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NHRA Friday Night Qualifying from the Phoenix Nationals

Top Fuel and Funny Car #1 runs from Friday night. Due to unseasonable weather conditions on Friday in Phoenix, the NHRA Safety Safari spent additional time working on the track and track prep. Based on those weather conditions, Friday’s Pro Stock qualifying session was postponed to Saturday.

Steve Torrence – Top Fuel Provisional No. 1 Qualifier

CAPCO Contractors Toyota Top Fuel dragster – 3.678 seconds, 336.23 mph

Austin Prock – Funny Car Provisional No. 1 Qualifier

Cornwell Tools/AAA Chevrolet Camaro SS – 3.840 seconds, 334.40 mph

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NHRA STARS SOUND OFF ON THE CHANCE TO WIN MULTIPLE TIMES THIS WEEKEND AT FIREBIRD MOTORSPORTS PARK

Along with the NHRA Arizona Nationals, the finals of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals and the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge also takes place in Phoenix

PHOENIX – In short, six NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series drivers have a chance for an epic weekend at Firebird Motorsports Park. Along with the 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, the final round of the postponed Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals happens during final qualifying on Saturday, while the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge takes place on Friday and Saturday.

Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher and Justin Ashley, Funny Car’s Matt Hagan and John Force, and Pro Stock’s Erica Enders and Dallas Glenn all have a chance for something special this weekend in Phoenix. The six Winternationals finalists spoke about the chance for a spectacular, “triple-up” weekend.

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TONY SCHUMACHER VS. JUSTIN ASHLEY

This is a rematch of a final round last year in Bristol, where Ashley swept the weekend, winning the New England Nationals against Schumacher, the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge and then the Thunder Valley Nationals the next day.
Schumacher is currently 5-3 against Ashley in eliminations.
Schumacher, an eight-time world champ, is after his first win since 2022. Ashley will attempt to win the Winternationals for the third straight year.

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CONGRUITY NHRA PRO MOD SERIES SET FOR PHOENIX DEBUT AT RACE POWERED BY LAT RACING OILS

PHOENIX – In the first-ever appearance for the Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by LearnEV+ at Firebird Motorsports Park, a huge field of standout drivers will put on a show this weekend as part of the 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, adding another exciting aspect to the race.

It’s the second of 10 races during the 2024 season and this weekend’s event is powered by LAT Racing Oils, which works with several teams in the NHRA Pro Mod category. That includes many of the 20 talented entries for Pro Mod’s debut at the “Duel in the Desert,” where the category will surely put on a show in front of the Phoenix fans for the first time.

“We are proud to sponsor the NHRA Pro Mod class at Phoenix,” LAT Racing Oils’ Co-owner Danny Vaca said. “As a leader in performance lubricants we support many Pro Mod teams with high-performance racing oils designed to help power these engines to the winner’s circle. We are looking forward to seeing first-hand how our lubricants perform at this race.”

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PRO STOCK’S TROY COUGHLIN JR. LOOKS TO GET 2024 SEASON ON TRACK AT NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS

PHOENIX – Pro Stock standout Troy Coughlin Jr. returns to Firebird Motorsports Park this weekend with hopes to capitalize on his success at last season’s NHRA Arizona Nationals.

Last year, Coughlin earned the first Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge race for the Pro Stock category, which came off a season-opening win in Gainesville. The specialty event, which provides a bonus purse and bonus championship points while also bringing competitive race to qualifying, kicked off at last year’s NHRA Arizona Nationals and has been a highlight to the Saturday schedule at all NHRA national events.

“It’s always an honor to be the first winner so to speak,” Coughlin said of his Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge win. “I think we have all the confidence in the world to get after (an event win) in Phoenix.”

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FUNNY CAR VETERAN RON CAPPS RETURNS TO FIREBIRD MOTORSPORTS PARK FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST NHRA START

PHOENIX – Former NHRA champion Ron Capps has been a staple within the Funny Car ranks for three decades and this weekend’s 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Motorsports Park will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of his first NHRA start.

Ironically, Capps’ career didn’t begin in Funny Car. Capps’ rookie season was in Top Fuel, driving for Roger Primm, with his debut coming at Firebird Motorsports Park in 1995.

“I just remember Roger Primm taking a chance on me,” Capps said. “I was brought up and picked over a pretty big list of much more creditable and experienced drivers and I was thrown in. I hadn’t made a full run yet and Steve Gibbs had signed my license in Bakersfield and it exploded a supercharger and I did all the right stuff to get off the track. So, he signed the license because I did that and not really because I made a great run.

“Fast forward, we get a brand-new car and show up in Phoenix and I still hadn’t made a full run when we showed up Sunday morning. We qualified somewhere between 10-16 and we had Joe Amato first round. I was pretty nervous all night Saturday and remember he smoked the tires. It was a heck of a way to start to beat the legendary Joe Amato in my first round of competition.”

