GLENDORA, Calif. – NHRA officials announced the 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing schedule today, with several new tracks being added to the series.
Among those new venues added to the schedule are Mission Raceway Park in Mission, British Columbia and Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah. Entering its sixth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features nostalgia Funny Cars and Dragsters and is quickly becoming a fan-favorite series among drag racing enthusiasts across the United States.
The season-opening March Meet will be held March 7-10 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., followed by the Arizona Fuel & Gas Championships, which has been pushed back to April 13-14 at Speedworld Dragstrip in Wittmann, Ariz.
The Holley NHRA Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., has been added to the Top Fuel points earning stops as well as the Inaugural New England Hot Rod Reunion, giving the class five events in which to accumulate points.
They will count their best four of five events toward the year end championship. The new stops at Mission Raceway Park and at Rocky Mountain Raceways will both feature the Nostalgia Funny Car class giving them six events to complete at. They will count their best five of six events. RMR in Utah will also host Group 1 which will be their season ending event.
“The Holley Hot Rod Reunion has always been an affiliate event but with Top Fuel teams from across the country participating in the series, we felt it was time to include this great event in the points championship,” said Larry Fisher, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. “The two new Funny Car events just show how strong the Funny Car class and the series have become. We are very pleased to have these two great facilities join the series.”
In total, the 2013 schedule includes 12 events and will end in the same spot it begins, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, with the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, Oct. 18-20.
Additionally, the series will make two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, for both their annual Ignitor Nitro Opener and Nightfire Nationals, at Sacramento Raceway in July and a third stop at Auto Club Famoso where the Group 2 Champions will be crowned.
Tulsa Raceway has been added to the schedule as an affiliated event with their annual Nostalgia Nitro National Reunion which is scheduled for September 13-14 in Tulsa, Okla. Racers will not score points toward the series championship at this event.
The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series consists of two nitro categories: Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters, Nostalgia Funny Cars, and two groups of additional classes. Group 1 includes A-Fuel, Jr. Fuel, and 7.0 Eliminator, while Group 2 includes NE I, NE II, NE III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas and Hot Rod Eliminator. Each class will run a combination of events in which they will score points toward the championship.
The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series was developed in 2008 to help preserve NHRA’s rich history and tradition while providing racing opportunities for those enthusiasts who enjoy nostalgia drag racing competition.
2013 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Schedule
Date – Track – Location
March 7-10 – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – Bakersfield, Calif.
April 13-14 – Speedworld Dragstrip – Wittmann, Ariz.
April 26-28 – Firebird Raceway – Boise, Idaho
June 13-15 – Beech Bend Raceway – Bowling Green, Ky.
July 12-13 – Sacramento Raceway Park – Sacramento, Calif.
July 19-21 – Mission Raceway Park – Mission, British Columbia
Aug. 8-11 – Firebird Raceway – Boise, Idaho
Sept. 12-14 – New England Dragway – Epping, N.H.
Aug. 23-24 – Rocky Mountain Raceways – West Valley City, Utah
Oct. 5-6 – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – Bakersfield, Calif.
Oct. 18-20 – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – Bakersfield, Calif.