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MORE HISTORY ON THE LINE FOR PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE’S GAIGE HERRERA AT PLAYNHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Chasing history has been nothing new for Gaige Herrera the past two seasons, but the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion has a chance add another incredible mark at this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Herrera is currently tied with legendary Pro Stock driver Bob Glidden for the most consecutive wins and round wins in NHRA history, picking up his ninth straight win – and 35th straight round win – during his victory two weeks ago at Bristol Dragway in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

A win in Richmond this weekend would give Herrera 10 consecutive victories, which has never been achieved in NHRA’s 73-year history. Herrera hasn’t lost in 2024 on his RevZilla/Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki, winning the first four races of the year. He also hasn’t been defeated since last September, winning the final five events of 2023 en route to his dominant first world title.

He’s set a multitude of records along the way and this is another major one for the standout, but Herrera is simply trying to focus on making solid runs this weekend. Continue reading

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AUSTIN PROCK LOOKS TO CARRY FUNNY CAR HOT STREAK INTO RICHMOND AT PLAYNHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Austin Prock was in a Top Fuel dragster two years ago at Virginia Motorsports Park, but at this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals he’ll be looking for his third Funny Car win of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Prock, driver of the 11,000-horsepower Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS, is new to the Funny Car class this season, but his predecessor, Robert Hight, won at Virginia Motorsports Park in 2022, the last time NHRA raced in Richmond. Prock has already seen success in the Funny Car class as he has two wins on the season, including most recently in Bristol, and has been the No. 1 qualifier at six of the first eight races en route to the points lead.

That gives the young standout and former NHRA Rookie of the Year plenty of momentum heading into his Funny Car debut at the standout facility.

“Richmond is one of the flattest tracks on the circuit which will be much appreciated by the tuners with this weekend’s temperatures,” Prock said. “I always say I never like an off weekend and I’m excited to get back into my Cornwell Quality Tools Camaro SS and get back in the groove of things. We’re looking for another strong weekend.” Continue reading

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TWO-TIME TOP FUEL CHAMP BRITTANY FORCE AFTER MORE VMP MAGIC AT PLAYNHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – The last time Brittany Force was at Virginia Motorsports Park, the Top Fuel standout was obliterating track records in Richmond en route to a victory in 2022 and, ultimately, her second world championship in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

Returning to the standout facility in 2024 for this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, Force hopes to recreate some of that magic and return to the winner’s circle for the first time since her 2022 championship season.

The team made strides two weeks ago in Bristol, advancing to the semifinals, and she has plenty of good history in Richmond, going 3.654-seconds at 335.82 mph two years ago on her way to the winner’s circle. Force is preparing to race in warmer conditions in her 11,000-horsepower HendrickCars.com/Chevrolet dragster, as she also gets ready to tackle the unique, first-time schedule that will feature three qualifying sessions on Saturday.

“Our recent improvements, particularly at Bristol, have boosted our confidence and morale,” Force said. “We’re eager to build on that momentum and showcase our progress in Richmond. This weekend, Richmond is changing things up. It will be a 2-day event, which is something I’ve never done in my career. I’m interested to see the fan response for a Saturday and Sunday event, and we are hoping for a positive outcome.” Continue reading

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HISTORIC NHRA GATORNATIONALS SET TO OPEN 2025 NHRA SEASON ON MARCH 6-9

GAINESVILLE, FL – The NHRA announced today the 2025 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series will open March 6-9 with the 56th annual NHRA Gatornationals at legendary Gainesville Raceway.

It marks the third straight year the Gatornationals will kick off the NHRA season, as the historic facility will open the 74th year of incredible NHRA racing. Tickets for the famed season-opening Gatornationals will go on sale on Aug. 19, and the full 2025 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series schedule will be announced soon.

The NHRA Gatornationals has been a historic weekend for more than five decades and that will continue to open the 2025 campaign, as all the top NHRA stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will look to start their season with a Wally and put on a spectacular show in the process.

“We are excited to announce the date of our 2025 season-opener in Gainesville and starting a terrific year of racing at the Gatornationals,” NHRA President Glen Cromwell said. “We’ve had great success starting our season at Gainesville Raceway the last two years and it’s something our race teams and partners have enjoyed as well. Starting in Gainesville gives us a lot of momentum to open the year and we’re looking forward to announcing the full 2025 schedule in the coming weeks.” Continue reading

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HAGAN CATTLE COMPANY TO SPONSOR DRAG RACE BRACKET BONANZA DURING VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DALLAS – Hagan Cattle Company, founded and operated by 4-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, Matt Hagan, has been named presenting sponsor for Drag Race Bracket Bonanza (DRBB), the first dynamic bracket competition for drag racing fans, during the Virginia Nationals. The sponsorship will be leading up to and during the Virginia Nationals, which takes place June 22-23, at Virginia Motorsports Park. Hagan Cattle Company, which raises Angus cattle on 3,000 acres of rolling hills in Southwest Virginia, will be prominently branded across all Drag Race Bracket Bonanza social media platforms as well as DragRaceBracketBonanza.com. They will also be featured on the Densy’s Deets tip sheet delivered Friday in advance of the race weekend. Hagan Cattle Company will be utilizing the growing fanbase of Drag Race Bracket Bonanza players to promote their beef, steak and top-notch cuts, handpicked and delivered straight to customers.

