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Weekend Rewind: 2023 Texas NHRA FallNationals

Relive a wild weekend of racing at Texas Motorplex as the NHRA Countdown to the Championship reached race No. 4 at the Texas NHRA FallNationals.
18 Oct 2023
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History in the making: How Erica Enders became the winningest female racer

From an attention-grabbing Jr. Dragster debut and an early career in NHRA Sportsman racing, it’s been a long road to the top for Erica Enders, whose Pro Stock victory at the Texas NHRA FallNationals made her the winningest female racer in all of motorsports.
17 Oct 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Erica Enders
From an attention-grabbing Jr. Dragster debut chronicled in the Disney movie Right On Track and an early career in NHRA Sportsman racing, it’s been a long road to the top for Erica Enders, whose Pro Stock victory at the Texas NHRA…
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Five things we learned at the Texas NHRA FallNationals

The Texas NHRA FallNationals, race four of six in the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, pulled into famed Texas Motorplex with a tankful of hopes and excitement and pulled out four days with a lot more questions than answers. But here’s five things we know.
16 Oct 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Five things we learned at the Texas NHRA FallNationals
  The Texas NHRA FallNationals, race four of six in the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, pulled into famed Texas Motorplex with a tankful of hopes and excitement and pulled out four days with tanks…
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Richards, Creasy teams both vow to rebuild after devastating Friday accident

Friday’s collision between Dale Creasy Jr. and Dave Richards in the first Funny Car qualifying session not only sidelined both teams for the event but put an early end to their seasons, but both of the privateer teams plan to rebuild and return next year.
14 Oct 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Dale Creasy Jr.
Friday’s collision between Dale Creasy Jr. and Dave Richards in the first Funny Car qualifying session not only sidelined both teams for the event but put an early end to their seasons, but both of the privateer teams plan to rebuild and return next…
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Texas FallNationals win would be massive and possibly historic for Erica Enders

14 Oct 2023
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Erica Enders
There’s plenty on the line this weekend as Erica Enders looks to stay in the Pro Stock points lead at the 38th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex, the main event of the legendary track’s Stampede of Speed.   Another win…
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Funny Car points leader Bob Tasca III staying aggressive at Texas FallNationals

Leading the points in the Countdown to the Championship for the first time in his career, Funny Car standout Bob Tasca III and his team don’t plan on changing an approach that sent them into the lead with three races remaining in the season.
13 Oct 2023
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Bob Tasca III
Leading the points in the Countdown to the Championship for the first time in his career, Funny Car standout Bob Tasca III has already enjoyed an incredible season in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.   Heading into this weekend’s…
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Crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia balances Countdown pressure and performance

They've been together a decade, but Pro Stock racer Matt Hartford and crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia have never before seen a year like this. After a stumble in St. Louis, the challenge for the last three races of the Countdown to the Championship will be steep — but they've proven they have the car and experience to climb their way back to the top.
13 Oct 2023
Kelly Wade
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Eddie Guarnaccia
They've been together a decade, but Pro Stock racer Matt Hartford and crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia have never before seen a year like this. After a stumble in St. Louis, the challenge for the last three races of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship…
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Five incredible moments from the history of the Texas NHRA FallNationals

Since 1986, the Texas NHRA FallNationals has been serving up thrills, spills, and chills at Texas Motorple. Here's a look back at five memorable moments from the history of the event.
12 Oct 2023
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Five incredible moments
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Top Fuel's Steve Torrence after Texas-sized playoff win at FallNationals

With three races left during the 2023 season in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, Steve Torrence is still very much alive in the Top Fuel championship chase heading into the final stretch of the Countdown to the Championship.
11 Oct 2023
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Steve Torrence
With three races left during the 2023 season in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, Steve Torrence is still very much alive in the Top Fuel championship chase. The four-time world champion trails Doug Kalitta by just 51 points heading into…
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JEGS Allstars Preview: A closer look at each of the contenders in each class

Every year for the last 38 years, NHRA’s best Sportsman drivers have come together for the annual JEGS Allstars competition. They will compete for more than $125,000 in prize money at the upcoming Texas NHRA FallNationals. Here is a closer look at this year’s contestants.
10 Oct 2023
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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JEGS Allstars
Every year for the last 38 years, NHRA’s best Sportsman drivers have come together for the annual JEGS Allstars competition. They will compete for more than $125,000 in prize money at the upcoming Texas NHRA FallNationals. Here is a closer look at…
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Hagan and team prepare for upcoming battle as Countdown enters second half

With a huge victory at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, Matt Hagan and team are in the thick of the championship battle in Funny Car. Crew chief Dickie Venables discusses what's gone right and his plans for the final three races of the season.
10 Oct 2023
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Matt Hagan
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Leah Pruett and team head into second half of Countdown looking for the lead

With a runner-up at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, Leah Pruett and team head into the second half of the Countdown to the Championship in second place. Crew chief Neal Strausbaugh analyzes the team's progress and plans moving forward.
09 Oct 2023
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Leah Pruett
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The unusual position David Grubnic and Brittany Force find themselves in

Brittany Force's Top Fuel team has a history of engineering NHRA Championships, but the first-round stumble in St. Louis proves that the pressure is on.
09 Oct 2023
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The unusual position David Grubnic and Brittany Force find themselves in
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Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown midpoint recap: Herrera in front, not looking back

Gaige Herrera has done just about everything possible in his first full season in Pro Stock Motorcycle, and that includes leading the points at the midway juncture of the Countdown to the Championship. Here's a look at where the class stands. Final in a series.
06 Oct 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Gaige Herrera
SHINING STAR: Although Matt Smith opened the Countdown to the Championship with a win in Reading to temporarily take the points lead, it’s been all Gaige Herrera since then. After a stunning, tire-spinning second-…
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Gaige Herrera's staggering performance statistics

