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Rain Postpones Gatornationals
Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010 – 11:15 | Comments Off
Rain Postpones Gatornationals

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Persistent rain showers and a forecast for more showers and thunderstorms throughout the day forced NHRA officials to postpone Thursday’s scheduled racing at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.
Weather permitting, racing will begin Friday at 8 a.m. Friday’s Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for noon and 2:45 [...]

NHRA’s Sampey Retires
Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010 – 9:52 | One Comment
NHRA’s Sampey Retires

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Angelle Sampey is hanging up her helmet and leathers as she announces her retirement as a professional drag racer.
Sampey, who totaled 41 victories during a 13-year NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle career, said she’s planning to pursue other career opportunities while looking to start a family with her fiancé, Seth Drago.
“I’m ready for a new challenge, including opening Coral [...]

Weekend Will Be A Drag For Busch
Wednesday, 10 Mar, 2010 – 16:34 | One Comment
Weekend Will Be A Drag For Busch

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch will spend the first off-weekend of the 2010 Sprint Cup season getting his racing career straightened out.
Busch, winner of Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the 2004 Cup champion, will revisit his drag racing roots during the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals beginning Thursday at historic Gainesville (Fla.) [...]

Cory Mac, Beckman Win Firebird
Monday, 22 Feb, 2010 – 19:00 | Comments Off
Cory Mac, Beckman Win Firebird

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The day-and-a-half wait was worth it for Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan and Funny Car driver Jack Beckman, who picked up victories Monday at the weather-delayed NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Racing was scheduled to resume with the Top Fuel and Funny Car final rounds at 10 local time Monday morning (Noon ET), but heavy rains moved through [...]

Fan Dies; Nitro Finals Postponed
Sunday, 21 Feb, 2010 – 17:34 | One Comment
Fan Dies; Nitro Finals Postponed

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
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Chandler, Ariz. – Death again showed its ugly head Sunday when a woman attending the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway was killed by debris from a horrible crash involving NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown.
The woman was struck by a tire and transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center, [...]

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
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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 [...]