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The Sports Report: One man’s quest for an NHRA national record

Sportsman racer and U.S. Air Force veteran Fred “Sarge” Elsass chronicles his quest to set an NHRA national record in Stock Eliminator at the recent Division 3 Lucas Oil Series opener in Indianapolis.
01 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Fred Elsass
Some stories seem to write themselves and this is certainly one of them. Following last month’s Division 3 Lucas Oil series opener in Indy, longtime class racer and U.S. Air Force veteran Fred “Sarge” Elsass wrote to chronicle his quest to set a…
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The Sports Report: Is there another title (or two) in store for John Labbous?

A lot has changed in drag racing over the past few years, but one thing that has remained constant is the ability of John Labbous Jr. to secure his place among NHRA’s best by finishing in the Top 10.
18 May 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
John Labbous Jr.
A lot has changed in drag racing over the past few years, but one thing that has remained constant is the ability of John Labbous Jr. to secure his place among NHRA’s best by finishing in the Top 10.  Super Comp and Super Gas are two of drag…
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The Sports Report: Sitting Priddy

After years as a successful crew chief, Ryan Priddy is finally getting his shot at the big time in Comp eliminator, and so far, he’s making the most of it.
14 Apr 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Ryan Priddy
To suggest that Ryan Priddy’s Comp victory at the recent NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas was a long time coming would be a big understatement. Priddy is best known for his role as a longtime crewmember for the SoCal-based Mountain View team,…
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The Sports Report: A pair of doubles in the Arizona desert

Leo Glasbrenner and Don Meziere have both kicked off the 2022 Lucas Oil Series season with back-to-back victories in Pomona and Phoenix.
01 Mar 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Leo Glasbrenner
In last week’s Sports Report, we highlighted Top Sportsman racer Don Meziere’s impressive victory at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Not that anyone thought it was a fluke, but just to be sure,…
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What happens when you’re both lucky and good? Just ask Top Sportsman winner Don Meziere

Top Sportsman racer Don Meziere opened the new season by winning his sixth NHRA national event title at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, but it was far from easy
23 Feb 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Don Meziere
Don Meziere has now won six NHRA national events including three at Auto Club Pomona Raceway and none of them have come easily. In 2014, Meziere won his first national event in Super Comp, but he had to beat Steve Casner in the final by .015-second…
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The Sports Report: Stanfield takes his shot at a fifth championship

It’s been 27 years since Greg Stanfield won the last of his four NHRA Super Stock championships but after winning in Bristol, he’s on the verge of another one.
20 Oct 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Greg Stanfield
The last time that Greg Stanfield was crowned an NHRA world champion, there was no World Series due to a baseball player strike, Johnny Carson made his final appearance on The Tonight Show, and the internet was still a mystery to most people. That…
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The Sports Report: What Nick Isenhower does for an encore

Less than a month after winning the Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals, Nick Isenhower returned for an encore performance at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis.
30 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Nick Isenhower
Winning any race in Super Comp is a ridiculously difficult feat given the level of competition that exists today and winning back-to-back races would appear to be significantly more difficult, especially when one of those events is the Dodge//SRT U.…
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The Sports Report: Fletcher on the verge of more history

When Dan Fletcher won the Super Stock title at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, it gave him 105 national event victories. He’s got one more to go to pass Frank Manzo for second on NHRA’s all-time wins list.
21 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Dan Fletcher
There was a time when the news of a Dan Fletcher victory would barely register a blip on the drag racing radar screen. For most of his career, Fletcher won often, securing a total of 104 national event wins since his inaugural win at the 1994…
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Sports Report: The triumphant return of Edmond Richardson

With back-to-back wins in Bowling Green and Indy, Edmond Richardson has remerged as one of NHRA’s best super class racers and more than 30 years into his career, he’s still got something to prove.
08 Sep 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Edmond Richardson
Bad news for anyone who thought Super Gas racing would somehow be easier in 2022. It won't be. Edmond Richardson is back, and he plans on sticking around for a while. Richardson won the Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals Super Gas title to earn the…
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The Sports Report: With latest win, Luke Bogacki closes in on Super Gas title

Luke Bogacki has crested the 700-point mark for the second time in his career following his Super Gas win in Brainerd, and he’s built a massive lead in the race for the championship.
24 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Luke Bogacki
As baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once famously said, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and in the case of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Gas world championship; it's over. Over as in finished. Game, set, match. Done deal, or…
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The Sports Report: A magical moment for the Meyer family

