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West Coast Classic at Fontana, California

Ryan McClanahan put on a dominating performance at the 4th Annual Silver State West Coast Classic May 25-26 at Auto Club Dragway, going ... more


NHRA National Open at Sacramento, Calif.

Steve Wann dominated the Stock/Super Stock Combo class at the NHRA Pacific Division National Open at Sacramento Raceway Park, as he ... more


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



A Look Back at 2017 Victory NSS Series from the Champ, Tom Hoffman

All Victory Nostalgia Super Stock racers look forward to the start of the season, feeling just like some little kid who can't wait for Christmas to ... more


Chicago Jon Reviews March Meet Dragstrip Rumble

So, I've been granted the opportunity to return to my primordial roots and write a review. In this case, we are talking about the coverage of the ... more


Mark Micke says there’s more left in the Malibu

Mark Micke and car owner Jason Carter have entered a cult-like status since their recent performance numbers and overall win of $101K at ... 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



NHRA Makes Drastic Changes to Save Nitro Classes


The NHRA and its professional nitro teams had/have a big problem, both parties will admit to that. How to solve the speed issue seems out of either party’s ... 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


Drag Racing at Sacramento

Back in 1964, while I was managing Tri State Dragway at Kahoka, MO, a brand new drag racing venue opened just south of Mather Air Force base in ... 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


Drag Racing Season is Under Way

Motorcycle drag racing is in full swing now that spring has sprung.  The Man Cup motorcycle drag racing sanction kicked off the season with its Exoticycle Spring Cup at ... more




The Curious Case of the Fumble-Fingered ‘Feather’ Fan

If there is one thing that just drives me up the wall, it's the "fan boys", or whatever you call these geeks who nit-pick at everything out there. ESPECIALLY science ...  more


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Burk Blasts once more

DRO Editor Jeff Burk has some kind words for NHRA and the nitro team owners about their latest move to “level the playing field.” See his ...  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 


NHRA Pros at Joliet, Illinois

Three of the four winners at the JEGS NHRA Route 66 Nationals got their first wins of the 2018 season: Robert Hight, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and ... more


PDRA Summer Drags at Martin, Michigan

Past Pro Nitrous world champion Jason Harris broke a long winless streak Saturday night when he drove the “Party Time” ’69 Camaro to ... more


IHRA Nitro Thunder Top Fuel and other classes at Sydney, Australia

The recent IHRA Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway saw a return to the good old days of the track when a massive crowd ... more


Nitro Thunder Doorslammers at Sydney, Australia

After the first three events of the 2017-18 Australian IHRA season, ten-time Doorslammer champion John Zappia found himself in a ... more


MWPMS at St. Louis

Despite arriving at Gateway Motorsports Park Thursday, May 24, with the points lead in hand for the Frankenstein Engine ... more


OFAA at Denton, Texas

The second stop on the 2018 Good Vibrations Motorsports / Lone Star Forklift Outlaw Fuel Altered Association tour led the series through the ... more


TOPMA and OPM?? At Texas Motorplex

After qualifying in the number-one position, Steve Wiley raced to a convincing O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Pro Mod win May 5, during the Texas ... more


The Ignitor at Boise, Idaho

For years Don Hudson and his “California Hustler” team was that team you never took lightly. All the other teams knew the possibility of the ... more



Jay Diedrich of Firebaugh, CA, stopped a full field of Pro Mod cars to win the feature event at Phil Painter’s MUSCLE CARS AT THE STRIP on ... more


NMRA at Reading, PA

On the same weekend that the largest horse race was going down in Kentucky, it was the mechanical horses of the NMRA that rocked the ... more


PDRA at Budds Creek, Maryland

A mix of first-time winners and past world champions collected victories Saturday night, May 5, at the Professional Drag Racers Association ... more


Funny Car Chaos

Midwest weather finally cooperated just in time for the new Funny Car Chaos series to hit the track at Mo-Kan Dragway April 27-28. No rules, no ... more



Cover photo: John Force has a fiery run-in with the wall at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, IL.  (Chicago Jon Hoffman photo)


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