HERRERA CLINCHES PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE WORLD TITLE; HIGHT, PROCK, ANDERSON & HERRERA QUALIFY NO. 1 AT IN-N-OUT BURGER NHRA FINALS
POMONA, CA – Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Gaige Herrera clinched his first career NHRA world championship on Saturday at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip, wrapping up his dominant title run to close out qualifying at the 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals.
Austin Prock (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 at the 21st race of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and the last of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Herrera extended his single-season class record by earning his 14th No. 1 qualifier thanks to a track-record run of 6.661-seconds at 203.80 mph on his Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. He will try to pick up his 11th win of the season on Sunday, which would also set a single-season record in the class, but earned the bigger prize on Saturday by picking up a world championship for the first time.
It is the finishing touch on one of the most incredible seasons in Pro Stock Motorcycle history, as Herrera dominated from start to finish. He won the first three races of the season, added another three-race winning streak during the year and then has won the last four races during the Countdown to the Championship. Add in a multitude of track records, the quickest run in class history and a sweep of the Western Swing and Herrera enjoyed a simply spectacular season.
POMONA, CA – Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan made a pair of strong qualifying runs to open the final race weekend of the 2023 NHRA season, powering to the provisional No. 1 position for Tony Stewart Racing on Friday at the 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals at In-N-Out Pomona Dragstrip.
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the 21st race of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, and the sixth of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Hagan put together a run of 3.869-seconds at 328.46 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Dodge Direct Connection Charger SRT Hellcat, moving into the No. 1 spot and putting him in line for his second top qualifier of the season and 51st in his career. Hagan, Bob Tasca III and Robert Hight entered the weekend separated by just 17 points as Hagan seeks his fourth career world title and the first for Tony Stewart Racing.
NHRA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON HORIZON FOR GAIGE HERRERA, ERICA ENDERS AT IN-N-OUT BURGER NHRA FINALS IN POMONA
POMONA, CA – As the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series comes to a close at this weekend’s 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals, the Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle championships have a chance to be decided before eliminations at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip.
Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Gaige Herrera has been nearly perfect in the class this season with ten wins and 13 No. 1 qualifiers to his credit on his Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. He has led the points all but one event of the 2023 season.
To claim his first NHRA championship, Herrera must make a qualifying attempt at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip. With his 181-point lead of his teammate Eddie Krawiec, Herrera can clinch his first career world championship during qualifying.
“It doesn’t feel real. Like I told Andrew (Hines, crew chief), I haven’t even woken up from the beginning of the season,” Herrera laughed. “I think it started to sink in leading up to Vegas. I posted a year ago that I was looking for sponsors, to basically make it out there. I didn’t plan to do more than Indy, Reading and St. Louis last year and I was able to find some funding to come out West so that was a big deal.
DINWIDDIE, VA – NHRA officials announced today a return to Virginia Motorsports Park, regarded as one of the quickest and fastest tracks on the circuit, for the upcoming 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.
The Richmond-area facility will play host to the Virginia NHRA Nationals on June 21-23, serving as the ninth of 21 races during the 2024 campaign and filling one of the two TBD dates on next season’s highly-anticipated schedule. The remaining race location will be announced in the coming weeks. Ticket renewals for the Virginia NHRA Nationals will begin on Nov. 13 and tickets will go on sale to the general public on Dec. 18 for NHRA’s return to the popular Virginia Motorsports Park.
All four NHRA professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will be in action in Virginia, along with specialty series like the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Mountain Motor Pro Stock and Top Fuel Motorcycle, as fans will be treated to a memorable weekend full of action in NHRA’s return to VMP.
PSM to race at 16 events; Callouts for all four classes; NHRA Pro Mod to debut in Phoenix; full schedule for Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Mountain Motor Pro Stock and Factory X presented by Holley
The 2024 season opens with the 55th annual NHRA Gatornationals, kicking off what will be the 73rd season of racing in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. Top Fuel, Funny Car and, as previously announced last week, Pro Stock will race at all 21 events.
Pro Stock Motorcycle will compete at 16 events during the 2024 campaign, beginning with the category’s traditional opener in Gainesville. Pro Stock Motorcycle will also race at the four-wide race in Charlotte and return to Chicago for the second straight year. After a successful debut 2023, Pro Stock Motorcycle will also return to Seattle, part of a stretch where the two-wheeled category will compete at six straight races beginning in Bristol and finishing in Sonoma. After a one-race break, Pro Stock Motorcycle will then return at Indy, finishing the season at the final seven events.
All four professional categories will also race in all six events in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Callout races for all four classes will return next year as well, with the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout taking place in Gainesville and the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout thrilling fans in Indy. The Pro Stock All-Star Callout will again happen in Chicago, with the Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout taking place for the second straight year in Sonoma. The Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge will return in 2024, taking place at 14 regular-season events.
