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The dream continues as Lex Joon and team ramp up for 2021 Top Fuel season

Lex and Gerda Joon, who emigrated from the Netherlands eight years ago to follow their “American Dream” of competing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, have been hard at work on their Top Fueler in the offseason.
19 Jan 2021
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Building (and mounting) better bodies at Cruz Pedregon Racing's shop

The later mid-March start to the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season has been a bit of a blessing to Cruz Pedregon Racing as they continue to receive and mount new Dodge Hellcat bodies, according to assistant crew chief Rip Reynolds.
16 Jan 2021
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Anthony Bertozzi preparing to begin Top Dragster title defense in Orlando

Anthony Bertozzi won his first NHRA championship in Super Stock in 2002, and it took him nearly two decades to win another one. If he has his way, a third title won't take nearly as long.
15 Jan 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Anthony Bertozzi won his first NHRA championship in Super Stock in 2002, and it took him nearly two decades to win another one. Bertozzi’s quest for a second title ended last season when he finished as the top points earner in Top Dragster presented…
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The art of the Pro Stock burndown with Erica Enders and Matt Hartford

Burndowns have been a part of the Pro Stock class since its debut in 1970 and through the years there have been some memorable ones. Current Pro Stock stars Erica Enders and Matt Hartford joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes to discuss some of NHRA's most notable staging duels.
13 Jan 2021
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How Cold Hard Art's Tom Patsis created special Camping World champions trophies

Renown artist and metal sculptor Tom Patsis of Cold Hard Art was tasked with creating a special trophy for the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing series professional champions and he delivered a timeless masterpiece.
08 Jan 2021
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Mike Green ready to help take Justin Ashley to the next level in Top Fuel

Championship-winning Top Fuel crew chief Mike Green is ready to help reigning rookie of the year Justin Ashley and the Strutmasters.com team in their pursuit of a world championship.
07 Jan 2021
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NHRA Shop Talk: Roots Superchargers

In the latest edition of NHRA Shop Talk, hosts Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by Mike Janis Jr., of Mike Janis Superchargers, to talk about Roots Superchargers.
05 Jan 2021
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In the latest edition of NHRA Shop Talk, hosts Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by Mike Janis Jr., of Mike Janis Superchargers, to talk about Roots Superchargers. Roots blowers have been around for far more than 100 years, but they…
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NHRA Shop Talk: Everything you need to know about centrifugal superchargers

This week on NHRA Shop Talk, Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by Lance Keck of Vortech Superchargers to talk about centrifugal superchargers.
22 Dec 2020
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This week on NHRA Shop Talk, Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by Lance Keck of Vortech Superchargers to talk about centrifugal superchargers. They talked about how they work, why they are now so popular in NHRA Drag Racing,…
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Super Gas champ Brian Preszler: "You have to be good on both ends of the track"

Newly crowned NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Gas champion Brian Preszler joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype discuss his show-quality Corvette roadster and the keys to his successful 2020 season.
21 Dec 2020
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Dom Lagana: 'I'm feeling great and getting stronger every day'

After suffering life-threatening injuries in a highway accident, Dom Lagana is on the road to recovery and returning to the sport he loves so much.
19 Dec 2020
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NHRA Shop Talk: Turbochargers

NHRA's Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by Roger Conley to talk turbochargers: How they work and what's on the cutting edge of turbo tech.
15 Dec 2020
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On this episode of Shop Talk, Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were joined by Roger Conley to talk turbochargers. While turbos have existed for more than 100 years, they are relatively new to NHRA Drag Racing as compared to other power adders. The…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr: The Natural Driver

A brilliant pilot at the wheel of any racecar, we get insight on Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s origin story as he celebrates decades of success in Pro Stock.
14 Dec 2020
David Kennedy
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Jeg Coughlin Jr: The Natural
This is not the first time Jeg Coughlin Jr. has retired from Pro Stock racing. Technically, Team Jegs has differentiated this period from his retirement in 2010 by saying he is, “retiring from full-time racing after the 2020 season.” So rest assured…
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Jason Line: Pro Stock’s Engine Man

Part of KB Racing’s horsepower machine, Jason Line reflects on his Pro Stock career as he works on his next chapter in drag racing
13 Dec 2020
David Kennedy
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Jason Line: Pro Stock’s Engine Man
In 2020, Pro Stock racing turned 50 and Jason Line turned 51. That pairing of class and racer has meant faster speeds created through horsepower and driving skill that has captured the imaginations of so many. In all cases, Line favors the path of…
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NHRA Shop Talk: Brian Lohnes, Alan Reinhart, and the wonders of nitrous oxide

Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart talk nitrous oxide! This power adder has helped warplanes make extra speed in the skies and it has long helped drag racers fly down the strip. How does it work, why does it work, and what’s the future for this venerable gas that Pro Mod and Top Sportsman love so much?
11 Dec 2020
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Today on NHRA Shop Talk: Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart talk nitrous oxide! This power adder has helped warplanes make extra speed in the skies and it has long helped drag racers fly down the strip. How does it work, why does it work, and what’s the…
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When Chuck Yeager and Wally Parks compared speed records

Chuck Yeager’s name is synonymous with speed, and he and Wally Parks both shared stories of record runs from Muroc Dry Lake.
10 Dec 2020
David Kennedy
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When Chuck Yeager and Wally Parks compared speed records from Muroc
General Chuck Yeager, the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound, died on Dec. 7. He was 97 years old. While not a racecar driver, Yeager’s name is synonymous with speed, and he brought the term “…
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Shawn Langdon reflects on 2020 Indy win, racing through 2020's challenges

