The NHRA tour returns to the “Bellagio of dragstrips” this weekend for its Circle Ok Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Harmony, N.C.
Given the nickname for its high-class amenities, prime drivers stated they’re excited for the race weekend in NASCAR’s yard.
“Coming to tracks that are massive like this is so much fun,” Prime Gas driver Tony Schumacher stated. “We’re in a race town, kind of like Indianapolis, where a town’s built around racing, you just love coming here. The fans are fantastic. The stadium itself is second to none.”
The four-wide format began at zMAX in 2010 and has since grown into a well-liked motorsports occasion with three days of racing packed onto the dragstrip April 29-Could 1.
Qualifying for professional classes begins at 4 p.m. Friday adopted by a second spherical of qualifying at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the primary spherical of professional class qualifying begins at 1 p.m. adopted by a second spherical at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, eliminations start at midday after a observe stroll and opening ceremonies. Finals for premier lessons, Prime Gas and Humorous Automobile, are slated to begin round 4:50 p.m. on Sunday. A full weekend schedule could be discovered here. The published will likely be on FS1.
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The defending four-time world champ in Prime Gas has gained the previous 4 four-wide races at Charlotte, however Torrence continues to be aiming for a primary win this 12 months in his class. Torrence, driving for Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports, sits 32 factors behind chief Brittany Drive, who gained this 12 months’s four-wide occasion at Las Vegas.
The present Prime Gas factors chief is seeking to win one other four-wide occasion, this time at Charlotte to enrich her four-wide win at Las Vegas. She’s coming off consecutive victories in her class, and is to this point the one two-time occasion winner this 12 months going for 3 in a row. Drive is the daughter of NHRA champion driver and automobile proprietor John Drive, who competes in Humorous Automobile. Different 2022 Prime Gas winners: Justin Ashley, Mike Salinas and Tripp Tatum.
Schumacher looking for his first win at a four-wide race. The son of NHRA legend Don Schumacher is working with new group members driving the Maynard Household/Scag Energy Gear Prime Gas dragster. He’s been in a number of four-wide finals, however aiming for a primary win in a aggressive subject.
“There was a time when four or five cars were great and everyone else was left in the back of the pack,” Schumacher stated. “It’s just not like that anymore, (especially) when you have four cars. … The last time I ran a four-wide, I was qualified in the middle of the pack and I had to beat Salinas and Antron (Brown). I mean, c’mon!”
NASCAR followers are most likely acquainted with the identify since Pruett is married to NASCAR Corridor of Famer Tony Stewart. Pruett is the driving force for Stewart’s NHRA team, which is in its first 12 months with Pruett driving in Prime Gas and Matt Hagan in Humorous Automobile.
Hagan is the present Humorous Automobile factors chief, sitting 60 factors forward of Robert Hight. Each Hagan and Hight every have gained a number of Humorous Automobile occasions this 12 months. Hagan is a three-time Humorous Automobile champion (2011, ‘14, ‘20).
Hagan might be a three-time champion, but Capps is the defending Funny Car title-holder. He announced on Thursday his move to Toyota Gazoo Racing North America (TGRNA), which marks a new manufacturer for his Ron Capps Motorsports team. He’s in his first season for the group he’s operating as driver and proprietor, and stated he’ll race his Toyota GR Supra for the primary time ever this weekend.
“A lot of nerves right now,” Capps stated. “But it’s a good feeling. I’m very excited. Obviously, a few things have happened the past few months. Going out on my own, (but) having the support of people around me has been unbelievable.”
Capps gained his class on the Vegas four-wide nationals this 12 months and is seeking to do the identical at Charlotte, becoming a member of the Toyota household that features different prime Humorous Automobile drivers J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria.