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Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Gatornationals

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NHRA® Team Report
NHRA U.S. Nationals - Gatornationals
Pre-Race Report


As a five-time number one qualifier and previous winner of the Gatornationals, Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to Florida with their sights set on a strong showing. The Snap-on Dodge® will be decked out in its Snap-on 100th scheme, that was recently featured on a magazine cover, while a new body and paint scheme are being prepped for October.

In the magazine's article, Cruz says, "I feel like we're on the brink of breaking out of the rebuilding mode that I've been in for several years now." He shares that he's got one of the most solid teams he's had in a decade and feels like the team "stacks up well" in facing the competition.

Working with Nick (Casertano) and Eric (Lane), Cruz says he, the team and the Snap-on Funny Car are ready to take on the rest of what's been a challenging year for drivers, teams and fans.

"When you've got good people on your side, you know those incremental improvements you...

Texas Motorplex Welcomes Fans and NHRA In October

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Texas Motorplex Welcomes Fans and NHRA In October
Five days of racing with social distancing and enhanced safety in effect

ENNIS, TX (September 15, 2020) --- After months of local and regional events with limited fans thanks to the support from Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Motorplex is set to host one of the largest outdoor motorsports events in the state with the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, October 14-18, 2020. Working within the approved State of Texas guidelines, Texas Motorplex will be able to welcome up to 50 percent capacity for fans throughout the race week which will mean thousands of drag racing enthusiasts can travel to the race track located in Ennis, Texas, just minutes south of Dallas/Ft Worth for 300 mph side by side racing action. The track will be instituting...

Langdon Wins US Nationals - Team Kalitta Post Race Report

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Post-Race Report
Event 6: NHRA U.S. Nationals
Indianapolis, IN
September 6, 2020

Langdon and DHL Win U.S. Nationals
Top Fuel Title
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Jack Beckman Extends DSR’s Funny Car Win Streak to Nine-in-a-Row

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DSR NHRA U.S. Nationals Post-Race Recap

Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event No. 6
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
September 4-6, 2020

DSR Elimination Highlights:
  • Fresh off the heels of achieving NHRA national event win No. 350 on Saturday evening, Don Schumacher Racing continued its triumphant streak on Sunday when Jack Beckman raced to victory to...

JUSTIN ASHLEY CAPS EVENTFUL WEEKEND WITH MEMORABLE U.S. NATIONALS

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JUSTIN ASHLEY CAPS EVENTFUL WEEKEND WITH MEMORABLE U.S. NATIONALS


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 6, 2020) --- In his first NHRA DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals race as a professional, rookie of the year candidate Justin Ashley drove the Strutmasters.com powered by MANSCAPED™ Top Fuel dragster to a semifinal finish. While he was not victorious his final pass of the day was one that will stick with NHRA fans for many years.

Racing against 2013 NHRA Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon both drivers had their hands full as soon as their 11,000 horsepower dragsters jumped off the starting line. Ashley grabbed a starting line advantage with what is becoming a customary stellar reaction time. As he accelerated down track his Top Fuel dragster overpowered...

Terry McMillen Has More Goals On Tap Leaving US Nationals

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McMillen Has More Goals On Tap Exiting U. S. Nationals


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 6, 2020) --- Entering the 66th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis Terry McMillen and the AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil Top Fuel team had a number of goals most importantly picking up their second win at the historic event. In addition to victory the team was looking to continue gathering data and runs on a brand new chassis as well as making a...

DeJoria's Indy Bid Falls Short

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DEJORIA’S BID FOR SECOND INDY TITLE FALLS SHORT
2014 Champ Can’t Capitalize on Strong Qualifying Performance in ROKiT/ABK Toyota

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The frustration continued Sunday for 2014 U.S. Nationals Funny Car Champion Alexis DeJoria who, after a solid qualifying performance, saw her ROKiT Phones/ABK Beer Toyota Camry succumb to a parts failure just as it was starting to distance itself from the Ford Mustang of No. 11 qualifier Bob Bode.

Bode won in 4.034 seconds after a burned piston in the Toyota triggered an on-board safety system that automatically shut down the 11,000 horsepower engine, leaving DeJoria powerless on the track and left to ponder what might have been. She coasted across the finish in 4.924 seconds at 156.41 miles per hour, almost a full second off her qualifying time.

“We can’t buy any luck right now,” lamented co-crew chief Del Worsham, DeJoria’s partner in DC Motorsports. “The car had been running great.”...

