John Force wins NHRA's 900th Funny Car Event

John Force wins NHRA's 900th Funny Car Event Image

New England Dragway in Epping NH is one of the throwback pieces of pavement that competitors and National Hot Rod Association fans look forward to each season on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. However, in the year following the global pandemic, many of NHRA’s lesser funded drivers skipped the long trek to the Northeast to save team resources. Nonetheless, when Friday’s qualifying round kicked off for competitors in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, fans were thrilled to see crews scrambling to take full advantage of the atmospheric conditions on the legendary New Hampshire surface that made putting the power to the ground tricky proposition at best. This year with an enthusiastic crowd back in the stands at Epping, the best drivers and drag racing teams in the...

June 14, 2021
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Capps Falls to Hight in Funny Car at NHRA SpringNationals

Capps Falls to Hight in Funny Car at NHRA SpringNationals Image

After the rains hit at Houston Raceway Park on Sunday, officials had to postpone the remainder of the eliminations for the 34th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil. The inclement weather soaked the track midway through the first round of Top Fuel eliminations before drivers in Nitro Funny Car and Pro Stock could take to the track for their initial runs. Monday was a delightful day with temperatures in the mid-70s, but a lot of Texas sunshine pushed track temperatures to nearly 110 degrees. That’s when things got really tricky for both the drivers and the teams. The somewhat green racetrack didn’t want to provide consistent traction, which left most drivers steering right then left while punching the throttle between lifting off the gas. For...

May 25, 2021
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alBalooshi Goes 254 mph; Stevie Fast Takes E3 Pro Mod Win

alBalooshi Goes 254 mph; Stevie Fast Takes E3 Pro Mod Win Image

In E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series action at NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, points leader Justin Bond earned his second Number One qualifying position in his last three races. Bond posted a run of 5.631 ET at 253.75 mph in his ProCharger-powered Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro on Friday and the time held up. Khalid alBalooshi qualified second overall in Pro Mod with a 5.658 ET at 253.61 mph and set the fastest speed of the event in Round One at 254.57 mph. Jose Gonzalez, the Pro Mod winner at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in the season opener, placed third in qualifying after going 5.678 at 252.80. After leaving the tree late with a .119 reaction time, veteran pro mod driver Jose Gonzalez got into a whole lot of trouble during first round eliminations....

May 17, 2021
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The GOAT Wins NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

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If anyone was doubting the comeback efforts of John Force Racing in 2021, Saturday’s qualifying round for the 11th annual NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals put an end to any speculation of demise. For just the second time in NHRA history, a father and daughter duo will start a NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series national event as the Number One qualifier in Nitro Funny Car and Nitro Top Fuel. Two years ago, John Force (the Greatest of All Time) and his daughter, former NHRA Top Fuel champion Brittany Force, achieved the same qualifying magic at Houston for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals. After two strong runs on Saturday, the 72-year old Force, who was the first Funny Car four-wide winner at Charlotte, posted a 3.902 ET at 330.55 mph in his PEAK/Blue DEF Platinum...

May 17, 2021
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Bubba Wallace Experiences Nitro Tears and Wins Toyota 4 Wide

Bubba Wallace Experiences Nitro Tears and Wins Toyota 4 Wide Image

Toyota Racing sponsored a crossover event on Thursday that combined two NASCAR Cup drivers with a pair of NHRA drivers to compete in a heads-up drag race at zMax Dragway in conjunction with NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals outside Charlotte, NC. Kalitta Motorsports’ DHL Toyota Top Fuel pro Shawn Langdon and DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car champion J.R. Todd joined Bubba Wallace, driver of #23XI DoorDash Toyota Camry, and Daniel Hemric driver of #18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra for a four-wide race in stock production Toyota Supras. Following an action-packed day of NHRA Drag Racing behind the scenes, the foursome competed in a winner take all 4-wide event with Bubba Wallace claiming the win. With teams preparing for the 11th annual NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Kalitta Motorsports...

May 16, 2021
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Lithium Truck Batteries vs AGM & Lead Acid

Lithium Truck Batteries vs AGM & Lead Acid Image

When is the best time to purchase a new battery for your truck? That’s easy; before it fails, which means now is a good time to decide on the type of battery that will provide the best return on your investment. After all, car and truck batteries often fail without warning making it impossible for you to get where you were going. Although many drivers never notice it, their truck battery has a shelf life much like food bought at the grocery store. Pertinent information as to when you should consider a replacement battery can usually be found on a tag or sticker that list an install date and expiration date. On average, a truck battery should last between two to five years. But, the ambient temperature where the vehicle is operated is one of the most important factors affecting...

May 11, 2021
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Antron Brown Back in the Winners Circle at Atlanta

Antron Brown Back in the Winners Circle at Atlanta Image

Antron Brown, Bob Tasca III, Greg Anderson and Scotty Pollacheck claim historic Lucas Oil Southern Nationals wins at the final NHRA race to be run at Atlanta Dragway. The National Hot Rod Association, who owns the quarter mile strip located outside Commerce, GA, had announced the racing facility would host its final season in 2021. With over 40 years of drag racing history, the quarter mile slab of pavement will continue to host weekly NHRA-sanctioned events through the NHRA Summit ET Racing Series Finals on September 30 thru October 2. Due to the pandemic, the NHRA Southern Nationals were cancelled at the “House of Speed” in 2020. Conversely, this year’s event was billed as the 40th annual NHRA Southern Nationals; as well as the last. Fifth Top Fuel Win at Southern...

May 4, 2021
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Justin Bond Wins Final Pro Mod Event at Atlanta Dragway

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After qualifying number one at Gainesville Raceway in March with a speed of 253.80 mph at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Justin Bond saw victory slip through his hands. Veteran Pro Mod driver Jose Gonalez overcame Bond’s .011 reaction time to post the quickest run in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod history with a 5.631 ET on the Gainesville concrete. In another milestone earlier this year, Bond set a world record during a warm-up pass in the Drag Illustrated Doorslammer Nationals at Orlando, Fl, Bond posted a quarter-mile ET of 5.623 seconds at 253.14 mph. Nonetheless, as the fastest NHRA-legal Pro Mod pass in history, setting records but finishing runner-up at the opening E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod race of the 2021 season definitely left the Canadian hungry for...

May 3, 2021
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Las Vegas Motor Speedway Hosts NHRA Four Wide Nationals

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After the four-wide events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, drag racing fans headed to The Strip this weekend for the highly anticipated return of the 21st annual DENSO Spark Plug NHRA Four Wide Nationals. State, county, and local officials allowed organizers to sell grandstand seating at 50% capacity for the first of two races scheduled at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. After the sound of nitro-powered 11,000 horsepower engines settled over the Mojave Desert on Friday, three-time Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence, Funny Car ace Robert Hight, Pro Stocker Aaron Stanfield, and the legendary Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith had all earned Number One qualifying...

April 19, 2021
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Are Lithium Motorcycle Batteries Worth the Price?

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Yes, for most riders, lithium motorcycle batteries are worth the price. Invented in 1859, the rechargeable lead-acid battery has been around for as long as the motorcycle. Nonetheless, as good as they have been, there are several shortcomings when the traditional wet lead-acid battery is compared to today’s lithium iron phosphate or LiFePO4 motorcycle batteries. For starters, the lead-acid battery in your motorcycle has a give and take relationship with vehicle’s electrical system. When your two-wheeler or favorite powersports vehicle is sitting in your garage, there is a slow but steady self-discharge. Unfortunately, a lead-acid battery can lose a significant amount of its charge even though there is no draw on the battery. Although most manufacturers advertise a life...

April 16, 2021
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