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ZIZZO, PROCK, ENDERS AND M. SMITH GRAB PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT GERBER COLLISION & GLASS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

Joliet, IL – Race 6 of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series

Friday’s top pro qualifying runs.

T.J. Zizzo – Top Fuel Provisional No. 1 Qualifier
Rust-Oleum Top Fuel dragster – 3.735 seconds, 331.77 mph

Austin Prock – Funny Car Provisional No. 1 Qualifier
Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS – 3.907 seconds, 332.43 mph

Erica Enders – Pro Stock Provisional No. 1 Qualifier
Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment Pro Stock car – 6.548 seconds, 209.69 mph

Matt Smith – Pro Stock Motorcycle Provisional No. 1 Qualifier
Denso Spark Plugs Buell – 6.708 seconds, 201.40 mph

video courtesy of NHR

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ZIZZO, PROCK, ENDERS AND M. SMITH GRAB PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT GERBER COLLISION & GLASS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

CHICAGO – Chicago native T.J. Zizzo made the quickest Top Fuel run in each session on Friday at Route 66 Raceway, taking the provisional No. 1 qualifier at the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance.

Austin Prock (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the sixth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Zizzo powered to a run of 3.735-seconds at 331.77 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Rust-Oleum dragster, putting the part-time racer in line for his first career NHRA No. 1 qualifier. Clay Millican went 3.746 earlier in the session before Zizzo closed out the day with an impressive pass in front of a host of family and friends. Zizzo was a provisional No. 1 qualifier in 2019 in Gainesville, but it didn’t hold. This time, he’ll look to keep the No. 1 spot at his home track.

“Today has been a dream,” Zizzo said. “You have the opportunity to do all kinds of things in this world, but to do this with friends and family is really special. We have worked really hard to get this done and it means a lot. Continue reading

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MASSIVE CONGRUITY NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES FIELD SET TO IMPRESS IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO – The Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by LearnEV+ returns to Route 66 Raceway for the second straight year, bringing a huge field of competitors as part of this weekend’s Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance.

It’s the third of 10 races during the 2024 season and this weekend’s event is powered by PGT Trucking, Inc. Action from the category will also be featured on FS1 on Sunday during the eliminations show.

The category returns to action for the first time since early April when NHRA Pro Mod debuted in Phoenix. After a successful outing in Chicago last year, where Jose Gonzalez picked up his first victory at the facility, the class is set to put on another stellar show at Route 66 Raceway.

Along with the event partnership, PGT Trucking also works with Pro Mod standouts Lyle Barnett and Ken Quartuccio, who are both part of the impressive 24-car field in Chicago. Continue reading

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NHRA LAUNCHES PLAYNHRA INITIATIVE TO ALLOW FANS ACCESS TO FANTASY GAMES, GAMING AND BETTING FOR NHRA NATIONAL EVENTS

Odds will be released and wagers will be accepted beginning with the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, which takes place June 7-9 at Bristol Dragway

INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA announced today an exciting and landmark step forward for the company with the launch of PlayNHRA, an innovative new initiative that will provide fans opportunities to engage in fantasy games, gaming, and betting for NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series events.

As part of PlayNHRA, NHRA’s partnerships with leading sports books and fantasy sports providers will enable fans to sign up for free and legally wager on national events and other outcomes in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

Odds will be released and wagers will be accepted beginning with the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, which takes place June 7-9 at Bristol Dragway.

“PlayNHRA marks a huge and significant step forward for the NHRA and its fans,” NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer Brad Gerber said. “This initiative will provide a destination for fans to enjoy the safest and most regulated place to bet on NHRA drag racing, participate in fantasy games, and engage with our sport in so many new ways.”

As part of the PlayNHRA initiative, NHRA has partnered with an industry-leading firm, IC360, to educate employees, race teams and other stakeholders about sports betting and to maintain the integrity of the sport through data intelligence, fraud prevention and monitoring of wagering patterns. Continue reading

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BIG MONEY AND BRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINE FOR GETTRX NHRA PRO STOCK ALL-STAR CALLOUT AT CHICAGO’S ROUTE 66 RACEWAY

JOLIET, IL – Eight NHRA Pro Stock drivers will have more on the table at this weekend’s Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance as they will be competing in the GETTRX Pro Stock NHRA All-Star Callout at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago.

The specialty race will feature eight Pro Stock drivers in a unique callout format. Reigning champion Erica Enders sits atop the stacked group of drivers. Thanks to her qualifying effort from last season, Enders will have her pick of opponents. The other seven drivers in the Callout are, in order, points leader Greg Anderson, 2023 Chicago winner Dallas Glenn, Troy Coughlin Jr., Aaron Stanfield, Matt Hartford, Cristian Cuadra and Deric Kramer.

