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WADE: Drama, Records, Snow & More At NHRA Opener

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The National Hot Rod Ass’n’s Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals had plenty of drama as drag-racing began its 60th anniversary celebration at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, including Larry Dixon’s and Tony Schumacher’s national records.

NHRA Notes: Lucas: ‘I’ve Slacked Off’

CLOSE CALL: The Funny Cars of John Force (left) and Bob Bode nearly collide during a qualifying run Saturday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. (NHRA Photo)

Morgan Lucas defeated teammate Shawn Langdon to break his winless Top Fuel streak that dated back to October 2009. Ironically, in that race at Memphis, he beat Langdon in the opening round.

Dixon Sentimental Despite Rough Start

Rough Start For Dixon

The National Hot Rod Ass’n’s Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals turned out to be a mixed bag for three-time Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon. He qualified No. 1 with the national elapsed-time record at Auto Club Raceway but lost in the opening round to No. 16 qualifier Terry McMillen.

Lucas, Hight, Line Top Winternationals

Morgan Lucas drove to victory in the opening round of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif. (Angela Barraza Photo)

Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) kicked off NHRA’s 60th anniversary season by hoisting the hardware in the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals.

NHRA’s Nitro-Burning Beasts Head To Pomona

Fifteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force launches off the starting line during preseason testing earlier this month at Florida’s Palm Beach Int’l Raceway. (Rhonda McCole Photo)

No telling exactly what Mike Green, crew chief for Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army Dragster, was fishing for in the alligator-stocked canal that surrounds Florida’s Palm Beach Int’l Raceway.

WADE: DSR Maximizes Sponsor Investment

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Drag racing multi-team owner Don Schumacher, the consummate entrepreneur, has transcended all the doom-and-gloom economics.

DSR Duo Leads Palm Beach Testing

Antron Brown (pictured) and teammate Tony Schumacher were the fastest during testing at Palm Beach Int'l Raceway in Jupiter, Fla., last week. (Rhonda McCole Photo)

With dueling 3.77-second elapsed times, Don Schumacher Racing’s Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown captured the NHRA Top Fuel class honors Saturday night at the PRO Winter Warm-up test session at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway.

WADE: Does John Force Have To Do Everything?

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Good gracious. Does John Force have to do everything? Is it not enough that his organization has claimed 17 of the past 21 National Hot Rod Ass’n Funny Car championships and that he won 15 of them?

WADE: Send A Book To A Soldier

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Finding that special Valentine’s Day gift often can cause anxiety. However, longtime auto-racing writer Louis Brewster, sports editor of Southern California’s Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and The San Bernardino Sun, has a suggestion for you — and it will ease someone else’s fear.

Force Plans For Next Generation

John Force (left) and Robert Hight during last year's U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. (Rhonda McCole photo).

All the hot news from John Force Racing came Jan. 25 from his Yorba Linda, Calif., facility. A testimony to Force’s penchant for drama, he used his preseason press conference to fire a barrage of blockbuster news. Any one item would have packed a powerful punch by itself

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