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The Bachelorette preview: Top Fuel’s Jordan Vandergriff to compete for love

Be sure to catch the premiere of The Bachelorette tonight with Top Fuel racer Jordan Vandergriff as one of the contestants looking for love. Here's our preview of the upcoming show and an explanation of what may lay downtrack for Vandergriff.
11 Jul 2022
Dominique Diaz, National Dragster Managing Editor
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A few months ago, it was announced that Top Fuel racer Jordan Vandergriff would be joining this season of The Bachelorette as a contestant looking for love. 

Yes, you read that right. One of NHRA’s own has ventured on a very public quest in search of their own happily ever after. If you’re not familiar with The Bachelorette, we’ve got you covered as the show kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Part of Bachelor Nation, The Bachelorette is a reality television show where a group of men (in this season, that includes 32) compete to capture the heart of the Bachelorette. At the start of the season, there are one-on-one dates, group dates, and roses handed out weekly to weed out the love interests based on their connection with the Bachelorette. As the season goes on and deeper bonds are made, there’s more of the same, except the stakes are a bit higher. The season usually ends in a proposal and engagement, aside from the few that have ended in heartbreak. 

What makes this season of The Bachelorette so special is that there will be two of them, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, who were both contestants on the most recent season of The Bachelor (same premise as The Bachelorette), with Bachelor Clayton Echard, and were part of the final three. The format of this season is a little unclear as it’s never been done before, but it’s sure to be filled with the same fun, drama, and romance — and, of course, heartbreak and tears — as previous seasons. 

Entertainment Weekly shared a sneak peek of the new season, featuring a clip of Vandergriff and Recchia getting one-on-one time on night one, where he shows off his Top Fuel dragster and shares some insight into who he is and expresses his interest in her. You can watch it by clicking on the image below:

NHRA and Bachelor Nation fans have already expressed their excitement about Vandergriff joining this season, exclaiming things like, “I’d give you all my roses,” “I can’t wait! From seeing you on the racetrack to this,” and “My husband and I are stoked to see a drag racer in The Bachelorette.” 

The Bachelorette premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and will air every Monday in the same time slot until the season ends. Check back here with us at NHRA.com for weekly recaps on Vandergriff’s road to love. We’ll be watching and rooting alongside you all. #TeamJordan anyone?