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Let the champagne flow: Pit-area champ celebrations put a capper on season

In lieu of a traditional Awards Ceremony that was not possible this year, NHRA provided the 2020 Camping World NHRA world champion teams with celebratory champagne, championship masks, t-shirts, and all of the makings for a lockerroom-style celebration.
01 Nov 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Championship celebrations 18
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Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Bob Johnson were all over The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to cover the action from Sunday of the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil.
01 Nov 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Mike Gordon provides encouragment for the new champ 48
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Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil Saturday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Bob Johnson were all over The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to cover the action from Saturday of the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil.
31 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Bryan Worner was crowned the 2020 Lucas Oil Series Super Stock world champ 48
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz was all over Houston Raceway Park on Sunday to capture the images that will help define the wild Mopar Express NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil.
25 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Leah Pruett 47
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Saturday photo gallery

Saturday from the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Springnationals presented by Pennzoil, as brought to you through the lens of National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz.
24 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Eric Lane moment of silence prior to Q1 of Funny Car 47
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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday Gallery

Our hard working National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Randy Anderson captured all the color and excitement of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Here are some of their best images in our Sunday gallery.
18 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Oliver, the famous Watusi bull 41
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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Saturday Gallery

Our NHRA.com photographers captured many of the highlights from a dramatic day at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Here are some of our favorite images from the Texas Motorplex.
17 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage, Gallery
Welcome to the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series 42
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals Sunday photo gallery

Shooting this weekend for National Dragster, Marc Gewertz captured the action on and off the track Sunday at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by OPennzoil at World Wide Technology Raceway.
05 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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First Responder salute 53
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals Saturday gallery

Shooting this weekend for National Dragster, Marc Gewertz captured the action on and off the track Saturday at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by OPennzoil at World Wide Technology Raceway.
03 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Leah Pruett's Mopar team readies for battle 33
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday Photo Gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was all over Gainesville Raceway Sunday as the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals raced to its conclusion.
27 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Terry McMillen 50
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Saturday Photo Gallery

Six months after the pandemic shutdown, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing returned to Gainesville Raceway for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, and NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was there to chronicle Saturday's action.
26 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Chris Roe, Top Dragster, is part of the field as racing resumed in Gainesville after a six-month break 49
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Pro Mod racer Steve Matusek on his Indy crash and the ProCharger car he’ll race at the Gatornationals

Forty-five minutes after his crash at the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, Steve Matusek had a plan in place to drive a familiar car at the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Hear the whole story in this Skype interview with Brian Lohnes.
24 Sep 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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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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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Marc Gewertz captured all the magic moments from an action-packed final day of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
06 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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An early start to raceday 44
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals Saturday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Marc Gewertz captured all the magic moments from an action-packed Saturday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
05 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Justin Lamb 58
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals Friday photo gallery

NHRA photographers Jerry Foss and Marc Gewertz captured all the magic moments from an action-packed Friday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
04 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Hot Rod Junction 46
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Funny Cars of the 1970s

The Funny Car class was born in the late 1960s and surged to popularity in the 1970s. Offering not just wild, tire-smoking action but also a variety of body styles cloaked in colorful paint jobs and memorable names, they quickly became fan favorites from coast to coast. 
12 Aug 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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When it comes to showmen, few were better or more loved than 'Jungle Jim' Liberman, whose wild driving antics and legions of fans made him a household name among drag racing fans in the late 1960s and 1970s before his passing in a highway accident in 1977. 16
The Funny Car class was born in the late 1960s and surged to popularity in the 1970s. Offering not just wild, tire-smoking action but also a variety of body styles cloaked in colorful paint jobs and memorable names, they quickly became fan favorites…
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Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was in action on and off the track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to capture highlights of the final day of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
09 Aug 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Reigning Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence was one of the stars of the fifth race of the 2020 NHRA season 47
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Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Saturday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was in action on and off the track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to capture highlights of the opening day of qualifying for the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
08 Aug 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Alexis DeJoria 48
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Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was in action on and off the track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to capture highlights of final eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals.
19 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Bob Tasca III made a triumphant return to racing after recovering from COVID-19 44
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Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals Saturday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was in action on and off the track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to capture highlights of the opening day of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals.
18 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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NHRA's nitro teams returned to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the second straight weekend 77
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E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss has been busy all around Lucas Oil Raceway, capturing the sights of NHRA's Return to Racing at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
12 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Top Fuel winner Billy Torrence 48
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E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals Saturday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss has been busy all around Lucas Oil Raceway, capturing the sights of NHRA's Return to Racing at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
11 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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The pit area at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis was jammed with teams for NHRA's Return to Racing event 70
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Every Launch. Every Time Slip. Every Track. #EveryRoundCounts

