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Steve Torrence begins Top Fuel title defense with NHRA Arizona Nationals victory

23 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence picked up right where he left off. The Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster drive won his debut event of the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season, defeating Doug Kalitta to earn his 37th Top Fuel victory.  Torrence ran a 3.…
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Tommy Johnson Jr. drives Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to Phoenix Funny Car victory

Tommy Johnson Jr. earned his first victory of the season in his MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
23 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. kept the good vibes going for Don Schumacher Racing. He drove his MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the winner's circle in an all-DSR battle against Jack Beckman's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at the NHRA Arizona…
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Erica Enders takes home NHRA Arizona Nationals Pro Stock win

Erica Enders drove to her first victory of the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
23 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Defending Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders got Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman a perfect birthday present. The three-time Pro Stock champ scored her first win of the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season by outrunning 2017 world…
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Hear from Erica Enders and Chris McGaha after wild staging matchup in Phoenix

Erica Enders and Chris McGaha dealt with some wild staging issues at the NHRA Arizona Nationals - see it all here.
23 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders and Chris McGaha are no strangers to facing off against one another in Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Pro Stock competition, but their second-round battle at the NHRA Arizona Nationals came with an unexpected twist.  A slight…
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Jeff Diehl earns wild round win over No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Jeff Diehl will race in the second round for the first time in nearly a year after a wild victory against Matt Hagan at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
23 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jeff Diehl
Jeff Diehl earned his first round win in nearly a year in unconventional fashion at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. The Surfer took advantage of the misfortune of No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan in the first round in Phoenix despite not earning an official…
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NHRA Arizona Nationals Sunday preview

Catch all the racing action from the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series annual stop in the desert at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
23 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Phoenix
The NHRA Arizona Nationals concludes with Sunday eliminations at 11 a.m. Mountain Time. Get all the information you need, including television broadcast time, qualifying times and how to get an NHRA.tv account.   …
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. continues incredible start to 2020 with Arizona pole

Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned his second-straight Pro Stock pole by going to the top of the NHRA Arizona Nationals field.
22 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned the 34th Pro Stock pole of his career and second of the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Coughlin ran a 6.536-second pass at 208.46-mph in the second of three qualifying sessions to…
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Matt Hagan goes back to top of Funny Car at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Matt Hagan earned his second-straight Funny Car pole position by going to the top of Funny Car at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
22 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
Matt Hagan earned the 38th pole position of his career on the strength of the run he made during the second qualifying session of the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Hagan ran a 3.859-second pass at 331.61-mph, putting his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at…
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Brittany Force scores second-straight pole position at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Brittany Force continued her hot start to the 2020 season by earning her second-straight pole position.
22 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force drove her Flav-R-Pac Top Fuel dragster to pole position for the second-straight race. The 2017 world champion notched a 3.670-second lap at 327.11-mph to grab pole at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, edging defending world champ Steve…
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Gallery: Check out how NHRA teams wait out the rain in Phoenix

NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz braved the rain to bring you photos of how teams, and fans, spent the rain delay at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
22 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Greg Anderson
Check out these great photos of cars, drivers and fans in the rain at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, the second of 24 stops on the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series tour. 
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Steve Torrence takes Top Fuel pole Friday at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Steve Torrence made his 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series debut in fine fashion, going to the top of the field at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
21 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence returned to the track without missing a beat. The back-to-back defending Top Fuel champion went straight to the top of the Top Fuel qualifying sheet after the first two of four qualifying passes with a 3.671-second pass at 326.48-mph…
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Matt Hagan continues fast start to 2020 with provisional Funny Car pole

Matt Hagan grabbed another five bonus points by going to the top of the NHRA Arizona Nationals Funny Car field on Friday.
21 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
Matt Hagan highlighted an incredible second qualifying session of Funny Car and took over the provisional pole at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. The driver of the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car ran a 3.859-second pass at 331.61-mph to go to…
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Jeg Coughlin earns provisional Pro Stock pole at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Nobody has been able to outrun Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock to start the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season.
21 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin continued his dominant run through the Pro Stock field at the NHRA Arizona Nationals and captured the No. 1 position through the first two of four sessions. He made a 6.536-second pass at 208.46-mph in his JEGS.com Chevy Camaro, the…
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NHRA Arizona Nationals Friday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Marc Gewertz grabbed incredible images on the first day of NHRA Arizona Nationals qualifying and we've got them all in one place for you.
21 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Ron Capps
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Gallery: See inside the cars of the Arizona Big Tire Shootout

You've seen them hit the strip at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, now take a look under the hood of the cars of the Arizona Big Tire Shootout
21 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Big Tire
The Arizona Big Tire Shootout hit the drag strip at the NHRA Arizona Nationals to help kick off a weekend of racing (which you can watch here), and now you…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. continues perfect season at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned another three points to continue spectacular start to his final full-time season behind the wheel of his Pro Stock Chevy Camaro.
21 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. remained the quickest driver in Pro Stock and earned another three points as he continued his incredible start to his final full-time season behind the wheel of his JEGS.com Chevy Camaro.  Coughlin put down a 6.567-second…
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Watch the first session of the Arizona Big Tire Shootout

