Gaige Wins Race, Concern for Angie Steals Show

Now that we’ve all seen smiling Angie Smith on Tony Stewart’s plane, it’s important not to forget the very real and grave concern that spread across World Wide Technology Raceway following her brutal—though mostly unseen at the time—top end accident on early Saturday afternoon.

Angie and Cory Reed were the first pair out in the second session of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying. I was at about 150 feet shooting Cory and at first thought he had a solo pass, so I was only dimly aware that there was a bike in the other lane. I could hear a Buell. As the they took the stripe, Cory’s time came up in the right lane but the scoreboard was blank in the left. “There was a bike in the lane, wasn’t there?” I thought to myself as I stared at the continuously blank board. “I’m sure I heard it.”

Cory Reed would turn out to be very lucky he got this jump on Angie Smith in Q2. When she went down, her bike shot across the track and just missed catching his wheelie bars.

I started looking at the photos I just took, and only gradually realized that there was a delay in the session. I looked down track and could see a lot of activity. Is that an ambulance? “Oh shit,” I thought. “Not Cory again.”

None of the photographers around me knew anything so I called Mike Mullaney to see if he was watching NHRA.Tv and had seen anything. Yes, he was watching, but hadn’t seen anything. He hung up from me to take a call from Richard Gadson, and I started walking back toward the starting line. Mullaney called back to tell me it was Angie, but Richard had only seen a cloud of smoke. Ditto for everyone else I talked to.

As time went on with no word, a palpable sense of concern fell over the starting line. When the Matt Smith Racing bikes—the most relentlessly competitive team in drag racing—all headed back to the pits, that concern was raised to 11. Alan Reinhardt announced that she was awake and alert and being transported to the hospital, and I went directly to make a post—missing much of the rest of the session. “It was pretty scary to go out there two pair after that,” said rookie rider Chase Van Sant. “We all know that it could happen to any of us.”

Neither Steve Nichols nor Celena Petrucci were at the track on Saturday, but rushed to aid their friends and team on Sunday.

Mystery still reigned as I toured the pits. Joey Gladstone—riding Angie’s pink bike at Gateway, knew her arm was injured. Reed spoke of the flagman waving frantically at him at the end of the track, followed by Angie’s bike sliding past him on his right. So recently back racing after basically having his foot broken off, put back on, and his leg lengthened, Cory spoke of having heard her foot was pointed at an odd angle. Cory’s injury and recovery have been difficult, and it was very sad to think of someone else in the field having to go through that so soon after his.

As hours went by with absolutely no word, the prospect of a Reed type injury was trumped by even worse thoughts. Someone saw her laying motionless on the track, and then suddenly wailing. Motionless? Could she have suffered a head injury? Broken ribs? Internal injuries? Speculation was mostly kept unspoken, but concern was thick.

It wasn’t until much later that night that P.R. gal Sadie Glenn posted that Angie was stable, going to be OK, and hospitalized overnight with two broken feet and road rash. It was great news the next night to see that she was released and even standing with a walker.

My image amplifying Sadie Glenn’s post. This snap of Angie is from just before the pass she crashed on.

With only Friday night’s session under their belts and Matt not coming back from the hospital until 8:00 am, the MSR team did a remarkable job on raceday. MSR crew Nate Kendrick and Cookie Man had things totally in control and prepared.

The wrenches—the ghost in the machine that keep things humming. Here are two of them—V&H’s Jay Krawiec and MSR’s Nate Kendrick

Gladstone was qualified in a dream position for the team, pairing with points leader and number one qualifier Gaige Herrera in E1.

Joey Gladstone on his one and only pass on the Buell before eliminations

But Joey only had one pass on the bike—his first on a V-Twin in years. After the pass, he spoke about how different it was to be on a Buell again after so long. How would he do when it counted on Sunday?

Gladstone staged set on kill, and he did his best. His .021 to Gaige’s .064 gave him a good jump to build on. His 6.78 would have qualified fifth but came up .0367 short of Herrera at the stripe on what was a track-record 6.701 for Gaige.

