BIG GO! The 68th Annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals is scheduled for this weekend!

The biggest drag race in the world and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) The flagship event of the Camping World Drag Racing series, the prestigious 68th Annual Dodge Power Brokers US Nationals Championship, is scheduled for this weekend and ready to welcome thousands of racers and fans to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Matt Hagan driving his Dodge Power Brokers Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. (Mopar).

“The Dodge Power Brokers US Nationals event is the NHRA’s flagship showcase, providing a national stage on which to spotlight our Power Brokers program, the exclusive source for Dodge Direct Connection performance parts,” said Tim Kuniskis, CEO of Dodge. “This event has an incredible history and its evolution has been closely tied to the Dodge brand, our passion for performance, and the development of street and racing technology for our line of vehicles.”

The Labor Day Classic is the second of two main NHRA events with main support from Dodge Power Brokers this season. The first was held in July during the Dodge Power Broker Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver and was won by Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) driver Leah Pruett aboard her Dodge Power Brokers dragster. This Top Fuel victory, combined with the still fresh memory of his 2020 runner-up performance at Indianapolis, fuels Pruett’s desire to earn his first career victory at the Dodge Power Brokers US Nationals and an Indy Wally Trophy for TSR in their season. inaugural.

Leah Pruett and her Dodge Power Brokers Top Fuel Dragster. (Mopar).

“The last time we hit the track in our Dodge Power Brokers dragster, we lit all four victory lights on race day and had stellar qualifying,” Pruett said of his team’s first win. in Top Fuel. “We expect to do the same thing we tested at Indy earlier in the year and we have what we think is a pretty good grip on a hot track tune-up very similar to what we had on the western swing. We intend to be able to use it at the US Dodge Power Brokers National Championships and really get back to our high performance Dodge train.

Three-time Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan returns to the Dodge Power Brokers US Nationals with extra motivation after being sidelined at last year’s event due to the pandemic. While his successes this year so far include three wins, three runner-up performances and five No. 1 qualifying positions, Hagan is also looking to overcome some recent struggles in the playoff round. The Dodge Power Brokers Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driver currently sits in second place in the Funny Car standings heading into the 15th annual NHRA “Countdown to the Championship” playoff. Hagan is not only looking to fight his way to the winner’s circle before closing the regular season, but also hopes to bring home his second Wally from the historic race and the team’s first.

Matt Hagan driving his Dodge Power Brokers Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. (Mopar).

“It’s going to be a great race ahead of this year’s Dodge Power Brokers U.S. National Championships with Tony Stewart Racing,” said Hagan, who made it to the winner’s circle from the No. 1 qualifying position in 2016. “Winning Indy is truly special, magical feeling. Indianapolis is one of those races you never want to leave the sport without winning. It’s just a lot of excitement and buildup over a long week for everyone. We really want to take him down and have him in the Dodge Power Brokers Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in our sponsor’s title race.

Winning a Wally Trophy from the race known as the “Big Go” due to the scale and historic nature of the event remains a coveted addition for every racer and team of all classes. However, for a group of drivers there is one more race in a race that they would like to win this year; Nitro Qualifiers will include the specialty Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout for Funny Car and Top Fuel racers, with the top three competitors in each class having the chance to call their first-round opponent and compete for prize money.

Cruz Pedregon and his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car Snap-on Tools. (Mopar).

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat machines of Hagan and Cruz Pedregon will compete in the Funny Car version on Sunday, September 4, while the completion of the Top Fuel Callout will be contested on Saturday, September 3, following its postponement due to rain after the first round took place at the NHRA Gatornationals earlier this season

“I look forward to the Dodge Power Brokers US Nationals, including the Pep Boys All-Star Callout on Sunday,” said Pedregon, who will join Hagan as one of eight competitors. “There is a lot to run. Indianapolis is a race that I had the privilege of winning three times but I would like to win it again to end the regular season on a high note.

Gary Wolkwitz and his 1968 Dodge Dart Super Stock at the Dodge HEMI® Challenge. (Mopar).

This year’s US National Dodge Power Broker Championships will see the return of the longest continuous specialty race in NHRA history; the 21st edition of the hugely popular Dodge HEMI® Challenge will once again highlight the racing heritage of the Mopar and Dodge brands with head-to-head, drive-in and side-by-side races of Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda from 1968 with vintage HEMI engine. cars” that dominated the NHRA Super Stock (SS/AH) class for more than five decades.

When taking a break from all the on-track action, enthusiasts are invited to visit the 4,800 square foot Dodge // SRT and Mopar exhibit in the Manufacturer’s Midway to view a selection of Dodge performance parts and vehicles. , as well as additional information. about the Dodge Power Brokers dealer network and the features it offers. The network is the exclusive source for new Direct Connection performance parts and has dealership personnel with extensive knowledge and expertise in high performance areas.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators. (Mopar).

Customers can purchase a vehicle with Direct Connection upgrades directly from a Dodge Power Brokers dealership and receive the three-year/36,000-mile vehicle warranty balance maintained. More information is available at DCPerformance.com.

Visitors to the exhibit will be able to experience the thrill of nitro racing in a Dodge Power Brokers Funny Car Simulator and test their virtual racing skills behind the wheel of a pair of Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Simulators. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet and collect autographs from their favorite Dodge//SRT drivers on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

HEMI Darts and Barracudas from the 20th Anniversary Dodge HEMI® Challenge. (Mopar).

The Dodge Power Brokers US Nationals will air on the FOX Network and FS1. Highlights from the first qualifying sessions will be shown on FS1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 4, with coverage of the NHRA All-Star Call airing from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed immediately. of the balance of the qualifications from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Elimination coverage will begin Monday, September 5 on FS1 at noon ET, continue on FOX at 2:00 p.m., and conclude with live action from the final round. Fans can also view all on-track activity for all categories in real time via NHRA.TV and its subscription video-on-demand coverage throughout the event.