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Inside a Pro Stock Motorcycle engine

Senior editor Kevin McKenna takes you inside a Pro Stock Motorcycle engine with this technical breakdown.
19 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Pro Stock Motorcycle
Competitors in Pro Stock Motorcycle have a choice of two drastically different powerplants, both of which are capable of 6.7-second performances at speeds approaching 200 mph. Here is a detailed look at both the Suzuki inline four-cylinder engine…
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In Their Own Words: How Angelle Sampey joined the Vance & Hines Harley Davidson team

Angelle Sampey shocked the NHRA Drag Racing world when she joined the Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle team. Here's the story, in her own words, as told to NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna.
19 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Angelle Sampey
It’s not April 1. Hell hasn’t frozen over, and pigs still can’t fly yet when it comes to unlikely occurrences. The recent announcement that…
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Top Fuel racer Worm will interact with fans through text-messaging program

2018 Auto Club Road to the Future nominee Audrey Worm of Audrey Worm Racing will return to the driver’s seat of the Leverich family Top Fuel dragster for the 2019 season and will promote her team and sponsors through a unique text-messaging program.
18 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Audrey Worm
2018 Auto Club Road to the Future nominee Audrey Worm of Audrey Worm Racing will return to the driver’s seat of the Leverich family Top Fuel dragster for the 2019 season and will promote her team and sponsors through a unique text-messaging program…
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Shane Tucker gears up for first full Pro Stock season

Australian Shane Tucker is convinced that he’s finally got all the pieces in place for a championship run
18 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Five years after first dipping his toes in the shark infested waters of the NHRA Pro Stock, Shane Tucker believes its finally time to jump headfirst into the deep end so he’s launched an ambitious plan for 2019 that includes all 18 races that…
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Remembering Frank Rupert

Former Top Fuel and Funny Car racer Frank Rupert passed away Friday, Jan. 4, due to complications after going into cardiac arrest. In this special Insider column, Brad Littlefield shares the history of the respected nitro veteran.
18 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Frank Rupert
The last few years have born witness to a sad trend for us hardcore fans with the passings of many drivers who we grew up watching and admiring. Last year we lost legend Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen and fan favorites like Jimmy King, versatile…
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Shawn Reed and Josh Hart join Bob Vandergriff Racing

The veteran and the rookie join Jordan Vandergriff to create three-racer team at Bob Vandergriff Racing.
17 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Reed Hart
Two new drivers joined Jordan Vandergriff at Bob Vandergriff Racing Thursday. Shawn Reed, who spent the first part of his Top Fuel career racing with Todd Paton, and Top Alcohol Dragster veteran Josh Hart, will fill the void left by Blake Alexander…
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2019 Mello Yello season set to roar to life at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Feb. 7-10

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ annual iconic opener, the tradition-rich 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, will kick off another thrilling NHRA season, Feb. 7-10 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
16 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Pomona
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ annual iconic opener, the tradition-rich 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, will kick off another thrilling NHRA season, Feb. 7-10 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona…
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Houston Raceway Park rebranded through multi-year relationship with Pennzoil

Houston Raceway Park, home of the NHRA SpringNationals, has signed a new multi-year relationship that changes the name of the 30-year-old facility to Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil.
14 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Houston
Houston Raceway Park, home of the NHRA SpringNationals, has signed a new multi-year relationship that changes the name of the 30-year-old facility to Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil. "Today’s announcement with Pennzoil marks…
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Pedregon will switch to Dodge Charger bodies in bid for third championship

Two-time NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon will make the switch to Dodge Charger bodies for the 2019 season. Indy bureau chief John Kernan reports from Brownsburg, Ind.
11 Jan 2019
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2019 season will be ‘business as usual’ at Brainerd, despite loss of one of its owners

Restating its commitment to motorsports despite losing one of its owners recently, Brainerd International Raceway is moving forward with the 2019 racing season, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August. 
11 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Brainerd
Restating its commitment to motorsports despite losing one of its owners recently, Brainerd International Raceway is moving forward with the 2019 racing season, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August.    Owner Kristi…
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50 years ago: The 1969 Winternationals

