Fans wait with anticipation all year to experience the 40,000 horsepower assault on the Bellagio of drag strips during the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle, April 19-21. But the racing on the track is just part of a fun-filled week on and off the track at zMAX Dragway.

Four-Wide Jet Car Exhibition to Light Up zMAX Dragway

Four jet engine-powered dragsters, an elite group of exhibition vehicles in the world of drag racing, will unleash a fury of flames and a showcase of speed on zMAX Dragway as they soar down the strip simultaneously Friday and Saturday nights. Each jet car is capable of speeds of more than 270 mph.

Renowned jet dragster veteran Elaine Larsen, who has more than a decade of racing experience, and second year jet dragster driver Marisha Falk, will pilot two of the land rockets down the quarter-mile in a show that’s sure to delight.

When they’re not on the track, Larsen and Falk will be at their display in the Play Zone, where fans can get autographs and see their powerful jet cars up close.

Speedway Children’s Charities, B.R.A.K.E.S. Partner in Fundraising Breakfast

The Hot Rods and Hot Cakes breakfast, held on Saturday, April 20, in the zMAX Dragway pavilion from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., will give fans the opportunity to eat breakfast alongside NHRA's most notable team owners and drivers.

Tickets for the Hot Rods and Hot Cakes breakfast may be purchased in advance for $10 or the day of the event for $15. Proceeds will help SCC continue to support local children in need as well as help B.R.A.K.E.S. to teach teens the importance of safe driving. To purchase tickets, please call Martha Walker, associate director of B.R.A.K.E.S., at 704-720-3806 or email Tickets will also be on sale on Friday in the midway at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

Fans Can Join the Mello Yello Challenge: Pick Winners, Earn Prizes

Drivers won’t be the only ones getting into the spirit of competition when the NHRA’s top four categories line up to race at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Throughout the weekend, fans will be able to pick which drivers will win each round and earn point as part of the Mello Yello Challenge.

Fans who log on to can select winners in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories, with each correct entry earning points for the fan. The fan who collects the most points at the end of the weekend will win two tickets to the NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in September and be named an honorary pit crew member for the day with Bob Tasca’s race team during the event.

Race Fans Come From Around the World to See Unparalleled Showcase of Speed, Power

When the NHRA’s best roll up to the starting line for the first round of qualifying, they’ll be showing the sport to an international audience.

Fans come from around the world to see the NHRA’s best Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle in a showcase of speed and power that is unmatched in the world of motorsports. In 2013, fans will come from 44 states and nine foreign countries, including Germany, Finland, Sweden, England, Brazil and Australia, to witness the excitement of a four-wide frenzy.

To purchase tickets to the fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, April 19-21, visit or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Fans who buy three East Grandstand tickets to any day will receive a fourth ticket free, through Sunday. Kids 13 and under get in free with an adult ticket purchase. Every ticket is a pit pass, so fans can walk through the pits and see their favorite drivers and teams as they prepare to take to the track.

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