National Hot Rod Association: Sonoma in the middle of the NHRA Western Swing | Sports
The NHRA Sonoma Nationals weekend begins with the ever popular and spectacular Friday night qualifying, starting with Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycles at 6:30 p.m. and Top Fuel and Funny Car qualifying at 8:05 p.m. qualifying is Saturday at noon and 3 p.m.
The final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. TV coverage includes qualifying on FS1 at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, followed by the final eliminations at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Two women, two wheels, 25 years of drag racing
Brown, who is black, was inspired to become a runner by watching his father and uncle run on drag tracks.
“Our sport has always been diverse,” he said in a recent interview, based on first-hand experience.
“This has been true since the days when Shirley Muldowney won championships,” he added of the first woman allowed to drive a Top Fuel Dragster and who won three national championships (1977, 1980, 1982).
Many women have followed her burnout on the Strip, including top pilots such as Brittany Force in Top Fuel and two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders.
Fourteen years after Muldowney won her last title, Karen Stoffer and Angelle Sampey began their drag racing careers – not on four wheels, but on two. They are still racing on Pro Stock motorcycles 25 years later, capable of going a quarter mile in six seconds at speeds of over 190 mph.