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Justin Lamb has won five championships in the last five years, and he’s not done yet

Peter Biondo knows a thing or two about talent, so when he predicted Justin Lamb’s future greatness more than a decade ago, he wasn’t exactly going out on a limb.
23 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Justin Lamb
With a résumé that features seven national championships and nearly 50 national event wins, Peter Biondo knows a thing or two about talent, so when he predicted Justin Lamb’s future greatness more than a decade ago, he wasn’t exactly going out on a…
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Kenny Bernstein’s shattering of the 300-mph barrier at the 1992 Gatornationals is the event’s signature moment

Bernstein made NHRA Drag Racing history in 1992, and in so doing created a moment that became as larger as Gainesville itself.
23 Mar 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Kenny Bernstein
Before the start of the 1992 season, NHRA National Dragster polled 1991’s top 10 Top Fuel finishers on the only topic anyone cared about: Would someone break the 300-mph barrier that season? Darrell Gwynn said, “It would surprise me if it happened…
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Bob and the boys: A roundtable interview with Bob Vandergriff Racing

Bob Vandergriff Jr. was joined by drivers Jordan Vandergriff, Shawn Reed and Josh Hart for a four-way interview on Sunday of the recent Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
20 Mar 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Bob Vandergriff Jr.
Bob Vandergriff Racing will field entries for three Top Fuel drivers this season, with Jordan Vandergriff, Shawn Reed, and Josh Hart taking the controls of the twin BVR dragsters at varying points throughout the season. Bob Vandergriff Jr.,…
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Don Garlits: Destiny, history, and victory at the Gatornationals

Drag racing legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits shared his thoughts about his homestate race, the Gatornationals, and his long history, successes, and frustrations at one of NHRA's most storied events.
13 Mar 2019
by Don Garlits
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Don Garlits
In 1956, I wrote a letter to Hot Rod magazine complaining that they weren’t giving racing in Florida the kind of coverage I thought we deserved.  I understood that drag racing had originated on the West Coast, where the aircraft…
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Jack Beckman wants more success at 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Jack Beckman won in Funny Car at Gainesville Raceway a year ago, but the former world champion is now eager for a second straight win, especially considering the magnitude of this weekend’s massive 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
13 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman is proud of the fact he was able to win for the first time in his Funny Car career at Gainesville Raceway a year ago. But the former world champion is now eager for a second straight win, especially considering the magnitude of this…
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The Gatornationals: A family tradition that led to a career in drag racing

For National Dragster columnist, NHRA staff announcer, and WFO Radio NHRA Nitro podcast host Joe Castello, 40 years of Gatornationals family history "is the reason that I’m involved with this sport now."
12 Mar 2019
Joe Castello
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Joe Castello
Simply put, the NHRA national event known as the Gatornationals is the reason that I’m involved with this sport now. For five decades, drag racing fans on the East Coast have seen many milestones, fantastic performances, and epic thrills, but what…
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No one forgets their first Gatornationals, nor their last, nor many in-between

NHRA National Dragster Editor Phil Burgess has been attending the Gatornationals for more than 30 years, and while there's no forgetting your first date with the venerable Gainesville Raceway, the event remains an annual must-attend for any hardcore racing fan.
11 Mar 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Gainesville, Florida. Home to the University of Florida and its national champion football team. Teenage stomping grounds of rock ‘n’ roll hall of famers such as Tom Petty, Stephen Stills, and Eagles guitarists Don “Fingers” Felder and Bernie Leadon…
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2019 Pro Stock Motorcycle Preview: Wild offseason sets up new campaign

Angelle Sampey’s move to the Harley-Davidson team highlights a wild offseason in NHRA’s two-wheel class
10 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Angelle Sampey
There was a lot of news involving the Pro Stock Motorcycle class this winter, but few announcements carried the weight of the bombshell dropped by the Vance & Hines team in early January when they announced the addition of Angelle Sampey to…
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Pro Mod Preview: Rickie Smith shakes up class by switching to turbocharger

There have been 15 different winners in the last 24 Pro Mod events. Expect the unexpected to continue in 2019.
09 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Rickie Smith
The statistics don’t lie. There have been 15 different winners in the last 24 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series dating back to the start of 2017, making it one of the most competitive classes in all of drag racing. Looking…
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Jordan Vandergriff looks to play his cards the right way after making Top Fuel debut

