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Nitro Shots: Report Card Time

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Clay Millican 2014 Mike Neff 076

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: NHRA Deserves Better from TV Partner

NHRA 2015 Topeka Richie Crampton car courtesy Geiger Media

Photo Courtesy: Geiger Media

Each year, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is the Greatest Day in Racing. Every fan knows it. You can start your day with Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix, then follow that with the Indy 500 for INDYCAR and the Coca-Cola 600 for NASCAR. For the really devoted there’s a fourth event, the …

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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: 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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Ashley Force Hood Named VP of John Force Racing, Inc.

NHRA 2015 Ashley Force Hood Family courtesy JFR

(Photo Courtesy: John Force Racing)

In an effort to streamline corporate operations and cut costs, John Force Racing, Inc. CEO John Force announced that Ashley Force Hood would be taking on the role of Vice-President of John Force Racing, Inc. She previously served as President of John Force Entertainment, but the two companies will now be consolidated into a single …

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Nitro Shots: You’ve Made the Bonus Round!

NHRA 2014 4 Wides Erica Enders Stevens media center

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

This weekend in Las Vegas, drivers in NHRA’s Pro Stock category will compete in a special bonus event, the K&N Horsepower Challenge. (Think All-Star Race.) So what’s on the line? A nice check to the tune of $50,000 for the winner and, of course, bragging rights. The two Saturday qualifying rounds will also serve as …

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NHRA 2015 Preview: Top Fuel and Funny Car

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tony Schumacher 2014 Mike Neff 090

(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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