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Seattle Race Chance for Josh Hart to Make Championship Move

OCALA, FL – The extended break on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series schedule was a chance for many teams to relax and catch their breath before the six-race Countdown in a few months. For Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team the break was the opportunity the team needed to add some key elements and continue to bear down on a championship tune up through testing and organizational adjustments. Last week the team spent three days in Indianapolis testing and working in race day like conditions to get ready for the two race Western Swing which starts this weekend in Seattle at the historic Northwest Nationals from Pacific Raceways. This will be Hart’s third trip to the great northwest and the businessman and team owner is looking to make some history.

“I have never won at Seattle or anywhere that far from Ocala so we would love to set a record for winning that far from home for the R+L Carriers team,” said Hart. “We added John Stewart officially after Norwalk and he has been a great addition. He and (crew chief) Ron (Douglas) went right to work, and we tested in Indy. We were hoping for a couple days but Mother Nature had other plans.” Continue reading

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Veteran Crew Chief John Stewart Added to Mix at Josh Hart Racing

OCALA, FL – In a bold move designed to put his R+L Carriers team on a path to the NHRA Top Fuel championship, Josh Hart announced today that he has hired veteran crew chief John Stewart to assist Ron Douglas in the preparation and tuning of the R+L Carriers dragster in which he has won two times on Mission Foods drag racing tour. The team also announced they have scheduled a comprehensive test session prior to the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

“John is a welcome addition to our team and this move is something that both Ron and I talked about, and feel is needed to get our R+L Carriers team on track for the Top Fuel world championship,” said Hart. “We are going to test prior to heading to Seattle so we can make the most of the final four regular season races prior to the start of the Countdown. Competing at this level with so many intricacies involved in the modern-day Top Fuel dragster, every team has two top-tier crew chiefs or tuners with years of experience in the pits (so) this is just what we need to be as competitive as possible.” Continue reading

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R+L CARRIERS SUPPORT CARRIES JOSH HART THROUGH TOUGH NORWALK WEEKEND

NORWALK, OH – Throughout his young professional career NHRA Top Fuel team owner and driver Josh Hart has had the unwavering support of primary sponsor R+L Carriers. This weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Hart was surrounded by R+L Carriers guests and employees as he experienced one of his toughest races. The multi-time national event winner made four qualifying runs over two days and when qualifying concluded last night Hart had the seventeenth quickest Top Fuel dragster on the property narrowly missing one of the quickest 16-car fields in NHRA history by .002 of a second. For the first time in his career Hart will be on the sideline during an NHRA national event.

“This was one of the toughest weekends of my racing career,” said Hart. “We are a better team than this. We have responsibilities to our great sponsors R+L Carriers and Burnyzz Speed Shop plus every other company on the side of this dragster. We are going to make some major changes to get better now. We are not out of the championship hunt, but we need to be better on the track.” Continue reading

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Josh Hart and R+L Carriers Top Fuel Team Want to Scoop Norwalk Win

OCALA, FL – The summer months are heating up and for Top Fuel driver and team owner Josh Hart the hot conditions do not phase the Florida-based entrepreneur. Driving the R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster last weekend in the sweltering heat of the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals, Hart started No. 7 and finished with a quarterfinal finishing losing to eventual race winner Doug Kalitta. This weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, Hart will be looking to put on a great show for the fans and large contingent of R+L Carriers guests.

“We will have a packed house with R+L Carriers guests,” said Hart, a two-time Top Fuel national event winner. “You can see a massive R+L Carriers distribution center from the track so that is really cool. I love racing at Norwalk because of R+L Carriers as well as the Bader family. They do an amazing job with this facility and it is one of my favorite tracks.”

Hart will be making his fourth appearance at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals with his best finish to date as runner-up at the 2022 event. On that day he was the No. 4 qualifier, and he outran Spencer Massey, Austin Prock and Brittany Force, posting quick times in every session. Rain moved through delaying the final where conditions changed drastically, and Mike Salinas was able to get the win. Continue reading

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HART RACES TO QUARTERFINALS IN VIRGINIA

DINWIDDIE, VA – Josh Hart continued to make strides with the R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster during the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsport Park racing to the quarterfinals for the second time at the event located just outside Petersburg, Va. The event was contested over two days, a new format for the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, with yesterday providing Hart and the rest of the Top Fuel class three qualifying runs before today’s eliminations. Hart made the most of the session posting his best time in the final session, a 3.923 second pass at 319.90 mph on a track that was recognized as one of the hottest ever.

“We built up to a good run in the last session,” said Hart, a two-time Top Fuel national event winner. “It was crazy hot here and I want to thank all the fans for coming out and sticking with us for two days. Our last run was just what the doctor ordered for this R+L Carriers team. We jumped up to the No. 7 spot and got lane choice.”

The solid qualifying position Hart’s best of the season was a sign that his team was continuing to improve and move in the right direction. Going into the opening round of eliminations Hart would face Canadian Dan Mercier. This was the first time the entrepreneur from Ocala, Florida, would face the businessman from Quebec in a head-to-head race. Continue reading

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HART EXITS THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS WITH DETERMINATION

BRISTOL, TN – Racing at the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the fourth time and looking to pick up his third career Top Fuel win Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team came to Bristol Dragway looking to build momentum. Warm conditions played to the team’s strength and Hart made three solid runs heading into eliminations. On Friday night he posted a 3.867 second pass and then stepped up on Saturday with a 3.847 second pass, third quickest of the third qualifying session, and a final run of 3.877 seconds to wrap up the day. Those runs on a warm and tricky Bristol Dragway racing surface had Hart ready for a long race day.

