Sep '17
15-17

NHRA Carolina Nationals

zMAX Dragway
ELEVATION
630 feet

Event Info

In addition to playing host to the spectacular four-wide event in the spring, one of the newer facilities in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the site of an event that occupies a crucial spot on the schedule as the first event in the Countdown to the Championship and the first of three consecutive races.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as Every Ticket's a Pit Pass® at the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet! Get direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from your favorite NHRA drivers.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the TICKETS button above or by calling 800-455-FANS (3267). Purchase early and save!


How to Get There: From Charlotte (south) or Greensboro, N.C. (north), take I-85 to Exit 49 (Bruton Smith Boulevard/Concord Mills), then head east; parking is available on both sides of Bruton Smith Boulevard. From Charlotte, take I-85 north to Exit 46A (Mallard Creek Church Road), turn right off exit, then left onto Highway 29 North/North Tryon; parking is available on the left past Bruton Smith Boulevard. From South Carolina, take I-77 north to Exit 1 (I-485 East), then follow I-485 to Exit 32 (Highway 29/North Tryon). Take Highway 29 North to the speedway; parking is available on the left past Bruton Smith Boulevard. From Statesville, N.C., take I-77 south to Exit 25. Turn left on Highway 73 (Sam Furr Road), then right on Poplar Tent to Pitts School Road. Turn right onto Highway 29 South; parking available on the right.

Visitor Information: www.zmaxdragway.com

Schedule
 

Full Racing Schedule

FRIDAY - September 15, 2017

Midway Opens

11:00 AM

Top Alcohol Qualifying Sessions (2)

11:00 AM  & 1:00 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

2:00 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

2:45 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

3:30 PM

First Round Follow-Up After Q1

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

4:30 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

5:15 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

6:00 PM

Jet Dragsters

7:25 PM

Secure Track

7:30 PM

 

 

SATURDAY - September 16, 2017

Midway Opens

9:00 AM

Top Alcohol Qualifying Session

10:30 AM

Nitro School 10:45 AM
Mello Yello Autograph Session 11:15 AM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

12:00 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

12:45 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

1:30 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 1

2:30 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

3:15 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

4:00 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Round 1

5:15 PM

Secure Track

7:30 PM

 

 

SUNDAY - September 17, 2017

Midway Opens

10:00 AM

Sealmaster Trackwalk 10:30 AM

Pre-Race Ceremony

11:00 AM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 1

12:00 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 1

1:00 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Round 2

1:20 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 2

1:50 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 2

2:15 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 2

2:45 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Semi-Finals

3:00 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Semi-Finals

3:10 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Semi-Finals

3:50 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Semi-Finals

4:05 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Finals

4:10 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Finals

4:15 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Finals

5:10 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Finals

5:17 PM

Winner's Circle 

After Top Fuel Final

FAN EVENTS

Friday, September 15th:
Manufacturers Midway - Come check out your favorite displays in Nitro Alley from 11:00 A.M. until the beginning of the second Nitro qualifying session.
Jet Man Minute - It takes a lot of planning to keep these land locked missiles on the ground. We will walk you through the entire process from the tuning to the aerodynamics you will get a behind the scene look at these jet powered vehicles at the Larsen Motorsports Pit in the midway - 12:30 P.M & 2:30 P.M.
Pro Stock Motorcycle Autograph Session -
At the NHRA Midway Display featuring LE Tonglet, Scotty Pollacheck, Angie Smith, Hector Arana Jr., Joey Gladstone and Many More! - 12:45 PM
Nitro Qualifying - Catch the action of two sessions of 300 MPH Nitro qualifying. Qualifying rounds are at 3:30 P.M and 6:00 P.M.
First Round Follow Up – Meet announcer Brian Lohnes in the Pits after first round to get the scoop on the hottest story from Round 1.
Jet Cars - After Nitro qualifying, stick around to see our spectacular Jet Cars! Known for their exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines! Larsen Motorsports' four jet dragsters sponsored by Florida Tech, Matrix System Automotive Finishes, Halo Technology, and the American Dream will be making exhibition passes.

