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Organization: National Hot Rod Association
Headquarters: Glendora, Calif.
Gatornationals Race Location: Gainesville, Fla.
Fastest Car Speed: 339.87 mph
NHRA Gatornationals TicketsAlthough Wally Parks founded the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) in 1951, the Pro Stock Car division and the Gatornationals didn't begin until 1970. One of the biggest drag race series of the US national season, the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., include competitions in the Funny Car and Top Fuel divisions. In more than 50 years of races held at Gainesville Raceway, fans have viewed numerous world records being set as well as blurring speeds, exploding tires and harrowing auto accidents, including one in 1985 that also sparked a forest fire. The on-site rescue team, NHRA Safety Safari, first pulled Bob Gottschalk from his flaming Camaro, then rushed into the woods where he had crashed to extinguish the blaze. While not every race promises quite that much excitement, there really is not a dull moment in Gainesville during Gatornationals, held every year in mid-March. The 2020 Gatornationals are scheduled for Thursday, March 12, through Sunday, March 15. Don't miss a second of the drag racing action. Get your NHRA Gatornationals tickets at StubHub today.
What types of races are run at the Gainesville Raceway Gatornationals?Gainesville serves as one of the 24 race stops in the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The NHRA takes advantage of Gainesville’s speedy track to host Top Fuel runs. It was at this track that the first 260-mph, 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel runs occurred. In the 2000 Gatornationals, drivers set eight of 10 national records. You can also see Pro Stock Car and Funny Car races here. The Gatornationals entrants compete for a share of the more than $3 million prize money distributed among the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.
How many courses does Gainesville Raceway have?Gainesville Raceway has a straightaway for drag racing as well as a road course. The latter was designed to accommodate driving schools and vehicle testing. It consists of 1.6 miles of asphalt laid in a 1-mile long outer loop with interconnecting loops and turns.
What is the seating capacity of Gainesville Raceway?The Raceway can accommodate approximately 30,000 fans. These may be seated in the main grandstands or its skyboxes. The skyboxes stand 50 feet above the ground and directly above the south-side spectator grandstands. While grandstand seating is outdoors, the skybox suites provide either indoor or outdoor seating. Indoors, you can enjoy air conditioning, closed-circuit TV, restrooms and a panoramic view of the race. Seating in the grandstands uses the open-air Pavilion, a 15,000-square-foot multipurpose facility that can transition from a partial to full enclosure as its main hospitality area.
What is the price range for Gatornationals tickets?Ticket pricing depends on how many days of the event you want to attend and on which days you will attend. You can purchase single-day tickets to four-day passes, with prices ranging from about $40 to $250. Typically, earlier days in the event series cost less.
What is the tailgating scene like at Gatornationals?Parties and gatherings outside the raceway gates are common. Racing fans are known for their tailgate festivities that sometimes go on for days. The parking lot and nearby campgrounds offer RV parking that encourages people to drive to the event and spend the night in the parking lot. Individuals who participate in these events in Gainesville are known as Tailgators. If you do not want to grill or drink in the parking lot, you can enjoy the spare ribs at Newberry's Backyard BBQ or picnic in Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park. Once you are ready to enter the raceway gates, you will need to pour out any open container of alcohol. No alcohol, drugs or smoking is allowed within the raceway gates.
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