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Nitro Shots: The Most Popular Guy in the Sport

NHRA 2017 Gainesville John Force winning courtesy NHRA Media

Hockey has the Stanley Cup. The Daytona 500 has the Harley J. Earl trophy. This being the month of May, there are a number of people pursuing IndyCar’s Borg-Warner trophy. The Kentucky Derby graces winners with a blanket of roses. The NHRA’s most prestigious race, the U.S. Nationals, sees the winner endowed with…a Wally. The …

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Nitro Shots: NHRA Superpowers & Underdogs

NHRA 2017 Las Vegas DSR three hundred wins courtesy Don Schumacher Racing

In Pro Stock last year, NHRA superpowers emerged in KB Racing. Over in Pro Stock Motorcycle, it’s been the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team since the earth cooled — or so it seems. In Nitro, success has been reserved for mostly Don Schumacher Racing with a little John Force Racing thrown in for good measure. It’s called domination. It’s …

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Friday Qualifying Complete at Four-Wide Nationals

NHRA 2017 Charlotte Courtney Force Friday qualifying credit Toni Montgomery

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals weekend is underway at the zMAX Dragway out in Charlotte. And a familiar last name, Force, tops the outstanding lineup you’ll see. Courtney Force had a terrible run in round one qualifying for Funny Car, hurt when her car veered left but made up for it in round two. She scored an all-around track …

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Nitro Shots: All In The Dysfunctional Family

NHRA 2017 Las Vegas Tanner Gray winning courtesy NHRA media

Sure the racing was exciting this past weekend, but as is always the case when they happen, the big buzz was about the fight. In case you didn’t hear about it somehow, after Alex Laughlin and Tanner Gray faced off in eliminations, Gray apparently was unhappy with how Laughlin staged his car and had some …

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Nitro Shots: What’s a Champion Have to Do?

NHRA 2015 Shawn Langdon joins Kalitta courtesy Kalitta Motorsports

Last week I passed along the news that Shawn Langdon was moving to Kalitta Motorsports to drive a third Top Fuel entry effective immediately. The move from Don Schumacher Racing to Kalitta was prompted by a lack of sponsor support for his DSR effort. Langdon had yet to make a start in 2017. This is …

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Nitro Shots: Thank You For Your Support

NHRA 2016 Charlotte Sportsman Racers photo Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery)

NHRA drag racing has support series just like most other forms of motorsports (i.e. Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY, or Verizon IndyCar and Indy Lights), but there is one big difference between how these other support series function versus how things work in drag racing. In NASCAR, the XFINITY series races as part of the …

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Nitro Shots: Getting Back to Championship Form?

NHRA 2017 Jeg Coughlin car courtesy NHRA

Last year, KB Racing absolutely dominated the Pro Stock class, taking home the class championship with Jason Line while teammate Greg Anderson finished the season right behind him in second spot. The two years prior to that, however, belonged to Elite Motorsports and two-time champion Erica Enders. Elite had high hopes after adding five-time champion …

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