UPDATE: Racing now underway at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Wet grounds forced race officials to delay the scheduled start of Wednesday’s action, but the cars are now on the track.
ORIGINAL REPORT: The first day of competition at the biggest event of the year in drag racing is on a delay. Officials have said it is going to be at least 2 PM, before cars hit the track.
The issue that the NHRA officials are dealing with is the grounds are wet. As a result, teams have not been able to park in their locations for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
“We’re on a three hour delay because the grounds were very wet when we went to start parking,” Mike Rice, NHRA Pacific Division Director said. “That delayed the parking – we broke three tow truck cables in pulling rigs out. They got stuck when we went to park them. We couldn’t get everything done, so we’re still parking cars this morning. We’re giving everyone time to set up, teched in and registered.”
There are 820 Sportsman entries, including the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars, who will be competing at The Big Go over the course of the next week for the most prestigious Wally in Motorsports.
When racing begins, Stock, Super Comp, Super Stock, the Hemi Challenge, and Super Gas will be competing on this Wednesday. Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas will all have a second opportunity on the track later following their first qualifying session.
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