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Steve Torrence: 'You’ve got to come out and swing for every one of ’em'

Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence made up for missing the season opener by winning the second event and sits fifth in points and eager to continue his title defense. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
10 Jun 2020
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Steve Torrence
STEVE TORRENCE | CAPCO Contractors dragster Current points position: 5th | Best season e.t. to date: 3.671 Early-season report card…
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Cristian Cuadra: 'I think I’m doing well, but I have a lot of room to improve'

Cristian Cuadra is looking to join his father, Fernando Cuadra, and brother, Fernando Cuadra Jr, to form a three-car Mustang Pro Stock team and finish in the Top 10 this year. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
09 Jun 2020
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CRISTIAN CUADRA| CUADRA Racing Mustang
CRISTIAN CUADRA| CUADRA Racing Mustang Current points position: Tied for 9th  | Best season e.t. to date: 6.611…
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Tommy Johnson Jr.: 'I’ve not wanted to win a championship more than this year'

The 2020 season couldn’t have started much better for Tommy Johnson Jr. and crew chief John Collins with a win in Phoenix and a current second-place rank in the standings, and T.J. would love to be remembered as the guy who won the title in this weird year. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
09 Jun 2020
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Tommy Johnson Jr.
TOMMY JOHNSON JR. | MD Anderson Cancer Center Dodge Charger Current points position: 2nd | Best season e.t. to date: 3.864 …
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NHRA Unplugged: Talking racing with Brian Lohnes, Ron Capps, and J.R. Todd

NHRA Unplugged brings together some of the sport’s biggest names to share opinions, hot takes, and thoughts on the world of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing. The first show had Ron Capps and J.R. Todd jabbing, bobbing, and weaving with host Brian Lohnes.
09 Jun 2020
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NHRA Unplugged
NHRA Unplugged brings together some of the sport’s biggest names to share opinions, hot takes, and thoughts on the world of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing. The first show had Ron Capps and J.R. Todd jabbing, bobbing, and weaving with host Brian…
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Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle to be contested at U.S. Nationals in 2020

The Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle event, which annual pits eight of the class’ best riders in head to head competition for a $25,000 winner payout, will take place this season at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
09 Jun 2020
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Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle
The Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle event, which annual pits eight of the class’ best riders in head to head competition for a $25,000 winner payout, will take place this season at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals. The special event,…
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Brittany Force: 'We’re ready for all this to be over so we get back to what we love'

Past Top Fuel world champ Brittany Force began her second year with crew chief David Grubnic, two new sponsors, and hit the ground running with two No. 1 qualifying berths and a trio of round wins. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
09 Jun 2020
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Brittany Force
BRITTANY FORCE | Monster Energy/Flav-R-Pac dragster Current points position: 2nd | Best season e.t. to date: 3.643. Early-season report…
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Robert Hight: 'I can’t wait to get back and try to defend our championship'

After qualifying third in both Pomona and Phoenix with mid-3.8-second passes, defending NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champ Robert Hight's Jimmy Prock-led Auto Club team has just one round-win in two events, but he's confident in his team and their tune-up. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
08 Jun 2020
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Robert Hight
 ROBERT HIGHT | Auto Club Chevy Camaro Current points position: 7th | Best season e.t. to date: 3.862 Early-season report card:…
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Alex Laughlin: 'All we have to do is shove the car back in the trailer, and we are ready to go racing'

Alex Laughlin's 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock start began with great preseason testing before the car stumbled with odd mechanical issues. Laughlin is ready to put all of that behind him and get back in his Chevy Camaro. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
08 Jun 2020
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Alex Laughlin Pro Stock Chevy Camaro
ALEX LAUGHLIN| Laughlin Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Current points position: 7th  | Best season e.t. to date: 6.546…
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NHRA Southern Nationals will celebrate 40th year with nitro, Pro Mods, and more

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will return to Atlanta Dragway Aug. 28-30 for the 40th annual NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway with a diverse slate of competition.
08 Jun 2020
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The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will return to Atlanta Dragway Aug. 28-30 for the 40th annual NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway with a diverse slate of competition. The Southern Nationals, which previously had been canceled when…
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Shawn Langdon: 'I’m trying to stay as fresh as I can so we can be ready to go'

