The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis brought the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship to the halfway point. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), and Dave Connolly (Pro Stock) all fought valiantly to keep themselves in the thick of the title hunt, though the biggest story may have been outside of the championship picture, where an alligator farmer had his day in the sun.
The continuation of the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals during qualifying of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in Dallas made for a jam-packed event where the stakes were raised on the all-concrete track that the sun cooked to temperatures above 130 degrees. Several drivers took advantage of the opportunity to get ahead in what amounted to the first two Countdown to the Championship events, nobody more so than seven-time NHRA Mello Yello champion Tony Schumacher.
Competitors in the Professional ranks will be doubling down in Dallas with the completion of the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals set to take place during the qualifying days at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Some drivers in the Top Fuel and Funny Car ranks look to run away in the points while others are relegated to watching in hope that the damage is minimal before they get another crack at it on Sunday.
The highly competitive Pro Stock category is full of intrigue heading into the first race of the six-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The largest part of the battles has already taken place at the shops, but we won’t know how they will play out until Goodyears hit concrete at zMAX Dragway next weekend.
Size mattered at the 60th rendition of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, the longest and longest-running event in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In addition to the omnipresent NHRA legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and the other legends in attendance who gave the race a big feel, the huge triumphs of this year's victors made this Big Go stand tall.
There isn’t a more celebrated event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule than the upcoming Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, held annually over Labor Day weekend. In no particular order, here is a list of 10 specific things that have me excited about the 60th such edition.
One of the many differences between the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and other forms of motorsports is that drag racing produces winners in multiple categories on race day while many popular forms of racing only declare one. Weather and other circumstances made the 2014 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int’l Raceway an exception, with Morgan Lucas playing the role of Highlander in what was perhaps the most rewarding victory of his career.
Non-touring teams in the nitro ranks have long been a staple at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. They add flavor to events where they have long competed and have the support of local crowds, and they give fans who cheer for the underdog a rooting interest on race day. We’re going to rank the top independent fuel racers active in the sport today.
There was excitement in every category where the Western Swing came to an end at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways in Seattle. Perhaps no matchup drew more intrigue than 67-year-old Gary Densham vying to upset 65-year-old John Force in the Funny Car final.
The mantra of late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis rang true for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winners at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The point was driven home where it was written on the white board outside of the Al-Anabi Gold trailer after Khalid alBalooshi won the event in Top Fuel with 3.7-, 3.8-, 3.9-, and 4.0-second runs in eliminations.