By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This is event No. 19 of the season. The Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil will kick off the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
Top Fuel Dragsters return to The Grove, beginning on Friday, Sept. 13th through Sunday, Sept. 15th.
The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.819 at 325.45 mph to win the Wally. The Hills, Texas went 4.196 at 234.82 mph in the losing effort.
Torrence will be back to defend his Wally. In addition, his father, Billy Torrence, who qualified for the Countdown to the Championship, will be joining his son at the race near Amish Country.
Schumacher is not competing this year without a major sponsor. He may be at the event, as he has served as an NHRA broadcaster this season.
Kalitta Motorsports two pilots Doug Kalitta and Richie Crampton will be at this event, as well. This is the first event since Kalitta won the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on Labor Day Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
This is Brown’s closest race to his hometown in Chesterfield, New Jersey. It is approx. an hour and a half between the track and his hometown. He will have many family members and friends at this event.
Heavy-hitter Mike Salinas will be there in his Scrappers Racing operation. Terry McMillen will be there in his Amalie Motor Oil Xtermigator Dragster. Fellow full-time competitor Clay Millican will be there with his Parts Plus/Laris Motorsports Insurance entry.
The other Top Fuel Dragsters on the property include rookie Jordan Vandergriff, Dan Mercier, Todd Paton, Smax Smith, and Lex Joon.
There will be 16 Top Fuel Dragsters at The Grove. Every one will make eliminations on Sunday.
Brown is the active driver with the most wins with two. He won in 2015 and 2016.
Schumacher; however, has won this event the most out of all the competitors in this category. He won in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2014.