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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to Inland NW

This week's Keeping Pace, which hit the newstands on Friday, highlght's the return of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance all competiing at Spokane County Raceway.

Coughlin, Gray, Langdon score NHRA victories at Kansas Nationals

Jeg Coughlin broke a winless drought of more than two years by taking the Pro Stock victory over teammate Allen Johnson. Coughlin took the win light with a performance of 6.680 at 206.20 in his JEGS.com/Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, while runner-up Johnson finished in 6.698 at 206.57 in his Team Mopar Avenger.

Force earns No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car at the Kansas Nationals

John Force, a 15-time NHRA world champion, claimed the 141st No. 1 qualifying position of his career and his 11th at Heartland Park Topeka by clocking a track record time of 4.043 seconds at 313.22 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. He will meet former teammate Tony Pedregon in the opening round of racing.

Schumacher, Hight and Edwards lead first round of NHRA qualifying in Kansas

Tony Schumacher, the Top Fuel points leader in the 8,000-horsepower category, posted a 3.769 second run at 326.08 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to move from the bottom of the qualifying order up to the top of the 16-car field at Heartland Park Topeka.

Jeg Coughlin patiently waiting for big pay-off

Jeg Coughlin has indeed been stellar on race day with his JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger, reaching two final rounds and posting three semifinal finishes through the first seven events of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, including final-four finishes at the two most recent stops in Houston and Atlanta.

Heartland Park an old friend to Force

The track is one of those on which the sport’s biggest winner has achieved results best described as “magical.” In 29 career appearances, John Force has taken a Castrol GTX Funny Car to the final round 14 times. He has won a record nine times and NEVER has he failed to make the starting lineup

Grubnic ready to defend Top Fuel title at 25th Annual Kansas Nationals

This season, the driver of the Candlewood Suites Top Fuel dragster will try to claim his third victory at the popular Kansas multipurpose motorsports complex as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series pulls into the sprawling Midwest facility for the 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 17-19.

Brown nabs Atlanta victory on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Antron Brown claimed his second victory of the season and his fifth win at the Georgia dragstrip, powering past Brandon Bernstein in the final round. Brown covered the distance in 3.801 seconds at 321.25 mph in his Matco Tools dragster, while Bernstein’s ProtectTheHarvest.com dragster lost traction at the start and finished in 7.105 at 90.64.

NHRA resumes event at Atlanta after last weekend’s rain out

Matt Hagan ended a 29-race drought from the top of Funny Car’s qualifying order by racing to the No. 1 position Friday at the rain-delayed Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Saturday’s eliminations as the No. 1 qualifiers in their categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

Rains forces NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to postpone event to May 10-11

The rain storms that covered much of the Southern portion of the United States claimed this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. NHRA officials have moved the event to May 10-11.

Lucas to compete in 200th pro race on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

 

Last week in Houston, Morgan Lucas reached the semifinals for third this time this year and solidified his hold on fifth place in the standings. He is 14 points ahead of Doug Kalitta and Khalid alBalooshi, who are tied for sixth.

Pedregon scores second victory of season on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Bob Vandergriff Jr. (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Houston.

Hagan, Massey, Edwards and Arana Jr. claim NHRA wins at zMAX Dragway

Matt Hagan powered his Magneti Marelli/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger to the final round win over fellow Virginian Blake Alexander, veteran driver Tim Wilkerson, and rookie Chad Head to take his sixth career victory.

Funny Car rookie races to No. 1 qualifying position at zMAX Dragway

Chad Head, a second generation racer, powered his Head Racing Toyota Camry to a career-best performance of 4.014 seconds at 315.19 mph to top the 16-car field. Head is the son of longtime NHRA nitro racer Jim Head, who has earned multiple wins in both Funny Car and Top Fuel as a driver.

Force eyes a four-wide win at zMAX

Courtney Force invades zMAX Dragway this weekend as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader.

Langdon returns to zMAX Dragway seeking more Top Fuel success

Shawn Langdon claimed his first Top Fuel win at the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff opener in 2012 and has continued to run well ever since. They say it’s hard to win that first race, but in NHRA competition the ones that follow often prove to be just as tough. However, going back to familiar territory may be the inspiration Langdon needs in order to get back to winner’s circle.

Schumacher, Pedregon and Johnson have winning hands in Las Vegas

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Johnson wins K&N Horsepower Challenge

Veteran Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson claimed his second victory in the K&N Horsepower Challenge in his Mopar’s Express Lane Fast Oil Changes Dodge Avenger by holding off Erica Enders-Stevens’ GK Motorsports Chevy Camaro in the final round. Johnson, who earned $50,000 for the victory, also defeated Greg Anderson and teammate Jeg Coughlin in earlier rounds.

Brown, Hight and Edwards lead NHRA charge in Las Vegas

Antron Brown leads Top Fuel qualifying on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series after Friday's first round. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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