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History and magic of U.S. Nationals brings out the best in J.R. Todd in Indy

J.R. Todd has been going to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis since he was 10, knowing what performing well at the U.S. Nationals can do for a racer’s legacy.
03 Sep 2021
Josh Hachat
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J.R. Todd
J.R. Todd has been going to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis since he was 10, knowing what performing well at the U.S. Nationals can do for a racer’s legacy. Over the years, he saw all the top stars bring out their big guns, eager to leave their…
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Shawn Langdon looks to go back-to-back in Top Fuel at U.S. Nationals

Shawn Langdon knows has picked up two wins at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, annually the biggest race of the NHRA season, and will try to make it two in a row as the world’s biggest drag race takes place this weekend in Indianapolis.
31 Aug 2021
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Shawn Langdon
Shawn Langdon knows what it’s like to win on drag racing’s biggest stage, as the former NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world champ has picked up two wins at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, which is annually the biggest race of the NHRA…
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Tim Wilkerson pushing forward after strong turnaround weekend in Brainerd

After a pair of recent mishaps threw his racing season for a loop, Tim Wilkerson figured he had two choices: throw up his arms or dig in. It doesn't take much of an expert to know which option the Funny Car veteran would select.
27 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Tim Wilkerson
After a pair of recent mishaps threw his racing season for a loop, Tim Wilkerson figured he had two choices after scuffing the wall and enduring a huge fireball explosion in Sonoma and suffering a crash in Topeka. It doesn't take much of an…
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Already in playoff mode, Top Fuel’s Clay Millican surging at the perfect time

Thanks to a recent resurgence, Clay Millican isn’t sweating the rigors of the Countdown to the Championship or the increased intensity that usually comes along when the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals arrive over Labor Day weekend.
26 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Clay Millican
Clay Millican isn’t sweating the rigors of the Countdown to the Championship or the increased intensity that usually comes along when the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals arrive over Labor Day weekend. That’s because the last couple months have…
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Following Brainerd win, Matt Hagan's team looks for more success at Indy

Matt Hagan and the Mopar Funny Car team picked up their second win of the season last week in Brainerd. Now, they're focused on winning the sport's premiere event, the Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals.
26 Aug 2021
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Dickie Venables
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TJ Zizzo explains how the passion of his volunteer team drives his Top Fuel success

The Rust-Oleum Top Fuel team was built by combining members whose love of the sport is unsurpassed, and that commitment is part of what makes them so competitive with people who race for a living.
25 Aug 2021
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TJ Zizzo explains how the passion of his volunteer team drives his Top Fuel success
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Brittany Force matches a Top Fuel record that's stood for 12 years

At the 2021 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brittany Force became the first Top Fuel driver to qualify number one in five consecutive races since the Al-Anabi Top Fueler.
25 Aug 2021
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Brittany Force matches a Top Fuel record that's stood for 12 years
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Crew Chief Confidential: Jimmy Prock's recipe for horsepower

Compression ratio, ignition timing, fuel curve, and supercharger drive speed all factor into making horsepower with a nitro-burning Hemi. NHRA on FOX's Bruno Massel asks Prock to share his philosophy on making power.
25 Aug 2021
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Crew Chief Confidential: Jimmy Prock's recipe for horsepower
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Progress is evident for Blake Alexander and the Head Racing team

In the last three races, Blake Alexander has qualified No. 6, No. 3, and No. 5 in the Funny Car class and last week in Topeka, he was rewarded with his first semifinal finish of the season. That represents true progress for one of the sport’s best independent Funny Car teams, and for Alexander and owner/crew chief Jim Head it’s easy for them to pinpoint the turning point of their season.
21 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Blake Alexander
In the last three races, Blake Alexander has qualified No. 6, No. 3, and No. 5 in the Funny Car class, and last week in Topeka, he was rewarded with his first semifinal finish of the season. That represents true progress for one of the sport’s best…
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Pro Mod veteran Doug Winters eager to make first visit to Brainerd

The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service will head to Brainerd International Raceway for the first time in class history and that makes for a special weekend for veteran Doug Winters.
20 Aug 2021
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Doug Winters
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service will head to Brainerd International Raceway for the first time in class history and that makes for a special weekend for veteran Doug Winters. It’s one of the few…
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Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence looks for first career win in Brainerd