“Matt Hagan has been a great supporter of Drag Race Bracket Bonanza, and it was a perfect opportunity to promote Hagan Cattle Company to our DRBB fans,” said Elon Werner, creator of Drag Race Bracket Bonanza. “Hagan Cattle Company is an ideal marketing partner for our players across the country and around the world. The quality of their beef is amazing and we are excited to share their Burger Bonanza Jr. package with our event winners.” Continue reading

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FRIDAY NIGHT QUALIFYING KICKS OFF LOADED WEEKEND AT PACIFIC RACEWAYS FOR NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

SEATTLE – For the first time at Pacific Raceways, fans will be treated to night racing from the nitro-burning machines of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series at the 35th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, July 19-21.

The NHRA Northwest Nationals marks the 11th event of the 2024 season and will feature night qualifying for the first time to kick off an incredible weekend. Fans will see nitro cars like never before with huge header flames under the lights in their 330-mph, 11,000-horsepower machines, as well as Pro Stock Motorcycle and the return of Pro Stock. Combined, it’s the first time all four NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series classes will race at Pacific Raceway during the same weekend in NHRA history.

The weekend kicks off with a fan fest at Auburn Outlets Collection on Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m. PT, where fans can meet their drag racing heroes. On Friday between qualifying sessions, fans can take part in a special SealMaster Track Walk and an autograph power hour in the pro pits, while the nitro at night qualifying session will give fans an opportunity to win a unique wristwatch from Ben Bridge Jewelers TAG Heuer.

Add in the popular Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday, and it marks one of the biggest NHRA race weekends in Pacific Raceways history. Continue reading

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Schumacher, Prock, Coughlin Jr and Herrera win at the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Bristol, TN – Tony Schumacher – Top Fuel Winner Michael Waltrip Brewing Co./Leatherwood Distillery Top Fuel dragster – 4.236 seconds, 259.41 mph

Austin Prock – Funny Car Winner Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car – 3.958 seconds, 317.34 mph

Jeg Coughlin Jr – Pro Stock Winner SCAG Power Equipment/Outlaw Mile Hi Light Beer Pro Stock car – 6.707 seconds, 204.94 mph

Gaige Herrera – Pro Stock Motorcycle Winner RevZilla/Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki – 6.818 seconds, 198.17 mph

video courtesy of NHRA

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KRIS THORNE NAMED WINNER IN CONGRUITY NHRA PRO MOD SERIES AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, TN – NHRA announced the disqualification of J.R. Gray’s run on Sunday during a post-race inspection following the final round of the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in the Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by LearnEV+ due to a technical violation after bypassing a safety device.

As a result of the disqualification, Kris Thorne has been named the winner at Bristol Dragway, with Gray finishing as the runner-up.

It was the fifth of 10 races during the 2024 season and this weekend’s event was powered by Cardinal Insurance.

Thorne, who qualified No. 1 with a run of 5.764-seconds at 250.41 mph, knocked off Rickie Smith, Ken Quartuccio and points leader Jose Gonzalez to reach the final round. It is Thorne’s first win this season and the seventh in his career.

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SCHUMACHER, PROCK, J. COUGHLIN & HERRERA ROAR TO WINS AT SUPER GRIP NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – Eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher picked up his first win in 37 races on Sunday at Bristol Dragway, defeating reigning world champ Doug Kalitta in the final round of the 23rd annual Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Austin Prock (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won at the eighth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Schumacher pedaled his way to a run of 4.236-seconds at 259.41 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Waltrip Brewing Co./Leatherwood Distillery dragster, getting past Kalitta’s 4.890 in the finals and claiming his first victory since July of 2022. It’s the 87th career win for the most successful driver in Top Fuel history and also his seventh win at Bristol Dragway, which is tied with Ron Capps for the most in NHRA history.

Schumacher defeated Jasmine Salinas, Shawn Langdon and Clay Millican to reach the final round before extracting some revenge on Kalitta, who beat Schumacher last weekend in the finals at New England Dragway. He moved to fifth in points with the victory as well as the team continues to make big strides in recent weeks. Continue reading

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PROCK, MILLICAN, ENDERS & M. SMITH GET MISSION #2FAST2TASTY CHALLENGE VICTORIES; PROCK, MILLICAN, ANDERSON & M. SMITH TAKE NO. 1 SPOTS AT SUPER GRIP NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – In a matchup of last weekend’s Funny Car final round, points leader Austin Prock knocked off John Force in the finals of the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge bonus race, also qualifying No. 1 on Saturday in front of a near-capacity crowd at Bristol Dragway at the 23rd annual Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won the specialty race, while Millican (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Smith qualified No. 1 at the eighth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

In the finals of the specialty event, Prock went 4.049-seconds at 312.57 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro, knocking off Force’s 4.033 at 315.27 on a holeshot. Last weekend, it was Force that slipped past Prock in the championship round at Epping in a battle of two teammates and the top two drivers in the points standings. Prock extracted some revenge on Saturday and also earned his sixth No. 1 qualifier in eight races thanks to Friday’s 3.958 at 317.34. He’ll open eliminations against John Smith, looking to sweep the weekend for the first time. Continue reading

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