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Five things we learned at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals

Ask someone to pick the winners after qualifying on Saturday at zMAX Dragway and odds are they would have gotten each one wrong on Sunday at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals.
20 Sep 2021
Josh Hachat
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Winners
Ask someone to pick the winners after qualifying on Saturday at zMAX Dragway and odds are they would have gotten each one wrong at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals. That’s a nod to the unpredictability of the sport, and that was in full effect…
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Steve Torrence looking to make history with record sixth straight zMAX win

Steve Torrence has won the last five events contested at zMAX Dragway and could become the first Pro driver in any of the four-wheeled NHRA classes to win as many as six consecutive events at one venue.
18 Sep 2021
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Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence and his Capco Contractors Top Fuel team have made a lot of history over the last three seasons, and they’re on the verge of another entry into the stats book if they can pull off a win at this weekend’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals…
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'I wouldn't bet against me.' Bob Tasca III looking for points rebound in Charlotte

After dominating the first half of the season, leading the Funny Car points from the second through ninth events of the season, Bob Tasca III suddenly finds himself in sixth place and looking for a comeback weekend in Charlotte.
18 Sep 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Bob Tasca III
After dominating the first half of the season, leading the Funny Car points from the second through ninth events of the season on the strength of two wins and a runner-up, Bob Tasca III suddenly finds himself in sixth place entering the DeWalt NHRA…
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Who's in first? After six leaders in six races, fans never know for sure in Funny Car

It’s not exactly the classic Abbott and Costello Who’s On First baseball comedy routine, but fans could well be justified for not always knowing who was in first place in this year’s Funny Car championship race after six consecutive lead changes.
17 Sep 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Who's in first
It’s not exactly the classic Abbott and Costello Who’s On First baseball comedy routine, but fans could well be justified for not always knowing who was in first place in this year’s Funny…
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Greg Anderson seeking Pro Stock history at DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals

After tying an incredible mark in Pro Stock less than a week ago, Greg Anderson will now have the chance to make history at this weekend’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
17 Sep 2021
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Greg Anderson
After tying an incredible mark in Pro Stock less than a week ago, Greg Anderson will now have the chance to make history at this weekend’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The four-time NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world…
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How Danny Hood crew chiefs for the most successful drag racer to ever live—John Force

Working with a drag racing legend comes with perks and perils. John Force Racing's Danny Hood explained to NHRA's Joe Castello how he balances the two as the crew chief of Force's Funny Car.
15 Sep 2021
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John Force 2021 NHRA Funny Car Camaro
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Why NHRA drag racing is unlike any other sport on earth

Erica Enders, Angelle Sampey, and Brittany Force [all women] qualified in the top spot of their classes at the 2021 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil. That’s a shocking accomplishment, but these three have all done it together—twice— at the 2019 and 2021 races in Reading.
15 Sep 2021
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At the 2021 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil, Erica Enders, Angelle Sampey, and Brittany Force [all women] qualified in the top spot of their classes
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Cruz Pedregon's and J.R. Todd’s competitive spirits were on full display at Reading

With the start of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship comes fiercer competition amongst rivals. Pedregon and Todd got into some heated words at the top end of the track at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil.
15 Sep 2021
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Cruz Pedregon's and J.R. Todd’s competitive spirits were on full display at Reading
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Justin Ashley not letting the pressure of first Countdown appearance get to him

This might be Justin Ashley’s first time in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, but the rising Top Fuel star isn’t letting the moment get to him.
15 Sep 2021
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Justin Ashley
This might be Justin Ashley’s first time in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, but the rising Top Fuel star isn’t letting the moment get to him. Ashley, the NHRA’s reigning rookie of the year, advanced to the…
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September 11 tribute from the 2021 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Pennsylvania

20 years after that fateful day in American history, the NHRA reflects on what the last two decades have meant, and the collective resolve that drives our nation forward.
14 Sep 2021
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September 11 tribute from the 2021 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Pennsylvania
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J.R. Todd and Todd Smith on how to free a stuck clutch pedal with the throttle

