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Racing four-wide offers challenges and opportunities for drivers

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Photo NHRA - In advance of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, two-time NHRA Funny Car champ and current NHRA on FOX analyst Tony Pedregon offers a driver’s-eye perspective of what goes on in four-wide competition.

With two four-wide races now on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, including this weekend’s first four-wide at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, drivers will have to put even more of a premium on their preparation for the process.

The Four-Wide rules advance the first two finishers of each “quad” into the next round, so it’s not uncommon to see a driver who might have aborted his run in a two-wide scenario stay after the run in the four-wide configuration still with hopes of finishing at least second.

In advance of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, two-time NHRA Funny Car champ and current NHRA on FOX analyst Tony Pedregon offers a driver’s-eye perspective of the event.

Whether you like the concept or not, racing four cars at a time adds a different dynamic for a driver that has become accustomed to having to face just one opponent at a time.

From the onset, it’s pretty electric when one suits up and straps in and starts only to hear more than one other car start up and start to cackle. You have to trust that your crew chief has factored in how long the other cars run so that it doesn’t change your timing in doing a burnout and backing up. 

The most challenging part of four-wide racing is rolling forward for the staging procedure. Pre-staging can be routine, but if you’re in Lane 2, you now find yourself looking across a series of lights that represent each driver’s lane. The tendency for that driver is to look at the light farthest to the right, but at Four-Wide that would be the driver in Lane 4. Sounds easy but still seems to confuse some. Check out the video at right that we filmed at last year's Four-Wide race in Charlotte.

Once pre-staged, no one will like to stage first because it would put you at risk of building unwanted temperature in the engine, clutch, or even running low on fuel if someone is taking their sweet time, whether they are doing it intentionally or not. And once a brave soul does roll in to stage, the others seem to rush in to be second or third into the stage beams. Read Full Story

 

NHRA Features Chosen Payments on Fox News

NHRA partners with national credit card processor Chosen Payments. Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon will serve as an ambassador of Chosen Payments

MOORPARK, Calif. (PRWEB) January 17, 2018 Chosen Payments CEO, Jeff Brodsly was recently featured on FOX Sports. Chosen Payments was featured on the national network as the preferred credit card processor of the NHRA, its members, fans and vendors. The national processor was recently named one of the Top 10 credit card processors in the United States by Retail CIO Magazine. Chosen Payments handles credit card processing at all NHRA tracks including ticket sales, concession stands and other ancillary sales that take place at NHRA tracks or on NHRA.com. 

Chosen Payments is the preferred or exclusive provider in many vertical markets and maintains partnerships with trade associations serving many industries including funeral care, chiropractic care, jewelry stores, moving companies, ground transportation companies and others in the automotive industry such as car dealerships and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). 

Brodsly was interviewed by Fox Sports reporter, Lewis Bloom during the annual SEMA (Specialized Equipment Market Association) Show held October 30 through November 2nd in Las Vegas. The show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event of the world. It draws a crowd of 165,000 people to see the latest automotive products, customized cars and builders to one place. 

Brodsly took the opportunity to reveal that 2-time Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon would be serving as an ambassador of Chosen Payments. Brodsly indicated during the interview that he is currently evaluating the sponsorship of an NHRA team. The interview with Bloom was simulcast on NHRA.com. Bloom interviewed many members of the NHRA Aftermarket. 

Brodsly says, "It was an honor to be selected to be featured on a national network along with representatives from Coca Cola, Papa John's Pizza and other big-name companies. In fact, it was the highlight of my career!"     

Link to video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDBtwS7eXao

 

 

Tony Pedregon pinch hits for brother, Cruz at Indy test

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Two-time NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon took a break from his current duties as a color analyst on the NHRA Fox Sports television broadcasts to return to the seat of a 10,000 horsepower nitro Funny Car. Pedregon got the opportunity during a recent test session at Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, where he was asked to fill in for his brother, Cruz, behind the wheel of his Snap-on Toyota. Cruz was away on business, and was unable to attend the test, which also included Del Worsham’s Funny Car and Brittany Force’s Top Fuel dragster.

“This was sort of a last minute deal where Cruz called me and asked if I’d drive his car,” Tony noted. “Obviously, Cruz and his guys have been working hard to get their car sorted out. They’ve made a lot of progress but after Atlanta, they felt like they needed to test. I was happy to help out.”

Tony, who had not driven since parking his own car at the end of the 2015 season, got a chance to make several runs and even carded a career-best 3.97, his first three-second run, on an early shut off pass of just 281-mph.

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2017 Fox Sports NHRA Schedule

NHRA TV schedule (All times ET and subject to change; all broadcasts on FS1 unless otherwise noted):

— Circle K NHRA Winternationals – Sun., Feb. 12, 4-7 p.m. (LIVE on FOX) – Pomona, Calif.

— NHRA Arizona Nationals – Sun., Feb. 26 6-9 p.m. – Phoenix

— Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals – Sun., March 19 1-4 p.m. (LIVE) – Gainesville, Fla.

— DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals – Sun., April 2 6-9 p.m. (LIVE) – Las Vegas

— NHRA SpringNationals – Sun., April 23 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Houston

— NHRA Four-Wide Nationals – Sun., April 30 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Charlotte, N.C.

— NHRA Southern Nationals – Sun., May 7 6-9 p.m. – Atlanta

— NHRA Kansas Nationals – Sun., May 21 2-5 p.m. (LIVE) – Topeka, Kan.

— NHRA New England Nationals – Sun., June 4 4:30-7:30 p.m. – Epping, N.H.

— NHRA Summernationals, – Sun., June 11 6-9 p.m. – Englishtown, N.J.

— NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, – Sun., June 18 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Bristol, Tenn.

— Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals – Sun., June 25 6-9 p.m. – Norwalk, Ohio

— Route 66 NHRA Nationals – Sun., July 9 2-5 p.m. (LIVE) – Chicago

— Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals – Sun., July 23 3-6 p.m. (LIVE on FOX) – Denver

— Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals – Sun., July 30 4-7 p.m. (LIVE) – Sonoma, Calif.

— NHRA Northwest Nationals – Sun., Aug. 6 4-7 p.m. (LIVE on FOX) – Seattle

— Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Minn. – Sun., Aug. 20 2-5 p.m. (LIVE) – Brainerd

— Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, – Mon., Sept. 4 1-4 p.m. (LIVE on FOX) – Indianapolis

— NHRA Carolina Nationals – Sun., Sept. 17 2:30-5:30 p.m. (LIVE) – Charlotte, N.C.

— NHRA Keystone Nationals – Sun., Sept. 24 2-5 p.m. (LIVE) – Reading, Pa.

— AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals – Sun., Oct. 1 2-5 p.m. (LIVE) – St. Louis

— AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals – Sun., Oct. 15 2-5 p.m. (LIVE) – Dallas

— NHRA Toyota Nationals – Sun., Oct. 29 4-7 p.m. (LIVE) – Las Vegas

— Auto Club NHRA Finals – Sun., Nov. 12 4-7 p.m. (LIVE) – Pomona, Calif.

 

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