Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-10-15 08:00
A year ago, Steve Torrence had the opportunity win his first career coveted NHRA Top Fuel world championship, but he let it slip from his grasp.
Torrence has been on a mission to take care of unfinished business and that mission is going full steam ahead.
Written by Larry Crum, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-10-15 08:00
It has been a long three weeks for Funny Car veteran Ron Capps as the 2016 world champion saw his championship aspirations seemingly go up in smoke with back-to-back first round exits, mostly of his own making.
by Samuel Reiman Mon, 2018-10-15 07:11
The 2018 season has not only been a turning point for NHRA Top Fuel driver Mike Salinas, but also for two of his four daughters who are working their way up towards the NHRA pro divisions.
For Jianna, Pro Stock Motorcycle is the goal, whereas 26-year-old Jasmine aims to soon follow her father’s footsteps into Top Fuel.
“What [Jasmine]’s going to do is work with Arthur Gallant next year [in A/Fuel],” explained Mike, who comes into Charlotte eighth in the NHRA Top Fuel standings. “After that we already have a car in Brownsburg that we’re building for her. We’ll have a brand new Top Fuel car for her. In 2019 and 2020 she’ll come out with a brand new Top Fuel team.”
Written by Larry Crum, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-10-15 04:00
What a Countdown it has been for the riders of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
Entering this weekend’s showdown in Charlotte, there have been three different races, three different winners and three different points leaders. But on Sunday, Matt Smith brought a little stability back to the class.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-10-15 04:00
This has been a frustrating season for three-time Pro Stock world champion Jason Line.
The driver of the Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro entered the Carolina Nationals this weekend seventh in the point standings and winless on the season.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2018-10-14 18:53
Pro Stock is not going away in 2019, and it may or may not have some significant changes, but regardless the landscape will be different with departures and new entries.
At least this is how Richard Freeman, the growing voice of Pro Stock sees it.
"I don’t really know if I’m the voice of Pro Stock," Freeman said with a smile. "I think there’s several of us out there like KB and myself and the Gray’s program. If I am the one that gets chosen, that gets to be the spokesperson that’s fine with me."
by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Marc Gewertz Sun, 2018-10-14 16:19
As NASCAR racer Clint Bowyer sees it, racers are race fans.
“It’s just plain and simple, that’s the way it is,” Bowyer said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m at a motocross race or a drag race, or a NASCAR race, a dirt race, a late model race, a sprint car race, I don’t care. I’m in and I love it. You just can’t get enough of it. I guess you have to be a racer to be able to feel that and be that way.”
Bowyer spent the better part of Friday afternoon at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway as a guest of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force through their mutual Peak sponsorship.
NHRA Communications, photos by Roger Richards Sun, 2018-10-14 16:00
Steve Torrence remained perfect in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship and won his fourth straight race in Top Fuel on Sunday with his victory at the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway.
Ron Capps (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the fourth of six playoff events during the 2018 Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
NHRA Communications, photo by Roger Richards Sun, 2018-10-14 15:00
No. 1 qualifier Rick Hord powered to his first career victory on Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway. The race, presented by Mr. Race Oil, is the 11th of 12 races during the 2018 Pro Mod season.
Hord, who posted the second-quickest pass in the history of the class earlier in the weekend to qualify No. 1, went 5.706 at 257.68 mph in his turbocharged ’16 Corvette to knock off Sidnei Frigo in the final round, who slowed to a 5.952 at 253.75 in his ’69 Camaro. It was Hord’s second career final round and he finished off a consistent weekend to pick up his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series win.
Sun, 2018-10-14 12:00
Sunday's final sportsman results from the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMax Dragway. The race is the 22nd of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: