The adrenaline-charging excitement of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series returns to zMAX Dragway for the 3rd annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 13-15. The event is the fifth stop of 23 races in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
As NHRA’s one and only four-wide event, the first of two stops at zMAX Dragway this season will be the only chance that NHRA fans get to experience the heart-pounding action of four nitro-burning engines running side by side.
“At some ‘normal’ dragstrips, we can have trouble getting two good lanes,” said Antron Brown, driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster. “But at zMAX, they’ve got four lanes, and you can get it done in every lane. It’s that good. It’s like the Disneyworld of drag racing. World records can be broken out of any lane; you’ve got side-by-side racing; and it’s like a gladiator, winner-take-all final. Four cars at one time with 32,000 horsepower — this is definitely the greatest spectacle in drag racing!”
Thousands of NHRA fans were in the house last season when eventual Top Fuel world champ Del Worsham outran his Al-Anabi Racing teammate Larry Dixon, Shawn Langdon, and Spencer Massey in the final round en route to collecting his second victory of the 2011 season. Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock pilot Greg Anderson took out Dave Connolly, Greg Stanfield, and, in the final, rookie Vincent Nobile, and Jack Beckman became the first non-John Force Racing pilot of the season to collect a win in the ultracompetitive Funny Car class when he beat Tim Wilkerson, Jim Head, and Bob Tasca III.
Due to widespread success last season, the very popular track walk will return four-wide style at zMAX Dragway Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to kick off the pre-race ceremony. NHRA fans can stick around for the Championship Sunday Fanzone on the starting line and be a part of driver introductions. All Sunday ticket holders are welcome to cheer the drivers on in the Fanzone in front of the stage as they are introduced during the pre-race ceremony on the starting line.
Because each ticket is an exclusive pit pass, every NHRA fan will have an opportunity to meet all of the drivers who will be racing at more than 300 mph in hot pursuit of a Wally during the most sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. A win at zMAX Dragway is important from a championship perspective as teams are pursuing NHRA Full Throttle world-championship glory during the 23-event season that crisscrosses the United States.
Pro qualifying begins on Friday, April 13, with sessions at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations begin at noon on Sunday, April 15.
Three-day ticket packages start at $99, and tickets for children 13 and younger are free with any paid adult ticket; to purchase general-admission or reserved seats, log on to zMAXDragway.com or call the box office, 800-455-FANS (3267).