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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John Force Celebrates His 150th Win in NHRA Funny Car

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John Force, the legendary driver of the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro, claimed his first NHRA win on June 28, 1987 some 777 races ago. On Sunday at the 32nd annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals, Force moved a step closer to earning his 150th career Wally when his semifinal matchup with "Fast" Jack Beckman saw the veteran driver smoke his tires leaving the start.  Force had eliminated Jim Campbell and point's leader Robert Hight, who is also a John Force Racing teammate, on his way to his 253rd final round against longtime rival Ron Capps. It would be the 121st final round for Capps, who is second all-time in Funny Car wins to John Force. Capps eliminated Tim Wilkerson, defending Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd (who got sideways at mid track) and Matt Hagan on...

August 5, 2019
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Rookie Austin Prock Claims First NHRA Top Fuel Victory

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If Pacific Raceways was not already a favorite track for John Force Racing, the powerhouse teammates of John Force and Austin Prock dominated the last of the three races on the famed NHRA Western Swing for 2019. After his boss and 16-time Funny Car champion John Force extend his lead as the NHRA's winningest driver, it was his rookie teammate's turn to pick up his first career win as part of a historic day for JFR in Kent WA. Prock got his day started by defeating Leah Pritchett, Clay Millican and Mike Salinas to reach his first career final. Prock posted his first class win with a 3.875 ET at 307.86 mph in his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster to eliminate the defending world champion Steve Torrence. The current point's leader advanced to his 52nd final by eliminating...

August 4, 2019
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Billy Torrence Stops Son's Streak; Hight Wins at Sonoma

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Steve Torrence had been the dominant driver on the CAPCO Contractor's Top Fuel team having made it to the final round at nine consecutive NHRA events this year. Moreover, as the point's leader, Steve took home the Wally at eight of those national events. However, his dad put an end to that streak on Sunday with a semifinal round elimination of the sport's most dominant Top Fuel driver. For least a few a weeks, the elder Torrence has earned bragging rights, as it was the first time he had beaten Steve in eight head-to-head meetings. Due to his busy schedule, Billy Torrence was competing in only his 40th career Top Fuel race and is not scheduled to compete at the NHRA's next stop in Seattle. The 61-year old Torrence runs a limited schedule on the circuit and spends the majority of his...

July 28, 2019
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Torrence and Johnson Jr. Victorious at 40th Annual Dodge Mile High Nationals

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Two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan led Sunday's ever-so-popular Track Walk with an endless line of NHRA fans on hand for the 2019 Dodge Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil. The mid-summer event at Bandimere Speedway traditionally marks the first race of the "Western Swing" for the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series. Each year the sport's best Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers congregate outside Denver at Thunder Mountain to post track speeds in excess of 300 mph while earning valuable world championship points. Current Funny Car point's leader Robert Hight earned his seventh Green Low-Qualifier's ball cap in Saturday's qualifying by a scant .002-second elapsed time of 3.976 seconds to slip past eventual winner Tommy Johnson Jr. It was the 67th low qualifier for Hight,...

July 22, 2019
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Untimely Pit Stop Puts Justin Haley in Winner's Circle at Daytona 400

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Historically, superspeedway racing has been all about the "Big One", the inevitable crash that occurs near the front of the main field, which typically eliminates an impressive list of possible race winners. After foul weather Saturday night delayed the start of the Daytona 400 spring race for the Monster Energy Cup drivers, Sunday's race got underway with an already existing threat of weather being tracked on radar. NASCAR was hopeful the teams could complete Stage 2 to make it an official race should rain or lightening halt the event. In just his third career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, rookie driver Justin Haley would quietly endure the first 127 laps of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 before bring his Spire Motorsports No. 77 Chevrolet down pit road under a red-flag stoppage....

July 8, 2019
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Matt Hagan Claims Three-Peat at NHRA New England Nationals

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As the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins the second half to the 2019 season, the Mopar Dodge team of defending NHRA Funny Car event winner Matt Hagan is on fire. Hagan took care of business in the premier full-bodied Nitro class this weekend at Epping, New Hampshire. It was the third straight win at the track in Funny Car for Hagan. It was the thirty-first career Wally for Hagan and the second win of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Season. In the final round, the two-time world champion posted a 4.014-second ET at 322.81 mph in his MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to beat Shawn Langdon's 4.946-second ET at 317.49 mph. On the way to the final tree, Hagan had eliminated his Don Schumacher Racing teammates Jack Beckman and Ron Capps, as well as back-to-back race winner in Funny...

July 8, 2019
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E3 Sponsorship Profile: Ruben Garcia Jr. - NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

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As the summertime heat warms up, so too has the 2019 racing season. And while many are drawn to TV’s top-leaguers in NASCAR, so too are many hometown fans drawn to their local tracks enjoying the adrenaline rush of horsepower and future superstars heading for the spotlight in Cup racing. With recent departures of names like Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Danica and the long list of others to follow, the openings are being filled by some of the most talented driving professionals that have come up through the ranks of NASCAR’s vigorous ‘training’ programs. And the good news is you don’t have to venture very far to see the progress in action.   From upstarts to the Xfinity series, NASCAR has built a series of pre-Cup-programs succeeding in both training...

June 28, 2019
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Khalid Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Title at Summit Nationals

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Former NHRA Pro Mod world champion Khalid alBalooshi drove his Bahrain 1 turbo charged Camaro to his first victory of the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by J&A Service. The series event was presented by Plochman's Mustard in Norwalk was the eighth of twelve races scheduled for the 2019 NHRA Pro Mod season. It was alBalooshi's second win at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, with his first victory coming in the Top Fuel division. Mike Castellana drove his Frank Manzo-tuned car to the top of the qualifying sheet with a 5.701-second ET, which was a full .04-second quicker than Mike Janis second place. Defending world champion Mike Janis qualified second with a 5.741 ET, just a thousandth quicker than Sidnei Frigo. Steve Matusek and Alex Laughlin were...

June 24, 2019
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