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Will this be the weekend Paul Lee hoists his first Funny Car Wally?

The 2020 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil brought Paul Lee's first number one qualifier in NHRA Funny Car racing, might it also bring his first win?
04 Oct 2020
David Kennedy
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Paul Lee
"That's what we're open for," said Paul Lee after his round one win. "We just want to make four good runs today. Like we've been making, so, you know, we gotta give ourselves a chance to win, which means going down the track and not beating…
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Zizzo Racing adamant about competing in Top Fuel at Midwest Nationals

Team owner Tony Zizzo was motivated to see his Rust-Oleum team race even after undergoing a brain surgery. “We're going to St. Louis,” he proclaimed.
03 Oct 2020
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Zizzo Racing at 2020 NHRA Midwest Nationals
After the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in September, team owner and father of T.J., Tony Zizzo, was scheduled for brain surgery to remove a longtime tumor. Racing the team’s Rust-Oleum Rocket Top Fuel dragster was put on hold. That is,…
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Alex Laughlin talks redemption, haters, and what it takes to win in Pro Stock

Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Pro Stock winner Alex Laughlin talked about his emotional victory at Gainesville Raceway one year after experiencing the heartbreak of a broken car in the final round.
02 Oct 2020
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Alex Laughlin
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Larry Larson plans first quarter-mile passes with his No-Prep Cadillac ATS-V at the Midwest Nationals

Larson wants to give NHRA fans a first-hand look at what his ProLine-powered Cadillac ATS-V can really do during the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
02 Oct 2020
David Kennedy
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Larry Larson plans first quarter-mile passes with his Cadillac ATS-V at the Midwest Nationals
It's time to see what Larry Larson's No Prep Kings Cadillac ATS-V is really capable of, and NHRA fans will get to witness it up-close and personal at the World Wide Technology Raceway this weekend. Larson's name will be familiar to NHRA…
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Points leader Matt Smith's entire team is in high gear entering final stretch

Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about the incredible success of his Matt Smith Racing operation with wins by himself in Gainesville and Scotty Pollacheck in Indy and wife's Angie's strong-running bike.
01 Oct 2020
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Matt Smith
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The story behind the NAPA team's comeback victory at the Gatornationals

As soon as his NAPA Funny Car exploded beneath driver Ron Capps in the semifinals of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, crew chief Rahn Tobler knew what he needed to do to continue their quest to win the event.
30 Sep 2020
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Ron Capps
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Torrence family will bring dominance back home for AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

It’s been a dominant stretch for the Torrence family at Texas Motorplex, and the father-son Top Fuel duo hope to keep it going at the upcoming 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Oct. 14-18.
29 Sep 2020
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Steve Torrence
It’s been a dominant stretch for the Torrence family at Texas Motorplex, the family’s home track in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and the successful father-son Top Fuel duo hope to keep it going in 2020. They will have an opportunity for…
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Cobra Jet Sunday match race—This round goes to the supercharged V8

In 2020 Ford Performance is leveraging the NHRA’s quarter-mile laboratory to prove out what its high-performance vehicles [gas and electric] are capable of.
27 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Cobra Jet Sunday match race—This round goes to the supercharged V8
To catch all the action of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your tickets…
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Cobra Jet 1400 tech talk with its two test pilots: Pat McCue and Bob Tasca III

Pat McCue and Bob Tasca III talk about the world’s quickest electric-powered-door-car, the Ford Performance Cobra Jet 1400, in the staging lanes of the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
27 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Cobra Jet 1400 tech talk with its two test pilots
To catch all the action of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your tickets…
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Ryan Oehler willing to go the extra mile (or 200) to ensure Gainesville success

For the first time in his career, Ryan Oehler is in contention for the Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship and he’s determined to do everything possible to make that a reality. That mentality helps explain why Oeher and his crew would load their spare bike into the back of a pick up truck on Saturday night and make a 220 mile round trip drive to Orlando Speed World Dragway just to break in a couple of Mickey Thompson tires.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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oehler
For the first time in his career, Ryan Oehler is in contention for the Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship and he’s determined to do everything possible to make that a reality. That mentality helps explain why Oeher and his crew would load…
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A championship contender? Matt Hartford certainly believes he is

Following his runner-up finish at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, Matt Hartford feels he’s very much in the running for the 2020 Mello Yello Pro Stock world championship.
26 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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hartford
The math is daunting; 162 points in five races, but Matt Hartford still firmly believes he can win the 2020 Mello Yello Pro Stock championship. Hartford’s endless optimism is fueled in large part by his recent run to the final round of the Denso…
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Gas vs electric Cobra Jet Mustangs at Gatornationals, testing Ford’s latest technology—See who won!

