Top fan-vote getters Brittany Force and Tim Wilkerson were announced as the special lottery winners for the No. 8 positions in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout during a press conference in downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday, as the NHRA prepares for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Top Fuel rookie Force will race top seed Shawn Langdon in the first round of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel , while Funny Car veteran Wilkerson goes up against Matt Hagan in round one of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car.
“This is very cool and I’m so excited,” said Force, who earned 49-percent of the fan vote in Top Fuel. “I remember watching my dad race in all the shootouts growing up and to follow in his footsteps and get a chance to compete in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, it’s awesome. This is an unbelievable feeling.”
“I’m very happy to get in the show and thanks to all of the fans for voting,” said Wilkerson, who earned 40-percent of the fan vote. “I’m excited about it and hopefully we can put together a good day of racing and maybe bring home that big ($100,000) check. I think we’ve got a good chance to win, but we’ll see on race day.”
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel takes place Saturday, with rounds at 4, 7 and 8:30 p.m. ET. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car will be held on Sunday, with rounds at 12:30, 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. ET. The winners in each Traxxas Nitro Shootout will earn $100,000.
Spencer Massey is the defending Traxxas Nitro Shootout winner in Top Fuel and John Force is the defending Traxxas Nitro Shootout winner in Funny Car.
Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel
First-round pairings (4 p.m. ET):
No. 1 Shawn Langdon vs. No. 8 Brittany Force
No. 2 Spencer Massey vs. No. 7 Bob Vandergriff
No. 3 Tony Schumacher vs. No. 6 Steve Torrence
No. 4 Khalid alBalooshi vs. No. 5 Antron Brown
Semifinal pairings (7 p.m. ET):
Langdon-B. Force winner vs. alBalooshi-Brown winner
Massey-Vandergriff winner vs. Schumacher-Torrence winner
Final (8:30 p.m. ET)
Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car
First-round pairings (12:30 p.m. ET):
No. 1 Matt Hagan vs. No. 8 Tim Wilkerson
No. 2 Ron Capps vs. No. 7 Jack Beckman
No.3 Johnny Gray vs. No. 6 Courtney Force
No. 4 Cruz Pedregon vs. No. 5 John Force
Semifinal pairings (3:30 p.m. ET):
Hagan-Wilkerson winner vs. Pedregon-J. Force winner
Capps-Beckman winner vs. Gray-C. Force winner
Final (4:45 p.m. ET):
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