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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sunday preview

It's race day. Great crowds, perfect weather, and the golden sunlight of the California coast will shine on drag racing—and make for a day not to be missed.
25 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sunday
NHRA exists in every part of the country. It's across town at your local member track, it's in the race car trailer out behind the shop, and it's in every timeslip ever printed. But California is where NHRA was born, where Wally Parks crafted his…
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Saturday photo gallery from NHRA Sonoma Nationals

24 Jul 2021
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Hopkins, Huntzberry, Santangelo lead Division 1 winners at Numidia Dragway

Mark Hopkins, Kyle Huntzberry, and Joe Santangelo led the list of winners at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Numidia Dragway
24 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Northeast Division
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Numidia Dragway: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Mark Hopkins, Phoenixville, Pa., '92 Beretta, D/A, 7.796, 173.43  …
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Steve Torrence becomes first to clinch berth in Countdown to the Championship

With a successful qualifying effort at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, three-time and reigning Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence has become the first driver to officially clinch a berth in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
24 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Steve Torrence
With a successful qualifying effort at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, three-time and reigning Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence has become the first driver to officially clinch a berth in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the…
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Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Angie Smith are top qualifiers in Sonoma

After two ideal days in California, Angie Smith scores her first-ever number-one qualifier, while Greg Anderson, Ron Capps, and Brittany Force hold on to their positions.
24 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, and Angie Smith are top qualifiers in Sonoma
Sonoma Raceway is a freak of nature that brings out the absolute best in drag cars. Located 13 feet above sea level and 13 miles from the ocean, its proximity to the Pacific gives the track the equivalent of climate control. Its surface preparation…
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Antron Brown explains how team ownership will redefine his success

In 2022 Antron Brown will own his Top Fuel team, and explains how the move allows him to win by helping others succeed.
24 Jul 2021
Antron Brown
The idea of team ownership for Antron Brown isn't about who owns what. It's about how much he can expand who will succeed as part of his team’s effort. “This is the next step in my career," said Brown. And I ask myself, 'Who will be the next one…
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Matt Smith smashes Pro Stock Motorcycle top-speed record: 205.04 mph!

On Friday night at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Matt Smith ran 203 mph and told the crowd there was a 204-mph run in the bike. He stunned fans Saturday when he blasted past 204 and went right to 205.04 mph!
24 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Matt Smith smashes Pro Stock Motorcycle top-speed record: 205.04 mph!
Hear what Smith thought about the run:
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Greg Anderson moves to number one in Pro Stock qualifying—watch the run and hear from the man

See the run, and watch the interview from Greg Anderson.
24 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Greg Anderson's 6.521 run moves him to number one in Pro Stock qualifying—watch the run and hear
Hear what Anderson thought about the run...
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Scrappers Racing honors Blaine Johnson with Travers Tool Tribute Car

The Mike Salinas-led Scrappers Racing Top Fuel Dragster has donned the Travers Tool blue and gold scheme at this weekend's NHRA Sonoma Nationals as a tribute to the car that the late Blaine Johnson drove to victory in Sonoma in 1996.
24 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Blaine Johnson
Twenty-five years ago, Blaine Johnson, brother of Scrappers Racing tuning consultant Alan Johnson, won his final race in Top Fuel at Sonoma Raceway. Blaine beat Kenny Bernstein in the final round and unforgettably stopped the car on the end of the…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Saturday preview

Fans are rolling in from all over the West Coast to Sonoma Raceway for Saturday's qualifying sessions at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
24 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
News
NHRA Sonoma Nationals Saturday preview
It couldn't be better to be back drag racing in California. That's the buzz in the pits, grandstands, and staging lanes at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals. And for good reason, today's second and third session of qualifying of Top Fuel, Funny Car,…
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Friday photo gallery from NHRA Sonoma Nationals

24 Jul 2021
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Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Matt Hartford, and Andrew Hines are Friday night’s top qualifiers in Sonoma

Perfect weather, record speeds, and full-capacity California crowd made the night session at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals a smash success.
23 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Brittany Force 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Most people think Sonoma, Calif., is wine country, but motorsports fans know better—it’s horsepower country. After last weekend’s race in Denver where the air was thin and the trap speeds were low, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Friday photo gallery

23 Jul 2021
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Division 1 schedule changes; Virginia Motorsports Park adds doubleheader

