OPINION: Enders Isn’t ‘Just a Girl,’ She’s the Best in the Business

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com 4/26/21) Sunday, April 18th, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Erica Enders won the NHRA Camping World Series Pro Stock race in her 300th career start. It was her eighth win and second straight at Vegas and her 30th overall in the class. She is currently at the top … Continue reading OPINION: Enders Isn’t ‘Just a Girl,’ She’s the Best in the Business

Justin Jones Taking Talents to NHRA Pro Mod

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com 1/15/20) After stunning the racing world with a monster 5.51-second pass at last November’s Street Car Super Nationals, Justin Jones is taking his skills and his Larry Jeffers-built race car to NHRA’s Pro Mod class. In recent years, the doorslammer class has been arguably the best racing in the sport with … Continue reading Justin Jones Taking Talents to NHRA Pro Mod

Matt Smith: I’d Love to Drive Pro Mod Again

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com Sept. 27, 2019) As the NHRA returns to St. Louis this weekend for the AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals, three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith, the defending winner here, stopped by Nitro Notes to discuss why the track, now called World Wide Technology Raceway, has been so good to him in … Continue reading Matt Smith: I’d Love to Drive Pro Mod Again

Warren Johnson: If I Were To Do It Again, I’d Go Circle Track Racing

(First appeared at GoPRN.com Sept. 6, 2019) This week, six-time NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson experienced two firsts. On the one hand, he made his Nitro Notes debut, which went great. On the other, he raced his protégé, four-time Pro Stock champ Greg Anderson during a special match race at the US … Continue reading Warren Johnson: If I Were To Do It Again, I’d Go Circle Track Racing

NHRA Pro Mod ‘Speed Queen’ Erica Enders Looks Back on WSOPM 2018

Originally posted on DragIllustrated.com April 26, 2019. Erica Enders decided last year she was going to race Pro Mod at select races in addition to her duties as a full-time Pro Stock driver for Richard Freeman’s Elite Motorsports. Within that 12 months, she has gone rounds and in Houston two weeks ago, set the Pro … Continue reading NHRA Pro Mod ‘Speed Queen’ Erica Enders Looks Back on WSOPM 2018

Pro Mod Star Eric Latino Talks Suspense & Tension At WSOPM

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com on 5/18/2018) Eric Latino discovered last year, when DRAG ILLUSTRATED Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck puts on an event, he doesn’t play. The World Series of Pro Mod, hosted at Bandimere Speedway for the second consecutive year, is Aug. 10-11 and the Canadian Pro Mod ace looks to build on his round … Continue reading Pro Mod Star Eric Latino Talks Suspense & Tension At WSOPM

DI 30 UNDER 30 2017: Tanner Gray

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com on 2/1/2018) The youth movement has arrived in NHRA Pro Stock. As we see beloved veterans such as V. Gaines, Larry Morgan, and 2012 class champion Allen Johnson either retire or drastically reduce the number of races in which they participate, young drivers such as Alex Laughlin, Drew Skillman, and newly … Continue reading DI 30 UNDER 30 2017: Tanner Gray

“Big Chief” Dishes on NHRA-legal Shakedown Runs

(This story first appeared at DragIllustrated.com Aug. 27, 2016.) It was after midnight at Gateway Motorsports Park and a crowd was forming around the small trailer and pop-up forming the pit of Justin “Big Chief” Shearer. The star of the Discovery Channels’ hit reality television show Street Outlaws had just made his last pass of the night, … Continue reading “Big Chief” Dishes on NHRA-legal Shakedown Runs