Understanding How the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Will Work

History will be made on March 25-28 at the Bellagio of drag strips, when all four NHRA professional divisions run four-wide all weekend long.

From the folks at zMAX Raceway, here's a glimpse at some of the unique procedures that will be implemented for this one-of-a-kind event.

Lane Designation

Lanes will be identified in numerical order from left to right facing down track. The outermost left lane will be lane No. 1, then lanes No. 2 and No. 3 will be in the middle, with the outermost right lane referred to as lane No. 4.

Track Preparation

In an attempt to maintain uniform traction quality in all four lanes, Sportsman classes, while only running two cars side-by-side, will run in all four lanes for the entire event. Certain Sportsman classes will only run lanes No. 1 and No. 2 while other Sportsman classes will run exclusively in lanes No. 3 and No. 4. Track prep, cleanup equipment and personnel will increase accordingly.

Safety Safari

The NHRA Safety Safari will be doubled for this event. A full compliment of safety personnel and equipment will be assigned to lanes No. 1 and No. 2 and a second safety team will be assigned to lanes No. 3 and No. 4.


For the first of four qualifying sessions, drivers with the least number of Full Throttle championship points will be the first to run and the top four points leaders will be the last to run in each category. The highest in points will run in lane No. 4, second highest in lane No. 3, third highest in lane No. 2 and fourth highest in lane No. 1.

Subsequent qualifying sessions will follow normal qualifying procedures with the quickest elapsed times running last in each session.

Every effort will be made to ensure each team has the opportunity to make one qualifying run in each of the four lanes.

Qualifying Field

Since each team will make only one qualifying run in each lane, the standard qualifying procedure of transferring only the quickest 12 times from Friday to Saturday will not be in effect at this event. All elapsed times from all qualifying sessions, from both days will be used to establish the 16-car field for eliminations in each category.