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NHRA’s Western Swing Set To Launch At Bandimere

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series is set to begin the Western Swing this weekend in Colorado. (NHRA Photo)

The NHRA Camping Environment Drag Racing Sequence is set to get started the Western Swing this weekend in Colorado. (NHRA Image)

MORRISON, Colo. – With 330-mph fireplace-respiration machines less than the lights and the initially nitro motion in two many years at Bandimere Speedway because of to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dodge//SRT Mile-Superior NHRA Nationals Offered by Pennzoil on July 16-18 is sure to provide a weekend comprehensive of unforgettable moments.

The race is the eighth celebration of the NHRA Camping Earth Drag Racing Collection time and serves as the tough and traditional starting off issue of the NHRA’s famed three-race Western Swing. This calendar year, the Western Swing features stops at scenic Bandimere Speedway, Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and Vehicle Club Raceway at Pomona. The party in Denver poses as one particular of the most thrilling and distinctive races in drag racing, as opponents compete at an elevation of a lot more than 5,800 toes. That influences a multitude of products, which include engine tune-ups to aerodynamics, as groups try and clear up racing in the Rocky Mountains.

The action kicks off with a nitro session beneath the lights on Friday and proceeds all weekend at just one of the most storied facilities on the NHRA circuit, as admirers will pack the stands to catch all the will have to-see action from the stars in Leading Gas, Amusing Motor vehicle, and Professional Stock Motorcycle. Steve Torrence (Major Gasoline), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Amusing Auto) and Andrew Hines (Pro Inventory Bike) ended up winners of the 2019 event in Denver.

This year’s race will be televised on FOX Sports activities 1, which includes remaining eliminations protection starting up at 4 p.m. (ET) on FS1 on Sunday, July 18.

Torrence attained his next victory on Thunder Mountain with his 2019 triumph, which also contributed to a 2nd straight Best Gas globe title. He has since prolonged it to a few straight championships and he’s the odds-on preferred to make it four in a row right after a dominant get started to his remarkable campaign. One point he hasn’t performed is sweep the swing, one thing the proficient Texan will attempt to do beginning in Denver. Standing in his way is a litany of worthy contenders, which include 2018 winner Leah Pruett, three-time race winner Antron Brown, who past won the event in 2017, former environment champ Brittany Drive, Doug Kalitta, Shawn Langdon and Clay Millican.

Cruz Pedregon has a good deal of fond memories at Bandimere Speedway in Funny Motor vehicle, buying up two victories at the scenic facility. The last arrived in 2013 and he’ll appear to continue to keep rolling immediately after picking up his very first victory in much more than a few a long time many thanks to his acquire at the most current race in Norwalk. It adds one more best-notch title contender to the loaded Funny Auto ranks, with Bob Tasca III major the cost as the details leader. He’ll consider for his first Denver victory from a industry loaded with standouts like John Power, who has 8 job wins in Denver, Gainesville winner J.R. Todd, 4-time Denver winner Robert Hight, defending environment champ Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Alexis DeJoria and Tim Wilkerson.

Hines has simply just dominated on the mountain in Pro Stock Motorbike, finding the perfect mix more than the years to battle the high-altitude difficulties on the two-wheeled devices. He has five wins at the observe, which include his 2019 triumph, whilst his Vance & Hines teammate, Eddie Krawiec, has four Denver wins. Acquiring previous that duo will be tough, but a long lister of riders will search to finish that Denver dominance. It’s a group that consists of defending planet champ and points leader Matt Smith, Steve Johnson, who has innovative to back-to-again closing rounds in this year, Scotty Pollacheck, Angelle Sampey, and Ryan Oehler.

The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series introduced by J&A Provider would make its to start with visual appeal at Bandimere Speedway, marking what must be a thrilling Denver debut for the motion-packed course. It is also the fifth visual appeal for the collection this year. The party also attributes thrilling competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Collection, showcasing the upcoming stars of the sport, as very well as the Constant Aviation Manufacturing facility Stock Showdown class.

As normally, followers are granted an distinctive pit move to the most impressive and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This special option gives supporters a probability to see teams in motion and services their scorching rods between rounds. 

NHRA Camping Globe Drag Racing Collection qualifying will feature just one spherical at 8 p.m. MT on Friday, July 16 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, July 17 at 4:45 and 8 p.m. Ultimate eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 18. Tv coverage contains qualifying action on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations motion at 4 p.m. on Sunday.