In his return to Top Fuel after two seasons in Funny Car, Shawn Langdon and the DHL team struggled a bit at the first two events of the season, but Langdon has been putting in the wheelwork to stay fresh and dragster-ready. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
08 Jun 2020
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Shawn Langdon
SHAWN LANGDON | DHL/Kalitta Motorsports dragster Current points position: 8th | Best season e.t. to date: 3.699 Early-season report…
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JEGS Allstars competition will take place at prestigious U.S. Nationals in 2020

The JEGS Allstars competition, one of the most intense NHRA Sportsman competitions of the year, will take place this year at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
08 Jun 2020
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JEGS Allstars
The JEGS Allstars competition, one of the most intense NHRA Sportsman competitions of the year, will take place this year at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The special event, originally scheduled to take place at its…
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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman—Episode 6: The 150-mph club, and the challenges to drag racing in 1956

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.
08 Jun 2020
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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman—Episode 6
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NHRA wins four Telly awards for excellence in video and television in 2019

NHRA was honored recently with four Telly awards for video excellence, including a new Mello Yello commercial and its Speed For All campaign. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens.
07 Jun 2020
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NHRA was honored recently with four Telly awards for video excellence, including a new Mello Yello commercial and its Speed For All campaign. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. Developed and produced in…
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Chris McGaha: 'We’ve come up with some new ideas and we’ve beaten on some things'

As the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series prepares to return to racing, Chris McGaha fills us in on how he's itching to side-step the clutch and launch again. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
07 Jun 2020
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CHRIS McGAHA| Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro
CHRIS McGAHA| Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro Current points position: 6th  | Best season e.t. to date: 6.565 Early-season report card: Chris McGaha is…
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J.R. Todd: 'I have all the confidence that we will be in contention when it counts'

Two middle-of-the-pack qualifying efforts and first-round losses in Pomona and Phoenix wasn’t quite the start that 2018 season champ J.R. Todd and crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith were hoping for, but they're eager to make up ground This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
07 Jun 2020
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J.R. Todd
J.R. TODD | DHL Toyota Camry Current points position: Tied for 10th | Best season e.t. to date: 3.914 Early-season report card:…
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Clay Millican: 'I can’t wait to stomp on that loud pedal ... it’s been way too long'

The Mike Kloeber-tuned Parts Plus dragster was solidly in the 3.70s in both Pomona and Phoenix, but the results haven't been there on raceday, so Clay Millican sits ninths in points after two events, but is eager to get back into action. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
07 Jun 2020
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Clay Millican
CLAY MILLICAN | Parts Plus dragster Current points position: 9th |  Best season e.t. to date: 3.731 Early-season report card:…
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Treadwell, Taylor, and Candies lead Southeast winners at Atlanta Dragway

Jenny Treadwell, Corey Taylor, and Brett Candies led the list of champions as the NHRA Southeast Division continued its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season at Atlanta Dragway.
06 Jun 2020
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Division 2
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division event at Atlanta Dragway: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., '23 Ford, E/EA, 8.449, 153.20…
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Bob Tasca III: 'Trust me, this Motorcraft car is going to have its day in the sun'

The season did not start well for the Tasca Racing team with just one round win in the year's first two events, but the veteran Funny Car driver knows that his team is set up for more success like it enjoyed in 2019. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
06 Jun 2020
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Bob Tasca III
BOB TASCA III |Motorcraft Ford Mustang Current points position: 9th | Best season e.t. to date: 3.883 Early-season report card:…
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Top Sportsman king Jeffrey Barker excited about new nitrous Pro Mod entry

Two-time Vortech Superchargers NHRA Top Sportsman champion Jeff Barker checked in with NHRA's Brian Lohnes to talk about the upcoming debut of his new Pro Mod entry and his other racing projects.
06 Jun 2020
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Antron Brown: 'I’ve been doing everything I can; I’m gonna come back hungry and ready'

After reuniting with crew chief Brian Corradi for the 2020 season, the year started off with some mixed results for Antron Brown, but the Matco Tools team remains optimistic about the year ahead. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
06 Jun 2020
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Antron Brown
ANTRON BROWN | Matco Tools dragster Current points position: 7th | Best season e.t. to date: 3.721 Early-season report card:…
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Jason Line: 'It doesn’t matter what track we start with, the cars will all be ready to go when we get the call'

