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Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals postponed until Fall due to county restrictions

The Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, scheduled for Aug. 21-23 in Topeka, Kan., has been postponed until the fall with an exact date to be determined, for pandemic-related reasons. 
29 Jul 2020
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Topeka
NHRA has announced that the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, scheduled for Aug. 21-23 in Topeka, Kan., has been postponed until the fall with an exact date to be determined, for pandemic-related…
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NHRA Insider podcast: Lohnes, Oehler, and McKenna recap NHRA's return to racing

First-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Ryan Oehler and National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joined Brian Lohnes for a wide-ranging episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast covering the first two events of NHRA's Return to racing in Indy.
28 Jul 2020
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Insider
First-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Ryan Oehler and National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna joined Brian Lohnes for a wide-ranging episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast. Oehler talked about the self-made program that he and his dad have…
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The Sports Report: James Kunkel’s dynamic (and unconventional) double

James Kunkel won 15-straight rounds of eliminations in Super Comp to sweep last weekend’s Division 5 Lucas Oil Series double-header in Topeka. And, he did it in a slow door car.
28 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
kunkel
Door cars don’t win Super Comp races. Slow cars don’t win Super Comp races. No one wins back-to-back Super Comp races. These are all things you may have heard but shouldn’t believe especially after James Kunkel’s performance last week in Topeka…
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NHRA Shop Talk: Lohnes and Reinhart preview the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals

Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart are back again with a LIVE episode of NHRA Shop Talk, fielding your questions and telling you what you need to know, look out for, and watch at the upcoming Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
28 Jul 2020
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Shop Talk
Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart were back again with a LIVE episode of NHRA Shop Talk,  fielding your questions and telling you what you need to know, look out for, and watch at the upcoming Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil.…
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The re-education of Shawn Langdon: From Top Fuel to Funny Car and back

28 Jul 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Shawn Langdon
After a successful Jr. Drag Racing and Sportsman career, Shawn Langdon spent eight years learning how to drive a Top Fuel dragster, becoming not just an event-winning fuel dragster pilot but a championship-winning one.  In…
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Crew Chief Aaron Brooks prepares for Justin Ashley's first Top Fuel final

Rookie Top Fuel driver Justin Ashley will have to wait a few weeks to see if he can win the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals and crew chief Aaron Brooks is doing everything he can to make it happen.
28 Jul 2020
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Clutch Assistant Johnna Dunn compares the intensity of hospitals and Funny Car pits

The 2020 Dodge Charger Funny Car of Jim Dunn Racing was adorned with a face mask at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals to honor first responders. The car held special meaning for the team as Johnna Dunn works in a hospital studying nursing.
28 Jul 2020
David Kennedy
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Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harleys added to Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals

The Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series has been added to the competition roster for the upcoming Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Aug. 6-9 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. 
27 Jul 2020
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Top Fuel Harley
The Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series has been added to the competition roster for the upcoming Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Aug. 6-9 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.  The event will be the fourth of the…
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Fund That Flip enters NHRA as primary sponsor of Michalek Brothers Racing

Michalek Brothers Racing has added a new primary partnership to its A/Fuel Dragster team in Fund That Flip, a leader in providing short-term loans to experienced real estate investors.
27 Jul 2020
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Michalek
Michalek Brothers Racing has added a new primary partnership to its A/Fuel Dragster team in Fund That Flip, a leader in providing short-term loans to experienced real estate investors. Coming off a career-best run at the team’s most recent outing…
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Upcoming Indy race will set the field for Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle

The upcoming Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals will be the final event for riders to earn points towards the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle, which will be held during the Denso NHRA U.S. Nationals. Currently, four riders have clinched spots in the exclusive eight-bike field.
27 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Battle
Call it the battle before the Battle as Pro Stock Motorcycle riders jockey to secure their final qualifying positions for the upcoming Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle. The long-running race-within-a-race for Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors…
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Pro Stock racing in 2020 and beyond; The kids are alright

An influx of talented newcomers has helped breathe new life into the Pro Stock class. Here's a look at six second (and-third) generation racers who are already making an impact.
26 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Koretsky
  NHRA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pro Stock class in 2020, and this season includes memorable tributes to the pioneers who helped create the foundation for the factory hot rod class. Built by Ronnie Sox and Bill Jenkins and…
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Justin Ashley looks back on great Summernationals outing, first final-round berth

Justin Ashley reached his first career Top Fuel final at the recent Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, a final round last was rain-delayed and will complete at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals. Ashley spoke via Skype with NHRA's Brian Lohnes about his great weekend.
24 Jul 2020
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Bob Tasca III vs. COVID-19

Bob Tasca III is on a mission to win a championship and help us all avoid the disease that caused him to miss the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
24 Jul 2020
David Kennedy
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Bob Tasca III vs. COVID-19
Bob Tasca III is known for his tenacious energy, his passion for drag racing, and his inseparability from the Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang Funny Car that bears his family’s name. When the 44-year-old announced that he’d been diagnosed with…
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NHRA Expertise: Inside Top Fuel beadlock wheels

A close-up look at the fastest wheels in all of racing
24 Jul 2020
David Kennedy
Racing Technology
NHRA Top Fuel Weld Beadlock Delta-1 TF Wheel
Brutality. It’s the only treatment components in a nitro-powered Top Fuel dragster or Funny Car experience. With tuners now extracting more than 11,000 hp from their 500-cid supercharged engines, every part beneath the decals on the valve covers is…
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Division 1 Lucas Oil Series event to precede New England SPORTSnationals

NHRA officials have announced that a Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event has been added to the JEGs SPORTSnationals event at contested at New England Dragway. 
24 Jul 2020
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Sportsnationals
NHRA officials have announced that a Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event has been added to the JEGs SPORTSnationals event at contested at New England Dragway.  The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event will be contested on Aug. 21-20…
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The history of the Summernationals

