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VIDEO: Jose Gonzalez wins Pro Mod at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals 

No. 16 qualifier Jose Gonzalez captures E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series glory in Bristol
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez sealed the deal in Bristol, capturing the Wally from the bottom of the qualifying sheet at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The win is Gonzalez’s second in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services and his…
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VIDEO: Mike Salinas stops Steve Torrence’s winning streak at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Mike Salinas scores second career Top Fuel win in Bristol by defeating Steve Torrence
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Someone stopped Steve Torrence. Mike Salinas got past the defending Top Fuel world champion with brute force thanks to an incredible race car tuned by Alan Johnson. A 3.836-second pass was enough to beat Torrence for the first time since April,…
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VIDEO: Bob Tasca III earns first Funny Car win since 2012 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Bob Tasca III stops John Force from winning 150th Funny Car Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca III
Bob Tasca III won for the first time since 2012 with a 4.008-second pass at 316.23-mph at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The victory kept John Force, his former teammate, from winning his 150th Funny Car Wally.  Tasca returned to…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss captured the moments of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday, including the first round win of Lex Joon's NHRA Top Fuel career. We've got all those moments for you here.
16 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Lex Joon
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No. 16 qualifier Jose Gonzalez to race for Bristol Pro Mod Wally

The No. 16 and No. 14 qualifiers both advanced out of the semifinals at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez reached his third E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services final of his career and second of the season. All the more impressive? Gonzalez made the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Pro Mod final from the No. 16…
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John Force will race for 150th win at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

John Force will race Bob Tasca III for Bristol Funny Car Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
John Force
John Force has a shot at his 150th career victory at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol. The 16-time champion defeated Jack Beckman in the semifinals and will race Bob Tasca III in the final round at Bristol Dragway.  Force ran a 4…
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Mike Salinas advances to Top Fuel final with a shot to end Steve Torrence's streak in Bristol

Mike Salinas and Steve Torrence will battle for NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Top Fuel Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas will race in his fourth career final round in a bid to stop Steve Torrence from winning his sixth race in a row. He made a spectacular run to defeat Doug Kalitta, running a 3.817-second pass at 320.20-mph to secure lane choice against…
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Lower seeds advance in E2 of Pro Mod at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

No. 16 seed Jose Gonzalez, alternate Erica Enders advance to Pro Mod semifinals in Bristol
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders got a shot to race on Sunday as an alternate in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services. She’s making the most of that opportunity and will race in the semifinals against Jose Gonzalez, the No. 16 qualifier…
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Ron Capps makes quickest pass of E2 in bid to defend Bristol Funny Car title

Ron Capps will face Bob Tasca III after running the quickest pass in the second round of Funny Car at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps got a step closer towards defending his NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals title with a second-round win against Shawn Langdon. He made a 4.039-second pass at 312.28-mph, the quickest of the second round, and will have lane choice against Bob…
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Steve Torrence continues dominant stretch with Top Fuel E2 win in Bristol

Steve Torrence will race Dom Lagana in the semifinals at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence’s march towards his sixth-straight Wally continued at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. He ran the quickest time of the second round of Top Fuel, a 3.842-second hit at 320.89-mph that put hometown hero Clay Millican on the hero.…
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VIDEO: Bob Rahaim pulls off upset in Pro Mod E1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals 

A wild first round of Pro Mod featured upsets from Bob Rahaim and Jose Gonzalez in Bristol.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Bob Rahaim
Bob Rahaim took down defending E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services champion Mike Janis in the first round at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. That was one of a pair of big upsets, and Rahaim did it the hard way. He…
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Tommy Johnson Jr. makes terrific pass to lead Funny Car E1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Tommy Johnson Jr. and Make-a-Wish team lowers the hammer in first round of Funny Car eliminations at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-a-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat made a booming 3.964-second pass to defeat Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan in the first round of Funny Car at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Johnson will get No. 1…
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Lex Joon scores first round win in Top Fuel E1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Dutchman Lex Joon is heading to the second round for the first time after defeating Leah Pritchett in the first round of Top Fuel at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Lex Joon
Lex Joon scored the first round-win of his career in a wild ride against Leah Pritchett. The Dutchman had to pedal his Top Fuel dragster multiple times in the first round of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, but that seemed tame compared to what…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday Preview

Doug Kalitta, John Force and Todd Tutterow lead qualifying entering race day at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals conclude Sunday with eliminations in Top Fuel, Funny Car, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Modified, Mountain Motor Pro Stock, Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley and Lucas Oil Sportsman drag racing.  Eliminations…
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John Force qualifies No. 1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

The Funny Car legend is No. 1 for the third time this season at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
John Force
John Force will chase down his 150th win from the No. 1 spot at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. He will receive a bye run in the first round because of the 15-car field, getting the 16-time champion one step closer to another incredible milestone…
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Doug Kalitta earns 50th pole ahead in 500th race in Bristol

