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Auto Club NHRA Finals Event Coverage and Photos; Enders on top!

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Erica Enders-Stevens became the first woman to win an NHRA Pro Stock world championship title Sunday when she defeated her closest points rival, Jason Line, in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. In other racing, Matt Hagan claimed the Funny Car world…

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16 Championships between three NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Drivers

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(Above) The 28 NHRA Summit Racing Series divisional champions — four from each of the seven divisions — were feted at a special banquet Thursday night at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. NHRA President Tom Compton (left) welcomed…

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Watch this – Big Baller Coupe Crashes at No Prep Race

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The DFW Big Baller Coupe from Street Outlaws was involved in this extremely scary roll over crash from the OKC No Prep Race at Thunder Valley Raceway Park. The throttle hung up at the finish line sending the car out of control and into the…

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Douglas Dragway in Georgia Joins IHRA Member Tracks; 710 Dragway also joins

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The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is excited to announce the addition of 710 Dragway in North Carolina and Douglas Dragway in Georgia as the latest tracks to join the IHRA Member Track family. 710 Dragway is an eighth-mile, all-concrete facility located in Rowland, North…

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Robitaille named grand marshal for Auto Club NHRA Finals

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As part of the celebration of the NHRA’s 50th anniversary of the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Los Angeles Kings and National Hockey League legend Luc Robitaille will serve as the grand marshal for the season-ending event at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Robitaille is the…

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“The Shutdown” at 231 South Dragway Event Coverage

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Casey Presley joined the 4-Second Club during her X275 debut and marched to the semi-finals in Kyle Hand’s Firebird Fountain, FL — The start of something great is in store for Panhandle, FL racers as the new track owners Kyle and Cindy Hand take ownership…

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FEATURE! 20 Year-old Cody Harrison US 19 Dragway Track Champion

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Cecil, GA — It’s not everyday that I get the opportunity to park next to a champion. Well, I had this opportunity this past Saturday at the RaceMart Big Bucks Blast at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP). Several racers only dream of becoming a champion of…

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Kevin Brannon Crowned 2014 IHRA Top Dragster Champion

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The road to a championship is often paved with unexpected turns and tricky matchups. Sometimes you find yourself matched up against a new racer you know little about, other times it is a former champion standing in your way. But what happens when you have…

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Smith clinches second NHRA Pro Mod championship

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Rickie Smith clinched his second straight NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship during final eliminations at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. The North Carolina racing veteran entered the event with a healthy 76-point lead over 2012 champion Troy Coughlin and 77 over…

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Mopar unveils new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car

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Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)’s Mopar and Dodge brands unveiled a new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T drag racing vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show yesterday in Las Vegas. The new race car is destined to make its official on-track NHRA Mello Yello Drag…

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VIDEO: Watch the Final Round of the CARS Million Dollar Race

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Montgomery, AL — The final round of the CARS Million Dollar Race was filmed from’s perspective, from the top of the tower. Rodney Phagan of Georgia was crowned the 2014 Champion. Check it out below!

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19th Annual CARS Million Dollar Race in the Books; Event Coverage & Photos

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Montgomery, AL — The 19th Annual CARS Million Dollar Drag Race is in the books and if you could picture the perfect race, this was it. With 0% forecast for all four days, racers traveled from as far as Canada, California, and even Pasadena, Texas…

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Watch this – Take a Tour of John Force Racing Headquarters

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Take a behind the scenes tour of the 18-time World Funny Car Championship team of John Force Racing. Featuring the Brownsburg, IN and Yorba Linda, CA Headquarters, see historical vehicles from the JFR vault along with the latest Funny Car and Top Fuel dragsters driven…

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Interview with Enders-Stevens; She has her eyes on the prize

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Erica-Enders Stevens, the driver of the Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, is second in points trailing Jason Line by only 35 points. If she were to win the championship, she would be the first female to win a Pro Stock world championship. Enders-Stevens, who has four…

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Connolly makes the jump to Top Fuel; Vandergriff to retire from cockpit

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Bob Vandergriff Jr. confirmed that he will not be driving a Top Fuel dragster in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Series and will start his new direction solely as the team owner with a pair of two dragsters driven by three-time Top Fuel champion Larry…

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Former three-time NHRA Funny Car champ Beadle dies

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Raymond Beadle, a former three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion who was voted No. 20 on NHRA’s Top 50 racers list in 2001, died Oct. 20 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 70.

