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Tricky Tipster: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Heading into the wilds of Brainerd for the annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Tricky Tipster has labeled Steve Torrence and Bob Tasca III as the favorites to win in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively.
19 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
There are just two races remaining before the start of the highly anticipated Countdown to the Championship playoffs, which means the pressure is building for anyone who has a desire to win a NHRA Camping World Drag Racing series title. Following…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday Preview

The Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series returns this week to rustic Brainerd Int’l Raceway for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 15th of 22 events this year, and the penultimate race before the Countdown to the Championship fields are set.
19 Aug 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Brainerd
The battle for spots in the rapidly-approaching Countdown to the Championship will heat up this weekend when the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series makes its annual stop at Brainerd Int’l Raceway for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Teammates…
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Funny Car champ Capps enjoys special atmosphere of Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

There are several reasons why Brainerd Int'l Raceway is a special place for reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps, especially the “Capps Corner” portion of “the Zoo” campgrounds, which is filled with Capps aficionados, and they’ll be out in full force this weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
18 Aug 2022
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Ron Capps
There are several reasons why Brainerd Int'l Raceway is a special place for reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps, but the incredible atmosphere at the facility is certainly among them. He’s eager to experience it at this weekend’s 40th annual…
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Nitro Time Machine: DSR teams sweep 2019 Brainerd final rounds

At the 2019 Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Leah Pruett and Ron Capps combined to give Don Schumacher Racing a much-needed Top Fuel/Funny Car double.
18 Aug 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Nitro Time Machine
Leah Pruett
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After monumental win, Top Fuel’s Antron Brown looks to keep rolling in Brainerd

Antron Brown’s first year as a team owner has been anything but easy, but following the Top Fuel star’s first win of the season — and as a team owner last Sunday in Topeka — things are starting to click for the three-time world champ.
18 Aug 2022
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Antron Brown
Antron Brown’s first year as a team owner has been anything but easy, but following the Top Fuel star’s first win of the season — and as a team owner last Sunday in Topeka — things are starting to click for the three-time world champ. Racing just…
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Doug Winters aims to get on track in Brainerd race powered by Stinar

It has not been the 2022 season Doug Winters had anticipated in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, but the veteran has the chance to get things turned around in a major way at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, a race powered by his sponsor, Stinar.
18 Aug 2022
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Doug Winters
It has not been the 2022 season Doug Winters had anticipated in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon. But the veteran has the chance to get things turned around in a major way at Brainerd International Raceway as part of…
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Meet The Producers: An insider discussion on making NHRA on FOX TV

On this episode of the NHRA Insider, NHRA Vice President of Broadcasting Steve Reintjes and FOX Sr. Coordinating Producer Pete Richards join host Brian Lohnes to delve into the fascinating world of putting drag racing on television. 
18 Aug 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Insider podcast
NHRA Insider podcast
  On this episode of the NHRA Insider, NHRA Vice President of Broadcasting Steve Reintjes and FOX Sr. Coordinating Producer Pete Richards join host Brian Lohnes to delve into the fascinating world of putting drag racing on television.…
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D-Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout set to take place at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

The D-Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout takes place Friday and Saturday of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, with the winner taking the $10,000 prize and the chance to pick up two victories in one weekend.
17 Aug 2022
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D-Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout
It’s already been a standout season for Kris Thorne in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon. The points leader has racked up three victories in what has been a career year, and he now has the opportunity to enjoy a truly…
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Nitro Time Machine: Relive the surprising final rounds from the '87 Brainerd race

The final rounds from the 1987 NorthStar Nationals in Brainerd featured some racers who are very familiar to NHRA fans, but there was also a surprise or two.
17 Aug 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Nitro Time Machine
87 Brainerd
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Topeka winners Brown, Tasca, Coughlin, Gladstone, Bond guest on WFO Radio

Menards NHRA Nationals presented PetArmor winners Antron Brown, Bob Tasca III, Troy Coughlin Jr., Joey Gladstone, and Justin Bond joined host Joe Castello on WFO Radio to talk about winning the event.
17 Aug 2022
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WFO Radio
  Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor winners Antron Brown, Bob Tasca III, Troy Coughlin Jr., Joey Gladstone, and Justin Bond joined host Joe Castello on WFO Radio to talk about winning the event. Brown shared the details of…
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Go Behind the Scenes with the winners of the Menards NHRA Nationals

Experience the unfettered joy as Antron Brown, Bob Tasca III, Troy Coughlin Jr., and Joey Gladstone celebrate their wins with crewmembers, fellow winners, and their vanquished final-round opponents at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor.
17 Aug 2022
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Sports Report: Tyler Cassil beats the heat for NHRA’s latest double

When Tyler Cassil claimed the Super Stock and Stock titles at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, he became just the 29th driver to double up at an NHRA national event. The rare feat has been achieved just 43 times since 1991.
16 Aug 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
Tyler Cassil
The 100-degree heat that enveloped Heartland Motorsports Park during last weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor made for challenging conditions for both racers and fans, but the heat appeared to have had little effect on Tyler…
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Menards NHRA Nationals Weekend Rewind

A blisteringly hot weekend at the 2022 Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor resulted in some even hotter action on the racetrack. Relive the magic in our Weekend Rewind video.
16 Aug 2022
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Menards NHRA Nationals Weekend Rewind
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Sweetleaf Stevia to back Mountain Motor Pro Stock at final three 2022 events

