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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals Saturday preview

It’s the final day of qualifying at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals and the penultimate day of the famed Western Swing. Two more qualifying sessions are on tap today, at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Pacific time to set the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations.
03 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Seattle
It’s the final day of qualifying at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals and the penultimate day of the famed Western Swing. Two more qualifying sessions are on tap today, at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Pacific time to set the fields for…
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WATCH: Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals Friday recap

Check out the Friday qualifying recap from the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals with commentary from NHRA on FOX hosts Brian Lohnes and Tony Pedregon.
02 Aug 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Seattle
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Mike Salinas scraps his way to the top of Top Fuel qualifying Friday in Seattle

Mike Salinas powered his Scrappers Racing dragster to the day’s only 3.6-second blast, a 3.694, to take over the field lead in Top Fuel halfway through qualifying at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals.
02 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas powered his Scrappers Racing dragster to the day’s only 3.6-second blast, a 3.694, to take over the field lead in Top Fuel halfway through qualifying. Salinas, who already has three No. 1 qualifying efforts this season led a very quick…
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Bob Tasca III rides Motorcraft Mustang to the Friday Funny Car lead in Seattle

Bob Tasca III continued his summer surge with the Motorcraft Ford Mustang and the two-time season winner is halfway to the No 1 qualifying spot at Pacific Raceways with a 3.871 blast.
02 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca
Bob Tasca III continued his summer surge with the Motorcraft Ford Mustang and the two-time season winner is halfway to the No 1 qualifying spot at Pacific Raceways with a 3.871 blast. Funny Car qualifying in the cool afternoon was a continuing…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. takes JEGS Chevy to Friday's Pro Stock qualifying lead in Seattle

It was an Elite Motorsports sweep of the top three Pro Stock qualifying spots on Friday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals as Jeg Coughlin Jr. led the way ahead of stablemates Alex Laughlin and Erica Enders.
02 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
It was an Elite Motorsports sweep of the top three Pro Stock qualifying spots on Friday as Jeg Coughlin Jr. led the way ahead of stablemates Alex Laughlin and Erica Enders. If Coughlin holds the lead it will be his first No. 1 of the season and the…
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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Northwest Nationals Friday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz was here, there, and everywhere capturing the action on and off the track on the opening day of the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals.
02 Aug 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Seattle
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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals Friday preview

The 32nd edition of the famed NHRA Western Swing will race to its conclusion this weekend at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., just outside of Seattle.
02 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Seattle
The 32nd edition of the famed NHRA Western Swing will race to its conclusion this weekend at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., just outside of Seattle. The famed racetrack, which also once hosted the NHRA Fallnationals in the late 1970s and 1980,…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sunday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Bob Johnson and Richard Wong captured race day at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals and we've got the best photos for your viewing pleasure.
28 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Sonoma winners
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Billy Torrence scores third Top Fuel win at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Billy Torrence gets closer to NHRA Countdown to the Championship with NHRA Sonoma Nationals victory.
28 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Billy Torrence
Billy Torrence is just 31 points away from an NHRA Countdown to the Championship position after winning his third career Top Fuel race. He ended the three-race winning streak of his son, Steve Torrence, and put his Capco Contractors Top Fuel…
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Robert Hight wheels his Chevy Camaro to 50th Funny Car win at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Robert Hight takes Auto Club Chevy Camaro to 50th win at NHRA Sonoma Nationals
28 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight captured the 50th win of his Funny Car career at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, winning the event for the second-straight year in the process. The driver of the Auto Club Chevy defeated rival Matt Hagan with an overpowering run and a…
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Greg Anderson captures back-to-back Pro Stock wins with Summit Chevrolet

Greg Anderson takes step closer to Western Swing sweep with NHRA Sonoma Nationals victory.
28 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Greg Anderson
The Western Swing sweep is in sight for Greg Anderson -- again. The veteran racer went a year without a victory but has now won back-to-back races after defeating Alex Laughlin at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. He started the Western Swing with a win at…
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Andrew Hines wins seventh Pro Stock Motorcycle Wally in 2019 at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Andrew Hines took down Matt Smith to double up at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
28 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Andrew Hines
Andrew Hines won for the seventh time in 2019 to extend his Pro Stock Motorcycle lead. He defeated rival rider Matt Smith by .02-second with a 6.790-second lap at 198.00-mph to double-up at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Hines had already won the…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sunday preview

The NHRA Sonoma Nationals wrap up at Sonoma Raceway eliminations set for Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel.
28 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
The annual NHRA Western Swing moves to its second stop in Sonoma, wrapping up with eliminations in all four professional categories. Sunday features a full day of eliminations beginning at 11 a.m.  The event features action in Top Fuel…
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Robert Hight secures eighth Funny Car pole of 2019 at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Auto Club Chevy Camaro driven by Robert Hight goes to No. 1 at NHRA Sonoma Nationals
27 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight qualified No. 1 for the second-straight race in his Auto Club Chevy Camaro Funny Car. The two-time Funny Car world champion is looking for his second-straight win at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals where he set the world speed record in the…
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Andrew Hines continues dominant season with Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle win

