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Nitro Time Machine: "Big Daddy" Don Garlits goes the distance at 1978 Gators

"Big Daddy" Don Garlits won a lot of races in his career, but his Gainesville wins are among his most treasured. In our latest Nitro Time Machine, Garlits crushes the field at the 1978 Gatornationals.
24 Feb 2021
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Robert Hight is back and has his sights set on a fourth Funny Car world championship

Three-time Funny Car champion Robert Hight joins NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to discuss John Force Racing's long-awaited return to the sport, how he spent the downtime during the 2020 season, and his penchant for winning titles in odd-numbered years.
24 Feb 2021
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Checking in with Kalitta Motorsports on the eve of preseason testing

The Kalitta Motorsports facility in Ypsilanti, Mich. is a busy place as Hall of Fame team owner Connie Kalitta, drivers Doug Kalitta, J.R. Todd, and Shawn Langdon and their crews prepare for the start of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
24 Feb 2021
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Motorplex distributes bottled water following devastating Texas winter storm

Despite being battered by the winter storm that blasted the Lone Star State and their historic track, the staff at Texas Motorplex showed their resiliency and #TexasStrong giving spirit by handing out 500 cases of bottled water.
23 Feb 2021
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Texas Motorplex
Last week, Texas Motorplex, like much of the state of Texas, suffered massive property damage, including severe water damage to the three-story suite tower complex, concession warehouse, and a number of buildings in the Food Court after a winter…
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Aggretek Construction and Mining will sponsor Miladinovich at Las Vegas race

Nevada-based Aggretek Construction and Mining Equipment will sponsor fast-rising NHRA Funny Car racer Alex Miladinovich and the M12 Racing team at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals April 16-18 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
23 Feb 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Alex Miladinovich
Nevada-based Aggretek Construction and Mining Equipment will sponsor fast-rising NHRA Funny Car racer Alex Miladinovich and the M12 Racing team at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals April 16-18 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway…
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Alexis DeJoria ready for 2021 with backing of ROKiT, Bandero Premium Tequila

NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria is ready to begin her quest for her first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championship behind the wheel of her new-look black and white Toyota Camry Funny Car with familiar sponsor ROKiT as well as a new sponsor Bandero Premium Tequila.
23 Feb 2021
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Alexis DeJoria
NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria is ready to begin her quest for her first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championship as the season gets underway in less than a month. The accomplished driver will be behind the wheel of her new-…
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Preseason testing will rev up prior to Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

The Top Fuel and Funny Car stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series are headed to south Florida the first week of March to begin testing prior to the NHRA season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals March 11-14 at Gainesville Raceway.
22 Feb 2021
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Steve Torrence
The Top Fuel and Funny Car stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series are headed to south Florida the first week of March to begin testing prior to the NHRA season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals March 11-14 at Gainesville…
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Atco Dragway Lucas Oil Series, National Open events postponed

NHRA and Atco Dragway have announced a new date for the track's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event will be moved to Aug. 6-8. NHRA is currently discussing options regarding the track’s PCRichard.com National Open Series event.
22 Feb 2021
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NHRA and Atco Dragway have announced a new date for the track's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event will be moved to Aug. 6-8. NHRA is currently discussing options regarding the track’s PCRichard.com…
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NHRA Shop Talk: Ignition Systems

In this episode of Shop Talk, NHRA's Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by MSD's Joe Pando to talk drag racing ignition systems from Sportsman racing all the way up to nitro-powered machines. 
22 Feb 2021
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Shop Talk
  In this episode of Shop Talk, NHRA's Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by MSD's Joe Pando to talk drag racing ignition systems from Sportsman racing all the way up to nitro-powered machines. Pando is an expert that has been…
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Download your complete 2021 NHRA all-series season schedule planner

NHRA National Dragster has compiled a calendar with all NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events, plus the JEGS SPORTSnationals, Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series events, NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Conference Finals, and more.
22 Feb 2021
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2021 schedule
  NHRA National Dragster has compiled a calendar with all NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events, plus the JEGS SPORTSnationals, Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series events, NHRA Summit Jr. Drag…
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Nitro Time Machine: Melanie Troxel's historic Bristol Funny Car victory

