| Jan 4, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Any short list of national motorsports highlights in 2013 has to include Danica Patrick's historic run to the pole in the Daytona 500. That's just the most visible sign of something increasingly clear at any local dragway or stock-car track: Women are...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Hot rodder Jimmy Shine's tattoo-covered arms are elbows-deep under the hood of a 1932 Ford as he adjusts the electrical wiring on a $100,000 racing engine that hasn't started in years.
Before a co-worker turns the ignition, Shine glances uneasily at the...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 10:20 AM
Ron Capps, the veteran funny car drag racer, has finished second in the championship standings four times.
That includes last year, when the Carlsbad driver lost the title by only two points to Jack Beckman, his teammate at Don Schumacher Racing.
| Nov 10, 2013
| 8:27 PM
A rewarding part of Shawn Langdon's return to his home track in Pomona this past week was mingling with teenage drivers in the amateur drag-racing classes.
"They say, 'Hey, I want to race top fuel some day,'" said Langdon, a 31-year-old Mira Loma native...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:30 PM
The last time Antron Brown played Pomona, he wound up in a sand trap, which would have been fine if he'd been driving a ball at the Mountain Meadows Golf Course across the street and not a 320-mph dragster at the Auto Club Raceway.
Brown, 37, has had...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Drag racer John Force added to his legendary career Sunday by clinching a record 16th funny car title at age 64 with a victory in Las Vegas.
Force won the NHRA Toyota Nationals by defeating his daughter Courtney in the final round of eliminations with a...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 12:12 PM
Looking back at the weekend's motor racing, including NASCAR's races at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and NHRA drag racing at Las Vegas, five things come to mind:
Darrell Wallace Jr. will probably win another race soon. Wallace, 20, became only the second...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:50 PM
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda.
John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 8:39 PM
It wasn't the blazing ride into the sunset Shawn Langdon envisioned. With dusk settling on the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on Saturday, the top-fuel drag racer smoked his tires on his final qualifying run of the NHRA Finals, sputtering down the 1,000-foot...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 9:19 AM
When Walt Arfons first strapped a jet engine onto a hot rod, experts thought the car would melt, explode or spin wildly out of control.
They were wrong.
Working in his family's old feed mill and hardware store on Pickle Road in Akron, Ohio, Arfons...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 3:23 PM
As drag racing's best arrived in New England on Thursday for their next event, driver John Force was coming off another win last weekend at age 64.
Let that sink in for a moment. Sixty-four.
Force is the legendary 15-time champion in funny cars, one...