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43-Car Nitro Field, Includes 25 Top Fuel Stars, Entered NHRA US Nationals – Drag Illustrated

43-Car Nitro Field, Includes 25 Top Fuel Stars, Entered NHRA US Nationals - Drag Illustrated

The world’s largest drag race, next weekend’s prestigious 68th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, will also feature a huge collection of Top Fuel and Funny Car standpoints looking for a legendary win at the big go.

A total of 25 Top Fuel dragsters and 18 Funny Cars are scheduled to compete on drag racing’s biggest stage, giving fans an incredible opportunity to see incredible action from 43 star performers in their 11,000 horsepower, 330-mph nitro machines on Indy. It is the largest Top Fuel field for a race in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series since 2013, and the star competitors in the category are excited about what could happen at IRP this coming weekend.

“There are a lot of cars that are really good and I love that. It’s exciting for me to drive to the runway and see it full of Top Fuel cars and know that you really have to work for it,” said four-times defending Top Fuel World Champion Steve Torrence. “This is the biggest race in our sport and to have so many cars I’m looking forward to it and really looking forward to it. There’s so much at stake. You can’t struggle to get in because there will be so many cars who are fighting it out.”

Mike Salinas, second in points, added: “Everyone in this field is good and it’s going to be great. You can’t take anyone lightly. Everyone is going to bring you “A” game and it’s pretty awesome. It’s great racing for all of us and I can’t wait.”

Torrence (Top Fuel), Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all took victories on the Big Go a year ago. This year’s race will be broadcast on both the FOX broadcast network and Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including live eliminations starting Monday, September 5 at 12:00 PM ET on FS1 and 2:00 PM on FOX.

In total, more than 925 cars in all categories will compete at the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals, providing something memorable for every racing fan. The iconic event also includes the special Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout in both Top Fuel and Funny Car, special concerts throughout the weekend, autograph sessions, exhibition classes and exciting bonus events such as the Dodge HEMI Challenge and JEGS Allstars for athletic racers. Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park also welcomes fans to the Big Go with free parking throughout the race weekend.

Of course, competition in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will be at a fever pitch during the 16th of 22 races in the 2022 season. It’s also the last race before the championship countdown, and nothing beats winning a Wally in Indy on Labor Day Monday.

For Top Fuel drivers Torrence, Salinas, Justin Ashley and points leader Brittany Force, as well as eight Funny Car stars, there is also a chance of two wins in one magical weekend with the Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout. Coupled with the huge field of 25 cars in the Top Fuel ranks and five qualifying sessions, Ashley knows that every driver will have to do their best to win.

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“I absolutely love it and I think it naturally brings out the best in you as a driver and as a team,” said Ashley. “At the same time, pressure is exerted to put your best foot forward. We’re trying to win the Callout, we’re trying to win the US Nationals. You have to make sure you take it with you every time, and I think we will see a very fast field and a lot of competitive races. ”

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series that qualifies for the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals has one round at 6:30 PM ET on Friday, September 2, two qualifying rounds on Saturday, September 3 at 1:15 PM and 5:00 PM, and the final two rounds on Sunday, September 4 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The final eliminations are scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Monday, September 5.

The Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Top Fuel Callout semifinals will take place on Saturday, September 3 at 2:40 PM, with the final round at 6:25 PM. The following day, the Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Funny Car Callout kicks off with the opening round at 1:20 p.m., the semifinals at 2:45 p.m. and the final round at 4:55 p.m.

Television coverage of the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals includes racing action on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 3 and coverage of the Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Funny Car Callout from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The qualifying action will take place on Sunday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM on FS1. On Monday, live coverage of eliminations starts at 12pm on FS1 and continues on FOX from 2pm-5pm

To purchase tickets to the 68th Annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals, fans can visit: www.NHRA.com/tickets. All children aged 12 and under have free admission to general admission with a paying adult. For more information about NHRA, visit: www.nhra.com.

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