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Matt Hartford still trying to win his own way

Matt Hartford switched engine suppliers during the offseason but the Pro Stock racer is still doing it his own way
23 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Matt Hartford
"We're all chasing the yellow and black car right now," said Matt Hartford while standing outside his Total Seal Chevy Camaro. "If we knew what they were doing, we'd be doing it."  Hartford qualified No. 8 and that assured him he'll be in…
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Bob Tasca III primed for breakout performance 

Ford Motorcraft racer riding streak of consistency at NHRA Arizona Nationals
23 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Bob Tasca III
Bob Tasca III got back to the winner's circle at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in 2019, ending a long drought for Ford…
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Brittany Force blazing fast in Flav-R-Pac dragster at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Brittany Force has made her new car look very good - and very fast - at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
22 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Brittany Force
Brittany Force came within a hundredth of earning pole position at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, continuing a strong start to the season for the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team. Force left the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by…
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Fernando Cuadra Sr. building Pro Stock team from fresh foundation

New thinking and philosophy is the foundation of Fernando Cuadra Sr.'s family Pro Stock team.
22 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Fernando Cuadra Sr.
Fernando Cuadra Sr. entered the second day of qualifying at the NHRA Arizona Nationals on the bump spot of the 19-car Pro Stock field. That likely won't concern the team owner much. His group is fielding three Pro Stock cars, two Ford Mustangs and…
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Terry McMillen will debut new chassis at Gatornationals

Terry McMillen and Rob Wendland continue to improve an already impressive program.
21 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Terry McMillen
Terry McMillen's Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel team brought chassis construction in-house for the first time during the 2019 season, a move that paid near-immediate dividends for the Indiana native. What started as front-halving a Don Schumacher Racing…
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Jason Line hopes to add special moment in Phoenix during retirement tour

Past Pro Stock champ Jason Line would love to close out his driving career this season with another world championship. After a runner-up in Pomona, a good showing at the NHRA Arizona Nationals would go a long way towards that goal.
19 Feb 2020
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Jason Line
Craving the spotlight has never been part of Jason Line’s personality, but during his final season of full-time racing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the three-time Pro Stock world champion may experience it more than usual in 2020.…
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Antron Brown has something to prove at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Antron Brown teamed back up with crew chief Brian Corradi ahead of the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season and is eager to get back on top, beginning at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
18 Feb 2020
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Antron Brown
Last season wasn’t up to the usual impressive standards from Antron Brown, but you won’t find an ounce of discouragement from the three-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champ. Coming off his first winless season of his career in the…
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Alexis DeJoria returns to Phoenix looking for first win in comeback season

Alexis DeJoria returned to Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing in Pomona with plenty of energy and hopes to turn that into victory at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
18 Feb 2020
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Alexis DeJoria
A two-year hiatus didn’t seem to bother Alexis DeJoria as she opened the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season in style in Pomona. The Funny Car standout advanced to the semifinals in her first race since 2017, setting a strong tone for…
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On the heels of Pomona victory, Infinite Hero team bullish on Phoenix, 2020 season

Following Jack Beckman's Funny Car win at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winterationals, crew chief Dean Antonelli talked about his team's strategy and plans for the upcoming NHRA Arizona Nationals and the balance of the season.
18 Feb 2020
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Dean Antonelli
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Jordan Vandergriff talks about his rookie season and racing future with Lewis Bloom

Top Fuel racer Jordan Vandergriff joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks studio to discuss his rookie season and his search for a spot back in the Top Fuel class in the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series.
17 Feb 2020
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Jordan Vandergriff
Jordan Vandergriff hopes to be back on track soon in his Bob Vandergriff Racing Top Fuel dragster. You can see his BVR teammate Shawn Reed, and the rest of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series, back on track at the NHRA Arizona Nationals in…
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Remember when NASCAR's Kurt Busch qualified in Pro Stock at the Gatornationals?

