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Houston Raceway Park rebranded through multi-year relationship with Pennzoil

Houston Raceway Park, home of the NHRA SpringNationals, has signed a new multi-year relationship that changes the name of the 30-year-old facility to Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil.
14 Jan 2019
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Houston
Houston Raceway Park, home of the NHRA SpringNationals, has signed a new multi-year relationship that changes the name of the 30-year-old facility to Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil. "Today’s announcement with Pennzoil marks…
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Pedregon will switch to Dodge Charger bodies in bid for third championship

Two-time NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon will make the switch to Dodge Charger bodies for the 2019 season. Indy bureau chief John Kernan reports from Brownsburg, Ind.
11 Jan 2019
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2019 season will be ‘business as usual’ at Brainerd, despite loss of one of its owners

Restating its commitment to motorsports despite losing one of its owners recently, Brainerd International Raceway is moving forward with the 2019 racing season, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August. 
11 Jan 2019
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Brainerd
Restating its commitment to motorsports despite losing one of its owners recently, Brainerd International Raceway is moving forward with the 2019 racing season, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August.    Owner Kristi…
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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent assumes title sponsorship of Phoenix national event

NHRA officials have announced that Magic Dry Organic Absorbent will be the title sponsor of the second race of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals will take place Feb. 22-24 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix.
09 Jan 2019
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Phoenix
NHRA officials have announced that Magic Dry Organic Absorbent will be the title sponsor of the second race of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals will take place Feb. 22-24 at Wild…
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Brogdon becomes newest member of Elite Pro Stock team

Veteran Rodger Brogdon will team with Erica Enders, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Alex Laughlin for a run at 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship.
07 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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During last year’s NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, Rodger Brogdon returned to the Pro Stock class after two years on the sidelines and enjoyed the experience so much that he’s announced a full-season program for 2019. Brogdon, a six…
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Paton Racing, driver Reed part ways, but both will compete in 2019

Paton Racing and driver Shawn Reed have amicably parted company and will not be racing together in 2019, though both parties plan on competing in Top Fuel this season.
07 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Shawn Reed
Paton Racing and driver Shawn Reed have amicably parted company and will not be racing together in 2019, though both parties plan on competing in Top Fuel this season. “Shawn explained that he wanted to pursue other opportunities and I support…
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Steamfitters Local 602 partners with Kelly Clontz Racing for 2019 season

Kelly Clontz and crew chief and husband Chris will banner Steamfitters Local 602 as the primary sponsor on their Pro Stock Motorcycle as they head into their sophomore year of racing a full schedule in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
07 Jan 2019
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Kelly Clontz
Kelly Clontz and crew chief and husband Chris will banner Steamfitters Local 602 as the primary sponsor on their Pro Stock Motorcycle as they head into their sophomore year of racing a full schedule in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.…
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Husen to take over tuning duties for Salinas' Scrappers Racing Top Fuel team

World championship crew chief Brian Husen will take over the tuning duties on Mike Salinas’ Scrappers Racing Top Fueler in 2019 with Alan Johnson continuing his role with the team as tuning advisor.
06 Jan 2019
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Mike Salinas
World championship crew chief Brian Husen will take over the tuning duties on Mike Salinas’ Scrappers Racing Top Fueler in 2019 with Alan Johnson continuing his role with the team as tuning advisor. Husen and Johnson, whose partnership goes back…
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New all-concrete racing surface being poured at Gainesville Raceway

Construction continues at Gainesville Raceway ahead of this year’s blockbuster 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with the pouring of concrete that will provide what historically has been one of the best racetracks in the country with an all-concrete racing surface that will only enhance its reputation.
04 Jan 2019
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Gainesville
Construction continues at Gainesville Raceway ahead of this year’s blockbuster 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with the pouring of concrete that will provide what historically has been one of the best racetracks in the country with…
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Pro Stock Motorcycle shocker: Angelle Sampey joins Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team