When the clutch pedal in J.R. Todd’s Funny Car got hung up at the starting line in round two of the 2021 U.S. Nationals he could have aborted the run. But with a blip of the throttle, Todd staged the car, freed the clutch, and got the holeshot on Cruz Pedregon.
14 Sep 2021
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J.R. Todd and Todd Smith on how to free a stuck clutch pedal with the throttle
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Greg Anderson and Warren Johnson: Head to head on the way to 97 victories

With his Pro Stock victory at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Greg Anderson tied Warren Johnson for the class lead in victories at 97. NHRA historian and statistician Bob Frey took a deep dive into the numbers that make up their totals.
14 Sep 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Greg Anderson and Warren Johnson
With his Pro Stock victory at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Greg Anderson tied Warren Johnson for the class lead in victories at 97. NHRA historian and statistician Bob Frey took a deep dive into the numbers that make…
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Five things we learned at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

From incredible performances, memorable storylines, and a fanbase that had the facility buzzing, these playoffs are off and running in spectacular fashion. With the next playoff race coming in days, here are five things we learned at Maple Grove Raceway.
13 Sep 2021
Josh Hachat
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5 things
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship is officially here and it was hard to top the action that took place during a picture-perfect weekend at Maple Grove Raceway. From incredible performances, memorable storylines and a fanbase that had the…
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Doug Foley running special Sept. 11 tribute at Maple Grove Raceway

The remembrance Foley and his team put together on their dragster was on display at 300 mph during this weekend’s Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway, and it’s an anniversary that hits especially close to home for Foley.
11 Sep 2021
Josh Hachat
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Foley
On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Doug Foley felt it was important to put together a special tribute on his Top Fuel dragster. The remembrance his team put together on their dragster is on display at 300 mph during this…
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Angelle Sampey racing for more than just wins at Maple Grove Raceway

Racing at Maple Grove Raceway has always been special for Angelle Sampey, but winning has taken on an even bigger meaning right now for the three-time world champion following the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in her home state of Louisiana.
11 Sep 2021
Josh Hachat
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Sampey
Racing at Maple Grove Raceway has always been special for Angelle Sampey, but winning has taken on an even bigger meaning right now for the three-time world champion. Her first victory in Pro Stock Motorcycle came 25 years ago at the track and…
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Mike Salinas confident his team on the verge of a breakthrough victory

Salinas figures he’s a win waiting to happen. He’s been close, so the Top Fuel driver figures this weekend’s Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway is the perfect time to get that victory.
10 Sep 2021
Josh Hachat
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Salinas MG
Mike Salinas figures he’s a win waiting to happen. He’s been close, and he certainly has a dragster capable of doing it, so the Top Fuel driver figures now is as good a time as ever to pick up his first victory this season. He’s currently sixth…
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Racing close to home, Kyle Koretsky looks to keep rolling

The way Kyle Koretsky sees it, the best way to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss is to have success at your home NHRA track, and he gets that chance at this weekend’s Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
10 Sep 2021
Josh Hachat
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Koretsky
The way Kyle Koretsky sees it, the best way to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss is to have success at your home NHRA track. Koretsky will get that chance at this weekend’s Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, which takes…
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Matt Smith chasing fifth world title as Countdown to the Championship opens

Matt Smith’s dominant 2021 season in Pro Stock Motorcycle included four victories and six final-round appearances, giving him the points lead as the Countdown to the Championship opens at this weekend’s Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway.
09 Sep 2021
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Matt Smith
Matt Smith’s dominant 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season in Pro Stock Motorcycle included four victories and six final-round appearances, giving him the points lead as the Countdown to the Championship opens this weekend’s 36th annual…
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Preparing for the Countdown to the Championship: What it takes to win

The 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship starts this weekend at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Reading. Steve Torrence, Antron Brown, and John Force share their views of the playoff battles that await.
08 Sep 2021
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Antron Brown
 
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Behind the scenes video: Victory and jubilation at the 2021 JEGS Allstars

For many NHRA Sportsman racers, winning the JEGS Allstars is a career-defining moment. Take a candid look behind the scenes of the victory celebration from this year’s Allstars bash at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals.
08 Sep 2021
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JEGS Allstars
 
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What do John Force, Ron Capps, and Robert Hight all have in common?

