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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the 2024 NHRA Northwest Nationals

Go behind the scenes with the winners of the NHRA Northwest Nationals as they celebrate with their teams and accept congratulations from their defeated final-round opponents.
24 Jul 2024
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the 2024 NHRA Northwest Nationals
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Watch the Division 1 Lucas Oil Series event from Numidia free on NHRA.tv

NHRA fans can watch the Division 1 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events from Numidia Dragway for free starting Thursday on NHRA.tv.
24 Jul 2024
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Division 1
NHRA fans can watch the Division 1 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events from Numidia Dragway for free starting Thursday on NHRA.tv. Presenting sponsors of NHRA.tv Sportsman coverage from Numidia are Moser, Strange, A.R.T., and Comp Products…
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Nightfire Nationals Heritage Series event returns to Firebird Aug. 2-4

Idaho’s largest motorsports event, the 53rd annual Nightfire Nationals presented by Bi-Mart returns to Firebird Raceway on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 2-4.
24 Jul 2024
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Nightfire Nationals
Idaho’s largest motorsports event, the 53rd annual Nightfire Nationals presented by Bi-Mart returns to Firebird Raceway on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 2-4.   The track’s “signature Nitro event” will feature an impressive field of AA/Funny Cars, AA/…
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In Memoriam

24 Jul 2024
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In Memoriam
Recent passings of notable figures from within the NHRA world. The NHRA extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of those we have lost. Notices of passing can be sent to nhra@nhra.com.…
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Top Fuel’s Steve Torrence looks to keep rolling in Wine Country

Steve Torrence received as good of a sign as any last weekend in Seattle that things are coming together at a perfect time, racing to his first Top Fuel victory of the year. Now, the goal is to keep that momentum rolling at this weekend’s Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
24 Jul 2024
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Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence received as good of a sign as any last weekend in Seattle that things are coming together at a perfect time, racing to his first Top Fuel victory of the year. Now, the goal is to keep that momentum rolling at this weekend’s 36th…
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Action-packed Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals ready to roll this weekend

As the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series regular season begins to wind down, the tour moves to scenic Sonoma Raceway for the 36th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
24 Jul 2024
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NHRA Sonoma Nationals
As the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series regular season begins to wind down, the tour moves to scenic Sonoma Raceway for the 36th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Last year, Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), J.R. Todd (Funny Car), and Gaige…
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Tony Pedregon explains the combustion cycle of a 12,000-hp nitro Hemi

NHRA on FOX's Tony Pedregon delves into the mechanics of nitromethane-fueled Hemi engines and the potential disasters of losing 1,400-hp from misfiring cylinders.
23 Jul 2024
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Nitro Hemi NHRA
In this NHRA on FOX segment, Tony Pedregon dives into the intricacies of the four-stroke combustion cycle of a nitromethane-burning Hemi engine. He explains the process in which air and fuel mix, compress, ignite, and exhaust through each of the…
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From Shirley Shahan to Maddi Gordon: A history of NHRA's 100 female winners

In 1966, Shirley Shahan became the first woman to win an NHRA national event; nearly six decades later, Maddi Gordon became the 100th winner with her victory in Top Alcohol Funny Car in Seattle. Here's a historic look back at the road to 100 female winners.
23 Jul 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
A history of NHRA's 100 female winners
Maddi Gordon’s Top Alcohol Funny Car victory at the NHRA Northwest Nationals made her the 100th different female racer to hoist an NHRA national event Wally, an incredible milestone even for a sport that prides itself on diversity. Those 100…
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John Force released from hospital and into outpatient care

NHRA Funny Car legend John Force was discharged Tuesday from Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona and will continue outpatient therapy closer to home as he continues to recover from his June 23 racing accident.
23 Jul 2024
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John Force
NHRA Funny Car legend John Force was discharged Tuesday from Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona, where he had been undergoing rehab for a traumatic brain injury following his racing accident June 23 at the NHRA national event in Virginia.…
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Weekend Rewind: NHRA Northwest Nationals

The NHRA Northwest Nationals kicked off the stretch run of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series regular season with a drama-filled event at Pacific Raceways. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable moments.
23 Jul 2024
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Weekend Rewind
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Sleepless in Seattle and Surging Toward Sonoma

