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

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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

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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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Rickie Smith May Be Out of the Championship but Arrived Ready to Win

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Although long-time rival Rickie Smith was one of two racers flirting with Top Qualifier for E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Division pole in qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, point's leader Stevie "Fast" Jackson had a watchful eye on defending Pro Mod world champion Mike Janis and 2019 Pro Mod contender Todd Tutterow. For Jackson to have a chance at clinching the title at the St. Louis round, both racers needed to miss the cut. They didn't and Smith, a three-time world champion in the class, qualified on top in his nitrous-powered Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro posting a 5.768 second ET to set the stage at 252.19 mph. "Fast" Jackson, who was the defending Pro Mod winner at the Midwest Nationals, qualified second for this year's event and advanced to his fifth final round...

September 30, 2019
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Castellana Wins Pro Mod at Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

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It really doesn't matter which class you run; everybody wants to win the "Big Go". Once again, it was a spectacular fan event at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with Pro Mod veteran Mike Castellana scoring his first career victory at the prestigious event. Castellana relied on a holeshot in the final round of E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service action on Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to defeat longtime rival Rickie Smith. The fan-popular series in Indianapolis was presented by Hot Wheels and marked the ninth race in the twelve-race event for the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod 2019 series. It was Castellana's tenth win in his E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series and his second victory of 2019 racing season. Castellana,...

September 3, 2019
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NHRA Young Guns Win Big at the Big Go... NOT!

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Just when you thought it was time for his "Swan Song", the ageless John Force claims the second win of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series and his 151st win in the premiere division of Funny Car. Almost two decades his junior, 51-year old Doug Kalitta followed suit and got the Indianapolis monkey off his back too with a win at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg IN over the Labor Day weekend. Unlike Kalitta who had never hoisted a Wally at the Indy track, Force had won the U.S Nationals at the Big Go on four previous occasions. Nonetheless, the driver of the PEAK Chevrolet Performance Accessories Camaro SS stood in victory lane at Indy for the first time since 2002... and the second race in a row. The legendary Funny Car driver beat Jonnie Lindberg, points leader and teammate...

September 2, 2019
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Pro Mod Driver Chad Green Hospitalized After Spectacular Crash

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Chad Green, the driver of the Bond-Coat nitrous powered Pro Mod Chevrolet Camaro, survived a horrific crash on Saturday at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg IN. A native of Midland TX, Green was immediately transported to Indiana University Methodist Hospital for diagnosis and treatment of his injuries. The historic event known as the Big Gorace is presented by Hot Wheels as the ninth of 12 events during the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season. As the Pro Mod class was set to begin its final stretch toward this season's championship, the world's fastest doorslammer race cars poured into the Indy track to do battle. The class, which is highlighted by historic muscle cars like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and...

September 1, 2019
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World's Fastest Women Eye Countdown to the Championship

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It's that time of year again, when only a couple of races remain on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing calendar before the Countdown to the Championship begins. No doubt, female athletes have broken into the mainstream of the National Hot Rod Association's premiere divisions and they are here to stay. Whereas other motorsports have seemingly lagged behind, the NHRA has seen female drivers rise to the top in NHRA Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. One thing is for certain, nothing is going to hold these women back as each seek to build upon her own racing legend in the exciting sport of drag racing. TOP FUEL NITRO Top Fuel dragsters are 25 feet long, weigh 2320 pounds in race-ready trim, put out nearly 11,000 H.P. and burn methanol with 90% nitromethane as...

August 20, 2019
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Pritchett Clinched Countdown Berth with Win at Brainerd

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It was a double-up victory for Don Schumacher Racing at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway at the seventeenth event on the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Funny Car legend Ron Capps got the ball rolling Sunday by qualifying for consecutive Final Round appearances. Capps had the honor last weekend of placing the winner's cap on long-time rival John Force, who captured his 150th win NHRA Funny Car at the 32nd annual Northwest Nationals. Dubbed the "Mayor of the Brainerd Zoo" because of the popularity of Capps' Corner at the track campground, it was the NAPA Auto Parts driver's third win in 2019 and his sixth overall victory at Brainerd MN. Not to be outdone, Top Fuel teammate Leah Pritchett driving the MOPAR Top Fuel dragster for team owner...

August 19, 2019
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Drag Racing Is the Sport Where Gender Does Not Matter

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From competing in professional golf to participating at the Olympic Games, the vast majority of sanctioned sporting events have distinct divisions for the sexes... but not the National Hot Rod Association. Since the premiere divisions of the NHRA features rocket ships on wheels with a nitro-burning 10,000-horsepower power plant that generates six Gs at speeds nearing 350 mph, drag racing is arguably the only mainstream sport in which women compete head-to-head with men in the "macho world of speed". Although it is true that athleticism is needed to compete in the world's fastest sport, a driver does not need the massive physique and bulk strength of a Pro Bowl linebacker in the NFL; or the footwork of a World Cup soccer player; or the wingspan of an NBA basketball star. Nonetheless,...

August 19, 2019
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