Top Fuel racer Doug Kalitta, just like Courtney Force in Funny Car, was the overwhelming choice of CompetitionPlus.com readers to lead the dragster fan vote portion of the Traaxas Nitro Shootout which will inevitably be selected through a random lottery drawing.
Kalitta won by a 2-to-1 margin by beating Clay Millican and Terry McMillen.
The final finish order was:
1. Doug Kalitta
2. Clay Millican
3. Terry McMillen
4. Brandon Bernstein
5. Bob Vandergriff Jr
6. Shawn Langdon
7. Khalid Al Balooshi
Teams qualify for the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts by winning an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series regular season event, holding the No. 1 spot in the Full Throttle standings after the event in Brainerd, Minn., or via a fan vote and lottery-style drawing.
Once the first seven positions in the fields are set, the eighth and final spot in each category will be determined by a fan vote and a lottery-style drawing. The fan-vote selections in each category will be eligible to become the eighth seeds in the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts.
The fan vote for the eighth seeds will be conducted on NHRA’s Facebook page and through a lottery-style drawing at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. All remaining unqualified drivers in Top Fuel and Funny Car who have competed in all 16 NHRA Full Throttle events this season leading up to the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals will be included in the NHRA Facebook fan-voting process. Based on the percentage of fan votes received, drivers will receive an equivalent percentage of chances in the lottery. For example, if a driver earns 15 percent of the fan vote, he or she will have 15 chances out of 100 in the lottery-style drawing. All eligible drivers will have at least one chance in the drawing.
The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts will award $100,000 to the winners in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car events. The program will award the top four finishers in each event, with the runners-up receiving $15,000 and the semifinal losers $7,500.
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