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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.
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.
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.
As Robert Hight rocketed down the drag strip at zMax Dragway in Charlotte Saturday, his funny car’s engine exploded, ejecting the car’s carbon fiber body high into the air. Video shows the lightweight piece of wreckage falling like a torn kite in the breeze before landing on a pedestrian walkway, directly in front of spectator seating.
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.
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.
Courtney Force invades zMAX Dragway this weekend as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two-time world champion Jason Line and four-time world champion Greg Anderson are determined to get their winning ways back on track at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, which will be televised on ESPN2HD. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) are the defending winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
After getting off to a bit of a sluggish start in the new season’s first two races, Allen Johnson seems to have eased back into the winning groove that saw him dominate the 200-mph factory hot rod category during the second half of last season. After welcoming a new teammate in four-time champ Jeg Coughlin, Johnson seems comfortable in his role as one of the elite drivers in the category.
Allen Johnson used a quicker reaction time to defeat teammate Jeg Coughlin in the final round of the Pro Stock division action for his first victory of the season and the 17th of his career. The defending world champion finished in 6.535 at 212.59 in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, just in front of the quicker, but losing, JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger of Coughlin, which posted a 6.514 at 212.25.
Doug Kalitta claimed his second straight top qualifying effort of the season and 33rd of his career with a 3.779 second run at 326.32 mph in his 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster. Kalitta moved around defending world champ Antron Brown on his final qualifying attempt to claim the No. 1 spot at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.Kalitta will face rookie Leah Pruett in the first round.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were qualifying leaders in their categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.
After opening the season with a pair of quarterfinal efforts, native Australian David Grubnic is hoping to pull from his past successes at the Gatornationals to kick his 2013 season into high gear and improve on his sixth place points position.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Erica Enders-Stevens left the Arizona Nationals with Wally's in their hands as each posted victory on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series second event of the 2013 season.
Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Johnny Gray (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) came out on top of their respective divisions as qualifying wrapped up Saturday with today's final elimintations set for 11 a.m.
Antron Brown bounced back in a big way from last weekend's accident to claim the top spot in Top Fuel qualifying during Friday's action at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Antron Brown, the defending NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion, escaped injury last weekend when his dragster flipped after an engine explosion during elimination rounds. This weekend's stop for the series has Brown thankful for new safety equipment the series Top Fuel cars are implementing and for a repeat victory in the Valley of the Sun.
Erica Enders-Stevens, who is one of only six women to ever compete in the Pro Stock category since it was introduced by NHRA in 1970 and by far the most successful, is confident she will regain her consistency when she returns to FIR. After qualifying third at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona last weekend, she lost in the first round to Kurt Johnson.
Courtney Force started the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season off on the right foot with a Funny Car win in the 2013 Winternationals.
Courtney Force, Tony Schumacher and Mike Edwards lead their respective divisions in qualifying for the 2013 NHRA Winternationals as the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads into Sunday's final round.
Tony Schumacher drove his U.S. Army dragster to the provisional No. 1 spot with a 3.758 second run at 328.14 mph to lead the Top Fuel class. If the performance holds through two more rounds of qualifying, it will be his 72nd No. 1 of his career. During his run, Schumacher’s parachutes failed to deploy properly and his 8,000-horsepower machine came to a stop in the sand trap at the end of the track. He was not injured.
Rookie driver, Brittany Force, is ready to hit the dragstrip for the first time in a Top Fuel dragster in front of her hometown crowd.
The 2013 racing scene kicks into high gear over the upcoming President's Day weekend with the first event of the season on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing which holds its final eliminations on Feb. 17. Here's a preview of next weekend's action
Antron Brown, who lost in the opening round of eliminations, had to wait until the final round before he could grab the championship trophy, when Tony Schumacher lost in a photo finish to Brandon Bernstein.
Tony Schumacher powered his U.S. Army dragster to a leading performance of 3.773 seconds at 324.20 mph to earn his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season, bringing his career total to 71. In doing so, he keeps his Countdown to the Championship hopes alive in his bid to win his eighth world championship, heading into Sunday’s eliminations.
Mike Neff defeated veteran driver Johnny Gray with a time of 4.030 seconds at 317.94 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to earn his fourth win of the season, and his first of the year in the playoffs. With the win, Neff closed in on new series leader Jack Beckman, who set a national record at 3.986 seconds and advanced to the semifinals over the weekend in his Schumacher Electric Dodge Charger. Neff trails Beckman by 54 points and Ron Capps is in second place, 23 back of Beckman with only two races remaining in the season.