Saturday, September 16th:
Manufacturers Midway - Come check out your favorite displays in Nitro Alley from 9:00 A.M. until the beginning of the fourth Nitro qualifying session.                     
Nitro School – Come join Alan Reinhart and Chris Cunningham and get schooled on all your Nitro knowledge - 10:45 A.M.
Mello Yello Autograph Session - At the Mello Yello display featuring Cruz Pedregon, JR Todd, Tanner Gray and Eddie Krawiec - 11:15 A.M.
Nitro Qualifying
- Catch the action of two sessions of 10,000 horsepower Nitro qualifying, the pro drivers last chance to make it into the top 16 for Race Day. Qualifying rounds are at 1:30 P.M and 4:00 P.M.
Jet Man Minute
- It takes a lot of planning to keep these land locked missiles on the ground. We will walk you through the entire process from the tuning to the aerodynamics you will get a behind the scene look at these jet powered vehicles at the Larsen Motorsports Pit in the midway - 12:15 PM
Jet Cars
- After Nitro qualifying, stick around to see our spectacular Jet Cars! Known for their exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines! Larsen Motorsports' four jet dragsters sponsored by Florida Tech, Matrix System Automotive Finishes, Halo Technology, and the American Dream will be making exhibition passes.

Sunday, September 17th:
Manufacturers Midway - Come check out your favorite displays in Nitro Alley from 10:00 A.M. until the beginning of the third round of Nitro eliminations.
Sealmaster Trackwalk - Join us in walking the track at ZMax Dragway with Richie Crampton!
Race Day Review - Get the inside scoop with Alan Reinhart as he runs down the top stories of the weekend before Pre-Race Ceremonies - 11:00 A.M.
Pre-Race Ceremonies - Make sure you stick around the Mello Yello FanZone after the trackwalk for our driver introductions.
Jet Man Minute - It takes a lot of planning to keep these land locked missiles on the ground. We will walk you through the entire process from the tuning to the aerodynamics you will get a behind the scene look at these jet powered vehicles at the Larsen Motorsports Pit in the midway - 1:00 PM (After First Round of Eliminations)
Race Day - The top 16 qualifiers in each class battle it out head to head for the Wally.
Winners Circle - Stick around after racing is completed as we crown our Mello Yello event champions. Winners Circle will be held at the starting line or in the staging lanes.

ALL WEEKEND - Come by our NEW NHRA Midway Display for your chance to win prizes, receive event information and renew your NHRA Membership. If you are already an NHRA Member come hang out in our NEW NHRA Member Hospitality Area.

TV Schedule
Date Round Time Channel Airing
Friday, September 15, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 6:00 - 7:00 PM ET FS1 LIVE
Saturday, September 16, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 4:30 - 5:00 AM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Saturday, September 16, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 2:00 - 3:00 AM ET FS1 DELAYED
Sunday, September 17, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 9:30 - 10:30 AM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Sunday, September 17, 2017 NHRA QUALIFYING 10:30 -11:30 AM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Sunday, September 17, 2017 NHRA FINALS 2:30 - 5:30 PM ET FS1 LIVE
Sunday, September 17, 2017 NHRA FINALS 11:00  AM - 2:00 PM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Monday, September 18, 2017 NHRA FINALS 7:00 -10:00 PM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Thursday, September 21, 2017 NHRA IN 30 8:00 - 8:30 PM ET FS2 ORIGINAL
Thursday, September 21, 2017 NHRA FINALS 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET FS2 RE-AIR
Friday, September 22, 2017 NHRA IN 30 4:30 - 5:00 PM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Saturday, September 23, 2017 NHRA IN 30 11:00 - 11:30 AM ET FS1 RE-AIR
Sunday, September 23, 2017 NHRA IN 30 1:30 - 2:00 AM ET FS1 RE-AIR
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First Responders

Throughout the 2017 season, the NHRA will pay tribute to the legion of first respondersFirst Responders Logothe heroes who are among the first people to arrive and assist at the scene of an emergency.

NHRA Salutes First Responders will honor medical professionals, law-enforcement officers, firefighters, members of the armed forces, and a number of other professions charged with the safety and well-being of the public, much like the Safety Safari is charged with the safety and well-being of the racing community.

GovX LogoAs part of the tribute, first responders will be eligible for discounted tickets to the 2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals through GovX. Click here to purchase.