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NHRA update: Virginia joins schedule, top teams make lineup changes

NHRA has replaced Englishtown with Virginia Motorsports Park, John Force Racing has rearranged its engineering lineup, Leah Pritchett joins the Army, and Pro Stock teams have gained a new facility. Anne Proffit reports.

Englishtown shuts down drag racing operations with immediate effect

There will be 23 races on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar, as Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ has decided to shutter its entire drag racing operations.

John Force gains honorary doctorate from UNOH

The University of Northwestern Ohio has bestowed an honorary doctorate of law on 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion in a special ceremony on the Lima, Ohio campus.

Irwindale Speedway saved from 2018 demolition plan

Like the mythical phoenix, Irwindale Speedway keeps rising from the dead.

NHRA shakes up Pro Stock category – again

The National Hot Rod Association is making wider changes to its Pro Stock category with the intention of opening it up to many more competitors.

NHRA superteams shuffle and exchange staff

Following the Auto Club Finals Nov 9-12 at Pomona dragstrip, the top nitro teams in NHRA have already begun to reevaluate their needs and plan for the upcoming, 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

NHRA champs reflect on the 2017 season

Anne Proffit looks back on a season that saw the first female Top Fuel champion for 35 years, John Force Racing's first nitro double, a thrilling three-way Pro Stock battle and a brilliantly dominant run by Eddie Krawiec in PS Motorcycles.

Epic title battles to be decided at Pomona's NHRA Finals

After 23 coast-to-coast races, the NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season returns to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif., where it starts and ends every year. Anne Proffit previews the finale.

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Dixon suspended indefinitely

The NHRA has suspended its three-time Top Fuel champion indefinitely from both the Mello Yello professional and Lucas Oil sportsman series it sanctions.

NHRA reveals plenty of significant news at SEMA Show

Testing before next week’s finale at Pomona could have provided drag racing’s big news items of the week, but instead they came courtesy of Bob Tasca, Ford, Larry Dixon, Austin Prock and the NHRA itself. Anne Proffit reports.

Time for the big NHRA fight in Vegas

The penultimate round of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Series in Las Vegas may not decide titles but it could eliminate some leading runners. Annie Proffit is your form guide.

Scott Speed celebrates third title for Andretti and VW in LA

Scott Speed completed a hat-trick in winning his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross championship for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) on Saturday. 

Can any NHRA ace gain an edge in Texas?

Just three of the 24 races remain in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing season and across all four classes tensions are high, every point counts and consistently quick runs are at a premium. Anne Proffit previews the Texas action.

DeJoria's retirement is a sad loss to NHRA and its fans

Alexis DeJoria, driver of Kalitta Motorsports’ Toyota Camry NHRA Funny Car, has decided to retire. Anne Proffit pays tribute to a racer who did more than just race.

Why NHRA’s Pro Stock plan adds salt to a self-inflicted wound

The NHRA has decided to tackle the issue of falling Pro Stock participation by making nine of the races open only to eight qualifiers. Anne Proffit argues that this fails to help the competitors within the category.

2018 NHRA schedule reduces number of consecutive race weekends

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has tweaked its 2018 schedule nearly from start to finish, with the more extraordinary changes coming during the six-race playoffs it calls the Countdown to the Championship. Annie Proffit reports.

NHRA fight as open as ever heading to Gateway

Two races down and four to go in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship and it’s becoming more difficult to predict the title winners in all four classes because at the starting lights, it’s a crapshoot, writes Annie Proffit.

Will the Countdown conundrums continue in Reading?

A strange Sunday in Charlotte last week proved again the unpredictability of NHRA drag racing, but Anne Proffit tries to guide us through the favorites for this weekend's second round of the Countdown to the Championship.

The NHRA Countdown starts in Charlotte

NHRA set the field for its six-race Countdown to the Championship, during the U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend. Anne Proffit looks ahead to this weekend’s action at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC.

