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Nathan Sitko wins 53rd Ignitor in record blasting fashion at Firebird

The 53rd edition of the NAPA Ignitor presented by The Blower Shop featured the second stop in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series for the AA/Funny Car division at Firebird Raceway.
29 May 2024
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Nathan Sitko wins 53rd Ignitor in record blasting fashion at Firebird
The 53rd edition of the NAPA Ignitor presented by The Blower Shop featured the second stop in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series for the AA/Funny Car division at Firebird Raceway. After three rounds of qualifying (from a field of 14 cars), the…
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Dickie Venables and Tony Pedregon talk winning, Epping, and epic conditions

On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast powered by Speedmaster, host Brian Lohnes is joined by Dickie Venables, the crew chief for back-to-back 2024 winner Matt Hagan.
29 May 2024
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NHRA Insider podcast
NHRA Insider
  On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast powered by Speedmaster, host Brian Lohnes is joined by Dickie Venables, the crew chief for back-to-back 2024 winner Matt Hagan. Venables and Hagan also have four wins at New England…
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Antron Brown ready to keep throwing down at NHRA New England Nationals

Antron Brown has already won the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout, a Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge event, and, in Chicago, his first event race win of the year, and Brown will look to keep rolling at this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals.
28 May 2024
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Antron Brown
Antron Brown has done a little bit of everything during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season, winning the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout, a Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge event, and, in Chicago, his first event race…
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Kalitta looks to close the only gap on his resumé: A New England Nats win

Doug Kalitta has won at every dragstrip on the current NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series except one — New England Dragway, home of this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals — and the reigning world champion hopes to complete the list.
28 May 2024
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Doug Kalitta
He's won the world championship and the NHRA U.S. Nationals. He's won the NHRA Winternationals and the NHRA Gatornationals. In fact, Doug Kalitta has won at every dragstrip on the current NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series except one — New…
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Tricky Tipster: NHRA New England Nationals

The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series now heads to historic New England Dragway for the NHRA New England Nationals, which will kick off a busy summer. Who has Tricky Tipster's eye? Read and find out.
28 May 2024
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
The recent Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance in Chicago produced a few surprising results and a couple of not-so-surprising winners. The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series now heads to historic New…
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NHRA returns to New England Dragway; Pro Stock and Pro Mod also are back

Back at New England Dragway for the NHRA New England Nationals on May 31-June 2, all the teams in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series are eager to return to the beloved track for a full event in front of another huge crowd at the fan-favorite facility.
28 May 2024
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New England Dragway
Back at New England Dragway for the NHRA New England Nationals on May 31-June 2, all the teams in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series are eager to return to the beloved track for a full event in front of another huge crowd at the fan-favorite…
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John DeFlorian Jr. surprises in Pro Stock cameo appearance

No one was as shocked as John DeFlorian Jr. when he got the call to race a GETTRX-branded Pro Stock car at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals. It had been 30 years, but DeFlorian found his footing and upset apple carts on Sunday with a performance that won't soon be forgotten.
27 May 2024
Kelly Wade
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John DeFlorian
No one was as shocked as John DeFlorian Jr. when he got the call to race a second GETTRX Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaro for Matt Hartford at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance. It had been 30 years…
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Stalba, Beverett, Szupka star at Maple Grove Raceway Division 1 event

Karen Stalba, Chip Beverett, and Stephen Szupka led the list of winners as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast Division was in action at Maple Grove Raceway.
24 May 2024
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Division 1
  The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Maple Grove Raceway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Karen Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., 5.401, 270.70  def.…
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Hot Rod Drag Week racers will compete at NHRA New England Nationals

Hot Rod Drag Week competitors will return to the big stage of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series May 31-June 2 as part of a special Drag and Drive exhibition during the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.
24 May 2024
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Hot Rod Drag Week
Hot Rod Drag Week competitors will return to the big stage of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series May 31-June 2 as part of a special Drag and Drive exhibition during the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway. This special…
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World’s quickest street cars shine in Peak Street Car Shootout

