Total drag newbie trying to get info


So, I’m watching the New England Nationals on TV, and I gotta say it looks amazing. I tried going to the NHRA website, but it just muddied the waters further. So:

1. How does the Countdown work? Is it like NASCAR where if you win a race during the “regular season”, you’re eligible for the championship?

2. Is each event like its own tournament? There’s a bracket for each, and it goes from there?

3. What differentiates a Funny Car from a Pro Stock?

4. When do the drivers qualify? The commentators have mentioned qualifying speeds, but when does that happen? It is related to the bracket I mentioned earlier?


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