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Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines continue strong start to 2019 in Norwalk

The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team got its weekend off to the right start with a strong one-two hit in qualifying.
21 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Feature
Eddie Krawiec
Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines lead the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings. Hines has won all but two of the six races contested in 2019. Krawiec, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock World champion, recently got the new chassis that played a major part in Hines'…
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Rookie Jordan Vandergriff hopes that quality will outweigh quantity

Jordan Vandergriff will run just about half of the 24 events in his rookie season in Top Fuel, but hopes that the good quality in his shorter quantity will earn him respect and votes for rookie of the year.
21 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jordan Vandergriff
Jordan Vandergriff conducts interviews. greets fans, poses for photos, and signs hero cards and pistons with an ease that belies the fact that he’s just in his sixth race as a Pro driver and all that entails. The nephew of longtime Top Fuel…
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Karen Stoffer's perfect lights are impressive, but she won't dwell on them

More than 20-years after her Pro Stock Motorcycle debut, Karen Stoffer is still finding ways to get the job done and her riding is as sharp as ever.
21 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
stoffer
Even though Karen Stoffer didn’t win the recent Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, she accomplished something that no other NHRA Pro had ever done with four-straight .00 reaction times during eliminations. Stoffer’s quick reflexes were responsible for…
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Limited Pro Stock schedule a mixed bag for Chris McGaha

The 18-race Pro Stock schedule has given Chris McGaha enough time to work on other projects, including the upcoming debut of his son, Mason.
21 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
mcgaha
When it comes to Pro Stock racing, Chris McGaha is part of an increasingly-rare breed of individuals who can not only drive, but also builds his own engines, and makes the race-day tuning calls on his Harlow Sammons Camaro. McGaha also helps run his…
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Jim Head is back in Top Fuel (sorta)

Jim Head ran Top Fuel for years before switching to Funny Car. so why was there a Top Fueler in his pit spot this morning? Relax, fans, Head is just helping out his old pal Chris Karamesines while he also works on his own Funny Car, with Jonnie Lindberg back behind the wheel this weekend.
21 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jim Head
Watching fans walking past the Jim Head Racing trailer in the pits, it’s fun to see them do a double take when they see the backend of a Top Fuel dragster taking up the spot usually reserved for Jim Head’s Toyota Funny Car. After seeing Head’s…
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Jack Beckman joins Lewis Bloom in all-new Wally Parks Studio for in-depth interview

Jack Beckman joins NHRA on FOX broadcaster Lewis Bloom in the brand-new Wally Parks Studio to answer questions about his championships, wild rides and crew chiefs in a special NHRA.tv in-depth interview.
21 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA.tv
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman joined NHRA on FOX reporter Lewis Bloom for an extensive sit down in the all-new Wally Parks Studio to discuss his extensive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing career. The pair talked about Beckman's pair of world championships, his bevy of…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Friday preview

The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hits the midpoint at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, kicking off Friday at Summit Motorsports Park with a special day of non-stop heads-up action.
20 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Norwalk
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hits the midpoint at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, kicking off Friday at Summit Motorsports Park with a special day of non-stop heads-up action. Racing will begin at 1 p.m.…
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Bob Rahaim eager to keep momentum going at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Bob Rahaim chasing E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod victory in Norwalk after reaching final round in Bristol.
20 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Bob Rahaim
Bob Rahaim had a season’s worth of misfortune in a string of just a few races, knowing full well his team had not yet put their best foot forward during the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season.…
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Tricky Tipster: The Ohio players

Tricky Tipster’s pre-race favorites to conquer the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals are Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, Bo Butner, Andrew Hines, and Steve Jackson.
20 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Norwalk Nationals
NHRA’s grueling four-race “summer swing” grinds to a stop this week at picturesque Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk where points leaders Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, and Bo Butner remain the early favorites in the NHRA Mello…
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Steve Torrence nominated for Best Driver at 2019 ESPYS

Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel world championship, every race in the 2018 NHRA Countdown to the Championship and went undefeated in finals in 2018. Now you can vote for Torrence as Best Driver ahead of the 2018 ESPY Awards.
20 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence put together one of the greatest seasons in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history. He won 11 races, including six-straight in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, and captured his first Top Fuel world championship. His…
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Wilkerson to campaign Polar Air Compressor Ford Mustang at Summit Racing Nationals

19 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson's Ford Mustang Funny Car will feature a brand new, one-race design this weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. His 330+ mph machine will feature the striking logo of Polar Air Compressor, a division of Eaton Compressor…
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Jason Line knows the importance of racing well at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Headed to one of the most important races of the season, Pro Stock standout Jason Line is ready for the momentum to start swinging his way at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
19 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Feature
Jason Line
Jason Line has watched his KB Racing teammates succeed repeatedly to open the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. But headed to one of the most important races of the season, Pro Stock standout Jason Line is ready for that momentum to…
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Tii Tharpe goes back to back with Bristol Top Fuel Harley victory

A week after pairing off in the final round in Topeka, Tii Tharpe and Bob Malloy squared off again in Bristol where Tharpe won again for his ninth career score. Unlike in Bristol, where Malloy’s mount faltered, this one went right to the wire before Tharpe collected the win, the ninth of his career.
19 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Tii Tharpe
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WFO Radio NHRA Nitro Thunder Valley Nationals Winners Edition

19 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
WFO
NHRA Nitro Thunder Valley Nationals Winners Edition featuring Mike Salinas and Bob Tasca with On Location audio from Tasca crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Eric Lane. Marc Caruso checks in after his top end crash in Bristol. NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and…
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Jack Beckman will look to finish four-race stretch on a good note in Norwalk

