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JOLIET, Ill. – RIS-A crash like the one Brittany Force experienced to open the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season is not an experience she wants to go through again. But the ability to overcome some sizeable adversity the way the defending Top Fuel world champion and her team did also told Force a great deal about what her team is capable of this season.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:19 PM, 05.30.2018


COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6, 2018) — Courtney Force powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to the winner’s circle for the second time this season Sunday at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Sister Brittany Force raced into the quarterfinals and veteran drivers Robert Hight and John Force had first round exits after strong performances during qualifying.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:45 PM, 05.06.2018


BAYTOWN, Texas – Jose Gonzalez secured the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Tige Boats, is the third of 12 events this season.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 8:08 PM, 04.21.2018

Brittany and Courtney Force Keep Top Spots at zMAX

And the Beat Goes On…
Brittany and Courtney Force Hold Onto Top Qualifying Spots at NGK Four Wide Nationals
Building on the momentum already established in the 2018 season, both Brittany and Courtney Force locked in their No.1 qualifying status for Sunday’s NGK Spark Plug Nationals at zMAX Dragway. 
•  Courtney Force earns her third No. 1 qualifying result of 2018
•  Brittany Force’s pole is her career ninth No. 1
•  Drew Skillman drove his Camaro to Pro Stock No. 1
•  LE Tonglet returned to White Alligator Racing with a No. 1 effort

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 PM, 04.28.2018

Courtney & Brittany Force At Top of zMAX NGK Four Wide Nationals

Sisters Force to Top of NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals Field
(CONCORD, NC – APR 27, 2018 – RIS) Brittany and Courtney Force ended the first day of qualifying at zMAX Dragway at the top of their respective classes. Courtney Force led the Funny Car field after Friday’s qualifying, with a time of 3.873 sec, 332.92 mph in her first session. After Friday’s qualifying ended, Ron Capps was second, Tommy Johnson Jr third, J.R. Todd fourth and Bob Tasca III was fifth in his Mustang.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 10:41 PM, 04.27.2018

Kalitta and Gray Sweep Carolina Nationals, Hight and Krawiec Take Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycles

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 17, 2017 – RIS) Doug Kalitta took his No. 1 qualifying position to a career first win at zMAX Dragway Sunday in the tenth NHRA Carolina Nationals. Joining Kalitta at the top of the weekend's podium was 18-year-old rookie phenom Tanner Gray in Pro Stock, also a No. 1 qualifier, Robert Hight in Funny Car and Eddie Krawiec riding his Pro Stock Motorcycle, all victorious in the first Countdown event of the final six rounds of the Mello Yello Drag Racing season. Kalitta beat teammate Richie Crampton in the finals with a 3.775-second pass at 318.39 mph in the Mac Tools dragster, earning his first 'Wally' trophy of 2017. Kalitta has 43 career wins and has not won at only two tracks on the NHRA circuit.  “Getting this win gives us great momentum with only five races to go, but with the team I have with me I’m full of confidence,” Kalitta said. “It’s huge for me to get my first win at this great facility, because we have been coming here for a lot of years and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.” The win and quick qualifier points vaulted Kalitta from fifth in points to the lead, going into the next race at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA.

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Volume 2017, Issue 9, Posted 11:14 PM, 09.17.2017

Friday's Top NHRA Qualifiers Hold Onto Positions After Hot Saturday Sessions

Courtney Force continued her list of number one qualifying efforts by holding on to the to spot for Sunday's NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Her Friday time help up through Saturday's hot and sunny conditions, as all four pro class pole winners failed to improve their qualifying times. Doug Kalitta held onto the No. 1 seed in Top Fuel qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, while Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) used their times from Friday to hang onto top seeds after track temperatures exceeded 145 degrees on Saturday Eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday in the first of six Countdown to the Championship races

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Volume 2017, Issue 9, Posted 9:56 PM, 09.16.2017

Kalitta Heads First Day Qualifying for NHRA Carolina Nationals With Force, Gray and Hines Fastest in Class

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 15, 2017 – RIS) Doug Kalitta sped to the top qualifying position at zMAX Dragway in Top Fuel today with a pass of 3.723 sec and a trap speed of 329.50 mph. Antron Brown held the top speed of the day's two rounds, at 331.85 mph with his pass of 3.728 seconds, both runs came in the second round of qualifying.