Former Pro Stock champion Johnson to retire

One of Dodge’s star names in NHRA racing, Allen Johnson, is to retire from the sport at the end of this year.

Who will prevail in the prestigious U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend?

Every major American racing series has a standout event: NASCAR opens each season in February with the Daytona 500 and INDYCAR celebrates Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis 500.

Crampton replaces Coughlin Jr. at Kalitta

Troy Coughlin Jr.’s rookie season as driver of Connie Kalitta’s SealMaster dragster is over for this year and he is to be replaced by 2014 U.S. Nationals champion Richie Crampton.

U.S. Nationals preview - NHRA aces prepare for the Big Go

Testing at Lucas Oil Raceway proved not only the U.S. Nationals' significance in the NHRA calendar, but also that it's going to be very tough to beat those Don Schumacher Racing machines, in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. Anne Proffit reports.

Voting begins for NHRA’s Traxxas Nitro Shootout

It’s time for fans to vote for eligible Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers to gain the last places in the competition that earns $100,000 for the eventual winners. Anne Proffit explains.

NHRA heads to Brainerd as Countdown to the Championship nears

NHRA’s Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle racers have only two more attempts to prepare for the series’ Countdown to the Championship, a six-race playoff comprising the final contests of a 24-race season.

Historic Trans Am cars added to Long Beach lineup

Next year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach support race roster will feature the ‘pony cars’ from the legendary era of Trans Am racing

Irwindale Event Center to shut down

Since 1999, the 1/2-mile paved oval at Irwindale Event Center (its newer name) has produced great racing for open and closed-wheel competitors.

Doug Chandler to continue late wife's sponsorship of two Funny Cars

When philanthropist and effervescent drag racing supporter Terry Chandler, 65, died from advanced brain cancer on July 4th, the future of her “giving cars” in NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Funny Car category was in doubt.

Seattle closes NHRA's grueling western swing

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regulars continue their difficult Western Swing.

Will Tonglet earn his second NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle title?

It’s been a heady year for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider LE Tonglet, 27.

Who will triumph as NHRA heads to Sonoma?

NHRA took the first step in its three-races-in-three-weekends Western Swing at Denver last weekend, putting forth a great display of competition, along with adventures in wheel-standing, engine explosions and bodywork destruction.

Mile-high hopes and challenges in Denver

Steve Torrence, seeking No. 1 seed for the Countdown, leads the Top Fuel runners as they seek to get their tune-ups tweaked for the unique challenge of high-altitude Bandimere Speedway. Anne Proffit reports.

Terry Chandler succumbs to brain cancer aged 65

Our NHRA correspondent Anne Proffit pays tribute to someone she describes as “the most giving and caring woman in NHRA drag racing”.

Top Fuel star Brittany Force to test JFR Chevy Camaro Funny Car

Legendary Funny Car driver and team owner John Force has revealed that he is having a Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car built for daughter Brittany, currently a star in Top Fuel.

Who's to blame for NHRA Pro Stock's predicament?

It seems probable that from next year NHRA's struggling Pro Stock category will no longer be part of the full 24-race schedule. That is emphatically not a smart solution for the sanctioning body's self-created problem, argues Anne Proffit.

Can Millican start a winning streak?

Was Clay Millican's brilliant and well-deserved first win last weekend at Bristol just the start of a hot streak? The Tennessean is showing great confidence in tuner Dave Grubnic, as Anne Proffit reports.

Courtney Force seeking breakthrough victory in Bristol

Courtney Force has scored just one win in more than two seasons of NHRA competition, and even that triumph was more than a year ago. So what will it take for her to grab a Wally Trophy again? By Anne Proffit.

Beckman looks back on "big" victory in Englishtown

Jack Beckman’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career has seen many twists and turns.

Welcome back to Victory Lane, Erica Enders

The drought has been long and hard for two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Erica Enders, but finally she’s clutching another Wally trophy. Anne Proffit asks whether this is the start of a longterm revival.