Technically, this the is the last year Pro Stock racers will have to fear lining up against Jason Line. In reality, Line plans to be far more fearsome for the competition in 2021 when his attention is focused 100-percent on engine development. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
05 Jun 2020
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Jason Line Pro Stock Camaro
Jason Line| Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro Current points position: 3rd  | Best season e.t. to date: 6.558 Early-season report card: Three-time…
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Bourgeois, Trumble, and Statler nab Division 4 victories at Tulsa Raceway Park

Former world champion Craig Bourgeois scored in Comp and Hayden Trumble and Conner Statler won in Super Stock and Stock, respectively, to lead the winners list at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series South Central Division event at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
05 Jun 2020
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Division 4
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division event at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Craig Bourgeois, Metairie, La., '05…
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Fernando Cuadra Jr: 'We’re applying many of the things we learned from the first two races'

The Cuadra Racing team has been busy during this unexpected pause in racing action, and Fernando Cuadra Jr tells us it has allowed them to really up their capabilities. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
05 Jun 2020
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Fernando Cuadra Jr
FERNANDO CUADRA JR.| Cuadra Racing Mustang Current points position: Tied for 9th   | Best season e.t. to date: 6…
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John Force: 'I’ll be ready. I know the car. I could drive it with my eyes closed'

Sixteen-time world champ John Force and new crew chief Danny Hood find themselves in third place after two strong outings to launch the season and perhaps higher if not for that pesky Jack Beckman guy. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
05 Jun 2020
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John Force
JOHN FORCE | Peak Chevy Camaro Current points position: 3rd | Best season e.t. to date: 3.848 Early-season report card: …
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Rahn Tobler maps out plans and goals for the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car team

NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car crew chief Rahn Tobler joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype recently to discuss the revised 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule and his team's plans, preparations, and strategy for the road ahead.
05 Jun 2020
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Nitro Time Machine Live: Brian Lohnes and Jack Beckman talk Top Fuel blowovers

NHRA's Brian Lohnes was joined by past Funny Car champ Jack Beckman for Nitro Time Machine live to take a look at some wild over-backward Top Fuel blowovers.
05 Jun 2020
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Don Garlits
  READ AND SEE MORE ABOUT TOP FUEL BLOWOVERS IN THE DRAGSTER INSIDER COLUMN: Top Fuel blowovers, Part 1 Don Garlits, Jimmy King, Jack Martin,…
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Leah Pruett: 'This is not the time to test or play; it’s time to run with what we know'

Witha fast start to the 2020 season, Lean Pruett and her team obviously quickly worked out a great setup for 2020, one that she thinks will carry them through the season. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
05 Jun 2020
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Leah Pruett
LEAH PRUETT | Mopar dragster Current points position: 3rd | Best season e.t. to date: 3.659 Early-season report card: Pruett and…
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Ron Capps: 'It’s going to feel crazy the first time any of us steps on the gas for the first time'

A pre-season trailer fire put the team behind the 8 ball and caused them to miss testing, but Ron Capps and the NAPA Auto Parts team rebounded for a strong start to the 2020 season. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
04 Jun 2020
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Ron Capps
RON CAPPS | NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger Current points position: 4th | Best season e.t. to date: 3.864 Early-season report card: A…
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Doug Kalitta: 'We’re all just really hungry and ready to make it happen'

After missing out on the 2019 Top Fuel championship, Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team rebounded with a strong start to 2020 and lead the points after two races. What's ahead for the team and what have they been up to? This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
04 Jun 2020
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Doug Kalitta
DOUG KALITTA | Mac Tools dragster Current points position: 1st | Best season e.t. to date: 3.672 Early-season report card: After…
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Bo Butner: 'I feel like when we all come back racing we’ll be stronger than ever!'

Bo Butner has been dubbed the "Luckiest man in Pro Stock," and if the 2020 season goes as he intends, come November he'll be celebrating his second Pro Stock championship on his honeymoon with Stock Eliminator racer Randi Lyn Shipp. This is one of a series of interviews with the top drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock.
03 Jun 2020
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Bo Butner Pro Stock Camaro
BO BUTNER| Strutmasters.com Chevrolet Camaro Current points position: 3rd  | Best season e.t. to date: 6.553…
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