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Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals Friday preview

Today is a big day for NHRA fans and racers since it marks the start of professional qualifying for the 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Here is everything you need to know about the World’s Biggest Drag Race in our Friday preview.
03 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
US Nationals
There is so much happening today at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals that it’s hard to keep track of all of it. Thankfully, we’ve got our daily NHRA.com preview to help keep track of a packed schedule that includes the start of professional…
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Stalba and Bellemeur lead alcohol fields as sportsman qualifying continues at Indy

After a solid opening day of qualifying and class eliminations for NHRA Lucas Oil Series racers, the volume knob of the Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals was turned on a notch on Thursday when racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car took the Lucas Oil Raceway quarter-mile for their first qualifying runs.
02 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Sean Bellemeur
After a solid opening day of qualifying and class eliminations for NHRA Lucas Oil Series racers, the volume knob of the Dodge//SRT  U.S. Nationals was turned on a notch on Thursday when racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car…
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See a preview of tomorrow's Dodge//SRT NHRA Hemi Challenge!

54 years ago Dodge developed two Super Stock weapons to bash the competition. Pitting these vehicles against one another was never part of the plan—but it makes for some legendary drag racing.
02 Sep 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Cudas vs. Darts at the Dodge//SRT NHRA Hemi Challenge
Today we think of the Dodge//SRT NHRA Hemi Challenge cars as the murderously quick SS/AH machines that get a spotlight at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, but in the late ’60s Chrysler corporation created a fleet of ’68 Dodge Darts and Plymouth…
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Super Stock and Stock class eliminations highlight day one of Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals

The 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals kicked off on Wednesday morning with Sportsman time trials and the highly anticipated class eliminations for racers in Super Stock and Stock.
01 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Bucky Hess
A few minutes before 8 a.m., the first pair of Stock eliminator cars lit the stage bulbs to officially kick off the 2021 Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals. By the end of the day, several hundred Sportsman racers had made runs at historic Lucas Oil…
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Brittany Force matches a Top Fuel record that's stood for 12 years

At the 2021 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brittany Force became the first Top Fuel driver to qualify number one in five consecutive races since the Al-Anabi Top Fueler.
25 Aug 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Feature, Race coverage
Brittany Force matches a Top Fuel record that's stood for 12 years
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Tales from The Strip: Relive Bob Bode's 2010 win in Brainerd

There are no gimme wins in NHRA Funny Car racing—especially when paired off against Jack Beckman in the other lane.
25 Aug 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Tales from The Strip: Relive Bob Bode's 2010 win in Brainerd
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Cruz Pedregon is in his quickest and most consistent Funny Car—Ever!

In qualifying at the 2021 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Cruz Pedregon made the quickest passes of his decades-long career, before making it to the final against Matt Hagan.
25 Aug 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Cruz Pedregon is in his quickest and most consistent Funny Car—Ever!
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Five things we learned from the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

NHRA’s annual trip to the wilds of Brainerd didn’t disappoint with a big crowd and some of the best racing of the season. Here are our five takeaways from the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
24 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca III
The 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event at Brainerd Int’l Raceway was lost due to COVID-19, but this year’s edition of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals showed just how much Minnesota fans missed the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.…
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Steve Torrence completes super sweep with a win at every NHRA venue

Championship leader Steve Torrence continues his domination of the Top Fuel class seventh victory in 12 events and a win at every track on the Camping World NHRA tour.
22 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
It was never really a slump but after winning almost everything in sight, Steve Torrence came into the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals riding a two-race winless streak, and for the Capco Contractors team, that was not acceptable. With the Dodge//SRT U.S.…
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Matt Hagan flexes his muscles with second Funny Car win in the last five races

Matt Hagan has his sights set on joining the short list of drivers who have won four NHRA championships in Funny Car, and his most recent win at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd he’s in a perfect position to do just that.
22 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
Matt Hagan has his sights set on joining the short list of drivers who have won four NHRA championships in Funny Car, and his most recent win at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd he’s in a perfect position to do just that. Hagan earned his…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sunday News and Notes

