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Schumacher Wins Unprecedented Eighth Top Fuel Title (Issue 25, 2014)

Tony Schumacher winning his eighth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship was one of many highlights in a thrilling season of Top Fuel competition. The year featured big wins (and near misses) by drivers throughout the class, many of whom had to overcome some adversity. Here is a look at several of the big moments from 2014.

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Hagan Outduels Force to Win Second World Title (Issue 25, 2014)

From the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, where the weekend began with a body-shredding engine explosion that made several highlight reels and ended with new national e.t. and speed records, through the thrilling championship chase that went all the way to the semifinals at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, the 2014 season was filled with a lot of action, excitement, and tight racing in the always-competitive Funny Car class. Following is a look at some of the highlights in Funny Car from 2014.

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Enders-Stevens Dominates in History-Making Run as First Female to Claim a Mello Yello Pro Stock Title (Issue 25, 2014)

Although eventual world champion Erica Enders-Stevens dominated Pro Stock most of the season, 2014 still had its fair share of equally thrilling story lines and subplots along the 24-stop NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. From one rookie shining above all others to record-making runs, from new cars to new winners, and from spectacular upsets to jaw-dropping performances, we have it all covered in a collection of photos that puts the factory hot rods (and their drivers) front and center.

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Hines Finally Gets Long-Awaited Fourth Championship (Issue 25, 2014)

From new winners to a thrilling late-season championship battle, the Pro Stock Motorcycle class had a lot to offer this year. Here are some of the highlights from an exciting 2014 season.

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2014 National Dragster "Best of" Performance Awards (Issue 25, 2014)

As part of a longstanding tradition at National Dragster, we once again present our annual "Best of" awards in the following categories:
Driver of the Year (Sportsman)
Outstanding Run of the Year
Outstanding Run by a Top Fueler
Outstanding Top Fuel Race of the Year
Outstanding Performance by a Top Fueler (Event)
Outstanding Funny Car Race of the Year
Outstanding Performance by a Funny Car (Event)
Outstanding Run by a Pro Stocker
Outstanding Run by a Pro Stock Motorcycle
Outstanding Performance by a Pro Stocker (Event)
Outstanding Performance, Period
Outstanding Sportsman Race of the Year
Outstanding Performance by a Sportsman Racer (Event)
Comeback of the Year (Event)
Comeback of the Year (Season)
Upset of the Year (Round)
Upset of the Year (Event)
Most Improved (Sportsman)
Oh No! Award (Event)
Oh No! Award (Season)
Hard Luck Award (Season)
Mechanical Men

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Mello Yello Series Champs Crowned at Awards Ceremony (Issue 24, 2014)

A trio of multitime world championship winners — Tony Schumacher, Matt Hagan, and Andrew Hines — were joined by first-time champ Erica Enders-Stevens as the headliners who were crowned on Nov. 17 during the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in West Los Angeles. The gallery includes photos from the event.

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Pomona Photo Extras

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That's Incredible! (Issue 24, 2014)

The 2014 Auto Club NHRA Finals had great racing and dramatic finishes that made it more than live up to the pomp and circumstance of its 50th anniversary. A winner-take-all Pro Stock final for the championship and the quickest runs of the season in Top Fuel were only part of what made the event so special. The following photo gallery covers many of the happenings of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season finale.

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Severance’s Vegas Sweep Highlights Huge Finale (Issue 24, 2014)
 
More than 850 entries showed up to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the final divisional and regional event of the 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and 2014 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series. The Pacific Division hosted racers from across the country who were vying for their final opportunity to earn points toward their respective totals. The huge turnout raised the stakes at one of the most anticipated events of the season.

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Perfect Weather, Record Crowds Highlight 23rd CHRR (Issue 24, 2014)

Nearing a quarter-century of existence, the NHRA Motorsports Museum California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California in Bakersfield offered tributes to the sport’s pioneers, eye-catching vehicles, on-track action, and plenty of opportunities for bench racing. Here is a gallery of happenings from the third of three 2014 reunions.

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NHRA Toyota Nationals race coverage (Issue 23, 2014)

The NHRA Toyota Nationals, the second-to-last event of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the fifth race of the 2014 Countdown to the Championship, raced to conclusion at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following are photo highlights from the event.

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