(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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(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.
(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."
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.
BRITTANY FORCE RACES TO FIRST CAREER VICTORY; HIGHT, ANDERSON AND KRAWIEC ALSO VICTORIOUS IN GAINESVILLE
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Brittany Force raced to her first career victory and took control of the Top Fuel point standings Sunday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – RIS - Jack Beckman set a national record and raced to the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car at the 47th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on Saturday.
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.
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.
PRITCHETT RACES TO FIRST TOP FUEL VICTORY AT CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS; WILKERSON AND LINE ALSO SCORE MELLO YELLO SERIES WINS
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.
TOP FUEL’S LEAH PRITCHETT PLANS TO MAXIMIZE NEW OPPORTUNITY HEADING TO CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS
TWO-TIME PRO STOCK WORLD CHAMPION ERICA ENDERS MOTIVATED TO DEFEND CROWN HEADING TO CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS
CHANDLER, Ariz. – RIS - Erica Enders’ two-year run in Pro Stock has been one of the most impressive stretches in the illustrious history of the class. She capped it off in Pomona last year with a second straight world championship but Enders isn’t ready for the run to be over yet.
- The new era of TV coverage on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Broadcast Network
- Pro Stock changes hit the track with electronic fuel injection, hood scoops removed and shortened wheelie bars among other advancements
- Off‐season changes on track: Erica Enders switches to Mopar, driving a Dodge Dart; Leah Pritchett joins Bob Vandergriff Racing fulltime; Jeg Coughlin returns to competion; J.R. Todd gets fulltime sponsor with SealMaster
POMONA, Calif. – RIS - Ron Capps raced to his first Funny Car victory in nearly a year Sunday at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
POMONA, Calif. – Jack Beckman picked up right where he left off last season by racing to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car Saturday at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the season-opening event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
POMONA, Calif. – RIS-News.com - Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Friday at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
FIVE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION JEG COUGHLIN EMBRACING NEW-LOOK PRO STOCK CLASS APPROACHING CIRCLE K NHRA WINTERNATIONALS
POMONA, Calif. —RIS-News.com - It’s a brand new era in the new-look Pro Stock class in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. A class veteran and a five-time world champion, it took Jeg Coughlin Jr. one brief glance at his Magneti Marelli Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart to see an immediate difference.
“It’s a pretty dramatic change to see the hood of a Pro Stock car without that big hood scoop we’ve had for so many years but it sure is a slick-looking design,” Coughlin said. “Then you get a look under the hood and see the intakes and how it all attaches to the top of the motor and you really start understanding that we’re in a brand-new era.
FUNNY CAR FAN-FAVORITE COURTNEY FORCE ENTERS 2016 SEASON AND CIRCLE K NHRA WINTERNATIONALS WITH HIGH HOPES
POMONA, Calif. — After seven wins in her first three seasons, including four during a banner 2014 campaign, Funny Car star Courtney Force seemed primed for big things in 2015.
Instead, Force was dealt her most trying and frustrating season in her young NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career. Finding bumps in the road at almost every turn, Force failed to win a race and just missed qualifying for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
TOP FUEL STANDOUT RICHIE CRAMPTON EAGER FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS IN 2016 STARTING WITH CIRCLE K NHRA WINTERNATIONALS
POMONA, Calif. — (RIS-News.com)- Now, entering his third season in Top Fuel, Richie Crampton doesn’t take his opportunity for granted. That appreciation to drive the 10,000-horsepower Lucas Oil dragster for Morgan Lucas Racing has already taken the Australia native to incredible places, including five victories and a third-place Top Fuel finish in 2015.
That success carried over into the off-season and has Crampton excited for what is ahead during the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, starting with this weekend’s tradition-rich 56th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2016) -RIS — Fans attending the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 11-14 at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the tradition-rich season-opening event in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series alongside one of the sport’s greatest legends – four-time NHRA Funny Car world champion Don “The Snake” Prudhomme.
GLENDORA, Calif. (RIS) – NHRA’s competition committee announced today that the longstanding 1-percent back-up policy to certify national record performances in the NHRA Mello Yello Series, J&A Service Pro Mod Series, and Lucas Oil Series Alcohol categories will no longer be required at NHRA Drag Racing Series events starting in 2016.
WORSHAM AND HINES EARN NHRA MELLO YELLO SERIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES; LANGDON, A. JOHNSON AND KRAWIEC JOIN WORSHAM AS EVENT WINNERS AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
POMONA, Calif. – RIS - Del Worsham claimed his second NHRA world championship title and first in Funny Car, and then raced to the event victory Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals near Los Angeles.
Southern California native Worsham defeated Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoff rival Jack Beckman in the semifinals to secure the Funny Car season title at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and become just the third driver in NHRA history, joining Kenny Bernstein and Gary Scelzi, to win world championships in both nitro categories. Worsham won the 2011 Top Fuel world championship
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2015) - RIS - Most of the attention on the 2015 Funny Car world championship race is focused on Jack Beckman's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T of Don Schumacher Racing and points leader Del Worsham of Kalitta Motorsports. It is doe to the wire for the NHRA Finale.
Beckman dominated the regular season and Worsham has dominated the NHRA Countdown to the Championship by winning three of five playoff races.
GLENDORA, Calif. - RIS – Officials from NHRA today announced the 2016 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series schedule. The popular series, highlighted by the Top Fuel and Pro Fuel classes, brings high-energy motorcycle racing to fans nationwide.
