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Phil Unruh found speed, momentum, and a shot at a title with an unusual approach

Phil Unruh is a guy that likes to think outside of the box, and in last season's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championship competition, his willingness to veer off the beaten path brought him close to the big trophy in Super Gas.
02 Feb 2023
Kelly Wade
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Phil Unruh
Diverse drag racer Phil Unruh is a guy that likes to think outside of the box, and in last season's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championship competition, his willingness to veer off the beaten path brought him quite close to the big trophy in…
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The bar is high, but J.R. Todd aims to reach it in the DHL Funny Car

After a 2022 season that didn't pan out as anyone expected, J.R. Todd, fueled by an atypical and unsatisfying season, is leading the charge for the Kalitta Motorsports team's Funny Car sector with the drive of a man who knows how to win.
01 Feb 2023
Kelly Wade
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J.R. Todd
Kalitta Motorsports is an iconic house of triumph, and although last season didn't pan out as anyone within the hallowed halls of the legendary race shop expected, the group is fixed on generating improved results in the months ahead. J.R. Todd,…
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Who’s next? A look at possible first-time Pro winners for the 2023 season

Last year was a good year as far as first-time Pro winners goes with Tripp Tatum, Troy Coughlin Jr., and Joey Gladstone each getting their first wins in Top Fuel, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively. Now, who else is ready to join them?
23 Jan 2023
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Bobby Bode
Last year was a good year as far as first-time Pro winners goes with Tripp Tatum, Troy Coughlin Jr., and Joey Gladstone each getting their first wins in Top Fuel, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively. Now, who else is ready to join them…
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On Wally Parks Birthday, we share his wisdom with the world

Wally Parks, born January 23, 1913: Land speed racer, the first editor of Hot Rod Magazine, and the founder of the National Hot Rod Association.
23 Jan 2023
David Kennedy
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Carroll Shelby and Wally Parks
More than 110 years after his birth, Parks influence and insight still inspire.  His words provide a foundation that connects us to our past, comfort to endure the present, and strength to forge a better future.  Drag racing’s most…
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Meet Tom Buckingham, new assistant crew chief for Capps' NAPA Funny Car team

Tom Buckingham has some big shoes to fill as he replaces the recently retired legend John Medlen as the assistant crew chief of the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car team of reigning world champ Ron Capps.
20 Jan 2023
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Tom Buckingham
 
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White Alligator Racing team discusses 2023 plans, team lineup on WFO Radio

The White Alligator Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle team previewed its NHRA season and announced its 2023 rider lineup on WFO Radio Live! 
19 Jan 2023
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WFO radio
  The White Alligator Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle team previewed it NHRA season and announced its 2023 rider lineup on WFO Radio Live!  Team owner Jerry Savoie, crew chief Tim Kulungian, and previously announced rider Chase Van…
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Why Top Fuel will be even more competitive in 2023

If you think the competition in Top Fuel was tough last season, buckle up. You ain’t seen nothing yet. NHRA’s Brian Lohnes examines why this season will be even more robust.
17 Jan 2023
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Josh Hart
The competition during the 2022 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series was truly next level, especially in the Top Fuel division. The nine different winners, the upsets, the wild tossing about of the points lead among a large group of drivers through…
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Flawless: The Eight Most Impressive Victories of 2022 (Part 4, Top Fuel)

We have reached the fourth and final installment of this series documenting what were (in our estimation) the eight most flawless Top Fuel victories of the 2022 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing season.
16 Jan 2023
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Justin Ashley
We have reached the fourth and final installment of this series documenting what were (in our estimation) the eight (okay, nine because Funny Car was impossible to choose two) most flawless victories of the 2022 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing season…
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John Force's Wildest Rides

The legendary career of 16-time NHRA Funny Car world champion John Force has literally been forged in fire. Here's a look back at seven of his wildest fires, crashes, and blowups over his Hall of Fame career.
12 Jan 2023
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John Force
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Hector Arana Jr. plans to remain a threat in Pro Stock Motorcycle after powerful finish

Not long ago, Hector Arana Jr. was a championship contender in the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks, and after winning two events during last year's abbreviated season, it is apparent that the second-generation rider has not lost his edge.
12 Jan 2023
Kelly Wade
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Hector Arana Jr.
Not long ago, Hector Arana Jr. was a championship contender in the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks, and after winning two events during last year's abbreviated season, it is apparent that the second-generation rider has not lost his edge. Running less…
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Back in (yellow and) black, Troy Coughlin Jr. wants the big trophy in 2023

