GLENDORA, Calif. – As the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series prepares to start the famed Western Swing, only one spot remains open for the eight-car Funny Car field in the 2013 NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout.
All seven positions in the Top Fuel field have been filled with four races remaining until the Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be contested during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be showcased Saturday, Aug. 31 and the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car will be held Sunday, Sept. 1. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and John Force (Funny Car) were winners last year of the lucrative race-within-a-race bonus events.
While a large group of Funny Car drivers will be trying to win a race and earn the seventh and final open spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout field, there are six drivers in Top Fuel and eight racers in Funny Car who will begin their campaigns for fan votes so they can position themselves to earn the coveted eighth positions, which will be determined by a combination of fan vote and lottery drawing.