Countdown drama, Traxxas Shootout highlight Dallas ESPN2 shows
Friday, September 21, 2012

The NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship marches on this week with the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex outside Dallas.

Last weekend in Charlotte, competitors in the top 10 jockeyed for position, and when it was all said and done, the movement in the standings was significant. The teams at the top hope to solidify their position and run to the championship. And the teams in the middle and bottom of the top 10 are looking for great results this weekend in the great state of Texas to vault themselves into the discussion as championship contenders.

In addition, the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Funny Car will take place Saturday. The event was scheduled for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus, but weather caused the specialty race to be postponed to this weekend. The best of the best in Funny Car will fight it out to be called king of the class and take home the $100,000 check.

Catch all the action from this weekend’s event on ESPN2/ESPN2HD. A qualifying show, which will include the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Funny Car, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. For the late-night/early-morning viewer, qualifying will also air earlier on Sunday, from midnight-1 a.m. ET. Three hours of race-day coverage begins Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN2HD.

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

The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Funny Car. Eight drivers will vie for a winner’s check of $100,000. Staged during qualifying for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the competition is tight, and all the teams want to walk away with not only the money, but also bragging rights. Coming off his win in Charlotte and with the No. 1 qualifying position, can Ron Capps beat eighth seed Courtney Force on the way to the Traxxas Shootout championship?

Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel team manager Alan Johnson is back to his old tricks. After running under the radar screen in 2012, he seems to have things figured out for another championship run. Shawn Langdon came into the Full Throttle Countdown seventh in the points, but after his first Top Fuel win, he’s moved to third, less than one round-win out of first. Can Team Al-Anabi break the stranglehold of the three Don Schumacher Racing teams and come away as the favorite to win the NHRA Full Throttle world championship?

Alexis DeJoria began her Funny Car career one year ago in Dallas. Send her your questions to NHRA’s Facebook page under the Prestone Ask the Expert column, and she will be asked one of them this weekend on ESPN2’s telecast.