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The NHRA Winternationals lived up to its name despite the race being scheduled in early spring. Even with the sometimes wild and wet weather in the later half of the weekend, the Top Alcohol teams got in two qualifying runs on a mostly sunny day on Friday. Madison Payne qualified the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster in the no. 7 position with a 5.37 at 274 MPH. In round one, Madison raced first-time opponent Trever Larkin in the Redline-sponsored entry. At the hit, the Muscle Milk machine was out first with a .087 to Larkin's .108. As the cars charged to the finish line, it was all Madison taking the win with a 5.34 at 274 MPH over Larkin's 5.57 at 257 MPH. "Trever Larkin had a couple of holes out so I never saw him" Madison said. In round...
Phoenix - Towards the end of the 2023 season, some great news came down to both racers and fans alike that the Phoenix facility targeted for demolition would be saved and re-branded back to its former name Firebird Raceway. This past weekend the track reopened for the first NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event on the West Coast for the 2024 season. Madison and the Muscle Milk team showed no signs of rust by qualifying second for the eight-car field with a very competitive 5.24 at 275 MPH. Madison faced Southern California firefighter Johnny Ahten in the first round of eliminations. At the hit, it was Ahten out first with a .055 to Madison's close .064. Unfortunately, as soon as the car launched, Madison's car overpowered the race surface and...
GOTHAM CITY RACING CAR DISQUALIFIED IN NORWALK <img src="http://www.nitromater.com/gallery/files/5/m_troxel_508502.jpg" alt="m_troxel_508502"align="left"borders="0" /> NORWALK, Ohio (June 28, 2008) - The ProCare Rx Dodge Charger R/T nitro Funny Car driven by Melanie Troxel was disqualified following the first round of qualifying in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio because NHRA Officials identified unsecured ballast in the car. An NHRA official release stated that Troxel and another driver, Gary Scelzi, were disqualified from the event after Officials discovered loose ballast in their cars following their qualifying runs. According to page 74 of the NHRA Rule Book, "any material used for the...
Pomona California - Madison Payne concluded her first full season driving the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster at the In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals in Pomona. Madison qualified ninth with a strong 5.24 at 276 MPH for yet another juggernaut field of tough contenders. In round one, Madison faced a familiar opponent, Tony Stewart. Both Stewart and Madison have come a long way since the 2022 season when they both began their careers driving an A/Fuel dragster. At the start, it was Stewart out first with a .050 to Madison's .083. As the cars moved past the starting line Madison began to lose traction as did Stewart a little farther down the track. Both drivers had to peddle but Madison was farther behind as she smoked the tires sooner in the run...
In ‘N Out Burger NHRA Finals NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series The In ‘N Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip; Pomona, Calif. Post-Event Wrap-Up J.R. Todd, DHL Funny Car Qualifying: J.R. Todd was the No. 9 qualifier at the In ‘N Out Burger NHRA Finals. Todd’s best qualifying attempt came in the Friday-evening session when he made a 3.904-second run at 326.08 mph. Eliminations: Todd raced Chad Green in the opening round; the DHL GR Supra was on a solid run when it smoked the tires giving Green the round win and ending Todd’s season. Unofficial Point Standings: Todd finished the season in eighth place in the NHRA Funny Car point standings. Todd on Pomona: “We had better plans for the last race of the year, but that kinda fits in with how...
DOUG KALITTA, MAC TOOLS TEAM WIN 2023 NHRA TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP, IN ‘N OUT BURGER NHRA FINALS POMONA, Calif. - - Six times. He was runner up six times. Doug Kalitta is a runner up no more - he is the 2023 NHRA Top Fuel Champion. And for good measure, he’s also the In ‘N Out Burger NHRA Finals race winner taking his third win of the season. Kalitta entered the weekend in second place in points just 15 markers behind Steve Torrence and four points ahead of third-place Leah Pruett. Chances were excellent this battle for the championship would go down to the final round, and that’s exactly what happened. Photos Courtesy: Kalitta Motorsports “It’s incredible the way the points thing worked out to come down to that last run,” the 2023...

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