A 3-hour rain delay couldn’t cease Austin Prock from taking dwelling his first Wally of the 2023 NHRA season on April 30 on the Circle Ok NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, North Carolina. Nor might it cease photographer James Kiefer from capturing the sights of the occasion for Automoblog.
‘Fast, Loud, and Proud’
Kiefer and others from the Automoblog staff traveled to zMax Dragway exterior of Charlotte to look at the motion dwell in particular person. Despite the specter of rain that loomed over the weekend, an enthusiastic crowd nonetheless gathered at zMax to cheer on favourite racers within the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and different classes.
When requested about his expertise, Kiefer mentioned that the high-octane occasion was full of pleasure and emotion.
“It was fast, loud, and proud,” Kiefer mentioned. “The work racing teams put into those hot rods is a feat of ingenuity and determination all for a driver to risk their reputation and health on a quarter-mile dragway.”
You can see Kiefer’s images from the weekend within the gallery beneath.
What’s Next for NHRA Racing
Follwing the Four-Wide Nationals, Justin Ashley at present leads the win whole for 2023 Top Fuel class with two wins – one on the NHRA Arizona Nationals and one on the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. Mike Salinas, Antron Brown, and now Austin Prock every have one win on the season.
Drivers and their groups get an nearly three-week break following the Four-Wide Nationals. NHRA motion resumes on May 19 on the Gerber Collision and Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals introduced by PEAK Performance, set to happen exterior of Chicago on the Route 66 Raceway in Elwood, Illinois.
Like different occasions on the NHRA schedule, followers can seize tickets to catch the races dwell on the raceway or watch from dwelling. Fox Sports will once more broadcast the races dwell and provide a number of rebroadcasts by way of its FS1 and FS2 channels.
The nation’s high drag racing league returns to Charlotte on September 22 for the 2023 NHRA Carolina Nationals. Once once more, zMax Dragway will host the motion because the 2023 season winds to a detailed.