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Dixon Claims Pomona Pole With Record Pass
Saturday, 26 Feb, 2011 – 21:46 | Comments Off
Dixon Claims Pomona Pole With Record Pass

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Larry Dixon had a national-record pass of 3.770 at 324.98 mph to claim the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel on Saturday at the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals.
The other No. 1 qualifiers at the first of 22 races in NHRA’s 60th anniversary season were Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Erica Enders [...]

‘Big Daddy’ And ‘The Snake’ Talk Drag Racing
Saturday, 26 Feb, 2011 – 9:10 | One Comment
‘Big Daddy’ And ‘The Snake’ Talk Drag Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Born and drag-raised on opposite ends of the country, they were destined to become the embodiments of East Coast innovation and California cool, with iconic nicknames to match.
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme were 19- and 9-years-old, respectively, when Wally Parks floated the idea of organizing the [...]

Rain Halts NHRA Qualifying
Friday, 25 Feb, 2011 – 18:46 | Comments Off

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Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel Friday’s racing at the Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Qualifying will resume Saturday, weather permitting, for the season-opening NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event with two sessions scheduled. Sunday’s eliminations start at 11 a.m.
The qualifying leaders after Thursday’s first session [...]

Antron Brown Off To Fast Start
Thursday, 24 Feb, 2011 – 19:51 | Comments Off
Antron Brown Off To Fast Start

Antron Brown raced to the qualifying lead Thursday in Top Fuel at the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Auto Parts Winternationals presented by Valvoline as NHRA opened its 60th anniversary season at the birthplace of hot rodding, historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Johnny Gray and Erica Enders also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at [...]

NHRA: Hagan Returns To Scene of Last Fall’s Fall
Thursday, 24 Feb, 2011 – 9:03 | Comments Off
NHRA: Hagan Returns To Scene of Last Fall’s Fall

Three months after getting hit “square in the chin” by NHRA Funny Car icon John Force, Matt Hagan will begin the 2011 season with renewed accountability – and an unexpected endorsement.
NHRA’s 60th anniversary season will roll into the staging lanes at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., this afternoon for the first round of professional [...]

Mike Neff Won’t Slow Down – Can’t Slow Down
Sunday, 13 Feb, 2011 – 8:17 | One Comment
Mike Neff Won’t Slow Down – Can’t Slow Down

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Mike Neff’s return to the cockpit of an NHRA Funny Car in 2011 promises to keep his mind working 24/7.
Neff – who helped tune team-owner John Force to his record 15th Funny Car world championship last season – has replaced mother-to-be Ashley Force Hood as driver of the Castrol GTX [...]

Massey Set To Re-Fire His Stalled Top Fuel Career
Friday, 11 Feb, 2011 – 10:22 | Comments Off
Massey Set To Re-Fire His Stalled Top Fuel Career

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Sidelined by the “rude awakening” that stalled his career in 2010, Spencer Massey plans to reintroduce himself to the NHRA Top Fuel ranks with a debut statement for Don Schumacher Racing.
“We’re excited to get the first race underway and go for that Wally,” said Massey, anticipating [...]

Ashley Force Hood Talks Racing and Motherhood
Tuesday, 1 Feb, 2011 – 8:12 | 6 Comments
Ashley Force Hood Talks Racing and Motherhood

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Ashley Force Hood altered the NHRA Funny Car landscape last week with the revelation that impending motherhood will sideline her for at least the 2011 drag racing season.
Instead of trying to overhaul father/team-owner John Force as reigning world champion – or battling the expanded four-car lineup at Don Schumacher Racing – [...]

Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011
Tuesday, 25 Jan, 2011 – 16:46 | Comments Off
Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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John Force Racing announced Tuesday that his daughter, Ashley Force Hood, and her husband are expecting a child and she will not drive a Funny Car for the JFR NHRA team this coming season.
Headed back to the cockpit for the team will be Mike Neff, a former driver for JFR [...]

Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
Tuesday, 25 Jan, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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When Kurt Busch goes “double-dipping”  this season, he won’t be concerned with NASCAR’s new single-series point rules.
Busch is going NHRA drag racing in a “Factory Hot Rod.”
NASCAR’s 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, Busch announced Monday he plans to make his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut during the 41st annual Tire [...]