As part of a weekend-long celebration of veterans, the NHRA announced a number of special Veteran’s Day promotions that will take place during the historic 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals on Nov. 9-12 at legendary In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip.
While supplies last, fans will be given a special limited edition NHRA Challenge Coin in Pomona that salutes our veterans and showcases NHRA’s longtime support of the armed forces. A one-off Veteran’s Day event t-shirt will also be available for purchase at the NHRA NitroMall in Pomona, with proceeds going to Veterans Ticket Foundation, a veterans support organization that purchases tickets for active military, veterans and their families.
Veterans will also be able to utilize a separate red-carpet box office window at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip to purchase tickets during the weekend, allowing for quick and convenient access during the memorable race. NHRA and race teams will host veteran VIPs throughout the event as well, including highly-decorated veterans, Gold Star Families and more.
“We’re extremely honored to celebrate our military on Veteran’s Day during our event and we also have a great fanbase that is always proud to support our veterans,” said Evan Jonat, NHRA Vice President of Live Events. “Working with our partners like Air Force, Vet Tix, GOVX, as well as our race teams, we’re excited to recognize our veterans and their families during the weekend, and it’s a wonderful chance to celebrate them with our fans as we close out the 2023 season in Pomona.”
Additional Veteran’s Day pageantry throughout the weekend will include a pre-race flyover on Championship Sunday from the Condor Squadron, which features three planes from World War II, and more at the famed finale in Southern California.
Since 1984, the NHRA Finals has been where champions are crowned, and the world will again be watching this year, as the famed facility plays host to intense championship battles, incredible action and unforgettable moments. The weekend includes two qualifying sessions on both Friday and Saturday leading into championship Sunday, along with the weekend-long celebration of veterans.
Austin Prock (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angie Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won last year’s event, while Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) claimed world championships. The race will be broadcast on FS1, including eliminations at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Top Fuel points leader Leah Pruett is after her first world title competing against of Doug Kalitta and Steve Torrence. Matt Hagan is the Funny Car points leader and he’ll look to hold off stars like Bob Tasca III and Robert Hight. In Pro Stock, Enders will aim to get her fourth world title in five years taking on longtime rival Greg Anderson, and Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Gaige Herrera is on track to clinch his first world title.
Fans are also invited to the Nitro Alley Stage all weekend, as the entertainment hub hosts Nitro School, meet and greets, influencer interviews and much more. As always, fans get a pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet and can see their favorite teams in action and servicing their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers, and more.
Race fans at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies that celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the SealMaster Track Walk. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the event winners and 2023 world champs.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 12 and 3 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 10, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 12. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, leading into eliminations at 4 p.m. ET.
To purchase tickets to the 58th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals, fans can visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. All children 12 and under will be admitted free in the general admission area with a paid adult. Fans can get closer to the action with a Top Eliminator Club experience, offering the best seats in the house and a premium experience, as well as a members-only hospitality center, complimentary food and beverage, driver appearances, a premium view and more.