Herrera and Gladstone set to take the tree under the watchful eye of MSR’s Cookie Man.

Jianna Evaristo has had two gnarly crashes—one arguably her fault and the other definitely not. With her teammate Angie in the hospital, how would this young second generation racer respond on her next pass, a round 1 pairing with Marc Ingwersen. She responded by winning—taking the tree and doing her job well while Ingwersen encountered a problem down track. Jianna went red against Eddie Krawiec in E2.

A very relaxed Jianna Evaristo before first round

Matt also came out very strong, bettering his qualifying performance by over two hundredths. And again, this was on the Red Rocket Buell that only had one pass all season long. Matt beat Chris Bostick, who was having one of his best performance weekends.

Chris Bostick on his 1.02 60 foot time pass.

Matt then slowed slightly but beat Cory Reed, who shut off. Reed was on a Suzuki with what the team was calling a KB-Titan motor as they are actively weening themselves from the Vance & Hines teet. “We’re just getting started down that road,” Reed said about the work-in-progress. Eatmyink will have more about that at a later date.

Matt and Nate conferring after round 1

Then Matt ran into a fired up Krawiec, who put together his best light and pass of the day to end the MSR inspirational movie script in the semis. Herrera ended Chase Van Sant’s day in the semis for the second straight week.

Chase Van Sant’s .018 light was spot on, but he still doesn’t have the bike to outrun Herrera.

That set up the all-Vance & Hines final, won by Herrera with a run of 6.728 at 201.79 for his eighth victory this season, extending his lead to 99 points over Matt at the halfway mark of the playoffs.

Eddie and Gaige fistbump before the final.

“Hopefully, I still have a job after knocking Ed off, but that final round was good for our whole team,” Herrera said, as Krawiec is on an extended run stuck at 49 wins. “All day I had a very consistent motorcycle, and first round was probably the most nervous round for me. Racing Joey, he’s always a tough competitor, so I knew he was going to be on it. All day has been really good.

“I can’t give enough credit to the whole Vance & Hines Mission Suzuki team. I still can’t believe I got that phone call almost a year ago now to race for them (predicted right here on Eatmyink). It’s been incredible, and I’m proud to be part of it.”

The final

Herrera Number 1 for the 11th time this season, tying the single-season mark in Pro Stock Motorcycle history. Krawiec reached the final round for the second time this season and the 93rd in his career.

Then started the drama over NHRA’s retention of her motorcycle, where it remains as of this writing.


ROUND ONE — Cory Reed, Suzuki, 6.818, 196.70 def. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.820, 199.49; Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 6.856, 196.67 def. Marc Ingwersen, 7.138, 169.21; Hector Arana Jr, 6.798, 199.35 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.829, 198.99; Chase Van Sant, Suzuki, 6.808, 198.93 def. Angie Smith, Buell, Broke – No Show; Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.748, 201.40 def. Ryan Oehler, Foul – Red Light; Matt Smith, Buell, 6.742, 202.91 def. Chris Bostick, 6.856, 194.94; Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 6.701, 201.88 def. Joey Gladstone, Buell, 6.780, 200.17;

QUARTERFINALS — Van Sant, 6.777, 198.67 def. Arana Jr, 6.825, 199.14; Krawiec, 6.760, 201.28 def. Evaristo, Foul – Red Light; M. Smith, 6.759, 203.40 def. Reed, 18.534, 34.67; Herrera, 6.706, 202.45 was unopposed;

SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.747, 201.94 def. M. Smith, 6.782, 202.70; Herrera, 6.716, 202.12 def. Van Sant, 6.800, 198.85;

FINAL — Herrera, 6.728, 201.79 def. Krawiec, 6.761, 201.52.

Pro Stock Motorcycle points:

1. Gaige Herrera, 2,430; 2. Matt Smith, 2,331; 3. Hector Arana Jr, 2,304; 4. Eddie Krawiec, 2,301; 5. Chase Van Sant, 2,222; 6. Angie Smith, 2,203; 7. Jianna Evaristo, 2,170; 8. Steve Johnson, 2,139; 9. Marc Ingwersen, 2,137; 10. Kelly Clontz, 2,117.

