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Mike Janis has sights set on title run heading to Texas Motorplex event

Each race during the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season has gotten progressively better for former world champion Mike Janis, pushing him into the points lead in the ultra-competitive class.
29 Sep 2020
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Mike Janis
Each race during the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season has gotten progressively better for former world champion Mike Janis, pushing him into the points lead in the ultra-competitive class. Based on his most recent result…
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Texas Motorplex will host Friday Night Live Oct. 16 to fire up NHRA FallNationals fans

To celebrate 35 years of world-class motorsports entertainment, the Texas Motorplex will be hosting Friday Night Live on Oct. 16 during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. 
29 Sep 2020
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Texas Motorplex
To celebrate 35 years of world-class motorsports entertainment, the Texas Motorplex will be hosting Friday Night Live on Oct. 16 during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.  Over the years, the drag racing super-track has hosted stunt shows,…
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Cody Savage named new NHRA Southeast Division Director

Former Division 2 Services Coordinator Cody Savage has been named the NHRA’s Southeast Division Director (Division 2), serving NHRA member tracks in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Puerto Rico. 
29 Sep 2020
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Division 2
Former Division 2 Services Coordinator Cody Savage has been named the NHRA’s Southeast Division Director (Division 2), serving NHRA member tracks in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Puerto Rico. …
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Championship drama, wide variety of classes will thrill AAA FallNationals fans

The NHRA AAA Texas FallNationals, Oct. 14-18 at Texas Motorplex, is one of the last four races of the NHRA Mello Yello Series season and this year, and along with the traditional playoff atmosphere, the event will feature additional classes.
29 Sep 2020
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Texas Motorplex
The NHRA AAA Texas FallNationals, Oct. 14-18 at Texas Motorplex, is one of the last four races of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season and this year, and along with the traditional playoff atmosphere and title hopes are on the line, the…
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Torrence family will bring dominance back home for AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

It’s been a dominant stretch for the Torrence family at Texas Motorplex, and the father-son Top Fuel duo hope to keep it going at the upcoming 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Oct. 14-18.
29 Sep 2020
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Steve Torrence
It’s been a dominant stretch for the Torrence family at Texas Motorplex, the family’s home track in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and the successful father-son Top Fuel duo hope to keep it going in 2020. They will have an opportunity for…
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Texas Motorplex will honor military, first responders with ticket offers, special guests

Texas Motorplex will once again offer members of the active or retired military, government employees and first responders a variety of ticket discounts during the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Oct. 14-18.
29 Sep 2020
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Texas Motorplex
This year during the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, the Texas Motorplex will once again offer members of the active or retired military, government employees and first responders a variety of ticket discounts to the NHRA national event.…
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Steve Matusek discusses his U.S. Nationals Pro Mod crash, safety-violation fine

NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series driver Steve Matusek discusses with NHRA on FOX's Bruno Massel what he has learned from his crash at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals and the subsequent fine he received from NHRA.
28 Sep 2020
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Randal Andras does it again -- scores fifth win of 2020 season in Gainesville

Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley points leader Randal Andras scored his fifth win in sixth starts this season, defeating Chris Smith in the final round of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
27 Sep 2020
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Randal Andras
Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley points leader Randal Andras scored his fifth win in sixth starts this season, defeating Chris Smith in the final round of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
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Rickie Smith claims first win of 2020 E3 Pro Mod season at Gainesville

On a special weekend that saw him share the winner’s circle with his son, Matt, multi-time world champ Rickie Smith raced to his first win of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals.
27 Sep 2020
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Rickie Smith
On a special weekend that saw him share the winner’s circle with his son, Matt, multi-time world champ Rickie Smith raced to his first win of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season on Sunday, beating Mike Janis in the final…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday Photo Gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was all over Gainesville Raceway Sunday as the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals raced to its conclusion.
27 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Matt Smith goes wire to wire for 25th career Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

