NHRA Friday Night Qualifying

April 2, 2024 Published by John Ramsey

(KENT, Wash April 2, 2024) The 35th Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals this summer will have a new wrinkle with a nighttime qualifying session of Funny Car and Top Fuel added to the schedule. While the official NHRA schedule of events will not be released for a couple of weeks, the Insider information has Funny Car starting their second Friday qualifying session at 9:15 p.m. followed by Top Fuel with the show scheduled to conclude prior to the 11 p.m. racetrack curfew.

The published time for sunset is right before 9 p.m. but it will occur earlier at the raceway because of the trees and hills on the horizon, explained John Ramsey, raceway general manager. “It’s going to make for an exciting night of under-the-lights action for fans including a whole different feel to the pacing with additional fan engagement more than the standard qualifying session,” he said.

Pro Stock Motorcycle followed by Pro Stock will kick off each pro qualifying session. The time between the two pro sessions will feature Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car qualifying as well as other featured cars and entertainment.

“We are going to make Friday evening a completely different show than what fans are used to; we have some exciting announcements to make soon,” said Ramsey. “The Friday schedule is being re-worked for fans to come out later in the day. We’ve scheduled the first round of nitro qualifying to begin at 4:30, which will be perfect for fans who want to come for two full nitro sessions after work or by leaving work a little early.”

The return of two Friday qualifying sessions with one at night has been a combined effort between Pacific Raceways, NHRA, and the Professional Racers Owners Organization (PRO). “There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes discussions that went into a significant change in the traditional Friday qualifying show,” said Ramsey. “For example, fuel teams that run Friday night don’t pack up and go home right after their run. They tear the car down and put it back together before they can leave the racetrack. Finishing at that hour puts stress on the teams, there is no doubt about it. The good news is that everyone agrees this will be a great show for the fans and it’s something that the race teams, NHRA, and the racetrack are excited about.”

Tickets and hospitality for Friday and the rest of the weekend (July 19-21) are available here.