The must-see event kicks off on Friday at 12:30 p.m. CT when the drivers will make their picks, with Callout hitting the track on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Enders will get the first selection, then the pick will go to Anderson, if he isn’t the first driver called out. The picks will continue based on position. Continue reading

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HUGE NITRO, PRO FIELDS SET TO THRILL AT GERBER COLLISION & GLASS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

Nitro categories have 40 entries, including 22 in Top Fuel, and 79 overall competitors in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series

CHICAGO – A massive weekend of racing action in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series at Route 66 Raceway also means a huge collection of Top Fuel and Funny Car standouts at the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance.

In all, 22 Top Fuel dragsters and 18 Funny Cars will compete this weekend in Chicago, giving fans a great opportunity to see 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph nitro action from 40 competitors in Chicago. Add in standout fields in both Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle and fans will get to enjoy 79 professional entries in the Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

It makes for a talent-heavy and highlight-filled weekend at Route 66 Raceway for an absolutely packed event that includes four qualifying sessions (two on Friday and two on Saturday), the GETTRX Pro Stock All-Star Callout and the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday.

It’s the second time a nitro class has had 20-plus entries in 2024 (Funny Car, Pomona 1) and the 22 Top Fuel entries represents the largest field for the class this season. With a host of stars and standout drivers, it should make it a nitro weekend to remember. Continue reading

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FUNNY CAR ICON JOHN FORCE EAGER TO WOW CHICAGO FANS AT GERBER COLLISION & GLASS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

CHICAGO – Legendary Funny Car racer John Force has enjoyed a terrific start to his 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season. The 16-time world champion has already posted one victory this season and a pair of final-round appearances, giving the team plenty of momentum heading into this weekend’s Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance at Route 66 Raceway.

It’s a meaningful race for the sport’s winningest driver in his 11,000-horsepower PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS, too, as Force knows the importance of doing well in his sponsor’s backyard.

Force has always found success in Chicago, winning three times at Route 66 Raceway, including the second-ever race at the famed facility in 2000. He’s eager to put on a show in front of another huge crowd this weekend, determined to keep his strong season going as the summer months approach. Continue reading

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NHRA PARTNERS WITH ALT SPORTS DATA IN EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL SPORTS BETTING DATA RIGHTS AGREEMENT

INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA officials announced today an exclusive partnership with ALT Sports Data, a leading provider of cutting-edge sports data and analytics solutions. As part of the agreement, ALT Sports Data will become the sole distributor of sports betting data for NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series events, strengthening its leading position as a major operator in the sports data and betting market.

Based in San Diego, ALT Sports Data is renowned for its expertise in providing exclusive and official trading data and consumer data. Leveraging its proprietary trading platform, this collaboration with NHRA will help pave the way for legal and official sports betting on NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series events, offering fans a dynamic and innovative way to engage with the incredible action of NHRA drag racing.

As part of the partnership, ALT Sports Data will help bring NHRA fans a robust betting experience that offers real-time statistics, odds and insights. The partnership gives NHRA fans a greater opportunity to engage with race teams more than ever before, as well as the chance to receive more detailed information about what’s happening on the track through the sharing of information with ALT Sports Data. Continue reading

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TOP FUEL’S CLAY MILLICAN AFTER MORE CHICAGO MAGIC AT GERBER COLLISION & GLASS NHRA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

CHICAGO – Route 66 Raceway has always been a special venue for Top Fuel fan-favorite Clay Millican. It was the site of his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel event and also an event he won in 2018.

Then came last year for the veteran, who broke a winless streak of nearly five years when he won in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series’ return to the massive Chicago facility. Last season’s victory at the Gerber Collision & Glass NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by PEAK Performance propelled another successful season, and Millican would love to replicate that at this weekend’s event at Route 66 Raceway.

He enters this race with significantly more momentum than he did last year, coming off a final-round appearance in Charlotte in his 11,000-horsepower Parts Plus/Rick Ware Racing dragster two weeks ago. A season ago, Millican had not yet won a round when Chicago arrived. He turned that around quickly with a memorable performance in NHRA’s Chicago return, yet another instance of Millican magic at Route 66 Raceway. Continue reading

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NHRA ROARS INTO BRISTOL DRAGWAY FOR SUPER GRIP NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series returns to Thunder Valley for another year of intense racing action at the 23rd annual Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway on June 7-9.

A highlight on the NHRA circuit, all the stars in the NHRA are thrilled to return to Bristol Dragway for one of the most scenic and memorable events on the NHRA tour. It is the eighth of 20 events during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season and will again feature competition in the four professional categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

All the thrilling sights and sounds of 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph action is taken to an incredible, can’t-miss level in Thunder Valley, where fans will be treated to an epic weekend loaded with action. From four rounds of qualifying, including a spectacular night session on Friday night, to the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday, there’s something for every racing fan in Bristol.

Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) took home titles in 2023 in picturesque Thunder Valley and this year’s race will again be broadcast on FS1, including eliminations beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 9. Continue reading

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