by Susan Wade Sat, 2017-02-04 20:07
Leah Pritchett and her Todd Okuhara/Joe Barlam-orchestrated Papa John’s Dragster crew rather liked having the NHRA Top Fuel bragging rights Friday at Nitro Spring Training at Chandler, Ariz.
So they went out Saturday and made sure they head into net weekend’s season-opening Circle K Winternationals at Pomona, Calif., as the team to beat – or at least one to fear.
Pritchett led the dragster drivers Friday with a 3.677-second performance (unofficially fourth-quickest in Top Fuel history). But she upped the ante and lowered the elapsed-time standard, unofficially, Saturday morning. She clocked a 3.654-second pass (at 331.85 mph) for unofficially the quickest ever in the sport.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-02-03 23:41
Larry Morgan understands the importance of destiny.
Next month at the NHRA Gatornationals, the 62-year old Morgan, who has 19 wins in 45 finals while racing Pro Stock, makes his Pro Modified driving debut.
Who said a seasoned veteran can't learn a new trick?
Written by Bobby Bennett, photos by Roger Richards Fri, 2017-02-03 22:00
Friday NHRA Nitro Spring Training testing turned out to be ladies day at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix, Az.
In the closing hours of day two testing, both Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) registered career best elapsed times to pace their respective divisions.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-02-03 21:13
With each passing week, the rumors grow larger and in further detail. Mike Dunn has heard them all.
The former nitro racer turned television analyst and now IHRA President has a grand vision for the IHRA. He's suspended the professional show until 2018, and will head into this season with a new television package and a sportsman-only program aimed at rebuiding the organization from the ground up.
In this exclusive interview, Dunn fields the questions many of our readers have. - Editor
By Susan Wade; Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards, Mike and Jeff Burghardt Fri, 2017-02-03 16:00
NHRA Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher, uninjured Friday by a huge explosion during Nitro Spring Training at Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, had even further evidence that the canopy on his U.S. Army Dragster is a lifesaver.
“That was a big boom,” Schumacher said afterward.
“Anything that makes 11,000 horsepower, they’re going to blow up,” he said. “I got to run a 3.72 [-second elapsed time on the 1,00-foot course] and didn’t even make it to the finish line. What’s wrong with that . . .’til it blew up? We’re working on new parts and pieces.”
Both Schumacher and crew chief Mike Green said they didn’t know what triggered the fireball early in the second day of the preseason test session.
Written by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-02-02 18:00
Unfortunately for the Top Fuel community, Antron Brown hasn't lost a step over the offseason.
During first-day testing at the NHRA Nitro Spring Training event outside of Phoenix, Az., the three-time champion only needed two runs to establish the Matco Tools dragster is the team to beat in 2017.
Written by Tracy Renck Thu, 2017-02-02 18:00
Last season, Alex Laughlin competed full-time in NHRA’s Pro Stock class in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
That will not be the case in 2017.
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2017-02-01 19:47
Matt Hagan has never seen a rollercoaster ride he didn't enjoy.
Rollercoasters are almost as much fun as driving his 10,000-horsepower Funny Car.
Emotional rollercoasters aren't.
Hagan, 34, has been on an emotional rollercoaster ride ever since the 2016 season ended back in November.