A pair of near misses

The NHRA Carolina Nationals had plenty of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series sportsman racing drama, including near doubles by John Labbous Jr. and Todd Ewing and an epic Comp final between championship contenders.
20 Sep 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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I spend a fair amount of time in this column discussing and dissecting doubles since it seems like someone in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series wins two classes, or at least comes very close to it, at almost every event. The reality is that a…
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Night of Fire doubleheader weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceways

The Pacific Division arrives at Rocky Mountain Raceways for the Night of Fire Doubleheader Sept. 21-24. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships. LATEST RESULT: Friday qualifying
19 Sep 2017
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Division 7
Preview | Friday The following are Thursday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Rocky Mountain Raceway: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR…
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Labbous nearly doubles, closes in on dual national championships

John Labbous Jr., the national points leader in both Super Comp and Super Gas. moved closer to winning both titles with a big weekend at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, where he won in Super Comp and was runner-up in Super Gas.
18 Sep 2017
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The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full force this past weekend during the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Frank Aragona and John Labbous Jr., both moved closer to national championship rings with final-round victories…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Super Gas winner Kevin Adams

14 Sep 2017
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Appearing in his first national event final, Kevin Adams earned his first title in Super Gas when he stopped Samantha Coughlin in another side-by-side final round. Both Adams and Coughlin, the wife of five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Jr., recorded…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Super Comp winner Ray Connolly

14 Sep 2017
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A pair of past national champions squared off to decide the Super Comp title with Ray Connolly taking a narrow win against Edmond Richardson. Both Connolly and Richardson had previously won the sport’s biggest event, but Connolly added a second…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Stock winner Larry Gilley

14 Sep 2017
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The Stock final was a class racer’s dream with Larry Gilley taking on Darrel Steiger in a heads-up, no-breakout battle of E/SA Mopars. Gilley, in his ’69 Dart, took on Steiger, in his ’70 Challenger, in Thursday’s class final, and Steiger claimed a…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Super Stock winner Kevin Helms

14 Sep 2017
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Kevin Helms is already on track to win his fifth national championship in Stock, and now he may well win the Super Stock championship following his win in that category, his third overall U.S. Nationals victory. Helms drove the Southland Dodge Drag…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Comp winner Brad Plourd

14 Sep 2017
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Brad Plourd had made very few runs behind the wheel of Harry Schwartz’s wild AA/AM roadster before arriving in Indy for the Big Go, but that didn’t stop him from turning on six win lights to claim the Comp title, his third Indy win and the 20th of…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Top Alcohol Funny Car winner John Lombardo Jr.

14 Sep 2017
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John Lombardo Jr. also came from the No. 3 qualifying spot to win the Top Alcohol Funny Car title in his NAPA Auto Parts Camaro. After a 5.507 win against Tyler Scott, Lombardo, whose father, John, drove the famed Blue Max to the Indy Funny Car…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Top Alcohol Dragster winner Josh Hart

14 Sep 2017
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Josh Hart’s fourth win of the 2017 season was easily his biggest. Driving his Advance Auto Parts dragster, Hart came from the No. 3 qualifying spot to the final, where he took a 5.307 to 5.364 win against Megan Meyer in Top Alcohol Dragster. Hart…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Sportsman champion highlights

Josh Hart and John Lombardo Jr. headlined the list of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sportsman champions from the sport’s biggest event, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
14 Sep 2017
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Josh Hart and John Lombardo Jr. headlined the list of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sportsman champions from the sport’s biggest event, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. For both drivers, it was their first experience winning the Big Go…
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A final round for the ages

The Indy Stock final between Larry Gilley and Darrel Steiger was a heads-up, no-breakout battle between two of the most evenly matched cars in the grounds, and they did not disappoint
13 Sep 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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During Thursday’s Stock Class eliminations at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, more than 160 drivers from all over North America slugged it out for bragging rights and a coveted gold NHRA Wally trophy. A total of 39 individual class…
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Hatcher, Stanfield, and Cummings lead Texas Motorplex winners

Will Hatcher, Aaron Stanfield, and Slate Cummings led the list of winners as the NHRA South Central Division returned to Texas Motorplex for the NHRA Lucas Oil Division 4 race.
11 Sep 2017
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Division 4
Preview |Saturday Slate Cummings and Tommy Phillips secured wins in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central division event at Texas Motorplex this past weekend.  Stock…
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Lamb doubles at Woodburn Dragstrip

Justin Lamb kept his hot streak intact, doubling up at Woodburn Dragstrip's NHRA Northwest Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, winning in both Super Stock and Stock.
11 Sep 2017
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Division 6
Preview | Saturday At Woodburn Dragstrip, racers Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., and Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car.…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals TAD champ Hart reflects on big win

Josh Hart collected his first career NHRA national event win at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, driving his Advance Auto Parts entry to the Top Alcohol Dragster victory. He joined Amanda Busick via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio presented by Papa John’s.
11 Sep 2017
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Fast Five: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Lucas Oil Sportsman

Lucas Oil Sportsman racing is a big part of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. NHRA Reporter Lewis Bloom selected his top five moments from The Big Go.
07 Sep 2017
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Meyer, Williams take NHRA Division 5 alcohol wins at Tri-State Raceway

