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Leah Pritchett’s year-long dry spell ends with a convincing Brainerd victory.

Leah Pritchett earned DSR's first Top Fuel win of the season with confidence-boosting performance in Brainerd.
18 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
leah
In a season where she should have been one of the leading contenders for the championship, Leah Pritchett admitted that at times she felt like anything but a champion, especially after a frustrating summer stretch that produced a round one exit in…
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Ron Capps bests Tommy Johnson Jr. in all-DSR Dodge Charger Funny Car final

Ron Capps wheels NAPA Dodge Charger to his third win of the season and sixth at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
18 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Ron Capps felt like he let one slip away two weeks ago when he was on the receiving end of John Force’s landmark 150th victory in Seattle, but he was able to quickly get back in the win column by beating DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final…
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Jason Line runs the table in Summit Camaro for dominant Brainerd victory

Minnesota native Jason Line goes wire-to-wire in Summit Camaro for his first Pro Stock victory of the season
18 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Jason Line doesn’t want for much, but a Pro Stock win at Brainerd Int’l Raceway has alwas been one notable exception. Line, who was born and raised in Wright, Minn., not far from Brainerd, technically won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in 2014, but…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sunday gallery

The final day of the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals produced more thrilling moments and our ace lensman, Marc Gewertz, was on hand to capture it all. Here's more of his best work from Brainerd Int'l Raceway.
18 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Ron Capps, unoffically dubbed the "Mayor of the Brainerd Zoo" because of the popularity of Capps' Corner in the popular campground, kicked off his Sunday morning in the hot seat with NHRA Mello Yello personality Jason Logan. He ended the…
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Bo Butner is a triple threat, but his priority is Pro Stock

Multi-talented Bo Butner could win championships in Pro Stock, Factory Stock, and Super Gas this season.
18 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Bo Butner is a realist. Of all the things Bo knows, he knows that the stars aligned perfectly in 2017 and allowed him to fulfill a longtime dream of winning the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship. Butner also knows that while it doesn’t happen…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

It's time to crown champions at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, and after an overnight thunderstorm, conditions figure to be the best of the weekend. Let's see who leaves Minnesota with the goods.
18 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, and Jason Line are professional the low qualifiers at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd so all three should be favored to win titles during today's final eliminations. Winning any event is difficult,…
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Matt Hagan drives Dodge Charger to Funny Car qualifying lead at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Matt Hagan and his Mopar Hellcat Charger widebody Funny Car took the top spot in qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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The stout 3.890 that Matt Hagan used to take the provisional pole on Friday during Funny Car qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals was not bettered during either of Saturday’s runs so the two-time Mello Yello champion has earned a green low…
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Brittany Force earns fifth Top Fuel pole of the season at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Brittany Force delivers a hail-Mary in Q4 to claim the top qualifying spot in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Top Fuel field.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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On Friday, provisional low qualifier Steve Torrence expressed some doubt that his 3.73-second run would be quick enough to withstand two more Top Fuel qualifying sessions on Saturday. As it turns out, he was right to be concerned. There were plenty…
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Jason Line drives Summit Racing Equipment Camaro to Pro Stock pole in Brainerd

Jason Line makes a clean sweep of Pro Stock qualifying to earn the top spot for the 55th time in his career and second this year.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Anyone who knows Jason Line knows that the Minnesota native circles his calendar every year whenever the dates for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals are announced. Racing in his favorite event, Line put his best foot forward in qualifying with a clean…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Saturday gallery

Brainerd Int'l Raceway is a big place but Marc Gewertz, NHRA's roving photographer, was able to cover a lot of ground to capture the images featured in out daily photo gallery. Here are some of the best from Saturday.
17 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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NHRA fans have long been known as some of the most imaginative and mechanically inclined folks in all of hot rodding but a four-wheel driver Buick convertible might be pushing it a bit too far. Then again, it is the Brainerd Zoo.…
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Erica Enders wants more, expects more

Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders is baffled by her lack of results this season, but vows to keep on fighting.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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How is it that there have been six different winners in ten Pro Stock races this season and Erica Enders is not one of them? Pose that question to the two-time champion and she instinctively shrugs her shoulders because even after 15-year as a full-…
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Jack Beckman is focused on another championship and not much else

Still seeking his first win of the season, Funny Car's "Fast Jack" Beckman remains confident that his Infinite Hero Dodge team is geared-up for an extended playoff run.
17 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Jack Beckman would by lying if he said it didn’t bother him to be winless through the first 16-races of the 2018 season, but at this point, his sole focus is the upcoming Countdown to the Championship playoffs, and his pursuit of a third NHRA world…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Saturday preview

It’s the final day of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd and there are two more professional qualifying sessions for racers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock scheduled for at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Central time to set the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations.
17 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Saturday is the final day of qualifying for the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals with two more professional qualifying sessions set for 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Central time to set the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations. Top Fuel points leader…
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Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence takes early qualifying lead in Brainerd

Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence made the quickest pass of the day on a fast Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int'l Raceway.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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As the last drivers to go down the track during Friday’s second Top Fuel session, Steve Torrence and his father, Billy, put on a show for the rowdy Brainerd fans. Torrence, who has won just about everything there is to win in Top Fuel over the past…
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Matt Hagan powers to top spot during Friday Funny Car qualifying

Friday's Funny Car qualifying in Brainerd produced a slew of three-second runs but none of them were quicker than Matt Hagan's 3.890 in his Mopar Dodge Charger.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Matt Hagan has does not have a green hat this year, but his low qualifier drought could end in Brainerd after the two-time Mello Yello champion drove to a 3.890, 328.46 in his Dodge Hellcat Charger to lead the field on Friday in Brainerd. In a…
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Jason Line takes Summit Camaro to early Pro Stock qualifying lead in Brainerd

Jason Line, seeking his first win of the 2019 season, leads the Brainerd Pro Stock field after each of Friday's first two qualifying sessions.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Racing in front of family and friends at his home track, Jason Line put on a show in Q1 with the best run of the day in Pro Stock. Line, the 2014 Brainerd champion, drove to a 6.613 to lead a strong field of 20 Pro Stock cars competing for the title…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday gallery

There was plenty of action both on and off the track on day one of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and National Dragster's Marc Gewertz captured much of it. Here’s a look at some of his best images of the day.
16 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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  Two of Minnesota's favorite sons, Greg Anderson and Jason Line, returned to their home track for one of their favorite events. Both of the Summit-backed drivers are solidly qualified for the quick Pro Stock field.…
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Red hot Matt Hartford ready for first Brainerd experience

After a win and a runner-up on the Western Swing, red-hot Matt Hartford and his Total Seal team are ready to continue their pursuit of the Mello Yello Pro Stock championship.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Matt Hartford has made 103 starts in his Pro Stock career, but none of those have taken place at Brainerd Int’l Raceway. That will change this weekend when he makes his Brainerd debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Hartford was the star of the Pro…
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Billy Torrence continues march towards Countdown berth

In the high-stakes game of musical chairs for the final spot in the Countdown to the Championship playoff, Billy Torrence appears to have the upper hand.
16 Aug 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
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Reigning NHRA Mello Yello champion Steve Torrence long ago locked up the top seed in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs but at the tail end of the pack, there is plenty of drama remaining in the race to fill the final spots in the 10-car…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday preview

The ongoing battle four Countdown spots, the chance to earn a coveted NHRA Wally trophy, and of course, the famed Brainerd Zoo, will all be front-and-center during NHRA's annual visit to Minnesota's Brainerd Int'l Raceway.
16 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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For the 38th year, the thunder of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing will shake the pine trees surrounding Brainerd Int'l Raceway north of Minneapolis. The event, which is the penultimate round in the regular season, will help determine playoff seedings…
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Rookie Austin Prock upsets points leader Steve Torrence for first career Top Fuel win

