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Tickets now on sale for 2022 season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

25 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals
Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 62nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com on Feb. 17-20 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, as the race returns to its traditional winter spot as the opening race of the NHRA…
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NHRA community in mourning as highway accident claims Head Racing crewmember

The NHRA family is mourning the loss of Dylan Cromwell, a member of the Jim Head Racing team, who was fatally injured in a highway accident near Plainfield, Ind., Sunday morning.
25 Oct 2021
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Dylan Cromwell
The NHRA family is mourning the loss of Dylan Cromwell, a member of the Jim Head Racing team, who was fatally injured in a highway accident near Plainfield, Ind., Sunday morning. According to local television station WISHTV, the accident occurred…
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Still in the running for a second Top Fuel title, Brittany Force prepares for final events

With two races left in the season, Brittany Force is still in the running for a second Camping World NHRA Top Fuel title and her crew, led by David Grubnic, is going to do everything possible to make it happen.
25 Oct 2021
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David Grubnic
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Tony Schumacher discusses his long-awaited return to full time Top Fuel competition

The 2022 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Season was already shaping up to be great when Tony Schumacher announced his return to Top Fuel. In our latest NHRA.com Skype Interview, the eight time champion reveals how it happened.
23 Oct 2021
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Tony Schumacher
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Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. doubles up at Division 2 season finale in Rockingham

Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. doubled up, winning in both Super Stock and Stock as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division concluded its 2021 season at Rockingham Dragway.
22 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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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 Rockingham Dragway: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., '05 Cavalier, F/AA, 8.043, 149.58  def…
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Newly-licensed Jake Opatrny looks to join the Top Fuel ranks in 2022

Top Fuel may get yet another new driver in 2022 when Jake Opatrny plans to make his debut. The 27-year-old McHenry, Ill., resident made licensing runs in Del Worsham’s Top Fueler in April , clocking a pair of 3.9-second passes at more than 300 mph.
22 Oct 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Jake Opatrny
Top Fuel may get yet another new driver in 2022 when Jake Opatrny plans to make his debut. The 27-year-old McHenry, Ill., resident, a graduate of the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, made licensing runs in Del Worsham’s Top Fueler in April at…
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Mike Coughlin set for Top Alcohol Dragster debut in Las Vegas

Mike Coughlin, already an NHRA national event winner in Pro Stock Truck, Super Comp, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster, will attempt to join the short list of drivers who have won in five categories when he makes his Top Alcohol Dragster debut in Las Vegas.
22 Oct 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
Mike Coughlin
Mike Coughlin, already an NHRA national event winner in Pro Stock Truck, Super Comp, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster, will attempt to join the short list of drivers who have won in five different categories when he makes his Top Alcohol Dragster…
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Of missing jackets, missing friends, missing columns, and moving on down the road

The return of the Dragster Insider includes the tale of the missing firesuit, memories of John "Tarzan" Austin and Dal Denton, and moving on from one NHRA home to another.
22 Oct 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Dragster Insider
Hello, Insider nation! Long time no see. Between running six national events in eight weeks, a bunch of travel, my “streamlined” staff, producing the biggest issue in NHRA National Dragster history (260 pages!), and the process of the big…
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Nitro Time Machine: Matt Hagan grabs his first Las Vegas victory

In our latest Nitro Time Machine, we go back just four years to 2017 when Matt Hagan scored his first Funny Car title at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
21 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Nitro Time Machine
Matt Hagan
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Fan-friendly Pomona climate will welcome NHRA return for Auto Club NHRA Finals

NHRA fans and others planning to attend the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 11-14, to witness the dramatic crowning of the 2021 NHRA world champions in Pomona will NOT be subject to vaccine verification or proof of negative COVID test due to voluntary capacity limitations imposed by the NHRA.
21 Oct 2021
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Auto Club NHRA Finals
NHRA fans and others planning to attend the 2021 season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 11-14, to witness the dramatic crowning of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world champions in Pomona will NOT be subject to vaccine…
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Eleven Camping World Series drivers eligible for 2021 NHRA Rookie of the Year

A diverse field of 11 rookie drivers representing the future of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series were announced by NHRA officials as the eligible candidates for the 2021 NHRA Rookie of the Year award. Drivers must compete in a minimum of five events to be eligible.
21 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
NHRA Rookie of the Year
A diverse field of 11 rookie drivers representing the future of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series were announced by NHRA officials as the eligible candidates for the 2021 NHRA Rookie of the Year award. Drivers must compete in a minimum of…
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NHRA Insider podcast: Coming Up On The Long Side of Short

Matt Smith and J.R.Todd join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast to talk about their respective weekends in Bristol at the Thunder Valley Nationals and to chat about the last two races of the season.
21 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Insider podcast
NHRA Insider podcast
  Matt Smith and J.R.Todd join Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast to talk about their respective weekends in Bristol at the Thunder Valley Nationals and to chat about the last two races of the season. Both men are…
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Down to the wire: A look at Lucas Oil Series sportsman championship battles

There are two national and two divisional events left this season to decide championships in nine NHRA Lucas Oil Series sportsman eliminators.
20 Oct 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
Paul Mitsos
There are two national and two divisional events left this season to decide championships in nine NHRA Lucas Oil Series sportsman eliminators. Let’s take a closer look at who the favorites are, and who are the drivers who can use a late-season rally…
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The Sports Report: Stanfield takes his shot at a fifth championship

