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Matt Hagan drives Dodge Charger to Funny Car qualifying lead at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Matt Hagan and his Mopar Hellcat Charger widebody Funny Car took the top spot in qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hagan
The stout 3.890 that Matt Hagan used to take the provisional pole on Friday during Funny Car qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals was not bettered during either of Saturday’s runs so the two-time Mello Yello champion has earned a green low…
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Brittany Force earns fifth Top Fuel pole of the season at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Brittany Force delivers a hail-Mary in Q4 to claim the top qualifying spot in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Top Fuel field.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
brittany
On Friday, provisional low qualifier Steve Torrence expressed some doubt that his 3.73-second run would be quick enough to withstand two more Top Fuel qualifying sessions on Saturday. As it turns out, he was right to be concerned. There were plenty…
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Jason Line drives Summit Racing Equipment Camaro to Pro Stock pole in Brainerd

Jason Line makes a clean sweep of Pro Stock qualifying to earn the top spot for the 55th time in his career and second this year.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
line
Anyone who knows Jason Line knows that the Minnesota native circles his calendar every year whenever the dates for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals are announced. Racing in his favorite event, Line put his best foot forward in qualifying with a clean…
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Erica Enders wants more, expects more

Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders is baffled by her lack of results this season, but vows to keep on fighting.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
enders
How is it that there have been six different winners in ten Pro Stock races this season and Erica Enders is not one of them? Pose that question to the two-time champion and she instinctively shrugs her shoulders because even after 15-year as a full-…
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Division 6 Lucas Oil Series races into Seattle's Pacific Raceways for fifth event

The Northwest Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series races into Pacific Raceways in Washington state for Race 5 of the 2019 season. LATEST UPDATE: Friday qualifying
17 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Division 6
The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division event at Pacific Raceways: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER 1) Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., 5.186 seconds, 276.41 mph 2…
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Jack Beckman is focused on another championship and not much else

Still seeking his first win of the season, Funny Car's "Fast Jack" Beckman remains confident that his Infinite Hero Dodge team is geared-up for an extended playoff run.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
beckman
Jack Beckman would by lying if he said it didn’t bother him to be winless through the first 16-races of the 2018 season, but at this point, his sole focus is the upcoming Countdown to the Championship playoffs, and his pursuit of a third NHRA world…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Saturday preview

It’s the final day of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd and there are two more professional qualifying sessions for racers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock scheduled for at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Central time to set the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations.
17 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
brainerd
Saturday is the final day of qualifying for the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals with two more professional qualifying sessions set for 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Central time to set the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations. Top Fuel points leader…
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Division 1 Lucas Oil Series moves on to Cecil County Dragway for Race 5

Stop five on the 2019 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast Division is taking place this weekend at Cecil County Dragway. LATEST UPDATE: Friday qualifying
16 Aug 2019
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Division 1
The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Cecil County Dragway: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR 1) Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '19 Ken Keir, J/AA, 7…
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Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence takes early qualifying lead in Brainerd

Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence made the quickest pass of the day on a fast Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int'l Raceway.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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As the last drivers to go down the track during Friday’s second Top Fuel session, Steve Torrence and his father, Billy, put on a show for the rowdy Brainerd fans. Torrence, who has won just about everything there is to win in Top Fuel over the past…
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Matt Hagan powers to top spot during Friday Funny Car qualifying

Friday's Funny Car qualifying in Brainerd produced a slew of three-second runs but none of them were quicker than Matt Hagan's 3.890 in his Mopar Dodge Charger.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hagan
Matt Hagan has does not have a green hat this year, but his low qualifier drought could end in Brainerd after the two-time Mello Yello champion drove to a 3.890, 328.46 in his Dodge Hellcat Charger to lead the field on Friday in Brainerd. In a…
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Jason Line takes Summit Camaro to early Pro Stock qualifying lead in Brainerd

