Teams will experience multiple challenges in the next three weeks, traveling thousands of miles, beginning in Denver at Bandimere Speedway for the 33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. The track, on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, sits more than 5,800 feet above sea level and challenges even the best crew chiefs to deliver a winning combination.
You can catch all the action beginning with qualifying on ESPN2/ESPN2HD on Saturday, July 21, at 5 p.m. ET; the final round of qualifying is anticipated to be live from the track. The weekend concludes with Sunday’s two-hour broadcast in prime time on ESPN2/ESPN2HD starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Here’s what viewers can expect when they tune in this weekend:
Youth is being served in Pro Stock. The most recent winners, Erica Enders and Vincent Nobile, are in their 20s, and Nobile comes off a double-up in Norwalk, where he won the event and the K&N Horsepower Challenge. In all, Nobile and his team took home more than $100,000. Will Enders and/or Nobile make a serious run for a sweep of the Western Swing?
Spencer Massey is not only considered the best driver in Top Fuel, but he’s also the NHRA Full Throttle points leader. With his win in Norwalk, Massey passed teammate Tony Schumacher for the lead, continuing the dominance of Don Schumacher Racing in the class. Massey’s win came at the expense of Steve Torrence, who also is making an impact on the points race, and proved the importance of a good reaction time. How important is reaction time to winning in today’s NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series?
This week’s Prestone Ask the Expert question is for Allen Johnson, driver of the Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Avenger Pro Stocker. Johnson has been on the top of his game the last several races and has enjoyed tremendous success on Thunder Mountain for his sponsor’s race. He has won three of the past five titles at Denver’s mile-high dragstrip, and he will answer a fan's question on ESPN2’s telecast. Email your question to NHRA’s Facebook page, and it may be answered during Sunday’s telecast on ESPN2.