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Nitro Shots: For Your Viewing Pleasure

Just one more race left in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, and that means that very soon, you will have no new NHRA drag racing to watch. Drivers and teams will begin testing in January and be back on the track to kick off 2019 in February, so it’s a pretty short break, but what to watch in the meantime? With cold weather, there’s not much new drag racing of any kind on tap.

Before that happens though, there is one more race in Pomona, the NHRA’s home turf, to decide the rest of the champions and to hopefully provide enough excitement to last you for a couple of months. In honor of that, enjoy this special video edition of Nitro Shots.

First up, Cruz Pedregon stopped by the Jim Rome Show yesterday and talked about his season and about his view of the scary explosion earlier this year at Bandimere Speedway.

Different cars, but Funny Cars aren’t the only ones who suffer big explosions. For the Top Fuel teams, with more exposed engine parts, there are a few safety measures in place aimed at minimizing the fallout from a big explosion.

Two professional champions have already been crowned, Top Fuel’s Steve Torrence, with one race left for his class, and Pro Mod’s Mike Janis. Pro Mod wrapped up its season at the last race in Las Vegas. Enjoy the championship-winning moment for both drivers.

Finally, Alex Laughlin will spend part of his off-season preparing for 2019 Pro Stock of course. After coming up just short of winning at the big radial tire event, No Mercy, this fall, he guaranteed he’ll spend some time getting ready to try it again at February’s Lights Out event.

We’ll have one more edition of Nitro Shots coming up next week before we call it a season and take our long winter’s nap. In the meantime, enjoy the season closer from Pomona.

About the author

A writer for Frontstretch since 2002, and editor since 2006, Toni heads up the NHRA coverage for the site. She’s responsible for post-race coverage in the weekly Pace Laps multi-series round-up along with the weekly Nitro Shots column featuring news and features from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. An award-winning former writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni works in web design and freelances with writing in North Carolina.

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