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Force’s Comeback Continues
Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010 – 20:15 | Comments Off
Force’s Comeback Continues

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John Force continued to show that he’s back to his old form Saturday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals as the 14-time NHRA Funny Car world champion raced to his first No. 1 qualifying position in more than two years.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also earned No. 1 positions in their respective [...]

Top Fuel’s Cory Mac Sick Of Being Second
Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010 – 7:54 | Comments Off
Top Fuel’s Cory Mac Sick Of Being Second

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Chandler, Ariz. – When Cory McClenathan looks in the mirror, he doesn’t see Mark Martin. But maybe he should.
Aside from the machinery they drive, McClenathan and Martin share strikingly similar careers, and woes.
Like Martin, a fan favorite and one of the most respected drivers in the NASCAR garage, McClenathan is [...]

Kalitta Paces Top Fuel In Phoenix
Friday, 19 Feb, 2010 – 21:32 | Comments Off
Kalitta Paces Top Fuel In Phoenix

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Doug Kalitta, Matt Hagan, and Mike Edwards were the low on Friday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Int’l Raceway outside of Phoenix.
Winternationals runner-up Kalitta grabbed the No. 1 qualifying spot from the man who beat him in Pomona, event champ Larry Dixon, who led after the first session, supplanting Dixon’s 3.837 with a 3.825 [...]

Hungry Force Is Shaping Up Nicely
Friday, 19 Feb, 2010 – 9:40 | Comments Off
Hungry Force Is Shaping Up Nicely

Funny Car icon John Force says his winless 2009 NHRA season can be traced in large part to a lack of physical strength in his legs, the residue of a laundry list of injuries suffered in a grinding crash in ’07 and a condition he admittedly hid from his corporate sponsors.
“I can tell you now, [...]

NHRA Makes Tech Announcements
Thursday, 18 Feb, 2010 – 21:25 | Comments Off
NHRA Makes Tech Announcements

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The NHRA’s technical department made two announcements today effective at this weekend’s Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz.
The NHRA has temporarily suspended mandatory use of the Electrimotion Shutoff Receiver while NHRA works with the manufacturer to meet driver requests.
Top Fuel and Funny Car teams, after the just concluded Pomona event, raised certain concerns about the automatic [...]

NHRA Notes: Dixon Reacts To DNQ
Thursday, 18 Feb, 2010 – 7:38 | One Comment
NHRA Notes: Dixon Reacts To DNQ

Larry Dixon’s DNQ in his debut for Al-Anabi Racing last February arguably cost him the 2009 NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
A two-time champion, Dixon fell two points short of Tony Schumacher at the conclusion of the six-race Countdown to 1. Dixon began erasing those memories Sunday, when he knocked off Schumacher in the semifinals en [...]

Wilkerson Cool With Being Test Mule
Tuesday, 16 Feb, 2010 – 9:05 | Comments Off
Wilkerson Cool With Being Test Mule

Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson spent part of his offseason testing the National Hot Rod Association’s spec engine, a session that admittedly proved more miss-than-hit.
Wilkerson’s January test at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., was a followup to a similar session conducted by two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon at The Strip at Las Vegas [...]

Force Is A Force Again
Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010 – 22:17 | Comments Off
Force Is A Force Again

On a weekend in which NHRA paid tribute to its rich history during the 50th running of the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals, NHRA legend John Force turned back the clock himself by winning for the first time in a year-and-a-half.
The other winners at the season-opening event in the 23-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series [...]

NHRA Notes: The ‘Stang Is Back
Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010 – 8:40 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: The ‘Stang Is Back

Ford Motor Co. marked its official return to drag racing’s famed “Factory Hot Rod” wars Saturday, when veteran competitor Larry Morgan qualified a 2010 Mustang for the 50th annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.
Morgan covered the Auto Club Raceway quarter-mile in 6.645-seconds and 207.88 mph to earn the 15th spot on the 16-car [...]

Cory Mac Back At The Top
Saturday, 13 Feb, 2010 – 22:49 | Comments Off
Cory Mac Back At The Top

Cory McClenathan returned to the top of the speed charts at the Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals on Saturday while Robert Hight and Mike Edwards stayed there.
McClenathan, who led Top Fuel after Thursday’s first round of qualifying, clocked a 3.787-second run on Saturday. McClenathan’s 320.05-mph speed matched his previous best here.
“We saw the air getting better [...]