News and notes from Sunday's eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway in Brained, Minn. Updated throughout the day.
22 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Paul Lee
Should John Force reach the final round of today’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, and there is a distinct possibility that he’ll do just that, it will mark the 2,000th round of Funny Car competition for NHRA’s all-time wins leader.…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

The Camping World NHRA championship standings are almost guaranteed to shuffle with several marquee matchups set for Sunday’s final eliminations in Brainerd
22 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Sunday preview
Saturday’s two qualifying sessions for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals were nothing short of spectacular and today’s final eliminations at Brainerd Int’l Raceway promises to deliver more of the same. There is more at stake today than just a coveted…
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Brittany Force and Bob Tasca III head into Brainerd eliminations as top qualifiers

Brittany Force and Bob Tasca III are the top qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway.
21 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force and Bob Tasca III are the top qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway. A lot changed at Brainerd Int’l Raceway between Friday and Saturday including the weather…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Saturday preview

Conditions are dramatically different on Saturday at Brainerd Int’l Raceway as Mike Salinas and Bob Tasca III attempt to maintain their grip on the top qualifying spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car.
21 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Brainerd
Conditions are dramatically different on Saturday at Brainerd Int’l Raceway as Mike Salinas and Bob Tasca III attempt to maintain their grip on the top qualifying spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car The second day of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in…
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Mike Salinas and Bob Tasca III earn top qualifying spots on Friday in Brainerd

The Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series made its long-awaited return to Brainerd Int’l Raceway this weekend and Mike Salinas and Bob Tasca III earned the provisional pole positions after Friday’s lone nitro qualifying session at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
20 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
The Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series made its long-awaited return to Brainerd Int’l Raceway this weekend and Mike Salinas and Bob Tasca III earned the provisional pole positions after Friday’s nitro qualifying session at the Lucas Oil NHRA…
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Brittany Force breaks through, grabs memorable Top Fuel victory in Topeka

Brittany shared the winner's circle with her father, John, knocking off Clay Millican to pick up the victory on Sunday at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.
15 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Brittany Topeka
Brittany Force simply wanted her first win of the season after coming so close on several different occasions. Getting to share it with her father, John, in a historic first simply made it that much sweeter for the Top Fuel star. Force went 3.783…
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John Force takes over Funny Car points lead after thrilling win in Topeka

The legendary 16-time world champ put another impressive stamp on his 2021 season on Sunday at Heartland Motorsports Park, driving past J.R. Todd in the final round to win the Menards NHRA Nationals.
15 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Force Topeka
For the first time in seven years, John Force is the Funny Car points leader. The legendary 16-time world champ put another impressive stamp on his 2021 season on Sunday at Heartland Motorsports Park, driving past J.R. Todd in the final round…
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Picture perfect: Dallas Glenn goes .000 in final to get Pro Stock win in Topeka

The standout Pro Stock rookie went a perfect .000 on the starting line, holding off Kyle Koretsky at the finish line to win the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.
15 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Dallas Glenn
Dallas Glenn was incredible on the starting line en route to the final round at Topeka. Facing off with KB Racing teammate Kyle Koretsky in the championship round, Glenn decided to dial it up even more. The standout Pro Stock rookie went a…
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Menards NHRA Nationals Sunday News and Notes

News and notes from Sunday's eliminations at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka. Updated throughout the day,
15 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Topeka notes
In a huge first-round matchup in Top Fuel, Clay Millican got the better of Doug Kalitta, going 3.732 seconds at 323.50 mph to outrun Kalitta's 3.804. It was a matchup of drivers ninth and 10th in the points standings, and it proved to be a key round…
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Menards NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

Following two days and three outstanding qualifying sessions in Topeka, the stage is set for what appears to be a tremendous day of final eliminations at Heartland Motorsports Park.
15 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Topeka Sunday
Following two days and three outstanding qualifying sessions in Topeka, the stage is set for what appears to be a tremendous day of final eliminations at Heartland Motorsports Park for the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor. The House…
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Force, Todd and Coughlin Jr. lead fields in Topeka heading into raceday

