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THREE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION RICKIE SMITH EYES LATE-SEASON SURGE IN E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES ACTION IN HOUSTON

BAYTOWN, TX – Rickie Smith has raced just twice during the 2020 season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, but it didn’t take long for the three-time world champion to have an impact.

The savvy veteran won the most recent event in Gainesville, picking up his 16th overall victory in the class and proving his incredible career is far from finished. Missing the first two races of the season after recovering from back surgery took him out of the championship mix, but Smith still proved to be a viable threat to win races in his nitrous-powered Camaro. He’ll take that momentum into the upcoming Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil, which takes place Oct. 23-25 at Houston Raceway Park.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to win a lot of races and that victory in Gainesville meant a lot,” Smith said. “I honestly believe in my mind if I hadn’t missed the first two races, I really think we could be leading the points right now or close to it. I feel like we’re as competitive and as good as anybody out there and we’ve still got it. It’s always important to prove you can still win, and I think I proved in Gainesville that I can still drive.”

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CLOSE NHRA CAMPING WORLD DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS RACES MEANS EXCITEMENT IN STORE AT MOPAR EXPRESS LANE NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL

BAYTOWN, TX – Throughout his standout Funny Car career, Matt Hagan has consistently been in the hunt for a NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championship. He’s captured two of them and now has his sights set on a third headed to a pivotal stop during the 2020 season, the upcoming Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil, which takes place Oct. 23-25 at Houston Raceway Park.

Hagan is coming off a final round appearance in his 11,000-horsepower Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at the most recent event in St. Louis, a finish that gave him the points lead over Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman. Hagan will have to come up clutch again in Houston to keep Beckman and teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. at bay, but considering it’s his sponsor’s race, expected the standout to be even more motivated to win.

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NHRA RELEASES 22-RACE NHRA CAMPING WORLD DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE FOR 2021 SEASON

GLENDORA, CA – Today NHRA officials announced a 22-race 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule. Details on Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying days as well as special exhibitions and specialty series that compete at national events will be announced in coming weeks.

NHRA enters 2021 with a new sponsor on its premier professional series – Camping World, the nation’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles (RVs), RV accessories, and RV-related services – and an extended partnership with FOX Sports including amped-up coverage. All 22 events in this extreme sport series will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports with select events on the FOX broadcast network.

In 2021 NHRA will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Fans will experience special treats and features along the tour to commemorate this important milestone and honor the NHRA’s vast history.

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DOUG KALITTA AND TOMMY JOHNSON JR. PICK UP KEY VICTORIES AT MOPAR EXPRESS LANE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL

MADISON, IL – Veteran Doug Kalitta won for the fourth time in St. Louis and pulled within two points of the Top Fuel lead on Sunday, racing to an impressive victory at the ninth annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Tommy Johnson (Funny Car) also won at the eighth race of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Due to a unique combination of cold temperatures and wind direction, NHRA officials postponed the conclusion of racing in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle on Sunday. The two classes will be completed at an upcoming event.

The race was also highlighted by the announcement that Camping World has partnered with NHRA to become the sponsor of the premier professional series, which will be known as the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

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CAMPING WORLD ENTERS MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP AS NHRA PRO SERIES SPONSOR

GLENDORA, CA – Camping World, the nation’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles (RVs), RV accessories, and RV-related services, has partnered with the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body to become the sponsor of NHRA’s premier professional series, which will be known as the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

“I look at NHRA and I see a growing and loyal fan base,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “NHRA recognizes the product it has in the sport of drag racing and its responsibility to serve its fans. We at Camping World look forward to this new relationship.”

The sponsorship, beginning immediately, will be in full swing as the NHRA celebrates its 70th anniversary and Camping World celebrates its 55th year in 2021. The sponsorship is an ideal fit for both organizations. For more than five decades, Camping World has proudly offered specialized products and accessories, expert advice and professional service to RV owners and campers. NHRA’s drivers, teams and fanbase are deeply-rooted in RVs, camping, towing and outdoor living.

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SCHUMACHER BREAKS TOP FUEL TRACK SPEED RECORD

JOINED BY NO. 1 QUALIFIERS LEE, LINE, M. SMITH AT MOPAR EXPRESS LANE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL

MADISON, IL – Eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher powered to his first No. 1 qualifier since 2018, breaking the track speed record during Saturday’s ninth annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Paul Lee (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the eighth race of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Only one run of qualifying was completed in Top Fuel and Funny Car on Saturday due to weather.

Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle were not able to make a qualifying attempt due to weather. Their eliminations ladders were set by the current points standings in each class, with points leaders Line and Smith getting the top spots.

After multiple rain delays, Schumacher, who returned to Top Fuel action in July after not racing in 2019, went 3.680-seconds at 332.92 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Okuma/Sandvik Coromant dragster, earning his 88th career No. 1 qualifier. Top Fuel’s winningest driver will aim for his 85th career victory on Sunday and third at St. Louis, opening eliminations against Kebin Kinsley. Schumacher raced at the first two events when the NHRA returned to action in July, and then committed to the final six races of the 2020 season starting at the U.S. Nationals.

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MIKE JANIS HAS SIGHTS SET ON ANOTHER E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES TITLE RUN HEADING TO RACE AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

ENNIS, TX – Each race during the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season has gotten progressively better for former world champion Mike Janis, pushing him into the points lead in the ultra-competitive class.

Based on his most recent result, that may mean his first victory is coming soon, which would go a long way in the veteran grabbing another world title in his blown Camaro. On the heels of a final round appearance in Gainesville, Janis will have a chance to grab a victory at the upcoming 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, which takes place Oct. 14-18 at Texas Motorplex.

“I think we’re in a really good spot,” said Janis, who has six career NHRA Pro Mod wins. “We’re running well in some tough conditions and that’s been big. I feel really good with our combination and what we’ve been able to do. We keep refining things and we’re excited about what we can do these last few races.”

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