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Top Alcohol Funny Car champion Doug Gordon’s two daughters follow in his footsteps

The Gordon sisters; 16-year-old Maddi and 15-year-old Macie featured on the NBC affiliate in central California
21 Apr 2021
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Maddi and Macie Gordon
    Read more: After years of close calls, Doug Gordon finally wins first TAFC championship…
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Quadruple the competition; why four-wide drag racing is so tough on drivers

Fans love it, but four-wide racing challenges every racer — every time. Hear from Matt Hagan, Angelle Sampey, Alexis DeJoria, Justin Ashley, Alex Laughlin, and Ryan Oehler on the challenges they faced at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
20 Apr 2021
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Five things we learned at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

The Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was just the second event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and the first of two four-wide events on the calendar. Here are five key takeaways from the event.
20 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was just the second event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, but we learned a lot at the race, the first of two four-wide events on the calendar…
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Steve Torrence on four-wides, fatherhood, and why he no longer feels so tough

There’s a lot for Steve Torrence to be happy about. His Capco Contractors dragster is sitting in No. 1 in Top Fuel, it’s his birthday (38), and he’s still basking in the glow of new fatherhood after becoming a dad April 7.
17 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
There’s a lot for Steve Torrence to be happy about heading into Saturday’s final qualifying sessions at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. His Capco Contractors dragster is sitting in a familiar position atop the Top Fuel field, it’s…
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Top Fuel star Brittany Force eager to pick up where she left off in Las Vegas

Heading back into the seat of her 11,000-hp Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac dragster after more than a year away, Brittany Force's joy was evident in Gainesville and it will be apparent at this weekend’s Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
17 Apr 2021
Josh Hachat
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Brittany Force
Heading back into the seat of her 11,000-hp Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac dragster after more than a year away, Brittany Force experienced all the expected nerves one might expect. But as the dragster fired up and Force made those first runs, it…
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Funny Car school continues as Bobby Bode readies for first four-wide outing

Funny Car rookie Bobby Bode has made hundreds of passes in a long and successful NHRA Jr. Dragster career and even has 25 laps under his safety belts in three events in his newest ride, dad’s Funny Car, but he'll be looking at a four-wide Christmas Tree for the first time this weekend.
16 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Bobby Bode
Bobby Bode has made hundreds of passes in a long and successful NHRA Jr. Dragster career, has licensed in Super Comp, wheeled an Alcohol Funny Car at the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, and even has 25 laps under his safety belts in three events in…
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A second straight Vegas win would be extra meaningful for Angie Smith

Angie Smith has a new bike, but she’s hoping for the same result from her last appearance at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, this time at her sponsor’s race, the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
16 Apr 2021
Josh Hachat
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Angie Smith
Angie Smith has a new bike, but she’s hoping for the same result from her last appearance at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith closed out her 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle with a victory in Vegas last fall and she’s back this weekend…
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Ron Capps talks Don Prudhomme, Jay Leno, Vegas four-wide, and more on WFO Radio

Ron Capps, one of NHRA Drag Racing’s winningest drivers, joined Joe Castello of WFO Radio for a deep dive into the 2021 NHRA season.
15 Apr 2021
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Ron Capps
Ron Capps, one of NHRA Drag Racing’s winningest drivers, joined Joe Castello of WFO Radio for a deep dive into the 2021 NHRA season. Capps discusses the many changes on his team at Don Schumacher Racing, Don Prudhomme's recent 80th birthday…
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Second-ranked Troy Coughlin Jr. interested in more firsts in Las Vegas

Twelve years after winning his first event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, second-ranked Pro Stock driver Troy Coughlin Jr. returns for this weekend's Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals looking for some firsts.
14 Apr 2021
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Troy Coughlin Jr.
After a runner-up finish at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals one month ago in Florida, second-ranked Pro Stock driver Troy Coughlin Jr. arrives at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this weekend's Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide…
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Julie Nataas shows she’s willing to go the distance to pursue a full-time drag racing career

From Norway to California to Indiana, Julie Nataas has taken the long road to pursue her dreams of winning a Top Alcohol Dragster title and ultimately racing as an NHRA pro. So far, she's right on schedule.
13 Apr 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Julie Nataas
How far are you willing to go to pursue your dreams? For Julie Nataas, there's almost no sacrifice too great when it comes to achieving her goals, which in the short term includes a Top Alcohol Dragster championship, followed by what she hopes is…
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Steven Densham will run Vegas four-wides; father Gary closes on 500 career events

