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Mr. Consistent

Five-time NHRA champ Jimmy DeFrank has been racing in the Super Stock class for the past 23 seasons and he has posted a top-10 finish in 20 of them
24 Jan 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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There is an old adage that suggests one should never bet on a drag race, but anyone inclined to do so would be wise to put their money on Jimmy DeFrank, at least when it comes to the ability to post a top-10 finish. Since making his…
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Once a sportsman, always a sportsman

Bo Butner is currently preparing to defend his NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship but he is, and always will be, a sportsman racer at heart.
17 Jan 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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Some would say that Bo Butner never forgot where he came from, but it’s more accurate to say he never actually left. For all his success in the Pro Stock class, including the 2017 Mello Yello championship, Butner considers himself to be a sportsman…
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Mounting a proper defense

For most Lucas Oil Series drivers, winning one national championship is a monumental career achievement and defending that title is normally far more difficult.
10 Jan 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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For NHRA Lucas Oil Series racers, the 2018 season includes 25 national events and 44 divisional events from February through November so predicting a champion in mid-January is almost a pointless exercise. Almost. Despite the parity that…
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A bayou bash at Southland Dragway reunion

An all-star cast that included Antron Brown, Angelle Sampey, Mark Oswald, Leonard Hughes, and more turned out in Houma, La., to celebrate Southland Dragways, at a reunion event to remember one of Louisiana's great dragstrips of the 1970s.
15 Dec 2017
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
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The holidays are all about family and gathering everyone together to enjoy one another’s company, to share great memories, and laugh a lot, and that was spirit of the celebration that took place down in Louisiana Dec. 1-2 at the Southland Dragway…
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Full circle

Between his return to Super Stock and supporting his son, Aaron, former Pro Stock racer and four-time national champ Greg Stanfield has a lot on his plate
13 Dec 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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Heading into the 2017 season, Greg Stanfield wasn’t planning on doing much driving. A four-time Super Stock national champ turned Pro Stock racer, Stanfield was content to take a step back and support his son, Aaron, who has blossomed into one of…
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The Year in Photos: The thrill of victory

The photo staff of NHRA National Dragster went back through the hundreds of thousands they took this season to pick some of their favorites photos. Today: The thrill of victory!
12 Dec 2017
It took Pro Stock rookie Tanner Gray just four events to record his first win, and the team, especially father Shane, right, celebrated in big fashion after his son hit the jackpot for the first time at the spring Las Vegas event. 11
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Close, but no regrets

Division 6 racer Chris Cannon missed out on the 2017 Lucas Oil Super Gas championship by just three points, but he’s not the least bit disappointed
06 Dec 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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Had he scored just three more points, one more win light in a long 10-month season, Chris Cannon would be celebrating the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Gas championship instead of pondering what might have been. After what was easily the best season of…
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2017 Season Champions

20 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Mello Yello | Pro Mod | Top Fuel Harley | Lucas Oil MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES TOP FUEL Brittany Force Brittany Force was crowned the second…
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Watch the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony

The complete 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony is now available for viewing on NHRA.com. Brittany Force, Robert Hight, Bo Butner and Eddie Krawiec are saluted as world champs along with several other special presentations.
18 Nov 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Brittany Force, Robert Hight, Bo Butner and Eddie Krawiec were feted as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions Monday during the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood &…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Sportsman champion highlights

Shawn Cowie and John Lombardo Jr. finished second in the season points battle in their respective Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes, but each driver ended the season on a winning note with victories at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
Pomona
Shawn Cowie and John Lombardo Jr. finished second in the season points battle in their respective Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes, but each driver ended the season on a winning note with victories at the Auto Club NHRA Finals…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Super Gas winner Steve Parsons

17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
00:24
It was Steve Parsons who was the last man standing in Super Gas on Sunday afternoon. Driving his Corvette roadster, Parsons reached the final following a close win over Robert Naber. In the semi’s, Parsons cut a .015 light and ran 9.901 to force…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Super Comp winner Bobby Dye Jr.

17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Bobby Dye Jr. won the Auto Club NHRA Finals in 2013, and he returned a year later to win the Fall Las Vegas event. Now, Dye is a three-time national event winner after driving to an 8.904 to 8.884 win over Tanner Theobald in the Super Comp final…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Stock winner Austin Williams

17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Austin Williams locked up the Lucas Oil championship in Super Comp a few weeks ago, and he ended the season by turning on the win light in the Stock final. Driving the Marlow family’s F/SA Duster, the same car he drove to the 2014 Stock title,…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Super Stock winner Robert Cruzen

17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Super Stock featured a first-time winner after Robert Cruzen downed five-time national champ Jimmy DeFrank in the final round. Cruzen was impressive when it mattered most by combining a .007 light with a 9.344 on his 9.33 dial in the final round.…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Comp winner Dan Fletcher

17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Although he celebrated his milestone 100th national event win in Chicago last July, Dan Fletcher has not had the sort of 2017 season he has come to expect. Fletcher reeled off win No. 102 after driving partner Rick Braun’s C/EA Chevy Cobalt to the…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Alcohol Funny Car winner John Lombardo Jr

