Pritchett's national-record 3.65 leads Top Fuel; C. Force, Line also top Friday fields

Leah Pritchett made the quickest pass in Top Fuel history (3.658) and leads the field after the opening day of the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also front their classes after the close of Friday qualifying.
24 Feb 2017
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NHRA Arizona Nationals Friday Notebook

Leah Pritchett made the quickest pass in Top Fuel history and leads the field after the opening day of the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also front their classes after the close of Friday qualifying.
24 Feb 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
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The Art of Matt Levonas, Part 2

Last week I showed off some of the marvelous artwork by NHRA’s Northwest Division Director Matt Levonas and I’m back with more this week, including some cool 1970s Funny Cars.
24 Feb 2017
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Last week I showed off some of the marvelous artwork by NHRA’s Northwest Division Director Matt Levonas (you can find the article linked in the bar at left), and I’m back with more this week. As you all know, I’m a sucker for 1970s Funny Cars, so…
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NHRA, Shelby Development, LLC announce Shelby’s acquisition of National Trail Raceway

Shelby Development, LLC and its affiliated company Monopoly Acquisitions, LLC., CEO Chris Payne, and the NHRA have announced that the companies have entered an agreement for Shelby to acquire National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. 
23 Feb 2017
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National Trail
Shelby Development, LLC and its affiliated company Monopoly Acquisitions, LLC., CEO Chris Payne, and the NHRA have announced that the companies have entered an agreement for Shelby to acquire National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.   …
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Pritchett, Hagan, Line are Tricky Tipster's favorites for Phoenix

NHRA National Dragster's famed Tricky Tipster has made his picks for the NHRA Arizona Nationals, and the Pomona champs -- Leah Pritchett, Matt Hagan, and Jason Line -- top the lists.
23 Feb 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Leah Pritchett, Matt Hagan, and Jason Line
For more than five decades, NHRA National Dragster's famed Tricky Tipster has tested his prognosticating skills prior to each national event, putting odds on the top eight racers he thinks have the best shot at victory in Tricky Tipster.…
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Former Pro Stock champ Johnson eager to right the ship at NHRA Arizona Nationals

After a busy and what he thought was a productive off-season, Allen Johnson didn’t come out with the bang he hoped for to start the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
23 Feb 2017
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Allen Johnson
After a busy and what he thought was a productive off-season, Allen Johnson didn’t come out with the bang he hoped for to start the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The former Pro Stock world champion is determined to not let that…
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Hagan will run Sandvik Coromant colors in Phoenix

22 Feb 2017
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Matt Hagan
Circle K NHRA Winternationals champ and current Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan will continue his championship quest at the NHRA Arizona Nationals with a new color scheme of longtime Don Schumacher Racing partner Sandvik Coromant on board.…
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Pritchett banking on another impressive performance at NHRA Arizona Nationals

After winning the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener in Pomona, Calif. Leah Pritchett knows she will feel right at home at the second stop on the tour, the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
22 Feb 2017
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Leah Pritchett
After winning the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener in Pomona, Calif. Leah Pritchett, the rising Top Fuel star, knows she will feel right at home at the second stop on the tour, the NHRA Arizona Nationals, which takes place Feb…
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Hagan, Olpin guest on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro

21 Feb 2017
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Matt Hagan previews the NHRA Arizona Nationals on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro. Lucas Oil Series racer Ed Olpin talks about his historic double at the Circle K Winternationals. NHRA National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna discusses his latest “The Sports Report”…
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Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, like you've never experienced it before

Before the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour fully puts Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in the rearview mirror, here's a chance to experience the fabled facility in a way you've never seen it before.
21 Feb 2017
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Pomona Gigipan
Before the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour fully puts Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in the rearview mirror, here's a chance to experience the fabled facility in a way you've never seen it before. Using the controls on the images below, you…
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Defending event champ Wilkerson focused on season-long consistency

Last season, Tim Wilkerson raced to early success and even a share of the points lead, but the rest of the season wasn’t as smooth. The Funny Car veteran is determined to extend last year’s hot start into a full season in 2017.
21 Feb 2017
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Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson believed his team showed its true potential early last year, racing to wins in Phoenix and Charlotte, and even grabbing a share of the Funny Car points lead at the quarter-mark of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.…
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Catching up with Whit Bazemore

