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Sunday News and Notes from the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

News and Notes from Sunday's final eliminations at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Updated throughout the day.
16 May 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Krista Baldwin
Updated throughout the day TOP FUEL, ROUND ONE Doug Kalitta, who struggled in qualifying (“We stunk up the place,” according to crew chief Rob Flynn), rebounded to win his opening quad with a 3.72, and he and second-…
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NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Sunday preview

For the second time this year, the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series go four-wide for eliminator glory, making for a wild and sometimes confusing final day of eliminations.
16 May 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
zMAX Dragway
For the second time this year, the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series go four-wide for eliminator glory, making for a wild and sometimes confusing final day of eliminations. After two days of qualifying at zMAX Dragway, fields…
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John and Brittany Force, Greg Anderson and Scotty Pollacheck No. 1 qualifiers at Four-Wide Nationals

It's a Force atop both nitro classes, as John Force is No. 1 in Funny Car, joining his daughter, Brittany, who is No. 1 in Top Fuel. Greg Anderson and Scotty Pollacheck finished in the top spots in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively.
15 May 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
John Force
For just the third time ever, it will be a Force atop both nitro classes, as John Force grabbed the top spot in Funny Car on Saturday at zMAX Dragway, joining his daughter, Brittany, who stayed at the front in Top Fuel after her track-record pass on…
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Eddie Krawiec's 203-mph run finishes off spectacular, record-setting session

The second round of qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle during Saturday’s NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway was one for the record books.
15 May 2021
Race coverage
Krawiec 203
The second round of qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle during Saturday’s NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway was one for the record books. In one of the most incredible sessions in class history, Hector Arana Jr.…
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NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Saturday Preview

After a get-acquainted single pass Friday –- under the lights for the first time this year for the nitro cars -– the fields for the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will be set today at zMAX Dragway with two final qualifying sessions.
14 May 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Charlotte 1 Saturday
After a get-acquainted single pass Friday –- under the lights for the first time this year for the nitro cars -– the fields for the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will be set today at zMAX Dragway with two final qualifying sessions. …
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Brittany Force, Alexis DeJoria, Greg Anderson, Joey Gladstone lead qualifying after opening day at Four-Wide Nationals

Brittany Force and Alexis DeJoria rocketed to the number one spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, while Greg Anderson nabbed the provisional No. 1 spot in Pro Stock, continuing his stellar 2021, and Joey Gladstone broke the track record in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
14 May 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Friday night at zMAX Dragway was apparently ladies night, at least in the nitro classes, as both Brittany Force and Alexis DeJoria rocketed to the number one spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, with Force setting both ends of the track…
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NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Friday Preview

The first four-wide race in two years took place last month in Las Vegas, but this weekend marks the first race at exquisite zMAX Dragway since 2019 and the excitement is palpable.
14 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The first four-wide race in two years took place last month in Las Vegas, but this weekend marks the first race at exquisite zMAX Dragway since 2019 and the excitement is palpable. It’s also the first four-wide race at the birthplace of the sport…
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Antron Brown cements Atlanta legacy, beating Steve Torrence in final round

Antron Brown will leave famed Atlanta Dragway as its final Top Fuel champion, adding to his incredible legacy by winning the final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals over three-time reigning world champ Steve Torrence
02 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Antron Atlanta win
Antron Brown will leave famed Atlanta Dragway as its final Top Fuel champion, adding to his incredible legacy by winning the final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals over three-time reigning world champ and close friend Steve Torrence. In a must-…
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Bob Tasca stays red-hot, beats John Force in epic championship round in Atlanta

Bob Tasca grabbed the spotlight from John Force in the Funny Car final round at Atlanta Dragway, extending his points lead and winning the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals on Sunday.
02 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Tasca Atlanta win
Bob Tasca III grabbed the spotlight from John Force in the Funny Car final round at Atlanta Dragway, extending his points lead and winning the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals on Sunday. With Force going for his eighth victory at…
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Dominant performance keys memorable win for Greg Anderson at Atlanta finale

