Thursday, February 28, 2013


The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to historic Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville March 14-17 for the 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the third of 24 races in the 2013 season.

The history and rich traditions at the annual East Coast opener have long made this race a strong draw for fans across the country, and for many, the Gators is a spring-break destination. And with kids 12 and younger admitted free with a paid adult, the event is a can’t-miss family attraction for NHRA fans. 

The Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, which will be telecast on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, will also feature the season-debut of the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Riders will be looking to knock defending series champion Eddie Krawiec off his title perch. Last year, Krawiec and his Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle teammate, Andrew Hines, dominated the two-wheel category by winning 15 of the 16 events contested during the season. 

This event has long been one of the premier stops on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit, and a win in the Sunshine State is a huge feather in the cap for any racer. The roster of past winners reads like a who’s who of drag racing: Joe Amato (Top Fuel), Warren Johnson (Pro Stock), John Force (Funny Car) and the late Dave Schultz (Pro Stock Motorcycle) lead their categories in wins, and numerous national records have been set at the venerable facility. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel, pictured above), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Krawiec added their names to the history book with event wins in 2012.

To purchase tickets call (800) 884-NHRA or visit online. For more information about the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, please visit

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