Funny Car veteran Gary Densham is just two races away from reaching 500 career Funny Car starts, but he'll have to wait until later this year to reach the milestone as son Steven saddles up, beginning next week in Las Vegas.
13 Apr 2021
Josh Hachat
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Gary Densham
Funny Car’s longest-tenured driver still has one more major milestone to reach in his terrific career, and Gary Densham has his hopes set on it happening in 2021. With five decades of racing under his belt, Densham is just two races away from…
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Richard Hartman talks about his history-making four-second Fuel Altered run

In our latest NHRA.com Skype interview, Brian Lohnes talks with nitro crew chief and driver Richard Hartman to discuss his history-making Fuel Altered run at the recent Funny Car Chaos event in Texas.
12 Apr 2021
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Richard Hartman
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Joe Morrison, Leverichs working hard behind the scenes to establish themselves

Not every aspiring nitro racer has the deep pockets or deep connections that can pave their way to a full-time ride in a top-tier car. For those without, the course of success takes equal parts ingenuity, determination, and the willingness to build from scratch.Just ask Joe Morrison
11 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Joe Morrison
Not every aspiring nitro racer has the deep pockets or deep connections that can pave their way to a full-time ride in a top-tier car. For those without that built-in launch pad, the course of success takes equal parts ingenuity, determination, and…
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Snap-on Tools Funny Car team ready to take on all challengers in Las Vegas

Hot off of a semifinal finish at the season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Cruz Pedregon’s Snap-on Tools Funny Car team is ready for the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, according to crew chief John Collins.
09 Apr 2021
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Firsts and milestones to watch for in 2021 NHRA Camping World Series season

Every season starts with some great expectations and all eyes on potential firsts and milestones. We didn’t have to wait long to get the sport’s newest first-time Pro winner after Josh Hart won Top Fuel in his debut in Gainesville, but there's still plenty of other big moments looming on history's horizon.
08 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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What's Next
Every season starts with some great expectations and all eyes on potential firsts and milestones. We didn’t have to wait long to get the sport’s newest first-time Pro winner after Josh Hart won Top Fuel in his debut at the season-opening Amalie…
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New car shows plenty of potential for Pro Stock veteran Kenny Delco

Armed with a brand-new Chevrolet Camaro, Kenny Delco showed impressive signs at the 2021 NHRA opener in Gainesville, but the Pro Stock veteran hopes it’s just the beginning of what’s to come this season.
08 Apr 2021
Josh Hachat
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Kenny Delco
Armed with a brand-new Chevrolet Camaro, Kenny Delco showed impressive signs at the 2021 NHRA opener in Gainesville, but the Pro Stock veteran hopes it’s just the beginning of what’s to come this season. He qualified sixth with a run of 6.543…
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Pro Mod's Lyle Barnett on his NHRA debut: "You've got to be great, not good."

Drag Radial racer Lyle Barnett made his NHRA Pro Mod debut at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and made an immediate impact with his Elite Motorsports/Modern Racing Camaro. More recently, he joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes to discuss his memorable debut.
06 Apr 2021
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Lyle Barnett
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After plenty of four-wide success, a win is the only thing missing for Clay Millican

Clay Millican loves four-wide drag racing in part because it takes him back to his bracket racing days. The veteran fan-favorite also loves it because he’s pretty darn good at it. The only thing he hasn’t done at one of the most unique events in motorsports is win a four-wide event.
05 Apr 2021
Josh Hachat
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Clay Millican
Clay Millican loves four-wide drag racing in part because it takes him back to his bracket racing days. The veteran fan-favorite also loves it because he’s pretty darn good at it. Millican has advanced to the final quad on five different…
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Greg Anderson and Matt Smith talk Gatornationals wins on WFO Radio Live

Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals winners Greg Anderson and Matt Smith recently went WFO with Joe Castello.
05 Apr 2021
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  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals winners Greg Anderson and Matt Smith recently went WFO with Joe Castello. Anderson and Smith discussed the kickoff to the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Anderson gives the details…
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April Fools in NHRA.com history

In case you forgot, today is April 1, or April Fools' Day. In 1998, NHRA.com published its first April Fools piece, which featured some radical (but not-so-real) rides. Here's a look back at that and other memorable NHRA.com April Fools stories.
01 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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April Fools
In case you forgot, today is April 1, or April Fools' Day, which around these parts used to be a pretty big deal. From the late 1990s through the mid-2000s, NHRA.com annually presented a special April Fools section with funny (yet often…
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Tony Stewart has gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of drag racing

