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Blake Alexander rides out wild explosion in round one at Norwalk

Blake Alexander rode out a wild blower explosion while racing Shawn Langdon in round one of Funny Car at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
23 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Blake Alexander
//hide image on specific article jQuery(document).ready(function ($) { $( ".article-card__feature img:first-of-type" ).hide(); }); Blake Alexander rode out a wild blower explosion in round one while racing Shawn Langdon. The two were…
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Norwalk Top Fuel results: E1

The opening round of Top Fuel at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals was a Jekyll and Hyde affair with solid runs, tire some, and an upset by homestate hero Pat Dakin.
23 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Pat Dakin
The opening round of Top Fuel at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals was a Jekyll and Hyde affair with solid runs, tire some, and an upset by homestate hero Pat Dakin. Crew chief Rob Wendland stayed up late Saturday night “fiddling around…
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Enders puts Pro Mod fire in rearview mirror; shifts focus to Pro Stock car

Erica Enders wasn’t the only one holding her breath during Saturday’s final qualifying session in the E3 Pro Mod series after her Pro Mod Camaro burst into flames.
23 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
enders
Erica Enders wasn’t the only one holding her breath during Saturday’s final qualifying session in the E3 Pro Mod series. While Enders was gasping for air trying to climb out of her turbocharged Elite Performance Camaro when it was engulfed in flames…
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Summit Series National Championship drawing held in Norwalk

In a special drawing for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, four NHRA divisions were selected to send an extra racer to compete for the national championship at the season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.
23 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Summit
In a special drawing for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, four NHRA divisions were selected to send an extra racer to compete for the national championship at the season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona…
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For Ron Capps and Rahn Tobler, No. 1 qualifiers are nice, but they're all about the win

23 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps’ biography and racing record spans five pages in the 2019 NHRA Media Guide, filled with the facts and stats of a career that now spans more than 540 races. His numbers are impressive: 63 events wins and 120 final-round appearances -–…
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After long uphill battle, Scotty Pollacheck is finally in a position to win

Scotty Pollachek's talents on a Pro Stock Motorcycle are undeniable, but his results haven't show it yet. This could be the weekend that he finally turns the corner.
23 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
pollacheck
Scotty Pollacheck has competed in more than 100 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle races and he’s yet to win one. That should not be interpreted as an indictment of Pollacheck’s riding talent but rather, a clear sign that he’s spent a significant portion of…
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Scott Palmer adopts a new take-no-prisoners attitude and tune-up in Norwalk

Dissatisfied with the performance of his Magic Dry Top Fueler over the last several racers, Scott Palmer and team have decided it's time to take the gloves off and go gunning for their opponents.
23 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Scott Palmer
It was Saturday morning, before the third qualifying session of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, when Scott Palmer began channeling a little bit of Civil War naval officer David Farragut’s famed phrase: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

The 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will reach its midway point once the winners are crowned today at Summit Motorsports Park.
23 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
The 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will reach its midway point once the winners are crowned today at Summit Motorsports Park, and we’ll also be two-thirds of the way through the regular season and preparing to hit the homestretch in the…
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Cowie, Hough lead Saturday winners at Mission Raceway Division 6 doubleheader

Mission Raceway wrapped up its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series doubleheader event with Shawn Cowie and Biran Hough leading the list of winners at the Division 6 event.
22 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Division 6
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division event at Mission Raceway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., 5.215, 277.60  def. Casey Grisel,…
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WATCH: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals qualifying video recap

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are all qualified No. 1 in their respective Mello Yello professional classes at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
22 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Saturday Photo Gallery

Photo highlights from a busy day of qualifying and eliminations at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
22 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
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Ron Capps collects first Funny Car low qualifier of the season in Norwalk

Ron Capps not only collected his first No. 1 qualifying effort of the season with his Friday-evening 3.879 but then solidified that ranking with the best pass of the final session, a 3.912 in the NAPA Auto Parts Charger.
22 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps not only collected his first No. 1 qualifying effort of the season with his Friday-evening 3.879 but then solidified that ranking with the best pass of the final session, a 3.912 in the NAPA Auto Parts Charger. It was the 23rd No. 1 of…
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Brittany Force holds on to score fourth No. 1 of the season in Top Fuel

Brittany Force remained in the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel, her Friday best of 3.712 going untouched throughout the day for her fourth green hat of the season as low qualifier.
22 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force remained in the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel, her Friday best of 3.712 going untouched throughout the day. Her final attempt, in the final pair of the final session, resulted in tire smoke but she nonetheless ended the day with her fourth…
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Robert Hight, Auto Club team go to backup chassis for final qualifying session

After sandwiching a decent 3.938 in Friday’s night session with two four-second passes in the daytime sessions, the Auto Club Funny Car team switched to a new chassis for the final session.
22 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
After sandwiching a decent 3.938 in Friday’s night session with two four-second passes in the daytime sessions, the Auto Club Funny Car team switched to a new chassis for the final session. Crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham made the…
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Eddie Krawiec’s quest for first win of the season will begin from the No. 1 qualifying spot.

