Six months after originally scheduled, the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Springnationals presented by Pennzoil will take place at Houston Raceway Raceway Park with Camping World NHRA Drag Racing series champions crowned in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Also on the docket is the E3 Pro Mod series, SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown, and a full roster of Lucas Oil Drag Racing series sportsman action.
It wasn’t originally drawn up this way, but the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Springnaitionals at Houston Raceway Park will now be the penultimate event in the COVID shortened 2020 season which means it’s almost time to crown champions. With just eight elimination rounds remaining this season and no Countdown to the Championship reset, each round is crucial, especially during a shortened season that will feature 10 professional races. Currently, all four pro eliminators are up for grabs and the largest lead is just 51 points enjoyed by two-time and reigning Top Fuel champ, and native Texan Steve Torrence in his ongoing battle against Doug Kalitta.
The race for the Funny Car title is almost sure to come down to the final rounds of the 2020 season since leader Matt Hagan is just four points ahead of teammate Jack Beckman with Tommy Johnson Jr. lurking just 77-points behind. Hagan and Beckman have raced five times this season with Hagan scoring four wins, but Beckman won their most recent skirmish in the final round of last week’s race in Dallas to close the gap.
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders returns to her home track in search of her fourth world championship. The reigning champ currently enjoys a 31 point lead over Jason Line with five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. still in contention, albeit 93 points out of first place. Likewise, the Pro Stock Motorcycle battle is essentially a three-way battle between Matt Smith, his teammate Scotty Pollacheck, and six-time champion Andrew Hines.
The Houston schedule also features the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod series and the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown. There are at least a half dozen drivers still in the running for the Pro Mod title including current leader Steve Jackson, Dallas winner Brandon Snider, and former champ Mike Janis. By comparison, the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown is a rout and current leader Aaron Stanfield needs only to win one round of competition to officially sew up his first title.
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Sunday, October 25, FS1 will televise qualifying coverage from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, October 25, FS1 will televise final eliminations coverage from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ET)