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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Flashback Friday: Rewatch the 2019 Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals

We're throwing it back to the 2019 Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals broadcast, featuring Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock Motorcycle racing. Watch the entire Sunday broadcast—right now.
01 May 2020
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Photo feature: A focus on Burnouts

It doesn’t matter which class you run, there’s a very strong bet that a tire-warming burnout is part of your pre-run ritual. While there’s a definite performance-related benefit to the smokey spectacular, it’s also become an integral part of the drag racing show.
21 Apr 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Two of Funny Car's finest, John Force and Kenny Bernstein, put on a show for the fans at the 1987 Southern Nationals 18
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WATCH! 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil—See the highlights and bonus photos

It was all about nitro racing at the 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil. Relive the race highlights in the video link below.
20 Apr 2020
David Kennedy
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The 32 second running of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil brought with it the perfect conditions for nitro racing. John Force and Brittany Force came into race day as the number one qualifiers in Funny Car and Top…
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GALLERY: Top Fuel legend Eddie Hill

He was known by many names, from "The Texan" to "The Thrill," but it's certainly easier to just call Eddie Hill (and his wife, Ercie) one of the most popular racers of the 1990s.
13 Apr 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Eddie and Ercie Hill were two of the most popular racers throughout the 1990s 26
He was known by name names, from "The Texan" to "The Thrill," but it's certainly easier to just call Eddie Hill one of the most popular drivers of the 1990s. With his wife, Ercie, red-bearded crew chief Terry "Fuzzy" Carter, and a menagerie of…
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GALLERY: Stockers are way cool

The NHRA Stock Eliminator class features the greatest collection of classic and modern muscle cars in the world. Today's gallery features some of our current favorites.
01 Apr 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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John Gray (A/SA '69 Camaro) 52
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GALLERY: Check out these iconic Funny Cars from the 1960s

Take a look back at some of the Funny Cars that entrenched the class as one of the most popular in NHRA Drag Racing.
30 Mar 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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The famed "Chi-Town Hustler" 17
The Chi-Town Hustler, "Jungle Jim" Liberman and Butch Leal all brought out incredible Funny Cars in the 1960s and are on full display in this gallery, featuring many of the floppers that got the fledgling category off the ground. You can also see…
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Racer Scrapbook: Frank Manzo

During an amazing driving career that lasted nearly four decades, Frank Manzo earned more NHRA Wally trophies than anyone including 17 world championships and 105 national event wins. Stepping out of the drivers seat nearly a decade ago, he's currently the crew chief for the Al-Anabi Pro Mod car driven by Mike Castellana. Here is a look back at some of his most memorable moments.
27 Mar 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Watch Tony Schumacher make history with his legendary run at the 2006 Auto Club NHRA Finals—Video and Photo Gallery!

Watch the 2006 Auto Club NHRA Finals broadcast, highlighted by “The Run” and one of the great Funny Car races between John Force and Jack Beckman.
25 Mar 2020
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Also seen in this race: John Force and Jack Beckman in the Funny Car final, the Ken Black Pro Stock cars battle each other for the Wally,  and Craig Treble wins in Pro Stock Motorcycle. See the full classic broadcast here.…
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Never Before Seen Photos of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals: 1962-1970

The NHRA National Dragster photo archive is one of the preeminent collections of motorsport and hot rod photos in the world. Born from the vision of Wally Parks, it’s been curated by the NHRA’s in-house Photo Department and used to create every single issue of National Dragster for the last 60 years.
24 Mar 2020
David Kennedy
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During our pause in racing action we’ll be sharing this drag racing treasure trove with you and publishing-never-before-seen photos from our vault. The NHRA has built us the tools, and we’ve been given the opportunity—it’s time we shared this with…
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Racer Scrapbook: Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor has won four world championships and 48 NHRA national events as a driver and countless more as an engine builder and crew chief. Here's a look back at some of his most memorable cars and moments.
24 Mar 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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GALLERY: See photos of NHRA Top Fuel champ Shirley Muldowney through the years

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Shirley Muldowney, a pioneering trailblazer for women in motorsports, had a remarkable career behind the wheel and continues to be part of the NHRA family with appearances. Here's a photographic look back at some of the cars and moments of her career.
24 Mar 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champ Shirley Muldowney 31
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GALLERY: See photos of Funny Car world champion Ron Capps through the years

Take a trip down memory lane with these historic photos of 2016 Funny Car world champion Ron Capps' career, going all the way back to the 1990s.
20 Mar 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Ron Capps began burning nitro in a Top Fuel dragster and has been racing, mostly in Funny Car, for more than 20 years. That's a lot of passes down the drag strip and we've got photos of the Californian going back to the beginning to share with you.…
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See the cars of the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown in this photo gallery

SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown returns for the 2020 season at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and the NHRA National Dragster photographers have the photos you need to get you ready for the new campaign.
05 Mar 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford return to the drag strip to battle for supremacy in the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown beginning with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The three American motorsports powerhouses bring the Camaro, Challenger and…
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NHRA Arizona Nationals Sunday gallery

Check out photos from NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz from the final day of racing at the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix.
23 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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NHRA Arizona Nationals
We've got incredible photos from the final day of the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, including images from the winner's celebrations and cars traversing the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park drag strip that you've got to see.…
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