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GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2012) — NHRA officials announced today details of the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout in Top Fuel and Funny Car, a program first identified last month with the announcement of Traxxas as the Official Radio Controlled Performance Products of the NHRA.

The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts, which are races within a race, will be conducted at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, with Top Fuel showcased on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Funny Car featured on Sunday, Sept. 2.



“The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts redefine what a race within a race is all about,” said Mike Jenkins, owner and president of Traxxas. “We worked with NHRA to craft a program that rewards the winners of NHRA Full Throttle events and the leaders in the points standings while at the same time provides an opportunity for fans to vote for their favorite drivers.”



There will be three ways for Top Fuel and Funny Car teams to qualify for the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts.



First, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points leaders in Top Fuel and Funny Car after the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., Aug. 16-19, will automatically qualify as top seeds for the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts, even if the respective points leaders have yet to win a national event.



Second, the first seven winners in both categories of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season will qualify, beginning at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Feb. 9-12 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California, and concluding at the Brainerd event. If the points leaders do not win one of the first 16 events of the season in each category, their provisional spots will bump the seventh event winner in each category. If there are less than seven different winners in each category prior to the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, rankings in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points standings after the Brainerd event will fill any open positions up to No. 7. Seeding for the top seven positions will be based on the season-long points standings in both categories after the Brainerd event.



Third, once the first seven positions in the fields are set, the eighth and final spot in each category will be determined by a fan vote and a lottery-style drawing. The fan-vote selections in each category will be eligible to become the eighth seeds in the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts.



The fan vote for the eighth seeds will be conducted on NHRA’s Facebook page and through a lottery-style drawing at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. All remaining unqualified drivers in Top Fuel and Funny Car who have competed in all 16 NHRA Full Throttle events this season leading up to the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals will be included in the NHRA Facebook fan-voting process. Based on the percentage of fan votes received, drivers will receive an equivalent percentage of chances in the lottery. For example, if a driver earns 15 percent of the fan vote, he or she will have 15 chances out of 100 in the lottery-style drawing. All eligible drivers will have at least one chance in the drawing.



The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts will award $100,000 to the winners in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car events. The program will award the top four finishers in each event, with the runners-up receiving $15,000 and the semifinal losers earning $7,500 each. The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts will be featured on the Sunday, Sept. 2, qualifying shows on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD.



In addition to backing the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts, Traxxas is the Official Radio Controlled Performance Products of the NHRA and the primary sponsor for Courtney Force, who will make her debut in the Funny Car class at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries in the Traxxas Ford Mustang.
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Makes sense. I mean Indy is supposed to be the biggest race right. Though Top Fuel at Pomona would've been great.
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Makes sense. I mean Indy is supposed to be the biggest race right. Though Top Fuel at Pomona would've been great.
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Both at Indy....kinky!
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I didn't think both would be at Indy, but that's ok. I need a translater for the format though. I was getting a headache reading that. What happens if for the first part of season, there are only 4 or 5 different winners?
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I didn't think both would be at Indy, but that's ok. I need a translater for the format though. I was getting a headache reading that. What happens if for the first part of season, there are only 4 or 5 different winners?
very confusing even more confusing is why the vote for #8 is on facebook
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very confusing even more confusing is why the vote for #8 is on facebook
The remaining spots would be filled in sequence of highest in the points standings. Facebook voting is probably based on a market concept to reach the younger fans. An excellent idea, I believe, and smart marketing.
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Indy should in my view stand on it's own. I really don't agree with the both races being at Indy however on the other hand I do understand the motive, I think that the flopper deal is ok at Indy while the Top Fuel deal should be at Pomona.

Whatever the case may be, I am happy these 2 special events are back. I was at the first Big Bud Shooutout and the Cragar/Weld Top Fuel deal, my how time flies.



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