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Chris Bostick on how to prepare a Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle for Thunder Valley

Speed and traction go hand-in-hand, but as Bostick explains, what Pro Stock Motorcycles lack in ride comfort they more than make up for in their ability to launch off of the starting line.
19 Oct 2021
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Chris Bostick on how to prepare a Pro Stock Motorcycle Suzuki for Thunder Valley
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Friction science! Learn all about John Force Racing’s track surface strategy

A rare look at the track maps that John Force Racing's Lanny Miglizzi hand draws of every stop on the Camping World Drag Racing circuit.
19 Oct 2021
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Friction science! John Force Racing’s track surface strategy
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Five things we learned at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

It’s hard to top the reverberations of 11,000-horsepower echoing through the mountains at Bristol Dragway and it was music to everyone’s ears to have it back at last weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
18 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Bristol
It’s hard to top the reverberations of 11,000-horsepower echoing through the mountains at Bristol Dragway and it was music to everyone’s ears to have it back at last weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Thunder Valley lived up to its name as…
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Back in the title hunt, Cruz Pedregon enjoying the extra work it brings

Cruz Pedregon is right in the thick of things in the Funny Car Countdown to the Championship. He entered this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in third and 113 points back of leader Matt Hagan with three races remaining.
16 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Cruz
Cruz Pedregon has discovered his team has gone through parachutes and tires at a more frequent pace compared to recent seasons. It’s one of the more unique ways the Funny Car veteran can gauge the success his team has enjoyed in 2021 and he’s not…
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Chris Bostick continues recent run of success with strong start in Bristol

16 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Bostick
Since debuting a new sponsor at Indy, it’s been nothing but positives for Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Chris Bostick, who took another exciting step forward on Friday at Bristol Dragway. In his first career run at Thunder Valley, Bostick qualified…
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Clay Millican gets special surprise in memorable return to Bristol Dragway

Team owner Doug Stringer surprised Millican on Friday at Bristol Dragway with a special wrap dedicated to Millican’s late son, Dalton. It’s a nod to the “Blue Thunder” monster truck that Dalton drove, leaving Millican with another special memory in Thunder Valley.
15 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Clay
Clay Millican has a new look this weekend and it’s one he wasn’t expecting, but also one he couldn’t be more excited to showcase. Team owner Doug Stringer surprised Millican on Friday at Bristol Dragway with a special wrap dedicated to Millican’s…
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Matt Smith hopes to follow in father’s successful footsteps in Bristol

Matt Smith has never raced at Bristol Dragway, but he doesn’t have to look far to see the impact his family has had at the fan-favorite facility. Smith’s father, Rickie, was named one of the Legends of Thunder Valley in 2007 and has his name alongside other Bristol legends atop the grandstands. 
15 Oct 2021
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Matt Smith
Matt Smith has never raced at Bristol Dragway, but he doesn’t have to look far to see the impact his family has had at the fan-favorite facility. Smith’s father, Rickie, was named one of the Legends of Thunder Valley in 2007 after his longtime…
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Funny Car hero Ron Capps is looking to find more Bristol Dragway magic

Nobody feels more at home in Thunder Valley than Don Schumacher Racing's Ron Capps. The veteran standout in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series has won a Funny Car-best five times at the fan-favorite facility.
14 Oct 2021
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Ron Capps
Bristol Dragway might be close to home for defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan, but there’s nobody who feels more at home in Thunder Valley than his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Ron Capps. The veteran standout in the NHRA Camping World…
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Five things we learned at the Texas NHRA FallNationals

From an extra qualifying session, huge qualifying bonuses, extravagant driver introductions under the lights and during pre-race ceremonies, the Stampede of Speed and Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex took the grandiose to new levels. Here's what we learned in Texas.
11 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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5 Things
The Stampede of Speed proved that everything is indeed bigger in Texas. From an extra qualifying session, huge qualifying bonuses, extravagant driver introductions under the lights and during pre-race ceremonies, the Stampede of Speed and Texas NHRA…
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One for the little guy: Dale Creasy Jr. collects first three-second Funny Car pass

