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Pondering Top Fuel Helped Force Win No. 16
Friday, 8 Nov, 2013 – 10:36 | 4 Comments
Pondering Top Fuel Helped Force Win No. 16

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There was a time this season when NHRA Funny Car icon John Force, determined to save his long-running sponsor relationship with Castrol, considered chucking his legacy to start over in Top Fuel.
That rumor was the genesis of the midseason, in-house crew chief swap that brought Jimmy Prock over to Force’s [...]

Langdon Off To Quick Start In Pomona
Thursday, 7 Nov, 2013 – 21:04 | Comments Off
Langdon Off To Quick Start In Pomona

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Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon raced to the qualifying lead Thursday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Adam Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their categories at the final playoff race of the 2013 NHRA Mello [...]

Top Fuel Title Is Next Item On Langdon’s Itinerary
Tuesday, 5 Nov, 2013 – 15:34 | Comments Off
Top Fuel Title Is Next Item On Langdon’s Itinerary

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Monday’s telephone call from Shawn Langdon came a little bit later than originally scheduled. Seems a mis-reading of a travel itinerary had resulted in a missed flight, a chaotic scramble for another and, of course, the exploding of his whole day.
And all to start off what he admitted was the [...]

October Blahs Take Beatings From Vegas To India
Wednesday, 30 Oct, 2013 – 9:05 | Comments Off
October Blahs Take Beatings From Vegas To India

Late October. Generally, a rather unexceptional time of the year. Halloween? Pretty good time for little kids and raging alcoholics. The World Series? Again, a rather unexceptional time of the year, except for little kids and raging boors.
Even for race fans late October can be dreary. Sports cars and IndyCar is over, short tracks have/will [...]

Matt Smith Rides Off With NHRA Bike Trophy
Monday, 28 Oct, 2013 – 6:35 | Comments Off
Matt Smith Rides Off With NHRA Bike Trophy

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Matt Smith joined his father as a 2013 NHRA world champion Sunday, when he won the Pro Stock Motorcycle final of the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Smith claimed his second PSM world championship on a day that saw John Force earn his record 16th Funny Car title [...]

Force Wins 16th Title Amid A Year Of Distractions
Monday, 28 Oct, 2013 – 6:15 | 10 Comments
Force Wins 16th Title Amid A Year Of Distractions

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force’s 16th NHRA Funny Car world championship has redefined the term “unprecedented” as it relates to drag racing drivers, and reinforced the undeniable fact that the manic character known as “Brut” truly is one astute businessman.
Force outran daughter Courtney in Sunday’s final of the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals [...]

Force Uses Record Run To Earn Vegas Pole
Saturday, 26 Oct, 2013 – 20:24 | Comments Off
Force Uses Record Run To Earn Vegas Pole

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Points leader John Force qualified in the No. 1 position and continued his late-season surge with a track record performance in Funny Car on Saturday during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their [...]

Langdon Takes First Round Of Qualifying In Vegas
Saturday, 26 Oct, 2013 – 7:15 | Comments Off
Langdon Takes First Round Of Qualifying In Vegas

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Top Fuel point-leader Shawn Langdon continued to push toward his first world championship by racing to the qualifying lead Friday at the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Courtney Force (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and rookie Adam Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their [...]

Cagnazzi, Gray To Merge Pro Stock Teams
Friday, 25 Oct, 2013 – 15:58 | Comments Off
Cagnazzi, Gray To Merge Pro Stock Teams

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NHRA teams Gray Motorsports and Cagnazzi Racing will combine forces in 2014 to create a multi-car team Pro Stock team.
The merged team will race under the Gray Motorsports banner.
Engine development for both the Pro Stock and Cagnazzi’s successful COPO Camaro Stock Eliminator programs will take place at the Gray Motorsports facility in Denver, N.C., and [...]

Hagan’s Job Is To Take Down The People’s Choice
Friday, 25 Oct, 2013 – 7:32 | One Comment
Hagan’s Job Is To Take Down The People’s Choice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Matt Hagan’s pursuit of a second NHRA Funny Car world championship has cast him in the role of villain, the fate of any number of drivers chasing drag racing icon John Force.
“Well, if you read Facebook there ain’t no Matt Hagan fans out there. That drives you,” said Hagan, who [...]