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Tricky Tipster: Virginia NHRA Nationals

After three long years, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series makes its long-awaited return to Virginia Motorsports Park for this weekend's Virginia NHRA Nationals, where Tricky Tipster has chosen Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, and Steve Johnson as the pre-race favorites.
13 May 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
We learned a lot from back-to-back NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events in Houston and Charlotte, including the fact that the Top Fuel class is completely unpredictable. In Funny Car, we also learned that John Force still has some gas left…
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Tricky Tipster: Circle K NHRA Four Wide Nationals

Heading to zMax Dragway for the second and final Four Wide racing event of the season, Tricky Tipster, NHRA's longtime wizard of odds, has labeled Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, and Matt Smith as the favorites to win this week's event.
27 Apr 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
After a stopover in Houston, we’re back in Four Wide mode this weekend for the annual Circle K NHRA Four Wide Nationals at luxurious zMax Dragway. The last time we ran pro cars four-abreast a month ago in Las Vegas, Brittany Force and Ron Capps came…
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Tricky Tipster: NHRA SpringNationals

For what appears to be the final time, the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series will make a stop at Houston Raceway Park near Baytown, Texas. Not surprisingly, Tricky Tipster has tabbed Steve Torrence an Erica Enders, a pair of native Texans, as the favorites in Top Fuel and Pro Stock. Tipster also has his eye on Matt Hagan and Karen Stoffer in Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
22 Apr 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
For what appears to be the final time, the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series will make a stop at Houston Raceway Park near Baytown, Texas. Not surprisingly, Tricky Tipster has tabbed Steve Torrence an Erica Enders, a pair of native Texans, as…
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Tricky Tipster: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Four-wide racing returns this week at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, and Erica Enders are the pre-race favorites, according to NHRA’s Tricky Tipster.
28 Mar 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
This week, we head to Tipster’s favorite track, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for the first of two four-wide events this season. Handicapping a four-wide race isn’t easy because there is so much potential for the unexpected. Then again, the…
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Tricky Tipster: Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Tricky Tipster, NHRA's longtime resident oddsmaker, has tabbed Mike Salinas, Robert Hight, Aaron Stanfield, and Matt Smith as the favorites to win this week's Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
08 Mar 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Robert Hight
Two races does not a season make, but after successful events in Pomona and Phoenix, we already have somewhat of an idea how the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season might go. Robert Hight won back-to-back events in Funny Car, so…
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Tricky Tipster: NHRA Arizona Nationals

Last week, at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com., Justin Ashley, Robert Hight, and Erica Enders delivered wins in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock, respectively. Tricky Tipster, NHRA’s wizard of odds, had Ashley and Hight among the favorites at 5-1, while Enders was valued at 4-1, second among Pro Stock racers.
24 Feb 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Tricky Tipster®
Justin Ashley
Last week, at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com., Justin Ashley, Robert Hight, and Erica Enders delivered wins in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock, respectively. Tricky Tipster, NHRA’s wizard of…
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Tricky Tipster: Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Tricky Tipster, NHRA’s resident oddsmaker, provides his insight into this week’s season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
16 Feb 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
John Force
Tricky Tipster, NHRA’s resident oddsmaker, provides his insight into this week’s season opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Starting a new season, it’s hard not to go with the reigning champions so he’s…
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Tricky Tipster: Pomona, it all comes down to this

Tricky Tipster is determined to end the season on a strong note so this week, he’s got title hopefuls Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, Greg Anderson, and Matt Smith listed as the favorites.
10 Nov 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Greg Anderson
It’s rare to know before an event that you’re going to witness history, but that’s clearly going to be the case this weekend as the Camping World NHRA tour heads to Pomona for the Auto Club NHRA Finals, the last event of the 2021 season. None of…
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Tricky Tipster: What happens in Vegas determines championships

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Well, maybe not as far as the Camping World NHRA championship battles are concerned. What happens in Vegas, particularly during this weekend’s Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, could have a profound effect on what happens two weeks from now when the season concludes in Pomona.
26 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Steve Torrence
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Well, maybe not as far as the Camping World NHRA championship battles are concerned. What happens in Vegas, particularly during this weekend’s Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented  by Pennzoil, could have a…
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Tricky Tipster: Looking for some late-season mountain magic in Bristol

Tricky Tipster, NHRA’s resident wizard of odds, has gone with points leaders Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) as the favorites for this weeks' Bristol event.
15 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Matt Hagan
Denver’s Bandimere Speedway isn’t the only NHRA national event facility that is surrounded by mountains and features a breathtaking view. Bristol Dragway also fits that bill and it’s the site of this week’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The…
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Tricky Tipster: Handicapping the Dallas pro fields

