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High Countdown drama in store at Indy as drivers fight for remaining playoff berths

With just one race remaining in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season, berths in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs are still not even three-fourths filled. With the conclusion of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, just 27 of the 40 spots have been clinched with just the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, to go.
21 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Countdown
With just one race remaining in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season, berths in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs are still not even three-fourths filled. With the conclusion of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, just…
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Fast Five: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

NHRA's Lewis Bloom and Amanda Busick recount their top five moments from this past weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd.
20 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Fast Five
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Battle at the Beech set for Beech Bend Raceway Park

Beech Bend Raceway Park host the final race in the Lucas Oil North Central division on Aug. 24-26. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championship.
20 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Division 3
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Beech Bend Raceway Park host the final race in the Lucas Oil North Central division on Aug. 24-26. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to…
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Rocky Mountain Raceways to host Pacific Division’s Doubleheader Weekend

The Pacific Division arrives at Rocky Mountain Raceways for the Doubleheader Weekend on Aug. 23-26. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships.
20 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Division 7
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - The Pacific Division arrives at Rocky Mountain Raceways for the Doubleheader Weekend on Aug. 23-26. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points…
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Women reign in Brainerd

Jackie Fricke and Annie Whiteley led the list of winners in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Brainerd International Raceway and the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals followed by a slew of first time winners.
20 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Brainerd
Jackie Fricke and Annie Whiteley led the list of winners in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Brainerd International Raceway and the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals followed by a slew of first time winners.   Fricke had her work cut out for…
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Billy Torrence scores first Top Fuel win; Beckman, Kramer, Krawiec capture Brainerd wins

Billy Torrence earned the first Top Fuel win of his career at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, while Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all earned wins in Brainerd.
19 Aug 2018
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Race coverage
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals winners hold their Wallys 5
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sunday Notebook

Billy Torrence scored his first career win in Top Fuel and was joined in victory at Brainerd International Raceway by Jack Beckman, Deric Kramer, and Eddie Krawiec as winners of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
19 Aug 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brainerd
Ladders | Features | Results ELIMINATION ROUND RECAPS TOP FUEL ROUND 1 (11:30 a.m.): Scott Palmer…
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Billy Torrence earns first career No. 1 qualifier at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals; Hight, Enders, Matt Smith also go No. 1

Billy Torrence earned his first career No. 1 qualifier, while Robert Hight held onto the Funny Car pole at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Erica Enders grabbed the Pro Stock pole, as did Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
18 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Billy Torrence
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Head, Capps discuss Seattle conversation

Jim Head ignited a bit of a controversy two weeks ago at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals when he approached Ron Capps prior to the first round in which Capps was scheduled to race Head’s driver, Jonnie Lindberg. In these exclusive NHRA.com interviews, both drivers discussed what happened next.
18 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Ron Capps
Jim Head ignited a bit of a controversy two weeks ago at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals when he approached Ron Capps prior to the first round in which Capps was scheduled to race Head’s driver, Jonnie Lindberg. In these exclusive NHRA.com…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Saturday Notebook

Billy Torrence earned his first career No. 1 qualifier, while Robert Hight held onto the Funny Car pole at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Erica Enders grabbed the Pro Stock pole, as did Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
18 Aug 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brainerd Hero
Preview | Features | Results QUALIFYING ROUND RECAPS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Q3 (1 p.m.): For the…
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Strutmasters.com to become co-primary sponsor of Clay Millican driven Top Fuel Dragster in 2019

Strutmasters.com will increase its sponsorship of NHRA Top Fuel team Stringer Performance with driver Clay Millican in 2019 to become the co-primary sponsor alongside Parts Plus.
18 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Clay Millican
Strutmasters.com will increase its sponsorship of NHRA Top Fuel team Stringer Performance with driver Clay Millican in 2019 to become the co-primary sponsor. Strutmasters.com will replace Great Clips, which is ending its sponsorship after the 2018…
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Night at the Museum: Matt Hines Suzuki GSXR

NHRA's Lewis Bloom visits the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum where he takes a close look at Matt Hines' championship-winning Suzuki GSXR Pro Stock Motorcycle.
17 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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Antron Brown secures Friday pole at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals; Hight, Enders, Smith also go to No. 1

Antron Brown took the Friday pole in Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, while Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also went No. 1 during the first day of racing at Brainerd International Raceway.
17 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Antron Brown
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday Notebook

Antron Brown, Robert Hight, Erica Enders, and Matt Smith are the qualifying leaders after the opening day of the Lucas Oil NHRA National at Brainerd International Raceway.
17 Aug 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brainerd Hero
Preview | Features | Results QUALIFYING ROUND RECAPS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Q1 (1:45 p.m.): Matt Smith…
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Flashback Friday on NHRA All Access: 2004 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Throughout 2018, NHRA All Access subscribers will get bonus content with the airing of vintage NHRA national events as part of the new Flashback Friday feature. This week: the 2004 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, where Eric Medlen was victorious in Funny Car.
17 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Flashback Friday
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Throughout 2018, NHRA All Access subscribers will get bonus content with the airing of vintage NHRA national events as part of the new Flashback Friday feature. This week: the 2004 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals The race highlights include first-time…
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The Time Machine: 1973