The 2020 season of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series launches again with two rounds of qualifying and four rounds of eliminations at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
10 Jul 2020
David Kennedy
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It’s been 139 days since the final rounds of racing at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. It feels like a lifetime ago. But in a…
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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman, a recap of drag racing: 1950-1959

Jack Beckman used the break in racing action to offer a master's class on drag racing's early years: 1950-1959. These TED-talk-like lectures will continue to cover the early-’60s, but for those who may have missed them we present them in one easy to find location.
08 Jul 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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In the early days of drag racing there were lots of cars, lots of would-be racers, and lots of open land. The one thing in short supply was the structure needed to bring early hot rodders together to turn them into drag racers. Wally Parks, and his…
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Focus On: Wheelstands

There are few sights more thrilling than a drag racing car hooking up hard enough to lift the front tires off the ground as the car appears to fly off of the starting line, but sometimes too much of a good thing can lead to some wheelie big problems.
02 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Second-generation Aussie nitro pilot Andrew Cowin showed the power and fury of a Top Fuel dragster by simultaneously wheelstanding and smoking the rear tires on this launch at the 1999 Phoenix event. 16
There are few sights more thrilling than a drag racing car hooking up hard enough to lift the front tires off the ground as the car appears to fly off of the starting line. Wheelstands put 100 percent of the vehicle’s weight on the rear tires for…
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The thrill of victory

The thrill of victory is like no other in motorsports, and NHRA Drag Racers can’t wait to get back to experiencing that winning feeling this summer. Here’s a look back at great NHRA victory celebrations over the decades from the NHRA National Dragster archives.
28 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Few drivers enjoy a victory as much as 64-time winner Ron Capps, who’s always happy to share a celebratory Mello Yello with his pal Wally. 22
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Kenny Bernstein: The King of Speed

If all he ever did was become the first NHRA driver to exceed 300 mph in NHRA competition, Kenny Bernstein's name would forever be etched in the record books, but he accomplished so much more than that. Here's a photographic look at his career with images from the NHRA National Dragster library.
17 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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A salute to Kenny Bernstein: NHRA Drag Racing's "King of Speed" 50
If all he ever did was become the first NHRA driver to exceed 300 mph in NHRA competition, Kenny Bernstein's name would forever be etched in the record books, but the Texas native accomplished so much more than that, winning six championships --…
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Focus on: Race car names

What’s in a name? While the flanks of today’s race cars are more likely to be emblazoned with the logo of a sponsor or the name of the team, car names back in the 1960s and ‘70s were the calling cards and public faces for many operations. Here's a gallery of some of the more colorful from the National Dragster archives.
13 May 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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The Hoover family out of Minnesota started in Top Fuel but later fielded some of the prettiest Funny Cars of the late 1970s and early 1980s, emblazoned with the Showtime moniker of its sides. Tom Hoover and his octogenarian father/crew chief George won a slew of NHRA national event titles. 18
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Tech Specs: Inside Chevy’s NHRA Pro Stock engine—The 500-cid DRCE

Shrouded in secrecy, Chevrolet’s Pro Stock Drag Race Competition Engine (DRCE) evolved the big-block Chevy into a 1,400-hp, 10,000-rpm, naturally aspirated motorsport weapon one race weekend at a time.
09 May 2020
David Kennedy
Gallery, Racing Technology
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Tracing its roots to the Chevy Mark IV Rat Motor, the Chevrolet Performance Drag Racing Competition Engine (DRCE) delivers more than 1,400 electronically fuel-injected horsepower to a pair of Goodyears for a 6-second ride down the quarter-mile in an…
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Happy birthday, John Force

Drag racing's winningest driver, John Force, is celebrating his birthday today, and we're celebrating right along with him with the gallery of candid Force photos. The 16-time champ is never thrilled to be reminded of his age, so we'll just celebrate it with these 71 images.
04 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Celebrating 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force 71
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