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Friday at NHRA Carolina Nationals:

A High-Octane Start to an Action-Packed Weekend

Friday at NHRA Carolina Nationals: A High-Octane Start to an Action-Packed Weekend

As the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series preps for another spectacular weekend of racing, the excitement is palpable. This article delves deep into the unfolding drama of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the key contenders, and the events that will make the NHRA Carolina Nationals unforgettable.

Returning to zMAX Dragway

In recent years, the NHRA tour has showcased breathtaking performances at the zMAX Dragway. This season, they return for a second time, and though only two of the four tracks will be used, the intensity is expected to multiply. With the stakes higher at the second race of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, participants and spectators alike are gearing up for some memorable moments.

A Venue of Legends

zMAX Dragway, often dubbed the ‘Bellagio of dragstrips’, has witnessed countless historic moments in the world of drag racing. The track’s reputation promises a weekend filled with heart-stopping races, where dreams of clinching the NHRA world championship come alive.

Countdown to Victory

The next few days at zMAX Dragway will feature adrenaline-pumping events that draw fans from all over the country. As the second race of the six-race playoffs unfolds, participants in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle will be battling fiercely for victory, and fans can expect nothing less than an electrifying spectacle.

Qualifying Rounds Ahead

The playoff event commences with a round of qualifying on Friday, followed by two more on Saturday. This sets the stage for the main showdown on Sunday, where racers in various categories will vie for supremacy.

Champions of the Past

History has seen champions like Antron Brown, Ron Capps, and Aaron Stanfield clinch victories at this grand event. Their feats have set high standards, creating a narrative of excellence that current contenders hope to emulate or even surpass in this year’s race.

Television Spotlight

As the engines roar and the tires screech at the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Friday, September 22, fans will gather in anticipation, with many of them placing their bets through BetMGM North Carolina, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already thrilling races.

FS1 is all set to broadcast this racing extravaganza. The broadcast will feature eliminations at 2 PM ET on Sunday, ensuring fans across the nation don’t miss out on any of the action from zMAX Dragway.

Top Contenders in Focus

As racers gear up for the NHRA Carolina Nationals, past champions and emerging talents are in the spotlight. Antron Brown, having secured wins both in Charlotte and the NHRA U.S. Nationals, aims to repeat his victories, while Ron Capps seeks to build upon his successful run from 2022. Meanwhile, Aaron Stanfield is looking for his first win of 2023.

Pro Stock Motorcycle Division

Not to be overlooked, the Pro Stock Motorcycle division promises fierce competition, with Gaige Herrera leading the charge. With six wins this season, Herrera is a force to be reckoned with, but challenges await from champions like Matt Smith and other notable racers.

Additional Racing Attractions

Beyond the primary categories, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series offers an additional layer of excitement. Then there’s the NHRA Factory X presented by Holley class, Mountain Motor Pro Stock category, and the Top Fuel Motorcycle exhibition, ensuring a packed weekend for racing aficionados.

Freestyle Motocross Exhibitions

As if the races weren’t thrilling enough, fans can also indulge in freestyle motocross exhibitions throughout the weekend. These shows will occur three times daily in the midway, adding another level of entertainment to an already jam-packed schedule.

A Learning Experience

For those new to the sport or those looking to deepen their understanding, the Nitro School offers a wealth of information. Fans can familiarize themselves with the intricacies of the cars and their mind-blowing speeds.

Nitro Alley Stage

Situated as the central entertainment hub in the pits, the Nitro Alley Stage will be abuzz with activity throughout the weekend. From Nitro School sessions to meet-and-greets, it’s where fans can interact, learn, and immerse themselves in the world of NHRA.

Race Day Ceremonies

The pre-race ceremonies at zMAX Dragway are a tradition, celebrating the racers and setting the tone for the climactic events of the day. One such highlight is the SealMaster Track Walk, a fan-favorite that draws crowds every year.

A Celebratory End

Post-race, the winner’s circle celebration takes center stage. Here, fans gather to congratulate the champions of the NHRA Carolina Nationals, culminating in a euphoric end to the racing weekend.

An Exclusive Pit Pass

NHRA offers fans an unmatched behind-the-scenes experience. The pit pass provides an intimate look at the teams as they service their vehicles, engage with their favorite drivers, and much more, ensuring a holistic and immersive experience.

NHRA’s Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway

Adding to the fan experience, the Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway present a vibrant atmosphere with interactive displays, merchandise stalls, food outlets, and much more, ensuring entertainment for all age groups.

Mark Your Calendars

To ensure fans don’t miss a moment, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series has a meticulous schedule. Qualifying begins at 6:00 PM ET on Friday, September 22, followed by two rounds at 1:00 PM ET and 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, September 23. The final showdown is at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, September 24. Catch the action on FS1 at specific times.

This promises to be an exhilarating weekend at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. As racers prepare, fans are in for high-speed drama, unforgettable moments, and a showcase of motorsport excellence.

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