Race Weekend Central

Nitro Shots: Why Do They Call Them Funny Cars?

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Frontstretch is pleased to announce our expanded NHRA coverage for 2015 and as part of it, our new Nitro Shots weekly column. Check back every Thursday throughout the season for a new edition. Whether you are a longtime NHRA fan looking for a midweek drag racing fix or a newcomer who is just considering checking …

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Pace Laps: Daytona Racing and Wrecking

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Sprint Cup: Gordon’s Farewell Begins; Qualifying Questioned: Jeff Gordon earned the pole position for the Daytona 500 next weekend in what amounts to a dramatic beginning to a final full-time season.  Doing so just means that Gordon further cements himself as one of the all-time greats, notching his 78th pole start.  Though his accomplishment might not …

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Nitro Shots: One Bad Week Doesn’t Equal A Season-Long “Drag”

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Frontstretch is pleased to announce our expanded NHRA coverage for 2015 and, as part of it, our new Nitro Shots weekly column. Check back every Thursday throughout the season for a new edition. Whether you are a longtime NHRA fan looking for a midweek drag racing fix or a newcomer who is just considering checking …

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K&N Horsepower Challenge Fan Vote Now Open

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Fan voting opened as of Thursday, February 5 for the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a special bonus event for the NHRA Pro Stock Class. The all-star event will take place on Saturday, April 11, during the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Drivers qualify by accumulating points from qualifying points. …

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Red Line Oil to Sponsor J.R. Todd at Select Events

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Kalitta Motorsports has announced that long-time associate sponsor Red Line Oil has stepped up to be the primary sponsor of the Top Fuel Dragster driven by J.R. Todd at select events this season beginning with the Circle K Winternationals this weekend in Pomona. “Red Line’s closest relationship in racing is with the Kalitta organization,” said …

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NHRA 2015 Preview: Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle

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Yesterday’s preview covered the Nitro divisions, so today’s edition will give a look at the Pro Stock category and touch on the Pro Stock Motorcycles. Pro Stock All eyes were surely on the Pro Stock category the last time the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visited Pomona at the end of 2014. It came down to …

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NHRA 2015 Preview: Top Fuel and Funny Car

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Days are getting longer, winter is hopefully winding down, and football season has come to an end. What does all that mean? It means it’s time for racing season! The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hits the track at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona this weekend for the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, so in …

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Penalties to Go Up for Oildowns in Top Fuel and Funny Car Says NHRA

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NHRA announced an increase to the penatlies levied against teams in the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories for causing an oildown during the 2015 season. Penalties for other classes will remain the same as 2014. Oildowns and the subsequent cleanup cause significant delays in the racing action, something NHRA sees as detrimental to the …

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Alan Johnson Racing and Driver Shawn Langdon Will Race in Pomona

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Alan Johnson Racing announced today that they will field a car for driver Shawn Langdon at the Circle K Winternationals in Pomona next weekend. After the sudden departure of Al-Anabi Racing in the closing days of 2014, who unexpectedly announced the cessation of support of all North American racing ventures for 2015, the future of …

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INDYCAR Names Brian Barnhart Race Director

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INDYCAR announced today that Brian Barnhart, Vice President of Competition, has been named Race Director for 2015. The three-steward Race Control system implemented in 2014, in which all in-race penalties must be approved by 2/3 vote of the three stewards officiating at each event, will remain in place and will be one of the areas …

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