in the lanes

TOPEKA, KS (August 14, 2022) --- Racing today from the lofty No. 3 qualifying position, Josh Hart drove the R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster into the quarterfinals before losing to three-time former world champion Antron Brown in the 33rd Menard’s NHRA Nationals presented by Pet Armor at Heartland Motorsports Park. Through two days of qualifying Hart along with crew chief and business partner Ron Douglas made the most of their passes on a hot and tricky racetrack. His 3.766 second pass at 310.41 mph was one-thousandth of a second from the No. 2 spot giving the driver from Ocala, Florida confidence going into race day.

After equaling the best starting position of his Top Fuel career, Hart drove the R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster past Austin Prock and the Montana Brand dragster out of the John Force Racing stable in round one.

“We made the most of qualifying,” said the two-time tour winner, “and starting the day in the top four is a good spot.  We are going to keep improving and working to get our first No. 1 qualifier.  The first round win was big and those are the kind of wins that motivate you.  If you want to race for the championship like we do we are going to do everything we can to qualify as high as possible and win as many rounds as possible. There is a lot of tough competition out here but we are a tough car to beat as well.”


Thanks to a .034 of a second starting line advantage, Hart who cut a .022 light, was well ahead of Brown when a mechanical problem slowed his R+L Carriers entry to 3.940 seconds and only 279 mph. Hart’s racecar was charging until just before the finish line when the engine let go and robbing him of much needed power.


“We are getting down to the last couple of races in the regular season and this R+L Carriers Top Fuel dragster is making good runs,” Hart said.  “We had an issue in the second round today but that was more track condition related than performance. I am looking forward to getting to Brainerd.”

Hart will leave Topeka sitting in fifth place in the Top Fuel point standings with two regular season races remaining. The second-year driver and team owner will be looking to make his run at the Top Fuel world championship. This week the R+L Carriers team will be in action at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals from Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.


Qualifying Results

Q1: 3.766, 310.41 mph; Qual. 3

Q2: 3.902, 308.92 mph; Qual. 3

Q3: 3.846, 316.82 mph; Qual. 3


Bonus Points: 1 for third quick in Q1, 3.766, 310.41 mph.


Race Results


First Round

Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., R+L Carriers dragster, 3.823, 315.56 mph, def. Austin Prock, Pittsboro, Ind., Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster, 3.895, 258.86 mph.


Second Round

Antron Brown, Pittsboro, Ind., Matco Tools dragster, 3.812, 312.42 mph, def. Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., R+L Carriers dragster, 3.940, 279.15 mph.



Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Ten - Top Fuel

1. Brittany Force                          1122

2. Mike Salinas                            1091

3. Justin Ashley                            989

4. Steve Torrence                        960

5. Josh Hart                                 736

6. Leah Pruett                              726

7. Shawn Langdon                       709

8. Doug Kalitta                             659

9. Tony Schumacher                    625

10. Antron Brown                        613


About R+L Carriers

Based in the United States, R+L Carriers is a Global Freight Transportation and Logistics company that has remained family-owned and operated since 1965. R+L Carriers offers one of the most comprehensive networks of nationwide service centers for LTL, Truckload, Expedited and Cross-Border Shipping. In addition to its core value-added shipping solutions, R+L Carriers has a portfolio of services that extends to International Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and Customs Brokerage.

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Feb. 18-20   Lucas Oil Winternationals    Pomona, Calif.        Auto Club Raceway at Pomona

Feb. 25-27  Arizona Nationals                Chandler, Ariz.        Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

March 11-13. Amalie Oil Gatornationals.    Gainesville, Fla.        Gainesville Raceway

April 1-3     Four-Wide Nationals             Las Vegas                 The Strip at LVMS

April 22-24  Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals  Baytown,Texas  Houston Raceway Park

April 29-May 1  NGK Four-Wide Nationals.    Concord, N.C.             zMax DragwayM

May 13-15 Virginia Nationals                        Dinwiddie, Va.          Virginia Motorsports Park

June 3-5 New England Nationals             Epping, N.H.              New England Dragway

June 17-19  Thunder Valley Nationals.       Bristol, Tenn.              Bristol Dragway

June 24-26 Summit Racing Equip. Nationals  Norwalk, Ohio  Summit Racing Equipment Park

July 15-17   Dodge SRT Mile-High Nationals  Morrison, Colo.          Bandimere Speedway

July 22-24  Sonoma Nationals                 Sonoma, Calif.              Sonoma Raceway

July 29-31  Flav-R-Pac Northwest Nationals  Kent, Wash.           Pacific Raceways

Aug. 12-14  Menard’s Nationals                  Topeka, Kan.           Heartland Motorsports Park

Aug. 19-21  Lucas Oil Nationals                  Brainerd, Minn.            Brainerd Int’l Raceway

Sept. 2-5   Dodge SRT U.S. Nationals        Indianapolis, IN        Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

Sept. 16-18. Mopar Express Lane Nationals  Mohnton, Pa.               Maple Grove Raceway

Sept. 23-25  Carolina Nationals               Concord, N.C.                    zMax Dragway

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Midwest Nationals              Madison, Il       World Wide Technology Raceway

Oct. 14-16 Texas FallNationals                  Ennis, Texas                  Texas Motorplex

Oct. 28-30 Dodge SRT Nationals                  Las Vegas                  The Strip at LVMS

Nov. 11-13  Auto Club Finals                       Pomona, Ca         Auto Club Raceway at Pomona