The weekend is the second race in the NHRA’s six-race playoff-style format to crown NHRA Mello Yello World Champions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex outside Dallas is the second race of a grueling four-races-in-a-row to start he playoffs.
Catch all the action from this weekend’s event on ESPN News and ESPN2/ESPN2HD. Television coverage will include an additional 90-minute qualifying show on ESPN News Saturday night, Sept. 21, beginning at 11:30 p.m. (ET)/8:30 p.m. (PT). This show is in addition to the late night qualifying show on ESPN2 at 3:30 a.m. (ET)/12:30 a.m. (PT). Sunday’s race day coverage Sept. 22, where every round counts, begins in prime time at 8:30 p.m. (ET)/5:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2.
Here’s what the viewers at home can expect when they tune in this weekend:
Race number one in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship saw several upsets and close finishes. Shawn Langdon led the Top Fuel field coming into Charlotte and lost in a first-round upset to Bob Vandergriff. His holeshot loss shook up the class and opened the door for Spencer Massey to charge to the points lead. If week one is any indication this, Countdown could be the craziest ever.
Morgan Lucas made quite a leap in the point standings and told the class he is for real in 2013. Can he build off the momentum achieved with last weekend’s win in Charlotte?
Robert Hight is trying to repeat history. In 2009, he started the NHRA Countdown from the 10th spot in the points. He won the Charlotte race in route to his first Funny Car championship. Hight jumped from ninth to third in the points after his win at Charlotte last weekend and he has the car and team to bring John Force Racing another championship title.
Billy Torrence began his NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel career two races ago and joins his son, Steve, in that class. We'll get to know this Lone Star native in this weekend’s E3 Spark Plugs Hot Shot personality piece.
Scott Pollacheck had a wild ride on his Pro Stock motorcycle at this Dallas track last year and he explains how he kept his 190 mph two-wheeler from flipping down the track.
Saturday, Sept. 21: 11:30 p.m. (ET)/8:30 p.m. (PT) ESPN NEWS
Sunday, Sept. 22: 3:30 a.m. (ET)/12:30 a.m. (PT) ESPN2
Sunday, Sept. 22: 8:30 p.m. (ET)/5:30 p.m. (PT) ESPN2