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series winners from last weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor included cousins Rachel and Dusty Meyer, and it was an incredibly emotional weekend for both of them.
18 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Dusty Meyer
It’s a simple and undeniable truth that some wins mean more than others, and in the wake of a personal tragedy, it’s hard to imagine any win could mean more to a driver than Dusty Meyer’s recent victory at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by…
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The Sports Report: First-time Super Comp winner Nick Cobb has a story to tell

From mechanical gremlins to lucky breaks, and ultimately a trip to the beach, it's fair to say that Nick Cobb's first NHRA national event win will long be remembered.
04 Aug 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Nick Cobb
Two-time NHRA world champ Sherman Adcock once famously delivered the following take on the finer points of Super Class racing, “It’s just like playing rock, paper, scissors; no matter what you bring, it might not be enough.”   Indeed, truer…
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The Sports Report: The ultimate father-daughter weekend

Joe Mozeris and his daughter, Kayla, had a weekend they’ll never forget at the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Denver when they earned national event titles in Comp eliminator and Super Stock, respectively.
27 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Mozeris
Kayla Mozeris won the Super Stock title at the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil and then watched a few minutes later when her father, Joe, drove to the win in Comp eliminator. It was the sort of day that every family that…
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The Sports Report: Anthony Bertozzi nearly runs the table in Norwalk

Anthony Bertozzi has enjoyed a lot of success in his career, but he’s never had a day like the one he had at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, where his team celebrated three wins and a runner-up finish.
30 Jun 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Anthony Bertozzi
Our regular readers will likely recall The Sports Report story we published last February with two-time NHRA world champion Anthony Bertozzi. The story highlighted Bertozzi’s well-known generosity toward others and the amount of enjoyment…
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The Sports Report: Remembering Kyle Seipel

It’s painful anytime our tight-knit drag racing community loses one of its own but the plain truth is that some losses hurt more than others and today, it’s hard to imagine anything more painful than having to say goodbye to Kyle Seipel, who lost his long battle with cancer on June 21.
22 Jun 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Kyle Seipel
It’s painful anytime our tight-knit drag racing community loses one of its own but the plain truth is that some losses hurt more than others and today, it’s hard to imagine anything more painful than having to say goodbye to Kyle Seipel, who lost…
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The Sports Report: Like father, like daughter

Amanda Boicesco won her second NHRA national event title at the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals following a historic all-female final round, and she nearly shared the winner’s circle with her father, Iggie.
17 Jun 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Amanda Boicesco
It isn’t an accident that Amanda Boicesco’s dragster carries the No. 11 that signifies that she’s the reigning NHRA Division 1 Super Comp champion. During the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Boicesco overcame a slow start to win a pair of Lucas Oil…
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The Sports Report: David Barton scores two Wallys in eight days

In a span of two weeks, David Barton went from winning his first event in Comp eliminator to breaking a nearly four-year victory drought in the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown class.
26 May 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Barton
To suggest that the last two weeks have been good to David Barton would be an understatement. Following the NHRA tour to stops in Charlotte and Houston, Barton picked up a pair of Wallys, but did so in a most unusual way. He cashed in Charlotte in…
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The Sports Report: Kent Hanley joins the “near double” club in Atlanta

Kent Hanley became the latest driver to nearly double up at an NHRA national event when he drove to a win in Super Stock and a runner-up finish in Super Comp at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.
06 May 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Kent Hanley
The list of drivers who have doubled up at an NHRA national event remains fairly small; currently, there are just 26 members of that exclusive fraternity, and the feat has been accomplished just 42 times in more than 1,000 events over NHRA’s 70-year…
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The Sports Report: This time, the spotlight shines on Conner Statler

Stanfield racing crewmember Conner Statler has appeared in many winner's circle celebrations, but in Las Vegas, he accomplished a rare feat when he won the first national event he attended as a driver.
22 Apr 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Conner Statler
As a valued member of the Stanfield Engines team, Conner Statler has been a part of many winner’s circle ceremonies. In 2020 alone, Statler helped his buddy Aaron Stanfield celebrate five straight wins in the Factory Stock Showdown class as…
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The Sports Report: Bradley Johnson’s furious fight to the finish

Bradley Johnson came up two points short in his bid to win the championship in Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers but his late-season charge was nothing short of amazing.
23 Nov 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
johnson
Bradley Johnson needed 17 round wins. He got 16. Johnson entered the late stages of the 2020 season as a leading contender for the Vortech Superchargers Top Dragster title. Short on time and nearly out of races to claim, Johnson needed nothing…
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Following St. Louis win, Christopher Dodd takes aim at Super Comp championship

