Race Weekend Central

Nitro Shots: US Nationals in the Books, Countdown Field Set

NHRA 2018 Indy Terry McMillen courtesy NHRA

The biggest racing weekend of the NHRA year has passed, and after the dust settled, it was Terry McMillen, J.R. Todd, Tanner Gray and LE Tonglet holding the big trophies and the bragging rights. For McMillen, it was just his second career Top Fuel win, but it was something he thought would never happen after …

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Nitro Shots: The Last Chance

NHRA 2018 Tim Wilkerson credit NHRA Media

This weekend is the biggest one of the NHRA schedule — the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis. It’s the Daytona 500 or the Indy 500 of NHRA drag racing. It’s also the last chance for drivers in the Mello Yello categories to make it into the six-race Countdown to drive for the championship. Miss …

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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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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Sweeps NASCAR Weekend in Pocono

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Caramel Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kyle Busch Goes Back-to-Back at Pocono Before the July race in 2017, Kyle Busch had never won at the Pocono Raceway. On Sunday, Busch tallied his second victory at the Tricky Triangle and second straight in July. Busch rocketed away from teammates Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones on the final …

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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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