Nitromater

Richie Crampton Wins Reading Nationals - Team Kalitta Post Race Report

  • 75
  • 0
Post-Race Report
Event 19 of 24: NHRA Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway
Reading, Pa.
September 13-15, 2019
Richie Crampton Wins NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway
Richie Crampton and the DHL Top Fuel dragster team picked up their second win of the season and make a major jump in the Countdown to the...

Beckman Wins Reading and Takes Over Funny Car Points Lead

  • 33
  • 0
DSR Reading Post-Race Recap

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil

Event 19 of 24 (Reading)
Countdown Event 1 of 6
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pa.
Sept. 13-15, 2019

DSR Reading Elimination Highlights:
  • Jack Beckman raced to victory at the first event of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship and moved into the Funny Car points lead
  • Beckman’s triumph was his first of the season, and the 29th of his career
  • Semifinalist Ron Capps moved up one spot to fourth; Tommy Johnson Jr...

CAPCO CARS OUT EARLY AT READING

  • 83
  • 0
For Immediate Release
CAPCO CARS OUT EARLY AT READING
After Countdown Winning Streak Ends at Six, Torrence Loses Point Lead

READING, Pa. – The magic that carried Steve Torrence to a sweep of the 2018 NHRA playoffs was unexpectedly absent Sunday as the reigning Mello Yello Champion and his usually flawless Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster fell to Clay Millican in the first round of the 35th annual Mopar Express Lane Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

After struggling through the qualifying process and winding up in the No. 8 slot, Torrence surrendered a narrow starting line advantage to the six-time former IHRA World Champion in their first round shootout and simply couldn’t make up the deficit at the finish, losing by .007 of a second.

The first of six races in the 2019 Countdown to the Championship was no kinder to Billy Torrence, Steve’s dad and the founder and CEO of Capco Contractors, who grabbed an early lead before his dragster lost traction and fell back against...

TORRENCE FAVORED AS COUNTDOWN BEGINS

  • 68
  • 0
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torrence Takes Win Streak to Playoffs
MELLO YELLO CHAMP DEFENDS TITLE AT MAPLE GROVE

READING, Pa. – Drag racing is a “what have you done for me lately” sport and since Steve Torrence and his all-conquering Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster have gone four races
without celebrating a single NHRA tour victory, the minority viewpoint is that the reigning Mello Yello Champion is in a slump.

If so, it’s the kind of “slump” for which most of his Top Fuel rivals gladly would gnaw off an arm or a leg.

In fact, entering this week’s 35th annual Mopar Express Lane Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the first of the six races comprising the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, it would be difficult to find anyone who would bet against the Capco Kid, crew chief Richard Hogan and their gang of outlaws and misfits.

After all, they’ve already won eight times this year and despite the aforementioned “slump,” the talented Torrence won his record third...

Champions Collide and Combine for Good Cause in Reading

  • 62
  • 0
Champions Collide and Combine for Good Cause
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 5, 2019) – Boxing legend and former WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Heavyweight Champion of the World Larry Holmes will be making his first trek to the NHRA Dodge Nationals in Reading, Penn., to team up with two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Cruz Pedregon in promoting his foundation, "Heart of a Legend."
“I have been fortunate to be able to have met some great sports, and entertainment celebrities at the race tracks over the years,” said Pedregon. “I have had the pleasure of meeting people like Carlos Santana, Bill Goldberg and Gene Simmons, but honestly, I have never been more excited to meet an athlete than I am with Larry "The Easton Assassin" Holmes. Growing up, Muhammad Ali was my hero, but Larry Holmes was my favorite athlete. I have seen and studied every one of his boxing matches and have followed his life beyond the ring, which is why I am so happy to get involved with his foundation."
Holmes...

DSR Pre-Race Report: Reading

  • 56
  • 0
Reading Pre-Race Report

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil

Event 19 of 24 (Reading)
Countdown Event 1 of 6
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pa.
Sept. 13-15, 2019

Highlights:
  • The Reading race marks 550 professional events entered for Funny Car pilot Ron Capps. He celebrates the milestone during his 25th season behind the wheel of a nitro machine
  • All DSR entries are in contention for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship chase; Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and...

