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Nitro Shots: Potential History in the Making for John Force

NHRA 2016 Sonoma John Force car courtesy NHRA

John Force has been no stranger to making history in his storied career and he has the opportunity to do so once again this weekend. Force won the first two legs of the Western Swing in Denver and Sonoma and enters Seattle as the only driver with a chance to complete the sweep this year. …

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Nitro Shots: Crunch Time Approaches

NHRA 2016 Erica Enders Stevens car shot courtesy NHRA

Chicago got its origins as a hub between the East and the West back in the 1800s, and for the NHRA, at least, it’s still serving the same purpose. It’s the site of this weekend’s K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals, the final stop before the famed Western Swing. That must mean that the regular …

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Nitro Shots: The Annual Pro Mod Edition

NHRA 2016 Pro Mod Rickie Smith courtesy NHRA media

The Mello Yello Series Pro classes of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle may be the primary focus of Nitro Shots, but there’s always room to share some love with some of the other racers you might see at an event. Pro Mod is also a professional class that runs a 10 race schedule …

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Nitro Shots: The NHRA Media Game

NHRA 2016 Richie Crampton car shot courtesy NHRA

Communication is the name of the game. It’s all about how you get your message out there. One might say that a primary focus of the NHRA these days is an overhaul of how that happens, on television and more modern media alike. It might be the new television partner that spurred that, but whatever the …

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Nitro Shots: It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To

NHRA 2016 Englishtown Angelle Sampey on bike courtesy NHRA

Angelle Sampey won her first Pro Stock Motorcycle race in nine years and was emotional about the win and what it meant to her. Most would say this reaction is understandable, in addition to Sampey being an emotional person to start. Then there are those few who call her out on social media for her tears, …

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Nitro Shots: The Good Old Days

NHRA Chi Town Hustler historic Funny Car courtesy NHRA

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In case you missed it, NHRA is having a season-long celebration around Funny Car, celebrating 50 years of that particular class. As part of the celebration, historic cars are making appearances at events, television coverage is featuring the drivers and cars of the past, and perhaps as a centerpiece, a season-long vote is ranking fans’ favorite …

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Nitro Shots: Close ‘Em Up Or Let ‘Em Dominate?

NHRA 2016 Greg Anderson Pro Stock courtesy NHRA

We have a great debate about NHRA’s Countdown championship format on our hands here. It’s called KB Racing. Jason Line has won five of eight races so far this season and his teammate Greg Anderson has won the other three. Third driver, Bo Butner, has also seen some final round action. As a matter of fact, …

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