It’s been more than 10 years since Matt Hagan made the first three-second Funny Car run, but that didn't take any of the excitement away for the Creasy team, who made their first-ever three-second pass during the third qualifying session at the Texas NHRA FallNationals.
09 Oct 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Dale Creasy Jr.
It’s been more than 10 years since Matt Hagan made the first three-second Funny Car run, a pass that these days is as common as spark plugs, yet still remains the goal for a lot of the smaller teams.  Through three rounds of Funny Car…
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That was then, this is now: Greg Anderson on the state of Pro Stock parity

Greg Anderson didn’t win his first Pro Stock race until his 52nd start, a far cry from the success of his teammate, Dallas Glenn, who won in just his fourth start, but don’t color Anderson upset by the new trend of fast starts for new talent.
09 Oct 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Greg Anderson
Greg Anderson made Pro Stock history in Dallas with his 98th career win to supplant his mentor Warren Johnson as Pro Stock’s winningest driver, but it took years of toil and heartache to become the champion he is. Anderson didn’t win his first…
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The Nitro Bandit Funny Car is back with Jeff Arend in the saddle

Dexter Tuttle has brought the Nitro Bandit Funny Car back to the track with veteran Jeff Arend at the wheel at the Texas NHRA FallNationals.
09 Oct 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Nitro Bandit
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Nitro Bandit Funny Car was a regular on the NHRA tour with former boat drag racer Brad Tuttle driving and now brother Dexter, best know in the last decade or more as the owner of some fast Top Fuelers, has…
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Texan Top Fuel star Steve Torrence looks to keep rolling at home track

Winning at Texas Motorplex has always been special for Steve Torrence, who has picked up two victories there over the past three years, but getting a second straight win at his home track and third in four years would be extra meaningful for the defending three-time Top Fuel world champ.
09 Oct 2021
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Steve Torrence
Winning at his home track has always been special for Steve Torrence, who has picked up two victories at Texas Motorplex over the past three years. But getting a second straight win at the Dallas-area track and third in four years would be extra…
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Fan Fest packs Railyard Park on first day of Texas NHRA FallNationals

The official start of the Texas NHRA FallNationals at the historic Texas Motorplex got off to a roaring start Thursday with Sportsman action on track all day capped off with a mega-fan event at Railyard Park in Waxahachie.
08 Oct 2021
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Oliver the Watusi 7
The official start of the Texas NHRA FallNationals Thursday at the historic Texas Motorplex got off to a roaring start with Sportsman action on track all day capped off with a mega-fan event at Railyard Park in Waxahachie. More than 40 NHRA Camping…
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The bike to beat: defending PSM world champ Matt Smith still confident after slow start

Two races into the Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown to the Championship, reigning world champ Matt Smith isn’t where he wants or expected to be.
04 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
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Matt Smith
Two races into the Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown to the Championship, reigning world champ Matt Smith isn’t where he wants or expected to be. But the four-time champ is also nowhere near pushing the panic button. After dominating the regular…
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Krista Baldwin ready to take the next step in Top Fuel education

In her first season in Top Fuel, third-generation racer Krista Baldwin has already made tremendous progress. Now, she's preparing to take the next step during this week's Stampede of Speed at the Texas Motorplex.
04 Oct 2021
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Krista Baldwin
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Points-leading crew chief Dickie Venables talks Hagan championship chances

Dickie Venables, crew chief for Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan, shares his thoughts about the championship chase as the Countdown to the Championship playoffs reach the halfway point.
04 Oct 2021
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Dickie Venables
 
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Cruz Pedregon ready to make a run at third NHRA Funny Car championship

Two-time NHRA Funny Car world champ Cruz Pedregon sits in fourth place heading into the final four events. He chatted via Skype with Brian Lohnes about his chances of winning a third title, beginning at the upcoming Texas NHRA FallNationals.
01 Oct 2021
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Cruz Pedregon
 
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Inside Erica Enders’ love affair with the Gateway City