NASCAR star Kurt Busch is qualified No. 18 for Sunday’s Daytona 500, not nearly as good as the position that he earned when he competed in Pro Stock at the NHRA Gatornationals in 2011.
15 Feb 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Kurt Busch
NASCAR star Kurt Busch is qualified No. 18 for Sunday’s Daytona 500, not nearly as good as the position that he earned when he competed in Pro Stock at the NHRA Gatornationals in 2011. Busch not only qualified his Allen Johnson-powered Shell…
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Jack Beckman's Winternationals win even more impressive than meets the eye

Jack Beckman won the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Funny Car for the first time in his career, and his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat team is poised to do a lot more of it.
14 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman won the Winternationals for the third time in his career on Sunday. This Wally meant more because it came at the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, because it came against John Force, and because he sounded half-dead all weekend.…
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50 years of Pro Stock salute: You’ve Come a Long Way, Pro Stock

From birthday to present day, the evolution of the Pro Stock class has been dramatic to say the least. Here’s a comparison of a 1970 versus 2020 NHRA Pro Stock car.
13 Feb 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Pro Stock
Launched a half-century ago with an official kickoff at the Winternationals in Pomona, Pro Stock has provided NHRA fans with some of the sport’s greatest moments and produced some of its most well-known and beloved heroes.  Turning the clock…
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Watch Don Schumacher Manufacturing build new chassis for Antron Brown's Top Fuel team

Work on a new chassis for Antron Brown was already underway in Indiana even as the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster competed at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
11 Feb 2020
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Antron Brown
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Watch Alexis DeJoria bring the throttle whack to her ROKiT Funny Car

Alexis DeJoria returns to Funny Car racing at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com and she's doing it in style.
09 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Alexis DeJoria
Alexis DeJoria does few things quietly, and that includes warming up her ROKiT Phones Toyota Camry Funny Car. She brought the boom by whacking the throttle during the pre-race warmup, delighting fans at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals…
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After qualifying in his Funny Car debut, the sky's the limit for Alex Miladinovich

Alex Miladinovich was like a lot of fans at the drags. He sat in the grandstands watching Funny Cars and dreamed of someday being there himself and competing against John Force. The difference is that Miladinovich made it happen.
09 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Alex Miladinovich
Alex Miladinovich was like a lot of fans at the drags. He sat in the grandstands and watched the awesome Funny Cars roar down the dragstrip and dreamed of someday being there himself and competing against John Force The difference is that…
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Kenny Delco begins 50th season of Pro Stock with powerful results

The New Yorker is back with a refreshed Frank Iaconio engine, qualified in the top five and is driving faster than ever.
09 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Kenny Delco
Kenny Delco began the 2020 season with refreshed power courtesy of Frank Iaconio and Gray Motorsports with terrific results. The East Coast racer made the long trek to the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com and so…
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Alexis DeJoria has wasted no time getting back to speed in Funny Car return

Don’t bother asking Alexis DeJoria if she’s already back up to speed after a two-year hiatus from Funny Car racing. She is.
09 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Alexis DeJoria
Don’t bother asking Alexis DeJoria if she’s already back up to speed after a two-year hiatus from Funny Car racing. She is. The steely fan favorite has more laps under her safety belts already this season than any other driver after three test…
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From Top Fuel to Funny Car and back again, it's been a whirlwind ride for Shawn Langdon

Shawn Langdon spent nine years learning how to drive a Top Fueler, two learning to drive a Funny Car, and now he's back in Top Fuel, and he's the No. 1 qualifier after Friday of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. The back-and-forth transitions have kept him on his toes.
08 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Shawn Langdon
Over nine seasons, from 2009 to 2017, Shawn Langdon spent 208 events and hundreds and hundreds of runs learning the finer points of driving a Top Fuel dragster, efforts that culminated in 14 national event victories and the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello…
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Marty Robertson battling through Pro Stock learning curve

The newest member of Elite Motorsports fighting to get into first Pro Stock field of 2020
08 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Marty Robertson
Marty Robertson is no stranger to driving race cars, but the newest member of Elite Motorsports knows the challenge facing him in Pro Stock this season. He made his professional debut in the category Friday in the Curing Kids Cancer Chevy Camaro and…
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50 years later, Winternationals-winning Stocker returns to scene of its glory

Fifty years after their breakthrough victory, Richard Charbonneau and his 1970 Winternationals Stock eliminator-winning E/Stock '67 Ford Fairlane station wagon are back at the racetrack in Pomona as part of the 60th Winternationals celebration.
08 Feb 2020
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Richard Charbonneau
Fifty years after their breakthrough victory, Richard Charbonneau and his 1970 Winternationals Stock eliminator-winning E/Stock '67 Ford Fairlane station wagon are back at the racetrack in Pomona as part of the 60th Winternationals celebration.…
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Brandon Welch learns lesson after first 3-second Top Fuel run at Winternationals

