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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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Bob Tasca III on racing the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 at the U.S. Nationals

Ford Mustang Funny Car racer Bob Tasca III Skyped with Brian Lohnes to talk about driving the all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
10 Sep 2020
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Bob Tasca III on racing the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 at the U.S. Nationals
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Scotty Pollacheck's first victory highlighted Indy weekend for Matt Smith Racing

Matt Smith's Denso EBR didn’t get the Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, but one of his bikes, ridden by Scotty Pollacheck, did. Follow the team through their busy eliminations day at The Big Go.
09 Sep 2020
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NHRA Shop Talk: Indy's other big winners

We all know the Pro winners from Indy, but NHRA’s Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart talked about the biggest stories from the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals. From world records to first-time winners, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Nitro Harleys, and Pro Mods all brought the house down.
08 Sep 2020
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Shop Talk
We all know the Pro winners from Indy, but NHRA’s Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart talked about the biggest stories from the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals. From world records to first-time winners, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Nitro…
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The semifinal pedalfest that preserved Shawn Langdon's chance to win Indy

If not for his talented and experienced right foot, Shawn Langdon wouldn’t be staring at his third Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals trophy and his Kalitta Motorsports organization would not be basking in the glow of a fourth straight victory at The Big Go.
08 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Shawn Langdon
  If not for his talented and experienced right foot, Shawn Langdon wouldn’t be staring at his third Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals trophy and his Kalitta Motorsports organization would not be basking in the glow of a fourth straight…
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Two years since his last win, Eddie Krawiec believes enough is enough

The way Eddie Krawiec sees it, enough is enough. It’s been more than two years since his last Pro Stock Motorcycle victory and for someone who has won 47 races and four championships, that’s far too long.
06 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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The way Eddie Krawiec sees it, enough is enough. It’s been more than two years since his last Pro Stock Motorcycle victory and for someone who has won 47 races and four championships, that’s far too long. It’s fairly easy to pin down the source of…
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Steve Torrence looking to add to his U.S. Nationals legacy with another win

Even though he entered this year’s Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals as the tour’s most recent winner after his victory a month ago at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, when it comes to racing in Indy at “The Big Go,” everything changes for Steve Torrence. Everything matters more.
06 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
Even though he entered this year’s Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals as the tour’s most recent winner after his victory a month ago at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, also contested here at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, when it comes to…
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Paul Lee has one of the quickest Funny Cars on the tour; is a win coming soon?

The best run in Funny Car in the three races since the resumption of racing following the pandemic shutdown does not belong to points leader Tommy Johnson Jr. or race winners Matt Hagan or Ron Capps. It belongs instead to Paul Lee and crew chiefs Jim Oberhofer and Donnie Bender, even if in an unofficial capacity.
05 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Paul Lee
Even after last evening’s first night qualifying session, the best run in Funny Car in the three races since the resumption of racing following the pandemic shutdown does not belong to points leader Tommy Johnson Jr. or race winners Matt Hagan or…
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Justin Ashley, T.J. Zizzo prepare for battle; one will score his first Top Fuel win

Justin Ashley and T.J. Zizzo will square off in the final qualifying session Saturday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals to run their rain-delayed final round from the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals. Here’s their thoughts before the big moment which will reward one of them with his first career Top Fuel win.
05 Sep 2020
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TJ Zizzo
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Chris and Mason McGaha prepared to take the next step at Indy

Chris McGaha and his son, Mason, have a plan for Indy, and it involves both of their Harlow Sammons team entries making it to Sunday’s final eliminations in Pro Stock.
05 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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There are 22 Pro Stock cars trying to qualify for the Denso NHRA U.S. Nationals and if Chris McGaha has his way, both he and son, Mason, will occupy two of the 16 available spots on Sunday morning. At least that’s their plan. So far, in two…
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Nostalgia racer Joey Haas making his 'big show' Top Fuel debut at U.S. Nationals

After connecting first on Facebook, Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Car racer Joey Haas is making his professional debut at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Terry Totten's Top Fueler.
05 Sep 2020
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Joey Haas
A lot of people meet online, from old high-school friends reuniting to couples getting together, but it's not often that a team owner finds his driver on social media, but that’s the way that Terry Totten connected with his new shoe, Joey Haas, who…
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Steve Torrence honoring Dom Lagana with Nitro Ninja body panels at Indy

In place of his traditional red and black Capco Contractors paint scheme, Steve Torrence's car is wearing the body panels of the Lagana brothers’ Nitro Ninja dragster, a tribute to Capco crewmember Dom Lagana, who remains hospitalized in Indianapolis.
04 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
The sunglasses and face coverings couldn’t hide the tears and the lumps in the throats of those gathered around Steve Torrence’s trailer as his crew unloaded his dragster in the pits of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. In place of his…
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Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan preview delayed Funny Car final to be settled in Indy

Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to preview their rain-delayed Funny Car final from the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, which will be completed on Saturday of the Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals and will give Don Schumacher its milestone 3250th team win,
04 Sep 2020
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Jack Beckman
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Chad Green eager to try to win two Pro Mod races on one weekend in Indy

Chad Green will have the chance to do something unique at this weekend’s prestigious Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, and that’s win twice in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service.
04 Sep 2020
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Chad Green
Chad Green will have the chance to do something unique at this weekend’s prestigious Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, and that’s win twice in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by…
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There might be many Indy events, but there's still only one U.S. Nationals

NHRA has competed at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis three times already this season, but when racers assemble again this weekend, it'll be for the coveted Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, and it;s a whole different Indy. Just ask past winners J.R. Todd and Tony Schumacher.
02 Sep 2020
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J.R. Todd
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JEGS Allstars Fast Facts

