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LAS VEGAS, NV (March 29, 2022) --- For Top Fuel racer Josh Hart his second season on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series still has several first-time experiences. Racing on a part-time schedule last year Hart, whose homebase is in Ocala, Florida, won twice and raced to four additional semifinal finishes in just thirteen national events. The rookie driver established himself as one of the best drivers off the starting line and owner of a team that was a high-performance player. One of his semifinals was his first four-wide experience at the Charlotte national event so the return to the unique format will be familiar.
“Last year at our first four-wide race we made it to the final round of four dragsters,” said Hart. “I don’t mind the four-wide format and you just have to pay attention to what you are doing and not worry about anyone else. In that respect it is the same as a traditional drag race. I am looking forward to getting four runs on the track and then seeing what we can do on Sunday.”
At the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals Hart qualified No. 4 and then advanced by outrunning Billy Torrence and Kyle Wurtzel in the first quad and then moving to the final quad along with Brittany Force ahead of Doug Kalitta and Clay MIlican. In the final quad Hart was a semifinalist along with Antron Brown as Steve Torrence and Force were the first two to the finish line stripe.
“The final in Charlotte last year was a close race with all four Top Fuel dragsters making strong runs. Everyone was in the 3.7s and hit the finish line at over 325 mph. That kind of racing action is what the fans love about four-wide racing, I think. We will be looking to have more success in Las Vegas this weekend,” added Hart.
After three national events this season Hart and his R+L Carriers Top Fuel team are beginning to hit their stride with a brand new 11,000 horsepower dragster. A quarterfinal finish at the Winternationals coupled with a semifinal finish at the Arizona Nationals has Hart and his team solidly in the Top Ten in the standings. The learning curve of racing full-time has been something Hart is eager to get adjusted to.
“We have all the parts and equipment to make a strong run for the NHRA championship and things are starting to come together with every run,” said Hart. “I have a lot of confidence in my crew chief and team partner Ron Douglas. The four-wide races coming up will be a good test for us.”
Hart’s R+L Carriers marketing relationship is more than just branding on his 330 mph Top Fuel dragster. The young driver is an active recruiter for the company and takes their tagline of Pride in Our People. Pride in Our Performance, to heart. The company has been owned and operated by the same family for over 55 years, they strive to treat their customers and employees as an extension of the R+L family. You can see that welcoming spirit when fans engage Hart at the races or any appearances.
“The goal of this program is to show people the awesome opportunities that are available with R+L Carriers. We are utilizing recruiters at trackside meet and greets at nearly all the NHRA events to speak to interested candidates about the career opportunities. How cool would it be for a fan to come enjoy a day at the races and also hear firsthand from employees about the R+L Carriers career advantages,” added Hart.
Qualifying for the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals will begin on Friday and Saturday with two sessions each day at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations will begin on Sunday, April 3, at 12:00 p.m. with three quads of racing action.
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.
JOSH HART EAGER FOR FIRST VEGAS
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