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Jason Rupert makes Winternationals debut, with a little help from his friends

Second-generation Funny Car racer Jason Rupert is competing in Funny Car at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, but it took a cadre of nitro friends and experts including Steve Plueger, Eric Lane, Johnny West, and Rahn Tobler to get him here.
31 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Jason Rupert
The Rupert name was a familiar presence in Southern California nitro racing in the 1970s with Frank Rupert driving  Top Fuelers and then Funny Cars with partner Richard Bays…
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Even though he's leading the pack, the real work begins now for Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson is leading the Pro Stock points and the Pro Stock field in Pomona, but there's no resting on those laurels heading into a crucial day of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals and at the races beyond leading up to the Countdown to the Championship.
31 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Greg Anderson
In seven of the eight Pro Stock races so far this season, Greg Anderson has qualified No. 1, so it wasn’t unusual to see his HendrickCars.com Camaro parked in the No. 1 spot Friday night at the Winternationals, but the points leader knows that…
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Terry Haddock, Blake Alexander dueling for final Funny Car Countdown spot

One of the most interesting Funny Car battles raging does not include the points leaders but rather Terry Haddock and Blake Alexander, who are battling for the 10th spot in the Countdown to the Championship field separated only by two points.
30 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Terry Haddock Blake Alexander
One of the most interesting Funny Car battles raging does not include Bob Tasca III, Matt Hagan, or Robert Hight, but rather Terry Haddock and Blake Alexander, as the two independent racers battle for the 10th and final spot in the Countdown to the…
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Rising star Kyle Koretsky looks to make strong first impression in Pomona debut

Kyle Koretsky is looking forward to racing at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the first time in his young career, which is reason enough for the rising Pro Stock star to want to do well at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
30 Jul 2021
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Kyle Koretsky
Kyle Koretsky is looking forward to racing at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the first time in his young career, which is reason enough for the rising Pro Stock star to want to do well at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals…
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After getting back on track, Leah Pruett looks to keep pushing forward in Pomona

Through a difficult first eight races this season, Leah Pruett and her team stuck together and kept pushing, and got a ton of validation with their runner-up last weekend at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
29 Jul 2021
Josh Hachat
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Leah Pruett
Through a difficult first eight races this season, Leah Pruett saw a Top Fuel team that stuck together and kept pushing, fully confident success would come at some point because of that dedication. When it happened last weekend in Sonoma, as…
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Karen Stoffer, Jerry Savoie enjoy swift two-wheeled turnaround in Sonoma

In the span of one day at Sonoma Raceway, the outlook for the rest of the 2021 Pro Stock Motorcycle season changed dramatically for the White Alligator Racing (WAR) team of Karen Stoffer and Jerry Savoie. 
28 Jul 2021
Josh Hachat
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Karen Stoffer
In the span of one day at Sonoma Raceway, the outlook for the rest of the 2021 Pro Stock Motorcycle season changed dramatically for the White Alligator Racing (WAR) team of Karen Stoffer and Jerry Savoie.  In what could very much be deemed a…
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Steve Torrence has chance to sweep the Western Swing at Winternationals

Steve Torrence has an opportunity to make NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series history at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
28 Jul 2021
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Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence has an opportunity to make NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series history at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, but that’s nothing new for the Top Fuel…
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Five things we learned from the NHRA Sonoma Nationals

The 2021 Sonoma Nationals offered drag racing a world-class event in a picturesque community just north of the San Francisco metropolis.
27 Jul 2021
David Kennedy
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Steve Torrence Sonoma
Sonoma, Calif., is one of the finest places on the planet to see a drag race. The Sonoma Raceway staff not only provides an exceptional facility, but they also host a world-class event in a picturesque little community just north of the San…
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Saluting Steve Torrence's 50th career win

With his Top Fuel victory at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Steve Torrence reached the 50 career wins milestone. Torrence’s Top Fuel win was his 46th in the class in his career, which began with four wins in the Top Alcohol Dragster class.
27 Jul 2021
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Steve Torrence
    Win Year Event Class 1 2005 Topeka Top Alcohol Dragster 2 2005 Brainerd Top Alcohol…
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Sportsman spotlight: Racing is Johnson family origin story

The Johnson racing family – parents Vicky and Steve, and their kids Bri and Blake – were featured recently on Denver-area television station KUSA while competing at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals at their Bandimere Speedway home track.
27 Jul 2021
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Johnson family
  Story: Racing is Johnson family origin story
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Sunday photo gallery from NHRA Sonoma Nationals

25 Jul 2021
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Sunday pre-race interview with Top Fuel racer Brittany Force

Hear from the racer before first round of Sunday’s eliminations at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
25 Jul 2021
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Brittany Force
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Sunday pre-race interview with Funny Car racer Ron Capps

Hear from the racer before first round of Sunday’s eliminations at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
25 Jul 2021
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Sunday pre-race interview with Funny Car racer Ron Capps
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Sunday pre-race interview with Pro Stock racer Greg Anderson

Hear from the racer before first round of Sunday’s eliminations at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
25 Jul 2021
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Sunday pre-race interview with Pro Stock racer Greg Anderson
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Sunday pre-race interview with Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith

Hear from the racer before first round of Sunday’s eliminations at the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals
25 Jul 2021
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Sunday pre-race interview with Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith
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Saturday photo gallery from NHRA Sonoma Nationals

