The eighth and final spot in both NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout fields is up for grabs in Top Fuel and Funny Car, and the fans have a say in who gets into this race-within-a-race, taking place at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. $100,000 goes to the winner of each event, with the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel taking place Saturday, August 31st and the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car taking place Sunday, September 1st.
Six Top Fuel drivers and seven Funny Car drivers are eligible for the fan-vote/lottery position, with voting taking place on the NHRA Facebook page until noon ET on Tuesday, August 27th. Vote for your favorite eligible driver in each category by clicking here.
The six Top Fuel drivers who are eligible for the eighth position are Brittany Force, David Grubnic, Doug Kalitta, Morgan Lucas, Terry McMillen and Clay Millican. The seven Funny Car drivers eligible are Jeff Arend, Alexis DeJoria, Robert Hight, Tony Pedregon, Bob Tasca, Tim Wilkerson and Del Worsham.
Per the NHRA:
The fan-voting process will determine the number of lottery balls that each eligible driver will be assigned during the Traxxas Shootout lottery drawings. The Traxxas Shootout lottery drawings will be conducted during a press conference for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be contested during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, August 28th through September 2nd, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The winners of the fan vote and lottery-style drawings will earn the opportunity to meet the Traxxas Nitro Shootout top seeds – Shawn Langdon in Top Fuel and Matt Hagan in Funny Car – in the opening rounds of the special event.
First-round pairings for the Traxxas Nitro Shootouts:
No. 1 Shawn Langdon vs. No. 8 fan vote/lottery
No. 2 Spencer Massey vs. No. 7 Bob Vandergriff
No. 3 Tony Schumacher vs. No. 6 Steve Torrence
No. 4 Khalid alBalooshi vs. No. 5 Antron Brown
No. 1 Matt Hagan vs. No. 8 fan vote/lottery
No. 2 Ron Capps vs. No. 7 Jack Beckman
No. 3 Johnny Gray vs. No. 6 Courtney Force
No. 4 Cruz Pedregon vs. No. 5 John Force
Keep up with the action leading up to the U.S. Nationals at www.nhra.com.
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