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Auto Club NHRA Finals Sportsman champion highlights

David Rampy became just the fourth driver in NHRA’s centennial club when he earned the Comp title in Pomona, James Stevens won his first title in Top Alcohol Dragster, and former world champ Shane Westerfield claimed his 10th career victory in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
26 Nov 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
David Rampy
David Rampy became just the fourth driver in NHRA’s centennial club when he earned the Comp title in Pomona, James Stevens won his first title in Top Alcohol Dragster, and former world champ Shane Westerfield claimed his 10th career victory in Top…
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Color him gone: Remembering Roger Lindamood

If you were a drag racing fan in the 1960s and 1970s, you knew the Color Me Gone name even if you couldn’t recall the name of its driver, Roger Lindamood, who tore up dragstrips around the country for more than a decade. We lost Lindamood Oct. 14, at the age of 91.
23 Nov 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Funny Car
If you were a drag racing fan in the 1960s and 1970s, you knew the Color Me Gone name even if you couldn’t recall the name of its driver, Roger Lindamood. He made that kind of an impact in his 15-year career on the quarter-mile, from his…
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Latest issue of NHRA National Dragster now online (Vol. 59 No. 24)

21 Nov 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
ND cover
NHRA National Dragster’s 24th issue of 2018, featuring coverage of the Auto Club NHRA Finals, is online now for NHRA members, and it’s in the mail to homes and shops around the world. In addition to our coverage from the season finale and…
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NHRA's Cyber Monday sale

This holiday season, surprise the NHRA fan in your life, or even treat yourself, with the gift of Nitro! Get huge discounts on NHRA tickets or take advantage of a special sale on NHRA All Access subscriptions.
21 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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NHRA
This holiday season, surprise the NHRA fan in your life, or even treat yourself, with the gift of Nitro! See which NHRA event near you will be offering huge discounts on NHRA tickets, the ultimate stocking stuffer of the holiday season.  Fans…
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NHRA announces 2019 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and Reunion dates

NHRA has announced the schedule for the 2019 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series that will feature thrilling races across the country including the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunions.
20 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Heritage Series
NHRA has announced the schedule for the 2019 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series that will feature thrilling races across the country including the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunions. The entertaining series features intense racing action…
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Watch the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions were officially crowned and a number of special awards were presented during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Watch the full ceremony now on NHRA.com.
20 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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awards ceremony
Steve Torrence, J.R. Todd, Tanner Gray and Matt Smith were celebrated as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions on Monday during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood &…
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Tickets on sale now for 2019 season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Tickets for the season-opening 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Feb. 7-10 are on sale now. 
20 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Pomona
Tickets for the season-opening 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Feb. 7-10 are on sale now.  This will be the first opportunity to see the new cars and paint…
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NFL Hall of Fame great Tim Brown on board for Jordan Vandergriff’s rookie season

Bob Vandergriff Racing will team up with NFL Hall of Fame great and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown during the team’s rookie Top Fuel campaign with Jordan Vandergriff.
19 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Vandergriff
Bob Vandergriff Racing will team up with NFL Hall of Fame great and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown during the team’s rookie Top Fuel campaign with Jordan Vandergriff. Brown’s company, 81 Logistics Group, will be primary sponsor of the Top Fuel…
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NHRA and FOX Sports announce 2019 broadcast schedule

FOX Sports and NHRA have announced the release of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, which includes five live event on the FOX broadcast network and the addition of Brian Lohnes as lead announcer for all 24 NHRA events.
16 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
TV
FOX Sports and NHRA have announced the release of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Most notably, the 2019 schedule includes additional live coverage on the FOX broadcast network for the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. The…
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1970s Funny Cars!

From 1966, the first year of the class, through 1979, there were more than 500 licensed Funny Car drivers competing at NHRA events. Here's a look back at some memorable Funny Car images from the 1970s, as seen through the lens of longtime lensman Ron Lewis.
16 Nov 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Funny Car
As I continue to work my way through the photo library of Ron Lewis, who generously shared with me thousands of images from his five decades of covering drag racing, we arrive at the one I’ve been most looking forward to: 1970s Funny Cars.…
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Drag racing legend Garlits honored by NHRA with Lifetime Achievement Award

At the recent NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series award ceremony, NHRA presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary driver “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, a pioneer in the sport of drag racing.
15 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
12:58
At the recent NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series award ceremony, NHRA presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary driver “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, a pioneer in the sport of drag racing. Not only was Garlits the first drag…
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In-N-Out Burger, Hot Rod 70th Anniversary revs up Pomona Fairplex Nov.17

Fabled Auto Club Raceway at Pomona will play host this weekend as In-N-Out Burger and Hot Rod Magazine celebrate 70 years of burgers and burnouts.
14 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pomona
Fabled Auto Club Raceway at Pomona will play host this weekend as In-N-Out Burger and Hot Rod Magazine celebrate 70 years of burgers and burnouts. The In-N-Out Burger and Hot Rod 70th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, Nov.17, will include…
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The Sports Report: Rampy joins the century club

David Rampy became just the fourth driver to win 100 NHRA national events when he drove to the Comp title in Pomon
14 Nov 2018
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
rampy
For all the drama and excitement generated during the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona there was one achievement that stands out above the rest because there is a good chance that it may not be duplicated for quite some time. Comp…
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Fast Five: Auto Club NHRA Finals

