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The story of the first Gatornationals Top Fuel win, from the inside

Dave Chenevert was the first Gatornationals Top Fuel winner way back in 1970 and the first of 30 different drivers to win Top Fuel at Gainesville Raceway. Relive that wild weekend from the memory of one of his teenage crewmembers, Fred Mooneyham, himself a future Top Fuel driver.
22 Mar 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Gainesville
With his back-to-back victories at the 2018 and ’19 events, Richie Crampton became the 49th and 50th Top Fuel winners in Gatornationals history, but does anyone remember the first? Former Top Fuel driver Fred Mooneyham does, because he was…
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Latest issue of NHRA National Dragster now online (Vol. 60 No. 5)

NHRA National Dragster magazine's fifth issue of 2019, featuring a special salute to the magazine's 60th anniversary, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world.
21 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
ND cover
NHRA National Dragster magazine's fifth issue of 2019, featuring a special salute to the magazine's 60th anniversary, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world. The event tribute includes a…
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Sampey upgraded to full season with Vance & Hines Harley team

Three-time world champ Angelle Sampey will now race in all 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events with the Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson team.
21 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
angelle
For Angelle Sampey, what started as a four-race showcase with the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team has now become a full-season pursuit of a fourth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. Longtime rivals, Sampey joined the…
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Behind the Visor: Why Blake Alexander went back to Funny Car

Blake Alexander shocked the drag racing world when he announced his departure from Bob Vandergriff Racing to buy a Funny Car team. Here's why he did it.
20 Mar 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Behind the Visor
Blake Alexander
Blake Alexander shocked the drag racing world when he announced his departure from Bob Vandergriff Racing. He later announced a big move: the purchase of Brian Stewart’s Funny Car operation. Alexander returned to Funny Car by qualifying for the…
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Houston Raceway Park to host Division 4 Texas Sportsman Challenge

Houston Raceway Park will host the NHRA South Central Division race of the 2019 season on March 23-24 with the NHRA Texas Sportsman Challenge. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships.
20 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Division 4
Houston Raceway Park will host the NHRA South Central Division race of the 2019 season on March 23-24 with the NHRA Texas Sportsman Challenge. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and…
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Bob and the boys: A roundtable interview with Bob Vandergriff Racing

Bob Vandergriff Jr. was joined by drivers Jordan Vandergriff, Shawn Reed and Josh Hart for a four-way interview on Sunday of the recent Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
20 Mar 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Feature
Bob Vandergriff Jr.
Bob Vandergriff Racing will field entries for three Top Fuel drivers this season, with Jordan Vandergriff, Shawn Reed, and Josh Hart taking the controls of the twin BVR dragsters at varying points throughout the season. Bob Vandergriff Jr.,…
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The Sports Report: Night moves

Under the lights on Saturday night, NHRA’s best sportsman racers chased Gainesville glory at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals.
20 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
shipp
It might not have been exactly what the event planners had in mind, but when sportsman eliminations for the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals were moved to Saturday evening, it made for an electric atmosphere, especially for those who…
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WFO Radio: Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals recap

20 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
WFO
This week on the WFO Radio NHRA Nitro Podcast, NHRA's Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals by giving their top moments in each eliminator. …
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Legendary NHRA broadcaster Dave McClelland reminisces, reflects on NHRA racing

NHRA broadcasters Lewis Bloom and Brian Lohnes welcomed legendary NHRA broadcaster Dave McClelland into the Wally Parks Studio via Skype to reminisce about the past and discuss the future of NHRA Drag Racing.
19 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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Beau Layne captures second-straight Top Fuel Harley win

Beau Layne leads the Top Fuel Harley points after winning his second-straight race in the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley series. He rode to victory by taking down Bob Malloy.
19 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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A record-breaking weekend for female racers at the 50th annual Gatornationals

Megan Meyer, who earned the Top Alcohol Dragster Wally at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, was part of a record-breaking weekend for female racers at the event. A record-breaking eight women competed in Pro Stock Motorcycle alone.
19 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Megan Meyer
A record-tying 11 women competed in professional categories at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, and a record-setting eight battled it out in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Women also captured titles in the Top Alcohol Dragster and Stock…
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Fast Five: Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

NHRA reporters Lewis Bloom and Amanda Busick recap the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with the Fast Five
18 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Fast Five
Fast Five
NHRA reporters Lewis Bloom and Amanda Busick recap the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with the Fast Five. Some of the top moments include the Factory Stock Showdown win by Drew Skillman, Richie Crampton's back-to-back Top Fuel triumphs in…
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Power Rankings: Jeg Coughlin, Eddie Krawiec new leaders in Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle

Steve Torrence, Robert Hight dominate Top Fuel and Funny Car following Gatornationals while Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Eddie Krawiec take the lead in naturally aspirated classes.
18 Mar 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Power Rankings
Power Rankings
The 2019 season passed the 1/8th mark at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals and brought some things into tighter focus. Steve Torrence went without a Wally for the third consecutive race but continues to lead the Top Fuel Power Rankings…
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Tutterow wins Pro Mod season opener at Gainesville Raceway

It was a final round for the record books today at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals between E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by Hoosier Tire and Jerry Bickel Race Cars racers Todd Tutterow and Steve Jackson. 
17 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pro Mod
It was a final round for the record books today at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals between E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by Hoosier Tire and Jerry Bickel Race Cars racers Todd Tutterow and Steve Jackson.…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday Photo Gallery

Sights and scenes from an epic final day of the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
Sights and scenes from an epic final day of the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.   The Darrell Gwynn “Track Walk for those who can’t” attracted a large number of NHRA pro racers including current Mello Yello…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Sunday results: Final

