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February 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
What goes through a drag racing driver's mind while he or she's rocketing to 300 mph in a mere 1,000 feet? A lot, it turns out. While it looks simple enough -- steer the car straight and step on the gas pedal -- actually driving an NHRA top-fuel dragster or funny car is anything but. In the four seconds or so it takes for the car to launch from a standing start to reach top speed, traversing the length of a football field in a second, its...
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January 31, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez >>>
Drag queens sashay down the runway, lip-syncing to RuPaul's "Main Event," escorted by their drag mothers. The mother-daughter fashion show has begun, and immediately we realize: we've never seen anything like this on TV. The mamas are only mommies for a day -- older gay men plucked out of their quiet lives to be transformed into drag queens as part of a reality show challenge. They've never worn heels, makeup or dresses. And a test it is. Heels prove a giant obstacle for a couple of "mothers" who have trouble walking in their own shoes because of disabilities.
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November 15, 2009 | By Tim Haddock
Seeing Tony Schumacher wearing one of his National Hot Rod Assn. top-fuel championship leather jackets during breakfast Sunday morning didn't look too much out of place. It was a pretty chilly morning for the NHRA season finale at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Had it been 100 degrees, Schumacher probably still would have worn one of his six championship jackets. Schumacher, with a hint of premonition, a sprinkle of confidence and proudly donning a reminder of his drag racing dominance, addressed friends and sponsors in the garage area before driver introductions.
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April 25, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Chester "Chet" Herbert, a drag-racing pioneer who continued to innovate in the sport after polio left him paralyzed from the chest down, has died. Herbert, 81, who lived in Villa Park, died of pneumonia Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, said Sara Fensterer, a spokeswoman for his son, Doug, who is a professional drag racer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
RuPaul, the 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-7 (by his own varying accounts) African American drag queen who sashayed his way into mass consciousness in the 1990s with the club hit "Supermodel" and a VH1 talk show, is back on TV with "RuPaul's Drag Race." A reality competition show now about three-quarters through its first cycle on Logo, the LGBT-themed cable net, it aims to discover "America's next drag superstar" -- that is, the next RuPaul.
SPORTS
February 10, 2009 | Jim Peltz
The National Hot Rod Assn.'s season opener in Pomona, normally a four-day affair, will now drag into a sixth day -- pun fully intended. Heavy rain again soaked Auto Club Raceway on Monday, forcing the remainder of the Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals to be postponed until today, when clearer skies are forecast. Only the first round of final eliminations in drag racing's two premier classes, top-fuel and funny cars, were completed Sunday in the NHRA's Full Throttle Series.
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February 9, 2009 | Jim Peltz
The winter played more havoc with the NHRA's Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals in Pomona as periodic rain Sunday forced the drag races' final rounds to be postponed until today. Only the first round of eliminations in the sport's two premier classes, top-fuel dragsters and funny cars, could be completed in between the showers at Auto Club Raceway. The season opener in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s Full Throttle Series is scheduled to resume at 10:30 a.m., although more rain is in the forecast.
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February 7, 2009 | Jim Peltz
NHRA officials hope to squeeze in two rounds of qualifying today ahead of Sunday's drag races in Pomona after Friday's qualifying was rained out. The original schedule for the Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals, the opening race in the NHRA's Full Throttle Series, called for three days of qualifying and final eliminations Sunday at Auto Club Raceway.
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November 16, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Peltz is a Times staff writer.
The 320 feet at the end of drag racing's traditional quarter-mile tracks also is at the center in the NHRA's controversial effort to curb fatal crashes in the sport. After accidents that killed drivers Scott Kalitta and Eric Medlen and nearly killed drag racing legend John Force, the NHRA this summer shortened races to 1,000 feet from 1,320 feet, or quarter-mile. The move, unprecedented in the National Hot Rod Assn.'
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November 13, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Peltz is a Times staff writer
Drag racing this weekend will end a tragic and tumultuous season, and decide a close championship fight in its 300-mph funny car class, in the series finale at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Two of the four major classes of dragsters in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s top-tier Powerade Series either have been decided, or close to it, under the series' Countdown to the Championship format. Tony Schumacher extended his remarkable domination of the top fuel division by clinching his fifth consecutive title, and sixth overall, at the race two weeks ago in Las Vegas.
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