Drag Illustrated Issue 177, July / August 2022 - Page 24

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NHRA U . S . NATIONALS
tween cash awards posted by JEGS Mail Order , manufacturer contingency awards , and bonuses , over $ 200,000 is up for grabs in the Saturday specialty race .
The JEGS Allstars isn ’ t the only all-star race on tap , as the Pepboys NHRA All-Star Callout for both Top Fuel and Funny Car will take place .
The first round of the Top Fuel version was contested at the rain-dampened Gatornationals at Gainesville in March . Steve Torrence , Brittany Force , Mike Salinas , and Justin Ashley won their pairings , and will finish the race on Saturday . The top four Funny Car qualifiers will get to call out their first-round opponents on Saturday before running the shootout on Sunday .
A longstanding highlight of the U . S . Nationals is the Dodge HEMI Challenge , which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021 . The race showcases Super Stock 1968 Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas in head-to-head battles for an iconic custom-made Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy and $ 15,000 winner ’ s prize . Last year , Steve Comella qualified No . 1 and defeated four-time winner Jim Daniels Jr . in the final round .
Beyond the HEMI Challenge , the defending
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