NHRA Adds Nitro Pro Dragster to New H-D Bike Series

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PD_burnout640Harley-Davidson Motor Company is pleased to announce that it has worked with NHRA to include the popular nitromethane-burning Pro Dragster class in the newly formed NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series.

Pro Dragster joins the previously announced classes that will compete at all 10 rounds of the series:  Top Fuel, Pro Gas, Draggin’ Bagger, Street Pro and Hot Street. The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series begins in March at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.

With quarter-mile elapsed times in the low 7-second range and speeds at more than 190 mph, the Pro Dragster class offers fans and racers a thrilling entry to the thundering spectacle of nitro-powered Harley-Davidson drag racing that is capped by the awesome 6-second, 225-mph Top Fuel class.

“Anyone who loves the smell of burning nitro can share our excitement with this announcement,” said Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Kris Schoonover. “Pro Dragster will be a great addition to the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series, and we can’t wait for the season to get started.”

To support racers in all six classes, Harley-Davidson will offer a $177,250 purse, with payouts for event winners ranging from $4,000 to $400 plus additional payments down to the quarter-final round. In addition, class winners at each event will receive a coveted NHRA Wally trophy in the winner’s circle.


The NHRA Harley Davidson Drag Racing Series will compete at the following 10 scheduled events in 2013:

March 1-3, Royal Purple Raceway, Houston

April 12-13, Virginia Motorsports Park, Petersburg, Va.

May 17-19, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio

May 25-26, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.

June 14-16, Bandimere Speedway, Denver

June 21-22, Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, Ill.

June 19-21, New England Dragway, Epping, N.H.

Aug. 17-18, Pacific Raceways, Seattle

Sept. 6-7, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.

Oct. 31- Nov. 3, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

For more information, including complete rules and contingency programs, visit www.nhraracer.com.




  1. bob miclette

    February 19, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Will we ever see a series at the national event level like they used to have in the IHRA side of “nitro harleys”? I went to some IHRA events and the nitro harleys were something to watch! I really miss them. I hate to think that the high horsepower bikes have been religated to a “bastard stepchild” status by the NHRA!

    • Drag Illustrated

      February 19, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      We think it’s a great step forward for the bike racers to have this new series. NHRA and H-D deserve credit for putting it together.

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