Melanie Troxel joined the short list of winners in both Top Fuel and Funny Car following her dramatic late-night final round win over Mike Neff at the 2008 Bristol event.
20 Feb 2021
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Nitro Time Machine: Greg Anderson's first Pro Stock victory in Bristol

Greg Anderson is on the verge of becoming the sport's all-time leader in Pro Stock victories. In the latest edition of Nitro Time Machine, we travel back to the 2001 Bristol race to see where it all started.
19 Feb 2021
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Moving On Up: NHRA National Dragster highlights emerging sportsman stars

Get to know these names, especially if you happen to be a fan of NHRA Sportsman racing, because many of the drivers featured here are going to carry the sport well into the future.
19 Feb 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
From the pages of National Dragster
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Get to know these names, especially if you happen to be a fan of NHRA Sportsman racing, because many of the drivers featured here are going to carry the sport well into the future. The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is loaded with talented racers…
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My first race car: Brad Plourd

Brad Plourd has raced everything from a Jr. Dragster to a 230-mph supercharged Comp altered, and he's won in just about all of them, but his favorite remains his trusty '66 Chevy II.
19 Feb 2021
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My First Race Car
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The life and times of Denny Savage, a Funny Car driver's Funny Car driver

Denny Savage was an old-school Funny Car driver, born in the class' earliest years in the mid-1960s, and enjoyed a career that lasted well into the 1980s while driving famed cars such as the Hawaiian, the Chi-Town Hustler, and more than a dozen others. This is his story.
19 Feb 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Denny Savage
The name Dennis Walter Petersavage may not roll off the lips of drag race fans and historians, but for the better part of two decades, he made his presence known in the Funny Car ranks as Denny Savage, a guy who could and would drive any Funny…
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Relive the 1992 Gatornationals with J.R. Todd, Ron Capps, and Brian Lohnes

Join J.R. Todd, Ron Capps, and Brian Lohnes for NHRA Nitro Time Machine LIVE! as they relive and comment on the historic 1992 Gatornationals.
18 Feb 2021
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Nitro Time Machine
Nitro Time Machine
  Join J.R. Todd, Ron Capps, and Brian Lohnes for NHRA Nitro Time Machine LIVE! as they relive and comment on the historic 1992 Gatornationals. From the 300-mph barrier being broken to Kim LaHaie successfully kicking some butt in…
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Western Technical College named presenting sponsor of NHRA YES program

Western Technical College will be the presenting sponsor of the NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program, signing in a three-year agreement to back the popular education-based program.
18 Feb 2021
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Western Technical College
Western Technical College will be the presenting sponsor of the NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program, signing in a three-year agreement to back the popular education-based program. Western Tech, based in El Paso, Texas, has a long…
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Pro Mod's Mike Janis, National Dragster's Kevin McKenna join NHRA Insider

On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast, Pro Mod veteran Mike Janis and NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna join Brian Lohnes. 
17 Feb 2021
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NHRA Insider podcast
NHRA Insider
  On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast, Pro Mod veteran Mike Janis and NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna join Brian Lohnes.  Janis was recently told by doctors that his Hall of Fame Pro …
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After quiet 2020 season, Scott Palmer set to resume making noise for NHRA fans

Fan-favorite Scott Palmer sat out most of the 2020 season, but he's eager to return this season with new partners, a new car, and a renewed attitude focused on becoming NHRA's next first-time Pro winner. One thing that won't change is his popular pit area throttle whacks.
17 Feb 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Compared to many other sports, NHRA fans got to see a lot of action during the COVID-19 pandemic-interrupted 2020 season, but there were also some obvious and glaring omissions, not the least of which was the absence of popular Top Fuel Pro…
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65 years of the Ford 9-inch

The race car component so good, it rewrote brand loyalty in the Sportsman racing world
17 Feb 2021
David Kennedy
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65 years of the Ford 9-inch
Car companies didn’t invent brand loyalty, but they certainly perfected it. The badge on the car, the engine under the hood, even the tattoo on the owner’s arm all matched—for life. But in drag racing, the need to win is stronger than assembly line…
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Mardi Gras special: How to bake a King Cake, with Top Fuel star Antron Brown

