AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ —
- The 69th annual Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals is the largest, longest and most historic occasion on the NHRA nationwide tour, established in 1955, and is ready for Aug. 30-Sept. 4
- The legendary “Large Go” brings status, cash and custom to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, probably the most well-known drag strip on the earth
- Successful the Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals places present racers’ names on an inventory of legends, resembling “Large Daddy” Don Garlits
- Main the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) Nitro Dodge//SRT Direct Connection effort into this yr’s occasion can be three-time NHRA Tenting World Humorous Automobile champion Matt Hagan with the potent TSR Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Hellcat after notching 4 NHRA nationwide occasion wins in 2023
- Hagan is a three-time Indianapolis race winner in addition to a four-time No. 1 qualifier
- Hagan’s TSR teammate Leah Pruett, driving the Dodge//SRT Direct Connection High Gasoline dragster, involves Indianapolis after a win at Norwalk and runner-up end at Brainerd
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Each drag racer and group mark their “bucket listing” for victories of their profession. And on the high of that listing is the Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, scheduled to happen on Aug. 30 – Sept. 4 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
The U.S. Nationals, identified for many years because the “Large Go,” is the “Granddaddy” of the straight-line sport as the largest, longest operating, richest and most prestigious occasion. Relationship again to 1955, the best names in drag racing have converged on the U.S. Nationals with legends like “Large Daddy” Don Garlits taking “Wally” trophies within the basic occasion.
“You have a look at the NHRA nationwide occasion schedule earlier than every season and mark crucial races to win,” mentioned Matt Hagan, three-time NHRA Tenting World Humorous Automobile champion. “And also you all the time listing Indy as No. 1. After all, racing for Dodge, Direct Connection and Tony Stewart Racing, the Dodge Energy Brokers U.S. Nationals needs to be on the high of our listing. Successful Indy is our final NHRA victory.”
Hagan, the 40-year-old driver from Christiansburg, Va., involves the U.S. Nationals as one of many favorites after scoring 4 NHRA nationwide occasion wins already this yr in his TSR Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Hellcat and hopes so as to add to his complete when nitro qualifying begins on Friday, Sept. 1. Hagan earlier this yr captured the Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA Mile-Excessive Nationals win in Denver and can try to attain a sweep of the Dodge-sponsored NHRA occasions in 2023.
The personable racer has received 3 times at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park and certified No. 1 on 4 events, and this yr’s ‘Large Go” is necessary because it concludes the early portion of the 21-race marketing campaign earlier than the ultimate six races decide the Countdown to the Championship.
“Now we have led the Humorous Automobile factors for many of the season,” Hagan mentioned. “However now we’re 21 factors from first and we undoubtedly need to have the highest spot after Indy. The factors are readjusted for the ultimate six races, and I might wish to be again within the lead getting into the Countdown. I believe Dickie (Venables, crew chief) and our guys are prepared for the problem at Indy with the 5 qualifying runs, the All-Star Callout race and Monday’s finals. We slipped a bit at Brainerd, however we’re ready to win the Dodge Energy Brokers U.S. Nationals.”
Hagan, the U.S. Nationals file holder at 3.799 seconds and 338.77 mph, will first take to the strip when motion will get underway on Friday, Sept. 1. The Pep Boys All-Star Humorous Automobile Callout is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2.
Hagan’s TSR teammate Leah Pruett, who at the moment ranks fifth within the NHRA Tenting World High Gasoline factors standings, seeks her first U.S. Nationals High Gasoline title within the TSR Dodge//SRT Direct Connection dragster and enters this weekend’s occasion after a powerful runner-up efficiency final week at Brainerd, Minn.
Pruett, who captured this yr’s Summit Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio, took out a few of the sport’s greatest names – former NHRA World Champions Tony Schumacher, Brittany Power and present High Gasoline factors chief Justin Ashley – within the Menards NHRA Nationals earlier than simply lacking victory lane towards three-time World Champion Antron Brown in a detailed ultimate spherical contest.
The 11-time NHRA High Gasoline nationwide occasion winner believes her TSR crew, led by Neal Strausbaugh, is ready for a powerful U.S. Nationals displaying this weekend after producing a powerful Brainerd efficiency with constant occasions of three.73, 3.75 (3 times), 3.77 and three.82 in making her third ultimate spherical of the NHRA 2023 season.
“I really feel very assured coming into the Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals with our TSR Dodge//SRT Direct Connection group,” mentioned Pruett. “We confirmed that the Direct Connection dragster can run with the very best after our successful hits (runs) at Brainerd. We had a troublesome street to get to the ultimate spherical towards three former World Champions and the present factors chief. We knew our work was reduce out for us.
“Our focus is on propelling this momentum constructed from being extraordinarily thorough and diligent, from the elements to the tune-up, and digging even deeper into the place we are able to enhance. Indy is the largest race of the yr for a driver and group. And also you want every little thing working effectively to get that Dodge Energy Brokers U.S. Nationals Wally. I do know that’s our purpose.”
The Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals on the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park will characteristic 5 nitro qualifying periods on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. CDT adopted by two qualifying rounds on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. CDT and Sunday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. CDT. The ultimate eliminations will start Monday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. CDT.
The Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals can be televised on Fox Sports activities 1 with qualifying spherical 1 on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 11:30 a.m. EDT and qualifying spherical 2 on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. EDT. The Humorous Automobile All-Star Callout can be proven on FOX Community on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. EDT.
The ultimate eliminations for the 69th version of the Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals are scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports activities 1 on Monday, Sept. 4 at midday EDT and 2 p.m. EDT on the FOX Community.
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