The competitive level of Pro Stock Motorcycle racing is off the chart in 2023, and the battle for the points championship is driving incredible performances from Vance & Hines.
06 Oct 2023
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Gaige Herrera's staggering performance statistics
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Driven: Doug Kalitta

In this new episode of the feature-length series "Driven," follow Doug Kalitta at the NHRA Midwest Nationals as he competes for his first Top Fuel world championship.
06 Oct 2023
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Driven: Doug Kalitta
 
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Pro Stock Countdown midpoint recap: Old rivals Enders, Anderson mix it up

Longtime rivals Erica Enders and Greg Anderson have been the stars of the Pro Stock show in the Countdown to the Championship so far. Here's a look at how the whole class has fared to date in the playoffs. Third in a series.
05 Oct 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Pro Stock Countdown midpoint recap
SHINING STAR: Although Erica Enders has the points lead, Greg Anderson has been nothing short of spectacular in the last two races, shaking off a first-round loss in the playoff opener in Reading to win in both…
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The spectacular history or racecar brutality in St. Louis

When the intensity of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship season peaks, so does the stress on man and machine. This is the time of the year when maximum efforts are revealed, and when things don't go as planned—the equipment tells the tale!
05 Oct 2023
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A history or racecar brutality in St Louis
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Factory X presented by Holley; What we’ve learned so far

With three offical races in the books, the brand-new Factory X presented by Holley class has already provided a lot of thrills and a few twists and turns.
05 Oct 2023
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Factory X
With three offical races in the books, the brand-new Factory X presented by Holley class has already provided a lot of thrills and a few twists and turns. Admittedly, Factory X presented by Holley has been a long time coming, but so far, it’s…
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Funny Car Countdown midpoint recap: Tasca, Hight, Hagan, Capps duke it out

Halfway through the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, there's a real four-driver dogfight atop the standings. Here's a look at how the playoffs have gone so far in Funny Car. Second in a series.
04 Oct 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Funny Car Countdown midpoint recap
SHINING STAR: Although Bob Tasca III and Robert Hight each own enviable 8-2 win-loss records and each has a win, Tasca’s made the most hay, going from fourth at the Countdown to the Champioship’s onset right into…
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the 2023 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.
04 Oct 2023
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Clay Millican
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Weekend Rewind: NHRA Midwest Nationals

The NHRA Midwest Nationals marked the midpoint of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, crowning winners and upsetting the points standings at World Wide Technology Raceway.
03 Oct 2023
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Top Fuel Countdown midpoint recap: Kalitta in control, Pruett gains ground

The NHRA Midwest Nationals marked the halfway point of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Here's a quick look a how the Top Fuel teams have fared through the first three races. First in a series.
03 Oct 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Doug Kalitta
SHINING STAR: Doug Kalitta entered the playoffs in sixth place and winless for almost three years but caught fire immediately with wins in Reading (the 50th of his career) and Charlotte, all despite having to switch back to last…
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Five things we learned at the NHRA Midwest Nationals

The NHRA Midwest Nationals, the third race in the 2023 Countdown to the Championship playoffs, brought plenty of surprises for all. Here are five takeaways from the St. Louis event – get 'em while they're hot.
02 Oct 2023
Kelly Wade
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Five things St. Louis
The NHRA Midwest Nationals, the third race in the 2023 Countdown to the Championship playoffs, brought plenty of surprises for all. Here are five takeaways from the St. Louis event – get 'em while they're hot. CLAY MILLICAN CAN'T LOSE IN ILLINOIS…
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TJ Zizzo's supercharger-lifting explosion in St. Louis

The NHRA Countdown to the Championship season is merciless and every driver is all-out in every round. Sometimes that's a little too far out!
02 Oct 2023
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TJ Zizzo explosion Top Fuel St Louis
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Greg Anderson aims to continue playoff surge against loaded Pro Stock field

With as quickly as things change in Pro Stock, Greg Anderson knows he can’t get too comfortable with last week’s win in Charlotte, especially with another huge NHRA Countdown to the Championship race taking place at this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals.
28 Sep 2023
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Greg Anderson
With as quickly as things change in Pro Stock, Greg Anderson knows he can’t get too comfortable with last week’s win in Charlotte, especially with another huge NHRA Countdown to the Championship race taking place at this weekend’s 12th annual NHRA…
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Five memorable moments from the history of the NHRA Midwest Nationals

The drama is always there at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, from record-quick and fast runs to domination and wild on-track moments. Here's a look at five of the more memorable moments in the history of the event.
28 Sep 2023
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Five memorable moments from the history of the NHRA Midwest Nationals
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Bob Tasca III in thick of Funny Car title hunt heading to NHRA Midwest Nationals

Funny Car’s Bob Tasca III has made a strong impression over the first two races of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs and looks to close out the first half of the Countdown in style this weekend in St. Louis.
27 Sep 2023
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Bob Tasca III
The opening stretch of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship features three straight weeks of racing, capped off by this weekend’s 12th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway.   It’s an intense span of races and can…
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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.
27 Sep 2023
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Greg Anderson
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Tasca team sits second in points, eyeing first place as Countdown intensity grows

With his victory at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, his third score of the season, Bob Tasca III jumped to second in Funny Car points. Crew chief Aaron Brooks talks about what it's taken to get this far and what they'll need in the future.
27 Sep 2023
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Bob Tasca III
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