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Chris McGaha: 'When [the fire] came through the floorboards, I got outta there'

Pro Stock racer Chris McGaha got out of his Chevy Camaro quickly when a loose fuel line led to a big fire in the second round of qualifying.
06 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Chris McGaha
Humans discovered fire long before the burgeoning species discovered the wonder of horsepower. At the time, we had no idea what a terrible mixture those two things would eventually create for Chris McGaha during the second round of Pro Stock…
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Bo Butner talks softly and carries a big lead into the second day of Pro Stock qualifying

Bo Butner has won three times in the last five races and leads Pro Stock qualifying at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
06 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Bo Butner
Bo Butner quietly leads Pro Stock in points and NHRA Power Ranking. Quietly because, in part, he carries himself that way. Quietly because, in part, his numbers don’t leap off the page in a category tightly bunched together.  Butner leads…
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Top Fuel's Mike Salinas: “I’m here for one thing, and that’s to win”

Mike Salinas doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to setting goals, especially in drag racing: After leading Friday qualifying at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, he seems primed for his first win.
06 Apr 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to setting goals, especially in drag racing: “I’m here for one thing, and that’s to win.” Beneath an easy-going, friendly exterior, the Northern California-based Top Fuel pilot admits he’s…
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Saturday Preview

Welcome to Day 2 of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where final qualifying today will set the fields for Sunday's final eliminations.
06 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Las Vegas
Welcome to Day 2 of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where final qualifying today will set the fields for Sunday's final eliminations. Mike Salinas grabbed the qualifying lead Friday in…
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Las Vegas Top Fuel Friday results: Q2

Mike Salinas’ new association with Brian Husen and Alan Johnson is already showing dividends as the Scrappers Racing pilot raced to the No. 1 spot halfway through qualifying.
05 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas’ new association with Brian Husen and Alan Johnson is already showing dividends as the Scrappers Racing pilot raced to the No. 1 spot halfway through qualifying. Salinas, whose first and only other No. 1 berth came at last year’s…
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Mike Salinas leads Top Fuel pack; Wilk, Butner, Arana also hold top spots in Las Vegas

Mike Salinas hunts his second No. 1 qualifier at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) lead their fields.
05 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas leads Top Fuel with a blast of 3.705, further solidifying his spot as a contender in the field. The Alan Johnson-tuned Scrappers Racing Dragster made a strong move early and sped to a top speed of 328.46 mph. Tim Wilkerson hopes to…
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Las Vegas Funny Car Friday results: Q2

Tim Wilkerson is halfway to what would be his 20th career No. 1 qualifying berth after powering his Levi Ray & Shoup Shelby to a 3.895 in the second qualifying session.
05 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson is halfway to what would be his 20th career No. 1 qualifying berth after powering his Levi Ray & Shoup Shelby to a 3.895 in the second qualifying session. Ron Capps was just a few ticks behind Wilkerson with a 3.897 with h is…
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Las Vegas Friday photo gallery

Photo highlights from Day 1 of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
05 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
Photo highlights from Day 1 of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NHRA fans got to meet the stars of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at a Fanfest held Thursday night at the…
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Las Vegas Pro Stock Friday results: Q2

Bo Butner surged to the top of the Pro Stock qualifying order at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Friday.
05 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Bo Butner
Bo Butner stormed to the top of the qualifying sheet, ending the Elite Motorsports parade with a 6.648 elapsed time. That bettered the next-quickest pass by nearly two-hundredths of a second.  Nobody from the Elite camp had an answer in the…
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Las Vegas Pro Stock Motorcycle Friday results: Q2

Hector Arana Jr. holds the top spot in Pro Stock after Friday action at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
05 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Hector Arana Jr.
Hector Arana Jr. will go to bed as the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The rider of the Lucas Oil EBR ran the only 6.80 of the day (a 6.884 to be exact), and that's enough to get him a step ahead of the competition.  The competition…
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Steve Chrisman continues the family legacy in Las Vegas

