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1971: Garlits goes 'Big,' Funnies go 220, Sox goes wild, and NHRA goes to Canada

As NHRA prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2021, here's a look back 50 seasons ago, when Don Garlits introduced the first successful rear-engine Top Fueler, Funny Car performance zoomed out of sight, Ronnie Sox won six of eight Pro Stock events but not the world championship, and NHRA went to Canada.
27 Nov 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
1971
As I mentioned in this space last week, NHRA is preparing for its 70th-anniversary celebration next year, a chance to reflect and remember all of the great racers and great moments that helped get us where we are today. As you can imagine, this…
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Nitro Time Machine: That time in Memphis where John Force saw Elvis at 1,000 feet

At the 1992 Memphis race, John Force suffered one of the worst incidents of his long Funny Car career. Unhurt and unfazed, his reaction in this never before seen footage is pure gold.
27 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Save big on NHRA ticket orders on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Friday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Nov. 30: See which NHRA event near you will be offering exclusive deals on the ultimate stocking stuffer of the holiday season.
27 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Black Friday
Give the gift of nitro this holiday season with tickets to NHRA Camping World Drag racing Series events in 2021. These deals are good only though Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m., so act now and don't get left behind! You won’t see another deal like…
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Nitro Time Machine: Underdog Bob Gilbertson goes the distance in Houston win

In our latest Nitro Time Machine, go back to Houston in 2000 where Bob Gilbertson scored one for the underdogs when he drove to the Funny Car title over Jerry Toliver.
26 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Happy Thanksgiving from NHRA

Although 2020 was filled with challenges and heartbreak both on and off the racetrack, we still have much to be thankful for. Camaraderie and family. The confidence that our strengths and resiliency will shine through. The hope of a better tomorrow. During this holiday season, the staff of the NHRA wishes blessings and peace upon your families.
26 Nov 2020
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Karen Stalba set for Top Alcohol Dragster return after purchase of Hart Racing operation

Karen Stalba, a two-time national event finalist, has announced a return to the Top Alcohol Dragster class in 2021, and in an effort to keep pace in a rapidly progressing category, Stalba and her husband, Tom, have purchased the entire operation of two-time U.S. Nationals winner Josh Hart
25 Nov 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
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Karen Stalba, a two-time national event finalist, has announced a return to the Top Alcohol Dragster class in 2021, and in an effort to keep pace in a rapidly progressing category, Stalba and her husband, Tom, have purchased the entire operation of…
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Line, Coughlin tributes, champion profiles, and more in new National Dragster

The latest issue of NHRA National Dragster magazine is now online, still available free for all to read, and in the mail to NHRA members around the world. The issue salutes retiring Pro Stock drivers Jason Line and Jeg Coughlin Jr. and three 2020 world champions, plus SPORTSnationals coverage and more!
25 Nov 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Nitro Time Machine: Funny Car racer Jerry Caminito's California adventure

East Coast Funny Car racer Jerry Caminito ventured West for the first time in 1990 to compete in Sonoma and was rewarded with a semifinal finish but it was far from easy. His biggest challenge was just getting to the track.
24 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Nitro Time Machine
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NHRA Skype interview with Top Alcohol Funny Car world champion Doug Gordon

Fresh off his first Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Funny Car world championship, Doug Gordon joins NHRA's Brian Lohnes for an in-depth Skype interview.
24 Nov 2020
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Dates announced for two 2021 NHRA Hot Rod Reunion events

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum has announced the 2021 Hot Rod Reunion schedule. The Holley National Hot Rod Reunion will be held June 17-19 in Bowling Green, Ky., and the California Hot Rod Reunion Oct. 22-24 in Bakersfield, Calif.
24 Nov 2020
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Hot Rod Reunion
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum has announced the 2021 Hot Rod Reunion schedule. Unique among motorsports events, Hot Rod Reunion events honor some of the top names in hot rodding from the past and feature a fabulous array of drag cars,…
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Tickets on sale now for 2021 NHRA New England Nationals

Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual NHRA New England Nationals, the ninth stop on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series tour. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) both took home titles at the 2019 event, the last time NHRA competed at New England Dragway.
23 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
New England Dragway
Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual NHRA New England Nationals, the ninth stop on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series tour. After a shortened 2020 schedule due to the global pandemic, NHRA and race teams look forward to returning…
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Matt Hagan: Funny Car Strongman

Matt Hagan joins Brian Lohnes on this week's episode of the NHRA Insider podcast and talks about his 2020 NHRA Camping World Funny Car championship season: The ups, the downs, the motivating factors, and the ultimate victory in Las Vegas.
23 Nov 2020
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Insider podcast
Matt Hagan joins Brian Lohnes on this week's episode of the NHRA Insider podcast and talks about his 2020 NHRA Camping World Funny Car championship season: The ups, the downs, the motivating factors, and the ultimate victory in Las Vegas. Lohnes…
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The Sports Report: Bradley Johnson’s furious fight to the finish

Bradley Johnson came up two points short in his bid to win the championship in Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers but his late-season charge was nothing short of amazing.
23 Nov 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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Bradley Johnson needed 17 round wins. He got 16. Johnson entered the late stages of the 2020 season as a leading contender for the Vortech Superchargers Top Dragster title. Short on time and nearly out of races to claim, Johnson needed nothing…
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It's go-time for the 'Big Go': 2021 NHRA U.S. Nationals tickets now on sale

Tickets for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, the biggest and most prestigious drag race in the world, are now on sale for 2021 “Big Go,” Sept. 1-5 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
23 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
U.S. Nationald
Tickets for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, the biggest and most prestigious drag race in the world, are now on sale for 2021 “Big Go,” Sept. 1-5 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The annual event, the oldest and richest in NHRA history, will mark…
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Nitro Time Machine: Jim White breaks the 290-mph barrier for Funny Cars

