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Kalitta Wins Pole, Sets Sights On Schumacher At Gateway
Sunday, 28 Sep, 2014 – 7:24 | Comments Off
Kalitta Wins Pole, Sets Sights On Schumacher At Gateway

Veteran Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta ramped-up his pursuit of point-leader Tony Schumacher Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park, racing to his sixth pole position of the season as qualifications concluded for the third annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis.
Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to a 1,000-foot performance of [...]

Force Overcomes Anniversary Miscue, Wins Provisional Pole At Gateway
Saturday, 27 Sep, 2014 – 7:54 | Comments Off
Force Overcomes Anniversary Miscue, Wins Provisional Pole At Gateway

Funny Car icon John Force gift-wrapped an impromptu wedding anniversary present during qualifications for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Friday, a sidebar to a weekend that will include a rare, network news interview for the reigning/16-time world champion.
Force powered his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to a 1,000-foot performance of 4.022- seconds at [...]

Cup’s Gordon Named Third-Quarter DOTY Winner
Wednesday, 24 Sep, 2014 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Cup’s Gordon Named Third-Quarter DOTY Winner

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon was named the third-quarter winner of the Drive of the Year Award it was announced on Wednesday.

Gordon, a four-time Cup champion, won two races during the quarter: The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Voting for the prestigious DOTY Award, [...]

Routine Mistake Costs John Force A Countdown Victory
Sunday, 21 Sep, 2014 – 7:06 | One Comment
Routine Mistake Costs John Force A Countdown Victory

ENNIS, Texas – Funny Car icon John Force was foaming at the mouth Saturday after an uncharacteristic red-light cost him a victory against Matt Hagan during the delayed Race 1 final of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship at the Texas Motorplex.
Force outran Hagan over the 1,000-foot distance of the Motorplex’s all-concrete surface with a [...]

Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
Friday, 19 Sep, 2014 – 13:38 | One Comment
Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race

LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson doesn’t want anybody to think of him as arrogant or boastful. Let’s just call him confident.
And the 21-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie is getting the kind of results on the track that prove he can get the job done, even if he is a bit impatient for more.
In his first [...]

Texas Motorplex To Host Countdown Doubleheader
Friday, 19 Sep, 2014 – 7:12 | Comments Off
Texas Motorplex To Host Countdown Doubleheader

ENNIS, Texas – Re-routed into the Lone Star State, NHRA’s problem-plagued Countdown to the Championship will resume at the Texas Motorplex Friday with a weekend schedule that leaves no room for error.
The 2014 opener of NHRA’s six-race playoff for its professional categories ended with a thud Sunday at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., near Charlotte. [...]

Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic
Thursday, 18 Sep, 2014 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic

Some week-old Chaseburgers:
Once upon a time, great moments in auto racing earned names. Spin and Win. Pass in the Grass.
On Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a humdinger of a pass that deserves big love. Perhaps even a name.
It came with 16 laps to go in what had been a pretty dull race. Kevin [...]

Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener
Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014 – 18:30 | Comments Off
Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener

CONCORD, N.C. – Rain Sunday afternoon at zMAX Dragway forced postponement of the elimination round in the Countdown to the Championship’s opening event – the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals – until next weekend at Dallas.
It is the first time the Carolina Nationals haven’t been completed as scheduled since the event began in 2008. However, [...]

Female Drivers Have Big Days At ZMAX
Saturday, 13 Sep, 2014 – 17:53 | Comments Off
Female Drivers Have Big Days At ZMAX

CONCORD, N.C. – Fresh off a victory in the U.S. Nationals, Alexis DeJoria emerged as the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car for the second time in her career Saturday during preparations for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
DeJoria, who was fourth quickest in Friday’s opening round, sat out the second one, [...]

Countdown Begins With Consistency, Efficiency On Front Burner
Friday, 12 Sep, 2014 – 19:18 | Comments Off
Countdown Begins With Consistency, Efficiency On Front Burner

CONCORD, N.C. – Ask any NHRA competitor vying for a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title his or her approach to the Countdown to the Championship and the same two words keep appearing in their vocabulary – consistency and efficiency.
The six-race title run for the professional classes begins this weekend at zMAX Dragway with [...]