2014 season schedule announced
NHRA officials announced the 2014 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule, headlined by a new event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix that will kick off the season Jan. 10-12 featuring all Heritage Series classes.
Entering its seventh season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features Nostalgia Funny Cars and Dragsters and has become a fan-favorite touring circuit among drag racing enthusiasts across the United States.
The famed March Meet will be held March 6-9 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., followed by The Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento (Calif.) Raceway, which has moved to early April. The first of two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, the Napa Auto Parts Ignitor, will follow.
The series benefits the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California through three Hot Rod Reunions that are produced by the Museum. The Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., is the first of the three on the schedule slated for June 12-14, and will be followed by the New England Hot Rod Reunion, at Epping, N.H., Sept. 12-14. The popular California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California will conclude the series, Oct. 17-19 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield.
“There are lots of museums that collect a bunch of stuff, but there are only a very few small number of museums that actually go out there and do what their mission is and do it through activities like the Hot Rod Reunions,” said Larry Fisher, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. “The money we earn at these Reunions is one of the largest sources of the Museum’s funding. We have the unique opportunity not only to give back to the sport, but also give back to racers and fans by preserving our own history. It’s a tool that helps keep the Museum alive, and that’s a great investment if you ask me.”
The Group 2 classes have been added to the event at Rocky Mountain Raceways which also has a new date in early June. A Funny Car only event will return to Mission Raceway Park in July for its second year on the schedule before the series heads back to Firebird for its Nightfire Nationals event that features both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories in August. Tulsa Raceway Park (Okla.) returns as an affiliate event with its annual Nostalgia Nitro National Reunion, Sept. 12-13, that features Funny Car, A/Fuel, Southwest Jr. Fuel and Gassers. The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series consists of two nitro categories -- Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and Nostalgia Funny Car -- and two groups of additional classes. Group 1 includes A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, and 7.0 Eliminator, and Group 2 includes Nostalgia Eliminator I, Nostalgia Eliminator II, Nostalgia Eliminator III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod eliminator. Racers in each class will run a combination of events at which they will score points toward the championships.
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.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Chandler, ARIZ. (November 15, 2013) – Over the past several month those in charge at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park have been working on improvements to the dragstrip. The main improvement being replacing a large portion of the concrete on the dragstrip itself. Bill Schneider, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park’s Event Manager tells Arizona Auto Scene that “Because of constrHit by lightning, the old scoreboard for the right lane sits in much need of repair.
In delicate balance of updating the old Firebird Raceway property, oftentimes one project has led to another project necessary to complete the original project. As is case of the project that has postponed the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Season Opener scheduled to run on the track January 10 – 14, 2014.
Last Thursday, CompuLink personnel were at the track to assess the property for the installation of the new timing system. During that assessment it was determined that components of the new CompuLink timing system are not compatible with the old score boards at the end of the track.
With the new timing system making it necessary to replace the score boards, Wild Horse Pass staff set out to get new ones. Through a Iowa company subcontracted by CompuLink, the manufacturing process of the new score boards is scheduled to begin mid December. When installed at the track, the new score boards will be better lit, have larger lettering, and be moved closer to the track walls making both score boards easier to see from both sides of the stands.uction and equipment delays they feel it’s best to reschedule the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series event unlit later in the year.”