After qualifying in the No. 1 spot, Eddie Krawiec looks to give Vance & Hines team eighth Norwalk win in 13 years.
22 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Eddie Krawiec
Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson rider Eddie Krawiec is off to a strong start this year with two runner-up finishes and two semifinals in six races, but oddly enough, the four-time world champ is still in search of his first win. Krawiec reached…
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Chicago champ Deric Kramer leads close Norwalk Pro Stock field

Deric Kramer qualifies No. 1 for the first time this season; points leaders Bo Butner and Alex Laughlin will start from the bottom half of the field.
22 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Deric Kramer
So, who’s going to win tomorrow’s Summit Racing Equipment Nationals Pro Stock title? Based solely on qualifying results where the top half of the field is separated by just .013-second, its literally anyone’s guess but Deric Kramer would seem to…
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VIDEO: Erica Enders sets Pro Mod speed record in wild ride, Mike Castellana grabs pole in Norwalk

A wild ride for Erica Enders goes from joy to misery in moments at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
22 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders entered the final E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services qualifying session on the bump spot. An improved pass (5.787) at 261.22-mph, a new national record, moved her deeper into the hyper competitive field at…
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It's finally all coming together for Mike Salinas and the Scrappers team

To the uninitiated, Mile Salinas might look like a bit of an overnight success, scoring the first two victories of his career this season, but to him it’s just part of a plan that has come together since he first sat in a Top Fuel car in 2014.
22 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
To the uninitiated, Mile Salinas might look like a bit of an overnight success, scoring the first two victories of his career this season –- in Las Vegas and last weekend in Bristol –- but to him it’s just part of a plan that has come together since…
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Allen Johnson enjoying life in the Factory Stock class

22 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
aj
Now two years removed from the dog-eat-dog world of NHRA Pro Stock racing, Allen Johnson admits that he’s living a much simpler life and that suits him just fine. Trading his 215-mph Pro Stock Dodge Dart for a Drag Pak Challenger. Racing in the…
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Changes swirl around Cory Reed Motorsports, but optimism remains

Cory Reed and teammate Joey Gladstone return to the NHRA tour with a new crew chief and a renewed sense of optimism.
22 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
reed
The Reed Motorsports Pro Stock Motorcycle team featuring owner Cory Reed and Joey Gladstone was noticeable absent from the most recent Pro Stock Motorcycle race in Chicago amid reports that they’d parted ways with engine builder and crew chief Larry…
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With KB power, Wally Stroupe is gaining ground in Pro Stock

Chassis builder Wally Stroupe has taken a big leap forward in the NHRA Pro Stock class thanks to a new engine from KB Racing.
22 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
stroupe
In his long career as a chassis builder, Wally Stroupe has learned a thing or two about building a competitive race car, but even the best chassis in the world won’t win races without sufficient horsepower, particularly in the ultra-competitive…
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Live Timing: Racing underway in Norwalk

Racing is underway at the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Follow all of the Saturday action from Summit Motorsports Park on NHRA Live Timing.
22 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
Qualifying action is underway at the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Follow all of the action from Summit Motorsports Park on NHRA Live Timing…
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Paul Lee and Jim Oberhofer are making their presence known in Funny Car

Eleven Funny Cars ran in the three-second zone during Friday’s two qualifying passes at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and Paul Lee and tuner Jim Oberhofer were among that fast group, emblematic of their quick rise to prominence in just their third race together.
22 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Paul Lee
Paul Lee and Jim Oberhofer. On the surface you might think they’re a bit of an odd couple, the comebacking Funny Car driver and the talented Top Fuel tuner, brought together under the new Straightline Strategy racing group, needs and positions being…
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Summit Racing Equipment Nationals Saturday Preview

Friday's professional low qualifiers, Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Deric Kramer, and Eddie Krawiec will try to maintain their leads during today's final qualifying rounds in Norwalk.
22 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
norwalk
Friday's opening qualifying rounds at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals featued some of the best side-by-side runs seen this season and Saturday's final two runs promises to deliver more of the same. In Top Fuel, 12…
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WATCH: Brittany Force rockets to No. 1 spot on Friday in Norwalk

Brittany Force is halfway to what would be her third No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying berth of the season after making a 3.712 pass in the evening session.
21 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force is halfway to what would be her third No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying berth of the season after making a 3.712 pass in the evening session. Force, who struggled to a high-five-second pass on her opening lap, had all of the candles…
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WATCH: Ron Capps claims No. 1 Funny Car qualifying spot on opening day in Norwalk

Ron Capps, who was hotter than the summer weather just a few weeks ago is back on fire after taking his NAPA Auto Parts Charger to the top of the Funny Car qualifying sheets on Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
21 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps, who was hotter than the summer weather just a few weeks ago is back on fire after taking his NAPA Auto Parts Charger to the top of the Funny Car qualifying sheets on Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Capps…
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WATCH: Fresh from Chicago win, Deric Kramer tops Friday’s Pro Stock field

Deric Kramer, who won the most recent NHRA Pro Stock race in Chicago, leads a Norwalk field that is shaping up to be the closest of the year.
21 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Deric Kramer
Following a three-week break in the schedule, the traditional 500-inch Pro Stock cars returned to action in Norwalk and not surprisingly, the field remains tightly bunched, especially the top eight cars in the class. After the first two qualifying…
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WATCH: Eddie Krawiec on pace to be low qualifer for third time this season

Eddie Krawiec and Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate Andrew Hines finish Friday's runs as the top two qualifiers in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Matt Smith nears 200-mph mark.
21 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Eddie Krawiec
Eddie Krawiec has not been ranked lower than No. 4 in qualifying at any Pro Stock Motorcycle event this season and following Friday’s opening qualifying runs at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, that mark doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy.…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Friday photo gallery

National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Bob Szelag had their lenses trained on all of the action on and off the racetrack on the opening day of qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
21 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
Prior to the start of Friday’s qualifying, NHRA announcer Joe Costello, right, introduced Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park track manager Bill Bader Jr., who welcomed the fans and thanked them for coming to the event.…
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Antron Brown headed in right direction as the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Matco Tools driver Antron Brown continuing upward trajectory in Norwalk
21 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Feature
Antron Brown
Antron Brown did not have the 2018 season he wanted, even if he expected it to a certain extent. The Matco Tools Top Fuel team went through a rebuilding year after losing longtime crew chief Brian Corradi to the Advance Auto Parts Funny Car. Corradi…
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