CONCORD, NC – Robert Hight and his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS team are sitting fifth in the points standings heading into the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Just the second race of seven in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, Hight, who is only 50 points back from the lead, knows a standout performance in North Carolina will put the Auto Club team in prime position for championship contention.
With two victories in the 2021 NHRA Camping World Series, the SpringNationals in Houston and Sonoma Raceway’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals, two runner-up finishes at the season opening Gatornationals and the New England Nationals, and a No. 1 qualifier at the Las Vegas Four-Wide event, Hight and the Auto Club team left the most recent event at Maple Grove Raceway having shifted from sixth to fifth after a No. 2 qualifying position and semifinal finish.
“We know what we need to do to get this thing done. This Auto Club team can do it. I have all the confidence in Jimmy Prock, Chris Cunningham and my entire team,” Hight said. “We’re getting some consistency, which is what we need. Now we just need to keep it going, pick up points where we can, be aggressive and go after wins.”
CHARLOTTE, NC – Six races remain in the 2021 NHRA Countdown and this weekend’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway will be nine-time Funny Car finalist Alexis DeJoria’s chance to close the gap on the points leader. The Bandero Premium Tequila ROKiT Toyota Camry Funny Car team closed out the 2020 season on a strong run and recreating that successful run is doable for this experienced team. This season DeJoria’s Funny Car has posted some of the quickest times in qualifying and has raced to the final round at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver as well as five semifinals.
“There is no doubt our Funny Car can run with anyone,” said DeJoria. “This Bandero ROKiT Toyota Camry gives me a lot of confidence when it rolls up to the starting line. We have been talking about it for a couple races, but we just need to make some of our own luck. There are six races left in the playoffs and that is plenty of time to start getting wins and moving up in the points.”
This weekend will be DeJoria’s seventh appearance at the Carolina Nationals. In two of her previous three races at the track located in the heart of NASCAR country she advanced to the semifinals. In 2014 she scored her second career No. 1 qualifier at the Bruton Smith owned racetrack. From 2013-2017 she started as the No. 5 qualifier twice as well as No. 4 and No. 1 qualifier once each.
CONCORD, NC – Brittany Force and her Monster Energy team are heading into race two of seven in the NRHA Countdown to the Champion, the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway outside of Charlotte, N.C., just 12 points out of the championship points lead with the momentum and performance to overtake the top spot.
Brittany Force and the Monster Energy team are going for her eighth straight No. 1 start, one shy of Gary Beck’s Top Fuel record of nine straight starts over the 1982 and 1983 seasons. If she tallies that eighth consecutive, she also will break a tie with her dad for the John Force Racing team lead. John qualified No. 1 at seven straight events – the last six races of 1994 and the first race in 1995.
The Monster Energy team has a total of nine No. 1 qualifying positions along with one win. After qualifying No. 1 at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan., Brittany Force went onto share a historic winners circle with legendary father John Force. It was the first time in NHRA history that a parent-child duo had won together in the pro categories.
CONCORD, NC – John Force and PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS team are entering this weekend’s DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway leading the Funny Car points standings by five with only six races left in the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs.
Force and his Daniel Hood and Tim Fabrisi led PEAK Antifreeze team have been part of the Championship conversation since they returned to competition in 2021 after taking the 2020 season off. With five final round appearances that included three wins (Charlotte Four-Wide, New England Nationals and sharing the winners circle with daughter Brittany in Topeka at Heartland Motorsports Park) and two No. 1 qualifying positions (Charlotte Four-Wide and the U.S. Nationals), Force will be trying to win four races in a season for the 14th time in his career while tightening his hold on the Championship points lead.
“We’re having a good season. We’re running well. Danny Hood and Tim Fabrisi have this PEAK Chevy just right, everyone is doing their job, I’m just hanging in there, trying to keep up,” Force said. “It’s the Countdown now, it’s time to fight. I’m loving it. I live for this.”
GLENDORA, CA – NHRA officials announced today the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule to include 22 national events throughout the course of the season. Details on Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle schedules will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
NHRA looks forward to its 22-event schedule next season with the return of fan favorite events such as the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond and the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, which will serve as the traditional conclusion of the annual Western Swing.
The 2022 season kicks off in Pomona for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Presented By ProtectTheHarvest.com. For the first time in four seasons, the NHRA will host a specialty race amongst the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series nitro categories. Fans will be treated to not one but two NHRA Allstar Shootout events in 2022, at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and the prestigious Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend. Then, teams will focus in on the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs and set their sights on an NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world title.
Charlotte, NC – The last time Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel team hit the track at zMax Dragway they were battling for the 2019 Top Fuel championship and raced to the final round. Once again Kalitta and his familiar red and white 11,000 horsepower land rocket are in the Countdown chasing their first championship and this weekend at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals Kalitta will be looking to keep his streak of successful races alive in Charlotte.
“We have had good luck in Charlotte over the years,” said Kalitta. “We had a good run the last time we were there, and we won that race a couple years before that. It is a great facility and I feel good about our chances this weekend.”
Since 2010 Kalitta has raced to the final round at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals four times and collected a No. 1 qualifier in 2017. The success at the track for the perennial championship contending team is not surprising. Throughout his 20-year career as the driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster Kalitta’s name has constantly been in the championship conversation. In 2019 when he raced to the final round in Charlotte he narrowly missed the championship and came back even stronger last season.
Charlotte, NC – Shawn Langdon and the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel team will have a new look for the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals, but they will bring the same level of competitiveness to the second Countdown race. This weekend Langdon’s 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster will be representing Autodesk, a long-time collaborator on Kalitta Motorsports fabrication, during the race. The team will be looking to move up in the points at a track Langdon has one Top Fuel win as well as a Funny Car win to his credit.
“I feel really comfortable racing in Charlotte,” said Langdon. “We have won here in Top Fuel and Funny Car. We ran the Bounty Hunter tribute car at Indy and in Reading and I am looking forward to racing this Autodesk race car this weekend. They support us on the fabrication side and we wouldn’t be able to win races without their support.”
In 2012 Langdon took the Top Fuel title from the No. 1 qualifier position. Two years ago Langdon was racing a Toyota Camry and won his first Funny Car title during the spring four-wide national event.