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19 Times Australian Champion, Gary Phillips has continued to celebrate an outstanding 20 years of partnership with Lucas Oil, by claiming victory in his Lucas Oil 1953 Studebaker Pro Slammer at last weekend’s Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway.

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The Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder delivered a spectacular opening day, providing some of the most memorable runs in Sydney Dragway history.

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Of all the ways you don't want to start a drag race, this one would be up there.


For those who know Craig Geddes, you would have to agree that he’s always smiling and upbeat. Maybe we should all call him the smiling assassin!


Lamattina Top Fuel Racing, had a night to remember at Sydney Dragway on 5 – 7 May taking the Fuchs dragster to a final round appearance in the hands of returning US-based Australian star, Richie Crampton.

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Welcome to the Drag News Magazine live blog for the 2017 Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway.

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The Eastern Creek Performance HJ Holden was an icon of the Wild Bunch racing heydays, and now the car that famously ran down the Eastern Creek's Christmas Tree is coming back.

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Altereds are brutal un-tamable machines especially when you throw a blown Hemi between the rails. Unfortunately last night, Mark Davison's Pro Alcohol Sign Hut Motorsport altered bit back hard during the Santo's Super Thunder event at Willowbank Raceway.

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As repairs continue on the racing surface at Swan Hill Dragway, the vene has announced on social media a new addition to the landscape and partnership to the complex.


The Tremayne brothers will be carrying a new look into Nitro Thunder this weekend at Sydney Dragway with Mega Bulk Fuels coming on board for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 season.

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Every race driver has a ‘happy hunting ground’ and for Sydney-based Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car racer Shane Olive, Brisbane’s Willowbank Raceway has been the track that he has both enjoyed and dominated in recent times.

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Santo's Super Thunder was a test of endurance stretching long into the night with the final passes being run after 1am. Top Fuel, Pro Alcohol, Top Bike and Pro Stock headlined the 400 Thunder Pro Series that was backed by the 400 Thunder Sportsman Series in front of a great crowd.

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On behalf of the South Australian Drag Racers Association Members and Committee, we are honoured to present in the memory of Drag Racer, SADRA President and long-standing ANDRA South Australian Division Director, the Harry White Memorial Perpetual Trophy. The inaugural recipient for 2017 went to Modified Bike racer Bryan Finn (middle).

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Victorian racer Cameron Ambesi is not about doing things by halves – and his arrival in the 400 Thunder Series is more proof of his passion for professionalism in his racing endeavours.

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Pro Stock favorite Shane Tucker will return to the USA to compete this weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Tucker currently plans on attending 14 races in 2017 and running their own engine program all season.


It was a bittersweet Sydney Jamboree for Nikki Hepburn with a violent crash in the Pro Turbo final ending a day which saw her break a World Record in the Boosted86 Racing Toyota 86.


An Australian set a world record on the weekend – but it hasn't had anywhere near the attention it deserves.


Lamattina Top Fuel Racing, one of Australia’s most high profile drag racing teams, has put their support behind Novita Children’s Services for the event at Sydney Dragway on 5 – 7 May.

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Entries are now open for Nitro Up North – the biggest adventure in Australian drag racing!

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John Zappia and the Fuchs Monaro’s successful start to 2017 has continued with the team earning the WA Top Comp Championship at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.


The Gulf Western Oil-supported Team Bray Racing was sure to put on a show for the fans at Sydney Dragway’s Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event this weekend – with Victor Bray going all the way to the finals while Ben entertained in the semi-finals as part of Australia’s fastest side-by-side ‘Slammer pass.

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Hidden Valley Drag Strip can now proudly claim it is the home track for a locally owned Nitro Funny Car. This Saturday night will see the car make its first pass on its home track with the new driver behind the wheel.


One of the highlights of the Queensland Drag Racing calendar, the Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Drags and Hot Rod Reunion, is knocking on the doors of Willowbank Raceway as hundreds of the country's best hot rods and race cars of yesteryear prepare to fill the state's premier motorsport facility for a family-friendly weekend of retro fun.