In the latest edition of the NHRA.com Nitro Time Machine, Jim White drives Roland Leong's Hawaiian to the sport's first 290-mph Funny Car run at the Texas Motorplex in 1991.
22 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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MLB, NASCAR, and NHRA partner with Marcus Lemonis’ Plating Change program to battle food insecurity 

Marcus Lemonis, best known for his long-running hit show CNBC’s The Profit, is kickstarting the “Plating Change” program through The Lemon-Aid Foundation with a $1M donation, a newly formed partnership with Grubhub, and support from marketing partners NHRA, NASCAR, and MLB.
21 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Marcus Lemonis
  Marcus Lemonis, best known for his long-running hit show CNBC’s The Profit, wants to challenge Americans to give back to their local restaurants and help those who are food insecure during this holiday season and the continued…
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Biggest Upsets of 2020

NHRA's Brian Lohnes takes a look at the biggest upsets of the 2020 season. Which drivers and teams pulled together to take home the win lights when they were least expected?
20 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Upsets
Brian Lohnes takes a look at the biggest upsets of the 2020 season. Which drivers and teams pulled together to take home the win lights when they were least expected?
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Breaking: Cruz Pedregon Racing adds tuner John Collins and experienced team

Cruz Pedregon Racing will enter the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series in pursuit of a third NHRA Funny Car world championship with veteran tuner John Collins and his experienced team preparing the Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger.
20 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Cruz Pedregon
Cruz Pedregon Racing will enter the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series in pursuit of a third NHRA Funny Car world championship with a new crew chief and team preparing the Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger. Team owner Cruz Pedregon announced…
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Steve Jackson delivers his second NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod championship

Fresh off his second championship in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod series, Steve Jackson checked in with NHRA's Brian Lohnes in our latest Skype interview.
20 Nov 2020
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Welcome back, and welcome to my great drag racing debates

After a six-week hiatus, the Dragster Insider column returns with a couple of burning debates from NHRA history.
20 Nov 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Debate
Annnnnnd … we’re back. Back when I was doing this column two to three times a week, Jr. Fuel hero Jimmy Ige once kindly admonished me to not worry about apologizing if I missed a column here or there, but, criminy, it’s been…
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NHRA revs up licensing program with JH Design apparel

NHRA has partnered with JH Design for a collection of stylized jackets, hoodies and t-shirts that deliver trendsetting styles that tap into the Speed For All culture of NHRA.
19 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Shirts
NHRA has partnered with JH Design for a collection of stylized jackets, hoodies and t-shirts. A full line of NHRA jackets, hoodies and t-shirts will deliver trendsetting styles that tap into the Speed For All culture of NHRA. This new NHRA…
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Reinhart Reveals: Alan Reinhart explains the inner workings of torque converters

Torque converter technology has come a long way in the last few years. Alan Reinhart explains how they work in this week's edition of Reinhart Reveals.
19 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Racing Technology
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Crew chief Dickie Venables offers his take on his third Funny Car championship with Matt Hagan

Fresh off of his third Camping World NHRA Funny Car title with driver Matt Hagan, crew chief Dickie Venables offers his take on a trying but successful 2020 season.
19 Nov 2020
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NHRA Skype interview with Top Sportsman world champion Darian Boesch

Darian Boesch, the newly crowned world champion in Top Sportsman presented by Vortech Superchargers, joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about his success in 2020, his journey from Jr. Dragsters to a 230-mph Camaro, and his future plans.
18 Nov 2020
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Nitro Time Machine: Twin Texas boomers ended Eddie Hill's Top Fuel racing career

Eddie "the Thrill" Hill was one of the most popular Top Fuel drivers of the 1990s and an NHR Top Fuel champ, but his long driving career came to an end after massive back-to-back engine explosions in Dallas and Houston in the fall of 1999.
17 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Nitro Time Machine
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Top Fuel Harley's Randal Andras recaps amazing championship season

Randal Andras won six races this year on his way to the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley championship. He recently joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to discuss his domination of the popular class.
17 Nov 2020
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Strutmasters.com extends sponsorship with Top Fuel rising star Justin Ashley

NHRA Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley has announced that Strutmasters.com will continue its marketing and sponsorship relationship with the Davis Motorsports Top Fuel team in 2021.
17 Nov 2020
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NHRA Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley has announced that Strutmasters.com will continue its marketing and sponsorship relationship with the Davis Motorsports Top Fuel team.  The marketing partnership will cover the 2021 NHRA Camping World…
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WFO Radio podcast: Angie Smith talks Vegas win, 200-mph Club, future plans

Angie Smith dropped by WFO Radio Live for a discussion about her 2020 Dodge NHRA Finals win. She talked about making the Denso 200-mph Club, her final-round race against Steve Johnson, and the recent news about Harley-Davidson. Finally, Smith talks about the plans for Matt Smith Racing during the NHRA Winter Break.
16 Nov 2020
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Tickets now on sale for Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 24-27

Tickets are now on sale for the 15th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 24-27, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
16 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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Tickets are now on sale for the 15th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 24-27, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The event is part of the track’s most packed and plentiful schedule in its history after being closed for…
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Nitro Time Machine: Drama and intensity at the 1992 Chief Nationals in Dallas

The 1992 Chief Nationals in Dallas will long be remembered as one of NHRA's most dramatic national events. Check out all the action here in our latest edition of the Nitro Time Machine.
16 Nov 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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