The high-powered excitement and tense championship drama of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will again be on full display for more than 100 million viewers on the FOX national network July 22 when final eliminations for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals race onto the screen live beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern.
It’s the third straight year that the popular network has broadcast NHRA events on its biggest stage. FOX first partnered with NHRA in 2016 and traditionally airs coverage of the majority of the NHRA season on its cable channel, FOX Sports 1. The duo made NHRA history at the 2016 Mile-High Nationals with the association’s first live network coverage.
“The opportunity to showcase the speed, drama and power of the NHRA and introduce the competitors to a national TV audience is an incredible opportunity, to help bring the sport to new fans, and help expand the national presence of the NHRA,” said NHRA Vice President, Executive Producer, and Chief Content Officer Ken Adelson.
The 39th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, hosted at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver, kicks off the famed Western Swing, which then races into Sonoma, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., on consecutive following weekends, and the FOX national network also will be there to cover the important Sunday action as NHRA’s regular season races to its conclusion. The FOX national network will also feature final-day coverage from the regular-season finale Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend as the fields are set for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
In addition to comprehensive coverage on and off the racetrack, the NHRA on FOX cameras will spotlight the stars of the sport throughout the stretch run with a series of special features documenting their rise through the ranks to stardom. MY Journey will trace the paths of Clay Millican, Angelle Sampey, Cruz Pedregon, Leah Pritchett, Steve Torrence, and Jason Line through exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes segments filmed at the homes of the stars.
Millican, whose meteoric rise from forklift driver to championship Top Fuel contender has been challenged by personal tragedies and professional setbacks, will be the subject of the first segment, in Denver.
In addition to the Sunday coverage on the FOX national network, NHRA on FOX coverage of qualifying will air on Fridays and Saturdays on FS1. Check our local listings for airtimes.