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Reigning NHRA Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence takes a look at the season ahead

Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence checked in with NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about his father's surprise birthday gift and his recent wedding and to take a look at the season ahead.
23 May 2020
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Steve Torrence
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Meyer, Bellemeur collect Lucas Oil Regional victories at Texas Motorplex event

No. 1 qualifiers Megan Meyer and Sean Bellemeur cruised to Lucas Oil Central Regional victories at the Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection at the Texas Motorplex, the first NHRA points-earning event since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
22 May 2020
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Megan Meyer
Photos by Robert Grice No. 1 qualifiers Megan Meyer and Sean Bellemeur cruised to Top Alcohol class victories at the Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection at the Texas Motorplex. The pair…
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Fans will be allowed Saturday at Texas Motorplex Lucas Oil Series event

Thanks to an executive order signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Motorplex will allow fans to attend the Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection starting Saturday.
22 May 2020
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Dallas
Thanks to an executive order signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Motorplex will allow fans to attend the Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection starting Saturday. Fans will be charged $15 per car…
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Megan Meyer and Sean Bellemeur on returning to Lucas Oil Series racing at Texas Motorplex

NHRA Top Alcohol Dragsters and Alcohol Funny Cars return to points-earning competition this weekend.
22 May 2020
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Megan Meyer and Sean Bellemeur on returning to Lucas Oil Series racing at Texas Motorplex
After two months of patience and preparing, NHRA racers are being called to the staging lanes of Dallas’s famed all-concrete quarter-mile. The re-opening of NHRA drag racing during the COVID-19 pandemic took take a big step forward today at Texas…
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Tune in now to watch live Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action on NHRA.tv

The Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection will be contested on May 22-23 at Texas Motorplex with live coverage of final eliminations on NHRA.tv on Saturday beginning at10:45 am. Central.
22 May 2020
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Dallas
  The Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection will be contested on May 22-23 at Texas Motorplex with live coverage on NHRA.tv on Friday and Saturday,…
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Nitro Time Machine: Mr. Bazemore's wild ride

Hop into the NHRA Nitro Time Machine with host Brian Lohnes and travel back to the 1993 Springnationals in Columbus, Ohio, and a scary ride for Funny Car racer Whit Bazemore.
22 May 2020
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Whit Bazemore
 
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The day that Mario Andretti went drag racing in a Tasca Ford-prepped Mustang

Auto-racing superstar Mario Andretti only dabbled once in drag racing, in a Ford vs. Chevy exhibition in Connecticut where Andretti's Tasca Ford-prepped machine won four straight races against a more experienced opponent.
22 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Mario Andretti
  A couple of weeks ago on NHRA.com, I put together a goofy little story about Mario Andretti and his connection with drag…
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Denso sponsors NHRA champ's dachshund race to benefit animal charities

Denso Products and Services Americas will sponsor the first-ever Denso 3-Wide Doxie Nationals hosted by its NHRA racing partners, Angie and Matt Smith, to support three animal rescue, adoption, and placement organizations. The May 23 event will be live-streamed on the Smiths' Facebook page at 3 p.m. Eastern.
21 May 2020
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Angie Smith
Denso Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier Denso Corp., is sponsoring the first-ever Denso 3-Wide Doxie Nationals hosted by its NHRA racing partners, Angie and Matt Smith, to support three animal…
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Brainerd International Raceway to host car parade for local high-school graduates

Thanks to the generosity of Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd High School students will get to celebrate with a car parade at the track to honor the class of 2020.
21 May 2020
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Brainerd
With restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many graduating high-school seniors are not going out with the traditional pomp and circumstance of a graduation ceremony, but thanks to the generosity of Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd High…
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Crank it up: Ready for a little nitro? Cruz Pedregon has just the thing for you

NHRA Funny Car racer Cruz Pedregon team fired up his Funny Car behind his Brownsburg, Ind., shop. It wasn’t his Snap-on Tools Dodge but rather his California Charger Nostalgia Funny Car, but the nitro sound is just as sweet.
21 May 2020
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Cruz Pedregon
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Throwback Thursday: Check out the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action from Dallas in 2019

We're throwing it back to 2019 with the NHRA broadcast of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series sportsman racing action from Dallas to get you ready to see the heavy hitters return to racing this weekend in Dallas.
21 May 2020
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2019 NHRA Texas Fall Nationals
NHRA returns to racing with the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Region event contested on May 22-23, with qualifying on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. On Saturday competitors in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster will…
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Fulfill your virtual quarter-mile need for speed with these drag racing mobile games

