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Matt Smith goes wire to wire for 25th career Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

There is parity throughout almost every professional class in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series but occasionally, some racers are capable of dominant performances. Matt Smith is one of those racers and his latest victory at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals will go down as one of his most impressive performances.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smith win
There is parity throughout almost every professional class in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series but occasionally, some racers are capable of dominant performances. Matt Smith is one of those racers and his latest victory at the Amalie Motor…
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Alex Laughlin avenges last year’s final and gets first Pro Stock win of season

Other than a semifinal finish in Phoenix, Alex Laughlin hasn’t had much to cheer about this season in Pro Stock but he was able to put the slow start behind him in Gainesville by beating Aaron Stanfield in a final round match-up between Elite Performance teammates.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
alex
Other than a semifinal finish in Phoenix, Alex Laughlin hasn’t had much to cheer about this season in Pro Stock but he was able to put the slow start behind him in Gainesville by beating Aaron Stanfield in a final-round match-up between Elite…
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Ron Capps spins, then wins in wild Funny Car battle; extends DSR win streak

It took two race cars to do it, but Ron Capps extended the Don Schumacher Racing win streak in the Funny Car class to ten races following his final round win over Tim Wilkerson at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
capps win
It took two race cars to do it, but Ron Capps extended the Don Schumacher Racing win streak in the Funny Car class to ten races following his final round win over Tim Wilkerson at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Celebrating crew chief Rahn…
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Steve Torrence honors 'Big Daddy,' then tops father Billy in all-Capco Top Fuel final

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits didn’t lose many races during his Hall of Fame driving career and he was just about unstoppable at Gainesville Raceway, his home track. Reigning and two-time Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence provided a not-so-subtle reminder of Garlits’ Gatornationals on Sunday at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals when he drove to his 39th career victory
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
torrence win
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits didn’t lose many races during his Hall of Fame driving career and he was just about unstoppable at Gainesville Raceway, his home track. Reigning and two-time Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence provided a not-so-subtle…
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Sunday News and Notes from the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

News and notes from the final day of eliminations at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
delco
This is the first time the Gatornationals have been held in September but contrary to popular opinion, the event has not always been held in March. The inaugural Gatornationals in 1970 was held on Feb. 13-15, just two weeks after the traditional…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday Preview

Clay Millican, Matt Hagan, Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith qualified No. 1 on Saturday and will now try to finish the job by winning the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
27 Sep 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
kramer
Following a very active day of qualifying that featured a lot of shuffling and bumping among NHRA’s top four pro divisions, the stage is set for an epic finish to the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Following a six month delay due…
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Clay Millican, Matt Hagan, Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith lead Gainesville qualifying

Six months later than anticipated, NHRA’s pro racers have returned to historic Gainesville Raceway to take care of unfinished business at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Following Saturday’s two qualifying runs, Clay Millican, Matt Hagan, Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith have qualified in the top spot in their respective Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories.
26 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
clay
Six months later than anticipated, NHRA’s pro racers have returned to historic Gainesville Raceway to take care of unfinished business at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Following Saturday’s two qualifying runs, Clay Millican,…
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Factory Stock Showdown qualifying from the Gatornationals—See every Saturday run!

Watch Saturday's qualifying session of the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the 2020  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
26 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Factory Stock
  See Detailed Results of Saturday's Factory Stock Showdown HERE…
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Factory Stock Showdown qualifying from the Gatornationals—See every Friday run!

Watch Friday's first qualifying session of the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the 2020  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
25 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Aaron Stanfield Factory Stock Showdown COPO Camaro
See Detailed Results of Friday's Factory Stock Showdown HERE To catch all the action of…
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Highlights from the 50th Gatornationals: Crampton's holeshot win brought out the Kalitta Mosh Pit

After a huge shakeup in crew chiefs, Clay Millican found himself in the Top Fuel final in only his third event. While nobody expected that kind of success so early, defending event winner Richie Crampton dashed Clay's hopes of taking home the 50th Gatornationals Wally.
21 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Richie Crampton wins 50th Gatornationals
To catch all the action of the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your…
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Highlights from the 50th Gatornationals: Hight vs. Wilkerson—Funny Car battle to the Final 

