Story By: NHRA – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The field of eight star Funny Car drivers is now set for the upcoming Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout specialty race, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 4 as part of the prestigious 68th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Funny Car points leader Robert Hight, who has six wins in 2022, clinched his spot as the No. 1 seed and he will get the chance to call out his first-round opponent from the other seven drivers, who are all competing for big money and a memorable win in the unique specialty race at the Big Go. In order, that includes defending world champ Ron Capps, three-time world champ Matt Hagan, two-time world champ Cruz Pedregon, 16-time world champ John Force, Brainerd winner Bob Tasca III, Alexis DeJoria, who has six career wins, and defending U.S. Nationals winner Tim Wilkerson, who clinched the final spot in the callout last weekend in Brainerd.
After Hight’s initial pick for his matchup, Capps would get the next selection if he is not called out by Hight, followed by Hagan until all the first-round matchups are set for the thrilling specialty race that includes an overall purse of $130,000, with $80,000 going to the winner.
The exciting callout aspect doesn’t stop after the first round, either. After what’s set to be a memorable first round of action, the driver who makes the quickest winning run in the opening round will get the chance to select their semifinal opponent, automatically locking in the other semifinal matchup.
The official first-round callouts will take place at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, with the competition taking place the next day. The Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Funny Car Callout will begin with the opening round at 1:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, the semifinals at 2:45 p.m. and the final round at 4:55 p.m.
Television coverage of the Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Funny Car Callout will take place on Sunday from 4-5:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).
The Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout will also conclude in Indianapolis after the opening round took place earlier this year in Gainesville. Points leader Brittany Force will get her selection of semifinal opponent based on making the quickest run in the first round. The other three semifinalists include four-time defending world champion Steve Torrence, Mike Salinas, who has four wins in 2022, and Justin Ashley, a two-time winner this year.
Force will make her semifinal opponent selection at 7:20 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 2, with action taking place the next day at 2:40 p.m. ET for the semifinals and 6:25 p.m. for the final round.
A special Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout autograph session will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Friday at the Pep Boys midway display, with an autograph session featuring the eight drivers in Funny Car happening the next day at 11:45 a.m. at the Pep Boys midway display.
Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout Final Standings
1. Robert Hight
2. Ron Capps
3. Matt Hagan
4. Cruz Pedregon
5. John Force
6. Bob Tasca III
7. Alexis DeJoria
8. Tim Wilkerson
(Note: Hight will get first selection for the opening round, followed by the next-highest seeded driver until matchups are set.)