The inaugural Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be contested Sept. 1-2, 2012 at Indianapolis, Ind., in conjunction with the 58th annual MAC Tools U.S. Nationals. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel dragsters will be contested on Saturday; the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Cars on Sunday. Each champion will earn $100,000.
Seven of the eight positions in each field will be determined by performance in the 16 NHRA Full Throttle Series events leading up to the U.S. Nationals. The first seven season winners in Funny Car and Top Fuel will be seeded into the starting lineup with an eighth starting position determined by fan interaction and a lottery.
John Force Racing has a history of success in NHRA bonus races including All-Star races contested in the Winston Drag Racing Series, the Big Bud Shootout and its successors, the Skoal Showdown and the U.S. Smokeless Shootout.
John Force earned the biggest single event payday in NHRA racing history when he won the 1999 Winston Showdown ($210,000). Overall, JFR drivers won eight times in the Big Bud/Skoal/U.S. Smokeless races and five times in Winston All-Star events.
Traxxas Nitro Shootout qualifiers of March 10, 2012:
FUNNY CAR Qualifiers TOP FUEL Qualifiers
1. John Force, Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford 1. Spencer Massey, FRAM dragster
2. Robert Hight, Auto Club Ford 2. Antron Brown, Matco dragster