The 2017 NHRA drag racing tour made its first of two stops at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, on April 28-30 for the Four-Wide Nationals. The only NHRA dragstrip of its kind, the track features four exciting lanes of drag racing where the pro classes tear it up either 1,000 feet (Top Fuel and Funny Car) or 1,320 feet (Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock Motorcycle) four at a time. The sensation of four Top Fuel dragsters or Funny Cars launching off the line simultaneously pounds the chest and is literally breathtaking as the concussion momentarily skews the senses of thousands of race fans in attendance.
As always, Chevrolet power played a heavy part at zMAX Dragway, most prominently in the sportsman classes, such as Stock, Super Stock, and now, the Sam Tech Factory Stock class that features late-model Chevy COPO Camaros, Ford Cobra Jet Mustangs, and Chrysler Drag Pak Challengers going head-to-head representing Detroit’s latest “bad boy” muscle cars.
Chevrolet was well represented in the class as the final round featured two red sixth-gen COPO Camaros battle it out down the quarter-mile. In the end it was 19-year-old Pete Gasko, Jr., who outshined Dave Barton off the line with an almost perfect 0.008 reaction time (8.262 e.t.), which enabled him to hold off Barton’s quicker elapsed time of 8.227.
Photographer Ron Lewis was there to capture plenty of wheels-up, smoky burnout action from the weekend so we hope you enjoy this massive 175-image gallery from the 2017 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, North Carolina.
Photos: Ron Lewis