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As he looks forward to a new role, Tim Wilkerson reflects on his driving career

As he prepares to transition from owner-driver-tuner of the Scag Power Equipment Ford Funny Car to a primary role as crew chief and tuner as son Daniel takes over the controls, Tim Wilkerson has no regrets as he looks forward to his new role.
12 Jan 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Tim Wilkerson
The recent announcement from the Scag Power Equipment NHRA “factory team” that Daniel Wilkerson would be replacing his father, Tim, behind the wheel of the Scag Funny Car this season took a lot of fans by surprise and left many — especially the…
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Still charging hard: How the 1964 Dodge Chargers shaped Funny Car racing 

For 60 years, the Dodge Charger has been associated with NHRA Drag Racing, from the 1964 cars that became the predecessors of the modern Funny Car to 2023 Funny Car champ Matt Hagan's Dodge Charger. Here's a look back at the roots of the Charger Funny Car story.
11 Jan 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Dodge Chargers
If there is one thing that we respect around here, it is the legacy of great names in the sport. Whether those names are attached to drivers, whether they are attached to specific race cars, or whether they are attached to enduring models, the…
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Chris King continues to rebuild his Funny Car team for battle in 2024 season

Chris King and crew chief Bob Peck are upgrading his Funny Car for the 2024 season, where the fireman and first responder hopes to continue to make waves in the class.
09 Jan 2024
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Chris King
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Returning Pro Stock ace Jeg Coughlin ready to drop the clutch on a full season

Jeg Coughlin Jr. emerged from retirement for two races in 2023, and he had no trouble slipping right back into competitive mode. Come winter, the Pro Stock veteran had pledged his heart to the class once more under the Elite Motorsports banner and with the support of Scag Power Equipment.
09 Jan 2024
Kelly Wade
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 Jeg Coughlin
Last fall, the drag racing world saw five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. emerge from retirement for a two-race stint. The 65-time class winner slipped right back into competitive mode, and his obvious and immediate comfort behind the wheel…
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Analysis: Where 2023’s title contenders can improve in 2024. Part 3: Pro Stock

Our post-2023, predictive 2024 turns to Pro Stock, where drivers are so much more a part of the equation than in the nitro classes. What's it going to take to stop Erica Enders from winning again? Here's what her top challengers have to do.
08 Jan 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Pro Stock
Today, we transition fuels from nitromethane to gasoline, but we don’t transition our reasoned and statistically backed analysis as we look at the Pro Stock category.  The reality is that when we look at this class, we have to be more…
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A few things we’d love to see in 2024

Even though Christmas is over, it’s not too late to have a wish list, is it? In this case, the list doesn’t involve gifts from Santa, but rather a few things we’d like to see when the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Season officially kicks off in Gainesville on March 10.
05 Jan 2024
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Angie Smith
Even though Christmas is over, it’s not too late to have a wish list, is it? In this case, the list doesn’t involve gifts from Santa, but rather a few things we’d like to see when the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season officially…
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Five great moments from the career of Roland Leong and his Hawaiian machines

As a car owner, Roland Leong did it all, from helping to launch careers, tuning cars to record numbers, and winning big events like the Winternationals and U.S. Nationals. Here's a look back at five defining moments in his career.
05 Jan 2024
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Roland Leong
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Analysis: Where 2023’s title contenders can improve in 2024. Part 2: Funny Car

Last year's championship fight in Funny Car came down to the last day of the season, and for much of the year, it was a wide-ranging war with a number of medal-winning performances before Matt Hagan stood tall. What can his challengers do better this season? Let's find out.
04 Jan 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Funny Car
Previously, we took a look at the final standings of the Top Fuel category in 2023 and how the cars that finished second through…
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Five memorable moments from the amazing racing career of Don Schumacher

Don Schumacher, one of the most storied car owners in nHRA history, passed away Dec. 20. In this video, we look back at five memorable moments from his driving and team ownership years.
04 Jan 2024
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Don Schumacher
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Analysis: Where 2023’s title contenders can improve in 2024. Part 1: Top Fuel

