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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the 2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals

Go behind the scenes with the winners of the NHRA Midwest Nationals as they celebrate their victories with their teams and one another, and accept congratulations from their vanquished final-round foes.
05 Oct 2022
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Angelle Sampey relives sideswiping the wall at 200 mph

At 200 mph, things happen quickly. But listen to Angelle Sampey discuss scraping the wall with her bike's foot peg with the coolness of a fighter pilot.
05 Oct 2022
David Kennedy
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Angelle Sampey relives sideswiping the wall at 200 mph
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John Force and Robert Hight; same e.t., two different crew chief philosophies

The talent pool and parts expertise at John Force Racing is extensive, but when you see two Funny Cars run the same e.t. in the same session—that's nitromethane mastery!
05 Oct 2022
David Kennedy
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 John Force and Robert Hight; same e.t., two different crew chief philosophies
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Weekend Rewind: NHRA Midwest Nationals

The NHRA Midwest Nationals marked the end of a three-week stretch of back-to-back-to-back events to kick off the Countdown to the Championship and marked the middle point of the all-important six-race playoffs. Relive some of the great moments of the weekend here.
05 Oct 2022
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Weekend Rewind: 2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals
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Five things we learned from the 2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals

The NHRA Midwest Nationals shape the rest of the season. And if we've learned anything, it's this: 2022's success can be attributed to the efforts of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series racers, who are putting on one heck of a show this season.
03 Oct 2022
David Kennedy
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Five things we learned from the 2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals
1. Sellout crowds show how competitive NHRA Drag Racing is in 2022. Fans come to the track to see their heroes race and win, and in seasons like this, where so many racers are legitimately in the hunt to be the champion — that…
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Championship contenders Matt and Angie Smith navigate a unique battle

Reigning and five-time NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series champion Matt Smith is leading the Pro Stock Motorcycle points after St. Louis, and one of his toughest competitors is right there in his own camp. Oh, and she's at home, too: Matt's wife, Angie.
03 Oct 2022
Kelly Wade
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Matt and Angie Smith
The Matt Smith Racing team operates with a very interesting dynamic. Reigning and five-time NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series champion Matt Smith is leading the Pro Stock Motorcycle points after St. Louis, and one of his toughest competitors is…
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NHRA Midwest Nationals Sunday photo gallery

A behind-the-scenes look at the speed and fury of the 2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals, as shot by NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz
02 Oct 2022
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2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals Saturday photo gallery

The NHRA and officials at World Wide Technology Raceway announced a sellout crowd during today's racing action, as the passionate fanbase packed the track to close out qualifying in St. Louis. It is the seventh sellout crowd for the NHRA this season.
01 Oct 2022
David Kennedy
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Funny Car championship contender Matt Hagan is in full-fighter mode

Three-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan entered the NHRA Midwest Nationals just 60 points out of first place, and he and his wing of the TSR Nitro team are steadily focused on making up as much ground as possible as the 2022 NHRA Countdown to the Championship hits dead-center.
01 Oct 2022
Kelly Wade
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Matt Hagan
Three-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan entered the NHRA Midwest Nationals just 60 points out of first place, and he and his wing of the TSR Nitro team are steadily focused on making up as much ground as possible as the 2022 NHRA Countdown to…
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Aaron Stanfield in the midst of efficient recovery from early Countdown stumble

With a victory last weekend, Aaron Stanfield jumped right back in the championship mix, but the rising star in Pro Stock said the chase for an NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world title in the class won’t be his main focus at the NHRA Midwest Nationals.
01 Oct 2022
Kelly Wade
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Aaron Stanfield
Aaron Stanfield, driver of the Janac Brothers Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaro, was back in form this past weekend as he claimed victory at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals and moved back into the No. 2 position in the championship standings. Stanfield…
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2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals Friday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster's award-winning photographer Marc Gewertz shares the beauty, speed, and behind-the-scenes shots his lenses captured at the 2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals.
30 Sep 2022
David Kennedy
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Rookie Camrie Caruso experiencing the Countdown's potent energy

Camrie Caruso could not have known what she was in for when she stepped into the dog-eat-dog world of Pro Stock at the beginning of the season, but soon enough, Caruso came to understand the inner workings of the class and is experiencing the heightened intensity of a championship chase in a professional category for the first time.
30 Sep 2022
Kelly Wade
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Camrie Caruso
As one twist of the old saying goes, "You don't know until you know." Young Camrie Caruso could not have known what she was in for when she stepped into the dog-eat-dog world of Pro Stock at the beginning of the season. She appeared on the scene…
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Funny Car fan-favorite Tim Wilkerson looks to shine in front of family and friends

Tim Wilkerson remains right in the thick of things in the Countdown to the Championship, already advancing to one final round in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series’ six-race playoffs. Now the veteran has a chance to put on a show at his home track in front of family and friends at this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals.
30 Sep 2022
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Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson remains right in the thick of things in the Countdown to the Championship, already advancing to one final round in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series’ six-race playoffs. Now the veteran has a chance to put on a show at his home…
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How former racer Curtis Francois saved and resurrected St. Louis' marquee facility

Twelve years ago, the fate of what today is known as World Wide Technology Raceway was very much in jeopardy until local businessman and developer Curtis Francois bought the property and turned it into the showcase facility that this weekend will host the NHRA Midwest Nationals.
29 Sep 2022
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World Wide Technology Raceway
by John Bisci World Wide Technology Raceway’s compelling story of its narrow escape from the wrecking ball has been told many times, but it never ceases to amaze the listener. In a nutshell, the facility, which included a…
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals

Go behind the scenes with the winners of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals as they celebrate their victories with their teams and one another, and accept congratulations from their vanquished final-round foes.
28 Sep 2022
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals
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Relive the action at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals in our Weekend Rewind