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champ Antron Brown not only has skills inside the cockpit, but he’s pretty impressive in the kitchen, too, as he demonstrates with this Mardi Gras-special tutorial on how to bake a King Cake.
16 Feb 2021
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Kalitta Motorsports announces three-team lineup for 2021 NHRA season

Kalitta Motorsports has announced its driver, sponsor, and crew lineup for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with a three-car team that includes the Top Fuel dragsters driven by Doug Kalitta and Shawn Langdon and the Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by J.R. Todd.
16 Feb 2021
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Kalitta Motorsports has announced its driver, sponsor, and crew lineup for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. The multitime world championship-winning organization will represent a host of international and national businesses with a…
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Facebook Live with John Force

Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car world champ John Force will join NHRA's Brian Lohnes on an NHRA Facebook Live chat to talk about his team's return to competition at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. You can also watch it right here on NHRA.com.
16 Feb 2021
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John Force
Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car world champ John Force will join NHRA's Brian Lohnes on an NHRA Facebook Live chat to talk about his team's return to competition at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. You…
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Exclusive interview: Force is back and gunning for championships and records

NHRA fans, John Force can’t wait to see you. He’s missed you. What's he been up to the last 12 months and what's in store for 2021? Find out in our exclusive interview with the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion.
16 Feb 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
John Force
NHRA fans, John Force can’t wait to see you. He’s missed you. Matt Hagan and Ron Capps, he’s missed you, too (not as much). The good news for everyone is that they won’t have to wait long for the reunion as Force announced today that John Force…
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John Force Racing to make NHRA Camping World Series debut in Gainesville

The John Force Racing team will make its much-anticipated return to NHRA Championship Drag Racing at the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
16 Feb 2021
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John Force Racing
The John Force Racing team will make its much-anticipated return to NHRA Championship Drag Racing at the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The 21-time championship-…
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The 2021 NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Series Contingency Program—See all the postings here!

15 Feb 2021
David Kennedy
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Richard Freeman 2021 NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Series Contingency Program—See all the postings here!
The NHRA Contingency program is the largest and most successful grassroots marketing partnership in motorsports. It connects racers who buy parts with manufacturers looking to sell and market performance products. It offers the advantages…
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New look NAPA Funny Car team takes shape as Ron Capps chases second title

New NAPA crew chiefs Dean Antonelli and John Medlen prepare to pursue the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Funny Car title with Ron Capps.
15 Feb 2021
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South Georgia Motorsports Park Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event postponed

Due to pending weather, this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at South Georgia Motorsports Park has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled to April 23–25. 
15 Feb 2021
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Due to pending weather, this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at South Georgia Motorsports Park has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled to April 23–25.  Competitors currently pre-entered into the event will have…
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Leah Pruett talks offseason, Tony Stewart, Drag Pak, and more of WFO Radio

Leah Pruett, Top Fuel driver for DSR and Mopar, gives the details from her offseason, her St. Louis crash, her relationship with Tony Stewart, the latest on the 2021 Dodge Drag Pak, and her plans to “stay in her own lane.”
15 Feb 2021
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Leah Pruett
  Leah Pruett goes WFO Live! Pruett, Top Fuel driver for DSR and Mopar, gives the details from her offseason, her St. Louis crash, her relationship with Tony Stewart, the latest on the 2021 Dodge Drag Pak, and her plans to “stay in her…
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After a life-changing accident, Dom Lagana is on the comeback trail

Among the list of inspiring life rules inscribed onto the side of Dom Lagana’s Nitro Ninja Top Fuel dragster are these three: Life is built on second chances. Treasure your family and friends. Think positive, not negative. They became a roadmap to recovery for him after his devastating accident last year.
13 Feb 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
From the pages of National Dragster
Dom Lagana
Among the list of nearly a dozen inspiring life rules inscribed onto the side of Dom Lagana’s Nitro Ninja Top Fuel dragster are these three: Life is built on second chances. Treasure your family and friends. Think positive, not negative.…
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