GLENDORA, CA – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where NHRA’s top Sportsman competitors battle one another for national, regional, and divisional championships, will celebrate its 20th year during the 2021 race season as it competes at premier racing facilities across the country.
The 2021 season kicks off at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando on Feb. 4-6 and concludes at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4-7. During the year, the series will also feature a number of popular and exciting doubleheader events, including races at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio; Texas Motorplex in Dallas; Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka; Yellowstone Dragstrip in Acton, Mont.; Sonoma Raceway in Northern California and Mission Raceway, Mission, BC, CAN.
As part of the 70th anniversary of NHRA Drag Racing, the NHRA also plans to stream NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events on NHRA.TV. These events will be available complimentary with a NHRA membership, and each member will also be able to stream multiple devices simultaneously. In all, NHRA.TV plans to stream more than 20 NHRA Sportsman events during the 2021 campaign.
S. TORRENCE, HAGAN, ENDERS AND M. SMITH CLINCH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT DODGE NHRA FINALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL
LAS VEGAS – All four points leaders in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series finished the job on Sunday, as Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders and Matt Smith claimed world championships during the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Torrence picked up his third straight championship in Top Fuel, Hagan claimed his third career world title in Funny Car, Pro Stock’s Enders won her fourth title and Smith earned his fourth championship in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Hagan and Enders both won the race as well. Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Angie Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners on Sunday at the final event of the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Torrence clinched his championship almost immediately on Sunday when veteran Doug Kalitta lost in the opening round. But the Texan, who became just the third driver in NHRA Top Fuel history to win three straight world titles, turned in another impressive showing by advancing to his seventh final round in 10 races in 2020 in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster. He finished the year with four victories, continuing a dominating stretch that has included 24 wins — and now three championships — over the last three seasons.
B. TORRENCE, CAPPS, ANDERSON, KRAWIEC QUALIFY NO. 1 AS CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY APPROACHES AT DODGE NHRA FINALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL
LAS VEGAS – Billy and Steve Torrence powered to the top two spots in Top Fuel on Saturday during qualifying at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, bringing S. Torrence a step closer to his third straight world championship.
Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also No. 1 qualifiers at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, which is the final race of the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
B. Torrence went 3.728-seconds at 325.30 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster, with his son, Steve, a step behind at 3.731 at 330.39. It is B. Torrence’s third career No. 1 qualifier and first this season. Should S. Torrence win his first-round matchup on Sunday against Kebin Kinsley, he will claim a Top Fuel world title for the third consecutive year. He clinched his first world title at Las Vegas two years ago and now has an opportunity to do it again in 2020 to keep his incredible run going.
BRANDON SNIDER NOT FEELING THE HEAT AS HE SEEKS FIRST WORLD TITLE AT E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES FINALE IN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS – Brandon Snider finds himself in an ideal position heading to the final race of the 2020 season at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. But after a number of recent firsts, the points leader insists he isn’t feeling the pressure.
Snider is in the driver’s seat in is supercharged Corvette heading to the finale, taking the points lead into Las Vegas against a host of contenders. He currently leads defending world champion Stevie “Fast” Jackson by 26 points, or a little more than one round, with a handful of drivers lurking closely behind. Mike Janis and Khalid alBalooshi, both former world champions, are 55 and 56 points behind Snider, respectively.
Things came together perfectly for Snider, who won his first career race in the class two races ago and has qualified No. 1 in two of the past three events. It’s put him in a great spot to claim a title in what has been a breakout year, but Snider said he’s simply enjoying the moment.
NHRA CAMPING WORLD DRAG RACING SERIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE DECIDED AT DODGE NHRA FINALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL IN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS – In what has been a remarkably dominant year for Don Schumacher Racing in Funny Car, the team knows it will claim a 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world title. But it will take this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to determine just who will end up on top in this unprecedented year.
Matt Hagan, a two-time world champ is the current leader, while teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. closed the gap to 42 points with his victory last weekend in Houston. DSR’s Jack Beckman is only 43 points behind Hagan, creating what will be an excitement-filled weekend in the class, especially with the points-and-a-half scenario in play in Las Vegas. That means a round win equals 30 points, which will certainly add some extra dramatics on Sunday.
A Funny Car victory to close out the season for the organization would also give DSR its 14th straight win in the category, including a clean sweep of the 2020 campaign. That’s on the mind of Johnson, but so is claiming his first career NHRA world championship in his 11,000-horsepower MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He’ll need some help, but the 21-time event winner is excited for the opportunity.
STOW, OH – Randal Andras dominated this year’s Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series, clinching his first
championship by winning five of the six Top Fuel Harley events held during the abbreviated 2020 NHRA drag racing season.
Andras and his Teche Towing/Time Energy/Rock Holdings nitro-burning Harley led the points standings since his victory at the season opener in Pomona. The only rider to beat Andras in competition all season was his teammate and team owner, Jay Turner.
Turner, the inaugural Harley series champ in 2017, defeated Andras in the semifinals of the NHRA Arizona Nationals in February, when Andras lost traction off the line. Andras joined Jay Turner Racing in 2008.
“It was time for me to grab the torch and keep running, or just burn it down,” said Andras after years of fighting for a championship. “We just kept the faith and started seeing some progress. After we won (the U.S. Nationals) last year, the ball was in our court and we kept it there.”
JUSTIN BOND ROLLS TO FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES ACTION AT HOUSTON
BAYTOWN, TX – Justin Bond won for the first time in his career in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, beating first-time finalist Brandon Pesz in the championship round at Houston Raceway Park.
Bond went 5.707-seconds at 249.35 mph in his ProCharger Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro to beat Pesz, claiming his first career NHRA Pro Mod win and also the first ProCharger-powered victory since the power adder was added to the class in 2020.
Bond, who qualified third with a 5.692 at 248.20, knocked off Doug Winters, Jonathan Gray and points leader Brandon Snider to reach his second career final round. He quickly tracked down Pesz and rolled to the win, marking the second straight week for a first-time winner after Snider won in Dallas. Bond also becomes the sixth different winner in six NHRA Pro Mod races in 2020 and the third first-time winner this year, following Snider and Chad Green.