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NHRA Drag Racing Series Midwest Nationals Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at WWT Raceway

The world’s quickest and fastest race cars will converge at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 for the annual NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Midwest Nationals.

The series’ premier classes are Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car, with nitromethane-burning 12,000-horsepower engines that rocket the cars from zero to more than 330 miles per hour in less than four seconds.

Some of the world’s biggest names in professional drag racing include:

• Five-time WWTR Top Fuel Dragster winner Antron Brown, a three-time NHRA champion.
• Legendary Funny Car pilot John Force, a 16-time champion with three WWTR wins.
• Five-time WWTR Pro Stock winner Erica Enders (four NHRA crowns).
• Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps (four WWTR final-round wins).

Friday’s high-speed action includes a nighttime qualifying session for Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster teams and the white-hot exhaust flames will light up the night. Friday’s activities will conclude with a concert by country music artist Tim Dugger and fireworks.

The Midwest Nationals are the third event in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship and the point battles will be fierce in all four pro categories.

Every ticket is a pit pass and fans are encouraged to meet their favorite drivers. Attractions include the manufacturers’ midway, interactive displays and a classic car show. Spectator gates will open each day at 8 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the WWTR ticket office, by phone at (618) 215-8888, or online at www.wwtraceway.com. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Although they are admitted free, each child must have a ticket. (Call the ticket office for details.)

Friday, Sept. 30:

7:30 a.m. – Parking lots open.
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Sportsman qualifying.
4 p.m. – Pro Mods.
6 p.m. – Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock Car qualifying.
7 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
Fireworks immediately after the final pair of Top Fuel cars, followed by a concert by country music artist Tim Dugger.

Saturday, Oct. 1:

7:30 a.m. – Parking lots open.
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
8 a.m. – Sportsman eliminations.
12:30 p.m. – Pro Mod qualifying.
1:30 p.m. — Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock Car qualifying.
2:30 p.m. — Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
3:45 p.m. – Pro Mods.
4:30 p.m. — Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock Car qualifying.
5:30 p.m. — Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
Sportsman eliminations continue until approximately 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2:

7:30 a.m. – Parking lots open.
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies.
10:30 a.m. – First round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.
12:45 p.m. – Second round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.
2:15 p.m. – Third round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.
3:30 p.m. – Final round of eliminations.
4 p.m. – Victory lane celebration.

World Wide Technology Raceway World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) is the only track in the world to host the premier series of NASCAR, INDYCAR, and NHRA. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 600 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 2.0-mile road course, the Gateway Kartplex (a state-of-the-art karting facility), and the adjacent Gateway National Golf Links. WWTR and owner Curtis Francois have been recognized with several awards, including 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year; 2021 Jack Buck Award; 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Track Award; 2018 Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission; 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference; and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association.

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