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Reading Nationals Report

  • 45
  • 0
Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 19 of 24: 2019 NHRA Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway
Reading, PA
September 13-15, 2019
Team Kalitta is entering the Countdown to the Championship with four world championship contending teams. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and is focused on winning a Mello Yello title.
...

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Reading

  • 91
  • 0
NHRA® Team Report
Dodge® NHRA® Nationals - Reading
Pre-Race Report


Cruz Pedregon and team have been busy in the shop and will be trying out several new parts on the Snap-on Dodge® this weekend in Reading. "Our focus as a team for the rest of the season is to win races and make sure the car is running its best. I'm really proud of Glen (Huszar) and Nick (Casertano) and the solid young team we've built," Cruz says. "I posted a message to all our fans on social media after the Countdown was determined to thank them for their support, let them know we're focusing our energy on the final six races and a strong finish."

Crew Chief Huszar says, "Nick and I have been working with Cruz and the team on the engine/clutch combination. It's performing well, but still needs some work. We're trying out some additional new parts, and we believe it’ll all work well together for the rest of the season and be a positive for the 2020 season ahead."

Cruz will have a special guest...

Team Kalitta Post Race Report U.S. Nationals

  • 109
  • 0
Post-Race Report
Event 18 of 24: NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
August 30 - September 2, 2019
Doug Kalitta Wins U.S. Nationals
Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster turned on the most notable win light of the...

DSR Post-Race Recap: Indianapolis

  • 62
  • 0

DSR Indianapolis Post-Race Recap

NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2019

DSR Indianapolis Elimination Highlights:
  • Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Jack Beckman capped off a near-perfect race weekend with a...

Consistency not enough for McMillen

  • 54
  • 0
INDY-DSB_4884_1

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 2, 2019) - After finding the consistency the team had searched for much of the summer, defending U.S. Nationals Champion Terry McMillen and his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ team fell to Steve Torrence in the opening round. The loss and Billy Torrence’s win ended McMillen’s hopes for The Countdown to the Championship.
“We didn’t make the Countdown and that sucks,” McMillen said. “But, it really didn’t come down to this race. We gave up too many rounds during the season. It was just more than we could try and make up for in one race.”
McMillen made five solid runs during qualifying and eliminations all in...

BILLY TORRENCE R-U AT INDY

  • 55
  • 0
For Immediate Release
BILLY TORRENCE RACES INTO PLAYOFFS
Sport’s Best Part-Time Pro Runner-Up to Kalitta at Chevy U.S. Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Defying the odds, Billy Torrence battled his way into the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship Monday before a loss of traction on a hot Lucas Oil Raceway track surface stopped him just short of victory in the 65th annual Chevrolet U.S. Nationals.

The 60-year-old founder and CEO of Capco Contractors, Inc., a Texas-based oil-and-gas pipeline construction and maintenance business, once again validated his credentials as the sport’s best part-time pro by qualifying No. 2, setting a track speed record of 333.33 miles per hour and reaching the final round for the fourth time in 10 starts this season.

In the money round, though, veteran Doug Kalitta snared a narrow win after both cars lost traction. Kalitta won in 4.144 seconds at only 212.43 miles per hour to become the 30th different Top Fuel winner in drag racing’s biggest...

Team Kalitta U.S. Nationals Pre-Race Report

  • 129
  • 0
Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 18 of 24: 2019 NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
August 29 - September 3, 2019
Team Kalitta looks to finish the 2019 NHRA regular season strong. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and maintains Top Ten point position.
...

