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Indy-based NHRA teams stock up and prepare for the famed Western Swing

NHRA race teams are preparing to head out on the Western Swing, which will take them to Colorado, California, and Washington state on three consecutive weekends. What does it take to get ready for the trip? NHRA’s John Kernan reports from Indy.
16 Jul 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Western Swing
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The story behind the recent success of Bob Tasca III and his Ford Motorcraft Funny Car

Bob Tasca III has won the last two Funny Car races on the NHRA Mello Yello schedule but, as crew chiefs Eric Lane and Jon Schaffer explain, it certainly wasn't easy. NHRA's John Kernan reports from Indy.
28 Jun 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Bob Tasca
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Fast start for David Grubnic and Brittany Force has team excited for rest of season

Dave Grubnic has locked up a win, two runner-ups and three pole positions since joining John Force Racing as Brittany Force racing. As John Kernan reports, the veteran crew chief thinks the best is yet to come.
24 May 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Dave Grubnic
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Bo Butner chasing fourth win of season as Pro Stock returns in Richmond

2017 Pro Stock champion Bo Butner holds a big points lead as the door car category returns to action at Virginia Motorsports Park. He joined Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks Studio to discuss his season.
16 May 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Bo Butner
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J.R. Todd tries out the cockpit of Wix Filters teammate Sage Karam's IndyCar ride

Before he headed to Richmond for this weekend’s Virginia NHRA Nationals, reigning NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champ J.R. Todd stopped by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the upcoming Indy 500, to check out the machine of Wix Filters teammate Sage Karam.
15 May 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
J.R. Todd
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Capps, Tobler, NAPA team ready to build on Atlanta victory in Virginia

Buoyed by their success at the Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals, Crew chief Rahn Tobler and the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car team are eager to keep the momentum going at the Virginia NHRA Nationals.
14 May 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Rahn Tobler
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Tommy Johnson Jr. battles crew chief John Collins at Wild Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway

Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson Jr. took on his crew chief John Collins at Wild Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway.
11 May 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
NHRA Today™
John Collins and Tommy Johnson Jr.
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Torrence team ready to add to victory streak headed to Virginia

After failing to win at any of the season's first five races, Steve Torrence's Capco Contractors team is the hottest operation in Top Fuel with back-to-back wins in Charlotte and Atlanta. NHRA Indy Bureau Chief John Kernan visited the Torrence shop in Brownsburg, Ind., to catch up with crew chief Bobby Lagana Jr.
09 May 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Steve Torrence
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Virginia Motorsports Park primed and ready for Virginia NHRA Nationals

Virginia Motorsports Park owner Tommy Franklin joined NHRA's Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio to preview the upcoming Virginia NHRA Nationals at the fabled facility.
08 May 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Virginia Motorsports Park
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Andrew Hines reflects on his milestone 50th Pro Stock Motorcycle victory

With his victory at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, Andrew Hines became the first Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to reach the 50-win milestone and just the 19th in NHRA history.
02 May 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
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zMAX Dragway prepped and ready for exciting weekend of four-wide NHRA action

Greg Walter, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway joined NHRA's Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio to preview this weekend's NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
24 Apr 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Charlotte
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J.R. Todd poised for four-wide sweep entering NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

J.R. Todd joined Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks Studio via Skype to talk about the upcoming four-wide race at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte where he can sweep the 2019 four-wide events.
24 Apr 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
J.R. Todd
J.R. Todd won the first four-wide event of the season, the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, and can go back-to-back in the four-wide format in Charlotte. The NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals kick off Friday at zMAX…
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From novice to seasoned racer, NHRA Member Tracks are the place to race

Like Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, the vast majority of NHRA's 120 Member Track are open on a weekly basis to novices to experienced drivers alike, allowing everyone the thrill of driving down an NHRA-legal dragstrip.
11 Apr 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Member Track
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Torrence, LVMS crew revved up as four-wide racing returns to Las Vegas this weekend

Defending Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence and Jeff Motley from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway join Lewis Bloom via Skype in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio to talk about this weekend’s upcoming event in Las Vegas.
01 Apr 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Las Vegas
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 644-4444 or visit www.LVMS.com. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders,…
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Torrence team has a recipe for success that any nitro team can follow

Steve Torrence and his Capco Contractors team won the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship with the same parts available to any team -- from chassis to engine blocks and clutch -- giving new and aspiring teams a recipe for success.
28 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Steve Torrence
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Paul Lee Funny Car team to debut at Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals

Funny Car racer Paul Lee and crew chief Jim Oberhofer are making the final preparations ahead of the Atlanta event which will be Lee's re-introduction to the Funny Car category.
26 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Paul Lee
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Legendary NHRA broadcaster Dave McClelland reminisces, reflects on NHRA racing