01 Sep 2020
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Now celebrating its 36th year, the JEGS Allstars competition is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season for racers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Racers can only qualify for one of the coveted spots on the JEGS Allstars…
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Angelle Sampey revels in long-awaited first Harley-Davidson victory

It took longer than she expected, but three-time world champ Angelle Sampey is hoping her recent Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals was a sign of things to come.
28 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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“I’ll bet you thought I was dead. I ain’t dead yet.”  The quote sounds very much like something John Force could have uttered but, in fact, it came from Angelle Sampey following her most recent win at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented…
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The Super Stock Dart everyone wants to beat at the Dodge NHRA Hemi Challenge

We go one-on-one with Jimmy Daniels, the man whose SS/AH ’68 Dodge Dart has won the Dodge NHRA Hemi Challenge for the last four years in a row—he’s the one the competition is coming gunning for this year.
28 Aug 2020
David Kennedy
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Jimmy Daniels Hemi Challenge Dart
Where did this ’68 Dodge Dart come from?  We purchased the car from Ray and David Barton, at Ray Barton Race Engines, but prior to that, they got it from a fellow named Tom Parham. Tom…
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Tony Schumacher, Bob Tasca III join pre-U.S. Nationals testing in Indianapolis

Testing ahead of next weekend's Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals continued Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with 10-time Indy Top Fuel winner Tony Schumacher and Funny Car ace Bob Tasca III joining the parade of cars running down the historic dragstrip.
26 Aug 2020
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Bob Tasca
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Meet the new President of PRI, Dr. Jamie Meyer

The racecar czar tapped to make motorsports top-of-mind in every American household
25 Aug 2020
David Kennedy
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Dr. Jamie Meyer PRI President
Dr. Meyer holds a Ph.D in anatomy and cell biology, but his true calling in life has been performanceproducts and speed. He’s a drag racer by nature, holds an NHRA competition license, and also sits on the Board of Directors of SEMA. General Motors…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. now among ‘The Great Eight’ of all-time NHRA event winners

With his Pro Stock victory at the recent Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Jeg Coughlin moved into a tie with Top Fuel great Tony Schumacher for the No. 8 spot on NHRA’s all-time wins list with 84 victories.
25 Aug 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Jeg Coughlin Jr.
With his Pro Stock victory at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Jeg Coughlin moved into a tie with Top Fuel great Tony Schumacher for the No. 8 spot on NHRA’s all-time wins list with 84 victories. Both are just one win behind Pro…
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See it first! Ford’s electric Cobra Jet Mustang to run at U.S.Nationals

Ford’s all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 Mustang will make its public debut at the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Proving once again that drag racing is still Detroit’s best laboratory.
24 Aug 2020
David Kennedy
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Ford’s electric Cobra Jet 1400 Mustang to run at NHRA U.S. Nationals
James Watt is smiling down on drag racers. Most people think of lightbulbs when they hear his name, but Watt wasn’t an electricity guy, he was a power guy. A true hot rodder, Watt literally invented the concept of horsepower. His contributions to…
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Mike Green eager to rekindle championship magic with Tony Schumacher

Mike Green is back at Don Schumacher Racing after a stint tuning for sidelined Austin Prock, and will be reunited with his world championship-winning driver Tony Schumcher for six events this season.
24 Aug 2020
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Mike Green
Related: Tony Schumacher: Indy Top Fuel dominator
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Relive Pro Stock's first U.S. Nationals, when Herb McCandless won in a Sox & Martin Hemi Duster

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock, we are reliving the 1970 U.S. Nationals race, and the first Big Go that Pro Stock cars were run. #ProStock50
20 Aug 2020
David Kennedy
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1970 NHRA U.S. Nationals Herb McCandless Pro Stock Hemi Duster
    Every Labor Day weekend since 1961, Lucas Oil Raceway has hosted the NHRA's most important race of the year—the NHRA U.S.Nationals. In this excerpt from the "Mr. 4 Speed" documentary series, currently in production…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. talks Pro Stock, family, and his career on WFO Radio interview

Jeg Coughlin Jr. joined WFO Radio's Joe Castello for a wide-ranging interview about his career, his family, and his decision to step away from full-time Pro Stock drag racing. 
20 Aug 2020
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Jeg Coughlin
Jeg Coughlin Jr. joined WFO Radio's Joe Castello for a wide-ranging interview about his career, his family, and his decision to step away from full-time Pro Stock drag racing.  Coughlin shares family photos from his early days at National…
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Shop Talk: Looking back and looking ahead at the Indy events

NHRA's Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart hosted a live program, talking about what we saw the recent Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals and looking ahead to the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indy.
19 Aug 2020
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Shop Talk
NHRA's Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart hosted a live program, talking about what we saw the recent Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals and looking ahead to the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indy. Previously on NHRA Shop Talk:…
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Think Torrence Racing is just Top Fuel? Think again. They also love sportsman racing

Best known for winning back-to-back Top Fuel titles, the Torrence Racing/Capco Contractors team remains faithful to their sportsman racing roots with their own line of Super Comp and E.T. bracket dragsters.
15 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Long before Billy and Steve Torrence combined to win 43 races and two Mello Yello world championships in Top Fuel, they were die-hard sportsman racers and despite their success, that mentality hasn’t changed. The first two wins of Billy’s career…
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The power of Matt Hagan, and his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Funny Car

In this Dodge Tales from the Strip, the NHRA on Fox’s Brian Lohnes and Tony Pedregon talk about how Matt Hagan has been a dominant force in nitro Funny Car.
14 Aug 2020
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Matt Hagan Dodge Hellcat Redeye Charger Funny Car
Tony Pedregon: When you talk about Matt Hagan, you're talking about one of the marquee drivers. He's always there. He's always amongst the best reacting, quickest drivers…
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