It's been a good stretch of events for Jack Beckman, who has notched a runner-up and two semifinal finishes in the last three races, and he'd love to make up for that Chicago runner-up as the four-race stretch completes at this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
19 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Jack Beckman
Starting off a stretch of four straight race weekends on a sour note is usually not ideal, even for a veteran driver and team. But Jack Beckman has already reversed course quickly and he’ll now to look to end this rigorous stretch on a good note at…
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The Sports Report: The Full Monty

After a near-double in Charlotte at the Four-Wide event, Monty Bogan’s success continued with a victory in Thunder Valley
19 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
bogan
To suggest that Monty Bogan’s 2019 season has been successful would be a serious understatement. A decade removed from his most recent national event victory at the Texas Motorplex in 2009, Bogan returned to the NHRA stage in a…
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Doug Kalitta showed off his driving chops (again) at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Don’t take Kalitta Motorsports driver Doug Kalitta for granted
18 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta is one hell of a wheelman. We take him for granted sometimes. He cuts lights better than .060 in his sleep and his easy-going nature ensures he won’t battle Doug Herbert for the “Dougzilla” nickname anytime soon. I don’t know if that’s…
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NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference finals headed to Tulsa Raceway Park

NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League racers from across the United States, ages 6 to 17 years, will converge on Osage Tulsa Raceway Park June 23-28 for the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals presented by CatSpot.
18 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Jr Drag Racing League
Osage Tulsa Raceway Park will host the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals presented by CatSpot June 23-28. NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League racers from across the United States, ages 6 to 17 years, will compete for team…
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Competition rages on for Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle berths

Just two races, including this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, remain for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders to lock in their positions for the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle, July 27 at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
18 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Eddie Krawiec
Just two races -- this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, and the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil in Denver, July 19-21 -- remain for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders to lock in their positions…
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Doug Kalitta to run Applied Imaging Top Fuel dragster in Norwalk

Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new-look Top Fueler at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 21-23, his dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner Applied Imaging.
18 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new-look Top Fueler at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 21-23, his dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner Applied Imaging. The award-winning Michigan-based company focuses…
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Norwalk race fans in for a sensory rush on an action-packed weekend

From a special NHRA Today Pre-Race show on Friday including a SealMaster Track Walk that kicks off the race weekend to the chance for a historic day of final eliminations on Sunday, race fans attending the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals this weekend in Norwalk, Ohio, will enjoy three full days of sensory overload at Summit Motorsports Park.
17 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Norwalk
From a special NHRA Today Pre-Race show on Friday beginning at noon that includes a SealMaster Track Walk and kicks off the race weekend to the chance for a historic day of final eliminations on Sunday, race fans attending the Summit…
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Fast Five: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

NHRA's Lewis Bloom and Amanda Busick count down their top five moments from the the 2019 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway,
17 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Fast Five
Bristol
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Santangelo collects second win of 2019 to lead Bristol Sportsman winners

Joe Santangelo, winner earlier this season at the Virginia NHRA Nationals, scored again in Super Stock with his Camaro at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, where he was joined by fellow winners Monty Bogan, Todd Ewing, Ray Sawyer, and Johnny Brooks.
17 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Bristol
Super Stock Joe Santangelo, Chevy Camaro, 10.282, 127.41  def. Ricky Decker, Camaro, 9.985, 133.17.  Stock Eliminator Monty Bogan, Chevy Camaro, 11.094, 116.06  def. Mike Cotten, Duster, 11.173,…
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NHRA Power Rankings: Aggression pays off for Bob Tasca III and Mike Salinas

The two racers have more in common than sharing the winner’s circle in Bristol
17 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Power Rankings
Bob Tasca III and Mike Salinas
You can’t measure competitive drive. It also isn’t very much fun to try. So, I’ll share three of my favorite Bob Tasca III stories to try to paint a picture of how much the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Wally means to him.   The first time I…
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VIDEO: Jose Gonzalez wins Pro Mod at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals 

No. 16 qualifier Jose Gonzalez captures E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series glory in Bristol
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez sealed the deal in Bristol, capturing the Wally from the bottom of the qualifying sheet at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The win is Gonzalez’s second in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services and his…
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VIDEO: Mike Salinas stops Steve Torrence’s winning streak at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Mike Salinas scores second career Top Fuel win in Bristol by defeating Steve Torrence
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Someone stopped Steve Torrence. Mike Salinas got past the defending Top Fuel world champion with brute force thanks to an incredible race car tuned by Alan Johnson. A 3.836-second pass was enough to beat Torrence for the first time since April,…
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VIDEO: Bob Tasca III earns first Funny Car win since 2012 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Bob Tasca III stops John Force from winning 150th Funny Car Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca III
Bob Tasca III won for the first time since 2012 with a 4.008-second pass at 316.23-mph at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The victory kept John Force, his former teammate, from winning his 150th Funny Car Wally.  Tasca returned to…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss captured the moments of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday, including the first round win of Lex Joon's NHRA Top Fuel career. We've got all those moments for you here.
16 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Lex Joon
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No. 16 qualifier Jose Gonzalez to race for Bristol Pro Mod Wally

The No. 16 and No. 14 qualifiers both advanced out of the semifinals at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez reached his third E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services final of his career and second of the season. All the more impressive? Gonzalez made the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Pro Mod final from the No. 16…
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John Force will race for 150th win at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

John Force will race Bob Tasca III for Bristol Funny Car Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
John Force
John Force has a shot at his 150th career victory at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol. The 16-time champion defeated Jack Beckman in the semifinals and will race Bob Tasca III in the final round at Bristol Dragway.  Force ran a 4…
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