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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

Pritchett, Hagen, & Line Win Pomona Wallys From #1 Spots, Sportsman Winners Too!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) – Leah Pritchett, who grew up in nearby Redlands, California grabbed the second Top Fuel Wally of her career at the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals on...

335 MPH Funny Cars Pace Pomona Winternationals Track Records In Final Qualifying!

After local weather forecasters warned of a rainy Friday and Saturday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the storm clouds moved away providing amazing performance, with track records and a great start...

Rain, Rain Has Gone Away – 57th NHRA Winternationals Are Smokin’!

Despite the local predictions for nearly two days of rain, the first day of professional qualifying for the NHRA Winternationals showed just how wrong the weatherman can be and how good the NHRA’s...

NHRA Heritage Series Champ Krabill Debuts New Car & Sponsorship For Good Vibrations March Meet

It was a long time coming for the Austin & O’Brien team and driver Kris Krabill in winning the 2016 NHRA Heritage Series Nitro Funny Car Championship. A winning season, starting out the...

John Force Racing Is Back In SoCal And Holding A Wednesday Open House At The RaceStation!

(Phoenix testing photos by Gary Nastase Photography)   Years ago, John Force Racing moved from their remodeled luxury car dealership in SoCal’s Yorba Linda heading for new headquarters with...

Irwindale Drags Open For Special Friday Night Thunder This Week!

We’ve got a hidden treasure here in Southern California, and it just keeps grinding out timeslips week after week, year after year. The Irwindale Event Center is a workhorse in SoCal, home to a...

Brighten Up Your Man Cave With One Of These ‘Legends Of Nitro’ 2017 Calendars!

Every year our friends at Stith Printing and Legends of Nitro compile some of the best photography available to create real, old school, wall-hanging printed calendars. In previous years, owner Kevin...

Heritage/Nostalgia Drag Racing – Lots To Do In 2017!

Three-time IHRA and three-time NHRA Heritage Series Champion Jason Rupert (Photos by Jeff Burghard, Mike Burghardt & Darr Hawthorne -Words by Darr Hawthorne)  2017 is transitional year for...

Top Fuel Pilot, Nostalgia Pioneer Dan Horan Sr. Passes Away

  (Photos by Tim Marshall, Keith Burgan, John Ewald and Jeff Burghardt – Words by Darr Hawthorne)  Dan Horan Sr. has passed away, he was a cool guy who was a diehard dragster racer...

More Action! Opening The Archives Of Street Car SuperNationals Past!

(Photos by James Drew, Tim Marshall and Darr Hawthorne – Words by Darr Hawthorne)  The Street Car Supernationals hit its twelfth year at the Strip at Las Vegas; it wasn’t possible for me to...

Finally A Champion; Ron Capps Is Your 2016 Funny Car Champ!

Ron Capps and the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team, led by crew chief Rahn Tobler, delivered Capps his first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship after being...

Capps Closes In On 1st NHRA Funny Car Championship at NHRA Finals!

Ron Capps‘ dream season, as he characterized it, has been dominant in 2016. Capps is looking at his best shot ever for the NHRA funny car championship after four #2 points finishes. His five wins...

Nitro Gypsy Lays Down Funny Car Odds At California Hot Rod Reunion XXV!

It’s a given that the California Hot Rod Reunion attracts some of the best racecars in North America every year and the 25th edition of this event (October 20 – 23) is no exception.  The...

The 14th Ventura Nationals – Lead Sleds, Coupes, Sedans, Trucks & Bikes – No Trailers!

(Words and photos by Darr Hawthorne)  The Ventura Nationals, across the street from the surfing beach at the Ventura Fairgrounds has grown. Since its inception, this event gave locals a place to...