Jack Beckman’s funny car blew up today at New England Dragway during today’s NHRA qualifying, and yet the most fascinating part of the incident (other than, you know, a healthy Beckman walking away from it) is how calmly he reacts to it in the moments after his car blew up in his face:
I can’t stop watching this clip of Doug Kalitta drifting his dragster set to the most dramatic, beautiful violin music. This is some Oscar-worthy stuff... from the NHRA of all places.
It’s almost a non-story when Formula One head troll Bernie Ecclestone makes an embarrassing, sexist comment lately. Unfortunately, racing legend Mario Andretti made some facepalm-worthy statements in agreement this time, too. Then three-time NHRA drag racing champion Shirley Muldowney put it all in perspective.
During a round of Funny Car qualifying at the NHRA season opener in Pomona, California, 69-year-old series veteran Gary Densham went barreling through the sand traps and into a safety net after his parachutes failed to deploy.
The NHRA Carolina Nationals event wraps up at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina today, and John Force is coming in hot.
NHRA Funny Car driver Jack Beckman’s weekend started off well at the Northwest Nationals. Not only was he the first driver to break the sub-4 second mark for 1000 feet in a Funny Car at Pacific Raceways on Friday with a 3.997-second pass, but he followed it up by besting his record from Sonoma on Saturday.
19-time NHRA Funny Car winner, 2012 national champion and cancer survivor Jack Beckman is used to beating things, but may not have expected to add “national record” to the list. This 323.43 mph, 3.921 second run last Friday at Sonoma Raceway was the fastest in Funny Car history.
The only regular racing coverage ESPN still hosts are NHRA drag races. ESPN occasionally brands ABC motorsports broadcasts, and they host the X Games, too, but as far as normal racing season content goes, NHRA is all they’ve got. That will no longer be the case next year, as NHRA goes to Fox Sports 1.
Larry Dixon is the one airborne in this frightening video as his Top Fuel dragster apparently snapped in half somewhere near 300 MPH during the Gatornationals in Florida. He somehow walked away from this accident.
Several National Hot Rod Asscoation drag racers who appeared on the worst idea for a show ever, Street Outlaws, have been warned that their competition license may be suspended for going on the show. Problem is, several members are still booked to appear on the show and this sudden change in policy enforcement comes…
Courtney Force posted her career-best time of 3.995 seconds on the quarter-mile track of Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend during the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. Here's what ludicrous speed looks like in a Chevrolet funny car designed to look sort of like a Camaro.
Meet Captain Jack McClure, a racer from the early days of NASCAR who strapped a hydrogen peroxide-powered rocket on the back of a go-kart and went drag racing in it. Here's on-kart footage from his latest runs (at age 88!) at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Before Erica Enders-Stevens became the first female champion of the hyper-competitive NHRA Pro Stock class, she was featured in the Disney Channel's made-for-TV movie "Right on Track." Now the world of drag racing has the largest number of women participating out of any motorsport.
NHRA held its Auto Club Finals this weekend in Pomona, California, where Jon Capps' Funny Car done blow'd up. Luckily, he escaped the blaze unharmed, but let's watch an amusingly nonchalant announcer narrate the slow-mo inferno.
Sometimes, you just want to put the hammer down and see how brutally fast you can go. Say, 300 MPH kind of fast. For that reason, Pirelli World Challenge racer and race team co-owner Shea Holbrook is looking to hop over into a jet dragster, and that couldn't be more awesome.
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Mopar enthusiasts/tire destroyers got their first look at the 2015 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak "test vehicle" at the NHRA U.S. Nationals Event in Indianapolis. They did burnouts, so you know it's pretty much exactly what you want if you're a Sportsman racer.
If America contributes nothing of culture to the world, not rock music, not rap music, not cheeseburgers, not Jackson Pollock paintings, let it keep contributing these. These glorious, wonderful videos of drag racing in slow motion, that feature fuel spilling out like so much mechanical puke.
Drag racing is probably the most mesmerizing sport in the world to put into slow motion, as we've previously established. Something about the speed and the fury put into more manageable form just somehow enraptures the psyche. So here's all that when it goes BOOM.
The NHRA put together this gnarly video compilation of wild rides from the first half of the 2014 season and it's just nuts. These drag races look a lot more like horizontal rocket launches crossed with the flames of Ghost Rider than the cars you and I drive.