NHRA National Dragster’s in-house odds-maker, Tricky Tipster, is once again going to anoint Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) as the favorites along with Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle for this week's Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
08 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Matt Smith
The Countdown to the Championship moves to the Lonestar State this weekend with the annual Texas NHRA Fall Nationals from the Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas. The event marks the fourth event in the NHRA playoffs, meaning the battles for Camping…
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Tricky Tipster: Gateway to greatness

For this week's NHRA Gateway Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway, Tricky Tipster is going to lead off with the usual suspects and give the early nod to Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) as the pre-race favorites.
24 Sep 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Steve Torrence
With two races in the books during the 2021 Countdown to the Championship, the points battles in each NHRA pro category are beginning to take shape. Or are they? So far, no one in any class has been able to establish anything the resembles…
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Tricky Tipster: Our best bets for zMax Dragway

This week, when it comes to our best bets, we’re going to continue to play the hot hand and go with Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
17 Sep 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
John Force
As the Countdown to the Championship heats up, so does the pressure on Tricky Tipster to accurately predict winners. We laid an egg last week in Reading although we did rank Pro Stock winner Greg Anderson and Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Steve…
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Countdown time: Now it gets serious

Tricky Tipster went two-for-five at Indy when we correctly picked Steve Torrence and Erica Enders to win in Top Fuel and Pro Stock, respectively. Now, it’s time for the start of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs which means there’s little room for error and even the smallest mistake can have dire consequences.
10 Sep 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Steve Torrence
Tricky Tipster went two-for-five at Indy when we correctly picked Steve Torrence and Erica Enders to win in Top Fuel and Pro Stock, respectively. Now, it’s time for the start of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs which means there’s little…
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Tricky Tipster: Everyone wants to win Indy, but how many can actually do it?

As he’s done every year for more than a half-century, NHRA’s Tricky Tipster has carefully analyzed the professional fields and his predictions for Indy glory include Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock), Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle), and Jose Gonzalez (Pro Mod).
30 Aug 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Steve Torrence
It's often been said that no career in drag racing is complete if it doesn’t include a win at Indy, and even those drivers who are fortunate enough to win the sports marquee event once are likely to want to do it again and again. Winning at Indy isn…
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Tricky Tipster: Our best bets from Brainerd

With two races remaining before the Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin, it’s officially crunch time in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. This weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd will go a long way towards determining the final seeding for the seven-race playoffs, which kick off next month in Reading.
20 Aug 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
John Force
With two races remaining before the Countdown to the Championship playoffs begins, it’s officially crunch time in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. This weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd  will go a long way…
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Tricky Tipster: Heartfelt predictions from America’s heartland

In NHRA's long-awaited return to Topeka, Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, and Greg Anderson land the favorites roles for this weekend's Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor.
13 Aug 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Greg Anderson
It’s been a long two years, but the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing tour is finally headed back to middle America for this weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor. The event marks the first time NHRA pros have visited Heartland…
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Tricky Tipster: A change of seasons

It's almost August which means its time for the Lucas Oil Winternationals. Yes, that's strange but what isn't strange is Tricky Tipster's picks for this week's Pomona event.
30 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Tricky Tipster®
Robert Hight
Add this to things you never thought you’d read but after two-thirds of the annual NHRA Western Swing, we’re headed to Auto Club Pomona Raceway for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by Protect the Harvest. Odd as that may seem, it’s where…
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Tricky Tipster: The grapes of wrath

It's hard to find a more perfect setting for a Camping World NHRA Series event than Sonoma Raceway and it's lush vineyards and rolling hills. That's especially true for Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, Greg Anderson, and Matt Smith, this week's favorites.
23 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Matt Hagan
Stop us if you’ve heard this before but you can’t sweep the Western Swing unless you win the first race. Yeah, we know it’s an old quote but it’s entirely true which means that heading into this weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals, only Steve Torrence…
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Tricky Tipster: The Rocky Mountain Way

The variables that define Bandimere Speedway often make for some interesting outcomes and the track has been the site of some of NHRA’s biggest upsets. Then again, those who have their act together tend to do very well in Denver which helps explain why Steve Torrence once again gets our top billing. Torrence is joined at the top by Robert Hight (Funny Car), Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Jose Gonzales (Pro Mod).
16 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Robert Hight
The variables that define Bandimere Speedway often make for some interesting outcomes and the track has been the site of some of NHRA’s biggest upsets. Then again, those who have their act together tend to do very well in Denver which helps explain…
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Tricky Tipster: Who wants ice cream?

