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The 10 date series opens this weekend with the Central Swing’s opening Nitro Up North event at Hidden Valley Raceway, followed one-week later with the Desert Nationals at Alice Springs Inland Dragway.

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Expectations are high for the Nitro Up North event at Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin on July 21 and 22, with 123 teams set to make the trek after racer entries closed on Monday.

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Hidden Valley Drag Strip's track championship has put their third round into the books following a big weekend of racing at the venue over Friday and Saturday.

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After more than 35 years on Willowbank Raceway’s board of management, including 32 years as president, John 'Stomper' Winterburn has stood down.

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With the Brisbane Jamboree just over a month away we always see a few new rides appear in time for one of the biggest Sport Compact events in the world.

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Shane Tucker competed this weekend at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N but fell short in the first round of eliminations at Route 66 Raceway.

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Reigning 400 Thunder Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team are making their final preparations for the Nitro Up North season opener in Darwin later this month.

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The fourth and final day of the 50th Gulf Western Oil Winternationals was set to be a fitting finale of what had been an incredible season of 400 Thunder action, before mother nature had other ideas. Early morning showers gave way to what was (at times) torrential rain in the afternoon, eventually forcing the abandonment of the event, despite the best efforts of the Willowbank track crew to dry the track.

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O’Rourke Motorsport is on its way to Darwin for the fifth consecutive year, with this weekend’s Nitro Up North event to host OMS Pro Slammer at Hidden Valley Raceway across July 21 and 22.

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Encouraged by a strong finish in the 2016/17 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, South Australian Jason Arbery is ready to take his Chev-powered Ford Capri to the next level.

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It’s far from wet season in the Northern Territory, but one drag racer will be aiming to break a two decade drought when he competes at Nitro Up North on July 21 and 22 at Hidden Valley Drag Strip.


We have been following the war for the Street GT-R World Record since featuring the then record holder Robert Marjan in Drag News Magazine #21. Well over two days last week, the three main combatants went all out at Sydney Dragway.

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Top Australian drag racers are arriving in Darwin ahead of Nitro Up North this Friday and Saturday at Hidden Valley Drag Strip.


Queensland drag racing is proving something of a leader when it comes to new generation drag racing categories, showing in several new marks set during Saturday's Queensland Drag Racing Championship at Willowbank Raceway.

Kerry Tremayne has reflected on the performances of his sons and the MEGA Racing Pro Stock team following a successful, but rollercoaster, season.


The world of Top Fuel drag racing has been wrapped in excitement since the announcement of Lamattina Top Fuel Racing’s new driver, Kelly Bettes.

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Team Bray Racing is on its way to the Northern Territory for this weekend’s Nitro Up North event to be held at Hidden Valley Raceway on July 21 and 22.


The high horsepower of turbo rotary engines often in small tyre, short wheelbase machines certainly can produce some wild moments for their drivers - as was the case for these guys at the last Sydney Dragway test and tune.


Top Doorslammer has proved to be one of the great success stories of Australian drag racing. Since its introduction in 1995 the bracket has attracted strong fields and a faithful following of fans.


Australian Top Doorslammer champion John Zappia will be leasing a Noonan Race Engineering Pro Mod to race in the USA in under two months.

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The Paul Mouhayet driven Moits Racing Mustang made its on track debut yesterday at Willowbank Raceway ahead of its first competitive outing at Nitro Up North.

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Lui Raschella, the likeable South Australian Top Doorslammer racer from the class glory days in the 90s has sadly passed away.


The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals was nothing short of a records powerhouse and one of the most impressive performances of the weekend was Ace Edwards' 7.10/196mph, the quickest ever run from a no-bar bike in Australia.

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This coming weekend at the NHRA Thunder Valley race, Australian Top Fuel Harley-Davidson rider Benny Stevens is set to have the ride of his life racing against some of the best nitro-burning Harley racers in the world!

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Queensland-based drag racing team, DBS Motorsport, is heading to Cairns for the Springmount Raceway Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car event with two cars, two brothers and two excited crews, as brothers Jake and Dan Donnelly set to do battle for bragging rights in the tropics!


Marty Dack has made a bundle of changes to his Ford Mustang Pro Slammer ahead of his appearance at Nitro Up North on July 21 and 22.

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Kelly Bettes moved on to the final stage of her testing and licensing procedures today at Willowbank Raceway and has just laid down an awesome 4.66 at 326mph to become the quickest and fastest Australian woman in drag racing.


Nikki Hepburn etched her name again in the Sport Compact history books at the 50th Winternationals with the world's first radial tyre six second Sport Compact pass.

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Drag racing isn’t just about going fast – it’s looking good while you’re doing it. And there is a guy who knows how to do both coming to Nitro Up North in Darwin.


Fuel altereds have a reputation for being drag racing's wildest vehicle and this incident in Alaska has done nothing to change that reputation.


Australia's quickest and fastest man in a doored car is making a move to the ranks of Top Doorslammer and Pro Slammer in Australia with a new Ford Mustang.

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The 50th running of the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals has been cut short by rain on finals day, however not before Ben Bray of the Gulf Western Oil-supported Team Bray Racing set the second-best Pro Slammer qualifying time and took out second in the 400 Thunder National Pro Slammer Championship.


One of the most inspirational drag racers in the world will be competing at Darwin's Nitro Up North event on July 21 and 22 at Hidden Valley Drag Strip – and he's coming with a familiar member of his family in tow.

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After breaking two of his engines in Epping at the beginning of June, it has been a waiting game for Australia’s Shane Tucker – waiting on parts to rebuild his engines and return to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series guns blazing.

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At the recent 50th Winternationals held at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway, Gary Phillips claimed enough points in his Lucas Oils Alcohol Funny Car to secure his 20th Championship series win.

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If there was one racer to leave the 2017 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals with a new fan club it was Top Bike rider Damian Muscat.

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Queensland's Tremayne family enjoyed a productive event at the fourth round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championship at Willowbank Raceway last weekend.

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The inaugural Summit Racing Queensland Championship dodged the forecasted rain and produced an outstanding weekend of ANDRA Sportsman drag racing at Palmyra Dragway on the weekend of July 1-2.

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Trolling Facebook has shown us a serious looking S15 that will be coming out of the Team Karam Racing camp in the not to distant future.

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The Drag News team has emerged from transit and got to work on the final day of photos from the 2017 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, Australia's largest drag racing event. 


Drag racing heaps much of its glory on its drivers, but there is no doubt that it is the tuners behind the scenes who are often responsible for the performances we see on the strip.


Western Australia’s drag racing rider of the year Zoe Nieuwhof has nominated for Nitro Up North, aiming to make her mark on Darwin for the first time.


Champion Super Stock racer Steven Norman has made sure he will stand out from the rest of the field with the debut of his striking new D/GA BMW M3 coupe.


Australian drag racing fans got to witness another 4.4 second run during qualifying for the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals but an unfortunate rain shower with one pass remaining in Top Fuel's final qualifying session brought an end to the night.


Australia's newest Top Doorslammer/Pro Slammer has broken cover, showing off a livery championing new marketing partners Komatsu and Mack Trucks.


At the opening round of the Summit Racing QLD Drag Racing Championships on the weekend you could of been forgiven for thinking you were watching a burnout event when Supercharged Outlaws racer Mark Eves appeared to perform a tip-in with his Corvette.


Australians are known for their ingenuity across all walks of life, but in the high speed world of drag racing there is one family that stands out.


The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals delivered spectacular action over its second day but at the conclusion of racing everybody was talking about 'that' run.