NHRA oversees many special series and programs within the structure of its racing programs.
The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts, are races within a race, conducted at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Teams qualify for the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts by winning an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season event, holding the No. 1 spot in the standings after the event in Brainerd, Minn., or via a fan vote and lottery-style drawing. [Current qualifiers]
The K&N Horsepower Challenge showcases eight Pro Stock teams in a race-within-a-race bonus event. Seven of the teams earn the right to compete based on their qualifying efforts during a 25-race span. The eighth-place driver is selected via a special fan vote on the K&N website. [Current points standings]
Riders earn points for the NHRA Pro Bike Battle during qualifying at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. The eight riders accumulating the most qualifying points during the seven races leading up to the NHRA Sonoma Nationals earn a berth in the NHRA Pro Bike Battle. [Current points standings]
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League offers kids ages 5-17 a chance to race half-scale dragsters in a controlled environment at many of NHRA's 130 member tracks throughout the United States and in Canada. The cars that Jr. Drag Racing League competitors race are called Jr. Dragsters and are half-scale versions of Top Fuel dragsters. Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Jr. Dragster can go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in an eighth-mile, though younger age groups are restricted to slower times/speeds. [Official website]
Formed in 2009, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series crowns year-end points champions in 14 categories. The Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series year-end points champions in each of the 14 classes will receive a gold Wally trophy; Champion’s jacket and hat; and a cash award. [Official website]
The NHRA Manufacturers Cup is awarded to the automobile manufacturer whose current-year models earn the most points for qualifying and category victories at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional and divisional events will be awarded the NHRA Manufacturers Cup for performance achievement at the end of the season. [Current points standings]
The School of Automotive Machinists & Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown is designed to showcase competition between Chevrolet COPO Camaro, Ford Mustang Cobra Jet and the Dodge Mopar Challenger Drag Pak entries. The series has seen increased car counts at races across the country and rabid interest from fans of the series.
The popular Top Fuel Harley motorcycle category will compete at eight events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The first race of the season will take place at the season opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
The Mopar Hemi Challenge features the classic muscle cars that contributed to the brand’s legendary reputation and success at the drag strip. The 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda “package cars,” factory-built for the strip, were precursors to the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak vehicles that compete today in the NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes.