BRAINERD, MN – Known for its unique and memorable atmosphere, as well as plenty of thrilling racing action, Brainerd International Raceway is again set to host a key stop during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season with the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 18-21.
It is the 15th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA campaign, marking the penultimate race of the regular season. That means plenty is on the line for the stars in the 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car classes as they get ready for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
For four decades, Brainerd International Raceway has played host to remarkable racing action, some of the best camping on the NHRA tour and the famed “Zoo,” which provides something unique for fans and racers. This year, fans can enjoy two qualifying sessions on both Friday and Saturday, a specialty shootout in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, and then Sunday eliminations to cap off a weekend sure to be filled with incredible moments.
NHRA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY 8-TRACK ENTERTAINMENT COMES TO DODGE POWER BROKERS NHRA U.S. NATIONALS
INDIANAPOLIS – Along with the thrilling racing action NHRA fans expect from the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, racer goers will also be treated to a star-studded concert as country superstar Colt Ford will headline at this year’s NHRA Concert Series Presented by 8-Track Entertainment.
As NHRA competitors gear up for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, the musical talents of Ford on Saturday, September 3, at 3:00 p.m. as well as rising star Anna McElroy on Friday, Sept. 2 at 5:00 p.m., and country rock-duo BoomTown Saints on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2:00 p.m. amp up to perform for the NHRA fans at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Headliner Ford is a Georgia native and a singer, songwriter, rapper, musician and performer and keeps up pace as the country’s preeminent independent maverick. Selling over three million albums, attracting millions of followers on social media and hitting one billion-plus streams, the country rap pioneer’s dynamic discography spans collaborations with Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jermaine Dupri as well as members of No Doubt, Lit, and Lady Antebellum. Additionally, he co-wrote No. 1 hits “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Country Must Be Country Wide,” with artists Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert respectively.
NHRA CAMPING WORLD DRAG RACING SERIES HEADS TO TOPEKA FOR MENARDS NHRA NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PETARMOR
TOPEKA, KS – Known as the House of Speed, Heartland Motorsports Park is again set to host the exciting, must-see action of 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph racing from the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor on Aug. 12-14.
It is the 14th of 22 races during the 2022 season and the event will mark the first time since 1997 that all four NHRA professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will be in action at Topeka. That guarantees a thrilling and memorable weekend at a facility known for record-breaking performances and monumental speeds, as fans get to enjoy a primetime nitro qualifying session on Friday, two qualifying sessions on Saturday, and final eliminations on Sunday.
With the Countdown to the Championship playoffs approaching, the race also comes at a pivotal point as race teams look to pick up a key win at Topeka’s House of Speed. Brittany Force (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) won the 2021 event, and this year’s race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including live eliminations coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14.
SCHUMACHER, HIGHT AND COUGHLIN JR. CLOSE OUT WESTERN SWING WITH WINS AT FLAV-R-PAC NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS
KENT, WA – Eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher picked up his first win since 2020, powering to his 86th career victory on Sunday at the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Troy Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also won at the 13th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final stop during the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
Schumacher held off points leader Brittany Force in the final round, going 3.977-seconds at 251.34 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Okuma dragster. It gave the longtime standout his fifth Seattle victory – and his first at Pacific Raceways since 2008 – and also the first win for Joe and Cathi Maynard, who became majority team owners last week. His 86th career win surpasses Bob Glidden for the fourth-most in NHRA history as Schumacher and his team have fully rebounded from a slow start this year. He beat Scott Palmer, Shawn Langdon, and then Justin Ashley in a wild pedalfest to reach the finals, where he outlasted Force to tie Joe Amato for the most Top Fuel wins at Pacific Raceways in NHRA history.
Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.977 seconds, 251.34 mph def. Brittany Force, 5.145 seconds, 153.14 mph.
Funny Car — Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.975, 319.98 def. J.R. Todd, Toyota Supra, 3.978, 324.75.
Pro Stock — Troy Coughlin Jr., Chevy Camaro, 6.638, 208.68 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.644, 209.17.
Top Alcohol Dragster — Jackie Fricke, 5.668, 242.58 def. Kim Parker, 8.270, 139.04.
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Jake Guadagnolo, Chevy Camaro, 5.565, 262.23 def. Brian Hough, Camaro, 5.567, 264.08.
