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Saturday photo gallery from NHRA Sonoma Nationals

24 Jul 2021
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Friday photo gallery from NHRA Sonoma Nationals

24 Jul 2021
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One down, two to go for Swing sweep hopefuls Torrence, Hagan, and Smith

With their wins at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Denver, Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, and Matt Smith are each one-third of the way to a Western Swing sweep. Here's what they'll need to do to complete it.
22 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Western Swing
What’s the hardest part of sweeping the Western Swing? Is it trying to win in Denver, where the high-altitude climate messes with everyone’s combination? Or is it Sonoma, where everyone is already a bit ground down and the parts beat up after a hot…
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Troy Coughlin Jr. dedicates NHRA Sonoma Nationals to late friend Kyle Seipel

Pro Stock driver Troy Coughlin, pilot of the JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, is dedicating his efforts at this weekend's NHRA Sonoma Nationals in memory of friend and former Sonoma Raceway track manager Kyle Seipel, who passed away last month.
21 Jul 2021
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Troy Coughlin
For most drag racers, arriving at Sonoma Raceway for this year's 33rd annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals will immediately conjure up warm memories of former track manager Kyle "Big Nasty" Seipel, who passed away last month at the age of 50 after a long…
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Five things we learned from the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals

A near-capacity crowd at Bandimere Speedway witnessed one of the most thrilling NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events of this or any other season as the annual Western Swing kicked off in Denver.
20 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Alex Laughlin
A near-capacity crowd at Bandimere Speedway witnessed one of the most thrilling NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events of this or any other season as the annual Western Swing kicked off in Denver. The 2020 NHRA Camping World Series…
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Mile-high racing a whole new experience for Pro Mod rookie J.R. Gray

Every race during the 2021 season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series has been a first-time experience for standout rookie J.R. Gray. But this weekend will present an entirely new level of challenges for Gray.
16 Jul 2021
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J.R. Gray
Every race during the 2021 season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service has been a first-time experience for standout rookie J.R. Gray. But this weekend will present an entirely new level of challenges…
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Pro Stock Motorcycle riders eager to become first to sweep Western Swing

Pro Stock Motorcycle riders will get an opportunity to compete in all three races in the Western Swing, offering the first official chance for a Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to win a trio of events on the famed and rigorous trip out west. 
15 Jul 2021
Josh Hachat
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Western Swing
Back in 2007, Matt Smith won consecutive Pro Stock Motorcycle races in Denver and Sonoma, making it as close as someone could get in the two-wheeled category to sweeping the Western Swing because the class never raced in Seattle. Eddie…
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NHRA Rookie of the Year contender? Walk 1,000 feet with Pro Stock's Dallas Glenn

From crewmember for Jason Line, to Pro Stock's Wally winner at the 2021 Charlotte four-wide. Did he ever think success would come that soon? "Honestly, I was trying to win my first one," said Dallas Glenn.
15 Jul 2021
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Cruz Pedregon looks to keep rolling at Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Coming off his first victory in more than three years, Cruz Pedregon is headed to one of his favorite tracks in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series feeling as good as he has in a long time.
15 Jul 2021
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Cruz Pedregon
Coming off his first victory in more than three years, Cruz Pedregon is headed to one of his favorite tracks in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series feeling as good as he has in a long time. The two-time Funny Car world champ won the most…
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Alexis DeJoria keeps moving forward as she tries to close in on first win of 2021

As Alexis DeJoria heads to Denver to start her first NHRA Western Swing since 2017, she’s got nothing but positives regarding the solid Funny Car season she’s enjoyed this year.
14 Jul 2021
Josh Hachat
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Alexis DeJoria
As Alexis DeJoria heads to Denver to start her first NHRA Western Swing since 2017, she’s got nothing but positives regarding the solid Funny Car season she’s enjoyed this year. The team has built up a run of steady performances, including a…
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Mopar Funny Car team readies for Western Swing kickoff at Mile-High Nationals

Heading into the Western Swing, crew chief Dickie Venables is confident that the Mopar Funny Car team has turned the corner and soon will be powering driver Matt Hagan to his first win of the season.
14 Jul 2021
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Austin Prock proved he's ready to return to Top Fuel at a moment's notice in Norwalk

Prock went to the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals as a crewmember for John Force Racing but showed the world he also brought with him the ability to qualify, go rounds, and give top-end interviews with the best of them in Top Fuel.
11 Jul 2021
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Austin Prock proved he's ready to return to Top Fuel at a moment's notice in Norwalk
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Horsepower’s glorious ripples, flames, and fury in super-slow motion from Norwalk

Horsepower is a force of nature. It’s built and controlled by NHRA racers to make machines move as fast as possible—but its speed is surprisingly best understood at extremely slow motion.
10 Jul 2021
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See horsepower’s ripples, flames, and furry in super-slow motion from the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
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Watch! Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 become quickest electric car in the world

8.12 seconds at 171.97 mph makes this Ford Performance prototype Mustang the quickest electric full-bodied car on the planet after its run at the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
10 Jul 2021
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Watch! Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 become quickest electric car in the world
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Crew chief Mike Kloeber provides more details about Norwalk driver swap

Crew chief Mike Kloeber joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes to discuss the Parts Plus team's rare driver swap at the recent Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
10 Jul 2021
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McPhillips family discusses 2021 season success in Top Alcohol Dragster class

