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Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines continue strong start to 2019 in Norwalk

The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team got its weekend off to the right start with a strong one-two hit in qualifying.
21 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Eddie Krawiec
Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines lead the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings. Hines has won all but two of the six races contested in 2019. Krawiec, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock World champion, recently got the new chassis that played a major part in Hines'…
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Bob Rahaim eager to keep momentum going at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Bob Rahaim chasing E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod victory in Norwalk after reaching final round in Bristol.
20 Jun 2019
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Bob Rahaim
Bob Rahaim had a season’s worth of misfortune in a string of just a few races, knowing full well his team had not yet put their best foot forward during the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season.…
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Jason Line knows the importance of racing well at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Headed to one of the most important races of the season, Pro Stock standout Jason Line is ready for the momentum to start swinging his way at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
19 Jun 2019
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Jason Line
Jason Line has watched his KB Racing teammates succeed repeatedly to open the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. But headed to one of the most important races of the season, Pro Stock standout Jason Line is ready for that momentum to…
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Jack Beckman will look to finish four-race stretch on a good note in Norwalk

It's been a good stretch of events for Jack Beckman, who has notched a runner-up and two semifinal finishes in the last three races, and he'd love to make up for that Chicago runner-up as the four-race stretch completes at this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
19 Jun 2019
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Jack Beckman
Starting off a stretch of four straight race weekends on a sour note is usually not ideal, even for a veteran driver and team. But Jack Beckman has already reversed course quickly and he’ll now to look to end this rigorous stretch on a good note at…
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Clay Millican happy with progress but not satisfied entering NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Clay Millican knows there's still plenty of work to do as he chases first won of 2019 at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Clay Millican
Testing did not set expectations high for the Parts Plus Top Fuel dragster team. Clay Millican, driving a Your Car Your Data-bannered dragster at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals this weekend, remained optimistic. He felt reasonable for doing so.…
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Leah Pritchett enjoying get-healthy weekend in Bristol 

It has not been the season Leah Pritchett dreamed of. Is this the start of something better?
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Leah Pritchett
Leah Pritchett made it down the track in three of her four qualifying runs at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals with an average pass of 3.824-seconds on those successful hits. That’s not world-beating (one of those successful passes was a 3.896, in…
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Bob Tasca III thinks his next win is around the corner

Hiring Jon Schaffer is already paying dividends for Bob Tasca III and the Ford Motorcraft Funny Car team
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Bob Tasca III
Bob Tasca III is one of the most fiercely competitive people in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing. He recently brought Jon Schaffer on board to join crew chief Eric Lane, replacing Mike Green just eight races into his tenure on the Ford Motorcraft Funny…
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Audrey Worm taking ownership of Top Fuel future

Audrey Worm joins up with Strustmasters ahead of NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals with an eye on becoming latest Top Fuel owner.
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Audrey Worm
Audrey Worm made her bid for the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award in 2018 by competing in nine events. She came up short of that goal, as Bill Litton took home Rookie of the Year honors, but Worm and company gained a wealth…
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Vincent Nobile racing with his dad in Mountain Motor Pro Stock in Bristol

Former Pro Stock racer is throwing it back with a bit of a role reversal at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Vincent Nobile
Vincent Nobile is not racing Pro Stock this year. The Mitsos family decided to focus on the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown and that meant Nobile was out of a ride. That didn’t cost him his livelihood by any means; the affable New Yorker compared…
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Todd Tutterow lost the most consistent car in Pro Mod. Can he bounce back?

A crash in Topeka cost Todd Tutterow his 1968 Camaro. Will it cost him a shot at the 2019 title?
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Todd Tutterow
Todd Tutterow side-swiped Steven Whiteley during eliminations at the Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals in his 1968 Camaro. The driver of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod machine got out of the groove early in his run and, at that point, the run…
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Who (or what) will it take to end Steve Torrence's win streak at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals?