On the final day of qualifying Saturday at the Menards NHRA Nationals, Brittany Force jumped into the top spot in Top Fuel, J.R. Todd stayed No. 1 in Funny Car and Troy Coughlin Jr. raced his way to a top qualifier in Pro Stock.
14 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Force Topeka
The final day of qualifying on Saturday at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor included plenty of changes, standout runs, and an entertaining prelude for what should be a memorable day of eliminations on Sunday at Heartland Motorsports…
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Menards NHRA Nationals Saturday preview

After a memorable first day of racing action during the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions will be critical heading into eliminations.
14 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Topeka Saturday preview
After a memorable first day of racing action during the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions will be critical heading into eliminations. It was a highlight-…
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Billy Torrence, J. R. Todd and Kyle Koretsky low qualifiers on Friday at Topeka

For the first time in two years, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series raced at Heartland Motorsports Park, and Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), J.R. Todd (Funny Car), and Kyle Koretsky (Pro Stock) put on a show, finishing the day as the No. 1 qualifiers on Friday at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor.
13 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Topeka Friday
For the first time in two years, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series raced at Heartland Motorsports Park, and Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), J.R. Todd (Funny Car), and Kyle Koretsky (Pro Stock) put on a show, finishing the day as the No. 1…
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Menards NHRA Nationals Friday preview 

It’s been more than two years since 11,000 horsepower of nitro exhilaration filled Heartland Motorsports Park, but it’s finally time for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series to return at this weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor. 
12 Aug 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Topeka
It’s been more than two years since 11,000 horsepower of nitro exhilaration filled Heartland Motorsports Park, but it’s finally time for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series to return at this weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals presented by…
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Leah Pruett completes comeback with first 2021 Top Fuel win at home track

Leah Pruett, who began her racing career in Jr. Dragsters at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, scored her first win of the season and her second at the fabled Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals after opponent Justin Ashley was unable to run the final round due to heat-related issues
01 Aug 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Leah Pruett
Leah Pruett, who began her racing career in Jr. Dragsters at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, scored a morale-boosting first win of the season and her second at the fabled Winternationals after opponent Justin Ashley was unable to run the final round…
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Consistent Ron Capps nabs fourth Winternats Funny Car crown, points lead

Ron Capps won the Lucas Oil Winternationals for the fourth time with an amazingly consistent NAPA Auto Parts Dodge, capping the win, the 67th of his career, with his third straight 4.15-second pass to defeat J.R. Todd.
01 Aug 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps made no secret that he wanted to walk away from this most grueling of Lucas Oil Winternationals with the trophy and accomplished that in style with an amazingly consistent NAPA Auto Parts Dodge, capping the win, the 67th of his career,…
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Aaron Stanfield denies Greg Anderson history with second straight Pro Stock win

Aaron Stanfield won for the second straight event in Pro Stock and again denied Greg Anderson the chance to tie class icon Warren Johnson’s 97-win total with his victory at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
01 Aug 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Aaron Stanfield
Aaron Stanfield won for the second straight event in Pro Stock and again denied Greg Anderson the chance to tie class icon Warren Johnson’s 97-win total with his victory at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.…
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Matt Smith dominates again to become first Winternationals PSM champion

Matt Smith continued his domination of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with his fourth win of the season, shutting down Angelle Sampey in the final round to become the first Pro Stock Motorcycle winner in Winternationals history.
01 Aug 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith continued his domination of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with his fourth win of the season and the 30th of his career, shutting down fellow world champ Angelle Sampey in the final round to become the first Pro Stock Motorcycle winner in…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Sunday News and Notes

News and Notes from Sunday's final eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Updated throughout the day,
01 Aug 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
News and Notes
Steve Torrence was saluted during the pre-race ceremony to honor his 50th career win, which took place last weekend in Sonoma. Torrence’s Top Fuel victory…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Sunday preview

After two long, hot days of qualifying battles to set the fields for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, now the real work begins as teams try to figure out a way to navigate what has been a tricky Auto Club Raceway at Pomona track surface.
01 Aug 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals
After two long, hot days of qualifying battles to set the fields for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, now the real work begins as teams try to figure out a way to navigate what has been a tricky Auto Club…
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