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Sunday Pairings Set for NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Championship Rounds

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Earlier today the field was set for Sunday’s elimination rounds of the  3rd Annual Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

Under a beautiful Carolina blue sky the fast times which this track has become accustomed to allowing were again being posted in all three NHRA Full-Throttle Series classes.

The biggest field, home to the most drivers fighting for the right to advance to Sunday’s eliminations, was the Pro Stock class.

22 drivers would attempt to position themselves inside the Top 16 in order to earn  the right to spend another night in the Queen City. Drag racers hate short weekends.

After all was said and done in Pro Stock and the day’s two qualifying sessions complete a couple of upsets were to be found.  Neither Larry Morgan nor Warren Johnson, both veterans with big followings, would make the cut.

World Champ Krawiec And Top Rookie Arana Jr. Anxious To Start The 2012 Pro Stock Motorcycle Season Where They Left Off In 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Release) – The Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville isn’t only the traditional East Coast opener for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, it’s also the season-opener for the NHRA’s two-wheel class, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Reigning world champ and defending event champ, Eddie Krawiec, hopes to do what few riders have accomplished, complete back-to-back-to-back wins of the same event. Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Mike Neff (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) join Krawiec as winners of last year’s event that will be telecast on ESPN2HD.

Brown, Hight, Line Collect Victories In Phoenix

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PHOENIX, AZ — Antron Brown raced to his first win of the season in Top Fuel Sunday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Int’l Raceway.

Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were also winners at the second of 23 races in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.

Brown held off fellow Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final when he powered his Matco Tools dragster to a 3.793-second pass at 319.82 mph. It was Brown’s first win of the season in his second consecutive final-round appearance. It was also his 32nd win, with 16 victories in Top Fuel and 16 in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

NHRA Fans Have Spoken: Drag Racing Returning To ESPN3

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BRISTOL, CT — After a strong outpouring of support from viewers, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will return to ESPN3 for the rest of the 2012 season beginning with coverage of this weekend’s Arizona NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix.

ESPN’s live 24/7 multi-screen sports network will air live action from Friday qualifying at Phoenix at 6 p.m. ET today. In addition, ESPN3 will air full coverage of Sunday’s eliminations action starting at 1 p.m.

Uni-Select And Its Auto-Plus Brand Acquire Naming Rights To Gainesville Raceway

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GAINESVILLE, Fla — Uni-Select USA and its Auto-Plus network of automotive retail stores have acquired the naming rights to the NHRA-owned and -operated facility in Gainesville. Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville will host the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com March 8-11, the third stop in the 23-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

One of NHRA’s major events, the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals serves as the East Coast opener for the series, featuring Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and the season opener for Pro Stock Motorcycle. In 2012, NHRA will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the sport’s first 300-mph pass, which took place at the historic track. Making a special appearance at the event to commemorate the feat considered by many as one of the greatest accomplishments in the sport will be the driver who recorded it, NHRA legend Kenny Bernstein.

NHRA Season Revs Up In Pomona

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POMONA, CA — John Force raced to his 134th career Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also were winners of the season-opening NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

“It’s a great start,” Force said. “You really want to perform. I know all those other kids on our teams and others, like Cruz Pedregon, the Schumacher teams, [Tim] Wilkerson, and [Bob] Tasca [III], those guys are going to win races, and it was just nice to get a win under my belt. Those boys are bad out there. To make that top 10 is going to be tough. Somebody’s going to be left out, so I’m just going to keep fighting and keep my nose clean.”

Force, 62, used a holeshot start to claim his sixth win at this event and 15th at this track with a performance of 4.080 seconds at 315.64 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Runner-up Mike Neff finished ran 4.036…

Dollar General Named Title Rights Sponsor Of Topeka NHRA event

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Dollar General, the nation’s largest small-box discount retailer, will become the title rights sponsor of the annual NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event in Topeka, Kan. The Dollar General NHRA Summernationals will be held May 18-20 at Heartland Park Topeka. For tickets, go to www.NHRATIX.com.

Dollar General boasts more than 700 stores in and around the state of Kansas and intends to conduct in-market store activation programs for the event.  In addition to promotional rights, Dollar General will receive broadcast elements, display space and signage on-site at the event, pre-event customer activities, and corporate…

2012 NHRA SCHEDULE

2012 NHRA Full Throttle Schedule
Date Race Site Winners
Top Fuel Funny Car Pro Stock PS Motorcycle
February 9–12 Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif. Spencer Massey John Force Greg Anderson N/A
February 17–19 NHRA Arizona Nationals Phoenix, AZ Antron Brown Robert Hight Jason Line N/A
March 8–11 Tire Kingdom Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla TBD TBD TBD TBD
March 30–April 1 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, Nev. TBD TBD TBD N/A
April 13–15 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Four-Wide Nationals1 Concord, N.C. TBD TBD TBD N/A
April 27–29 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Houston, Texas TBD TBD TBD TBD
May 4–6 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta, Ga. TBD TBD TBD TBD
May 18–20 O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals Topeka, Kan. TBD TBD TBD N/A
May 31–June 3 United Association NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown, N.J. TBD TBD TBD TBD
June 15–17 NHRA Ford Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn. TBD TBD TBD N/A
June 28–July 1 United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago, Ill. TBD TBD TBD TBD
July 5–8 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, Ohio TBD TBD TBD TBD
July 20–22 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Denver, Colo. TBD TBD TBD TBD
July 27–29 Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals Sonoma, Calif. TBD TBD TBD TBD
August 3–5 NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle, Wash. TBD TBD TBD N/A
August 16–19 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn. TBD TBD TBD TBD
August 29 – September 3 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Indianapolis, Ind. TBD TBD TBD TBD
2012 Countdown to One
September 14–16 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Concord, N.C. TBD TBD TBD TBD
September 20–23 O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals Dallas, Texas TBD TBD TBD TBD
September 27–30 Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals Reading, Pa. TBD TBD TBD TBD
October 5–7 NHRA Midwest Nationals St. Louis, MO TBD TBD TBD TBD
October 25–28 NHRA Las Vegas Nationals Las Vegas, Nev. TBD TBD TBD TBD
November 8–11 Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif. TBD TBD TBD TBD