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Nitro Shots: You Go, Girl! I Think…

NHRA 2015 Charlotte Courtney Force fast qualifier credit Toni Montgomery

Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

Nitro is in the air here in Charlotte. Well, it’s on the billboard anyway. Advertisements have gone up for the Carolina Nationals next month, and the billboard I saw features Courtney Force and her racecar. The very first impression I had was to think how great it was to see a woman on the ad …

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Off the Wall With: Matt Hagan

Matt Hagan before the 2014 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at ZMax Dragway

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Welcome to Off the Wall With, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, we’ve got NHRA Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan on the spot. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: The Pro Stock Edition

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals V Gaines 2014 Mike Neff-016

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Sometimes things just fall together. Pro Stock report cards were on tap for this week and to go along with it, that’s where the bulk of the news seems to be coming from too. Combine that with stealing the show in the finals last weekend at Denver, and it’s just been a Pro Stock kind …

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Nitro Shots: New TV Deal a Big Opportunity for NHRA

NHRA 2014 4 Wides Jeg Coughlin

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Last week, I began on driver report cards and it was my intention to continue with Funny Car today. However, given the rather huge announcement about the new television deal for 2016, driver report cards will be pre-empted this week to allow a higher-rated program (a discussion on the new television package) to air instead. …

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Pace Laps: Hope Alive, a Perfect Team, & Close Finishes

2015 Kentucky CUP Kyle Busch checkered flag CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Sprint Cup Series: Busch Keeps Chase Hopes Alive With Miraculous Three Weeks – If Kyle Busch is able to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup come September, the previous three races will have been the critical part of the run. Busch, who missed the first 11 Sprint Cup races of the season following a …

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Nitro Shots: Report Card Time

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Clay Millican 2014 Mike Neff-076

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Back in the first column of the season, after some disappointing starts to the year for a handful of drivers, we declared that one bad race does not a bad season make. That’s true. One of the drivers who got out of the blocks slow was Jack Beckman, and it’s worked out all right for …

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Nitro Shots: A Video Is Worth 1,000 Words

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Brown and Kalitta Launch 2014 Mike Neff-093

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

It’s been mentioned in this space before that television just does not accurately convey what it’s like to be at an NHRA event. No matter how high you turn the volume up, even with surround sound, it’s still not like hearing those 10,000 horsepower beasts in person. It’s more than just the sound, though. Not …

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