In 2020 Ford Performance is leveraging the NHRA’s quarter-mile laboratory to prove out what its high-performance vehicles [gas and electric] are capable of.
26 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 at 2020 NHRA Gatornationals
At the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, Funny Car competitors (and old friends) Bob Tasca III and Tony Pedregon match raced electric and supercharged V8 Ford Mustang Cobra Jets. The all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 (which actually makes…
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Nostalgia Pro Stock cars run at Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals—Watch'em now!

A pair of Southeast Nostalgia Pro Stock Series cars put on an exhibition at the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, and you can watch their Friday run, right here.
25 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Southeast Nostalgia Pro Stock Series cars run at Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
  To catch all the action of the 2020  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you…
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Factory Stock racer Mark Pawuk on Ford vs. Dodge vs. Chevy, wheelstands, and racing in Gainesville

Mark Pawuk’s Drag Pak Dodge Challenger is second in points in the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown, and in this Skype interview with Brian Lohnes he explains how this isn’t the first time he’s tangled with the Stanfield family
24 Sep 2020
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Factory Stock racer Mark Pawuk on Ford vs. Dodge vs. Chevy, wheelstands, and racing in Gainesville
To catch all the action of the 2020  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your…
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Top Fuel Harley midseason review: It's been all-Andras, all the time

The teams of the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series are one race beyond their midpoint, having completed five of their eight races following the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, but it’s been pretty much all Randal Andras, all the time.
23 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Randal Andras
The teams of the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series are one race beyond their midpoint, having completed five of their eight races following the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, but it’s been pretty much all Randal Andras all the time,…
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When horsepower beat a holeshot to put Erica Enders in the winner's circle at the 2019 NHRA Midwest Nationals

After demolishing a transmission and suffering a heart-breaking loss at the 2019 U.S. Nationals, Erica Enders was back in the Pro Stock winner's circle for the first time in 2019 at the NHRA Midwest Nationals. 
22 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Erica Enders
To catch all the action of the 2020 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil Oct. 2-4…
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Jonathan Gray thrilled to be in Pro Mod title hunt approaching St. Louis stop

Jonathan Gray plans to enjoy every moment of being in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service championship mix during the rest of the 2020 season. But he’s not going to let the moment overwhelm him.
22 Sep 2020
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Jonathan Gray
Jonathan Gray plans to enjoy every moment of being in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service championship mix during the rest of the 2020 season. But he’s not going to let the moment overwhelm him. Gray is…
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Pro Mod midseason review: After Indy win, can Jackson defend his championship?

Coming off a victory at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, reigning E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series champ “Stevie Fast” Jackson is now focused on winning his second consecutive championship.
21 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Steve Jackson
Coming off a victory at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, reigning E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series champ “Stevie Fast” Jackson is now focused on winning his second consecutive championship. There have been just three races in the E3 Spark…
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Nitro Time Machine: Allen Johnson's frightening Pro Stock crash at the 1999 Gatornationals

During the opening round of competition at the 1999 Gatornationals, Allen Johnson walked away from one of the scariest accidents in the history of the Pro Stock class.
21 Sep 2020
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  To catch all the action of the 2020  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you…
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2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak—Exposed!

Long rumored to be in the works, Dodge gave racers an early look at its 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak ahead of the 2020 NHRA U.S. Nationals.     
18 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak—Exposed!
“This is the quickest, fastest and most powerful Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak we’ve ever built,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “And, 50 members of the…
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Pro Stock Motorcycle midseason review: Can Pollacheck contend for the title?