After making the quickest Funny Car runs of the weekend, Robert Hight made a last-minute lane change that proved to be a critical call as Tim Wilkerson went up in smoke.
21 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Robert Hight vins 50th Gatornationals
  See how it all came together at last year’s race as fans, teams, and the drag racing industry all head to Gainesville for the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. To catch all the action of the 2020 …
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Highlights from the 50th Gatornationals: Bo Butner’s solo-run final in his Pro Stock Camaro

It’s a day Bo Butner and Alex Laughlin will never forget—for very different reasons! It’s the day Laughlin’s team had to back their car away from the starting line, and the day Butner doubled-up with Randi Lyn Shipp to bring home a pair of 50th Gatornationals Wallys.
21 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Bo Butner’s solo-run final in his Pro Stock Camaro
To catch all the action of the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your…
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Highlights from the 50th Gatornationals: All-Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle final

Relive the Pro Stock Motorcycle final where Andrew Hines exacted revenge on Harley-Davidson teammate Eddie Krawiec with a dominating win at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
21 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Andrew Hines 2019 NHRA Gatornationals
  To catch all the action of the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy…
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Relive the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle from the 2020 U.S. Nationals

Watch the all of the action from the semifinals on, and see how Matt Smith worked his way to the top of the field to take home $25,000 from Mickey Thompson Tires at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
11 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Matt Smith wins 2020 NHRA Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle
The Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle is a yearly race-within-a-race bonus event for the Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. This year, riders competed head to head for a $25,000 winner payout at…
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Erica Enders puts 2019 loss behind her; wins second U.S. Nationals Pro Stock title

A year after a tough loss in the final round, Erica Enders returns to win her second Pro Stock title at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
06 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
enders
Erica Enders has won a lot of Pro Stock races and three world championships, but for the last 12 months, she’s been haunted by the “one that got away” at the 2019 U.S. Nationals. Enders was a significant favorite in the final round against teammate…
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Shawn Langdon returns to the Top Fuel winner's circle with huge Indy victory

Shawn Langdon made the first win of his return to Top Fuel a big one, winning the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals and stopping Leah Pruett from claiming her first win of the season as well.
06 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Shawn Langdon
Shawn Langdon made the first win of his return to Top Fuel a big one, winning the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals and stopping Leah Pruett from claiming her first win of the season as well. Langdon, who won Top Fuel at Indy in 2013 and…
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Seventh time is the charm for first-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Scotty Pollacheck

It took Scotty Pollacheck more than a decade and 132 races to finally get his first Pro Stock Motorcycle win, but the wait was well worth it after he earned the sport’s biggest prize at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
06 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
scotty p
It took Scotty Pollacheck more than a decade and 132 races to finally get his first Pro Stock Motorcycle win, but the wait was well worth it after he earned the sport’s biggest prize at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals. Winless in his first…
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Jack Beckman scores second U.S. Nationals victory, retakes championship points lead

Jack Beckman collected his second career Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals Funny Car win and his second victory of the season to retake and expand his points lead.
06 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman collected his second career Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals Funny Car win and his second victory of the season to retake and expand his points lead. Beckman, the 2015 U.S. Nationals winner, defeated two-time Indy winner J.R.…
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Sunday news and notes from the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals

News and notes from final eliminations at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
06 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Indy
  News and notes from final eliminations at the 66th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. For a guy with 34 career wins, it was a long time between Sunday win lights for Cory…
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Justin Ashley's first Top Fuel win, victories by Hagan, Green, and Andras wrap up rain-delayed Summernationals event

Justin Ashley, Matt Hagan, Chad Green, and Randal Andras finally added their names to 2020’s rollcall of winners as each won his rain-delayed final round from the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals during final qualifying Saturday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
05 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Justin Ashley
Justin Ashley, Matt Hagan, Chad Green, and Randal Andras finally added their names to 2020’s rollcall of winners as each won his rain-delayed final round from the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals during final qualifying Saturday at the Denso Spark…
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Matt Smith claims second Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle title in three years

