Return to Route 66 Raceway
NHRA officials today announced the details of the full 2023 Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule, which will include a pair of Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout races in Gainesville and Indianapolis, as well as a return to the fan-favorite Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
NHRA previously released the dates for the first four events of the 2023 season, including the must-see opener, the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on March 9-12. The series also makes a highly-anticipated return back to Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance on May 19-21. Tickets for the Chicago race will go on sale in October. Considered one of the top facilities on the tour, the track will host its first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series race since 2019, one of many thrilling highlights for the upcoming season.
“We are thrilled to release our full schedule for the 2023 season, which will bring incredible racing action to tracks all across the country,” NHRA President Glen Cromwell said. “We’re proud of everyone involved who worked so hard to get Route 66 Raceway back on our schedule. Starting with what will be an incredible kickoff in Gainesville, there are lot of exciting moments to look forward to next year. We appreciate our fans, race teams, track partners and sponsors who all helped to put the 2023 plan in place.”
After previously announced races in Gainesville, which will also feature the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout, the final event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix on March 24-26, the 63rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Pomona Raceway on March 30-April 2 and the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 14-16 in Las Vegas, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will visit state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway for the annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte on April 28-30.
NHRA then heads to Route 66 Raceway in May, leading into back-to-back races at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., and Bristol Dragway on June 2-4 and June 9-11. The annual stop to Thunder Valley will take place a week earlier in 2023, giving teams a race weekend off before the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio on June 22-25.
That leads into the famed three-race NHRA Western Swing, which will also have a new look for 2023. Following the longtime trip to Bandimere Speedway in Denver for the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals on July 14-16 to kick off the Western Swing, the middle event in the intense three-race trek will now be the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle on July 21-23. After a three-year hiatus, the NHRA returned to the track in 2022. With Seattle falling as the middle race in 2023 and the Western Swing finale, the DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals will take place at scenic Sonoma Raceway on July 28-30.
From there, teams will have back-to-back races at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan. for the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor and Brainerd International Raceway for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 11-13 and Aug. 17-20. The regular season concludes with the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, highlighted by the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout.
The high stakes six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs will kick off with three straight racing weekends, starting with the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Sept. 14-17 and continuing at zMAX Dragway on Sept. 22-24 and then the annual event at World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis on Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
The intense Countdown competition finishes with the Texas NHRA FallNationals on Oct. 12-15 at Texas Motorplex, the second race of the season at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 26-29 and the NHRA Finals in Pomona on Nov. 9-12, where champions will be crowned in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fans may renew or purchase their tickets for the 2023 season at https://www.nhra.com/schedule/2023. Details on class schedules for Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, and specialty series like the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon and Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown will be announced soon.
All races during the 2023 NHRA will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports, with select events on the FOX broadcast network. For more information on NHRA, please visit www.nhra.com.
2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Schedule
54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, FL
The race will also include the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout.
38th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Phoenix
March 30-April 2
63rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com
Pomona Raceway, Pomona, CA
23rd annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
13th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
zMAX Dragway, Charlotte
23rd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance
Route 66 Raceway, Chicago
10th annual NHRA New England Nationals
New England Dragway, Epping, N.H.
22nd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
17th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
43rd annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals
Bandimere Speedway, Denver
34th annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals
Pacific Raceways, Seattle
35th annual DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.
34th annual Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor
Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, Kan.
41st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 30-Sept. 4
69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis
The race will also include the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout.
COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA
15th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals
zMAX Dragway, Charlotte.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1
12th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals
World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis
38th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals
Texas Motorplex, Dallas
23rd annual NHRA Nevada Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
58th annual NHRA Finals
Pomona Raceway, Pomona, CA
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The U.S. Nationals (commonly The Big Go) is an NHRA-sanctioned drag racing event, generally considered to be the most prestigious drag racing event in the world due to its history, size, and purse, held annually at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Indiana.Who won NHRA US Nationals? ›
Greg Anderson, Ron Capps win NHRA U.S. Nationals races at Indianapolis.Is NHRA racing at Maple Grove this year? ›
Maple Grove Raceway will host the 2022 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals on September 15th-18th. The 'Save Your Seat' campaign that is done every year will most likely begin in November. Sit tight and there will be more information to come shortly. We can't wait to see you in 2022!Who won NHRA 2022? ›
A round after she officially clinched the 2022 Camping World NHRA Pro Stock championship, Erica Enders finished the job by beating teammate Troy Coughlin in a thrilling side-by-side final round. Enders claimed her tenth win of the season by driving her Melling/Elite Camaro to a 6.640 to best Coughlin's 6.668.What is the fastest a Top Fuel dragster has gone? ›
Brittany Force sets national record with fastest Top Fuel run in history: 338.48 mph. Brittany Force made the fastest run in Top Fuel history and reset the national speed record to 338.48 mph in her Flav-R-Pac dragster in the opening round of the NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway.Is anything faster than a Top Fuel dragster? ›
Most NHRA Top Fuel wins.
John Force is probably the most well-known driver in NHRA history. He has 97 career victories in funny car and won the NHRA championships 10 times. He was the first driver to pass the 320 mph mark and is the only driver who has 13 wins in one season. He is also the only driver to have won the Driver of the Year (1996).Who has the most wins in NHRA history? ›
One thing that likely will never change in our lifetimes is that John Force is the winningest driver in NHRA history (154 victories and counting), but he wasn't always the GOAT of winners.Who has the most NHRA Top Fuel championships? ›
The most career wins by a National Hot Rod Association drag racer in the Top Fuel class is 85, achieved by Tony Schumacher (USA) between 1996 and 2020. Schumacher won the Top Fuel championship a record eight times.Is Tony Stewart going to NHRA? ›
Stewart enters this weekend's NHRA Nevada Nationals, in what's effectively the Top Fuel category's second-tier class, with a year's worth of serious background in the sport, having broken into the NHRA in 2022 owning a single car in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.
In both classes, the cars are either supercharged ("blown") engines, burning alcohol (methanol) or can burn nitromethane and be normally aspirated, fuel injected engines. Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars resemble their nitromethane (Fuel) counterparts, with about half the power of their respective classes.Who purchased Maple Grove Dragway? ›
For the past five months since they've purchased Maple Grove Raceway, veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky and his family, which includes his sons Kenny Jr. and current Pro Stock driver Kyle, have been hard at work on renovations and updates to the historic facility.Who is the oldest NHRA driver? ›
|Born||November 11, 1931 Detroit, Michigan, United States|
The most career wins in National Hot Rod Association drag racing events is 155, achieved by John Force (USA) in the Funny Car class between 1987 and 2022.Who won NHRA in Texas? ›
1. Robert Hight, 2,486; 2. Ron Capps, 2,476; 3. Matt Hagan, 2,408; 4.What is the fastest 1/4 mile drag time? ›
1/10 2021 Rimac Nevera
The one and only Rimac Nevera is currently the fastest 1/4-mile car in the world with a time of 8.58 seconds.
They are capable of covering the dragstrip in less than 3.7 seconds at more than 330 mph. Powered by a supercharged and fuel-injected 500-cubic-inch adaptation of the famed Chrysler Hemi engine, Top Fuel dragsters can burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane fuel during a single run.What is the fastest Top Fuel car in the world? ›
The fastest speed on record is 338.17 mph (Top Fuel) at 1,000 feet. A Top Alcohol Dragster can travel as fast as 285 mph in the quarter-mile.Can an electric car beat a Top Fuel dragster? ›
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent. Great questions—yes, electric cars can accelerate faster than the fastest dragster.How long do Top Fuel engines last? ›
Due to the forces involved, a dragster engine has to be completely replaced after around 12 passes. No engine lasts long in Top Fuel drag racing.
Lewis Hamilton - 103 wins. In terms of career wins and total career points, Lewis Hamilton is the best Formula 1 driver to have ever graced a circuit.Who is the greatest driver in history? ›
He is considered by many racing enthusiasts as the greatest driver of all time. Sadly, he is the most recent driver to have been killed in a Formula One World Championship event. Ayrton Senna made his Formula One debut in 1984, and won six Grand Prix races in his first three seasons as a driver.