In this week's edition of the NHRA Insider podcast, host Brian Lohnes gets you caught up on the major stories coming out of the Northwest Nationals and leading right into this weekend's Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
23 Jul 2024
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NHRA Insider
  In this week's edition of the NHRA Insider, host Brian Lohnes gets you caught up on the major stories coming out of the NHRA Northwest Nationals and leading right into this weekend's Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals. A hectic travel week…
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Grisel, Gordon lead Sportsman winners at NHRA Northwest Nationals

In addition to the Mission Food Drag Racing Series action at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, 10 winners were also crowned in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition at Pacific Raceways, including first-time winner Casey Grisel.
23 Jul 2024
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Casey Grisel
In addition to the Mission Food Drag Racing Series action at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, 10 winners were also crowned in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition at Pacific Raceways. Casey Grisel scored his long-awaited first national event win…
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Steve Johnson will make history with landmark 500th Pro Stock Motorcycle race

This weekend at the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Steve Johnson will go where no other Pro Stock Motorcycle racer has gone before when he makes his 500th career race.
23 Jul 2024
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Steve Johnson
This weekend at the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Steve Johnson will go where no other Pro Stock Motorcycle racer has gone before when he makes his 500th career race. Very few NHRA Pros make 500 races in a career, and that mark is unheard of in…
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Eight star riders set for GETTRX NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout

Featuring a host of world champions and standout riders, the eight-bike field is set for this weekend’s GETTRX NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout at the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.  
22 Jul 2024
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GETTRX NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout
Featuring a host of world champions and standout riders, the eight-bike field is set for this weekend’s GETTRX NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout, with the specialty race grabbing the spotlight as part of the 36th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma…
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Ron Capps explosive pass at 2024 NHRA Northwest Nationals

The 2022 Funny Car champion showcased his unparalleled driving skills and resilience at the 2024 NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, WA, during a heart-stopping round one of competition.
22 Jul 2024
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Ron Capps explosive pass at 2024 NHRA Northwest Nationals
The Pacific Raceways in Kent, known for its challenging conditions, provided the backdrop for what turned out to be a dramatic and unforgettable moment in NHRA history. Capps' engine erupted in a spectacular explosion after the car lost traction,…
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Five things we learned at the NHRA Northwest Nationals

The NHRA Northwest Nationals went into the books with a ton of drama and a couple of splashes of history for a race that few will forget. Here’s a look at our five big takeaways from the race.
22 Jul 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Five things we learned at the NHRA Northwest Nationals
The NHRA Northwest Nationals went into the books with a ton of drama and a couple of splashes of history for a race that few will forget. Here’s a look at our five big takeaways from the race. NO ONE CAN WIN FOREVER It was…
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Unofficial Mission Foods points standings

Unofficial points standings following the completion of the NHRA Northwest Nationals, the 11th race of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.
21 Jul 2024
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Points
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the NHRA Northwest Nationals, the 11th race of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season. Official points will be posted…
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Prock wins again; Torrence, Coughlin, and Van Sant share Seattle victory stage

Funny Car points leader Austin Prock powered to his fourth win of the season at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Chase Van Sant (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won at the event.
21 Jul 2024
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Winners
Funny Car points leader Austin Prock powered to his fourth win of the season for John Force Racing on Sunday at Pacific Raceways, defeating first-time finalist Paul Lee in the final round of the 35th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals. Steve…
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Maddi Gordon becomes 100th female winner in NHRA national event history

With her victory in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, Madison Gordon became the milestone 100th female racer to win an NHRA national event.
21 Jul 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Maddi Gordon
With her victory in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, Maddi Gordon became the milestone 100th female racer to win an NHRA national event. Gordon, the 20-year-old daughter of recently retired three-time world champion Doug…
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NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday photo gallery

The National Dragster photographers were all over Pacific Raceways on the final day of the NHRA Northwest Nationals, capturing all of the action on and off the racetrack.
21 Jul 2024
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Ron Capps rides out wild first-round explosion at Northwest Nationals

