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LODRS at Charlotte, NC

The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series concluded at the NFK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals April 29 at zMax Dragway in in Charlotte, NC. ... more


NHRA Sportsman Classes at Houston

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series raced April 20-22 at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston. more


NHRA Pacific National Open at Fontana, California

The weather was excellent and there was a great turnout for the NHRA Pacific National Open at Auto Club Fontana. There were 76 cars ... more


NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville

Chris Demke, Valencia, CA, and Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, CA, took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car ... more



NHRA Testing at Phoenix, Arizona

Several teams spent a few days getting ready for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season by testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near ... more


Southland Drags Reunion in Houma, Louisiana

On Saturday, Dec. 2, a bunch of veteran drivers and fans got together for some cackling at the Southland Dragways Reunion held in ... more


Bloodhound Land Speed Record Car

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the land speed record car (LSR) created by the British known as Bloodhound, was let loose off its leash for the first ... more


CHRR Photo Contest

Roy Robinson, Lions Drag Strip's track photographer in the mid-1960s, has won the 2017 Leslie Lovett Memorial Photo Contest for a parachute shot of ... more



Is the NHRA the best motorsports series for corporate advertisers?


The lifeblood of any motorsports sanctioning body is multi-million-dollar sponsorship courtesy of Corporate America. Without corporate sponsors for the series and the ... more


One last run at the Big Bucks Bracket Pros

With 47 years of drag racing behind me, I have a National Event win, several LODRS wins in Stock Eliminator and Super Comp along with four Track Championships, ... more


Jim Baker remembers Bob Bartel

Since Bob Bartel, the father of Quad Cities Dragway, later named Cordova Dragway, passed away at age 96, there have been numerous epitaphs written on one of ... more



End of the Season

For the past nine years I have had the pleasure to write this column, and it might be the final one for the year, it might even be the final one ever, I just wanted to thank those ... more


Micke Makes Most of Sweet 16 Party

Only 800 or so people—including drivers and crew members—showed up for Donald “Duck” Long’s $101,000-to-win Sweet 16 event at South Georgia Motorsports Park on ...  more


High speed is great, high speed crashing, not so much.

On Monday, March 19, 2018, Land Speed Record racer Valerie Thompson, while driving the Bub 7 streamliner owned by Dennis Manning, crashed at close to ... more




In Praise of Chris Martin

I was going through some old magazines not long ago, and came across some photos of the one and only Chris Martin. Chris was an amazing individual, whom the sport ...  more


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Arend ignites ‘California Hustler’

Don Nelson, the owner of the California Hustler nostalgia funny car, has been involved in the sport for many years, and now those many years ...  more 


NHRA’s new magneto rule for Nostalgia Funny Cars needs some tweaking

Well, another March Meet is in the books, and like so many books I have...I would rather just dust them off from time to time versus revisiting ...  more 

at the finish line

Bob Bartel

Robert J. “Bob” Bartel died on February 18, 2018, at the age of 96. He will forever be known by some as the man who built Quad City Drag Strip in ...  more 


Keith Haney

You know his name; it says so right there on the driver’s door of “Enigma,” Keith Haney’s Drag Radial 2016 Camaro.

The Tulsa-based businessman ...  more 


Outlaw Street Car Reunion V in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Event promoter Tyler Crossnoe’s famous Outlaw Street Car Reunion annual event was in its fifth rendition in 2018 and it was again successful ... more


NHRA Pro Mods at Houston

Jim Whiteley drove to victory on Sunday, April 22, during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service ... more


NHRA Pros at Houston

J.R. Todd captured his first career back-to-back Funny Car victory Sunday afternoon, April 22, at the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at ... more


NHDRO at Atlanta, Georgia

“Cash is King” but a check will work too, especially when it’s an NHDRO “Big Check” for $13,000. That’s what Chris Moore (above) earned ... more


NHRA pros at Las Vegas

Steve Torrence raced to the Top Fuel victory Sunday, April 8, at the 19th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the  ... more


NMCA All-Stars and Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge at Atlanta

The NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport celebrated its 10th year at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA, on April 5-8, ... more


PDRA East Coast Spring Nationals at Benson, NC

Competitors from the Tar Heel State nearly swept the Professional Drag Racers Association East Coast Spring Nationals as ... more


NMRA NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta

What was originally expected to be a disappointingly wet weekend wound up being unexpectedly epic. The 10th Annual NMRA/NMCA  ... more



Cover photo: Matt Hagan’s Funny Car body went flying off at zMax Dragway.  (Chris Haverly photo)


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