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Although he has said, “There’s a good chance I probably won’t be around to worry about it,” Cruz Pedregon does try to envision what the NHRA will look like in 25 years.
Long before the extended, involuntary sus­pen­sion of sporting events this spring, many drag-racing fans were wondering how the sport will survive someday without the continued participation of Don Schumacher, John Force and Connie Kalitta. 
Informally, NHRA’s recent changes to its Countdown to the Championship requirements will be known as “The Billy Torrence Rule.”
It might be difficult for the NHRA to top the drama from its final day of last season with all four pro champions crowned, a top-end fight, qualifying-order manipulation, bribery and all sorts of rumors and controversy. 
Don’t expect the National Hot Rod Ass’n to change anything with its schedule anytime soon.
The emergence of twenty-something racers Austin Prock and Jordan Vandergriff in Top Fuel has energized NHRA drag racing. 
It’s unclear how the subject came up — again — but in early July, drag-racing media outlets had a handful of drivers and crew chiefs discussing whether the NHRA nitro-powered classes should return to racing on a quarter-mile track.
They compute their fuel — an unholy compound of propane and nitric acid — in gallons per mile rather than miles per gallon. 
SEATTLE — Reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd claims his class is the toughest in NHRA competition. You should believe him. He has won eight races in a Top Fuel dragster and as many in a Funny Car, mastering the move to the closed-body, shorter-wheelbase Funny Car with a series...
John Force’s failure to make the Funny Car field during the April NHRA weekend at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, marked the first time the 16-time champion missed the cut in more than 10 years.

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