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California natives Beckman, Capps, and Pritchett raise funds for wildfire victims

California natives Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, and Leah Pritchett have assembled items to be auctioned off via Don Schumacher Racing’s eBay page to benefit those affected by the Camp and Woolsey wildfires that consumed large portions of Northern and Southern California last month.
11 Dec 2018
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California natives Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Leah Pritchett have assembled items to be auctioned off via Don Schumacher Racing’s eBay page to benefit those affected by November’s…
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Behind the Numbers: Ranking the 10 best Top Fuel seasons in the Countdown era

Steve Torrence just swept the Countdown to the Championship -- but does that mean he had the best Top Fuel season since 2008? Let the debate begin.
11 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Numbers
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence swept the 2018 Countdown to the Championship en route to his first Top Fuel title. He became the first to win all six playoff races, which, in addition to sports media's affinity for recency bias, led to some predictable hyperbole…
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Lohnes, Pedregon preview big stories, potential trends for 2019 season

From the PRI Show, NHRA on FOX commentators Brian Lohnes and Tony Pedregon reviewed some of 2018’s greatest accomplishments and took a look forward to the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
10 Dec 2018
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Brian Lohnes, Tony Pedregon preview 2019 season
From the PRI Show, NHRA on FOX commentators Brian Lohnes and Tony Pedregon reviewed some of 2018’s greatest accomplishments and took a look forward to the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Earlier this year, FOX Sports and NHRA…
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Vote for the Most Memorable Moments of the 2018 NHRA season

The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello season was full of exciting moments, but which were the most memorable? We want you to select the 18 Most Memorable Moments of the season.
10 Dec 2018
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Memorable Moments
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello season was full of exciting moments, but which were the most memorable? We want you to select the 18 Most Memorable Moments of the season. Cast your votes for your top five.  Voting runs through Wednesday, Dec.12.…
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NGK renews support for Top Sportsman racer O’Neal’s new supercharged Camaro

NGK Spark Plugs USA, Inc., has extended its relationship with NHRA Top Sportsman drag racer Don O’Neal for his new Camaro entry.
10 Dec 2018
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NGK Spark Plugs USA, Inc., has extended its relationship with NHRA Top Sportsman drag racer Don O’Neal. O’Neal has used NGK racing spark plugs in his 1999 Monte Carlo for the past five years and now O’Neal will look to use NTK engine sensors in a…
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Torrence team continues to celebrate Top Fuel championship

The Torrence Racing team is still celebrating its Mello Yello Top Fuel championship, with the latest festivities being a pizza challenge and a dinner-on-Gary evening at a fancy Indianapolis restaurant.
10 Dec 2018
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Matusek joins Enders and Laughlin in Elite Performance's 2019 Pro Mod lineup

Veteran Pro Mod racer Steve Matusek will drive a twin-turbo Ford Mustang for Elite Motorsports in 2019, joining Elite’s burgeoning Pro Mod operation that will also feature Erica Enders and Alex Laughlin.
07 Dec 2018
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Veteran Pro Mod racer Steve Matusek will drive a twin-turbo Ford Mustang for Elite Motorsports in 2019, joining Elite’s burgeoning Pro Mod operation that will also feature Erica Enders and Alex Laughlin for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag…
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2017 champ Westerfield to pilot Rick Jackson’s Top Alcohol Funny Car in 2019

Top Alcohol Funny Car owner and tuner Rick Jackson has announced that 2017 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world champion Shane Westerfield will pilot his Top Alcohol Funny Car for the 2019 season.
07 Dec 2018
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Shane Westerfield
Top Alcohol Funny Car owner and tuner Rick Jackson has announced that 2017 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world champion Shane Westerfield will pilot his Top Alcohol Funny Car for the 2019 season. Jackson previously had been teamed with second-…
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Jim Oberhofer to tune Paul Lee, assist Clay Millican in 2019

Straightline Strategy Group makes key moves ahead of 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, including hiring Jim Oberhofer to work with Paul Lee.
07 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Paul Lee and Jim Oberhofer
It didn’t take long for Jim Oberhofer to return to NHRA Drag Racing. The veteran tuner will turn the knobs on Paul Lee’s Funny Car in the employment of Straightline Strategy Group, the race team that owns Clay Millican’s Parts Plus/Strutmasters Top…
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Remembering Dick LaHaie

