NHRA: Beckman Looking to Finish Storybook Season in Style; Seeks Eighth 2015 Win in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — official series release — NHRA photo — Jack Beckman has put together a storybook season in what has turned into one of the most thrilling years in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car history. But for the Funny Car standout to have an ending he can celebrate, Beckman knows he will need to turn in …

NHRA: Looking for the Next Level; Force Hoping to Step Up Countdown Performance at Reading

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MOHNTON, Pa. – official series release — NHRA photo — John Force has put together a solid start to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series  Countdown to the Championship and has had another strong regular season in Funny Car. But if the 16-time Funny Car world champion wants another world title, he knows he has to be great and …

NHRA: Tommy Johnson Jr. Relying on Consistency for Funny Car Championship Push

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MADISON, Ill. – official series release — NHRA photo — Heading into the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, Tommy Johnson Jr. didn’t feel the need to change a great deal. The Funny Car standout was fine with the status quo of an already successful season that included two wins and five final rounds in …

NHRA: Force Ready to Return to Winning Ways at Brainerd; Looking for 12th BIR Victory in Lucas Oil Nationals

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BRAINERD, Minn. – official series release — NHRA photo — When you have 143 victories in your NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career, which is the case for 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, that success is bound to be spread over every stop on the NHRA circuit. But no facility has been as good to the iconic …

NHRA: Wilkerson Searching to Cement Countdown Spot With Fourth Win in Seattle

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KENT, Wash. — official series release — NHRA photo — Tim Wilkerson is in a much more enviable position than he has been in previous seasons when it comes to qualifying for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Mello Countdown to the Championship. But the popular Funny Car driver is not about to relax heading into the final leg …

NHRA: Happy Homecoming; Hagan Ready and Eager for Trip to Bristol Dragway

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — official series release — NHRA photo — When it comes to drag racing, there are some things that defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan will always enjoy. Hearing the thunderous sounds of 10,000 horsepower and the roaring approval of the crowd at the track closest to his Christiansburg, Va., home is one of them. That track, …

NHRA: DeJoria Heads to Englishtown With Sense of Urgency Following Slow Start to 2015

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ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — official series release — NHRA photo — It would be easy for Alexis DeJoria to sugarcoat the slow start her team has had during the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. She could bank on the fact that her Kalitta Motorsports team and her 10,000-horsepower Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry put together four final-round appearances and …

NHRA: Funny Car Rookie John Hale Ready and Eager for Four-Wide Nationals Debut

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — official series release — NHRA photo — The experience of racing in this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway will be a new one for rookie Funny Car driver John Hale. To get ready for one of the most thrilling events in motorsports, Hale has his own plan to get accustomed to all of the nuances of …

NHRA: John Force Racing to Fly Golden Bowties; Will Field Chevrolets in 2015

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YORBA LINDA, Calif. — official team release — John Force Racing photo — John Force Racing and Chevrolet announced today that they will be joining forces to back the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship team starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The multi-year agreement will see all three John Force Racing Chevrolet Camaro Funny Cars …

NHRA: Prock, Medlen Join Beckman at DSR for 2015

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. – official team release — DSR photo — Jack Beckman will start the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with an all-star cast leading his charge in a Don Schumacher Racing 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car. Joining Beckman is veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who will be joined by longtime friend and co-worker John Medlen, …

NHRA: Second Verse Sweeter Than the First; Hagan Stops Force for Second Funny Car Championship

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POMONA, Calif. — official release by Candida Benson, National Dragster Senior Editor — NHRA photo — Matt Hagan survived another epic, down-to-the-wire championship battle with 16-time and reigning NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champion John Force to earn the second Funny Car title of his career. Hagan, who built up a 23-point lead in qualifying, and Force matched round-wins in …

NHRA: Enders-Stevens, Hagan Crowned Champions With Finals Wins; Lucas, Arana Jr. Also Claim Season-Ending Wallys

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POMONA, Calif. — official release — NHRA photo — Erica Enders-Stevens became the first woman to win an NHRA Pro Stock world championship title Sunday when she defeated her closest points rival Jason Line in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. In other racing, Matt Hagan claimed the Funny Car world championship in dramatic fashion over John …