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St. Louis low qualifier Tasca eyes points lead for the first time; Kalitta, Enders, and Herrera also No. 1
He's starting from the top spot, and Bob Tasca III has an extraordinary opportunity at the NHRA Midwest Nationals to slide into the Funny Car points lead for the first time during the Countdown to the Championship. Incoming points leaders Doug Kalitta and Gaige Herrera also qualified No. 1, as did Erica Enders, who is a handful of points out of the lead.
Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway offered sights and sounds to tempt all the senses. The NHRA National Dragster photographers were on site to capture the visual impact of day two at the NHRA Midwest Nationals.
NHRA, officials at World Wide Technology Raceway announce sellout crowd Saturday at the NHRA Midwest Nationals
For the third straight year and the seventh time in the past eight seasons, the NHRA and officials at World Wide Technology Raceway announced a sellout crowd for Saturday’s qualifying action at the NHRA Midwest Nationals.
Friday night qualifying at the NHRA Midwest Nationals was fiery and fast, with header flames high and adrenaline even higher for drivers competing in the third of six NHRA Countdown to the Championship events. On Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway, the four quickest drivers are the target.
Friday's qualifying session at the NHRA Midwest Nationals kicked off as the sun was setting over The Gateway Arch, and with flames high, Doug Kalitta and Bob Tasca III stood as best. Erica Enders and Gaige Herrera also nabbed the provisional pole in their respective classes to initiate race three of six in the Countdown to the Championship.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS
Funny Car’s Bob Tasca III has made a strong impression over the first two races of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs and looks to close out the first half of the Countdown in style this weekend in St. Louis.
Matt Smith, currently No. 2 in the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings, knows the relevance of winning a Countdown to the Championship race such as St. Louis, and he's done so five times before in his career – but that isn't why the Matt Smith Racing (MSR) camp is in the midst of a shake-up.
The 2023 NHRA Countdown to the Championship continues this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway, just across the bridge from the St. Louis arch. The energy is palpable at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, the third of six races in the Countdown, and everybody is after that increasingly important trophy.
With huge championship implications on the line, the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports heads to World Wide Technology Raceway as part of this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals, also marking the penultimate race in the Road to the Championship.
The Countdown to the Championship reaches the halfway point this weekend at the NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway, and Tricky Tipster has given the nod to Doug Kalitta, Robert Hight, Erica Enders, and Gaige Herrera as the pre-race favorites.
With as quickly as things change in Pro Stock, Greg Anderson knows he can’t get too comfortable with last week’s win in Charlotte, especially with another huge NHRA Countdown to the Championship race taking place at this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals.
No rider has ridden in more NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle races than Steve Johnson, who has competed in 488 of the 500 events. The sometimes comical, always lyrical, mostly serious veteran talks about how the class has changed and evolved over the years.
At the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, Top Fuel’s Mike Salinas became the first driver to power a car to 300 mph at the eighth-mile, winning a $30,000 bounty from Phillips Connect. Crew chiefs Rob Flynn and Aaron Cave talk about what it took.