KENT, Wash. (July 27, 2022) – Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Chevrolet dragster team return to Pacific Raceway as the defending champions of the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals. With a win in the 2022 Camping World drag racing series season evading him, Prock is hoping Seattle will be his turning point.
Prock upset reigning World Champion Steve Torrence in the final round the last time the Northwest Nationals was contested in 2019. He shared that winners’ circle with boss and teammate John Force, who was the Funny Car winner. Prock’s 2019 win, his first, helped propel the third generation drag racer to NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year honors before the COVID-19 pandemic briefly sidetracked his pro career.
“I’m happy to be back in Seattle. It’s been a few years since we’ve been here and when I left it was definitely on a high note,” Prock said. “It would be really special to keep the reigning champ title for another year. I think we are on the right track to make a statement this weekend. Hopefully that turns into four win lights on Sunday and I can be on the wing celebrating again.”
Prock won that 2019 race from a very unassuming No. 12 starting position, beating tour regulars Leah Pruett, Clay Millican and Mike Salinas before stopping Torrence. He enters the final race in the grueling Western Swing in ninth place in Camping World points with just four races remaining before points are adjusted for the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series action at the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways begins with qualifying Friday at 6:45 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 and 4:45 p.m. Eliminations are slated for a 10:30 a.m. start on Sunday. Television coverage of the event begins on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with qualifying shows Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Eliminations will be aired on FOX Broadcasting Network Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET.