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Electrifying new eCOPO Camaro will make exhibition runs in Pomona

After a successful test, the fully electric eCOPO Camaro of Division 6 racers Jeff Lane and Patrick McCue will make exhibition runs during the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by Protect TheHarvest.com.
05 Feb 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Fans who attend the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals will get a glimpse of drag racing’s future, although they might not be able to hear it. The eCOPO Camaro, an electric drag racing car that represents the cutting edge of alternative fuel and…
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Speed Academy: Analyzing the crew chief changes

In this episode of Speed Academy, NHRA's Lewis Bloom and Hall of Fame crew chief Lee Beard discuss the offseason crew chief changes in the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.
05 Feb 2019
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Austin Prock to debut at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Austin Prock, son of tuner Jimmy Prock, will make professional debut at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona
05 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Austin Prock
Austin Prock will make his professional debut in Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals on Friday. The son of legendary tuner Jimmy Prock obtained his Top Fuel license during preseason testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix…
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Matt Smith secures primary sponsorship with Denso Spark Plugs

2018 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith will banner Denso Spark Plugs alongside Angie Smith in 2019.
05 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Matt Smith
Defending NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith secured primary sponsorship for the 2019 season with Denso Spark Plugs. The brand already partnered with veteran rider and Smith’s wife Angie in 2018.  “It’s big for…
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Steve Torrence plans to pick up where he left off at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

The last time Steve Torrence was at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, he was wrapping up an unprecedented run to his first world title. He hopes to keep winning when the Winternationals kick off Thursday.
05 Feb 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Steve Torrence
The last time Steve Torrence was at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, he was wrapping up an unprecedented run to his first world title. The Top Fuel star finished off his history-making run in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the…
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NHRA launches new online video and live streaming service

NHRA fans will experience the thrill of live drag racing action on a new platform for the 2019 season as the service formerly known as “NHRA All Access” is shifting gears to become NHRA.TV.
04 Feb 2019
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NHRA fans will experience the thrill of live drag racing action on a new platform for the 2019 season. The service formerly known as “NHRA All Access” is shifting gears to become NHRA.tv. Current NHRA All Access subscribers will be automatically…
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Cromwell named to NHRA Board of Directors

NHRA President Glen Cromwell has been elected to the NHRA Board of Directors, announced NHRA Chairman of the Board Dallas Gardner. 
04 Feb 2019
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Glen Cromwell
NHRA President Glen Cromwell has been elected to the NHRA Board of Directors, announced NHRA Chairman of the Board Dallas Gardner.  Cromwell joined NHRA in 1997 and became president at the start of 2018. He rose through the ranks from his…
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Are you ready for some speed? NHRA season set for kickoff in Pomona

Football season may have come to an end but another exciting season of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing is ready for kickoff, launching with a 10,000-horsepower blast of nitro-fueled fury at the 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
03 Feb 2019
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Football season may have come to an end but another exciting season of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing is ready for kickoff, launching with a 10,000-horsepower blast of nitro-fueled fury at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona with the 59th annual Lucas Oil…
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Five things we learned from NHRA preseason testing

We learned a lot at the annual preseason test session in Phoenix. Here are five of them, with some burnouts and runs to satiate your appetite, too.
03 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Happy Super Bowl Sunday. Let's talk some NHRA Drag Racing. I know you have a lot to do today, so I'll keep it brief. Let's talk about the five biggest takeaways from NHRA preseason testing and how they will affect teams as we head towards the Lucas…
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Drama, tension ramp up as Kall Out Kings Pomona gasser battle looms

As the date of their gasser showdown at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals looms, Hoonigan's Jon Chase and RoadKill's Mike Finnegan are hard at work.
03 Feb 2019
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Kall Out Kings
As the date of their gasser showdown at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals looms, Hoonigan's Jon Chase and RoadKill's Mike Finnegan are hard at work. For Chase, that meant an education in NHRA tech and licensing procedures and a drama-filled…
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NHRA preseason testing Saturday recap: Brittany Force and John Force wrap up testing with their best runs

Brittany Force and John Force made their best runs of testing as they leave Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park with some extra pep in their step.
02 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Brittany Force and new crew chief David Grubnic can leave Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and NHRA preseason testing with a little extra confidence after making the best pass of Top Fuel Saturday. The best time of the weekend still belongs to Steve…
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NHRA preseason testing Saturday gallery: Cruz Pedregon straps into a Dodge Charger and more

Jonnie Lindberg shows off the eye of the tiger and Brian Corradi takes over John Force's Funny Car as our testing coverage concludes at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
02 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Jonnie Lindberg
Teams will continue to test in small quantities at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just outside of Phoenix, but Saturday marks the end of NHRA National Dragster's coverage of the annual NHRA preseason test session. Teams continued to learn by…
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Benham, Stephenson, Hairrington lead winners at RPM Winter Warm-Up

Scott Benham, Marion Stephenson, and Jeff Hairrington led the list of winners as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division kicked off at Orlando Speed World Dragway for the Winter Warm-Up.
02 Feb 2019
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Preview | Friday  The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division Winter Warm-Up: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR…
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Del Worsham takes opportunity to reinvent himself (again)

After winning as a driver in both Funny Car in Top Fuel, Del Worsham is ready to win as a crew chief
02 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Del Worsham
Del Worsham does not fear reinvention. He joined Kalitta Motorsports in 2013 to race Funny Car and became a champion in a second class, one of a select few to win titles in both Nitro categories. He left the organization to race with his dad in 2017…
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Antron Brown plans to exit rebuild swinging

Three-time champion Antron Brown keeps head up after down year
02 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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“Anybody who doesn’t think LeBron James is the G.O.A.T… come on man,” Antron Brown said, referencing his other favorite sport.  If Brown loves one thing more than drag racing, it’s talking. Always good-natured, always as fast as his Matco…
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Jordan Vandergriff doesn’t want to waste his opportunity

The Top Fuel rookie knows he has a rare chance and he doesn’t plan on spoiling it.
02 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Jordan Vandergriff
“Did you see that run,” asked Jordan Vandergriff, pointing at a timeslip that read 3.738 seconds at 325.14 mph. Career best?   “Oh yeah, by a ton,” he replied, in a tone suggesting the excitement that probably should come from someone just…
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NHRA preseason testing Friday recap: Mike Salinas, Robert Hight dominate in perfect conditions

Mike Salinas shows he’s a force to be reckoned with while Robert Hight continues great test
01 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas led Top Fuel with a 3.747 at 296.24, further proving the strength of the Scrappers Racing team entering the 2019 season. Coming off the back of a 3.747 on Thursday, Salinas picked up nearly .05 second Friday to solidify his…
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NHRA preseason testing Friday gallery: Angelle Sampey dons Harley-Davidson leathers and more

Angelle Sampey in blingy Harley-Davidson leathers? You got it. David Grubnic and his new driver sharing a moment? Find it here. Just want some cool photos? Why haven't you opened our Friday gallery yet?
01 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Richie Crampton
The second day of testing offered plenty of solid runs, one of which came from 2017 Funny Car world champion Robert Hight. He's not featured here, but his teammate and fellow 2017 champion Brittany Force is. Another thing these photos have in common…
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Dave Connolly joins KB Racing Pro Stock team

A year after winning the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock title with Tanner Gray, Dave Connolly will now turn wrenches for the KB Racing Pro Stock team.
01 Feb 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Dave Connolly, one of the most sought-after free agents in the crew member market, has landed a new home with Ken Black Racing. The multi-talented driver and tuner, who most recently guided Tanner Gray to the 2018 Mello Yello Pro Stock championship…
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There will be no excuses for Mike Salinas in 2019

With Alan Johnson’s full support, Mike Salinas knows this is his time to shine
01 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Mike Salinas
Coming up with titles remains incredibly difficult … unless you’re part of a race team. Those people can’t help but name everything, including seasons. This is the season of no excuses for Mike Salinas, who returns for his second full-time…
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New cars highlight NHRA preseason testing in Phoenix