KENT, WA – Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force delivered a massive performance to close out qualifying on Saturday at Pacific Raceways, rocketing to the No. 1 position at the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 at the 13th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final stop during the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
After struggling through the first two Top Fuel qualifying sessions, Force and her team delivered to close out the day, putting together an impressive run of 3.753-seconds at 327.35 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac/Monster Energy dragster. It sent Force to the top, giving the Top Fuel points leader her fifth No. 1 spot of the season and 37th in her career. It may not have been the most ideal way to get to No. 1, but Force, who will open eliminations against Jim Maroney, praised the work of her team as she looks to win for the second consecutive week and the first time in Seattle.
KENT, WA – Four-time defending Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence raced to the provisional No. 1 spot in the NHRA’s first race in Seattle since 2019, grabbing the top position on Friday at the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceway.
Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the 13th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final stop during the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
Torrence went 3.819-seconds at 321.50 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster as he aims to qualify No. 1 for the third time this season. It’s been three years since the NHRA last visited Pacific Raceways and Torrence is after his first victory of the 2022 season as the team continues to round into championship form at what could be the perfect time.
“We were very pleased to make a nice, clean run and our guys were happy with that,” said Torrence, who won in Seattle 10 years ago. “It’s a good place to build off and it’s good to be back here. We love coming here and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. The fans are so awesome and so appreciative of us being here. We’re getting there and I can see that confidence coming back. The guys are just picking away at it and I’ve got all the faith in the world in these Capco boys.”
PRO STOCK’S DALLAS GLENN LOOKING TO SHINE AT HOMETOWN TRACK DURING FLAV-R-PAC NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS
KENT, WA – After growing up racing at Pacific Raceways, Pro Stock’s Dallas Glenn will get the chance to race at the track for the first time as a professional driver during this weekend’s 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.
The reigning NHRA Rookie of the Year is part of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series’ return to Seattle and it’s an event that means a great deal to Glenn. He raced in several family cars at the track growing up, moving into Stock in the sportsman ranks and in the first NHRA race back at the facility in three years, he’ll perform in front of family and friends in his RAD Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro.
That brings plenty of anticipation for Glenn, who is currently fifth in Pro Stock points, and while he’s thrilled to get the opportunity to race at Pacific Raceways, he’s determined to keep it business as usual to close out the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
“There’s a lot of people around here that supported me, but it’s going to be a good time and I’m definitely excited to come here, race and take a Pro Stock car down the track,” Glenn said. “I’ve made a lot of laps here in a lot of different cars, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to do it in a Pro Stock car. Racing in front of a hometown crowd, it’s going to be really good, and it’s been great hearing about all the people around here that are fans.
TOP FUEL POINTS LEADER BRITTANY FORCE AIMS TO FINISH WESTERN SWING STRONG AT FLAV-R-PAC NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS
KENT, WA – Brittany Force knocked one item off her bucket list just days ago when the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series star driver won in Sonoma. Now the Top Fuel points leader will try to add another, this time at Pacific Raceways for this weekend’s 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.
It’s her sponsor’s race and it closes out the famed three-race NHRA Western Swing, and Force would like nothing more than to win for the first time in Seattle as the NHRA returns to the facility for the first time in 2019. Force is riding high in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac/Monster Energy dragster heading to the race, obliterating the track record books in Sonoma and moving back into the points lead.
She’s collected four wins thus far during a championship-worthy 2022 season and Force is eager to keep rolling and come through for the first time in Seattle, at a track and a race that means a great deal to the Top Fuel standout.
“It is exciting and it’s great to return to Seattle,” Force said. “It’s been a while, but that’s another racetrack where I grew up racing in Super Comp, Top Alcohol Dragster, and going there as a kid. (Teammate) Austin (Prock) got his first win there (in 2019) and there are just a lot of great memories there. It’s exciting that it’s our sponsor’s race and we’re coming out of Sonoma strong, and we plan to have the same success this weekend in Seattle.”
SONOMA, CA – On a day that included a barrage on the Sonoma Raceway record books, Top Fuel star Brittany Force rolled to her fourth win of the 2022 season on Sunday and moved into the points lead in front of a packed house at the 34th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Joey Gladstone (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won at the 12th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the second stop of the three-race NHRA Western Swing. All four winners on Sunday are first-time Sonoma winners as well.
Force went 3.709-seconds at 335.48 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac dragster to beat Mike Salinas in the final round, moving back into the points lead over Salinas with her first win at Sonoma and 15th in her career. Force made the quickest run in Sonoma Raceway history in the first round with a 3.662 in her win over John Force Racing teammate Austin Prock and then set the track speed record on three consecutive runs on Sunday, capped off by a 337.75 in her semifinal victory over Shawn Langdon. It puts her back in the points lead in Top Fuel and gives Force one of the most memorable wins of her standout career.