Who Ya Got? NHRA Gaming Show Launches this Thursday

NHRA recently announced gaming activities for fantasy games, gaming and betting for the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, launching PlayNHRA. Drag Illustrated, both a physical and online magazine, and one that promoted the great PRO Superstar Shootout in February, is getting into this act in a big way, launching the first NHRA gaming and fantasy show, Who Ya Got?. The show is about to launch following this past weekend’s Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

The show, hosted by Drag Illustrated contributor JT Hudson features special guests Rex Simmermaker, CEO of Winlight Bets and Elon Werner, creator of Drag Race Bracket Bonanza. Its focus is on stats, trends and the personalities competing (either in the cockpit, on the motorcycle or behind the scenes) in NHRA’s Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. This show should offer fans planning to wager on the sport more stats at their fingertips.

Wes Buck, founder and publisher of Drag Illustrated noted that his magazine “has been a pioneer in drag racing coverage and Who Ya Got? is just another opportunity for us to present original content with experts and entertaining personalities to drag racing fans. JT is our gaming expert for all sports. Rex has built Winlight Bets into the most dynamic gaming site over the past three years. With Drag Race Bracket Bonanza, Elon has a juggernaut in the drag racing fantasy sports space and we are thrilled to have these three people talking about this new universe for drag racing fans.”

The launch of PlayNHRA by the National Hot Rod Association is a landmark step for the organization, which is in its 73rd year of operation. PlayNHRA provides fans with opportunities to engage in fantasy games, gaming and betting for all NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series events. With only eight races completed of 20 on the schedule, the upcoming race, June 21-23 at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond is aptly sponsored by PlayNHRA!

NHRA’s partnerships with leading sports books and fantasy sports providers enable fans to sign up – for free –  and legally wager on national events and other outcomes throughout the Mission Foods 20-race campaign. Odds were released, and wagers were accepted starting with last weekend’s Bristol race.

“Gaming is so important to the fan experience,” noted Rex Simmermaker, CEO Winlight Bets, “and I’m excited to be involved with Drag Illustrated and this show. I am looking forward to talking with JT and Elon, to bring the fans even closer to the action with this exciting new show. There is so much to talk about when you look at the gaming and fantasy options around NHRA right now. I think we are really getting ahead of the curve.”

Drag Illustrated will broadcast Who Ya Got? across its digital platforms every week following each NHRA National event after the Bristol round. Segments and topics will focus on stats, trends and data as it relates to all four professional classes – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – along with fan data provided by Drag Race Bracket Bonanza, the first dynamic bracket competition for drag racing fans, one that’s met increasing success within the drag racing community.

Werner, one of the top public relations sources in the straight-line industry, started Drag Race Bracket Bonanza in 2023. “Drag Race Bracket Bonanza gets a ton of fan feedback and data every NHRA National event, and providing this data to a broader audience is a huge opportunity,” he said. “I want to thank everyone at Drag Illustrated for this opportunity. I have had a few conversations with Rex about gaming and fantasy, and we are going to have a lot of fun on every show. This is a big opportunity for NHRA and there is a lot of excitement around PlayNHRA. We want to be sure to help grow that audience.”

The premier episode of Who Ya Got? is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday, June 13 at 7PM CT or 8PM ET on all Drag Illustrated social media platforms.

About Anne Proffit 1299 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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