ET Motorcycle Race

Results from Friday’s ET Motorcycle race, featuring the top 8 in Gateway points.

Runner-up Eric Lewis and Nettie!
Winner Deandre Lewis and gal pal.

FuelTech Pro Modified

Jordan Lazic

In his first career race in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Jordan Lazic earned the victory on Sunday, making a spectacular debut.

The event, which was powered by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and M&M Transmission, was the ninth of 10 races during the 2023 season in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports. It was also the third of four races in the category’s Road to the Championship, as fans were treated to a wild day of eliminations on Sunday from St. Louis.

After qualifying second, Lazic impressed in eliminations and picked up the win at his first career race when Jason Scruggs was unable to make the call in the championship round. That handed the victory to Lazic in his debut, capping off an incredible weekend in his Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro that included round wins against Mike Thielen, Stan Shelton and Mike Castellana, going as quick as 5.757-seconds at 247.20 mph during eliminations.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Justin Bond, Khalid AlBalooshi, and Bahrain 1 Racing,” Lazic said. “I’m just lucky to be here. I was thinking if I didn’t win this race, I wouldn’t have a job in Las Vegas, so hopefully he’s going to bring me there.”

Scruggs, who qualified No. 1 for the second time this season after going 5.749 at 2502.27 in qualifying, reached his fourth career round and third in four races thanks to victories against Doug Winters, defending world champion Kris Thorne and Khalid AlBalooshi. Scruggs went as quick as 5.702 at 251.91 during eliminations, making the quickest run of the weekend in the class in his second-round win.

In the points standings, Thorne was able to stay on top, with his lead now at 31 points over Justin Bond, 50 points over Castellana and 69 against Jason Lee heading into the last race of the Road to the Championship. Thorne is seeking his second straight world title in the category.

The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports closes out its season on Oct. 26-29 as part of the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


ROUND ONE — Kris Thorne, Chevy Camaro, 5.767, 248.84 def. Ken Quartuccio, Camaro, 5.812, 246.21; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.749, 251.58 def. Mason Wright, Camaro, 5.889, 244.83; Jordan Lazic, Camaro, 5.757, 247.20 def. Mike Thielen, Camaro, 5.817, 245.36; Jason Scruggs, Camaro, 5.722, 251.30 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.917, 240.38; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.301, 220.37 def. Kevin Rivenbark, Ford Mustang, 8.762, 109.10; Stan Shelton, Mustang, 5.789, 246.84 def. Jason Lee, Camaro, 6.596, 169.93; JR Gray, Camaro, 5.762, 249.63 def. Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.756, 249.76; Dmitry Samorukov, Camaro, 5.755, 246.93 def. Billy Banaka, Camaro, Foul – Red Light;

QUARTERFINALS — Lazic, 5.781, 246.39 def. Shelton, 5.788, 248.29; Castellana, No Time Recorded def. Samorukov, Broke; alBalooshi, 5.735, 252.24 def. Gray, 5.776, 249.35; Scruggs, 5.702, 251.91 def. Thorne, 5.769, 247.43;

SEMIFINALS — Lazic, 5.937, 202.30 def. Castellana, Foul – Red Light; Scruggs, 6.048, 189.98 def. alBalooshi, 8.809, 91.53;

FINAL — Lazic, No Time Recorded def. Scruggs, Broke – No Show.

Pro Modified points

1. Kris Thorne, 1,019; 2. Justin Bond, 988; 3. Mike Castellana, 969; 4. Jason Lee, 949; 5. Stan Shelton, 928; 6. Dmitry Samorukov, 908; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, 897; 8. JR Gray, 855; 9. Sidnei Frigo, 837; 10. (tie) Manny Buginga, 809, Mason Wright, 809.

