Behind the Numbers: Can anyone catch Tanner Gray in the rookie of the year race?

Tanner Gray has a big lead in the Auto Club Road to the Future Award race. Can any of his fellow rookies catch him? Let's go through the 2017 class as the Countdown to the Championship approaches.
17 Jul 2017
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
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With 11 races to go in the 2017 season (seriously? Where has the time gone?), now seems like as good a time as any to take a look at this year's rookie class. Let’s start with the obvious: It’s going to be very, very difficult for anyone to…
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Behind the Numbers: Rahn Tobler and Ron Capps are doing something amazing

Beyond just winning a whole lot, Capps and Tobler go about their business a little bit different than everybody else. We take a look at how the NAPA team has picked up where it left off after winning the 2016 Funny Car title.
14 Jul 2017
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
Tobler Capps
Funny Car driver Ron Capps, crew chief Rahn Tobler and the rest of the NAPA car team are enjoying an unprecedented season. That’s saying something: the crew is coming off Capps’ first championship in 2016; how do you top an inaugural title? By doing…
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Behind the Numbers: Trying to pin down the very tight Funny Car race

It’s officially not too early to talk about the Funny Car points race. With just 26 points separating Cruz Pedregon in 10th from Alexis DeJoria in 14th, let's take a look at the battle for the Countdown.
12 Jul 2017
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
Funny Car
It’s officially not too early to talk about the Funny Car points race. I know, I’ve been talking about it ever since Alexis DeJoria rejoined the fray in Epping (and truthfully, before that), but I’m a degenerate. Now I’m granting you permission to…
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Behind the Numbers: The winners and losers of the "Eastern Swing"

With the “Eastern Swing” behind us and a rare weekend off, let’s take a moment to reset before the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago. To do that, we’re going to break down the winners, losers, and who broke even during the four in a row that started in Epping and ended last week in Norwalk.
03 Jul 2017
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
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With the “Eastern Swing” behind us and a rare weekend off, let’s take a moment to reset before the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago. To do that, we’re going to break down the winners, losers, and who broke even during the four in a…
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Analysis: Erica Enders' car is finally catching up to her left foot

Erica Enders finally won this weekend, but her reaction times never failed her over the past season and a half of winless racing.
06 Jun 2017
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
Erica Enders
Erica Enders is finally back. The former Pro Stock champion picked up her first Wally since the fall Las Vegas race of 2015 when she defeated Tanner Gray at the NHRA New England Nationals for what was also her very first win in the fuel-injection…
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Analysis: What does DeJoria have to do to still make the Countdown?

01 Jun 2017
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
Alexis DeJoria
After missing three events attending to family matters, Alexis DeJoria returns to the NHRA circuit with 10 races left in the regular season and 208 points in the bag. She sits in 14th place, staring up at Jonnie Lindberg, Jim Campbell, Cruz Pedregon…
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Analysis: Consistency is the name of the game in Funny Car points battle

John Force isn't just looking for faster speed and quicker elapsed times as he chases Ron Capps and Matt Hagan in the Funny Car standings; the legend is hoping to get down the track more consistently.
30 May 2017
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
John Force
John Force sits in third place in the Funny Car standings after the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, but the legendary driver isn’t comfortable with the way his car is running.…
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