Megan Meyer and Kirk Williams were the winners in the alcohol classes as the NHRA West Central Division concluded its season at Tri-State Raceway.
06 Sep 2017
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Division 5
Preview | Friday | Saturday Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kan., and Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, took home wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car Sunday evening…
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Benham, Santangelo, and Linke lead list of winners at Raceway Park

Scott Benham, Joe Santangelo, and Russell Linke led the list of winners as Old Bridge Township Raceway Park hosted the 51st annual NHRA Lucas Oil Division 1 Points Meet which concludes the Northeast Division season.
06 Sep 2017
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Division 1
Preview | Friday | Saturday Russell Linke and Scott Benham scored big victories in front of a cheering home crowd during the NHRA Northeast division Lucas Oil Drag…
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Third time is the charm

Brad Plourd’s third Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory is easily the most unlikely, and perhaps the most rewarding, win of his career
06 Sep 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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Winning any Comp race is hard. Winning Comp at Indy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious event, is even harder. Winning Comp at Indy in a supercharged, methanol-burning low-six-second ’23-T altered? That’s nearly impossible, at least until Brad…
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Hart, Lombardo, and Helms earn first Indy wins

The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full effect during the 63rd annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Josh Hart, John Lombardo Jr., and Kevin Helms raced to victory at Lucas Oil Raceway
04 Sep 2017
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The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full effect during the 63rd annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Josh Hart, John Lombardo Jr., and Kevin Helms raced to victory at Lucas Oil Raceway Hart, Ocala Fla., and Megan Meyer, Olathe,…
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Daniels defends Mopar Hemi Challenge title at U.S. Nationals

2016 winner Jimmy Daniels went back-to-back as he defeated Wendell Howes in the final round of the Mopar Hemi Challenge specialty race at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
01 Sep 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Jimmy Daniels is just one month removed from his 21st birthday but he’s already got two Mopar Hemi Challenge titles to his credit following his latest victory on Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway. Daniels, driving the same Hemi-powered ’68 Dodge Dart,…
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NHRA fans can offer their support to Hurricane Harvey victims

The affects of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey have created unprecedented damage on Houston and other Gulf communities both in Texas and Louisiana. Members of the NHRA community can donate resources to those in the affected areas in a number of ways.
31 Aug 2017
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The affects of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey have created unprecedented damage on Houston and other Gulf communities both in Texas and Louisiana. Members of the NHRA community can donate resources to those in the affected areas using any of the…
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Former Indy champ Bogacki gears up for Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

NHRA Sportsman champion Luke Bogacki joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about the upcoming Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. 
30 Aug 2017
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NHRA Sportsman champion Luke Bogacki joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about the upcoming Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.  Bogacki, who is…
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Defending Hemi Challenge champ Daniels prepares for title defense

Jimmy Daniels, 2016 winner of the Mopar Hemi Challenge, joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about his excitement for this year’s event. 
30 Aug 2017
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Jimmy Daniels, 2016 winner of the Mopar Hemi Challenge, joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about his excitement for this year’s event.  The 21-year-old resident from…
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West Central, Northwest divisions to finalize 2018 JEGS Allstars teams in 2017

The NHRA West Central Division and the Northwest Division will finalize their divisional teams for the 2018 JEGS Allstar competition with their final event in the 2017 racing season.
30 Aug 2017
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The move of the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N to early June on the 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule has also shifted the yearlong JEGS Allstar points battle for the 2018 event. Due to this,  the NHRA…
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Ground Zero Camaro

Ben Wenzel’s ’67 Chevy Camaro Z-28 is more than just a race car, it’s a timeless piece of automotive history and its still going strong after a half-century as a Stock Eliminator car.
30 Aug 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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In 1967, Ben Wenzel walked into Martin Chevrolet in Hemlock, Mich. plunked down a then-hefty sum of $3,463.50 and drove off with a shiny new ’67 Z-28 Camaro, squealing the tires not long after leaving the parking lot. A half-century later, that…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Top Sportsman winner Brian Heath

29 Aug 2017
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Top Sportsman presented by Racing RVs champ Brian Heath made the trip to Brainerd from his home in Texas and worked his way to the final with wins against Doug Woody, low qualifier Paul Pittman, and Larry Demers. In the final, Heath drove his Camaro…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Top Dragster winner Bob Fischer

29 Aug 2017
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Bob Fischer collected his first title in the Top Dragster presented by Racing RVs class after stopping Michael Kritzky in the final. The Top Dragster class typically offers some of the best racing in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and this…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Super Gas winner Jim Davis

29 Aug 2017
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There were a number of first-time winners in Brainerd, including Super Gas champ Jim Davis, who wheeled his Sea Foam ’92 Camaro to a win against Ken Griffiths in the final. Davis gave up a slim lead but prevailed in a close 9.917 to 9.995 decision.…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Super Comp winner Trevor Larson

29 Aug 2017
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The Super Comp final featured Trevor Larson and Jeremy Demers, two of the most accomplished racers in Division 5. Larson won the close double-breakout final with an 8.891 to Demers’ 8.886. Larson was also quicker off the starting line by three-…
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