When NHRA staged the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals last weekend in Indy, it resurrected one of the most storied event names in NHRA history. Here's a look back at the 50-year history of the NHRA Summernationals name.
24 Jul 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Summernationals
Two events into NHRA’s monumental Return To Racing during the COVID-19 pandemic, a rebirth that continued with last weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Summerationals in Indy, I’m reminded of the longstanding Summernationals-related pun that was already…
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Engels, Jenkins, Kunkel all score twice at Division 5 Topeka doubleheader event

Doug Engels in Comp, Justin Jenkins in Super Stock, and James Kunkel in Super Comp each scored a pair of wins as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division was in action with a doubleheader at Heartland Motorsports Park
23 Jul 2020
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Topeka
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Heartland Park Topeka: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.356, 268.97  def.…
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The Sports Report: Anthony Bertozzi makes history at JEGS SPORTSnationals in Columbus

Coming off a near-sweep of the JEGS Speedweek doubleheader in Columbus, Anthony Bertozzi is well on his way to a second NHRA world championship. Oh, and he also won a million dollars this month (sort of).
23 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
bertozzi
If not for a slight lapse in his final round battle against reigning Top Dragster world champ Danny Nelson during last weekend’s Division 3 Lucas Oil Series event at National Trail Raceway, Anthony Bertozzi might well have engineered a clean sweep…
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New NHRA National Dragster issue salutes NHRA's Return to Racing in Indy

The latest issue of NHRA National Dragster magazine, available now online for free and also in the mail to NHRA members around the world, salutes NHRA's Return to Racing with an issue themed around the recent E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals,
23 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Atco, Numidia Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events canceled

Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events scheduled for Atco Dragway (July 31-August 2) and Numidia Dragway (August 7-8) have been cancelled for pandemic-related reasons.
23 Jul 2020
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Division 1
Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events scheduled for Atco Dragway (July 31-August 2) and Numidia Dragway (August 7-8) have been cancelled for pandemic-related reasons. Division 1 competitors will now instead run a double header at…
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TJ Zizzo can't hide his excitement as Rust-Oleum team prepares for first Top Fuel final

TJ Zizzo was minutes from racing in his first Top Fuel final when the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals was delayed by rain. Now, he's got six weeks to prepare for his meeting with rookie Justin Ashley. In the meantime, he took some time to chat with NHRA's Brian Lohnes.
23 Jul 2020
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Dodge, Pennzoil to sponsor NHRA Indy Nationals event, Aug. 6-9

Dodge will be the title rights sponsor of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Aug. 6-9 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. 
22 Jul 2020
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Indy 3
Dodge will be the title rights sponsor of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Aug. 6-9 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.  The Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals will be the fifth race of the 2020 season and the third race of NHRA…
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Shop Talk: Lohnes and Reinhart play Wednesday Afternoon Quarterback

Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart reviewed some of the most interesting runs of the 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, taking you inside the tech that makes the cars run and reviewing the difference between winning and losing in NHRA drag racing.
21 Jul 2020
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Shop Talk
Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart reviewed some of the most interesting runs of the 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, taking you inside the tech that makes the cars run and reviewing the difference between winning and losing in NHRA drag racing…
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Behind the scenes: How T.J. Zizzo reached his first career Top Fuel final

Last weekend in Indianapolis, T.J. Zizzo predicted that he'd make his first final in his Rust-Oleum Top Fuel dragster and he was right. Now, see how he did it.
21 Jul 2020
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Holley National Hot Rod Reunion canceled

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum officials have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky. 
20 Jul 2020
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Hot Rod Reunion
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum officials announced today the cancellation of the 2020 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky.    “We made this difficult decision as…
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Ramay, Faller, and Fowler beat the heat at Sacramento Heritage Series event

Horsepower and heat can be a tough combination especially when the heat is being provided by Mother Nature. Participants at Sacramento Raceway’s Funny Car Fever/Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series event had to contend with a 105-degree outside temperature but soldiered through for victories.
20 Jul 2020
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Wayne Ramay
Horsepower and heat can be a tough combination especially when the heat is being provided by Mother Nature. How about an outside air temperature of 105 degrees? That is what the participants at Sacramento Raceway’s Funny Car Fever/Hot Rod Heritage…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss was in action on and off the track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to capture highlights of final eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals.
19 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Bob Tasca III made a triumphant return to racing after recovering from COVID-19 44
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Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals final rounds delayed by rain; moved to U.S. Nationals

The final rounds of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Mod, Factory Stock, and Top Fuel Harley were impacted by a late afternoon thunderstorm at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and will now be contested during the upcoming U.S. Nationals.
19 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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ashley
First-time finalists T.J. Zizzo and Justin Ashley will have to wait a few more weeks before battling to become NHRA’s 109th different Top Fuel winner after the final rounds of the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals were postponed by rain. The final…
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Todd Paton relives past Indy glory with second-career Top Fuel round win

Todd Paton won his first NHRA national event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis when he defeated an all-star line-up of Top Alcohol Funny Cars. A quarter-century later, he's still turning on win lights.
19 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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paton
In 1996, Todd Paton won his first NHRA national event title and it was a big one. Paton, then an up-and-coming Top Alcohol Funny Car racer, won the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. He jokes that he “backed into” the win, but the…
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News and notes from the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals

Cleaning out the reporter's notebook on the final day of the Lucas Oil NHRA SummerNationals at Lucas Oil Racewayat Indianapolis.
19 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hagan
Given the unpredictable nature of Pro Mod cars, it’s hard to label almost any race as an upset, but that was an apt description for what happened when Justin Jones took out former Pro Mod champion Khalid alBalooshi in round one…
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