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Volume 2017, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 PM, 09.15.2017

Torrence, Capps, McGaha and Tonglet Four-Wide Champions

Ron Capps captured his first NHRA Four-Wide Nationals victory in Funny Car action on Sunday at zMAX Dragway; Steve Torrence edged Tony Schumacher and points leader Leah Pritchett for the win in Top Fuel

Chris McGaha claimed the win in Pro Stock, L.E. Tonglet won in Pro Stock Motorcycle and Mike Castellana scored the first four-wide win in Pro Mod history

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:20 PM, 04.30.2017

Millican, Courtney Force, Savoie, Coughlin Top Friday Qualifying at Four-Wide

(CONCORD, NC - APRIL 28, 2017 - RIS) Clay Millican headed the first day of Top Fuel qualifying at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. zmAX Dragway saw multiple record runs in first-day qualifying for the only four-wide race on the NHRA schedule. Courtney Force heads Funy Car going into Saturday's qualifying sessions, with Jeg Coughlin at the top of the Pro Stock sheets, his brother Troy in the lead of Pro Mods and Jerry Savoie set quickest time in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 9:38 PM, 04.28.2017


 GLENDORA, Calif. – RIS- (Feb. 1, 2017) – NHRA and FOX Sports announced there will be additional live programming from the season opening NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. The new one hour program will air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) from 1 – 2 p.m. Eastern, 10 – 11 a.m. Pacific, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 6:32 PM, 02.01.2017

Force, Brown, Ellis and Line Take Carolina Nationals

(CONCORD, NC - SEP 18, 2016 - RIS) Bracket Busting Sunday? zMAX Dragway holds a contest for the media to see who can predict the day's results best, but today proved to be a bracket-breaker for many as Tony Schumacher spun the tires on his Army Top Fuel racer, allowing Cameron Ferre to beat the champion and become undefeated in his first ever NHRA Top Fuel race. Australian Wayne Newby beat Shawn Langdon when Langdon had his tires spin halfway down the strip. Pat Dakin beat out JR Todd in Todd's haze of tire smoke, and Doug Kalitta, beat Ike Maier in about the only clean pair of Top Fuel's first round. Leah Pritchett beat Richie Crampton but had an engine failure and pulled to a halt with flames coming out of the car. Steve Torrence beat out Scott Palmer in a pedal fest and Antron Brown took advantage of a tire smoking pass by Clay Millican to advance to round two.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 6:35 PM, 09.18.2016

Sampey, Anderson, Johnson, Kalitta Head Carolina Nationals Qualifying

(CONCORD, N.C. Sept. 17, 2016) [Track Release] – The electrifying sound of nitro-fueled NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series action thrilled a rocking crowd on Saturday at zMAX Dragway, as the final day of NHRA Carolina Nationals time trials saw Doug Kalitta in Top Fuel, Tommy Johnson Jr., (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) emerge with No. 1 qualifying spots ahead of Sunday's action-packed Countdown to the Championship opener.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 6:56 PM, 09.17.2016

Kalitta, Johnson, Line and Savoie Top Friday at zMAX

(CONCORD, NC - SEPT. 16, 2016 - RIS) NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway opened Friday with qualifying and some Sportsman eliminations runs. When the Pro classes finished their first two rounds of qualifying, Jerry Savoie led Pro Stock Motorcycle with a best run of 6.850/195.19 on his Suzuki, with Angelle Sampey's Buell next at 6.861/195.82. The top twelve qualifiers were filled out by Chil Ellis, LE Tonglet, Andrew Hines, Jim Underdahl, Hector Arana Jr, Matt Smith, Eddie Krawiec, Hector Arana, Melissa Surber and Cory Reed. Karen Stoffer, Mike Berry, Angie Smith, Mark Paquette, Shawn Gann, Steve Jonson, david Hope, Lance Bonham, Brian Bognuda and Chaz Kennedy all will have to wait until Saturday's qualifying to make the field.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:29 PM, 09.16.2016


ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. RIS– Angelle Sampey raced to her first Pro Stock Motorcycle victory since 2007 on Sunday at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also were winners of the 10th NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event of the season.