An alliance few thought possible is now a reality as three-time world champion Angelle Sampey agreed to a four-race trial with the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team.
04 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Three-time world champion Angelle Sampey will join the Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle for the opening four rounds of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series as a showcase rider, competing alongside team…
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NHRA Jr. Dragster conference finals return to Bristol Dragway, Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in 2019

The two premier events for the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League, the wildly popular series for young NHRA racers will return to familiar surroundings for the 2019 season.
03 Jan 2019
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Bristol
The two premier events for the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League, the wildly popular series for young NHRA racers will return to familiar surroundings for the 2019 season. The Western Conference Finals will take place at Osage Tulsa Raceway…
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NHRA in 30 episodes to air on FOX networks in January and February

Throughout January and early February, NHRA will be featured on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 in a series of original NHRA in 30 shows including MY Journey, They Walked Away, and more.
02 Jan 2019
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MY Journey
Throughout January and early February, NHRA will be featured on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 in a series of original NHRA in 30 shows including MY Journey, They Walked Away, and more. NHRA in 30 Air Dates (all times Eastern…
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Scott Palmer to drive Magic Dry Top Fuel dragster in 2019

Tommy Thompson Motorsports has extended its contract with Top Fuel driver Scott Palmer, who will fly the colors of Thompson's Magic Dry product line in 2019.
02 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Scott Palmer
Scott Palmer will no longer sport CatSpot Kitty Litter as the primary sponsor on his Top Fuel dragster, but the Missouri native will continue to drive for friend and main funder Tommy Thompson under his Magic Dry flag in 2019, a sponsor that should…
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Milestones and firsts to look forward to during the 2019 season

The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season launches in just about a month at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, and there are a lot of milestones and firsts that could be reached this season. Here’s a look at nine possible/probable moments to look forward to.
02 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season launches in just about a month at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, and there are a lot of milestones and firsts that could be reached this season. Here’s a look at nine possible/…
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Happy New Year 2019

The staff of the NHRA wishes a Happy New Year to its members, fans, racers, sponsors, member track operators, and everyone else who helps make the world of NHRA Drag Racing a wondrous place.
01 Jan 2019
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Champion recap: Torrence caps first Top Fuel title with historic Countdown sweep

How ‘bout them Capco boys? That was a refrain that NHRA fans heard a lot in 2018 from the lips and heart of the eventual Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence over the course of a glorious 11-win season that culminated in an historic six-race sweep of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
29 Dec 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
How ‘bout them Capco boys? That was a refrain that NHRA fans heard a lot in 2018 from the lips and heart of the eventual Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence over the course of a glorious 11-win season that culminated in an historic six-race sweep of…
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Champion recap: J.R. Todd’s first Funny Car title won’t be his last

J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry team took down an incredible Funny Car class to assert himself as one of the best in the business.
28 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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J.R. Todd
If there’s a surprise about J.R. Todd’s first championship, it’s that it came in a short-wheelbase car. When the Indiana-born racer first made waves in NHRA Drag Racing, it was inside of a Top Fuel dragster. The 2018 Funny Car champion reached the…
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Champion recap: Tanner Gray left behind an indelible impression

27 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Tanner Gray
The two youngest NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions share a commonality: They owe a lot to their family. Tanner Gray says as much as often as someone will listen. The support of his parents, Shane and Amber, and his grandfather, Jonny,…
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Champion recap: Smith claims dramatic winner-take-all final to clinch third PSM title

Matt Smith’s third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, much like his first, was won in the most dramatic fashion possible with a winner-take-all final round at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
26 Dec 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Matt Smith
Matt Smith’s third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, much like his first, was won in the most dramatic fashion possible with a winner-take-all final round at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.…
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Happy Holidays from NHRA

The staff of the NHRA wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to its members, fans, racers, sponsors, member track operators, and everyone else who helps make the world of NHRA Drag Racing a wondrous place.
25 Dec 2018
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How Blake Alexander became one of Top Fuel's hottest stars

One thing has stayed consistent for Blake Alexander as he has gone from Funny Car rookie to nearly losing his ride to two-time Top Fuel winner in 2018: Hustle.
24 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Blake Alexander
This feature originally appeared in Issue 16 of NHRA National Dragster and appears below in its original form.  What you know about Blake…
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Wide Rides 2018

