NHRA Sets 2024 Mission Foods Drag Racing Series National Event Schedules

Having recently announced a return of Pro Stock (cars) to the full Mission Foods Drag Racing Series in 2024, NHRA has delineated the schedule for every class under the Mission Foods umbrella, together with schedules for Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Mountain Motor Pro Stock and for Factory X presented by Holley.

The 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series begins its 73rd season of competition with the 55th annual NHRA Gatornationals the second weekend of March at Gainesville Raceway in Florida, with Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock (car) competing in all 21 events on the calendar. Pro Stock Motorcycle is scheduled to compete in 16 of those events, starting at Gainesville. The two-wheeled category is scheduled to race in six consecutive contests beginning in Bristol and finishing at Sonoma. They’ll take a single-race break and return at Indianapolis, finishing their season with the final seven events on the nine-month overall schedule.

As has been the case, all four professional classes will contend in the six Countdown to the Championship playoff races. There will be Callout races for all four Mission Foods classes again in 2024, starting with the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout in Gainesville, while the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout takes place at Indianapolis. Pro Stock’s All-Star Callout is scheduled for Chicago in May, while the Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout runs for a second consecutive year in Sonoma. Mission Foods’ #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenges return in 2024, taking place at 14 regular-season races.

NHRA’s Pro Mod Racing Racing Series opens in Gainesville and is, once more, a 10-event challenge. For the first time in class history, Pro Mod will race in Phoenix at the “Duel in the Desert” before racing in four consecutive events: Chicago, Epping, Bristol and the unnamed national event that takes place June 21-23 to close out its “regular” season. Pro Mod’s four-race “Road to the Championship” playoffs return i n2024 after a successful 2023 debut, with stops at Indianapolis, the fall Charlotte race, St. Louis and its traditional series finale in Las Vegas.

After a tentative but successful debut in 2023, starting at Indianapolis, the new NHRA Factory X presented by Holley class sees 2024 action at eight events, beginning its first full season in Gainesville. From there, this nascent class goes to both four-wide events at Las Vegas and Charlotte, then to Chicago, Norwalk, Indianapolis, St. Louis and holding a class finale during the Stampede of Speed at Texas Motorplex outside Dallas.

Top Fuel Motorcycle is back for four 2024 races, including Chicago, the unnamed June 21-23 NHRA national event, Brainerd and the fall race at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC.

Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Mountain Motor Pro Stock category, which features powerful 800-plus cubic-inch engines in Pro Stock cars, competes at six 2024 events, beginning with the second Four-Wide event at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. Competitors in the eight-car fields race for a coveted Wally winner’s trophy in addition to an event purse. They’ll also race for a World Title for the first time in this class, with a champion crowned at the season finale in Las Vegas. The Mountain Motor class races at Bristol, Brainerd and Reading next year.

Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, both Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories, have 14 races on their schedule, with Top Dragster and Top Sportsman appearing at 18 races each. Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas are going to all 21 National events, with Comp taking part in 17 races and Super Street appearing at seven National events in 2024.

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Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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