NHRA 4-Wide Returns to zMAX Dragway
Fast Facts: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Presented by Lowes Foods
WHAT: Sixth annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods, the fifth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers earn points leading to 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 22-24
FORMAT: Qualifying sessions and elimination rounds will be conducted using four lanes in all Mello Yello Series classes; Lanes will be identified from left to right facing downtrack as 1-4. The standard Friday qualifying procedure of a top 12 format will not be in use. Two Christmas trees will be in use, one between each two lanes; The Compulink Autostart system will continue to be utilized and it will not activate until all four vehicles are pre-staged and one vehicle has staged. The ladder structure will feature Race A: qualifiers 1, 8, 9, 16, Race B: qualifiers 4, 5, 12, 13, Race C: qualifiers 2, 7, 10, 15, and Race D: qualifiers 3, 6, 11, 14. Race A and Race B will be on one side of the ladder, while Race C and Race D will be on the other. Lane choice for eliminations goes to the driver with the quickest E.T., then the second-quickest, and so on; The first two drivers in each elimination round to cross the finish line advance to the second round and final. In the final round, teams will finish in the order they cross the finish line (barring any red-light starts), with winner, runner-up and two semifinalists in that order.
FRIDAY, April 22
9:30 a.m.: Gates Open
10:00 a.m.: Sportsman Qualifying
4:30 p.m.: Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying
6:30 p.m.: Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying
SATURDAY, April 23
8:30 a.m.: Gates Open
9:00 a.m.: Sportsman Eliminations
2:00 p.m.: Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying
4:00 p.m.: Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying
SUNDAY, April 24
9:00 a.m.: Gates Open
11:15 a.m.: Track Walk and Pre-Race Ceremonies
12:00 p.m.: Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations
Saturday, April 23, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 10 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, April 24, FS1 will televise three hours of finals coverage at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
2015 EVENT WINNERS: Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Jack Beckman, Funny Car; Larry Morgan, Pro Stock; Andrew Hines, Pro Stock Motorcycle.
MOST VICTORIES: Antron Brown, 2, TF; Spencer Massey, 2, TF; Jack Beckman, 2, FC; Robert Hight, 2, FC; Greg Anderson, 2, PS; Mike Edwards, 2, PS; Andrew Hines, 2, PSM.
Top Fuel - 3.713 sec. by J.R. Todd, March ’15; 332.18 mph by Spencer Massey, April ’12.
Funny Car - 3.971 sec. by Tommy Johnson Jr., Sept. ’15; 322.27 mph by Matt Hagan, Sept. ’11.
Pro Stock - 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15; 215.48 mph by Greg Anderson, March ’15.
Pro Stock Motorcycle - 6.794 sec. and 199.88 mph by Hector Arana Jr., March ’15.
Top Fuel - 3.680 sec. by Antron Brown; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey
Funny Car - 3.879 sec. by Jack Beckman; 331.45 mph by Matt Hagan
Pro Stock - 6.455 sec. by Jason Line*; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders
PS Motorcycle - 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines; 199.88 mph by Hector Arana Jr.*
*Record set at zMAX Dragway
Weekend packages start at just $99. Tickets, camping and upgrades: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or 800-455-FANS (3267).
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