It’s been 27 years since Greg Stanfield won the last of his four NHRA Super Stock championships but after winning in Bristol, he’s on the verge of another one.
20 Oct 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Greg Stanfield
The last time that Greg Stanfield was crowned an NHRA world champion, there was no World Series due to a baseball player strike, Johnny Carson made his final appearance on The Tonight Show, and the internet was still a mystery to most people. That…
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Chris Bostick on how to prepare a Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle for Thunder Valley

Speed and traction go hand-in-hand, but as Bostick explains, what Pro Stock Motorcycles lack in ride comfort they more than make up for in their ability to launch off of the starting line.
19 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Chris Bostick on how to prepare a Pro Stock Motorcycle Suzuki for Thunder Valley
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Friction science! Learn all about John Force Racing’s track surface strategy

A rare look at the track maps that John Force Racing's Lanny Miglizzi hand draws of every stop on the Camping World Drag Racing circuit.
19 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Friction science! John Force Racing’s track surface strategy
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Watch J.R. Todd take down Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan

See what was [jokingly] referred to as Ron Capps' favorite moment of the 2021 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
19 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Watch J.R. Todd take down Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan
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Tickets are now on sale for 2022 return of NHRA Arizona Nationals

Tickets are now on sale for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series’ return to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in 2022 for the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Feb. 25-27.
19 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Arizona Nationals
Tickets are now on sale for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series’ return to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in 2022 for the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Feb. 25-27. After not racing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this year, the NHRA will…
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Fields set for Summit Racing Series National Championship in Las Vegas

The top Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Super Pro Motorcycle racers from NHRA’s seven geographical divisions will journey to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to vie for national titles in the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship.
19 Oct 2021
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Summit Racing Series
The top Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Super Pro Motorcycle racers from NHRA’s seven geographical divisions will journey to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to vie for national titles in the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship.…
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Five things we learned at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

It’s hard to top the reverberations of 11,000-horsepower echoing through the mountains at Bristol Dragway and it was music to everyone’s ears to have it back at last weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
18 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Feature
Bristol
It’s hard to top the reverberations of 11,000-horsepower echoing through the mountains at Bristol Dragway and it was music to everyone’s ears to have it back at last weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Thunder Valley lived up to its name as…
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In Memoriam

18 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
In Memoriam
Recent passings of notable figures from within the NHRA world. The NHRA extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of those we have lost. Richard Maskin, who possessed one of the finest mechanical…
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Jose Gonzalez clinches NHRA Pro Mod world title in Bristol

Jose Gonzalez earned his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship on Sunday at Bristol Dragway as part of this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
17 Oct 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
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Jose Gonzalez clinched his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship on Sunday at Bristol Dragway as part of this weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The event was the 10th of…
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Alexis DeJoria caps off magical weekend in Bristol with first win since 2017

On a terrific weekend for DeJoria, she finished the job against J.R. Todd on Sunday, going 3.921-seconds at 327.66 mph to win the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and get her first victory since 2017.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
DeJoria
Bristol Dragway was already one of Alexis DeJoria’s favorite places to race. After a thrilling weekend in Thunder Valley, capped off by her first win since 2017 on Sunday, her love for the facility certainly grew even more. On a truly…
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Home away from home: Mike Salinas wins second straight race at Bristol

Salinas won the most recent event at the track in 2019 and is now a back-to-back winner in Thunder Valley, ousting Steve Torrence in the final round of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Salinas
Even after a year away, Bristol Dragway continues to treat Mike Salinas very well. Salinas won the most recent event at the track in 2019 and is now a back-to-back winner in Thunder Valley, ousting Steve Torrence in the final round of the NHRA…
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Angelle Sampey tops Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle thriller at Bristol

In an all-female final round at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Sampey used a .010 reaction time against Karen Stoffer, winning on a holeshot on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki with a pass of 6.773-seconds at 196.85 mph.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Angelle
With her second win in the Countdown to the Championship, Angelle Sampey proved on Sunday at Bristol Dragway that she’s right in the thick of the championship conversation in Pro Stock Motorcycle. In an all-female final round at the NHRA Thunder…
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Unofficial Camping World points standings

Unofficial points standings following the completion of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the 18th event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and the fifth of the Countdown to the Championship.
17 Oct 2021
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Points
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the 18th event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and the fifth of the Countdown to the Championship. Official points will be posted…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday photo gallery

The NHRA National Dragster photographers were all over Bristol Dragway on raceday Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, capturing the action on and off the track at the fifth race of the Countdown to the Championship.
17 Oct 2021
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Mike Salinas 48
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Fan-favorite Scotty Cannon named Legend of Thunder Valley inductee

Scotty Cannon became the 20th member of the prestigious Legends of Thunder Valley when he was inducted today during pre-race ceremonies at the 20th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
17 Oct 2021
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Scotty Cannon
Scotty Cannon, one of the winningest Pro Mod racers in Bristol Dragway history, became the 20th member of the prestigious Legends of Thunder Valley when he was inducted today during pre-race ceremonies at the 20th annual NHRA Thunder Valley…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday News and Notes

News and notes from final eliminations in Bristol at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Notes, quotes, photos, videos, and more!
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Sunday
UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY Spencer Massey impressed in a first round upset of Leah Pruett to open eliminations on Sunday in Top Fuel, but it wasn't all positives for the veteran. After going 3.745 at 328.46 to beat Pruett, who went up in smoke…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday Preview

There’s a chill in the air at Bristol Dragway, but that’s not the only thing as Thunder Valley prepares to host eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the first time ever in October.
17 Oct 2021
Josh Hachat
Race coverage
Sunday
There’s a chill in the air at Bristol Dragway, but that’s not the only thing as Thunder Valley prepares to host eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the first time ever in October. It’s also the first time the NHRA Camping World…
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