Hagan, Force & Enders Dominate Dodge NHRA Nationals

Hagan, Force & Enders Dominate Dodge NHRA Nationals Image

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all won in their respective categories at the penultimate event in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the fifth of six Countdown to the Championship playoff events. Don Schumacher Racing MOPAR driver Leah Pritchett came alive in the final Top Fuel qualifying session on Saturday, making the quickest run in track history with a remarkable 3.654 ET at 329.83 mph. By setting the track record, Pritchett eclipsed the record-setting run on Friday by Advanced Auto's Brittany Force. Qualifying Number One in Top Fuel for the first time this season and 12th time in her...

November 5, 2019
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E3 Pro Mod Schedule Announced for 2020 NHRA Season

E3 Pro Mod Schedule Announced for 2020 NHRA Season Image

National Hot Rod Association has released the 2020 national event schedule for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, which includes several new stops at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., and the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in Dallas. The exciting doorslammer series features an eclectic mix of power plants and body styles will compete at 12 of the 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Pro Mod muscle cars can use superchargers, turbochargers, or nitrous-oxide injection to run more than 250 mph. In 2020, these fierce competitors will visit a few new stops including the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., and the AAA...

November 5, 2019
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NHRA Female Drivers Continue to Rewrite the Record Books

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Massive crowds attended the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the penultimate round of the twenty-four races that comprise the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The ten fastest drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle battled through NHRA's 18-event regular season to compete in a six-race playoff to earn a world title in their respective division. As the thundering sounds of the National Hot Rod Association echoed across the Nellis Dunes on Sunday, two of the sport's top female drivers added their names to the history books. First up in Sunday's final for Pro Stock was Erica Enders, the points leader in the 2019 Countdown to the Championship. Thanks to a .018 reaction time with a 6.617...

November 4, 2019
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Jackson Wraps Pro Mod Title Season with Las Vegas Win

Jackson Wraps Pro Mod Title Season with Las Vegas Win Image

Stevie “Fast” Jackson already clinched his first world championship with a victory at the rain-delayed NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte NC. But, the native of Augusta GA, also known as the Honey Badger, has one purpose in life and that's to win races behind the wheel of whatever he's driving at any track he's racing at. So, it was of no surprise to the elite field of Pro Mod competitors that he showed up at The Strip in Las Vegas and was the Number One qualifier. Jackson's pass of 5.735 at 250.37 mph set the stage for Stevie "Fast" to cap off one of the most impressive seasons in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. The Honey Badger put an exclamation point on his amazing, championship winning season in the doorslammer...

November 4, 2019
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Part Time Driver Captures Top Honors at AAA Texas Fall Nationals

Part Time Driver Captures Top Honors at AAA Texas Fall Nationals Image

Without doubt, when Top Fuel pilot Billy Torrence has enough time to go racing, he may be the fastest part-time drag racer on the planet. This past weekend at Fall Nationals near Dallas the founder of the CAPCO Contractors race team claimed his fourth victory of the season in his sixth final round appearance, which is incredible when you consider he raced only 14 of the 22 Top Fuel events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. But, INCREDIBLE is one of the words that comes to mind when you're talking about the Kilgore-native Billy and his son Steve. Billy's strategy all year has been to score enough victories to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship ten-driver field, which he did. After qualifying for the Fall Nationals was complete, it appeared that Brittany...

October 21, 2019
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Stevie Fast Claims E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Championship

Stevie Fast Claims E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Championship Image

If your peers call you "Stevie Fast", you would think that would be your nickname. Not true for the native of Augusta GA. Steve Jackson grew up with only one passion... to make enough money to go drag racing. In his teens, Jackson worked two jobs while going to school full time. With a small block Chevy in an S-10 body and little money in his pocket, he would sneak across the state line to Jackson SC to race on Thursday nights. Nonetheless, it would be racing in big money grudge matches where Jackson would earn his stripes as the "Honey Badger". The concept was simple. Build an insanely fast car that didn't show its true colors until it was too late for the competition know. That will put some extra money in your pocket but requires the tenacity of a honey badger, whose natural...

October 15, 2019
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Cream Rises to the Top at the NHRA Carolina Nationals

Cream Rises to the Top at the NHRA Carolina Nationals Image

Steve Torrence and Robert Hight remained unaffected by Sunday's rain delay and returned to zMAX Raceway on Monday to claim the top Nitro event wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Moreover, both drivers took over their respective points lead at the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship for 2019. Pro Stock driver Deric Kramer and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines also won in their divisions at the third of six races deemed as playoffs to the NHRA World Championship. Funny Car legend Robert Hight posted his 500th round win, when the John Force Racing Team driver posted a 3.917 ET at 329.02 mph in his Automobile Club of Southern California to defeat Fast Jack Beckman. Beckman was the number one qualifier in the purple Infinite Hero...

October 15, 2019
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Khalid Disqualified from E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod at Carolina Nationals

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For the second time during the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Racing Series, veteran drag racer Khalid alBalooshi of Bahrain 1 Racing had his run thrown out. This is another post-qualifying incident where Balooshi's Bahrain 1 racecar failed technical inspection at a NHRA-sanctioned E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod event. In June, at the NHRA Heartland Nationals, Balooshi's provisional Number One pass in qualifying was disallowed when NHRA's tech department deemed his turbo (as well as two other racers running turbochargers) as being out of compliance on their Electronic Control Unit (ECU) firmware. Although the competition committee did not immediately release the specifics of Balooshi's disqualification from the Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, sources close to the situation believed the alleged...

October 14, 2019
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Carolina Nationals at MAX Dragway Rescheduled Due to Rain

Carolina Nationals at MAX Dragway Rescheduled Due to Rain Image

With the threat of rain pending, the NHRA announced Saturday that Sunday's final eliminations for the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway would be moved up one hour. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate and the rain came to stay. After multiple attempts to dry the Charlotte track on Sunday, NHRA final elimination runs were moved to Monday with a 10 a.m. start time. In Top Fuel, defending world champion Steve Torrence would love to add to his small points lead over Doug Kalitta. After Saturday's qualifying rounds, Leah Pritchett's 3.714 ET and Richie Crampton's pass in the .73s look to be the cars to beat. Rick Hord is the defending Top Fuel champion at this year's Carolina Nationals. In Funny Car, "Fast Jack" Beckman continued his pursuit of his second Funny Car...

October 13, 2019
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Shawn Langdon and Billy Torrence Top the Field at NHRA Midwest Nationals

Shawn Langdon and Billy Torrence Top the Field at NHRA Midwest Nationals Image

Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car driver Shawn Langdon defeated his teammate J.R. Todd in the final round of Sunday's eighth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at St. Louis MO. At the end of the day, team owner Connie Kalitta had a big smile on his face as the duo marked the first time an all-Kalitta Motorsports final round lined up in NHRA Funny Car since 2016. Langdon, who is a former Top Fuel world champion, became just the second driver in NHRA history to have won in both nitro classes at World Wide Technology Raceway. Langdon defeated Tommy Johnson Jr., Jim Campbell and Bob Tasca III on his way to a shootout with his teammate in Sunday's final. It was Langdon's 16th Wally in NHRA competition and his second win in Funny Car. Todd picked up his 33rd career final round...

September 30, 2019
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