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Chasing Adrenaline: How NHRA Pro Racer Alex Laughlin Seeks Adventure Off the Drag Strip

Not everyone can say that they discovered their lifelong passion at the age of nine, but this racecar driver has always been a gearhead with a need for speed.

Toyota to field GR Supra in 2022 NHRA Funny Car competition
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Toyota to field GR Supra in 2022 NHRA Funny Car competition

Toyota on Sunday unveiled its new car for the 2022 NHRA season in Funny Car competition.

Tony Stewart to join NHRA as team owner in 2022
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Tony Stewart to join NHRA as team owner in 2022

NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart is branching out into yet another form of motorsports, fielding two entries in the NHRA next season.

John Force Racing confirms its return to action

The 21-time NHRA championship-winning team John Force Racing will start the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with next month’s opening round of the season.

GM restructures its motorsports operations with two new hires

General Motors confirmed on Thursday a restructuring of the administration of its motorsports programs, including a new director of its NASCAR efforts.

John Force Racing pauses racing activities until 2021

John Force has announced that his hugely successful eponymous NHRA team will “remain parked for the 2020 season in order to come back at championship caliber.”

NHRA announces new schedule, will restart in July

NHRA will restart the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with back-to-back weekends of competition at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to kick off a 17-event season completion.

NHRA announces revised tentative schedule

In consideration of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NHRA officials announced today revisions to the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

NHRA puts season on 30-day hold

The National Hot Rod Association has decided to put its 2020 season on hiatus for at least a month as America attempts to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson, Torrence, Enders win NHRA Arizona Nationals

Tommy Johnson Jr., Steve Torrence and Erica Enders emerged victorious from the 36th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in front of a sold out crowd.

Kalitta, Beckman, Coughlin win at 60th NHRA Winternationals

Doug Kalitta won the Top Fuel category at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by, with Jack Beckman and Jeg Coughlin clinching Funny Car and Pro Stock classes.

NHRA restructures Countdown points eligibility rules

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitors in the two premier series may earn their way into the Countdown to the Championship, by one of two ways in 2020.

Hight, Torrence are champions, Kalitta, Beckman take Pomona wins

Robert Hight, Steve Torrence, Erica Enders and Andrew Hines are the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions, but Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman, Jeg Couglin Jr. and Jianna Salinas scored the final wins of the season at Pomona.

B. Force, Hagan, Enders, Smith win penultimate races of season

Brittany Force won Top Fuel during the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 151st win for females in NHRA history, just moments after Pro Stock’s Erica Enders claimed the 150th. Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were the other winners.

Tanner Gray's 'odd' path from NHRA champ to NASCAR driver

Tanner Gray grew up in the world of drag racing but has never wavered in his desire to be a NASCAR driver.

B. Torrence, Hagan, Anderson, Savoie win NHRA FallNationals

Billy Torrence won at his home track, the Texas Motorplex, as Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their respective categories.

Former NHRA champ Tanner Gray to run Martinsville Truck race

Former NHRA champion Tanner Gray’s next NASCAR venture will take him to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

Torrence, Hight, Kramer, Hines win at Concord

Steve Torrence took over the Top Fuel points lead in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship with victory, as Robert Hight, Deric Kramer, and Andrew Hines also won in their respective categories in the North Carolina Nationals

Langdon, B. Torrence, Enders, Stoffer conquer St. Louis

An all-Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car final round saw Shawn Langdon beat J.R. Todd in the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway as Billy Torrence, Erica Enders and Karen Stoffer conquered their categories.

Beckman, Crampton, Line, Savoie win NHRA in Reading

Maple Grove Raceway saw Jack Beckman score his first Funny Car win in over a year, while Richie Crampton captured Top Fuel, Jason Line conquered Pro Stock and Jerry Savoie took Pro Stock Motorcycle honors.

J. Force, Kalitta, Laughlin, Savoie win at U.S. Nationals

John Force, 16-time Funny Car champion John Force took his fifth Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis, as Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won their respective categories.

Pritchett, Capps, Line win Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Leah Pritchett, Ron Capps and Jason Line were the winners at Brainerd, MN, with Line winning a race for the 16th straight season – a new NHRA record.

