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Josh Hart Looking to Turn Luck Around at Nevada Nationals

Josh Hart will be racing the Brakes for Breasts Top Fuel dragster for the second race in a row with the support of his long-time sponsor TechNet. Two weeks ago Hart debuted the pink 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster at the Texas Fall Nationals to begin to raise awareness for breast cancer treatment awareness. Heading into the Nevada Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Hart will also be looking to end a tough streak on the racetrack. Hart battled through a tough regular season and was looking to make waves in the Countdown. With two races remaining Hart is looking to make a move up in the standings to have another Top Ten finish at the highest level of professional drag racing.

“To be honest this has been one of the hardest seasons of my racing career,” said Hart, who raced to the final round of the Gerber Collision & Glass Rt. 66 Nationals earlier this year. “We have a great team and we have made a serious investment in the sport but that doesn’t guarantee you success. I said after the Dallas race that we call this sport racing not winning. You have to earn everything you get out here and that is the challenge.”
Hart opened the season winning the Pep Boys Top Fuel Allstar Callout at his home racetrack Gainesville Raceway. After that successful day his season began a series of positive moves followed by on-track challenges. The third year Top Fuel team owner and driver has had his optimistic attitude tested but he is unwavering in his belief that ‘Anything’s Possible.’
“I have overcome a lot growing up and this is just another struggle,” said Hart, a two-time Top Fuel national event winner. “I have been blessed to be able to race Top Fuel thanks to support from R+L Carriers and TechNet. I don’t ever want to take anything for granted. You look at the drivers who have been very successful and they all had to struggle to get to the top. We are in our struggling phase now and we have two races to move into the off-season with momentum for 2024.”
The Brakes for Breasts Top Fuel dragster is a positive change of pace and provides Hart a great opportunity to talk about using his race program for good works and awareness. Part of the Advance Auto Parts portfolio of brands, TechNet Professional Automotive Service features a network of more than 16,000 repair shops across the U.S. and Canada. TechNet shops are locally owned and focused on delivering exceptional customer care and service. Shops that are part of TechNet Nation employ highly skilled and trained staff while also using quality parts from Carquest, DieHard® batteries and other leading brands. Shops also participate in important charitable initiatives in the communities they serve, such as Brakes for Breasts.
“Josh has been an incredible advocate of our Brakes for Breasts campaign, and we’re excited to feature TechNet’s involvement in the program for Josh’s next two NHRA events,” said Lauren Beaulieu, Advance’s vice president of professional marketing. “With October serving as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re hoping the presence of Josh’s car encourages NHRA fans to get screened or make a contribution to support women’s health and life-saving breast cancer vaccine research.”
Hart and his team are also raising money through the sale of special edition Brakes for Breasts T-shirts on the team’s website. Fans can click here to purchase. All proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts and specialty caps will go to Brakes for Breasts. Hart hopes his efforts with the Brakes for Breasts Top Fuel dragster and the additional social and media promotion will help raise awareness around the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Donations from fans and TechNet customers are funding critical research to put the brakes on breast cancer, with 100% of donations going toward funding the breast cancer vaccine research fund at the Cleveland Clinic. Since 2019, TechNet Professional shops have raised over $90,000 for this great cause.
To find your local TechNet Professional Automotive Service Center, click here and help us put the brakes on breast cancer! Or donate directly to TechNet Nation’s team donation page here.
Hart will be on track for two qualifying runs on Friday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT followed by two more qualifying sessions on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT. The final eliminations will begin at 11:00 a.m. PT on Sunday for the quickest 16 Top Fuel teams. The race will be broadcasted nationally on FS1 on Sunday night. Hart is looking forward to another race with four qualifying sessions.

“Our team needs as much track time as possible and the four qualifying sessions definitely helps us,” said Hart. “I also like the fact that we are running qualifying in similar conditions to what we will see on race day. My crew chief Ron Douglas has a good handle on the tune-up we just need to get some momentum going and we can definitely race with anyone out here.”

This story was originally published on October 24, 2023. Drag Illustrated

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