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Khalid AlBalooshi takes over Topeka Pro Mod qualifying lead in Q2

Khalid AlBalooshi made the only run in the 5.7s in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod series at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals. That earned him the provisional pole Friday.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Khalid AlBalooshi
Khalid AlBalooshi made the only run in the 5.7s in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod series at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals. That earned him the provisional pole Friday. AlBalooshi ran a 5.735-second pass at 259.76-mph, far and away the…
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Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals Friday Gallery

From the pits to the starting line, check out the NHRA.com gallery from Friday's opening day of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
campbell
Hours before the start of professional qualifying, Clay Millican's Parts Plus team was hard at work preparing their Top Fuel dragster for the first two qualifying runs of the weekend. Top Fuel racer Scott Palmer is…
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Kevin Skinner moves to No. 2 in Q2 of SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown in Topeka

Current No. 1 qualifier Chris Holbrook sat out the second session of the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown in Topeka, allowing Kevin Skinner to get just a little closer to the driver of the Ford Mustang.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Kevin Skinner
Chris Holbrook didn't run the second of three qualifying sessions of the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown competition at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka. That didn't rob him of his perch atop the qualifying sheet, though. Kevin…
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WATCH: Steve and Billy Torrence top Top Fuel Q1 qualifying in Topeka

The Capco Contractors Top Fuel duo of Steve and Billy Torrence led the way in Q1 at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. Watch all the runs right here.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Defending Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence made the quickest pass of the first Top Fuel session at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties; but his father, Billy Torrence, wasn't far behind. Steve ran a 3.801-second pass at…
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WATCH: John Force leads Funny Car Q1 at Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals

Watch the run that put 16-time Funny Car champion John Force on top following the Funny Car Q1 at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
John Force
John Force came closest to making a 3-second pass at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. The 16-time Funny Car champion ran a 4-second pass, right on the money, at 317.49 mph to earn three bonus points and take the category…
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WATCH: Todd Tutterow leads E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Q1 sheet in Topeka

Todd Tutterow ran a 5.822-second lap at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties to lead E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod qualifying after the first session.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Todd Tutterow
Todd Tutterow made a 5.822-second pass at 245,76 mph to lead the first E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod qualifying session at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals. He leads No. 2 qualifier Sidnei Frigo by .04-second despite being nearly 8-mph slower…
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WATCH: Bob Malloy leads Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley field after Q1 in Topeka

Bob Malloy ran a 6.343 to take the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley lead at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals following Q1.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Bob Malloy
Bob Malloy ran a 6.343 to take the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley lead at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals following Q1. His pass, a full three-hundredths of a second quicker than second-place rider Rickey House, was made at 221.49 mph. You can…
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WATCH: SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown Q1 qualifying highlights from Topeka

The SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown returned to action at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties and we've got the highlights you want to see from the first qualifying session.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Chris Holbrook
Chris Holbrook took his Ford Mustang to the top of the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown field at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties -- and he did so by a wide margin.  Holbrook ran an 8.024-second pass at 173.36…
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Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals Friday Preview

The 10th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour kicks off with qualifying at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka.
07 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Topeka
The Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals kick off qualifying in Top Fuel, Funny Car, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Modified, SAMTech Factory Stock Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley and Lucas Oil Sportsman drag racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. Central…
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WATCH: Steve Torrence earns fourth-straight Top Fuel Wally at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Steve Torrence won for the fourth-straight time in 2019, defeating Mike Salinas at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence won for the fourth-straight race, taking his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to the winner's circle at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. He defeated Mike Salinas, who smoked the tires in his Scrappers Racing machine and failed to make…
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WATCH: Tommy Johnson Jr. drives Make-a-Wish Funny Car back to winner's circle at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Tommy Johnson Jr. earned his first win since 2017 in fiery fashion, defeating Robert Hight at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson scored his first win since the last race of the 2017 season in fiery fashion at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. He defeated Robert Hight, who he also beat to capture his last Wally, taking his Make-a-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the…
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WATCH: Deric Kramer rolls to victory against Erica Enders in Route 66 NHRA Nationals Pro Stock final

Deric Kramer picks up third-career national event win after Erica Enders red-lights in Chicago Pro Stock final.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Deric Kramer
Deric Kramer did not have the quickest or fastest Pro Stock car at Route 66 Raceway, but he was good when he had to be and picked up his third-career national event win and first of the season after two-time Mello Yello champion Erica Enders fouled…
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WATCH: Matt Smith earns first win of season over Karen Stoffer in Route 66 NHRA Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle final

Reigning champ Matt Smith wins his 23rd Pro Stock Motorcycle race after a dominant performance at Route 66 Raceway.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Matt Smith
In a rematch of his first national event win at the 2006 Englishtown race, Matt Smith defeated Karen Stoffer to win the Pro Stock Motorcycle title in Chicago. Smith, aboard his Denso EBR, made the quickest run of eliminations with a 6.807 and needed…
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Chicago Pro Stock Motorcycle results: semifinals

Reigning champ Matt Smith powers his way to the Pro Stock Motorcycle final for the 52nd time in his career where he'll face Karen Stoffer's Suzuki.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Matt Smith
It wasn't the most enjoyable win of his career, but reigning Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Matt Smith did what he had to do when he raced his wife, Angie, in the semifinal round at Route 66 Raceway. Matt made one of the best runs of the day…
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Chicago Funny Car results: semifinals

02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
John Force will have to wait another week to get his 150th race win. Tommy Johnson Jr. defeated the 16-time champ with a holeshot after Force dove right in with his Peak Coolant Funny Car and got crew chief John Collins lane choice against 2017…
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Chicago Pro Stock results: semifinals