Rich McPhillips Sr. and Jr. joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about their team's success in Top Alcohol Dragster which includes wins this year for McPhillips Jr. and Mat Cummings as well as oversight of Jasmine Salinas' A/Fuel Dragster.
09 Jul 2021
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Amazing moment of the week: Dom Lagana fires up Nitro Ninja Funny Car

In a milestone moment in his recovery from his 2020 highway accident, Dom Lagana was behind the wheel of the family's Nitro Ninja Funny Car when it was test-fired prior to being shipped to its new owner, Graeme Cowin, in Australia.
09 Jul 2021
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Cruise nights return to Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona

Hundreds of Southern California hot rodders, car lovers, and drag racing fans returned to the world-famous Fairplex to honor Wally Parks' vision, and celebrate the cars as the stars
08 Jul 2021
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The ultimate cruise night returns to the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona. After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum hosted its first…
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DSR Top Fuelers test at Indy in advance of Western Swing kickoff next week

Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel teammates Antron Brown and Leah Pruett were testing this week at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in advance of the start of the Western Swing next weekend in Denver.
07 Jul 2021
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Luigi Novelli is on the comeback trail, thanks in part to the NHRA medical team

Veteran NHRA Top Fuel driver Luigi Novelli is on the mend after he suffered a medical emergency at the recent Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Thanks to the NHRA Safety Safari, he hopes to be back in action later this year.
02 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Luigi Novelli
When veteran NHRA Top Fuel driver Luigi Novelli suffered a medical emergency after a Saturday qualifying run at the recent Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the NHRA Safety Safari leaped into action to assist the fallen warrior, saving his…
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It's been seven years since John Force led in Funny Car points—Watch him mount his comeback

With Chevrolet and Ford executives watching, John Force and Bob Tasca III paired off for the Funny Car points lead at the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
01 Jul 2021
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It's been seven years since John Force led in Funny Car points
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Ron Capps vs. Terry Haddock: Round-one rematch—Is this Funny Car's unlikely new rivalry?

At the 2021 TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals, a round one match-up we've seen before had an outcome nobody expected. One race later Capps and Haddock paired up again at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, watch the rematch here!
30 Jun 2021
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Ron Capps versus Terry Haddock round one rematch
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For Travis Shumake, it's about reconnecting, representing, and just being himself

Drag racing is all about good timing, and for Travis Shumake, the decision to finally fully commit to following in the footsteps of his late father, national event-winning Funny Car driver Tripp Shumake, and to do it as an openly gay driver, just felt right.
30 Jun 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Travis Shumake
Drag racing is all about good timing, and for Travis Shumake, the decision to finally fully commit to following in the footsteps of his late father, national event-winning Funny Car driver Tripp Shumake, and to do it as an openly gay driver, just…
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Fan perspective: 70 reasons why NHRA Drag Racing is the best sport on earth

Lou Santini is a comedian, TV and event host, writer, voice actor, broadcaster, and huge NHRA fan. Follow long as he offers his own NHRA 70th anniversary salute with his 70 reasons why NHRA drag racing is great.
29 Jun 2021
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70 reasons
by Lou Santini I attended my first drag races with my dad at Dragway 42 in Salem, Ohio, when I was 10 years old. Our first-row bleacher seats were about 50 feet from the starting line, putting us close at racers’ level.…
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Watch! Shawn Langdon prevent catastrophic engine failure in super slow-mo

What's it cost to replace a nitromethane-burning Hemi engine in a Top Fuel dragster? Too much.
28 Jun 2021
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Watch Shawn Langdon prevent catastrophic engine failure in super slow-mo
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No rust: Austin Prock reaches Top Fuel semifinals in fill-in role in Norwalk

After more than a year on the sidelines, Austin Prock turned out to be a super sub for Clay Millican at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, reaching the Top Fuel semifinals in the Parts Plus dragster after Millican had to withdraw Saturday due to an inner ear infection.
28 Jun 2021
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Austin Prock
 
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Ride along in Tim Wilkerson's nitro Funny Car—But hang on tight!

Funny Car driver and crew chief, Tim Wilkerson, will tell you that all the hard work he and Richard Hartman do happens in the pit. In truth, Wilkerson's got his hands full in the car too!
28 Jun 2021
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Ride along in Tim Wilkerson's nitro Funny Car
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In-car footage of Greg Anderson as he marches toward Pro Stock win 97

Greg Anderson gave a master's class on driving a Pro Stock Camaro in qualifying at the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
28 Jun 2021
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In-car footage of Greg Anderson as he marches toward Pro Stock win 97
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Five things we learned from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Fans persevered through the rain to witness a thrilling and memorable Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, which laid the groundwork for what’s shaping up to be a spectacular summer on the dragstrip.
28 Jun 2021
Josh Hachat
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Cruz
It took a little extra time this weekend thanks to the dreaded “r” word, but when it’s been two years since fans got to watch NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series at beautiful Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, what’s a few more hours?…
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Austin Prock to the rescue; how the 2019 rookie of the year got a ride in Norwalk

When Clay Millican had to withdraw from competition at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals due to an ear infection, the Parts Plus team called on past rookie of the year Austin Prock to fill the saddle. Here's how his Saturday went.
26 Jun 2021
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