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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

Kalitta, Hight And Butner Start The NHRA Mello Mello Season With Wins At Winternationals!

(Photos by Mike & Jeff Burghardt and Sandra Alberti) – It was a long weekend and a Monday to complete the season-opening 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented...

Sunday Washout At 59th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals – Monday Eliminations At Pomona!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) – Sunday was mostly a washout at the 59th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, but for the first six pair of Top Fuel Dragsters who managed to complete their first round...

59th Winternationals Bonus – #1 Nitro Qualifiers Real Interview!

Saturday evening at Auto Club Pomona Raceway is a relief for drag racers after four competitive rounds of qualifying over two days for the 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by...

NHRA Winternationals Friday Pro Gallery Action – Right Here!

(Photos by Jeff and Mike Burghardt) – NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicked off 2019 with two qualifying rounds on Friday, with defending Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence...

PRO Winter Warm-Ups, Final Day When Sportsman Racers Roll!

(Photos by Big Bob Snyder) – After four days of the Pro Fuel Cars on the track at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Sunday was a rainout. The Fuel cars moved on to Pomona Raceway to park in the...

PRO Winter Warm-Ups, NHRA Pre-Season Test Sessions Complete!

(Photos by Big Bob Snyder, words by NHRA Communications) – NHRA drivers took the opportunity to shake off the rust at the preseason test session at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Jan. 30 – Feb....

Day Three PRO Winter Warm-Ups, Mike Salinas & Alan Johnson 3.747 ET!

(Photos by Big Bob Snyder) – Day three of the PRO Winter Warm-ups at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park had more teams, new bodies and performance. The season opening Lucas Oil Winternationals at...

Day Two PRO Winter Warm-Ups, ’18 Mello Yello Fuel Champs Lead The Pack!

(Photos by Big Bob Snyder) – Day two of the PRO Winter Warm-ups at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park brought out more teams, racecars and bikes wiping out the cobwebs. With only a handful of days...

Day One PRO Winter Warm-Ups, NHRA Professionals Testing In Arizona!

(Photos by Big Bob Snyder) – As the 2019 NHRA Mello Mello drag racing season unfolds, the traditional PRO Winter Warm-ups invite member fuel cars from all over the country to test new team members,...

McLeod Clutches’ Krista Baldwin Acquires Nitro University A/Fuel Dragster Team

(Photos and words by Krista Baldwin Racing) – Krista Baldwin has acquired the Nitro University A/Fuel dragster team for the 2019 season. Baldwin, grand daughter of legendary nitro pioneer;...

Celebrating The 70th Anniversary of In-n-Out Burger & Hot Rod At Pomona Raceway!

(Photos and words by Darr Hawthorne) – – In today’s world of hot rodding and racing, nobody seems to take a chance; more of the same from last year, decade, and century is the norm....

The Ultra-Competitive A/Factory Experiment Class From The California Hot Rod Reunion!

(Peter Liebig Photography) – The recent California Hot Rod Reunion attracts a broad collection of hot rods and racecars, with one class of classic cars that always attracts a unique bunch....

Pritchett, Capps, Coughlin Jr. & Smith #1 Qualifiers At NHRA Pomona World Finals!

(Photos by Jeff and Mike Burghardt) –Leah Pritchett in Top Fuel, Ron Capps’ Funny Car, Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle were No. 1 qualifiers in their...

Prichett Top Fuel 3.649 ET, Johnson Jr, Coughlin Jr, & Smith Are Friday Qualifying Leaders At Pomona NHRA World Finals!

(Mike Burghardt photos) – Friday at Pomona Raceway had near perfect weather with an awesome track and the Top Fuel class took advantage of it with epic qualifying at the the season-ending 54th...