It probably wasn’t fair to call it a “must win” race, but if Christopher Dodd is to become the 2020 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp champion, his recent win at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil could certainly be defined as “clutch”.
14 Oct 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
dodd
It probably wasn’t fair to call it a “must win” race, but if Christopher Dodd is to become the 2020 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp champion, his recent win at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil…
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High-stakes bracket racer Williams values the importance of Indy Super Comp title

Troy Williams Jr. has won a host of big money bracket raceing titles but few of his wins can compare to his latest triumph in Super Comp at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
16 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
williams
With a win at the Million Dollar Drag Race, three titles at the Moroso 5-Day race, and a host of $10,000, $20,000, and even $50,000 wins, Troy Williams Jr. long ago secured his place among the greats in high stakes E.T. bracket racing. Williams has…
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The Sports Report: Once is nice, three times is better

Jason Coan scores his third win at Indy after a late-night final against Craig Bourgeois, and the rest of the sportsman action from the 66th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
09 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
coan
Craig Bourgeois was just one round away from a historic double-up in Comp Eliminator, but Jason Coan had other ideas. Bourgeois, well-known throughout the sport for his unique front-engine A/Nostalgia Dragster and 2016 world title, won the JEGS…
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The Sports Report: The Sky’s the limit

When his career as a Top Fuel crew member was interrupted by the pandemic, Skylar Blades and his friends went bracket racing and so far it has worked out quite well for them.
20 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
blades
Sometimes, when life deals you lemons, you make lemonade, or in the case of Skylar Blades, you simply restore your lemon-yellow Chevy Nova and return the track for a little bracket racing action. For the last six seasons, Blades has been a regular…
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The Sports Report: James Kunkel’s dynamic (and unconventional) double

James Kunkel won 15-straight rounds of eliminations in Super Comp to sweep last weekend’s Division 5 Lucas Oil Series double-header in Topeka. And, he did it in a slow door car.
28 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
kunkel
Door cars don’t win Super Comp races. Slow cars don’t win Super Comp races. No one wins back-to-back Super Comp races. These are all things you may have heard but shouldn’t believe especially after James Kunkel’s performance last week in Topeka…
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The Sports Report: Anthony Bertozzi makes history at JEGS SPORTSnationals in Columbus

Coming off a near-sweep of the JEGS Speedweek doubleheader in Columbus, Anthony Bertozzi is well on his way to a second NHRA world championship. Oh, and he also won a million dollars this month (sort of).
23 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
bertozzi
If not for a slight lapse in his final round battle against reigning Top Dragster world champ Danny Nelson during last weekend’s Division 3 Lucas Oil Series event at National Trail Raceway, Anthony Bertozzi might well have engineered a clean sweep…
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The Sports Report: Don’t get mad, get even

At the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Kyle Rizzoli was able to turn quickly the disappointment of last year’s lost championship in Super Stock into a convincing victory against Justin Lamb.
26 Feb 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
rizzoli
One could hardly blame Kyle Rizzoli if he had told you his off-season was miserable. After all, how many racers wouldn’t harbor some unpleasant feelings if they’d had a chance to win a world championship and came up just a few…
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The Sports Report: Don't pick on little brother

The Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by Protect the Harvest.com opened a new decade for NHRA’s sportsman racers, but the winner’s circle featured a lot of familiar faces and an brother vs. brother final round.
12 Feb 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
pomona1
There were eight different sportsman champions crowned during last week’s season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by Protect the Harvest.com and at least seven of them didn’t need directions to find the winner’s circle. With the lone…
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The Sports Report: The best final round of the year?

At the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Ray Miller III defeated Evan Kowalski in what can only be described as the best final round of the 2019 season, regardless of class.
06 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
miller
Unless you’ve been there, and few have, it’s hard to imagine the plight of Las Vegas Super Gas runner-up Evan Kowalski. The winner of the 2017 Sonoma event, Kowalski is one of the West Coast’s most successful Super Class racers and when he…
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The Sports Report: Old, new, borrowed and blue

In just her fourth race with a new 50th anniversary COPO Camaro, Brina Frank earned her fifth national event victory at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis
02 Oct 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
brina
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Almost everyone has heard of this old English rhyme that is supposed to bring good fortune and prosperity to newlyweds and for St. Louis Stock champ Brina Frank, it certainly…
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