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After Pomona boomer, it's Funny Car Body Repair 101 with Paul Lee Racing

A supercharger backfire at the 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals damaged the Funny Car body of Paul Lee; assistant crew chief Donnie Bender explains what it took to get the body back into race-ready condition.
05 May 2020
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Show Us Your Shop! Take a tour through the Harris Race Cars shop in Nebraska

Take a tour through the Harris Race Cars shop of NHRA Division 5 Comp eliminator team of the Harris family. The shop is located in Nebraska City, Neb. 
04 May 2020
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Harris Race Cars
Take a tour through the Harris Race Cars shop of NHRA Division 5 Comp eliminator team of the Harris family. The shop is located in Nebraska City, Neb.  The team was founded by patriarch Bill in the mid-80s with his brother to field a…
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Reinhart Reveals: Pro Stock vs. Pro Stock Motorcycle pistons and valves

NEW FEATURE: NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart explains the difference in sizes between the pistons and intake valves in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle engines.
04 May 2020
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Lohnes Calls Life: Jack Beckman, hockey pucks, and stinky old drag magazines

Some everyday-life moments just need an expert like NHRA on FOX announcer Brian Lohnes to call the action.
03 May 2020
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Jack Beckman
  Previously on Lohnes Calls Life: Clay Millican and the great animal rescue
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NHRA Lucas Oil Series Stock champ Allison Doll relives title-winning season

2019 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Stock eliminator world champ Allison Doll relived the drama of her historic championship season via Skype with NHRA’s Brian Lohnes.
02 May 2020
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Mario Andretti says he'd have loved to try Top Fuel; well, we have this photo ...

As a guest on a recent FOX iRacing broadcast of a dirt-track race that included NHRA star Ron Capps, motor-racing superstar Mario Andretti said he'd have loved to try Top Fuel. He didn't but he did drive one of Mickey Thompson's dragsters, and we have the photo to prove it.
01 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Mario Andretti
  As a guest on a recent FOX iRacing broadcast of a dirt-track race that included NHRA star Ron Capps, motor-racing superstar Mario Andretti said he'd have loved to try Top Fuel. He didn't but he did drive one of Mickey Thompson's…
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Funny Car rookie Alex Miladinovich: "We're just trying to make it happen"

Funny Car rookie Alex Miladinovich, whose emotional top-end interview after qualifying for the field at this year's Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals went viral in the NHRA world, checked in via Skype with NHRA's Brian Lohnes about that moment and what's going on with his team this season.
01 May 2020
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Alex Miladinovich
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NHRA National Dragster wallpaper images (Issue 08, 2020)

30 Apr 2020
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Each interactive issue of NHRA National Dragster magazine includes downloadable images for NHRA fans to use as wallpaper for their computers and cellphones. Click on the links below to get the images. Instructions on how to add them as …
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Meet Keith 'Roo Man' Burgan, one of drag racing's finest fabricators and builders

In a racing mecca like Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind., that is full of fabricators, few are more talented or respected than Keith “Roo Man” Burgan, who’s been part of the NHRA scene for more than 30 years.
30 Apr 2020
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Tech Specs: Inside the supercharged Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

We’re taking a deep dive into the factory muscle cars, engineered in Detroit, and campaigned by NHRA Sportsman racers in the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown
29 Apr 2020
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Leah Pruett Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
Depending on your perspective, the Hemi engine has always been loved or feared. Three-generations of the architecture have terrorized drag strips burning gasoline, alcohol, and even nitromethane. While all three generations of the engine are…
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Special delivery: 'Them Capco boys' get championship rings from Torrence family

Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence and family flew from their Texas race to the team’s raceshop in Brownsburg, Ind., to present “them Capco boys” with their 2019 championship rings.
29 Apr 2020
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4/29: It’s Boss 429 day—Celebrate Ford's big-bore semi-hemi engine

It's the engine Mickey Thompson used in his Mach 1 Mustang Funny Cars, the one "Ohio" George Montgomery twin-turbocharged, and the one Bob Glidden covered with his fire jacket after he rolled his Pro Stock car in 1986—the Boss 429.
29 Apr 2020
David Kennedy
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The Boss 429 engine was designed to beat Chevy and Dodge and put Fords in the winner circle, but to make them legal for NASCAR,  Dearborn had to offer them in street cars. With Pontiac and Chevrolet’s former chief, Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen, at…
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Restored truck birthday gift 'a symbol' of Billy Torrence's humble beginnings

In honor of his father's birthday and the 25th anniversary of Capco Contractors, two-time Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence located and restored father Billy's first welding truck, which he calls " a symbol of the beginning" of his father's incredible career and family legacy.
27 Apr 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
It was the summer of 1980 and Billy Torrence was just a 22-year-old young buck trying to make it in the oil and gas business welding pipe. He scraped together enough money to buy a 1980 Chevy truck – just the cab and chassis – with plans to…
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Pro Stock's Alex Laughlin: "I've just got to race in something as soon as possible"

NHRA's Brian Lohnes connected via Skype with Pro Stock racer Alex Laughlin to talk about what he's been doing during the racing break, including the incredible 275-foot Hot Wheels trck that he built in his shop, and about his 2020 racing plans.
27 Apr 2020
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Alex Laughlin
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Top Sportsman champ Sandy Wilkins talks nitrous racing and his 'new' teammate

Reigning NHRA Top Sportsman presented by Vortech Superchargers champ Sandy Wilkins, who kicked off his title defense with a victory at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, talked via Skype with NHRA's Biran Lohnes about his championship, his season, and his racing history.
25 Apr 2020
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In-N-Out Burger’s Connection to NHRA Drag Racing—Explained

