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U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question
Friday, 31 Aug, 2012 – 10:46 | Comments Off
U.S. Nationals Pose An Interesting Question

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The NHRA is unique in a number of ways. One of those ways goes on display this weekend and it’s tough to decide whether that way is good unique or bad unique.
The U.S. Nationals are drag racing’s big event. It’s the sport’s Daytona 500, it’s Indianapolis 500. In several senses, [...]

Matt Hagan Facing Big Pressure At The Big Go
Tuesday, 28 Aug, 2012 – 13:13 | Comments Off
Matt Hagan Facing Big Pressure At The Big Go

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Talk about things being in place for a big year. Matt Hagan was the defending NHRA Funny Car champion when 2012  began. Proven winner Tommy DeLago was back on the wrenches, the same skills that made Hagan one of the best leavers in racing was still in place and Hagan [...]

Capps Moves To Top At Brainerd
Sunday, 19 Aug, 2012 – 19:00 | Comments Off
Capps Moves To Top At Brainerd

Ron Capps moved past Robert Hight into first place in the NHRA Funny Car standings by winning Sunday’s Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the penultimate regular season event in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Capps powered [...]

Tension Rises As Racing Seasons Shorten
Sunday, 19 Aug, 2012 – 9:16 | Comments Off
Tension Rises As Racing Seasons Shorten

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s been a busy weekend in auto racing with about every series except IndyCar on the tracks. Today, however, it’s just Sprint Cup and the NHRA running for points.
But an important day it is as the playoffs for both series are almost at hand.
Some things to keep an eye on [...]

Finals Set In Brainerd
Saturday, 18 Aug, 2012 – 20:40 | Comments Off
Finals Set In Brainerd

RacinToday.com
Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel competition Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Sr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing [...]

Schumacher Covers The Top Fuel Field In Brainerd
Saturday, 18 Aug, 2012 – 7:26 | Comments Off
Schumacher Covers The Top Fuel Field In Brainerd

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Schumacher’s unwavering belief in the enclosed cockpit for Top Fuel dragsters paid an immediate dividend Friday at Brainerd International Raceway, where the seven-time NHRA world champion raced to the provisional pole for the 31st annual Lucas Oil Nationals.
Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Sr. [...]

Tops For Top Fuelers Approved
Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2012 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Tops For Top Fuelers Approved

NHRA Technical Dept. officials announced today that a cockpit canopy for Top Fuel dragsters has been approved for use starting with this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
The cockpit canopy will be manufactured and distributed by Aerodine Composites Group and will be available for use by all Top Fuel teams. The equipment is [...]

Time To Ground The Pigs, Launch New Adynations
Wednesday, 8 Aug, 2012 – 9:18 | 2 Comments
Time To Ground The Pigs, Launch New Adynations

A favorite old adynation is just not cutting it any more. Saying “when pigs fly” to describe something that is extremely unlikely to occur has become tired, worn out. So totally yesterday, if you will.
Updating it to having the pigs flying out of one’s butt extended the life of the saying – certainly made it [...]

First Victory Leaves Forces Semi Speechless
Monday, 6 Aug, 2012 – 7:14 | Comments Off
First Victory Leaves Forces Semi Speechless

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Courtney Force’s first professional NHRA Wally trophy has been in the planning stages for three years. But even she was left (almost) speechless Sunday after defeating three world champions – including father/15-time title-holder John Force – to win the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super [...]

Courtney Force Gets First Victory
Sunday, 5 Aug, 2012 – 20:08 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Gets First Victory

Female drivers ruled the day at the NHRA Northwest Nationals as Courtney Force won her first Funny Car race and Erica Enders won her second Pro Stock race on Sunday.
Force, the daughter of Funny Car legend John Force, beat Matt Hagan in the final round of eliminations to get her victory . She beat her [...]