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Toni Montgomery
An editor for the Frontstretch since 2006, Toni heads up the open-wheel portion of the website along with its NHRA coverage. Creative Director for Open-Wheel Wednesdays, she’s also responsible for pre- and post-race columns along with special features highlighting IndyCar and Formula One. An award-winning writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni freelances with both writing and web design in North Carolina.
Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You

Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You

Frontstretch provided live coverage of the NHRA Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., last month. During the weekend our Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff had the chance to sit down with NHRA Funny Car legend John Force as well as his daughter Courtney Force. Force talked about racing and winning at the age of 65, and told us a few of those patented John Force stories, bringing back memories of the old days in NHRA. Plus, as ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Jason Line: NASCAR Tech on the Drag Strip

Beyond the Cockpit with Jason Line: NASCAR Tech on the Drag Strip

After Jeg Coughlin, Jr. told Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff last month that Jason Line brought his experience in the engine department at Joe Gibbs Racing to Pro Stock and revolutionized the class, there was no question that Frontstretch needed to catch up with Line and find out what he meant. The current Pro Stock points leader is still hard at work in the shop even though the NHRA is taking a few weeks off before the final two races ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Richie Crampton and Morgan Lucas: Drag Racing in Australia, Amazing Rookie Seasons, and MAVTV

Beyond the Cockpit with Richie Crampton and Morgan Lucas: Drag Racing in Australia, Amazing Rookie Seasons, and MAVTV

Richie Crampton came a long way to race in the NHRA. From the other side of the world, as a matter of fact. Crampton, who originally hails from Adelaide, South Australia, is in his rookie season driving the Geico Top Fuel dragster for Morgan Lucas Racing. He’s off to a fast start, scoring two victories already this season. Crampton took time out to talk to Frontstretch’s Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff at the Carolina Nationals last month about how he ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Jeg Coughlin, Jr.: How Much Can You Cram Into 11 Seconds?

Beyond the Cockpit with Jeg Coughlin, Jr.: How Much Can You Cram Into 11 Seconds?

Jeg Coughlin, Jr. is a five time champion in the NHRA’s Pro Stock class, but he’s also busy off the track with his family business. Most automotive enthusiasts are familiar with the JEGS catalog, and in more recent years, JEGS.com.  It’s a go-to supplier with just about anything you need in your garage on hand and ready to be delivered to your door. Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff talked with Jeg last month at the Carolina Nationals and learned about ... Read More »

Smart Investments: Why the US Army Is Still on the Drag Strip

Smart Investments: Why the US Army Is Still on the Drag Strip

For a time, every branch of the U.S. military was represented on a car somewhere in NASCAR. Then little by little they began to disappear, and after this year, with the announcement of the departure of the National Guard from both NASCAR and IndyCar at the end of the season, the last of them will be gone. The National Guard takes care of its own marketing so really, the Army had already left when they parted ways with their last ... Read More »

NHRA for Everyone: Diversity Done Right

NHRA for Everyone: Diversity Done Right

Race cars don’t know what color or sex their drivers are. But the fans in the stands do and the realization over the years across the board has pretty much been this: get a diverse range of drivers on the track, draw a diverse, and larger, base of fans who are interested in seeing those drivers. Getting that variety of drivers on the track, and crew members in the pits for that matter, has been a high priority, not just ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Erica Enders-Stevens: Momentum, Movies and Who’s In the Other Lane?

Beyond the Cockpit with Erica Enders-Stevens: Momentum, Movies and Who’s In the Other Lane?

The competitiveness of female drivers across all the classes of the NHRA’s Mello Yello series this season has been a huge story. Women have been competing in the NHRA since Shirley Muldowney broke through the gender barrier over 40 years ago, and starting with Muldowney, they have enjoyed success, winning races, and, in the cases of Muldowney and Angelle Sampey-Drago, championships. This season, five women in four classes made it into the championship Countdown and four of those women, Alexis ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with the Arana Family: Life on Two Wheels

Beyond the Cockpit with the Arana Family: Life on Two Wheels

The NHRA is a different kind of motorsport in many ways, not least of all in the fact that not all of their competitors run on four wheels. Pro Stock Motorcycle is one of the four classes in the top tier Mello Yello Series. The class does not run at every event as Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock do, but they make an appearance at 16 of the 24 events. Veteran rider Hector Arana, Sr., and his two ... Read More »

NHRA’s Family Affair

NHRA’s Family Affair

Father’s racing sons, brothers racing brothers. It’s been done in pretty much every form of racing. Daughter’s racing father’s, sisters racing sisters, and wives racing husbands is a bit more unusual. The fact that all of these things take place on every level of NHRA competition at every event means that the phrase “it’s a family sport” rings absolutely true in more ways than one. The Forces are probably the most famous drag racing family, but there are so many ... Read More »

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 3

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 3

Simon Pagenaud Team: Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Sponsor: Oculus Transport/Lucas Oil/MAV TV Rank: 5 Wins: 2 Top 5s: 8 Top 10s: 12 Pagenaud ended up as the highest ranking driver who was not part of one of the three powerhouse organizations of Penske, Ganassi or Andretti. He wasn’t just the highest ranking though, as he made a legitimate run for the championship, entering the final race of the season with a slim chance, but a chance nevertheless, to take the ... Read More »