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TOP FUEL STAR ANTRON BROWN READY TO THROW DOWN AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – Antron Brown has done a little bit of everything during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season, winning the Pep Boys Top Fuel All-Star Callout, a Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge event and, in Chicago, his first event race win of the year.

It’s a diverse array of success this year for Brown and he’ll look to keep rolling at this weekend’s 11th annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway, where the three-time Top Fuel world champ looks for his second straight victory this season.

His triumph in Chicago gave the veteran his 75th career victory, a tremendous milestone for Brown and his team. The group performed well in warm conditions in his 11,000-horsepower Matco Tools Toyota dragster and with ideal conditions expected for Epping this weekend, Brown and his team are prepared to throw down against a talented and full Top Fuel field at the historic track.

“That’s always been a great track for us,” Brown said. “We’ve got to go out with the same gameplan we had in Chicago. I like where we’re at with this team. We’ve got a lot of data and know what to do and what not to do. We know where we need to be and we’ve got a lot of momentum coming off our victory. I like our chances, but you’ve got to qualify well. We’ll look at doing well there, take it one round at a time and see what we can do.” Continue reading

Tony Stewart and Matt Hagan Head to New England Nationals

Epping, NH – The NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, located just southeast of the state capital in Concord, hosts the seventh event on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series’ 20-race calendar in 2024. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) brings its two full-time entries – one in Top Fuel for Top Fuel rookie Tony Stewart and one in Funny Car for 51-time Funny Car winner and four-time champion Matt Hagan. Hagan earned back-to-back wins the last two events, having won the prior event at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago.

Coming into Epping, Stewart is eighth in the Top Fuel standings, 236 points behind leader Justin Ashley. Hagan leads the Funny Car standings with a 14-point advantage over Austin Prock.

Stewart enters Epping representing Rinnai tankless water heaters on his red, white, gray and black Top Fuel Dragster. Hagan, meanwhile, sports the red colors of Rush Truck Centers on his Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Car. Continue reading

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Halsey, Tutterow, Stewart, Lannigan, Grothus, E. Steding and McGee Collect Trophies at PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge

NORWALK, OH – For the second consecutive race on the 2024 Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series tour, four-time Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Jim Halsey won the event after qualifying No. 1. Halsey’s latest victory came Saturday night at the Smokies Garage American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies Performance at Summit Motorsports Park when he defeated fellow Maryland native Fredy Scriba in the final round. Halsey led wire to wire, posting a 3.665-second pass at 207.53 MPH to beat a 3.673 at 203.03 from Scriba, who also appeared in his second final round of the season.

Halsey shared the winner’s circle with Todd Tutterow in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, Daryl Stewart in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Walter Lannigan Jr. in PDRA Pro 632, Brunson Grothus in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Ethan Steding in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco Racing, and Connor McGee in Afco Racing Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports

In the PDRA’s sportsman categories, trophies went to Bruce Thrift in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, KC Ingram in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster presented by Greenbrier Excavating & Paving, Mike Alexander Jr. in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and Richie Allen in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster presented by Younce RV. The Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams win went to Brittanie Ulmer from nearby Port Clinton. Driving her ’10 American dragster, she defeated Bernard Weaver in his ’84 Daytona in the sixth and final round. Continue reading

Tutterow, Halsey, Pluchino, Lannigan, Davis, Weddle and Llamas Secure No. 1 Spots at PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge

NORWALK, OH – Two-time WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive world champion Todd “King Tut” Tutterow bounced back from a DNQ by qualifying No. 1 Friday night at the Smokies Garage American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies Performance at Summit Motorsports Park. During the third stop on the 2024 Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series tour, Tutterow laid down a 3.627-second pass at 208.04 MPH in the third and final qualifying session to secure the No. 1 spot by just two thousandths of a second.

No. 1 qualifier awards in the pro classes also went to Jim Halsey in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Johnny Pluchino in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Walter Lannigan Jr. in PDRA Pro 632, Brayden Davis in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Brian Weddle in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco Racing, and Gage Llamas in Afco Racing Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports.

The PDRA’s sportsman categories also completed three qualifying sessions. The No. 1 qualifiers are Tim Paap in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Craig Addis in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster presented by Greenbrier Excavating & Paving, Gary Grahner in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and Patrick Forster in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster presented by Younce RV. Continue reading

NHRA MISSION FOODS NATIONAL EVENT SERIES HOSTING HOT ROD DRAG WEEK RACERS AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – HOT ROD Drag Week competitors will return to the big stage of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series May 31-June 2 as part of a special Drag and Drive exhibition during the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway. This special feature marks the first time Drag Week competitors have attended the historic facility in Epping.

A special eight-car field has been assembled to showcase the unique and diverse vehicles that compete in HOT ROD Drag Week presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive. This isn’t the first time Drag Weekers have let it rip during an NHRA national event. Last year, an 8.60 Street Race exhibition took place at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. There was also the Peak Drag and Drive exhibition last weekend at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago during the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance.

Attending the event in Epping is a talented group of racers, including Glenn Hunter, Frank Romano, Rick Steinke, Jeff Oppenheim, Tony Niemczyk, Jason Rousseau, Mark Sussino, and the ringleader who helped put it all together, Jeff Sias. Continue reading

NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS IN ST. LOUIS TO FEATURE FOUR QUALIFYING SESSIONS AT KEY COUNTDOWN RACE

ST. LOUIS – Officials from NHRA and World Wide Technology Raceway announced today that the 13th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals, the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, will feature four qualifying sessions during the event, which takes place Sept. 27-29 in St. Louis.

Fans will be able to enjoy two qualifying sessions on both Friday and Saturday during the pivotal playoff race in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, leading into eliminations on Sunday.

Friday will kick off with a special staging lane autograph session from 4-5 p.m. featuring all the top stars in Top Fuel and Funny Car, leading into the two can’t-miss qualifying sessions. The qualifying runs on Friday will take place under the lights at World Wide Technology Raceway, offering fans a special primetime dose of Friday night nitro featuring 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars.

Official qualifying times for both Friday and Saturday will be announced in the coming weeks. Continue reading

VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS SET TO SHOWCASE TWO-DAY RACE FORMAT IN ACTION-PACKED WEEKEND

DINWIDDIE, VA – After a year away from Virginia Motorsports Park, NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series teams are eager to return to the standout facility for a unique two-day event format featuring three qualifying rounds on Saturday for the upcoming Virginia NHRA Nationals on June 22-23.

For the first time in NHRA history, all professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will take part in three qualifying sessions on Saturday, leading into eliminations on Sunday at the ninth of 20 races during the 2024 season.

As part of a loaded two days, fans will get the chance to see 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph nitro machines in action three times on Saturday, as well as the thrilling Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge for the first time. The specialty race brings competitive racing to Saturday qualifying to Richmond – as well as a bonus purse and bonus points – and will take part during the final two qualifying sessions on Saturday before all the NHRA stars look to win on Sunday on one of the top track surfaces on the NHRA tour. Continue reading

18th Annual University Hospitals Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser to Thrill at Summit Motorsports Park

Norwalk, OH – Stellar sportsman racers will put their determination on display at the 18th Annual University Hospitals Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, May 31-June 2, 2024 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event will engage fans with 280 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and 260 mph Top Alcohol Funny Cars.

Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and other exciting categories will also capture attention.

Fast and fiery performances from Ernie Bogue and his Beast From the East Jet Dragster, Josh Graham and his Eastern Raider Jet Dragster, Rich Hanna and his First Strike Jet Funny Car and Gary Schwartz and his Top Secret Jet Funny Car will also be part of the show. Continue reading

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