Billy Torrence is taking Father’s Day off – so who can stop Steve Torrence in Bristol?
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Steve Torrence
Billy Torrence looked the part on Sunday at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. He qualified in the No. 2 position, right behind his son, and left on defending Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence. Billy did everything in…
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Pro Mod veteran Steve Matusek after one more career first at Bristol Dragway

Veteran Steve Matusek has put together a number of career firsts at Bristol Dragway, site of this weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service race as part of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, and a first career win would be a most welcome addition.
13 Jun 2019
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Steve Matusek
Veteran Steve Matusek has put together a number of career firsts at Bristol Dragway, which is the site of this weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service race as part of the 19th annual NHRA Thunder Valley…
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Ron Capps heads to Bristol looking to win third straight Funny Car title

A stretch of four straight race weekends during June can be a tall order for the drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. For Ron Capps, though, it’s not hard for him to get excited, especially when he knows one of those dates includes a trip to Bristol Dragway.
12 Jun 2019
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Ron Capps
A stretch of four straight race weekends during June can be a tall order for the drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. For Ron Capps, though, it’s not hard for him to get excited, especially when he knows one of those dates includes a…
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Brittany Force has something special planned for Father’s Day Weekend in Bristol

With her legendary father, 16-time Funny Car world champ John Force, joining her in Thunder Valley, Brittany Force is planning something special for this weekend’s Father’s Day Weekend 19th annual NHRA Thunder Nationals.
11 Jun 2019
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Brittany Force
It’s Father’s Day Weekend and there’s no place Brittany Force would rather be than Bristol Dragway for this weekend’s 19th annual NHRA Thunder Nationals. The former Top Fuel world champion has always held the picturesque track in high regard and…
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Who’s next? Jack Beckman figures it might as well be him

There have been six different Funny Car winners in the first nine races of the season and Jack Beckman wants to be seventh.
09 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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The first nine races of the 2019 season have produced six different Funny Car winners including Schumacher Racing drivers Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, and most recently, Tommy Johnson Jr. Nothing is a given in drag racing, particularly in nitro racing,…
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Cruz Pedregon has made up ground in 2019

Yes, things are moving in the right direction for Cruz Pedregon
09 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Cruz Pedregon
Cruz Pedregon fired Aaron Brooks. He brought on Tommy DeLago shortly thereafter in 2018 but did not bring the veteran tuner back on board for the 2019 season. That decision, mostly through back channels and mealy-mouthed criticism, has been…
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Scott Palmer happy to represent Evel Knievel, but he's no daredevil

Scott Palmer and his Magic Dry Top Fuel team have been the talk of the pits in Topeka with their special edition paint scheme honoring the local Evel Knievel Museum.
09 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Like most kids growing up in the 1970s, Scott Palmer grew up idolizing motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel so when he had a chance to visit the Evel Knievel Museum in last year’s Heartland Nationals, it se the stage for the one-race sponsorship…
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The maturation of Austin Prock continues in Topeka

Ten races into his NHRA Top Fuel career, rookie of the Year favorite Austin Prock appears primed for a breakout performance.
08 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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prock
During Friday’s second nitro qualifying session in Topeka, Austin Prock opened Top Fuel qualifying with a solid 3.783 that was quick enough to earn a qualifying bonus point and finished the day as the third-best run behind Steve and Billy Torrence.…
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On warm summer days, Jack Wyatt becomes a formidible foe

When it comes to upset wins in Funny Car, Jack Wyatt has been there before and he is ready, willing, and able to do so again in Topeka.
08 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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wyatt
He doesn’t make many appearances at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, but Jack Wyatt has been burning nitro since 1987 which puts him in the same league as fellow veterans John Force, Pat Dakin, Chris Karamesines, and Hall of Fame team…
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Richie Crampton sees better days ahead for DHL team

Recent success has Richie Crampton thinking his second Top Fuel win of the season isn't going to be too far away.
07 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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crampton
Attitude is everything. Just ask Richie Crampton. A positive and upbeat guy by nature, Crampton rarely has a bad day, and that’s especially true anytime he’s at the racetrack. While he’ll readily admit that he’s frustrated by the recent struggles of…
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Kramer family expands with COPO Factory Stock and sportsman effort

