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Brittany Force and Robert Hight pull off JFR nitro sweep in Houston

Brittany Force and teammate Robert Hight shared the winner's circle for the third time in their careers following a pair of convincing nitro wins at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Houston.
14 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Winners
Brittany Force and teammate Robert Hight shared the winner's circle for the third time in their careers following a pair of convincing nitro wins at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. Force captured her ninth career win and…
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Today's Top Fuel undercard, Austin Prock vs. Jordan Vandergriff,

Rookie Top Fuel drivers Jordan Vandergriff and Austin Prock are set to square off for the first time today and the loser might never hear the end of it.
14 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
jordanaustin
Barring a miraculous tie, there can only be one winner of the Auto Club Road to the Future award which makes today’s first-round Top Fuel battle between rookies Austin Prock and Jordan Vandergriff one of the day’s marquee match-up. Both freshman…
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Forever willing to experiment, Head believes he's on the right track

In four decades of nitro racing, Jim Head's philosophy hasn't changed. In his never-ending quest to build a better mousetrap, he's going to do things his way
14 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
lindberg
Jim Head is many things, but a quitter isn’t one of them. A nitro racer since the early 1980s, he’s paid his dues a thousand times over, so while he and driver Jonnie Lindberg have struggled so far this year, he’s not about to abandon ship. “I’ll…
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Sunday Preview

Eliminations are set to kick off at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals with Brittany and John Force as the top qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively.
14 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
houstonhero
Welcome to race day at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals where the champions of the fifth race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will be crowned. The NHRA raced set the stage for a final day packed with Top Fuel,…
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Force family stays on top, but the Houston fields get a lot closer

Brittany and John Force earn a pair of green hats as the top qualifiers at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Houston,
13 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
brittany3
Brittany Force's track record 3.661 from Friday night held up for the top spot in Top Fuel while father, John's 3.888 also survived an onslaught in the Funny Car class. However, that doesn't mean there weren't a lot of great runs on Saturday in…
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Hey Houston, say hello to the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class

Mountain Motor Pro Stock teams enjoy a successful exhibition during the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals.
13 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
deflorian
They look a bit like traditional NHRA Pro Stock cars and there is also a bit of a resemblance to some of the cars in the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series. There’s a good reason for that because the Mountain Motor Pro Stock cars that participated in a…
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Saturday Preview

Welcome to day two of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil Houston Raceway Park, where two rounds of qualifying today will set the professional fields for Sunday's final eliminations.
13 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
houstonhero
Welcome to Day 2 of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil  at Houston Raceway Park where final qualifying today will set the fields for Sunday's final eliminations. Yesterday, a pair of impressive runs by…
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Cruz Pedregon: “I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to be a crew chief”

Cruz Pedregon embraces his dual roles as the driver and tuner of the Snap-on Dodge Funny Car.
13 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
cruz
Cruz Pedregon is crystal clear about one thing; he became the crew chief of his Snap-on tools Dodge this year out of economic necessity. Budgets being what they are, he’s realized that even when there is A level talent available, which is rare, he…
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Force family sweeps Friday qualifying in Houston

Brittany Force sets both ends of the Houston Raceway Park track record while father, John leads tough Funny Car field.
12 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Brittany2
Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel driver Brittany Force led both of Friday's nitro sessions in Houston including a track record 3.661, 332.18 run under the lights on Friday night. In her first season with David Grubnic as crew chief, Force has already…
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For Bob Tasca III, winning is a family tradition

Getting a handle on some early-season chassis woes, Bob Tasca III is more convinced than ever that his first win of the season is just around the corner.
12 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Tasca
Last weekend at the NMCA event at Atlanta Dragway, Carl Tasca, the uncle of NHRA Funny Car racer Bob Tasca III, won his first race when he drove his Cobra Jet Mustang to a victory the Factory Supercar class, which mirrors NHRA’s own SAM Tech.edu…
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Accountability is key for David Grubnic

When he looks at the Advance Auto Parts team and driver Brittany Force, crew chief David Grubnic sees nothing but potential.
12 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
grubnic
When it comes to the performance of the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster, crew chief David Grubnic has little to apologize for, but the affable Aussie is big on accountability so he’s willing to take the heat for the fact that his driver,…
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Houston Top Fuel Friday results: Q2

Brittany Force rocks Houston with a track record 3.661, 332.18 to dominate Friday's Top Fuel qualifying in Houston.
12 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
vandergriff
By the time she ran in the final pair under the lights on Friday at Houston Raceway Park, Brittany Force had been bumped from the No. 1 spot to No. 7 but she quickly regained the pole with a stunning 3.661, 332.18 to claim both ends of the track…
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Houston Funny Car Friday results: Q2

Three second runs were the rule during the second round of Funny Car qualifying but no one ran quicker than John Force's 3.888 from Friday's opener.
12 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
wilkerson
Three second runs were the rule during the second round of Funny Car qualifying but no one ran quicker than John Force's 3.888 from Friday's opener. Tim Wilkerson managed the best run of the round with a 3.895 in the Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang…
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Houston Top Fuel Friday results: Q1

Brittany Force joins her father, John, at the top of the qualfiying sheets after the opening round of qualifying in Houston.
12 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
brittany
Brittany Force was the low qualifier in Gainesville, and started eliminations from the No. 3 spot last week in Gainesville. Now, the 2017 world champ is off to another solid start in Houston with a 3.738 from her David Grubnic-tuned Advance Auto…
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Houston Funny Car Friday results: Q1