POMONA, CA – A points lead that has changed hands five times in the past six races signals just how tight the racing has been in Top Fuel during the end of the regular season and the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Steve Torrence went back into the lead in Las Vegas and heading into this weekend’s 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals – the final race of the season in the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season – at legendary In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip, he hopes to stay there for just one more race.
Torrence has been impressively consistent all season in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors/Toyota dragster, never straying far from the lead. He’s never been lower than third in points this season, but Doug Kalitta and Leah Pruett are close behind. Kalitta trails by just 15 points and Pruett is 34 points back, as an epic final weekend awaits. Looking for his fifth world championship – and fifth in six years – the talented Texan is fired up for what could be an incredible finish in Pomona.
INDIANAPOLIS – NHRA officials announced today that GOVX, which offers exclusive discounts for current and former military, first responders and law enforcement, has been named an “Official Partner of NHRA” as part of an exciting new multi-year agreement that focuses on a shared goal of honoring those who serve the United States and local communities.
The partnership will begin during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season, which opens March 7-10 with the 55th annual NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.
As part of the partnership, GOVX will provide discount tickets to NHRA events for current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, law enforcement, firefighting, first responders and government agencies.
NHRA will also honor veterans throughout the weekend with special promotions at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip
POMONA, CA – To help celebrate Veterans Day at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip, In-N-Out Burger will offer all veterans and active military members a free combo meal on Saturday, Nov. 11 during the historic 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals.
Active duty military and veterans can pick up their free meal by showing their military ID on Saturday at any of the In-N-Out food trucks at the famed facility. It’s one of many ways veterans and military members will be celebrated throughout the championship weekend at the legendary In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip.
While supplies last, fans in attendance will be given a special limited edition NHRA Challenge Coin in Pomona that salutes our veterans and showcases NHRA’s longtime support of the armed forces. A one-off Veteran’s Day event t-shirt will also be available for purchase at the NHRA NitroMall in Pomona, with proceeds going to Veterans Ticket Foundation, a veterans support organization that purchases tickets for active military, veterans and their families.
Three Funny Car stars within 17 points, Top Fuel trio separated by 34 points as race for world championships come down to the wire in spectacular fashion
POMONA, CA – Known for incredible finishes over the years, this weekend’s 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals is shaping up to be one of the most historic in NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series history, especially in the Funny Car and Top Fuel ranks.
With epic points races coming down to the wire in both 11,000-horsepower categories, fans could witness a pair of winner-take-all showdowns on championship Sunday at legendary In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip.
In Funny Car, the top three contenders – points leader Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca III and Robert Hight – are separated by a mere 17 points – or less than a round at the points-and-a-half finale. It truly doesn’t get much closer, as the last man standing will clinch the 2023 Funny Car world championship, a thrilling summation of what’s been one of the closest title races in recent class history.
“It’s always been a dogfight,” Hagan said. “We know we have to go out and win, but they’re heavy hitters. I feel we’re all sitting here thinking we have to go win the race. That’s my feeling and my thought process. It’s not about points anymore, it’s just about winning this race. I’m just excited to be in the mix of it.”
Added Tasca: “We’re within a round and if we all run to our potential, there’s a good chance two of the three of us could be in the final round, where all the chips would be on one race. That would be an epic ending to the season. I can’t wait to get there.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features the top sportsman drivers in drag racing, announced the schedule for the 2024 season, featuring stops at standout racing facilities across the country, including a pair of new facilities on the 2024 tour.
Beginning on Feb. 16-17 at Orlando Speed World Dragway, the upcoming NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season will include a total of 45 divisional events and 22 regional events, with the year concluding Nov. 7-10 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The series will also make first-time stops at Pine Valley Raceway (South Central Division) in Lufkin, Texas on Oct. 18-20, and the new Flying H Dragstrip (West Central Division) in the Kansas City area on June 13-16.
The season will also include 11 doubleheader events, which have been a popular attraction for race teams, drawing an impressive number of participants.
The exciting doubleheader races will take place at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix (Feb. 22-25), The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (April 18-21), the Texas Motorplex in Dallas (May 16-19), Flying H Dragstrip (June 13-16), Yellowstone Drag Strip in Acton, Mont. (June 27-30), Woodburn Dragstrip in Woodburn, Ore. (July 11-14), Brainerd International Raceway (July 18-21), Pacific Raceway in Seattle (Aug. 8-11), Tulsa Raceway Park (Sept. 19-22), Famoso Dragstrip in McFarland, Calif. (Oct. 3-6) and World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis (Oct. 2-5).