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Richie Crampton makes big move up Top Fuel standings with second win of 2019

15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Richie Crampton
Richie Crampton surged to fifth place with his second win of the season at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.  He defeated Kalitta Motorsports teammate Doug Kalitta to move up four spots in one weekend, a phenomenal…
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Jerry Savoie keys Suzuki revival with second-straight Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

Jerry Savoie goes from tenth to first in the Mello Yello standings after defeating Steve Johnson in rare all-Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle final round in Reading.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Jerry Savoie
Had Jerry Savoie not qualified for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, it’s entirely possible that he would have skipped the Mopar Express Lane Nationals presented by Pennzoil but after his win in Countdown clinching Indy victory, the…
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Jack Beckman drives Dodge Charger to first win of 2019 in Reading

15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman scored his first win of the 2019 season at the perfect time to take over the Funny Car standings. He defeated John Force in a rematch of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals to capture his first win in more than a year. …
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil Sunday gallery

15 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Bo Butner
Check out the best shots from the final day of racing from the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil as captured by NHRA National Dragster photographers Marc Gewertz and Bob Szelag.
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Fernando Cuadra embraces the role of Pro Stock Countdown spoiler

Fernando Cuadra picks up his first three round wins of the season in Reading, including stunning upsets over Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Fernando Cuadra
Fernando Cuadra missed the Countdown to the Championship in Pro Stock by less than a round and for that, the rest of the class should be thankful since the Mexican businessman is doing some damage in the first event of the NHRA playoffs. Cuadra, who…
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WATCH: Jerry Savoie defeats Andrew Hines after epic staging battle

15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jerry Savoie
Jerry Savoie and Andrew Hines were in no hurry to stage their Pro Stock Motorcycles during the second round at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. The two former world champions warmed up their motorcycles for more…
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Clay Millican knocks out Steve Torrence in thrilling first round

There is a new leader in Top Fuel for the first time since April after Clay Millican scored an upset victory in the first round.
15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Clay Millican
Clay Millican delivered a holeshot victory to the Parts Plus Top Fuel team in the first round at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. That means there is a new leader in the Top Fuel clubhouse for the first time since the…
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

Get all the information on the final day of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals as professional racing commences at Maple Grove.
15 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship begins in earnest with race day at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil with 40 racers in the hunt for a championship. Professional racing begins with four rounds in Top Fuel, Funny Car,…
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Eddie Krawiec may be winless on the season, but he’s not the least bit concerned

Harley-Davidson’s Eddie Krawiec has won four Pro Stock Motorcycle championships and he knows as well as anyone that how you finish is more important than how you start.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Eddie Krawiec
On the starting line or anywhere else, not much rattles Eddie Krawiec, so if anyone thinks he’s ready to hit the panic button after going winless in the first 10 events of the 2019 season, they’d be sadly mistaken. First, it’s important to remember…
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Hear what the teams said following Saturday qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals:

"This hot rod, she showed that she’s hungry and we’ve been letting her eat." -Leah Pritchett
15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Leah Pritchett
Teams wrapped up the first weekend of qualifying in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Here's what they had to say ahead of race day.  John Force Racing Brittany…
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Erica Enders takes Melling/Elite Camaro to top qualifying spot in Reading

Two-time world champ Erica Enders takes the top spot in Pro Stock qualifying for the 20th time in her career at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Down by 50 points heading into the first race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Erica Enders chipped away at leader Bo Butner with a solid qualifying performance in Reading that included a 5.480 that was good for the top spot in…
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Angelle Sampey locks up her second-straight No. 1 qualifying effort for Harley-Davidson

Three-time NHRA champion Angelle Sampey rode her Harley-Davidson FXDR to the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Angelle Sampey
Returning to the site of her ground-breaking first NHRA win in 1996, two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Angelle Sampey qualified in the top spot for the second-straight event and 51st time in her career. Sampey rode her Screamin’ Eagle…
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Ron Capps qualifies No. 1 for the 24th time in his career at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

Ron Capps reset both ends of the Maple Grove Raceway track record on Friday night. That turned into the No. 1 qualifier at NHRA Countdown opener.
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps captured his second No. 1 of the 2019 season on the back of a record-setting performance in his NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car.  The Don Schumacher Racing team reset both ends of the track record with a 3.837-…
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Brittany Force sets world record to earn pole at Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

Brittany Force reset the national elapsed time record to earn her third-straight pole at the Mopar Express NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force ran the quickest time in NHRA Top Fuel world history with a 3.623-second blast at 331.61-mph to secure her third-straight No. 1 qualifier at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.   Force…
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Matt Smith enters Countdown with nothing to hide

14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith begins his 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship defense with all his cards on the table. Well, as on the table as the cagey veteran ever cares for them to be. He's outspoken in a sense. Smith didn't debut the way he wanted at…
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WATCH: Brittany Force, Ron Capps set track records during Friday qualifying in Reading

