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NHRA Power Rankings: Jason Line leads Pro Stock in more ways than one

Pro Stock racer leads NHRA Power Rankings for the first time in 2019 following wild Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals.
17 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Power Rankings
Jason Line
Jason Line took over the NHRA Power Rankings lead for the first time in 2019 following his 50th Pro Stock victory at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. His win, the second of the season for the former world champion,…
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JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals returns to National Trail Raceway this weekend

The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals, historically one of the finest weekends of NHRA Sportsman racing, kicks off Friday at National Trail Raceway outside of Columbus, Ohio.
17 Sep 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Sportsnationals
The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals, historically one of the finest weekends of NHRA Sportsman racing, kicks off Friday at National Trail Raceway outside of Columbus, Ohio. The event returns to National trail, the hometrack for the JEGS Mail Order team,…
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Troy Coughlin Jr., Sean Bellemeur lead Lucas Oil Series winners at Reading national event

Troy Coughlin Jr. and Sean Bellemeur led the list of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series winners at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway.
17 Sep 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Troy Coughlin Jr,
Sunday's final Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series results from the 35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway.  TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Troy Coughlin Jr., 5.211, 279.96 def.…
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Fast Five: Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil

NHRA's Lewis Bloom and Brian Lohnes count down their top five highlights from the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
16 Sep 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Fast Five
Fast Five
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What the teams said following the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals:

"I know we have a car capable of winning a race, I know if I drive up to my potential we have a driver capable of winning a race, and sometimes it’s just trying to find both of those on the same day." -Jack Beckman
16 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
The first race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship is in the books. Read what the teams had to say following the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.  Torrence Racing Steve Torrence “Maple…
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Unofficial Mello Yello points standings

Unofficial point standings following the completion of the Chevrolet Performance U,S, Nationals, the 18th event of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
15 Sep 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Points
Unofficial point standings following the completion of the Chevrolet Performance U,S, Nationals, the 18th event of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. These are the total points before the Countdown reset that awards No. 1 with 2,100…
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Jason Line opens Countdown with 50th career Pro Stock victory

Jason Line won his 50th career Pro Stock title in Reading, driving his Summit Racing Equipment Camaro to a win over Fernando Cuadra in the opening race of the Countdown.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Jason Line
The Jason Line’s mid-season struggles in Pro Stock appear to be a distant memory after the three-time world champ claimed a key victory in the final of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Line, who won his first event of the…
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Richie Crampton makes big move up Top Fuel standings with second win of 2019

15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Richie Crampton
Richie Crampton surged to fifth place with his second win of the season at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.  He defeated Kalitta Motorsports teammate Doug Kalitta to move up four spots in one weekend, a phenomenal…
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Jerry Savoie keys Suzuki revival with second-straight Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

Jerry Savoie goes from tenth to first in the Mello Yello standings after defeating Steve Johnson in rare all-Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle final round in Reading.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Jerry Savoie
Had Jerry Savoie not qualified for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, it’s entirely possible that he would have skipped the Mopar Express Lane Nationals presented by Pennzoil but after his win in Countdown clinching Indy victory, the…
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Jack Beckman earns first win of 2019 at perfect time in Reading

15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman scored his first win of the 2019 season at the perfect time to take over the Funny Car standings. He defeated John Force in a rematch of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals to capture his first win in more than a year. …
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil Sunday gallery

15 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Bo Butner
Check out the best shots from the final day of racing from the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil as captured by NHRA National Dragster photographers Marc Gewertz and Bob Szelag.
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Fernando Cuadra embraces the role of Pro Stock Countdown spoiler

Fernando Cuadra picks up his first three round wins of the season in Reading, including stunning upsets over Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Fernando Cuadra
Fernando Cuadra missed the Countdown to the Championship in Pro Stock by less than a round and for that, the rest of the class should be thankful since the Mexican businessman is doing some damage in the first event of the NHRA playoffs. Cuadra, who…
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Erica Enders, Brittany Force, Angelle Sampey celebrate first in Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Three women hold pole position in pro categories for the first time in the history of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Reading No. 1 women
Three world champion female racers, Erica Enders, Brittany Force and Angelle Sampey, all claimed pole position at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. That marks a big moment in the long history of NHRA Mello Yello Drag…
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WATCH: Jerry Savoie defeats Andrew Hines after epic staging battle

15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jerry Savoie
Jerry Savoie and Andrew Hines were in no hurry to stage their Pro Stock Motorcycles during the second round at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. The two former world champions warmed up their motorcycles for more…
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Clay Millican knocks out Steve Torrence in thrilling first round

There is a new leader in Top Fuel for the first time since April after Clay Millican scored an upset victory in the first round.
15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Clay Millican
Clay Millican delivered a holeshot victory to the Parts Plus Top Fuel team in the first round at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. That means there is a new leader in the Top Fuel clubhouse for the first time since the…
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

Get all the information on the final day of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals as professional racing commences at Maple Grove.
15 Sep 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship begins in earnest with race day at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil with 40 racers in the hunt for a championship. Professional racing begins with four rounds in Top Fuel, Funny Car,…
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Eddie Krawiec may be winless on the season, but he’s not the least bit concerned

Harley-Davidson’s Eddie Krawiec has won four Pro Stock Motorcycle championships and he knows as well as anyone that how you finish is more important than how you start.
15 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Eddie Krawiec
On the starting line or anywhere else, not much rattles Eddie Krawiec, so if anyone thinks he’s ready to hit the panic button after going winless in the first 10 events of the 2019 season, they’d be sadly mistaken. First, it’s important to remember…
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Hear what the teams said following Saturday qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals:

"This hot rod, she showed that she’s hungry and we’ve been letting her eat." -Leah Pritchett
15 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Leah Pritchett
Teams wrapped up the first weekend of qualifying in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Here's what they had to say ahead of race day.  John Force Racing Brittany…
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Erica Enders takes Melling/Elite Camaro to top qualifying spot in Reading

Two-time world champ Erica Enders takes the top spot in Pro Stock qualifying for the 20th time in her career at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Down by 50 points heading into the first race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Erica Enders chipped away at leader Bo Butner with a solid qualifying performance in Reading that included a 5.480 that was good for the top spot in…
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Angelle Sampey locks up her second-straight No. 1 qualifying effort for Harley-Davidson

Three-time NHRA champion Angelle Sampey rode her Harley-Davidson FXDR to the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Angelle Sampey
Returning to the site of her ground-breaking first NHRA win in 1996, two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Angelle Sampey qualified in the top spot for the second-straight event and 51st time in her career. Sampey rode her Screamin’ Eagle…
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil Saturday gallery

14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Feature
Richie Crampton
Check out the best shots from the second day of racing from the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil as captured by NHRA National Dragster photographers Marc Gewertz and Bob Szelag.
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Ron Capps qualifies No. 1 for the 24th time in his career at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

Ron Capps reset both ends of the Maple Grove Raceway track record on Friday night. That turned into the No. 1 qualifier at NHRA Countdown opener.
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps captured his second No. 1 of the 2019 season on the back of a record-setting performance in his NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car.  The Don Schumacher Racing team reset both ends of the track record with a 3.837-…
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Brittany Force sets world record to earn pole at Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

Brittany Force reset the national elapsed time record to earn her third-straight pole at the Mopar Express NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force ran the quickest time in NHRA Top Fuel world history with a 3.623-second blast at 331.61-mph to secure her third-straight No. 1 qualifier at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.   Force…
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"Race with your car, not with your mouth" - Mike Kloeber prepared for Countdown fight

Mike Kloeber and Clay Millican start the NHRA Countdown to the Championship in sixth place and he wants his Parts Plus Top Fuel dragster to do the talking.
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Feature
Clay Millican
Mike Kloeber took over tuning duties for Clay Millican ahead of the 2019 season and helped bring the Parts Plus Top Fuel team to the No. 6 seed at the start of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. That is four spots below where the Straightline…
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Bateman, Gasparrelli lead winners Division 6 Lucas Oil event at Woodburn Dragstrip

Garrett Bateman and Steve Gasparrelli led the list of winners at the Northwest Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Woodburn Dragstrip in Oregon.
14 Sep 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Division 6
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division event at Woodburn Dragstrip: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., '16 , 5.287, 274.05  def…
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Karen Stoffer: "I want to take a shot at the championship."

Thanks to her partnership with the White Alligator team, Karen Stoffer is enjoying her best season in years, and she believes she's got a legit shot at the Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship.
14 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Feature
Karen Stoffer
Even though Reading, Pa., is more than 2,600-miles from her home in Minden, Nev., Karen Stoffer almost considers Maple Grove Raceway to be her home track and with good reason the track has been the home of some of her most memorable moments,…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. preparing to chip away at Pro Stock points lead

With six NHRA championships to his credit, including five in Pro Stock, there isn't much that Jeg Coughlin Jr. hasn't seen or done during his long career.
14 Sep 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Feature
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. won his first Pro Stock race more than two decades ago, and his career resum is Hall of Fame worthy with six championships and 81 national event wins for starters. Given his vast experience, it’s hard to throw Coughlin a pitch that…
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Matt Smith enters Countdown with nothing to hide

14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith begins his 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship defense with all his cards on the table. Well, as on the table as the cagey veteran ever cares for them to be. He's outspoken in a sense. Smith didn't debut the way he wanted at…
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Hear what the teams said following Friday qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil:

"It's ladies' night and I'm about to do this" -Angelle Sampey
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Feature
Angelle Sampey
Track records were broken after a pair of weather delays in Reading, Pennsylvania. Hear what the teams had to say about the first day of qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.  Don Schumacher Racing…
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WATCH: Brittany Force, Ron Capps set track records during Friday qualifying in Reading

Watch current No. 1 qualifiers Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Erica Enders and Angelle Sampey rocket to the top of the sheets during Friday qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
14 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
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