Three Days, Four Lanes, 40,000 Horsepower: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals By the Numbers
With the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods just a week away, fans are already getting revved up for the most intense motorsports spectacle on the planet. The nitro-fueled thrill show, April 22-24, brings three days of excitement unlike anything else in sports, with the fastest-accelerating machines on the planet unleashing a 40,000 horsepower assault on the Bellagio of drag strips. For this exclusive event, we've gathered the numbers that racing fans will only experience at zMAX Dragway.
Here are this year's facts by the numbers:
40,000 - There's nowhere else to experience it and it's a force that demands respect. It's the amount of horsepower fans will see, hear and feel for themselves during each Top Fuel and Funny Car pass at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. Fun fact for NASCAR fans: this is more horsepower than all the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars in the 43-car Coca-Cola 600 field combined!
330 - This number followed by mph is what brings the intensity and excitement that fans love and crave to the dragway. Top Fuel dragsters reach a whopping speed of 330 mph during the races, faster than any other form of racing. Ready to hear the top speed reached in NHRA competition? The current NHRA Top Fuel national speed record is 332.18 mph, set by Spencer Massey during the 2012 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
450 - The estimated total number of cars that will take the track during the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. This includes racing machines from the top four categories in drag racing: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, as well as sportsman classes.
1,205,080 - Is the number of ounces of soda and water sold by zMAX Dragway's food-service partner, Levy Restaurants, during the three-day event last year. Other yummy numbers include 3,230 scoops of ice cream, 600 pounds of hot dogs and more than 2,000 lemons that are used for freshly-squeezed lemonade.
28 - The total number of luxury suites, both in the tower and grandstands, that the zMAX Dragway has available for fans or corporate sponsors who want to take their racing experience to the next level and take in the action in style.
20 - Put a dollar sign before this number and fans have themselves a deal! Fans can purchase a single-day ticket for Friday for just $20. Fans can catch all the action of the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals with a three-day pass starting at just $99.
9 - The number of countries around the world that the adrenaline hungry fans are traveling from to see the intense racing action. Countries range as far as Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Brazil and more. An estimated 70,000 fans are traveling from more than 1,300 total cities worldwide and all but two states in the U.S.
12 - Gallons of nitro used in each Top Fuel pass. Never felt the power of nitro fuel before? New fans are in for a treat as they get double the fury of two-lane dragways at the only four-lane, concrete dragstrip on the planet.
4 - The only number that fans really need to know. The number of lanes of premier drag racing at zMAX Dragway. What more needs to be said?
3 - The number of days fans get to take part in the action and experience heart-pumping, adrenaline-rushing racing like no one else can. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
0 - It's the cost of a pit pass with any ticket purchase. As part of our intense, action-packed weekend, fans not only get to enjoy the racing, but experience everything first-hand up-close with a free pit pass that allows them unlimited access to the happenings and excitement down in the pits, as well as access to their favorite drivers.
To purchase tickets and camping to the sixth annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods, April 22-24, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Be a part of the action all weekend by purchasing a three-day pass to the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods for just $99! Kids 13 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. 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.