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ODE TO BRUTON SMITH: NO. 1 FUNNY CAR STARTER FORCE GRATEFUL FOR HIS CHANCES

Bruton Smith owns this racetrack – and three others that account for two four-wide spectacles and five altogether on the Camping World Drag Racing Series circuit.

And he owns no small part of John Force’s heart.

INSPIRED ANDERSON ON BRINK OF PRO STOCK HISTORY FROM NO. 1 STARTING SPOT

 

Inspired in a sentimental way like never before in his storied career, Greg Anderson set the bar Friday in Pro Stock qualifying for the NHRA NGK NTK Four-Wide Nationals at his home track, zMAX Dragway at Concord, N.C.

And his 6.524-second elapsed time in the quarter-mile remained quickest throughout two more sessions Saturday to give him his fifth consecutive No. 1 qualifying position. It’s also the 110th No. 1 start of his career, ranking him third in the NHRA in the category behind Funny Car’s John Force (160) and Warren Johnson (138).

BIKER POLLACHECK NOT FASTEST BUT QUICKEST FOR SECOND STRAIGHT NO. 1 START

Scotty Pollacheck proved Saturday at the NHRA’s NGK NTK Four-Wide Nationals that a Pro Stock Motorcycle racer doesn’t have to clock a 203-mph or even a 202-mph speed to secure the No. 1 qualifying position.

The Central Point, Ore., winner of the most recently completed event (at Atlanta) used his track-record 6.736-second elapsed time at 201.16 mph in Saturday’s opening session to climb from 19th place and seize the top spot. By two-thousandths of a second, he edged Steve Johnson, who wasn’t even flirty with the 200-mph mark.

J. FORCE, B. FORCE, ANDERSON AND POLLACHECK CLAIM TOP SPOTS AT FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

MANY HAPPY RETURNS, BUT TOP FUEL’S BRITTANY FORCE IS READY TO WIN AGAIN

Brittany Force has had plenty of time to reacquaint herself with the sport after sitting out all but the first two races of the 2020 season.

It has been euphoric for the 2017 Top Fuel champion to be back in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac Dragster, competing once again with her crew chief Dave Grubnic and the entire John Force Racing team.

GLITCHES BANISHED, DE JORIA VAULTS ‘FROM ZERO TO HERO’ IN FUNNY CAR

Alexis De Joria’s opening Funny Car pass at the NHRA’s NGK NTK Four-Wide Nationals wasn’t especially pretty.

But for the ROKiT Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota Camry driver, it was enough to put her atop the qualifying order Friday evening at zMAX Dragway. And it was way more than enough to erase the memories of glitches that beset her at the previous race.

B. FORCE, DEJORIA, ANDERSON AND GLADSTONE TAKE PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT ZMAX FOUR-WIDE NATS

A pair of women ruled qualifying on Friday at zMAX Dragway, as Brittany Force and Alexis DeJoria powered to the provisional No. 1 spot in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, during the opening round of qualifying at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte.  

Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Joey Gladstone (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the fourth race of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Qualifying continues on Saturday and zMAX Dragway will be able to operate at full capacity. After an executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday, grandstand limitations were lifted, allowing fans to return to zMAX Dragway without limitation.

ARANA JR. RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE MINUS MAJOR SPONSOR

 

There’s been one Pro Stock Motorcycle racer noticeably absent at the past two NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events in Las Vegas and Atlanta – veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle pilot Hector Arana Jr.

Arana Jr. is back competing at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., this weekend.

“Lucas Oil is no longer our primary sponsor,” Arana Jr. said in an interview with CompetitionPlus.com. “They are still helping, and we are grateful for their support.”

JUSTIN ASHLEY INKS NEW PRIMARY SPONSOR

​Justin Ashley Racing today announced Smart Sanitizer, LLC as primary sponsor of the Davis Motorsports owned Top Fuel dragster for the remainder of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The Smart Sanitizer Top Fuel dragster powered by Strutmasters.com will be wrapped in Smart Sanitizer branding, including their colors and prominently feature the company’s logo beginning with the NHRA Carolina Four-Wide Nationals today. 

“Adding Smart Sanitizer as primary sponsor is another huge step for our Top Fuel team,” said Justin Ashley, 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year. “Our goal with our race team is to win races and also provide businesses and brands with exceptional marketing opportunities through our NHRA racing program. I am excited to represent their products and help introduce them to tens of thousands NHRA fans at every race starting in Charlotte this weekend.”

The addition of Smart Sanitizer as primary sponsor further strengthens the marketing program at Justin Ashley Racing as he pursues his first NHRA Camping World Top Fuel world championship. The 26-year-old driver has quickly established himself as a rising star and tough competitor on the NHRA series. Ashley opened the season with a semifinal finish at the prestigious NHRA Gatornationals and he continues to lead the Top Fuel class with best average reaction time for the second season in a row.   

NHRA WINTERNATS TO REPLACE SEATTLE EVENT ON 2021 SCHEDULE

 
NHRA and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona have teamed up to announce July 30 – Aug. 1 as the rescheduled date of the 61st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
 
The Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, which traditionally kicks off the NHRA season, was postponed due to state health guidelines in California. NHRA and the track have worked very closely with state and local officials to find a new date for the event and are confident that the new date will allow more fans to attend the famed race. 

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