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Comp racer David Eaton continues to show he's handy at the start

In recent years, David Eaton has been a strong contender for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Comp eliminator title and finished No. 1 in the Southeast Division standings. Typically a strong starter, the Florida native is already on the board with a 2024 win and looking for more.
01 Mar 2024
Kelly Wade
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David Eaton
In recent years, David Eaton has been a strong contender for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Comp eliminator title and finished No. 1 in the Southeast Division standings. Typically a strong starter, the Florida native is already on the board…
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Champion spirit still burning brightly for Top Fuel's Tony Schumacher

Eight-time champion Tony Schumacher has been part of the Top Fuel brigade for nearly three decades, and for many of those years, he's led the charge. The most winning driver in the class enters the 2024 season with a new look on his JCM Racing dragster, but his championship spirit is still fully intact.
27 Feb 2024
Kelly Wade
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Tony Schumacher
Eight-time champion Tony Schumacher has been part of the Top Fuel brigade for nearly three decades, and for many of those years, he's led the charge. The most winning driver in the class enters the 2024 season with a new look on his JCM Racing…
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'Big Daddy' talks Gatornationals, Swamp Rat Alley, and Hall of Fame ceremony

NHRA legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits went on WFO Radio to discuss his appearance at the upcoming Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, where several of his famous cars will be on display, and to talk about the International Hall of Fame inductions the same weekend.
23 Feb 2024
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Last season's Gainesville winner Jeff Strickland returns to defend the title

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season has begun, and two-time world champion Jeff Strickland is eagerly anticipating kicking off his own 2024 run in just a couple of weeks in Gainesville, where he won last season's division race and national event.
20 Feb 2024
Kelly Wade
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Jeff Strickland
It's official: the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season has begun, and two-time world champion Jeff Strickland is eagerly anticipating kicking off his own 2024 run in just a couple of weeks. He'll do so at Gainesville Raceway, where he went back…
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Famous firsts highlight rich history at Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Known for its remarkable history, Gainesville Raceway has been home to several historic firsts over the past five-plus decades at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
16 Feb 2024
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Gainesville firsts
Known for its remarkable history, Gainesville Raceway has been home to several historic firsts over the past five-plus decades at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. From first career wins to milestones reached for the first time, magical…
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Austin Prock eager to add to family’s Gainesville Funny Car success

When Austin Prock stages his Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car for John Force Racing during his first official NHRA Funny Car pass during the opening round of qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, he’ll have lots of Gainesville Raceway memories and thoughts.
15 Feb 2024
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Austin Prock
When Austin Prock stages his Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car for John Force Racing during his first official NHRA Funny Car pass during the opening round of qualifying at the 55th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on March 7-10, he’ll…
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Hector Arana Jr. is proving seasoned in tense Pro Stock Motorcycle arena

With each passing year, Hector Arana Jr. is showing he isn't the new kid on the Pro Stock Motorcycle block anymore. Inching up on his 35th birthday, the second-generation rider has weathered the challenges over 12 seasons to remain a regular threat for the championship.
14 Feb 2024
Kelly Wade
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Hector Arana Jr.
With each passing year, Hector Arana Jr. is showing he isn't the new kid on the Pro Stock Motorcycle block anymore. Inching up on his 35th birthday, the second-generation rider has weathered a variety of challenges over 12 seasons to remain a…
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Tony Stewart to begin testing in Gainesville ahead of Top Fuel debut

Tony Stewart will begin Top Fuel testing at Gainesville Raceway on Thursday to get to a comfortable spot before the points counting begins with the season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, and he’s looking to maximize the on-track time.
13 Feb 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Tony Stewart
As he prepares to start his preseason testing ahead of his official NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series Top Fuel debut at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, it’s about to get really real for Tony Stewart. The motorsports superstar plans…
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Benchmarking Pro Stock Motorcycle: It ain’t just Herrera versus the world

After Gaige Herrera dominated the 2023 Pro Stock Motorcycle season, fans and fellow racers alike are wondering what it will take to beat him this season, and we've got the keys that might unlock the 2024 season championship.
13 Feb 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Benchmarking Pro Stock Motorcycle
In some ways, Pro Stock Motorcycle presents the most interesting and challenging study in statistical breakdown over the last couple of seasons. Why? There are more outside forces working on this class than any other in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag…
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Fifteen years ago at the Gatornationals ...