NASCAR star Tony Stewart hasn’t committed to competing in the NHRA, but the circle-track hall of famer and fiancé of NHRA Top Fuel star Leah Pruett went to drag racing school anyway just to understand more about her world.
31 Mar 2021
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Dodge debuted Leah Pruett's 2021 Mopar Drag Pak Challenger at the Gatornationals

Dodge's all-new Drag Pak car features a brand-new race Hemi with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. To Leah Pruett, the car is known as "The Phantom."
30 Mar 2021
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Leah Pruett 2021 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
As soon as Leah Pruett hops out from behind the wheel of her Top Fuel car, she'll be making her way back to the Factory Stock pits because this new baby is waiting for her. It is the…
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In clutch moments, J.R. Todd willing to take things into his own hands

J.R. Todd's DHL Funny Car is one of the steadiest out there, but when things go wrong and Todd has to manhandle the car to the finish line, he's found a knack for pulling off dramatic wins, like his recent final-round victory at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
30 Mar 2021
Josh Hachat
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J.R. Todd
J.R. Todd would rather have a car that dominates and turns in one stellar pass after another. That’s often happened throughout his impressive Funny Car career with Kalitta Motorsports, but on those rare occasions when he’s had to take matters…
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Best of NHRA on FOX slow-motion footage from the 2021 Gatornationals

Watch the driving prowess and nitromethane chaos caught in exquisite frame-by-frame detail by the NHRA on FOX cameras at the 2021 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
29 Mar 2021
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John Force Returns to NHRA Funny Car Racing
Check out the Goodyear super slow-mo with Leah Pruett's engine expiring and her tires quite literally going up in smoke— you can see the flame escaping. Here's John Force going up in smoke, dirt tracking his…
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Mason McGaha is off to fast start in his sophomore Pro Stock season

Second-year Pro Stock talent Mason McGaha showed off his potential with a semifinal finish in Gainesville and is eager for his first four-wide experience next month in Las Vegas.
27 Mar 2021
Josh Hachat
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Mason McGaha
Mason McGaha wasn’t able to test this offseason, but you wouldn’t have known it from how the second-year Pro Stock driver started his 2021. The young 19-year-old rising star advanced to the semifinals at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals…
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More than 2 million NHRA on FOX viewers watched the 2021 Gatornationals

Some wondered how successful launching the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series at the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals would be. Now there's no question in anyone's mind.
26 Mar 2021
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More than 2 million NHRA on FOX viewers watched the 2021 Gatornationals
  Through March 14th, the Gainesville broadcasts on FOX and FS1 collected 1.756M+ viewers with re-airs still to air. NHRA projects total viewership, with re-airs, to reach 2.3M—2.4M for the 2021 Gainesville broadcasts, in fact, the…
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Street Car Showdown at the Gators: 5-second e.t.s, license plates, and trailer hitches!

Tom Bailey and Rod Tschiggfrie brought their street-registered tube-chassis cars to the 2021 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals for a match race that ended in flames.
25 Mar 2021
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Tom Bailey and Rod Tschiggfrie brought their street-registered tube-chassis cars to the 2021 Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals for a match race that ended in flames.
 We're going to tell you about the two machines you see here. Sick Seconds, 2.0 on the right owned by Tom Bailey and the Sorceress on the left owned by Rod Tschiggfrie out of Dubuque, Iowa. These are 4,000-horsepower street-legal cars,…
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Milestone: Toyota Racing Development (TRD) celebrates two decades in nitro drag racing

"Toyota's story in NHRA is really a microcosm of our story in motorsports, not as a sponsor, not as a check writer, but as a participant." — Dave Wilson, president of TRD
24 Mar 2021
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JR Todd Toyota TRD NHRA
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on Fox announcer: For drag racing fans. It was a validation of some sort, like when Toyota decides to come into the sport in the early 2000s, whoa. Dave Wilson, president of TRD: Toyota's…
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Robert Hight's Auto Club team doesn't miss a beat in long-awaited NHRA return

After a year on the sidelines, Robert Hight returned in Gainesville with a runner-up finish. In our latest Skype interview, Hight joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes to discuss his comeback.
24 Mar 2021
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Robert Hight
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The Architecture of a Title

The key to winning an NHRA Lucas Oil world championship is about much more than turning on enough win lights. Beyond logistical considerations, every racer also has some level of strategy behind the architecture of a title season.
23 Mar 2021
Luke Bogacki
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Luke Bogacki
As we embark on another year of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition, racers from across the continent undoubtedly have their calendars open and have begun penciling in potential race dates and planning the upcoming season. While the…
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