Last year, Troy Coughlin Jr. got his first – and second – taste of victory in the Pro Stock class, and as the 2023 season inches closer, the third-generation drag racer has a pencil poised to record a few more W's in the scorebook.
11 Jan 2023
Kelly Wade
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Troy Coughlin Jr.
Last year, Troy Coughlin Jr. got his first — and second — taste of victory in the intensely competitive Pro Stock class, and as the 2023 season of NHRA's Camping World Drag Racing Series inches closer, the third-generation drag racer has a pencil…
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Flawless: The Eight Most Impressive Victories of 2022 (Part 3, Funny Car)

In this third editions of a four-part series, NHRA's Brian Lohnes takes a look at the most impressive Funny Car wins of 2022. It was hard to nail down just two, so he opted to go with three standout performances.
10 Jan 2023
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Robert Hight
It seems counter to accepted logic that the nitro Funny Car category would be the one class which had three wins that were so good, so well executed, and so thunderous that it forced us to break our “two per class rule” for this series. After all,…
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Scott Palmer is ready to get back to the business of being Scott Palmer in 2023

After two seasons with Alex Laughlin in his dragster and Laughlin accepting a full-time ride in Funny Car for 2023, Scott Palmer can get back to the business of being Scott Palmer, which means driving Top Fuel and nitro-fueled Pro Mods.
06 Jan 2023
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Scott Palmer
  Scott Palmer never planned to be the guy who rents his Top Fuel dragster out for someone else to drive. The Midwest fan favorite has too many other fun irons in the fire — including his popular Top Fuel-engined Studebaker or Corvette…
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Flawless: The eight most impressive victories of 2022 (Part 2, Pro Stock)

In part two of our look back the the best final-round performances of 2022, NHRA's Brian Lohnes takes a look at the Pro Stock class and two dynamic performances that helped define the season.
06 Jan 2023
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Greg Anderson
In part one of this series, we took a look at the two most flawless Pro Stock Motorcycle victories of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Naturally, we now turn our attention to Pro Stock and look at the two wins which best represented…
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Flawless: The eight most impressive victories of 2022 (Part 1, Pro Stock Motorcycle)

For a final look back at the 2022 season, NHRA's Brian Lohnes takes a look at the eight most impressive victories of the season, beginning with the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
04 Jan 2023
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Karen Stoffer
Any drag racer worth their salt will often tell you that there’s no such thing as a perfect run and there’s no such thing as a bad victory. While both of those statements are absolutely true outside of the number of points accrued for doing the job…
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The wildest rides of 2022

From wheelstands to blower explosions, fires, and wrecks, take a look back at some of the wildest moments of the 2022 NHRA season.
01 Jan 2023
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NHRA enjoyed excitement and fanfare in wildly successful 2022 season

With heavy anticipation and excitement, along with a bevy of new and returning faces and sponsors, the 2022 season in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series had big expectations.
31 Dec 2022
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Year in Review
With heavy anticipation and excitement, along with a bevy of new and returning faces and sponsors, the 2022 season in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series had big expectations. In almost every way possible, the year lived up to its billing,…
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Cool facts and curious figures from Matt Smith’s sixth championship

Two bikes, or not two bikes. That is the question and Matt Smith had an answer as he took a unique approach to the Pro Stock Motorcycle class to win his sixth Camping World NHRA championship.
27 Dec 2022
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Matt Smith
As we continue to traipse into the ever more frigid depths of the off-season it’s high time that we look behind the curtain in retrospect at the season of Matt Smith, who won his sixth Pro Stock Motorcycle title. This time Smith straddled two…
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At 18, Dylan Winefsky is taking a nostalgic approach to racing

25 Dec 2022
Kelly Wade
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Dylan Winefsky
Nostalgia drag racing is an experience like none other. Attending an NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series event at Firebird Raceway in Boise or meandering through orange groves to suddenly stumble upon Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., is like jumping…
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Backstory: What drives Top Fuel's Josh Hart?