The base salary for Top Fuel Drivers in companies like NHRA range from $40,997 to $55,446 with the average base salary of $47,918. The total cash compensation, which includes bonus, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $41,258 to $55,970 with the average total cash compensation of $48,240.How much horsepower does a NHRA Funny Car have? ›
Did you know … … That the nitromethane-powered engines of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars produce approximately 7,000 horsepower, about 37 times that of the average street car!How many Wally's does John Force have? ›
Some of them prevail while most drivers are denied. Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force knows what it is like to win a Wally. He has 143 and counting, which is a record in the NHRA history books. His daughters Ashley, Courtney and Brittany also know how important and rare it is to win a Wally trophy.How much does a Top Fuel dragster engine cost? ›
While a pro mod drag car will run anywhere from $275,000 to $350,000, a Top Fuel dragster costs about $500,000. Top Fuel engines that displace 496 cubic inches are most common, and these cars can weigh about 1,000 kilograms. Top Fuel dragsters can produce over 6,000 horsepower.How much is a gallon of nitromethane? ›
NHRA teams pay $1800 for a 40-gallon drum of nitromethane, so they're paying $45 a gallon—and that's a group discount negotiated for the entire racing season. Every single run consumes 14 gallons of fuel to run wide-open throttle for 1000 feet, costing about $600 (10% of the fuel is alcohol, which is less expensive).What engine does Toyota use in NHRA? ›
They were unaware that all of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Toyota Supra funny cars are all powered by a 500-cubic inch Chrysler Hemi.Are Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon friends? ›
Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon may not have been the best of friends when on the track, but the pair certainly shared a great friendship when they weren't racing and had a lot of respect for each other.Are Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman friends? ›
SPEEDWAY, Ind. | Ryan Newman knew instantly when Tony Stewart finally got to Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday when somebody grabbed him from behind and bear-hugged him. With that simple gesture, some of the disappointment between the two longtime friends seemed to ease.
The other NASCAR drivers who own a private plane are Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Richard Petty and Carl Edwards, who is also a licensed pilot himself.Can cars use alcohol as fuel? ›
Most automobiles made prior to 2000 aren't equipped to handle alcohol long-term, and fueling with ethanol can lead to leaks, rust, and corrosion. However, since alcohol has become a regular additive to gasoline, modern fuel systems have developed a much higher tolerance for the substance.What liquid do they spray on drag strips? ›
Competition drag strips use a resin-based compound called PJ1 TrackBite (formerly known as VHT) that gets sprayed onto the asphalt to create a sticky surface for impressive launches.Can you run an engine on alcohol? ›
Pure ethanol – 100% ethanol or E100 – could theoretically be used to power cars, but generally isn't, for numerous reasons: Ethanol is bad for cold-starting, because it doesn't burn as quickly as gasoline. (It has a higher octane, if you're interested.) Pure ethanol would be useless as fuel in the winter months.How much did Atlanta Dragway sell for? ›
The 318-acre Atlanta Dragway was sold to South Korea's SK Innovation, who built a $2.6 billion plant to make batteries for electric vehicles.How much did Milan Dragway sell for? ›
Oh, and their $3 million purchase price included $75,000 for a liquor license.How much does it cost to open a dragstrip? ›
How Much Does It Cost To Build A Drag Strip? To build a standard drag racing track and strip, you need between 1 million and 4 million dollars. The only effective way to make money from your private drag racing track is to host NHRA sanctioned events. That will bring sponsors and spectators.Are there any female drag racers? ›
Erica Enders is the greatest and most successful female NHRA Pro Stock drag racer in history, and she is still racing today. Enders holds the records for most NHRA wins by a woman, currently at 38, as well as most wins in a season, for her eight-win season in 2015.How old is the youngest drag racer? ›
A British school girl has become the youngest drag racer in the world – just ONE DAY after her EIGHTH birthday. Petite Belle Wheeler passed her drag racing driving test a day after she turned eight – the minimum legal age for youngsters to get behind the wheel.Did Tony Stewart drive a dragster? ›
Stewart drove the school Super Comp dragster and later transitioned into the Top Alcohol Dragster program. He's also made multiple runs in his wife Leah's 330-mph Top Fuel dragster.
