But he did leave open that someone could get something accomplished on Sunday. "By then, the crew chiefs have figured something out," said Bernstein. The drivers and crew chiefs are also at a disadvantage because as the NHRA has toured the country for the series, not many stops featured heat and humidity akin to what is being forecast for Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, or the Big Go as it has long been called, has always been the crown jewel of the NHRA circuit, even before it was designated as the final event to make the top 10 in each pro class and qualify for Countdown to the Championship.
Nobody has been more successful the past several years in Top Fuel than Tony Schumacher. He has won the U.S. Nationals nine times and finished runnerup twice. "I've had great teams and good luck here," said Schumacher Wednesday. "I wish the final six races (of this season) were all run here."
The U.S. Nationals will conduct eliminations and crown its champions on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. Much of the action can be seen on ESPN, but the best way to experience the NHRA is in person. That's where I plan to be this weekend.