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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.

Torrence, DeJoria, Anderson and Krawiec Top Charts for 4-Wide Nationals

NHRA 2016 Charlotte Eddie Krawiec top qualifier credit Toni Montgomery

Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence got his 4-Wide weekend off to a strong start, topping the one and only qualifying session on a rainy Friday and holding on through two rounds on a sunny and warm Saturday to take home No. 1 qualifier honors for the NHRA’s most unique event of …

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Nitro Shots: QUADruple the Fun

NHRA 2015 Charlotte Four Wide courtesy NHRA media

This weekend brings the most unusual event of the season on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, the Four-Wide Nationals from zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. This is the only four-lane drag strip in the world, likely because only Bruton Smith could conceive of such a concept. He’s probably …

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Nitro Shots: Something Is Afoot at the Circle K

NHRA 2016 Ron Capps car courtesy NHRA media

Fans often complain about dominant teams “stinking up the show.” NASCAR fans levy that charge at big money operations like Hendrick Motorsports or Joe Gibbs Racing. It happens in drag racing too, with the same complaint many times directed at Don Schumacher Racing or John Force Racing. JFR has gotten …

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Nitro Shots: EPA Versus SEMA

2015 Mooresville Dragway blue Mustang credit Toni Montgomery

There has been a debate going on about a proposed clarification of the Clean Air Act put forth by the EPA. The problem comes down to this: it’s illegal to remove or modify the emission regulating equipment on your street car but it’s always been understood, although not outlined, that …

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Nitro Shots: How Important Is Speed?

NHRA 2016 Greg Anderson Pro Stock courtesy NHRA

Perhaps the biggest change coming into 2016, as touched upon in last week’s Nitro Shots, took place in the Pro Stock category. Gone are carburetors in favor of Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) systems. Gone also are the big hood scoops that accompanied the carburetion era. According to some of the …

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