The Courageous Life of Niki Lauda Ended Monday

Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda was an Austrian Formula One driver, who to this day, remains the only driver in F1 history to have been crowned World Driving Champion for the sport's two most successful constructors - rivals Ferrari and McLaren. The three-time Formula 1 world champion died at the University Hospital Zurich on Monday after suffering years of organ failures (two kidney and a double lung transplant) related to his horrific racing accident at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany in 1976. Most recently, Lauda had served as non-executive chairman of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix and was instrumental in the signing of Lewis Hamilton to the racing body's most successful Formula 1 team. Lauda's unique achievements as an athlete and racecar driver were almost pale by comparison to the...

May 21, 2019
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Capps and Torrence Go Back-to-Back at NHRA Virginia National

The 2019 NHRA drag racing season has become a haven for repeat winners in the upper division classes at the Virginia NHRA Nationals. Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider, Andrew Hines won his third-straight national event over teammate Eddie Krawiec in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final. The win is the 52nd of Hine's career and came on the back of a 6.845-second ET at 195.68 mph. After qualifying number one, Hines also defeated 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith in the Semifinals. Pro Stock driver Bo Butner leaves Virginia with similar results. Butner defeated his K.B. Racing teammate Greg Anderson to score his fourth Wally in five races. He got off the starting line second but ran down Anderson's Summit Chevrolet to extend his lead in the Pro Stock class.  Driving the...

May 20, 2019
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Frigo Claims E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Win at Virginia Nationals

E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returned to Virginia Motorsports Park for the second year in a row. In the doorslammer class, Sidnei Frigo claimed his first Wally of the season by winning the second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals. For Frigo, the win marked the third career Pro Mod victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Series presented by J&A Services. The native of Sao Paulo Brazil ran a 5.796-second ET at 256.55 mph in the Artivincio Chevrolet Camaro to pick up a holeshot win over Stevie “Fast” Jackson’s pass of 5.768 at 251.16 mph.  Frigo got the weekend rolling by qualifying second before earning round wins over Chip King, Alex Laughlin and Eric Latino on his way to the final shootout with Jackson. When the smoked cleared on Sunday, the native of...

May 20, 2019
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Capps Puts Dodge Hellcat on Podium at 39th Annual Southern Nationals

At the 39th annual Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, Ron Capps put his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat a top the podium in Sunday's final. Capps extended his impressive series of season wins in Funny Car with at least one win in the last eleven NHRA seasons. On his way to a matchup against Tim Wilkerson, Capps defeated Shawn Langdon, number one qualifier John Force, and his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. This was Capps third win at Atlanta and 62nd career victory. In Saturday Qualifying, Funny Car points leader Robert Hight topped the charts in his Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS at 3.920-seconds at 328.54 mph to claim his fifth Number One qualifier in 2019. Tim Wilkerson earned his trip to the Funny Car Final Round by defeating Cruz...

May 6, 2019
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Castellana Claims E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod at Atlanta Southern Nationals

Pro Mod race teams rolled into Commerce GA this past weekend for the 39th annual Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Originally a hard-packed red clay airport, the track became an NHRA-sanctioned facility back in the 1980s and was resurfaced and updated in 1999 when the National Hot Rod Association purchased the speedway. In Friday's qualifying, Stevie "Fast" Jackson claimed the second number one qualifying position of the 2019 season for the Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Jackson posted a class best qualifying time with a 5.768-second ET at 250.69 mph. Jackson expressed his disappointment of not having a shot at the quick time on Saturday, after foul weather moved into the northeast Georgia area. Wild upsets ruled the day, as Mike Castellana claimed his second Wally in...

May 6, 2019
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Reigning E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Champion Wins NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte

The reigning world champion in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service claimed his first victory of the 2019 season on Sunday with a win at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by SMP Racing. Having joined the doorslammer division during its inception in the 1990s, Mike Janis entered the 2019 Pro Mod season as an early favorite to take top honors again. The two-time Pro Mod World Champion is the second winningest driver in history. What a quadrant of competitors for the final light of the weekend for Pro Mod. Multi-time world champion (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016) Rickie Smith and his Bahrain 1 teammate Steve "Fast" Jackson launched from the outside lanes in Sunday's Final as Janis and the fierce competitor Erica Enders managed...

April 29, 2019
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Torrence No Longer Winless in 2019 NHRA Top Fuel

After winning the closing six races last season, defending Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence laid down three consecutive 3.7-second ETs at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Sunday. Although it was the first win for Torrence this year, the Capco Contractors driver garnered his 28th Wally in Top Fuel to go with his four victories in Top Alcohol dragster, where Torrence also won an NHRA World Championship. But, this season hadn't gone as planned for the winless Capco Team. Now, after the team's third straight victory at the Charlotte event, Torrence leaves the four-wide with the points lead in Top Fuel. It is always a special moment when a driver gets his or her first class win. No stranger to the victory podium, former Top Fuel World Champion, Shawn Langdon won his first...

April 29, 2019
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Steve Fast Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series in Houston

With just the name "Steve Fast" affixed to his driver's side window, multi-time NHRA Pro Mod champion Steve Jackson sought redemption at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals at Baytown. Jackson came up short in the season opener at this year's 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in March. North Carolina native Todd Tutterow grabbed a holeshot win and the special-edition "Gold Wally" at the Gainesville event, even though Jackson set the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod national speed record with a quicker 5.643 ET at 253 mph. Having arrived last week at Houston Raceway with a chip on his shoulder, Steve "Fast" Jackson quickly eliminated teammate Khalid alBalooshi with a 5.679 ET at 253.80 mph in Round One. In the quarterfinals, Jackson defeated Brazilian driver Sidnei...

April 15, 2019
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John Force Racing Tops the Field for NHRA SpringNationals

With sixteen Funny Car season titles to his name, John Force is still setting records at 69 years of age. This past weekend the patriarch of JFR (John Force Racing) posted a 3.888 second ET at 319.29 mph to claim top qualifier in his class at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil. Not to be outdone, daughter Brittany Force, the black sheep in a family filled with Funny Car drivers, set a new track record at Houston Raceway with a 3.661 ET at 332.18 mph run in Top Fuel. It was the first time in the history of the sport that a father and daughter both qualified number one for the Nitro events. The father and daughter's hopes of standing on the podium together were nixed, when his son-in-law Robert Hight, defeated his boss in the semifinal round of...

April 15, 2019
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Formula 1 Celebrates 1000th World Championship Race... Sorta?

Over the weekend, Lewis Hamilton, the defending F1 World Champion, jumped ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix and never relinquished his lead to win the 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix... well sorta. You see not every fan of the world's most elite racing series agree that the Shanghai race was actually Grand Prix number one thousand. Although most agree the first World Championship race was held in the United Kingdom in 1950 at Silverstone, the sanctioning body actually held a non-points formula race at Pau a month earlier for the single-seater racecars that were purpose-built to compete on dedicated road courses as well as make-shift tracks along city streets. One thing we do know for certain, Formula 1 has been filled with controversy, turbulence,...

April 15, 2019
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