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Wilkerson to campaign Polar Air Compressor Ford Mustang at Summit Racing Nationals

19 Jun 2019
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Tim Wilkerson
Tim Wilkerson's Ford Mustang Funny Car will feature a brand new, one-race design this weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. His 330+ mph machine will feature the striking logo of Polar Air Compressor, a division of Eaton Compressor…
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Jason Line knows the importance of racing well at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Headed to one of the most important races of the season, Pro Stock standout Jason Line is ready for the momentum to start swinging his way at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
19 Jun 2019
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Jason Line
Jason Line has watched his KB Racing teammates succeed repeatedly to open the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. But headed to one of the most important races of the season, Pro Stock standout Jason Line is ready for that momentum to…
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Tii Tharpe goes back to back with Bristol Top Fuel Harley victory

A week after pairing off in the final round in Topeka, Tii Tharpe and Bob Malloy squared off again in Bristol where Tharpe won again for his ninth career score. Unlike in Bristol, where Malloy’s mount faltered, this one went right to the wire before Tharpe collected the win, the ninth of his career.
19 Jun 2019
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Tii Tharpe
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WFO Radio NHRA Nitro Thunder Valley Nationals Winners Edition

19 Jun 2019
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WFO
NHRA Nitro Thunder Valley Nationals Winners Edition featuring Mike Salinas and Bob Tasca with On Location audio from Tasca crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Eric Lane. Marc Caruso checks in after his top end crash in Bristol. NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and…
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Jack Beckman will look to finish four-race stretch on a good note in Norwalk

It's been a good stretch of events for Jack Beckman, who has notched a runner-up and two semifinal finishes in the last three races, and he'd love to make up for that Chicago runner-up as the four-race stretch completes at this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
19 Jun 2019
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Jack Beckman
Starting off a stretch of four straight race weekends on a sour note is usually not ideal, even for a veteran driver and team. But Jack Beckman has already reversed course quickly and he’ll now to look to end this rigorous stretch on a good note at…
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The Sports Report: The Full Monty

After a near-double in Charlotte at the Four-Wide event, Monty Bogan’s success continued with a victory in Thunder Valley
19 Jun 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
The Sports Report
bogan
To suggest that Monty Bogan’s 2019 season has been successful would be a serious understatement. A decade removed from his most recent national event victory at the Texas Motorplex in 2009, Bogan returned to the NHRA stage in a…
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Doug Kalitta showed off his driving chops (again) at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Don’t take Kalitta Motorsports driver Doug Kalitta for granted
18 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta is one hell of a wheelman. We take him for granted sometimes. He cuts lights better than .060 in his sleep and his easy-going nature ensures he won’t battle Doug Herbert for the “Dougzilla” nickname anytime soon. I don’t know if that’s…
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Competition rages on for Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle berths

Just two races, including this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, remain for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders to lock in their positions for the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle, July 27 at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
18 Jun 2019
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Eddie Krawiec
Just two races -- this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, and the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil in Denver, July 19-21 -- remain for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders to lock in their positions…
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Doug Kalitta to run Applied Imaging Top Fuel dragster in Norwalk

Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new-look Top Fueler at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 21-23, his dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner Applied Imaging.
18 Jun 2019
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Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new-look Top Fueler at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 21-23, his dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner Applied Imaging. The award-winning Michigan-based company focuses…
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Norwalk race fans in for a sensory rush on an action-packed weekend

From a special NHRA Today Pre-Race show on Friday including a SealMaster Track Walk that kicks off the race weekend to the chance for a historic day of final eliminations on Sunday, race fans attending the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals this weekend in Norwalk, Ohio, will enjoy three full days of sensory overload at Summit Motorsports Park.
17 Jun 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Norwalk
From a special NHRA Today Pre-Race show on Friday beginning at noon that includes a SealMaster Track Walk and kicks off the race weekend to the chance for a historic day of final eliminations on Sunday, race fans attending the Summit…
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Fast Five: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

NHRA's Lewis Bloom and Amanda Busick count down their top five moments from the the 2019 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway,
17 Jun 2019
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Bristol
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Santangelo collects second win of 2019 to lead Bristol Sportsman winners

Joe Santangelo, winner earlier this season at the Virginia NHRA Nationals, scored again in Super Stock with his Camaro at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, where he was joined by fellow winners Monty Bogan, Todd Ewing, Ray Sawyer, and Johnny Brooks.
17 Jun 2019
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Bristol
Super Stock Joe Santangelo, Chevy Camaro, 10.282, 127.41  def. Ricky Decker, Camaro, 9.985, 133.17.  Stock Eliminator Monty Bogan, Chevy Camaro, 11.094, 116.06  def. Mike Cotten, Duster, 11.173,…
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NHRA Power Rankings: Aggression pays off for Bob Tasca III and Mike Salinas

The two racers have more in common than sharing the winner’s circle in Bristol
17 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Power Rankings
Bob Tasca III and Mike Salinas
You can’t measure competitive drive. It also isn’t very much fun to try. So, I’ll share three of my favorite Bob Tasca III stories to try to paint a picture of how much the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Wally means to him.   The first time I…
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Unofficial Mello Yello points standings

Unofficial point standings following the completion of the Menarda NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, the 10th event of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
16 Jun 2019
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Points
Unofficial point standings following the completion of the Menarda NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, the 10th event of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.Official points will be posted…
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VIDEO: Jose Gonzalez wins Pro Mod at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals 

