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NHRA Carolina Nationals Qualifying Wrap Up

NHRA 2016 Charlotte 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. top qualifier credit Toni Montgomery

After two days of qualifying, the field is set for Sunday’s Carolina Nationals, the first race of the NHRA’s six-race championship Countdown. Doug Kalitta made a run at 3.721 seconds at 325.77 mph during Friday’s second session late in the day that held through Saturday to take the top spot in Top Fuel heading into …

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Nitro Shots: It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To

NHRA 2016 Englishtown Angelle Sampey on bike courtesy NHRA

Angelle Sampey won her first Pro Stock Motorcycle race in nine years and was emotional about the win and what it meant to her. Most would say this reaction is understandable, in addition to Sampey being an emotional person to start. Then there are those few who call her out on social media for her tears, …

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Pace Laps: Tony Stewart’s All-Star Race Ends in Flames, Kaulig Racing Running Strong and Doug Coby Searching for Third Straight Whelen Modified Tour Title

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Tony Stewart Kasey Kahne crask John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Back to the Old Tony Stewart. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire – As Tony Stewart was collected in a crash in Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race, the veteran driver making his final appearance in the non-points event gave the NASCAR world another piece of stimulating commentary on his way out the door …

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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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Pace Laps: From Dragsters to Dover, Close Finishes; Wow Verstappen

2016 Dover I CUP Michael Annett crash Matthew T Thacker NKP

Sprint Cup: A Monster Show at Dover Honestly, it’s been a while since there’s been a stimulating race at Dover International Speedway. In making it one of the best races seen on the 1-mile concrete oval, Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism, however, saw frantic restarts, fabulous usage of the racing grooves and a number …

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Pace Laps: Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano Tangle, Jeremy Clements’ Strong Run and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup: Kenseth and Logano Not Done Yet – For the second straight time, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano have experienced an issue at Talladega Superspeedway involving contact on the track. The only difference, obviously, is what has transpired between now and last October following a nasty payback from Kenseth to then-race leader Logano the following week at …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Wreck Safety Success Story or Catalyst for Change?

2015 Daytona II CUP Austin Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr Kasey Kahne Paul Menard racing CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you …

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Nitro Shots: The Family That Races Together

NHRA J.R. Todd Junior Dragster courtesy J.R. Todd and Kalitta Motorsports

(Photo courtesy of J.R. Todd)

Last week in part one of our Junior Dragster special, the viability of the series as a starting point for young hopefuls looking to get to the big leagues was the topic of conversation. Some of the young drivers competing right now are following in the footsteps of their famous parents. “I think it’s exciting …

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Nitro Shots: Drag Racing, Home of the True Gearheads

NHRA 2015 Spencer Massey car shot courtesy NHRA Media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

You can make a pretty good argument for the idea that drag racing fans are the true gearheads of the motorsports world. NASCAR fans absolutely feel manufacturer loyalty; some will even switch long-standing driver loyalties because their guy went from Chevy to Ford. But it’s something different for drag racing fans. Something more than just …

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Pace Laps: A 2nd Chance to Make a 1st Impression, Ending a Dry Spell

2015 Richmond I NXS green flag credit NASCAR via Getty Images

Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images

Sprint Cup Series: We all need a second chance sometimes – For 19-year-old Chase Elliott, Sunday afternoon at Richmond International raceway was his second-career Sprint Cup Series start – the first he will like to remember after a troublesome Martinsville debut in March. Advancing to Round 2 of Coors Light qualifying on Friday afternoon, Elliott …

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