During the first round of Funny Car eliminations on Sunday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, Ron Capps’ car suffered an engine explosion, striking the right wall, crossing the centerline and hitting the left wall before coming to a stop. 
21 Jul 2024
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Ron Capps
During the first round of Funny Car eliminations on Sunday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, Ron Capps’ car suffered an engine explosion, striking the right wall, crossing the centerline and hitting the left wall before coming to…
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Sunday News & Notes from the NHRA Northwest Nationals

News, notes, quotes, video, and photos from the final day of the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways outside of Seattle. (Updated throughout the day).
21 Jul 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Sunday News & Notes
UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY (Latest posts) With an early 10:30 a.m. start,  the teams seem excited to run in the cooler conditions after two days of midafternoon heat. There's a spotty chance of…
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NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday preview

It’s Raceday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals and with just this event and three more remaining in the regular season, wins today may have big implications for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs that start in mid-September.
21 Jul 2024
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NHRA Northwest Nationals
It’s Raceday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals and with just this event and three more remaining in the regular season, wins today may have big implications for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs that start in mid-September. The big…
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Hodge Repeats, Stack Brothers Double Up At JDRL Eastern Conference Finals

Easton Hodge earned a second straight title, and the Stack brothers – Eli and James Jr. – shared the winner’s circle at the NHRA Right Trailers Eastern Conference Finals presented by MikeBosRacing.com at Bristol Dragway.
20 Jul 2024
Candida Benson, Jr. Dragster Contributor
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Easton Hodge
Mother Nature delayed the completion of the NHRA Right Trailers Eastern Conference Finals presented by MikeBosRacing.com, pushing final eliminations into the night, but it was well worth the wait with several great storylines unfolding as the race…
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Prock continues to rock with No. 1 spot, Mission Challenge win in Seattle

Funny Car points leader Austin Prock continued to impress in qualifying, clinching his eighth No. 1 qualifier in the first 11 races at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock), and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1.
20 Jul 2024
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Austin Prock
Funny Car points leader Austin Prock stayed red-hot in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge at Pacific Raceways, winning his fourth straight specialty race and fifth this season for John Force Racing on Saturday as part of the 35th annual NHRA…
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Saturday News & Notes from the NHRA Northwest Nationals

News, notes, quotes, video, and photos from the second day of the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways outside of Seattle. (Updated throughout the day).
20 Jul 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Saturday News & Notes
UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY (Latest posts) After more than 90 minutes of unscheduled track maintenance on the left lane, we're finally ready to kick off the third qualifying session, but we'll be starting with Top Fuel…
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NHRA Northwest Nationals Saturday photo gallery

The National Dragster photographers were all over Pacific Raceways on the second day of the NHRA Northwest Nationals, capturing all of the action on and off the racetrack.
20 Jul 2024
NHRA National Dragster staff
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When it comes to first career wins, the Northwest Nationals has been the place

The NHRA Northwest Nationals has been home to some career firsts, including initial career wins by Ron Capps, Austin Prock, and Shawn Langdon. Here's just a few of the most memorable first wins at Pacific Raceways.
20 Jul 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Seattle wins
Pacific Raceways, home of the NHRA Northwest nationals, bills itself as "The Place To Race," but also could well be "the place to race to first wins" as it has been home to some career firsts, including initial career wins by Ron Capps, Austin Prock…
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NHRA Northwest Nationals Saturday preview

Day two of the 2024 NHRA Northwest Nationals will set the final fields for Sunday’s final eliminations in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series and also whittle down the competitors in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series as we head towards Raceday.
20 Jul 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
NHRA Northwest Nationals
Day two of the 2024 NHRA Northwest Nationals will set the final fields for Sunday’s final eliminations in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series and also whittle down the competitors in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series as we head towards Sunday…
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NHRA Pro Stock champ Erica Enders nominated for Texas Sports Hall of Fame

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee has nominated six-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders to their 2025 primary ballot.
20 Jul 2024
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 Erica Enders
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee has nominated six-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders to their 2025 primary ballot. Enders, a Houston native, has been competing in drag racing since she was eight-years-old. With 50…
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