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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Racers Out Run the Rain at 51st Annual Gatornationals

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As the Hurricane Season always means there is a daily chance for rain in Florida, NHRA racing officials moved up the start time for Sunday’s final rounds of the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Fortunately for racers and race fans alike, the elite classes of the NHRA Mello Yello drag racing championship finished before the rains came. At the end of the day, it was redemption for some drivers and business as usual for others as Steve Torrence, Ron Capps, Alex Laughlin, and Matt Smith took home a Wally in their respective classes from the historic Gainesville Raceway track. A limited number of race fans were allowed in the grandstands, as the NHRA had posted strict rules and requirements for safely attending event, which included a face covering over both the mouth...

September 28, 2020
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Rickie Smith Celebrates His First Win in Pro Mod for 2020

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No one in the pits at Gainesville Raceway during the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division of the NHRA Mello Yello drag racing championship would have doubted Rickie Smith’s dominate runs at the 51st Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals. Smith didn’t post the fastest speed of the event that honor went to Kris Thorne with a 253.75 mph pass in Round One. He also did not post the lowest ET or quickest reaction time at Gainesville, as those honors went to Khalid Albalooshi (5.739 ET) and Todd Tutterow (.006 RT) respectively. What the legendary Pro Mod driver did do was to lay down elimination runs at 249.81 mph, 249.07 mph, 249.53 mph and 249.63 mph with an average reaction time of 0.045 seconds. That consistency is why Rickie Smith is the most successful driver in the history of E3 Spark...

September 28, 2020
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Two Time Winners Take Center Stage at U.S. Nationals

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Stevie “Fast” Jackson, Shawn Langdon, Jack Beckman, and Erica Enders-Stevens each walked away with the second U.S. Nationals win of their career on Sunday at the DENSO Spark Plugs event in Brownsburg, Indiana. It was the sixth of eleven events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the third consecutive event of 2020 season at Lucas Oil Raceway for the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division. Jackson defeated Todd Tutterow in the Pro Mod final with a near perfect .006 reaction time to claim his second U.S. Nationals Wally and the tenth Pro Mod win of his career. The doorslammer class lived up to its reputation for extreme runs down the quarter-mile strip with Kristopher Thorne and Steve Matusek destroying their turbocharged rides in separate round one accidents....

September 8, 2020
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E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Reigning Champ Wins U.S. Nationals

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Stevie “Fast” Jackson, the defending E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Racing Series champion, grabbed his first win of the 2020 season on Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Jackson outdueled Todd Tutterow in the final round of the 66th annual NHRA DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals. The third Pro Mod event of the season was presented by ATI ProCharger with all three races held at the Indianapolis track over the past six weeks. Tanner Gray, who had claimed his second ever victory in Pro Mod at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, was eliminated in second round action by Mike Janis. The winner of the rain-delayed NHRA Lucas Oil Summernationals final round was Chad Green, who claimed his first Pro Mod Wally by defeating a hard-charging Jason Scruggs on Saturday. Green was hoping to...

September 7, 2020
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Matusek and Thorne Escape Serious Injury at U.S. Nationals

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One thing is for certain, when the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division takes to the track; it is going to be exciting. In the NHRA’s run-whatever-engine you choose class, brute power and explosive speed are never a problem. But, keeping a doorslammer on the straight and narrow for a quarter of mile can be. During the opening round at the 66th running of the DENSO U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, fans witnessed separate first-round accidents during Pro Mod eliminations in Indianapolis on Sunday. First up was Kristopher Thorne who entered the event with an early season points lead. Thorne lined up next to the Number One qualifier, the legendary Jason Scruggs. Thorne had a near perfect run that started with an amazing .006 RT to Scruggs .039 reaction time. By mid-track, Thorne had...

September 7, 2020
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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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