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The Frontstretch 5: Reasons to Check Out an NHRA Race

Nhra 2015 Spencer Massey Car Shot Courtesy Nhra Media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

There are a lot of fans frustrated with NASCAR right now for a number of reasons. From the Chase and the nature of its eliminations to the cars and the aerodynamics… you know the story. This week, we’ll take a break from NASCAR and look at a different form of racing and why race fans …

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Pace Laps: The Closer Does it Again, Safety 1st, and NHRA Keystone Nationals

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Sprint Cup Series: The Closer is Back in It – Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway was simply Kevin Harvick’s day of reckoning. Between the unscheduled stop for fuel with two laps to go last week at New Hampshire to the drop of the green flag at the Monster Mile, the story became ever-so simple for …

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Off the Wall With: John Force

Nhra 2015 Charlotte John Force Intros Credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

In the spotlight this week: 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force What’s fun besides racing? Force: Racing with my granddaughter Autumn with the Junior dragster. Don’t get to do it much. Me and Robert [Hight], her Dad, we love to do it. And I love the movies but who doesn’t? What’s the top item …

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Nitro Shots: NHRA Silly Season Heats Up

Nhra 2015 Alexis Dejoria And Pink Car Credit Gary Nastase

Photo Credit: Gary Nastase

Normally, I think of Silly Season as a NASCAR thing, that time of year when drivers, sponsors and teams start making moves and announcements for the coming season. In some cases, the moves will take place at the end of the year. Other times, it might be right away or with at least a few …

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Pace Laps: Kevin Harvick Throws It All Away, Others Redeem Themselves

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Sprint Cup Series: Harvick’s Horror Story – New Hampshire Motor Speedway won’t be remembered so much for who won as who lost. Sure, Matt Kenseth continued a hot streak for Joe Gibbs Racing but we knew he was in solid position to make the next round of NASCAR’s Chase playoff anyway. Most of the racing up front …

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Nitro Shots: Another Update For Your Scorecard

Nhra 2015 Charlotte Don Schumacher Shawn Langdon Credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Here’s how it shakes out in case you’ve missed it: Just prior to the U.S. Nationals, Don Schumacher Racing parted ways with driver Spencer Massey. Last week, sponsorless Alan Johnson Racing announced they would not run the remaining races in 2015. The next day, a deal was announced that put AJR driver Shawn Langdon in …

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Pace Laps: Xfinity Frustration, Historic Finals, F1 Changeup & More

Nhra 2015 Charlotte Brittany Force Thanks Jeff Credit Toni Montgomery

Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

Sprint Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Joins In on JGR Dominance – Joe Gibbs Racing has been on a surge since the beginning of the summer, rattling off eight wins in the 11 races leading up to the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kyle Busch claimed four victories, Matt Kenseth reeled off three wins, and Carl …

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Carolina Nationals Day 2 Roundup

Nhra 2015 Charlotte Clay Millican Credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

After two qualifying sessions in the heat of the day on Saturday, the field has been set for eliminations on Sunday for the Carolina Nationals. The high track temperatures made for a lot of sliding around and not a lot of improvement on the times set on a much cooler track on Friday night during the …

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Carolina Nationals Day 1 Roundup

Nhra 2015 Charlotte Jr Todd Jimi Hendrix Foundation Dragster Closeup Credit Toni Montgomery

Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to One begins this weekend at zMax Dragway with the Carolina Nationals. Our own Toni Montgomery is on-site with an update on Friday’s activities. JR Todd and Kalitta Motorsports unveiled the Jimi Hendrix Foundation Purple Haze dragster (pictured above); the team will campaign the car in the …

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Nitro Shots: Good Fortune From Bad?

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

A few weeks ago, Don Schumacher Racing parted ways with driver Spencer Massey. Massey had run in the top 10 in Top Fuel points all season, but his departure meant that his team would not be able to reap the reward and contend for a title in the Countdown for the Championship. Yesterday, Alan Johnson …

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NHRA Top Fuel Championship-Contending Team Ceases Operation

Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals Shawn Langdon 2014 Mike Neff 125

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Alan Johnson Racing and driver Shawn Langdon, the sixth seed in Top Fuel in the 2015 NHRA Countdown to the Championship, will not make the trip to Charlotte this week to kick off the playoffs. The team announced it is suspending operations immediately until adequate sponsorship funding can be found. AJR unexpectedly lost its funding …

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Pace Laps: Ending Winless Streaks and Kickoff Media Tours

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Sprint Cup Series: Kenseth Creeps Into Contention. Matt Kenseth is a modern man’s Terry Labonte: cool, calm, collected under pressure. Kenseth, like Texas Terry used to be the model of consistency, top 10ing his way to a championship in 2003 while making surviving bad days the hallmark of his driving style. Now, over a decade …

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