Jordan Vandergriff reached the semifinals in his Top Fuel debut and hopes to continue to grow at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville.
02 Mar 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Jordan Vandergriff
Jordan Vandergriff shares a link with Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, mostly through coincidence. He earned his Top Fuel license at the track outside of Phoenix, made his debut in the Professional class there, and began crewing for his uncle’s…
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Pro Stock's Alex Laughlin dominates at Lights Out small tire event

Pro Stock racer Alex Laughlin wheeled his supercharged Corvette to victory at the Lights Out X drag radial event at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
18 Feb 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Some racers elected to take it easy during the off week between NHRA Mello Yello Series events in Pomona and Phoenix, but Pro Stock racer Alex Laughlin wasn’t one of them. Following his semifinal finish in Pro Stock at the season opener, where…
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Streak over, Torrence has no excuses, but plenty of motivation

Steve Torrence’s final-round loss at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals cost him a chance at a pair of class records, but the reigning NHRA Mello Yello champ isn’t letting it get him down.
18 Feb 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence’s final-round loss at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals cost him a chance at a pair of class records, but the reigning NHRA Mello Yello champ isn’t letting it get him down. Torrence closed out 2018 with a record-setting…
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Clay Millican reunites with old friend Mike Kloeber, but not without cost

Clay Millican and Mike Kloeber are reunited on the NHRA side of the fence after years with David Grubnic.
17 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Clay Millican
It came as a relief to David Grubnic when Clay Millican earned his first NHRA national event win in 2017. Finally, the pair could focus on the real goal: winning a national championship together. The two partnered up in 2015 as part of a new race…
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What if NHRA stars took their talents to the NBA?

We took basketball stars (past and present) to the drag strip. Who would we take if the roles reversed?
16 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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The All-Star Motorsports Challenge set to air on TNT at 5 p.m. Eastern brought a host of basketball stars to zMAX Dragway outside of Charlotte to get a taste of drag racing. They met up with John Force, Antron Brown, Erica Enders and Brittany Force…
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Ready to drag race? Here's how to get started

Racing for your first time can be intimidating. How do you find a place to race? What should you bring? In essence, how does it all work? We know it can sound daunting, but we’ll walk you through every step of the process to get you up to the starting line.
13 Feb 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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How To Race
At its core, drag racing is a simple sport, a straight-line competition that most commonly takes place on eighth- and quarter-mile dragstrips. I say simple because almost anyone with a driver’s license can make runs with everything from street-legal…
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Pollacheck confident about title hopes following return to Matt Smith Racing

Scotty Pollacheck’s quest to win in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class gets a boost after he announces a return to Matt Smith Racing.
12 Feb 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Scotty Pollacheck, a six-time national event finalist in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, has announced that he will return to Matt Smith Racing for the 2019 season. Pollacheck will be riding an S&S-powered EBR as part of a three-rider team along…
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Five things we learned from NHRA preseason testing

We learned a lot at the annual preseason test session in Phoenix. Here are five of them, with some burnouts and runs to satiate your appetite, too.
03 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Happy Super Bowl Sunday. Let's talk some NHRA Drag Racing. I know you have a lot to do today, so I'll keep it brief. Let's talk about the five biggest takeaways from NHRA preseason testing and how they will affect teams as we head towards the Lucas…
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2019 Funny Car Preview: The road to the title has different routes

A crowded Funny Car category offers plenty of contenders for the 2019 world championship -- and a variety of ways to take the crown.
30 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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J.R. Todd
Eight drivers collected national event wins in Funny Car in 2018, and it took a late-season surge in the Countdown to the Championship to allow J.R. Todd, competing in just his second season in the class, to take home the championship with the DHL…
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2019 Top Fuel Preview: Steve Torrence chases more history and second title

The entire Top Fuel field will try to chase down Steve Torrence and the Capco Contractors team as the 2018 champ attempts to make even more history following a historic run to his first title.
29 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence enters the 2019 season on a 24-round winning streak. The Capco Contractors team could easily be called The Untouchables because of what the group did during the Countdown to the Championship. I don’t buy that winning a second…
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2019 Pro Stock Preview: Crowded, and competitive, field will battle for title

