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David Kramer’s perfect light leads to SAM Tech Factory Stock title

In just his fourth appearance in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown, David Kramer finds the winner’s circle with his COPO Camaro; Drew Skillman closes in on championship.
29 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
kramer
David Kramer may be best known throughout NHRA circles as the father of current Pro Stock championship contender Deric Kramer, but he’s also got a lengthy resumé of his own including the Comp title at the 2002 Denver race. David is now a winner in…
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Rickie Smith takes down Stevie "Fast" Jackson for Pro Mod victory

29 Sep 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Rickie Smith
Rickie Smith finished up an impressive weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway with his first victory of the season in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service action, beating points leader Stevie “Fast” Jackson…
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Billy Torrence beats Steve Torrence to get first NHRA Countdown win

29 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Billy Torrence
Billy Torrence continues to dominate every time he shows up to race. Torrence beat his son, defending world champion Steve Torrence, to capture his fourth win in his sixth final.  Torrence left a hundredth behind his son but made a clean lap…
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Shawn Langdon defeats J.R. Todd in all Kalitta Motorsports/Toyota Camry battle

29 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Shawn Langdon
Shawn Langdon is now a two-time Funny Car winner. He defeated Kalitta Motorsports teammate J.R. Todd to get his second win at World Wide Technology Raceway and first in a Funny Car, moving him to seventh in points in the process.  Langdon…
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Erica Enders takes Chevy Camaro back to winner's circle in St. Louis

29 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders is back in the winner's circle. She drove her Melling Performance by Matt Hartford to get her first win since 2018 at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.  Hartford left first, grabbing a .015-second advantage after cutting…
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Karen Stoffer scores first win since 2015 in St. Louis

29 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Karen Stoffer
Karen Stoffer defeated Andrew Hines to get her first victory since 2015. The rider brought home the third-straight victory for White Alligator Racing, which moved Stoffer to second in points, behind Hines as she battles for her first Pro Stock…
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WATCH: Shawn Langdon scores wild second-round victory in St. Louis

29 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Shawn Langdon
Shawn Langdon advanced to the semifinals in come from behind fashion, driving by Jim Campbell in his Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry. That got him back in the championship conversation and earned him a spot in the semi's for the fourth…
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WATCH: Scott Palmer's Top Fuel dragster blows up during burnout in St. Louis

29 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Scott Palmer
Scott Palmer didn't get a chance to take a shot at his good friend and defending world champion Steve Torrence in the first round of Top Fuel.  His Magic Dry Top Fuel dragster blew up while performing the burnout at the AAA Insurance NHRA…
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WATCH: Highlights from Saturday qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

29 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
John Force
Watch John Force, Mike Salinas, Erica Enders and Matt Smith take pole in their respective categories and Tim Wilkerson drive through a body-destroying explosion during the final day of qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals…
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AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Sunday preview

Get all the information on the second race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship as race day begins at World Wide Technology in St. Louis
29 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
St. Louis
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship continues at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals with 40 racers in the hunt for a championship. Professional race day begins with Top Fuel and continues with Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock…
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John Force continues chase for 17th championship with St. Louis pole

28 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
John Force
John Force captured his first pole since the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in June as he marched towards his unprecedented 17th championship. He made a 3.842-second pass at 334.4-mph in the final qualifying session to take his fourth pole of the…
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WATCH: Tim Wilkerson's Ford Mustang Funny Car body explodes during final qualifying session

28 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson experienced an explosive run during the fourth and final Funny Car qualifying session at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis. He exited his car unharmed at his home track but the body of his Ford Mustang Funny Car was…
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Mike Salinas takes pole position in St. Louis

28 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas sent a message in the final qualifying session at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. The Scrappers Racing Top Fuel team will still play a role in the championship fight. Salinas ran a 3.687-second pass at a staggering 330.55-…
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Matt Smith claims fourth pole of 2019 in St. Louis

28 Sep 2019
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Defending world champion Matt Smith took a step towards defending his title by earning pole position for the fourth time in 2019 at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.  Smith went to the top for the first time in three races on the…
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Erica Enders snags second-straight Pro Stock pole in Chevrolet Camaro

28 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders will start from the top of the Pro Stock field for the second race in a row. The two-time world champion secured pole position with a 6.552-second pass from the third qualifying session. Enders also made the quickest pass of the…
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WATCH: Rick Hord takes hard hit into wall during Pro Mod qualifying in St. Louis

