Feb. 25 – 27 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, in Chandler, AZ

Because of Covid 19 restrictions, 2019 was the last time the NHRA Arizona Nationals were contested. With beautiful Arizona winter weather, the crowds returned in huge numbers to witness the explosive power and 330+ mile per hour speeds of the 11,000 horse powered nitro fueled Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Cars. The thrilling side by side action of the 200+ mile per hour Pro Stockers were also there. During the Friday and Saturday Professional class qualifying, the number one spot in each class changed hands several times. When the burnouts and smoke and allout quarter-mile runs were finished, three drivers got to wear the #1 qualifier hat. In pro Stock it was Kyle Koretsky with a blistering 6.520 elapsed time (ET) at over 210 miles per hour. In Nitro Funny CarMatt Hagan drove brand new NHRA team owner Tony Stewart’s Dodge to a 3.823 ET at 333 miles per hour for the #1 spot. In Top Fuel it was Doug Kalitta taking the #1 spot with a 3.657 at 329.6 miles per hour.

On Sunday, under blue skies and perfect mid 70 degree temperatures, the packed grandstands were treated to a great dragrace. Local Top Fuel racer Jim Maroney qualified #15 so he got to race on Sunday, but had to face #2 qualifier and eventual winner Mike Salinas in round one. Salinansblasted to a 3.67 ET at 331 miles per hour to Maroney’s game 3.97 effort.

And the Winners Are…

TOP FUEL

Mike Salinas
3.751 at 318 mph
runner-up Clay Millican
3.769 at 322 mph.

NITRO FUNNY CAR

Robert Hight
3.837 at 330 mph
runner-up Matt Hagan
4.04 at 267 mph

PRO STOCK

Aaron Stanfield
5.539 at 210 mph
runner-up Troy Coughlin Jr.
6.526 at 210 mph
A holeshot victory for Stanfield

TOP DRAGSTER

Art Hoover
runner-up Rodger Comstock

TOP SPORTSMAN

Don Meziere
runner-up Mike Ferderer

SUPER STOCK

Ryan McClanahan
runner-up Larry McClanahan

STOCK

Leo Glasbrenner
runner-up Jeffrey Jerome

SUPER COMP

Dan Foley
runner-up James Glenn

SUPER GAS

Mark Yeager
runner-up Mike Boehner

Photography by Rod Loveless