Race Weekend Central

Off the Wall With: Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal Mid Ohio 2015 Indycar Media

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In the spotlight this week: Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal. What’s fun besides racing? Graham Rahal: Pretty much my life. If I’m not IndyCar racing, I’m here with Courtney (Force; fiancée), but fun for me is probably golf, college football. I’m a big Ohio State Buckeye fan. In fact, Courtney would tell you I watch …

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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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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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