“We have a race car that can run in the heat,” said Hart. “We made some consistent runs on Saturday and picked up some qualifying bonus points. The team is working so hard and we are seeing positive results.”

On race day Hart, the No. 10 qualifier, was matched up with Billy Torrence, who Hart was looking to defeat for the first time in three attempts. The R+L Carriers Top Fuel team was half of the last pair of 12,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters to close out the first round. Hart was first off the line but Torrence moved around him as the Top Fuel dragsters approached halftrack. Each of the land rockets blasted across the finish line with Torrence getting to the stripe first posting the fastest speed of the event, 331.45 mph. Continue reading

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JOSH HART READY TO BRING THUNDER TO BRISTOL

OCALA, FL – Last weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals was not a huge success for Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team but it was a big step in the right direction. For a Top Fuel team with championship aspirations and capabilities getting solid runs down a hot race track was just the kind of momentum builder the team needed. Racing to the quarterfinals and taking out the point leader in the first round gave Hart confidence and focus heading to the Super Grip Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals this weekend.

“We have been having a challenging season so far but the positive runs in Epping showed our competitors that we can’t be overlooked,” said Hart, a multi-time Top Fuel national event winner. “We are going into the summer season and we definitely have a race car that can run in the heat. I am hoping for great, warm weather in Bristol and we will see what we can do.”

This will be Hart’s third trip to the famed Thunder Valley race track nestled in the Tennessee mountains. Last year he raced to the quarterfinals from the No. 12 qualified spot upsetting Mike Salinas before dropping a close race to eventual winner Justin Ashley. Winning from the bottom half of the ladder is a skill the R+L Carriers team has not had an issue with throughout its young career. Continue reading

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Josh Hart Ready for Return to New England Nationals

OCALA, FL – One of the busiest months of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series is getting started this weekend with the NHRA New England Nationals from historic New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire. Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team will return to the northeast for the third time looking to turn their fortunes around. With four races in five weeks Hart and his crew are looking to build momentum going into the second half of the NHRA regular season.

“We haven’t seen the results we wanted so far this season, but I know (crew chief) Ron Douglas and the crew have a plan for this weekend,” said Hart, a multi-time Top Fuel national event winner. “The good news is we have qualified well at New England we just haven’t executed on race day in the past two years. I think we are in a good place to turn those race day results around.”

In Hart’s previous two races at New England Dragway he has qualified No. 4 and No. 5 but he failed to advance out of the first round. Two years ago a significant motor failure off the starting line ended Hart’s race day and last year rain forced the postponement and relocation of the race to Bristol. It has been anything but business as usual for Hart and the R+L Carriers team in New England. Continue reading

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JOSH HART LEAVES CHICAGO MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER

CHICAGO – A tough weekend at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 Nationals wrapped up for Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team with a first round exit against Shawn Reed. Competing at Route 66 Raceway for just the second time in his career Hart was unable to duplicate his 2023 success that saw him race to the final round. After four rounds of qualifying Hart entered race day as the No. 12 qualifier facing No. 5 qualifier Reed in a battle of independent Top Fuel operations.

Hart was first off the starting line with a solid .064 reaction time, but Reed quickly moved past Hart, who smoked the tires as he began to pick up speed. Hart had to watch as Reed posted a 3.948 second pass for the win while he powered the R+L Carriers Top Fueler across the finish line with a time of 8.585 seconds at 86.28 mph. It was Hart’s slowest elapsed time of the weekend well off his qualifying pace of 3.803 seconds at 319.98 mph.

In spite of the tough result on race day Hart and the R+L Carriers team will regroup and head to Epping, New Hampshire in two weeks for the New England Nationals. The two-time Top Fuel national event winner is in the midst of his toughest slump as a professional team owner and driver, but he knows that every season has peaks and valleys. Continue reading

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RETURN TO CHICAGO CHANCE FOR JOSH HART RESURGENCE

OCALA, FL – Last year Josh Hart and the R+L Carriers Top Fuel team raced to the final round of the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals. This year the team will be looking to add one more round win and race into the winner’s circle for the first time in 2024. The business owner from Ocala, Florida, has been battling the Top Fuel competition since his rookie season of 2021 and the multi-time national event winner is eager to return to the windy city.

“We have been working through some issues since the beginning of the season and the lay off after Charlotte only has me more eager to get to Chicago and start racing again,” said Hart. “We made some significant changes and we need to make passes to build up some data. Everyone lost qualifying rounds early in the year, but I don’t know if anyone made as many adjustments as us. I know we will figure it out, but it never happens fast enough.”

This season Hart has raced to the quarterfinals at the season opening Gatornationals and the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals. Early round exits in Pomona, Phoenix and Charlotte and frustrated Hart and his R+L Carriers team but they are far from discouraged. The upcoming four qualifying sessions in Chicago and a favorable weather forecast has the team that is regarded as a sleeping giant ready to go. Continue reading

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