Steve Torrence has done a lot of amazing things in his career, including winning four world championships and 50 national events, but the one thing that the reigning Top Fuel champ has never done is win the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd.
20 Aug 2021
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Steve Torrence
During his incredible run that started during the 2017 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, Top Fuel star Steve Torrence has won a tremendous number of races, as well as three consecutive championships. But none of the 38 victories in that…
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Brittany Force not backing down from anyone in Top Fuel world title chase

Riding high after her Top Fuel victory in Topeka, Brittany Force is confident this is just the start as her Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac team seeks to contend for a second Camping World Top Fuel championship.
19 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Brittany Force
Riding high after her Top Fuel victory in Topeka, Brittany Force is confident this is just the start. After a steady dose of No. 1 qualifiers, the team finally broke through and finished the job for the first time this year, and Force isn’t…
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TJ Zizzo ready to make 2021 Top Fuel debut at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

TJ Zizzo, driver of the Rust-Oleum Rocket Top Fuel dragster, will make his 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway.
18 Aug 2021
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TJ Zizzo
  The anticipation and enthusiasm has been building for months as TJ Zizzo and the Rust-Oleum Top Fuel team prepare for their first race of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season during this weekend’s upcoming Lucas Oil…
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Karen Stalba buckling in for brimming second half of exceptional season

A fruitful first half of the 2021 season of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is in the books for the Stalba Motorsports team, and the multi-car family operation has a jam-packed calendar in the weeks ahead. 
18 Aug 2021
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Karen Stalba
A fruitful first half of the 2021 season of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is in the books for the Stalba Motorsports team, and the multi-car family operation has a jam-packed calendar in the weeks ahead.  Top Alcohol Dragster standout…
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Back in the points lead, John Force not slowing down heading to Brainerd 

With his victory last weekend in Topeka, John Force is in the Funny Car points lead for the first time since 2014, and he's hoping to carry that momentum into this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, a race he’s won an incredible 11 times.
18 Aug 2021
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John Force
John Force has put together an impressive 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and heading to one of the tracks where he’s had the most success, the legendary 16-time Funny Car world champion will look to keep heading in the right…
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NHRA Starter Brad Hardy discusses Topeka Pro Stock staging battle

NHRA Starter Brad Hardy spoke with Brian Lohnes to discuss the Bruno Massel-Mason McGaha Pro Stock starting-line burndown at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor to talk about what went into his decision to end the stalemate and disqualify both drivers.
17 Aug 2021
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Topeka Pro Stock staging battle
 
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Pedregon and crew rush back to Indy for chassis repairs after Topeka incident

After getting tangled up in a top-end collision with Tim Wilkerson, Cruz Pedregon's crew headed back to their Indianapolis-area shop to repair the chassis in advance of this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd.
17 Aug 2021
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Cruz Pedregon
 
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Five things we learned from the Menards NHRA Nationals

The NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs are nearly upon us, and you could tell as the intensity was at a high level this past weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka.
16 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Topeka 5 things
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs are nearly upon us, and you could tell this past weekend in Topeka for the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor. We’re midway through August, and championship positions and aspirations are…
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With string of solid showings, Antron Brown building championship resume

Brown is laying the groundwork for what he hopes will be a memorable finish to 2021, starting this weekend in Topeka at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by PetArmor.
14 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Antron Topeka
Bit by bit and race by race, Antron Brown and his Top Fuel team have been making improvements. It hasn’t been overly spectacular and it hasn’t led to an abundance of wins — yet — but it’s proven to be highly beneficial for Brown’s championship…
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Playoffs? It's on Kenny Delco's mind, but so is a Pro Stock victory

Kenny Delco is hopeful this weekend in Topeka for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nations is when everything starts to come together for the Pro Stock veteran.
14 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Delco Topeka
Kenny Delco feels like he has a car capable of not only qualifying for the Countdown to the Championship but also competing for victories in the loaded Pro Stock class. There have been glimpses of that potential throughout the season, but the…
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Cruz Pedregon hopeful Topeka is the start of a big second-half run

Coming off his emotional victory in Norwalk, the Western Swing wasn’t quite the three-race trek that Cruz Pedregon envisioned. But the Funny Car veteran insists everything is still going according to plan with his new team.
14 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Cruz Topeka
Coming off his emotional victory in Norwalk, the Western Swing wasn’t quite the three-race trek that Cruz Pedregon envisioned. But the Funny Car veteran insisted everything is still going according to plan with his new team. Pedregon had just one…
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After Super Comp win in Topeka, Billy Torrence after same result in Top Fuel

