Four wide at zMAX Dragway in Concord,N.C.. (photo courtesy of the NHRA)
Welcome to the 21st century! Bruton Smith, owner of many race tracks throughout the U.S., most notably Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Texas Motor Speedway, has introduced four wide to drag racing.
Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) emerged as the first-day leaders.
“The four-wide thing is definitely throwing us Pro Stock guys for a loop and it’s a challenge to get used to, but we’re definitely enjoying it. The run itself is no different, but you stage a Pro Stock car with the throttle and the clutch, so it’s a bit of a challenge. By Sunday we should have it down pat”, said Jason Line.
Cory McClenathan and John Force won the Top Fuel and Funny Car portions of the historic inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycles finals were postponed till Monday afternoon. The Winners of those two finals are Mike Edwards wins in the Pro Stock final and Matt Smith won the Pro Stock Motorcycles.
This is the first time that the NHRA has staged a four wide drag event. There is talk that the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the next facility to convert to four wide, also owned by Bruton Smith.
What is your take on four wide drag racing?
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