Eddie Krawiec, a three-time world champ, won this event in 2012 and has a second victory in 2009.
Steve Johnson (Gainesville) and Andrew Hines (Charlotte) have taken victories so far this season, and both would love to get a second win in the season in Atlanta. Hines has tasted success in Georgia before, prevailing in 2008 and 2010.
Defending world champ Matt Smith, Hector Arana Jr., Hector Arana Sr., and Michael Ray will all be looking to add their name to the list of Atlanta winners.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food, and fun for the entire family.
Mello Yello Series qualifying begins Friday, May 16, with sessions at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, May 17, at 12:30 and 3 p.m.
Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 18. Pro Mod qualifying is set for Friday, May 16, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 17, at noon and 2 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, log on to www.nhratix.com or call 800-884-NHRA (6472). Children 12 and younger are free.