by Larry Crum Mon, 2023-09-04 11:15
You simply could not have written a script any more favorable for three-time Funny Car world champion Robert Hight on Sunday in Indianapolis.
Hight entered the third and final day of qualifying at the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals pacing the field with an opportunity to add even more hardware to his collection in the Pep Boys Funny Car All-Star Callout specialty race. Three passes later, Hight had completed the first two legs of the Indy trifecta with a win in the Callout and the No. 1 qualifying position as he looks to complete the sweep with a win in the biggest drag race of them all on Monday at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
by Larry Crum Mon, 2023-09-04 10:13
At this point in his illustrious career, it is hard to find many “firsts” left for four-time Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence.
Amid a nearly unstoppable streak from 2018-21, Torrence won all of the big races. He put together incredible winning streaks. He dominated the class like few before him. But one minor achievement did elude the Texan during that run, an achievement that he checked off his career bucket list on Sunday.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Sun, 2023-09-03 22:06
Sunday was quite the day for Robert Hight as he pulled off dual victories by winning the Pep Boys All-Star Callout and then concluding with a No. 1 qualifying effort.
Also finishing off the day qualifying No. 1 were Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hartford (Pro Stock), and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Hight met rival Matt Hagan in the final round behind the wheel of his Cornwell Tools/AAA Chevrolet Camaro SS with a run of 3.955 seconds and 321.58 mph. Hagan fell short with a time of 3.979.
by Bobby Bennett Jr.; Photos by Roger Richards, Burghart Photography Sun, 2023-09-03 00:32
The Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park came to a fitting conclusion as John Force, Justin Ashley, Aaron Stanfield, and Gaige Herrera emerged as the victors in their respective categories. The event was part of the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Force, the Funny Car legend, secured his first victory in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge, defeating two-time world champion Ron Capps in the final round. Force, driving the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS, clocked an impressive 3.989-seconds at 328.78 mph to claim the win. Force's triumph in the bonus race added another milestone to his illustrious career and legacy at the iconic Indy track.
"I want to win the Mission deal, but it was an opportunity that I got away with it," Force said. "You just do what you do and attack it. Some days, the good Lord lets me get away with it, and I did today. It was good to come in here to Indy and be able to do your job at my age."
Sun, 2023-09-03 00:08
Robert Hight claimed the provisional No. 1 spot on Saturday during the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Steve Torrence, Matt Hartford, and Gaige Herrera also maintained their provisional No. 1 positions during the 15th race of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.
Hight, behind the wheel of Cornwell Tools/AAA Chevrolet Camaro SS, clocked an impressive time of 3.853 seconds at 329.67 mph underneath the lights at The Big Go. Should this hold, Hight will celebrate his fourth No. 1 qualifier this season and the remarkable 81st of his career.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Sat, 2023-09-02 12:09
Iconic wrestler Ric Flair regularly proclaimed, "To be the man, you must beat the man." To be the man, Comp racer Don Thomas said he regularly raced the man. On Friday, on the biggest stage of them all, the Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals, Thomas pocketed the largest single-day payout in Competition Eliminator history, winning $30,000 from the Rooftec Cash Clash, a race within a race for those in the top 16 points earners in the Division 4 Competition Eliminator Bonus.
by Bobby Bennett; Jr.; Photos by Roger Richards, Mike & Jeff Burghardt Fri, 2023-09-01 22:56
Four-time Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence dominated the first day qualifying at the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals on Friday at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Joining Torrence atop their respective divisions were Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Matt Hartford (Pro Stock), and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Torrence raced to the provisional No. 1 position with a quick run of 3.708 seconds at 329.42 mph in his powerful Capco Contractors dragster. If his performance holds, Torrence will secure his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 36th in his career. He is aiming for his third overall win at The Big Go, the world's biggest drag race.
by Bobby Bennett Jr.; Photos by Ron Lewi Thu, 2023-08-31 16:37
A couple of triumphant returns highlight the NHRA's 2024 Camping World Drag Racing Schedule. NHRA released their schedule on Thursday during the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals.
The season will begin at Gainesville Raceway in Florida from March 7-10, with the NHRA Gatornationals. The Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout will also be part of the presentation.
The NHRA returns to Phoenix for the 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on April 5-7.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2023-08-31 09:23
Longtime Pontiac racer John Clegg put his CC/Altered centrifugal supercharged entry into the wall when an apparent suspension failure put his entry into the retaining wall before coming to a stop in the middle of the track. Save for some lower back soreness, Clegg emerged from the incident uninjured.
"It was just a hard hit," Clegg said.