Erica Enders has won five of the last 10 Pro Stock events held at World Wide Technology Raceway and even she’s at a loss to explain why.
01 Oct 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Erica Enders
Some things just go together naturally like peanut butter and jelly, beer and pretzels, and lately, Erica Enders and World Wide Technology Raceway. To be perfectly candid, Enders is a four-time world champion who wins almost everywhere, but…
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Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer chats about Stampede of Speed spectacular

Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer chats with NHRA’s Brian Lohnes about next week’s Stampede of Speed, a weeklong calendar of racing and social events leading up to the Texas NHRA FallNationals.
30 Sep 2021
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Billy Meyer
 
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Supercharged moment of the Midwest Nationals: When Josh Hart took down Brittany Force

Did you see it? Two weekends in a row Josh Hart's part-time Top Fuel team proved to the world he's capable of running with (and beating) the best in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.
30 Sep 2021
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Josh Hart took down Brittany Force two weeks in a row
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Behind the scenes of the quickest Top Fuel run of 2021

Astounding! Brittany Force's Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster ran 3.64 seconds at 337 mph at the 2021 NHRA Midwest Nationals. NHRA on Fox's Bruno Massel spoke with Crew Chief David Grubnic to find out what made it possible.
29 Sep 2021
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Behind the scenes of the quickest Top Fuel run of 2021 Brittany Force
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Countdown spoiler Josh Hart making his presence known in Top Fuel playoffs

Top Fuel rookie Josh Hart didn't run enough races to make the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, but with a win in Charlotte and a second-round defeat of points leader Brittany Force in St. Louis, he and crew chief Ron Douglas are playing the spoiler role.
27 Sep 2021
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Josh Hart
 
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Five things we learned from the NHRA Midwest Nationals

With three races down and four to go in the Countdown to the Championship, here are five things we learned from the St. Louis event.
27 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Matt Hagan
The 2021 season isn’t over yet, but we can see the finish line on the horizon which means it’s not an exaggeration to call the NHRA Midwest Nationals one of the most important events of the year. Not surprisingly, this year’s edition delivered a lot…
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Brittany Force, Steve Torrence battle during Midwest Nationals qualifying

Top Fuel championship contenders Steve Torrence and Brittany Force waged a back-and-forth battle during qualifying at the NHRA Midwest Nationals to set them up for Sunday's final eliminations.
25 Sep 2021
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Steve Torrence
 
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Bo Butner is back in Pro Stock, but don’t call it a comeback

Past NHRA world champion Bo Butner makes his long-awaited return to the Pro Stock class this weekend behind the wheel of an Elite Motorsports Camaro.
25 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Bo Butner
The Pro Stock entry list for the NHRA Midwest Nationals got a lot more interesting last week when former World Champ Bo Butner’s name appeared on it.  While Butner officially announced his return during a press conference last month in…
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Good opening day for rookie Top Fuel ace Josh Hart at Midwest Nationals

Fresh off his Top Fuel win at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina nationals, his second victory of the season, rookie Josh Hart and the R&L Carriers team opened their account Friday at the Midwest Nationals with a strong pass.
25 Sep 2021
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Josh Hart
 
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TJ Zizzo brings new attitude to NHRA Midwest Nationals

Popular Top Fuel independent TJ Zizzo looking forward to familiar confines of Wide World Technology Raceway, which he now considers his home track.
24 Sep 2021
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zizzo
For the sixth time in over 15 years TJ Zizzo will be competing at the NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway. The Top Fuel independent who last year raced to his first final round at the NHRA Summernationals in Indianapolis, will be…
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Tim Wilkerson doesn’t want recent hot stretch to stop heading to home track

September has already been a great month for Tim Wilkerson, and now, the Funny Car veteran has a chance to cap it off in style at his home track during this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis.
23 Sep 2021
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Tim Wilkerson
September has already been a great month for Tim Wilkerson, and now, the Funny Car veteran has a chance to cap it off in style at his home track during this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis. Wilkerson…
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Bobby Bode is back in the saddle and ready to come full circle in St. Louis

Second-generation Funny Car racer Bobby Bode will be back behind the wheel of his dad’s flopper at the NHRA Midwest Nationals at a track that holds a lot of special meaning to him.
23 Sep 2021
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Bobby Bode
 
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