Funny Car

Matt Hagan

Matt Hagan went 3.991-seconds at 324.90 mph in his American Rebel Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to slip past Ron Capps’ run of 4.025 at 306.68, earning his 48th career Funny Car win in the process. The three-time world champ also pulled to within less than a round of first, as he now trails Bob Tasca III by just 13 points heading into the final three races of 2023.

It was a clutch performance by Hagan as he defeated Alexis DeJoria, John Force and Tasca to reach the finals. He went 4.016 at 316.38 to get past Tasca and then held off Capps and his run of 4.025 at 306.68 to get a much-needed victory.

“We knew we had to win this race to be in the hunt for this thing,” Hagan said. “It feels like it’s meant to be, and I’m just enjoying the ride. [The team] sat down and looked across from each other, and it’s one of those things where you go, I’m going to dig for you, you dig for me, let’s make this happen. I think that’s what makes it happen, having a core group of guys you want to work hard for. You want to show up for them, and today they all showed up for me, and I felt like I showed up for them.

“The pressure is huge. I was telling (crew chief) Dickie Venables, damn, this is a lot of pressure, but that’s what you want. That’s what we’re here for. If we didn’t have the pressure, that means we didn’t have a shot. The pressure was huge – you just have to find a way to capitalize on it.”

Capps reached the final round for the seventh time in 2023 and the 147th time in his career after defeating Tim Wilkerson, Alex Laughlin and Blake Alexander. Tasca leads Hight by just six points – marking the first time Tasca has held the points lead in the playoffs – with Capps only 33 points back in fourth.

FUNNY CAR results:

ROUND ONE — Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.947, 312.13 def. Jack Wyatt, Dodge Charger, 8.444, 83.24; Alex Laughlin, Charger, 4.221, 278.29 def. Chad Green, Mustang, 4.286, 230.80; Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.252, 229.20 def. Dave Richards, Mustang, 5.319, 139.73; John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.969, 311.85 def. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 9.438, 87.27; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.961, 322.04 def. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota GR Supra, 5.104, 147.99; J.R. Todd, GR Supra, 4.048, 311.70 def. Bobby Bode, Mustang, Foul – Centerline; Ron Capps, GR Supra, 3.998, 306.12 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.977, 318.47; Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.940, 314.53 def. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.024, 320.36;

QUARTERFINALS — Alexander, 6.689, 164.13 def. Todd, 9.245, 86.46; Capps, 4.066, 308.78 def. Laughlin, 4.263, 286.74; Tasca III, 4.008, 323.74 def. Hight, 3.977, 317.49; Hagan, 4.031, 312.35 def. Force, 5.037, 161.17;

SEMIFINALS — Hagan, 4.016, 316.38 def. Tasca III, 5.037, 165.27; Capps, 4.014, 323.35 def. Alexander, 4.803, 176.28;

FINAL — Hagan, 3.991, 324.90 def. Capps, 4.025, 306.88.

Funny Car points:

1. Bob Tasca III, 2,358; 2. Robert Hight, 2,352; 3. Matt Hagan, 2,345; 4. Ron Capps, 2,325; 5. Chad Green, 2,206; 6. J.R. Todd, 2,175; 7. Tim Wilkerson, 2,164; 8. Alexis DeJoria, 2,163; 9. John Force, 2,160; 10. Alex Laughlin, 2,143.

Top Fuel

Clay Millican

In Top Fuel, Clay Millican powered to his third win this season and sixth in his career, defeating Leah Pruett in the championship round with a pass of 3.758 at 331.94 in his Parts Plus/Comp Cams dragster for Rick Ware Racing. He jumped up to eighth in points in the process, tying Antron Brown for the second-most wins in Top Fuel in 2023.

He reached the finals by defeating Austin Prock, Mike Salinas and Tony Schumacher, before outrunning Pruett in a thrilling side-by-side duel. It is Millican’s first career victory at World Wide Technology Raceway and the veteran was thrilled with his team’s performance in the heat.

