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Jianna Evaristo is finding her groove after Pro Stock Motorcycle switch-up

Learning to ride a 200-plus-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle is a daunting task, but it's one that Jianna Evaristo embraced as she made her 2019 debut aboard a Matt Smith Racing (MSR) Suzuki. Five years in, the Scrappers Racing rider is proving she's up for a new challenge – and expeditiously adapting – as she transitions to an MSR V-Twin Buell.
18 Jun 2024
Kelly Wade
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Jianna Evaristo
Learning to ride a 200-plus-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle is a daunting task, but it's one that Jianna Evaristo embraced as she made her 2019 debut aboard a Matt Smith Racing (MSR) Suzuki. Five years in, the Scrappers Racing rider is proving she's up for…
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New format has Josh Hart’s attention heading to PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals

With three Professional qualifying sessions on Saturday and final eliminations on Sunday, the PlayNHRA Virginia NHRA Nationals has a lot of teams looking forward to the unique format, including Top Fuel's Josh Hart.
17 Jun 2024
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Josh Hart
The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series is heading back to Virginia Motorsports Park after a one-year hiatus for the PlayNHRA Virginia NHRA Nationals, June 22-23, and NHRA Top Fuel championship contender Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers team are…
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'I was born to do this:' Austin Prock talks about his love of Funny Car racing

His grandfather, Tom, raced Funny Cars in the 1970s. His father, Jimmy, is a three-time world championship-winning Funny Car crew chief. So, it only makes sense that Funny Car rookie Austin Prock has taken so quickly to his new class.
14 Jun 2024
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Austin Prock
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the Super Grip Thunder Valley Nationals

Go behind the scenes with the winners of the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals as they celebrate their victories at Bristol Dragway.
12 Jun 2024
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
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Dave Schultz vs. Gaige Herrera, a tale of two winning streaks

In 1994, Dave Schultz set a record with eight-straight Pro Stock Motorcycle race wins and 30 years later, Gaige Herrera has broken it. Here's a look at how the two win streaks stack up against each other.
12 Jun 2024
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Gaige and Schultz
Records are made to be broken but not many people ever thought this one would be. With his most recent win at the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Gaige Herrera claimed his ninth straight, Pro Stock Motorcycle title, breaking…
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Weekend Rewind: Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

The Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway wowed Tennessee fans with wild action and amazingly close racing. Here's a look back at the weekend.
11 Jun 2024
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Tony Schumacher: From catastrophic engine failure to the winner's circle in one weekend

Before winning the 2024 Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Tony Schumacher experienced an engine explosion in his Top Fuel dragster that fans in the stands will never forget.
11 Jun 2024
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Tony Schumacher: From catastrophic engine failure to the winner's cirlce in one weekend
 The incident occurred during the qualifying rounds, capturing the attention of fans and racers alike. As Tony Schumacher's dragster roared down the track, the engine lost multiple cylinders and let go with a massive explosion. The force of the…
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5 Things We Learned in Bristol

From heated rivalries at full boil to poignant moments with drag racing legends, the 23rd annual Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals had it all. Here are five things we learned this weekend in Bristol.
10 Jun 2024
Kelly Wade
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Five Things We Learned in Bristol
From heated rivalries at full boil to poignant moments with drag racing legends, the 23rd annual Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals had it all. Here are five things we learned this weekend in Bristol. PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE IS PEAK DRAMA…
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Bo Butner wins again with Bristol JHG Mountain Motor Pro Stock title

Incoming points leader Bo Butner won his second consecutive Johnson's Horsepowered Garage Mountain Motor Pro Stock event at this weekend's Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and claimed top speed of the meet along the way.
10 Jun 2024
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Bo Butner
Bo Butner is finding his home in the Johnson's Horsepowered Garage Mountain Motor Pro Stock division of NHRA drag racing. The incoming points leader won his second consecutive event in the series at this weekend's Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley…
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Steve Johnson aims to become first Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to repeat in Bristol

Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Steve Johnson is looking to become the first repeat winner at Bristol Dragway at this weekend’s Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and turn around his 2024 season in the process.
06 Jun 2024
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Steve Johnson
Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Steve Johnson is looking to become the first repeat winner at Bristol Dragway at this weekend’s 23rd annual Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and turn around his 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season…
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Top Fuel points leader Justin Ashley hopes to keep his Bristol streak alive