Following the recent cancellation of the Northeast Division/East Region event at Atco Dragway, NHRA has announced adjustments to its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule.
23 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Virginia Motorsports Park
Following the recent cancellation of the Northeast Division/East Region event at Atco Dragway, NHRA has announced adjustments to its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule.   Virginia Motorsports Park will now host a doubleheader event, Sept.…
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Watch now! Super Stock qualifying from Sonoma Nationals

Watch a field of Super Stock cars run at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
23 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Watch it now! Super Stock qualifying session from 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
See the detailed results HERE To catch all the action of the…
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals Friday preview

This weekend the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to Sonoma Raceway to mark the relaunch of professional drag racing in California.
23 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
News
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
This weekend the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to…
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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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Nitro Time Machine: Don Prudhomme wins Top Fuel at 1992 Sonoma Nationals

NHRA legend Don Prudhomme is best known for his four Funny Car championships, but he also was a great Top Fuel racer at both ends of his career, including this victory at the 1992 Sonoma Nationals.
23 Jul 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Division 5 doubleheader completes at Heartland Motorsports Park

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division wrapped up a doubleheader weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park by crowning nine more winners including Doug Enegsl in Comp and Billy Torrence in Super Comp.
22 Jul 2021
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Division 5
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Heartland Motorsports Park: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., '08 Dragster, D/DA, 7.512,…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Top Sportsman champion Curt Fredrich

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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A decade after winning his first national event in Columbus, Curt Fredrich struck again in Top Sportsman presented by Vortech Superchargers. Driving his ’68 Camaro, Fredrich, the reigning Division 3 champion, ran right on his 6.75 dial in the…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Top Dragster champion Al Kenny

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Al Kenny, the father of Super Gas runner-up Jason, won for the ninth time in his career and first since 2018 in Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers. Kenny prevented Bertozzi from his second double-up with an outstanding performance…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Super Gas champion Jeremy Mason

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Six of the nine NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series champs crowned in Norwalk were former or current world champs, including Super Gas winner Jeremy Mason, who won his title in 2019. Mason added the Norwalk title to his résumé after defeating…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Super Comp champion John Labbous Jr.

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
John Labbous Jr. joined teammates Anthony Bertozzi and Joe Santangelo in the crowded winner’s circle when he scored the Super Comp title. Driving Bertozzi’s dragster, Labbous, who is currently ranked in the top three in Super Comp and Super Gas…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Stock champion Joe Santangelo II

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Team Bertozzi’s second win came in Stock at the hands of Jpe Santangelo II, who drove his A/SA ’69 Camaro to a win against Don Belles, who also fouled. Santangelo now has 18 national event wins to his credit, including three at Summit…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Super Stock champion Anthony Bertozzi

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Two-time NHRA world champion Anthony Bertozzi has had a lot of memorable days at the races but few, if any, can match the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, where he enjoyed an almost perfect weekend. Bertozzi won in Super Stock and was a…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Comp champion Bruno Massel Jr.

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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In addition to his two world championships, Bruno Massel Jr. is now a 14-time national event winner in Comp following his final-round win against Ronnie Bohn. Massel, in his turbocharged CC/AT Cobalt, won the final with a (-.459) 7.311 against…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Top Alcohol Funny Car champion D.J. Cox

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
D.J. Cox scored for the first time since the 2016 season in Top Alcohol Funny Car after he defeated Bob McCosh in the final round. Cox got a single run in the first round but later had his work cut out for him with tough battles against Annie…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Top Alcohol Dragster champion Matt Cummings

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Matt Cummings emerged from a very competitive field to claim his first Top Alcohol Dragster title behind the wheel of the McPhillips family entry. Cummings topped Will Smith, James Stevens, and current championship contender Rachel Meyer before…
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One down, two to go for Swing sweep hopefuls Torrence, Hagan, and Smith

With their wins at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Denver, Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, and Matt Smith are each one-third of the way to a Western Swing sweep. Here's what they'll need to do to complete it.
22 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Western Swing
What’s the hardest part of sweeping the Western Swing? Is it trying to win in Denver, where the high-altitude climate messes with everyone’s combination? Or is it Sonoma, where everyone is already a bit ground down and the parts beat up after a hot…
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Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Top Sportsman champion Jimmy Lewis

22 Jul 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Jimmy Lewis, the winner in Top Sportsman presented by Vortech Superchargers was by far the most experienced winner in Denver with 10 wins to go along with the 1998 Super Gas world title. Now in Top Sportsman, Lewis drove his Pontiac GXP to the…
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