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Huge Nitro, Pro Fields Set To Thrill at Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Nitro categories have 40 entries, including 22 in Top Fuel, and 79 overall competitors in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series

CHICAGO, IL – May 15, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – A massive weekend of racing action in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series at Route 66 Raceway also means a huge collection of Top Fuel and Funny Car standouts at the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance.

In all, 22 Top Fuel dragsters and 18 Funny Cars will compete this weekend in Chicago, giving fans a great opportunity to see 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph nitro action from 40 competitors in Chicago. Add in standout fields in both Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle and fans will get to enjoy 79 professional entries in the Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

It makes for a talent-heavy and highlight-filled weekend at Route 66 Raceway for an absolutely packed event that includes four qualifying sessions (two on Friday and two on Saturday), the GETTRX Pro Stock All-Star Callout and the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday.

It’s the second time a nitro class has had 20-plus entries in 2024 (Funny Car, Pomona 1) and the 22 Top Fuel entries represents the largest field for the class this season. With a host of stars and standout drivers, it should make it a nitro weekend to remember.

“Hands-down, this is the most competitive the nitro cars have ever been,” Top Fuel’s Clay Millican said. “I lost the final in Charlotte by 0.016-seconds and that’s every weekend in this class. It’s not unusual for it to be that close in these categories. So you’ve got to have your game face on from the first qualifying run. You have to be on your ‘A’ game every single run. The shows are incredible and everyone will definitely see that this weekend in Chicago.”

BIG Nitro, Pro Fields Set To Thrill at Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Millican (Top Fuel), Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock), and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won in Chicago last year, while Justin Ashley, Ron Capps and Gaige Herrera secured Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge titles. Camrie Caruso won the first-ever Callout in Pro Stock a season ago. It is the sixth of 20 races in 2024 and this year’s event will again be broadcast on FS1.

Along with full fields across every category this weekend, the action on the track has been memorable since the season has opened. In Funny Car, there have been five different winners through five races, with a host of…

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