Relive the magic, drama, and upsets of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, race two of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
28 Sep 2022
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Five Things We Learned at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals

The Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals was the second race of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, an event filled with drama, upsets, and a lot of emotion. Here are five big takeaways from the event.
26 Sep 2022
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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5 Things
The Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals was the second race of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, an event filled with drama, upsets, and a lot of emotion. Here are five big takeaways from the event. DON’T…
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With milestone 600th start on deck, Cruz Pedregon looks back and ahead at career

Two-time NHRA Funny Car world champ Cruz Pedregon will become just the third racer in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series to record 600 raceday starts when he fires the car Sunday morning at zMAX Dragway.
24 Sep 2022
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Cruz Pedregon
With his place in the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals Funny Car field safely secured with his 3.93-second blast Friday night, two-time NHRA Funny Car world champ Cruz Pedregon will become just the third racer in the NHRA Camping World Drag…
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Tim Wilkerson eager to make up for the one that got away in Reading

Tim Wilkerson is still kicking himself after his red-light in the final round of last weekend’s Pep Boys NHRA Nationals, but he’s glad that he only had to wait five days to get back behind the wheel at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals.
23 Sep 2022
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson is still kicking himself after his red-light in the final round of last weekend’s Pep Boys NHRA Nationals, but he’s glad that he only had to wait five days to get back behind the wheel of his Levi, Ray & Shoup Funny Car at the…
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Pro Stock standout Bo Butner looking to make big move in Charlotte

With five races left in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, Bo Butner knows he has ground to make up starting at this weekend’s Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
23 Sep 2022
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Bo Butner
With five races left in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, Bo Butner knows he has ground to make up starting at this weekend’s Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. But coming off his first No. 1 qualifier in three…
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NHRA Safety Safari: One of Wally Parks' key contributions to drag racing

For nearly 70 years, the NHRA Safety Safari presented by Simpson has made the National Hot Rod Association the premiere place to drag race.
22 Sep 2022
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The NHRA Safety Safari: One of Wally Parks' key contributions to drag racing
Wally Parks knew that in order for drag racing to grow to its full potential, it would have to be sustainable.  Race tracks would need to be consistent in their processes and preparation, the staff that ran the events would have to be…
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Defending Top Fuel event winner Josh Hart looks to jump into title hunt

Last year, Josh Hart played the spoiler, beating a trio of Top Fuel title contenders. Now in the Countdown playoffs for the first time, Hart hopes a second straight victory at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals can put him in the thick of the championship conversation.
21 Sep 2022
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Josh Hart
A year ago, Josh Hart played the spoiler role perfectly in his fall visit to zMAX Dragway during his rookie season, beating a trio of Top Fuel title contenders en route to second career NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series victory. Now in the…
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Weekend Rewind: Relive the highlights of the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals

The Pep Boys NHRA Nationals kicked off the Countdown to the Championship with a drama-filled event at Maple Grove Raceway. Here's a look at just a few of the highlights.
21 Sep 2022
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Behind the scenes with the winners of the 2022 Pep Boys NHRA Nationals

Go behind the scenes with the winners of the 2022 Pep Boys NHRA Nationals as they celebrate their Countdown to the Championship-opening victories at Maple Grove Raceway with their crews and with one another.
21 Sep 2022
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Brittany Force's nightmare parts failure on race day

Listen in as Crew Chief David Grubnic diagnoses Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force's round-two engine explosion at the 2022 Pep Boys NHRA Nationals.
20 Sep 2022
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Watch Austin Prock use throttle control to beat Antron Brown in Reading

Even in the brutal-horsepower world of Top Fuel drag racing, driver finesse plays a role in round wins on race day as eventual race winner Austin Prock proved in this semifinal battle with Antron Brown at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals.
20 Sep 2022
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Five things we learned at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals

With sellout crowds, picture-perfect weather, and an awe-inspiring setting to open the Countdown to the Championship, race fans got to witness a little bit of everything this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.
19 Sep 2022
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Prock
With sellout crowds, picture-perfect weather, and an awe-inspiring setting to open the Countdown to the Championship, the playoffs are off and running in 2022 and race fans got to witness a little bit of everything this weekend at Maple Grove…
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Force reaches another milestone, set to make 800th career start on Sunday

Legendary Funny Car driver John Force is set to hit another incredible milestone this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway, as the 16-time world champion will make his 800th race start on Sunday at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals.
17 Sep 2022
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Force
Legendary Funny Car driver John Force is set to hit another incredible milestone this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway, as the 16-time world champion will make his 800th race start on Sunday at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. Including Force, only…
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Defending Pro Stock world champ Greg Anderson ready to defend his crown

Two months ago, Greg Anderson likely wouldn’t have considered himself much of a threat to defend his world championship but has vaulted back into title contention as the Countdown to the Championship playoffs open.
16 Sep 2022
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Greg Anderson
Two months ago, Greg Anderson likely wouldn’t have considered himself much of a threat to defend his world championship in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. But the longtime star has made a swift turnaround in recent weeks, vaulting back…
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Rebounding Kelly Clontz could be a Countdown spoiler in Pro Stock Motorcycle

Kelly Clontz hasn't had the season she expected, but after navigating personal challenges that left her sidelined for a handful of mid-year races, she's riding into this weekend's Pep Boys NHRA Nationals with an increased appreciation for her career.
15 Sep 2022
Kelly Wade
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Kelly Clontz
Kelly Clontz hasn't had the season she expected, but after navigating personal challenges that left her sidelined for a handful of mid-year races, the Hughesville, Md., competitor is riding into this weekend's Pep Boys NHRA Nationals with an…
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