Race Weekend Central

Nitro Shots: Time Flies as 2015 Draws to a Close

Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals Del Worsham 2014 Mike Neff 106

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

It seems like just yesterday that teams were arriving in Pomona, ready to start the 2015 season. Everyone was full of optimism and everyone, on paper at least, had an even chance of being the champion at the end of the season. Now teams are pulling in to Pomona again, but this time it’s to …

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Nitro Shots: Champions of Diversity

Nhra 2015 Las Vegas Antron Brown Celebrates Championship Photo Courtesy Nhra Media

Photo Credit: NHRA Media

Recently, I overheard a colleague talking about a situation where someone who knew he covered NHRA called out the league for not having a diversity program. This individual is absolutely right; the NHRA has no such program, no special incentive to put diversity drivers in a car, no audition process to identify potentially talented diversity …

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Pace Laps: Revenge, Free Agency, and Champions Crowned

Nhra 2015 Las Vegas Erica Enders Celebrates Championship Courtesy Nhra Media

Photo Credit: NHRA Media

Sprint Cup Series: They’re at it again. Just as Joey Logano had visions a fourth consecutive win of 2015 and first at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Kenseth came back on track multiple laps down and all the eyes turned to the other yellow car of Kenseth. Heated from the Kansas spin off Logano’s bumper two weeks …

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Nitro Shots: Does Experience Trump Youth and Enthusiasm?

Nhra 2015 Drew Skillman With Wally Courtesy Of Geiger Media

(Photo: Geiger Media)

Voting is underway to determine the 2015 Auto Club Road to the Future Award winner in NHRA, aka the Rookie of the Year, as noted in our Pace Laps column the other day. One of our readers made an interesting observation about the six rookie drivers under consideration for the award. The nominees are John …

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Pace Laps: Championships and Future Stars

Lewis Hamilton Usgp 2015

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Formula 1: Hamilton Scores Second Consecutive Championship – The United States Grand Prix may have been the best race of the F1 season. Rain brought questions as to the actual performance of any of the teams and also made for a frustrating schedule – as qualifying got pushed to Sunday morning. During that session, things began …

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Off the Wall With: Courtney Force

Nhra 2015 Courtney Force Car Courtesy Nhra Media

(Photo Courtesy NHRA Media)

In the spotlight this week: NHRA standout Courtney Force, fiancée of last week’s driver, Graham Rahal What’s fun besides racing? Courtney Force: I don’t know. I’ve been out here since I was a kid so racing’s really my life but any time I get to have a day off I enjoy being back at home …

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Nitro Shots: As the Pro Stock World Turns

Nhra 2015 Indianapolis Pro Stock Final Enders Skillman Courtesy Chevy Pr

Photo Credit: Chevrolet PR

The last time we touched upon Pro Stock, I said there would be more to come on that subject. Management here at Fronstretch expressed some displeasure that I left the “when” on that open-ended, but I argue it’s not entirely my fault because that story is still very much in play. Many rumors are running …

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The Frontstretch 5: More Must-Watch Racing Videos

2015 Whitt Gilliland Mcdowell Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

We certainly had fun compiling some of our staff’s favorite racing videos last week, but there were just too many of them to share in just one installment (it is, after all, the Frontstretch Five, although with this one we were wising for the Frontstretch 25!), so we’re back at it this week with another …

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Pace Laps: Bad Blood and Close Battles

Nhra 2015 Texas Winners Jerry Savoie Erica Enders Del Worsham Richie Crampton Courtesy Nhra Media

Photo Credit: NHRA Media

Sprint Cup Series: Just as the No. 20 team thought its driver was set to make a trip to Victory Lane and notch a spot in the Eliminator 8, leader Matt Kenseth went spinning off of Joey Logano‘s front bumper on lap 267, dashing his hopes of heading into Talladega with nothing to worry about. …

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Nitro Shots: Halfway Home For Future NHRA Champions

Nhra 2015 Reading Antron Brown Car Courtesy Nhra Media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

Here we are, already halfway through the Countdown to the Championship, with three races in the books and three more left to complete the 2015 season. Where do things stand and who looks like they might be tough to beat with just a few events remaining? In Top Fuel, that’s a pretty easy question, as …

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The Frontstretch 5: Must-See Racing Videos

2015 Menard Harvick Patrick Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

If life is made up of a series of moments, then one of its pleasures is remembering them, seeing them through new eyes, watching with a satisfied, “I remember when that happened.” This week, our staff rolled out some of our favorite racing videos featuring moments that are dramatic, memorable or just downright ridiculous. There …

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