Results of Rain Delayed Finals from Lucas Oil Summernationals

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Rookie Justin Ashley Claims 1st Top Fuel Victory In Top Fuel, rookie Justin Ashley advanced to his first ever NHRA Top Fuel semi-final round with elimination wins over Shawn Langdon and Doug Kalitta at the rain delayed Summernationals last month at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The final round matchup is a first ever meeting between Leah Pruett, who had eliminated Lex Joon and Billy Torrence (the most recent NHRA Top Fuel winner at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals) and the 25-year old rookie driver of the Strutmasters.com dragster. Ashley nailed a .055 RT to Pruett’s .102 RT and never looked back on his way to a final round matchup with T.J. Zizzo. On the top side of the ladder at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, Zizzo posted early victories over Terry Totten and Todd...

September 6, 2020
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Chad Green Earns First E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Wally

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The long-awaited final round of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod event that was postponed last month, when rain besieged the Lucas Oil Summernationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, was run on Saturday at the DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals. Both Chad Green, pilot of the Bond-Coat nitrous-powered Corvette, and Jason Scruggs, driver of the Jerry Bickel-built Camaro, were seeking their first ever class win. After a near dead-even start, Green had to the chase Scruggs down the track and caught the soybean farmer from Tupelo, MS as the two neared the finish line. Green posted a winning run of 5.823-seconds at 250.09 mph after a .047-second reaction time in Bond Coat Corvette snatching the Wally from the hands of Jason Scruggs who had the early advantage following a .049...

September 5, 2020
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New Hope to End Andretti Curse at Indy 500

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After Sunday’s round of Pole Qualifying for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the Andretti family had something special to celebrate. Marco Andretti, a third-generation driver of one of the world’s premier racing families, posted a four-lap average speed of 231.068 mph to bump five-time Indy car champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon from this year’s pole. In light of the questionable “Andretti Curse”, drivers and crews lined up to congratulate the grandson of Mario Andretti, who was the last Andretti to sit on pole back in 1987, the same year Marco was born. Marco and Scott Dixon were the only two drivers in the “Fast Nine” that seemed comfortable with a strong tailwind, as Indy requires a skillful balance of on-board...

August 17, 2020
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Tanner Gray Claims 1st Pro Mod Win in Three Years

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In what would be the first completed round of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod series in 2020, Jonathan Gray crawled behind the wheel of a second entry for the injured Rickie Smith at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway to grab the win and take the season's points lead. At last weekend’s Lucas Oil Summernationals, Gray lost in the first round of eliminations after posting a 5.865 ET to Kris Thorne’s 5.837-second pass. Gray’s last appearance a top the podium in the doorslammer class came three years ago at the Indianapolis track, when he claimed his only other victory in the Pro Mod division. Jonathan Gray’s day started with a close win over Jeffrey Barker having posted a 249.35 mph run to Barker’s 249.26 mph pass. In Round Two, Gray relied on a...

August 11, 2020
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Usual Suspects Show Up Big at Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals

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At the last round of the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, former world champions and many veteran winners of NHRA national events were eliminated one-by-one. Before heavy rains washed out the final rounds of the day, the improbable results during eliminations had race fans wondering if Keyser Söze was going to mysteriously advance. Nonetheless, the world of drag racing returned to normal last weekend at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals also hosted at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. In Pro Stock division, five-time NHRA world champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. eliminated Val Smeland, Alex Laughlin, and Greg Anderson to meet up with his nephew Troy Coughlin, Jr. in the Funny Car finals. Troy Jr. had eliminated Kyle Koretsky as well as hard-chargers...

August 10, 2020
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Two Iron Men Waiting for a Showdown in Pro Mod

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Before the rain-delayed final round in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division, doorslammer legend Jason Scruggs qualified his Jerry Bickel-built Camaro, for the Pro Mod finals on Sunday July 19 at the NHRA Summernationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway outside Indianapolis. A soybean farmer from Tupelo MS, Scruggs stayed true to his reputation as one of the fastest and most extreme drivers on any strip of pavement with a thrilling single-car pass in the semi-final round. Even though Clint Satterfield was a scratch in the left lane, Scruggs held nothing back and posted a 5.829 ET at 246.48 mph. For some race fans who are new to Pro Mod, Jason Scruggs may not be a household name, but he is without doubt one of the busiest business owners on the planet. He and his father Mitchell run a 28,000-acre...

August 1, 2020
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NHRA Summernationals to Resume Next Month

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Track officials hurried teams along throughout Sunday’s running of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at the Lucas Oil Speedway outside Indianapolis. The threat of inclement weather could be seen building to the west of the track during elimination rounds at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals. When the thunderstorms finally arrived at the historic racing facility, all semifinal elimination rounds were in the book and teams were feverishly preparing for a shot a Wally. After a lengthy delay and difficulty in getting the eighth-mile racing surface completely dry for the high-horsepower competitors, race officials announced the fourth round of the pandemic-altered NHRA schedule would be completed prior to the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals on Sept. 3-6 at the...

July 20, 2020
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E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Finals Delayed by Rain

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The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals saw the popular E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division kick off its 2020 season with an open test session on Friday at the Indianapolis track. As part of the National Hot Rod Association’s “New Normal”, drivers and teams who did not compete in last weekend’s nationals sponsored by E3, which included Pro Mod, Factory Stock, and Top Fuel Harley Motorcycles, were allowed to test equipment on-track for the first time this year. Originally scheduled for debut in Gainesville FL at the Gatornationals in March, a last-minute delay was issued by the sanctioning body when state agencies directed the event to be postponed due to the pandemic. NHRA officials followed the guidelines set forth by Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, and...

July 20, 2020
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NASCAR Allows Fan Seating at Bristol's All Star Event

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After four months of silence without fans in the stands, a roar of approval greeted NASCAR’s finest this week when a loyal group of racing fans were welcomed back at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Although privately held venues like Bristol are not required to reveal the number of tickets sold, the track had received the go ahead to make 30,000 tickets available for the NASCAR Open and NASCAR All-Star events that were historically hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. History was made as the races marked the first time All-Star drivers competed on a short track for the non-points paying race for the winner’s purse of one million dollars. Moreover, the annual race needed their fan base back to help select the “Fan’s Favorite” driver...

July 15, 2020
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Back Racing at NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Nationals

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NHRA racers, teams and fans had been anxiously awaiting the restart of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for months, when the 10,000-horsepower nitro-burning engines came to life at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis this weekend. After 140 days of silence, racing fans got a glimpse of what the New Normal will look like, as the season resumed in most classes. First, there was a quick temperature check and reminders that masks in the up position were mandatory at all times during the event. Finally, as eager spectators made it inside, big red signs greeted them with the message “STAY CALM & SOCIAL DISTANCE”. Everyone appeared to follow the rules the entire weekend, excepting the part about staying calm. Anyone that follows the World’s Fastest sport knows...

July 13, 2020
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