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Pace Laps: 2018 NASCAR Championship Down To Three Men?

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martin Truex Jr. Punches Back Against Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch Reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. hasn’t had it easy this season. At one point, he wrecked three times in four races during a stretch from Texas to Talladega. “Last year, I felt like we couldn’t do anything wrong,” he said. “This …

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Nitro Shots: Recapping the Monday Action

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First things first, since the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals from Topeka were interrupted by rain on Sunday, we did not get to give you the traditional recap in our Pace Laps column this week, so we’ll take care of that here. By the time the action wrapped up on Monday, Clay Millican was holding his …

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Nitro Shots: One Last Hurrah

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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: Time Flies as 2015 Draws to a Close

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

It seems like just yesterday that teams were arriving in Pomona, ready to start the 2015 season. Everyone was full of optimism and everyone, on paper at least, had an even chance of being the champion at the end of the season. Now teams are pulling in to Pomona again, but this time it’s to …

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Carolina Nationals Day 2 Roundup

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(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

After two qualifying sessions in the heat of the day on Saturday, the field has been set for eliminations on Sunday for the Carolina Nationals. The high track temperatures made for a lot of sliding around and not a lot of improvement on the times set on a much cooler track on Friday night during the …

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Carolina Nationals Day 1 Roundup

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Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to One begins this weekend at zMax Dragway with the Carolina Nationals. Our own Toni Montgomery is on-site with an update on Friday’s activities. JR Todd and Kalitta Motorsports unveiled the Jimi Hendrix Foundation Purple Haze dragster (pictured above); the team will campaign the car in the …

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Nitro Shots: Economical All-Stars

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Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

This weekend is not only the biggest race of the NHRA season, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, but the weekend will also feature the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. This is the all-star event for the Nitro-powered NHRA categories. The first seven winning drivers of the season qualify, or …

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Son of Top Fuel Racer Killed in Motorcycle Accident

NHRA 2015 Clay Millican car courtesy NHRA Media

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Dalton Millican, the 22-year-old son of NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident last night near the family’s hometown of Drummonds, Tennessee. Funereal arrangements are pending and will be announced once they have been finalized. “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss to our family. We appreciate all of …

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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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Nitro Shots: The NASCAR Snipe Hunt

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The discussion began in our Open-Wheel Wednesday roundtable chat, but on further thought, it has some bearing on NHRA too. It was put forth that the rain delay for NASCAR last weekend, in spite of providing a perfect window for the IndyCar race, did not actually garner a lot of crossover traffic. Matt Stallknecht pointed …

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