U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day In Indy
Alexis DeJoria is looking for a repeat victory at the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals this weekend. (File photo courtesy of the NHRA)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel Friday’s professional qualifying session at the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg, Ind., near Indianapolis.
Rain started as qualifying for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began and continued into the night. Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Redell Harris was the only biker to make it down Lucas Oil Raceway before track conditions deteriorated, leaving him as the qualifying leader with a 7.224-second quarter-mile pass at 181.23 mph aboard a Buell.
Racing is scheduled to begin Saturday with Sportsman qualifying and time trials. NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for 2:45 and 6:15 p.m. (EDT). In addition, the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel also will take place with rounds at 4, 5:15 and 7:40 p.m. On Sunday, the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Cars will be contested.
The winning teams in each eight-car field will earn $100,000 bonuses. First-round Shootout pairings:
Traxxas Top Fuel Shootout: No. 1 Tony Schumacher vs. No. 8 Clay Millican; No. 2. Antron Brown vs. No. 7 J.R. Todd; No. 3. Richie Crampton vs. No. 6 Steve Torrence and No. 4. Doug Kalitta vs. No. 5 Shawn Langdon. Read the full story »