NHRA's resident oddsmaker, Tricky Tipster, has given the nod to Steve Torrence, Bob Tasca III, Greg Anderson, Matt Smith, and Justin Bond as the pre-race favorites for this week's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
23 Jun 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Justin Bond
There’s a lot to like about Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, including the neatly manicured grounds, the enthusiastic fan base, and, of course, the ice cream that’s available for just $1 per pound. Moreover, each of the champions crowned at…
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Tricky Tipster: A lot of history on the line at New England Dragway

The favorites to make history in Epping include Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock). Torrence and Hight are coming off wins in Houston while Anderson has been the Pro Stock points leader for much of the young season.
10 Jun 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Greg Anderson
With the possible exception of Pomona and the surrounding areas of Southern California, there isn’t a track on the NHRA tour that celebrates the heritage of NHRA racing better than New England Dragway. The host of a Camping World NHRA series event…
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Tricky Tipster: Who wants to be the biggest star in the Lone Star State?

The Camping World NHRA Tour heads West for this weeks' Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil and National Dragster's own Tricky Tipster has offered up the following picks to win in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
19 May 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tipster
There is a semi-famous quote that says, “There’s no better place than Texas to start over.”  and maybe that's good advice for Tricky Tipster after a tough outing last weekend at the Charlotte Four-Wide race. Sure, he pegged Top Fuel winner…
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Tricky Tipster: Rating the contenders from the Bellagio of Dragstrips

It’s been a while since we visited zMax Dragway for the good old NGK NTK Four-Wide NHRA Nationals, but three races into the 2021 season and the Las Vegas four-wide still fresh in his mind, tipster is prepared to offer his selections for this week’s contest.
11 May 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
tipster
It’s been a while since we visited zMax Dragway for the good old NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, but three races into the 2021 season and the Las Vegas four-wide still fresh in his mind, Tipster is prepared to offer his selections for this week’s…
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Tricky Tipster: The night the lights went out in Georgia

All good things must come to an end including the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. On the eve of the final NHRA national event here, Tricky Tipster has issued his predictions and has given the final nod to Steve Torrence, Bob Tasca III, Erica Enders, Matt Smith, and Jose Gonzalez as the favorites.
29 Apr 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tipster1
Your old pal Tricky Tipster doesn’t often get emotional, but this week is different. On the eve of the final NHRA Southern Nationals, he can’t help but think of all the good times and exciting memories provided by Atlanta Dragway in the last 40…
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Tricky Tipster: It's time to go four-wide racing in Las Vegas

With just one event in the books, we’ve seen just a random sampling from NHRA’s Pro racers. To that end, here are Tricky Tipster’s best bets for this weekend's Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
15 Apr 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Steve Torrence
Racing in the thin desert air of Las Vegas presents its own set of unique challenges to NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pros, but when combined with the unpredictable nature of the four-wide format, the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-…
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Gainesville Tricky Tipster: Let’s get this party started

Among the things that did not change last season was the success of several NHRA pros including world champions Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders, Matt Smith, and Steve Jackson. They will each begin the season as the top picks of National Dragster's Tricky Tipster.
10 Mar 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
It’s hard to put into words all that’s happened since last March when we were all anticipating the initial running of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. We made it through a trying 2020 season and optimism is the keyword as we return to…
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Tricky Tipster: Leaving Las Vegas (but not until we crown champions)

28 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
So how did Tricky Tipster fare in Houston? How about a big fat donut as he went 0-for-5 picking winners at last week’s Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals. Oh well, you’ve have those days and fortunately, we’ve got one last chance to make amends…
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Tricky Tipster: Down to the wire in Baytown

As the Camping World NHRA tour heads Southward (slightly) to Houston Raceway Park, Tricky Tipster is sticking with Dallas winner Steve Torrence in Top Fuel and he'll share the top billing with Dallas winner Jack Beckman, and points leaders Erica Enders, Matt Smith, and Steve Jackson.
24 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
Last week in Dallas, Tipster correctly picked Steve Torrence to walk away with the Top Fuel title, but whiffed on the other four winners in Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, and Pro Mod. Somedays, you’ll have weeks like that where the…
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Tricky Tipster: Who are going to be the stars in the Lone Star State?

This week, Tricky Tipster, NHRA’s in-house oddsmaker for more than four decades, give the nod to native Texans Steve Torrence and Erica Enders in Top Fuel and Pro Stock, and also labels Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle), and Steve Jackson (Pro Mod) as the favorites.
15 Oct 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
If you ask a Texan, they’ll gladly tell you that everything is bigger and better in Texas and that logic almost certainly applies to this week’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. The site of many of drag racing’s most historic moments, the historic…
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