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NHRA to Postpone Portion of Gatornationals

GAINESVILLE, Fla.–In consideration of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the recommendations of the Florida governor, NHRA officials are postponing a portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

The sportsman categories contested on Thursday will complete competition this weekend without ticketed spectators. Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Mod, Factory Stock Showdown, Top Fuel Harley, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Car will compete at a later date to be determined.

Current tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event or ticketholders may opt to use their tickets as a credit towards the 2021 Gatornationals. NHRA will determine next steps for moving forward as additional information becomes available.

We appreciate the patience of our competitors and fans.


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Summit ET Bracket Series Results: February 15

GAINESVILLE, Fla.–Six class winners were crowned on Saturday at the second Summit Racing Series Bracket Race of 2020. There are 1 2more races on the schedule with the next being held on Sunday, February 16.

FB TRAILERS SUPER PRO:
Winner: Bryan Jones
Runner-up: Robbie Macdonald

ROLLIN’S AUTOMOTIVE SPEED AND CUSTOM PRO:
Winner: Robert Simpson
Runner-up: Garry Thompson

SPORTSMAN
Winner: Marcus Crews
Runner-up: Alden Rollins

SUPER PRO BIKE:
Winner: Tim Hunt
Runner-up: Scott DeLong

PRO BIKE:
Winner: John Upthegrove
Runner-up: Duane Schmidt Jr.

ALLEN’S SPEED AND MACHINE SHOP JUNIOR
Winner: Brayden Davis
Runner-up: Curtis Peek


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Summit ET Bracket Series Results: January 18

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Six class winners were crowned on Saturday at the first Summit Racing Series Bracket Race of 2020. There are 14 more races on the schedule with the next being held on February 15.

FB TRAILERS SUPER PRO:
Winner: Ken Grant
Runner-up: Rick Brantley

ROLLIN’S AUTOMOTIVE SPEED AND CUSTOM PRO:
Winner: Darren Stutts
Runner-up: Jason Rollins

SPORTSMAN
Winner: Robert Simpson
Runner-up: Bob Hogsten

SUPER PRO BIKE:
Winner: Mike Lakoskey
Runner-up: Tim Hunt

PRO BIKE:
Winner: Dwayne Leachman
Runner-up: Jeff Berrier

ALLEN’S SPEED AND MACHINE SHOP JUNIOR
Winner: Curtis Peel
Runner-up: Cody Owens


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Import Face-Off Set for February 9

Category : general news

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The first of two Import Face-Off events ag Gainesville Raceway in 2020 is set for Sunday, February 9.

Highlighted by quarter-mile drag racing, the gates for the event will open at 8 a.m. with racing set to start at 10 a.m. Drivers can purchase tech cards to a test-and-tune session or enter the competition for $35 the day of the event or $25 if the tickets are purchase online prior to February 9.

Other event activities will include a car, truck, and bike show plus a stereo contest that contestants can enter for $35 the day of the event or $25 if the tickets are purchase online prior to February 9. There will also be free contests to enter including a burnout contest, low car limbo, and a two-step contest.

Spectators can purchase a ticket for $25 at the gate the day of the event or for $20 by purchasing a ticket online prior to February 9. Children 10-and-under will receive free admission.

The second Import Face-Off event at the track will be held November 1. The full 2020 Gainesville Raceway schedule can be found HERE.


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FB Trailers Added as Gainesville Raceway Class Sponsor

Category : general news

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Gainesville Raceway announced the addition of FB Trailers as the official sponsor of the track Super Pro Bracket Racing class.

FB Trailers carries several full lines of Utility, Dump, Cargo, and Race Trailers along with all the parts and accessories you may need. Located in Orange Park, Florida, you can learn more about FB Trailers by visiting FBtrailers.com. 

FB Trailers joins Rollins Automotive Speed and Custom who sponsors the pro class and Allen’s Speed and Machine Shop who sponsors the junior classes as Gainesville Raceway bracket racing class sponsors.

To view the complete 2020 Gainesville Raceway Summit Racing Bracket Series schedule, click HERE.


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New Drag Slicks and Radial Test-and-Tune Series Announced

Category : general news

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Beginning during the 2020 season, Gainesville Raceway will offer a regular test-and-tune series open only to vehicles with drag slicks and radial tires.

The series will take place on select Saturday’s throughout 2020 with the first passes being made at 10 a.m. The event will conclude with the final run at 4 p.m. Competitive racers will see track conditions dedicated specifically to drag slicks and radials more consistent with what they will see at a payout race.

Tech cards for will cost $35 while crew passes will be $15. Spectators can purchase a $10 ticket while children 12-and-under receive free admission.

Gainesville Raceway also offers a regular Friday Street Legal Madness test-and-tune series for all vehicles. To see the full test-and-tune schedule for 2020, click HERE.


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2020 Gainesville Raceway Schedule Announced

Category : general news

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The 2020 Gainesville Raceway schedule was announced Monday morning. The 2020 calendar will feature 65 days of action with 56 different events.

The full schedule can be found below with available ticket information. For any other information, contact Gainesville Raceway at (352) 377-0046.