NHRA's Amanda Busick and Lewis Bloom count down their top five moments from the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
13 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Fast Five
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NHRA Mello Yello champs crowned in Hollywood; Litton named top rookie

Steve Torrence, J.R. Todd, Tanner Gray and Matt Smith were celebrated as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions on Monday during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. 
12 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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awards ceremony
Steve Torrence, J.R. Todd, Tanner Gray and Matt Smith were celebrated as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions on Monday during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood &…
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NHRA family mourns passing of Brainerd Int'l Raceway owner Jed Copham

With heavy hearts, NHRA extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jed Copham, owner of Brainerd International Raceway, who passed away Nov. 11 after a boating accident in Florida.
12 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Brainerd
With heavy hearts, NHRA extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jed Copham, owner of Brainerd International Raceway, who passed away Nov. 11 after a boating accident in Florida. He was 46.   “Twelve years ago, Jed and his…
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Williams clinches Super Comp world title; Rampy wins 100th at Auto Club NHRA Finals

Steve Williams locked up the 2018 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp World Championship Sunday and David Rampy won his 100th NHRA national event this weekend at Auto Club Raceway and the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
12 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pomona
Steve Williams locked up the 2018 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp World Championship and David Rampy won his 100th NHRA national event this weekend at Auto Club Raceway and the Auto Club NHRA Finals.   Williams, Beaumont, Calif…
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World champs Torrence, Todd, Gray, and Smith also claim wins at season finale

For the first time in NHRA history, all four Mello Yello world champions also won the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals. Steve Torrence completed a perfect Countdown playoff in Top Fuel and was joined in victory by J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
11 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Matt Smith earns 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle championship with Auto Club NHRA Finals victory

Matt Smith defeated Eddie Krawiec in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals to become the 2018 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion.
11 Nov 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith defeated Eddie Krawiec in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals to become the 2018 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion. As if beating Krawiec down the track wasn’t enough, Smith also set a speed…
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Rampy becomes fourth driver in NHRA history to collect 100 career victories

With his victory in Comp eliminator at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, David Rampy became just the fourth driver in NHRA history to score 100 national event victories.
11 Nov 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
David Rampy
With his victory in Comp eliminator at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, David Rampy became just the fourth driver in NHRA history to score 100 national event victories. Rampy reached the milestone when opponent Doug Lambeck red-lighted in the final round…
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Osmundson, Belot Jr., Hendrickson, and Markham claim NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships

Pat Osmundson, Nelson Belot Jr., Brian Hendrickson, and John Markham claimed NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
11 Nov 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Summit
Pat Osmundson, Nelson Belot Jr., Brian Hendrickson, and John Markham claimed NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. Division 6 winner Pat Osmundson, of Pasco, Wash., claimed the Super Pro victory…
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J.R. Todd clinches first NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship

J.R. Todd brought home the fourth title for Kalitta Motorsports and the second Funny Car title for the storied organization. He did so in just his second year behind the wheel of the flopper.
11 Nov 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
News
J.R. Todd
J.R. Todd earned his first Funny Car championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals when Bob Tasca III eliminated defending champ Robert Hight in the first round Sunday. Todd becomes the 21st racer to win a Funny Car title and he does so in just his…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Sunday Notebook

11 Nov 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Pomona
Ladders | Features | Results | Photos ELIMINATION ROUND…
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Gray clinches championship, Pritchett, Capps, Coughlin Jr. and Smith go low in Pomona

Qualifying wrapped up in thrilling fashion at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona as Don Schumacher Racing teammates Leah Pritchett and Ron Capps swept the Nitro poles. Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Matt Smith also took the Pro Stock poles.
10 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
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Tanner Gray claims Pro Stock championship to become youngest champion in NHRA Drag Racing history

Tanner Gray qualified in the top half of the field to claim his first Pro Stock championship and become the youngest NHRA Drag Racing champion in history.
10 Nov 2018
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
News
Tanner Gray
Tanner Gray became the youngest NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion by qualifying in the No. 6 position at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. The 19-year-old Pro Stock racer won two races during the NHRA Countdown to the Championship…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Saturday Notebook

10 Nov 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Pomona
Preview | Features | Results | Photos QUALIFYING ROUND RECAPS…
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Pritchett, Johnson Jr., Coughlin, and Smith lead Friday Finals fields in Pomona

Leah Pritchett broke the event track record with a sizzling 3.649 to lead Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car)< Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also lead their respective fields at the season finale.
09 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Leah Pritchett
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NHRA announces 18-event 2019 Pro Stock car event schedule

NHRA has announced that in 2019, the Pro Stock category will compete in 18 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
09 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pro Stock
NHRA has announced that in 2019, the Pro Stock category will compete in 18 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, which competitors believe is the “sweet spot” for the category.  “We think the new schedule will increase…
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So Long, Teresa

NHRA National Dragster's long-running Photo Editor Teresa Long retired last week after more than 30 years shooting photos for the NHRA and its award-winning publication. ND Editor Phil Burgess takes a fond look back at the career of one of the sport's beloved and appreciated friends.
09 Nov 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
ND
Whether you’re reading this on your mobile device in the stands while watching the action at Pomona or watching the Auto Club NHRA Finals on television, you might notice the absence of a familiar presence on the starting line. Teresa Long, …
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Friday Notebook

Leah Pritchett broke the event track record with a sizzling 3.649 to lead Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also lead their respective fields at the season finale.
09 Nov 2018
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Pomona
Preview | Features | Results | Photos QUALIFYING ROUND RECAPS…
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