Watch current No. 1 qualifiers Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Erica Enders and Angelle Sampey rocket to the top of the sheets during Friday qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Saturday preview

Get all the information on the second day of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals as professional qualifying continues off with two sessions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
14 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship continues at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil with 40 racers in the hunt for a championship. Professional qualifying wraps up with a pair of sessions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock…
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Angelle Sampey continues climb with provisional Pro Stock Motorcycle pole in Reading

13 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Angelle Sampey
Angelle Sampey continued her surge aboard her Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson FXDR with a step towards pole position at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.  The former world champion, now a full-time competitor…
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Erica Enders headlines lightning-quick Pro Stock field during Friday qualifying in Reading

13 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders made a statement run to open the NHRA Countdown to the Championship in her Melling Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.  Enders wheeled her Camaro to a 6.480-second lap at 211.96-mph to take provisional pole position at the Mopar…
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Brittany Force breaks track record to take Top Fuel provisional pole in Reading

Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts team started the NHRA Countdown to the Championship on fire in Reading.
13 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force put on a show to open the 2019 NHRA Countdown to the Championship.  The 2017 Top Fuel world champion set the elapsed time record at Maple Grove to claim the provisional pole at 3.651-seconds and speed of 332.92-miles per hour…
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Ron Capps annihilates both ends of Maple Grove track record, takes Friday pole

Ron Capps came less than a mile-per-hour away from breaking the world speed record in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at Maple Grove.
13 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps started the 2019 NHRA Countdown to the Championship perfectly. The driver of the NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat earned six bonus points and claimed the provisional Funny Car pole at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented…
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Friday preview

Get all the information on the start of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals as professional qualifying kicks off with two sessions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
13 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship begins at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil 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…
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Randal Andras captures first Top Fuel Harley victory at U.S. Nationals

02 Sep 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Randal Andras
Randal Andras defeated now two-time world champion Tii Tharpe to score his first-ever Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Wally. He got off the line first and pulled away to win by a tenth of a second.   Rickey House grabbed three-…
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Bill Skillman scores second SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown title

Indianapolis resident Bill Skillman wins second SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown title with thrilling final round victory over Arthur Kohn.
02 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
skillman
Winning the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in any class is tough, but to outlast a 32-car field of the sport’s toughest Factory Stock Showdown cars require a herculean effort and that describes how Bill Skillman claimed his second-career…
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Jerry Savoie rides White Alligator Suzuki to second Indy Pro Stock Motorcycle title

Jerry Savoie earns his second Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals title after a final round victory after points leader Andrew Hines fouls.
02 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Savoie
Throughout his career, White Alligator Racing Suzuki rider Jerry Savoie has had a knack for stealing the spotlight on NHRA’s biggest stage. The winner of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in 2015, Savoie also mounted an impressive performance…
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Perfect timing for Alex Laughlin to score first Pro Stock win of the season at Indy

Alex Laughlin drove his Havoline Chevy Camaro to upset win over teammate Erica Enders the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals to score his first Pro Stock win in two seasons.
02 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Alex Laughlin
If you’re only going to win one race in a season, it might as well be a big one, and there is no bigger one than the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Elite Performance teammates Erica Enders and Alex Laughlin met in the Indy Pro Stock final…
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Finally! Doug Kalitta scores his long-overdue first Indy Top Fuel win

Write it in stone: Doug Kalitta has finally won the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The second-generation nitro racer, who was making his 22nd start at Indy, outlasted Billy Torrence in a weird final round to finally get the Big Go monkey off of his back.
02 Sep 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Write it in stone: Doug Kalitta has finally won the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The second-generation nitro racer, whose famous uncle, Connie, won Indy 25 years ago, outlasted Billy Torrence in a weird final round to finally get the…
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John Force breaks his 17-year Indy drought, puts Chevy back into Indy winner's circle

John Force won his record-tying fifth Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Funny car title, breaking a 17-year drought at the sport’s biggest event. It was Chevrolet's first Funny Car win at their title event since 2005.
02 Sep 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
John Force
John Force won his record-tying fifth Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Funny car title, breaking a 17-year drought at the sport’s biggest event by defeating Jack Beckman in the final round, 3.919 to 3.940, for career win No. 151. An…
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Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Monday Photo Gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Marc Gewertz had a busy day behind their lenses, capturing images from both on and off the track during the final day of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
02 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
gallery
NHRA President Glen Cromwell presented Eileen Daniels with a plaque honoring her years of dedication to NHRA Drag Racing. She was the wife of late Division 3 Director Bob Daniels, and together they later ran the Indy facility for…
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Bittersweet feeling after Val Smeland bumps teammate Kenny Delco from Countdown spot

Val Smeland earns the final spot in the Countdown to the championship in Pro Stock after stunning round one upset over Matt Hartford.
02 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smeland
Val Smeland woke up on Monday morning at Indy as the No. 12 ranked driver in the Pro Stock class, and though mathematically alive, he had little to no hope of making it into the Countdown to the Championship. In a bizarre twist of fate, Smeland will…
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