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Late-night finishes

It almost happened in Topeka last weekend, but late-night eliminations finishes are a rarity in NHRA national events. The most famous came in a post-1 a.m. Tuesday morning finish in Englishtown in 1975, where "Jungle Jim" Liberman won his first Funny Car crown.
23 May 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Summernationals
So there we were, me and K-Mac, eyes glued to the starting line, eliminations ladders in hand, pens at the ready, keyboards awaiting an onslaught of fast fingerwork that would make Elton John envious. Brittany Force and Richie Crampton, in position…
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Smith powers to victory at Heartland Motorsports Park

Rickie Smith drove to victory Monday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park.
21 May 2018
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Rickie Smith
Rickie Smith drove to victory Monday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod…
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Green powers to No. 1 qualifying position at Heartland Motorsports Park

19 May 2018
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Pro Mod
Chad Green held on to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. This…
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Green races to preliminary No. 1 qualifying position at Heartland Motorsports Park

Chad Green powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park.
18 May 2018
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Pro Mod
Chad Green powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro…
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Gonzalez enjoying early season success in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod category

Entering the 2018 season, Jose Gonzalez was simply glad to be part of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service for the first time.
17 May 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
News
Jose Gonzalez
Entering the 2018 season, Jose Gonzalez was simply glad to be part of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service for the first time. The early-season success and quick rise in the talent-rich class has simply…
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Summit Racing Equipment is presenting sponsor for Pro Mod racing in Topeka

Summit Racing Equipment has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.
16 May 2018
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Summit
Summit Racing Equipment has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, which takes place this…
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Whiteley set to debut new 2018 ZL1 Camaro in Topeka

Steven Whiteley and his J&A Service team will race a new 2018 ZL1 Camaro this weekend at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park in hopes to improve their round record.
16 May 2018
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Steven Whiteley
After a rocky start to the 2018 season, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series racer Steven Whiteley and his J&A Service team will race a new 2018 ZL1 Camaro this weekend at the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at…
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Haney earns NHRA license, prepares for NHRA Pro Mod debut in Topeka

Keith Haney will make his NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series debut during the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.
16 May 2018
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Keith Haney
After more than three decades in drag racing, Tulsa businessman Keith Haney is ready to step onto the biggest stage of his career. This weekend, Haney will make his NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series debut during the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals…
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All in the family: Jr. racers following in the footsteps of famous parents

The children of NHRA racers Antron Brown, Andrew Hines, Brad Mason, and Bob Bode are among the next wave of Jr. Dragster drivers headed to possible future roles in the sport. NHRA’s John Kernan reports from Indy.
15 May 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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Flashback Friday on NHRA All Access: 1984 Cajun Nationals

10 May 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Flashback Friday
01:16
Throughout 2018, NHRA All Access subscribers again will get bonus content with the airing of vintage NHRA national events as part of our Flashback Friday series. This week: the 1984 Cajun Nationals.  Some of the highlights of the race…
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Gonzalez locks down first career victory at NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

One week after earning the first No. 1 qualifier of his career in Houston, Jose Gonzalez notched his first career victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
29 Apr 2018
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News
01:12
One week after earning the first No. 1 qualifier of his career in Houston, Jose Gonzalez notched his first career victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-…
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AlBalooshi retains Pro Mod No. 1 qualifying position in Charlotte

28 Apr 2018
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Pro Mod
Khalid AlBalooshi was able to retain the No. 1 qualifying position for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod…
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AlBalooshi races to preliminary Pro Mod pole in Charlotte

Khalid AlBalooshi thundered to the preliminary top position for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
27 Apr 2018
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Pro Mod
Khalid AlBalooshi thundered to the preliminary top position for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing,…
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The Super Mustang

Not really a dragster and certainly not a Funny Car, the Tom McEwen-driven Super Mustang was a super oddity that certainly was not one of Ford's "better ideas," but remains a car well remembered by many drag racing fans.
27 Apr 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
McEwen
Several of you, tongues firmly planted in cheek, chastised me for not including the “other” Super Mustang in last week’s homage to Mustang Funny Car bodies. I did include Ron Pellegrini’s Super Mustang early Funny Car but – purposely -- not the…
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Jim Whiteley ready for NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals after big win in Houston

Months of work and off-season testing paid off in a major way for Jim Whiteley last weekend and the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service veteran is hoping to parlay that into more success this weekend.
26 Apr 2018
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Jim Whiteley
Months of work and off-season testing paid off in a major way for Jim Whiteley last weekend and the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service veteran is hoping to parlay that into more success this weekend.…
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Al-Anabi Performance named presenting sponsor for Pro Mod racing in Charlotte