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VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS TO FEATURE THREE QUALIFYING SESSIONS ON SATURDAY IN SHIFT TO TWO-DAY EVENT

DINWIDDIE, VA – NHRA officials announced today a schedule change for the upcoming Virginia NHRA Nationals, as all three qualifying sessions in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series will now take place on Saturday, June 22, leading into eliminations the following day at Virginia Motorsports Park.

The two-day NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series event will feature three qualifying sessions on the same day in the professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) for the first time, giving fans an unbelievable day of action and excitement heading into Sunday eliminations at the ninth of 20 races during the 2024 season. Official times for Saturday’s three qualifying sessions and Sunday’s first round of eliminations will be released next week.

NHRA worked closely with the race teams to help offer a new experience for the fans at the Virginia event.

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NHRA MISSION FOODS DRAG RACING SERIES TRAVELS TO ZMAX DRAGWAY FOR EXCITING NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

CONCORD, NC – The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season is ramping up and teams will soon head to zMAX Dragway, dubbed the “Bellagio of Drag Strips,” for one of the most unique events in motorsports, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 26-28.

The event marks the fourth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA season and will put drivers to the ultimate test in the wild and can’t-miss four-wide format. Fans will be treated to a sensory overload of 44,000-horsepower when four nitro-burning machines take to the track each lap, making for one of the biggest spectacles in drag racing.

The weekend is filled with some of the most spectacular action on the NHRA circuit, including Friday night Primetime under the lights, the first-ever Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge at zMAX Dragway on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday. Fans can watch nitro at night to kick off the event, catch the bonus event in a four-wide format on Saturday and teams battling it out for the Wally on Sunday in an action-packed three days at the state-of-the-art facility in Charlotte.

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TOP FUEL’S JUSTIN ASHLEY LOOKS FOR ANOTHER MULTI-WIN WEEKEND AT NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS

PHOENIX – When it comes to multiple wins in one weekend, Top Fuel standout Justin Ashley enjoyed impressive success in the unique scenarios last season.

The former NHRA Rookie of the Year will get another opportunity for a multiple-win weekend at the 39th NHRA Arizona Nationals, which takes place Friday through Sunday at Firebird Motorsports Park. Ashley will take part in the final round of the postponed Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals against Tony Schumacher on Saturday as part of the final qualifying session and is also part of the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge.

The specialty race begins on Friday with the first qualifying session, with a chance for two wins on Saturday and an Arizona Nationals victory on Sunday. Ashley is the defending Winternationals and Arizona Nationals winner, which adds another exciting layer for the standout in his 11,000-horsepower Scag Power Equipment dragster. A year ago, he won three times in one weekend in Bristol, so pulling off something spectacular in one weekend isn’t exactly new for Ashley, who had six wins in 2023.

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NHRA WINS INNOVATION OF THE YEAR AWARD AT PACNET STAR AWARDS

INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA was recently awarded with the “Innovation of the Year” at the PACnet Annual Star Awards in Los Angeles following the creation of its new Team Ticket & Credential Ordering Portal. The PACnet Annual Star Awards honors top performers within the Paciolan community, with NHRA beating out an impressive list of competitors in the category for its new online ticketing page.

NHRA won out over the University of Texas, Virginia Tech and the Texas Performing Arts in the category, showcasing a new innovation for race teams, tracks and partners by creating an Eloqua landing page for ticket requests that go directly to the ticket office. The new ticketing landing page for each team allows drivers and race teams the ability to order tickets for sponsors, friends, family and special guests in real-time, giving them instant access for immediate requests.

It has enhanced the ticket ordering process, with the NHRA ticketing team working with all parties to develop a streamlined way for partners, race teams and sponsors to order tickets, making for a much faster and more efficient process. Each race also has a unique link to purchase tickets for the unique hospitality experiences offered by teams, as well as race tickets.

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ACTION-PACKED 2024 NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES SEASON CULMINATES WITH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN LAS VEGAS

INDIANAPOLIS – A chance to race for a national championship in Las Vegas is again on the line for competitors in the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the world’s largest motorsports program when it comes to racer participation, as the 2024 Summit E.T. Series scheduled was announced today.

Drivers will compete at NHRA member tracks across the seven divisions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle, and Street Legal EV categories, all with the hopes of advancing to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, which takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 3 as part of the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The more than 75,000 drivers will race for event wins, divisional titles, and, ultimately, the chance to race for national glory on the “Road to Vegas.” The Summit E.T. Finals in the seven NHRA divisions, plus an eighth E.T. event in Canada, take place during late August, September and October, with the winners advancing to compete for a national championship.

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