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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.

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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Nitro Shots: That’s A Wrap!

2015 NHRA Pomona 2 Brown Enders Worsham Hines champions credit NHRA Media

That’s it folks. It’s all over. All the big trophies have been handed out, including to Drew Skillman, who captured the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award as NHRA’s top rookie for 2015. It’s time to eat some turkey, do some shopping, put up some decorations, …

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Nitro Shots: Champions of Diversity

NHRA 2015 Las Vegas Antron Brown celebrates championship photo courtesy NHRA Media

Recently, I overheard a colleague talking about a situation where someone who knew he covered NHRA called out the league for not having a diversity program. This individual is absolutely right; the NHRA has no such program, no special incentive to put diversity drivers in a car, no audition process …

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Pace Laps: Championships and Future Stars

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his USGP win and third overall championship (credit: Getty Images)

Formula 1: Hamilton Scores Second Consecutive Championship – The United States Grand Prix may have been the best race of the F1 season.  Rain brought questions as to the actual performance of any of the teams and also made for a frustrating schedule – as qualifying got pushed to Sunday morning. …

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