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Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Saturday preview

After a successful trip to the Western U.S., the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to the East Coast for the Circle K NHRA Four Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The event, which follows the unique four-across format, is the fifth of the 2023 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series.
29 Apr 2023
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Charlotte
It took a bit longer than expected, but two rounds of professional qualifying went into the books on Friday at zMax Dragway with Josh Hart, Alexis DeJoria, Cristian Cuadra, and Gaige Herrera emerged as the provisional low qualifiers for the Circle K…
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John Force gunning for third straight Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals win

John Force has won the four-wide race in Charlotte in back-to-back years, bringing a string of dominance at the race into this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
29 Apr 2023
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John Force
Legendary Funny Car driver John Force has always held zMAX Dragway in high regard, and the 16-time world champion has also posted impressive results at the track in recent years, especially in the highly unique and thrilling four-wide setting.…
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Hart, DeJoria, Cuadra, and Herrera are four-wide leaders on Friday in Charlotte

With two qualifying runs in in the books, Josh Hart, Alexis DeJoria, Cristian Cuadra, and Gaige Herrera are the provisional pole-sitters at the Circle K NHRA Four Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway.
28 Apr 2023
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Josh Hart
Under the lights at zMax Dragway on Friday night, Josh Hart lit up the scoreboards with a 3.684 in his R+L Carriers dragster to claim the provisional pole position for the Circle K NHRA Four Wide Nationals. Alexis DeJoria, Cristian Cuadra, and Gaige…
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Gerber Collision joins Scrappers Racing for next two NHRA national events

Scrappers Racing has announced a new partnership with Gerber Collision & Glass for the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway and the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill. 
28 Apr 2023
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Mike Salinas
Scrappers Racing has announced a new partnership with Gerber Collision & Glass for the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway and the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill.  Gerber Collision…
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Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Friday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers were all over zMAX Dragway on the opening day of the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, covering all of the action on and off the racetrack.
28 Apr 2023
NHRA National Dragster staff
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John Force 58
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Jacob McNeal is living out a childhood dream with Charlotte Top Fuel debut

Way back in 2005, an 11-year-old fan met rookie Funny Car driver Robert Hight. Both had dreams of making it big in the sport and at this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, they’ll finally share the same stage when Jacob McNeal makes his Top Fuel debut in Scott Palmer’s dragster.
28 Apr 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Jacob McNeal
Way back in 2005, an 11-year-old fan met rookie Funny Car driver Robert Hight. Both had dreams of making it big in the sport and at this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, they’ll finally share the same stage when Jacob McNeal makes his…
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Are you ready for a Cuadra quad? History in the making at Four-Wide Nationals

The Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will make history when Pro Stock newcomer David Cuadra lines up alongside brothers Fernando Jr. and Cristian and their father, Fernando Sr., during Pro Stock Q4 Saturday at zMAX Dragway. NHRA’s Joe Castello interviewed the family about the moment ahead.
28 Apr 2023
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Cuadra quad
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Funny Cars headed to Firebird’s 52nd Ignitor May 6-7

The longest-running major racing event in the Northwest, the Ignitor Opener presented by The Blower Shop, returns to Firebird Raceway May 6-7. Firebird’s granddaddy event originated in 1971, a staple in Idaho’s greater Treasure Valley for 52 years.
28 Apr 2023
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Ignitor
The longest-running major racing event in the Northwest, the Ignitor Opener presented by The Blower Shop, returns to Firebird Raceway May 6-7. Firebird’s granddaddy event originated in 1971, a staple in Idaho’s greater Treasure Valley for 52 years…
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Tricky Tipster: Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Tricky Tipster is at it again, and he's cooked up his picks for the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. This time, Antron Brown, Matt Hagan, Dallas Glenn, and Matt Smith are the favorites
28 Apr 2023
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
We just returned from the first four-wide event of the season in Las Vegas, and now, it’s time to move to Charlotte for another side-by-side-by-side-by-side drag race. Two weeks ago, Antron Brown, Matt Hagan, and Dallas Glenn mastered the Vegas…
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Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Friday preview

After a successful trip to the Western U.S., the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to the East Coast for the Circle K NHRA Four Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The event, which follows the unique four-across format, is the fifth of the 2023 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series.
28 Apr 2023
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Charlotte
The Four Wide Nationals in Las Vegas two weeks ago was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again and this time, the host facility will be The Bellgaio of Dragstrips, zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C. Antron Brown, Matt Hagan, and Dallas Glenn…
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Josh Hart looks to finish the job and pick up first four-wide win in Charlotte