There are few drivers in NHRA history with a stronger opinion about the sport than Whit Bazemore, who shares his thoughts about the Circle K NHRA Winternationals and the many side stories surrounding the event. (New, expanded interview!)
21 Feb 2017
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There are few drivers in NHRA history with a stronger opinion about the sport than Whit Bazemore. Bazemore, who has driven both Funny Cars and Top Fuel cars in his long career and won 20 races in Funny Car including two at the Chevrolet Performance…
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Racing Electronics extends agreement as Official Radio Communications of NHRA

Racing Electronics has extended its official sponsorship with the NHRA, signing a multi-year agreement as the official radio communications of the NHRA. 
21 Feb 2017
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Racing Electronics
Racing Electronics, the worldwide leader in two-way communications products for the motorsports industry, has extended its official sponsorship with the NHRA, signing a multi-year agreement as the official radio communications of the NHRA.…
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Top Fuel standout Torrence knows importance of strong start at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Pomona didn’t go his way to open the 2017 campaign, which means doing well and grabbing early-season momentum will be critical for Steve Torrence at this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
20 Feb 2017
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Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence saw the benefit of a quick start a year ago when a season-opening victory in Pomona catapulted the Top Fuel driver to the best season in his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career.  Pomona didn’t go his way to open the…
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Ardmore Dragway joins NHRA Member Track Network

Ardmore Dragway, located in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has joined Division 4, the NHRA South Central Division as a NHRA member track. 
20 Feb 2017
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Member Track
Ardmore Dragway, located in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has joined Division 4, the NHRA South Central Division as a NHRA member track.  Ardmore Dragway was originally built as the Ardmore Municipal Airport. After the Ardmore Municipal Airport moved…
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Persistent McMillen keeps moving forward in pursuit of Top Fuel success

Top Fuel racer Terry McMillen joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom in the NHRA Wally Parks Studio delivered by Papa John’s via Skype from his home in Indiana to talk about the start of the 2017 season racing.
20 Feb 2017
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Do you know who was the first driver in 2017 to score a round-win in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series? The answer to that trivia question is Top Fuel racer Terry McMillen, who joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom in the NHRA Wally Parks Studio…
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Females to win Top Fuel at the Winternationals

Leah Pritchett's win at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals put her on a small list of women to win at the season-opening race. Here is a look at the five females who have scored victories in Top Fuel at the Winternationals.
20 Feb 2017
Candida Benson, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Leah Pritchett with her team in the Winternationals winner's circle
At the season-opening event in Pomona, Leah Pritchett outlasted the field in Top Fuel to take home her second career Wally in the class. The victory put Pritchett on a short list of women to win the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. Following is a look…
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NHRA tour heads west to Phoenix for NHRA Arizona Nationals

With a valuable championship points on the line in this young season, the stakes will be high for NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series competitors at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Feb. 24-26 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, outside of Phoenix.
18 Feb 2017
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Phoenix
With a valuable championship points on the line in this young season, the stakes will be high for NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series competitors at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, which takes place Feb. 24-26 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, a 450-…
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NHRA Today roundtable: NHRA Arizona Nationals preview

As teams move on from the Circle K NHRA Winternationals and begin to prep for the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, Amanda Busick, Lewis Bloom and John Kernan catch you up on what's happening in drag racing land.
17 Feb 2017
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As teams move on from the Circle K NHRA Winternationals and begin to prep for the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, Amanda Busick, Lewis Bloom and John Kernan catch you up on what's happening in drag racing land. In this week’s roundtable from the…
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Latest issue of NHRA National Dragster now online (Vol. 58 No. 4)

NHRA National Dragster’s fourth issue of 2017, featuring testing coverage, an interview with Clay Millican, and more is online now for NHRA members and in the mail.
17 Feb 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
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National Dragster cover
NHRA National Dragster’s fourth issue of 2017, featuring testing coverage and photos, an interview with Clay Millican, and more is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world. Quick runs and new…
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Flashback Friday on NHRA All Access: 1961 Winternationals