Rookie Top Fuel driver Austin Prock scored his first career victory, defeating tire-smoking points leader Steve Torrence in the final round of the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals.
04 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Austin Prock
Everyone knew that Austin Prock had a winning pedigree and firesuit worth of skill and ability, and the third-generation racer finally put it all together to score his first career win in his rookie season, defeating tire-smoking points leader Steve…
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WATCH: John Force drives Peak Chevy to his milestone 150th Funny Car win and interview

Finally, mercifully, the pressure is off John Force as the 16-time Mello Yello Funny Car world champion collected his milestone 150th career victory, defeating longtime rival Ron Capps in the final at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals.
04 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
John Force
Finally, mercifully, the pressure is off for John Force as the 16-time Mello Yello Funny Car world champion collected his milestone 150th career victory, defeating longtime rival Ron Capps in the final at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA…
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Matt Hartford prevents Greg Anderson from Swing sweep in all-Camaro final

With a 6.60 to 6.59 final-round holeshot at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals, Matt Hartford stole a Western Swing sweep from the clutches of Greg Anderson to collect his second career victory,
04 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hartford
Not many people would have given Matt Hartford very good odds at stopping Greg Anderson in the final round of Pro Stock at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals. After all, Anderson had won the last two events on the tour and was…
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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Northwest Nationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz was here, there, and everywhere capturing the action on and off the track on the final day of the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals.
04 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
Bob Tasca III accepted the cheers from the crowd during the pre-race ceremony after being introduced as the Funny Car low qualifier, his first of the season. Two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders was on…
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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday preview

It's raceday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals and the end of the Western Swing. Can Greg Anderson complete his second Swing sweep? Can Torrence Racing win all three? Can John Force get his 150th win? We'll find out today.
04 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
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All eyes today will be focused on Pro Stock's Greg Anderson, who will attempt to become the first driver to sweep the Western Swing twice. He did it last in 2004 but after winning in Denver two weeks ago and in Sonoma last weekend,…
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Mike Salinas nails down fourth No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel in Seattle

Mike Salinas locked up his fourth No. 1 qualifying spot of the season, riding the strength of his Friday Q2 3.69 pass into the top position with the Alan Johnson-tuned Scrappers Racing entry.
03 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas locked up his fourth No. 1 qualifying spot of the season, riding the strength of his Friday Q2 3.69 pass into the top position and then making another statement with the quickest pass of the final qualifying session with a 3.737 from…
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Bob Tasca III's Ford finishes atop Funny Car qualifying, but not without a scare

Bob Tasca III put his Motorcraft Ford into the No. 1 qualifying position for the first time this season, but not before riding out a scary blower explosion in the third qualifyign session Saturday.
03 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca
Bob Tasca III added another notch to his new Mustang’s belt, following uo a pair of wins earlier this season with his first No. 1 qualifying effort with the new Ford skin. Tasca collected the pole, the fourth of his nitro career, based on his Friday…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. holds onto top qualifying spot in Pro Stock with the JEGS.com Chevy

No one could transplant Friday leader Jeg Coughlin Jr. from the top of the Pro Stock qualifying sheets Saturday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbents NHRA Northwest Nationals as the veteran driver of the JEGS.com Chevy Camaro racked up his first No. 1 qualifying effort of the season.
03 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
No one could transplant Friday leader Jeg Coughlin Jr. from the top of the Pro Stock qualifying sheets Saturday as the veteran driver of the JEGS.com Chevy Camaro racked up his first No. 1 qualifying effort of the season and the 30th of his…
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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Northwest Nationals Saturday photo gallery

Scenes from on and off the racetrack at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Northwest Nationals as seen throw the lens of NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz.
03 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Alex Laughlin
Race fans flocked to Pacific Raceways Saturday to take in final qualifying at the last event of the 2019 Western Swing. Fans descended on the pit area to enjoy NHRA's world-famous access to the drivers…
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Low qualifier Bob Tasca III suffers qualifying setback with big engine explosion

Bob Tasca III, who raced his Motorcraft Mustang to the qualifying lead Friday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals experienced a body-shattering explosion during the third qualifying session Friday.
03 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca
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