Veteran racer Doug Kalitta is chasing second win of season at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta held on to the No. 1 position at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals to earn the 50th pole of his Top Fuel career. The Mac Tools Top Fuel driver is competing in the 500th race of his career and is chasing his second win of 2019. He won…
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VIDEO: Todd Tutterow claims Pro Mod pole in Bristol; Marc Caruso goes into the sand

Todd Tutterow claimed pole position while Marc Caruso went into the sand in the final Pro Mod qualifying session at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Todd Tutterow
Marc Caruso made a solid pass of 5.877-seconds at 245.05-mph in the final qualifying session of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services. Then things went wrong. Caruso’s parachutes failed to deploy, and he didn’t have…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Saturday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss captured the action at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Saturday and we've got some of the best images for you.
15 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Thunder Valley Nationals
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John Force snatches three points from Ron Capps in Funny Car Q3 in Bristol

John Force just edges Ron Capps in the third Funny Car session at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
John Force
Improvement was not an option for most Funny Cars, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t room to impress in Thunder Valley. John Force and his PEAK Blue Def Chevy Camaro certainly did that on a 126-degree track in the third Funny Car session on Saturday…
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Leah Pritchett leads Q3 of Top Fuel at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Leah Pritchett scores three bonus points in Top Fuel in Bristol to continue terrific weekend.
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Leah Pritchett
Leah Pritchett is enjoying one of her best weekends of the season at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Her 3.82-second pass scored her three bonus points after the driver of the Mopar Top Fuel dragster banked a pair of bonus points in the second…
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VIDEO: Sidnei Frigo makes another dominant run in Pro Mod Q3 in Bristol

2018 U.S. Nationals winner makes only run in 5.7s in third qualifying session in Thunder Valley. Watch the highlights here.
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Sidnei Frigo
Sidnei Frigo made the best run of the third qualifying session of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The Brazilian racer did not improve on his Q2 time, which already put him in…
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VIDEO: Todd Hoerner runs quickest in third round of Mountain Motor Pro Stock in Bristol

John DeFlorian Jr. sits in pole position with one Mountain Motor Pro Stock session remaining in Bristol. Watch Hoerner's run here.
15 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Todd Hoerner
Todd Hoerner made the quickest run of the third qualifying session at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, a 6.386-second pass at 220.94-mph to remain in second in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock qualifying sheet.  He ran alongside John DeFlorian Jr…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Saturday Preview

Doug Kalitta, John Force and Todd Tutterow lead qualifying entering Saturday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
15 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals continue Saturday with qualifying in Top Fuel, Funny Car, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Modified, Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley and Lucas Oil Sportsman drag racing.  Professional qualifying rounds are…
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VIDEO: Doug Kalitta leads Top Fuel field on Friday in Bristol

Doug Kalitta raced to the top of the sheet in a wild Top Fuel session at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta drove his Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster to the top of the field with a time of 3.755-second and a speed of 324.67 mph during the second qualifying session at Bristol Dragway.  Steve Torrence took over the No. 1 spot in Top…
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VIDEO: John Force bolts to top of Funny Car field on Friday in Bristol

16-time champion John Force is the provisional polesitter at the NHRA Thunder Valley nationals. Watch the qualifying highlights here.
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
John Force
John Force made the second run of the second qualifying session to the tune of a 3.911-second pass at 326.95 mph – and it became apparent the moment Robert Hight’s 3.998-second pass fell from the No. 1 spot that the track record, a 3.88, was in…
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VIDEO: Todd Tutterow claims provisional Pro Mod pole in Bristol

Todd Tutterow bounces back from crash to take provisional pole at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tutterow
Friday qualifying in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services delivered plenty of drama. Todd Tutterow, racing just days after a crash put his regular car out of commission, took the provisional pole at the NHRA Thunder…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Friday Gallery

Some of the moments from Friday action at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals as captured by NHRA National Dragster Photographer Jerry Foss.
14 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Thunder Valley Nationals
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VIDEO: Brittany Force takes Top Fuel Q1 lead in Bristol 

Advance Auto Parts driver Brittany Force leaps to top at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals; watch the highlights from the session here.
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force ran a 3.790-second pass at 325.45 mph to take the lead in qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. She captured three bonus points and is chasing her fourth No. 1 qualifier after entering the season with 10. The…
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VIDEO: Robert Hight crushes Funny Car field in Q1 in Bristol

Robert Hight makes only 3-second pass in first qualifying session of Funny Car at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Watch his run, and the rest of the highlights from Bristol.
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight took his Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro to the top of the sheet with the only 3-second run of the opening Funny Car session at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. He made a 3.998-second hit at 318.99 mph, leading Tommy…
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VIDEO: Todd Tutterow runs Pro Mod track record in Q1 in Bristol

Todd Tutterow recovered from a crash in Topeka to set a track-record time in Bristol
14 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Todd Tutterow
Todd Tutterow walked away from a crash at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, but his car was not so lucky. He’s driving a car formerly…
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