The Gatornationals is an annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) national drag race event held each March at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.
The event was held for the first time in 1970. The traditional East Coast opener is one of the sport’s most revered with a rich tradition of history-making performances. The Gatornationals has the title of being the drag race to see the first 260-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984 by Joe Amato and Kenny Bernstein respectively, and the first 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel passes by Don Garlits and Kenny Bernstein in 1986 and 1992, respectively. Its 675-foot concrete launchpad is one of the longest on the tour.