INDIANAPOLIS, IN – November 10, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Starting with a must-see FOX broadcast to open the 2023 season in Gainesville, NHRA and FOX Sports today announced the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule for the upcoming season.
All 21 races, plus the two Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout events, will be broadcast on either FOX or FS1, including eight broadcasts on the FOX broadcast network. That starts with the highly-anticipated 2023 season-opener, the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, where eliminations will be showcased on FOX starting at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.
For the third straight year, a race in the Countdown to the Championship will also air on FOX adjacent to a FOX NFL broadcast in September, putting NHRA on a huge platform during its playoffs. That exciting opportunity led to the biggest audience in NHRA history in 2022, as the playoff broadcast from Maple Grove Raceway averaged more than 1.6 million viewers with a peak of 2.8 million.
Following the NHRA Gatornationals, the next FOX broadcast takes place during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park on Sunday, June 25, kicking off a string of four straight races on FOX. That includes the entire three-race Western Swing in Denver (July 16), Seattle (July 23), and Sonoma (July 30), with another FOX broadcast taking place on Aug. 20 for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd.
The 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious drag race, will air from Indianapolis on both FOX and FS1, including five hours of eliminations on FOX on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4 to give fans extensive coverage from the Big Go.
Ten early-season broadcasts will also enjoy a motorsports or USFL lead-in or will lead into a motorsports event, while the pair of exciting Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout events will receive featured coverage on FS1 in 2023. The Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout, which takes place during the season-opening Gatornationals, will air on FS1 on March 12, while the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout, which takes place during the can’t-miss U.S. Nationals, will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 3 on FS1.
The eight-car shootouts in the nitro categories returned in 2022 and included the top drivers in the sport competing for big money and bragging rights in a unique callout format.
The NHRA and FOX relationship began in 2016, and NHRA and FOX Sports announced a multiyear extension of their agreement in 2021, including expanded coverage, the NFL adjacent event during the Countdown to the Championship, and five hours of finals coverage at the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day Weekend each year. The partnership has also led to numerous innovations on the broadcast in recent years, with the NHRA on FOX team collecting six prestigious Telly awards in 2022.
FOX Sports and NHRA are also scheduling NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series broadcasts, as well as shows featuring the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon across the FOX Sports networks.
NHRA races will also appear in Canada and the Caribbean through FOX Sports Racing as well, as well as through the FOX Sports app.
For more information on NHRA, please visit www.nhra.com.
2023 NHRA on FOX Sports Television Schedule (all times Eastern)
|March 12||Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout||Gainesville||10:30 AM, FS1|
|March 12||AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals||Gainesville||12:00 PM, FOX|
|March 26||NHRA Arizona Nationals||Phoenix||7:00 PM, FS1|
|April 2||Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals||Pomona||7:00 PM, FS1|
|April 16||NHRA Four-Wide Nationals||Las Vegas||9:30 PM, FS1|
|April 30||NHRA 4-Wide Nationals||Charlotte||6:00 PM, FS1|
|May 21||Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance||Chicago||10:00 PM, FS1|
|June 4||NHRA New England Nationals||Epping||10:00 PM, FS1|
|June 11||NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals||Bristol||7:00 PM, FS1|
|June 25||Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals||Norwalk||4:00 PM, FOX|
|July 16||Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals||Denver||4:00 PM, FOX|
|July 23||Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals||Seatte||4:00 PM, FOX|
|July 30||Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals||Sonoma||4:00 PM, FOX|
|Aug. 13||Menards NHRA Nationals Pres. By PetArmor||Topeka||3:00 PM, FS1|
|Aug. 20||Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals||Brainerd||3:00 PM, FOX|
|Sept. 3||Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout||Indianapolis||4:00 PM, FS1|
|Sept. 4||Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals||Indianapolis||12:00 PM, FS1|
|Sept. 4||Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals||Indianapolis||4:00 PM, FS1|
Countdown to the Championship Television Schedule
|Sept. 17||Pep Boys NHRA Nationals||Reading||2:00 PM, TBD|
|Sept. 24||NHRA Carolina Nationals||Charlotte||2:00 PM, TBD|
|Oct. 1||NHRA Midwest Nationals||St. Louis||3:00 PM, FS1|
|Oct. 15||Texas NHRA FallNationals||Dallas||3:00 PM, FS1|
|Oct. 29||NHRA Nevada Nationals||Las Vegas||5:00 PM, FS1|
|Nov. 12||In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals||Pomona||4:00 PM, FS1|
About Camping World Holdings, Inc.
Camping World Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, (together with its subsidiaries) is America’s largest retailer of RVs and related products and services. Our vision is to build a long-term legacy business that makes RVing fun and easy, and our Camping World and Good Sam brands have been serving RV consumers since 1966. We strive to build long-term value for our customers, employees, and shareholders by combining a unique and comprehensive assortment of RV products and services with a national network of RV dealerships, service centers and customer support centers along with the industry’s most extensive online presence and a highly trained and knowledgeable team of associates serving our customers, the RV lifestyle, and the communities in which we operate. We also believe that our Good Sam organization and family of programs and services uniquely enable us to connect with our customers as stewards of the RV enthusiast community and the RV lifestyle. With RV sales and service locations in 42 states, Camping World has grown to become the prime destinations for everything RV. For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.com
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, FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, 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 NHRA Street Legal. 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