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Indianapolis

  • 91
  • 0
NHRA® Team Report

NHRA® U.S. Nationals - Indianapolis

Pre-Race Report




Three-time U.S. Nationals winner Cruz Pedregon is ready to secure a Top 10 Countdown spot by "laying it all out there" at the team's home track in Indianapolis. "This is such an important race to us, as well as to all the other drivers and teams, because it can turn your season around with the points-and-a-half scoring at Indy," Cruz says. "Our focus is on the upcoming race, and performing well this Labor Day weekend will make it possible for us to keep our eyes on the Championship prize."

Crew Chief Glen Huszar believes the Snap-on Dodge® is "right there" in regards to tuning and getting the car ready for this critical race, saying, "We have a great Funny Car, terrific team and a two-time world champion driver; we've just had a few hiccups recently we plan to overcome this weekend."

Cruz says of the Big Go™, "This is quite literally 'go time,' and we have a good understanding of what we need to do...

TORRENCE CHASING HISTORY

  • 58
  • 0
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Torrence Chasing More History at Indy
POINT LEAD RECORD, SECOND WIN PROVIDE MOTIVATION

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Reigning Mello Yello Champion and runaway point leader Steve Torrence rolls his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster onto the concrete-and-asphalt at Lucas Oiil Raceway this week with a chance to add another chapter to his growing legacy.

The 36-year-old not only is on pace to add his name to the list of those who have won the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on more than one occasion, he also is poised to complete 18 races with the largest point lead in NHRA history.

When qualifying begins in the world’s biggest drag race, Torrence will lead 2017 series champion Brittany Force by 635 points, roughly the equivalent of 32 racing rounds. In the Countdown Era, the largest margin enjoyed by any driver in the 18-race regular season, regardless of category, was the 567 points by which Tony Schumacher led Top Fuel teammate Antron Brown in 2008...

DSR Pre-Race Report: Indianapolis

  • 44
  • 0
Indianapolis Pre-Race Report

NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2019

Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) enter the race weekend as the most recent winners on tour
  • Capps is seeking his third consecutive final round appearance of 2019
  • Capps has been victorious at every track on the current NHRA tour with the exception of Indianapolis and is focused on that elusive first U.S. Nationals win during his 25th season of...

Applied Imaging Rejoins Team Kalitta

  • 59
  • 0

Applied Imaging Rejoins Team Kalitta for Run at U.S. Nationals Title

Ypsilanti, MI (August 28, 2019) --- During the U.S. Nationals last season Team Kalitta hosted a contingent from Applied Imaging at the most prestigious drag race in the world showcasing the business to business opportunities NHRA drag racing offered. Now one year later Applied Imaging returns to Indy branded on all four Team Kalitta nitro entries. The award-winning Michigan based company focuses on managed print and network services as well as hardware and software solutions for companies across the Midwest and is looking to use their relationship with Team Kalitta to expand their reach and...

DSR Celebrates Riley Children’s Foundation Partnership During NHRA U.S. Nationals Week

  • 86
  • 0

DSR Celebrates Riley Children’s Foundation Partnership During NHRA U.S. Nationals Week
14th annual DSR Open House, Riley Hospital visit and Riley Funny Car highlight Indy race weekend for Don Schumacher Racing
...

McMillen leaves Brainerd with a plan

  • 113
  • 0
NewsletterHeader
McMillen leaves Brainerd with a plan
Brainerd_DSB_0977_4
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 18, 2019) - Terry McMillen and his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel team didn’t accomplish what they set out to do in Minnesota, but the defending U.S. Nationals Champion has a plan to stay in the Countdown with one race remaining.

“We changed a couple of components to...

DSR Doubles-Up at Brainerd – Leah Pritchett and Ron Capps Race to Victory

  • 107
  • 0

DSR Brainerd Post-Race Recap

NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019

DSR Brainerd Elimination Highlights:
  • Don Schumacher Racing doubles-up in Brainerd
    • Leah Pritchett – Top Fuel (eighth career win; first of 2019)
    • Ron Capps – Funny Car (64th career win; third of 2019)
  • The final round featured an all-DSR Funny Car battle (Capps vs. Tommy Johnson Jr.)
  • Pritchett...

NHRA Twitter


Top