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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 9:24 PM, 06.12.2016

NHRA 4-Wide Sellout Saturday - Sunday Schedule

[Track release] CONCORD, N.C. (April 23, 2016) – Reserved seats for Saturday’s qualifying rounds of the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMAX Dragway are sold out, as fans from 48 states and nine foreign countries have ventured to the Bellagio of drag strips, one of the largest venues on the circuit, for a 40,000-horsepower festival of nitro-powered drag racing excitement.

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Volume 2016, Issue 4, Posted 7:27 PM, 04.23.2016

Rain Halts 4-Wide Qualifying After Single Round

(CONCORD, NC – April 22, 2016 – RIS) After a rain shower that soaked the track this morning, Sportsman qualifying got underway a little after 11:30,  with a track temperature of 95°F.  Sportsman qualifying opened the day, with SuperComp actually running four-wide, just like the Pro classes. Persistent rain late in the day halted qualifying after only one round of Pro class runs.

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Volume 2016, Issue 4, Posted 9:20 PM, 04.22.2016

Brittany Force, Tim Wilkerson Lead Winners at zMAX

(CONCORD, NC – APRIL 24, 2016 – RIS) The seventh annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods had dramatic results under brilliant Carolina blue skies Sunday. Hosted by zMAX Dragway, the weekend got underway with only one Friday round of qualifying after rain started falling late in the day. The rain gave way to near perfect weather for the rest of the weekend and a sellout crowd saw Saturday's two Pro qualifying rounds, plus the start of Sportsman eliminations.

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Volume 2016, Issue 4, Posted 11:23 PM, 04.24.2016

Alexis DeJoria Sets Track Record in 4-Wide Qualifying

(CONCORD, NC – April 23, 2016 – RIS) Alexis DeJoria posted a track record 3.934 second ET at 321.04 mph in front of a sellout crowd to surge to the top qualifying position in NHRA Funny Car racing at the 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods. DeJoria will drive her Kalitta Motorsports Toyota Camry against Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson and Jeff Diehl in the noon first round of eliminations. "To actually finish the day in the No. 1 spot and get a track record, that's just incredible," said DeJoria. "I'm so proud of my guys. They really give me good equipment. It makes it easy – well, easier. Man, she's a handful off the starting line and I'm surprised I could keep her in the groove and get her down to the end of the track."

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Volume 2016, Issue 4, Posted 10:14 PM, 04.23.2016


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Mar. 16, 2016) – The NHRA will honor a former Funny Car world champion and some rocking hot rods will be on display at the 47th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Florida’s Gainesville Raceway. The NHRA will continue its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Funny Car and the fan-favorite Hot Rod Junction will provide fans with a stellar race car exhibit during the third of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, March 17-20.

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Volume 2016, Issue 3, Posted 7:24 PM, 03.20.2016


GAINESVILLE, FL (March 17, 2016) --- During the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame banquet tonight Laurie Force was honored with the Pat Garlits Memorial Award presented by Mopar. Force, the wife of 16-time Funny Car champion John Force and mother to NHRA standouts Ashley Force Hood, Brittany Force and Courtney Force, has been a fixture on the drag racing scene for over four decades. The award was presented in recognition of Force’s presence behind a drag racing dynasty whose dedication and passion embodies the spirit of Pat Garlits while also being the ever patient wife of 16-time champion John Force.

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Volume 2016, Issue 3, Posted 6:09 PM, 03.19.2016


GAINESVILLE, Fla. –RIS - Terry McMillen has enjoyed one of the best starts in his Top Fuel career, winning rounds at each of the first two events of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

McMillen and his team are excited and encouraged by the early-season success, which may prove to be perfect timing for the 47th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 17-20 at historic Gainesville Raceway.



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Volume 2016, Issue 3, Posted 3:36 PM, 03.12.2016


CHANDLER, Ariz. — RIS - Leah Pritchett raced to her first Top Fuel victory Sunday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also picked up victories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.

Pritchett used a quicker reaction time and a performance of 3.775 seconds at 323.12 mph in her Quaker State dragster to finish in front of Brittany Force’s 3.774 at 321.35 in her Monster Energy dragster. It was the first all-female Top Fuel final since Shirley Muldowney defeated Lucille Lee in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio. It is only the fourth time two women have decided a pro class victory in the Mello Yello Series. Angelle Sampey and Karen Stoffer have met twice in finals in Pro Stock Motorcycle, most recently at Norwalk last season.

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Volume 2016, Issue 2, Posted 2:28 PM, 02.29.2016