There is parity throughout almost every professional class in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series but occasionally, some racers are capable of dominant performances. Matt Smith is one of those racers and his latest victory at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals will go down as one of his most impressive performances.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smith win
There is parity throughout almost every professional class in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series but occasionally, some racers are capable of dominant performances. Matt Smith is one of those racers and his latest victory at the Amalie Motor…
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Rain claims Sportsman final rounds at Gainesville Raceway; Bellemeur wins TAFC

With the exception of Top Alcohol Funny Car, which was won by reigning world champion Sean Bellemeur, rain claimed the final rounds of Lucas Oil Sportsman racing, including the the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown, at Gainesville Raceway.
27 Sep 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Sean Bellemeur
With the exception of Top Alcohol Funny Car, which was won by reigning world champion Sean Bellemeur, rain claimed the final rounds of Lucas Oil Sportsman racing and the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown at Gainesville Raceway during the Amalie…
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Unofficial Mello Yello points standings

Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, race seven of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
27 Sep 2020
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Points
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, race seven of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Official points will be posted here…
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Alex Laughlin avenges last year’s final and gets first Pro Stock win of season

Other than a semifinal finish in Phoenix, Alex Laughlin hasn’t had much to cheer about this season in Pro Stock but he was able to put the slow start behind him in Gainesville by beating Aaron Stanfield in a final round match-up between Elite Performance teammates.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
alex
Other than a semifinal finish in Phoenix, Alex Laughlin hasn’t had much to cheer about this season in Pro Stock but he was able to put the slow start behind him in Gainesville by beating Aaron Stanfield in a final-round match-up between Elite…
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Ron Capps spins, then wins in wild Funny Car battle; extends DSR win streak

It took two race cars to do it, but Ron Capps extended the Don Schumacher Racing win streak in the Funny Car class to ten races following his final round win over Tim Wilkerson at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
capps win
It took two race cars to do it, but Ron Capps extended the Don Schumacher Racing win streak in the Funny Car class to ten races following his final round win over Tim Wilkerson at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Celebrating crew chief Rahn…
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Steve Torrence honors 'Big Daddy,' then tops father Billy in all-Capco Top Fuel final

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits didn’t lose many races during his Hall of Fame driving career and he was just about unstoppable at Gainesville Raceway, his home track. Reigning and two-time Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence provided a not-so-subtle reminder of Garlits’ Gatornationals on Sunday at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals when he drove to his 39th career victory
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
torrence win
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits didn’t lose many races during his Hall of Fame driving career and he was just about unstoppable at Gainesville Raceway, his home track. Reigning and two-time Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence provided a not-so-subtle…
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Cobra Jet Sunday match race—This round goes to the supercharged V8

In 2020 Ford Performance is leveraging the NHRA’s quarter-mile laboratory to prove out what its high-performance vehicles [gas and electric] are capable of.
27 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Cobra Jet Sunday match race—This round goes to the supercharged V8
To catch all the action of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your tickets…
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Cobra Jet 1400 tech talk with its two test pilots: Pat McCue and Bob Tasca III

Pat McCue and Bob Tasca III talk about the world’s quickest electric-powered-door-car, the Ford Performance Cobra Jet 1400, in the staging lanes of the 2020 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
27 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Cobra Jet 1400 tech talk with its two test pilots
To catch all the action of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your tickets…
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Sunday News and Notes from the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

News and notes from the final day of eliminations at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
delco
This is the first time the Gatornationals have been held in September but contrary to popular opinion, the event has not always been held in March. The inaugural Gatornationals in 1970 was held on Feb. 13-15, just two weeks after the traditional…
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Ryan Oehler willing to go the extra mile (or 200) to ensure Gainesville success

For the first time in his career, Ryan Oehler is in contention for the Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship and he’s determined to do everything possible to make that a reality. That mentality helps explain why Oeher and his crew would load their spare bike into the back of a pick up truck on Saturday night and make a 220 mile round trip drive to Orlando Speed World Dragway just to break in a couple of Mickey Thompson tires.
27 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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oehler
For the first time in his career, Ryan Oehler is in contention for the Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship and he’s determined to do everything possible to make that a reality. That mentality helps explain why Oeher and his crew would load…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday Preview