After celebrating his fiancee Randi Lynn Shipp's Stock Eliminator win on Saturday night, Bo Butner goes the distance in Pro Stock on Sunday for his second win of the season.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Bo Butner never really contemplated retiring from drag racing, but he did briefly consider leaving the Pro Stock class. At this point, his rivals would likely support that decision. Butner, the 2017 Mello Yello Pro Stock champion, won for the second…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Sunday results: Final

Richie Crampton scored his second straight Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals victory, stopping Clay Millican in the final round with a holeshot effort.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Richie Crampton
Richie Crampton scored his second straight Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals victory, stopping Clay Millican in the final round with a holeshot effort. Crampton’s DHL machine left first, .042 to 058, and stayed ahead of Millican’s Parts Plus…
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Gainesville Funny Car Sunday results: Final

Robert Hight won for the second time in three races this season to build upon his points lead, defeating Tim Wilkerson, whose mount faltered just off the starting line.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight won for the second time in three races this season to build upon his points lead, defeating Tim Wilkerson, whose mount faltered just off the starting line. Hight’s win was also his fourth in the past eight years at the Gatornationals…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: Final

Andrew Hines extracts revenge on Harley-Davidson teammate Eddie Krawiec with a dominating win at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Going an entire season without a win clearly didn't sit well with five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines so he decided to do something about it. In one of the most inspired performances of his career, Hines earned his 49th career win…
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Skillman prevails in epic Factory Stock Showdown battle

Fresh out of Pro Stock, Drew Skillman wasted no time finding the winner’s circle in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Factory stock
Weary of sleepless nights and anxiety-filled days in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class, Drew Skillman has traded those for well, the same ultra-competitive atmosphere that now permeates the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown. Accompanied by his…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: Semifinals

For the third-straight year, Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec will meet to decide the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals Pro Stock Motorcycle final.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Andrew Hines is one round away from ending a winless drought that goes back more than a year. The problem is that in order to do it, he'll have to go through his Harley-Davidson teammate, Eddie Krawiec, who hasn't lost a round in Gainesville since…
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Gainesville Funny Car Sunday results: Semifinals

Tim Wilkerson will have the chance to win the Gatornationals for the second time, but he’ll have to climb a tall hurdle in Robert Hight to get it done.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson will have the chance to win the Gatornationals for the second time, but he’ll have to climb a tall hurdle in Robert Hight to get it done. Wilk ran his second straight 3.8-second pass, a 3.896 to beat Jack Beckman and even their head…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Sunday results: Semifinals

Bo Butner and Alex Laughlin will race for the Pro Stock title at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Bo Butner advanced to his second final round of the year in Pro Stock and he needed only an 8.10 E.T. to do it. Butner got a free pass after low qualifier Rodger Brogdon left before the Tree was activited and red-lighted. Butner will attempt to join…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Sunday results: Semifinals

Clay Millican and Richie Crampton will face off in the Top Fuel final in Gainesville after advancing through the final-four pairing with victories over Doug Kalitta and T.J. Zizzo.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Clay Millican
The Clay Millican-Mike Kloeber reunion is already paying dividends in their third race together after a long break as the Tennessean will compete for the Gatornationals title after beating Doug Kalitta. Millican’s run was in peril early when his…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: E2

Three of the top four qualifiers advanced to the semifinals or Pro Stock Motorcycle, but Matt Smith wasn't one of them.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
eddiek
Three of the top four qualifiers advanced to the semifinals or Pro Stock Motorcycle, but Matt Smith wasn't one of them. The reigning world champ's Denso EBR sat silent on the starting line while opponent Joey Gladstone blasted to the semifinals.…
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Gainesville Funny Car Sunday results: E2

Jack Beckman beat his teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. by just .007-second on a holeshot to advance to the semifinals for the second time this season.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman beat his teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. by just .007-second on a holeshot to advance to the semifinals for the second time this season. Beckman’s 3.898 beat Johnson’s 3.892 thanks to a .063 to 069 reaction-time advantage. Low qualifier…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Sunday results: E2

T.J. Zizzo, who surprised everyone by qualifying low on Friday, dropped more jaws with his wheelstanding Rust-Oleium dragster when he dropped low qualifier Brittany Force on a holeshot to reach his second career semifinal.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
TJ Zizzo
T.J. Zizzo, who surprised everyone by qualifying low on Friday, dropped more jaws with his wheelstanding Rust-Oleium dragster when he dropped low qualifier Brittany Force on a holeshot to reach his second career semifinal. Zizzo’s 3.764 beat…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Sunday results: E2

Thirty years after his first and only Pro Stock win in Gainesville, Kenny Delco returns to the semifinals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
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Kenny Delco, the 1990 Gatornationals Pro Stock champ, reached the semifinals for the 12th time in his career following a 6.555 to 6.610 win against Shane Tucker in an action packed quarterfinal round. Delco’s path to the final round will go through…
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Crampton, Hight, Butner, and Hines strike gold at 50th Amalie Gatornationals

The 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals was an historic event with Richie Crampton, Robert Hight, Bo Butner, and Andrew Hines earning hard-fought pro titles.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Winners
As the winners of the historic 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Richie Crampton, Robert Hight, Bo Butner, and Andrew Hines are now the proud owners of a special edition gold Wally trophy.  Crampton won in Gainesville for the…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: E1

Pro Stock Motorcycle season offically kicks off; favorites, Hines, Krawiec, Smith, and Arana Jr. advance to round two.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
arana
Andrew Hines is still looking for his first 200-mph run, but he managed to open the new season with a round win over Cory Reed. Hines, the low qualifier, set the pace in round one with a 6.781 to hold off Cory Reed’s EBR. Reigning Mello Yello world…
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