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Wreck And Rain Force Postponement Of Countdown Opener
Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014 – 16:49 | 4 Comments
Wreck And Rain Force Postponement Of Countdown Opener

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – V. Gaines escaped injury Sunday when his Dodge Dart flipped four times near the finish line at zMAX Dragway in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations during the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals.
The accident forced a halt in the first event of the Countdown to the [...]

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, [...]

Sampey Returning To NHRA Bike Competition
Saturday, 13 Sep, 2014 – 14:53 | One Comment
Sampey Returning To NHRA Bike Competition

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – After a seven-year absence, three-time NHRA champion Angelle Sampey will return to Pro Stock Motorcycle competition this year in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with Star Racing, it was announced Saturday at zMAX Dragway.
Sampey returns with team owners George and Jackie Bryce of Americus, Ga., [...]

Countdown Off And Running
Friday, 12 Sep, 2014 – 19:26 | Comments Off
Countdown Off And Running

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Matt Hagan opened NHRA’s playoffs by racing to the qualifying lead  in Funny Car Friday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six playoff races in the NHRA [...]

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 [...]

Texas To Play Bigger Role In Countdown In 2015
Saturday, 6 Sep, 2014 – 6:37 | Comments Off
Texas To Play Bigger Role In Countdown In 2015

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Texas Motorplex will assume a more prominent role during NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs in 2015, when the 30th edition of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals will be contested Oct. 15-18.
The new date will move The Plex from its current Sept. 18-21 date as the second of sixth NHRA [...]

DeJoria Overcomes Force To Win U.S. Nationals
Tuesday, 2 Sep, 2014 – 6:04 | Comments Off
DeJoria Overcomes Force To Win U.S. Nationals

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Alexis DeJoria raced past 16-time Funny Car world champ John Force Monday to win the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis.
DeJoria crossed the finish line in 4.038 seconds at 310.34 mph in the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry to defeat the current Funny Car points leader, who won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout Sunday.
It [...]

Force Top Gun At Shootout; Finals Set At Big Go
Sunday, 31 Aug, 2014 – 19:34 | Comments Off
Force Top Gun At Shootout; Finals Set At Big Go

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John Force won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout victory Sunday, concluding a day of racing at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Force, a 16-time Funny Car world champ, pocketed $100,000 and bragging rights when he beat teammate Robert Hight with a 4.061-second run at 317.19 mph in the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. He [...]

Schumacher Top Fuel Top Gun In Shootout
Saturday, 30 Aug, 2014 – 21:36 | Comments Off
Schumacher Top Fuel Top Gun In Shootout

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Tony Schumacher raced to the $100,000 payday in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout race-within-the-race on Saturday at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana.
Schumacher, a seven-time NHRA champion defeated Richie Crampton in the specialty bonus event final round with a 3.748-second run at 328.54 mph at the controls of his [...]

Schumacher Off To Fast Start At U.S. Nationals
Saturday, 30 Aug, 2014 – 6:47 | Comments Off
Schumacher Off To Fast Start At U.S. Nationals

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Tony Schumacher earned the Top Fuel provisional pole Friday at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.
Del Worsham (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the final regular season race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Following [...]