The Chrisman name has been bannered on dragstrips since the early 1950s when Jack Chrisman began competing. More than six decades later, Chrisman’s son, Steve, will continue that legacy as he suits up to drive the Worsham family Top Fueler this weekend.
05 Apr 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Chrisman
The Chrisman name has been bannered on dragstrips since the early 1950s when Jack Chrisman began competing. More than six decades later, Chrisman’s son, Steve, will continue that legacy as he suits up to drive the Worsham family Top Fueler this…
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Alex Laughlin holds great hand early in season

Alex Laughlin enters Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals second in points with an opportunity to build on hot start.
05 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Alex Laughlin
He knows it so well he attributes the quote to somebody well. Alex Laughlin feels most comfortable while uncomfortable. Pro Mod feels like home. Driving a radial car feels like home. A Pro Stock car? Not so much. Grabbing a bull by the horns and…
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Las Vegas Top Fuel Friday results: Q1

Brittany Force snagged the provisional Top Fuel pole with her Advanced Auto Parts dragster, racing to a 3.773 to edge out Mike Salinas’ 3.736 for the top spot.
05 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force snagged the provisional Top Fuel pole with her Advanced Auto Parts dragster, racing to a 3.773 to edge out Mike Salinas’ 3.736 for the top spot. Five drivers found the 3.7-second zone on their opening passes, with Leah Pritchett’s…
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Las Vegas Funny Car Friday results: Q1

Nine Funny Cars ran in the threes to kick off qualifying with reigning world champ and defending event titlist J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota leading the way with a 3.919.
05 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
J.R. Todd
Nine Funny Cars ran in the threes to kick off qualifying with reigning world champ and defending event titlist J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota leading the way with a 3.919. Las Vegas fans saw side-by-side-by-side three-second runs in three of the…
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Las Vegas Pro Stock Friday results: Q1

Phoenix winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. snagged three points by going low in the first Pro Stock qualifying session with a 6.665. Teammate Rodger Brogdon ran the same elapsed time, but Coughlin was faster (206.48 mph) to top the sheet. 
05 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Phoenix winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. snagged three points by going low in the first Pro Stock qualifying session with a 6.665. Teammate Rodger Brogdon ran the same elapsed time, but Coughlin was faster (206.48 mph) to top the sheet.  The top four…
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Las Vegas Pro Stock Motorcycle Friday results: Q1

Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith leads the two-wheel field after the first qualifying session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
05 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith backed up his words with a 6.929-second blast, but a Suzuki followed  him by .02 second in the first round of qualifying of Pro Stock Motorcycle. A war of words broke out online following NHRA's decision to add 15 pounds to the EBR,…
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Shared histories and tragedies keep Millican and Herbert united on a mission

Clay Millican and Doug Herbert might seem to be the most unlikely of partners after sparring with one another early in their Top Fuel careers, but their shared passion for teen safe driving has brought them together and this weekend fans can see evidence of that on the side of Millican’s dragster.
05 Apr 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Clay Millican
Any time you see Clay Millican and Doug Herbert together, you have to chuckle, remembering their infamous shoving match at the 2002 Reading event, with 6-foot-4, 220-pound “Dougzilla” squaring off with 5-8, 145-pound Millican after a starting-…
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Ryan Oehler flying towards more Pro Stock Motorcycle success

The second-year rider is ready to stand on platform built at Gatornationals.
05 Apr 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Ryan Oehler
Ryan Oehler set career bests in both speed and elapsed time to start the 2019 season, but the Illinois-based Pro Stock Motorcycle rider is already looking ahead to what his small team can do this year. He nearly broke the 200-mph barrier on his EBR-…
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Friday Preview

The 20th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals gets under way in Las Vegas with qualifying at The Strip. Pro Stock Motorcycle begins the proceedings at 12:30 p.m. Pacific.
05 Apr 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Las Vegas
Welcome to the first day of racing at the 20th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The opening session is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Pacific. NHRA Drag Racing last hit the track at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday Photo Gallery

