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New Papa John's commercial, pizza box feature Pritchett

Papa John’s Pizza will salute the story of Leah Pritchett’s persistence with a new television spot, which will begin airing Monday, June 26, and a new national pizza box featuring Pritchett and her gold Papa John's dragster alongside Papa John and his prized 1971 Camaro Z28.
26 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Leah Pritchett
Last year Leah Pritchett lost her dragster when her team owner retired. Through a relentless persistence to remain in the top 10 of points earners, she found a way to continue to compete and caught the eye of Papa John's. "When I met Leah I…
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Force to throw out first pitch at Chicago Cubs game July 5

A pair of world champions come together when 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a World Series champion Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on July 5.
26 Jun 2017
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John Force
A pair of world champions come together when 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a World Series champion Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on July 5.   John Force Racing President Robert…
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Torrence adds fourth win of the season; Beckman, Butner, Tonglet find winner's circle

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) got into the winner's circle for the fourth time this season, while Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) joined the Texan with wins in Norwalk.
25 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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NHRA Funny Car world champion Capps nominated for 2017 ESPY Best Driver award

NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps has been nominated for 2017 ESPY Best Driver award. The ESPY Awards, for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, was created by ESPN in 1993. The nominees are selected for their performances over the past 12 months.
25 Jun 2017
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Ron Capps
Ron Capps’ 2016 Funny Car world championship season and hot start to the 2017 season has earned him a nomination for an ESPY award in the Best Driver category. This is the first time he has been nominated for the prestigious honor in his 23-year…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Sunday Notebook

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) got into the winner's circle for the fourth time this season, while Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) joined the Texan with wins in Norwalk.
25 Jun 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
Preview | Features | Photos | Results ELIMINATION ROUND RECAPS Doug Kalitta TOP…
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Hagan, Kalitta, Anderson and Smith hang onto No. 1 qualifying spots

Matt Hagan held onto his track record, and No. 1 qualifying spot, as did Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) at the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals.
24 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Matt Hagan
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Saturday Notebook

24 Jun 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Norwalk
Preview | Features | Photos | Results QUALIFYING ROUND RECAPS…
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Mickey Thompson Tires to sponsor Pro Bike Battle all-star event

Mickey Thompson Tires has been named the official sponsor of the Pro Bike Battle event held at Sonoma Raceway. The multi-year agreement will feature the top motorcycle competitors in the country battling for a lucrative purse. 
24 Jun 2017
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Bike Battle
Mickey Thompson Tires has been named the official sponsor of the Pro Bike Battle event held at Sonoma Raceway. The multi-year agreement will feature the top motorcycle competitors in the country battling for a lucrative purse.  The Mickey…
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Kalitta, Hagan, Anderson, Smith hold top qualifying spots after Friday

The Eastern Swing wraps up in Norwalk, Ohio with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Doug Kalitta, Matt Hagan, Greg Anderson and Matt Smith are on top after the first day of qualifying.
23 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Doug Kalitta
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Friday Notebook

The Eastern Swing wraps up in Norwalk, Ohio with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Doug Kalitta, Matt Hagan, Greg Anderson and Matt Smith are on top after the first day of qualifying.
23 Jun 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
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It's Clay's day ... finally

Clay Millican's Top Fuel win in Bristol wasn't just a breakthrough moment for him, but felt like a community event for the NHRA world, and lifted us all. NHRA National Dragster Editor Phil Burgess shares his thoughts on Millican's long run to victory.
23 Jun 2017
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Clay Millican
I was one of the very few still there on a Monday in Montreal in 1987, when John Force finally broke through for his first NHRA Funny Car win after nine painful runner-ups, and I was there in Dallas in 2011 when Bob Vandergriff Jr. ended his NHRA-…
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NHRA Today roundtable: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals preview

Indy bureau chief John Kernan joined Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio via Skype delivered by Papa John’s to talk about this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
22 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Indy bureau chief John Kernan joined Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio via Skype delivered by Papa John’s to talk about this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
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Packed fields, jets, and fireworks all part of the show at Norwalk event

With the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals coming to his track this weekend, Bill Bader Jr. talks about the popular event and its many traditions.
22 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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With the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals coming to his track this weekend, Bill Bader Jr. talks about the event and its many traditions. Bader Jr. joined Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio via Skype delivered by Papa John’s to talk…
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Millican discusses breakthrough Top Fuel win, reaction from community

Clay Millican joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about his first ever win racing in Top Fuel this past weekend at Bristol Dragway. 
22 Jun 2017
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Clay Millican joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about his first ever win racing in Top Fuel this past weekend at Bristol Dragway.  Millican’s win came on Father’s Day,…
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Latest issue of NHRA National Dragster now online (Vol. 58 No. 13)

NHRA National Dragster’s 13th issue of 2017, featuring Epping and Englishtown coverage and more, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world. It is the ninth issue of 2017.
22 Jun 2017
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Erica Enders on National Dragster cover
NHRA National Dragster’s 13th issue of 2017, featuring Epping and Englishtown coverage and more, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world. It is the ninth issue of 2017. The annual Eastern…
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Torrence, Capps, Butner, Tonglet top Tricky Tipster's Norwalk rankings