Doug Kalitta was the 2023 NHRA Top Fuel champ, so he’s the nitro-powered rabbit everyone else is chasing, but let’s take a look at those who finished behind him and see what they need to do in 2024 to steal his crown. 
03 Jan 2024
Brian Lohnes, NHRA on FOX announcer
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Top Fuel
The 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series promises to be an incredible follow-up on the 2023 campaign. The moves, plot twists, new teams, and energy around the entire sport is very, very high. All that is great, but once we get past the…
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Best of Behind the Scenes 2023

All season, the NHRA social media team has gone behind the scenes during the top-end victory celebrations to bring you unfettered moments of joy and celebration of the winners and their interactions with those they defeated. here's a compilation of the best of those moments.
31 Dec 2023
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Best of Behind the Scenes 2023
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Doug Kalitta overcame a career of trials and tribulations before his first title

A look back at the career of Doug Kalitta, and the long road that he traveled to his first NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
29 Dec 2023
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Doug Kalitta
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The wildest rides of 2023

A lot went right for a lot of teams in the 2023 season, but there were also times when things went terribly wrong, as the collection of crashes, blowups, fires, and other misadventures can attest.
28 Dec 2023
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Wild Rides
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Matt Hagan's crew is already hard at work preparing for title defense in 2024

Dickie Venables and the Dodge Direct Connection team that powered Matt Hagan to his fourth NHRA Funny Car world championship are already eyeing a repeat. Venables recaps their 2023 title and talks about plans for next season.
27 Dec 2023
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Matt Hagan's crew
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Top 5 moments of Erica Enders' championship-winning 2023 season

Erica Enders clinched her sixth NHRA Pro Stock world championship in 2023 on the backbone of strong performances. Here's a look back at five defining moments from her championship-winning campaign.
26 Dec 2023
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Erica Enders
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Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all through the pits ...

Enjoy an NHRA-themed retelling of the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas ....
24 Dec 2023
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Twas the Night Before Christmas,
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426 Hemi. Three numbers and four letters that changed drag racing forever

Designed 60 years ago, the first 426 Hemi engines destined for the strip were cast on Dec. 20, 1963.
20 Dec 2023
David Kennedy
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426 HEMI. Three numbers and four letters that changed drag racing forever
The 426 Hemi engine was born to drag race. It's a legacy that NHRA celebrates with every SS/AA 'Cuda, Dart, and nitro Hemi-powered pass down the dragstrip. In 1964, the engine was supposed to make its first debut in competition at the NHRA…
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Frank Manzo accepts Mike Castellana's National Dragster All-Star Team Pro Mod Driver of the Year

2023 Pro Mod Champion Mike Castellana wasn't the event favorite coming into the Pro Mod series final in Las Vegas—but he was the choice of National Dragster readers for the 2023 National Dragster All-Star Team.
18 Dec 2023
David Kennedy
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Frank Manzo accepts Mike Castellana's National Dragster All-Star Team Pro Mod Driver of the Year
Mike Castellana rallied after heavily damaging his AAP Camaro during a testing accident early in the season to clinch his first NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world championship and was voted Pro Mod Driver of the Year by the fans. His crew chief,…
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Justin Ashley: "The more you win, the more you want to win"

Justin Ashley developed a taste for winning early this season, and he became insatiable as the year progressed. With the car to beat, the winner of the regular season was in championship contention until the final race in an exemplary year.
15 Dec 2023
Kelly Wade
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Justin Ashley
Justin Ashley developed a taste for winning early in the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and he became insatiable as the year progressed. With the car to beat, the winner of the regular season was in championship contention until…
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Doug Kalitta accepts NHRA National Dragster All-Star Team award—Pro Driver of the Year

"We are real proud of the effort that we were able to put together, and Chad [Head] was a big part of making it all happen."—Doug Kalitta on winning the NHRA National Dragster All-Star Team Pro Driver of the Year award
14 Dec 2023
David Kennedy
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Doug Kalitta accepts NHRA National Dragster All-Star Team award—Pro Driver of the Year
Doug Kalitta, who emerged victorious in a winner-take-all final against Leah Pruett at In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals to end his 26-year championship quest in dramatic fashion, was named the NHRA National Dragster All-Star Team Pro…
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Mike Salinas' team making their lists, checking them twice in advance of 2024

