Grab your inner red-neck and prepare for a drag-racing good time. Bandimere Speedway in Morrison is holding the Mopar/National Hot Rod Association Mile High Nationals this weekend. It’s the 13th event in a 23-race series for the National Hot Rod Association. Professional qualifiers took place Friday and Saturday with the Championships happening on Sunday. Top drivers from the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will be competing for the coveted title of King of the Mountain.
The four main professional categories of the Full Throttle Drag Racing series are Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. If the speed-demon inside of you wants to see tricked-out cars that run mostly on nitro-methane, then watching Top Fuel is the way to go, with dragsters reaching speeds of 330 mph and finishing the 1,000-foot run in less than 3.8 seconds. Other categories race at lower speeds on the traditional ¼ mile, 1,320-foot track. Engines in the Funny Car category also run on a mix of nitro-methane and methanol, but resemble the body of a mass-produced car with a V-8 engine producing about 8,000 hp and about 7,000 ft-lb of torque. The Pro Stock category is strictly technical and doesn’t allow added ingredients like turbocharged engines or nitro – in order to race Stock, the car/motorcycle must use engine parts straight from their represented automotive factory.
Every ticket doubles as a pit pass, for up-close action with cars and drivers. If this event has your name on it, the VIP package should rev your engine. It includes reserved seats plus access to the Finish Line Club hospitality tent located between the Pro Stock pits and the track. VIP includes its own carpeted tent, catered meals, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, cash bar, closed circuit TV, VIP entrance, and a parking pass.
The 33rd-annual racing series takes place in 18 states, so if you want in on the action, Sunday is your last chance before they continue on out-of-state.
Sunday, July 22:
8:30am Doors open
10:00am Introductions to the 16 qualified championship drivers
11:00am Top Fuel / Funny Car Round One
12:00pm Pro Stock / Bike Round One
1:00pm Top Fuel/ Funny Car Round Two
1:45pm Pro Stock Car / Bike Round Two
3:00pm Top Fuel / Funny Car Semifinals
3:15pm Pro Stock Car / Bike Semifinal
4:10pm Pro Stock Car / Bike
4:15pm Funny Car / Top Fuel
3051 S. Rooney Road
Morrison, CO 80465
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