Still young in his burgeoning Top Fuel career, Josh Hart has already enjoyed success in the four-wide format, advancing to the final quad three different times, and is looking for his first four-wide win at the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
27 Apr 2023
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Josh Hart
Still young in his burgeoning Top Fuel career, Josh Hart has already enjoyed success in the four-wide format, advancing to the final quad three different times, including both of his first two seasons racing at the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals…
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Five unforgettable moments from the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte

The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals was born at zMAX Dragway, which has been host to the most four-wide events in history as well as some of the wildest moments. NHRA's Brian Lohnes shares his five most memorable moments from the event.
27 Apr 2023
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Four-Wide Nationals
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FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returns to action in Charlotte

The wild and exciting FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports returns to action at one of the biggest spectacles in drag racing, bringing their unpredictable action to zMAX Dragway as part of this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
26 Apr 2023
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Pro Mod
The wild and exciting FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports returns to action at one of the biggest spectacles in drag racing, bringing their unpredictable action to zMAX Dragway as part of this weekend’s Circle K…
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After Pomona wreck, Force team had their hands full getting a new car ready

The John Force Racing team had their hands full getting a new chassis ready following the boss' much-replayed two-car shunt with J.R. Todd in Pomona, and the team plans to roll the new pipe into action at this weekend's Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
26 Apr 2023
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John Force
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Divison 3 Lucas Oil Series opener postponed

Due to the impending weather forecast, this weekend’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Spring Spectacle at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park has been postponed. It has been rescheduled to August 4-6. All entry fees and crew passes will be honored for the rescheduled event.
26 Apr 2023
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Div 3
Due to the impending weather forecast, this weekend’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Spring Spectacle at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park has been postponed. It has been rescheduled to August 4-6. All entry fees and crew passes will be honored for…
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Steve Johnson Racing announces “Be A Technician” scholarship

For more than 30 years, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer and team owner Steve Johnson has made reaching out to students a flagship program of his organization. The latest vehicle for that initiative comes in the form of the Be A Technician scholarships.
26 Apr 2023
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Steve Johnson
For more than 30 years, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer and team owner Steve Johnson has made reaching out to students a flagship program of his organization. The latest vehicle for that initiative comes in the form of the Be A Technician…
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More than racing: Stage shows, bands, four-wide skydive on tap for Charlotte event

The Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte will have almost as much happening off the track as on, including a four-wide skydive "race," stage shows, autograph sessions, marching bands, and much, much more.
26 Apr 2023
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Four-Wide Nationals
The Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will feature thrilling four-wide competition in eight classes: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod, and Flexjet NHRA Factory…
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The Big Three Talk Southern-Fried Four-Wide

On this race-week episode of the NHRA Insider podcast, National Dragster Sr. Editor Kevin McKenna and NHRA on FOX analyst Tony Pedregon join Brian Lohnes to talk all things Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. 
26 Apr 2023
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NHRA Insider podcast
Insider podcast
  On this race-week episode of the NHRA Insider podcast, NHRA National Dragster Sr. Editor Kevin McKenna and NHRA on FOX analyst Tony Pedregon join Brian Lohnes to talk all things Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.  The…
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It's been a long road, but Matt Hartford is breaking new ground in Pro Stock

The Pro Stock results have been a bit, well, unexpected this year. In a class where previous champions have relentlessly dominated, fresh faces are showing up in the winner's circle and with No. 1 qualifier awards, and Matt Hartford is elated to be in the mix. 
25 Apr 2023
Kelly Wade
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Matt Hartford's Total Seal CIP1 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock car
So far this season, the Pro Stock results have been a bit, well, unexpected. In a class where previous champions have relentlessly dominated in recent years, fresh faces are showing up in winner's circle photos and top-end No. 1 qualifier snapshots…
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Toddler Tricycle Nationals will be an epic battle for the (early) ages in Charlotte

The children of NHRA stars Steve Torrence, Joey Gladstone, Troy Coughlin Jr., Josh Hart, and Blake Alexander will go five-wide on the return road at the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in the first Toddler Tricycle Nationals, the next step for them after 2022's Baby Walker Nationals.
25 Apr 2023
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Trikes
They’re older, they’re bolder, and this week they’re back on track. Riding a wave of popularity born of their successful competitive debut in 2022, the “mini-me” stars of the Baby Walker Nationals return this week to the NHRA Camping World Drag…
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Adapting and adjusting are secrets to Justin Ashley's early-season success

Crew chief Mike Green talks about the team's early success in the Justin Ashley-driven Phillips Connect Top Fueler and the tuning adjustments and strategies they've used to dominate the early part of the season.
25 Apr 2023
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Justin Ashley
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Movers, Shakers, and Deal Makers: Who's helping move the drag racing needle?

