If you’re a fan of drag racing, you already know that you don’t want to miss the NHRA Gatornationals. The 48th annual return is scheduled for March 16th to the 19th, 2017 at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fl.
The Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the traditional East Coast opener, has entertained fans for decades. The world’s best drag racers come to launch their fire-breathing metal machines down the strip at Gainesville Raceway.
It’s NHRA professional level competition in the 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car classes, and the 200-mph Pro Stock category. Gatornationals is also the season opener for the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle category and the J&A Service Pro Mod category.
Gatornationals offers lots of other reasons to attend, even beyond the main events. One of the biggest draws being the fact that your ticket gives you direct access to the teams! Watch as highly-skilled mechanics service the hot rods between rounds and get autographs from NHRA drivers! Wow!
2017 NHRA Gatornationals Event Schedule
Friday, March 17th
Manufacturers Midway – In Nitro Alley from 9 am until the beginning of the second Nitro qualifying session.
Nitro Qualifying – Catch the action of two sessions of 300 MPH Nitro qualifying.
First Round Follow Up – Meet announcer Brian Lohnes in the Pits to get the scoop on Round 1.
Pro Stock Motorcycle Autograph Session – At the NHRA Midway Display featuring some of your favorite Pro Stock Motorcycle Drivers. – 10:30 am.
Saturday, March 18th
Manufacturers Midway – In Nitro Alley from 9 am until the beginning of the fourth Nitro qualifying session.
Nitro Qualifying – Pro drivers last chance to make it into the top 16 for Race Day.
Pro Stock Motorcycle Fan Appreciation – meet and greet, take pictures and get autographs from Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers. – 10 to 10:45 am.
Nitro School – Larn all about Nitro with Alan Reinhart and a favorite NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racer. – 10:45 am.
Mello Yello Autograph Session – At the Mello Yello display featuring your favorite NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racers – 11:15 am.
Sunday, March 19th
Manufacturers Midway – In Nitro Alley from 9 am until the beginning of the third round of Nitro eliminations.
Sealmaster Trackwalk – Walk the track at Gainesville Raceway with a few special guests.
Race Day Review – Alan Reinhart runs down the top stories of the weekend – 10 am.
Pre-Race Ceremonies – Be sure to stick around the Mello Yello FanZone after the Trackwalk for driver introductions.
Race Day – The top 16 qualifiers in each class battle it out head to head for the Wally.
Winners Circle – Held at the starting line or in the staging lanes.
March 16th to the 19th, 2017
11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Visit www.gainesvilleraceway.com for more information and tickets!
Gainesville Raceway Lodging
Gatornationals always fills us to the brim but, as of this writing, we still have a few rooms left! If you plan on attending, let Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast be your home away from home! Our lakefront, North Florida B&B is less than 20 minutes from Gainesville Raceway – but book your room soon! The availability will not last forever!