The fan-favorite event will be held October 15-17, during the heat of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Drivers in all four NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series professional categories will continue their battle towards a world championship in the valley of Bristol Dragway. The seven-race Countdown kicks off at Maple Grove Raceway and will conclude at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring Bristol back on board for the 2021 season,” said Glen Cromwell, NHRA President. “The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals is a staple on the NHRA circuit. The fall date will give us the opportunity to allow more loyal NHRA fans into the facility. To have the event as a Countdown race is an added bonus for both NHRA fans and competitors.”
The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown division is a favorite amongst loyal NHRA fans. Fans love to see NHRA stars push their stock cars to limits while competing at national events. Competitors in the field include Top Fuel star Leah Pruett and Pro Stock race Aaron Stanfield.
“We are excited to welcome Constant Aviation to the family of NHRA partners,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class is a very competitive field, and we look forward to seeing the class continue to grow.”
JUSTIN BOND GETS WIN AT FINAL E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES RACE AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY
COMMERCE, GA – After finishing as the runner-up at the opening race of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season, Justin Bond finished the job on Sunday, beating back-to-back world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson on a holeshot in the final round of the final race at Atlanta Dragway.
The race, which was presented by Alsum Farms/Wisconsin Potato, is the second event of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and Bond picked up his second career victory.
He went 5.738-seconds at 249.49 mph in his ProCharger-powered Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro to beat Jackson, who went a quicker 5.724 at 252.43 at his home track. After qualifying third, Bond, whose first win in the class came a year ago in Houston, beat Alex Laughlin, Dwayne Wolfe and Brandon Snider to reach his fourth final round. He posted a .038 reaction time in the championship round against Jackson to hold off the standout driver and grab the victory.
BROWN, TASCA, ANDERSON AND POLLACHECK EARN HISTORIC LUCAS OIL NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS WINS IN FINAL RACE AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY
COMMERCE, GA – Antron Brown couldn’t have dreamed of a better way to close out the famed Atlanta Dragway on Sunday, becoming the winningest Top Fuel driver at the historic facility with his fifth victory at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.
Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their respective categories at the third race of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season as the NHRA held the last race at the historic track.
Brown defeated three-time reigning world champ Steve Torrence in a thrilling final round, going 3.752-seconds at 323.81 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Matco Tools dragster to beat Torrence’s 3.794 at 323.81. Brown, a three-time world champ, beat Doug Kalitta, No. 1 qualifier Billy Torrence and Brittany Force to advance to the final round, making his best run of the weekend when it counted. Brown leaves Atlanta Dragway with seven overall victories, including two that came in Pro Stock Motorcycle, while Sunday’s triumph also gave him 68 carer wins. It was a meaningful victory for Brown, who beat his close friend Torrence in the final pair of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series competitors to go down Atlanta Dragway.
TODD, B. TORRENCE, ANDERSON AND POLLACHECK PICK UP NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT 40TH AND FINAL LUCAS OIL NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY
COMMERCE, GA – Former world champ J.R. Todd rolled to his first No. 1 qualifier in nearly two years on Saturday, taking the top spot in Funny Car at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1 in their respective categories at the third race of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season as the NHRA celebrates the long and storied history of Atlanta Dragway at its final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals race.
Todd’s last No. 1 qualifier came in 2019, but he powered to the top on Saturday, going 3.982-seconds at 325.69 mph in his 11,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Camry. Todd will race Alexis DeJoria to start the final raceday at Atlanta Dragway on Sunday after earning his 13th career No. 1 qualifier. After winning in Gainesville to open the year, a second victory this early in the season would put Todd on a good early-season path.
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES VETERAN MIKE CASTELLANA LOOKS TO FINISH IN STYLE AT FINAL SERIES STOP AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY
COMMERCE, GA – In the final race at Atlanta Dragway for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, veteran Mike Castellana has the opportunity to leave quite a mark at the facility.
Heading into this weekend’s race as part of the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, Castellana is the most recent winner in the Pro Mod class at Atlanta, winning in 2019. But the standout also won the race in 2017 in dramatic fashion, bouncing back from going into the sand trap in the first qualifying session to qualifying No. 1 and winning the race. Nobody but Castellana has won at the track in five years and now he has the chance to be the final winner this weekend in his blown Al-Anabi Performance ’69 Camaro.
For decades, NHRA’s Member Tracks have seen EVs, hybrids, and alternative-energy vehicles use their racetracks as a proving ground. Creating an EV class within the NHRA Summit Series accelerates the NHRA’s commitment to its racers and partners looking to develop new technology. With the rise in performance of electric street vehicles also comes the need for the NHRA to provide a safe place to race and a platform for competitors to evolve and demonstrate their capabilities.
“We are thrilled for this new opportunity for our NHRA competitors,” said NHRA President, Glen Cromwell. “NHRA Drag Racing is about performance and innovation and we look forward to seeing how these vehicles perform in 2022.”