No. 16 qualifier Jose Gonzalez captures E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series glory in Bristol
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez sealed the deal in Bristol, capturing the Wally from the bottom of the qualifying sheet at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The win is Gonzalez’s second in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services and his…
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VIDEO: Mike Salinas stops Steve Torrence’s winning streak at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Mike Salinas scores second career Top Fuel win in Bristol by defeating Steve Torrence
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Someone stopped Steve Torrence. Mike Salinas got past the defending Top Fuel world champion with brute force thanks to an incredible race car tuned by Alan Johnson. A 3.836-second pass was enough to beat Torrence for the first time since April,…
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VIDEO: Bob Tasca III earns first Funny Car win since 2012 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Bob Tasca III stops John Force from winning 150th Funny Car Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Bob Tasca III
Bob Tasca III won for the first time since 2012 with a 4.008-second pass at 316.23-mph at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The victory kept John Force, his former teammate, from winning his 150th Funny Car Wally.  Tasca returned to…
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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographer Jerry Foss captured the moments of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday, including the first round win of Lex Joon's NHRA Top Fuel career. We've got all those moments for you here.
16 Jun 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Lex Joon
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No. 16 qualifier Jose Gonzalez to race for Bristol Pro Mod Wally

The No. 16 and No. 14 qualifiers both advanced out of the semifinals at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez reached his third E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services final of his career and second of the season. All the more impressive? Gonzalez made the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Pro Mod final from the No. 16…
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John Force will race for 150th win at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

John Force will race Bob Tasca III for Bristol Funny Car Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
John Force
John Force has a shot at his 150th career victory at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol. The 16-time champion defeated Jack Beckman in the semifinals and will race Bob Tasca III in the final round at Bristol Dragway.  Force ran a 4…
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Severance, Januik score at Division 5 Lucas Oil Series opener at Bandimere Speedway

Reigning world champ Joey Severance won in Alcohol Dragster and Nick Januik scored in Top Alcohol Funny Car to lead the list of champions as Division 5 kicked off its Lucas Oil Drag Racing season at Bandimere Speedway.
16 Jun 2019
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Division 5
The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Bandimere Speedway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Joey Severance, 5.466, 264.23 def. Christine Chambless, 5.519, 260.…
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Mike Salinas advances to Top Fuel final with a shot to end Steve Torrence's streak in Bristol

Mike Salinas and Steve Torrence will battle for NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Top Fuel Wally
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Mike Salinas will race in his fourth career final round in a bid to stop Steve Torrence from winning his sixth race in a row. He made a spectacular run to defeat Doug Kalitta, running a 3.817-second pass at 320.20-mph to secure lane choice against…
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Lower seeds advance in E2 of Pro Mod at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

No. 16 seed Jose Gonzalez, alternate Erica Enders advance to Pro Mod semifinals in Bristol
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders got a shot to race on Sunday as an alternate in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services. She’s making the most of that opportunity and will race in the semifinals against Jose Gonzalez, the No. 16 qualifier…
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Ron Capps makes quickest pass of E2 in bid to defend Bristol Funny Car title

Ron Capps will face Bob Tasca III after running the quickest pass in the second round of Funny Car at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Ron Capps
Ron Capps got a step closer towards defending his NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals title with a second-round win against Shawn Langdon. He made a 4.039-second pass at 312.28-mph, the quickest of the second round, and will have lane choice against Bob…
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Steve Torrence continues dominant stretch with Top Fuel E2 win in Bristol

Steve Torrence will race Dom Lagana in the semifinals at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence’s march towards his sixth-straight Wally continued at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. He ran the quickest time of the second round of Top Fuel, a 3.842-second hit at 320.89-mph that put hometown hero Clay Millican on the hero.…
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VIDEO: Bob Rahaim pulls off upset in Pro Mod E1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals 

A wild first round of Pro Mod featured upsets from Bob Rahaim and Jose Gonzalez in Bristol.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Bob Rahaim
Bob Rahaim took down defending E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Services champion Mike Janis in the first round at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. That was one of a pair of big upsets, and Rahaim did it the hard way. He…
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Tommy Johnson Jr. makes terrific pass to lead Funny Car E1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Tommy Johnson Jr. and Make-a-Wish team lowers the hammer in first round of Funny Car eliminations at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-a-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat made a booming 3.964-second pass to defeat Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan in the first round of Funny Car at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Johnson will get No. 1…
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Leah Pritchett enjoying get-healthy weekend in Bristol 

It has not been the season Leah Pritchett dreamed of. Is this the start of something better?
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Leah Pritchett
Leah Pritchett made it down the track in three of her four qualifying runs at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals with an average pass of 3.824-seconds on those successful hits. That’s not world-beating (one of those successful passes was a 3.896, in…
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Clay Millican happy with progress but not satisfied entering NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Clay Millican knows there's still plenty of work to do as he chases first won of 2019 at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Clay Millican
Testing did not set expectations high for the Parts Plus Top Fuel dragster team. Clay Millican, driving a Your Car Your Data-bannered dragster at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals this weekend, remained optimistic. He felt reasonable for doing so.…
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Lex Joon scores first round win in Top Fuel E1 at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Dutchman Lex Joon is heading to the second round for the first time after defeating Leah Pritchett in the first round of Top Fuel at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
16 Jun 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Lex Joon
Lex Joon scored the first round-win of his career in a wild ride against Leah Pritchett. The Dutchman had to pedal his Top Fuel dragster multiple times in the first round of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, but that seemed tame compared to what…
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