ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. --
The family-friendly event has a special offer available for the tradition-rich event: kids 12 and under will be allowed into general admission areas for free with a paid adult.
The race will be an important one for teams who are battling to make the top 10 and qualify for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs, as it is the official midpoint in the NHRA Mello Yello Series regular season.
The 2012 Toyota NHRA Summernationals winners were Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Englishtown native Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle). All are scheduled to return to try and defend their event titles.
In Funny Car, two-time world champion Cruz Pedregon second in the points standings at the controls of his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry since claiming victories in Las Vegas and Houston. Sophomore-sensation Courtney Force in her Traxxas Ford Mustang has been a force to be reckoned with in the series. She kicked off the series with a season-opening win at the Winternationals. Pitch Energy Dodge Charger driver Johnny Gray, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger driver Ron Capps, Auto Club Ford Mustang driver Robert Hight, 15-time champ John Force and defending world champion Jack Beckman are also among the drivers to watch.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, hometown favorite and three-time world champion Krawiec is hoping to get back into championship form on his Vance & Hines Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson, while Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. is in the lead and has raced to three consecutive victories to open the season. Soverign-Star Racing Buell driver Scotty Pollacheck and veteran rider Steve Johnson have advanced to final rounds this season.
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Pro Mod Series also will thrill the crowds during the weekend with intense side-by-side competition.
Mello Yello Series qualifying begins on Friday, May 31 with sessions at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, June 1 at noon and 2:15 p.m. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 2.
To purchase tickets for the Toyota NHRA Summernationals, please call Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at (732) 446-7800 or visit www.racewaypark.com. For more information about NHRA, please visit www.NHRA.com.
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