If you’re NHRA Top Fuel points leader Justin Ashley, it would be hard not to love Bristol Dragway. Ashley has won back-to-back races in scenic Thunder Valley, including last year when he swept the weekend in incredible fashion.
05 Jun 2024
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Justin Ashley
If you’re NHRA Top Fuel points leader Justin Ashley, it would be hard not to love Bristol Dragway. Ashley has won back-to-back races in scenic Thunder Valley, including last year when he swept the weekend in incredible fashion, including the…
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Rising Funny Car star Daniel Wilkerson on cusp of first win heading to Bristol

Daniel Wilkerson has already enjoyed a great start to his first full season in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series and can take another big leap at this weekend’s Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
05 Jun 2024
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Daniel Wilkerson
Daniel Wilkerson has already enjoyed a great start to his first full season in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, sitting sixth in Funny Car points after a final round in Charlotte and back-to-back semifinal appearances at the last two races…
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Weekend Rewind: NHRA New England Nationals

The NHRA New England Nationals kicked off a busy summer of NHRA Drag Racing at New England Dragway with a wild event playing out in front of two sold-out crowds. Here's a look back at the weekend.
04 Jun 2024
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Hagan rolling into New England Nationals with momentum (and mustache)

Already riding a massive wave of momentum, reigning Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan has plenty of reasons to feel great heading into this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals, not the least of which is his Epping secret weapon.
30 May 2024
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Matt Hagan
Already riding a massive wave of momentum after back-to-back victories, reigning Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan has plenty of reasons to feel great heading into this weekend’s 11th annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.…
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Antron Brown ready to keep throwing down at NHRA New England Nationals

Antron Brown has already won the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout, a Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge event, and, in Chicago, his first event race win of the year, and Brown will look to keep rolling at this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals.
28 May 2024
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Antron Brown
Antron Brown has done a little bit of everything during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season, winning the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout, a Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge event, and, in Chicago, his first event race…
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Kalitta looks to close the only gap on his resumé: A New England Nats win

Doug Kalitta has won at every dragstrip on the current NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series except one — New England Dragway, home of this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals — and the reigning world champion hopes to complete the list.
28 May 2024
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Doug Kalitta
He's won the world championship and the NHRA U.S. Nationals. He's won the NHRA Winternationals and the NHRA Gatornationals. In fact, Doug Kalitta has won at every dragstrip on the current NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series except one — New…
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John DeFlorian Jr. surprises in Pro Stock cameo appearance

No one was as shocked as John DeFlorian Jr. when he got the call to race a GETTRX-branded Pro Stock car at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals. It had been 30 years, but DeFlorian found his footing and upset apple carts on Sunday with a performance that won't soon be forgotten.
27 May 2024
Kelly Wade
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John DeFlorian
No one was as shocked as John DeFlorian Jr. when he got the call to race a second GETTRX Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaro for Matt Hartford at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance. It had been 30 years…
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World’s quickest street cars shine in Peak Street Car Shootout

Eight of the world's quickest street-legal drag and drive cars gathered in Chicago for the Peak Street Car Shootout, where Dave Schroeder earned a final-round victory over Alex Taylor.
24 May 2024
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Street Car
Six-second race cars are a common sight at NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series events, but six-second race cars that can also be legally street driven is another matter entirely. Perhaps that’s what made the Peak Street Car Shootout presented…
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With a new approach, Pro Stock Motorcycle's Matt Smith is closing the gap

Six-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith rode out of Chicago with his first low qualifier award of the season tucked neatly beneath his arm. Most importantly, he had the knowledge that he and his Denso-backed Buell have a shot at race wins and another world title.
23 May 2024
Kelly Wade
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Matt Smith
Matt Smith has entered the chat. The six-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion rode out of Chicago with his first low qualifier award of the season tucked neatly beneath his arm. Most importantly, he had the knowledge that he and his Denso-backed Matt…
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the Gerber Collision Route 66 Nationals

Go behind the scenes with the winners of the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance as they celebrate their victories at Route 66 Raceway.
23 May 2024
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Worsham tunes DeJoria in Chicago and attends college graduation in California