Throughout 2017, NHRA All Access subscribers will get bonus content with the airing of vintage NHRA national events as part of the new Flashback Friday feature. First up: the 1961 Winternationals.
17 Feb 2017
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Throughout 2017, NHRA All Access subscribers will get bonus content with the airing of vintage NHRA national events as part of the new Flashback Friday feature. First up: the 1961 Winternationals. The great video, which shows Auto Club Raceway at…
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Lee announces retirement from Funny Car racing

NHRA Funny Car driver Paul Lee is retiring from the sport of drag racing. Lee suffered a heart attack over the winter and will not be returning to the seat of his McLeod Racing/Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car.
17 Feb 2017
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Paul Lee
NHRA Funny Car driver Paul Lee is retiring from the sport of drag racing. Lee suffered a heart attack over the winter and will not be returning to the seat of his McLeod Racing/Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car. On Dec. 13, 2016, two days after…
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The Art of Matt Levonas

Northwest Division Director Matt Levonas' passion for racing goes far beyond his divisional duties, as he's also a talented artist whose work spans the history of the sport. Here's a look at some of his nostalgic pieces.
17 Feb 2017
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
art
When I was five years old, I made a drawing in my first grade class of George Washington astride a horse that my teacher raved about. Unfortunately for me, that’s probably still the level of my drawing skills. Sure, I can paint a picture in words,…
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Country artist Jerrod Niemann to play special concert at Menards Heartland Nationals

Officials from Heartland Park Topeka in conjunction with NHRA have announced that national country recording artist Jerrod Niemann will play a special concert at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Pet Treats.
16 Feb 2017
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Niemann
Officials from Heartland Park Topeka in conjunction with NHRA have announced that national country recording artist Jerrod Niemann will play a special concert at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Pet Treats. The concert…
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Kershaw named North Central Division Director 

Jesse Kershaw has been named NHRA’s North Central Division Director. Kershaw has more than two decades of motorsports experience and has worked extensively with the NHRA in the past.
16 Feb 2017
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Jesse Kershaw
Jesse Kershaw has been named NHRA’s North Central Division Director (Division 3). The North Central Division includes tracks in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and is home to four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.  “I’m…
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NHRA Today Roundtable: What did we learn in Pomona?

Has parity returned to Pro Stock? Is 2017 the year of the Funny Car? And why there is no room for mistakes in Top Fuel this season. John Kernan joins Amanda Busick and Lewis Bloom in the NHRA Wally Parks Studio delivered by Papa John’s.
16 Feb 2017
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Has parity returned to Pro Stock? Is 2017 the year of the Funny Car? And why there is no room for mistakes in Top Fuel this season. John Kernan joins Amanda Busick and Lewis Bloom in the NHRA Wally Parks Studio delivered by Papa John’s to recap the…
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NHRA television viewership continues to grow in 2017

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began in dramatic fashion this past weekend with over one million viewers witnessing the intense racing action on the FOX broadcast network channels. 
16 Feb 2017
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NHRA on FOX
The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began in dramatic fashion this past weekend with over one million viewers witnessing the intense racing action on the FOX broadcast network channels.  During the broadcast, 1,224,000 viewers…
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Advertising Edge extends agreement as the Official Uniform of NHRA

Advertising Edge has extended its agreement as the Official Uniform of the NHRA. The partnership between NHRA and Advertising Edge began in 2010.
16 Feb 2017
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Advertising Edge
Advertising Edge has extended its agreement as the Official Uniform of the NHRA. The partnership between NHRA and Advertising Edge began in 2010 and as part of the multi-year extension Advertising Edge will continue to provide NHRA with hats, staff…
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RFC’s Larry, Linda Smiley embark on NHRA farewell tour

15 Feb 2017
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Smileys
Larry Smiley, who for the last 11 years has served as President of Team RFC, and his wife, Linda, who with him has ministered to racers, friends and family members before, during and after events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, will end…
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Pritchett, Schumacher Valentine's Day tweets up the ante

Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and the "love" was being shared throughout the drag racing Twitterverse, especially between Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel teammates Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher.
15 Feb 2017
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Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and the "love" was being shared throughout the drag racing Twitterverse, especially between Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel teammates Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher after their semifinal race at the Circle K NHRA…
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