Race Weekend Central

Nitro Shots: The Last Chance

This weekend is the biggest one of the NHRA schedule — the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis. It’s the Daytona 500 or the Indy 500 of NHRA drag racing. It’s also the last chance for drivers in the Mello Yello categories to make it into the six-race Countdown to drive for the championship. Miss …

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Nitro Shots: The Opening Act

This space is generally devoted to the Mello Yello Series classes, the pros in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Then, sometimes the other professional class, Pro Mod makes an appearance. What we feature less often, and hope to make up for a little bit this week, are the sportsman classes. …

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Nitro Shots: Odds and Ends

The NHRA has released the 2019 Mello Yello Series schedule and things are pretty much unchanged from the 2018 iteration. Richmond is back, the Countdown once again starts at Maple Grove, the regular season ends at Indy, and the season opens and closes in Pomona. Charlotte and Vegas stay four-wide for the first events and have second …

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Nitro Shots: U.S. Military Marches Off Into the Sunset

While Air Force is still in NASCAR, the other military branches left the sport. The sponsorships were viewed as a poor use of taxpayer-backed advertising and recruitment dollars. Critics argued that the number of new recruits gained from the trackside activations couldn’t be proven, and thus they were not sound return on the investment. And …

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