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Karen Stoffer’s giant-slaying Suzuki wins Pro Stock Motorcycle in Sonoma

White Alligator Racing’s Crew Chief Tim Kulungian returns to his old horsepower playbook, and Stoffer reaps the rewards.
25 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Karen Stoffer’s giant-slaying Suzuki wins Pro Stock Motorcycle in Sonoma
This race was a bucket list win for Karen Stoffer. She grew up racing in NHRA's Division 7 and running at Sonoma Raceway. Always a threat and a consummate Pro Stock Motorcycle racer, the crowd, and the competition were equally wowed when her second-…
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Aaron Stanfield wins Pro Stock in Sonoma; collects third win in the class

Stanfield defeats Greg Anderson in the semis and Dallas Glenn in the final to win the Sonoma Nationals.
25 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Aaron Stanfield wins Pro Stock in Sonoma; collects third win in the class
When asked to reflect on his Sonoma win, and what it was that allowed Aaron Stanfield the kind of success it takes to defeat opponents with vastly different skillsets and reaction times, Stanfield credited his team. “You know, that's tough to say…
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Robert Hight wins Funny Car in Sonoma; surpasses Joe Amato’s win record

The Auto Club Funny Car driver defeats Matt Hagan, finds the consistency his team has been chasing and heads into Pomona with a new velocity.
25 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Robert Hight wins Funny Car in Sonoma; surpasses Joe Amato’s win record
“I never thought I’d ever get a chance to drive one of these cars,” said Robert Hight. “John Force gave me a chance, and 26 years later I’m leaving Sonoma with a Funny Car Wally.” Hight’s humbleness comes from acknowledging the struggle he and…
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Steve Torrence locks up spot in Countdown to the Championship; wins Top Fuel in Sonoma

Team Torrence tallies so many successes at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals, it’s difficult to know where to begin.
25 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
 Steve Torrence locks up spot in Countdown to the Championship; wins Top Fuel in Sonoma
Even before the race day started Torrence had locked up his spot in the 2021 Countdown to the Championship. His win in Sonoma means his Capco Contractor’s Top Fuel dragster is two-thirds of the way to sweeping the 2021 Western Swing. Even if you…
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Tim Wilkerson's Funny Car explodes in a fireball in round one—but still advances

Wilkerson's car spun the rear tires, lost cylinders, and then blew the body up with a major engine explosion. Watch the action from Sonoma right here.
25 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Tim Wilkerson's Funny Car explodes in a fireball in round one—but still advances
Tim Wilkerson vs. Jim Campbell in round one and the cars staged and launched well. Campbell's car got in trouble early and then Wilkerson's car spun the rear tires, lost cylinders, and then blew the body up with an engine…
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Sunday news and notes from the NHRA Sonoma Nationals

The 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals begins the second race of the 2021 NHRA Western Swing, and we look forward to success coming in pairs (and then triples) for racers and fans alike.
25 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
NHRA Sonoma Nationals Steve Torrence Top Fuel
All weekend NHRA race fans have been celebrating the return of the Camping World Drag Racing Series to its home state. As the first motorsport event Sonoma Raceway has hosted without attendance restrictions, the fans within the facility were…
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Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Angie Smith are top qualifiers in Sonoma

After two ideal days in California, Angie Smith scores her first-ever number-one qualifier, while Greg Anderson, Ron Capps, and Brittany Force hold on to their positions.
24 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Angie Smith are top qualifiers in Sonoma
Sonoma Raceway is a freak of nature that brings out the absolute best in drag cars. Located 13 feet above sea level and 13 miles from the ocean, its proximity to the Pacific gives the track the equivalent of climate control. Its surface preparation…
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Matt Smith smashes Pro Stock Motorcycle top-speed record: 205.04 mph!

