For the first time since 2009, the NHRA’s annual trek to Northern California’s wine country will close out the famed three-race Western Swing when the 35th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals take place on July 28-30 at picturesque Sonoma Raceway.
It is the 12th of 21 races during the 2023 season in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and after stops in Denver and Seattle, the stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle will look to close out the Western Swing in style at one of the fastest and most popular stops on the NHRA tour.
The breathtaking backdrop in the heart of wine country makes for a memorable weekend for fans, along with the can’t-miss action of 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph nitro machines. Fans enjoyed a series of track records a year ago in Sonoma, while this season provides a full weekend of action. That includes always thrilling nitro session under the lights on Friday, the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge and Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout specialty races on Saturday, and eliminations on Sunday.
Sonoma fans will also see exciting Pro Stock Motorcycle action all weekend, including the first appearance at the facility from current points leader Gaige Herrera. He’s already posted four wins this season in his first full year of action but will face off with an impressive field that also includes defending world champ Matt Smith, Hector Arana Jr., Eddie Krawiec, who is seeking his 50th career win, Steve Johnson and Angie Smith.
The category will also get the spotlight on Saturday with the Pro Stock Motorcycle All-Star Callout, pitting eight top riders against each other in a unique specialty race. The first seed will get the chance to select his opponent, followed by the second seed until all matchups are set in the exciting shootout race. The first-round selections will be made on the starting line at 7:45 p.m. PT on Friday.
Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Joey Gladstone (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won the 2022 event, and this year’s race will be broadcast on both FOX and Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including eliminations coverage starting at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 30 on FOX.
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