Jason Line, seeking his first win of the 2019 season, leads the Brainerd Pro Stock field after each of Friday's first two qualifying sessions.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Line
Racing in front of family and friends at his home track, Jason Line put on a show in Q1 with the best run of the day in Pro Stock. Line, the 2014 Brainerd champion, drove to a 6.613 to lead a strong field of 20 Pro Stock cars competing for the title…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday gallery

There was plenty of action both on and off the track on day one of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and National Dragster's Marc Gewertz captured much of it. Here’s a look at some of his best images of the day.
16 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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  Two of Minnesota's favorite sons, Greg Anderson and Jason Line, returned to their home track for one of their favorite events. Both of the Summit-backed drivers are solidly qualified for the quick Pro Stock field.…
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Red hot Matt Hartford ready for first Brainerd experience

After a win and a runner-up on the Western Swing, red-hot Matt Hartford and his Total Seal team are ready to continue their pursuit of the Mello Yello Pro Stock championship.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hartford
Matt Hartford has made 103 starts in his Pro Stock career, but none of those have taken place at Brainerd Int’l Raceway. That will change this weekend when he makes his Brainerd debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Hartford was the star of the Pro…
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Billy Torrence continues march towards Countdown berth

In the high-stakes game of musical chairs for the final spot in the Countdown to the Championship playoff, Billy Torrence appears to have the upper hand.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Btorrence
Reigning NHRA Mello Yello champion Steve Torrence long ago locked up the top seed in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs but at the tail end of the pack, there is plenty of drama remaining in the race to fill the final spots in the 10-car…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday preview

The ongoing battle four Countdown spots, the chance to earn a coveted NHRA Wally trophy, and of course, the famed Brainerd Zoo, will all be front-and-center during NHRA's annual visit to Minnesota's Brainerd Int'l Raceway.
16 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
brainerd
For the 38th year, the thunder of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing will shake the pine trees surrounding Brainerd Int'l Raceway north of Minneapolis. The event, which is the penultimate round in the regular season, will help determine playoff seedings…
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Brainerd atmosphere brings out the best in Funny Car star Ron Capps

There’s a certain affinity Ron Capps has with Brainerd International Raceway and its huge on-site campground known as “The Zoo.” After all, there is a part of the campground named after the Funny Car world champion.
15 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Ron Capps
There’s a certain affinity Ron Capps has with Brainerd International Raceway and its huge on-site campground known as “The Zoo.” After all, there is a part of the campground named after the Funny Car world champion, a corner aptly called “Capps…
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Tricky Tipster: Who’s feeling Minnesota?

Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, and Greg Anderson roll into Brainerd as Tricky Tipster’s pre-race favorites for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
15 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Tricky Tipster
Minnesota may be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but there will be just three professional winners crowned during this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Coming off strong performances during the recent Western Swing, those most likely to succeed at…
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Standout Top Fuel rookie Austin Prock motivated to build on first career victory

Austin Prock is still savoring every part of picking up his first career NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victory in Top Fuel in Seattle, but it’s only pushed him to try to do more, especially with the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship approaching.
15 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Austin Prock
Austin Prock is still savoring every part of picking up his first career NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victory in Top Fuel. But one aspect of enjoying the victory for the Top Fuel rookie is how much it has motivated him to try to get more and…
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WFO Radio NHRA Nitro Brainerd preview

15 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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WFO
Get ready for the Zoo with WFO Radio NHRA Nitro! Cruz Pedregon Unleashed: Pedregon gives his thoughts on a possible return to 1320 and an update on his team. Meet NHRA’s Medical Director Dr. Phillip Surface. Dragzine.com’s Brian Wagner stops by WFO…
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Minnesota-based LaBounty powers Doug Kalitta’s Top Fueler in Brainerd

Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new-look Top Fuel dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner, Minnesota-based LaBounty, at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
15 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new-look Top Fuel dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner LaBounty at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. The Minnesota-based company is a part of the Stanley Black & Decker family of tools…
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WATCH: Team Kalitta preps for important Brainerd outing this weekend

