Track Record

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Pro Stock veteran Greg Anderson made history on Sunday at Texas Motorplex, picking up his 98th career win to become the all-time class wins leader in NHRA history at the 36th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals. Driving the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro, Anderson earned his sixth victory at Texas Motorplex with a 6.624 ET at 206.32 mph to cap off another brilliant weekend of racing. Rick Hendrick was one of the first to congratulate Anderson for breaking the tie with Pro Stock veteran Warren Johnson.  Anderson Cruises to Win as Chris McGaha Red Lights Ironically, Greg Anderson was a crew member for six-time Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson before he earned his NHRA license in 1998. His win at the NHRA FallNationals was his fourth victory of the 2021 season and his eighth...

October 11, 2021
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Nighttime Is the Right Time to Run for Bonus Bucks

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The Texas Motorplex hosted a special event for race fans on Saturday night of the NHRA FallNationals in Ennis, TX. Historically, “Night Lights” is part of the track’s multiple-day and evening celebrations that is capped off by fans releasing a decorated lantern into the sky as a reminder of how precious special moments are when they are spent together. Thousands participated in this year’s event as fans adorned their lanterns with hopes, dreams, and messages to create a profoundly unforgettable experience. Due to inclement weather, Night Lights was postponed to Saturday, which was good news for ticket holders as they were allowed to attend a pulse pounding evening for the Stampede of Speed Nitro Side Show. With the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing...

October 10, 2021
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Stanfield Clinches FSS: Usual Suspects Win at NHRA Midwest Nationals

Stanfield Clinches FSS: Usual Suspects Win at NHRA Midwest Nationals Image

Leah Pruett (pictured) driving the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak and Pro Stock star Aaron Stanfield were doing double duty at the NHRA Camping World Midwest Nationals over the weekend just outside St. Louis at World Wide Technology Raceway. Aaron Stanfield has been the dominant driver in the NHRA Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Series and clinched the 2021 FSS championship over the weekend at the Madison, IL track. Stanfield leads the Factory Stock Showdown championship points with 651 to David Barton’s 430 and third-place John Cerbone’s 409. Pruett is in sixth place with 366 points. Steve Torrence Claims Ninth Top Fuel Win At the NHRA Camping World Midwest Nationals, Mike Salinas was Number One qualifier over the usual suspect, Brittany Force. As the second...

September 29, 2021
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Gonzalez Wins DeWalt NHRA Nationals in Pro Mod

Gonzalez Wins DeWalt NHRA Nationals in Pro Mod Image

Points leader Jose Gonzalez continued to roll in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. The Dominican businessman drove past Mike Castellana in the final round of the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. It was a thrilling Pro Mod final, as Gonzalez and Castellana left the Pro Tree with identical .011-second reaction times. Nonetheless, the ProCharger powered Q80 Camaro laid down a 5.792 ET at 248.29 mph for a clear advantage at the finish line. With four wins in five races and his fifth victory of the year, Gonzalez beat Mike Salinas, Brandon Snider, and Indy winner Jeffrey Baker to earn his spot in the final round at Charlotte. Castellana beat Chad Green, Jerico Balduf and Doug Winters to make the final for the...

September 21, 2021
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Hart and Wilkerson Top NHRA Nitro Fields at zMAX Raceway

Hart and Wilkerson Top NHRA Nitro Fields at zMAX Raceway Image

There was a tremendous feeling of pressure in pits for Sunday’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC. With one race down and five to go in the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA nitro class drivers can almost see the finish for the 2021 World Championship. In Funny Car, Tim Wilkerson entered the weekend having won twice in the past three weeks, and after going winless for five years. Standout rookie Josh Hart missed qualifying for the Countdown after claiming victory at the Gatornationals in his first professional race in Top Fuel at a NHRA Camping World Drag Series presented by Pennzoil. Hart missed two midsummer races when several of his R+L Carriers Dragster crew members became ill. Nonetheless, the rookie sensation had promised he would rattle the...

September 21, 2021
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Koretsky Wins First Wally; Sampey Survives at zMAX

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Everyone in sight of Cory Reed’s accident in Pro Stock Motorcycle held their breathe Sunday afternoon, as one of the scariest moments of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season unfolded after he and his teammate crossed paths. As the pair crossed the finish line in the quarterfinal round of the DeWalt Tool NHRA Carolina Nationals, Reed’s bike began to pull toward Joey Gladstone in the right-hand lane. Once the bikes touched at high speed, Reed was promptly launched airborne and tumbled wildly with his Reed Motorsports Suzuki Hayabusa at the zMax Dragway in Concord, NC. Gladstone, who himself had been hospitalized earlier this season with multiple injuries, hurried to Reed’s side. Conscious and alert, Reed insisted his friend stay at the track and finish...

September 20, 2021
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Billy Torrence and Tommy Johnson Jr Win at Maple Grove

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During the regular season for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, racers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle earn points to secure a position within the Countdown to the Championship. The most direct way into the Countdown is to earn enough points during the regular season to secure a spot within the top 10 in points at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis before the Countdown to the Championship begins. In the nitro classes for Top Fuel and Funny Car, teams that compete in all 16 NHRA Camping World Championship events starting at the Gatornationals and concluding at the Big Go must have a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each event (with some NHRA exceptions) to earn a spot in the runoffs. The Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors...

September 13, 2021
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Anderson and Johnson Back on Top as Countdown Kicks Off

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After battling it out at NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events during the regular season, racers in the Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle classes earn valuable points that go toward earning a position for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. To qualify for the Championship run in Pro Stock (four-wheel vehicles), racers must compete at all twelve events starting at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and concluding with the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis with a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each NHRA event. To qualify for the Championship run in Pro Stock Motorcycle (two-wheel vehicles), riders must compete at all eleven scheduled events starting at Gainesville and concluding at Indianapolis with The Big Go. Drivers and riders who secure a...

September 13, 2021
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