2020 U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner and DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon took some time recently to look back at his unique season and also look ahead to the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
09 Dec 2020
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Shawn Langdon
2020 U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner and DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon took some time recently to look back at his unique season and also look ahead to the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Can you…
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"I see something out of the corner of my eye, and it's ‘Big Daddy,' watching me"

There were a lot of thrills for Steve Torrence en route to winning the Top Fuel championship, but high on that list was his victory at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in a replica of “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat 14 dragster with Garlits himself in attendance rooting him on ... sometimes too close for comfort.
08 Dec 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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There were a lot of thrills for Steve Torrence en route to winning his third straight NHRA Top Fuel championship, but high on that list was his victory at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in a replica of “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. vs. Jason Line: By the numbers

Two drivers from opposite Pro Stock camps (Driving vs. Horsepower Prowess) match-up closer than you might think.
08 Dec 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. vs. Jason Line: By the numbers
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is well known as one of the sport’s most naturally gifted drivers while Jason Line is as much known for his ability to build competitive engines. On the track, their careers have taken remarkably similar paths. Coughlin entered the…
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NHRA Skype interview with Super Stock world champion Bryan Worner

In 2020, Bryan Worner joined his twin brother, Bryon, was an NHRA Lucas Oil Series Super Stock World Champion. Worner recently joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to discuss his historic season.
05 Dec 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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From the first pass of her return, Alexis DeJoria knew 'This is why I do what I do'

After two-year hiatus, Alexis DeJoria returned to the tour in 2020 behind the wheel of the ROKiT Toyota Camry Funny Car. After an eventful season DeJoria took some time to look back at her successes as well as look ahead to the 2021 NHRA season.
04 Dec 2020
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Alexis DeJoria
After two-year hiatus from the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, Alexis DeJoria returned to the tour in 2020 behind the wheel of the ROKiT Toyota Camry Funny Car. The five-time Funny Car national event winner teamed with former world champion…
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NHRA Skype interview with Top Alcohol Dragster world champion Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer won her second-straight Lucas Oil Series Top Alcohol Dragster championship in 2020 and then announced her retirement from active competition. She joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype for an exclusive NHRA.com interview.
04 Dec 2020
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NHRA Skype interview with Top Dragster world champion Anthony Bertozzi

Former Super Stock champ Anthony Bertozzi won the 2020 championship in Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers and he joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes via Skype to recap his historic season.
02 Dec 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Terry McMillen and team continue to work towards 2021 return to Top Fuel

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hit home for Top Fuel racer Terry McMillen and team when their sponsor regretfully had to suspend its contract, ending their 2020 season early, but the veteran is still racing ahead with plans for 2021.
01 Dec 2020
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J.R. Todd looks back at a challenging season and ahead to a promising 2021

2018 NHRA Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd takes a look back at a trying 2020 NHRA season but one he is happy was completed as he looks ahead to the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
30 Nov 2020
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2018 NHRA Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, couldn’t find the same magic this year, finishing sixth in the standings, and takes a look back at a trying 2020 NHRA season but one he is happy was completed as…
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Biggest Upsets of 2020

NHRA's Brian Lohnes takes a look at the biggest upsets of the 2020 season. Which drivers and teams pulled together to take home the win lights when they were least expected?
20 Nov 2020
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Brian Lohnes takes a look at the biggest upsets of the 2020 season. Which drivers and teams pulled together to take home the win lights when they were least expected?
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WFO Radio podcast: Angie Smith talks Vegas win, 200-mph Club, future plans

Angie Smith dropped by WFO Radio Live for a discussion about her 2020 Dodge NHRA Finals win. She talked about making the Denso 200-mph Club, her final-round race against Steve Johnson, and the recent news about Harley-Davidson. Finally, Smith talks about the plans for Matt Smith Racing during the NHRA Winter Break.
16 Nov 2020
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In a tumultuous year, Torrence Racing crew finds plenty to be thankful for

Despite a tumultuous year rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the auto-accident injuries to team member Dom Lagana, the Capco Contractors team still finds plenty to be thankful for at the end of the season.
15 Nov 2020
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Antron Brown: 'When I saw that win light come on, it took everything away'

It was a long year and a half between wins for three-time NHRA Top Fuel champ Antron Brown, and his victory at the Dodge NHRA FInals lifted a huge weight off of his shoulders.
13 Nov 2020
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NHRA Insider Podcast: Ron Capps and Ryan Oehler, The Outside Influencers

In a year that was heavily influenced by powers and forces outside of the realm of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing, Ron Capps and Ryan Oehler were both outside influencers from within the sport.
13 Nov 2020
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  In a year that was heavily influenced by powers and forces outside of the realm of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing, Ron Capps and Ryan Oehler were both outside influencers from within the sport.  Both men had strong seasons with…
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Super Stock icon: Inside the winningest car in NHRA [and Chevrolet] history!

The 1969 Chevy Z/28 Camaro that has given Dan Fletcher much of his success is not just the winningest car in NHRA history, it's also the winningest Chevrolet in all of motorsports.
10 Nov 2020
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1969 z28 Camaro Super Stock Icon Inside the winningest car in NHRA Chevrolet history Dan Fletcher A
Dan Fletcher is one of only three people in the history of drag racing to attain more than 100 NHRA wins, putting him ahead of many of the sport’s legends and in an exclusive club with John Force and Frank Manzo. He’s also the only person that’s…
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