17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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The Top Alcohol Funny Car final featured the top two qualifiers with low qualifier John Lombardo Jr. scoring a 5.420 to 5.417 holeshot victory over Annie Whiteley. Lombardo ran nothing slower than a 5.446 on his way to the final with wins against…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Alcohol Dragster winner Shawn Cowie

17 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Shawn Cowie had his hands full in one of the most competitive Top Alcohol Dragster fields of the year. After qualifying No. 3, he defeated Ashley Sanford, Garrett Bateman, and Randy Eakins with a string of 5.2-second runs before meeting low…
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Down to the wire

John Labbous Jr. became the final driver to clinch a Lucas Oil Series national championship when he earned the Super Gas title during a thrilling Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona
15 Nov 2017
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
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For Super Gas racers Chris Cannon and John Labbous Jr., the Auto Club NHRA Finals was anything but “just another race.” Labbous entered the final race of the season at the points leader, but his edge over Cannon in the standings was a precarious…
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Labbous completes championship roster with 2017 Super Gas title

The final Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sportsman championship was clinched Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals when second-generation racer John Labbous Jr. locked up the Super Gas title.
13 Nov 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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The final Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sportsman championship was clinched Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals when second-generation racer John Labbous Jr. locked up the Super Gas title.  Labbous officially clinched the title when his…
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Cowie, Lombardo lead Auto Club NHRA Finals winners in Pomona

Shawn Cowie and John Lombardo Jr. led the list of winners for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
13 Nov 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Shawn Cowie and John Lombardo Jr. led the list of winners for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Cowie, Surrey, B.C., picked up career win number ten in Top Alcohol Dragster as he took…
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Martin, Patterson, Johnston, and Toth claim NHRA Summit Racing Series National titles

Todd Martin, Jason Patterson, Troy Johnston, and Riley Toth claimed NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships with victories at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
12 Nov 2017
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Summit
Todd Martin, Jason Patterson, Troy Johnston, and Riley Toth claimed NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships with victories at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Martin, a Division 1 racer from Highland Lakes, N.J., defeated Division 6 runner…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Sportsman champion highlights

Following his most recent win at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas, Joey Severance is now a three-time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Dragster champion. Severance locked up the title and then went on to defeat Shawn Cowie in the final round.
03 Nov 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Joey Severance
Following his most recent win at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas, Joey Severance is now a three-time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Dragster champion. Severance locked up the title and then went on to defeat Shawn Cowie in the…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Super Gas winner Val Torres Sr.

03 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
02:02
Val Torres Sr. opened eliminations in Super Gas with a perfect 10.050 on the 10.05 altitude-adjusted index, and he eventually made his way to the final, where he coasted to the win after Tanner Hiatt fouled by two-thousandths of a second. Torres was…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Super Comp winner Marko Perivolaris

03 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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After runner-up finishes earlier this season in Phoenix and the Division 7 race in Salt Lake City, Marko Perivolaris earned the win in Super Comp when he defeated Mark Potts in the final round. Racing on a 9.05 index, Perivolaris drove to a 9.062 to…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Stock winner Justin Lamb

03 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Justin Lamb has already locked up the national championship in Super Stock, and he’s now on the verge of adding the Stock title after a dominating win in Las Vegas. Lamb drove his new Redback Boots COPO Camaro to a win over Randi Lyn Shipp’s…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Super Stock winner Ryan McClanahan

03 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Ryan McClanahan is also a seven-time national event champion, following his win in Super Stock. McClanahan, the 2010 Super Stock national champion, won in his SS/BM Cobalt after final-round opponent Darrell Dietz fouled in his FSS/C Cobra Jet…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Comp winner Greg Kamplain

03 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Greg Kamplain made the long trip from Indiana to Las Vegas pay off when he drove to the win in Comp. Kamplain won his seventh career national event title by driving his B/Econo Dragster to a final-round win against Tom Mettler’s PST ’01 Dakota truck…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Top Alcohol Funny Car winner Ulf Leanders

03 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
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Ulf Leanders coasted to the win in Top Alcohol Funny Car after opponent Dixon spun his Bartone Racing Camaro out on the starting line. Dixon staged with fuel under his rear tire, and his car made an immediate right turn and crossed the centerline as…
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NHRA Toyota Nationals Top Alcohol Dragster winner Joey Severance

03 Nov 2017
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
01:39
Joey Severance won for the 19th time in his career with a 5.286 to 5.402 victory against Cowie in the Top Alcohol Dragster final, which featured the event’s top two qualifiers. Severance, who never ran slower than 5.314 during eliminations, got to…
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NHRA, Bigfoot competitors to visit troops in Japan for 2017's Operation Appreciation

For the seventh consecutive year, Summit Racing Equipment and Armed Forces Entertainment will join together to send a group of top motorsports competitors overseas to visit American troops on duty in remote locations. The annual trip, appropriately coined Operation Appreciation, will this year make stops at various stations in Japan.
03 Nov 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Operation Appreciation
For the seventh consecutive year, Summit Racing Equipment and Armed Forces Entertainment will join together to send a group of top motorsports competitors overseas to visit American troops on duty in remote locations. The annual trip, appropriately…
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