In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Steve Johnson would like nothing more than a repeat victory and it would come at a pivotal event, at this weekend’s 22nd NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Last year, Johnson picked up a key late-season win at NHRA’s 1,000th race, staying in the championship mix until the finale in Pomona. He’s picked up two victories this year, enjoying the points lead early in the season, but the veteran is now 118 points back of rival and leader Matt Smith.
That puts Johnson, who is fourth in points behind also Joey Gladstone and Jerry Savoie, in must-win territory. He hasn’t picked up a victory since April and this weekend would be an ideal time to fix that with the world title still up for grabs. Gladstone trails Smith, who is seeking his sixth world championship, by 51 points, while Savoie is 103 points back heading to Las Vegas. Others to watch include Angie Smith, Angelle Sampey and Eddie Krawiec, as each remains in the title chase.
Race fans at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the fan favorite SealMaster Track Walk. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the NHRA Nevada Nationals event winners.
As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Las Vegas. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers, and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food, and fun for the entire family. The new Pep Boys midway display includes tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track, and much more, adding even more excitement to the midway.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 12:30 and 3:15 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 28, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 30. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 9:30 a.m. ET and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations on FS1 at 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.