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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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Fireballing utes, wheelstanding roadsters, crashing funny cars - we couldn't believe some of the stuff we saw today.

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Peter Xiberras returned to the track last week for the first time since a crash at Sydney Dragway in January.

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The USA's Glenn Mikres will return to the Australian Top Fuel scene at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals when he calls the shots as crew chief on Rachelle Splatt's dragster.


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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The pits are enormous here at the 2017 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, so we've been navigating them once again to hunt down the cool stories building at this year's event ahead of the commencement of pro qualifying tonight.

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Defending Australian 400 Thunder Pro Stock Champion Lee Bektash will bring to a close his Pro Stock Career this weekend at the Gulf Western Oil 50th Winternationals at Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway.

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Racers gathered at Sydney Dragway for the latest round of the Atura Blacktown Track Championship Series on Saturday in an event marred by quite a few oildowns.


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.


Couldn't be trackside for opening day of the Winters? Don't worry - we've got you sorted.

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The last time Pro Stock fan favorite Shane Tucker arrived at New England Dragway, he qualified No. 4 and went to the second round of eliminations after defeating John Gaydosh in 2014. Three years later, Tucker is looking forward to competing at the New England Nationals once again and taking on the NHRA’s strenuous four-in-a-row ‘eastern swing’ in the month of June.


Three time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon will race alongside Rapisarda Autosport International team-mates Damien Harris and Wayne Newby at the 50th Gulf Western Oil Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway.


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


Sportsman qualifying is underway for the 50th Gulf Western Oil Winternationals. Check out the current leaders!

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NHRA Top Fuel star Richie Crampton will drive Alex Laughlin’s Gas Monkey Energy Drink A/Fuel Dragster at this weekend’s Division Three Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Chicago.


Less than two weeks out from the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, 19 times Australian champion Gary Phillips is preparing both of his 3500+ horsepower Lucas Oils vehicles to tackle oversubscribed fields in both Pro Alcohol and Pro Slammer.

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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!

Drag News Magazine readers have voted on their favourites to win the pro categories of the 50th Gulf Western Oil Winternationals this weekend at Willowbank Raceway.

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With the 50th Gulf Western Oil Winternationals coming up, we thought we'd take a look at the 40th anniversary event from 2007 at Willowbank Raceway.


Leading turbo and electronic injection tuner Terry Seng is teaming up with Wild Bunch and Top Doorslammer legend Les Winter to put a new spin on an old classic.


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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The 2017 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals are underway at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway. We've spent most of today so far touring the pits and checking out the amazing variety in the over 500 entries. 

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On the eve of round 4 of the Atura NSW Championship Series at Sydney Dragway, Madman Productions has put together a killer video clip from an earlier round of the Sydney Dragway series.

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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.


Australian Professional Drag Racing (APDR) have signed an agreement with the “Nitro Up North” event to expand the 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series at Hidden Valley Drag Strip.

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Drag racing fans were treated to a mix of quick times and mechanical gremlins as Top End drivers continued their shakedown to the 2017 Top End season.

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Three months is a long time in drag racing and for MacLean Motorsports it is time to play catch up with the fields of Pro Slammer and Pro Alcohol.

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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.


There has been plenty of news in the political arena for Australian drag racing over the past few days and much of it has been a little confusing, so I'm going to try and clear it up into simple terms.


Kelly Bettes started her licensing procedure in the Lamattina Top Fuel Racing dragster last weekend at Sydney Dragway ambitiously hoping to make the Winternationals. Unfortunately mechanical gremilins have hindered that plan, but Bettes proved a natural behind the wheel.

Australian nitro Harley rider Benny Stevens is set to compete in the NHRA at Bristol's Thunder Valley Raceway in June.

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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. 

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Drag News Magazine #21 feature car [JUNII] owned and steered by Robert Marjan out of Croyden Racing Developments has smashed the Street GT-R World Record at Sydney Dragway again.

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The Atura Blacktown NSW Championship Series at Sydney Dragway has reached its fourth round before going into a Winter break. Despite the ultimate in weather conditions, racing was adversely effected due to a high number of oil downs.

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Designing and manufacturing jewellery by day and tinkering with his supercharged V8 Pro Slammer at night, life is a balancing act for Wallace Bishop Jewellers CEO Stuart Bishop as he prepares for this year’s 50th Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.


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.

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Four-time Australian Top Fuel Champion Darren Morgan is ready to take the win this weekend at the 50th Winternationals.

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Only weeks remain until the biggest show in Australian drag racing and with the event held on their home turf and with the backing of their own naming rights partner, it is no surprise that the Gulf Western Oil-supported Team Bray Racing is pulling out all the stops in their preparation.

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Four-time Australian Top Fuel Champion Darren Morgan couldn’t wipe the smile from his face at Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder when he broke his PB, running a 4.56 at 329mph.


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


The CEO of ANDRA has recommended a new structure which the Board has approved.


As the second season of the 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series draws closer to its conclusion at the Gulf Western Oil 50th Winternationals, it has achieved yet another considerable milestone to add to its already successful tally.


Drag News Magazine #25 is now available, with the theme for this month's issue being 'unique'.


Les Rodgie's Vanishing Point Funny Car took a big hit in Supercharged Outlaws qualifying during the 50th annual Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.

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The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car stable stretched their legs in a big way recently at Sydney Dragway, taking advantage of some prime conditions and the new track surface to lay down some astonishingly quick numbers.


The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series has added its latest car to the fleet and if its menacing looks are anything to go by, The Terminator Camaro will be a force to be reckoned with on and off the track.

Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder proved to be a Mega event for Tremaniac Racing with the team signing a two year sponsorship with Mega Racing Australia, as well as both cars being in the final - with Aaron taking the win.