TORRENCE FALLS IN INDY SEMIS

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TORRENCE OUT IN INDY SEMIFINALS
Pruett Ends Bid to Put ‘Nitro Ninja” Colors in U.S. Nationals Winners’ Circle

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Racing for injured team member Dom Lagana in a Capco Contractors dragster sporting the Lagana family’s “Nitro Ninja” livery, two-time reigning NHRA Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence lost a heartbreaking semifinal to Leah Pruett Sunday in the 66th annual Denso U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

The disappointment of being unable to achieve his goal of winning the world’s biggest race for one of the key members of his extended family left the 38-time Mello Yello pro tour winner physically and emotionally drained.

The unexpected result also dropped him from second to third place in points in his bid to become just the third driver in NHRA history to win three straight Mello Yello Top Fuel championships.

“I didn’t do my job,” he said after losing to Pruett on a hole shot. “No excuses, but it hurts really bad because...

Tommy Johnson Jr. Rockets Riley Kids Dodge to Top Spot

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DSR NHRA U.S. Nationals Qualifying Report

Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event No. 6
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
September 4-6, 2020

DSR Qualifying Highlights:
  • During Q3, Matt Hagan defeated Jack Beckman in the rain-delayed NHRA Summernationals (Indy 2) final round to win DSR’s 350th national event victory. The triumph marked career win No. 35 for Hagan
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. rocketed the Riley Kids Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the top of...

DSR Earns Win No. 350

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DSR Earns Milestone Win No. 350

Drag racing’s winningest organization further cemented its position as one of motorsports’ elite teams when Matt Hagan delivered win No. 350 on Saturday
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 5, 2020) – At the 1970 NHRA U.S. Nationals, Don Schumacher raced to his first NHRA national event victory, collecting win No. 1 for what would eventually become the drag racing powerhouse Don Schumacher Racing. Today, at the 2020 NHRA U.S. Nationals, he celebrated his team’s 350th national event win...

JUSTIN ASHLEY WINS RAIN DELAYED SUMMERNATIONALS

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JUSTIN ASHLEY WINS RAIN DELAYED SUMMERNATIONALS
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 5, 2020) --- Rookie sensation Justin Ashley continued to turn heads during the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season collecting his first career Top Fuel victory today at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Ashley, driver of the Strutmasters.com Top Fuel dragster powered by MANSCAPED™, outran veteran TJ Zizzo in the final round of the postponed NHRA Summernationals. It was the first final round for both drivers who had to wait over a month to win their first NHRA national event.
“It is very emotional for me. This is something I dreamed about since I was a young kid,” said Ashley surrounded by his team after the victory. “I grew up around the race track so I knew this was going...

Ron Capps Paces Provisional Funny Car Field at NHRA U.S. Nationals

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DSR U.S. Nationals Friday Qualifying Recap

Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event No. 6
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
September 4-6, 2020

DSR Qualifying Highlights:
  • Ron Capps, the most recent winner on the NHRA tour, powered his NAPA Dodge to a 3.895 at a top speed of 330.63 mph to pace the provisional Funny Car field during the first ‘Friday Night Lights’ event of the 2020 season
  • Matt Hagan drove his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT...

DeJoria Pursues 2nd U.S. Nationals Win

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DEJORIA TRYING TO RECAPTURE CHAMPIONSHIP FORM

Drives ROCKiT Phones/ABK Beer Toyota Camry at 66th U.S. Nationals at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – During the two years in which she abandoned the seat of her 330 mile-an-hour Toyota Funny Car to spend more time with her teenage daughter, Isabella, Alexis DeJoria learned some things about herself.

Mainly what she learned is that, for her, drag racing is not a spectator sport.

That’s why, when qualifying begins Friday in the 66th annual Denso U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, the 42-year-old resident of Austin, Texas will be strapped firmly back into the cockpit of the ROCKiT Phones/ABK Beer Toyota Camry in which she will try to become just the 12th Funny Car driver to win the world’s biggest drag race more than one time.

She joined a slightly less exclusive fraternity, one that includes co-car owner and crew chief Del Worsham, when she used a .037 of a second starting line reaction to beat multiple-time...

