Sights from the 2022 NHRA Carolina Nationals
Author: DAN HODGDON
Photos: LUCAS PRIAMO
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Each season, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series' fall stop at zMAX Dragway plays a pivotal role in the sanctioning body's grueling national event schedule. This year's Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals served as the second race of the 2022 Countdown to the Championship, and as always, it offered a wide variety of sights and storylines as the title chances of multiple Chevrolet drivers came into view.
The intensity of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship intensifies during the Carolina Nationals. This year, John Force Racing driver Robert Hight is looking to score his fourth Funny Car championship in his Camaro SS.
The Team Chevy results at this year's event on the grounds of the pristine facility in Concord, North Carolina, were highlighted by Aaron Stanfield as he scored his seventh career win in Pro Stock and third of the season. The driver from Bossier City, Louisiana, defeated Matt Hartford in an all-Camaro SS final round, with Stanfield turning in a 6.567-second pass at 210.21 mph to better Harford's 6.569 at 209.82.
With the win, Stanfield is now second in Pro Stock points, trailing only Erica Enders in the Chevrolet-heavy class.
"It was a really good day at the office, said Stanfield, who scored the victory in his Elite Motorsports Camaro from the No. 6 qualifying position. "Our team has had a little adversity lately and we came through it right there. We've been working really hard and I've been struggling as a driver. We pulled it together today."
Aaron Stanfield (near lane) piloted his Elite Motorsports Camaro SS to his third Pro Stock win of the year at zMAX Dragway.
In the nitro ranks, John Force drove his John Force Racing (JFR) Chevrolet Camaro SS to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car for the 165th time in his career before turning in a semifinal result in Sunday eliminations.
Force's Funny Car teammate, Robert Hight, advanced to the second round in his Camaro SS, as did Brittany Force in her Chevrolet Top Fuel dragster from JFR. During qualifying, Brittany Force also set the Top fuel track speed record with a 336.91 mph blast. Austin Prock rounded out the weekend for JFR with a first-round exit in his Top Fueler.
Brittany Force set the track speed record in her Chevrolet dragster during Top Fuel qualifying for the Carolina Nationals.
With four races remaining, Hight maintains his Funny Car points while John Force sits fourth. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force is third in the standings with Austin Prock eighth.
Yet despite not scoring a Wally trophy at the Charlotte-area track, the JFR pits were still some of the most active throughout the event with fans hoping to grab an autograph or a selfie with drivers from one of the sport's most popular teams.
Additionally, Chevy-powered Sportsman racers were a major part of the weekend's festivities, with vehicles ranging from classics to the modern COPO Camaro turning on win lights across close to a dozen categories.
As at any NHRA national event, Chevrolet Sportsman racers were a major part of the action.
A wide-ranging photo gallery featuring behind-the-scenes candids and both Pro and Sportsman highlights from Friday night fireworks to Sunday afternoon triumph is below.