While some of the circle-track crowd has been getting their virtual kicks in iRacing events, there’s no such component for fans of our straight-line sport. Fortunately for us, there are other ways to fulfill our need for speed and the key is right in your pocket or purse: Mobile games. 
21 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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NHRA
It’s been a long dry spell for NHRA fans and racers itching for some flame-throwing, gear-shifting competition and while some of the circle-track crowd has been getting their virtual kicks in iRacing events, there’s no such component for fans of our…
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This Day in History: Kurt Johnson's 6.98-second pass makes Pro Stock history

On this day in history, May 20, 1994, Kurt Johnson made NHRA Pro Stock history with the first six-second pass in the class' annals. Check out the great throwback video and read the original reporting from NHRA National Dragster magazine.
20 May 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Kurt Johnson
Reprinted from the pages of NHRA National DRAGSTER Kurt Johnson, the 30-year-old 1993 NHRA Winston Rookie of the Year, removed any speculation of a sophomore jinx when he made drag racing history May 20 by recording Pro…
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NHRA Shop Talk: Why Stuff Blows Up with NHRA's Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart

NHRA’s Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart hosted an interactive NHRA Shop Talk show, with a fun title: Why Stuff Blows Up to discuss what can go wrong inside a drag racing engine.
20 May 2020
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Shop Talk
Previously on NHRA Shop Talk: NHRA Shop Talk: Chassis science …
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Top Fuel star Leah Pruett will host virtual autograph party Thursday on Twitter

Mopar-sponsored NHRA Top Fuel star Leah Pruett will host a one-hour virtual autograph session on Twitter Thursday May 21, from 7-8 p.m. Eastern
20 May 2020
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Leah Pruett
Mopar-sponsored NHRA Top Fuel star Leah Pruett will host a one-hour virtual autograph session on Twitter Thursday May 21, from 7-8 p.m. Eastern Fans can use Twitter to ask/tweet to Leah for an autograph using her Twitter handle @LeahPruett_TF…
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Engine Wars! F1 vs IndyCar vs Pro Stock vs NASCAR vs Top Fuel

Ever wonder how NHRA drag racing engines stack up against the world? Spoiler alert: We overpower every other motorsport on earth!
19 May 2020
David Kennedy
Racing Technology
NHRA vs NASCAR vs IndyCar vs F1
Racing engines have always been shrouded in secrecy because power promises the ultimate advantage. Drivers inherently want enough horses to break the tires lose everywhere on the track. Have too much power? Use less throttle. The motorsport with the…
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NHRA points-earning competition restarts with Lucas Oil Series May 22-23

The re-opening of NHRA Drag Racing during the COVID-19 pandemic will take a big step forward May 22-23 at Texas Motorplex with running of an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Region event on the famed all-concrete quarter-mile outside of Dallas.
19 May 2020
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Dallas
The re-opening of NHRA Drag Racing during the COVID-19 pandemic will take a big step forward May 22-23 at Texas Motorplex with running of an NHRA NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Region event on the famed all-concrete quarter-mile outside…
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NHRA announces revised Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule, addition of second JEGS SPORTSnationals at New England Dragway

NHRA has announced a revised schedule for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series with a full slate of events across all seven divisions between June and November plus the addition of a JEGS SPORTSnationals event Aug. 21-22 at New England Dragway.
19 May 2020
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Lucas Oil
After suspending racing in early March, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is poised to make a return this weekend along with a full slate of events across all seven divisions between June and November. The series will return to action…
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New England Dragway scores new JEGS SPORTSnationals event, Aug. 21-22

NHRA officials have announced a second JEGS SPORTSnationals event on the weekend of Aug. 21-22 at New England Dragway to bring national-event level drag racing to the historic Northeast locale.
19 May 2020
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SPORTSnationals
NHRA officials have announced a second JEGS SPORTSnationals event on the weekend of Aug. 21-22 at New England Dragway. The new race will bring national-event level drag racing to the historic Northeast locale, which lost this year's regularly…
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Brian Lohnes, Jack Beckman, and David Freiburger talk Funny Car history

NHRA on FOX lead announcer Brian Lohnes was joined by former Funny Car world champ Jack Beckman and one of hot rodding's top gearheads, David Freiburger, for Nitro Time Machine Live to talk Funny Car history.
19 May 2020
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Nitro Time Machine
NHRA on FOX lead announcer Brian Lohnes was joined by former Funny Car world champ Jack Beckman and one of hot rodding's top gearheads, David Freiburger, for Nitro Time Machine Live Tuesday to talk Funny Car history
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10 Best Quotes from Wally Parks

