2023 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS - VIDEO NOTEBOOK
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THE TRADITION CONTINUES - Steve Comella emerged victorious in the 2023 Dodge Hemi Challenge as part of the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. This is the third year in a row the talented driver has won the coveted Dodge Hemi Challenge, the longest continuous specialty race in NHRA history. As he celebrated in the winner's circle, Comella was awarded a prize of $15,000 and a one-of-a-kind, custom-made trophy created by Tom Patsis of Cold Hard Art.
THE GRAND DEBUT - Gil Kirk knows he has a place in drag racing history even if he never wins another. Kirk, the driving force behind the Rod Shop brand, had six wins as an owner/sponsor going into Monday's Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Though the brand has been dormant for a while, on Monday, Kirk and his driver, Greg Stanfield, provided an object lesson that the Rod Shop team is still about winning and doing so on the grand stage of drag racing.
WILD RIDE - Top Alcohol racer Christopher Zgoda had things get warm for him during Saturday's final qualifying session at the NHRA U.S. Nationals. He was about 1000 feet out when the engine started smoking. By the time he got into the shutdown, the car erupted in flames. Zgoda was uninjured.
CLEGG CRASHES - Longtime Pontiac racer John Clegg put his CC/Altered centrifugal supercharged entry into the wall when an apparent suspension failure caused him to lose control. Save for some lower back soreness, Clegg emerged from the incident uninjured.