The 50th annual NHRA Gatornationals is fast approaching, but before we head back east, let's take a trip back in time 50 years to Pomona and the 1969 Winternationals, which was memorable for so many reasons.
11 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Pomona
  The 2019 season is upon us, kicking off in Pomona in about a month with the 50th annual Gatornationals looming as another major early-season highlight. Gainesville 2019 is going to be a wondrous trip back into time that's going to be a…
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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent assumes title sponsorship of Phoenix national event

NHRA officials have announced that Magic Dry Organic Absorbent will be the title sponsor of the second race of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals will take place Feb. 22-24 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix.
09 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Phoenix
NHRA officials have announced that Magic Dry Organic Absorbent will be the title sponsor of the second race of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals will take place Feb. 22-24 at Wild…
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Muldowney joins “Unfinished Business” competition with Top Fuel rivals, Vance

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Shirley Muldowney os the latest driver to throw their hat into the ring and announce participation in NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” event during the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
08 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Shirley Muldowney
Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Shirley Muldowney os the latest driver to throw their hat into the ring and announce participation in NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” event during the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, joining NHRA…
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Brogdon becomes newest member of Elite Pro Stock team

Veteran Rodger Brogdon will team with Erica Enders, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Alex Laughlin for a run at 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship.
07 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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During last year’s NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, Rodger Brogdon returned to the Pro Stock class after two years on the sidelines and enjoyed the experience so much that he’s announced a full-season program for 2019. Brogdon, a six…
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Paton Racing, driver Reed part ways, but both will compete in 2019

Paton Racing and driver Shawn Reed have amicably parted company and will not be racing together in 2019, though both parties plan on competing in Top Fuel this season.
07 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Shawn Reed
Paton Racing and driver Shawn Reed have amicably parted company and will not be racing together in 2019, though both parties plan on competing in Top Fuel this season. “Shawn explained that he wanted to pursue other opportunities and I support…
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Steamfitters Local 602 partners with Kelly Clontz Racing for 2019 season

Kelly Clontz and crew chief and husband Chris will banner Steamfitters Local 602 as the primary sponsor on their Pro Stock Motorcycle as they head into their sophomore year of racing a full schedule in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
07 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Kelly Clontz
Kelly Clontz and crew chief and husband Chris will banner Steamfitters Local 602 as the primary sponsor on their Pro Stock Motorcycle as they head into their sophomore year of racing a full schedule in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.…
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Husen to take over tuning duties for Salinas' Scrappers Racing Top Fuel team

World championship crew chief Brian Husen will take over the tuning duties on Mike Salinas’ Scrappers Racing Top Fueler in 2019 with Alan Johnson continuing his role with the team as tuning advisor.
06 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Mike Salinas
World championship crew chief Brian Husen will take over the tuning duties on Mike Salinas’ Scrappers Racing Top Fueler in 2019 with Alan Johnson continuing his role with the team as tuning advisor. Husen and Johnson, whose partnership goes back…
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New all-concrete racing surface being poured at Gainesville Raceway

Construction continues at Gainesville Raceway ahead of this year’s blockbuster 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with the pouring of concrete that will provide what historically has been one of the best racetracks in the country with an all-concrete racing surface that will only enhance its reputation.
04 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Gainesville
Construction continues at Gainesville Raceway ahead of this year’s blockbuster 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with the pouring of concrete that will provide what historically has been one of the best racetracks in the country with…
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Steve Torrence's Capco Contractors team returns to work for new year

2018 Top Fuel world champion crew chief Bobby Lagana and the Capco Contractor team returned to work in earnest to kick off the new year. Indy Bureau Chief John Kernan got the scoop on what the champs are up to.
04 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Pro Stock Motorcycle shocker: Angelle Sampey joins Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team

