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Courtney Force Retires From NHRA Competition

NHRA 2017 Epping Brittany Force and Courtney Force selfie courtesy NHRA

(Photo via NHRA)

John Force Racing, one of the top-caliber organizations in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, announced Thursday morning (Jan. 24) that Courtney Force will be stepping out of the driver’s seat of her Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. “I will be stepping away from my driving duties, effective immediately,” Force said. “This was a …

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Nitro Shots: Up And Down For the Force Family

NHRA 2018 Phoenix Courtney Force on track courtesy NHRA Media

Two races in and John Force Racing has already both enjoyed good fortune and suffered the worst of racing luck as well. At the season-opener in Pomona, Top Fuel driver Brittany Force lost control or her dragster and made hard contact with the wall, destroying the car and sending Force to the hospital where she …

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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: NHRA Big Go Grab Bag

NHRA 2016 Indy testing car Leah Pritchett courtesy NHRA

It’s the biggest weekend of the year coming up for the NHRA, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, and there are a number of storylines to follow. First, this weekend is the final race of the regular season. After the U.S. Nationals, the Countdown fields for the four professional classes will be locked in and point …

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Nitro Shots: Potential History in the Making for John Force

NHRA 2016 Sonoma John Force car courtesy NHRA

John Force has been no stranger to making history in his storied career and he has the opportunity to do so once again this weekend. Force won the first two legs of the Western Swing in Denver and Sonoma and enters Seattle as the only driver with a chance to complete the sweep this year. …

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Nitro Shots: Plenty of Visual Aids

NHRA 2016 Atlanta Doug Kalitta J.R. Todd Top Fuel photo finish courtesy NHRA

When this column was devised, video was definitely something that was tagged to play a role. The argument has been made many times that drag racing is such a visual sport and to that end, we would try to include video in some form every week. That could be clips from events or interviews, sometimes …

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Nitro Shots: Halfway Home For Future NHRA Champions

NHRA 2015 Reading Antron Brown car courtesy NHRA Media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

Here we are, already halfway through the Countdown to the Championship, with three races in the books and three more left to complete the 2015 season. Where do things stand and who looks like they might be tough to beat with just a few events remaining? In Top Fuel, that’s a pretty easy question, as …

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Off the Wall With: John Force

NHRA 2015 Charlotte John Force intros credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

In the spotlight this week: 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force What’s fun besides racing? Force: Racing with my granddaughter Autumn with the Junior dragster. Don’t get to do it much. Me and Robert [Hight], her Dad, we love to do it. And I love the movies but who doesn’t? What’s the top item …

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Nitro Shots: Good Fortune From Bad?

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

A few weeks ago, Don Schumacher Racing parted ways with driver Spencer Massey. Massey had run in the top 10 in Top Fuel points all season, but his departure meant that his team would not be able to reap the reward and contend for a title in the Countdown for the Championship. Yesterday, Alan Johnson …

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