Step into the Wayback Machine and set the dials to 1973, when nine of the 16 nitro winners were first-time winners, three new world champs were crowned, and policies and procedures from records to safety were overhauled.
17 Aug 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
1973
Frequent Insider contributor John Bell cut the best light in reaction to my invitation on last Friday’s second installment of the Time Machine series, asking for a recap of 1973, the first year that he became an NHRA member and subscriber to …
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Arana Sr. keeping head high despite struggles heading to Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

16 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Hector Arana
The season has not gone as planned for Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Sr. as he works through a frustrating stretch heading into this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. But the longtime rider continues to…
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Arana Sr. gears up for Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, battle for Countdown spot

Lucas Oil-sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Hector Arana Sr. joined NHRA’s Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and his bid for a berth in the Countdown to the Championship.
16 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Hector Arana
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An unforgettable night in Brainerd's 'Zoo'

Last year, NHRA on FOX reporter Bruno Massel and Top Fuel ace Steve Torrence took a trip into the fabled "Zoo" at Brainerd Int'l Raceway during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Relive that unforgettable night and get ready for another trip into the Zoo on this Sunday's show, which airs at 2 p.m. Eastern on FS1.
16 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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The Nuances of Pressure

In the current issue of NHRA National Dragster, NHRA announcer and ND columnist Brian Lohnes weighs in on the pressure that awaits teams as the Countdown to the Championship approaches. "There will be teams that excel and teams that fold up like a cheap tent," he predicts.
16 Aug 2018
Brian Lohnes, NHRA National Dragster columnist
From the pages of National Dragster
Brian Lohnes
As you read this column, the “regular season” portion of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will be coming to a head. The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd and the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals represent the closing verses…
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Latest issue of NHRA National Dragster now online (Vol. 59 No. 17)

16 Aug 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
ND cover
NHRA National Dragster’s 17th issue of 2018, featuring coverage of the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals and CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals and more, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world…
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NHRA announces promotions in technical services and division director roles

Effective Oct. 1, Jeff Conley (left) will become NHRA director of technical services and current Atlanta Dragway general manager William Tharpe (right) will take over Conley's role of Division 3 Director.
16 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
NHRA
NHRA has announced that effective Oct. 1, Jeff Conley will become NHRA director of technical services, moving on from his current position as NHRA’s North Central (Division 3) director. At that time, Atlanta Dragway general manager William Tharpe…
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Ford fires latest shot in Factory Stock battle with new Cobra Jet entry

Ford’s newest factory race car honors the 50th anniversary of the Cobra Jet, and is their latest entry in the SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown battle
16 Aug 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
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In the latest round of the hotly-contested Factory Muscle Car wars involving Detroit’s big three auto manufacturers, Ford Performance recently debuted their 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet, a limited-edition turnkey race car that honors the 50th anniversary…
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Line hopes a trip home provides winning formula at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Three-time NHRA Mello YelloPro Stock champ Jason Line is still looking for his first win of the 2018 season, but the Wright, Minn., native hopes all that will change when the NHRA tour pulls into his home track for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
16 Aug 2018
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Jason Line
Jason Line is in uncharted waters in his standout Pro Stock career and it’s a matter he hopes changes at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The three-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champ is…
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NHRA Today Roundtable: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals preview

NHRA on FOX broadcasters Dave Rieff and Tony Pedregon and Indy Bureau Chief John Kernan joined NHRA reporters Lewis Bloom and Amanda Busick via Skype in the Wally Parks Studio delivered by Papa John's Pizza to discuss this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
15 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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Tricky Tipster: Torrence, Capps, Coughlin, and Krawiec are Brainerd favorites

According to NHRA National Dragster's famed prognosticator, Tricky Tipster, the pro class favorites for this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals are Steve Torrence, Ron Capps, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Eddie Krawiec.
15 Aug 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Tipster
There are just eight races left in the 2018 season and two events before the start of the all-important Countdown to the Championship playoffs, so it’s put up or shut up time for NHRA Mello Yello Series drivers. This weekend’s Brainerd event will…
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Pro Stock’s Alex Laughlin puts a Dodge in his garage

Gas Monkey-backed Pro Stock driver Alex Laughlin will debut a new Dodge Dart Pro Stock car at this weekend’s Lucas Oil Nationals and surprise, it’s Chevy-powered.
15 Aug 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Alex Laughlin has a garage full of cool race cars including his Gas Monkey-backed Pro Stock Camaro, a 220-mph small-tire Corvette, and a Pro Mod-style Dodge Challenger and now he’s going to try something a bit different when he debuts a new Dodge…
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Hagan seeking first career win at Brainerd International Raceway

Two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan hopes to get his first win both in his new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car body and at a track known for great performances as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing tour moves to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
15 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Matt Hagan
Since debuting a new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body three races ago, Matt Hagan has made steady progress, including a No. 1 qualifier at the most recent NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Seattle. Heading into this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA…
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Coughlin, Pomponio take victories at Cecil County Dragway

Troy Coughlin Jr. and Dan Pomponio collected wins as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast division competed at Cecil County Dragway.
14 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Division 1
Preview | Friday | Saturday | Monday The following are Monday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Cecil County…
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Demke and Marshall victorious at Pacific Raceways

Chris Demke and Chris Marshall scored wins as the Lucas Oil Regional presented by Les Schwab Tires completed at Pacific Raceways.
14 Aug 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Division 6
Preview | Friday | Sunday KENT, Wash. – In the final results from Pacific Raceways and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Chris Marshall, McMinnville…
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