An NHRA Insider's Guide To The Good, Bad, and Ugly of 2023
On this episode of the NHRA Insider Brian Lohnes brings back the regular race-week guest panel of NHRAonFox analyst Tony Pedregon and National Dragster Senior Editor Kevin McKenna to talk about the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals, a wild weekend in Pomona, and some of the deeper stories brewing behind the scenes in the world of NHRA Drag Racing.
The rollicking conversation kicks off with a look at Pro Stock and how the class has taken on a "Countdown" feel already in this early part of the season. The points standings are tight, some racers on whom we all place high expectations on are struggling, and others are making their mark right out of the gate. The conversation focuses on how a Pro Stock season can vary versus a nitro-powered one and the driver performances to this point.
The group delves into the recent craziness in nitro Funny Car from the hot starts of Chad Green and Alexis DeJoria to the weekend of John Force and J.R. Todd, how those teams will recover, and how the idea of Las Vegas being anyone's game may not be so true. Lots of meat on this bone as the guys go deep into these storylines.
Finally, the Top Fuel class is the center of discussion. Obviously, Justin Ashley's recent performances are on the table as are those teams struggling to get up to speed and which of them will be the first to notch themselves a breakout weekend. Loads of interesting food for thought in here about teams, reality series, secrecy, and how the sport of drag racing benefits from a little cage rattling and feather ruffling!
An entertaining listen that's full throttle the whole way through!