Josh Hart wasn't treading lightly when he made his NHRA Top Fuel debut two years ago, and his intensity certainly didn't wane over his sophomore season. When the events of Hart's pre-nitro life are brought into perspective, his assertive stance makes a lot of sense. 
23 Dec 2022
Kelly Wade
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Josh Hart
Josh Hart wasn't treading lightly when he made his NHRA Top Fuel debut two years ago, and his intensity certainly didn't wane over his sophomore season. In 2022 — his first full schedule as a nitro pilot and team owner — Hart finished in the top 10…
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A method to the madness: looking back at John Force’s 2022 season

John Force enjoyed another successful season in 2022 with a win in Charlotte and runner-up finishes in Sonoma and Topeka on his way to a No. 5 finish. Courtesy of Brian Lohnes, here's a closer look at how he did it.
22 Dec 2022
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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John Force
One of the most fascinating things about the sport of drag racing is that the cars are so powerful, the acceleration so off the charts, that wily racers with experience can sometimes kind of make the numbers lie in their favor. John Force had a…
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After KB Titan merger, Greg Anderson sees greatness ahead with powerful reinforcements

Greg Anderson wasn't able to defend his 2021 Pro Stock championship but that doesn't mean his 2022 season wasn't a success, and he's even more optimistic about his future.
21 Dec 2022
Kelly Wade
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Greg Anderson
The 2022 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series did not go as planned for this year's incoming Pro Stock champion. For Greg Anderson, who earned his fifth world title in 2021, this year was essentially a tale of two seasons – the first half was an…
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Relentless red: The cold, hard numbers behind Erica Enders’ fifth world title

Erica Enders won her fifth Camping World NHRA Pro Stock title thanks to a dominant performance but just how dominant was she? NHRA's Brian Lohnes takes a closer look at the numbers from 2022.
16 Dec 2022
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Erica Enders
In the world of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing there’s honestly just one overriding statistic that matters; the points count at the end of the season. That’s the true measuring stick of success and failure in this sport. It is also a number that…
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Q&A: Justin Ashley looks back at successful 2022 season in Top Fuel

Third-year Top Fuel team owner and driver Justin Ashley raced his Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy to three wins and a fourth-place finish in one of the toughest Top Fuel fields in recent history.
14 Dec 2022
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 Justin Ashley
Third-year Top Fuel team owner and driver Justin Ashley raced his Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel dragster powered by Vita C Energy to three wins and seven final-round appearances. Ashley led the points in the Countdown to the Championship for the…
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Getting Gone: A Look at who held sway on the starting line in Top Fuel in 2022

Brian Lohnes presents a closer look at who did what when it comes to reaction times in Top Fuel during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
13 Dec 2022
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Justin Ashley
Now that the dust has settled and the final tabulations have been made, it’s time to start digging through the piles of numbers that the NHRA Nitro Research Department accumulates during the season and analyze what they tell us. Since the 2022 Top…
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Top Alcohol Dragster rookie Hunter Green is wasting no time

In his first year of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition, young Hunter Green took the reins of a Randy Meyer Racing Top Alcohol Dragster and dug in his spurs.
12 Dec 2022
Kelly Wade
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Hunter Green
In his first year of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition, young Hunter Green took the reins of a Randy Meyer Racing Top Alcohol Dragster and dug in his spurs. He didn't exactly grow up in the sport — has father, Chad Green, got his start…
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Ten unforgettable moments from the 2022 season

The 2022 season was filled with so many dramatic moments, historic victories, and milestone performances, that it's hard to remember them all but that didn't stop the National Dragster/NHRA.com crew from taking a quick trip down memory lane to recall some of our favorite moments from the past 12 months.
07 Dec 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Ten Moments
The 2022 season was filled with so many dramatic moments, historic victories, and milestone performances, that it's hard to remember them all but that didn't stop the National Dragster/NHRA.com crew from taking a quick trip down memory lane to…
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Cruz Pedregon Racing promotes Ryan Elliott to assistant crew chief

When Cruz Pedregon Racing needed a new assistant crew chief for its Snap-on Funny Car, they had just who they needed in-house, and Ryan Elliot was promoted from car chief to assistant crew chief
02 Dec 2022
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Cruz Pedregon promotes Ryan Elliott to assistant crew chief
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After a tough 2022 season, the Harlow Sammons Pro Stock team is pressing forward

The 2022 season did not yield the results they were looking for, but the father-son Pro Stock team of Chris and Mason McGaha are pressing forward as they look for improvement.
02 Dec 2022
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Chris McGaha
When a team has a season like the Harlow Sammons Pro Stock team just had in 2022, looking back for positive highlights can be just as frustrating as the on-track experiences they just faced. Team leader Chris McGaha, an eight-time national event…
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Top 10 Fastest Nitro runs of 2022

No other motorsport on earth even comes close to the speeds seen week after week in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. 337 to 338-mph runs all year long showed how much power the crew chiefs made and how good these drivers are.
30 Nov 2022
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Top 10 Fastest Nitro runs of 2022
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