SweetLeaf brand Stevia Water Drops will be the official presenting sponsor for Mountain Motor Pro Stock for the remaining three NHRA events of 2022, beginning with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd.
16 Aug 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Mountain Motor Pro Stock
SweetLeaf brand Stevia Water Drops will be the official presenting sponsor for Mountain Motor Pro Stock for the remaining three NHRA events of 2022, beginning with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd. Fans can also catch the 820-plus-cid…
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Big stakes for NHRA Camping World stars at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd

Brainerd Int'l Raceway is again set to host a key stop during the NHRA with the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 18-21, the second to last event of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series regular season.
16 Aug 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Known for its unique and memorable atmosphere, as well as plenty of thrilling racing action, Brainerd Int'l Raceway is again set to host a key stop during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season with the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals…
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Cassil's Super Stock/Stock double highlights Topeka Sportsman competition

In addition to the Camping World Drag Racing Series action taking place at Heartland Motorsports Park, nine champions were also crowned in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, led by Tyler Cassil, who doubled up in Super Stock and Stock.
15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Topeka Sportsman
In addition to the Camping World Drag Racing Series action taking place at Heartland Motorsports Park, nine champions were also crowned in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, led by Tyler…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Top Sportsman winner Shawn Herbst

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
71:15
Shawn Herbst was a runner-up the last time that the Camping World NHRA Series visited Seattle in 2019 and three years later, he broke through for his first win in Top Sportsman presented by Vortech Superchargers. Herbst won the final after opponent…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Top Dragster winner Tom Bayer

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
103:15
One week after winning in Sonoma, Thomas Bayer returned to the winner’s circle in Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers and took over the lead in the world championship battle. Bayer completed the mini-sweep of the Western Swing events…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Super Street winner Tony Hopkins

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
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91:46
Eight years after his son, Kyle, drove the car to victory at the 2014 Northwest Nationals, Tony Hopkins parked the family ’55 Chevy in the Super Street winner’s circle again after David Wakefield fouled in the all-Washington state final round.…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Super Gas winner Randy Sides

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
84:16
Randy Sides made the two-plus-hour trek from Central Washington pay off with his first career win in Super Gas. Sides, who dedicated the win to his father, was .008 on the Tree in the final but was a winner before he ever let fly as opponent Rodney…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Super Comp winner Dylan Hough

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
130:02
Dylan Hough, whose father, Brian, was runner-up in Top Alcohol Funny Car, upheld family honor with his first career national event win in Super Comp. Hough, runner-up at the SpringNationals in Houston in 2020, went the distance this time, defeating…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Stock winner Jody Lang

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
100:16
A week after winning the Super Stock title in Sonoma, Jody Lang scored again when he drove his venerable L/SA Malibu wagon to the Stock win at his home event in Seattle. The final was a battle of world champions, and Lang got the best of Ryan…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Super Stock winner Rod Stultz

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
110:58
A quarter-century after winning the first of six Lucas Oil Series divisional events, Rod Stults broke through for his first national event win. Stults faced a tough opponent in the Super Stock final when he drew Kyle Rizzoli but managed to pull off…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Comp winner Ryan Priddy

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
80:47
Ryan Priddy scored his second win of the season in Comp, following up his spring win in Las Vegas with another score in the MountainView Performance A/AA Camaro after final-round opponent Bruce Schmiedl let fly .018-second too soon and red-light.
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals TAFC winner Jake Guadagnolo

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
111:44
Longtime bracket racer Jake Guadagnolo became just the second driver of an automatic-transmission-equipped Top Alcohol Funny Car to win a national event when he took a close final-round contest from Brian Hough’s traditional planetary-equipped…
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2022 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals TAD winner Jackie Fricke

15 Aug 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
108:39
No driver traveled further to the event than Jackie Fricke, last year’s Top Alcohol Dragster world championship runner-up, who trekked from her New Jersey hometown to collect her seventh career win after low qualifier and local favorite Kim Parker…
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Fifteen more drivers clinch Countdown spots in Topeka; playoff fields filling up

Fifteen more drivers among the four NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series classes clinched their berths in the 2022 Countdown to the Championship based on their performances at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor.
15 Aug 2022
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Countdown to the Championship
  Fifteen more drivers among the four NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series classes clinched their berths in the 2022 Countdown to the Championship based on their performances at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor. Mike…
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Five things we learned at the Menards NHRA Nationals Presented By PetArmor

We all come to NHRA events for the racing, and we leave every track with memories and wisdom.
15 Aug 2022
David Kennedy
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Five things we learned at the Menards NHRA Nationals Presented By PetArmor
1. Antron Brown’s car is 70% new. At first look, it seems like the AB Motorsports team has the same Don Schumacher (DSR) dragster chassis, the same DSR Top Fuel engine, and the same team Brown's had backing him for years — as…
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Justin Bond drives to victory at FuelTech Pro Mod Series event in Topeka

Justin Bond picked up his first win in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon during the 2022 season, capping off a memorable weekend as part of the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.
14 Aug 2022
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Justin Bond
Justin Bond picked up his first win in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon during the 2022 season on Sunday, capping off a memorable weekend as part of the 33rd annual Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at…
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Menards NHRA Nationals Presented By PetArmor Sunday photo gallery

The Topeka heat meant this weekend's race wasn't the record-breaking event it’s been in the past, but the competition was some of the best we've seen all year
14 Aug 2022
David Kennedy
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Bob Tasca III who went on to win Topeka 39
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