One of the most legendary races on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit will get even bigger in 2019 as the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 14-17 at Gainesville Raceway.
Pro Stock Motorcycle makes its annual debut at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, marking the first of 16 events in the highly-competitive two-wheeled class. Matt Smith enters the year as the defending champ as he set speed records in Pomona en route to his third title. He’ll face a huge number of talented riders, including defending event winner Eddie Krawiec, who has three straight Gators wins, five-time world champ Andrew Hines, Hector Arana Jr., who went 200 mph for the first time in class history at last year’s race, Scotty Pollacheck, Angie Smith and Steve Johnson.
It is the third of 24 races in 2019 and promises to be one of the biggest events of the year. The race features the pinnacle of the yearlong NHRA Legends Tour as well as the “Unfinished Business” event featuring eight legendary figures of NHRA drag racing facing off in a can’t miss head-to-head competition.
An incredible lineup of more than 20 NHRA Legends will also gather together for special meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, while “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Shirley Muldowney, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch, Warren Johnson, Joe Amato, Kenny Bernstein and Terry Vance will take part in the “Unfinished Business” race to truly make the 50th anniversary race a colossal event.
The iconic race promises to be once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as the world’s best racers power down a new racing surface in their 10,000-horsepower, nitro-burning machines. With the stage even bigger for the 50th anniversary event, fans in attendance for the magical weekend will undoubtedly be treated to one amazing moment after another.
The event is also the season-opening race for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service and features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where future stars of the sport hone their skills, as well as the Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series.
As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers with an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.