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Nitro Shots: Odds and Ends

The NHRA has released the 2019 Mello Yello Series schedule and things are pretty much unchanged from the 2018 iteration. Richmond is back, the Countdown once again starts at Maple Grove, the regular season ends at Indy, and the season opens and closes in Pomona. Charlotte and Vegas stay four-wide for the first events and have second …

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Nitro Shots: U.S. Military Marches Off Into the Sunset

While Air Force is still in NASCAR, the other military branches left the sport. The sponsorships were viewed as a poor use of taxpayer-backed advertising and recruitment dollars. Critics argued that the number of new recruits gained from the trackside activations couldn’t be proven, and thus they were not sound return on the investment. And …

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Nitro Shots: An Explosive Situation & Goodbye to a Legend

Cruz Pedregon was the latest victim this past weekend, but body-shredding explosions have been a consistent problem in Funny Car this season. John Force started the season with three-consecutive blown up racecars, losing consciousness on at least one of those occasions. Why so many catastrophic failures this season? Are there really more, or have the …

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Pace Laps: A Rainy Kind of NASCAR Weekend

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Stewart-Haas Racing Asserting Its Dominance For the seventh time this season, Stewart-Haas Racing is taking home another race win trophy, this time with Clint Bowyer’s second victory of the season in the rain-shortened race at Michigan International Speedway. Joining teammates Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, who has five wins this …

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Nitro Shots: New Territory

This week the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to some new old territory, visiting Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond for the first time since 2009 for a national event. That makes this trip an interesting one, as the more experienced drivers on the circuit have been to the track before, while all the …

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