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After a busy few weeks in Adelaide and Melbourne, the Gulf Western Oil-supported Team Bray Racing is now being called home for the Santo’s Super Thunder event presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes.

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The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series has a new superstar and supercar! The Donnelly family has today revealed the new addition to the team’s fleet, The Avenger, a new ride for former wheelstander pilot, Dan Donnelly.

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Top Fuel drag racer Rachelle Splatt joins the Gulf Western Team and will be attempting a full-blown racing assault on the Gulf Western Oil 50th Winternationals in June.

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Oberg Family Racing are thrashing to assemble their Supercharged Outlaw funny car in time for a debut at the 50th Winternationals.

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Darren Morgan Racing are looking to take back the points lead this Good Friday at Santo’s Super Thunder.

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In his second race of 2017, Australian Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker came into raceday No. 13 at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals. Although that No. 13 seed was his best qualifying position of his season, Tucker fell in the first round of eliminations.

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Dom Lagana’s return to race for Rapisarda Autosport International at the Sydney Dragway Nitro Thunder meeting on May 5-6 will cap off a frantic week for the New York-based Top Fuel star.


Leading Australian drag racing team Lamattina Top Fuel Racing has signed Queensland's Kelly Bettes as the team’s new driver, with Bettes set to debut the Fuchs Top Fuel dragster at the Nitro Up North event at Hidden Valley Raceway, July 21 and 22.


With the popularity of radial racing quickly coming of age in Australia, the Jamboree delivered some record breaking performances.

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For 50 years, the Winternationals have been the definitive Australian Drag Racing event - the largest of its type anywhere in the world outside of North America, to give you an idea of the scale - and for 30 of those years, the Winternationals have called Willowbank Raceway home.

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For most racers, racing a Top Fuel dragster seems like a dream. Winning a Top Fuel Championship would be the impossible dream.

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Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team have continued their success in this year’s 400 Thunder Top Bike Championship, with a runner up finish at the Santo's Super Thunder event at Willowbank Raceway.


Station wagons are usually reserved for shopping for groceries or demolition derbys - but are a rare sight in drag racing. At the Sydney Jamboree over the weekend, Danny Lansdowne made sure everyone remembered his after one of the wildest wheelstands we have ever seen at the venue. 

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Shane Tucker qualified his season best No. 13 this weekend at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway despite Mother Nature’s best effort to wash away qualifying on Friday.

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Australian Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker debuted his brand-new Auzmet Architectural Chevrolet Camaro this weekend and had two goals he wanted to accomplish at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals: qualify and improve each run he made. Both goals were accomplished this weekend at zMAX Dragway.

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Matt Czerny has unveiled some new colours on his Modified dragster, now carrying the support of Robinvale Estate Dressings.

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The Summit Racing Equipment Grand Finals had it all with drama, action, tough racing, and upsets. In Super Comp records were reset in Competition Eliminator, Super Stock and Super Compact. The combination of good air and a sticky track saw seven sportsman records broken.


Rapisarda Autosport International star Wayne Newby has taken a stranglehold on his maiden 400 Thunder Championship after scoring a holeshot win over NHRA star Richie Crampton in the final of Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway.

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Some call it sand drags, some call it dirt drags, but if it involves big paddle tyres and a straight line it is pretty much all the same thing! Check out some of the action from the Bindoon Dirt Drags on the weekend about 90 minutes north east of Perth, WA.


Tough racing breeds tough racers – and the racing is getting tough in Modified right now, make no mistake.


The news Northern Territory motorsport fans have been waiting for has been confirmed with Nitro Up North ready to strike on July 21 and 22 at Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin.


One of the most historic days of Australian Drag Racing is in the record books – now overflowing with new standards from the 2017 Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder. 


It will be a busy start to May for the Gulf Western Oil-supported Team Bray Racing.

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Perth Motorplex recently wrapped up its track championship with the Grand Final and with about 170 entries on the property there was plenty happening.

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Daniel Miocevich was waiting for a ‘lights out’ hit that thankfully never came during his spectacular 440kmh jet dragster crash last night at Perth Motorplex.