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Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters Winners Edition featuring Ron Capps as he gets ready for the ESPY's, Steve Torrence after yet another win, L.E. Tonglet discussing his total domination, Dan Fletcher gets his 100th Win, Luke Bogacki following his first career double, and Mark McDonald winner in Racing RVs Top Sportsman and the JEG's Allstars. NHRA National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna gives his hot takes, and Alan Reinhart along with host Joe Castello discuss the loss of Terry Chandler.

OPTISMISM HIGH FOR CAMPBELL AFTER UPSETTING HIGHT

Drag racing is an extremely humbling sport – especially in the nitro classes of Top Fuel and Funny Car.

Nitro Funny Car driver Jim Campbell knows that all too well since the middle of March.

MAGNAFUEL TOP SPORTSMAN, TOP DRAGSTER SHOOTOUTS ADDED TO WORLD SERIES OF PRO MOD

MagnaFuel has stepped up to present a pair of $2,500-to-win shootout races for Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service, Aug. 4-5, at Bandimere Speedway. The MagnaFuel Quick Star 16 (door cars) and Pro Star 16 (dragsters) Shootouts will supplement the $10,000-to-win Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout and $100,000-to-win World Series of Pro Mod.
 
“Top Sportsman and Top Dragster are the perfect complement to the Pro Mod show we’ve put together,” said Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief and race founder Wes Buck. “When we were laying the groundwork and putting together the class structures for this event, adding Top Sportsman and Top Dragster just made perfect sense. These are world-class cars, world-class drivers and wonderful people; really, in our opinion, two of drag racing’s most exciting and fastest-growing categories. You hear me talking about our efforts to ‘Make Drag Racing Great Again’, and these are some of the guys who are out here doing just that. They’re racing week in and week out for all the right reasons. We share their passion, and we’re excited to have them racing with us at the World Series of Pro Mod.”

FANS INVITED TO 11TH ANNUAL ERIC MEDLEN NITRO NIGHT CHARITY DINNER

Race fans are invited to enjoy a festive evening with NHRA racers, all in the name of charity, at the 11th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night Charity Dinner at Bay Club Stone Tree on Thursday, July 27.
 
In addition to raising funds for the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, the evening is dedicated to the memory of Oakdale’s Eric Medlen. Medlen, a native of the San Joaquin Valley, won the Funny Car championship for John Force Racing at his home track in Sonoma in 2006. In 2007, he succumbed to injuries sustained in a testing accident.

TJ WANTED TO WIN CHICAGO MORE THAN ANY RACE EVER

Never had Sweet Cheeks wanted to win so badly for Nellie.

Sweet Cheeks, a.k.a. Tommy Johnson Jr., reached the Funny Car finals of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill., losing a close race to teammate Ron Capps, who seemed somewhat like a reluctant winner.

Sunday's race was the first national event since the passing of Terry Chandler, a drag racing philanthropist who funded the car driven by Johnson, honoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

ZIZZO THRILLED ABOUT CHICAGO PERFORMANCE

T.J. Zizzo knows his role.

The last few years the veteran Top Fuel driver has competed in a small number of NHRA national events.
However, when the Illinois native shows up – he swings for the fences.

That’s exactly what he did at the 20th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals last weekend in Chicago, and he had and his team had an amazing performance.

OF BASEBALL, SOUVENIRS AND FORCE BEING FORCE

 

Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force has a tendency to overthink a situation.

While this might come as a shock, throwing out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs was one of those rare instances where Force was not in his usual hyperactive schtick. 

Force, whose high school athletic prowess included being a quarterback on a winless team, rared back, and threw a strike, right down the middle. 

PUT YOUR MONEY DOWN, A/FUEL DRAGSTER VS. PRO EXTREME

For the first time in the Professional Drag Racers Association’s three-season history, the all-eighth-mile series will race at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend. The inaugural PDRA Mid-America Indy Showdown, July 13-15, is the fifth stop on the PDRA’s eight-race 2017 tour, bringing the stars of eighth-mile doorslammer racing to Indianapolis, “the racing capital of the world.”
 
“We’re really excited about our first visit to Indy,” said PDRA Race Director Bob Harris. “We’re going to have a lot of new racers joining us who haven’t raced with us before – a lot of guys in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and our Jr. Dragster categories. Indy is one of the most famous racetracks in the world, and it has a lot of prestige. It’s nice that we can stop to race there at least once a year now.”

TORRENCE DEFEATS FORMER NEMESIS IN ROUTE 66 FINAL

It’s official.

Steve Torrence is starting to solve his hex against Antron Brown.

EMOTIONAL WEEKEND CAPPED OFF WITH CAREER MARK, CHICAGO WIN FOR CAPPS

A remarkable 2017 Funny Car season got even better for Ron Capps on Sunday. The defending world champion set a career best with his sixth win of the year at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals – needing only 13 races to do so – picked up his first win at Route 66 Raceway and helped Rahn Tobler earn his 60th win as a crew chief.

But the weekend for Capps and Don Schumacher Racing will truly be remembered as a tribute to Terry Chandler, who funded Funny Cars teams for DSR drivers Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman. Chandler passed away on Tuesday after a valiant fight with brain cancer, but not before making an incredible impact within DSR and the entire NHRA.

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