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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: US Nationals in the Books, Countdown Field Set

NHRA 2018 Indy Terry McMillen courtesy NHRA

The biggest racing weekend of the NHRA year has passed, and after the dust settled, it was Terry McMillen, J.R. Todd, Tanner Gray and LE Tonglet holding the big trophies and the bragging rights. For McMillen, it was just his second career Top Fuel win, but it was something he thought would never happen after …

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NASCAR Drivers Experience NHRA Horsepower at zMax Dragway

zMax FourWide Gragson

(Photo: Mike Mercurio)

It was straight-line-meets-circle-track Thursday morning (April 27) at Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., as the star drivers of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series got a chance to swap seats with some of the ace pilots from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and get themselves a taste of nitromethane. Truck …

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Off the Wall With: JR Todd

J.R. Todd Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals 2014 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers 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 Top Fuel driver JR Todd answers our questions. What’s fun besides racing? Todd: That’s …

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MAD Creative Concepts, Kalitta Motorsports Unveil JR Todd’s Crew Shirt Design for Chicago NHRA Race

MADLogo

(Courtesy Kalitta Motorsports)

MAD Creative Concepts has worked with Kalitta Motorsports for several years, providing the team with custom graphics, signage, vehicle wrappings and marketing materials, but has stepped up this year to the role of primary sponsor for JR Todd’s Top Fuel dragster at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Chicago in July. As part of the …

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Nitro Shots: The Junior Road to the Championship

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

(Photo courtesy of JR Todd)

Stock car racers have quarter midgets, open-wheelers have go-karts and aspiring young drag racers have Junior Dragsters. The cars are scaled down versions of a Top Fuel dragster, and competitors as young as 5 race them in the NHRA’s Jr. Drag Racing League, a league that has 3,000 participants according to the NHRA. It’s family …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Matt Crafton Begins Down Time With NHRA 4-Wides

NHRA 2015 Charlotte Top Fuel staging lanes J.R. Todd credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Just one day after finishing runner-up to Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway last Saturday, Matt Crafton began the latest month-long hiatus for the Camping World Truck Series by attending the NHRA 4-Wides at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. As a guest of Kalitta Motorsports and shared sponsor SealMaster, Crafton took a few minutes to sit …

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