The 23rd of 24 races on the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule is the NHRA Toyota Nationals, taking place Thursday through Sunday, October 24th through 27th at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The fifth race of the Countdown to the Championship promises to be a hard-fought battle as drivers in all four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories look to add to their points lead or take a bite out of their competitors’ leads. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series are also on the schedule this weekend.
The winners of the Wallys at last year’s event were Bob Vandergriff Jr. (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle); all four drivers are currently in the top 10 in points in their respective categories.
On Thursday night, October 24th, the annual NHRA Fremont Street Fan Fest kicks off from 5 to 7 p.m. PT. The event features the sport’s top drivers participating in one of the biggest autograph sessions of the year and an NHRA-themed light show over Freemont Street. The event will also feature ticket giveaways and music. A second autograph session takes place at New York New York Hotel and Casino from 6 to 8 p.m. PT featuring the drivers of Don Schumacher Racing.
Qualifying for the Sportsman categories takes place Thursday beginning at 8 a.m. PT and continues on Friday at 8 a.m. PT. The first rounds of Pro Mod qualifying are Friday at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. PT, followed by pro qualifying at 1:15 and 3:45 p.m. PT. Sportsman eliminations get underway Saturday at 8 a.m. PT, with pro qualifying rounds at 12:15 and 2:45 p.m. PT and Pro Mod qualifying at 2:15 p.m. PT; the first round of Pro Mod eliminations takes place at 4:30 p.m. PT. On Sunday morning, Sportsman eliminations kick off the day at 8:30 a.m. PT, followed by the first round of Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car eliminations at 9 a.m. PT and final eliminations at 11 a.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for the NHRA Toyota Nationals, including a full-weekend package and the Club Nitro package. Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at www.lvms.com.
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