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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 5, 2022) --- The 68th installment of the NHRA U. S.  Nationals featured the quickest Top Fuel field in history and closed out the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series regular season. Over two dozen race cars were vying for one of the sixteen spots in the Top Fuel field. Josh Hart and the TechNet Brakes for Breasts Top Fuel dragster worked their way through three days of qualifying to enter race day as the 8th quickest Top Fuel dragster. Hart defeated Doug Foley in the opening round, locking his TechNet and R+L Carriers Top Fuel team into fifth place for the NHRA’s Countdown six-race play-off. In the quarterfinals Hart’s run for his third U.S. Nationals title, a Top Fuel Wally, to join his two Top Alcohol Dragster trophies ended in a close race.

“That was a tough loss,” said Hart. “In the first round I got out of my routine so in the second round I think I was a little hesitant. I rolled in and we had about the same light, but I want to do better than second round finishes. We just need to break through this second round rut and I think the Countdown will be a great place to do that.”

 

Hart’s consistency has been a key to his success this season as the highest positioned Top Fuel driver without a win yet this season. Two weeks ago he reset his career best elapsed time and speed records and this weekend in Indianapolis Hart’s TechNet Brakes for Breasts Top Fuel dragster was in the mix with the best race cars in drag racing.  In three of the four qualifying sessions Hart was in the top four quickest race cars in the class. Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway holds a special place for Hart who is returning to the site of his first national event win.

 

“I was born in Indiana, so this track is kind of a sacred place for me because of the wins we have had here,” said Hart. “Winning back-to-back here in Top Alcohol Dragster but I keep the mindset that every track is really the same. We just want to go out there and do our best and get wins. There are guys in front of us that we want to not just keep up with but get in front of in the Countdown.”

 

In the first round Hart made the quickest pass of the session, an impressive 3.690 second blast that turned heads in the grandstands. Once again the TechNet Brakes for Breasts Top Fuel dragster was one of the first two dragsters to hit the track and set the tone for the day. The victory gave Hart lane choice in the second round and kept a six race streak of first round wins alive.

The quarterfinals was a tough match-up with the No. 1 qualifier that was one of the closest races of the second round. His run of 3.719 seconds was third quickest of the session; he was just paired against the driver who made the quickest run. At the top end Hart had his hands full as his dragster sashayed across the finish Hart credited the success of consistent runs to his crew and the leadership of Crew chief and business partner Ron Douglas.

 

“Nobody works harder than these TechNet and R+L Carriers crew guys,” said Hart. “We made the Countdown for the first time and this is just the beginning. I told all my guys in our team meeting this was only my 30th race in my Top Fuel career. I am super blessed to be doing this and we want to keep getting better. I am building this team for the long-haul.”

 

The 2022 NHRA Countdown will begin in two weeks at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania.

 

Qualifying Results

Q1: 3.725 sec, 327.51 mph; Qual. 2

Q2: 3.753 sec, 315.78 mph; Qual. 3

Q3: 3.722 sec, 330.15 mph; Qual. 8

Q4: 3.787 sec, 317.12 mph; Qual. 8

Q5: session rain shortened

Bonus Points: +5 (3rd quickest of Q1 and Q2 and 4th quickest of Q4)

 

Race Results

 

First Round

Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., TechNet Brakes for Breasts dragster, 3.690, 328.70 mph def. Doug Foley, Mooresville, NC, 1-800-WATER-DAMAGE dragster, 10.670, 83.78 mph

 

Second Round

Brittany Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Monster Energy dragster 3.699, 335.48 mph def. Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., TechNet Brakes for Breasts dragster, 3.719, 327.66 mph

 

Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Ten - Top Fuel

1. Brittany Force                          1356

2. Mike Salinas                            1200

3. Justin Ashley                            1195

4. Steve Torrence                        1169

5. Josh Hart                                 882

6. Antron Brown                          839

7. Leah Pruett                              810

8. Shawn Langdon                       809

9. Doug Kalitta                             801

10. Tony Schumacher                  703

Hart Heads into Countdown in Fifth After Indy Quarterfinal Finish

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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