ENNIS, Texas — Top seed Ron Capps will lead eight Funny Car drivers in pursuit of the $100,000 winner’s share in the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout, Sept. 22 during the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
Originally scheduled to be completed during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend, a series of weather delays forced NHRA officials to move the lucrative specialty race to this weekend’s event at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas. Spencer Massey won the $100,000 NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel on Sept. 1 in Indianapolis.
In the first-round pairings, Capps will race No. 8 fan vote/lottery winner Courtney Force, Robert Hight will meet Jeff Arend, Jack Beckman will face John Force and Johnny Gray will battle Mike Neff.
Drivers qualified for the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout by winning races during the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series regular season. One driver, 24-year-old rookie Courtney Force, was selected during a fan vote/lottery process.
NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout rounds are scheduled for 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The all-star event will be televised on ESPN2HD during the 90-minute show on Saturday, starting at 10:30 p.m. (ET).