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Nitro Shots: To Backup or Not to Backup

NHRA 2017 Chicago Steve Torrence courtesy NHRA media

(Photo: NHRA Media)

In case you were under a rock somewhere and missed the highlight reel from last weekend’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence blew a left rear tire on his dragster, which catapulted him straight into the wall, destroying his car in the second round of eliminations. With Torrence done in the …

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Nitro Shots: The Countdown Begins

249 SteveTorrence Sunday Sonoma

(Photo: Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Before anything else, let me say thanks again to Pete McCole for filling in so wonderfully while I was away on vacation. I’ve returned just in time for the start of the championship Countdown. All four of the Mello Yello professional classes will run the next six events to determine champions starting this weekend with the …

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Nitro Shots: First-Time Winners Make History at Indianapolis

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Steve Torrence at Indianapolis (photo: NHRA)

Three-time U.S. Nationals runner-up Steve Torrence finally broke through to collect his first-ever victory in The Big Go with a final-round victory over Kebin Kinsley in the Top Fuel final at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Torrence was one of three first-time U.S. Nationals winner on Monday, including J.R. Todd (Funny Car) and Drew Skillman …

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Nitro Shots: Troy Coughlin Jr. Out, Richie Crampton In

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Third-generation NHRA driver Troy Coughlin, Jr. resigned his position as driver of the Kalitta Motorsports SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, opting to move to the Top Alcohol Dragster ranks to gain more experience. The team named Richie Crampton to replace him for the remainder of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, as well as for …

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