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Tech Talk: Bono Manion on Engine Strains & Shifting Gears

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(Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Kevin “Bono” Manion is back to working in a two-car operation. He worked for several years at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and won some of the biggest races in the sport. He was employed at Tommy Baldwin Racing last year and the beginning of this season but he’s on top of the box …

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Nitro Shots: Making Value Add Up For Sponsors

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(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

After touching upon the issue of television and ratings, let’s do a little math this week. First, some numbers for you to play with. The cost to run a competitive Pro Stock car, per Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman earlier this season when talking about the shortfall for defending champion Erica Enders‘s car, is $1.5-$2 …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Matt DiBenedetto on Growing, Improving & What’s Next

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Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Driving in the Sprint Cup ranks isn’t easy, especially for a rookie driver on a smaller team, but Matt DiBenedetto is making the most of his opportunity with the No. 83 car at BK Racing.  He sat down with Amy Henderson at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Coca-Cola 600 and talked about his latest opportunity, …

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Nitro Shots: You’ve Made the Bonus Round!

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

This weekend in Las Vegas, drivers in NHRA’s Pro Stock category will compete in a special bonus event, the K&N Horsepower Challenge. (Think All-Star Race.) So what’s on the line? A nice check to the tune of $50,000 for the winner and, of course, bragging rights. The two Saturday qualifying rounds will also serve as …

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Nitro Shots: Keeping the Wheels on the Ground

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Photo Credit: NHRA Media

Drag racer Tina Pierce wrecked Saturday night at an IHRA event. Almost immediately, video circulated on the internet and social media, prompting unfortunate comments from some male readers. Granted, they were not in the majority, but they were disturbing, saying things like “this is why women shouldn’t race” and that she could not drive. Pierce, …

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CSX Transportation Renews Sponsorship with David Ragan

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Today at Daytona 500 Media Day, David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports announced an eight-race sponsorship deal with CSX Transportation. The company, which has been a sponsor the last two seasons on the No.34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, will promote its Play It Safe campaign. ““I’ve really enjoyed working with all the great people at CSX,” …

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Beyond the Cockpit with Richie Crampton and Morgan Lucas: Drag Racing in Australia, Amazing Rookie Seasons, and MAVTV

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Credit: Mike Neff

Richie Crampton came a long way to race in the NHRA. From the other side of the world, as a matter of fact. Crampton, who originally hails from Adelaide, South Australia, is in his rookie season driving the Geico Top Fuel dragster for Morgan Lucas Racing. He’s off to a fast start, scoring two victories …

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Fantasy Insider: Rolling The Dice At The Chase Halfway Point

It was back in mid-May when Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a race this season and there were whispers about what was wrong with the No. 48 team. Maybe the relationship between Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus wasn’t what it used to be? Maybe the No. 48 team had lost its edge after …

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