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Tales from the Strip: What it's like racing teammates for a Funny Car Championship

Tony Pedregon reflects on what it was like for Tommy Johnson Jr. to have to race his teammates at the 2020 Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil for a Funny Car Championship
03 Nov 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Tales from the Strip: What it's like racing teammates for a Funny Car Championship
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Aaron Stanfield wins fifth straight race in SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown

01 Nov 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
stanfield
There were six events this season in the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown and Aaron Stanfield won five of them. A week after wrapping up the championship and winning his first Pro Stock event in Houston, the third-generation racer remained red hot…
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Erica Enders caps off fourth championship with 29th career Pro Stock victory

Capping off what was easily one of the best days of her long and successful career, Erica Enders won her fourth Camping World NHRA Pro Stock championship and then returned a few hours later to win her 29th Pro Stock event.
01 Nov 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
enders
Capping off what was easily one of the best days of her long and successful career, Erica Enders won her fourth Camping World NHRA Pro Stock championship and then returned a few hours later to win her 29th Pro Stock event. Enders ran her record to a…
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Antron Brown breaks long dry spell with Top Fuel win at 2020 season finale

Antron Brown, the three-time world champ who had been winless since the Seattle event in the summer of 2018, collected the Top Fuel win at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, upsetting freshly recrowned three-time world champ Steve Torrence in the final round.
01 Nov 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Antron Brown
Antron Brown will enjoy the offseason as much as anyone after breaking a long dry spell with his first Top Fuel victory in more than a year and a half. Brown won the season-ending Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil by upsetting his good friends…
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Smith family runs the table in Las Vegas as Matt takes championship and Angie wins second Pro Stock Motorcycle race

Hours after watching her husband, Matt, win his fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, Angie Smith picked up a Wally of her own when she won the final round of the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil.
01 Nov 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
angie
Hours after watching her husband, Matt, win his fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, Angie Smith picked up a Wally of her own when she won the final round of the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil. Smith outran Steve Johnson’s Suzuki…
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Matt Hagan seals championship season with third Funny Car win of the season

Matt Hagan wrapped up a perfect day at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, clinching the championship in the semifinals and then winning the event, his third of the season, beating teammate Ron Capps in the final.
01 Nov 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
Matt Hagan wrapped up a perfect day at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, clinching the championship in the semifinals and then winning the event, his third of the season, beating teammate Ron Capps…
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Sunday news and notes from the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil

News and notes from the final day of eliminations from the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
01 Nov 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
finals
News and notes from the final day of eliminations from the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (newest items at the top). The stars seem to be lining up for another Torrence final-round…
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Dodge NHRA Finals Sunday Preview: Champions will be crowned today

The 2020 NHRA schedule wasn’t originally drawn up this way but the four Camping World Drag Racing Series professional champions will officially be crowned on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders, and Matt Smith enter the final day of the season as the leaders in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively but their clinch scenarios are varied.
01 Nov 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Don Schumacher Racing
The 2020 NHRA schedule wasn’t originally drawn up this way but the four Camping World Drag Racing Series professional champions will officially be crowned on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders,…
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Billy Torrence, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Eddie Kraweic lead Las Vegas fields

Billy Torrence, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Eddie Krawiec earned the top qualifying spots for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle respectively at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, the season finale of the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing season.
31 Oct 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Billy Torrence
Billy Torrence, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Eddie Krawiec earned the top qualifying spots for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle respectively at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, the season finale of the 2020 NHRA…
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When it comes to qualifying in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, let the games begin

All’s fair in love, war, and NHRA Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle racing as rival Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle teams plot their qualifying strategies for the Dodge NHRA Finals.
31 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
anderson
Greg Anderson feels that he needs to do something in order to help teammate Jason Line win his fourth (and final) NHRA Pro Stock championship but he’s not exactly sure what he can to do. Line comes into the final event of the 2020 season tied with…
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Dodge NHRA Finals Saturday Preview