“Man, what a day. This is huge,” Millican said. “He gave us a hot weekend and man, (crew chief) Jim O (Oberhofer) just showed again that when it’s hot out, look out. We got away with a couple, but we outperformed the cars we raced, and I am so proud. I mean, this was huge. Jim O will quickly tell you, give me a track above 90 degrees and look out. Needless to say, with this perspiration on my face here, it’s above 95 degrees out there, and it was all day. I am already talking to the man upstairs, bring on the heat in Dallas, baby.

“Our goal is obviously top 10, as far as we can possibly get. It’s way too big a gap to think about chasing down No. 1, but three wins for this Parts Plus team is huge.”

Leah Pruett advanced the finals for the fourth time this year and the 23rd time in her career, driving past Shawn Langdon, points leader Doug Kalitta and Steve Torrence. She also jumped to second in points, trailing Kalitta by 47 points at the halfway point of the Countdown to the Championship. Torrence is 51 points back of Kalitta and Justin Ashley is 77 points behind.

TOP FUEL results:

ROUND ONE — Leah Pruett, 3.737, 329.99 def. Shawn Langdon, 3.765, 329.02; Tony Schumacher, 3.730, 332.84 def. Brittany Force, 3.803, 292.71; Antron Brown, 3.718, 333.99 def. Kyle Wurtzel, 3.848, 291.63; Doug Kalitta, 3.737, 329.99 def. Lex Joon, 7.590, 89.61; Mike Salinas, 3.730, 329.91 def. Cody Krohn, 4.757, 152.50; Justin Ashley, 3.769, 330.96 def. T.J. Zizzo, 5.507, 119.79; Steve Torrence, 3.741, 329.42 def. Josh Hart, 10.184, 59.40; Clay Millican, 3.761, 333.58 def. Austin Prock, 7.623, 85.41;

QUARTERFINALS — Torrence, 3.783, 322.50 def. Ashley, 3.815, 326.08; Pruett, 3.803, 328.62 def. Kalitta, 4.833, 162.92; Millican, 3.850, 285.53 def. Salinas, 3.807, 318.99; Schumacher, 3.808, 327.43 def. Brown, 3.896, 290.69;

SEMIFINALS — Millican, 3.823, 308.35 def. Schumacher, 3.869, 305.22; Pruett, 3.772, 331.77 def. Torrence, 3.825, 322.81;

FINAL — Millican, 3.758, 331.94 def. Pruett, 3.775, 327.66.

Top Fuel points

1. Doug Kalitta, 2,348; 2. Leah Pruett, 2,301; 3. Steve Torrence, 2,297; 4. Justin Ashley, 2,271; 5. Antron Brown, 2,252; 6. Mike Salinas, 2,224; 7. Brittany Force, 2,210; 8. Clay Millican, 2,196; 9. Tony Schumacher, 2,163; 10. Austin Prock, 2,162.

Pro Stock Car

Greg Anderson cracking wise in the staging lanes.

Greg Anderson’s late-season surge in Pro Stock continued at St. Louis in a major way, as the veteran won for the second straight weekend thanks to a run of 6.552 at 209.92 in his Chevrolet Camaro in the finals against Aaron Stanfield. After struggling for much of the season, Anderson is now second in points – just 25 points behind Erica Enders – picking up his second win of the season and the 103rd in his career. He’s gone from eighth to second in just two races, taking down Jerry Tucker, Deric Kramer and Enders on Sunday to reach the final round.

It was the second straight semifinal win against Enders, as Anderson was .002 on the starting line against the defending world champ, also snapping her string of four straight wins in St. Louis. He was great on the starting in the final round, too, going .021 to lead wire-to-wire against Stanfield, who went 6.567 at 209.14.

“I’m back in the game. I’ve legitimately got a shot at this championship with three races to go, and that’s all you can ask,” Anderson said. “I went to the first race at Reading and lost in the first round, and I’ve said it a million times – you can’t win the championship at the first race of the playoffs, but you can lose it. I was knocking on the door of knocking myself out of it. if I didn’t have a big recovery at the next race, I was out of it. I’m back in the fight, and I have a great hot rod, but there are so many great cars, so many great drivers in this class right now. It’s incredible. These next three races are going to be a bare-knuckled brawl.

