2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season

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2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season
League NHRA
Sport Drag racing
Champions Antron Brown (Top Fuel)
Jack Beckman (Fuel Funny Car)
Allen Johnson (Pro Stock)
Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle)
NHRA seasons

The 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Season was announced on September 8, 2011.[1] The schedule was revised on October 12, 2011, with the events at Maple Grove Raceway and Gateway International Raceway swapping dates.[2]

There are 23 Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock car events, and 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events scheduled.

Schedule[edit]

2012 NHRA Full Throttle Schedule
Date Race Site Winners
Top Fuel Funny Car Pro Stock PS Motorcycle
February 9–12 O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif. Spencer Massey John Force Greg Anderson N/A
February 17–19 NHRA Arizona Nationals Phoenix, AZ Antron Brown Robert Hight Jason Line N/A
March 8–11 Tire Kingdom Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla Morgan Lucas Robert Hight Mike Edwards Eddie Krawiec
March 30–April 1 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, Nev. Spencer Massey Robert Hight Allen Johnson N/A
April 13–15 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals1 Concord, N.C. Spencer Massey Robert Hight Greg Anderson N/A
April 27–29 O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Houston, Texas Morgan Lucas Mike Neff Vincent Nobile Andrew Hines
May 4–6 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta, Ga. Steve Torrence Ron Capps Greg Anderson Eddie Krawiec
May 18–20 Dollar General NHRA Summer Nationals Topeka, Kan. David Grubnic Jack Beckman Allen Johnson N/A
May 31–June 3 Toyota NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown, N.J. Steve Torrence Johnny Gray Greg Anderson Eddie Krawiec
June 15–17 Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn. Tony Schumacher Ron Capps Mike Edwards N/A
June 28–July 1 O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago, Ill. Antron Brown Jeff Arend Erica Enders Andrew Hines
July 5–8 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, Ohio Spencer Massey Mike Neff Vincent Nobile Andrew Hines
July 20–22 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Denver, Colo. Antron Brown Jack Beckman Allen Johnson Eddie Krawiec
July 27–29 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sonoma, Calif. Antron Brown Johnny Gray Allen Johnson Eddie Krawiec
August 3–5 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle, Wash. Steve Torrence Courtney Force Erica Enders N/A
August 16–19 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn. Morgan Lucas Ron Capps Erica Enders Eddie Krawiec
August 29 – September 3 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Indianapolis, Ind. Tony Schumacher Mike Neff Dave Connolly Andrew Hines
2012 Countdown to One
September 14–16 O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Concord, N.C. Shawn Langdon Ron Capps Jason Line Andrew Hines
September 20–23 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Dallas, Texas Antron Brown Bob Tasca III Allen Johnson Michael Ray
September 28–30 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Madison, IL Antron Brown Jack Beckman Erica Enders Eddie Krawiec
October 4–8 Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals Reading, Pa. Khalid alBalooshi Mike Neff V. Gaines Eddie Krawiec 2
October 25–28 Big O Tires NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, Nev. Bob Vandergriff Ron Capps Allen Johnson Eddie Krawiec
November 8–11 Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif. Brandon Bernstein Cruz Pedregon Allen Johnson Andrew Hines
  • NOTE: All races will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.

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.

2 Finals postponed to Monday. Pro Stock Motorcycle competed at Reading, but the finals were not held because of rain. The two finalists raced for the title during one of the qualifying session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Big O Tires Nationals on October 27. Eddie Krawiec was declared the winner of Reading.

Notable events[edit]

Gateway Motorsports Park has reopened with former IndyCar Firestone Indy Lights driver Curtis Francois as the track owner, rejoining the NHRA schedule with the Midwest Nationals and featuring all four Professional race categories.[1][2]

Top Fuel driver Hillary Will announced a return to the Full Throttle racing series, beginning at the Gatornationals on March 8. She will pilot the Dote Racing top-fuel dragster.[3]

Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin announced he will return to Pro Stock category in 2012 with Fiat's Mopar brand of auto parts along with JEGS in a 2012 Dodge Avenger.[4]

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock will be legal as of the 2012 Tire Kingdom Gatornationals.

Points Standings[edit]

Top Fuel[5]
Position Driver Points Points Back
1 Antron Brown 2555
2 Tony Schumacher 2548 −7
3 Spencer Massey 2505 −50
4 Shawn Langdon 2450 −105
5 Brandon Bernstein 2450 −105
6 Doug Kalitta 2341 −214
7 Morgan Lucas 2338 −217
8 Bob Vandergriff 2336 −219
9 Steve Torrence 2300 −255
10 David Grubnic 2260 −295
Funny Car[5]
Position Driver Points Points Back
1 Jack Beckman 2610
2 Ron Capps 2608 −2
3 Mike Neff 2497 −113
4 Cruz Pedregon 2429 −181
5 Courtney Force 2383 −227
6 Johnny Gray 2357 −253
7 Robert Hight 2302 −308
8 Tim Wilkerson 2293 −317
9 John Force 2281 −329
10 Jeff Arend 2267 −343
Pro Stock[5]
Position Driver Points Points Back
1 Allen Johnson 2756
2 Jason Line 2571 −185
3 Vincent Nobile 2512 −244
4 Erica Enders 2507 −249
5 Greg Anderson 2365 −391
6 Mike Edwards 2347 −409
7 V. Gaines 2324 −432
8 Ron Krisher 2290 −466
9 Jeg Coughlin Jr. 2271 −485
10 Larry Morgan 2198 −558
Pro Stock Motorcycle[5]
Position Driver Points Points Back
1 Eddie Krawiec 2773
2 Andrew Hines 2691 −83
3 Hector Arana Jr. 2502 −271
4 Hector Arana 2432 −341
5 Karen Stoffer 2386 −387
6 Matt Smith 2370 −403
7 Scott Pollacheck 2323 −450
8 Michael Ray Jr 2316 −457
9 LE Tonglet 2292 −481
10 Shawn Gann 2239 −534

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