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Jerry Bonkowski

  1. Marcos Ambrose looks to salvage lost season in V8 Supercars, has had no issues ‘moving on’ from NASCAR

    Jul 28, 2015, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Even though it has been pretty much of a lost season for him in Australia’s V8 Supercars series, Marcos Ambrose believes he can still find some success before the racing year is over.

  2. ‘Race With Restraint’ proves grassroots racers want, will use more safety equipment at affordable rate

    Jul 28, 2015, 6:56 PM EDT

    The "Race With Restraint" initiative made its debut this past weekend in suburban Chicago at the 24 Hours of LeMons. (Photo courtesy Motorsport Safety Foundation)

    The first attempt at bringing top-of-the-line safety equipment to the grassroots racing masses was an unqualified success.

  3. NHRA: Hector Arana Jr. aims for first Pro Stock Motorcycle title

    Jul 28, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT

    Hector Arana Jr. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    Hector Arana Jr. hopes 2015 is about time to finally be his time.

  4. NHRA: Big changes coming to Pro Stock this weekend, next season

    Jul 28, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT

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    To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the demise of NHRA’s Pro Stock class have been greatly exaggerated.

  5. NHRA Mile-High Nationals winners: Torrence, Beckman, Morgan, Krawiec

    Jul 26, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT

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    Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Larry Morgan (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won in Sunday’s NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

  6. ‘Race With Restraint’ strives to improve safety for grassroots racers

    Jul 24, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Among the biggest risks of grassroots racing is oftentimes the lack of adequate safety equipment, particularly head-and-neck restraint devices and upgraded helmets.

  7. Matt Hagan wants to stay on top of Funny Car mountain heading into Denver this weekend

    Jul 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Defending Funny Car champ Matt Hagan (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    When you reach the top of the mountain, not only do you enjoy the view, the last thing you want to do is head down.

  8. NHRA: After rough 2014, the “Fast” is back with Jack Beckman

    Jul 21, 2015, 8:03 PM EDT

    Jack Beckman (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    In the course of two seasons, Jack Beckman went from NHRA Funny Car champ to a virtual “Whatever happened to?” query.

  9. Is it time NHRA returns to quarter-mile racing for Top Fuel, Funny Car?

    Jul 21, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Has the time come for NHRA to return to its “true” quarter-mile, 1,320-foot racetrack length it was founded upon?

  10. Ex-NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose to decide V8 Supercars future at season’s end

    Jul 17, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT

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    When Marcos Ambrose left NASCAR at the end of last season to return to his native Australia, he was excited to return to V8 Supercars racing.

  11. NHRA: Career-best season thus far has driver and blind crew chief/team owner dreaming of championship

    Jul 13, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT


    When Jay Blake said prior to the season that 2015 could be the best season ever for his Follow-A-Dream team, it was a prediction based upon hope and optimism.

  12. Del Worsham has ‘unfinished business': NHRA Funny Car title

    Jul 13, 2015, 7:03 PM EDT

    Del Worsham (Gary Nastase photo)

    While he failed to leave Chicago with his fifth career win at Route 66 Raceway this weekend, Del Worsham is still in very good standing.

  13. Report: NHRA to end ESPN TV deal, move to Fox Sports 1 in 2016

    Jul 13, 2015, 5:24 PM EDT

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    A report Monday said the NHRA will end its 14-year relationship with ESPN to televise national event races at the end of this season and move broadcasts to Fox Sports 1 in 2016.

  14. NHRA Route 66: Hector Arana Jr. repeats as PSM winner; Allen Johnson earns 25th Pro Stock win

    Jul 12, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT


    Sunday’s Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals was déjà vu for motorcycle racer Hector Arana Jr., while it was the first and 25th time as well for Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson.

  15. NHRA Funny Car: Tommy Johnson Jr.’s winning wish comes true at Route 66

    Jul 12, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

    Tommy Johnson Jr. won the Funny Car class in Sunday's final round of the Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    JOLIET, Il. – For the nearly five years he was away from drag racing as an active driver, Tommy Johnson had the same recurring wish: that he’d find his way back behind the wheel some day.

  16. NHRA: Final finishing order, results, round-by-round and standings after Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals

    Jul 12, 2015, 7:27 PM EDT

    Sunday's NHRA winners at Joliet: Hector Arana, Allen Johnson, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Tony Schumacher. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    JOLIET, Il. – Here’s the final finishing order, final round results, round-by-round results and updated point standings after Sunday’s Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

  17. NHRA Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher proves once again that Chicago is his kinda town

    Jul 12, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

    Tony Schumacher makes it five wins in a row at his home track, Route 66 Raceway in suburban Chicago. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    JOLIET, Il. – When you’re in the boss’s own backyard, at his and your home track, and he’s also your father, well, you can’t help but rise to the occasion.

  18. NHRA: 5-time champ Jeg Coughlin to run 3 Pro Stock races for Elite Motorsports

    Jul 12, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT

    Jeg Coughlin (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin will return to the sport for a minimum three-race stint for defending Pro Stock championship team Elite Motorsports.

  19. Rookie Skillman, veteran Anderson set Pro Stock track records at Route 66; Ellis sets Motorcycle track mark

    Jul 11, 2015, 1:52 AM EDT

    Drew Skillman set a track record to earn the provisional pole spot in Friday's Pro Stock qualifying at Route 66 Raceway. (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    JOLIET, Il. – Drew Skillman continues to impress in his rookie season on the NHRA Pro Stock circuit.

  20. NHRA: Cruz Pedregon puts best foot forward in first day of qualifying at Route 66

    Jul 11, 2015, 1:11 AM EDT

    Cruz Pedregon (Photo courtesy NHRA)

    JOLIET, Il. – Cruz Pedregon likes being a leader, rather than a follower. And when it comes to Route 66 Raceway, he believes in putting his best foot forward as soon as he can.

  21. NHRA: The night time proves to be the right time for Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown at Route 66

    Jul 10, 2015, 11:12 PM EDT

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    JOLIET, Il. – There’s something about racing at night that seems to bring out the best in Top Fuel driver Antron Brown.

  22. Bobby Rahal goes to NHRA race to scout a driver — future daughter-in-law, Courtney Force

    Jul 10, 2015, 9:52 PM EDT

    Bobby Rahal looks on at the car of future daughter-in-law Courtney Force (in the multicolor Traxxas car in the foreground) as it prepares to qualify Friday at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Il. (Photo courtesy John Force Racing)

    JOLIET, Il. – IndyCar team owner and former CART champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal was on a scouting trip of sorts on Friday, checking out a driver.

  23. Veteran sports journalist Terry Blount named to NHRA VP role

    Jul 9, 2015, 5:07 PM EDT


    Veteran sports journalist Terry Blount has been named Vice President of Public Relations and Communications of the National Hot Rod Association.

  24. NHRA: Anderson wins 4th of ’15, Stoffer over Sampey in 3rd all-female final in NHRA history; Kalitta, Beckman also win

    Jul 5, 2015, 9:53 PM EDT

    Sunday's NHRA winners at Norwalk, Ohio: Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle). Photo courtesy NHRA.

    Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) took home wins in Sunday’s NHRA race in Norwalk, Ohio.

  25. NHRA: Tony Pedregon hopes to keep momentum going in Norwalk

    Jul 2, 2015, 11:08 PM EDT

    Tony Pedregon (Photo courtesy Tony Pedregon official Twitter account)

    The way his season had been going, two-time NHRA Funny Car champ Tony Pedregon was threatening to become a “Whatever Happened To?” question.