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MAGAZINE: Vance & Hines Motto: Work Smart

Vance & Hines is a dominant force in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class. (HHP/Christa Turski Photo)

The Hoosier State capital was filled with Indianapolis 500 mania, magnified by the 100th running of the Memorial Day weekend classic. But as the sun set that Friday of the Midwest’s most magical weekend, Matt Hines was feverishly working to finish a flat-track racing motorcycle.

MAGAZINE: Driving NHRA’s Opportunity Train

Peter Clifford, the NHRA's longtime executive vice president and general manager, was promoted to president last year. (NHRA photo)

Peter Clifford can’t help it. At every turn he finds himself saying “huge opportunity.”

Familiar Champions Star For NHRA In ’15

(From left) Andrew Hines, Del Worsham, Antron Brown and Erica Enders all celebrates NHRA championships in 2015. (NHRA Photo)

Buoyed by the emergence of its new president, Peter Clifford, and the dawn of a multi-year live-coverage deal with FOX, the National Hot Rod Ass’n began modeling a newer, hipper style geared at attracting a fresh and younger audience.

A Visit With The NHRA Safety Safari

Members of the NHRA Safety Safari at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. (Mark Schmidt photo)

Bob Lang, the National Hot Rod Association’s director of emergency services, pulls no punches when it comes to safety in drag racing…

Gary Scelzi Is Mentoring His Sons

Gary and Dominic Scelzi (Tom Parker photo)

Gary Scelzi eventually gave up drag racing in 2008 to help run his family’s truck manufacturing business. Today, his emotions are invested in his sons’ racing careers…

The Shakedown Is Headed To Norwalk

Spencer Hyde faces off against Denis Lachance during the 2012 Shakedown at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. (Bruce Bennett photo)

Bill Bader Jr. is expected to announce formally later this week that his Summit Motorsports Park at Norwalk, Ohio, will restore “The Shakedown,” the heads-up outlaw-style door-slammer drag race that for a decade brought international attention to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at Englishtown, N.J.

Latino Hits It Big At Englishtown

Eric Latino does a burnout in his radical '69 Camaro Pro Modified. (Bruce A. Bennett Photo)

Canadian Pro Modified driver Eric Latino surprised himself Sunday by earning the biggest paycheck at the SPEEDTECH Shakedown Nationals at Englishtown, N.J.’s Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

WADE: The Straightline


National Hot Rod Ass’n racer Bob Tasca III had hoped to be able to bring a special-edition pewter “Wally” trophy with him to Florida this week

WADE: A Shift Within NHRA


In qualifying No. 1 in the Funny Car lineup for the Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, John Force spoke last Saturday like a caretaker. He sounded like a mere steward of a powerful race car and a powerful empire, not like the one responsible for all of its success

WADE: Busch Humble In Initial Foray Into Pro Stock World


Kurt Busch, NASCAR’s 2004 champion and current point leader, probably could afford to purchase a Picasso or Renoir original painting.


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