After a season in which they challenged for the Top Fuel championship, Mike Salinas' Scrappers Racing team is hard at work going over data and preparing for the 2024 season, as crew chiefs Rob Flynn and Aaron Cave explain.
14 Dec 2023
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Scrappers
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Factory X presented by Holley class drew rave reviews in 2023 debut

Years from now, the 2023 season will be remembered as the year that Factory X presented by Holley went from concept to reality. 
13 Dec 2023
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Factory X presented by Holley
Years from now, the 2023 season will be remembered as the year that Factory X presented by Holley went from concept to reality.  Designed to bridge the gap between Factory Stock Showdown and Pro Stock, Factory X features the popular…
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Greg Anderson's late season push is keeping the veteran racer's drive alive

The regular season was unfulfilling for five-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson, but he came alive during the Countdown to the Championship and earned the No. 2 decal for his window. A near-miss of another series title has the most winning driver in category history eager to get back to it.
13 Dec 2023
Kelly Wade
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Greg Anderson
The regular season in 2023 was somewhat unfulfilling for five-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson, but he came alive during the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. In the end, Anderson earned the No. 2 decal for his window for the second…
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Things we learned at the PRI Show

For three days each December, the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in downtown Indianapolis becomes the hub of the auto racing world. Here’s a recap of some of the week’s biggest NHRA news.
12 Dec 2023
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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PRI SHOW
For three days each December, the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in downtown Indianapolis becomes the hub of the auto racing world. This year, the NHRA display in the main hall was ground zero for drag racing news, hosting a…
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Clay Millican accepts NHRA National Dragster All-Star Team award—Best Social Media Account

"We won the NHRA National Dragster Best Social Media Account. Thanks to everyone who voted for this. I am so grateful to win anything that’s voted on by the fans I cannot thank you enough!!! I appreciate you folks !!!"
11 Dec 2023
David Kennedy
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Clay Millican accepts NHRA National Dragster All-Star Team award—Best Social Media Account
video-js.video-js.vjs-fluid:not(.vjs-audio-only-mode) { padding-top: 56.25%; } NHRA Top Fuel star Clay Millican, who has given fans unparalleled backstage access to the running of a Top Fuel team through his social media…
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Rewatch the NHRA on FOX live stream from the 2023 PRI Show—Day 3

Day 3 of the Performance Racing Industry trade show was filled with more announcements and National Dragster All-Star revelations on the NHRA stage.
09 Dec 2023
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embed:   Guest 8:45 AM Terry Totten 9:00 AM Tom Hoover Jr. 9:15 AM Jerry Bickel Race Cars 9:30 AM Ben O'Connor—Impact Racing 9:45 AM…
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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ recap: Jordan Vandergriff’s road to happily ever after

NHRA Top Fuel racer Jordan Vandergriff’s journey for love continued on Thursday night’s season finale of ABC-TV’s Bachelor in Paradise (BiP). 
08 Dec 2023
Dominique Diaz, National Dragster Managing Editor
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Bachelor in Paradise
NHRA Top Fuel racer Jordan Vandergriff’s journey for love continued on last night’s season finale of ABC-TV’s Bachelor in Paradise (BiP).  To quickly recap the previous episode of BiP, Vandergriff accepted Mercedes Northup’…
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PRI Show live broadcast — Day 2

Day 2 of the Performance Racing Industry trade show was filled with more major announcements and National Dragster All-Star revelations on the NHRA stage.
08 Dec 2023
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NHRA on FOX livestreaming from the 2023 PRI Show—Day 2
  Time Guest 8:45 AM NHRA Division Directors   9:00 AM Geoff Turk—Factory X racer 9:15 AM Brittany Friesen (Brittany Automotive…
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PRI Show live broadcast — Day 1

Catch all of the breaking news announcements and interviews from the NHRA stage at the annual PRI Show.
07 Dec 2023
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NHRA on FOX livestreaming from the 2023 PRI Show—Day 1
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NHRA on FOX livestreaming the 2023 PRI Show—Major announcement at 9 a.m. ET

There are 116 days between the 2023 In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals and the 2024 NHRA Gatornationals—but there are no off days.
07 Dec 2023
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NHRA on FOX livestreaming the 2023 PRI Show—Major announcement at 9 a.m. ET
 
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