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NHRA: Vote for YOUR top 5 Top Fuel drivers in 2016 (Poll)


Today we end our four-day series of polls where we’ve asked you to vote for YOUR top 5 drivers in all four professional NHRA classes.

We began the series Sunday with Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Monday was Pro Stock.

Tuesday was Funny Car.

And we wrap up things today with the kings of the sport, Top Fuel.

Antron Brown had an outstanding season en route to his second Top Fuel championship in the last four seasons. Brown dominated the Countdown to the Championship, winning the first three races, and basically had the title wrapped up after that.

Brown’s Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Tony Schumacher, failed to win a second straight title and his hoped-for ninth of his career. But there’s always 2016 to go for that goal once again.

Among the biggest pleasant surprises was the performance of Richie Crampton (finished 3rd) and Larry Dixon (finished 4th).

Ok, it’s time to go to the balloting box one more time for YOUR top 5 Top Fuel drivers of 2016. Get ready, get set, VOTE!

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.