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Sun, 5 Dec 2010, 12:04 PM

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Announces 2011 Season Schedule
Courtesy of NHRA Communications





GLENDORA, Calif. --

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series officials announced today the 2011 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing schedule, which includes affiliate events at Beech Bend Raceway Park and Maple Grove Raceway.

The Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion will be held June 16-18 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. and the Geezers at the Grove will be held July 2-3 at Maple Grove Raceway, in Reading, Pa.

In total, the 2011 schedule includes 11 events and will begin with the Arizona Fuel & Gas Nationals, March 5-6 at Speedworld Dragstrip in Wittmann, Ariz.

In addition to the affiliate events at Beech Bend Raceway Park and Maple Grove Raceway, the series will make stops at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif., Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, and Sacramento Raceway in Sacramento, Calif.

"We're excited to be hosting the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway again in 2011," said Mike Yurick, vice president of operations at Auto Club Speedway. "Drag racing started here in Southern California and the event has become a key part of our schedule. We wish all the racers the best of luck in 2011 and welcome them back to Auto Club Dragway."

A new addition to the 2011 schedule will be that the Group 1 classes will join Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster and Nostalgia Funny Car in finishing their season and crown champions at the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., while Group 2 classes will finish their seasons in July at the Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento Raceway.

"We're extremely happy with the success that the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series has had and look forward to yet another exciting season," said Peter Clifford, board member, NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum. "The support shown from our host tracks around the country, combined with the efforts of the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum and the Hot Rod Reunions has been tremendous in showcasing the commitment shared by all to maintaining the history of the great sport of drag racing."

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series consists of two nitro categories: Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters, Nostalgia Funny Cars, and two groups of additional classes. Group 1 includes Jr. Fuel, A-Fuel, AA/Gas, and 7.0 Pro, while Group 2 includes NE I, NE II, NE III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas and Hot Rod. Each class will run a combination of events in which they will score points toward the championship.

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.

2011 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Schedule*

Date               Event                          Featured Classes

Location

March 5-6          Arizona Fuel & Gas Nationals   Groups 1&2
Speedworld Dragstrip  Wittmann, Ariz.

March 18-20        March Meet                     TF, FC, & Group 2

Auto Club Famoso Raceway  Bakersfield, Calif.                     

April 16-17        Sportsman Shootout             Groups 1&2                             
Auto Club Dragway  Fontana, Calif.

April 29 - May 1   Napa Auto Parts Ignitor        FC

Firebird Raceway  Boise, Idaho

May 13-14          Nostalgia Reunion              TF
Sacramento Raceway  Sacramento, Calif.

May 28-29           Las Vegas Speed Spectacular   FC & Groups 1&2

The Strip at LVMS  Las Vegas                                   

July 15-16            Fremont  Reunion            Groups 1&2                             
Sacramento Raceway  Sacramento, Calif.                      

Aug. 11-14           Pepsi Nightfire Nationals    TF & FC

Firebird Raceway  Boise, Idaho                               

Oct. 21-23            California Hot Rod Reunion  TF, FC & Group 1

Auto Club Famoso Raceway  Bakersfield, Calif.                      


2011 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Affiliated Event
June 16-18 - Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion - Beech Bend Raceway Park - Bowling Green,
Ky.
July 2-3 - Geezers at the Grove - Maple Grove Raceway - Reading, Pa.           

* Schedule and categories subject to change





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