Richie Evans (2012)
The most successful Modified racer of all-time, Evans won nine championships, including eight in a row from 1978-85.
Ferrari hold the record for the most Grand Prix victories, having won 242 times. McLaren are second with 183 wins, and Mercedes are third with 124 wins.Who is the greatest v8 Supercar driver of all-time? ›
- Hendrick Motorsports. Wins: 282.
- Petty Enterprises. Wins 268. ...
- Joe Gibbs Racing. Wins: 194. ...
- Roush Fenway Racing. Wins: 137. ...
- Team Penske. Wins: 134. ...
- Junior Johnson and Associates. Wins: 132. ...
- Richard Childress Racing. Wins: 109. ...
- Wood Brothers Racing. Wins: 99. ...
The Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals is the biggest, the longest, and the most historic drag racing event in the world! Thousands of racers from the largest field in the sport meet at the starting line for their chance to win a prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals Wally at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.What is the most prestigious racing event? ›
- Indianapolis 500. Starting with the oldest of the three races, the Indianapolis 500 was first to run in 1911. ...
- 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Indy 500 is a race of speed and precision, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a grueling endurance test. ...
- Monaco Grand Prix.
Formula 1. Formula 1, or F1, is the most popular racing series in the world right now. Formula 1 cars are open, single-seat cars, known as some of the fastest vehicles in the world, if not the absolute fastest.What is the biggest motorsport event in the world? ›
Formula One is hands down, the most popular form of auto racing in the world. The Monaco GP has been held since 1929 though, two decades before F1 even existed. The race tests a driver more than any other on the calendar today.Who is the most respected drag queen? ›
RuPaul, the most famous drag queen on the planet, has done it all during his time as an entertainer. While most queens came and went from their time on Drag Race without doing much thereafter, certain queens have certainly learned how to turn their TV appearances into a mainstream career.What is the most horsepower in a drag car? ›
Among the fastest-accelerating machines in the world, 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters are often referred to as the “kings of the sport,” and with good reason. They are capable of covering the dragstrip in less than 3.7 seconds at more than 330 mph.
1. Bianca Del Rio. The queen of all Drag Race queens and the most successful alum, Bianca appeared on the show five years ago (and was so dominant that she reached the finale without having to lip-sync for her life).What is the easiest racing to get into? ›
Autocross. Autocross is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get into racing. Typically, autocross is where an organization rents a parking lot and sets up a temporary racetrack using cones.What is the hardest form of racing? ›
Open-wheel racing, like Formula 1 or IndyCar racing, is often considered the most difficult and requires exceptionally skilled drivers worldwide. Formula 1 racing is called the pinnacle of driving. Millions of dollars are invested in Formula 1 cars, and their drivers are some of the best in the world.What is the hardest racetrack in the world? ›
The taste of danger, the terrestrial limit of the passion. Who won here won twice as he wasn't dead. Nestled in dense forests of Western Germany it's the most legendary, arduous and dangerous automobile racetrack of the world, the Nürburgring.What is the deadliest crash in racing history? ›
Major accidents have often spurred increased safety measures and rules changes. Widely considered to be the worst accident is the 1955 Le Mans disaster at 24 Hours of Le Mans that killed driver Pierre Levegh and approximately 80 spectators with over 100 being injured in total.What is the most watched horse race in the world? ›
The Grand National
At the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England, one of the most popular horse races attracts an estimated global audience of nearly 500 million annually.
With a whopping sales figure of 15.8 million units sold, Mario Kart games are not only the highest-selling racing game of all time, but it's also the oldest surviving racing game franchise that is still globally popular.What car brand has the most motorsport wins? ›
In the 61 seasons the championship has been awarded, only nine different manufacturers have won it. Chevrolet has been the most successful, with 42 titles. The second most successful is Ford, with 17 titles.What is the racing capital of the world? ›
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the oldest continually operating racetrack in the United States and is known as the Racing Capital of the World. IMS is the world's largest sports seating facility and hosts the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.What is the oldest motor race in the world? ›
The oldest motor racing championships still active today is Turismo Carretera (Argentina), the annual championship was first competed for in Argentina, from 5 August 1937. The first champion was Eduardo Pedrazzini driving for Ford.