There will be just 12 races to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship in 2019, and another six for the playoffs, meaning there are no mulligans for racers in Pro Stock.
28 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Jeg Coughlin Jr.
The NHRA Pro Stock class, where races are routinely decided by thousandths of a second, has always afforded a near-zero margin for error. That basic tenant figures to be even more accurate in 2019, when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series…
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How carbon fiber helps make NHRA Drag Racing the fastest sport on Earth

In the quest to be the quickest on Earth, man and machine share a common building block: carbon fiber.
27 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Carbon Fiber
Stronger, lighter, faster: Those are the principles of speed. Whether you start with 11 or 11,000 horsepower, removing mass makes fast objects accelerate faster. Though the fundamentals of lightweights are simple, how engineers create lightness may…
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Early testing update: Factory Stockers flying in Florida

Ford and Chevy racers in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown recently tested new engine combinations and the results were shocking.
24 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Earlier this week, several of the leading contenders in the School of Automotive Machinist and Technology Factory Stock Showdown gathered for a private test session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in central Florida and National Dragster’s…
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Five Minutes with Cruz Pedregon: What's on the mind of the former Funny Car champ

Cruz Pedregon answers why switch to Dodge after years with Toyota, why he's going to tune his own Funny Car and who he thinks (or at least wants) to win the NFL conference championship games this weekend.
20 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Cruz Pedregon
Cruz Pedregon won a race but failed to make the Countdown to the Championship in 2018. The former Funny Car world champion is taking over tuning duties in 2019 after going through two crew chiefs last season. He’s also switching to Dodge after…
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Behind the Visor: How Erica Enders went from Jr. Drag Racer to Pro Stock champ

Erica Enders got her start in the Summit Jr. Drag Racing League and now battles for world championships year after year. Here's how she got where she is, in her own words.
20 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Erica Enders
Erica Enders began racing in the Jr. Drag Racing League at the age of 8, but she has been involved in NHRA Drag Racing her entire life thanks to her father, Greg. Enders received her first national event victory at her home track in Baytown,…
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Inside a Pro Stock Motorcycle engine

Senior editor Kevin McKenna takes you inside a Pro Stock Motorcycle engine with this technical breakdown.
19 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Pro Stock Motorcycle
Competitors in Pro Stock Motorcycle have a choice of two drastically different powerplants, both of which are capable of 6.7-second performances at speeds approaching 200 mph. Here is a detailed look at both the Suzuki inline four-cylinder engine…
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Behind the Visor: How Angelle Sampey joined the Vance & Hines Harley Davidson team

Angelle Sampey shocked the NHRA Drag Racing world when she joined the Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle team. Here's the story, in her own words, as told to NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna.
19 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Angelle Sampey
It’s not April 1. Hell hasn’t frozen over, and pigs still can’t fly yet when it comes to unlikely occurrences. The recent announcement that…
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Shane Tucker gears up for first full Pro Stock season

Australian Shane Tucker is convinced that he’s finally got all the pieces in place for a championship run
18 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Five years after first dipping his toes in the shark infested waters of the NHRA Pro Stock, Shane Tucker believes its finally time to jump headfirst into the deep end so he’s launched an ambitious plan for 2019 that includes all 18 races that…
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Champion recap: Steve Torrence caps first Top Fuel title with historic Countdown sweep

How ‘bout them Capco boys? That was a refrain that NHRA fans heard a lot in 2018 from the lips and heart of the eventual Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence over the course of a glorious 11-win season that culminated in an historic six-race sweep of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
29 Dec 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
How ‘bout them Capco boys? That was a refrain that NHRA fans heard a lot in 2018 from the lips and heart of the eventual Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence over the course of a glorious 11-win season that culminated in an historic six-race sweep of…
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Champion recap: J.R. Todd’s first Funny Car title won’t be his last

J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry team took down an incredible Funny Car class to assert himself as one of the best in the business.
28 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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J.R. Todd
If there’s a surprise about J.R. Todd’s first championship, it’s that it came in a short-wheelbase car. When the Indiana-born racer first made waves in NHRA Drag Racing, it was inside of a Top Fuel dragster. The 2018 Funny Car champion reached the…
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Champion recap: Tanner Gray left behind an indelible impression

27 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Tanner Gray
The two youngest NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions share a commonality: They owe a lot to their family. Tanner Gray says as much as often as someone will listen. The support of his parents, Shane and Amber, and his grandfather, Jonny,…
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