JANUARY
4th: All Welcome Test-and-Tune
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
18th: Chassis Inspection
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY | Call 352-377-0046
18th: Summit Series Bracket Race #1
9 a.m. | $10 for Spectators
25th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES

FEBRUARY
1st: Street Legal Saturday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
8th: Open Test-and-Tune
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
9th: Import Face-off
8 a.m. | $35 to race/show | $25 to watch | ImportFaceOff.net
15th: Summit Series Bracket Race #2
9 a.m. | $10 for Spectators
16th: Summit Series Bracket Race #3
9 a.m. | $10 for Spectators

MARCH
5th-8th: 5th Annual NHRA Division 2 Baby Gators
Call track at 352-377-0046 for more info
12th-15th: 51st Annual NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals
Visit NHRA.com for tickets
21st: Summit Series Bracket Race #4
9 a.m. | $10 for Spectators
22nd: Pure Speed Drag Racing and Exotics Experience
http://www.purespeedracing.com/
27th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
29th: Racewars Race & Car Show
http://www.racewarsusa.com

APRIL
4th: Summit Series Bracket Race #5
2 p.m. | $10 for Spectators
11th: Summit Series Bracket Race #6
2 p.m. | $10 for Spectators
17th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
18th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES
25th: Fourth Annual 352 Shootout
2 p.m. | More Info to Come

MAY
1st: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
2nd: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET
TIRES
9th: Summit Series Bracket Race #7 & King of the Track
2 p.m. | $10 for Spectators
16th: Street Legal Saturday
4 p.m.-10 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
23rd: Summit Series Bracket Race #8
2 p.m. | $10 for Spectators
24th: Summit Series Bracket Race #9
9 a.m. | $10 for Spectators
29th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
30th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES

JUNE
6th: Summit Series Bracket Race #10 & NHRA Wally Race
2 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
12th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
13th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES
20th: Summit Series Bracket Race #11 & Jr. Dragster Wally Race
2 p.m. | $10 for Spectators
26th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch27th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES

JULY
11th: Summit Series Bracket Race #12
9 a.m. | $10 for Spectators
18th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES
24th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch

AUGUST
1st: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES
7th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
15th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES
28th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch

SEPTEMBER
11th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
12th: Summit Series Bracket Race #14
2 p.m. | $10 for Spectators
19th: Drag Slicks & Radials Test-and-Tune
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | $35 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch | NO STREET TIRES
25th: Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m.-11 p.m. | $30 to race | $15 for crew | $10 to watch
26th: Summit Series Race #15
2 p.m. | $10 for Spectators


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Gainesville Raceway Hiring Part-Time Event Staff

Category : general news

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—In preparation for the 2020 season, Gainesville Raceway is looking to hire part-time, seasonal staff for a variety of positions. Descriptions for the available positions can be found below while interested applicants can apply HERE.

Building and Facility Maintenance (Part-Time, Seasonal)
This position reports to the Operations and Facility Supervisor
General grounds, building and facility maintenance
Mowing with tractor and zero turn mower
Weed eater operation
Spraying to control weeds
Restroom maintenance
Trash pick-up
Vehicle and equipment maintenance
Additional duties as required by Gainesville Raceway staff

Fire Safety (Part-Time, Seasonal)
Must be certified EMT, Paramedic, or Firefighter
Good with people
Must be able to work long hours in the outdoor weather
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment

Start Line (Part-Time, Seasonal)
Will assist at the start line area while watching for and cleaning up debris, oil, and water.

Track Announcer (Part-Time, Seasonal)
Will broadcast races in real-time over public address system and track radio station. Will also control music system and reading sponsor ads or public service announcements.

Staging Lanes (Part-Time, Seasonal)
Responsible for running the Staging Lanes: making lane assignments for classes, pairing of cars, and sending them to the ready line when needed.

Water Box (Part-Time, Seasonal)
Responsible for keeping a specified area wet for race cars to do burnouts before going to the start line. This individual is also responsible for keeping the area clean of gravel and debris that can be hazardous to cars and driver/crew behind the water box and signal lying to drivers to begin the burnout.


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Banquet Invite

Gainesville Raceway Summit Racing Series Banquet set for November 9

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The Gainesville Raceway Summit Racing Series Bracket Banquet will be held November 9 at the Alachua Women’s Club. Awards from the 2019 bracket racing season will be handed out with the top finishers in each class being recognized.

Tickets can be reserved beginning October 16 by calling 352-377-0046. Reserved tickets are $35 with the price increasing to $40 at the door.


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Summit Racing Series ET Bracket Champions Crowned Over the Weekend

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Over the weekend, six racers were crowned class champions for the Gainesville Raceway Summit Racing Bracket Series. The points season consisted of 10 races with 25 points for signing up early, 20 points for appearing in each race, and a racers two lowest races being dropped.

In the super pro category, Sherby Powell took the top spot with 437 points on the season. Powell’s 20 bonus points for appearing in all 10 races proved to be the difference, taking the season crown by eight points. J. Kelly Hicks was runner-up and Bart Treadwell rounded out the top-three.

John Rollins earned the 2019 pro title after a pair of race victories during the season. He defeated the field by 30 points with a total of 530, including the all race bonus. Jason Rollins was runner-up while Mel Ryskie finished third.

Taking the sportsman crown was Robert Simpson with 471 points. He earned a race victory on July second and competed in each of the 10 races in 2019 to seal the season championship. Bart Pangilian finished as the runner-up while Chris Parisi rounded out the top-three.

Scott Delong was the top finisher in 2019 for the super pro bike class. He earned the race victory in each of the last four races of the season to capture the season crown. Finishing behind Delong was Tim Hunt in second and Billy Balcom in third.

Balcom went on to capture the pro bike title by a narrow margin. He defeated Delong in the category by eight points with a total of 432. His runner up finish in the final weekend helped seal the 2019 crown. Billy Barton finished third in the season standings.

Brittany Schmidt was the lone junior dragster to compete in each of the season’s seven junior races totaling 289 points. She picked up the win in back-to-back races on September 7 and 21. She topped Maverick Palmatier in the season standings by 39 points while Allison Harbin finished third.


Upcoming Events

  1. Test-and-Tune (Slicks and Drag Radials ONLY)

    August 15 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. Summit Series Race #9

    August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Friday Street Legal Madness

    August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  4. Friday Street Legal Madness

    September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  5. Summit Series Race #10

    September 12 @ 2:00 pm