NHRA: DSR Double; Schumacher and Hagan Sweep Nitro Categories in Delayed Carolina Nationals

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ENNIS, Texas – official release — NHRA photo — Don Schumacher Racing swept the nitro categories as Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) took home titles in the delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals Saturday at Texas Motorplex. Jonathan Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the …

NHRA: Prichett, Dote Racing Add Stop in Dallas to Team’s 2014 Slate

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NHRA photo — The NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas were not on Leah Pritchett and Dote Racing’s 2014 schedule, but with a round-one win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals and the postponement of the race, the Gumout-sponsored Top Fuel Dragster is headed to Texas. Pritchett and the Dote Racing team ran four solid runs in …

NHRA: Balance of Carolina Nationals Eliminations Postponed Due to Rain; Moved to Dallas

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — Adam Fenwick photo — NHRA officials announced today that the continuation of eliminations for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, round one of the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, will be completed during qualifying rounds at next weekend’s AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex near Dallas. Three rounds of racing …

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: Defending Top Fuel Champ Shawn Langdon Prepared for Chance to Repeat

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. — official release — NHRA photo — Shawn Langdon may not be entering the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship as the top seed as he did a year ago, but the reigning NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world champion feels more prepared than ever heading into the most crucial part of the season. While last …

NHRA: Top Fuel Points Leader Kalitta Hoping Consistency Leads to Countdown Success

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NHRA photo — Doug Kalitta has been impressively successful and consistent during the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season. The next step for the Top Fuel points leader is replicating that effort during the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. Through 18 races, Kalitta has racked up a remarkable nine …

NHRA: Countdown to Championship Glory Begins in Charlotte for NHRA Pro Teams

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CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NHRA photo — Pro Stock points leader Jason Line knows when he pulls into zMAX Dragway for the seventh annual NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 12-14, the atmosphere will be different. As competitive as every race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit is, the start of the Mello Yello Countdown to the …

NHRA: Pep Boys to Sponsor Carolina Nationals

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CONCORD, N.C. – official release — Pep Boys, a leading automotive aftermarket service and retail chain, will be the title sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals Sept. 12-14 at North Carolina’s zMAX Dragway. The business partnership, constructed by Optimum Sports, is the first between Pep Boys and Charlotte Motor Speedway. “There are a lot of …