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Erica Enders takes over Pro Stock standings lead in upset-filled first round

Erica Enders took over the Pro Stock lead after a first-round victory combined with a first-round defeat for Jason Line at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals.
14 Oct 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders took over the Pro Stock lead after a first-round victory combined with a first-round defeat for Jason Line at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals.  The two-time world champion can extend her lead if she earns back-to-back victories…
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Justin Ashley gets Top Fuel career off to flying start with win over Mike Salinas

Justin Ashley started his Top Fuel career nearly perfectly. He cut a .041-second reaction time and, more importantly, turned on the win light. 
14 Oct 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Justin Ashley
Justin Ashley started his Top Fuel career nearly perfectly. He cut a .041-second reaction time and, more importantly, turned on the win light.  TUNE TO NHRA ON FOX AT 9 P.M. EASTERN FOR FULL…
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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Monday preview

A day later than expected, but welcome again to raceday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. Champions will be crowned today in the four Mello Yello classes, plus Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at the third race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway.
14 Oct 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
hero
Welcome to Monday raceday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. Let's be honest, yesterday was a bummer. In spite of a heroic effort by the NHRA Safety Safari and zMax Dragway crews, we didn't run a single car down the famed "Bellagio of…
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Top Fuel rookie Justin Ashley hoping to 'influence' Top Fuel outcome in first start

Justin Ashley enters the first eliminations round of his professional career today at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals after successfully qualifying his and Dustin Davis' Influencer dragster in his Top Fuel debut.
13 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Justin Ashley
Justin Ashley enters the first eliminations round of his professional career today at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals after successfully qualifying in his Top Fuel debut. Ashley, the son of former U.S. Nationals Funny Car winner Mike Ashley, cut…
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Steve Torrence looking to stay perfect at zMAX to boost championship repeat bid

The deed may say that Bruton Smith actually owns zMAX Dragway, but Steve Torrence has occupied the winner’s circle here so often that he ought to be granted residency at least. He's shooting for his fourth straight win at the track and fifth in the last six.
13 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Over the last two-plus seasons, Steve Torrence has owned zMAX Dragway. The deed may say that Bruton Smith actually owns “the Bellagio of Drag Racing,” but Torrence has occupied the winner’s circle so often that he ought to be granted residency at…
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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Sunday preview

Welcome to raceday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. Champions will be crowned today in the four Mello Yello classes at the third race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway.
13 Oct 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Charlotte
Welcome to raceday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. We won’t lie – it looks like it’s going to be a long day as rain is forecast throughout the day, making this a battle of survival and willpower as much as anything. When the track is dry,…
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Jack Beckman's Dodge maintains No. 1 spot in Charlotte Funny Car qualifying

Jack Beckman qualified No. 1 for the second time this season, fending off all challengers for his 26th pole position with his Friday pass of 3.873 holding fast.
12 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman qualified No. 1 for the second time this season, fending off all challengers for his 26th pole position with his Friday pass of 3.873 holding fast. “I’m not usually into green [low qualifier] hats –- I like the yellow [winner]…
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Steve Johnson qualifies No. 1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle for the first time since 2013

In one of the most surprising developments of the year, Steve Johnson will start from the top of a Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the first time since the 2013 Englishtown race.
12 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
johnson
In one of the most surprising developments of the year, Steve Johnson will start from the top of a Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the first time since the 2013 Englishtown race when he rode his Slick 50 Suzuki to a stunning 6.786 on Saturday…
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Steve Torrence holds on to No. 1 spot in Charlotte Top Fuel qualifying

Steve Torrence held onto the No. 1 spot for his fourth pole of the season and the 23rd of his career as no one was able to better his Friday best of 3.711, though several people came close to unseating him.
12 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence held onto the No. 1 spot for his fourth pole of the season and the 23rd of his career as no one was able to better his Friday best of 3.711, though several people came close, including Leah Pritchett, who clocked a 3.714 in Q4…
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Erica Enders will continue pursuit of Pro Stock championship from No. 1 spot