The first-year Top Fuel racer crossed a significant personal milestone Friday. He's hoping for a smoother Saturday.
08 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Brandon Welch
  Brandon Welch earned his Top Fuel dragster license in Las Vegas a week ago and made his professional debut in the category Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. It didn't go quite as planned.…
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Don Prudhomme and Tommy Ivo star in Night of Champions at Wally Parks NHRA Museum

Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tommy Ivo joined Jack Beckman on stage at a special Night of Champions at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum following a great day of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
07 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Tommy Ivo and Don Prudhomme
The road to becoming a drag racing champion is grueling, lonely, and doesn’t come out without sacrifices.  But it does make for some unforgettable stories.  For nearly 20 years the place to hear those stories, told by the people who…
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It's all about the music when nitro drivers 'tune up' for Friday Prime Time program

NHRA’s Friday night Prime Time qualifying program allows Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers to choose their introduction music and few were better at it last year than J.R. Todd. Here's a look back at last year's best music pickers and their choices.
07 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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J.R. Todd
When 2018 Mello Yello Funny Car world champ J.R. Todd rolls into Friday night qualifying at this year’s Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, the driver of the DHL Toyota won’t be defending his Mello Yello title, but he still has a crown to defend: the…
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Behind the scenes at NHRA's annual Media Day: Photoshoots and fun for all

Prior to the start of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals each season, NHRA drivers take part in Media Day, posing for photos and video footage to be used throughout the season. Here’s a look at some fun moments from the photoshoots.
07 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Leah Pritchett
Prior to the start of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals each season, NHRA drivers take part in Media Day, posing for photos and video footage to be used throughout the season. NHRA on FOX, NHRA National Dragster magazine, NHRA social media, and…
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Pre-season trailer fire has Ron Capps and the NAPA team starting from behind

Every team wants to start the season on fire, but for Ron Capps and the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car team, a trailer fire prior to pre-season testing has them starting from behind in Pomona.
07 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Ron Capps
Ron Capps and the Rahn Tobler-led Don Schumacher Racing/NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car will start the 2020 season at a bit of a disadvantage after they were forced to skip pre-season testing after a trailer fire heavily damaged their equipment.…
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Blast from the past: 30 years after last run, Mark Maxwell's Camaro is back on track

More than 30 years after it last went down the Pomona track at the 1989 World Finals, Mark Maxwell is finally back behind the wheel of his Camaro Stocker, which had been environmentally bagged for three decades.
07 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Mark Maxwell
The last time that Mark Maxwell drove his ’67 Camaro Stocker down the quarter-mile in Pomona, way back at the 1989 World Finals, he was a 19-year-old with a mouthful of braces. More than 30 years later, the La Grange, Calif., racer, who…
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Don Prudhomme relives his breakthrough win at the 1965 Winternationals

Fifty-five years ago, at the 1965 Winternationals, NHRA legend Don Prudhomme scored his first of 49 career victories. "The Snake" relives that magic moment with NHRA's Lewis Bloom.
06 Feb 2020
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Don Prudhomme
//hide image on specific article jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { }); Don “the Snake” Prudhomme collected his first NHRA event win and his first of five at the Winternationals, driving Roland Leong’s Hawaiian Top Fueler to victory.…
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Lex Joon geared up for 2020 NHRA Top Fuel season after major upgrades

Former European Top Fuel champ Lex Joon won't be at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, but after a number of major improvements to his team, he's more than ready for the year ahead.
06 Feb 2020
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Lex Joon
  To purchase general-admission or reserved seats for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, call 800-884-NHRA(6472). Tickets also are available online at www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and…
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60th Winternationals flashback: Beadle, Bernstein raise the roof for '81 FC final

One of the craziest moments in Winternationals history came at the 1981 event with a massive pre-final-round pit thrash in the pits of Funny Car star Raymond Beadle, where the roof of Kenny Bernstein's car was transplanted onto Beadle's wounded car.
06 Feb 2020
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Winternationals
It was one of the craziest moments in Winternationals history when at the 1981 event the roof of Raymond Beadle’s famed Blue Max Funny Car blew off at the finish line on a winning semifinal run. In a miraculous thrash known as "the Texas…
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