“From first round on, it’s like racing the final, every week. Right now, if you don’t do a perfect job round one you go home. There’s no telling what’s going to happen from here on out. I feel fantastic about the way things have gone these past two weeks. With the job my guys have done on my racecar and even the job I’ve been able to do behind the wheel, it feels great.”

Stanfield advanced to his first final round of 2023 and 14th in his Pro Stock career by defeating Camrie Caruso, Chris McGaha and Bo Butner. Matt Hartford, who was upset in the first round, is 38 points back of Enders and Dallas Glenn, who also lost in the opening round, trails the defending champ by 64 points.

PRO STOCK CAR results:

ROUND ONE — Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.560, 210.93 def. Dallas Glenn, Chevy Camaro, 6.585, 207.15; Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.566, 210.28 def. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.587, 207.43; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.536, 210.90 def. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, Foul – Red Light; Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.562, 208.52 def. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, Broke; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.576, 209.33 def. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.533, 209.65; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.543, 210.21 def. Jerry Tucker, Camaro, 11.938, 73.19; Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.567, 208.49 def. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.538, 210.70; Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.514, 210.90 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.562, 206.83;

QUARTERFINALS — Stanfield, 6.572, 210.70 def. C. McGaha, 6.587, 208.75; Anderson, 6.537, 209.75 def. Kramer, 6.566, 208.88; Butner, 6.563, 209.98 def. M. McGaha, Broke; Enders, 6.538, 210.60 def. Cuadra Jr., 6.579, 208.42;

SEMIFINALS — Stanfield, 6.587, 209.65 def. Butner, 6.577, 209.65; Anderson, 6.541, 209.79 def. Enders, 10.309, 89.32;

FINAL — Anderson, 6.552, 209.92 def. Stanfield, 6.567, 209.14.

Pro Stock Car points:

1. Erica Enders, 2,331; 2. Greg Anderson, 2,306; 3. Matt Hartford, 2,293; 4. Dallas Glenn, 2,267; 5. Aaron Stanfield, 2,258; 6. Troy Coughlin Jr., 2,224; 7. Deric Kramer, 2,215; 8. Kyle Koretsky, 2,186; 9. Camrie Caruso, 2,154; 10. Bo Butner, 2,152.

Competition Eliminator — Ronnie Bohn, Dragster, 7.971, 127.04 def. John Frech, Dragster, Foul – Red Light.

Super Stock — Jay Storey, Chevy Camaro, 9.158, 148.38 def. Brenda Grubbs, Camaro, 9.182, 145.81.

Stock Eliminator — Tyler Bohannon, Chevy Corvette, 10.415, 118.70 def. Lyn Smith, Buick Century, 11.405, 114.52.

Super Comp — Trene Cressonie, Dragster, 8.863, 178.59 def. Jeremy Mason, Dragster, Foul – Red Light.

Super Gas — Al Gavlovsky, Chevy Corvette, 9.901, 151.34 def. Phil Unruh, Chevy Camaro, 9.899, 170.23.

Top Sportsman — Chad Pekrul,Chevy Camaro, 6.618, 210.44 def. Kyle Firestone, Chevy Bel Air, 6.236, 220.44.

Pro Modified — Jordan Lazic, Chevy Camaro, No Time Recorded def. Jason Scruggs, Camaro, Broke – No Show.

Factory X — Allen Johnson, Dodge Clallenger, 7.105, 202.27 def. Chris Holbrook, Ford Mustand, 7.768, 179.47.

Factory Stock Showdown — Mark Pawuk, Dodge Challenger, 7.638, 180.89 def. Stephen Bell, Chevy Camaro, 7.651, 179.47.

Junior Dragster Shootout — Piper Filson, Dragster, 7.934, 80.48 def. Zevlynn Riley, Dragster, 8.970, 73.33.

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action Oct. 12-15 with the 38th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas.

story and photos by Tim Hailey, all of the car text by NHRA

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