Tony Pedregon Switches Seats
Thu, 11/02/16 – 15:26 | No Comment
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Tony Pedregon says his move from NHRA Funny Car owner/driver to FOX Sports color analyst has been all about timing, and a guy named Jeff.
“My biggest problem is I decided to get out of the seat and Jeff Gordon did the same thing,” Pedregon joked during a recent interview. “So, many of you didn’t hear […]

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New Boss At NHRA Talks About 2016 And Beyond
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The 2016 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series fires up this weekend at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. And it does so with change mixing with tire smoke in the air.

The 2016 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series fires up this weekend at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. And it does so with change mixing with tire smoke in the air.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Year 1.5 of the Peter Clifford era of the Mello Yello NHRA drag racing series begins this weekend with the 56th running of the Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. If Year 1 proves as significant as Year .5,  North American drag racing fans will be in for an interesting season.

bugqaClifford, the former chief financial officer of the series, took over as president of the NHRA after Tom Compton announced his retirement in July 1st of 2015.

It didn’t take him long to start instituting changes. Significant changes. The kind of changes that render the internal mantra of  “Shifting Gears Into a New Era” from sloganeering into descriptive narrative.

The changes will affect both those racing and those watching.

Probably the centerpiece of the package of changes announced by Clifford was reaching a deal with a new broadcast partner. Gone is ESPN, who many feel insulted fans and competitors alike by treating drag racing with less respect that it did high school cheerleading.

Arrived is Fox Sports and a promise to treat drag racing as a true partner. The NHRA/Fox package
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Wed, 02/10/16 – 9:31 | One Comment
NASCAR Revamps Green-White-Checker Format
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NASCAR officials announced Thursday a change to the overtime system that it uses for it Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck series.
At the heart of the new green-white-checkered flag finish is the institution of an “overtime line”.
NASCAR explained the new system as follows:
After taking the green on the overtime restart, if the leader then […]

Thu, 02/11/16 – 15:42 | No Comment
Tony Pedregon Switches Seats
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RacinToday.com

Tony Pedregon says his move from NHRA Funny Car owner/driver to FOX Sports color analyst has been all about timing, and a guy named Jeff.
“My biggest problem is I decided to get out of the seat and Jeff Gordon did the same thing,” Pedregon joked during a recent interview. “So, many of you didn’t hear […]

Thu, 02/11/16 – 15:26 | No Comment
New Boss At NHRA Talks About 2016 And Beyond
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Year 1.5 of the Peter Clifford era of the Mello Yello NHRA drag racing series begins this weekend with the 56th running of the Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. If Year 1 proves as significant as Year .5,  North American drag racing fans will be in […]

Wed, 02/10/16 – 9:31 | One Comment
Charter System A Big Boost For Big-Team Owners
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Five days before NASCAR kicks off its 2016 season with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, the sanctioning body’s first-ever charter system is in place.
It means that 36 of this year’s 38 full-time teams are guaranteed a starting position in the Sprint Cup Series 36-point races, which will have a grid […]

Tue, 02/9/16 – 21:08 | No Comment
NHRA’s Spring Training Comes To A Rapid Conclusion
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Tommy Johnson Jr. and Brittany Force posted the quickest runs in their respective categories Saturday during the final day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams utilized the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend at […]

Sun, 02/7/16 – 10:10 | No Comment
At Least One Cup Team Wearing Bronco Orange
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Following today’s 50th playing of the NFL’s Super Bowl, fans will be divided into two camps – the joyous versus the grieving. NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr., however, likely will find himself in a third camp – those relieved that the game is over.
An insider at Truex’s Furniture Row Racing […]

Sun, 02/7/16 – 9:43 | No Comment
‘Fastest Jack’ Lays Down Huge Pass In Arizona Test Session
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“Fast Jack” Beckman posted a time quicker than the current Funny Car national record he owns and Top Fuel ace Tony Schumacher almost bettered the national record in his category Friday during Day 3 of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car […]

Sat, 02/6/16 – 18:05 | No Comment
NHRA Fires Up For Spring Training
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Steve Torrence and Jack Beckman were quickest in their respective categories Thursday during Day 2 of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams are utilizing the four-day preseason test to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals next weekend (Feb. […]

Fri, 02/5/16 – 16:13 | No Comment
Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Stock car racing’s early years weren’t financially lucrative when compared to today, but for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac, the sport provided a means to escape poverty and become a champion.
“He loved to win, but he hated to lose, and he used this passion to drive […]

Fri, 02/5/16 – 8:13 | No Comment
Stewart To Begin Final Cup Season On Sidelines
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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will miss the 2016 Daytona 500 later this month _ the start of his final season as driver _  after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday.
Stewart-Haas Racing reported Thursday that Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS, sustained a burst […]

Thu, 02/4/16 – 16:29 | No Comment