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Rain Halts NHRA In St. Louis
Friday, 1 May, 2009 – 16:15 | Comments Off
Rain Halts NHRA In St. Louis

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Andrew Hines moved to the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle before rain washed out the first two rounds of qualifying at the 15th annual O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.
Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to postpone the first rounds of professional qualifying for Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock at [...]

Minter: The Suite Life Should Be At The Finish Line
Friday, 1 May, 2009 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Minter: The Suite Life Should Be At The Finish Line

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Fans of every sport treasure their traditions. But it’s almost a given that if a sport is going to grow, those traditions have to be tweaked.
There’s an idea floating around in the NHRA – it’s actually been around for years –  that seems to have the potential of [...]

Schumacher Collects More Hardware
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 8:05 | Comments Off
Schumacher Collects More Hardware

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U.S. Army NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher received his 2008 Driver of the Year trophy here Thursday night during the annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Last December, an elite panel of broadcasters and journalists named Schumacher the 2008 Driver of the Year after the Chicago-area resident posted a record fifth [...]

Drag Racer Had Inside View Of Hudson River Plane Crash
Wednesday, 22 Apr, 2009 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
Drag Racer Had Inside View Of Hudson River Plane Crash

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Chris Rini, a Top Sportsman racer from Carmel, N.Y., was one of the favorites in his division in the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway last weekend. But midway through a qualifying run on Friday, the engine in his Dodge Stratus detonated.With oil streaming from his car, Rini [...]

Southern Nationals Give Lucas First Win
Sunday, 19 Apr, 2009 – 20:57 | One Comment
Southern Nationals Give Lucas First Win

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Great moments in motor sports tend to occur at the strangest places and the strangest times. That was the case on Sunday in the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Persistent sprinkles interrupted the show almost from the 11 a.m. start,  pushing the finals to well past 8 p.m. But [...]

Professor Teaches A Lesson In Class
Saturday, 18 Apr, 2009 – 16:49 | Comments Off
Professor Teaches  A Lesson In Class

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Some things haven’t changed very much in the 29 years that the NHRA has been hosting the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
On Saturday afternoon, Arlene Johnson rode back and forth from her husband’s pits to the starting line on the same bicycle she had at the track [...]

Records Gone With The Wind In Atlanta
Friday, 17 Apr, 2009 – 20:25 | Comments Off
Records Gone With The Wind In Atlanta

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – The weather conditions on Friday at Atlanta Dragway were a drag racer’s dream – cool temperatures, low humidity and unusually high barometric pressure.
That added up to some shattered track records for the Pro Stock divisions during the opening rounds of qualifying for Sunday’s Summit Southern Nationals.
The nitro [...]

Ashley and Junior Have A Lot In Common
Friday, 17 Apr, 2009 – 13:35 | 2 Comments
Ashley and Junior Have A Lot In Common

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. –  If there have ever been two race drivers who really understand what the other is going through, it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ashley Force Hood. Although they race in different series, both know the pressures and expectations that come from having fathers who are icons in their [...]

Schu Shines: His Drivers Are Dominating NHRA
Thursday, 16 Apr, 2009 – 17:50 | Comments Off
Schu Shines: His Drivers Are Dominating NHRA

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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 In all forms of motorsports today, multi-car teams have a distinct advantage. It’s true in NASCAR, as Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush, Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress and others have shown.
 But compared to the NHRA’s Don Schumacher, Hendrick and his NASCAR buddies are in a slump.
Heading into this weekend’s NHRA Southern Nationals [...]

Schumacher Wins Second Straight
Sunday, 5 Apr, 2009 – 18:12 | Comments Off
Schumacher Wins Second Straight

 
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Tony Schumacher made it two in a row Sunday as he won the NHRA Top Fuel event at the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas.
Ron Capps was the winner in Funny Car and Jeg Coughlin won in Pro Stock.
Schumacher beat Brandon Bernstein in the Top Fuel finals with a 3.874-second, 311.77 mph-run over [...]