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NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Fact Sheet
Courtesy of NHRA Communications





CONCORD, N.C. -

The Ninth annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the sixth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle - earn points leading to 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: zMAX Dragway- Track is located on Hwy 29 off I-85 at exit 49 (Speedway Blvd.) in the Concord, N.C. area.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 27-29

FORMAT: Qualifying sessions and elimination rounds will be conducted using four lanes in all Mello Yello Series classes; Lanes will be identified from left to right facing downtrack as 1-4; Two Christmas trees will be in use, one between each two lanes; The Compulink Autostart system will continue to be utilized and it will not activate until all four vehicles are pre-staged and one vehicle has staged; The ladder structure will feature Race A: qualifiers 1, 8, 9, 16, Race B: qualifiers 4, 5, 12, 13, Race C: qualifiers 2, 7, 10, 15, and Race D: qualifiers 3, 6, 11, 14; Race A and Race B will be on one side of the ladder, while Race C and Race D will be on the other; Lane choice for eliminations goes to the driver with the quickest E.T., then the second-quickest, and so on; The first two drivers in each elimination round to cross the finish line advance to the second round and final; In the final round, teams will finish in the order they cross the finish line (barring any red-light starts), with winner, runner-up and two semifinalists in that order.

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, April 27
LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 3:45 p.m. and 6:15
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4 and 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 28
LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2:00 and 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 29
Pre-race ceremonies, 10:30 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at noon
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES eliminations at 12: 55 p.m.

TELEVISION:
Friday, April 27, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 8 p.m. (ET).
Saturday, April 28, FS1 will televise an hour and a half of LIVE qualifying at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, April 29, FS1 will televise three hours of elimination highlights at 6 p.m. (ET).

2017 EVENT WINNERS: Steve Torrence, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; Chris McGaha, Pro Stock; LE Tonglet, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

MOST VICTORIES: Andrew Hines, 3, PSM, Antron Brown, 2, TF; Spencer Massey, 2, TF; Jack Beckman, 2, FC; Robert Hight, 2, FC; Greg Anderson, 2, PS; Mike Edwards, 2, PS

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 3.713 sec. by J.R. Todd, March '15; 332.18 mph by Spencer Massey, April '12.
Funny Car - 3.851 sec. by Courtney Force, April '17; 333.91 mph by Robert Hight, April '17.
Pro Stock - 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March '15; 215.48 mph by Greg Anderson, March '15.
Pro Stock Motorcycle - 6.792 sec. by Eddie Krawiec, April '17;199.88 mph by Hector Arana Jr., March '15.
Pro Mod - 5.770 seconds by Troy Coughlin, April '17; 258.67 mph by Michael Bowman, Sept. '17.

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 3.628 sec. by Clay Millican, Feb. '18, Pomona, Calif.; 336.57 mph by Tony Schumacher, Feb. '18, Phoenix
Funny Car - 3.793 sec. by Robert Hight, Aug. '17, Brainerd; 339.87 mph by Robert Hight, July '17, Sonoma, Calif.
Pro Stock - 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March '15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May '14, Englishtown N.J.
Pro Stock Motorcycle - 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct '12, Reading, PA.; 201.01 mph by Hector Arana Jr., March '18, Gainesville, Fla.
Pro Mod - 5.685 sec. by Mike Castellana, April '17 Houston; 259.91 mph by Mike Bowman, Las Vegas, Oct. '17.

TICKETS: Order tickets by phone at (800) 455-FANS. Tickets also are available online at www.zmaxdragway.com.





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