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Carolina Nationals Qualifying Is In The Books

NHRA 2018 Charlotte Fall Brittany Force top qualifier credit Toni Montgomery

Qualifying is complete for the NHRA Carolina Nationals from zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte, North Carolina. After two rounds on Friday (Oct. 12) and two more on Saturday (Oct. 13), the field has been set for all four Mello Yello Series classes, as well as the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series. Steve Torrence looked to …

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Nitro Shots: March Madness With Don Schumacher Racing

Capps Topeka Sun

(Photo: NHRA Media)

It’s almost like a fever that spreads out of control every year. It’s March Madness. Pools are taking place in offices all over the country. Whether you are a college basketball fan with knowledge of most of the teams or you never follow the sport and make your picks by the color of the uniforms …

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Nitro Shots: NHRA Does Some Things Right, Some Things Wrong

NHRA 2017 Brittany Force car courtesy NHRA

Last week this commentary space was occupied with some thoughts about social media and the effect of negative comments in particular, especially on people who are new to the sport. The point of the commentary was to talk about social media, not about what NHRA does right or wrong, however, along the way I noted …

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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: The NHRA Media Game

NHRA 2016 Richie Crampton car shot courtesy NHRA

Communication is the name of the game. It’s all about how you get your message out there. One might say that a primary focus of the NHRA these days is an overhaul of how that happens, on television and more modern media alike. It might be the new television partner that spurred that, but whatever the …

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Carolina Nationals Day 2 Roundup

NHRA 2015 Charlotte Clay Millican credit Toni Montgomery

(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

NHRA 2015 Charlotte JR Todd Jimi Hendrix Foundation dragster closeup credit Toni Montgomery

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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Pace Laps: Missing Expectations, Flying Fists, and Surprise Contenders

2015 Watkins Glen CUP Jeff Gordon car CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Sprint Cup Series: Oh, What Might Have Been… Watkins Glen is sold every year as the last regular season “wild card” race, the last place an underdog can work his way into the Chase under the right circumstances. There were high hopes entering the weekend for defending winner AJ Allmendinger, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and …

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Pace Laps: Hope Alive, a Perfect Team, & Close Finishes

2015 Kentucky CUP Kyle Busch checkered flag CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Sprint Cup Series: Busch Keeps Chase Hopes Alive With Miraculous Three Weeks – If Kyle Busch is able to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup come September, the previous three races will have been the critical part of the run. Busch, who missed the first 11 Sprint Cup races of the season following a …

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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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