Torrence Back on Top at Summit Racing NHRA National

Torrence Back on Top at Summit Racing NHRA National Image

With track conditions heating up, NHRA race fans turned out in record numbers at Summit Motorsports Park for the twelfth race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drag racing legend Connie Kalitta was acknowledged during pre-race ceremonies with a flyover from a B-17 Flying Fortress named Yankee Lady. As a well-known Michigan aviator, Kalitta was recently inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. The flyover was provided by the Yankee Air Museum, who nominated Kalitta for the state's highest aviation honor. After losing last weekend's final round in Top Fuel to Mike Salinas, Steve Torrence rebounded to celebrate his sixth win of the twelve races run during the 2019 season. The driver of the CAPCO Contractors Top Fuel dragster increased his won-loss record to 33-6...

June 24, 2019
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Enders Sets New National Record at 261.22 MPH at Norwalk

Enders Sets New National Record at 261.22 MPH at Norwalk Image

E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division of NHRA Mello Yello pro drag racing series is filled with seasoned veterans who already know Erica Enders-Stevens is fast but, in qualifying practice at Norwalk, the two-time NHRA Pro Stock World Champion once again proved she is 260 miles per hour fast. Enders made the most of a bump spot into Friday's Pro Mod field at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk to post a record setting time with a 5.787 ET at 261.22 miles per hour in her Elite Motorsports twin turbo 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. Unfortunately, as is often the case around the racetrack, it was a bittersweet pass for 35-year old native of Houston, Texas. After a near flawless trip down the pavement at Norwalk, flames began show under the engine compartment of the twin-turbo Camaro...

June 24, 2019
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Jose Gonzalez Scores Upset Win in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod at Bristol

Jose Gonzalez Scores Upset Win in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod at Bristol Image

Round one of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services was a sign of the change to come at Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol TN over the weekend. Bob Rahaim squeaked out holeshot by fewer than two-hundredths of a second over Mike Janis on his way to a .007-second ET advantage over the reigning E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series champion. No sooner had the tire smoke settled before the event's number qualifier, Todd Tutterow, was a spectator as well. Tutterow ended his chance at winning another Wally with a .005-second red light foul leaving the starting line. Pro Mod points' leader Stevie "Fast" Jackson claimed an opening round win over Steve Matusek with .028-second RT followed by an elapsed time of 5.861 seconds. Winner of the last round of Pro Mod, Khalid...

June 17, 2019
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Salinas Scores Second Win and Tasca III Topples John Force

Salinas Scores Second Win and Tasca III Topples John Force Image

Things have been looking up for John Force this season as the God Father of the NHRA Funny Car division is still looking for his 150th career win. The patriarch of John Force Racing, eliminated Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. to reach his 252nd NHRA final round. Across the bracket, veteran Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III powered his Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang to wins over James Campbell, points' leader Robert Hight, and double-defending event champion of the Thunder Valley Nationals Ron Capps. It was the fifth career Wally and the first win in a hundred events for Tasca, who last stood on top of the podium in 2012. Tasca's 4.008-second ET at 316.23 mph to Force's 4.155 ET at 287.05 mph. The Top Ten points standing for Funny Car after the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA...

June 17, 2019
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Stevie Fast Jackson Claimed Second E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Win

Stevie Fast Jackson Claimed Second E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Win Image

When the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod racing teams rolled into Topeka for Menard's NHRA Heartland Nationals, series points' leader Steve Jackson claimed his second overall victory of the 2019 Pro Mod season. Presented by J&A Service, Jackson's run featured a 5.747-second ET at 251.72 mph in his Bahrain1 Chevrolet Camaro. It was Stevie Fast's second victory at the Heartlands and his sixth career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Wally. Jackson entered the weekend with a special purpose to post a win at Topeka for his crew chief Billy Stocklin. Stocklin's father had unexpectedly passed away leaving the crew with a heavy heart. Jackson lowered his visor to post round-wins over Michael Biehele II, Erica Enders and Sidnei Frigo. Final round action culminated with a 5.747-second ET at 251.72 mph...

