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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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NASCAR Drivers Experience NHRA Horsepower at zMax Dragway

zMax FourWide Gragson

(Photo: Mike Mercurio)

It was straight-line-meets-circle-track Thursday morning (April 27) at Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., as the star drivers of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series got a chance to swap seats with some of the ace pilots from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and get themselves a taste of nitromethane. Truck …

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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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