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Four-Wide Spreads To Vegas; Hope It’s Not Catching
Friday, 6 Apr, 2018 – 8:12 | One Comment
Four-Wide Spreads To Vegas; Hope It’s Not Catching

The first time that four nitro dragsters simultaneously dumped their clutches and set free 10,000 horses each as they left the line in North Carolina eight seasons ago, it was, literally, breathtaking: It squeezed the wind out of human lungs.
The ears, eyes and adrenal glands also took a beating. The site, sound, speed and historical […]

Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas
Thursday, 5 Apr, 2018 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas
Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Veteran Funny Car driver Phil Burkart Jr. will reunite with team-owner Robert Schwab during this weekend’s inaugural version of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.
A second-generation drag racer from Yorkville, N.Y., Burkart qualified for three national events in 2017 _ Pomona 1, Phoenix and Las Vegas […]

HBO To Profile The Forces
Tuesday, 27 Mar, 2018 – 16:29 | 2 Comments
HBO To Profile The Forces

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Drag racing’s “first family” will be profiled on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Tuesday night.
John Force Racing spent four days with the award-winning HBO sports journalism series over the course of two weeks. Led by 16-time NHRA Funny Car world champion John Force, the organization will be featured on the Emmy Award-winning program today at […]

Formula E Issues Di Grassi A Binding Penalty
Tuesday, 20 Mar, 2018 – 14:55 | Comments Off on Formula E Issues Di Grassi A Binding Penalty
Formula E Issues Di Grassi A Binding Penalty

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some short takes from a great weekend of racing – the non-NASCAR version:
– Consider this first entry is a brief. Or is it a boxer?
Lucas di Grassi placed second in Saturday’s Formula E race but failed post-race inspection. Not for his driving or his car, but for his underwear.
“After checking […]

Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
Monday, 19 Mar, 2018 – 10:12 | Comments Off on Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats

Richie Crampton ended a Top Fuel futility streak dating to the 2015 season and became the 10th driver to win for NHRA icon Conrad “Connie” Kalitta with a victory in Sunday’s 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Crampton recorded an uncontested final-round win when he wheeled his Kalitta Air/DHL dragster to a 1,000-foot pass in […]

Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals
Sunday, 18 Mar, 2018 – 9:13 | Comments Off on Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals
Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jack Beckman and his team of tuning wizards secured the No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car as time trials concluded before an announced sellout crowd Saturday for the 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
Veteran tuners Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh watched Beckman’s 1,000-foot […]

Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier
Saturday, 17 Mar, 2018 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier
Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It took Hector Arana Jr. nearly three years _ but only 6.937-seconds _ to blast past professional drag racing’s last major barrier Friday at historic Gainesville Raceway.
Arana Jr. became the first NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to break the 200-mph barrier during second-round qualifications for the 49th annual AMALIE […]

Krawiec Has Sights Set On The Magical Number
Friday, 16 Mar, 2018 – 9:58 | Comments Off on Krawiec Has Sights Set On The Magical Number
Krawiec Has Sights Set On The Magical Number

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It widely is viewed as professional drag racing’s last major barrier, and “Jersey Boy” Eddie Krawiec has made it clear he wants his name next to the number in NHRA’s record book.
“First and foremost, I want to go 200 mph,” said Krawiec, anticipating the start of the 2018 Pro Stock […]

In Wake Of Ugly Wrecks, NHRA Sets New Rules
Thursday, 15 Mar, 2018 – 7:52 | Comments Off on In Wake Of Ugly Wrecks, NHRA Sets New Rules
In Wake Of Ugly Wrecks, NHRA Sets New Rules

Reacting to serious crashes in each of the season’s first two races, NHRA officials have notified all competitors of a revised rule change regarding centerline crossing and/or the striking of timing blocks.
Crossing the centerline and/or striking timing blocks is a serious safety concern and causes delays in racing due to cleanup time required for such […]

Force Talks Of Explosive Experience
Monday, 5 Mar, 2018 – 8:15 | Comments Off on Force Talks Of Explosive Experience
Force Talks Of Explosive Experience

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car icon John Force says he was briefly knocked out by the engine explosion that shattered his race car during eliminations at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals eight days ago.
But who could tell?
“I was already goofy,” Force said during an interview from his California home distributed by his […]