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Remembering Fuel Altered pioneer Leon Fitzgerald, Pro Stock's Sonny Bryant

Drag racing lost two more of its early pioneers this week with the passing of Fuel Altered racer Leon Fitzgerald and Pro Stock racer and crankshaft manufacturer Sonny Bryant.
14 Aug 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Insider
Drag racing lost two more of its early pioneers this week with the passing of Fuel Altered racer Leon Fitzgerald and Pro Stock racer and crankshaft manufacturer Sonny Bryant. Fitzgerald died early last week from an unreported cause while Bryant…
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There are no passengers in NHRA drag racing, there’s only crew

The racer’s crew. They’re as critical to a drag car as the engine. Every team’s success and failure can be traced back equally to the one person who gets in the car — as well as the ones who never do.
13 Aug 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Thank you NHRA crews
Rarely do we know all their names, but without the crews that drive the trucks, turn the wenches,  and tune the cars the sport of drag racing would never have become the powerful motorsport we know today. To the crews of the drag racing…
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After time to reflect, Ryan Oehler on his first NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle win


At the 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis, Ryan Oehler scored his first Mello Yello Drag Racing Series win, one that was 30 years in the making
13 Aug 2020
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Ryan Oehler NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

 
Ryan Oehler: Oh, it feels good. I've been hungry for a win. I haven't had a win and, uh, you know, professional drag racing in category since 2016. So that was coming up from the…
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Gremlins, breakage made for a crazy raceday for Tommy Johnson Jr. and crew

From an engine that wouldn't fire in the pits before eliminations to a broken main stud after round one, it was a wild day for Tommy Johnson Jr. and the MD Anderson Cancer Center Funny Car team at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
13 Aug 2020
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Tommy Johnson Jr.
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Funny Cars of the 1970s

The Funny Car class was born in the late 1960s and surged to popularity in the 1970s. Offering not just wild, tire-smoking action but also a variety of body styles cloaked in colorful paint jobs and memorable names, they quickly became fan favorites from coast to coast. 
12 Aug 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Gallery
When it comes to showmen, few were better or more loved than 'Jungle Jim' Liberman, whose wild driving antics and legions of fans made him a household name among drag racing fans in the late 1960s and 1970s before his passing in a highway accident in 1977. 16
The Funny Car class was born in the late 1960s and surged to popularity in the 1970s. Offering not just wild, tire-smoking action but also a variety of body styles cloaked in colorful paint jobs and memorable names, they quickly became fan favorites…
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Randal Andras wins second Top Fuel Harley title of 2020 season

Randal Andras scored his second win of the season in the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series, defeating Jay Turner Racing teammate Tii Tharpe in the final round of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
12 Aug 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Randal Andras
Randal Andras scored his second win of the season in the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series, defeating Jay Turner Racing teammate Tii Tharpe in the final round of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Andras, who also…
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NHRA community rallies around injured members following roadway incident

The outpouring of concern and sympathy from the NHRA community in the wake of Sunday evening’s roadway accident in Brownsburg, Ind., that severely injured NHRA competitors Dom Lagana, Richie Crampton, and Jake Sanders has been inspiring to the family and friends of the trio.
12 Aug 2020
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News
Lagana
The outpouring of concern and sympathy from the NHRA community in the wake of Sunday evening’s roadway accident in Brownsburg, Ind., that severely injured NHRA competitors Dom Lagana, Richie Crampton, and Jake Sanders has been inspiring to the…
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Best of NHRA in-car footage 2020

Witness the best of in-car camera footage from the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Ride along with Jack Beckman on the nose of his Funny Car, get a wing’s-eye-view of Leah Pruett’s Top Fuel dragster, and shift gears with Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr in their Pro Stock cars.
12 Aug 2020
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Best of NHRA in-car footage 2020
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Field of elite eight riders prepared for epic Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle

12 Aug 2020
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News
battle
At the upcoming Denso U.S. Nationals, one Pro Stock Motorcycle rider will walk away with $25,000 but earning it won’t be easy. In order to claim the windfall, a rider will have to outlast world-class competition in the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike…
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The Toyota “Hemi” you never knew about—until now!

In the 1960s, V-8 engines with hemispherical “Hemi” cylinder heads were the symbol of factory-engineered horsepower.
11 Aug 2020
David Kennedy
Racing Technology
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In the muscle car era, it seemed every manufacture was working on a hemispherical-combustion-chamber "Hemi" engine with centrally located spark plugs. From Pontiac to…
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Andrew Hines, race promoter Donald Long join Brian Lohnes on Insider Podcast

Andrew Hines and race promoter Donald "Duck" Long joined Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider to talk drag racing! Hines talks about the start of the 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle season, the upcoming Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle, and Long the history of his races.
11 Aug 2020
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Insider
Andrew Hines and Donald "Duck" Long joined Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider to talk drag racing! Hines talks about the start of the 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle season, the upcoming Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle to be…
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Pro Mod racers will earn points towards championship at all remaining events

As a result of the potentially reduced 2020 series schedule for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services, adjustments have been made to the series points structure.  
11 Aug 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pro Mod
As a result of the potentially reduced 2020 series schedule for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services, adjustments have been made to the series points structure.   Competitors will now earn points at all…
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Cottrell, Green, Padilla claim Nightfire Nationals wins at Boise Heritage event

