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Catch up on the latest NHRA news and notes of the week with Weekend Update

NHRA's Brian Lohnes catches you up on the latest news of the week and takes a look at the week ahead in NHRA Drag Racing.
06 Jul 2020
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Cattleman’s Cut will recognize health-care workers on Dunn Racing Funny Car

Cattleman’s Cut Beef Jerky, sponsor of the Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car, will recognize America’s first responders on the front of the team’s NHRA Funny Car during the upcoming races in Indianapolis in July.  
06 Jul 2020
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Jim Dunn
Cattleman’s Cut Beef Jerky, sponsor of the Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car, will recognize America’s first responders in the health profession with a thankful message and patriotic mask design on the front of the team’s NHRA Funny Car during the upcoming…
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Jonnie Lindberg will sub for Bob Tasca III in Motorcraft Funny Car in Indy

Jonnie Lindberg will return to the driver’s seat at this week’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, substituting behind the wheel of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car after driver and team owner Bob Tasca III’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
06 Jul 2020
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Bob Tasca
Jonnie Lindberg will return to the driver’s seat at this week’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, substituting behind the wheel of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car after driver and team owner Bob Tasca III’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis…
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Troy Coughlin Jr. (finally) set for Pro Stock debut in Indy

Third-generation racer Troy Coughlin Jr. will make his Pro Stock debut with the Elite Motorsports team during this weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
06 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Troy
Little known fact; Troy Coughlin Jr. was scheduled to make his NHRA debut in the Pro Stock category in March at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Coughlin was called in as a last-minute replacement for Vincent Nobile as a member of the…
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As NHRA Mello Yello Series restarts, every round counts in race to championship

One of the most dramatic seasons in recent NHRA history is about to relaunch July 11-12 at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis and one thing is for sure: Every single run is going to be meaningful and important: Every qualifying pass. Every eliminations run. At every event.
06 Jul 2020
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NHRA
One of the most dramatic seasons in recent NHRA history is about to relaunch July 11-12 at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis and one thing is for sure: Every single run is going to be meaningful and important: Every qualifying…
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Don Schumacher Racing prepping for four-car Top Fuel attack at Indy event

The crews at Don Schumacher Racing are hard at work preparing four Top Fuel cars for the upcoming E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis. In addition the cars of Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett, DSR will also field cars for Tony Schumacher and Cory McClenathan.
05 Jul 2020
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Fricke, Gill, and Carnasciale lead Division 1 winners at Lebanon Valley Dragway

Jackie Fricke, Matt Gill, and Joe Carnasciale led the list of champions as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series's NHRA Northeast Division was in action at Lebanon Valley Dragway.
04 Jul 2020
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Division 1
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Lebanon Valley Dragway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.297, 273.51  def. Duane…
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Happy Fourth of July from NHRA

Happy Fourth of July from the NHRA to all of our fans, racers, sponsors, and supporters,
04 Jul 2020
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Nitro Time Machine: Lee Shepherd wins 1980 Cajun Nationals Pro Stock title

Hop into the NHRA Nitro Time Machine with host Brian Lohnes for a trip back to the 1980 NHRA Cajun Nationals, where Lee Shepherd won Pro Stock and Terry Vance the Pro Stock Bike crown.
03 Jul 2020
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The Kuhl one

Drag racing lost another of its great figures last week with the passing of former Top Fuel owner, crew chief, and engine builder Mike Kuhl, who is remembered in this column by the two people closest to him, his former driver/partner Carl Olson and his soulmate Lynn Rose.
03 Jul 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Mike Kuhl
When I was a teenager, like a lot of boys that age, I was assembling plastic kit models -- getting airplane glue everywhere and learning just how sharp an Xacto knife was (four stitches!). I…
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Focus On: Wheelstands

There are few sights more thrilling than a drag racing car hooking up hard enough to lift the front tires off the ground as the car appears to fly off of the starting line, but sometimes too much of a good thing can lead to some wheelie big problems.
02 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Second-generation Aussie nitro pilot Andrew Cowin showed the power and fury of a Top Fuel dragster by simultaneously wheelstanding and smoking the rear tires on this launch at the 1999 Phoenix event. 16
There are few sights more thrilling than a drag racing car hooking up hard enough to lift the front tires off the ground as the car appears to fly off of the starting line. Wheelstands put 100 percent of the vehicle’s weight on the rear tires for…
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Cruz Pedregon and the Snap-on team ready for NHRA return to racing in Indy

02 Jul 2020
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Matt Smith after time on the dyno: 'We should be pretty hateful this year'

Past Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ Matt Smith visited with NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about his time on the dyno and what he thinks about the level of competition we'll see when racing resumes at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals July 11-12 in Indianapolis.
01 Jul 2020
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Top Fuel's Lex Joon is ready for back to back races in his Indy backyard

Dutch expatriate Top Fuel driver and current Indianapolis resident Lex Joon is excited about running back to back events at Lucas Oil Raceway beginning with the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals July 11-12.
01 Jul 2020
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Lucas Oil to sponsor NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis

With 2020 racing action on the horizon, NHRA has announced Lucas Oil as the title rights sponsor of the July 18-19 event at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. 
30 Jun 2020
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Indy
With 2020 racing action on the horizon, NHRA has announced Lucas Oil as the title rights sponsor of the July 18-19 event at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.  The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis will be the second…
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Martin Betz named Executive Director of Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

