INDIANAPOLIS, IN – August 23, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – With excitement high for the upcoming 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, tickets are now on sale for the season-opening race, the historic 54th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on March 9-12 at Gainesville Raceway.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season will begin in Gainesville with incredible action in all four professional classes (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle), along with the action-packed Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout specialty race. The eight-car shootout features a unique callout format, with the No. 1 seed getting their pick of opponents in the field.
For more than five decades, Gainesville Raceway has been hallowed grounds for drivers in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, as each NHRA star has been eager to leave their mark at the storied facility in front of what has always been a huge crowd. The first event of the year will also celebrate the 2022 world champions with a ring ceremony, along with a pre-race kickoff party in Gainesville to help set the tone for a must-see season opener.
“The Gatornationals have such a rich history, and we are thrilled to begin our 2023 NHRA season in front of what will be another great crowd in Gainesville,” said NHRA Vice President of Track Management and Operations, Kasey Coler. “With the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout and a host of other special events to kick off the season, we look forward to starting the year in memorable fashion and I know our race teams will be eager to put on an incredible show.”
In 2022, Tripp Tatum (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all picked up victories during a record-breaking weekend in Gainesville. Hagan earned the first-ever victory for Tony Stewart Racing, while Karen Stoffer made the quickest pass in Pro Stock Motorcycle history at 6.665-seconds en route to the win. Erica Enders also set the record in Pro Stock for the quickest pass in class history, going 6.450. Tatum earned his first career victory in March, as a first-time winner picked up the victory for a second straight year in Top Fuel.
Along with racing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, the Gatornationals will also feature the first race of the season in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon and Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown, as well as action in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
The Gatornationals have seen incredible racing throughout its history. Funny Car legend John Force leads active NHRA drivers with eight Gainesville victories, while Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Eddie Krawiec has six wins to his credit. Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher and Pro Stock’s Greg Anderson each own five wins, while 2021 Funny Car world champ Ron Capps and current points leader Robert Hight both have four Gatornationals victories.
Action will start next year with qualifying on Friday and Saturday, leading into eliminations on Sunday as all the NHRA stars will look to open their 2023 season in standout fashion. The race will also count toward the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout, which takes place in Indy later in the year.
To purchase tickets to the 2023 AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, fans can visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Children 12 and under are free in general admission areas with the purchase of an adult ticket. For more information about the NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.
About Camping World Holdings, Inc.
Camping World Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, (together with its subsidiaries) is America’s largest retailer of RVs and related products and services. Our vision is to build a long-term legacy business that makes RVing fun and easy, and our Camping World and Good Sam brands have been serving RV consumers since 1966. We strive to build long-term value for our customers, employees, and shareholders by combining a unique and comprehensive assortment of RV products and services with a national network of RV dealerships, service centers and customer support centers along with the industry’s most extensive online presence and a highly trained and knowledgeable team of associates serving our customers, the RV lifestyle, and the communities in which we operate. We also believe that our Good Sam organization and family of programs and services uniquely enables us to connect with our customers as stewards of the RV enthusiast community and the RV lifestyle. With over 185 locations in 40 states, Camping World, and sister company Gander RV, have grown to become prime destinations for everything RV. For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.com.
Headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Source: National Hot Rod Association