The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes the second stop in the three-weeks-in-a-row Western Swing this weekend in Sonoma for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
After Denver, Antron Brown, Jack Beckman, and Allen Johnson are the only drivers with a chance to sweep the famous Western Swing. Also, the battle is heating up for the final 10 spots in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. Some are clinging to the final few positions, others are scratching to get into the top 10, and still others are clinching berths in NHRA’s playoffs. With only four races to go, the final race of the regular season being the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus, the competition is sure to intensify in the coming weeks.
A television scheduling note for this weekend: Qualifying action from the NHRA Sonoma Nationals will air on ESPN/ESPNHD on Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. ET. The weekend will conclude with Sunday’s three-hour broadcast in prime time on ESPN2/ESPN2HD starting at 7 p.m. ET July 29.
Here’s what viewers can expect when they tune in this weekend:
After Brown’s Top Fuel win in Denver, two more victories on the Western Swing would make him the first driver to sweep the Swing twice (he accomplished the feat in 2009). Can Brown take one step closer to his second sweep while solidifying his position in the Countdown to the Championship?
ESPN2 analyst Mike Dunn, a veteran Top Fuel and Funny Car driver, interviewed several prominent crew chiefs and drivers recently and asked them how much horsepower the nitro-burning cars really make. The answer just might surprise fans …
In this week’s Nitro Generation feature, the ESPN broadcast spotlights Dunn and his father, “Big Jim” Dunn, who has been racing in NHRA for more than six decades. It’s hard to think of NHRA Drag Racing in California without thinking about the Dunn family. It's always great to hear from the ever-entertaining “Big Jim.”
This week’s Prestone Ask the Expert question is for Connie Kalitta. Another longtime participant in NHRA Drag Racing, he has crew chiefed several cars to the winner's circle at the Sonoma track. Email your question to NHRA’s Facebook page, and it may be picked to air during Sunday’s telecast on ESPN2.