The wisdom of Wally Parks: Land speed racer, the first editor of Hot Rod Magazine, and the founder of the National Hot Rod Association.
18 May 2020
David Kennedy
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Carroll Shelby and Wally Parks
In difficult times we look to experienced voices to give us guidance. Their words provide a foundation that connects us to our past, comfort to endure the present, and strength to forge a better future.  Drag racing’s most practiced voice comes…
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Weekend Update with Brian Lohnes: News from around the NHRA Drag Racing world

NHRA's Brian Lohnes takes a look back at the last week in NHRA news and takes a look at the week ahead with information that NHRA fans need.
18 May 2020
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Brian Lohnes
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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman—Episode 2: How NHRA created sanctioned drag racing

Jack Beckman: NHRA Funny Car driver, drag racing instructor, car guy, and hot-rod historian. During this pause in racing action, Jack is taking us through his favorite moments in drag racing history.
18 May 2020
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The Birth of Sanctioned Drag Racing
In the early days of drag racing there were lots of cars, lots of would-be racers, and lots of open land. The one thing in short supply was the structure needed to bring early hot rodders together to turn them into drag racers. Wally Parks, and…
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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman Episode 1: From Hot Rod magazine to National Dragster

Jack Beckman: NHRA Funny Car driver, drag racing instructor, car guy, and hot-rod historian. During this pause in racing action, Jack is taking us through his favorite moments in drag racing history.
18 May 2020
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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman
In the early days of drag racing there was no clearinghouse of information for who ran what, how quick they ran, and who they ran against. The biggest drag racing media platform in town was Hot Rod Magazine, and it was…
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After Phoenix debut, Blake Alexander and team eager to continue 2020 season

NHRA Funny Car racer Blake Alexander visited with NHRA’s Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about Pronto/Head Racing’s season start in Phoenix and their hopes and plans for when racing resumes.
17 May 2020
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Blake Alexander
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Kenny Bernstein: The King of Speed

If all he ever did was become the first NHRA driver to exceed 300 mph in NHRA competition, Kenny Bernstein's name would forever be etched in the record books, but he accomplished so much more than that. Here's a photographic look at his career with images from the NHRA National Dragster library.
17 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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A salute to Kenny Bernstein: NHRA Drag Racing's "King of Speed" 50
If all he ever did was become the first NHRA driver to exceed 300 mph in NHRA competition, Kenny Bernstein's name would forever be etched in the record books, but the Texas native accomplished so much more than that, winning six championships --…
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Shawn Gann, 1978-2020

Shawn Gann, who rode his Pro Stock Motorcycle to five NHRA national events wins from 2000 to 2017, died May 16. He was 42.
17 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Shawn Gann
Shawn Gann, who rode his Pro Stock Motorcycle to five NHRA national events wins from 2000 to 2017, died May 16. He was 42. Gann’s first victory aboard the family-operated Gann Speed entry that he ran with father Blake came at 2001 fall Las Vegas…
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Farewell to a fearsome fuel foursome

It’s been a somber month in the United States and around the world and it certainly has touched our little NHRA world with the passing of a quartet of diehard NHRA nitro racers you may or may not know or remember: driver/owners Johnny White and Bobby Tapia and car owners Bill Blomgren and Glenn Solano.
16 May 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Insider
  It’s been a somber month in the United States and around the world and it certainly has touched our little NHRA world with the passing of a quartet of diehard old NHRA nitro racers you may or may not know or remember: driver/owners Johnny…
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Cruz Pedregon Racing back to work in Brownsburg prepping for racing's return

Cruz Pedregon Racing's Snap-on Tools Funny Car team is back at work at their shop in Brownsburg, Ind., making preparations and plans for the return to NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition later this summer.
16 May 2020
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Cruz Pedregon
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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman: A quarter-mile at a time– Preview

Jack Beckman: NHRA Funny Car driver, drag racing instructor, car guy, and hot-rod historian. During this pause in racing action, Jack is taking us through his favorite moments in drag racing history.
15 May 2020
David Kennedy
Jack Beckman History
This is a master’s class in drag racing, taught by a 300-mph professor. Jack Beckman offers a unique perspective on our sport, as one of the few active NHRA racers who’s also student of the sport’s technology, history, records, and exceptional…
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