NHRA Point Leaders Looking Forward to zMAX Carolina Nationals

From left, points leaders LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) met with media during a luncheon on Thursday to kick off this weekend's NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

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  • The No. 1 seeds from Top Fuel (Steve Torrence), Funny Car (Ron Capps), Pro Stock (Bo Butner) and Pro Stock Motorcycle (LE Tonglet) kicked off this weekend’s NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway with a media luncheon on Thursday
  • The Sept. 15-17 NHRA Carolina Nationals are the first of six Countdown races that will decide champions in all four nitro categories
  • Three day passes start at $99 and every ticket is a pit pass. With the purchase of an adult ticket, kids 13 and under get in FREE; Tickets, camping and upgrades are available online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2017) – Perched high atop the roof at zMAX Dragway, the four No. 1 seeds in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship kicked off this weekend’s 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationalswith a media luncheon previewing the high-octane action set to get underway on Friday.

Defending Funny Car champion Ron Capps joined Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence, Pro Stock top seed Bo Butner and Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader LE Tonglet in discussing leaving the Bellagio of drag strips with a trophy – and some valuable momentum in the championship fight.

“They’re going to have to take it out of our hands,” Capps said of the Funny Car title battle. “The way I look at it, I wouldn’t want to race our NAPA car. It’s a consistent race car. (Crew chief) Rahn Tobler does a great job. Our team does a great job. Our mentality is that you’re going to have to beat us on the race track (to win the championship).

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:45 and 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Tickets, camping and upgrades for NHRA Carolina Nationals are available at the gates, by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/ or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Don’t miss a minute of the action with three-day packages starting at just $99. Kids 13 and younger get in FREE with an adult ticket purchase.

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John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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Volume 2017, Issue 9, Posted 4:12 PM, 09.14.2017