This weekend, champions will be crowned at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, the 11th final race in the 2020 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series. Title are up for grabs in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, as well as the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series, Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and Summit Racing E.T. Series.
31 Oct 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
vegas
This weekend, champions will be crowned at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, the 11th final race in the 2020 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series. Title are up for grabs in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, as well as…
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Watch now! Super Stock qualifying from Dodge NHRA Finals

Watch a field of Super Stockers from both of Friday's qualifying sessions the 2020 Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil.
30 Oct 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Watch now! Super Stock qualifying from Dodge NHRA Finals
First Session See the detailed results HERE Second Session To catch all the…
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Tony Schumacher makes dramatic return with 85th Top Fuel title

Tony Schumacher was grounded for the better part of two seasons while he searched for a sponsor, but the sport’s winningest Top Fuel driver clearly hasn’t forgotten how to find the winner’s circle. In his eighth race back this season, Schumacher earned his 85th career win by driving his Okuma/Coromant Sandvik dragster past points leader Steve Torrence in the final.
25 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
shoe win
Tony Schumacher was grounded for the better part of two seasons while he searched for a sponsor, but the sport’s winningest Top Fuel driver clearly hasn’t forgotten how to find the winner’s circle. In his eighth race back this season, Schumacher…
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Aaron Stanfield runs the table with Pro Stock and Factory Stock double-up

Aaron Stanfield is just 25 years old and likely has a long career ahead of him but not matter how long he races he might never enjoy another afternoon like the one he had at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals.
25 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
stanfield win
Aaron Stanfield is just 25 years old and likely has a long career ahead of him but not matter how long he races he might never enjoy another afternoon like the one he had at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals. Stanfield not only won the…
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Tommy Johnson Jr. keeps his Funny Car title hopes alive with Houston victory

When it comes to the 2020 Camping World Funny Car title, don’t count out Tommy Johnson Jr. In danger of falling hopelessly behind teamamtes, Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman, Johnson put together a timley effort to win for the third time this season.
25 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
tjwin
When it comes to the 2020 Camping World Funny Car title, don’t count out Tommy Johnson Jr. In danger of falling hopelessly behind teamamtes, Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman, Johnson put together a timley effort to win for the third time this season. In…
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Eddie Krawiec ends two-year winless drought with impressive Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

For the first time since the Brainerd event in 2018, a span of 26 months, Eddie Krawiec earned a Pro Stock Motorcycle Wally when he rode his Harley-Davidson FXDR to a final round win against Ryan Oehler at Houston Raceway Park. Appearing in his 85th career final, Krawiec nabbed career win No. 48 with a 6.801 to easily cover Oehler’s 6.905.
25 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
krawiec
For the first time since the Brainerd event in 2018, a span of 26 months, Eddie Krawiec earned a Pro Stock Motorcycle Wally when he rode his Harley-Davidson FXDR to a final round win against Ryan Oehler at Houston Raceway Park. Appearing in his 85th…
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Sunday news and notes from the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Springnationals presented by Pennzoil

News and notes from the final day of eliminations at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Springnationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park
25 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
notes
The ongoing points battles in Funny Car and Pro Stock were dramatically impacted by a few surprises during Sunday’s opening round of eliminations. The drama began in Funny Car where low qualifier Jack Beckman smoked the tires and lost to…
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On a fast Saturday in Houston, no one is quicker than Torrence , Beckman, Laughlin, and Smith

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned the top qualifying spots on Saturday for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park.
24 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
torrence
After a thrilling day of qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Springnationals presented by Pennzoil, Steve Torrence, Jack Beckman, Alex Laughlin and Matt Smith emerged as the top qualifiers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock…
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Video: Factory Stock Showdown, second round qualifying from the SpringNationals

After the second round of qualifying its David Barton (Chevy), Mark Pawuk (Dodge), and John Cerbone (Chevy) leading the pack at the 2020 SAM Tech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented By Pennzoil
24 Oct 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Video: Factory Stock Showdown, second round qualifying from the SpringNationals
See the detailed results HERE To catch all the action of the 2020 …
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Watch it now! Super Comp time trials from the SpringNationals