Bobby Cottrell, Dusty Green, and Tom Padilla led the list of winners at Firebird Raceway's Nightfire Nationals, the third event of the 2020 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series.
10 Aug 2020
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Heritage Series
Bobby Cottrell and Bucky Austin Racing put their ’69 Camaro Funny Car in the Firebird Raceway winner’s circle despite a frustrating beginning to their race weekend. The team from Tacoma, Wash., did not find its groove until Saturday’s final…
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From No. 1 qualifier to Top Fuel runner-up: Follow Terry McMillen's Indy raceday

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.
10 Aug 2020
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Terry McMillen
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Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Cecil County Dragway has been canceled

NHRA officials have announced that the Lucas Oil Drag Racing series event scheduled on Aug. 14-16 at Cecil County Dragway has been cancelled for pandemic-related reasons.
10 Aug 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Division 1
NHRA officials have announced that the Lucas Oil Drag Racing series event scheduled on Aug. 14-16 at Cecil County Dragway has been cancelled for pandemic-related reasons.  
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NHRA Southern Nationals canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, scheduled for Aug. 28-30, has been canceled due the current COVID-19 pandemic. NHRA made this difficult decision after exhaustive deliberation with track representatives, health officials and government authorities.
10 Aug 2020
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Atlanta
The NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, scheduled for Aug. 28-30, has been canceled due the current COVID-19 pandemic. NHRA made this difficult decision after exhaustive deliberation with track representatives, health officials and…
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Jonathan Gray earns second career Pro Mod win with triumph at Indy

Jonathan Gray raced to his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory since 2017 on Sunday as at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
09 Aug 2020
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News
Pro Mod
Jonathan Gray raced to his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory since 2017 on Sunday as at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, slipping past Bo Butner in the final round as part of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals…
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Unofficial Mello Yello points standings

Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, race five of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
09 Aug 2020
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News
Points
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, race five of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Official points will be posted…
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Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was in action on and off the track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to capture highlights of the final day of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
09 Aug 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Reigning Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence was one of the stars of the fifth race of the 2020 NHRA season 47
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Steve Torrence takes home Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Top Fuel title

Steve Torrence’s drive to win a third-straight NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship got a kick-start after he wheeled his Capco Contractors dragster to a final round victory over low qualifier Terry McMillen at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
torrence
Steve Torrence’s drive to win a third-straight NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship got a kick-start after he wheeled his Capco Contractors dragster to a final round victory over low qualifier Terry McMillen at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals…
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Ron Capps gets back on the winning track with Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals victory

It may not be the Denso U.S. Nationals, which is the one title that has so far eluded him, but after more than two decades as a full-time pro, Ron Capps finally got to hold an NHRA Wally trophy from Lucas Oil Raceway.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
capps
It may not be the Denso U.S. Nationals, which is the one title that has so far eluded him, but after more than two decades as a full-time pro, Ron Capps finally got to hold an NHRA Wally trophy from Lucas Oil Raceway. After struggling with back-to-…
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Jeg Jr. schools Troy Jr. in historic all-Coughlin Pro Stock final at Indy

As he prepares to leave the Pro Stock class at the end of the 2020 season, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has spent a lot of time grooming his nephew, Troy Jr., to be his successor in the factory hot rod class but the five-time champion clearly isn’t yet ready to abdicate his throne.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
jeg
As he prepares to leave the Pro Stock class at the end of the 2020 season, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has spent a lot of time grooming his nephew, Troy Jr., to be his successor in the factory hot rod class but the five-time champion clearly isn’t yet ready to…
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Angelle Sampey gets career win No. 43 in Pro Stock Motorcycle; first on a Harley-Davidson

Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Angelle Sampey gave herself a present she could have only dreamed of when she won her long awaited 43rd Pro Stock Motorcycle title at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
angelle
Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Angelle Sampey gave herself a present she could have only dreamed of when she won her long awaited 43rd Pro Stock Motorcycle title at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil. For Sampey, the…
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News and notes from the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil

There's a lot happening this weekend at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Keep up with the latest in our news and notes section.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
carr
When Pro Mod racers Chad Green and Jason Scruggs squared off in the second round of qualifying on Saturday, it gave Indy fans a chance to see a preview of the upcoming final round from the rain delayed Lucas Oil NHRA…
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NHRA’s new two-round qualifying format has made life interesting for Ron Capps

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.
09 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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capps
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…
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Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Sunday Preview

Terry McMillen, Tommy Johnson Jr., Jason Line, and Matt Smith lead their respective fields into final eliminations at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
08 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
line
The Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, the third-straight event contested at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, continues on Sunday with final eliminations for racers in a host of classes including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and…
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Terry McMillen takes first career pole; Tommy Johnson Jr., Jason Line, and Matt Smith also lead their fields in Indy

Professional qualifying is complete at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil where Terry McMillen, Tommy Johnson Jr., Jason Line, and Matt Smith emerged as the low qualifiers in their respective Pro classes.
08 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
mcmillen
Following Saturday’s two qualifying runs at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis, the fields are set for the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Terry McMillen and Tommy Johnson Jr. emerged as the low qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car,…
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Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals Saturday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was in action on and off the track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to capture highlights of the opening day of qualifying for the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
08 Aug 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
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Hector Arana Sr. takes a break from Pro Stock Motorcycle, but no, he’s not retired

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.
08 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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arana
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…
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Pro Mod still on Alex Laughlin’s radar, but for now he’s all-in on 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.
08 Aug 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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laughlin
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…
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