Beadle assured his status as a racing immortal when he ended the four-year championship reign of Don Prudhomme, winning the title in 1979, then added crowns in 1980 and 1981 with his vaunted Blue Max entries.

Beadle got his first taste of nitro in a Top Fuel dragster owned by fellow Texan Prentiss Cunningham before transitioning into Funny Car in the early 1970s, driving for the likes of “Big Mike” Burkhart and Don Schumacher before joining forces with Blue Max car owner Harry Schmidt in late 1974. They first hit the big time with a stunning final-round victory at the 1975 U.S. Nationals over Prudhomme, who had won every national event that year but one and was just entering the most prolific period of his career.

In addition to its national event success, the Beadle-driven Blue Max was one of the nation’s top match-race draws, running scores of dates each year in addition to a national event schedule that also included IHRA and AHRA dates.

By the end of 1976, Beadle had bought out Schmidt’s interest in the car and hired Dale Emery as his crew chief and never looked back. All told, Beadle won 13 NHRA national events and appeared in 28 final rounds. He made the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association’s prestigious All-American team in 1980 with Shirley Muldowney and Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Dale Earnhardt, and Cale Yarborough. He and Blue Max teammates Emery and Miller were among the 11th class of inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, and Beadle was inducted earlier this year into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit.

Retired as a driver since 1987 and as an owner since 1990, Beadle had dabbled in cattle and quarter horses but recently had moved back to Dallas with his wife, Roz.

Said Prudhomme of his longtime friend, “I was very sad to hear that Raymond Beadle had passed. I really, really liked the guy and admired him. We always remained close, even during the days when we were racing against each other. He did so much in drag racing and in NASCAR. He led a life that most people could only dream of, like a high-stakes gambler, and was a cool guy to be around. When our rat pack of a group got together, he was at the top of the heap. I was glad to be a buddy of his, and he is going to be missed.”

Funny Car’s winningest driver, John Force, commented, “In my long career there have been five people that I have looked up to: ‘Big Daddy’ [Don Garlits], Shirley [Muldowney], [Don] Prudhomme, [Tom] McEwen and Raymond Beadle. I have taken his passing very hard and it hurts me personally. I saw what kind of team owner and driver he was as well as what kind of creative promoter and teammate. He had the most loyal team with guys like Fred Miller, Dale Emery and Dee Gantt. They were together through good times and bad. Our legends are getting older and we have to appreciate them every day. Raymond surrounded himself with the best people and they fought together every day. That is how I have run John Force Racing every day. Loyalty is the key and so are principles. Raymond taught me that and that is why I will miss him so much. In my early days he helped me so much and I thanked him every chance I got. He was a legend and one of the best who will be missed every single day.”

Beadle is survived by his wife, Roz, son Ryan, daughters Michele Wheeler, Stacey Harris, Tara and Amber Campisi, brother Ralph Beadle and sister, Debbie Sartain.

Services will be held Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Heart & Vascular Designation. Donations can be made here:

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NHRA Top 50 list: Raymond Beadle

Additionally, there will be a special tribute to Beadle this Friday in the Dragster Insider column.

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Huntsville Dragway $10,000 “Weekend of Wow” Results

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Huntsville, AL — You can call this a warm up race to the Million Dollar Bracket race as several racers traveled from across the country to compete in “the weekend of WOW,” a $10,000 event hosted by Huntsville Dragway. Huntsville Engine sponsored the event and…

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Watch this; KABOOM! Michael Neal’s Huge Exlposion at MRP

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Montgomery, AL — Michael Neal and Tom Ashley’s Glass Doctor team has been on a tear with the original Gone in 60 Seconds ’67 GT 500 Pro Mod Mustang. This 2004 hotrod that Mike Ashley won the NHRA championship in 2004, suffered severe damage after…

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