Five NHRA World Championships for Greg Anderson and Matt Smith

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Since 1987, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series has been comprised of four main professional classes for Top Fuel dragster, Nitro Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Both Top Fuel and Funny Car feature 11,000 horsepower powerplants and regularly reach top speeds in excess of 300 mph. At the National Hot Rod Association’s World Championship at the Auto Club NHRA National Finals at Pomona Raceway over weekend, two competitors added their names to the list of nine drivers who had previously won five or more world championship titles. In Pro Stock, sixty-year old Greg Anderson overcame a holeshot by four-time defending champion Erica Enders to run a quicker 6.578 ET in the semifinal round and claim his fifth title. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, defending world champion...

November 15, 2021
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Ron Capps Is NHRA Newly Crowned Funny Car Champion

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Sunday was a long day for Ron Capps at the Auto Club NHRA Finals from Pomona, and it got a little bit longer when the Capps lost his quarterfinal matchup against Matt Hagan. The driver of the 11,000 horsepower NAPA Dodge Charger//SRT funny car won his opening round against Terry Haddock, which coupled with a loss by Cruz Pedregon helped his cause, but Capps had to pull for Alexis DeJoria to eliminate Hagan. Having found something special in her setup during the latter portion of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, DeJoria had to recover from Hagan’s .054 RT to post a 3.940 ET to Hagan’s 3.975 for a 321.04 mph pass. It was Capps second NHRA Funny Car World Championship having won his first title in 2016. Ironically, Capps would end his Don Schumacher...

November 15, 2021
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Lyle Barnett Strikes Gold at Las Vegas Pro Mod

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The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service was contested over an 11-race schedule in 2021. Having launched on March 11-14 at the 52nd annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, it was the first time in the history of drag racing that the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series started at the same track on the same date. In addition, new stops for the popular doorslammer class included the July 16-18 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Denver, CO, the August 19-22 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals from Brainerd, MN, and the October 15-17 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals from Bristol Dragway. The E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service features the world’s fastest...

November 5, 2021
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NHRA Reached Milestone 1000th National Event

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The National Hot Rod Association celebrated the running of its 1000th national event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals. A proud history of delivering the world’s fastest racing events began with the first NHRA National Championship Drags in 1955 at the Great Bend Municipal Airport in Kansas. As an official NHRA Pro Class, there have been 930 Top Fuel events, 912 Funny Car events, 898 Pro Stock events, and 472 Pro Stock Motorcycle events since the first race championship race at Great Bend. The class that has competed the most at NHRA national events is Stock Eliminator with a total of 947 times. The growth of the sport prior to the pandemic is supported by the fact that the previous decade hosted 258 national events, the most in history....

November 2, 2021
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Steve Johnson Wins Penultimate NHRA Nationals

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In qualifying for the 21st annual Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Steve Johnson hoped to make up some ground on Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith. After all, Johnson was in the hauler early at Bristol when he lost to Ron Tornow in the opening round at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. However, Matt Smith put together an impressive run to close out qualifying with a 6.839 ET at 198.23 mph on the Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR to move past Johnson who was the provisional Number One qualifier. It was Smith’s fourth Number One qualifier of the season and the forty seventh of his career. The points leader has his eyes on the prize as he moves one step closer to owning back-to-back world championships...

November 2, 2021
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Gonzalez Clinches E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Championship

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Dominican businessman Jose Gonzalez clinched his first career E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday. When Gonzalez advanced to the Final Round of eliminations at Bristol Dragway, the 2021 Pro Mod title was his without a win at the tenth of eleven E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod scheduled events. It has been a dominant season Gonzalez who suffered an early-season crash at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte but rebounded at one point by winning three straight Pro Mod events. Gonzalez reached the Finals with round wins against Lyle Barnett, Khalid AlBalooshi and defending Pro Mod world champion Stevie “Fast” Jackson. With five Wallys during the season and Sunday’s second place, the driver...

October 20, 2021
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Salinas, DeJoria and Sampey Win at Pro Classes at Thunder Valley

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With NHRA World Championships hanging in the balance, Nitro class race teams rolled into Bristol Dragway for the 18th of the 20 race series for post-pandemic drag racing. Originally built close to the Bristol Motor Speedway in 1965, the track earned its name as “Thunder Valley” due to the resonating sounds created by the high-horsepower engines that power the Pro classes. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Bristol Dragway features a 3,800-foot drag strip with 700 feet of concrete at 1,475-feet of elevation. Driving the Flav-R-Pac Top Fuel dragster, Brittany Force made the quickest run in track history at Bristol Dragway on Friday, powering to the provisional top qualifier with an impressive run of 3.682 ET. Mike Salinas followed with a blistering 3.668-second elapsed...

October 18, 2021
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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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