Race Weekend Central

Off the Wall With: Ron Capps

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Ron Capps 2014 Mike Neff-102

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers the same five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each time to get a peek into life outside the racecar. In this edition, NHRA Funny Car driver Ron Capps spills the beans. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

NHRA 2015 Charlotte Jack Beckman winner credit Toni Montgomery

Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

Coming out of the 4-Wide Nationals, you can’t help but take note of all the really odd things you can only see at that race. There were a number of them last weekend, continuing to make Charlotte unique. Pro Stock came out of the box with a twin serving of odd, with a double holeshot …

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Todd, Force, McGaha, Arana Top Qualifying at 4-Wide Nationals at Charlotte

NHRA 2015 Charlotte Brittany Force pits credit Toni Montgomery

Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

After a rainy Friday forced the cancellation of all on track activity at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, a sunny but cool Saturday produced two very fast qualifying sessions. The sun kept the track temperature in the mid-80s, but air temps in the low-to-mid 50s made for big horsepower in the engines. Pat …

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Nitro Shots: 4-Wide and Live!

NHRA 2014 4 Wides Pro Stock burnout

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This weekend NHRA ventures into NASCAR country, racing at zMAX Dragway outside of Charlotte, N.C., part of the speedway complex that also includes Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Frontstretch will be live from the track all weekend. As always, social media will be a good place to keep up with the action. Like us on Facebook …

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Nitro Shots: Keeping the Wheels on the Ground

2015 NHRA Larry Dixon car shot credit NHRA Media

Photo Credit: NHRA Media

Drag racer Tina Pierce wrecked Saturday night at an IHRA event. Almost immediately, video circulated on the internet and social media, prompting unfortunate comments from some male readers. Granted, they were not in the majority, but they were disturbing, saying things like “this is why women shouldn’t race” and that she could not drive. Pierce, …

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Nitro Shots: Outlaws, Farmers & Getting Beat By a Girl

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals Matt Hagan 2014 Mike Neff-111

Did the NHRA need to make a statement about Street Outlaws, particularly as some of the cars on the show had NHRA logos showing? Yes. Street racing is in complete opposition to its mission. Will the show change? Doubt it. Most of the viewers know the street racing is staged on a closed road but …

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Nitro Shots: Heroes and Zeroes

NHRA 2015 Drew Skillman car shot

Rookie Pro Stock driver Drew Skillman just continues to impress. In his first Pro Stock outing at Pomona two weeks ago, he made it all the way to the finals, defeating teammate and defending world champion Erica Enders-Stevens in the semifinals. He lost to veteran Jason Line that day, but he certainly got everyone’s attention. …

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IndyCar Hits the Big Screen with Will Smith

2014 IndyCar MidOhio Carlos Munoz on track

The Verizon IndyCar Series will hit the big screen on February 27th with the debut of the new Warner Bros. Film “Focus,” which stars Will Smith and Margo Robbie. Smith plays a con man who’s latest scheme partners him with a race team owner. For help with cars and drivers, Warner Bros. turned to INDYCAR. …

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Pace Laps: Follow the Leader Daytona, NHRA Phoenix, Reddick Rises, and More

2015 Daytona I CUP Joey Logano wins credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Credit: Getty Images)

Cup: Where Was the Passing?  If there was one constant that emerged during speedweeks with regards to the Cup cars it was the preponderance for cars that took the lead to be able to hold steady in that position. Matt Kenseth’s win in the Sprint Unlimited offered the first glimpse at this notion, because once …

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Nitro Shots: Why Do They Call Them Funny Cars?

Erica Enders Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals 2014 Mike Neff

Frontstretch is pleased to announce our expanded NHRA coverage for 2015 and as part of it, our new Nitro Shots weekly column. Check back every Thursday throughout the season for a new edition. Whether you are a longtime NHRA fan looking for a midweek drag racing fix or a newcomer who is just considering checking …

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Nitro Shots: One Bad Week Doesn’t Equal A Season-Long “Drag”

NHRA 2015 Pomona 1 Shawn Langdon Antron Brown (credit Ron Lewis)

Frontstretch is pleased to announce our expanded NHRA coverage for 2015 and, as part of it, our new Nitro Shots weekly column. Check back every Thursday throughout the season for a new edition. Whether you are a longtime NHRA fan looking for a midweek drag racing fix or a newcomer who is just considering checking …

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