TORRENCE AFTER ANOTHER INDY WIN

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TORRENCE PURSUES ‘HOLY GRAIL’
Mello Yello Series Champ Sends Capco Dragster after Second U.S. Nationals Win

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Whether the NHRA series is four races, as it was in the ‘60s, 24, as it has been throughout most of the Mello Yello era, or only 11, as apparently it will be in this COVID-19 shortened season, the one event every pro and every sportsman racer invariably wants to win more than any other is the U.S. Nationals, contested this week for the 60th consecutive year at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Certainly, it is an event especially meaningful to Steve Torrence, the two-time reigning Mello Yello Top Fuel champion, who won it as a sportsman racer in 2005 (in the Top Alcohol Dragster class) before driving his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster into the winners’ circle as a pro in 2017.

“It’s the holy grail of drag racing,” he said, “the one that everyone wants to win. You can win a championship, but if you don’t win Indy, your career is not...

NHRA ANNOUNCES REMAINDER OF 2020 SCHEDULE INCLUDES TEXAS MOTORPLEX

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NHRA ANNOUNCES REMAINDER OF 2020 MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES

ENNIS, TX (September 2, 2020) --- NHRA announced today the remainder of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. In collaboration with all stakeholders, NHRA plans to hold six national events to complete the 2020 season. The Texas Motorplex will be hosting the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, October 14-18 at the famed motorsports facility located just south of Dallas/Fort Worth. The track is celebrating its 35th anniversary and will be hosting a wide variety of classes and events throughout the week.

The 2020 NHRA season has looked very different due to the global pandemic. NHRA has worked closely with its partner tracks and race teams to construct a schedule that will honor its rich racing history.

“We have been racing...

Justin Ashley Looking For Unique Indy Double Up at U.S. Nationals

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Justin Ashley Looking For Unique Indy Double Up at U.S. Nationals

MELVILLE, NY (September 2, 2020) --- Rookie of the year contender and driver of the Strutmasters.com powered by MANSCAPED™ Top Fuel dragster Justin Ashley will be looking for a unique double win this weekend during the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals. On Saturday he will face off with veteran driver TJ Zizzo in the final round of the postponed NHRA Summernationals. The race originally scheduled in mid-July will be contested at the conclusion of qualifying. Ashley will have a short window of celebration should the race go his way as the final round eliminations of a career defining race, the NHRA U.S. Nationals, will begin the next morning. It will be a whirlwind experience for the second...

DSR Pre-Race Report: NHRA U.S. Nationals

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NHRA U.S. Nationals Pre-Race Report

Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event No. 6
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
September 4-6, 2020

Highlights:
  • At the 1970 NHRA U.S. Nationals, DSR team owner Don Schumacher raced to his very first NHRA win. This weekend he will celebrate his team’s 350th victory on the 50th anniversary of his Indianapolis triumph.
  • DSR is guaranteed its milestone 350th win when Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan battle it out in...

Team Kalitta NHRA US Nationals Pre-Race Report

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Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 6: 2020 NHRA U.S. Nationals
Indianapolis, IN
September 4-6, 2020

Doug Kalitta, enters the event as the defending U.S. Nationals champion and Top Fuel Mello Yello point leader for the fifth consecutive event. Top Fuel teammate Shawn Langdon and Funny Car teammate J.R. Todd will be looking to move further up the Top...

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - U.S. Nationals

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Snap-on
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NHRA® Team Report
NHRA U.S. Nationals - Indianapolis
Pre-Race Report


Three-time U.S. Nationals champion Cruz Pedregon and team are ready for the "Big Go" this weekend when it kicks off Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway. In their nearby shop in Brownsburg, the team has been prepping for a win, going over every inch of the Snap-on Dodge® and Cruz, Nick (Casertano), and Eric (Lane) say it's ready.

"Even though the world has been a little different this year, this is still the U.S. Nationals and a win here will define a season. It's been too long since we've won it, and 2020 will be a whole lot better if we bring this Wally back home with us," Cruz says. "We consider it our 'home track,' but for most drivers in all categories -- as the U.S. Nationals go, so goes the...

JUSTIN ASHLEY RACING ADDS MANSCAPED™ BEGINNING AT US NATIONALS

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JUSTIN ASHLEY RACING ADDS MANSCAPED
BEGINNING AT US NATIONALS

MELVILLE, NY (September 1, 2020) --- National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Rookie of the Year contender Justin Ashley announced today that MANSCAPED™ will be added to his 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster as a major associate sponsor. The marketing partnership will cover the remainder of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season beginning this weekend at the most prestigious drag race of the season, the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, September 4-6. MANSCAPED has activated in other forms of motorsports but this will be their first...

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