Many Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers have gone on to become crew chiefs, but there aren’t a lot of guys who not only won a championship as a driver and crew chief. Dick LaHaie, whom we lost Wednesday, won the crown as a driver then tuned not just one but two drivers to a combined four Top Fuel championships.
07 Dec 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Dick LaHaie
A lot of former Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers have gone on to become successful crew chiefs, but there aren’t a lot of guys in NHRA nitro racing’s history who not only won a championship as a driver but then used their mechanical skills to tune…
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DSR 'This is How We Roll' bowling event benefits Riley Hospital for Children

Don Schumacher Racing hosted its annual “This is How We Roll” bowling event to benefit Riley Hospital for Children and Riley Children’s Foundation at Western Bowl in Indianapolis Wednesday night.
06 Dec 2018
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Don Schumacher Racing hosted its annual “This is How We Roll” bowling event to benefit Riley Hospital for Children and Riley Children’s Foundation at Western Bowl in Indianapolis Wednesday night. NHRA Drag Racing stars Antron Brown, Richie…
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Shane Tucker partners with engine builder Nick Ferri for 2019

Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker will compete full-time in Pro Stock for first time in 2019
06 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Shane Tucker
Shane Tucker will make a run for the Pro Stock world championship for the first time in 2019. To do that, Tucker decided to make a change in the engine department. Rob Tucker Racing brought on board veteran engine builder Nick Ferri to bring his…
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Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 owners to receive free one-year membership in NHRA

Buyers of the new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 will receive complimentary, one-year memberships in the NHRA for the 2019 season.
06 Dec 2018
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Buyers of the new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, scheduled to begin arriving in dealerships in the first quarter of 2019, will receive complimentary, one-year memberships in the NHRA for the 2019 season. Vehicle ownership will be verified with…
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Former NHRA world championship driver and crew chief LaHaie passes away

Former NHRA Top Fuel championship-winning driver and crew chief Dick LaHaie passed away Dec. 5. He was 76. LaHaie won the championship as a driver in 1987 and tuned both Scott Kalitta and Larry Dixon to world championships in the class.
05 Dec 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Dick LaHaie
Former NHRA Top Fuel championship-winning driver and crew chief Dick LaHaie passed away Dec. 5. He was 76. In a long and distinguished career in drag racing, LaHaie proved himself of championship caliber of numerous fronts. An NHRA Winston Top…
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NHRA National Dragster Year in Review issue now online

NHRA National Dragster’s final issue of 2018, the Year in Review, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world.
05 Dec 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
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NHRA National Dragster’s final issue of 2018, the Year in Review, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world. The comprehensive issue includes interviews with all world champions from the NHRA…
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Light to join NHRA Motorsports Museum board of directors

Graham Light, who earlier this year announced his retirement as NHRA’s senior vice president of racing operations at the end of 2018,  will join the Board of Directors of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.
05 Dec 2018
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Graham Light
Graham Light, who earlier this year announced his retirement as NHRA’s senior vice president of racing operations at the end of 2018, will join the Board of Directors of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of…
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‘NHRA on Fox – Powered by Dodge’ Livestream broadcast set for 2018 PRI Show

Dodge will be the official sponsor of NHRA Livestream coverage from the 2018 PRI Show, Dec. 6-8. “NHRA on Fox – Powered by Dodge” will offer three full days of coverage from the show, available for viewing at NHRA.com.  
04 Dec 2018
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The Dodge brand is fired up for the 2019 race season, bringing the 2018 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show right to enthusiasts and race fans as official sponsor of NHRA Livestream coverage from the annual event, scheduled for Dec. 6-8 at…
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Angelle Sampey announces departure from Liberty Racing team

Three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Angelle Sampey will not return to Liberty Racing in 2019 after two seasons with the team.
03 Dec 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Angelle Sampey
Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Angelle Sampey announced her departure from the Liberty Motorsports team in what has already been an active NHRA "silly season." Sampey is currently evaluating a number of options that would allow her to…
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Tommy DeLago’s contract not renewed by Cruz Pedregon racing

Veteran crew chief Tommy DeLago back on the market after season with both Kalitta Motorsports and Cruz Pedregon Racing.
01 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Tommy DeLago will not be back with Funny Car veteran Cruz Pedregon in 2019. Competition Plus first reported DeLago, who started the season with Kalitta…
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Funny Car champ Todd saluted by his Indiana hometown