Force after 150th win: “The monkey taught me so much”

John Force says that waiting 25 races for his 150th NHRA Funny Car triumph was a monkey on his back which “drives you nuts”, after clinching his landmark triumph at Pacific Raceways on Sunday.

John Force scores 150th Funny Car win

John Force powered to his 150th Funny Car win on Sunday at the Magic Dry Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, WA, while JFR teammate and rookie Austin Prock picked up his first Top Fuel win and Matt Hartford won in Pro Stock.

Hight scores 50th Funny Car win at Sonoma

Robert Hight finished off a standout weekend by racing to his 50th career Funny Car win at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, as Billy Torrence won Top Fuel, Greg Anderson took Pro Stock honors and Andrew Hines prevailed in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Johnson Jr., Torrence, Anderson, Hines win at Bandimere

The first race in NHRA’s ‘Western Swing’ at Bandimere Speedway, CO., in the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil saw Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) win their classes.

Torrence and Hagan win New England Nationals

Defending event winners Matt Hagan and Steve Torrence kept their impressive pace going at New England Dragway, as both raced to victories on Sunday at the seventh annual NHRA New England Nationals.

Tasca, S. Torrence, McGaha, Hines win in Norwalk

Bob Tasca III beat Jack Beckman to score his second straight Funny Car win, as Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won the NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Tasca scores first NHRA win in almost seven years

Bob Tasca III powered to his first Funny Car win in nearly seven years, beating John Force in the final round of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, while Mike Salinas also picked up the victory in Top Fuel.

S. Torrence and Hight win in Topeka

Steve Torrence raced to his fifth consecutive Top Fuel victory Sunday afternoon at the 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park while Robert Hight conquered Funny Car.

S. Torrence, Capps, Butner, Hines win Virginia NHRA Nationals

Defending Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence secured his second consecutive victory at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, as Ron Capps (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also clinched wins.

NHRA reveals 24-race calendar for 2020

NHRA will compete at 24 venues over the course of the 2020 season, as several events are celebrating significant anniversaries.

Capps, Torrence, Hines win Southern Nationals in Atlanta

Ron Capps scored his first victory of the year at the 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, as Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines clinched wins in Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle respectively.

Langdon scores first Funny Car win in NHRA four-wide nationals

Shawn Langdon picked up his first Funny Car win at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway to become the 17th driver in history to secure victories in both categories. Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines were the other winners in Charlotte.

John Force Racing dominates NHRA nitro results in Houston

Brittany Force and Robert Hight delivered John Force Racing the Top Fuel and Funny Car wins in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway, fifth round of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Salinas, Todd, Butner, Arana Jr. win Four-Wide Nationals

Mike Salinas picked up his first career NHRA victory at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were the other winners.

Hight, Crampton, Butner, Hines win NHRA Gatornationals

Robert Hight, Richie Crampton Bo Butner and Andrew Hines conquered their classes at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the third event on the 2019 NHRA schedule.

B. Torrence, Hagan, Coughlin Jr. win NHRA Arizona Nationals

The second round of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series saw Billy Torrence clinch his second career Top Fuel victory as Matt Hagan conquered Funny Car and Jeg Coughlin Jr. clinched Pro Stock honors.

Kalitta, Hight, Butner win NHRA Winternationals at Pomona

The rain-delayed season-opener for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series saw Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) emerge winners.

NHRA star Courtney Force steps away from Funny Car racing

The most successful female Funny Car driver in NHRA history, Courtney Force, has revealed she will end her drag racing career with immediate effect.

Todd captures Funny Car title, takes Pomona win

J.R. Todd secured his first Funny Car championship during the opening round of eliminations, Matt Smith took his third Pro Stock Motorcycle title with victory, champion Tanner Gray scored his eighth win and Steve Torrence made NHRA history.

Torrence clinches NHRA Top Fuel title with fifth straight win

Steve Torrence’s incredible 2018 continued in Las Vegas when he clinched the Top Fuel title with his 10th win of the season, as JR Todd, Bo Butner and Hector Arana Jr. won the other classes.