Bob Tasca III showed off his brand-new Ford Mustang and Cruz Pedregon will debut his Dodge Charger//SRT Hellcat at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
01 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Bob Tasca III had no complaints about his Ford Mustang Funny Car, as to be expected from a man as synonymous with Ford as you will find in NHRA Drag Racing. He made two passes in his new car on Thursday, the best of which came out at 4.011. The…
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Dodge//SRT, Mopar add NHRA national event title sponsorships at Houston and Las Vegas races

Dodge//SRT and Mopar, in partnership with Pennzoil, will pump up their participation in the NHRA, doubling their number of event title sponsorships for the 2019 season.  Mopar will claim headline sponsor duties at the NHRA tour stop in Houston, and Dodge//SRT will take title rights for the fall NHRA Las Vegas race.
01 Feb 2019
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Dodge//SRT and Mopar, in partnership with Pennzoil, will pump up their participation in the NHRA, doubling their number of event title sponsorships for the 2019 season.  Mopar will claim headline sponsor duties at the NHRA tour stop in Houston…
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NHRA preseason testing Thursday recap: Defending champs go low, Robert Hight makes strong pass

Steve Torrence and J.R. Todd made the best runs in Top Fuel and Funny Car, while 2017 Funny Car champ Robert Hight shot to No. 2 in his category.
31 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Robert Hight
The first pass of the day ended as the quickest. Steve Torrence ran a 3.689 to start Thursday at NHRA preseason testing and that stood as the quickest in Top Fuel. The 2018 Top Fuel champion concluded his testing with a series of quick runs,…
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Phoenix preseason test Thursday gallery: Defending champs go quick, teams shake off the rust

Steve Torrence unleashed one heck of a run to open the day, and things didn't slow down much from there as J.R. Todd also impressed in his DHL Toyota Camry.
31 Jan 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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J.R. Todd
Did you think the Capco Contractors team led by driver Steve Torrence would slow down in 2019? Neither did the rest of us. If you're more of the Funny Car persuasion, don't worry, the Yella Fellas and driver J.R. Todd held their own just fine during…
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Winning is all the motivation Steve Torrence needs

Defending champ Steve Torrence shows up to testing knowing he has every opportunity to repeat in 2019
31 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence didn’t think about racing much during the offseason. He worked too hard. The business boom at Capco Contractors is the dictionary definition of a good problem to have. Even at preseason testing, Torrence’s iPhone goes off like a…
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How to follow 2019 NHRA preseason testing as cars hit the track

The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is nearly upon us. Cars are burning nitro at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix -- here's how you can stay up to date.
31 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Steve Torrence
Welcome back. Want to stay in the groove while drivers and crew chiefs get back in the swing of things? You've come to the right place. We'll be covering preseason testing from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix on NHRA.com and on a variety…
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Worsham sets new Qatar speed record in Funny Car exhibition

Former NHRA Funny Car champ Del Worsham made the first 300-mph pass in Qatar on a exhibition run there, reaching 305 mph in his Toyota Camry. NHRA's Alan Reinhart was there and talked to Worsham about his trip overseas.
31 Jan 2019
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Who's at NHRA preseason testing (and who isn't)?

We call roll at preseason testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just outside of Phoenix ahead of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
31 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Tim Wilkerson
The biggest preseason test of the year is underway, but there are some big names noticeably absent: And most of them hail from Don Schumacher Racing. Leah Pritchett, Tony Schumacher, Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. will make their…
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Prudhomme completes legendary lineup for “Unfinished Business” competition

Funny Car icon Don "the Snake" Prudhomme has been announced as the final NHRA legend who will compete in NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” event during the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
31 Jan 2019
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Unfinished Business
Funny Car icon Don "the Snake" Prudhomme completes the legendary lineup of heroes who will compete in NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” event during the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Prudhomme joins NHRA nitro heroes "Big…
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New faces in new places will make 2019 an interesting year

There will be some new faces, like Jordan Vandergriff, on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as well as some familiar faces in new places, like Shawn Reed, as the season rolls along. Here's a quick look at what's in store.
30 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Jordan Vandergriff
There will be some new faces on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour as well as some familiar faces in new places as the season rolls along. The Top Fuel class will benefit from the graduation of a number of drivers from the Top Alcohol…
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