Truck Series drivers Abreu, Crafton, Rhodes, Hayley wowed by NHRA race

(Photos: Gary Nastase)

With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series off until next week at Kansas, ThorSport drivers Rico Abreu, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Cameron Hayley took in the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals this past weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

They were guests of Kalitta Motorsports and Top Fuel driver J.R. Todd.

All four seemed to weather both the incredible noise generated from Todd’s 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster, as well as the burning acrid smell from the nitromethane fuel that powers the earth shakers at up to 330 mph.

“It was great to be out with the SealMaster Team Kalitta team today,” Rhodes said in a media release. “I had a blast. I talked with J.R. and kind of learned about what makes these guys go down the track and where the speed secrets are.

“He showed us his Christmas Tree in his hauler and what he practices with, so it has been pretty cool. We did the SealMaster Track Walk with J.R. too, and it certainly gives you a new respect for this side of racing. This is my first NHRA race, and I could not think of a better place to do it than the 4-Wide Nationals.”

Todd qualified second in Top Fuel competition and advanced to the semifinal round before he fell short. Still, Todd is sixth in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel standings.

Check out some of the social media posts from Sunday:

And here’s Rico Abreu with Jesse James, husband of Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria.

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