2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season
|Champions||Del Worsham (Top Fuel)
Matt Hagan (Fuel Funny Car)
Jason Line (Pro Stock)
Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle)
The 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Season began on 24 February 2011 and concluded on 13 November. This race season marked the 60th anniversary of NHRA as an official motorsports sanctioning body.
There were 22 Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock car events, and 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events.
|2011 NHRA Full Throttle Schedule|
|Top Fuel||Funny Car||Pro Stock||PS Motorcycle|
|24–27 February||51st Kragen O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals||Pomona, Calif.||Morgan Lucas||Robert Hight||Jason Line||N/A|
|10–13 March||42nd Annual Tire Kingdom Gatornationals||Gainesville, Fla||Del Worsham||Mike Neff||Jason Line||Eddie Krawiec|
|1–3 April||12th Annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals||Las Vegas, Nev.||Antron Brown||Robert Hight||Mike Edwards||N/A|
|14–17 April||2nd Annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com 4 Wide Nationals1||Concord, N.C.||Del Worsham||Jack Beckman||Greg Anderson||N/A|
|29 April – 1 May||24th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals||Houston, Texas||Del Worsham||Jeff Arend||Vincent Nobile||Andrew Hines|
|13–15 May||Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals||Atlanta, Ga.||Antron Brown||Jack Beckman||Jason Line||LE Tonglet|
|20–22 May||NHRA Summer Nationals||Topeka, Kan.||Spencer Massey||Robert Hight||Shane Gray||N/A|
|2–5 June||NHRA SuperNationals||Englishtown, N.J.||Spencer Massey||Mike Neff||Allen Johnson||Matt Smith|
|17–19 June||Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals||Bristol, Tenn.||Larry Dixon||Robert Hight||Mike Edwards||N/A|
|23–26 June||Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals||Norwalk, Ohio||Del Worsham||Mike Neff||Vincent Nobile||Eddie Krawiec|
|7–10 July||O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals||Chicago, Ill.||Del Worsham||Mike Neff||Greg Anderson||LE Tonglet|
|22–24 July||Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals||Denver, Colo.||Spencer Massey||John Force||Mike Edwards||Karen Stoffer|
|29–31 July||Fram/Autolite NHRA Nationals||Sonoma, Calif.||Antron Brown||Ron Capps||Greg Anderson||LE Tonglet|
|5–7 August||O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals||Seattle, Wash.||Del Worsham||Tim Wilkerson||Jason Line||N/A|
|18–21 August||Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals||Brainerd, Minn.||Antron Brown||Johnny Gray||Greg Anderson||LE Tonglet|
|31 Aug – 5 Sept||Mac Tools U.S. Nationals||Indianapolis, Ind.||Antron Brown||Mike Neff||Greg Anderson||Hector Arana Jr.|
|2011 Countdown to One|
|15–18 September||O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals||Concord, N.C.||Antron Brown||Matt Hagan||Kurt Johnson||Eddie Krawiec|
|22–25 September||AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals||Dallas, Texas||Bob Vandergriff||Cruz Pedregon||Jason Line||Michael Phillips|
|29 Sept – 2 Oct||Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals||Reading, Pa.||Spencer Massey||Robert Hight||Jason Line||Hector Arana Jr.|
|14–16 October||NHRA Arizona Nationals||Phoenix, Ariz.||Larry Dixon||Jack Beckman||Vincent Nobile||Hector Arana Jr.|
|27–30 October||Big O Tires NHRA Nationals||Las Vegas, Nev.||Del Worsham||Ron Capps||Mike Edwards||Eddie Krawiec|
|10–13 November||Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals||Pomona, Calif.||Del Worsham||Matt Hagan||Greg Stanfield||Andrew Hines|
1 The rules for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 4 Wide Nationals differ from other races:
- All cars will qualify on each lane as all four lanes will be used in qualifying.
- Three rounds with cars using all four lanes.
- In Rounds One and Two, the top two drivers (of four) will advance to the next round.
- The pairings are set as follows:
- Race One: 1, 8, 9, 16
- Race Two: 4, 5, 12, 13
- Race Three: 2, 7, 10, 15
- Race Four: 3, 6, 11, 14
- Semifinal One: Top two in Race One and Race Two
- Semifinal Two: Top two in Race Three and Race Four
- Finals: Top two in Semifinal One and Semifinal Two
- Lane choice determined by times in previous round. In first round, lane choice determined by fastest times.
- Drivers who advance in Rounds One and Two will receive 20 points for each round advancement.
- In Round Three, the winner of the race will be declared the race winner and will collect 40 points. The runner-up will receive 20 points. Third and fourth place drivers will be credited as semifinal losers.
Veteran Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin, Jr. announced he is "stepping away" from the Pro Stock class for the 2011 season, electing to race instead in Sportsman classes. "We took most of 2006 off just to kind of have a break from it all," he said in his press release. "We did a lot of high-dollar bracket races and select Lucas Oil Sportsman Series events here and there with no particular schedule in mind. We kind of just raced when we wanted to and it was a lot of fun. That is the direction I am heading now." Coughlin expects to spend more time with his school-age son Jeg Coughlin III at golf tournaments.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (#22 Shell Oil Company Dodge Charger) obtained an NHRA Pro Stock license and debuted in competition at the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals in March, held during the NASCAR winter off-week.
Ashley Force Hood sat out the 2011 season, as she and husband Dan Hood were expecting their first child. John Force Racing mechanic Mike Neff, who raced from late 2007 after replacing the late Eric Medlen after his fatal crash until 2009, returned to drive the Ford Mustang. Neff won the 2009 Auto Club Finals in his last start before returning to tuning John Force's car.
At the Fram/Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, CA, John Force qualified at the top of the Funny Car ladder. This gave Force 139 No. 1 qualifications for major events, besting the previous record holder, Pro Stock driver Warren Johnson, who holds 138 No. 1 qualifications as of 31 June 2011.
- "NHRA announces Full Throttle Drag Racing Series 2011 schedule". 26 August 2010. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
- "Coughlin to step away from Pro Stock class in 2011". 13 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "(Kurt) Busch working with Allen Johnson for Potential Gator(nationals) Debut". 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- "(Ashley) Force Hood expecting first child, will sit out 2011; (Mike) Neff back behind wheel". 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
- "FORCE SETS ALL-TIME No.1 QUAL RECORD AT SONOMA". Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- "Kenny Bernstein retires from NHRA Drag Racing". 15 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel Champion Del Worsham Retires". 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
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