Scotty Pollacheck’s win at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals was long overdue. He’s now in a position to win the Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship but he’s going to have to hold off a large field of contenders to do it.
18 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Scotty Pollacheck
With the completion of the recent Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, Pro Stock Motorcycle riders have run just three events this season and that means there are just five more opportunities for them to earn points this season. Not since the 1976…
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Pro Stock midseason review: Talented newcomers join veterans for epic title fight

Erica Enders, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Jason Line, who have combined to win a dozen Pro Stock world titles, are locked in a battle for the top spot in the factory hot rod class while a fleet of talented rookies prepare to take over the class. Third in a series.
17 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Erica Enders
With 10 races on the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule for Pro Stock competitors, the recent Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals represents the midway point of the season so it seems like as good a place as any to reflect on what’s…
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Angelle Sampey and the NHRA recognize the contribution our troops make everyday

NHRA's Troops to the Track program, refreshed by Coca-Cola, is the sport's annual military appreciation platform. In 2020, we're finding new ways to honor the service of our military personnel, and today we're recognizing Cpl. Luis Kolb of the Indiana National Guard with the help of Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angelle Sampey.
16 Sep 2020
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Angelle Sampey and the NHRA Troops to the Track
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Funny Car midseason review: It's tight at the top in bruising intra-squad battle

It’s been a Don Schumacher Racing year with DSR cars winning all six events this season and creating a tight top three, led by U.S. Nationals champ Jack Beckman. Here's our look at how they got to the top and what the future may hold for them. Second in a series
16 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Jack Beckman
With 11 races on the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, there’s no easily-measurable midseason point, but the recent Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals seems like as good a place as any to reflect on what’s happened and what could…
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Bob Tasca III on what Ford's new Cobra Jet 1400 means to his family

Little did Bob Tasca I know back in 1968 that his grandson, Bob Tasca III would be driving an all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet—one with 1,000 hp more than the original car ever had.
15 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Bob Tasca III Ford Cobra Jet 1400 at U.S. Nationals
Read more: How the original 1968 Ford Cobra Jet came to be…
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Top Fuel midseason review: Kalitta still hanging onto his yearlong points lead

Just past the halfway mark in the 2020 season, Doug Kalitta holds a fragile 50-point lead in the Top Fuel points standings. How did he get there? What's happening now? What might happen in the future? First in a series
15 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Doug Kalitta
With 11 races on the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, there’s no easily-measurable midseason point, but the recent Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals seems like as good a place as any to reflect on what’s happened and what could…
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Fox Sports' Jamie Little and NHRA's Antron Brown bond over their love of animals

Speed. It's what brings journalists like Jamie Little and drivers like Antron Brown together. Yet it's these two Fox Sports stars' love of animals that allowed them to bond. The pair is working to raise awareness of at-risk animals with the help of Indiana's local Hamilton County Humane Society.
14 Sep 2020
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Fox Sports' Jamie Little and NHRA's Antron Brown
Fox Sports' Jamie Little and NHRA's Antron Brown are working to protect the most at-risk animals in…
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John Force on what missing the U.S. Nationals means to a drag racer like him

The Big Go has always been the race where you measure yourself against the best of the best. Yet the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S.Nationals was missing one of it's legendary racers—and last year's Funny Car winner. Hear John Force in this Skype interview with Brian Lohnes explain why it's so hard for him to not be racing this year.
14 Sep 2020
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John Force NHRA U.S. Nationals
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Infinite Hero Funny Car team not resting on its U.S. Nationals victory laurels

Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero Don Schumacher Racing team are back in the shop hard at work after their Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals win, as the points leaders get ready to take their show on the road for the first time in months.
14 Sep 2020
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Scotty Pollacheck's first Pro Stock Motorcycle win was well worth the wait

After 11 final round disappointments, many of them heart-breaking, Scotty Pollacheck revels in his first Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at the Denso NHRA U.S. Nationals
12 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Scotty Polacheck
Eleven times Scotty Pollacheck staged with a chance to win his first Pro Stock Motorcycle race and all 11 times; he came away empty-handed. Five of those finals came in four-wide events at zMax Dragway and the other six were in conventional two-wide…
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