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Off the Wall With: Del Worsham

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Del Worsham 2014 Mike Neff-107

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, 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 driver Del Worsham in the hot seat. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: It’s Not Age, It’s Experience

NHRA 2015 New Hampshire Winners Force Schumacher Anderson courtesy NHRA media

(Photo Courtesy: NHRA Media)

NHRA is a little unique among the major motorsports sanctions. Of the three Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winners last weekend in Epping, the youngest was Tony Schumacher at 45. Pro Stock winner Greg Anderson is 54 and John Force is 66. It was not some sort of fluke that three drivers aged 45 and …

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Nitro Shots: What Makes a Fan?

NHRA 2015 Las Vegas Force with trophy and car credit Gary Nastase

(Credit: Gary Nastase)

The NHRA has been running a “Baptism By Nitro” campaign all season, encouraging fans to bring along family and friends who have never been to a race. The thinking is that once they see, hear and feel NHRA action in person they will become fans too, and it’s not a bad plan for the NHRA. …

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Off the Wall With: JR Todd

J.R. Todd Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals 2014 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, 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, NHRA Top Fuel driver JR Todd answers our questions. What’s fun besides racing? Todd: That’s …

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Nitro Shots: Making Value Add Up For Sponsors

NHRA 2015 Pro Mod Willard Kinzer Action courtesy NHRA media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

After touching upon the issue of television and ratings, let’s do a little math this week. First, some numbers for you to play with. The cost to run a competitive Pro Stock car, per Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman earlier this season when talking about the shortfall for defending champion Erica Enders‘s car, is $1.5-$2 …

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MAD Creative Concepts, Kalitta Motorsports Unveil JR Todd’s Crew Shirt Design for Chicago NHRA Race

MADLogo

(Courtesy Kalitta Motorsports)

MAD Creative Concepts has worked with Kalitta Motorsports for several years, providing the team with custom graphics, signage, vehicle wrappings and marketing materials, but has stepped up this year to the role of primary sponsor for JR Todd’s Top Fuel dragster at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Chicago in July. As part of the …

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Nitro Shots: NHRA Deserves Better from TV Partner

NHRA 2015 Topeka Richie Crampton car courtesy Geiger Media

Photo Courtesy: Geiger Media

Each year, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is the Greatest Day in Racing. Every fan knows it. You can start your day with Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix, then follow that with the Indy 500 for INDYCAR and the Coca-Cola 600 for NASCAR. For the really devoted there’s a fourth event, the …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: How the 2015 Indy 500 Fared on the Crowd-o-Meter

IndyCar 2015 Indy Montoya victory sign credit Chris Owens

(Photo: Chris Jones/INDYCAR Media)

You could maybe make an argument that social media reflects mainly the opinion of the squeaky wheels and in some cases this could be true. People are more apt to go online to post a bad review than a good one. There are some exceptions to this though I think, and a huge event like …

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Off the Wall With: Spencer Massey

NHRA 2015 Spencer Massey car shot courtesy NHRA Media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

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 Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey on the hot seat. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: Can’t We Work This Out?

NHRA 2015 Boosted versus Cutty credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

I know I have covered the Street Outlaws ground before, but I have one more good point to make. My example might not be strictly NHRA; however, I think it still applies. Once again, the NHRA’s stance toward the show is completely understandable. Street racing, even if it is understood to be a staged portrayal, …

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Nitro Shots: The Family That Races Together

NHRA J.R. Todd Junior Dragster courtesy J.R. Todd and Kalitta Motorsports

(Photo courtesy of J.R. Todd)

Last week in part one of our Junior Dragster special, the viability of the series as a starting point for young hopefuls looking to get to the big leagues was the topic of conversation. Some of the young drivers competing right now are following in the footsteps of their famous parents. “I think it’s exciting …

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Monster Energy Drink Teams Up With John Force Racing to Sponsor Brittany Force, Top Fuel Dragster

NHRA 2015 Brittany Force Monster FB Courtesy John Force Racing

Photo Credit: John Force Racing

Beginning this weekend in Atlanta, Brittany Force will sport the colors and logos of Monster Energy Drink on the sides of her Top Fuel dragster. John Force Racing and Monster Energy have signed a multi-year agreement that will put the energy drink on the car for the remainder of this season and beyond. “I am …

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