NHRA: Second to One; Hines Grabs Fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship, Edges Closer to Schultz

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POMONA, Calif. — official release by Kevin McKenna, National DRAGSTER Senior Editor — NHRA photo — Andrew Hines became just the second rider in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class to win four NHRA Mello Yello world championships after the opening round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Hines, who entered the season-ending event with a substantial 92-point lead, officially clinched the …

NHRA: Schumacher Clinches Eighth Top Fuel Title; Crampton, DeJoria, Line and Arana Jr. Claim No. 1 Qualifiers in Pomona

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POMONA, Calif. — official release — NHRA photo — Tony Schumacher earned a record eighth Top Fuel world championship title Saturday at the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned No. 1 qualifying positions and …

NHRA: Battle Between Hagan and Force Could be One For the Ages

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POMONA, Calif. — official release — NHRA photo — With recent history in mind, it is not surprising the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car world championship is coming down to another thrilling battle between Matt Hagan and reigning world champ John Force. The two talented Funny Car stars have duked it out on an almost annual …

NHRA: Brittany Force Looking for Reversal of Countdown Misfortune in Gateway

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MADISON, Ill. — official release — NHRA photo — The start of Brittany Force’s first experience with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship did not go as planned. But with four more opportunities for playoff redemption, the sophomore Top Fuel driver knows she can still put together a thrilling end to her 2014 season. Force, …

NHRA: Hight Prepared to Face Doubleheader Pressure in Dallas

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ENNIS, Texas — official release — NHRA photo — Robert Hight enjoyed a tremendous 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season, winning five times and leading the points for an impressive 13-race stretch, the most in his career. But as noteworthy as that is, Hight knows his Funny Car season will ultimately be determined on how he performs …

NHRA: Cruz Pedregon Ready to Flip Countdown Switch

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ENNIS, Texas — official release — NHRA photo — If taking momentum into the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship is an important factor in winning a world championship title, Funny Car standout Cruz Pedregon may not like his chances. But if performing well under pressure and in big moments is just as important, then things may …

NHRA: Torrence Hopeful for First Win of Season in Front of Home Crowd

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ENNIS, Texas — official release — NHRA photo — It might have been an excruciating defeat at the time, but Steve Torrence also knows that his runner-up finish in Top Fuel at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is a surefire sign that the Texas native is ready to compete for an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship. Torrence …

NHRA: Girl-Power; Dejoria and Enders-Stevens Rise in Charlotte, Todd and Krawiec Also Lead Final Fields

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NHRA photo — Alexis DeJoria and Erica Enders-Stevens raced to No. 1 qualifying positions in their categories Saturday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, extending the most successful season for females in NHRA history into the playoffs. J.R. Todd (Top Fuel) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also claimed No. 1 qualifying positions at …

NHRA QUALIFYING: Hagan Storms to No. 1; Todd, Enders-Stevens, Arana Jr. Also Pace Opening Day in Charlotte

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NHRA photo — Former Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan opened NHRA’s playoffs by racing to the qualifying lead Friday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six playoff …

NHRA: Johnson Cherishing Underdog Role as Countdown Playoffs Open

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NHRA photo — Entering the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship in the 10th position, Pro Stock Motorcycle Steve Johnson rider will have the biggest mountain to climb when compared to the other nine competitors in the two-wheel category who qualified for the six-race playoffs. But simply having an opportunity to …

NHRA: Enders-Stevens Ready, Not Satisfied, Entering Championship Countdown

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NHRA photo — Elite Motorsports Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens has had her best season as a professional in 2014, but she’s far from being satisfied. As the Countdown to the Championship begins with the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals this weekend at zMax Dragway, Enders-Stevens has her sights set on the Pro Stock championship …

NHRA: Erica Enders-Stevens Gains Sponsor Support in Quest for Pro Stock Title

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TEMPE, Ariz. – official release — NHRA photo — NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens will challenge for the 2014 NHRA championship with Mach 1 Global Services on the side of her Elite Motorsports Camaro. The global logistics company, which has supported Enders-Stevens in the past, signed on as title sponsor for the remainder of the season, beginning with …