Del Worsham tuned Alexis DeJoria's Funny Car to a fifth-place qualifier before flying back to Southern California for daughter Kate's college graduation. Chuck Worsham took over car duties on Saturday, and Del returned for Sunday's race.
21 May 2024
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Worsham family tunes DeJoria in Chicago and attends college graduation in California
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Video tribute: Legendary Don Schumacher remembered by fellow racers

The late Don Schumacher was saluted by the NHRA Drag Racing community at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance, where drivers, including Leah Pruett, Ron Capps, Tony Schumacher, Matt Hagan, Antron Brown, Angelle Sampey, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Jack Beckman, and John Force, paid video tribute to him.
21 May 2024
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Don Schumacher
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Weekend Rewind: Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals

The Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance took NHRA racers and fans on a wild road trip of upsets and dominating performances. Relive some of those great moments in our Weekend Rewind video.
21 May 2024
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Weekend Rewind
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It's getting better and better for first-time full-time FC driver Daniel Wilkerson

After reaching the final round at the most recent event on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series tour, crew chief turned full-time driver Daniel Wilkerson is settling right in behind the wheel of the Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang.
16 May 2024
Kelly Wade
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Daniel Wilkerson
After reaching the final round at the most recent event on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series tour, crew chief turned full-time driver Daniel Wilkerson is settling right in behind the wheel of the Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang. This…
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New National Dragster issue packed with hot race coverage, cool feature stories

The May 2024 issue of NHRA National Dragster, packed with racing coverage from coast to coast and in-depth feature stories, is now online in digital format and in the mail in its traditional print format to NHRA Members around the world.
16 May 2024
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Issue 05
READ THE ISSUE The May 2024 issue of NHRA National Dragster, packed with racing coverage from coast to coast and in-depth feature stories, is now online in…
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Funny Car icon John Force eager to wow Chicago fans at Route 66 Nationals

Legendary Funny Car racer John Force has enjoyed a terrific start to his 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season, and the 16-time world champion has plenty of momentum heading into this weekend’s Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance at Route 66 Raceway.
15 May 2024
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 John Force
Legendary Funny Car racer John Force has enjoyed a terrific start to his 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season. The 16-time world champion has already posted one victory this season and a pair of final-round appearances, giving the team…
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Ron Capps welcomes the highs and lows as a Funny Car team owner

No. 10 on NHRA's all-time win list with 76 victories and three world titles, Ron Capps is one of the most experienced and acclaimed drivers in the sport behind the wheel of his NAPA Auto Care Toyota GR Supra. Now in his third season as a team owner, a whole new level has been unlocked.
14 May 2024
Kelly Wade
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Ron Capps
No. 10 on NHRA's all-time win list with 76 victories and three world titles, Ron Capps is one of the most experienced and acclaimed drivers in the sport behind the wheel of his NAPA Auto Care Toyota GR Supra. Now in his third season as a team owner…
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Top Fuel’s Clay Millican after more Chicago magic at Route 66 Nationals

Route 66 Raceway has always been a special venue for Top Fuel fan-favorite Clay Millican. The Gerber Collision & Glass NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by Peak Performance was the site of his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel event and also an event he won in 2018 and 2023.
13 May 2024
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Clay Millican
Route 66 Raceway has always been a special venue for Top Fuel fan-favorite Clay Millican. It was the site of his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel event and also an event he won in 2018. Then came last year for the veteran, who broke a losing streak of…
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2024 Las Vegas 4-Wide Nationals Top Alcohol Funny Car champion Sean Bellemeur

13 May 2024
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Three-time world champ Sean Bellemeur scored his fourth four-wide win in Top Alcohol Funny Car competition but his first at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he edged rookie phenom Maddi Gordon by just .0008-second as both finished ahead of…
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2024 Las Vegas 4-Wide Nationals Top Alcohol Dragster champion Shawn Cowie

13 May 2024
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Shawn Cowie won the spring Las Vegas event for the fourth time in Top Alcohol Dragster and for the second time in the four-wide format, where his stout 5.20 defeated Prescott Dean, Jacqueline Fricke, and Mike Coughlin. The win was the 24th for Cowie…
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