Eight of the world's quickest street-legal drag and drive cars gathered in Chicago for the Peak Street Car Shootout, where Dave Schroeder earned a final-round victory over Alex Taylor.
24 May 2024
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News, Feature
Street Car
Six-second race cars are a common sight at NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series events, but six-second race cars that can also be legally street driven is another matter entirely. Perhaps that’s what made the Peak Street Car Shootout presented…
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Historic photos of (P)interest

Most of us can’t get enough of drag racing photos in general and historic photos in specific. Here's a look at some interesting images from our sport's past and the stories behind them.
24 May 2024
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
DRAGSTER Insider
Dragster Insider
If you’re like me — and I’m betting a lot of you are — you can’t get enough of drag racing photos in general and historic photos in specific. Heaven knows I've been through NHRA's immense digital library hundreds of times, obsessing over the…
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New owners have renovated and re-energized historic Rockingham Dragway

Since Dan VanHorn and Al Gennarelli purchased Rockingham Dragway in the fall of 2022, they have poured time, money, and effort into renovating the historic facility with new racing and pit-area surfaces, timing and announcing systems, and upgraded bathrooms and concessions, to name just a few of the improvements.
23 May 2024
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Rockingham Dragway
In a time when some racetracks are disappearing, it’s good to shed light on track owners who are preserving and expanding the sport we love, and that's the story of NHRA member track Rockingham Dragway. When Dan VanHorn and Al Gennarelli purchased…
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NHRA Midwest Nationals Countdown race to feature four qualifying sessions

The NHRA Midwest Nationals, the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, will feature four qualifying sessions during the event, which takes place Sept. 27-29 in St. Louis.
23 May 2024
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NHRA Midwest Nationals
Officials from NHRA and World Wide Technology Raceway have announced that the 13th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals, the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, will feature four qualifying sessions during the event, which…
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With a new approach, Pro Stock Motorcycle's Matt Smith is closing the gap

Six-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith rode out of Chicago with his first low qualifier award of the season tucked neatly beneath his arm. Most importantly, he had the knowledge that he and his Denso-backed Buell have a shot at race wins and another world title.
23 May 2024
Kelly Wade
Feature
Matt Smith
Matt Smith has entered the chat. The six-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion rode out of Chicago with his first low qualifier award of the season tucked neatly beneath his arm. Most importantly, he had the knowledge that he and his Denso-backed Matt…
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the Gerber Collision Route 66 Nationals

Go behind the scenes with the winners of the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance as they celebrate their victories at Route 66 Raceway.
23 May 2024
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Gaige Herrera and Dallas Glenn talk Chicago, Epping, and the future

On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast powered by Speedmaster, host Brian Lohnes is joined by Chicago winners Gaige Herrera and Dallas Glenn, who talk about the mechanics of winning, how the competition is tight, and how they are both looking toward the future in their seasons and careers.
22 May 2024
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NHRA Insider podcast
Insider
  On this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast powered by Speedmaster, host Brian Lohnes is joined by Chicago winners Gaige Herrera and Dallas Glenn. These two competitors, cut from the same cloth, talk about the mechanics of winning, how…
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Worsham tunes DeJoria in Chicago and attends college graduation in California

Del Worsham tuned Alexis DeJoria's Funny Car to a fifth-place qualifier before flying back to Southern California for daughter Kate's college graduation. Chuck Worsham took over car duties on Saturday, and Del returned for Sunday's race.
21 May 2024
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Worsham family tunes DeJoria in Chicago and attends college graduation in California
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Video tribute: Legendary Don Schumacher remembered by fellow racers

The late Don Schumacher was saluted by the NHRA Drag Racing community at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance, where drivers, including Leah Pruett, Ron Capps, Tony Schumacher, Matt Hagan, Antron Brown, Angelle Sampey, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Jack Beckman, and John Force, paid video tribute to him.
21 May 2024
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Don Schumacher
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New Englander Funny Car team heads to Epping, adds Mike Kloeber to tune

In advance of its home event at the NHRA New England Nationals, the New Englander Funny Car team has hired veteran crew chief Mike Kloeber to tune its Cory Lee-driven machine.
21 May 2024
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New Englander
In advance of its home event at the NHRA New England Nationals, the New Englander Funny Car team has hired veteran crew chief Mike Kloeber to tune its Cory Lee-driven machine. Kloeber brings 40-plus years of experience to the team. Among his many…
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Weekend Rewind: Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals

The Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance took NHRA racers and fans on a wild road trip of upsets and dominating performances. Relive some of those great moments in our Weekend Rewind video.
21 May 2024
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Weekend Rewind
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Ida Zetterström announces 2024 NHRA schedule and crew chief; expands relationship with Dodge

Beginning in Brainerd on Aug. 16-18, Ida Zetterström will compete in the final eight 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series events with crew chief Jon Schaffer.
21 May 2024
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Ida Zetterstrom
The JCM Racing team has announced that 2023 FIA Top Fuel champion Ida Zetterström will make her NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series debut at Brainerd International Raceway on Aug. 16-18 in Brainerd. Aboard the JCM/VP Racing/Edelbrock/Comp Cams…
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Sportsman champs crowned at Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals

In addition to the Mission Foods Drag Racing Series action at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals, six champions were also crowned in Lucas Oil Series action at Route 66 Raceway.
20 May 2024
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Chicago
In addition to the Mission Foods Drag Racing Series action at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals, six champions were also crowned in Lucas Oil Series action at Route 66 Raceway. After a pair of runner-up finishes, Jimmy…
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Vantine wins season opener of Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle Series in Chicago

20 May 2024
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David Vantine
Dave Vantine won the inaugural event of the new Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle Series, taking a single run after Elmeri Salakari was unable to make the final-round call. The event was the first of four such eliminators this season for the exciting, 230-…
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Greg Stanfield proves father still knows best in father-son Factory X final

After defeating his son, Aaron, on a final round holeshot, Greg Stanfield has now won two of the first three races in the Holley EFI Factory X class.
20 May 2024
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
FX Final
In 2017 Greg and Aaron Stanfield met in the Super Stock final at Route 66 Raceway and perhaps expectedly, the win went to Aaron, who has since gone on to win three championships in the FlexJet Factory Stock Showdown. The Stanfield’s met again…
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5 things we learned in Chicago

We learned a lot in Chicago because it was loaded with extra features and easily one of the most dramatic events of the season, but here are five things that stood out.
20 May 2024
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
News
TJ Zizzo
We learned a lot in Chicago because it was loaded with extra features and easily one of the most dramatic events of the season, but here are five things that stood out. T.J. ZIZZO IS A WIN WAITING TO HAPPEN We actually knew this a few…
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Watch the Division 1 Lucas Oil Series event from Maple Grove free on NHRA.tv

NHRA fans can watch the Division 1 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event from Maple Grove Raceway for free starting Friday on NHRA.tv.
20 May 2024
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Division 1
NHRA fans can watch the Division 1 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event from Maple Grove Raceway for free starting Friday on NHRA.tv. Presenting sponsors of NHRA.tv Sportsman coverage from Maple Grove are Moser, Summit, Comp Products, and…
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Stephen Bell wins his second Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown event of 2024

Over three days at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Stephen Bell kept his focus on winning another Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown national event.
19 May 2024
Stephen Bell
Over three days at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals Stephen Bell kept his focus on winning another Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown national event. Through three qualifying session Bell made solid runs and entered race day as the No. 6 qualifier but…
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Eric Dillard cruises to win in Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Series in Chicago

Eric Dillard picked up the victory in the Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by LearnEV+ on Sunday as part of this weekend’s 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Peak Performance at Route 66 Raceway.
19 May 2024
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Eric Dillard
Filling in for former world champion Jose Gonzalez, Eric Dillard picked up the victory in the Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by LearnEV+ on Sunday as part of this weekend’s 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA…
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Antron Brown wins No. 75; Hagan, Glenn and Herrera also score Route 66 wins

Three-time Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown picked up his 75th career win on Sunday at Route 66 Raceway, at the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance. Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
19 May 2024
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Antron Brown
Three-time Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown picked up his 75th career win on Sunday at Route 66 Raceway, powering past Shawn Langdon in the final round of the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK…
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Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals Sunday photo gallery

The final day of the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals was every bit as thrilling as the first two and our photographers captured all the excitement in our Sunday Gallery.
19 May 2024
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
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