Capps scores third victory of the NHRA season

Ron Capps captured his third Funny Car win of 2018 at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, as Steve Torrence stretched his Top Fuel lead with a win, and Jason Line and Matt Smith captured Pro Stock and PS Motorcycle honors.

Hight, Torrence, Gray, Tonglet prevail in Texas

Robert Hight overcame a broken collarbone to conquer Funny Car in the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals at Texas Motorplex as Steve Torrence, Tanner Gray and LE Tonglet won their respective classes.

Torrence stretches Top Fuel lead with victory

Steve Torrence took his second consecutive Top Fuel victory with a win at Gateway as Robert Hight grabbed the Funny Car honors despite an engine explosion, and Tanner Gray and Matt Smith conquered Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle respectively.

Todd, Torrence, Nobile and Arana Jr. win opening Countdown round

J.R. Todd moved into the NHRA Funny Car points lead with his second straight victory of 2018 at Maple Grove Raceway, as Steve Torrence, Vincent Nobile and Hector Arana Jr. also won at the first of six playoff events in the Countdown to the Championship.

Todd, McMillen, T. Gray, Tonglet win at U.S. Nationals

JR Todd conquered the Funny Car field in the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, as Terry McMillen, Tanner Gray, and LE Tonglet also triumphed.

Beckman, B. Torrence, Kramer, Krawiec win at Brainerd

Jack Beckman won the Funny Car class at Brainerd’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, while Billy Torrence picked up his first career Top Fuel victory, Deric Kramer conquered Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec ruled in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Brown scores 50th Top Fuel win and first of 2018

Antron Brown took his first win of the NHRA season as he triumphed at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, as Ron Capps and Tanner Gray also scooped victories.

Alexander, Hight, Coughlin Jr., Tonglet conquer Sonoma

Blake Alexander scored his second career victory to conquer Top Fuel in front of a sellout crowd at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, as Robert High, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and LE Tonglet won their respective categories.

John Force scores first victory of the year

John Force took his 149th career Funny Car win and first in over a year at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, as Leah Pritchett, Greg Anderson and Hector Arana Jr. were also winners. 

Hagan, Torrence, McGaha emerge victorious at Epping

Matt Hagan won his second straight event, and his third of the season at the NHRA New England Nationals in front of a sellout crowd, as Steve Torrence took Top Fuel honors and Chris McGaha won Pro Stock.

Alexander takes shock NHRA Top Fuel win

Blake Alexander became the 105th different Top Fuel winner in NHRA history when he claimed victory in Norwalk, while Matt Hagan, Tanner Gray and Eddie Krawiec clinched Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle honors.

Capps, Schumacher score their first wins of 2018

Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) nailed their first victories of the NHRA season after winning Bristol Dragway’s Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

NHRA legend Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen dies aged 81

One of the most iconic figures in NHRA history, Tom McEwen, died yesterday aged 81.

Inaugural Virginia Nationals yields wins for C. Force, Torrence

Courtney Force extended her points lead at Virginia Motorsports Park’s NHRA Nationals as Steve Torrence, Tanner Gray and LE Tonglet conquered Top Fuel, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories.

Millican, Hight, Coughlin Jr., M. Smith win at Route 66 Raceway

Clay Millican raced to his second straight Top Fuel victory of the season with a win in the JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, as Robert Hight, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Matt Smith conquered their respective categories.

Courtney Force wins rain-delayed Topeka race

Courtney Force captured her first career back-to-back Funny Car victories Monday afternoon, as Clay Millican and Deric Kramer captured Top Fuel and Pro Stock categories.

Pritchett, C. Force, Nobile and Krawiec win in Atlanta

Leah Pritchett took her first victory of the season when she conquered Top Fuel at the NHRA Southern Nationals, as Courtney Force, Vincent Nobile and Eddie Krawiec triumphed in Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle respectively.

Pedregon scores first win in four years

Cruz Pedregon won at Charlotte’s zMax Dragway’s Four-wide Nationals after a 92-race drought in Funny Car, as Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycles) took the other wins.