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There were many headlines made in the sport of Australian drag racing across 2017 - we've put together a list of the ten biggest news stories from our site based on the hits received.

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When Andrew Katavatis and the Beach Bomb Outlaw Nitro Funny Car thunder down the Perth Motorplex drag strip, you might have seen a very enthusiastic supporter watching from behind and cheering on its driver.


Going drag racing for the first time can be a hell of a lot of fun and we want to make sure you can avoid some of the pitfalls that newbies get into at the track.

Competition eliminator racer Shane Baxter broke through to reset the national speed CC/AA record over 1000ft at the weekend’s Rowe Memorial at Calder Park Raceway.


Australia’s number one Top Bike racer, Chris Matheson, is counting down the days until the Santo’s Summer Thunder round of the Australian 400 Thunder Championship on January 19 and 20 at Sydney Dragway.

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The Santos Summer meeting has received a major boost with NHRA star Ashley Sanford to race alongside her Rapisarda Autosport International team-mates Damien Harris and Wayne Newby.

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After the loss of the 400 Thunder Australian Professional Drag Racing Series championship round due to be run at Calder Park in January, Sydney Dragway will now host round 4 of the 2017-18 Pro Slammer Championship at the Santo’s Summer Thunder in January 2018.


The Rowe Memorial at Calder Park saw drag racers fight it out in the Summit Sportsman Series and Hayley Turns was there to capture all the action.


John Zappia has returned to the top of the 400 Thunder Pro Slammer series with a textbook performance at Willowbank Raceway's New Years Thunder event.

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Western Australian drag racing fans will get to see a fresh category of racing as part of the Night of Fire at Perth Motorplex on December 30, with the APSA Outlaw Radial class hitting the track.

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With tragic passing of Anita Board, it is often hard to pay tribute with words. So around the country racers young and old paid their respects and to honour Anita in a range of personal gestures and gatherings at drag racing venues. We have shown you some of those moments of respect already, however from Sydney Dragway, Madman Productions has put together an emotional video from a day dedicated to Anita.

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With national 400 Thunder sportsman points on offer, 90 racers turned out at Willowbank Raceway for Spring Thunder on November 25, 2017.


We were saddened this week to hear of the passing of Victorian Top Bike staple Phil Parker. Always a smiling presence in the pits, Parker featured on the cover of issue 15 of Drag News Magazine with this feature. We'd like to bring it to you now so you can read his poignant comments on life, death and drag racing.

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Bill Farrugia is looking to take the performance that saw him top qualify at the last round of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series and convert that into an event victory at the upcoming South Coast 660 event.


The year that was for Team Bray Racing was nothing short of mammoth, with a roller coaster of emotions keeping the team on their toes throughout 2017.

Scott MacLean scorched to the top of the Pro Slammer qualifying list on the opening night of East Coast Thunder at Sydney Dragway, before a red light in eliminations put the Darwin driver out of the event.

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The heat at New Years Thunder on January 6, 2018 proved no barrier to intense racing action, nor the thousands of spectators who poured through the gates of Willowbank Raceway for one of the biggest one day events in the venue's recent history.

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Bubbly, bouncy, high energy – all of these terms have been used to describe Californian Top Fuel drag racing sensation Ashley Sanford.


Following concerns regarding the racing surface at Calder Park Raceway raised by 400 Thunder Professional competitor groups, today 400 Thunder has announced that these categories will not race at the Australian Nationals event in January 2018.

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Junior Dragster racer Anita Board has been remembered in a series of memorials around the globe as the drag racing community came together to remember the eight year old driver who passed away in an accident at Perth Motorplex.

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It is with great sadness we report the passing of Top Fuel Bike racer Phil Parker.


John Zappia is one of the great record setters of Australian drag racing and one of the great things is most of them have been set in a time of internet video coverage! Let's go through the list...


As a tribute to Anita Board, Lamattina Top Fuel Racing will run a unique #ponypowerforever livery at the upcoming New Year’s Thunder event at Willowbank Raceway.

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Craig Geddes has claimed the prestigious Rowe Memorial after taking victory in his new Super Stock machine at Calder Park Dragway today.

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Peter Xiberras took an emotional win in round two of the 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship at Willowbank Raceway in Queensland on Saturday night in front of one of the biggest one-day crowds ever seen in Australian drag racing.

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High expectations weighed on New South Wales drag racer Paul Mouhayet when he and the Moits Racing team announced they would be moving to compete in the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, joining the ultra-competitive Pro Slammer division.

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Drag racers are always trying to find an edge to beat their opponents down the strip, but have racers overlooked one of the most basic fundamentals of any race, which is how well they can see or react to visual clues?

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Rapisarda Autosport International are committed to racing around the planet in Top Fuel. Watch their adventure in Pomona, California in our latest video feature.

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Australian drag racing legend, the Big ‘O’ Larry Ormsby has been named Grand Marshal for the New Year’s Thunder event at Willowbank Raceway on Saturday, 6 January 2018.


If there is an international driver in motorsport who has been to Australia more than Billings, Montana-based Chuck Haynes, we’d like to find them.

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Kalitta Motorsports has announced Richie Crampton will return to the team and run for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship in the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster.

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As Hidden Valley Dragway battens down the hatches for the oncoming Wet Season, the venue crowned their 2017 Track Champions after another successful season.

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The nitro sights and sounds of New Years Thunder at Willowbank Raceway this Saturday, January 6 won't be contained to the ground-shaking Top Fuel dragsters.

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The following has been released by Calder Park Drag Racing today, the 18th of December 2017.

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In what has rapidly become a must see event in Australia, the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars again took over Perth Motorplex on December 2 with a massive show of 14 cars backed up by the third round of the WA Drag Racing Championship.

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Australia’s professional drag racing series, 400 Thunder today confirmed the initial programing for 400 Thunder Drag Racing to be aired on 7mate commencing on 30th November.

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Perth Motorplex put on a show on Saturday, December 30, 2017 with the running of the Night of Fire. Check out this gallery of photos from Jay Treasure!

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Rising NHRA Top Fuel star Ashley Sanford will return to Australia to drivefor Rapisarda Autosport International at Willowbank Raceway on January 6.


The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars packed the Perth Motorplex when they last visited the venue and this event was no different, with the huge West Australian crowd treated to an even better show that left fans on their edge of their seats unit the very last pass of the night.

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Wayne Talbot has revealed a glimpse of his new alcohol funny car on Facebook, with plans to debut the car in Top Alcohol/Pro Alcohol in the New Year.


Queensland's newest Top Fuel driver will get to display her skills in front of a Willowbank Raceway home crowd for the first time in competition at News Years Thunder on Saturday, January 6.

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IHRA Australia has announced an expansion with new Melbourne-based Technical and Administration positions.

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The largest field of Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars ever in Australia will take to Perth Motorplex this Saturday, December 2.

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Amongst the field at this Saturday’s Rowe Memorial – which includes round six of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series – will be current points leader and last year’s Rowe Memorial Super Stock winner, Tom Dimitropoulos.


There is a new challenger for the 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship on the scene and Willowbank Raceway's New Years Thunder event on January 6, 2018 could be the place where he makes his move for the points lead.


Calder Park's long and tumultuous history had another chapter written last week with the 400 Thunder Series making the decision to remove the pro categories from the Australian Nationals.

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The Australian National Drag Racing Association and Summit Racing Equipment are pleased to announce a multi-year renewal of their relationship.

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"This is Al McClure to Perth Motorplex Mission Control - we have lift off"