NEW DATE for Seattle’s Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, Pro Stock Motorcycle set for Event Debut

SEATTLE, WA – July 5, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – With a new date on the famed NHRA Western Swing and the debut appearance of Pro Stock Motorcycle, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series is set to power into Pacific Raceways for the 34th annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals on July 21-23.

It is the 11th of 21 races during the 2023 season, moving into the middle slot of the rigorous three-race Western Swing. After opening in Denver, the stars of the NHRA move to Seattle before finishing in Sonoma, Calif. For more than three decades, Pacific Raceways has provided an incredible backdrop for the 330-mph, 11,000-horsepower nitro machines in Top Fuel and Funny Car, which have annually put on a memorable show in the Pacific Northwest.

For the first time, fans can see the 200-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle category in action, adding another memorable category to a weekend filled with excitement. Add in the new Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge, the bonus race that brings competitive racing, a bonus purse and bonus points to Saturday racing, and fans are guaranteed an incredible weekend in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Robert Hight (Funny Car) both won the 2022 event, and this year’s race will be broadcast on both the FOX and Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including eliminations coverage starting at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 23 on FOX.

Schumacher picked up his first Top Fuel win of the year last season in Seattle, knocking off Brittany Force in the finals. It gave the eight-time world champion his fifth Seattle victory at Pacific Raceways, which is tied for the most in class history. Another big weekend would bode well for Schumacher, but he’ll have to deal with the likes of points leader Justin Ashley, who has four wins this season, Norwalk winner Leah Pruett, four-time Seattle winner Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta, Steve Torrence, Shawn Langdon, Austin Prock, whose first career win came at Seattle in 2019, and Josh Hart.

Funny Car’s Hight finished off a dominant Western Swing a year ago with a Seattle win, one of eight victories he enjoyed in 2022. It was Hight’s second Seattle triumph and he’ll look for another against a loaded lineup that includes points leader Matt Hagan, back-to-back world champion Ron Capps, nine-time race winner John Force, 2022 event runner-up J.R. Todd, Bob Tasca III, Alexis DeJoria, Alex Laughlin, Chad Green and Tim Wilkerson, who has enjoyed three Seattle wins.

Fans in Seattle will get their first glimpse at the exciting two-wheeled category, as all the stars in Pro Stock Motorcycle will look to put on a show at Pacific Raceways. Points leader Gaige Herrera has enjoyed a strong start to 2023, winning three events, but there’s a host of worthy competitors who will look to become the first PSM winner at Seattle in NHRA history. Others to watch include Hector Arana Jr., who won the most recent race in Norwalk, defending world champ Matt Smith, Eddie Krawiec, Angie Smith, Bristol winner Steve Johnson, Jianna Evaristo and rookie Chase Van Sant.

The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, featuring some of the top drivers in the sport. The weekend includes the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Shootout as well, along with autograph sessions at the Toyota and Mission Foods Midway Displays.

Race fans at Pacific Raceways 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 Seattle event winners.

Fans are invited to the Nitro Alley Stage all weekend, which will help create a festive atmosphere leading into Nitro Alley. The Nitro Alley Stage will be the main entertainment hub in the pits when the Camping World Drag Racing Series competitors are not on the track, hosting Nitro School, meet and greets and much more. As always, fans get a pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. Fans can see their favorite teams in action and servicing their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers, and more. They can also visit NHRA’s Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, merchandise, food, and fun.

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 4:00 p.m. PT on Friday, July 21 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, July 22 at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 23. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations on FOX at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.

To purchase tickets to the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, fans can visit www.nhra.com or call 800-884-6472. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.

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.

About NHRA

Headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 21 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 Type A Motorsports, Flexjet NHRA 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 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 In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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