Three-time world champion Matt Smith collects his second win in the $25,000 Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle at Indy after a final round win over teammate Scotty Pollacheck.
05 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smith
It may not have been the prettiest win of his career, but for the second time in the last three years, Matt Smith claimed a victory in the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle, held Saturday at Indy. In the final, Smith, rode his Denso EBR past teammate…
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Shawn Langdon, Tommy Johnson Jr., Greg Anderson, and Scotty Pollacheck earn top spots in Indy pro qualifying

Qualifying is complete for the 66th annual Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals and Shawn Langdon, Tommy Johnson Jr., Greg Anderson, and Scotty Pollacheck are the leaders in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively.
05 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Qualifying is complete for the 66th annual Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals and Shawn Langdon, Tommy Johnson Jr., Greg Anderson, and Scotty Pollacheck are the leaders in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively. Langdon…
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Shawn Langdon, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Angie Smith lead Friday qualifiers at Indy

After an action-packed opening round of professional qualifying, Shawn Langdon, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Angie Smith lead their respective fields at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
04 Sep 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Shawn Langdon
The fourth-race of the year at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is by far the biggest as the Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals kicked off with under-the-lights qualifying on Friday evening. After the first of three qualifying runs, Shawn Langdon,…
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It's Ford vs. Dodge vs. Chevy as Factory Stock Showdown qualifying begins in Indy

Watch Friday's first qualifying session of the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
04 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Leah Pruett Dodge Drag Pak Challenger at the 2020 U.S. NHRA Nationals
Qualifying of the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown continued after a brief track inspection by the NHRA Safety Safari. …
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Watch it now! First round eliminations from the Dodge NHRA Hemi Challenge

For the first time in four years, the Dodge NHRA Hemi Challenge will have a new winner—watch the first round of eliminations to see why!
04 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
2020 Dodge NHRA Hemi Challenge at U.S. Nationals
Brian Lohnes:  And so, as we begin with this first run here, Stephen Yantus III, the 1968 Barracuda will be coming up by his lonesome. We mentioned a guy who was leading a parade a little earlier, and the guy leading the…
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NHRA's Sportsman stars take center stage at day one of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals

Nearly 900 racers hit the ground running on Thursday morning as the 66th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals kicked off at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, with the start of qualifying and time trials for sportsman racers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
03 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
meyer
Nearly 900 racers hit the ground running on Thursday morning as the 66th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals kicked off at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, with the start of qualifying and time trials for sportsman racers in the Lucas Oil…
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Randal Andras wins second Top Fuel Harley title of 2020 season

Randal Andras scored his second win of the season in the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series, defeating Jay Turner Racing teammate Tii Tharpe in the final round of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
12 Aug 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Randal Andras
Randal Andras scored his second win of the season in the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series, defeating Jay Turner Racing teammate Tii Tharpe in the final round of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Andras, who also…
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Steve Torrence takes home Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Top Fuel title

Steve Torrence’s drive to win a third-straight NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship got a kick-start after he wheeled his Capco Contractors dragster to a final round victory over low qualifier Terry McMillen at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
torrence
Steve Torrence’s drive to win a third-straight NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship got a kick-start after he wheeled his Capco Contractors dragster to a final round victory over low qualifier Terry McMillen at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals…
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Ron Capps gets back on the winning track with Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals victory

It may not be the Denso U.S. Nationals, which is the one title that has so far eluded him, but after more than two decades as a full-time pro, Ron Capps finally got to hold an NHRA Wally trophy from Lucas Oil Raceway.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
capps
It may not be the Denso U.S. Nationals, which is the one title that has so far eluded him, but after more than two decades as a full-time pro, Ron Capps finally got to hold an NHRA Wally trophy from Lucas Oil Raceway. After struggling with back-to-…
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Jeg Jr. schools Troy Jr. in historic all-Coughlin Pro Stock final at Indy

As he prepares to leave the Pro Stock class at the end of the 2020 season, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has spent a lot of time grooming his nephew, Troy Jr., to be his successor in the factory hot rod class but the five-time champion clearly isn’t yet ready to abdicate his throne.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
jeg
As he prepares to leave the Pro Stock class at the end of the 2020 season, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has spent a lot of time grooming his nephew, Troy Jr., to be his successor in the factory hot rod class but the five-time champion clearly isn’t yet ready to…
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