After collecting his first career No. 1 qualifying position, Terry McMillen almost made it a clean sweep of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, finishing as runner-up in Top Fuel. NHRA's John Kernan was shadowing McMillen and crew chief Rob Wendland all day.
NHRA new two-run qualifying format has added an interesting dynamic to pro racing in 2020, and the recent adventures of Ron Capps and the NAPA Dodge Funny Car team are exhibit A.
With a very respectable 3.987, Ron Capps is qualified third for today’s final eliminations at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil and that’s just fine with him. Capps generally isn’t one to fret over his qualifying results but if…
This season, for the first time since 1989, Hector Arana Sr. isn’t likely to make a pass on a Pro Stock Motorcycle, but don’t dare ask him if he’s retired. He is not.
This season, for the first time since 1989, Hector Arana Sr. isn’t likely to make a pass on a Pro Stock Motorcycle, but don’t dare ask him if he’s retired. He is not. “No. I’m definitely not retired,” he notes with authority. “I’m just taking a…
For a brief time, Alex Laughlin considered pulling double duty at this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, but he ultimately decided to leave his Pro Mod car home in Texas in order to devote all his attention to Pro Stock.
For a brief time, Alex Laughlin considered pulling double duty at this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, but he ultimately decided to leave his Pro Mod car home in Texas in order to devote all his attention to Pro Stock. Laughlin, the defending U…
Two-time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world champion Jonnie Lindberg made his 2020 class debut Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, but the veteran racer had a tough outing on his first qualifying pass.
The Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will be the largest assemblage of race cars since the pandemic pause, and the track's Kasey Coler discussed the enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place for the weekend.
In a recent Skype interview with NHRA's Brian Lohnes, Matt Hartford had a chance to sound off on a variety of topics related to Pro Stock racing including warm-weather tuning, two-run qualifying, and the influx of new talent in the class.
Two-time Top Alcohol Funny Car champion Jonnie Lindberg is giving fellow driver Richie Crampton the best birthday gift ever: the chance to drive his car at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Spend a minute with Antron Brown or Jack Beckman and you’ll enjoy them for the people they are, and the passion they have for drag racing. But if you could go inside the car with them, you would see their personality shift—and witness how their passion and enthusiasm turns into a laser focus when they are in “their zone.”
A new in-house chassis program has helped make Terry McMillen and his Amalie Motor Oil team a strong contender during NHRA's restart events in Indianapolis.
Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock champion, recently got a chance to jump into a five-second Pro Mod car and he liked it so much he’s coming back for more.
Bo Butner still abides by his long-held belief that driving a Pro Stock car is the most difficult thing he’s ever tackled in racing, but after his Pro Mod debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, he’s willing to add an asterisk to that statement…
NHRA Sportsman superstar Anthony Bertozzi, who captured a record fifth JEGS SPORTSnationals title and also won a big-dollar bracket race, visited via Skype with NHRA’s Brian Lohnes to talk about his recent hot streak.
Top Fuel racer Leah Pruett came out of the pandemic-caused racing hiatus swinging for the fences with some great driving and has moved into second place in points. She spoke with NHRA’s Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about the two Indy events and the season ahead.
NHRA Pro Stock racer Alan Prusiensky joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to talk about his Dodge-powered Pro Stocker and the challenges of racing a hemi in a Chevy world, and how his engine-building business helps his Pro Stock racing and vice versa.
With the help of a few friends, Kelly Clontz is making steady progress in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Now she’s ready to take the next step towards her first victory.
When Kelly Clontz sees Jianna Salinas and Ryan Oehler become first-time winners in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class, it brings a smile to her face simply because it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see herself in that position. “That joy;…
First-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Ryan Oehler and National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joined Brian Lohnes for a wide-ranging episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast covering the first two events of NHRA's Return to racing in Indy.
First-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Ryan Oehler and National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joined Brian Lohnes for a wide-ranging episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast. Oehler talked about the self-made program that he and his dad have…
Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart are back again with a LIVE episode of NHRA Shop Talk, fielding your questions and telling you what you need to know, look out for, and watch at the upcoming Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were back again with a LIVE episode of NHRA Shop Talk, fielding your questions and telling you what you need to know, look out for, and watch at the upcoming Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.…
After a successful Jr. Drag Racing and Sportsman career, Shawn Langdon spent eight years learning how to drive a Top Fuel dragster, becoming not just an event-winning fuel dragster pilot but a championship-winning one. In…
An influx of talented newcomers has helped breathe new life into the Pro Stock class. Here's a look at six second (and-third) generation racers who are already making an impact.
NHRA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pro Stock class in 2020, and this season includes memorable tributes to the pioneers who helped create the foundation for the factory hot rod class. Built by Ronnie Sox and Bill Jenkins and…
Justin Ashley reached his first career Top Fuel final at the recent Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, a final round last was rain-delayed and will complete at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals. Ashley spoke via Skype with NHRA's Brian Lohnes about his great weekend.
Bob Tasca III is on a mission to win a championship and help us all avoid the disease that caused him to miss the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
Bob Tasca III is known for his tenacious energy, his passion for drag racing, and his inseparability from the Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang Funny Car that bears his family’s name. When the 44-year-old announced that he’d been diagnosed with…
Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart reviewed some of the most interesting runs of the 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, taking you inside the tech that makes the cars run and reviewing the difference between winning and losing in NHRA drag racing.
Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart reviewed some of the most interesting runs of the 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, taking you inside the tech that makes the cars run and reviewing the difference between winning and losing in NHRA drag racing…
Todd Paton won his first NHRA national event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis when he defeated an all-star line-up of Top Alcohol Funny Cars. A quarter-century later, he's still turning on win lights.
In 1996, Todd Paton won his first NHRA national event title and it was a big one. Paton, then an up-and-coming Top Alcohol Funny Car racer, won the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. He jokes that he “backed into” the win, but the…
Jeffrey Barker endured one of life’s most embarrassing moments when his Pro Mod Camaro spun out on the burnout during yesterday’s test session at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, but the former Top Sportsman champion is determined to move forward.
This won’t come as breaking news to anyone who follows NHRA drag racing, but Pro Mod cars are not easy to drive. Equal parts powerful and unpredictable, the 250-mph machines that make up the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series can…
No one in Top Fuel takes T.J. Zizzo and his Rust-Oleum Top Fuel team lightly, and there is a good resason for that; they come to win every week.
During last weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, T.J. Zizzo found himself in an uncomfortable position during the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations. When opponent Cory McClenathan ran into a mechanical issue that prevented him from staging…
Stevie "Fast" Jackson, the reigning world champ in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service, previewed his fleet of cars with NHRA's Brian Lohnes in advance of this weekend's season opener for the class at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals.
After missing last weekend's season restart while recovering from COVID-19, Bob Tasca III will be back behind the wheel of his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang Funny Car at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals in Indianapolis.
Antron Brown looking forward to sharing the track with his kids at this week's Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals
Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champ chatted via Skype with NHRA's Brian Lohnes about last week's E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals and the upcoming Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, where he will compete alongside his Jr. Dragster-racing kids for the first time.
Chad Green will take on a unique challenge at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals when he competes in both Funny Car and Pro Mod. He spoke to NHRA's Brian Lohnes recently about the weekend ahead.
Matt Hagan scored the first Funny Car win of NHRA's season restart at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, but it was not cheap, as a supercharger explosion in the final round damaged the Dodge Charger body. Crew chief Dickie Venables explains the process.