The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season was packed with explosive action and hair-raising moments. Take a look back at some of those wild rides here and get ready for They Walked Away 2018 with hosts Lewis Bloom and Jack Beckman, which begins airing in mid-January on the FOX Sports networks.
24 Dec 2018
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Blake Alexander out at Bob Vandergriff Racing

Two-time winner in 2018 Blake Alexander moving to new team in 2019
23 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Blake Alexander
Blake Alexander will not race with Bob Vandergriff Racing in 2019. The 30-year-old Top Fuel racer joined the team in 2018 and immediately found success by winning twice in the Pronto Auto Services dragster.  Jordan Vandergriff, Bob…
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MY Journey features to air on special NHRA in 30 shows

Beginning on Dec. 26, FOX Sports will be broadcasting a series of special half-hour NHRA in 30 shows leading up to the start of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, starting with the MY Journey series. The first show airs Dec. 26.
20 Dec 2018
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MY Journey
FOX Sports will be broadcasting a series of special half-hour NHRA in 30 shows leading up to the start of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, beginning with the MY Journey series, which chronicled the ups and downs of the lives…
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Don Schumacher Racing, NAPA Auto Parts announce multi-year extension

Don Schumacher Racing has announced that longtime partner NAPA Auto Parts has extended its marketing relationship with the team through a multi-year agreement, beginning in 2019.
19 Dec 2018
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Ron Capps
Don Schumacher Racing has announced that longtime partner NAPA Auto Parts has extended its marketing relationship with the team through a multi-year agreement, beginning in 2019.   “We’ve enjoyed an 11-year partnership with NAPA and are…
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International Drag Racing Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2019 honorees

The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, home of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, has announced the Class of 2019 honorees to the Hall of Fame as well as the recipients of the Founder’s Award and the Patricia Garlits Memorial Award.
18 Dec 2018
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Hall of Fame
The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, home of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, has announced the Class of 2019 honorees to the Hall of Fame. This select group includes a trio of top regional Top Fuel teams which contributed to the growth…
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NHRA National Dragster Interview: Graham Light, a lifetime of service to drag racing

Graham Light, NHRA’s senior vice president, racing operations, will retire at the end of the year, leaving behind a 34-year legacy that touched all aspects of NHRA competition. In this interview from NHRA National Dragster magazine, Light talks about this time in the sport and his tenure at NHRA.
18 Dec 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Graham Light
Graham Light, NHRA’s senior vice president, racing operations, will retire at the end of the year, leaving behind a 34-year legacy that touched all aspects of NHRA competition.  The Edmonton, Alta., native got his start in…
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B.R.A.K.E.S. program teaches teen safe-driving skills at Pomona racetrack

B.R.A.K.E.S., the teen safe-driving organization founded by Doug Herbert in the wake of the loss of his sons in a traffic accident, came to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Dec. 16 to teach teens advanced driving skill that will make them statistically safer on the roads.
17 Dec 2018
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B.R.A.K.E.S., the teen safe-driving program founded by Doug Herbert in the wake of the loss of his sons in a traffic accident, came to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Dec. 16 to teach teens advanced driving skill that will make them statistically safer…
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Krista Baldwin acquires Nitro University A/Fuel Dragster team

Krista Baldwin has acquired the Nitro University A/Fuel dragster team for the 2019 season and plans to compete at five races in her ownership debut.
17 Dec 2018
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Krista Baldwin
Krista Baldwin has acquired the Nitro University A/Fuel dragster team for the 2019 season. Baldwin has been the driver for the team since 2016. She plans to compete at five races in her ownership debut. Former owner Anthony Dicero has accepted a…
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Elite Motorsports, Modern Racing add tuner Tecklenburg

17 Dec 2018
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Elite Motorsports and Modern Racing have announced the addition of record-setting tuner and engine management expert Shane Tecklenburg to the braintrust led by Modern Racing’s Justin Elkes. Tecklenburg will supply the team’s three turbocharged…
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