Al-Anabi Performance has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide National
26 Apr 2018
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News
Pro Mod
Al-Anabi Performance has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, which takes place April 27-29 at zMAX…
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Whiteley victorious at SpringNationals

Jim Whiteley drove to victory on Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.
22 Apr 2018
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01:04
Jim Whiteley drove to victory on Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Tige Boats, is…
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Gonzalez secures No. 1 qualifying position at NHRA SpringNationals

Jose Gonzalez secured the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.
21 Apr 2018
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News
Pro Mod
Jose Gonzalez secured the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented…
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Gonzalez secures preliminary No. 1 qualifying spot at NHRA SpringNationals

Jose Gonzalez powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.
20 Apr 2018
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News
Pro Mod
Jose Gonzalez powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Tige…
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Rickie Smith chasing back-to-back wins as Pro Mod tour moves to Houston

Rickie Smith opened the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service season with a win at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and is looking to make it two in a row at the NHRA SpringNationals.
19 Apr 2018
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Rickie Smith
With visions of a fourth world championship in the talent-heavy E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, the 2018 season couldn’t have started any better for longtime standout Rickie Smith. The three-…
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Tige Boats named presenting sponsor for E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at NHRA SpringNationals

It was announced today by NHRA officials that Tige Boats has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming NHRA SpringNationals.
19 Apr 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Houston Pro Mod
It was announced today by NHRA officials that Tige Boats has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming NHRA SpringNationals, which takes place April…
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Haney heading for NHRA Pro Mod with Summit Racing backing

Summit Racing Equipment has signed on as primary sponsor for Keith Haney Racing to enter the NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series at three national events this season, beginning in Topeka.
17 Apr 2018
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Keith Haney
Summit Racing Equipment has signed on as primary sponsor for Keith Haney Racing to enter the NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series at three national events this season. Driving a nitrous-boosted 2015 Summit Racing Camaro owned by three-time NHRA Pro…
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Rickie Smith captures season-opening Pro Mod victory at Gatornationals

The first Pro Mod Wally of the season went to Rickie Smith at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville.
18 Mar 2018
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Rickie Smith
Rickie Smith drove to victory Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Jerry…
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Castellana secures first Pro Mod pole of the season at the Gatornationals

Mike Castellana rode to the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Pro Mod pole with a 5.750 pass.
17 Mar 2018
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Mike Castellana
Mike Castellana powered to the No. 1 qualifier Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing…
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Castellana leads after Friday Pro Mod qualifying at Gatornationals

Mike Castellana made a big run in the first E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod run at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
16 Mar 2018
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Mike Castellana
Mike Castellana powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing,…
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Huge field for E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod season opener in Gainesville

An incredible 35-car field makes up the first event of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, which takes place as part of this weekend’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
15 Mar 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pro Mod
An incredible 35-car field makes up the first event of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, which takes place as part of this weekend’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. It’s an impressive…
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Jerry Bickel Race Cars named presenting sponsor of E3 Spark Plugs Gainesville Pro Mod racing

Jerry Bickel Race Cars has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
15 Mar 2018
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News
Pro Mod
Jerry Bickel Race Cars has been named the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the upcoming Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, which takes place March 15-18 at…
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Steven Whiteley looking to defend Gainesville Pro Mod title

13 Mar 2018
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Steven Whiteley
Steven Whiteley and his J&A Services Cadillac CTS-V are returning to Gainesville Raceway this weekend where he claimed the first Pro Mod National Event win of his career in 2017. Whiteley kicked off last season with a win and expects…
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Salemi, Strange renew partnership

Melanie Salemi Motorsports has renewed its marketing partnership with Strange Engineering. Salemi will race the entire NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod schedule. 
12 Mar 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pro Mod
Melanie Salemi Motorsports has renewed its marketing partnership with Strange Engineering. For the 2018 race season Salemi’s Purple Reign ‘68 Firebird will again showcase the iconic Strange Engineering logo across its doors. MSM and Strange put the…
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Unwinding the sidewinder story

A behind-the-scenes look at the circumstances leading to the creation of Don Garlits' sidewinder Top Fueler, and other wild machines created by the brothers Sage, as well as a farewell to influential chassis builder Roy Fjastad.
09 Mar 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Don Garlits
Reaction to last week’s column on the Swamp Rat 27 sidewinder was, quite predictably, strong and loud. “Big Daddy” is such a seminal figure in our sport and in our lives…
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