NHRA Makes Major Changes To Pro Stock Class

Pro Stock
The NHRA Pro Stock class will now allow any accepted engine/body combination beginning next season. (Dennis Bicksler Photo)

GLENDORA, Calif. – National Hot Rod Ass’n officials have announced major changes to the Pro Stock category beginning in 2018.

The class will compete at all 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in 2018, but the class will feature 8-car fields at nine events and 16-car fields at the other 15 events.

The change in field size is intended to elevate competition and spark renewed interest in the Pro Stock category, bringing more exciting qualifying to events with historically fewer entries in the category. The 8-car fields will be at the following events: Houston, Topeka, Epping, Englishtown, Bristol, Denver, Sonoma, Seattle and Brainerd.

NHRA has been working closely with Pro Stock teams for several years on initiatives to improve fan engagement and interest. Changes have included switching to fuel injection; facing cars forward in the pits so fans can see the teams work on their engines; holding burnout contests and more.

“We hope this change in field size at selected events will help increase excitement and fan interest,” said NHRA president Peter Clifford.

NHRA will continue to work with Pro Stock teams and manufacturers this year, carefully evaluating key metrics and supporting targeted initiatives by the teams to generate interest.