Capps hoping to carry momentum into Epping

This weekend’s fifth annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race in Epping, New Hampshire is also the site of Ron Capps’ “Drive for Five”.

Restoration of Justin Wilson's Lola completed

Following the untimely death of Justin Wilson nearly two years ago, a philanthropic fund was set up to benefit his widow Julia and their two daughters, Jane and Jessica.

Torrence, Capps, Butner looking to carry momentum into Topeka

If anyone wasn’t exhausted after last weekend’s culmination of three consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series contests, it was the three drivers and their respective teams that had the most success during the three-weekend period.

Force and Millican aim to peak at the right time

Qualifying No. 1 really isn’t working out for two racers in this year's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Courtney Force and Clay Millican aim for a slight adjustment in form this weekend in Atlanta.

NHRA heads to Charlotte for Four-wide Nationals

The Four-wide Nationals at ZMax Dragway are almost upon us.

Langdon's return is main story heading into Houston

Shawn Langdon will kickstart his 2017 season this weekend, as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series arrives at Royal Purple Raceway just outside Houston for its fifth round of a 24-race season.

Harvey says Andretti ride at Indy 500 is “a dream come true”

Two-time Indy Lights runner-up Jack Harvey, who will make his IndyCar race debut at the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport next month, says that none of the other ‘one-off’ Indy entries has a better opportunity.

Making history in Las Vegas

Some incredible milestones fell in last weekend’s 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Anne Proffit relives it.

Deane returns to Formula DRIFT with a bang

Formula DRIFT's season-opener at Long Beach saw James Deane once more become the yardstick by which all FD competitors are judged. Anne Proffit was there.

Brown, DeJoria seek first wins of 2017 in Vegas

NHRA Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock this weekend hit the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 18th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals as well as the K&N Horsepower Challenge for Pro Stock drivers. By Anne Proffit.

Long Beach geared up for traditional thrills

Preparations for the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach kicked off yesterday with heroes both human and automotive. Anne Proffit was there.

Force win prompts thoughts of Medlen and the future

John Force scored an emotional 148th win on the 10th anniversary and at the same track as Eric Medlen's fateful crash, and JFR scored its 2500th round-win too. Anne Proffit reflects on an emotional weekend in Gainesville.

Good, bad and ugly dominate Gatornationals memories

This coming weekend’s 38th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Florida marks some good, bad and ugly remembrances.

Kanaan's two decades in Indy cars

Tony Kanaan has launched TK20 to celebrate his 20th year at the top of U.S. open-wheel racing, but he insists it’s not a farewell or retirement tour. Anne Proffit reports.

Force swaps teams; Dixon returns at Gainesville

Give NHRA legend John Force time to think about gaining consistency in his four-team John Force Racing squad and you can be sure he’ll find a way to mix up the ingredients.

Historic Can-Am added to GP of Long Beach weekend

The Historic Can-Am Challenge will replace the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and a McLaren M6B has already taken some demonstration laps on the course.

Flashback time at Phoenix

Last weekend's epic final between Top Fuel rising stars Leah Pritchett and Brittany Force was the highlight of the weekend... and we could have been writing a very similar storyline this time last year, as Anne Proffit explains.

Pritchett sets new Top Fuel record

Leah Pritchett, who set an unofficial record in testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, has now a done the job “for real” with a sensational 329.34mph pass at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.

Wild horsepower at Wild Horse Pass

The second NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event on the 24-race calendar takes place at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Ariz. As Anne Proffit indicates, the smart money is on those who excelled in a preseason test here.

Massive heart attack prompts Paul Lee’s retirement

Anne Proffit pays tribute to a fast and brave NHRA racer whose courage is highlighted by his latest decision.

Force vs. Schumacher - When bad blood spills over

NHRA team owners John Force and Don Schumacher aren't exactly seeing eye-to-eye right now.