NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Nitro Shots: Plenty of Visual Aids

NHRA 2016 Atlanta Doug Kalitta J.R. Todd Top Fuel photo finish courtesy NHRA

When this column was devised, video was definitely something that was tagged to play a role. The argument has been made many times that drag racing is such a visual sport and to that end, we would try to include video in some form every week. That could be clips from events or interviews, sometimes …

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Nitro Shots: Rough Day at the Office

NHRA 2016 Terry McMillen car shot courtesy NHRA

Our NASCAR friends have likely written much this week about the rough day in the office drivers in the Sprint Cup Series had at Talladega, but it turns out that some of the drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello and J&A Services Pro Mod Series had their share of misfortune last weekend as well. If …

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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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