Record-holding couple to compete in NHRA Nationals at The Strip at LVMS April 4-6



Rhonda Hartman-Smith and teammate-husband, John "Bodie" Smith, will participate in Top Fuel Dragster competition at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 4-6.

"My goal in Las Vegas is to make quick, consistent passes with my FRAM Filters Dragster and to qualify in the top half of the Top Fuel field," comments Rhonda.  "Our last trip to Las Vegas was successful one.  The FRAM team posted the fastest speed of the day during pre-season testing in January.  The FRAM crew has been working really hard this season and I am ready to drive the FRAM-orange machine into the winner's circle."

"The Prestone team experienced quite a few 'firsts' this season," said John. "We participated in our first semi-final round of the NHRA season and enjoyed a team-first final-round appearance.  Our mission at the NHRA Nationals is to keep up the level of performance and maintain our current NHRA POWERade point standing position (third place)."

            The husband-and-wife pair raced each other for the first time this season in NHRA Top Fuel eliminations at the MAC Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Smith recently posted his career best elapsed time of 4.591 sec. at the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals in Phoenix.  Both drivers had a successful debut in IHRA Top Fuel competition earlier this season at the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals in San Antonio.  Hartman-Smith posted her career best speed of

319.52 mph and was No. 1 Qualifier in the Top Fuel category.  Smith earned his way into the final round of Top Fuel competition at his first IHRA race.  

Hartman Motorsports truly is a family operation.  Virgil Hartman is the team owner/tuner; daughter Rhonda Hartman-Smith drives the team's primary car (FRAM Filters Top Fuel Dragster) and son-in-law John "Bodie" Smith drives the second team car (Prestone Products Top Fuel Dragster).

            Tickets for the fourth annual NHRA Nationals April 3-6 at The Strip at LVMS are available by calling LVMS' ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at