2018 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship J.R. Todd was saluted recently by his Lawrenceburg, Ind., hometown. which named a street in his honor.
30 Nov 2018
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Who’s Next: Five to Watch in 2019 and Beyond

Five racers represent a fresh wave of talent in the National Hot Rod Association. You know some of them, and some you’ll know a lot better coming into the 2019 season.
30 Nov 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Austin Prock
.wysiwyg img, .cke_editable img, .article-card__wysiwyg img { height: auto; } Two rookie of the year winners ended up winning championships in 2018, but not all future stars in the National Hot Rod Association grasp Auto Club of Southern Club…
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2017 Pro Stock champion Bo Butner to return to competition in 2019

Bo Butner will race full Pro Stock season with K.B. Racing while also participating in SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown.
29 Nov 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Bo Butner
Bo Butner will compete in the full 18-race Pro Stock season with K.B. Racing, despite announcing his retirement from the doorslamming Mello Yello category at the end of the 2018 campaign. The shortening of the Pro Stock schedule, in addition to…
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2018 Summit Motorcycle national champion John Markham

John Markham rode his Kawasaki to the Summit Racing Series Motorcycle championship, cutting a near-perfect .002 reaction time that forced his opponent, Jeremy Hicks, to break out aboard his Suzuki.
29 Nov 2018
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2018 Summit Sportsman national championship Brian Hendrickson

In a final-round Sportsman battle of yellow vintage Mopars, Brian Hendrickson powered his '72 Demon to a double-breakout victory over Brent Erickson to claim the 2018 Summit Racing Series Sportsman national championship.
29 Nov 2018
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2018 Summit Pro national champion Nelson Belot Jr.

Nelson Belot Jr., who won the Pro wild card drawing, drove his Dalton, Mass.-based ’63 Cutlass to victory in the Summit Racing Series national championship when Dustin Loynes’ Division 3-quartered ’80 Firebird out of Walled Lake, Mich., ran too quick and broke out by a hundredth of a second.
29 Nov 2018
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Nelson Belot Jr., who won the Pro wild card drawing, drove his Dalton, Mass.-based ’63 Cutlass to victory in the Summit Racing Series national championship when Dustin Loynes’ Division 3-quartered ’80 Firebird out of Walled Lake, Mich., ran too…
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2018 Summit Super Pro national champion Pat Osmundson

Pat Osmundson claimed the Summit Racing Series Super Pro national championship in his dragster in a terrific final-round battle with Jeremy Hancock. Osmundson got a slight reaction time edge, .016 to .019, and ran a near-perfect 8.806 on his 8.80 dial to fend off Hancock’s right-there 7.087 on a 7.08 prediction by just .044-second.
29 Nov 2018
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Mark Paquette looks ahead to sophomore Pro Stock Motorcycle campaign

Even though he is still in the early stages of his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle career, Mark Paquette is no rookie when it comes to competing on two-wheels. Paquette boasts more than 20 years of motorcycle experience as both a crew chief and a rider.
29 Nov 2018
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Mark Paquette
Even though he is still in the early stages of his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle career, Mark Paquette is no rookie when it comes to competing on two-wheels. Paquette boasts more than 20 years of motorcycle experience as both a crew chief and a rider.…
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'Nitro bowling' with 2018 NHRA Funny Car champ J.R. Todd and friends

Newly crowned NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champ J.R. Todd and his nitro-fueled friends in Brownsburg, Ind, are back in the lanes -- bowling lanes, that is -- as their competitive nature strikes again.
28 Nov 2018
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NHRA releases 2019 class schedule

NHRA has released the event-by-event class schedule, a matrix that displays which classes and special features will compete at which NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events in 2019.
28 Nov 2018
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Schedule
NHRA has released the event-by-event class schedule, a matrix that displays which classes and special features will compete at which NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events in 2019. The schedule covers all Pro and Sportsman…
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SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown returns in 2019

The SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown returns to NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in 2019 and will expand to eight races during the year.
27 Nov 2018
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Factory Stock Showdown
The SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown returns to NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in 2019 and will expand to eight races during the year. The wildly popular category will make inaugural visits to the Virginia NHRA Nationals in…
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