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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
Feature
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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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
News
ND cover
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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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Feature
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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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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
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
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
Gallery
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
News
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
Feature
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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Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals Sunday Preview

Clay Millican and Bob Tasca III lead their respective fields into final eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
18 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
tasca
The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, the second event in NHRA’s much-heralded return to action, continues on Sunday with final eliminations for racers in Top Fuel and Funny Car. On Saturday, the field was set during a hectic and action-packed day of…
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Clay Millican and Bob Tasca III earn top qualifying spots at Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals

Qualifying is complete at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with Clay Millican and Bob Tasca III as the low qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively.
18 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
millican
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returned to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for a second-straight week where Clay Millican powered to the Top Fuel qualifying lead at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals. Bob Tasca III also nailed down the…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals Saturday 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 the opening day of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals.
18 Jul 2020
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
NHRA's nitro teams returned to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the second straight weekend 77
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Embarrassed but not discouraged, Jeffrey Barker continues moving forward in Pro Mod class

Jeffrey Barker endured one of life’s most embarrassing moments when his Pro Mod Camaro spun out on the burnout during yesterday’s test session at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, but the former Top Sportsman champion is determined to move forward.
18 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Feature
barker
  This won’t come as breaking news to anyone who follows NHRA drag racing, but Pro Mod cars are not easy to drive. Equal parts powerful and unpredictable, the 250-mph machines that make up the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series can…
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T.J. Zizzo; a part time racer who is fueled by a full-time mentality

No one in Top Fuel takes T.J. Zizzo and his Rust-Oleum Top Fuel team lightly, and there is a good resason for that; they come to win every week.
18 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Feature
zizzo
During last weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, T.J. Zizzo found himself in an uncomfortable position during the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations. When opponent Cory McClenathan ran into a mechanical issue that prevented him from staging…
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Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals Saturday Preview

For the second-straight week, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis hosts the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Mod, Factory Stock, and Top Fuel Harley at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals.
18 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
billy
Following the success of last weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, professional racers in Top Fuel and Funny Car will return to Indianapolis this week for the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals. Billy Torrence earned his sixth-…
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Top Fuel rookie Justin Ashley adds Menards for the rest of 2020 season

At the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, the second event in the NHRA’s pandemic-delayed season, Top Fuel newcomer Justin Ashley revealed his Strutmaster.com-sponsored dragster is welcoming a new associate sponsor, Menards, for the rest of the 2020 season.
18 Jul 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Justin Ashley
At the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, the second event in the NHRA’s pandemic-delayed season, Top Fuel newcomer Justin Ashley revealed his Strutmaster.com-sponsored dragster is welcoming a new associate sponsor, Menards, for the rest of the 2020…
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Anthony Bertozzi earns record fifth JEGS SPORTSnationals title

Anthony Bertozzi, one of NHRA's most decorated sportsman drag racers, passed another milestone Monday when he drove to the Top Dragster title during the rain-delayed final rounds at the JEGS SPORTSnationals. Bertozzi is now the most successful driver in the history of the event with five titles. 
17 Jul 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Anthony Bertozzi
Anthony Bertozzi, one of NHRA's most decorated sportsman drag racers, passed another milestone Monday when he drove to the Top Dragster title during the rain-delayed final rounds at the JEGS SPORTSnationals. Bertozzi is now the most successful…
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Indy Friday Testing Notebook

Notes and news from Friday's test session as racers prepare for this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
17 Jul 2020
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
snider
The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals kicked off on Friday with a test session open to competitors in Pro Mod, Factory Stock, and Top Fuel Harley as well as nitro racers who did not compete in last weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. The ability…
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Defending champ Stevie 'Fast' Jackson ready for 2020 Pro Mod's debut Indy

Stevie "Fast" Jackson, the reigning world champ in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service, previewed his fleet of cars with NHRA's Brian Lohnes in advance of this weekend's season opener for the class at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals.
17 Jul 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Steve Jackson
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Bob Tasca III "back home" behind the wheel of his Funny Car after COVID-19 recovery

After missing last weekend's season restart while recovering from COVID-19, Bob Tasca III will be back behind the wheel of his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang Funny Car at this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals in Indianapolis.
17 Jul 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Bob Tasca
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Mozeris doubles at Pacific Division Lucas Oil Series event at Sonoma Raceway

Kim Parker, Doug Gordon, Joe Mozeris, and Tom Medlin led the list of champions as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division event at Sonoma Raceway. Mozeris and Medlin both won a pair of races on the doubleheader weekend.
17 Jul 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Division 7
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Sonoma Raceway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Kim Parker, Graham, Wash., '14 , 5.357, 269.29  def. Joey Severance, Woodburn…
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