John Force leads the Funny Car field in Houston after Q1 with a 3.888 in his BlueDEF Chevy Camaro.
12 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
force
Seven-time Houston winner John Force leads the pack after the first round of Funny Car qualifying at Houston Raceway Park. Force wheeled his Blu Def Camaro to a 3.888 to open a nearly five-hundredths gap over second-ranked Jack Beckman, who debuted…
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Houston Top Fuel Sunday results: Final

It took crew chief David Grubnic just five races to put driver Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team into the winner's circle, and he did it in convincing fashion with a wire-to-wire victory in Houston.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
brit
It took crew chief David Grubnic just five races to put driver Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team into the winner's circle, and he did it in convincing fashion with a wire-to-wire victory in Houston. After qualifying in the No. 1 spot…
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Houston Funny Car Sunday results: Final

Robert Hight claimed the 48th NHRA Wally of his career and third in Houston following a great 3.941 to 3.966 win against Matt Hagan in the final of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hight
Robert Hight claimed the 48th NHRA Wally of his career and third in Houston following a great 3.941 to 3.966 win against Matt Hagan in the final of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals. Not in the final following Friday's two qualifying…
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Houston Funny Car Sunday results: Semifinals

Robert Hight and Matt Hagan, who have combined to win four of the last ten NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championships, will meet to decide the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals championship.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hagan
Robert Hight and Matt Hagan, who have combined to win four of the last ten NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championships, will meet to decide the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals championship. Hight, the 2009 and 2017 champ, reached the final…
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Houston Top Fuel Sunday results: Semifinals

Antron Brown has earned a spot in his 92nd NHRA final round where he will take on low qualifier Brittany Force.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
brittany4
Antron Brown has earned a spot in his 92nd NHRA final round where he will take on low qualifier Brittany Force. Brown will be racing for the Wally for the first time the the Brainerd round last August after he scored a holeshot win over reigning…
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Houston Funny Car Sunday results: E2

Bob Tasca III had John Force on the ropes but the 16-time champ slipped the noose when Tasca's parachute deployed before the finish line.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hagan
Bob Tasca III had John Force on the ropes but the 16-time champ slipped the noose when Tasca's parachute deployed before the finish line. Tasca left first and led at half track, but slowed to a 4.060, allowing Force to move to the semi's with a…
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Houston Top Fuel Sunday results: E2

Coming off back-to-back final rounds in Gainesville and Las Vegas, Clay Millican keeps rolling in Houston.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
millican
Coming off back-to-back final rounds in Gainesville and Las Vegas, Clay Millican keeps rolling in Houston. Millican and his Mike Kloeber-led Advance Auto Parts team defeated Scott Palmer to reach the semifinals but they'll have their work cut out…
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Houston Funny Car Sunday results: E1

No. 1 qualifier John Force re-set low elapsed time of the race with a strong 3.859 as five of the top eight qualifiers advanced in a quick Funny Car round.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
todd
No. 1 qualifier John Force re-set low elapsed time of the race with a strong 3.859 as five of the top eight qualifiers advanced in a quick Funny Car round. Force, who qualified in the top spot for the first time in two years, stayed in the hunt for…
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Houston Top Fuel Sunday results: E1

Low qualifiers Brittany Force and Steve Torrence advance while Austin Prock wins the first battle against rival Jordan Vandergriff.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
brown
Low qualifiers Brittany Force and Steve Torrence advance while Austin Prock wins the first battle against rival Jordan Vandergriff. Force ran a tenth slower than her track record qualifying run with a 3.766, but that was more than enough to win…
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Houston Top Fuel Saturday results: Q4

There were a half-dozen drivers in Top Fuel who made their best run in the final qualifying session including Steve Torrence, but none of them could touch Brittany Force's 3.661 best.
10 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
salinas
There were a half-dozen drivers in Top Fuel who made their best run in the final qualifying session including Steve Torrence, but none of them could touch Brittany Force's 3.661 best. Torrence drove to a 3.705 to claim three bonus points and the…
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Houston Funny Car Saturday results: Q4

Ron Capps made the best run of the final Funny Car session with a 3.893, but it wasn't enough to unseat John Force from the top spot.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
capps
Ron Capps made the best run of the final Funny Car session with a 3.893, but it wasn't enough to unseat John Force from the top spot. Following an hour-long rain delay, Capps earned three bonus points for his NAPA Dodge while Robert Hight also…
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Houston Funny Car Saturday results: Q3

Robert Hight breathed a sigh of relief after powering to a 3.920 to put his Auto Club Camaro into the Houston Funny Car field.
10 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
hight
Robert Hight breathed a sigh of relief after powering to a 3.920 to put his Auto Club Camaro into the Houston Funny Car field. Hight had a lot to think about on Friday night when he left Houston Raceway Park and was not one of the 16 qualifiers.…
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Houston Top Fuel Saturday results: Q3

Fifteen of the 17 Top Fuel dragsters in Houston have run 3.83 or quicker, making the Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals one of the most competitive fields in this or any other year.
10 Apr 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
brown
Fifteen of the 17 Top Fuel dragsters in Houston have run 3.83 or quicker, making the Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals one of the most competitive fields in this or any other year. as expected, Brittany Force held on to the top spot with Friday's…
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Friday Preview

The 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals precented by Pennzoil gets under way in Houston. Nitro begins the proceedings at 4:30 p.m. Central time.
10 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
houston1
Welcome to the opening day of the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil. The opening nitro qualifying session is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Central time. Last week, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series…
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Houston Sunday photo gallery

Photo highlights from the final day of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park.
10 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
erica
Photo highlights from the final day of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park Fans flooded the starting line on Sunday morning during the NHRA Track Walk, which allows spectators to…
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Houston Saturday photo gallery

Highlights and scenes from the final day of qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park.
10 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
beckman
Highlights and scenes from the final day of qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park Sportsman eliminations continued throughout the day including Stock Eliminator which…
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