Drag Illustrated Issue 177, July / August 2022 - Page 22

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The Big Go

Drag racing ’ s most prestigious event has a lot to offer for fans and racers BY NATE VAN WAGNEN

Over its 67-year history , the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U . S . Nationals has established a reputation as the biggest , longest , and most historic race on the NHRA tour . With on-track action starting at 8 a . m . on Wednesday , August 31 , and wrapping up with the final rounds late in the afternoon on Monday , September 5 , it ’ s a marathon of a race .

It brings out the best and worst of the several hundred competitors that take part in the “ Big Go .” As if the biggest national event of the year wasn ’ t big enough , the event also includes numerous races within a race .
Along with the usual pro classes – Top Fuel , Funny Car , Pro Stock , and Pro Stock Motorcycle – the U . S . Nationals will include the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by D-Wagon , the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown , Top Fuel Harley , and Mountain Motor Pro Stock .
Indy is the seventh of 10 races for Pro Mod , which will be coming off of the inaugural D- Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway just a couple weeks prior . After Indy , the class will run three back-to-back races to close out the season .
A full slate of sportsman categories will also
race over the course of the weekend , including Top Alcohol Dragster , Top Alcohol Funny Car , Competition Eliminator , Super Stock , Stock Eliminator , Super Comp , Super Gas , Super Street , Top Sportsman , and Top Dragster .
Speaking of sportsman racing , the U . S . Nationals is the new home of the similarly prestigious JEGS Allstars , which moved to Indy in 2020 from its longtime home at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago . Celebrating its 38th year in 2022 , the JEGS Allstars is a special event that crowns both an overall team champion and individual winners in 10 different classes from NHRA ’ s seven geographic divisions . Be-
PHOTOGRAPHS BY NHRA AND SHAWN CROSE
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