Points leaders Steve Torrence, Ron Capps, and Bo Butner, along with two-time season winner LE Tonglet are NHRA National Dragster's Tricky Tipster's top picks for wins at this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
22 Jun 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Steve Torrence, Ron Capps, Bo Butner, LE Tonglet
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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Savoie forced to sit out Norwalk race due to Tropical Storm Cindy

Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Jerry Savoie has withdrawn from this week’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals due to Tropical Storm Cindy, which is hitting his homestate of Louisiana.
22 Jun 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Jerry Savoie
Reigning NHRA Mello Yello series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Jerry Savoie is a last-minute scratch from this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Naitonals in Norwalk. On Thursday afternoon, Savoie announced that he was skipping the event due to…
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Early-season success puts Tonglet ahead of schedule heading to Norwalk

LE Tonglet knew that teaming up with reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Jerry Savoie would pay off at some point during the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. But the 2010 world champ didn’t expect it would come quite this quick.
22 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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LE Tonglet
LE Tonglet knew that teaming up with reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Jerry Savoie would pay off at some point during the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. But the 2010 world champ didn’t expect it would come quite this quick…
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New car for Capps at Bristol turned out to be the right choice

Ron Capps' Bristol victory came only after crew chief Rahn Tobler changed cars prior to Saturday qualifying. Indy bureau chief John Kernan talked to Tobler about the decision to bring out a new car in the middle of a race weekend.
22 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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Ron Capps has had perhaps the most reliable car this season.  Prior to Bristol his NAPA Funny Car had raced to four wins on the season, but Friday at Thunder Valley the car appeared to be on its last legs.  t looked tired, so crew chief…
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Racing at sponsor’s event brings out the best in Line

Racing at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, it would be almost impossible for Pro Stock standout Jason Line to miss his sponsor’s presence at this weekend’s race.
21 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Jason Line
Racing at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, it would be almost impossible for Pro Stock standout Jason Line to miss his sponsor’s presence at this weekend’s race. While it puts extra…
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Arana Sr. undergoes surgery, will be sidelined three months

Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Hector Arana Sr. of the  Lucas Oil race team underwent major shoulder surgery Tuesday and will miss at least three months of competition.
21 Jun 2017
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Hector Arana
Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Hector Arana Sr. of the  Lucas Oil race team underwent major shoulder surgery Tuesday and will miss at least three months of competition.   Traveling from the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race in…
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Pedregon joins the war against veteran suicide with Mission 22

Cruz Pedregon and his Funny Car team are joining the war against veteran suicide at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals with the help of Mission 22. 
21 Jun 2017
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Cruz Pedregon
Cruz Pedregon and his Funny Car team are joining the war against veteran suicide at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals with the help of Mission 22.  Mission 22 was founded by Special Forces operators Magnus Johnson and Mike Kissel and…
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Millican heads to Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals riding wave of momentum

No matter what happened on Sunday in his ninth career Top Fuel final round, Clay Millican would have gone to Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the site of this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, with a smile on his face.
20 Jun 2017
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Clay Millican
No matter what happened on Sunday in his ninth career Top Fuel final round, Clay Millican would have gone to Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the site of this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, with a smile on his face.…
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NHRA pioneer "Akron Arlen" Vanke dies

20 Jun 2017
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Arlen Vanke
NHRA racing pioneer “Akron Arlen” Vanke, who was instrumental in the foundations of drag racing in Ohio, died June 15. Vanke, along with brothers Walt and Art Arfons and Otis “Otie” Smith, began racing at the Akron Municipal Airport in the 1950s…
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Courtney Force hopes wait for first win of 2017 ends in Norwalk

Advancing to the final round the past two seasons at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Courtney Force feels like she’s closing in on her first Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals victory this weekend. 
20 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Courtney Force
Advancing to the final round the past two seasons at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Courtney Force feels like she’s closing in on her first Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals victory this weekend.  Success and a first victory…
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NHRA Mello Yello Series hits halfway point at Summit Racing Equipment Nationals

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series powers back to one of the preeminent facilities in the country for the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, June 22-25.
20 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Norwalk
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series powers back to one of the preeminent facilities in the country for the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, June 22-25. Fans will once again be able…
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Rookie Report Card after Bristol

A look at the season stats for the 2017 rookie class through the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, race 11 of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
20 Jun 2017
Candida Benson, NHRA.com Managing Editor
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Bristol Rookie Report Card
Three of the five candidates for this year's Auto Club Road to the Future Award that recognizes NHRA's top rookie in the Pro ranks were in competition at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Top Fuel racer Troy Coughlin Jr., Funny Car's Jonnie…
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Fast Five: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

From an emotional first win to a perfect light in a final, the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals was filled with memorable moments. Here's a look at five of the biggest moments from the 11th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
19 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Fast Five
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From an emotional first win to a perfect light in a final, the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals was filled with memorable moments. Here's a look at five of the biggest moments from the 11th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series…
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Millican finally gets his first NHRA victory; Capps, Laughlin also score in Bristol

Clay Millican got his long-awaited first win in Top Fuel, and was joined in victory at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals by Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock).
18 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Event champions Clay Millican, Ron Capps, and Alex Laughlin 4
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday Notebook

18 Jun 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Bristol
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