Billy Torrence has already enjoyed success at Heartland Motorsports Park this year, winning in Super Comp at the Lucas Oil Series divisional race in Topeka three weeks ago, and will try to replicate that in Top Fuel this weekend.
13 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Billy
Billy Torrence has already enjoyed success at Heartland Motorsports Park this year, winning in Super Comp at the Lucas Oil Series divisional race in Topeka three weeks ago. He’s back at the track, this time in his Capco Contractors Top Fuel…
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Deric Kramer hopes to recreate past Topeka magic to get season rolling

Returning to the site of his first career Pro Stock win, Deric Kramer hopes it’s precisely the spark he’s been looking for to get his 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season back on track.
13 Aug 2021
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Deric Kramer
Returning to the site of his first career Pro Stock win, Deric Kramer hopes it’s precisely the spark he’s been looking for to get his 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season back on track. Kramer’s 2018 win at Heartland Motorsports Park…
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As the tour heads to Topeka, top teams prep for regular season stretch run

After strong outings and multiple wins on the Western Swing, the teams of Don Schumacher Racing and Torrence Racing now turn their attention and championship focus on this weekend's Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor in Topeka.
12 Aug 2021
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Don Schumacher Racing
    To purchase general-admission or reserved seats for the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit …
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Doug Kalitta looks to race his way out of current slump this weekend in Topeka

After struggling in Pomona, a venue where he has enjoyed a tremendous amount of recent success, Doug Kalitta is searching for answers heading into Topeka as he seeks to right the ship in his bid for a first NHRA Camping World Top Fuel championship.
12 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Doug Kalitta
After struggling at a venue where he has enjoyed a tremendous amount of recent success, Doug Kalitta is searching for answers heading into Topeka. A difficult summer got a little worse in Pomona for the standout Top Fuel veteran, as he fell in…
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After thrilling Top Fuel debut, Alex Laughlin looking for more progress in Topeka

Alex Laughlin fulfilled a lifelong dream last month, making his Top Fuel debut in Denver. It was the latest class for the Pro Stock and Pro Mod veteran, and Laughlin won’t have to wait long to get his second crack at an 11,000-hp, 330-mph nitro-breathing machine.
11 Aug 2021
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Alex Laughlin
Alex Laughlin fulfilled a lifelong dream last month, making his Top Fuel debut in Denver. It was the latest class for the Pro Stock and Pro Mod veteran, and Laughlin won’t have to wait long to get his second crack at an 11,000-hp, 330-mph nitro-…
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Bob Tasca III focused on rebuilding winning momentum beginning in Topeka

For the first time since the opening race of the season, Bob Tasca III finds himself out of the Funny Car points lead, but he's eager to re-establish the dominance his team displayed early in the year beginning at this weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor.
11 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
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Bob Tasca III
For the first time since the opening race of the 2021 NHRA season, Bob Tasca III finds himself out of the points lead. But the Funny Car standout is not the least bit concerned with that or a showing on the Western Swing that wasn’t quite on the…
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Dom Lagana and the Nitro Ninja are back, with a little help from his friends

On the one-year anniversary of his terrible auto accident, Dom Lagana ran the family's Nitro Ninja Top Fueler with drivers Gary Pritchett and Clay Millican at a match race in Michigan, a testament to how far Lagana has come in the last 12 months.
10 Aug 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Dom Lagana
photos by Bob Szelag On Aug. 9, 2020, Dom Lagana’s life changed forever as a highway accident led to severe burns to and the amputation of both legs of the longtime Top Fuel driver, tuner, and teacher. Lagana and his brother,…
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Funny Car racers Jeff and Leeza Diehl on their battle with COVID-19

The strength of drag racing has been proven again and again during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that might has not come without being tested. Hear how the Diehls battled with the coronavirus, and why not even it could stop them from racing at Pomona.
10 Aug 2021
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Funny Car racers Jeff and Leeza Diehl on their battle with COVID-19
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20 years ago the NHRA hosted its 50th anniversary at Pomona during the summer

The 2021 Winternatioanls wasn't the first time NHRA raced in Pomona during the summer. The winners of the NHRA's 50th-anniversary race will be familiar to you, as will the night runs that were intended to beat the heat. Relive these great final rounds run on NHRA's hallowed ground.
10 Aug 2021
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20 years ago the NHRA hosted its 50th anniversary at Pomona during the summer
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