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One of winner’s many hugs reserved for man behind bull

On Saturday night, after he posted a rousing score of 90.75 aboard a snorting hunk of beast called Breakdown to take control of these PBR World Finals at the Thomas &Mack Center, the bull rider J.B. Mauney from North Carolina had some huggin’ to do.

In NHRA victory lane, it’s always Wally World

This is how John Bisci, the longtime Las Vegas Motor Speedway media expert and drag racing enthusiast, describes the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing tour: “Everybody wants to go home with Wally.”

With track record like Force, it can be hard to be humble

At a time when most 64-year-olds are making sure they will have the right Medicare coverage, Force is traveling 300 mph down a quarter-mile of asphalt. The Bell Gardens, Calif., native refuses to act his age.

FAST FAMILY FLOURISHES

Drag racing is a family affair for Matt Smith. His father raced. Smith met his wife, Angie, while competing against her. It’s in his DNA.

Three for the road: Women with diverse personalities help power NHRA

In the world of major-league drag racing, three top women in this weekend’s National Hot Rod Association event in Las Vegas have forged unique marketing strategies and branding images to compete both on the track and in the high-stakes off-speedway competition for sponsors and fans.

Al-Anabi driver Langdon has Top Fuel title in sight

This weekend, Qatar could find itself in the headlines when Shawn Langdon and the Al-Anabi Racing team try to clinch the Top Fuel season title at the NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Another reason to love NASCAR: The Wonder Bread car

On Friday, 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski did something never done in NASCAR’s developmental touring divisions; on Sunday, 35-year-old Kurt Busch drove a car painted up in Wonder Bread colors. This being NASCAR, it’s probably not hard to guess which of these generated the most publicity.

In crowd of energized riders, Stewart shows he’s no Joker

Having witnessed the recent UNLV-Hawaii football game at Sam Boyd Stadium as well as Saturday night’s third annual Monster Energy Cup at the little stadium on the outskirts of town, I have come to the conclusion that UNLV would be better off if Tim Cornett were allowed to ride a 450cc dirt bike on game days.

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