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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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Nitro Shots: Leah Pritchett Chasing History

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(Photo: Pete McCole)

By Pete McCole PRITCHETT CHASING HISTORY Leah Pritchett is on pace to do something no one in the history of the Top Fuel division has been able to accomplish: win three straight races to start off a season. After besting Doug Kalitta at the season-opener in Pomona and Brittany Force two weeks ago at Phoenix, …

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Nitro Shots: Hey, Good Lookin’! More Than a Pretty Face

NHRA Phoenix winners Leah Pritchett Matt Hagan Greg Anderson courtesy NHRA

During a feature on the FOX coverage of the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Leah Pritchett was asked if her looks have helped or hurt her during her career. Her response was “both,” and I can imagine that’s quite true. It’s no secret that looks can take you places, particularly in a sport that relies on sponsor-driver …

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Nitro Shots: Final Shot

NHRA 2016 Connie Kalitta Lifetime Achievement Award courtesy Kalitta Motorsports

What are you still doing here? The season is over. Nothing more to see here. Go on. Take some time off and get recharged for 2017 like everyone else is doing. It will be here before you know it. Just a scant three months until NHRA hits the track again in Pomona in February. OK, …

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Nitro Shots: Banner Year?

NHRA 2016 Pro Mod champion Rickie Smith courtesy NHRA

NHRA hosted sell-out crowds on Saturday at Las Vegas, the fifth time it has done so this year. The house was also filled to capacity during Four-Wide weekend in Charlotte, Atlanta and  Epping on Saturday, while Sunday sold out in Sonoma. It’s definitely a positive sign to see a good turnout in markets all across the …

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Nitro Shots: One Last Hurrah

NHRA 2016 Las Vegas Antron Brown champion courtesy NHRA

One championship in the NHRA has already been decided but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing left to sort out in Pomona. Matter of fact, it’s the two-wheeled contingent that goes into the final race with a big battle underway. Harley Davidson teammates Andrew Hines, the defending champion, and Eddie Krawiec are tied with …

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Nitro Shots: The NHRA’s Youth Movement

NHRA 2016 Gainesville Brittany Force John Force Wally courtesy NHRA Media

Getting young people involved in drag racing to insure the future of the sport has been a recurring topic of discussion. Many of the stars driving in the NHRA Mello Yello Professional categories today are in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s. Those drivers have expressed concern for the future of the sport once they all …

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