Andrew Hines defeats teammate Eddie Krawiec to score Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle victory
27 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Andrew Hines
Andrew Hines is taking home a check for $25,000. He defeated teammate Eddie Krawiec in the final of the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle to score a big pay day at Sonoma Raceway, continuing his magical 2019 season in Pro Stock Motorcycle.  He…
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Clay Millican goes to No. 1 for fourth time in 2019 at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Clay Millican uses quickest lap of 2019 to take Top Fuel pole in Sonoma
27 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Clay Millican
The Parts Plus / Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Fuel dragster driven by Clay Millican took pole for the fourth time in 2019. Crew chiefs Mike Kloeber and Jim Oberhofer sent Millican to his quickest pass of the 2019 season on Friday and that held up…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Saturday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Bob Johnson and Richard Wong captured some of the best moments from the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
27 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Sonoma Raceway
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Matt Smith locks up third Pro Stock Motorcycle pole of 2019 at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith earns pole in Sonoma
27 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith earned pole position aboard his Denso Spark Plugs Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. He ran a 6.779-second pass at 200.83-mph during Friday qualifying to secure his third No. 1 qualifier of the 2019 season at Sonoma…
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Alex Laughlin earns first Pro Stock pole of 2019 season at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Havoline Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock racer Alex Laughlin takes pole in Sonoma
27 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Alex Laughlin
Alex Laughlin has put Denver in the rearview mirror. The driver of the Havoline Chevy Camaro captured the Pro Stock pole at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals with a pass of 6.520-seconds at 210.8-mph. That washed away a poor performance to start the Western…
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Favorites move on in first round of Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle

Matt Smith, Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, Angie Smith advance to second round 
27 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Andrew Hines
The pairings were handled at random in the first round of the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle, but that didn’t stop the top performers from advancing. Defending Pro Bike Battle winner Matt Smith defeated upstart racer Ryan Oehler by .002-second to…
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Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle pairings set

The pairings of the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle will be unveiled live at 1:15 p.m.
27 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Matt Smith
The field is set for the annual Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle featuring the very best in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. This race-within-a-race pits the top eight riders in the class against each other as they compete for a $25,000 prize…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Saturday preview

The NHRA Sonoma Nationals continue at Sonoma Raceway with a pair of qualifying sessions in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel. The Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle also kicks off at 1:15 p.m. Pacific.
27 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
The annual NHRA Western Swing moves to its second stop in Sonoma, continuing with a pair of qualifying sessions in all four professional categories and the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle. Saturday features a full day of qualifying beginning…
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Clay Millican secures provisional Top Fuel pole at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Clay Millican made his best-ever run with Mike Kloeber to go to the top of the qualifying sheet in Top Fuel at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals
26 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Clay Millican
Clay Millican made the quickest run since Mike Kloeber took over tuning duties on the Parts-Plus / Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Fuel Dragster, showing yet another sign of improvement for the small team. Millican ran a 3.698-second pass at 330.96-…
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Robert Hight rockets to the top of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals Funny Car sheet in Auto Club Chevy Camaro

Robert Hight wrote a new chapter in his book of domination at Sonoma Raceway with a 3.858-second at 334.65-mph to capture the provisional pole in his Auto Club Chevy Camaro Funny Car.
26 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight wrote a new chapter in his book of domination at Sonoma Raceway. He went 3.858-second at 334.65-mph to capture the provisional pole in his Auto Club Chevy Camaro Funny Car to lead the way alongside crew chief Jimmy Prock at the second…
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Alex Laughlin bounces back to take provisional Pro Stock pole in Havoline Chevy Camaro

Alex Laughlin snatched the provisional Pro Stock pole at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in his Havoline Chevy Camaro.
26 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Alex Laughlin
Alex Laughlin snatched the provisional Pro Stock pole at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals following a disastrous start to the Western Swing. The driver of the Havoline Chevy Camaro earned six bonus points on a fabulous Friday for the Texas-based racer, who…
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Matt Smith sets Pro Stock Motorcycle track record to take provisional pole at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Matt Smith is chasing his third Pro Stock Motorcycle pole of the season after setting the Sonoma Raceway speed record on Friday.
26 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Angie Smith came 0.78-mph away from become the fourth rider to join the Denso Spark Plugs 200-mph club on Saturday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Her husband, Matt Smith, made the only run in the double-century mark, helping him towards the…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Friday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Bob Johnson and Richard Wong captured the first day of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals with their cameras for your viewing pleasure.
26 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Steve Faria
NHRA National Dragster photographers Bob Johnson and Richard Wong captured the first day of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals with their cameras for your viewing pleasure. Check out some of the best photos from Sonoma Raceway, featuring everything from…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Friday preview

The annual NHRA Western Swing moves to its second stop in Sonoma, beginning with a pair of qualifying sessions in all four professional categories.
26 Jul 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
The annual NHRA Western Swing moves to its second stop in Sonoma, beginning with a pair of qualifying sessions in all four professional categories. Friday features a full day of qualifying beginning with Sportsman racing at 9:30 a.m.…
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The Capco train keeps rolling as Steve Torrence wins eighth Top Fuel title in Denver

Steve Torrence’s amazing championship defense continues with his eighth Top Fuel win of the season at the Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals.
21 Jul 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
torrence
Somehow, someway, Steve Torrence went winless in the first five races if his Top Fuel title defense. Since then, he’s been pure gold with eight wins and a runner-up finish in nine events. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect record is a loss to…
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Fifth-time is the charm Tommy Johnson Jr. and Make-A-Wish Dodge Funny Car in Denver

In his fifth-career final round at Bandimere Speedway, Tommy Johnson Jr. drives Make-A-Wish Dodge Funny Car to victory.
21 Jul 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
johnson
From Super Gas, to Top Alcohol Funny Car, to Top Fuel, and eventually the Funny Car class, Tommy Johnson Jr. has tried to win the Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil for more than three decades, and he finally made it happen by…
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