Chicago Pro Stock champ Deric Kramer has the week off but his father and sister are having a blast in Topeka with their COPO Camaro entries.
07 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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kramer
A week ago, Deric Kramer won his third NHRA Pro Stock race when he drove his American Ethanol Camaro to a final round win over Erica Enders in Chicago. With no Pro Stock class in Topeka, Kramer and his Wally trophy returned to Denver for a well-…
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Rickie Smith back in turbo car; evaluating future Pro Mod options

Three-time NHRA E3 Pro Mod series champion "Trickie Rickie" Smith will race his turbocharged Bahrain1 Mustang at this weekend's Menard's NHRA Heartland Nationals.
07 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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rickie
The game of musical cars continues for three-time NHRA Pro Mod champ Rickie Smith, who is once again racing his turbocharged Bahrain1 Mustang in this weeks’ Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. In Richmond, the most recent stop on…
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Confidence soaring, Tommy Johnson Jr. rides the wave after Chicago win

Tommy Johnson Jr. ended a long winless drought last weekend at Route 66 Raceway. Now he knows the challenge is to keep that momentum going throughout the summer.
07 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Johnson
Inspired by the success of Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps, who put together back-to-back wins in Atlanta and Richmond, Tommy Johnson Jr. is hoping that his win at last weekend’s Route 66 Nationals in Chicago was the start of something…
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Top Fuel veteran Doug Kalitta motivated by team’s success heading to Topeka

Doug Kalitta got the ball rolling for the Kalitta Motorsports team by winning the first race of the 2019. Since then, everyone on the four-car team has won a race, which makes him proud heading to this weekend’s Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.
06 Jun 2019
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Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta got the ball rolling for the Kalitta Motorsports team by winning the first race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Since then, everyone on the four-car team has won a race, which makes the Top Fuel veteran proud…
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Part-timer Freeman making Pro Stock look easy

Elite team owner Richard Freeman brought a new Pro Stock Mustang to Chicago and delivered a top-five qualifying performance
02 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Richard Freeman
Prior to Saturday’s fourth and final Pro Stock qualifying session, Richard Freeman glanced at the sunsetting behind the tower at Route 66 Raceway and said to no one in particular, “If I make a good run, I should go about 6.59.”  Moments…
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Thirty years after his debut, Hector Arana Sr. is still going strong

During his career, Lucas Oil EBR rider Hector Arana Sr. has seen and done it all in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
02 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Hector Arana Sr.
Hector Arana Sr. is making his 315th start in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class this weekend and only Steve Johnson (432) has made more appearances in the two-wheel class. Arana can vividly recall the early days of his career in the late 1980s when he…
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Paul Lee is back with a great program around him

Paul Lee's McLeod Funny Car team is back, comfortable and ready to start winning
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Paul Lee
You wouldn’t be able to blame Paul Lee if he’s just happy to be here. Not because he’s back doing what he loves after suffering a massive heart attack, though, sure, that too. The McLeod Funny Car made its debut at the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals…
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Scott Palmer finding balance as he chases first Top Fuel win

Top Fuel racer remains aggressive, but thinks he’s found balance in approach
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Scott Palmer
Scott Palmer started the season ripping the first 60 feet of the track to shreds. His Goodyears came back to the pits begging for relief because of how aggressively the racer ran his Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Top Fueler. Those times (around an .…
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Bob Bode knows why he crossed the centerline – and he’s ready to rebound

Longtime Funny Car racer Bob Bode is frustrated, but also motivated, to get back into the field at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
01 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Bob Bode
Bob Bode ran .892 to the 60-foot mark. He knew he was on a good pass, even if he didn’t know he the number yet. Then he felt the car shove him to the right. The veteran Funny Car racer grabbed the steering wheel with all his might and wrenched it to…
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Hartford making the most of modified Pro Stock schedule

For Matt Hartford, an 18-race Pro Stock schedule represents his best chance to compete for a world championship and he's not about to waste it.
01 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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hartford
The way Matt Hartford sees it, the modified 18-race schedule for Pro Stock this year is the gift that keeps on giving. He doesn’t have the time or the budget to compete in 24 events, but a shortened calendar presents a unique opportunity to finally…
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