On Friday night at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Matt Smith ran 203 mph and told the crowd there was a 204-mph run in the bike. He stunned fans Saturday when he blasted past 204 and went right to 205.04 mph!
24 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Matt Smith smashes Pro Stock Motorcycle top-speed record: 205.04 mph!
Hear what Smith thought about the run:
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Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Matt Hartford, and Andrew Hines are Friday night’s top qualifiers in Sonoma

Perfect weather, record speeds, and full-capacity California crowd made the night session at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals a smash success.
23 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Brittany Force 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Most people think Sonoma, Calif., is wine country, but motorsports fans know better—it’s horsepower country. After last weekend’s race in Denver where the air was thin and the trap speeds were low, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series…
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Watch now! Super Stock qualifying from Sonoma Nationals

Watch a field of Super Stock cars run at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
23 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Watch it now! Super Stock qualifying session from 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
See the detailed results HERE To catch all the action of the…
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What it takes to build an all-volunteer Funny Car crew

In his nitro Funny Car debut, Chris King rolled into the 2021 Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil with a team of friends and veterans racing for the love of the sport.
20 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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What it takes to build an all-volunteer Funny Car crew
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The 5,787-foot conundrum that is NHRA’s Western Swing

Going on the road for three weeks in a row with your race car is just one of the challenges of the Western Swing. But it's the 5,787-foot difference between Denver and Sonoma that makes this famed trinity of races a legendary experience.
20 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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The 5,787-foot conundrum that is NHRA’s Western Swing
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NHRA on FOX Show Open from Denver—The start of the Western Swing

Success, failure, and the conquering of the Rocky Mountains were on display at the 2021 Dodge SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil, and the start of the 32 NHRA Western Swing.
20 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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NHRA on FOX Show Open from Denver—The start of the Western Swing
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Crew Chief Confidential: David Grubnic explains the unique starting line in Denver

Brittany Force’s Crew Chief tells NHRA on FOX’s Jamie Howe about the cooling system under Bandimere’s starting line, and how it allows teams to launch harder for the best racing.
20 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Crew Chief Confidential: David Grubnic explains the unique starting line in Denver
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Joey Haas: Doing everything right as a new Top Fuel racer

Right team. Right driving. Right timing. Right choices. Under the watchful eye of Terry Totten, Haas makes it to the final against Steve Torrence in Denver.
19 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Joey Haas: Doing everything right as a new Top Fuel racer
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Matt Hagan puts team Schumacher on the scoreboard for the first time this season

After running the table in 2020 and posting 14 straight Funny Car victories, it was shocking to see the Don Schumacher Racing team struggle to put together a win this season. Entering the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil riding an 0-for-7 streak to start the season, the reigning world champion came to the rescue when he defeated Alexis DeJoria in the final round.
18 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
After running the table in 2020 and posting 14 straight Funny Car victories, it was shocking to see the Don Schumacher Racing team struggle to put together a win this season. Entering the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by…
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Matt Smith goes back-to-back, scores third win in first six races

There is still a lot of racing left to do in 2021, but if anyone is to keep Matt Smith from winning a fifth NHRA Camping World Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, it might be best to do it now. Smith won for the third time this year when he topped Eddie Krawiec in the final round of the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil, backing up his most recent win in Norwalk three weeks ago.
18 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
There is still a lot of racing left to do in 2021, but if anyone is to keep Matt Smith from winning a fifth NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, it might be best to do it now. Smith won for the third time…
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Steve Torrence keeps rolling but Joey Haas has his day in the sun

It’s rare at any drag race when both the winner and runner-up walk away equally as excited, but that helps describe the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil Top Fuel final, where Steve Torrence continued his torrid pace with his fifth win in eight races this season, and Joey Haas enjoyed his best day as a Pro with an impressive runner-up finish.
18 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
It’s rare at any drag race when both the winner and runner-up walk away equally as excited, but that helps describe the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil Top Fuel final, where Steve Torrence continued his torrid pace with his…
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Sunday news and notes from the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals

News and notes during final eliminations at Bandimere Speedway. This will be updated throughout the remainder of the event.
18 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
news and notes
In case you missed it last night, the final qualifying session for racers in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service featured a lot of drama, perhaps more than it should have. Defending series…
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Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

Following two days of intense qualifying, NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pros will battle it out for Wallys on the first leg of the annual Western Swing.
18 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Denver
The on-track action at the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil has been furious during two days of qualifying, but the real story of the event (so far) is the overflow crowds that packed Bandimere Speedway on Friday and…
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Force, Hagan and Smith lead the way after thrilling nighttime qualifying in Denver

