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It’s a foregone conclusion that NHRA drag racing is the most diverse form of motorsport anywhere. This weekend in Las Vegas proved it.

Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens won a special K&N Shootout for Pro Stock competitors. And as this is being written she was third in the Pro Stock ladder this weekend and fifth in season points.

In short, Erica is the real deal and no one’s disparaging her effort behind the wheel.

Another headline this weekend reported African American Top Fuel driver J.R. Todd was put behind the wheel of Connie Kalitta’s Bounty Hunter fueler for the rest of the season.

Todd has had success. He’s won six races in eight final rounds. In 2006 he became the first African American to win a Top Fuel race. That was in Denver. He doubled down with a win in Seattle a week later.

Another African American, 2012 Top Fuel champion Antron Brown, was the fastest qualifier this weekend in Las Vegas.

While some series are beating the bushes with special diversity programs, the NHRA is just opening the door and great drivers are walking into victory lanes.

Why have it any other way?