With just two races remaining in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season, the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals this weekend in Brainerd is a crucial race for all four members of Kalitta Motorsports. NHRA's John Kernan reports from Ypislanti, Mich.
14 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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Jason Line looks to change luck at home track during Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Hailing from Wright, Minn., the annual visit to Brainerd International Raceway, site of this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, is always a welcome trip for Jason Line, but he wouldn’t mind his luck changing at the facility just over an hour from his hometown.
14 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Jason Line
Hailing from Wright, Minn., the annual visit to Brainerd International Raceway, the site of the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 15-18, is always a welcome trip for Jason Line. But the Pro Stock standout and three-time world champion…
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Pro Stock's Shane Tucker adds NC Machine and Tool backing for Brainerd event

After a three-race hiatus NHRA Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker is ready to get back on track this weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, and is bringing a new corporate partner in NCMachine.com, a Winnipeg, Man.- based full-service machine shop.
13 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Shane Tucker
After a three-race hiatus NHRA Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker is ready to get back on track this weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The young Australian businessman who operates Auzmet Architectural from Dallas…
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Stakes will be high at penultimate race of Mello Yello regular season in Brainerd

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to fan-favorite Brainerd International Raceway for the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the second-to-last event of the 2019 Mello Yello regular season.
13 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Brainerd
Serving as an important stop during the 2019 season, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to fan-favorite Brainerd International Raceway for the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 15-18. It is the 17th of 24 races in 2019, meaning…
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Westerfield to represent Protect the Harvest at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Rick Jackson Motorsports and 2017 Top Alcohol Funny Car champion Shane Westerfield are celebrating Lucas Oil during this weekend’s annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
13 Aug 2019
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Shane Westerfield
Rick Jackson Motorsports and 2017 Top Alcohol Funny Car champion Shane Westerfield are celebrating Lucas Oil during this weekend’s annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway by championing Protect the Harvest on the side of…
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Governor of Idaho delivers proclamation at Firebird Raceway Nightfire Nationals

Idaho Governor Brad Little and NHRA President Glen Cromwell recently participated in a ceremony on the starting line of Firebird Raceway where the governor delivered a proclamation to Firebird Raceway for its preservation of drag racing history and statewide historic significance in the Gem State.
13 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Firebird
Idaho Governor Brad Little and NHRA President Glen Cromwell, along with dignitaries from the Idaho State Historical Society participated in a ceremony on the Firebird Raceway starting line leading up to the final session of Professional qualifying.…
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Iconic Hollywood & Highland to host NHRA Awards Ceremony in 2019

The 2019 NHRA Championship Drag Racing Awards will once again return to Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Monday, Nov. 18.
13 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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The 2019 NHRA Championship Drag Racing Awards will once again return to Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Monday, Nov. 18. This invitation-only black-tie affair, where NHRA will honor its 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing…
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Why you need an aftermarket harmonic balancer

Found at the front of the engine attached to the snout of the crankshaft, harmonic dampers are used to quell the harmonics of the crankshaft and are vital parts of your hot rod.
12 Aug 2019
Evan J. Smith, National Dragster Contributor
Racing Technology
Race Tech
A common part found on all high-performance engines is a harmonic damper (or harmonic balancer, as they are often called). Found at the front of the engine attached to the snout of the crankshaft, harmonic dampers are used to quell the harmonics of…
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Mello Yello MY Journey: Mike Salinas on his path to Top Fuel

Mike Salinas took a long and winding path to the peak of the Top Fuel category. The San Jose businessman sat down with NHRA on FOX reporter Jamie Howe to discuss family, racing and more on the latest edition of Mello Yello MY Journey.
12 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Matt Hartford relishes the never-ending pursuit of perfection in NHRA drag racing

Driving a Pro Stock car is an abject lesson in the fine art of frustration. It’s a task that simply can’t be mastered. Matt Hartford is giving it his best shot.
12 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Matt Hartford
Driving a Pro Stock car is an abject lesson in the fine art of frustration. It’s a task that simply can’t be mastered. From burnout, staging, shifting, car control, and at least a dozen other disciplines that most fans never see, success requires 99…
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