Martin Betz has been named executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
30 Jun 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Museum
Martin Betz has been named executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., it was announced today by the museum’s board of directors. Betz, a…
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After two-year hiatus, Alexis DeJoria has to ride out another extended break

After a two-year personal hiatus, Alexis DeJoria was only two races into her comeback tour in her ROKit Phones/ABK Beer Toyota before COVID-19 hit, but they were two good outings. She spoke via Skype with Brian Lohnes to talk about her season and to look ahead at the return to racing.
30 Jun 2020
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Texas Motorplex teams with Chris Kyle Frog Foundation for event ticket offer

The Texas Motorplex, home of the historic AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, held Oct. 14-18, is teaming up once again with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to offer military and first responders free tickets to the annual NHRA national event.
29 Jun 2020
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Texas Motorplex
The Texas Motorplex, home of the historic AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, held Oct. 14-18, is teaming up once again with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to offer military and first responders free tickets to the annual NHRA national event. Last year…
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Tasca Racing gears up, stockpiling parts and strategizing about crew safety

Bob Tasca III's Motorcraft Funny Car team is gearing up for the long stretch of racing ahead of us when the season resumes, and, as co-crew chief Jon Schaffer points out, it's more than stockpiling parts, as he discusses how the team plans to stay safe racing in a COVID-19 climate.
29 Jun 2020
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Nitro Time Machine: John Force and crew battle back to win 1990 Brainerd event

John Force went from bailing out of his flaming Funny Car at speed to the winner's circle at the 1990 Brainerd event. Hop into the Nitro Time Machine with pilot Brian Lohnes for a trip back to that memorable weekend.
28 Jun 2020
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John Force
  Previous trips in the NHRA Nitro Time Machine: Dan Pastorini touches…
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Daniels, Shuford, and Phillips lead Southeast Division winners at GALOT

Randy Daniels, Don Shuford, and Cody Phillips led the list of winners as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division visited GALOT Motorsports Park.
27 Jun 2020
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Division 2
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division event at GALOT Motorsports Park: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., '08 Sunfire, D/SM, 5.388, 125.…
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Nitro Time Machine: Dan Pastorini touches down in Atlanta Top Fuel winner's circle

Former Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback Dan Pastorini had a brief but successful Top Fuel career in the mid-1980s. Hop into the NHRA Nitro Time Machine for a trip back to the 1986 Southern Nationals to relive the completed passes Pastroni made on his drive to victory.
27 Jun 2020
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Dan Pastorini
  Previous trips in the NHRA Nitro Time Machine: Nitro Time Machine: Chris Karamesines guns for first…
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ProCharger to participate in NHRA Contingency program in Top Alcohol, Top Dragster, and Pro Mod in 2020

26 Jun 2020
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ProCharger Superchargers now in NHRA Contingency Program for 2020
In addition to its sponsorship of the Pro Mod class at the 2020 NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis this year, ProCharger has stepped up and joined NHRA’s contingency program. Winners and runners-up in the Pro Mod class are now eligible for $500 (…
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Cory Mac is back! McClenathan discusses upcoming Indy comeback with DSR team

Earlier this week, Cory McClenathan announced that he would return to Top Fuel driving for Don Schumacher Racing at the two upcoming events in Indy. He chatted with NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about the exciting races ahead.
26 Jun 2020
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Nitro Time Machine Live: Amanda Busick’s Tales From The Top End

NHRA on FOX reporter Amanda Busick joined host Brian Lohnes to share stories, memories, and moments from her time with the NHRA.
25 Jun 2020
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Amanda Busick
NHRA on FOX reporter Amanda Busick joined host Brian Lohnes to share stories, memories, and moments from her time with the NHRA. Videos of emotional, funny, and poignant times at the far end of the track highlighted the discussion as Amanda…
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Latest issue of NHRA National Dragster will get you ready to race and watch

The latest issue of NHRA National Dragster magazine, available now online for free and also in the mail to NHRA members around the world, focuses on the upcoming restart of racing in Indianapolis with event and Pro Stock Motorcycle previews and much more.
25 Jun 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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NHRA Northwest Nationals canceled due to state and county restrictions

The Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, originally scheduled for July 31–Aug. 2, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Washington state and King County that would not allow fans to attend the event.
25 Jun 2020
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Seattle
The Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, originally scheduled for July 31–Aug. 2 outside of Seattle, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Washington state and King County that would not allow fans to attend the event. NHRA made this…
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Tickets now on sale for 40th annual NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta

Tickets are now on sale for the 40th annual Southern Nationals, Aug. 28-30 at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. Along with 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel and Funny Cars, fans will witness t Pro Mod, NHRA Factory Stock Showdown cars, and the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class.
25 Jun 2020
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Atlanta
Tickets are now on sale for the 40th annual Southern Nationals, Aug. 28-30 at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. The event, previously canceled earlier this year, was returned to the 2020 schedule earlier this month. The prestigious event, an NHRA…
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Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum to reopen to public starting July 1

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, closed since March 16 due to COVID-19, will be reopening to the public on Wednesday, July 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The Museum will be following all L.A. County guidelines and have additional precautions in place.
24 Jun 2020
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Museum
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, closed since March 16 due to COVID-19, will be reopening to the public on Wednesday, July 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.  The Museum will be following all of the Los…
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Tony Schumacher: 'I'm going to enjoy this like I've never enjoyed racing in my life'

Eight-time NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes to talk about this return to the cockpit July 11-12 in Indy after sitting out the 2019 season and this thoughts about the event and the season ahead.
24 Jun 2020
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