The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is heating up as teams start a stretch of six races in eight weeks and four time zones. This will be the part of the regular season that starts to determine the top 10 in each of the Professional categories and the chance to compete in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.
The television schedule this week offers an early and very-late qualifying show on Saturday, followed by a re-air of the late-night qualifying show on Sunday morning. The schedule is a result of night qualifying at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries both Friday and Saturday. The early qualifying show is Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by the conclusion of qualifying several hours later at 3 a.m. ET. The late-night show will re-air the following day, on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
The weekend concludes with Sunday’s three-hour broadcast in prime time on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Here’s what viewers can expect when they tune in this weekend:
The popular feature Sports Science, which is on ESPN’s SportsCenter, has taken the last few months to explore NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing. Specifically, the show will explain how Top Fuel machines reach speeds of more than 330 mph. How do they do it?
Ron Capps is trying to become the second NHRA Funny Car driver to reach seven straight final rounds in the same season. If he is successful this weekend, he will tie NHRA Funny Car legend John Force, who did it twice in 1996. Can Capps stay on his remarkable roll?
ESPN2 sits down with Pro Stock drivers Mike Edwards and Allen Johnson to ask about their exciting finish in the final round in Bristol, where Edwards won by a .0000-second margin, making it one of the closest finishes in NHRA history. What are the emotions when you literally win by a hair?
This week’s Prestone Ask the Expert question is for NHRA owner and former NHRA Funny Car driver Don Schumacher, a Chicago-area native. You can ask Don about his racing experiences or the challenges of being the owner of multicar teams in both NHRA Top Fuel and NHRA Funny Car. Email your question to NHRA’s Facebook page, and it may be picked to air during Sunday’s telecast on ESPN2.