Greg Anderson got the moment he wanted to have to close out Atlanta Dragway, winning for the fifth time in Pro Stock at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.
02 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Anderson Atlanta win
Greg Anderson got the moment he wanted to have to close out Atlanta Dragway. The longtime standout finished off a dominating performance at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, rolling past Vincent Nobile with a 6.568 at 209.04 in…
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Scotty Pollacheck collects Pro Stock Motorcycle win over teammate Matt Smith

The No. 1 qualifying spot continues to serve Scotty Pollacheck well in Pro Stock Motorcycle, as he claimed an impressive victory on Sunday at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
02 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Pollacheck Atlanta win
The No. 1 qualifying spot continues to serve Scotty Pollacheck well in Pro Stock Motorcycle, as he claimed an impressive victory on Sunday at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Racing teammate and defending…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals Sunday news and notes

News and notes from final eliminations at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
02 May 2021
Race coverage
Atlanta Sunday
News and notes from final eliminations at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Antron Brown and Doug Kalitta put on a show to open up eliminations in Atlanta, with Brown's 3.793 at 317.19 slipping past Kalitta'…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals Sunday preview

For the final time, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will award winners at Atlanta Dragway, making for a historic and memorable last Sunday at Georgia’s House of Speed.
02 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Sunday preview
For the final time, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will award winners at Atlanta Dragway, making for a historic and memorable last Sunday at Georgia’s House of Speed. Following Saturday’s two qualifying sessions, fields are set for the…
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Billy Torrence, J.R. Todd, Greg Anderson, Scotty Pollacheck lead Atlanta fields

Billy Torrence and Steve Torrence sent Torrence Racing to the top two spots in Top Fuel, J.R. Todd returned to the No. 1 spot in Funny Car for the first time in nearly two years, while Greg Anderson and Scotty Pollacheck claimed the pole in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
01 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
J.R. Todd Atlanta
Billy Torrence and Steve Torrence sent Torrence Racing to the top two spots in Top Fuel, J.R. Todd returned to the No. 1 spot in Funny Car for the first time in nearly two years, while Greg Anderson and Scotty Pollacheck claimed the pole in Pro…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals Saturday preview

The final weekend at Atlanta Dragway has arrived and that means all the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will try to grab the historic last win at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.
01 May 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals Saturday preview
The final weekend at Atlanta Dragway has arrived and that means all the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will try to grab the historic last win at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals. It’s also the first…
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Steve Torrence wins Top Fuel at the four-wides for the fifth time in last six tries

Steve Torrence continued his amazing success at four-wide events by winning for the fifth time in the last six events at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four Wide nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
18 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence continued his amazing success at four-wide events by winning for the fifth time in the last six events, giving his mother a birthday present and a new plaything for new daughter Haven. Torrence, who won four-wide titles in…
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Bob Tasca III takes home his first four-wide victory with huge Las Vegas win

Bob Tasca III won his first four-wide title, winning the final at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on a holeshot to collect his seventh career Funny Car win and ninth overall in NHRA competition.
18 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca III
Bob Tasca III won his first four-wide title, winning the final at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on a holeshot to collect his seventh career Funny Car win and ninth overall in NHRA competition. Tasca’s Motorcraft/Quick lane Ford,…
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Erica Enders wins 30th Pro Stock crown in 300th start from 'unlucky' 13th spot

Anyone that comes to Las Vegas knows that the numbers can mean everything and Erica Enders hit the jackpot at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals with some lucky threes.
18 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Anyone that comes to Las Vegas knows that the numbers can mean everything and Erica Enders hit the jackpot at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals with some lucky threes. After two tire-shaking qualifying efforts, it looked like the…
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Ryan Oehler overcomes mechanical woes to collect second career victory

Ryan Oehler’s weekend at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals began with a triple brake failure that put his EBR into the top-end sand trap but ended up with he and his crew standing in their second career winner’s circle
18 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Ryan Oehler
Ryan Oehler’s weekend at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals began with a triple brake failure that put his Flying Ryan EBR into the top-end sand trap at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but his weekend ended up with he and his crew…
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Denso Spark Plug NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Sunday news and notes