As she pursues her third Mello Yello championship, Enders banked 11 of 12 possible bonus points in qualifying while putting her Melling-backed Chevy Camaro into the top spot for the third-straight event.
12 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
erica sat
The popular “every point counts” refrain is heard often during NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs and Erica Enders and her Elite Motorsports team are obviously taking it seriously. As she pursues her third Mello Yello championship, Enders…
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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Saturday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz was all over zMAX Dragway on the second day of the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, providing a gallery's worth of photos from on and off the track.
12 Oct 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
Following Friday's thrilling nighttime qualifying, fans returned to zMax Dragway en masse for Saturday's final qualifying runs. Erica Enders drove to the top spot in Pro Stock qualifying for the third-…
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Drag Week hero Rick Steinke earns Wally in Charlotte street car showcase

Rick Steinke and his popular “Honk if parts fall off” ’67 Chevelle four-door was crowned the champion of the special eight-car exhibition of Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week entries held during the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.
12 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Drag Week
Rick Steinke and his popular “Honk if parts fall off” ’67 Chevelle four-door was crowned the champion of the special eight-car exhibition of Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week entries held during the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Steinke’s…
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Matt Smith pulling double duty in Charlotte; adds Super Comp dragster to four-bike stable

As if tuning four Pro Stock Motorcycles wasn’t enough, reigning world champ Matt Smith decided to increase his work load this weekend by making his national event debut in the Super Comp class.
12 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smith
As if tuning four Pro Stock Motorcycles wasn’t enough, reigning world champ Matt Smith decided to increase his work load this weekend by making his national event debut in the Super Comp class. Smith has owned a dragster for more than two years, but…
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Riding 339-mph power, Ron Capps has everyone's attention in the Funny Car Countdown

Ron Capps and Rahn Tobler have won lots of races without breaking records, relying on consistency to get it done, but after running 339 mph in Reading, now they're a double-threat weapon in the Countdown to the Championship.
12 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
When Ron Capps powered the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger Hellcat to the second-fastest speed in NHRA history, a 339.28-mph blast during qualifying at the Countdown opener at Maple Grove Raceway, it sent some shockwaves through the class. Despite…
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Rick Steinke 's four-door Chevelle takes commanding lead in Drag Week showcase

Fan favorite Rick Steinke drove his four-door Chevelle to an 8.722 on Saturday to take a commanding lead in the special eight car showcase featuring entries from Hot Rod magazine’s Drag Week.
12 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
DragWeek
Fan favorite Rick Steinke drove his four-door Chevelle to an 8.722 on Saturday to take a commanding lead in the special eight-car showcase featuring entries from Hot Rod magazine’s Drag Week. After three of four runs, Steinke has an average elapsed…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. is very much in the thick of the Pro Stock title picture

Down by 94 points with four races remaining in the season, the arithmetic is fairly straightforward for Jeg Coughlin Jr. to win his sixth Pro Stock championship (and seventh overall).
12 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Down by 94 points with four races remaining in the season, the arithmetic is fairly straightforward for Jeg Coughlin Jr. to win a sixth Pro Stock championship (and seventh overall). If Coughlin can pick up even one round on his closest rivals at…
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Todd Paton's services are in demand, both on and off the track

It’s been a whirlwind year for second-generation Todd Paton, who in the last nine months started his own business and has driven four different Top Fuel cars, including this weekend the new Top Fuel car of Doug Foley and Tim Lewis.
12 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Todd Paton
It’s been a whirlwind year for second-generation Todd Paton, who in the last nine months started his own business and has driven four different Top Fuel cars, including this weekend the new Top Fuel car of Doug Foley and Tim Lewis.   Paton, a…
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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Saturday preview

Welcome to Day 2 of the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, the third leg of the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The Mello Yello teams will get their two final qualifying shots today, scheduled for 1:15 and 4:30 p.m. Eastern.
12 Oct 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Charlotte
Welcome to Day 2 of the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, the third leg of the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The Mello Yello teams will get their two final qualifying shots today, scheduled for 1:15 and 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Top…
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Steve Torrence dominates Friday Top Fuel qualifying at Charlotte, retakes points lead

Reigning world champ Steve Torrence, who has won the last three NHRA national events and four of the last five at zMAX Dragway, had the best run of both qualifying sessions Friday and took over the points lead in the process.
11 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Reigning world champ Steve Torrence, who has won the last three NHRA national events and four of the last five at zMAX Dragway, had the best run of both qualifying sessions Friday and took over the points lead in the process. Torrence who entered…
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Jack Beckman powers Infinite Hero Dodge to the top of Charlotte Funny Car field