Rick Hord was chasing one of the final spots in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod field in St. Louis when he made contact with the wall in St. Louis.
28 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Rick Hord
Rick Hord was chasing one of the final spots in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod field in St. Louis when he made contact with the wall in St. Louis. The racer exited the car under his own power and was assisted by the AAA Safety Safari, who also had…
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Drew Skillman to battle Bill Skillman in first round of Factory Stock; ladders set

28 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Skillman
Drew Skillman grabbed pole position in the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals to take another step closer to securing the world championship.  Skillman finished four-hundredths of a second ahead of…
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AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Saturday preview

Get all the information on the second race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship as professional qualifying continues with two sessions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
28 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
St. Louis
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship continues at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals with 40 racers in the hunt for a championship. Professional qualifying continues with a pair of sessions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock…
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WATCH: Highlights from Friday qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

28 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Luigi Novelli
Watch Robert Hight, Billy Torrence, Erica Enders and Steve Johnson take pole in their respective categories and Luigi Novelli drive through a big explosion during the first day of qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals…
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Billy Torrence leads Capco Contractors barrage in St. Louis

27 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Billy Torrence
Billy Torrence and Steve Torrence highlighted a Capco Contractors one-two punch in Top Fuel qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis.  Billy Torrence took the top spot with a 3.699-second lap at 321.88-mph. His son…
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Robert Hight tops Funny Car field in Chevy Camaro Funny Car

27 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight made a statement run at the first of three races sponsored by the company that sponsors his Chevy Camaro Funny Car.  The 2017 world champion ran a 3.877-second pass at 334.9-mph to go to the top of the Funny Car field, beating…
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Erica Enders leaps to top of Pro Stock field in Chevy Camaro

27 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders started at the top of the Pro Stock field in Reading but did not have the race day she wanted. She started her bounce back weekend in fine fashion in St. Louis.  Enders ended Friday qualifying at the top of the Pro Stock sheet…
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Steve Johnson eyes first pole in six years after strong Friday

27 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson is determined to prove his final-round appearance in Reading was not a fluke. The Suzuki rider took provisional pole position at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals with a 6.838-second pass and stunning the St. Louis crowd.…
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Rickie Smith starts weekend strong with Friday pole

27 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Rickie Smith
Rickie Smith ended up on the top of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod sheet in both sessions at the end of Friday qualifying in St. Louis, but not without a little drama. Smith made a 5.763-second pass at 251.63-miles per hour to take provisional pole…
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WATCH: Re-live all the action from the 2018 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

27 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
St. Louis
Robert Hight drove through a fiery explosion to capture a massive win at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in 2018. Re-live his victory, and the rest of the final rounds, from last year's race from World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St…
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What the teams said entering the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals:

"It’s one thing to believe you have a shot at the championship, but it’s an entirely different thing to stand there with your team holding the trophy at the end of the day." -Jack Beckman
27 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
DON SCHUMACHER RACING ANTRON BROWN “Looking forward to racing at World Wide Technology Raceway. St. Louis has always been a great place for us. We won there four years in a row, and we want to get back on that trend. We fell…
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AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Friday preview

Get all the information on the second race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship as professional qualifying kicks off with two sessions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
27 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
St. Louis
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship continues at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals with 40 racers in the hunt for a championship. Professional qualifying kicks off with a pair of sessions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock…
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WATCH: Top Sportsman helps kick off racing in St. Louis

NHRA announcer Joe Castello went live from the staging lanes at WWT Raceway in St. Louis as Top Sportsman helped kick off the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.
27 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Top Sportsman
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What the teams said following the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals:

"I know we have a car capable of winning a race, I know if I drive up to my potential we have a driver capable of winning a race, and sometimes it’s just trying to find both of those on the same day." -Jack Beckman
16 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
The first race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship is in the books. Read what the teams had to say following the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.  Torrence Racing Steve Torrence “Maple…
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Jason Line opens Countdown with 50th career Pro Stock victory

Jason Line won his 50th career Pro Stock title in Reading, driving his Summit Racing Equipment Camaro to a win over Fernando Cuadra in the opening race of the Countdown.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Jason Line
The Jason Line’s mid-season struggles in Pro Stock appear to be a distant memory after the three-time world champ claimed a key victory in the final of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Line, who won his first event of the…
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