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Courtney Force Retires From NHRA Competition

NHRA 2017 Epping Brittany Force and Courtney Force selfie courtesy NHRA

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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: How Do You Make Championships Exciting?

NHRA 2018 Las Vegas Steve Torrence championship courtesy NHRA media

There’s still one more race left in the 2018 Mello Yello Series season, but one championship has already been awarded and a second is really just a matter of the driver just showing up in Pomona. Steve Torrence collected his Top Fuel championship trophy in Las Vegas, while Tanner Gray just needs to show up …

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Nitro Shots: 5 Races to Go

NHRA 2018 Reading Steve Torrence JR Todd Vincent Nobile Hector Arana Jr winners courtesy NHRA media

It seems like the 2018 season just started, and now there are just five more races to go before it’s all over — five races left for drivers to make their championship dreams come true this year. Four capitalized on that opportunity by winning the first event of the Countdown at Maple Grove. Steve Torrence …

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Nitro Shots: Dominance or Parity

NHRA 2018 Richmond Steve Torrence burnout courtesy NHRA Media

Which would you rather see: a team and driver hit on a good combination and put together a brilliant season, dominating the competition, or would you prefer to see a mixed field, with no one team really standing out while a number of different drivers score wins? If you prefer the first option, then the …

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Nitro Shots: Recapping the Monday Action

NHRA 2018 Kansas Clay Millican car courtesy NHRA Media

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: Quarterly Report

NHRA 2018 Phoenix Courtney Force on track courtesy NHRA Media

Here we are, seven races down, 17 to go. That’s just over one-quarter of the way through the 2018 season. Teams hit on good combinations at any point in the year, and typically, because of the Countdown, the ones that do it in the final quarter end up with a championship — no matter how …

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Nitro Shots: Diversity Success

NHRA 2018 Atlanta Leah Pritchett Courtney Force win courtesy NHRA media

On a weekend the NHRA decided to honor female competitors, it’s extremely fitting that female drivers swept the Nitro categories, with Leah Pritchett taking the Top Fuel win and Courtney Force tops in Funny Car. It served to drive home a point the NHRA was trying to make about not just the number of female …

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Nitro Shots: Courtney Force is the Perfect Fit for Advance Auto Parts

NHRA 2018 Charlotte Courtney Force John Force Wally Ceremony credity Toni Montgomery

Courtney Force got her 2018 season off to a strong start, winning the second race out in Phoenix. It also marked her first win with sponsor Advance Auto Parts on board, an occasion the John Force Racing team marked by presenting some of Advance’s executives with the Wally trophies from Phoenix this past weekend at …

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Friday Qualifying Complete at Four-Wide Nationals

NHRA 2017 Charlotte Courtney Force Friday qualifying credit Toni Montgomery

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals weekend is underway at the zMAX Dragway out in Charlotte. And a familiar last name, Force, tops the outstanding lineup you’ll see. Courtney Force had a terrible run in round one qualifying for Funny Car, hurt when her car veered left but made up for it in round two. She scored an all-around track …

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Nitro Shots: Leah Pritchett Chasing History

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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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