Take a ride back in time 15 years to the 2009 NHRA Gatornationals for a look at five great moments from the Florida classic.
12 Feb 2024
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Fifteen years ago at the Gatornationals
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Lucas Oil racer Shelby Williams wheels Chevy of good fortune into year three

Shelby Williams isn't what one would call a procrastinator, and the second-generation drag racer found a car with similar attributes. The 21-year-old claimed her first Stock eliminator win in her second national event and her first division trophy a year later driving a '70 Camaro with a history of good fortune.
08 Feb 2024
Kelly Wade
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Shelby Williams
Shelby Williams isn't what one would call a procrastinator, and the second-generation drag racer found a car with similar attributes. The 21-year-old claimed her first Stock eliminator win in only her second national event and earned her first…
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Benchmarking 2024: Pro Stock is a study in numerical claustrophobia

What a Pro Stock world championship season has looked like and likely will look like in 2024 has a warning label: If you are fretful about tight spaces or dislike being wedged in among the crowd, you should stop reading.
08 Feb 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Pro Stock
We begin this look into what a Pro Stock world championship season has looked like and likely will look like in 2024 with a warning label: If you are fretful about tight spaces, dislike being wedged in among the crowd, or fear being just not quite…
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Benchmarking 2024: How to crack the Funny Car championship code (on paper)

What's it going to take to win the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Funny Car world championship? NHRA's Brian Lohnes ran the numbers from the past two seasons to get a mathematical approximation of the qualifying position, reaction time, elapsed time, and speed necessary.
06 Feb 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Benchmarking 2024
A short while ago, we looked at the performance metrics of the Top Fuel class over the last couple of seasons and what might be necessary (on a purely…
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Take a trip through two-wheeled heaven with a Vance & Hines shop tour

Four-time NHRA Mission Foods Pro Stock world champion Eddie Krawiec takes us on a tour of the famed Vance & Hines facility, from engine and cylinder-head production to race-bike chassis fabrication and more, here's your exclusive backstage pass.
05 Feb 2024
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Vance & Hines
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Torrence/Capco team prepares for two-car Top Fuel assault in 2024 season

Following the recent announcement that Billy Torrence would join his son, Steve, in full-time Top Fuel competition this year, team tuners Bobby Lagana Jr., Jason McCulloch, and Joe Barlam talk about their plans for the year ahead.
05 Feb 2024
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Capco
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Entering year-three as team owner, Brown is making an impact on the future

Top Fuel's Antron Brown hit the ground running as a team owner in 2022. Last year, he expanded his role and launched a driver development program with Angelle Sampey transitioning from two wheels to four. Brown savors his role in racing, and he's showing that he's deeply committed to the future of the sport.
04 Feb 2024
Kelly Wade
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Antron Brown
When three-time Top Fuel champion Antron Brown branched off from Don Schumacher Racing and built his own team for the start of the 2022 season, he knew he was taking a big bite of something he wasn't yet sure how to chew. But through the faith of…
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Fierce competitor, but also dad: Robert Hight is a fan of Super Comp racer and daughter Autumn

Robert Hight took off like a rocket when he settled into the seat of a nitro Funny Car in 2005, and his daughter, Autumn, has been along for the ride from the beginning. The passion for racing that she’s seen in her father's eyes is now reflected back as she competes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
02 Feb 2024
Kelly Wade
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Robert and daughter Autumn Hight
Robert Hight took off like a rocket when he settled into the seat of a nitro Funny Car in 2005, and that season's NHRA Rookie of the Year went on to win three championships and 65 trophies in the 18 seasons that have since followed. His daughter,…
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Four decades in, Larry Morgan still loves drag racing

It's difficult to say what Larry Morgan is best known for, his skill with the intricacies of a race car or his experience behind the wheel. In either case, well-rounded drag racing veteran Morgan is still going strong, and the 2024 season of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series will mark the 40th anniversary of his first win.
01 Feb 2024
Kelly Wade
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Larry Morgan
It's difficult to say what Larry Morgan is best known for, his skill with the intricacies of a race car or his experience behind the wheel. In either case, well-rounded drag racing veteran Morgan is still going strong, and the 2024 season of the…
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Angelle Sampey discusses upcoming Top Alcohol Dragster campaign on WFO

Angelle Sampey joined WFO host Joe Castello to talk about her upcoming first full season in the Top Alcohol Dragster category. NHRA’s Alan Reinhart also joined Castello to cover the latest news in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. 
31 Jan 2024
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WFO Radio
  Angelle Sampey is preparing to start her first full season behind the wheel of the Michalik Brothers A/FD in the Top Alcohol Dragster category of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and WFO host Joe Castello…
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Justin Ashley ready for first season with Scag Racing

