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.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Event Location Date Classes
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Phoenix Jan 10-12 TF/FC/Groups 1&2
March Meet Auto Club Famoso Mar. 6-9 TF/FC/Groups 1&2
Nostalgia Reunion Sacramento Raceway April 5-6 Groups 1&2
Napa Auto Parts Ignitor Firebird Raceway April 25-27 FC
Summer Kick-Off Rocky Mountain Raceways June 6-7 FC/Group 1&2
Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Beech Bend Raceway June 12-14 TF
NHRA National Open Mission Raceway Park July 18-20 FC
Pepsi Nightfire Nationals Firebird Raceway Aug. 7-10 TF/FC
New England Hot Rod Reunion New England Dragway Sept. 12-14 TF
California Hot Rod Reunion Auto Club Famoso Oct. 17-19 TF/FC
*Nostalgia Top Fuel will count their best 5 of 6 events for points
**Nostalgia Funny Car will count their best 6 of 7 events for points
Nostalgia Nitro National Reunion Tulsa Raceway Park Sept. 12-13 FC, SW Jr. Fuel, A/Fuel, Gassers
TF – Nostalgia Top Fuel
FC – Nostalgia Funny Car
Group 1 – A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator
Group 2 – NE 1, NE 2, NE 3, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, Hot Rod