BROWN AND ENDERS CLAIM NHRA MELLO YELLO SERIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES; KALITTA, HIGHT, ENDERS AND HINES RACE TO TOYOTA NATIONALS VICTORIES AT LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS –RIS - Antron Brown and Erica Enders won NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship titles in their respective categories Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brown claimed his second Top Fuel world championship when he advanced one round farther than rival Tony Schumacher during eliminations. Enders secured her second straight world championship crown when she won in the quarterfinals and rival Greg Anderson lost in the same round. Enders then raced to victory, her ninth of the season and fourth in a row at LVMS. Brown lost in the semifinals.
AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS TO FEATURE THE WORLD’S BEST DRAG RACING ACTION AND EXCITING OFF THE TRACK ACTIVITIES AT SEASON FINALE
GLENDORA, Calif. — RIS - The 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season has been one of the most exciting in recent memory and the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs has been no different.
Records have been broken and battles have been fought, but only one driver in each class can be crowned the 2015 world champion, and it all comes down to the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 12-15 at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Fans will get to see the world’s best drag racers at the tradition-rich event while plenty of off-track activities will keep them busy between rounds.
LAS VEGAS – RIS - Antron Brown insisted he did not need to change much in regards to his approach heading into the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
Competing in the rigorous Top Fuel class all season was all he needed and the payoff has been evident through the first four races of the NHRA’s six-race playoff.
THRILL OF THE COUNTDOWN HAS REIGNING TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION TONY SCHUMACHER IN HOT PURSUIT OF ANOTHER SERIES CROWN, EXCITED FOR AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, Texas – RIS - In his ideal world, everyone would be chasing reigning Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher as he made a push towards his ninth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship.
But as it currently stands, Schumacher is going to have to do the chasing, and that’s perfectly fine, too, considering his impressive ability to perform at a high level when the situation demands it.
RS-MADISON, Ill. – RIS -Antron Brown extended his mastery of Gateway Motorsports Park by racing to his fourth consecutive Top Fuel victory at the facility Sunday during the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.
Del Worsham (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship event near St. Louis.
Brown defeated Dave Connolly in the final round to take his 53rd career victory and his fifth win overall at the track with a performance of 3.721 seconds at 325.92 mph in his Matco Tools dragster to Connolly’s trailing run of 3.753 at 328.94 in the C&J Energy Services dragster
TOP FUEL STAR ANTRON BROWN LOOKING TO EXTEND IMPRESSIVE STREAK AT AAA INSURANCE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS
MADISON, Ill. – RIS - Antron Brown already got off to a fantastic start in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, winning the first of the six-race playoffs on Sunday in Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –RIS- Tommy Johnson Jr., who has quietly had one of the most consistent Funny Cars of the season, raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
SNAVELY VICTORIOUS AT NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT AT THE CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE U.S. NATIONALS
BROWNSBURG, Ind. – RIS - Rick Snavely raced to his first career win Monday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the seventh of 10 events on the Pro Mod schedule. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis was presented by JEGS.
BECKMAN, LUCAS, ENDERS AND SAVOIE PICK UP VICTORIES AT THE TRADITION-RICH CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE U.S. NATIONALS
BROWNSBURG, Ind. –RIS- Jack Beckman completed a sweep of the weekend in Funny Car with his victory on Labor Day Monday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the world’s most prestigious drag race and the final NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event of the regular season.
BECKMAN PICKS UP $100,000 WIN IN TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT; DIXON, BECKMAN, ANDERSON AND ELLIS CLAIM NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE U.S. NATIONALS
BROWNSBURG, Ind. –RIS- Jack Beckman earned a $100,000 payday with his victory in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car Sunday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Beckman, the 2012 world champ, claimed the victory with a winning performance of 4.051 seconds at 309.06 mph, defeating Robert Hight in the final of the all-star bonus event. It was Beckman’s second win in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, making him the second Funny Car driver to win the event twice, tying John Force.
INDIANAPOLIS – RIS - Robert Hight fondly remembers the first time it hit him that he was on the verge of something special at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
The memory is clear for the 2009 Funny Car world champion because his nerves started to race before taking part in the final round of the world’s most prestigious drag race.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. – RIS - Defending Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner Richie Crampton and defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan made the quickest runs in their respective categories Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis during the opening day of testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
NHRA FUNNY CAR RACER COURTNEY FORCE ONE OF FOUR WOMEN TO BE HONORED BY THE WNBA’S INDIANA FEVER DURING INSPIRING WOMEN NIGHT AUG. 26
INDIANAPOLIS -- NHRA Funny Car racer Courtney Force will be honored by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever on Wednesday, Aug. 26 during their game with the Los Angeles Sparks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as part of the Fever’s Inspiring Women Night. This year’s theme for the annual event is “Breaking Barriers in Sports.”
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 20, 2015 – RIS) The final round of competition started out with a bit of a bang when Dave Connoly red lit at the line and then Doug Kalitta's engine sprayed oil on the top end. In the second pair, Leah Pritchett easily beat Pat Dakin when Dakin's engine let go about the 330 foot mark for the day's second oil down in only two runs.
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 19, 2015 – RIS) Clay Millican and Tommy Johnson, Jr held onto their number one qualifying positions in Top Fuel and Funny Car after the second day of qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, Greg Anderson held onto his No. One spot from Friday and Eddie Krawiec displaced Friday's top runner Jerry Savoie.
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Tommy Johnson Jr., who has quietly had one of the most consistent Funny Cars of the season, raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
MORRISON, Colo. – Steve Torrence raced to his first Top Fuel victory in over two years Sunday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Larry Morgan (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious at the 14th of 24 events of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season and first of the NHRA Western Swing.
Torrence powered his Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports dragster to the winner’s circle with a 3.925-second performance at 319.37 mph to earn his fifth career victory, first at Denver and first since Bristol 2013. Torrence, who defeated Tony Schumacher’s 3.940 at 305.08 in his U.S. Army dragster, earned the seventh spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout at Indianapolis.