Watch a field of Super Comp cars run T2 at the 2020 Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals
23 Oct 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Watch it now! Super Comp time trials at the SpringNationals
See the detailed results HERE To catch all the action of the 2020 …
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Steve Torrence expands Top Fuel points lead by beating dad in FallNationals final

Steve Torrence scored his fourth win of the 2020 season in Top Fuel, beating father Billy in front of his home-state fans at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals to expand his points lead heading into the final two events of the season,
18 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence scored his fourth win of the 2020 season in Top Fuel, beating father Billy in front of his home-state fans at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals to expand his points lead heading into the final two events of the season, After…
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Jack Beckman claims FallNationals Funny Car victory with crucial points score

Don Schumacher Racing’s 12th straight win was assured when both Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman reached the final round, and Beckman closed the gap on his points-leading teammate by winning the final round. 
18 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Don Schumacher Racing’s 12th straight win was assured when both Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman reached the final round, and Beckman closed the gap on his points-leading teammate by winning the final round, 3.90 to 3.94.  “We have a phenomenal…
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Matt Hartford scores huge first Pro Stock win of the season at FallNationals

Matt Hartford stopped points leader Erica Enders in the semifinals and defending event champ Greg Anderson ion the final round to take home the Pro Stock Wally at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
18 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hartford
Three Pro Stock races at the 2020 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals were decided by .001-second, two of which played a major part in the event’s outcome and one of them may have a major impact on the season championship. Few people gave Matt Hartford…
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Jerry Savoie continues his FallNationals domination with third win in six years

Jerry Savoie continued his love affair with Texas Motorplex, scoring the Pro Stock Motorcycle title at the AAA Texas FallNationals for the third time in the last six years, defeating first-time finalist Joey Gladstone for the title.
18 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jerry Savoie
Jerry Savoie continued his love affair with Texas Motorplex, scoring the Pro Stock Motorcycle title at the AAA Texas FallNationals for the third time in the last six years, defeating first-time finalist Joey Gladstone for the title, 6.91 to 7.00.…
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Aaron Stanfield goes three-for-three in Factory Stock Showdown rout

If not for a narrow loss to Chris Holbrook at the first event of the season, Aaron Stanfield might well be undefeated in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown in 2020.
18 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Aaron Stanfield
If not for a narrow loss to Chris Holbrook at the first event of the season, Aaron Stanfield might well be undefeated in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown in 2020. Since his loss to Holbrook at the July event in Indianapolis, Stanfield has…
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Alexis DeJoria rides out wild first-round fire at AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

Alexis DeJoria rode out a major fire after winning her first-round Funny Car race with Gary Densham at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. DeJoria emerged unscathed and her team immediately began getting its backup car ready.
18 Oct 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Alexis DeJoria
  Tune into FS1 starting at 2 p.m. Eatsern to see live final eliminations from the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
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Sunday News and Notes from the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

News and notes from the final day of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
18 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Notes
Texas Motorplex introduced a new pre-race wrinkle, sending the first-round combatants in all four classes parading down the return road in front of the crowd in the beds of some vintage Chevy trucks, a scenario that involved putting …
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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday preview

Texas favorites Steve Torrence in Top Fuel and Erica Enders in Pro Stock will hope to use the home state advantage to buoy their points leads as final eliminations for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals get under way Sunday at Texas Motorplex.
18 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Dallas
Texas favorites Steve Torrence in Top Fuel and Erica Enders in Pro Stock will hope to use the home state advantage to buoy their points leads as final eliminations for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals get under way Sunday at Texas Motorplex. Just…
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Erica Enders, Matt Smith win delayed Midwest Nationals final rounds in Dallas

Erica Enders and Matt Smith collected final-round victories from the rain-delayed Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals as racing concluded during qualifying at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. 
17 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders and Matt Smith collected final-round victories from the rain-delayed Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals as racing concluded during qualifying at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.  Pro Stock was halfway through the second…
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Torrence, Hagan, Kramer, and Smith will lead FallNationals fields into battle

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led their respective fields at the close of qualifying for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
17 Oct 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led their respective fields at the close of qualifying for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The event is the ninth…
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