The fields are set for the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals and Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, and Matt Smith begin final eliminations as the top seeds in their respective categories
17 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
The fields are set for the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals and Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, and Matt Smith will begin final eliminations as the top seeds in their respective categories As expected, Saturday’s nighttime qualifying session at…
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Angelle Sampey and Karen Stoffer celebrate 25 years of success in Denver

At the 1996 Mile-High Nationals, Angelle Sampey and Karen Stoffer helped make history in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. A quarter-century later they are still going strong and the class has become a home for some of NHRA’s most competitive female racers.
17 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Angelle and Karen
At the 1996 Mile-High Nationals, Angelle Sampey and Karen Stoffer made history in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. A quarter-century later they are still going strong and the class has become a home for some of NHRA’s most competitive female racers…
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Shawn Fink and his vintage '55 Chevy dominate Mile-High No Time Shootout

Shawn Fink, a veteran of popular “Drag and Drive” events such as Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week and Rocky Mountain Race Week, added another title to his resumé when he wheeled his vintage ’55 Chevy to a win in the Mile-High No Time Shootout, a special event held during Friday qualifying at the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
17 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
No Time
Shawn Fink, a veteran of popular “Drag and Drive” events such as Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week and Rocky Mountain Race Week, added another title to his resumé when he wheeled his vintage ’55 Chevy to a win in the Mile-High No Time Shootout, a special…
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Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals Saturday preview

Friday’s opening round of under-the-lights pro qualifying presented a challenge to NHRA’s pro teams, but they’ll have two more shots today to conquer Bandimere Speedway as the fields are set for the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals.
17 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Denver
Friday’s opening round of under-the-lights pro qualifying presented a challenge to NHRA’s pro teams, but they’ll have two more shots today to conquer Bandimere Speedway as the fields are set for the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals. There were…
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Nighttime is the right time for Torrence, Hagan, and Smith on Friday in Denver

After a one-year absence, Bandimere Speedway reverberated with the sound of nitro engines as the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returned for the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals. On Friday, Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, and Steve Johnson turned in the quickest performances in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock Motorcycle respectively.
16 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
After a one-year absence, the hills surrounding Denver’s Bandimere Speedway reverberated with the sound of nitro engines as the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returned for the Dodge/SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals. During Friday’s thrilling…
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Rested and ready, Clay Millican is prepared to make up for lost time

After sitting out the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Clay Millican is ready to resume the fight to make the Countdown to the Championship in Top Fuel.
16 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Clay Millican
First and foremost, Clay Millican is feeling much better after an inner-ear infection forced him to withdraw from the recent Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. For those who might not remember, Millican made a qualifying attempt on…
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Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Friday preview

It’s been two years since the sounds of nitro-burning engines resonated through the Rocky Mountains surrounding picturesque Bandimere Speedway, and to suggest that Denver fans are eager for the return of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series would be a large understatement.
16 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Denver
It’s been two years since the sounds of nitro-burning engines resonated through the Rocky Mountains surrounding picturesque Bandimere Speedway and to suggest that Denver fans are eager for the return of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series…
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Matt Smith dials up something special to race past Steve Johnson for Norwalk victory

Matt Smith stopped Steve Johnson’s impressive run on Sunday in the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, breaking the track E.T. record to earn the victory.
27 Jun 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Smith
It took every bit of the track E.T. record, but Matt Smith stopped Steve Johnson’s impressive run on Sunday in the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. Smith went 6.782-seconds at 200.56 on his Denso Auto Parts/…
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Steve Torrence's Norwalk dominance continues with thrilling win over Force

Steve Torrence continued his stranglehold on Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk on Sunday, winning the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals for the third time in the past four events.
27 Jun 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Torrence
Steve Torrence continued his stranglehold on Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk on Sunday, winning the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals for the third time in the past four events, slipping past Brittany Force in a memorable…
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Emotions run high after Pedregon slips past Tasca for first win in three years

On the strength of a holeshot victory in the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Funny Car veteran Cruz Pedregon picked up his first win in more than three years.
27 Jun 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Cruz
It took just one quick look at an emotional Cruz Pedregon on the top end on Sunday to understand just how much this moment meant to him. On the strength of a holeshot victory in the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the…
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