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NHRA Nevada Nationals Friday preview

As the penultimate round of the 2022 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series, there is a good chance that at least one professional champion will be crowned as the series heads to Las Vegas for the NHRA Nevada Nationals.
26 Oct 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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As the penultimate round of the 2022 Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series, there is a good chance that at least one professional champion will be crowned as the series heads to Las Vegas for the NHRA Nevada Nationals.

Erica Enders has a commanding lead in Pro Stock as she chases her fifth NHRA title. Enders, who already has nine wins this season including the Four Wide event held in Las Vegas last April, can wrap up the title simply by winning one more round of eliminations than her teammate, Aaron Stanfield. Enders also has a great record at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with multiple wins here in her storied career.

The rest of the championship battles aren’t as well defined although Justin Ashley has a solid lead in Top Fuel while Matt Smith might be well on his way to a record-tying sixth NHRA title in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

The race for the Funny Car title is extremely close with Robert Hight holding a slim 10 point advantage over reigning champion Ron Capps. Both drivers are chasing their fourth title in the Funny Car class.

While Capps and Hight are the odds-on favorites, a few others, including Matt Hagan, John Force, and Bob Tasca III are still in the running for the 2022 title but each faces what is likely a must-win situation this weekend.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Smith has what amounts to a two round lead over Joey Gladstone but there are a few other title contenders including Steve Johnson and Jerry Savoie. The Pro Stock Motorcycle class has been extremely competitive this season with seven different winners in the first 13 events of the season.

The NHRA Nevada Nationals will also feature the official competition debut of NASCAR and IndyCar champion and team owner Tony Stewart, who will be racing in the Top Alcohol Dragster category. Stewart will be racing as part of the McPhillips team that has already won races this season with drivers Matt Cummings, Mike Coughlin, and Jasmine Salinas.  

In addition to the Camping World NHRA Series pros, the Nevada Nationals will also feature the Summit E.T. Racing Series Finals, the Red Line Oil Legends Funny Car class, plus a full slate of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action.

You can catch the action all weekend on FOX Sports 1 and NHRA.tv.

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2021 EVENT WINNERS

Steve Torrence, Top Fuel; Cruz Pedregon, Funny Car; Dallas Glenn, Pro Stock; Steve Johnson, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

TRACK RECORDS:

TOP FUEL
3.652 seconds by Brittany Force, Nov. 2019; 338.17 mph by Brittany Force, Nov. 2019
FUNNY CAR
3.835 seconds by Jack Beckman, Nov. 2019; 336.90 mph by Jack Beckman, Nov. 2019.
PRO STOCK
6.559 seconds by Erica Enders, Oct. 2015; 210.28 mph by Erica Enders, Oct. 2015
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
6.818 seconds by Eddie Krawiec, Oct. 2020; 198.90 by Matt Smith, Oct. 2021.

SCHEDULE:

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 12:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. PT on Friday, October 28, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, October 29 at noon and 3:30 p.m. PT. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 30.

TV SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, Oct. 30, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying at 9:30 a.m. (ET) and 90 minutes of qualifying at noon.
SUNDAY, Oct. 30, FS1 will televise 3 hours of finals coverage at 5 p.m. (ET).