24 Jul 2021
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Friday photo gallery from NHRA Sonoma Nationals

24 Jul 2021
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One down, two to go for Swing sweep hopefuls Torrence, Hagan, and Smith

With their wins at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Denver, Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, and Matt Smith are each one-third of the way to a Western Swing sweep. Here's what they'll need to do to complete it.
22 Jul 2021
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Western Swing
What’s the hardest part of sweeping the Western Swing? Is it trying to win in Denver, where the high-altitude climate messes with everyone’s combination? Or is it Sonoma, where everyone is already a bit ground down and the parts beat up after a hot…
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Troy Coughlin Jr. dedicates NHRA Sonoma Nationals to late friend Kyle Seipel

Pro Stock driver Troy Coughlin, pilot of the JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, is dedicating his efforts at this weekend's NHRA Sonoma Nationals in memory of friend and former Sonoma Raceway track manager Kyle Seipel, who passed away last month.
21 Jul 2021
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Troy Coughlin
For most drag racers, arriving at Sonoma Raceway for this year's 33rd annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals will immediately conjure up warm memories of former track manager Kyle "Big Nasty" Seipel, who passed away last month at the age of 50 after a long…
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Five things we learned from the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals

A near-capacity crowd at Bandimere Speedway witnessed one of the most thrilling NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events of this or any other season as the annual Western Swing kicked off in Denver.
20 Jul 2021
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Alex Laughlin
A near-capacity crowd at Bandimere Speedway witnessed one of the most thrilling NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events of this or any other season as the annual Western Swing kicked off in Denver. The 2020 NHRA Camping World Series…
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Mile-high racing a whole new experience for Pro Mod rookie J.R. Gray

Every race during the 2021 season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series has been a first-time experience for standout rookie J.R. Gray. But this weekend will present an entirely new level of challenges for Gray.
16 Jul 2021
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J.R. Gray
Every race during the 2021 season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service has been a first-time experience for standout rookie J.R. Gray. But this weekend will present an entirely new level of challenges…
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Pro Stock Motorcycle riders eager to become first to sweep Western Swing

Pro Stock Motorcycle riders will get an opportunity to compete in all three races in the Western Swing, offering the first official chance for a Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to win a trio of events on the famed and rigorous trip out west. 
15 Jul 2021
Josh Hachat
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Western Swing
Back in 2007, Matt Smith won consecutive Pro Stock Motorcycle races in Denver and Sonoma, making it as close as someone could get in the two-wheeled category to sweeping the Western Swing because the class never raced in Seattle. Eddie…
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NHRA Rookie of the Year contender? Walk 1,000 feet with Pro Stock's Dallas Glenn

From crewmember for Jason Line, to Pro Stock's Wally winner at the 2021 Charlotte four-wide. Did he ever think success would come that soon? "Honestly, I was trying to win my first one," said Dallas Glenn.
15 Jul 2021
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Cruz Pedregon looks to keep rolling at Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Coming off his first victory in more than three years, Cruz Pedregon is headed to one of his favorite tracks in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series feeling as good as he has in a long time.
15 Jul 2021
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Cruz Pedregon
Coming off his first victory in more than three years, Cruz Pedregon is headed to one of his favorite tracks in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series feeling as good as he has in a long time. The two-time Funny Car world champ won the most…
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Alexis DeJoria keeps moving forward as she tries to close in on first win of 2021

As Alexis DeJoria heads to Denver to start her first NHRA Western Swing since 2017, she’s got nothing but positives regarding the solid Funny Car season she’s enjoyed this year.
14 Jul 2021
Josh Hachat
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Alexis DeJoria
As Alexis DeJoria heads to Denver to start her first NHRA Western Swing since 2017, she’s got nothing but positives regarding the solid Funny Car season she’s enjoyed this year. The team has built up a run of steady performances, including a…
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Mopar Funny Car team readies for Western Swing kickoff at Mile-High Nationals

Heading into the Western Swing, crew chief Dickie Venables is confident that the Mopar Funny Car team has turned the corner and soon will be powering driver Matt Hagan to his first win of the season.
14 Jul 2021
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Austin Prock proved he's ready to return to Top Fuel at a moment's notice in Norwalk

Prock went to the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals as a crewmember for John Force Racing but showed the world he also brought with him the ability to qualify, go rounds, and give top-end interviews with the best of them in Top Fuel.
11 Jul 2021
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Austin Prock proved he's ready to return to Top Fuel at a moment's notice in Norwalk
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Horsepower’s glorious ripples, flames, and fury in super-slow motion from Norwalk

Horsepower is a force of nature. It’s built and controlled by NHRA racers to make machines move as fast as possible—but its speed is surprisingly best understood at extremely slow motion.
10 Jul 2021
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See horsepower’s ripples, flames, and furry in super-slow motion from the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
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Watch! Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 become quickest electric car in the world

8.12 seconds at 171.97 mph makes this Ford Performance prototype Mustang the quickest electric full-bodied car on the planet after its run at the 2021 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
10 Jul 2021
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Watch! Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 become quickest electric car in the world
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Crew chief Mike Kloeber provides more details about Norwalk driver swap

Crew chief Mike Kloeber joined NHRA's Brian Lohnes to discuss the Parts Plus team's rare driver swap at the recent Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
10 Jul 2021
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