Las Vegas event will provide must-see TV moments
Friday, October 26, 2012

With only two races remaining in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the battles for world championships in all four Professional categories are at a fever pitch. This weekend’s 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be filled with drama and action and will surely deliver must-see television.

Can anyone catch Antron Brown in Top Fuel? The battle in Funny Car is extremely tight, with Jack Beckman holding a slim lead over teammate Ron Capps and right behind him Mike Neff of John Force Racing. In Pro Stock, can Jason Line gain on points leader Allen Johnson? And in Pro Stock Motorcycle, the battle continues between Harley-Davidson riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines and their closest competitors, Hector Arana Jr. and Hector Arana Sr.

Catch all the action from this weekend’s event on ESPN2/ESPN2HD. A qualifying show is set for Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 a.m. ET, with a second show scheduled later that day at 4 p.m. ET. Three hours of race-day coverage will begin Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN2HD.

Here’s what viewers can expect when they tune in this weekend:

  • With eight rounds of racing remaining, it looks as if there will be three first-time Full Throttle world champions in 2012. Expect extensive coverage of the battles in the four categories throughout the weekend as teams vie for qualifying points and, on Sunday, round-wins.
  • Without a doubt, the Funny Car class is shaping up to have the most exciting finish, with three drivers less than 60 points apart. Beckman, Capps, and Neff are in the hunt to win their first Full Throttle world championship. Who will win his first NHRA Full Throttle title?
  • For this week’s Nitro Generation feature, ESPN will take a look at the Worsham family. Chuck Worsham passed down his love affair for NHRA Drag Racing to his son, Del, who last year won his only Full Throttle world championship thanks to a victory at the fall Las Vegas event. Today, they are both crew chiefs, Del tuning for Auto Club Road to the Future Award candidate Alexis DeJoria and Chuck calling the shots on the Jon Capps Funny Car. Watch as ESPN chronicles this father-son relationship in NHRA, a true example of the Nitro Generation.
  • Send your questions to NHRA’s Facebook page under the Prestone Ask the Expert section. This week, you can ask questions of Tony Schumacher, who has the most wins at the fall Las Vegas event and clinched two of his seven championships at the track. One lucky person will have his or her question answered on ESPN2’s Sunday night broadcast.