Race Weekend Central

Nitro Shots: The Opening Act

NHRA 2018 Seattle Tii Tharpe Top Fuel Harley courtesy NHRA media

This space is generally devoted to the Mello Yello Series classes, the pros in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Then, sometimes the other professional class, Pro Mod makes an appearance. What we feature less often, and hope to make up for a little bit this week, are the sportsman classes. …

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Nitro Shots: Odds and Ends

NHRA 2018 Bandimere John Force with Wally credit NHRA Media

The NHRA has released the 2019 Mello Yello Series schedule and things are pretty much unchanged from the 2018 iteration. Richmond is back, the Countdown once again starts at Maple Grove, the regular season ends at Indy, and the season opens and closes in Pomona. Charlotte and Vegas stay four-wide for the first events and have second …

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Nitro Shots: U.S. Military Marches Off Into the Sunset

NHRA 2018 Tony Schumacher car courtesy NHRA Media

While Air Force is still in NASCAR, the other military branches left the sport. The sponsorships were viewed as a poor use of taxpayer-backed advertising and recruitment dollars. Critics argued that the number of new recruits gained from the trackside activations couldn’t be proven, and thus they were not sound return on the investment. And …

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Nitro Shots: An Explosive Situation & Goodbye to a Legend

NHRA 2018 Tom Mongoose McEwan courtesy NHRA Media

Cruz Pedregon was the latest victim this past weekend, but body-shredding explosions have been a consistent problem in Funny Car this season. John Force started the season with three-consecutive blown up racecars, losing consciousness on at least one of those occasions. Why so many catastrophic failures this season? Are there really more, or have the …

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Nitro Shots: New Territory

NHRA 2018 Terry McMillen car courtesy NHRA media

This week the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to some new old territory, visiting Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond for the first time since 2009 for a national event. That makes this trip an interesting one, as the more experienced drivers on the circuit have been to the track before, while all the …

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