Deric Kramer will take on Erica Enders in the Pro Stock final at Route 66 Raceway. Neither driver has won a race this season.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Deric Kramer
Deric Kramer will have his first opportunity to win a Pro Stock race since last year's Brainerd event, but in order to do so he'll have to beat Erica Enders in the final of the Route 66 Nationals. Kramer drove to a 6.550 to 6.582 in the semifinals…
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Chicago Top Fuel results: semifinals

Steve Torrence is chasing his fourth-straight victory, but he'll have to get past Mike Salinas' Alan Johnson-tuned Scrappers Racing Top Fuel dragster at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence will chase his fourth-straight victory. He defeated Antron Brown, who drove through a fiery explosion in his Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster, and posted a 3.804-second elapsed time to secure lane choice against Mike Salinas in the final…
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Steve Torrence stretches win streak to four; Tommy Johnson, Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith get first wins of the year at Route 66 Nationals

Following his perfect six-for-six performance during the 2018 Countdown to the Championship, Steve Torrence is on another roll with four-straight Top Fuel wins; Tommy Johnson Jr. Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith also victorious at Route 66 Raceway.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
After a rocky start to the 2019 season, Steve Torrence and his Capco creew have found the momentum that helped them win last season's Mello Yello Top Fuel championship. A recent winner in Charlotte, Atlanta, and Richmond, Torrence ran his win streak…
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Chicago Pro Stock Motorcycle results: E2

The Pro Stock Motorcycle semifinals are set in Chicago, but all eyes are on rookie Jianna Salinas, who walked away from a scary top-end crash.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Karen Stoffer
In less than an hour, rookie Jianna Salinas experienced both the highs and lows of of racing in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. After claiming the first round win of her career in round one, Salinas took a tumble when she lost control of her Stoffer…
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Chicago Funny Car results: E2

Tommy Johnson Jr. will try to stop John Force from reaching his first final round of 2019 at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. ran the low elapsed time of the second round of eliminations and will get a shot at stopping John Force in the semifinals. That has proved difficult through the first two rounds of Funny Car racing at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals as…
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Chicago Pro Stock results: E2

Erica Enders wins her 300th round on a holeshot; goes to the semifinals for the first time since Phoenix.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders won her 300th round of Pro Stock competition in a familiar fashion with a holeshot win against her team owner, Richard Freeman in the second round at Route 66 Raceway. Enders drove to a 6.566 to beat Freeman's 6.560. Ender's Elite…
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Chicago Top Fuel results: E2

Steve Torrence made the quickest pass of the second round and will face Antron Brown in the semifinals of the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
A 2019 Top Fuel winner will add another Wally to his trophy case this afternoon. Mike Salinas, Antron Brown, Steve Torrence and Doug Kalitta all advanced to the semifinals after convincing wins in the second round of racing at the Route 66 NHRA…
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WATCH: Jianna Salinas and Andie Rawlings earn first-career Pro Stock Motorcycle round wins

Upsets galore in the first round of Pro Stock Motorcycle as Jianna Salinas and Andie Rawlings get their first-career round wins at Route 66 NHRA Nationals
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Andie Rawlings
//hide image on specific article jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { $( ".article-card__feature img:first-of-type" ).hide(); }); A record six women qualified for the Chicago Pro Stock Motorcycle field and five of them advanced in an…
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Chicago Pro Stock results: E1

Rival KB Racing and Elite teams each send four cars to Pro Stock quarterfinals at Route 66 Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Greg Anderson
The battle between the KB Racing and Elite Motorsports teams continued at the Route 66 Nationals with the rival outfits each putting four cars into the quarterfinal round. For the KB team, low qualifier Greg Anderson advanced with low E.T. of the…
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Chicago Funny Car results: E1

Jeff Arend picked up his first round win in more than two years, helping team owner Jim Head to the start of another solid weekend at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Shawn Langdon
//hide image on specific article jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { $( ".article-card__feature img:first-of-type" ).hide(); }); Jeff Arend earned his first round win since the final race of the 2016 season. He did so in an absolutely…
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Chicago Top Fuel results: E1

Pat Dakin was one of a handful of drivers that scored upsets in the first round of Top Fuel at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
02 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Pat Dakin
The bottom half of the bracket enjoyed a successful first round of eliminations at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers Mike Salinas and Antron Brown tied for low elapsed time (3.736-seconds apiece), but four racers in the top…
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Route 66 NHRA Nationals Sunday Preview

The ninth event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour concludes with the race day at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals outside of Chicago.
01 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Chicago
The Route 66 NHRA Nationals wrap up outside of Chicago with race day in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, beginning at 11 a.m. Central Time. You can get caught up on who toke…
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Greg Anderson, Robert Hight, Mike Salinas, Eddie Krawiec top qualifying at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Greg Anderson earned his first No. 1 qualifier since July 2018, while Robert Hight, Mike Salinas and Eddie Krawiec topped the sheets at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
01 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Greg Anderson
Greg Anderson earned his first pole position since July of 2018 at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. The Pro Stock racer took his Summit Racing Chevrolet to the top of the field in the final qualifying session with a 6.571-second pass at 210.54 mph at…
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Chicago Pro Stock Motorcycle results: Q4

Eddie Krawiec holds on to the top spot after the final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying while both Arana bikes score qualifying points.
01 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
krawiec
The rapid change in conditions that came with the Saturday's lengthy rain delay threw the Pro Stock Motorcycle class a curve ball and as a result, there were a number of aborted runs during the final session. Hector Arana Jr. was one rider who made…
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WATCH: Robert Hight captures Funny Car pole in Q4 at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Robert Hight claimed pole position at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in his Auto Club Chevy Camaro Funny Car in a terrific session.
01 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
//hide image on specific article jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { $( ".article-card__feature img:first-of-type" ).hide(); }); Robert Hight returned with a vengeance in the final qualifying session at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.…
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