Did you know these three Funny Car racers are the only ones to qualify for every NHRA Countdown to the Championship since the NHRA began using that format?
08 Sep 2021
David Kennedy
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What do John Force, Ron Capps, and Robert Hight all have in common?
 
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Who was the last female Top Fuel winner of the U.S. Nationals?

She's a living legend who continues to inspire racers with her tenacity and skill. You guessed it—Shirley Muldowney.
08 Sep 2021
David Kennedy
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Who was the last female Top Fuel winner of the U.S. Nationals?
 
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Crew Chief Confidential: Tim Fabrisi on the changes to John Force's cockpit

Reaction times are critical, even in a modern Funny Car. Tim Fabrisi, Co-Crew-Chief for John Force, explains how the team has tuned Force's Funny Car seat for maximum benefit.
07 Sep 2021
David Kennedy
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Crew Chief Confidential: Tim Fabrisi on the changes to John Force's cockpit
 
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Jordan Vandergriff asks his fellow drivers: 'What does Indy mean to you?'

Top Fuel pilot Jordan Vandergriff might not be driving this weekend at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, but he's still deep into the Indy mystique as he asked a number of drivers what Indy means to them.
04 Sep 2021
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Jordan Vandergriff
 
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Rain-delay theater: Wild Rides

While we wait out the rain delay at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, enjoy this 2010-vintage look at some of the wild moments on the dragstrip.
04 Sep 2021
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Rain-delay theater
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Indy rain delay presents interesting dilemma for Vance & Hines team

For one of the few times in either of their careers, Vance & Hines teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec are faced with the possibility of missing the Countdown to the Championship playoffs in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
04 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Andrew Hines
There are few things worse than a rain delay at the races, but the storm that currently has action on hold at the Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals is particularly taxing for the Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team. After sitting out the first…
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No longer just a driver, Tripp Tatum embraces challenges of team ownership

Tripp Tatum has had his name on the side of a racecar before, but usually just by the cockpit of a rented car. The body panels on the brand-new car that he rolled out of the trailer in Indy are emblazoned with Tripp Tatum Racing, signifying his graduation from driver to driver/owner.
04 Sep 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Tripp Tatum
Tripp Tatum has had his name on the side of a racecar before, but usually just by the cockpit of a rented car. The body panels on the brand-new Morgan Lucas Racing-chassised car that he rolled out of the trailer in Indy are emblazoned with Tripp…
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Tommy Johnson Jr. ready for challenge of helping teammate, winning Indy

Tommy Johnson Jr. is used to pressure, but he felt a whole different kind of pressure Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis when he was called in at the last minute to replace Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan.
04 Sep 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. is used to pressure. He’s been driving nitro cars since the late 1980s and been in the thick of numerous championship battles, but the popular Iowa transplant felt a whole different kind of pressure Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway at…
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Alex Laughlin and Bobby Bode are both looking for some Indy firsts

Alex Laughlin is a past U.S. Nationals Pro Stockchamp trying to qualify for the first time in Top Fuel while Bobby Bode is just hoping to make his first Indy field in Funny Car. Here's a look back at their memorable Fridays.
03 Sep 2021
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Alex Laughlin
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Josh Hart's rookie Top Fuel season is stacked with a pro crew

Josh Hart might be a Top Fuel rookie, but he knows how to run an NHRA race team — and who to partner with to do his best in the big show at the Big Go.
03 Sep 2021
David Kennedy
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Josh Hart's rookie Top Fuel season is stacked with a pro crew
 
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