Big Stakes for NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Stars at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd – Motor Sports NewsWire – Motor Sports Newswire | Gmx Pharm

BRAINERD, MN — August 4, 2022 — (Motor Sports NewsWire) — Known for its unique and memorable atmosphere as well as tons of exciting racing action, Brainerd International Raceway will once again host a key stop during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing series season with the 40th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals August 18-21.

It is the 15th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA campaign and marks the penultimate race of the regular season. That means there’s a lot at stake for the stars in the 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car classes as they prepare for the countdown to the championship playoffs.

For four decades, Brainerd International Raceway has offered remarkable racing action, some of the best campgrounds on the NHRA Tour and the famous “Zoo” that offers fans and racers something unique. This year, fans can enjoy two qualifying sessions on both Friday and Saturday, a Special Shootout in the D-Wagon presented FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series and then Sunday’s eliminations to cap off a weekend of incredible moments .

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) won the 2021 event and this year’s race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and the FOX network, including elimination coverage starting at 3:30pm ET on FOX on Sunday , Aug. 21.

Torrence was his first-ever winner at Brainerd in Top Fuel last year, which also earned him a win on each leg of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series circuit. It was an impressive honor for the Texan, who ended the season with his fourth straight world title. He’ll be looking for a little more momentum at Brainerd this year to get into the playoffs, but Torrence has to play his game against a loaded top-fuel field. Led by Brittany Force, who has four wins and the points lead, it also boasts a litany of stars including Mike Salinas, another four-time winner in 2022, three-time Brainerd winner Tony Schumacher, Justin Ashley, who has two wins has Staffel, Doug Kalitta, Denver winner Leah Pruett, Josh Hart, Clay Millican, Antron Brown and Austin Prock

Hagan cashed for the first time in his stellar career at Brainerd last year, earning the Funny Car victory in a final-lap thriller against Cruz Pedregon. Hagan, a three-time world champion, has had a strong 2022 season with three wins and will look to add another at Brainerd while trying to track down leaders Robert Hight, who has racked up four wins so far. Hight has won once at Brainerd but nobody has been better at BIR than John Force who has an incredible 11 Brainerd wins. Defending champion Ron Capps was also a standout on the stretch with six wins while others feature including former world champion JR Todd, 2017 Brainerd winner Alexis DeJoria, Blake Alexander, Tim Wilkerson and Sonoma winner Bob Tasca III.

The event also features exciting competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features some of the sport’s best drivers, as well as the D-Wagon presented FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series and the exciting Mountain Motor Pro Stock category. bring their powerful 800-plus cubic inch engines to Brainerd. Reigning Pro Mod World Champion Jose Gonzalez won the race a year ago when the category made its debut at the facility. This year, the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon will also have a special race in Brainerd for the Friday and Saturday D-Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout, which will award $10,000 to the winner will .

On both Friday and Saturday, fans can experience a must-do Cackfest at Midway as well as a Wheelstander Display of the “Walking Tall” PT Cruiser with “NitroMike”. On Saturday, fans can also visit the Nitro School to learn more about how the cars work and reach their blistering speeds.

Racing fans at Brainerd International Raceway can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies introducing and celebrating each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and including the fan-favorite SealMaster Track Walk. The final experience not to be missed at any NHRA event is the Victory Circle Celebration after the race on Sunday, when fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals event.

As always, fans will also receive an exclusive pit pass to the world’s most powerful and sensual motorsport attraction in Brainerd. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action, service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race providers create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the whole family. The new Pep Boys Midway Display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track and more, adding even more excitement to the Midway.

Qualifying for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series includes two rounds at 2:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT on Friday, August 19, and the final two qualifying rounds on Saturday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.: 30 p.m. Finals Eliminations are scheduled for Sunday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. CT. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 8:00pm ET Friday, 1:30pm Sunday and then eliminations on FOX at 3:30pm ET Sunday.

Fans can call to purchase tickets for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway 866-444-4455. For more information about NHRA, visit

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About NHRA

Headquartered in San Dimas, California, the NHRA is the primary sanctioning agency for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA offers riders of all skill levels opportunities to compete in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5-17. With over 120 member tracks, NHRA enables racers to compete in a variety of locations nationally and internationally. The NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) program reaches over 30,000 students annually to spark their interest in automotive and racing careers. NHRA’s streaming service,, allows fans to watch all national NHRA events as well as exclusive features from the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and Auto Club Raceway in Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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