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Brisbane drag racer Steven Ham will be in unfamiliar territory at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals from June 7 to 10 at Willowbank Raceway, the first time he has entered Australia's biggest drag racing event in the Pro Slammer division.

Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder proved a ready challenge for the Mega Pro Stock team, with a strong field entered.

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Learning has never been so much fun as when it is done at 390 kilometres per hour, with Spinozzi Racing enjoying two days of Pro Slammer discovery at Sydney Dragway.

Sydney’s Adam Layton has been burning the midnight oil in the lead up to the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway on May 4-5.

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In an Australian drag racing first, IHRA Australia and 400 Thunder are now going to reward the top five points scorers after the 51st Gulf Western Winternationals with the prestige of running a single digit number for the following season.

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Queensland's Willowbank Raceway rumbled to the sound of ten Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars on May 12, with round three of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships also taking place.


Frankie Taylor set not one but two personal best ETs across the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway at the weekend, while between them Taylor and stable-mate Ben Bray claimed three race wins for the GWO-supported Team Bray Racing.

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A healthy crowd came out to Hidden Valley Drag Strip in near perfect weather to witness the opening round of the 2018 Track Championship season.

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Queensland is proving to be the dominant State in Pro Stock competition right now but a seven event-long stranglehold on the category by one family has been broken, throwing the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals into unpredictable territory.

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An eager crowd, a party in the pits, blazing fast passes and close racing made the Willowbank Raceway round of Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars on May 12 one of the best yet.

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John Zappia has returned to the lead of the 2017/18 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Championship with victory at the penultimate round of the series in Sydney.

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While other sports hurry to establish professional women's leagues and ensure gender equity, there is one professional sport where men and women compete alongside one another in an equal environment – Top Fuel drag racing.

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Steven Barnett went down in Australian drag racing history with the first six second pass by a 13B powered car in Australia, now he is aiming for the world record.

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Following a hard-fought season, Justin Russell has been awarded the 2017/2018 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Australian Title for the Supercharged Outlaws bracket.


Top Fuel pilot Peter Xiberras had his challenge for the 400 Thunder Top Fuel Title well and truly underway at Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder on the weekend, reducing the gap between he and title leader Damien Harris with a round one victory, before a round two incident saw Xiberras hit the wall in his PremiAir Racing dragster.

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For most drag racers it’s usually a mad thrash to get ready for a major event. It can be stressful with long days and nights, however in the case of Bruce Read, less than one week out, the Jim Read Racing crew chief was sitting on his lounge relaxing and watching AFL on the TV.

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At Sydney Dragway's rotary themed Race 4 Real, Eric Wolf in [TRIPLE] RX3 turned it on in front of the biggest Race 4 Real crowd we have seen at Sydney Dragway in recent memory.

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Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder delivered some spectacular action on May 4 and 5, 2018 - check out the event captured through the camera lenses of Drag News photographers Grant Stephens and Michael Wyllie.

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Top Fuel rookie Kelly Bettes has taken the lead of the 400 Thunder championship after a win in a historic final at Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway.

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Californian speedster Ashley Sanford will re-join her Rapisarda Autosport International team mates Wayne Newby and Damien Harris for the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder meeting at Sydney Dragway on May 4-5.

Drag News Magazine Issue 32 features the racer once known as ‘The Kid’. Ben Bray is the son of Australian drag racing legend Victor Bray but hasn’t let that fact typecast him, exploring areas of the sport beyond the family’s traditional doorslammer lean. In this issue we focus on his Toyota Solara, which is destined for the five second zone using a unique 1FZ Land Cruiser motor!

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While any season with a championship at the end of it is likely to have been a good one, Spencer says this one ranks right up there.

Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder kicks off today at Sydney Dragway and Australian drag racing fans have given their opinions on who the winners will be.


Team Bray Racing will soon be on its way to Sydney Dragway, ready for this weekend’s Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event.

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With the 400 Thunder Pro Stock Championship reaching its crescendo at the Winternationals in just a few weeks time, Jason Hedges Racing is pushing hard for a best ever finish.

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With the support of his fellow racers, friends and family however, he was able to hoist a prestigious ANDRA Gold Christmas Tree at the final round of the season last month.

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The normal open test and tune prior to the Nitro Thunder event was a private track hire affair this year with limited numbers, but packed in plenty of action.

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New South Wales ANDRA volunteer Aaron Brookes has been announced as the Gallagher Volunteer of the Year for the 2017/2018 season.

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Danny Makdessi's blown Valiant, dubbed the "Devil's Taxi", is one of the most stunning race cars in the country, and now it has just got cooler.


Two young Queensland drag racers will be doing their best to play David against Goliath at this Saturday's Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car event at Willowbank Raceway.

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The 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series will welcome a familiar face in a not so familiar class back to competition this weekend, as Emilio Spinozzi makes his Pro Slammer debut in the Speedmaster Chevelle.


No stone has been left unturned by John Zappia and his team of Pro Slammer professionals ahead of the second last round of the 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series at Sydney Dragway this weekend, May 4-5.


We teased Brendon Luke's new Procharged altered recently, and now it has hit the track in full beast mode.

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Queensland's Justin Walshe has been one of the busiest men in Australian drag racing recently, crossing the country to compete at three different venues in three different cars.

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The local Sydney Super Sedan track championship is arguably the toughest in the country with big fields at every round, and often heading the pack is NSW countrysider Michael Little with his unmissable yellow LJ Torana.

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Joe Kurtovic is preparing to unleash an old school cool front engine dragster on to the strip in Sydney soon, with a unique powerplant up front.

Wayne Daley steered the Diamond T Custom Tool Boxes Dodge to the winner’s circle at Sydney Dragway earlier this month, claiming maximum points in the process.

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A family favourite event returns to Willowbank Raceway this Saturday night with an emphasis on up-close engagement for fans young and old alike.

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At the recent ANDRA Grand Finals, Steve Norman not only took out the SuperComp victory for the final round of the 17/18 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, but also the Crow Cams Best Engineered Award.

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Two words can summarise Phil Penny's Honda S600 - genre-defying. The body shouts nostalgia, but the turbo poking out of the bonnet argues an outlaw of some description. Between the chassis rails the Toyota 2JZ motor is all sport compact, but on the tyres it's a 10.5. The conflict is just how Penny likes it.

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On the back of a huge Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car show the Queensland Drag Racing Championship racers had the chance to show off their sportsman racing prowess in front of a great crowd for round three of the series.


Australia’s National Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion Chris Matheson has taken yet another step in the right direction to improve on his performance following the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway.

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It may have been over a month since he took out the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Australian Title for the DENSO Super Street bracket, but South Australian Harry Harris is still buzzing.


Think you're a drag racing Nostradamus? Test your skills and see if you can pick the winners for Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder which takes place this weekend at Sydney Dragway.

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At Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder, Geoff Gradden produced a remarkable string of passes that would make any seasoned bracket racer grin.


Phil Howard emerged with barely a scratch following his braking area off at Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder.


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A dark horse in the unfolding 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship, Top Fuel racer Peter Xiberras is ready to make his play for the title at the upcoming Gulf Western Oil Nitro Champs (May 4 and 5).