NHRA’s Pro Stock Class gets First All-Star Callout at Chicago this Month

NHRA’s return to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL, outside Chicago the third weekend of May should be a big party, especially since the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance features a new race within this race. For the first time, NHRA’s Pro Stock All-Star Callout takes place on May 20th during the final day of qualifying for the sixth of 21 total Camping World Drag Racing Series competitions.

Eight drivers have qualified for this initial Pro Stock Callout at the first race in the Chicago area since 2019. It’s a distinct Elite Motorsports versus KB Titan Racing battle, with the two most successful current Pro Stock teams battling for two very important prizes: big money and bragging rights.

Four cars from Elite and four from KB Titan have qualified for this marquee attraction in the first Pro Stock All-Star Callout, with a distinctive format to add excitement. By virtue of his two victories in this young season, KB’s Dallas Glenn has accrued the No. 1 seed, followed by teammates Matt Hartford and Kyle Koretsky. Elite takes over next with standouts Aaron Stanfield, Troy Coughlin Jr., Cristian Cuadra and reigning Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders filling out the next four slots, followed by Phoenix winner and reigning Rookie of the Year Camrie Caruso of KB Titan.

As is the custom for these Callout events, Dallas Glenn gets the first selection to call out his opening-round opponent. He’s followed by Hartford and the other two drivers on the top half of this event, Koretsky and Stanfield. The racer who has the quickest winning run of the first round has the opportunity to select their semifinal opponent, which locks in the other matchup.

Glenn is the current points leader, while Enders has five championships in the class. Stanfield, a former Rookie of the Year, enjoyed his best season in 2022, winning three Pro Stock races. Both Coughlin Jr. and Caruso have posted 20-23 race wins, while Cuadra earned his first career No. 1 qualifier this season. Hartford has been top qualifier for the past two four-wide races, while Koretsky is also a top performer, finishing in the top five in each of the past two NHRA seasons.

Because this event is manifested through a rivalry between Elite and KB Titan, and with the Callout dynamics in play for this specialty race, the drivers involved are excited to see the debut of Pro Stock Callout during the Chicago race.

“We don’t know who we’re going to pick yet, but it’s a very serious thing,” said Hartford. “[With] the amount of money up for grabs, it’s a big deal. If we can pick up some extra spending money from these bonus races, we definitely want to.” In only her second year of Pro Stock competition, fellow KB Titan racer Caruso is proud to be part of this first Callout event for her class. “You look at the talent of the drivers and the quality of the Pro Stock cars, I know this is going to be a great event for the fans and the class,” added Caruso, who clinched her spot during the just-completed Circle K NHRA 4Wide Nationals.”

As has been the custom with the nitro versions of the Callout, the opening round of this race-within-a-race takes place at 1PM CT on Saturday, May 20th. Semifinals occur at 3:15 and the final round is set for 4:55PM CT. A special FS1 broadcast, highlighting the Callout takes place from 4-5PM ET on Sunday, May 21st.

NHRA’s return to Chicago for the first time in four years has many features that should bring a sellout crowd to Joliet. All four Camping World categories, Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle are set to compete, while the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge bonus for the nitro classes and Pro Stock Motorcycle take place on Saturday, leading into eliminations on Sunday.

The schedule for The Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals includes a single Friday qualifying session at 5PM CT on May 19th, followed by qualifying at 1 and 4:30PM on Saturday, May 20th. Eliminations start at 11AM CT on Sunday, May 21st. All action, including the special events, will be featured on FS1; there are qualifying shows on Friday and Sunday, together with eliminations action on Sunday.

About Anne Proffit 1248 Articles
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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