Justin Ashley will take on the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season racing the flagship Top Fuel dragster for the newly formed Scag Racing team.
30 Jan 2024
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Justin Ashley
Justin Ashley will take on the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season racing the flagship Top Fuel dragster for the newly formed Scag Racing team.   Ashley has brought his full team into the Scag Racing fold with crew chiefs Mike…
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The names are the same, the looks much different 25 years ago in Pomona

Take a trip back in time more than 25 years to see current-day stars Ron Capps, Tim Wilkerson, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. dueling for titles in the wild action at the 1998 edition of the NHRA Wintnationals.
26 Jan 2024
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1998 Winternationals
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License in hand, Sienna Wildgust is Pro Stock's youngest female driver

The youth movement in Pro Stock would be difficult to ignore, and after earning her license this week, 17-year-old Sienna Wildgust is eager to throw her hat in the ring and make NHRA history. The third-generation drag racer plans to make her Pro Stock debut in Gainesville.
26 Jan 2024
Kelly Wade
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Sienna Wildgust
The youth movement in Pro Stock would be difficult to ignore, and after earning her license this week, 17-year-old Sienna Wildgust is eager to throw her hat in the ring and make NHRA history. The third-generation drag racer plans to make her Pro…
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Benchmarking 2024: The numbers to beat in order to contend in Top Fuel

What will it take to be successful in Top Fuel in the 2024 season? After digesting the stats of the two previous seasons, some trends are becoming obvious.
26 Jan 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Benchmarking 2024
No drag racer wants to be average. Not a single man or woman at any level of this sport decides that they want to arrive at the strip and just be OK that day. From the crew chiefs to the drivers, everyone wants to be exceptional or at least good…
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'The Gospel of Garlits': 5 great interviews with 'Big Daddy' Don Garlits

Drag racing legend Don Garlits turned 92 last week, and in honor of that momentous occasion, here's a look back at five of "Big Daddy's" most interesting and historically important interviews.
25 Jan 2024
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Don Garlits
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A closer look at the warriors of NHRA Pro Stock racing

Pro Stock is packed with battle-scarred yet never-weary competitors, each drawn to the precision, ever-evolving technology, and razor-thin margins of victory in the class. Here's a look at a few competitors who may not run the full schedule but show up ready to rumble.
24 Jan 2024
Kelly Wade
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Joey Grose
While Pro Stock has evolved much since its birth into NHRA competition in 1970, the heart of the class has not changed. Pro Stock is a high-performance playground packed with battle-scarred yet somehow never-weary competitors, each of whom are drawn…
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Vance & Hines ace Eddie Krawiec talks new rider lineup, plans for 2024 season

Four-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Eddie Krawiec takes fans behind the scenes on the new developments at Vance & Hines, including his retirement and the addition of Richard Gadson and how it fits into the team's plans.
24 Jan 2024
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Vance & Hines
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Leaning In: Ten Drivers who make us stop, watch, and listen … and why

Regardless of the name, a mélange of talent, attitude, forthrightness, poise, and, occasionally, a lack thereof create racing personalities that are worth paying attention to. NHRA on FOX announcer Brian Lohnes has created his list of 10 riders and drivers who embody this in their unique way. 
22 Jan 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Leaning In:
There are lots of dynamics involved in professional auto racing. There’s talent, there’s budget, and there’s a giant invisible one that some people have more of than the rest. Call it the X factor, or the “It” factor. Regardless of the name, it’s a…
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Jonnie Lindberg, John Medlen prepping Paul Lee Funny Car for 2024 assault

Jonnie Lindberg, the former Top Alcohol Funny Car world champion driver who is taking over the crew chief duties on Paul Lee's nitro Funny Car this year, talks about the challenges ahead and his mentorship from tuning great John Medlen.
22 Jan 2024
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Jonnie Lindberg
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Top 5 Moments from Mike Castellana's Pro Mod championship season

Mike Castellana secured his first NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship last season. Here's a look at five defining moments from his title-winning campaign.
17 Jan 2024
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Mike Castellana
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Lucky 13 is on the horizon for Funny Car's Alexis DeJoria

The 2024 season will mark the 13th anniversary of Alexis DeJoria's debut in nitro Funny Car, and she is ready. Seeking more than redemption after a promising year that did not end well, DeJoria looks to get back to what she and her team know they're capable of.
17 Jan 2024
Kelly Wade
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Alexis DeJoria
The 2024 season of NHRA's Mission Foods Drag Racing Series will mark the 13th anniversary of Alexis DeJoria's debut in the blistering nitro Funny Car category, and the driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra is ready after a year of…
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