Once upon a time, every burger served at a famous Southern California dragstrip was cooked the In-N-Out Burger way
24 Apr 2020
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Melanie Troxel driving an In-N-Out Burger sponsored Top Fuel dragster at Seattle in 1999 7
The old Irwindale Raceway (19651977)—not to be confused with the current Irwindale Event Center (1999-to today)—never seemed to get the big headlines like some of its SoCal neighbors. But there is one area where it clearly excelled; the track was…
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Show Us Your Shop! Alan Reinhart takes on on a tour of Wild West Engineering

Alan Reinhart, "the Voice of NHRA" announcer at Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events, takes us for a tour through his Wild West Engineering shop in Tucson, Ariz., showing off his hot rods and his machine shop and fabrication equipment.
24 Apr 2020
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Alan Reinhart
What's going on at your shop or garage? Are you building a new hot rod, tinkering with parts, or just want to show us where you do you hot rod dreaming and scheming? Send us a video and we'll share it with the drag racing world.  You can…
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Funny Car's Bob Tasca III: "We're ready" for return to racing

NHRA on FOX lead announcer Brian Lohnes checked in with Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III about how he and his family and his dealership, Tasca Ford, are adapting during the racing break, and his thoughts about a return to action with his Motorcraft Ford.
24 Apr 2020
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New feature: Lohnes Calls Life. Today, Clay Millican and the great animal rescue

Some everyday-life moments just need an expert like NHRA on FOX announcer Brian Lohnes to call the action.
23 Apr 2020
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Bruno Massel putting in the simulator work ahead of return to Pro Stock action

As he prepares for his Pro Stock comeback later this year, former Comp world champ and NHRA on FOX pit reporter Bruno Massel shoed off his new driving simulator (borrowed from Jeg Coughlin Jr.) to Brian Lohnes on a recent Skype call.
23 Apr 2020
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Cold Hard Art's Tom Patsis is creating automotive art from spare parts

Using old parts and supreme welding skills, Tom Patsis creates automotive works of art out of the Don Schumacher Racing shop for his business, Cold Hard Art.
22 Apr 2020
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Wild Wednesday: Check out this NHRA Thrills and Spills TV show from 2009

We're throwing it back to 2009 with this Thrills and Spills TV Show featuring some of the biggest explosions and crashes in NHRA Drag Racing as well as commentary from the racers that walked away.
22 Apr 2020
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Brad Plourd: Have talent, will travel

Brad Plourd has won 21 national event titles in five different categories, but those statistics don’t begin to explain the depth of his resourcefulness and ability to quickly adapt to new surroundings.
21 Apr 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Brad Plourd has driven many different race cars during his career but his current ride in Harry Schwartz’s supercharged AA/AM ’23-T is by far his most ambitious. So far, he’s driven the low-six-second car to a pair of Comp eliminator wins, in Indy and Gainesville. 8
Conventional wisdom dictates that the more versatile an individual is the more opportunities he or she will earn in life. In other words, it’s never a bad idea to keep one’s toolbox fully stocked. One racer who’s taken that advice to heart is…
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Scott Palmer has been busy juggling multiple racing projects for 2020 season

Top Fuel racer Scott Palmer joined NHRA’s Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about what he’s been up to during the racing break and his plans to "hit the ground running" when racing resumes with projects that include involvement not just in Top Fuel but in Pro Mod and drag boats as well.
20 Apr 2020
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Bottom-end 'divers' have one of the toughest jobs on any racing team crew

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. That phrase certainly could have been coined for bottom-end specialists, known as “divers” for their propensity to dive underneath the race car, on the NHRA Mello Yello tour. on the NHRA Mello Yello tour.
19 Apr 2020
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It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. That phrase certainly could have been coined for bottom-end specialists. Known as “divers” for their propensity to dive underneath the race car, they can effectively drain the oil, unfasten the oil…
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Jimmy Prock and team tuning up for return to Gainesville and season restart

Jimmy Prock, the crew chief for defending NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champ Robert Hight, talks about what the season ahead might look for and what conditions the teams will face.
18 Apr 2020
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Cattle, crops keeping Matt Hagan busy, but hope of return to racing is growing, too

Funny Car racer Matt Hagan joined NHRA’s Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about his daily routine on his 2,700-acre cattle and farming ranch, where he tends to 1,400 head of cattle and plant crops, and his eagerness to get back to racing his Mopar Dodge Charger.
17 Apr 2020
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Even from home, the work continues for Paul Lee Racing's Donnie Bender

With shops around the nation closed due to "stay at home" orders, NHRA crew chiefs like Donnie Bender, of Paul Lee’s Global Electronics Technology Funny Car, are working from their home shops to get ready for a return to racing. John Kernan reports.
16 Apr 2020
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Watch NHRA Rewind: 2019 Gatornationals with Millican, Hines, and Jackson

Clay Millican, Andrew Hines, and Stevie "Fast" Jackson provided live commentary alongside NHRA's Brian Lohnes on NHRA Rewind Live from the 2019 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Click the headline above to watch.
16 Apr 2020
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Darrell Gwynn, and a salute to the human spirit and determination

Thirty years ago today, the driving career of Top Fuel star Darrell Gwynn was cut short in a tragic racing accident in England that left him paralyzed. Three decades later, Gwynn shares an inspirational message accompanied by our photographic look back at his career.
15 Apr 2020
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In a racing career that spanned just a decade, Darrell Gwynn scored 28 national event wins 28
by Darrell Gwynn Today is a very important and emotional day for me. You see, it was 30 years ago today, on April 15, 1990, that I became paralyzed. I was in England racing my car and going more than 200 mph when it crashed. When…
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