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Emilio and Adamo Spinozzi are excited for the 2018/19 400 Thunder Pro Slammer season after a positive weekend at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway as part of the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.


Ben Bray has taken the Factory Xtreme victory at the Gulf Western Oil 51st Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway this weekend while his father and drag racing legend Victor Bray made a very popular comeback.


John Zappia comes to the 2018 Winternationals prepared for a fight in the Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Holden Monaro.

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Pro Slammer has been shaken up with Scott Maclean dropping the categories quickest ever pass on day one of the Winter Warmups - 5.572.

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Among the many performance marks smashed during the running of Willowbank’s 51st Gulf Western Oil Winternationals was the raceway’s oldest track record.


Australia has crowned its first female professional drag racing champion with 33 year old Queensland woman Kelly Bettes taking out the 2017/18 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship.

It was 12 months ago Adam Layton attended his first Winternationals. It was his first interstate trip and the sheer size of the event left a huge impression on the Sydney-based rider.

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We take unique look at Swan Hill Dragway's Nostalgia Drags event through the lens of young local photographer Nathan Berridge.

The Winternationals saw the culmination of a Mega year for the Tremaniac drag racing team.


2017 400 Thunder Pro Slammer champion Mark Belleri will be leaving the Maurice Fabietti-owned ACDelco team, with the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals announced as his last race for the outfit.

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Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder saw a couple unfortunate accidents, and a few have enquired on the condition of the injured racers.

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The popular Kenda Tires 660 Drag Radial Series made the bold move to pull a round off at Benaraby Raceway which involved a change of sanction for many racers normally competing at the Willowbank rounds.

Drag News Magazine Issue 33 is ready for you featuring a smorgasbord of Australian drag racing stories across the spectrum of the sport.


Willowbank Raceway witnessed an incredible qualifying day at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, with quick performances across the board as racers prepare for the dramatic climax to the 400 Thunder drag racing season.

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Lamattina Top Fuel Racing head to the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway with more than the championship on the minds of the team – they continue to support causes outside of championship drag racing.

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The Atura Blacktown NSW Championship Series has reached its midpoint and takes a several month break heading into Winter.

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Queensland drag racer Josh Fletcher and father Bill got to live out a dream during the 51st annual Gulf Western Oil Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway last weekend, taking a 400 Thunder championship one-two in the Supercharged Outlaws division.


Ryan Van Dyk's pit area has some fun available for young spectators at the 51st annual Winternationals this weekend at Willowbank Raceway.

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The lead up to the Gulf Western Oil 51st Winternationals for Chris Matheson and his “Nitro Voodoo” crew has seen a concentrated effort to make things happen.

The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals is a world class event, where over 500 race teams gather across four days in front of over 30,000 spectators to take part in the largest drag racing festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

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One of the greatest eras of domination in Australian motorsport came to an end last Sunday at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway, where 11 times national Pro Slammer champion John Zappia finished runner up in the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series.


Luke Crowley set the fastest ever speed in Australian Pro Bike history in a rain interrupted Friday at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.

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The MacLean Motorsports Holden Monaro has made one of the runs of the year in the Australian drag racing scene with a phenomenal 5.572 during the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals Warm Up at Willowbank Raceway.

Rod Harvey may drive a Toyota Celica but there is nothing pedestrian about this sports compact drag car: it is, in fact, the fastest import car in the southern hemisphere and the fifth quickest in the world.

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A veteran Queensland drag racing dynasty have enjoyed solid results for the 2017/18 400 Thunder season, with Shaun Doeblien and father Paul achieving runner ups in Super Street and Super Sedan respectively, while sister Nicole claimed sixth nationally in Modified.

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Perry Bullivant got the front end of the Snickers Camaro way high during Pro Radial qualifying at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.


The fascinating battle between Australian teams for the world's quickest street GTR has been knocked ever closer to the six second zone with Anthony Maatouk cracking a 7.17/194mph in KING32 at Sydney Dragway.

Fans of two-wheeled action will not be left out in the cold at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals with 76 motorcycle teams in total to play a part in the event.


Chris Matheson and his “Nitro Voodoo” Top Fuel Motorcycle dominated the Gulf Western Oil 51st Winternationals with a clean sweep in the Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson Top Bike category at Willowbank Raceway.


Long time Ipswich drag racing enthusiast Rod Oberg's Winternationals campaign is back on track after a heart breaking engine failure at last weekend's test event at Willowbank Raceway almost ruled him out of the race.

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Team Bray Racing is set for a huge Gulf Western Oil Winternationals at its home track of Willowbank Raceway this weekend.

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Leonard Azzopardi has been leading the way in the no-bar bike scene for over a decade with his famous 'Quicksilver' Hayabusa, now his new creation 'Outrun' is writing its own records.

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The Top Qualifiers of all brackets across the 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series will once again receive a special award thanks to TileCo-TheShowerPeople and KC Tools.

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The 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Season comes to a dramatic close with the running of the 51st annual Gulf Western Oil Winternationals at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway, June 7 to 10 - here are the championship scenarios set to play out.


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Peter Xiberras may not be competing at this week’s Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be keeping a keen eye on what is the largest championship drag racing event held outside of the USA.

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John Willard's new supercharged Anglia is a very unique deal in Australia in this age, however they are still a common sight in the UK, and somewhere Willard hopes to race in the future.


The 2017/18 400 Thunder Sportsman Drag Racing Championship drew to a close at the 51st Gulf Western Oil Winternationals on Sunday at Willowbank Raceway, with several categories going deep into the final rounds to determine their title holders.

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The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will have an international flavour in 2018 thanks to the Pro Slammer category where two overseas drivers will compete.

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There will be no team orders to win a championship according to Top Fuel team owner Santo Rapisarda, with Rapisarda Autosport International star Damien Harris needing to close a 33 point gap to series leader Kelly Bettes to win the 2017-18, 400 Thunder Championship at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals on June 7-10.

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The 2018 Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder (May 4-5) was a pivotal event for Jim Read Racing. Depending on the outcome, crew chief Bruce Read had left the door open for a possible appearance at the 51st Winternationals.


Lamattina Top Fuel Racing has celebrated an amazing national 2017/2018 Top Fuel season in the best possible way - a championship win!

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Building and maintaining just a single Top Fuel team is among the most demanding challenges in the sport of drag racing, but Sydney-based Rapisarda Autosport International will take it to the next level at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals this weekend when they field three of the ground shaking dragsters.

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The 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals Warm Up continued on Sunday June 3, with Gary Phillips in his Pro Alcohol Funny Car having the run of the day with a 5.403/265mph, bouncing back from a disappointing Nitro Thunder event.

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The Porters Racing team has had some time away from the race track in the past season or two, but the family team is happy to say they are making the trip to Willowbank Raceway for the 51st Gulf Western Oils Winternationals, and they aren’t coming just to make up the numbers.


I don't know about you, but I love a good graph. Even better when it can incorporate some drag racing! Given just how tough this year's Pro Slammer field was at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals I thought it would be fun to check out the stats.


As the saying goes, you have to crawl before you can walk. For Emilio and Adamo Spinozzi and the Speedmaster Chevelle Pro Slammer, crawling comes at Australia's biggest drag racing event.


Willowbank Raceway's Rob Oberg recently held this revealing sit down interview with doorslammer icon Victor Bray.

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The first time Chris Matheson brings his 1500 plus horsepower “Nitro Voodoo” Top Fuel Motorcycle to the start line at the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, he will officially have wrapped up his fifth Australian Top Bike Championship. This is an accomplishment that will go into the drag racing history books and could well be an achievement never to be repeated again in Australia.