CONCORD, N.C. - The NHRA's best drivers kick off the 2016 Countdown to the Championship this weekend with the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

In addition to the excitement of the world's fastest motorsport beginning its championship battle, Brandon Mudd will take to the PRN Nitro Notes stage with several stars from the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, including defending Funny Car champion Del Worsham. Scheduled guests also include Sonoma Top Fuel winner JR Todd and funny car stars Ron Capps and Matt Hagan.

The stage will be located in the Fun Zone near the staging lanes and main spectator gate at zMax Dragway.

Tentative lineup

Del Worsham - Friday 1:15 p.m.
JR Todd - Friday, 1:15 p.m.
Ron Capps - Saturday, 10:45 a.m.
Matt Hagan - Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

Tickets for the Carolina Nationals are still available by calling 1-800-455-FANS or by visiting Remember, every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower machines to their limits!