June 10, 2019
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Defending World Champion Torrence Takes Fifth Straight Top Fuel Win

Defending World Champion Torrence Takes Fifth Straight Top Fuel Win Image

The National Hot Rod Association has long been a family affair. Nowadays in the top divisions of the sport, it is not uncommon to see a father and a son, or a father and a daughter, tripping the lights in head-to-head final round competition. At the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minities in Topeka, Steve Torrence raced to his fifth consecutive Top Fuel victory after defeating his father, Billy Torrence, in Sunday's final round. The Capco Contractors team watched the track come to them at Heartland Motorsports Park, as the warm temperatures and a near perfect layer of rubber made it a tuner's track. The defending Top Fuel world champion was up to the challenge and posted qualifying times as the weekend's number one qualifier with a 3.75-second ET at 326.16...

June 10, 2019
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Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Returns to Florida

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After more than a twenty-year absence, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series returns to the Sunshine State in 2019. Ironically, over that same period, a majority of the professional motocross riders racing the national series have moved within 100 miles of the premier motocross track at WW Ranch. Living, training and riding in South Georgia or north Florida has definitely become a year round way of life for dozens of the nation's top riders as well as hundreds of aspiring amateur racers. For decades, Gatorback Park to the west of Gainesville FL had hosted the American Motorcycle Association's outdoor national point's race. Unfortunately, conflicts in AMA and track schedules as well as ongoing safety concerns at the Gatorback track left series promoters searching for another venue. WW...

June 7, 2019
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Torrence Continues to Set a Torrid Pace for NHRA Top Fuel Title

Torrence Continues to Set a Torrid Pace for NHRA Top Fuel Title Image

After getting off to a rocky start in 2019, Top Fuel point's leader Steve Torrence drove his Capco Contractors dragster to a fourth consecutive victory this season defeating Mike Salinas with a 3.763 ET at 326.32 mph in the final round of the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway outside Joliet, Illinois. Torrence defeated Terry McMillen, Richie Crampton and Antron Brown en route to his 31st career Wally in Top Fuel and his second victory at the Route 66 Raceway. Top Fuel Number 1 qualifier Mike Salinas beat Scott Palmer, TJ Zizzo and Doug Kalitta to reach the finals. Despite having an engine detonate at the line, Tommy Johnson Jr. piloted his Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to victory for his first win since the Auto Club NHRA Finals in...

June 3, 2019
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The Courageous Life of Niki Lauda Ended Monday

The Courageous Life of Niki Lauda Ended Monday Image

Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda was an Austrian Formula One driver, who to this day, remains the only driver in F1 history to have been crowned World Driving Champion for the sport's two most successful constructors - rivals Ferrari and McLaren. The three-time Formula 1 world champion died at the University Hospital Zurich on Monday after suffering years of organ failures (two kidney and a double lung transplant) related to his horrific racing accident at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany in 1976. Most recently, Lauda had served as non-executive chairman of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix and was instrumental in the signing of Lewis Hamilton to the racing body's most successful Formula 1 team. Lauda's unique achievements as an athlete and racecar driver were almost pale by comparison to the...

May 21, 2019
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Capps and Torrence Go Back-to-Back at NHRA Virginia National

Capps and Torrence Go Back-to-Back at NHRA Virginia National Image

The 2019 NHRA drag racing season has become a haven for repeat winners in the upper division classes at the Virginia NHRA Nationals. Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider, Andrew Hines won his third-straight national event over teammate Eddie Krawiec in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final. The win is the 52nd of Hine's career and came on the back of a 6.845-second ET at 195.68 mph. After qualifying number one, Hines also defeated 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith in the Semifinals. Pro Stock driver Bo Butner leaves Virginia with similar results. Butner defeated his K.B. Racing teammate Greg Anderson to score his fourth Wally in five races. He got off the starting line second but ran down Anderson's Summit Chevrolet to extend his lead in the Pro Stock class.  Driving the...

May 20, 2019
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