Sights and scenes from an epic final day of the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
Sights and scenes from an epic final day of the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.   The Darrell Gwynn “Track Walk for those who can’t” attracted a large number of NHRA pro racers including current Mello Yello…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Sunday results: Final

After celebrating his fiancee Randi Lynn Shipp's Stock Eliminator win on Saturday night, Bo Butner goes the distance in Pro Stock on Sunday for his second win of the season.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
butner2
Bo Butner never really contemplated retiring from drag racing, but he did briefly consider leaving the Pro Stock class. At this point, his rivals would likely support that decision. Butner, the 2017 Mello Yello Pro Stock champion, won for the second…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Sunday results: Final

Richie Crampton scored his second straight Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals victory, stopping Clay Millican in the final round with a holeshot effort.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Richie Crampton
Richie Crampton scored his second straight Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals victory, stopping Clay Millican in the final round with a holeshot effort. Crampton’s DHL machine left first, .042 to 058, and stayed ahead of Millican’s Parts Plus…
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Gainesville Funny Car Sunday results: Final

Robert Hight won for the second time in three races this season to build upon his points lead, defeating Tim Wilkerson, whose mount faltered just off the starting line.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight won for the second time in three races this season to build upon his points lead, defeating Tim Wilkerson, whose mount faltered just off the starting line. Hight’s win was also his fourth in the past eight years at the Gatornationals…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: Final

Andrew Hines extracts revenge on Harley-Davidson teammate Eddie Krawiec with a dominating win at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
hines2
Going an entire season without a win clearly didn't sit well with five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines so he decided to do something about it. In one of the most inspired performances of his career, Hines earned his 49th career win…
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Skillman prevails in epic Factory Stock Showdown battle

Fresh out of Pro Stock, Drew Skillman wasted no time finding the winner’s circle in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Factory stock
Weary of sleepless nights and anxiety-filled days in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class, Drew Skillman has traded those for well, the same ultra-competitive atmosphere that now permeates the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown. Accompanied by his…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: Semifinals

For the third-straight year, Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec will meet to decide the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals Pro Stock Motorcycle final.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
krawiec2
Andrew Hines is one round away from ending a winless drought that goes back more than a year. The problem is that in order to do it, he'll have to go through his Harley-Davidson teammate, Eddie Krawiec, who hasn't lost a round in Gainesville since…
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Gainesville Funny Car Sunday results: Semifinals

Tim Wilkerson will have the chance to win the Gatornationals for the second time, but he’ll have to climb a tall hurdle in Robert Hight to get it done.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson will have the chance to win the Gatornationals for the second time, but he’ll have to climb a tall hurdle in Robert Hight to get it done. Wilk ran his second straight 3.8-second pass, a 3.896 to beat Jack Beckman and even their head…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Sunday results: Semifinals

Bo Butner and Alex Laughlin will race for the Pro Stock title at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
laughlin2
Bo Butner advanced to his second final round of the year in Pro Stock and he needed only an 8.10 E.T. to do it. Butner got a free pass after low qualifier Rodger Brogdon left before the Tree was activited and red-lighted. Butner will attempt to join…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Sunday results: Semifinals

Clay Millican and Richie Crampton will face off in the Top Fuel final in Gainesville after advancing through the final-four pairing with victories over Doug Kalitta and T.J. Zizzo.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Clay Millican
The Clay Millican-Mike Kloeber reunion is already paying dividends in their third race together after a long break as the Tennessean will compete for the Gatornationals title after beating Doug Kalitta. Millican’s run was in peril early when his…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: E2

Three of the top four qualifiers advanced to the semifinals or Pro Stock Motorcycle, but Matt Smith wasn't one of them.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
eddiek
Three of the top four qualifiers advanced to the semifinals or Pro Stock Motorcycle, but Matt Smith wasn't one of them. The reigning world champ's Denso EBR sat silent on the starting line while opponent Joey Gladstone blasted to the semifinals.…
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