Can Formula One Survive in the Red?

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Race fans eagerly await announcements from Chase Carey, the chief executive of the Formula One Group, about revisions to the schedule of events for the 2020 season. Unfortunately, Formula One’s traveling circus of race teams, officials and media is at high risk from the COVID-19 Pandemic. As it circles the globe each year, F1 travels to more than twenty countries over an eight-month span. Since many of the governments involved have closed their borders to stop the spread of the coronavirus, no one currently knows if restrictions will end in time for Formula One to salvage its 2020 season. In early March, Formula One officials had to cancel the sanctioning body’s season opener at the Australian Grand Prix after a crew member at McLaren was diagnosed with COVID-19. Although...

May 17, 2020
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Revised 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Schedule

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Draw a big circle around June 5th on your racing calendar as it is back to work for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the NHRA announced a compressed schedule for the 2020 points chase that modifies the Countdown to the Championship, as the points for the Top 10 drivers will not automatically reset to zero after Indy. In an effort, to reduce travel and ease the financial burden to racing teams, senior officials at the NHRA have revised the schedule accordingly for the remainder of the 2020 season. Essentially, five (5) events were impacted by the new schedule. The series will not race in Atlanta, Richmond, or Epping, New Hampshire; and Las Vegas and Charlotte will host only one race instead of two. These changes come after the NHRA Mello Yello Drag...

May 17, 2020
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Week Late Groundhog Day at NHRA Winternationals

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Eighty days ago Steve Torrence, Robert Hight and Erica Enders were eagerly awaiting the outcome of the NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA. Although all three would claim class championships in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, none took home a Wally. Those went to race winners Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman and Jegs Coughlin Jr., respectively. After a short off-season,  all three drivers returned to Pomona this weekend for southern California's week-late version of Groundhog's Day and picked up where they had left off with fast, consistent runs from Friday qualifying through Sunday's final eliminations at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. After two days of beautiful weather during qualifying runs, the fans, drivers and crew members had to deal with a...

February 10, 2020
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Eric Jones Pushed to Victory with Only Six Drivers Left in the Clash

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The Clash is an annual invitation-only NASCAR Cup Series exhibition race held at Daytona International Speedway the weekend before the Daytona 500. Like the All-Star Race held at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, the race does not award championship points to drivers or teams. Instead, the format offers a large cash purse that encourages racers to compete in an all-out driving spectacular that is not practical during the regular NASCAR schedule. Moreover, for the drivers who are Clash eligible, it gives the teams an opportunity to see how their setups are working in traffic at competitive race speeds. In 2020, the original event sponsor Busch Beer returned to assume naming rights for the Busch Clash. This was one of those races where the drivers were either going to victory lane or...

February 9, 2020
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Jeg Coughlin Claims Wally; Enders Wins Third Crown

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It was a double win for the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock racing team on Sunday, as Jeg Coughlin Jr. defeated Fernando Cuadra in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA. Although Coughlin Jr. started the day three rounds back of points leader and teammate Erica Enders for the 2019 Pro Stock crown in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Series, Enders got the job done to claim her third world championship. It was the second national win of the year for Coughlin Jr., who won earlier this season at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler AZ. Sunday's victory at Pomona marked the 63rd Pro Stock event title of his stellar drag racing career. Coughlin entered the 2019 NHRA Countdown to the Championship in eighth place overall. During the...

November 18, 2019
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Beckman Takes Pomona; Hight Claims Third Funny Car Title

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To paraphrase the Funny Car winner of the Auto Club NHRA Nationals at Pomona CA this weekend, "It is what it is!" Fast Jack Beckman came to Pomona this year in second place trailing Robert Hight. The driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Camaro would line up next to Beckman in the final round with one purpose in mind. Avoid a centerline points violation at all costs. The John Force Racing Team driver could clinch his third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title by coasting down the track. After all, Hight had already thrilled the stands with a convincing win over fellow title contender, Matt Hagan, to all but lock up the championship. In a classic Don Schumacher Racing versus John Force Racing showdown, Fast Jack's Infinite Hero Dodge was rock solid and the Funny Car...

November 18, 2019
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Tempers Flare as Kalitta Claims Final Wally in NHRA Top Fuel at Pomona

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The cool down area at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA was needed for more than cooling off the 11,000 horsepower super-charged power plants after Sunday's opening rounds at the Auto Club NHRA finals. Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence leaped ahead of the field on Saturday by earning his fifth Number One qualifier of the year and the 24th of his career. Torrence's outstanding run at 3.686 ET for a 329.99 mph stamped his ticket for the finals of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at Pomona. Second in the points for 2019, Brittany Force trailed Torrence by just 22 points going into Sunday's finals, where the past champions could have a head-to-head matchup in second round eliminations. Naturally, emotions run high when you are in the hunt for a second straight championship. As...

November 18, 2019
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Hagan, Force & Enders Dominate Dodge NHRA Nationals

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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

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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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