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Race Is Back On For The ‘Race-Within-A-Race’
Friday, 21 Sep, 2012 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Race Is Back On For The ‘Race-Within-A-Race’

DALLAS – Courtney Force’s impressive rookie NHRA Funny Car season has produced her first pole, first victory and first Countdown to the Championship appearance.
Next up is Force’s first “race-within-a-race,” a format that traces its roots to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. Led by top-seed Ron Capps, eight Funny Car drivers will vie for a [...]

Keselowski-Wolfe Combo Has A Familiar Look
Wednesday, 19 Sep, 2012 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Keselowski-Wolfe Combo Has A Familiar Look

Racin’ thoughts after first week of playoffs and an end to a season:
Driver gets off to a decent start in a race; he and crew chief improve performance as race wears on; look pretty good but not great heading into final scheduled pit stop of the day; kick crap out of everybody else on the [...]

Langdon Starts Countdown With First Top Fuel Victory
Sunday, 16 Sep, 2012 – 20:56 | Comments Off
Langdon Starts Countdown With First Top Fuel Victory

CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA Top Fuel competitor Shawn Langdon led a quartet of zMAX Dragway first-time winners Sunday, narrowly defeating Tony Schumacher in the four-hour rain delayed O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals.
Other winners at the dragway were: Funny Car, Ron Capps; Pro Stock, Jason Line; and Pro Stock Motorcycle, Andrew Hines.
Langdon, who was the No. 1 [...]

John Force Says: Five More Years In The Cockpit
Sunday, 16 Sep, 2012 – 7:11 | Comments Off
John Force Says: Five More Years In The Cockpit

CONCORD, N.C. – Fifteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon. The 63-year-old Force said at zMAX Dragway he was in meetings with sponsors Castrol and Auto Club about extending his contract.
“We’ve got two years left and we’re looking at pushing it out three more to five,” said Force, [...]

Wilkerson Doing Lots With Less
Sunday, 16 Sep, 2012 – 6:01 | Comments Off
Wilkerson Doing Lots With Less

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Most people in motorsports adhere to the philosophy that money buys speed, but sometimes a team’s heart and experience can overcome what many would consider insurmountable odds.
Such was the case Saturday at zMAX Dragway during qualifying for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
Funny Car driver Tim [...]

Langdon Is P1 At ZMAX
Saturday, 15 Sep, 2012 – 17:29 | Comments Off
Langdon Is P1 At ZMAX

Shawn Langdon earned the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Saturday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.
Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also secured No. 1 qualifying spots in their respective categories at zMAX Dragway for the first of six [...]

Top Seeds Falter As Countdown Begins At ZMAX
Saturday, 15 Sep, 2012 – 7:54 | Comments Off
Top Seeds Falter As Countdown Begins At ZMAX

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. –  The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ season comes down to six races as the Countdown to the Championship begins this weekend at zMAX Dragway. It’s an intense stretch where one bad race can quickly end a team’s championship hopes. And for the Countdown’s top seeds, Friday’s [...]

Wilkerson Stays Hot, Leads Funny Car At ZMAX
Friday, 14 Sep, 2012 – 20:13 | Comments Off
Wilkerson Stays Hot, Leads Funny Car At ZMAX

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Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six NHRA playoff events.
Wilkerson led the Funny Car field with [...]

Reminder: Bowyer Won Final Non-Chase Race
Thursday, 13 Sep, 2012 – 10:24 | Comments Off
Reminder: Bowyer Won Final Non-Chase Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Racing thoughts from the last week or so:
Quick: Who won the race at Richmond?
The point: Probably the most irrelevant person in racing every year is the driver who wins the Sprint Cup race at Richmond in September. Unless, of course, that driver needed the win to get into the Chase; [...]

Tony Schumacher Collects Record Ninth U.S. Nationals Wally
Sunday, 9 Sep, 2012 – 18:42 | Comments Off
Tony Schumacher Collects Record Ninth U.S. Nationals Wally

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Tony Schumacher made history in the most prestigious NHRA drag race Sunday when he drove his U.S. Army ROTC dragster to his ninth Top Fuel Dragster title in the U.S. Nationals.
Schumacher defeated Don Schumacher Racing teammate Spencer Massey’s Prestone/FRAM team in the championship round to break a tie with drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don [...]