Jack Beckman, who got his Countdown to the Championship account off to a good start by winning the playoff opener in Reading, powered his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger Hellcat to the No. 1 spot Friday night at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals.
11 Oct 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman, who got his Countdown to the Championship account off to a good start by winning the playoff opener in Reading, got some more good news when he powered his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger Hellcat to the No. 1 spot Friday night under the…
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Erica Enders puts Melling/Elite Pro Stock Camaro in the top spot in Charlotte

Erica Enders was dominant in her recent St. Louis win and the two-time champion doesn’t appear to have lost a thing as the NHRA Mello Yello tour has moved to zMax Dragway for the NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals.
11 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders was dominant in her recent St. Louis win and the two-time champion doesn’t appear to have lost a thing as the NHRA Mello Yello tour has moved to zMax Dragway for the NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals. Enders, now ranked No. 2 in the standings…
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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Friday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz was all over zMAX Dragway on the opening day of the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, providing a gallery's worth of photos from on and off the track.
11 Oct 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
The NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals kicked off on Friday morning with a huge showing of high school students who took part in the NHRA YES Program. Reigning Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt…
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Jerry Savoie’s WAR Suzuki dominates day one qualifying in Charlotte

After the first day of qualifying for the NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Jerry Savoie's White Alligator Suzuki leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at zMax Dragway.
11 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Jerry Savoie
After the first day of qualifying for the NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Jerry Savoie leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at zMax Dragway. Savoie, the 2016 Mello Yello champion, rode his White Alligator Suzuki to a 6.801 on Friday afternoon and that…
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Alan Prusiensky takes a wild ride in Pro Stock accident in Charlotte qualifying

​​​​​​​During the second round of qualifying at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C., Pro Stock driver Alan Prusiensky’s 2018 Dodge Dart crossed the centerline then made contact with the wall and rolled before coming to a rest.
11 Oct 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Alan Prusiensky
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Rick Steinke's four-door Chevelle leads Drag Week exhibition after day one

After the first two runs in the special exhibition of Hot Rod Drag Week entries at zMax Dragway, Rick Steinke is the leader with his popular “Honk if parts fall off” four-door ’67 Chevelle.
11 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Drag Week
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Cameron Ferre rides out wild fireball during first Top Fuel qualifying session in Charlotte

Top Fuel rookie Cameron Ferre rode out a wild fireball on Terry Haddock's Top Fueler in the first qualifying session of the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals.
11 Oct 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Cameron Ferre
//hide image on specific article jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { $( ".article-card__feature img:first-of-type" ).hide(); }); Top Fuel rookie Cameron Ferre rode out a wild fireball on Terry Haddock's Top Fueler after engine damage…
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WATCH: After one run, Drag Week champ Randall Reid leads special zMax exhibition

After one round of qualifying, Randall Reid is the leader in the Street Race Small Block Power Adder exhibition being held during this weekend’s NGK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte.
11 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Drag Week
//hide image on specific article jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { $( ".article-card__feature img:first-of-type" ).hide(); }); After one round of qualifying, Randall Reid is the leader in the Street Race Small Block Power Adder…
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For championship leader Andrew Hines, there are no "lucky tracks"

Andrew Hines has dominated the Pro Stock Motorcycle class at zMax Dragway to the tune of seven wins in 11 final rounds, so it stands to reason that he has an affinity for Bruton Smith’s “Bellagio of Dragstrips” but Hines doesn’t necessarily see it that way.
11 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hines
Andrew Hines has dominated the Pro Stock Motorcycle class at zMax Dragway to the tune of seven wins in 11 final rounds, so it stands to reason that he has an affinity for Bruton Smith’s “Bellagio of Dragstrips” but Hines doesn’t necessarily see it…
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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Friday preview

With the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship reaching the halfway point, expect NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitors to leave it all on the line at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. It is the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship
11 Oct 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Charlotte
With the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship reaching the halfway point, expect NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitors to leave it all on the line. It is the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship, also marking…
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WATCH: Sunday Highlights from the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

30 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Catch up on all the action from a thrilling race day at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Shawn Langdon, Billy Torrence, Erica Enders and Karen Stoffer all brought home Wallys, while Scott Palmer experienced a wild burn out and Langdon won…
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