SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 42, October 16, 2014

NHRA Breakfast to Celebrate 50 Years

By SEMA Editors

  force
John Force
schumacher
Tony Schumacher
  brown
Antron Brown
scelzi
Gary Scelzi
     

The NHRA Breakfast at the 2014 SEMA Show will celebrate 50 years of the NHRA Finals, Wednesday, November 5, from 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m., at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, formerly the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Ballrooms A&B. The NHRA will bring together some of the most popular drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series who will discuss many of the iconic moments through 50 years of the Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.

Featured drivers include John Force, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown and Gary Scelzi. Force is an eight-time NHRA Finals winner in Funny Car—the most for a driver in any pro category. Perhaps his greatest triumph at the event came in 2010, when he rallied to overcome a 38-point deficit and steal the championship away in the season’s closing moments from rival Matt Hagan by winning the race in spectacular fashion.

Schumacher has won the race four times in Top Fuel at the controls of his U.S. Army dragster. He famously won the 2006 world championship title in the race’s final moments and set a national E.T. record in the final round. It is referred to as “The Run” by drag-racing historians, and is one of the most iconic moments in the history of the sport. The next season, Schumacher entered the Finals with a points deficit and worked his magic one more time, denying Hot Rod Fuller a place in history as a world champ when Fuller lost early and Schumacher went on to win the race and the championship.

Brown has won the NHRA Finals in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, and in 2012, he clinched his historic first Top Fuel world championship title at the event when Schumacher failed to deliver another one of his miracle comebacks.

Another driver who achieved success in multiple categories at the Finals, Scelzi won the race in Top Fuel and has clinched world championships in both Top Fuel and Funny Car at the season-ending event. Scelzi put a bow on his 2000 world championship title in Top Fuel by winning the Finals that season and then secured his 2005 Funny Car crown in memorable fashion at the famed race by holding off Force and Ron Capps during eliminations on the season’s final day.

The annual NHRA Breakfast—open to all registered SEMA Show attendees—is part of the 2014 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 4–7, 2014. A continental breakfast will be served.

The panel will be moderated by longtime NHRA announcer Bob Frey. Following the NHRA Breakfast, all of the special panel guests will be at the NHRA Booth (#22329) signing autographs from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

This event is open to all registered SEMA Show attendees at no cost; however, tickets are required. To order your event ticket or register for the Show, visit www.SEMAShow.com/register and click “Add Event Tickets.”

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