The Arizona Big Tire Shootout hit the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park drag strip and you can see the full first session here.
21 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Big Tire
A wild variety of cars, and a truck, thrilled Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing fans at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to help kick off the NHRA Arizona Nationals. You can check out all the passes from the first set of time trials in the video below…
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Watch Eric Bell launch into a wild wheelstand during Comp qualifying

Comp racer Eric Bell launched a massive wheelstand during the NHRA Arizona Nationals and went through a wild ride in the second round of qualifying.
21 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Eric Bell
Eric Bell launched into a huge wheelstand during the second round of Comp Eliminator qualifying at the NHRA Arizona Nationals and crossed the centerline almost immediately after. Bell avoided the blocks, and opponent Don Bevers, but went through a…
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NHRA Arizona Nationals Saturday preview

The Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series continues its annual trip to the desert with the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix.
21 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Phoenix
The NHRA Arizona Nationals continues with Saturday qualifying in the Mello Yello series. Get all the information you need, including television broadcast time, qualifying times and how to get an NHRA.tv account. …
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Catch highlights from the 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman and Jeg Coughlin Jr. started the season with victories at the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com - we've got the video.
10 Feb 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Winternationals
A terrific weekend of racing wrapped up Sunday at the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest with some veteran racers in the winner's circle. We've got those highlights for you along with a handful of wild rides where…
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Doug Kalitta makes Top Fuel history with third straight Winternationals Top Fuel win

Doug Kalitta made Winternationals Top Fuel history with his third straight win at the season opener, a feat not even accomplished by six-time Pomona Top Fuel great Don Garlits.
09 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
With his final-round defeat of Austin Prock, Doug Kalitta made Winternationals Top Fuel history with his third straight win at the season opener, a feat not even accomplished by six-time Pomona Top Fuel great Don Garlits. Kalitta, who in addition…
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Jack Beckman collects first Winternationals Funny Car victory in Infinite Hero Dodge

Jack Beckman checked another box off of his career to-do list as the Southern Californian scored his first Funny Car victory at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, defeating John Force in the final round with low e.t. of the meet.
09 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman checked another box off of his career to-do list as the Southern Californian scored his first Funny Car victory at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, defeating John Force in the final round. Beckman, a two-time Winternationals Super…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. dominates 60th Winternationals to kick off 50th season of Pro Stock

Jeg Coughlin Jr. started his retirement tour with a dominant victory at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
09 Feb 2020
Josie Mandala, NHRA National Dragster Copy Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. announced his retirement on Saturday and won his 64th Pro Stock Wally on Sunday. The Elite Motorsports driver outran Jason Line, who also announced his retirement ahead of the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock, to win the 83rd Wally of…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss, Marc Gewertz, and Randy Anderson were all over Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to capture the action on and off the track at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
09 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
NHRA President Glen Cromwell, left, and Mello Yello's Mike Adams presented championship jackets to 2019 champs Robert Hight, Erica Enders, and Andrew Hines. Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence is not in attendance…
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Watch Ron Capps drive through explosion at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Ron Capps rode out a fiery pass at the 60th anniversary of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
09 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Ron Capps
The second round did not go as planned for the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat team. Ron Capps made a solid move to 60 feet but encountered problems down track and suffered an explosion as teammate Jack Beckman drove to the semifinals.…
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Watch the crews of Tommy Johnson Jr. and Clay Millican get to work between rounds

Tommy Johnson Jr. and Clay Millican secured first-round victories at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com - and then their crew members got to work.
09 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Every team chases four win lights on race day, but success in the first round means a lot of work on a quick turnaround for crew members. Tommy Johnson Jr. secured his first win of the season in his MD Anderson Cancer Center Dodge Charger SRT…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Sunday preview

The 60th anniversary of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals concludes with a 10 a.m. start at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
09 Feb 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Winternationals
The 60th running of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com begins the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season with a new 10 a.m. start. Get all the information you need, including television broadcast…
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Matt Hagan loses then quickly regains No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car

Minutes after losing their Friday qualifying lead to world champ Robert Hight, Matt Hagan and crew chief Dickie Venables regained the top spot on the final pass of Winternationals Funny Car qualifying to enter Sunday as the No. 1 qualifiers.
08 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
Minutes after losing their Friday qualifying lead to world champ Robert Hight, Matt Hagan and crew chief Dickie Venables regained the top spot on the final pass of Funny Car qualifying to enter Sunday as the No. 1 qualifiers. Hagan’s Friday Q1…
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Brittany Force blasts to a 3.65 for No. 1 spot in Winternationals Top Fuel qualifying

Brittany Force made a monster run -– literally -– on the final pass of Top Fuel qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, powering her David Grubnic-tuned Monster Energy dragster to a stout 3.657 to grab the No. 1 qualifying position.
08 Feb 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force made a monster run – literally – on the final pass of Top Fuel qualifying, powering her David Grubnic-tuned Monster Energy dragster to a stout 3.657 to grab the No. 1 qualifying position. Earlier in the day, both Force and Leah…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. earns 33rd pole at Winternationals to kick off final Pro Stock season

Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned all 12 bonus points at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals ProtectTheHarvest.com to start the 50th Pro Stock season off to a flying start.
08 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. announced his retirement Saturday morning. On Saturday night, The Natural earned the 33rd No. 1 qualifier of his career…
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