LVMS Officials Asks Fans for Full Compliance at Dodge NHRA Final

LVMS Officials Asks Fans for Full Compliance at Dodge NHRA Final Image

The Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at “The Strip” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 is the first fan-attended event in professional sports in Nevada since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The popular LVMS track is issuing a limited number of tickets to be available for drag racing fans to celebrate the crowning of champions for the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series as well as the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Racing Series. The Strip received a special exemption issued by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak for a partial lifting of the suspensions established for mass gatherings that were enacted at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The track asks for full compliance with all requirements as setting a proper example is crucial...

October 28, 2020
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The Schumachers Win Penultimate NHRA Nationals at Baytown

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It may have seemed strange to newcomers that the 33rd Annual Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals were being run in October, but due to the coronavirus lockdown, the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule has been nothing but strange. Nonetheless, the inaugural event at Houston Raceway Park located in Baytown was also held in October 1988. Moreover, during the track’s 32-year history as a major multi-purpose motorsports venue, the facility hosted both a spring and a fall national event from 1997 to 2000. So, the biggest difference for many devoted drag racing fans was the limited number of spectators allowed at this year’s event. Typically, Baytown would have added grandstands for a seating capacity of more than 30,000 screaming race fans. Schumacher Makes...

October 27, 2020
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First Time Winners Rise to the Top in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod

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First-time winners in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod racing series presented by J&A Service score impressive wins at back-to-back national events. A week ago at the AAA Texas FallNationals, number one qualifier Brandon Snider claimed his first ever Wally in Pro Mod with an impressive win over defending E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod world champion Fast Stevie Jackson. This weekend at the 33rd Annual Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park, Justin Bond won for the first time in his career by eliminating Brandon Pesz who raced his way to his first-ever Pro Mod final round. Bond, who qualified third with a 5.692 ET at 248.20 mph, had eliminated Doug Winters, Jonathan Gray and points leader Brandon Snider, while Pesz claimed victories against Chad Green, Alex Laughlin and...

October 26, 2020
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Brandon Snider Claims First E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Victory

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Amidst the disruptions to the 2020 drag racing season, the E3 Pro Mod division of the National Hot Rod Association is at an all-time high for drama and excitement with newcomers to the doorslammer class dicing with seasoned veterans for this year’s top honors. Although Brandon Snider failed to qualify at his first E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service in Houston in 2018, things went much better for him at the next race in Charlotte where he made it to the final round in only his second NHRA race. After almost two years of paying his dues, Snider raced to the Number One qualifying spot for the first time in his career at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals by posting a 5.813 ET at 246.66 mph in his blown Al-Anabi Performance...

October 21, 2020
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Torrence, Beckman, Hartford, and Savoie Win at AAA Texas FallNationals

Torrence, Beckman, Hartford, and Savoie Win at AAA Texas FallNationals Image

Since 1986, Texas Motorplex has hosted the fastest races in the state at its all-concrete quarter mile drag racing facility. When the facility first opened thirty-four years ago, the track saw its first winning passes made by Don “Big Daddy” Garlits (Top Fuel), Kenny Bernstein (Funny Car), and Bob Glidden (Pro Stock). Although the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series has only allowed a select few spectators due to COVID-19, those race fans witnessed the 11,000 horsepower engines come to life with speeds in excess of 330 mph with Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), “Fast” Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Matt Hartford (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) taking home top honors at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in Ennis, TX. Father and Son Shootout in Top...

October 20, 2020
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Jack Beckman’s Dallas Win Aids Infinite Hero Foundation

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Jack Beckman extended team owner Don Schumacher’s incredible 12-win streak in the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series for Nitro Funny Car on Sunday at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. However, for the past two seasons, every time Beckman has strapped into his Infinite Hero Dodge Funny Car, he was on a mission that benefitted the foundation’s fundraising efforts to help our military and veterans face the real challenges of mental and physical health issues. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Beckman carries an Infinite Hero Challenge Coin with him on every trip of his NHRA events. Each personalized challenge coin is available for a $100 donation to the foundation with more than $685,000 raised to help veterans overcome obstacles. With 22 days remaining in...

October 20, 2020
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Enders and Smith Win Weather Delayed Midwest Finals

Enders and Smith Win Weather Delayed Midwest Finals Image

Saturday night at the Texas Motorplex outside Dallas the remaining NHRA events from the weather delayed NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis were getting prepped to make their semi-final elimination runs. Although some teams felt the two remaining classes should be re-run from the start of elimination rounds, other were still upset that the events were paused and not finished at World Wide Technology Raceway. As veteran Pro Stock racer Kenny Delco approached the finish line two weeks ago in Madison, Illinois, a wind gust turned his Camaro into the outside wall in a violent round-one crash. NHRA officials said the remaining rounds in both classes were postponed, because safety issues related to wind conditions, track surface chunking, and cold temperatures. NOTE: The director of...

October 19, 2020
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Gremlins and Weather Prevail at NHRA Midwest Nationals

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Living through 2020 will be remembered as the year we all had to adapt. The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series series for drag racing is no exception, as races have been halted, postponed, rescheduled, and changed again. Event uncertainty continued this weekend for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis. Although racers and fans were able to beat the heat in the shadows of the Gateway Arch, cooler weather and a rising dew point had race teams searching for grip. Saturday’s qualifying round for the elite Nitro classes saw tuners take turns at trying to find the right amount of grip on a loose racing surface. Due to the Saturday afternoon rains, only one round of qualifying was completed in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Tony...

October 5, 2020
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E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Postponed Due to Inclement Conditions

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No elimination rounds were completed this weekend for the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis, MO. After NHRA teams survived the sweltering Florida heat at Gainesville Raceway during the 51st annual Amalie NHRA Gatornationals, they were greeted by new twist from Mother Nature in St. Louis with cool, damp, and windy conditions. During Saturday’s qualifying for the 2020 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil, NHRA officials and the Safety Safari worked feverishly to deal with adverse conditions caused by the cooler temperature and a higher dew point that resulted in condensation on the track’s surface. Saturday’s only round of qualifying for Nitro classes was...

October 5, 2020
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Camping World to Replace Mello Yello as NHRA Title Sponsor

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After weeks of rumors bouncing around social media websites, the National Hot Rod Association and Camping World announced that the nation’s largest RV retailer has partnered with the NHRA to be the title sponsor of the national drag racing series for the remainder of the 2020 season. Unfortunately, the racing sanction body and its teams have not been immune to the financial devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The NHRA was forced to shutdown events after racing teams and sponsors had arrived at the Gatornationals in March at Gainesville Raceway in Florida. Like many other sports, drag racing was put on hold until the NHRA sponsored four consecutive events at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis in July, August, and September. According to officials, the NHRA filed a...

October 4, 2020
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