News and notes from final eliminations at the Denso Spark Plug NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
18 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
News and notes from final eliminations at the Denso Spark Plug NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. ROUND ONE Top Fuel Clay Millican (3.758) and Billy Torrence (3.765) advanced out of the first…
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Sunday preview

Twice a year, the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series go four-wide for eliminator glory, making for a wild and sometimes confusing final day of eliminations, and there's no reason to expect that this year's Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will be any different.
18 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Las Vegas
Twice a year, the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series go four-wide for eliminator glory, making for a wild and sometimes confusing final day of eliminations. After two days of qualifying at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,…
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Brittany Force, Robert Hight, Greg Anderson, Matt Smith lead Las Vegas fields

Brittany Force and Robert Hight put John Force Racing at the top of both the Top Fuel and Funny Car fields while Denso-backed Greg Anderson and Matt Smith claimed Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle poles at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.
17 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Greg Anderson
Brittany Force and Robert Hight put John Force Racing at the top of both the Top Fuel and Funny Car fields while Denso-backed Greg Anderson and Matt Smith claimed Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle poles as the fields were set for the Denso Spark…
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Saturday preview

After a single opening salvo Friday, teams from the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will get two shots at the four-wide Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to try to secure a spot in their respective fields and to get a feel for two of the three lanes they didn’t run on Friday.
17 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Las Vegas
After a single opening salvo Friday, teams from the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will get two shots at the four-wide Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to try to secure a spot in their respective fields and to get a feel for two of the three…
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Torrence, Hight, Stanfield, and Smith lead opening-day fields in Las Vegas

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) lead their respective fields after the opening day of qualifying at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las vegas
16 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) lead their respective fields after the opening day of qualifying at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip…
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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Friday preview

When the first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series kicks off later today at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it will have been nearly two years since NHRA’s Pro stars have competed four-wide.
16 Apr 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Las Vegas
When the first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series kicks off later today at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it will have been nearly two years since NHRA’s Pro stars have competed four-wide. Due to the pandemic, both 2020 four-wide…
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A star is born as Josh Hart wins Gainesville title in historic Top Fuel debut

Florida's Josh Hart made history by winning the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in his Top Fuel debut.
14 Mar 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hart win
It didn’t take long to settle the debate over who would be NHRA’s next first-time pro winner after Josh Hart drove to a win at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in his Top Fuel debut. Hart is a two-time U.S. Nationals Top Alcohol Dragster…
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J.R. Todd takes care of business in Funny Car with first Gainesville victory

Kalitta Motorsports' J.R. Todd grabbed Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationalsglory after defeating Robert Hight in a final-round battle of former Funny Car champions.
14 Mar 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
todd win
As far as Funny Car finals go, this wasn’t exactly a Mona Lisa, but J.R. Todd will gladly accept his first career Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals title. Todd, the 2018 NHRA Funny Car champion, won his 19th career nitro title when he stopped…
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Greg Anderson celebrates 60th birthday with 95th career Pro Stock victory in Gainesville

On his 60th birthday, Greg Anderson is on the verge of becoming Pro Stock's all-time wins leader after claiming his 95th career title at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
14 Mar 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
anderson win
Meet the new boss; same as the old boss. For all the talk of a youth movement in the Pro Stock class, four-time world champion Greg Anderson isn’t quite ready to abdicate his throne. Anderson, who began racing in the Pro Stock class in 1999,…
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Reigning world champ Matt Smith successfully defends Gatornationals Pro Stock Motorcycle title

Four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion kicks off 2021 season with second straight Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals victory.
14 Mar 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smith win
Matt Smith dominated the shortened 2020 season with a performance that included a win in Gainesville, a solid 17-6 record in elimination rounds, and his fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship. A lot has changed in the Pro Stock Motorcycle…
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Sunday news and notes from the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

News and notes from the final day of eliminations at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway
14 Mar 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
notes
It didn’t take long to establish an early favorite for the Funny Car race of the year after Bob Tasca III defeated reigning Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan in round one. Hagan, the No. 8 qualifier, left first by .002-second but…
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