The very first event for final eliminations was the Top Fuel Dragsters.
They started the day with the loudest and hardest hitting class there. They were not only so loud that hearing protection was required, but also so loud that you could feel it in your chest. On top of that, the smell was unmistakable. The nitro burning classes definitely have a distinctive smell.
After the Top Fuel Dragsters was the Top Fuel Funny Cars.
Just like there bigger brother, the Top Fuel Dragster, the Funny Cars are loud and have the same smell. Both classes burn nitro-methane.
Once the Top Fuel classes where done, it was time for the Pro-mod classes. First up, was the Pro-mod cars.
Then came the Pro-mod motorcycles.
And while all this was going on, every ticket holder could go back into the garage area and watch the teams get the cars torn-down and rebuilt between rounds.
As someone that has gone to multiple NASCAR and IndyCar events each year, I must say that the access that NHRA gives their fans is unmatched in any other motor sport in the US. Try taking your general admission ticket and get access to the NASCAR or IndyCar garage area. It won't happen. You can buy access to the garage area and sometimes you can buy access to the pit lane when there is no activity on the track, but that keeps access limited to the fans that can afford to pay extra on top of the cost of an event ticket.
Personally, I am going to try and get my daughter interested in NHRA. There is so much more to do and see at an NHRA sanctioned event that I am sure she will have more fun at a drag race than at an oval track race.
That being said, I am definitely going back to the US Nationals in 2019 and will be going more than one day. There was so much to do at the track that I didn't get to see half of it.
Thank you NHRA for an unforgettable day at the track with my dad.
Guest Post by Joshua Healton