In the inaugural compilation of NHRA’s Movers, Shakers, and Deal Makers, the staff of NHRA National Dragster recognizes the contributions of many of those most recently responsible for the growing success of the sport. 
25 Apr 2023
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Movers, Shakers, and Deal Makers
The sport of drag racing isn’t just shaped by those who win or lose, or what e.t. or speed they ran. That’s ancient history. The level of competition has gotten so high and complex that strategy, logistics, partnerships, goals, and audience all…
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Pete Berner added to Elite Motorsports Mountain Motor Pro Stock program

Elite Motorsports announced that Pete Berner is joining their team to pilot one of two Mountain Motor Pro Stock machines competing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series this season.
25 Apr 2023
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Pete Berner
Elite Motorsports announced that Pete Berner is joining their team to pilot one of two Mountain Motor Pro Stock machines competing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series this season. Berner’s name is synonymous with Mountain Motor Pro Stock…
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NASCAR vs. NHRA grudge matches to kick off Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Before the incredible sights and sounds of 44,000-horsepower come alive at zMAX Dragway at this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, a thrilling crossover event featuring stars from the NHRA and NASCAR will help kick off an unforgettable weekend at the “Bellagio of Drag Strips.”
24 Apr 2023
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NASCAR vs. NHRA
Before the incredible sights and sounds of 44,000-horsepower come alive at zMAX Dragway at this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, a thrilling crossover event featuring stars from the NHRA and NASCAR will help kick off an unforgettable…
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Johnson's Horsepowered Garage Joins Tony Stewart Racing for Charlotte, Bristol events

Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage has partnered with Tony Stewart Racing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, with the Tennessee-based company highlighting its world-class car collection on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of three-time champion Matt Hagan.
24 Apr 2023
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Tony Stewart Racing
Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage has partnered with Tony Stewart Racing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, with the Tennessee-based company highlighting its world-class car collection on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of three-time…
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From burndowns to bounties there is never a dull moment in the NHRA Pro Mod class

The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports not only features some of the fastest cars in drag racing, but it also boasts some of the sport’s most colorful characters, so it’s no surprise there is controversy brewing ahead of this weekend’s Charlotte event.
24 Apr 2023
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Kris Thorne
Note to spectators who plan to watch the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports at this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals: Bring your popcorn and find a comfortable seat because you might just be there a…
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Brogdon, Emmons, and Plourd lead Thunder Valley Division 4 winners

Rodger Brogdon, Harvey Emmons, and Brad Plourd led the list of winners as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series South Central Division was in action at Thunder Valley Raceway Park.
21 Apr 2023
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Division 4
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division event at Thunder Valley Raceway Park: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Rodger Brogdon, Tomball, Texas, '20 Camaro, B/AA, 7.964,…
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Pritchett, Caheely, Longhany lead winners at Division 2 Strawberry Shakedown

Larry Pritchett, Tyler Caheely, and Jeff Longhany led the list of champions as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division was in action with the Strawberry Shakedown at Silver Dollar Motorsports Park:
21 Apr 2023
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Division 2
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division Strawberry Shakedown at Silver Dollar Motorsports Park: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Larry Pritchett, Clarkrange, Tenn., '09…
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A chapter closes for retiring Top Alcohol Dragster champion Duane Shields

It began with motorcycle racing, then the sand drags, and then finally becoming a NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Dragster champion. Duane Shields has done it all, and he closed a chapter this past weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
21 Apr 2023
Kelly Wade
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Top Alcohol Dragster driver Duane Shields waves to crowd
It began with motorcycle racing; then the sand drags in an injected, front-engine rail; and on to becoming a NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Dragster champion. Over the course of decades spent mastering a competitive edge, Duane…
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Bandimere Speedway to host final NHRA national event in 2023 as family looks for new location to continue legacy

NHRA and the Bandimere family have jointly announced that the 2023 Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals on July 14-16 at Bandimere Speedway will be the last NHRA national event at the historic track just outside of Denver.
21 Apr 2023
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Bandimere Speedway
NHRA and the Bandimere family have jointly announced that the 2023 Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals on July 14-16 at Bandimere Speedway will be the last NHRA national event at the historic track just outside of Denver. For the past…
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