NHRA broadcasters Lewis Bloom and Brian Lohnes welcomed legendary NHRA broadcaster Dave McClelland into the Wally Parks Studio via Skype to reminisce about the past and discuss the future of NHRA Drag Racing.
19 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
10:51
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McMillen and team take the future into their own hands with in-house chassis

Terry McMillen, crew chief Rob Wendland, and the Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel team began building their own chassis in-house this year, and the results so far have been nothing short of impressive.
11 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Terry McMillen
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Ed McCulloch looks back on Gatornats history, ahead to Unfinished Business

NHRA legend Ed “the Ace” McCulloch (and a few surprise guests) joined Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio to talk about his Gatornationals history and his participation in the Unfinished Business competition at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
08 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
05:24
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Tommy Johnson Jr.'s Make-A-Wish Funny Car team recovering from wild NHRA Arizona Nationals

A couple of big explosions won't keep crew chief John Collins and the Make-A-Wish Funny Car team from going for the Wally at the 50th running of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
06 Mar 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
NHRA Today™
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. endured a Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals he probably wants to forget. His Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger//SRT Hellcat Funny Car blew up twice during eliminations (although once resulting in a round win) and that…
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Austin Prock and Jordan Vandergriff discuss first Top Fuel seasons

Top Fuel rookies Austin Prock and Jordan Vandergriff are already fast friends -- that doesn't mean they're not rivals when the visors come down on elimination day.
05 Mar 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
01:55
John Force Racing Top Fuel rookie Austin Prock and Bob Vandergriff Racing Top Fuel rookie Jordan Vandergriff both have a pair of round wins entering the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The friends share tips and tricks from their runs with one…
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Steve Torrence's Capco Contractors team returns to work for new year

2018 Top Fuel world champion crew chief Bobby Lagana and the Capco Contractor team returned to work in earnest to kick off the new year. Indy Bureau Chief John Kernan got the scoop on what the champs are up to.
04 Jan 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Steve Torrence
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It may be the offseason, but Richie Crampton is staying busy

Richie Crampton has a lot on his plate. Not only is he the driver of one of the Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuelers, but he also runs the Lucas Racing chassis shop and fields a wild, alcohol-supercharged '57 Chevy wagon and while he's in his native Australia for Christmas he'll be -- big surprise -- racing some more.
20 Dec 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Richie Crampton
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Torrence team continues to celebrate Top Fuel championship

The Torrence Racing team is still celebrating its Mello Yello Top Fuel championship, with the latest festivities being a pizza challenge and a dinner-on-Gary evening at a fancy Indianapolis restaurant.
10 Dec 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Steve Torrence
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'Nitro bowling' with 2018 NHRA Funny Car champ J.R. Todd and friends

Newly crowned NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champ J.R. Todd and his nitro-fueled friends in Brownsburg, Ind, are back in the lanes -- bowling lanes, that is -- as their competitive nature strikes again.
28 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
00:51
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NHRA Today Roundtable: 2018 Auto Club NHRA Finals preview

NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom is joined in the Wally Parks Studio delivered by Papa John's Pizza via Skype by John Kernan, Dave Rieff and Tony Pedregon to preview the final race of the season: the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
07 Nov 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
00:58
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With championship on the line, Torrence team is well-prepared for Las Vegas

Steve Torrence and the Capco Contractors team can clinch the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship with a strong showing at this weekend's NHRA Toyota Nationals, and assistant crew chief Bobby Lagana Jr. says the team is leaving nothing to chance.
23 Oct 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
Steve Torrence
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Ron Capps chases second Mello Yello Funny Car title after Charlotte win

NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car racer Ron Capps joined NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks Studio delivered by Papa John's Pizza to wrap up his win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by Wix Filters.
18 Oct 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
06:58
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NHRA Today Roundtable: 2018 NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by Wix Filters

NHRA reporter Lewis Bloom hosted NHRA on FOX broadcasters Dave Rieff and Tony Pedregon along with Indianapolis Bureau Chief John Kernan in the Wally Parks Studio delivered by Papa John's Pizza via Skype to wrap up the 2018 NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by Wix Filters.
17 Oct 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
00:51
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Hight discusses comeback from broken collarbone, Dallas win, title battle

Robert Hight joined NHRA’s Lewis Bloom in the Wally Parks NHRA Studio delivered by Papa John’s to talk about coming back from a broken collarbone to win in Dallas and about this thoughts on the championship battle ahead.
11 Oct 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Today™
09:12
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