Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals Friday Preview

The first is the first. This is NOT just another drag race. The Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals is the NHRA’s oldest and most prestigious event and, fittingly, has attracted nearly 950 entrants for its 68th edition.

There isn’t a single one of those 950 drivers who wouldn’t love to leave Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park with a Wally Trophy from the US Nationals, but the reality is that only 19 champions will be crowned on Monday, including the pro winners. from the Camping World series on Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Reigning world champion Steve Torrence is the defending champion at Indy and is also coming off his first win of the season at Brainerd two weeks ago. The Indy Top Fuel field is one of the largest in recent memory with 25 entries including Brittany Force, Justin Ashley, Mike Salinas, Tripp Tatum, Leah Pruett, Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher, all of whom have won at least one race. this season. .

The US Nationals also marks the final event of the regular season, making it the last chance for runners to secure their spots in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Force comes to Indy as a seed, followed by Salinas, Torrence, Ashley and Josh Hart.

The Funny Car field is no less competitive with 18 entries competing for just six available spots. Top contenders include Robert Hight, Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca III, Ron Capps, and John Force.

Tasca has been dominant of late with five final round appearances in the last six events, including three wins. Hight is also having one of the best seasons of his career with six wins from eight finishes in the first 15 races.

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Capps has won 70 NHRA pro titles, but is still looking for his first win at the US Nationals. He returns to Indy as a team owner for the first time and has two wins in four finishes in his NAPA Toyota.

The main story of Pro Stock revolves around Erica Enders, who is the defending Indy champion and championship leader in her Elite Camaro. Enders has dominated this season with six wins from 12 events. Enders hasn’t left much room for anyone else, but Troy Coughlin Jr., Aaron Stanfield, Matt Hartford and Dallas Glenn also have wins.

Reigning world champion Greg Anderson is still looking for his 100th career win, while the list of quality Pro Stock drivers still looking for their first win includes rookie Camrie Caruso, Mason McGaha and entries from the Cuadra family of Fernando Cuadra. Sr. and his sons, Fernando Jr., and Cristian.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Joey Gladstone comes into Indy as the best rider in his class with wins in the last two events, so he has to be considered the favorite. Gladstone will have to contend with a host of competitive rivals, including reigning world champion Matt Smith and defending Indy winner Eddie Krawiec.

There are 22 bikes entered in the class and some of the other contenders include Angelle Sampey, Karen Stoffer, Jerry Savoie, Steve Johnson and Angie Smith.

The US Nationals also offer a number of special features, including Pep Boys Allstar Callout events for Top Fuel and Funny Car racers, plus races in the FuelTech Pro Mod Series presented by D-Wagon, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown, JEGS Allstars, Mountain Motor Pro Stocks, the Dodge Hemi Challenge and Top Fuel Harley-Davidson motorcycles to go along with a full complement of Lucas Oil Series sportsman racing.

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You can catch the action all weekend on FOX TV, FOX Sports 1 and NHRA.tv.

You can follow NHRA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for a closer look at the action.

2021 EVENT WINNERS

Steve Torrence, top fuel; Tim Wilkerson, Funny Car; Erica Enders, Pro Stock, Eddie Krawiec, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

TRAJECTORY:

SUPERIOR FUEL
3.645 seconds by Brittany Force, September 2019; 334.57mph by Brittany Force, September 2021
FUN CAR
3.799 seconds by Matt Hagan, September 2017; 338.77 mph by Hagan, September 2017.
PROFESSIONAL ACTION
6.538 seconds by Jason Line, September 2011; 211.13 by Mike Edwards, September 2012.
PRO-STOCK MOTORCYCLE
6,789 seconds by Scotty Pollacheck, September 2020; 200.53 by Pollacheck, September 2020.

TIMELINE:
Qualifying for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will feature one pro qualifying round at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, September 2, two qualifying rounds on Saturday, September 3 at 1:15 p.m. rounds on Sunday, September 4 at noon and 3:30 pm Final eliminations are scheduled for noon on Sunday, September 5.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE
On SUNDAY, September 4, FS1 will televise 2 hours of qualifying and the Pep Boys Top Fuel Allstar Callout at 1 pm ET.
SUNDAY, September 4, FSI will televise 90 minutes of Pep Boys Funny Car Allstar Callout at 4 pm
SUNDAY September 4th, FS1 will televise 90 minutes of pro qualifying at 5:30pm
On MONDAY September 5th, FS1 will televise two hours of coverage of the final round at noon.
MONDAY, September 5, FOX TV will televise three hours of coverage of the final round at 2 p.m.

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