Clay Millican, Matt Hagan, Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith qualified No. 1 on Saturday and will now try to finish the job by winning the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
27 Sep 2020
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kramer
Following a very active day of qualifying that featured a lot of shuffling and bumping among NHRA’s top four pro divisions, the stage is set for an epic finish to the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Following a six month delay due…
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Clay Millican, Matt Hagan, Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith lead Gainesville qualifying

Six months later than anticipated, NHRA’s pro racers have returned to historic Gainesville Raceway to take care of unfinished business at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Following Saturday’s two qualifying runs, Clay Millican, Matt Hagan, Deric Kramer, and Matt Smith have qualified in the top spot in their respective Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories.
26 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
clay
Six months later than anticipated, NHRA’s pro racers have returned to historic Gainesville Raceway to take care of unfinished business at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Following Saturday’s two qualifying runs, Clay Millican,…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Saturday Photo Gallery

Six months after the pandemic shutdown, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing returned to Gainesville Raceway for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, and NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was there to chronicle Saturday's action.
26 Sep 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
Chris Roe, Top Dragster, is part of the field as racing resumed in Gainesville after a six-month break 49
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Factory Stock Showdown qualifying from the Gatornationals—See every Saturday run!

Watch Saturday's qualifying session of the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the 2020  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
26 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
Race coverage
Factory Stock
  See Detailed Results of Saturday's Factory Stock Showdown HERE…
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A championship contender? Matt Hartford certainly believes he is

Following his runner-up finish at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, Matt Hartford feels he’s very much in the running for the 2020 Mello Yello Pro Stock world championship.
26 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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hartford
The math is daunting; 162 points in five races, but Matt Hartford still firmly believes he can win the 2020 Mello Yello Pro Stock championship. Hartford’s endless optimism is fueled in large part by his recent run to the final round of the Denso…
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Gas vs electric Cobra Jet Mustangs at Gatornationals, testing Ford’s latest technology—See who won!

In 2020 Ford Performance is leveraging the NHRA’s quarter-mile laboratory to prove out what its high-performance vehicles [gas and electric] are capable of.
26 Sep 2020
David Kennedy
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Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 at 2020 NHRA Gatornationals
At the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, Funny Car competitors (and old friends) Bob Tasca III and Tony Pedregon match raced electric and supercharged V8 Ford Mustang Cobra Jets. The all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 (which actually makes…
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Stevens, Smith take victories at SRCA Dragstrip hosts Division 5 Lucas Oil race

James Stevens and Kyle Smith scored alcohol-class victories as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division was in action at SRCA Dragstrip.
26 Sep 2020
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Division 5
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at SRCA Dragstrip: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.355, 271.90  def. Aaron Cooper,…
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Aragona Jr., Jewell, and Oakes lead Division 1 winners at Maple Grove Raceway

Frank Aragona Jr., Larry Jewell, and Shane Oakes were among those claiming Monday victories at the rain-delayed NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast Division event at Maple Grove Raceway
26 Sep 2020
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Division 1
The following are Monday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Maple Grove Raceway: COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '19 Ken Keir, J/AA, 4.688, 146.73  …
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Aragona, Worner, Kenny, Olt collect rain-delayed JEGS SPORTSnationals victories

Frank Aragona Jr,, Bryan Worner, Jason Kenny, and Walter Olt collected victories in the rain-delayed JEGS SPORTSnationals at New England Dragway, which were completed in conjunction with the Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway.
25 Sep 2020
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Frank Aragona
Four final rounds from the rain-delayed JEGS SPORTSnationals at New England Dragway were completed in conjunction with the Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway,. Frank Aragona Jr, collected win No. 14 with his J/AA…
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Thorne, Matusek bounce back quickly after Indy Pro Mod incidents

You can’t keep a good man down, especially if he happens to compete in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series. That certainly applies to Steve Matusek and Kris Thorne, who are both racing this weekend in Gainesville less than three weeks after destroying race cars in separate crashes at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
25 Sep 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
thorne
You can’t keep a good man down, especially if he happens to compete in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series. That certainly applies to Steve Matusek and Kris Thorne, who are both racing this weekend in Gainesville less than three weeks after…
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