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Nitro Shots: The Cruelty of Loss

NHRA 2016 Leah Pritchett car on track courtesy NHRA media

First, my apologies for missing last week’s installment. Technology is great when it works, not so great when it doesn’t. Now to the business at hand. Loss can come in several forms and it’s not usually a word one wants to associate with motorsports. It came in two forms this week. Sadly, reigning PDRA Top …

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Nitro Shots: What Is There To Say?

NHRA 2015 Topeka Richie Crampton car courtesy Geiger Media

Photo Courtesy: Geiger Media

Sometimes this is the hardest part of this article to write. That doesn’t seem like it should be the case, since this commentary portion can be about anything, but that also means coming up with an idea. This is one of those weeks. It was an off-weekend last week so there isn’t anything coming out …

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Nitro Shots: Something Is Afoot at the Circle K

NHRA 2016 Ron Capps car courtesy NHRA media

(Photo: NHRA Media)

Fans often complain about dominant teams “stinking up the show.” NASCAR fans levy that charge at big money operations like Hendrick Motorsports or Joe Gibbs Racing. It happens in drag racing too, with the same complaint many times directed at Don Schumacher Racing or John Force Racing. JFR has gotten off to a solid start …

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Nitro Shots: How Important Is Speed?

NHRA 2016 Greg Anderson Pro Stock courtesy NHRA

Perhaps the biggest change coming into 2016, as touched upon in last week’s Nitro Shots, took place in the Pro Stock category. Gone are carburetors in favor of Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) systems. Gone also are the big hood scoops that accompanied the carburetion era. According to some of the drivers in Pomona, gone as …

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Nitro Shots: That’s A Wrap!

2015 NHRA Pomona 2 Brown Enders Worsham Hines champions credit NHRA Media

Photo Credit: NHRA Media

That’s it folks. It’s all over. All the big trophies have been handed out, including to Drew Skillman, who captured the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award as NHRA’s top rookie for 2015. It’s time to eat some turkey, do some shopping, put up some decorations, maybe go on vacation to …

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Nitro Shots: Time Flies as 2015 Draws to a Close

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Del Worsham 2014 Mike Neff 106

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

It seems like just yesterday that teams were arriving in Pomona, ready to start the 2015 season. Everyone was full of optimism and everyone, on paper at least, had an even chance of being the champion at the end of the season. Now teams are pulling in to Pomona again, but this time it’s to …

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Nitro Shots: Champions of Diversity

NHRA 2015 Las Vegas Antron Brown celebrates championship photo courtesy NHRA Media

Photo Credit: NHRA Media

Recently, I overheard a colleague talking about a situation where someone who knew he covered NHRA called out the league for not having a diversity program. This individual is absolutely right; the NHRA has no such program, no special incentive to put diversity drivers in a car, no audition process to identify potentially talented diversity …

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