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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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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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Torrence, DeJoria, Anderson and Krawiec Top Charts for 4-Wide Nationals

NHRA 2016 Charlotte Eddie Krawiec top qualifier credit Toni Montgomery

Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence got his 4-Wide weekend off to a strong start, topping the one and only qualifying session on a rainy Friday and holding on through two rounds on a sunny and warm Saturday to take home No. 1 qualifier honors for the NHRA’s most unique event of the season. Torrence posted a …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Underdogs Excelling, Truck Series Madness and Formula 1 Shockers

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Zach Catanzareti

Sprint Cup: Underdogs Perform at the Paper Clip – From the drop of the flag to begin practice at Martinsville Speedway Friday, there were surprises near the front of the field. Fortunately for NASCAR and the underdog teams, the early pace bled into both qualifying and the race as it was an entertaining show full …

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Nitro Shots: NHRA Silly Season Heats Up

NHRA 2015 Alexis DeJoria and pink car credit Gary Nastase

Photo Credit: Gary Nastase

Normally, I think of Silly Season as a NASCAR thing, that time of year when drivers, sponsors and teams start making moves and announcements for the coming season. In some cases, the moves will take place at the end of the year. Other times, it might be right away or with at least a few …

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Nitro Shots: New TV Deal a Big Opportunity for NHRA

NHRA 2014 4 Wides Jeg Coughlin

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Last week, I began on driver report cards and it was my intention to continue with Funny Car today. However, given the rather huge announcement about the new television deal for 2016, driver report cards will be pre-empted this week to allow a higher-rated program (a discussion on the new television package) to air instead. …

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Nitro Shots: Report Card Time

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Back in the first column of the season, after some disappointing starts to the year for a handful of drivers, we declared that one bad race does not a bad season make. That’s true. One of the drivers who got out of the blocks slow was Jack Beckman, and it’s worked out all right for …

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Off the Wall With: Alexis DeJoria

2014 NHRA Las Vegas Alexis DeJoria by pink car credit Gary Nastase

(Credit: Gary Nastase)

Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers the same five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria has the inside scoop. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: Why Do They Call Them Funny Cars?

Erica Enders Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals 2014 Mike Neff

Frontstretch is pleased to announce our expanded NHRA coverage for 2015 and as part of it, our new Nitro Shots weekly column. Check back every Thursday throughout the season for a new edition. Whether you are a longtime NHRA fan looking for a midweek drag racing fix or a newcomer who is just considering checking …

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NHRA 2015 Preview: Top Fuel and Funny Car

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Days are getting longer, winter is hopefully winding down, and football season has come to an end. What does all that mean? It means it’s time for racing season! The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hits the track at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona this weekend for the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, so in …

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DeJoria and Nevada Health Centers Thrilled with Growth of Free Mammogram Program

2014 NHRA Las Vegas Alexis DeJoria by pink car credit Gary Nastase

(Credit: Gary Nastase)

Alexis DeJoria Racing and Nevada Health Centers were thrilled when 90 women took advantage of their “Free Mammograms for the Fans” program at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year so they brought it back again for 2014. “Free Mammograms for the Fans” let any female ticket holder over the age of 40 …

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