DINWIDDIE, VA – May 4, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – For the first time since 2019, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series is set to return to Virginia Motorsports Park for the Virginia NHRA Nationals on May 13-15.
It marks the seventh of 22 races during the 2022 season and the first trip to the fan-favorite facility near Richmond in three years brings plenty of excitement. Along with the thrilling action of 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph nitro cars, fans will get to enjoy incredible racing in a variety of classes, a can’t-miss Friday night qualifying session under the lights, a special exhibition race, eliminations on Sunday and much more.
The top stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle will all look to win in NHRA’s return to Virginia and will be eager to put on a show on one of the top racing surfaces on the NHRA circuit. Joining those three classes in Virginia will be the popular FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by D-Wagon, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley. The Mountain Motor Pro Stock class will bring their exciting and powerful 800-plus cubic-inch engines to Virginia Motorsports Park, while fans can also enjoy a spectacular exhibition race between Top Fuel Motorcycle standouts Larry “Spiderman” McBride and Dave Vantine. The action from the weekend will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).
Top Fuel’s Steve Torrence won both the 2018 and 2019 events in NHRA’s return to the track, using that momentum to win world titles in both years. He’s won the last four championships in the nitro class, but the Texan is after his first win in 2022 in the loaded class. Brittany Force and Mike Salinas both have two wins this year, with Force currently leading the points. Other standouts to watch in Virginia include Pomona winner Justin Ashley, eight-time world champ Tony Schumacher, Doug Kalitta, who won the event in 2007, Antron Brown, Josh Hart, Leah Pruett, Clay Millican and Austin Prock.
Funny Car legend John Force has four wins in Virginia, with the last coming in 2000 and heads to VMP on a roll thanks to his impressive four-wide win in Charlotte. He’ll look to add another win to his incredible resume, but it won’t be in a class filled with star drivers. It starts with points leader Matt Hagan, who has two wins in 2022, and features defending world champ Ron Capps, who won the race in 2019, Robert Hight, who has two wins in 2022, J.R. Todd, Cruz Pedregon, Alexis DeJoria, Tim Wilkerson, Bob Tasca III and Blake Alexander.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Steve Johnson will look to stay hot on his Suzuki in Virginia. Johnson, who enjoyed a career resurgence a year ago, has won back-to-back events to move into the points lead and will try to win for the first time in Virginia. In fact, no riders in the top 15 in the class have a victory at the facility. Plenty of standouts will try to change that in Virginia, including Karen Stoffer, who won in Gainesville to open the year, defending world champ Matt Smith, Angelle Sampey, Eddie Krawiec, Angie Smith, Joey Gladstone, Jerry Savoie and Jimmy Underdahl.
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features some of the sport’s top drivers, as well as the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown, Top Fuel Harley and Mountain Motor Pro Stock, offering fans a wealth of thrilling racing action from a variety of classes all weekend. Plus, the can’t-miss exhibition duel between Top Fuel Motorcycle standouts Larry “Spiderman” McBride and Dave Vantine will be a definite highlight of the weekend.
On Saturday, Toyota-sponsored drivers will be signing autographs at 11 a.m. at the Toyota Midway Display, while fans can attend Nitro School on Saturday to learn more about how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds.
Fans at Virginia Motorsports Park can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the fan-favorite SealMaster Track Walk. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the NHRA Virginia Nationals event winners.
As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Richmond. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family. The new Pep Boys midway display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track and much more, adding even more excitement to the midway.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 7:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May 13 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, May 14 at 1 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 15. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations action at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
New for the 2022 season is a unique VIP section which will be located in the grandstand section closest to the starting line for premium viewpoints of all the action. This new package also includes amenities like inside-the-gate platinum parking, tower rooftop access, a custom VIP card and lanyard to commemorate the day along with a NHRA Legends mini-helmet. VIP section tickets are sold individually by day or at a discounted weekend package price with price points starting at only $109.
To purchase tickets to the 2022 Virginia NHRA Nationals, fans can visit NHRA.com/tickets or RaceVMP.com. Children 12 and under are free in general admission with the purchase of an adult ticket. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.
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Headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Source: National Hot Rod Association