Drag racing returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Drag racing returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend as the NHRA hosts its four national championships.

Las Vegas is one of only two tracks that has the ability to go four wide, making this event a favorite for drivers and fans alike.

Drag racing is a sport best experienced in person because of the sights, sounds and smells.

“It’s something you have to experience in person,” said rider JR Todd. “It touches all of your senses. TV and FOX do a great job of covering it for us, but TV just doesn’t do it justice. Zero to over 330 miles per hour in under four seconds, 11,000 horsepower. It’s like a little earthquake when we step on the accelerator of these things.

“Once you get that feeling, the smell of the nitro, the vibes, everything, racer Alexis DeJoria said. “It’s unlike anything on the planet and we’re accelerating faster than anything on the planet.”

As exhilarating as it can be for fans, Antron Brown said being in the driver’s seat when the light turns green is the rush of all rushes.

“That right foot comes down and you release the beast,” Brown said. “Almost 12,000 horsepower is going wild on the Strip and a lot of people in Vegas think an earthquake is happening and all we do is start this 12,000 horsepower thunder coming down that race track . This is one of those offers that doesn’t just hit you in your chest or in your mind. It hits you right in your belly and you feel it. It hits your spine when you feel 6G of acceleration going down that band.

The races take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at “The Strip” at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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