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VETERAN PS DRIVER MORGAN ADDRESSES HIS 2016 PLANS

Veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan has been a mainstay at the Winternationals since 1984.

That streak is in jeopardy with the 2016 Winternationals approaching Feb. 11-14 in Pomona, Calif.

TOP FUEL’S PALMER SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Former Funny Car contender Jerry Toliver, irked once by some baseless rumor, used sarcasm to denounce it: “Pretty soon the story is that the Mississippi River is cresting and I’m dating Madonna.”

As comical as Scott Palmer can be (including promising to sing “Boomer Sooner,” the fight song of his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, when he qualifies for the first time), the Top Fuel owner-driver took a different path. He decided to ignore a rumor that has been circulating since the April 2014 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and move on with his career.

JOHNSON JR. CLOCKS RECORD ET IN TESTING

For at least one day, Tommy Johnson Jr. can say he’s the fastest NHRA nitro Funny Car driver in the world.

Johnson, who drives the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing, clocked a 3.874-second elapsed time – the quickest 1,000-foot ET ever recorded – Feb. 6 during the Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Ariz.

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TOMMY JOHNSON JR. AND BRITTANY FORCE ARE QUICKEST SATURDAY TO CLOSE NHRA NITRO SPRING TRAINING

 
Tommy Johnson Jr. and Brittany Force posted the quickest runs in their respective categories Saturday during the final day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.

NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams utilized the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend (Feb. 11-14) at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The tradition-rich race near Los Angeles is the season-opening event for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

T.J. COUGHLIN SET TO CARRY ON GRANDPA’S TRADITION

 

Troy Coughlin Jr. thought he was in trouble.

He was at work at JEGS, the family automotive mail-order business in Delaware, Ohio, one day last September. And The Boss – his grandfather – called him into his office.

But Granddad – “Pappy” to the youngest generation of racers – had something besides sales on his mind. He encouraged 25-year-old T.J. to think about giving Top Fuel dragsters a whirl.

NHRA SAYS HODGSON FC NOW WITHIN "SPIRIT OF RULES"

 

When Ron Hodgson and his son Ryan arrived at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion this past October in Bakersfield, Calif., their Nostalgia Funny Car didn’t go unnoticed.

Their brand-new Victory Race Cars-built 1969 Camaro Funny Car – primarily the body – didn’t sit well with some fellow Nostalgia Funny Car competitors as they felt it was against the spirit of the rules.

ET RECORD CHANGES NOT POPULAR WITH SOME TEAM OWNERS

 

Not everyone is pleased with the NHRA's decision to eliminate to point-reward procedure about national elapsed time records. Two individuals who have "skin" in the game voiced their displeasure on Thursday during testing  in Phoenix, Az. Team owners Bob Vandergriff Jr. and Don Schumacher said the decision removes an exciting aspect of the game, an aspect desperately needed at this time as Peter Clifford seeks to take drag racing to higher visible profile.

"I just don't understand the whole premise of why it needed to be messed with in the first place," said Vandergriff. "I mean, it only comes into play in very few instances, and for a sport trying to grow excitement and drama it just doesn't add up to what we've already done. 

"We've added points to qualifying, to add excitement. Then there's the Countdown ... again, to add excitement and drama. Then we turn around and remove probably the most drama-filled experience from our sport? A sport built on performance, speed and excitement, we've done the equivalent in football of removing the Hail Mary pass play."

BECKMAN AND SCHUMACHER SET THE PACE FRIDAY AT NHRA NITRO SPRING TRAINING

NHRA Funny Car racer Jack Beckman posted a time quicker than the current national record that he owns and veteran Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher almost bettered the national record in his category Friday during the third day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.

NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams are utilizing the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend (Feb. 11-14) at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The tradition-rich race near Los Angeles is the season-opening event for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TWO NEW NHRA PROGRAMS WILL PROVIDE RACE COVERAGE WORLDWIDE

 

NHRA will launch a premium live streaming service, anticipated to start in March 2016, which will deliver live video streams from NHRA Mello Yello Series events to internet-connected devices, including mobile devices.  This subscription service will give NHRA fans around the world the chance to see all of the action from NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events like never before.

“NHRA All Access” will feature live and continuous coverage of all Pro and most Sportsman races from the qualifying runs on Friday through the finals on Sunday.  The live stream of the in-venue feed will include audio from track announcers and video from trackside big screen displays.  Subscribers will be able to experience all of the racing action as if they were sitting in the stands.  

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