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The Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, stop two of the 2023 Countdown to the Championship, further embued the reputation of zMAX Raceway as a place where cool things happen. Here's our five takeaways from this year's event.
Doug Kalitta won his second straight Top Fuel title to take the points lead with a victory at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Kalitta was joined in the winner’s circle by Bob Tasca III, Greg Anderson, and Gaige Herrera.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BETWAY NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, the 17th race of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the second event in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
The NHRA National Dragster photographers were all over zMAX Dragway on the final day of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, capturing all of the action on and off the racetrack.
News, notes, quotes, photos, and video from final eliminations day at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals. Updated throughout the day.
When the day is done at the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, the 2023 Countdown to the Championship will be one-third complete and we’ll all have a better idea of who will be a contender and who might be fading from the title picture.
With a track-record run on Saturday at zMAX Dragway, Top Fuel’s Mike Salinas became the first member of the “Phillips Connect 300 at the 1/8” club, going 300.80-mph in the 1/8-mile during the final round of qualifying at the 15th betway NHRA Carolina Nationals.
Mike Salinas made a historic monster run to steal the pole in Top Fuel and Robert Hight did the same in Funny Car while Friday leaders Erica Enders and Gaige Herrera held onto their No. 1 spots as qualifying for the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals completed at zMAX Dragway.
After a dominating regular season in which he rode his Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki to six wins in nine starts and gained a huge points lead, people wondered how Gaige Herrera would handle his first adversity. Very well, it turns out.
After switching from a cockpit canopy car back to an open cockpit, Doug Kalitta broke the second-longest dry spell of his career, and the team is sticking with the same car. Conicicdne or not, superstition or not, Kalitta's ready to roll in either configuration.
Brian Lohnes and Tony Pedregon sit down with some of the drivers who made big headlines at the Countdown to the Championship opener last weekend in Reading, Matt Hartford and Doug Kalitta, who will be the featured guests along with plenty of news and analysis to go along with the interviews.
Day two of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals dawned with a morning rainshower that cleansed the track and the palate of race fans in anticipation of another very quick day of qualifying and racing at zMAX Dragway.
Doug Kalitta, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders, and Gaige Herrera are the No. 1 qualifiers after the opening day of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith wasn’t at the first race in the class, but the six-time champ will be at the 500th official race for the category, which takes place at this weekend’s Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.