Six in Top Fuel, eight in Funny Car vie for Traxxas Nitro Shootout fan votes
Monday, August 20, 2012
Only one spot remains open in each of the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout fields for Top Fuel and Funny Car. Those two positions will be determined by NHRA fans and a pair of lottery drawings.
Six Top Fuel drivers are eligible for the fan-vote/lottery position, and eight Funny Car drivers are candidates for the final spot in that category. Fan voting on NHRA's Facebook page is already under way and is open until noon on Tuesday, Aug. 28. (Mobile friendly voting app: http://a.pgtb.me/dm77.)
The fan-voting process will determine the number of lottery balls that each eligible driver will be assigned during the Traxxas Shootout lottery drawings. The Traxxas Shootout lottery drawings will be conducted during a press conference for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The Traxxas Nitro Shootouts will be contested during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus, Aug. 29-Sept. 3, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The six Top Fuel drivers who are eligible for the eighth position are Khalid alBalooshi, Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Terry McMillen, Clay Millican, and Bob Vandergriff Jr.
The eight Funny Car drivers in the fan-vote/lottery are Alexis DeJoria, Courtney Force, Matt Hagan, Todd Lesenko, Cruz Pedregon, Tony Pedregon, Bob Tasca III, and Tim Wilkerson.
Below are the drivers who have qualified for the Traxxas Nitro Shooutouts and their first-round pairings for the lucrative bonus races that will award the winning drivers $100,000 each.
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (TOP FUEL)
1. Antron Brown vs. No. 8 fan vote/lottery
2. Spencer Massey vs. No. 7 David Grubnic
3. Tony Schumacher vs. No. 6 Morgan Lucas
4. Steve Torrence vs. No. 5 Doug Kalitta
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (FUNNY CAR)
1. Ron Capps vs. No. 8 fan vote/lottery
2. Robert Hight vs. No. 7 Jeff Arend
3. Jack Beckman vs. No. 6 John Force
4. Johnny Gray vs. No. 5 Mike Neff
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 1, with rounds at 4, 7, and 8 p.m.
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, with rounds at 12:30, 3:30, and 4:30 p.m.
Both Traxxas Nitro Shootouts will be showcased in ESPN2HD's Sunday race coverage.