An alliance few thought possible is now a reality as three-time world champion Angelle Sampey agreed to a four-race trial with the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team.
04 Jan 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Three-time world champion Angelle Sampey will join the Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle for the opening four rounds of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series as a showcase rider, competing alongside team…
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NHRA Jr. Dragster conference finals return to Bristol Dragway, Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in 2019

The two premier events for the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League, the wildly popular series for young NHRA racers will return to familiar surroundings for the 2019 season.
03 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Bristol
The two premier events for the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League, the wildly popular series for young NHRA racers will return to familiar surroundings for the 2019 season. The Western Conference Finals will take place at Osage Tulsa Raceway…
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NHRA in 30 episodes to air on FOX networks in January and February

Throughout January and early February, NHRA will be featured on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 in a series of original NHRA in 30 shows including MY Journey, They Walked Away, and more.
02 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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MY Journey
Throughout January and early February, NHRA will be featured on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 in a series of original NHRA in 30 shows including MY Journey, They Walked Away, and more. NHRA in 30 Air Dates (all times Eastern…
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Scott Palmer to drive Magic Dry Top Fuel dragster in 2019

Tommy Thompson Motorsports has extended its contract with Top Fuel driver Scott Palmer, who will fly the colors of Thompson's Magic Dry product line in 2019.
02 Jan 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Scott Palmer
Scott Palmer will no longer sport CatSpot Kitty Litter as the primary sponsor on his Top Fuel dragster, but the Missouri native will continue to drive for friend and main funder Tommy Thompson under his Magic Dry flag in 2019, a sponsor that should…
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Milestones and firsts to look forward to during the 2019 season

The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season launches in just about a month at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, and there are a lot of milestones and firsts that could be reached this season. Here’s a look at nine possible/probable moments to look forward to.
02 Jan 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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2019
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season launches in just about a month at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, and there are a lot of milestones and firsts that could be reached this season. Here’s a look at nine possible/…
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Happy New Year 2019

The staff of the NHRA wishes a Happy New Year to its members, fans, racers, sponsors, member track operators, and everyone else who helps make the world of NHRA Drag Racing a wondrous place.
01 Jan 2019
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Champion recap: Torrence caps first Top Fuel title with historic Countdown sweep

How ‘bout them Capco boys? That was a refrain that NHRA fans heard a lot in 2018 from the lips and heart of the eventual Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence over the course of a glorious 11-win season that culminated in an historic six-race sweep of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
29 Dec 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Steve Torrence
How ‘bout them Capco boys? That was a refrain that NHRA fans heard a lot in 2018 from the lips and heart of the eventual Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence over the course of a glorious 11-win season that culminated in an historic six-race sweep of…
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Champion recap: J.R. Todd’s first Funny Car title won’t be his last

J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry team took down an incredible Funny Car class to assert himself as one of the best in the business.
28 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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J.R. Todd
If there’s a surprise about J.R. Todd’s first championship, it’s that it came in a short-wheelbase car. When the Indiana-born racer first made waves in NHRA Drag Racing, it was inside of a Top Fuel dragster. The 2018 Funny Car champion reached the…
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Champion recap: Tanner Gray left behind an indelible impression

27 Dec 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Tanner Gray
The two youngest NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions share a commonality: They owe a lot to their family. Tanner Gray says as much as often as someone will listen. The support of his parents, Shane and Amber, and his grandfather, Jonny,…
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Champion recap: Smith claims dramatic winner-take-all final to clinch third PSM title

Matt Smith’s third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, much like his first, was won in the most dramatic fashion possible with a winner-take-all final round at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
26 Dec 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Matt Smith
Matt Smith’s third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, much like his first, was won in the most dramatic fashion possible with a winner-take-all final round at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.…
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Happy Holidays from NHRA

The staff of the NHRA wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to its members, fans, racers, sponsors, member track operators, and everyone else who helps make the world of NHRA Drag Racing a wondrous place.
25 Dec 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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