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Gainesville Raceway Re-Opening Details

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Based on Discussion with local and state authorities, we are revising our planned re-opening to May 15th with a Friday Street Legal Madness.

FRIDAY, MAY 15
Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tech Card: $30
Crew: $15

SATURDAY, MAY 16
Gamblers Race for Slicks and Radials
4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tech Card: $35
Crew: $15
NO STREET TIRES ALLOWED

SATURDAY, MAY 23
Summit Series Race #4
2 p.m.
Crew: $15

SUNDAY, MAY 24
Summit Series Race #5
9 a.m.
Crew: $15

FRIDAY, MAY 29
Friday Street Legal Madness
6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tech Card: $30
Crew: $15

SATURDAY, MAY 30
Gamblers Race for Slicks and Radials
4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tech Card: $35
Crew: $15
NO STREET TIRES ALLOWED


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Update on the 2020 Season

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.–Due to the latest timeline on social distancing guidelines through April 30, we have made the decision to delay the start of the Gainesville Raceway on-track season to Friday, May 1.

We will continue to monitor local, state, and federal recommendations and restrictions as it relates to hosting events at our facility.

We thank everyone for their patience and hope to continue to stay safe and healthy. Please continue to follow Gainesville Raceway on our social media channels and website for more information and updates.


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NHRA Announces New Date for 2020 Gatornationals

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In consideration of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NHRA officials have announced revisions to the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The series is tentatively planned to resume June 5-7 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The season will conclude with the crowning of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions November 13-15 at the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

The revised schedule will consist of 19 total events, with 17 of those events being contested when the series resumes in June. Six of these events will be condensed to two-day competition schedules for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes due to economic and logistical factors. As a result of the compressed schedule, points will not be reset after the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. NHRA has held two make-up dates on the calendar in case there are further delays.  

UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions about the current suspension of NHRA racing

Tentative schedule announcements for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series, Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series and Samtech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series will be announced soon. All NHRA-sanctioned drag racing series competition is still suspended until further notice.

REVISED 2020 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
June 5-7Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSC/PSM)Gainesville, Fla.
June 12-14Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals* (PSC/PSM)Houston
June 19-21NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals* (PSC/PSM)Bristol, Tenn.
June 26-28Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals* (PSC/PSM)Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12Route 66 NHRA NationalsChicago
July 17-19Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM)Denver
July 24-26NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSC/PSM)Sonoma, Calif.
July 31-Aug. 2NHRA Northwest Nationals* (PSC/PSM)Seattle
Aug. 13-16Lucas Oil NHRA NationalsBrainerd, Minn.
Aug. 21-23Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals* (PSC)Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 3-7NHRA U.S. Nationals (PSC/PSM)Indianapolis
Sept. 11-13Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals* (PSC/PSM)Reading, Pa.
Sept. 18-20NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSC/PSM)Charlotte
Sept. 25-27Make Up Date If NeededGainesville, Fla.
Oct. 2-4AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSC/PSM)St. Louis
Oct. 9-11Make Up Date If NeededHouston
Oct. 15-18AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSC/PSM)Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1Dodge NHRA Nationals (PSC/PSM)Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSC/PSM)Pomona, Calif.

*Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday and Sunday only
PSC = Pro Stock will be contested at this event
PSM = Pro Stock Motorcycle will be contested at this event


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Gainesville Raceway to Suspend Racing Activity

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.–At this time, we are suspending all activity at Gainesville Raceway for 30 days in responce to the coronavirus pandemic.

This suspension will unfortunately affect some of our currently scheduled events such as the RaceWars Race & Car Show, the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, and the Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience, as well as a number of our normal weekly racing activities. We intend, at this time, to resume the original schedule on April 17 with our “Fast Friday” Street Legal Madness, followed by our Drag Slicks and Radials Test-and-Tune event on Saturday, April 18, and continue thereafter, subject to developments in the interim.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, to listen to experts, and to be transparent as to when we believe racing will resume at Gainesville Raceway.

This decision was made with heavy hearts as we the the effect this pandemic is having on the world, the country, and our Gainesville Raceway family. With recommendations to practice social distancing and reduce social gatherings, we believe this is the right descision and will be the most effective way to protect everyone in the long run.

We are all in this complicated, uncertain, and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We encourage you to consult http://www.cdc.gov/cornavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for information and updates.

Please continue to monitor GainesvilleRaceway.com and follow us on social media for additional schedule updates.


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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

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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

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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

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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.


Upcoming Events

  1. Friday Street Legal Madness

    October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  2. Import Face-Off

    November 1 @ 8:00 am
  3. All Harley Drag Race Association 2020 World Finals

    November 7 @ 8:00 am - November 8 @ 6:00 pm
  4. Frank Hawley Drag Racing School Gas Class

    November 10 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Box-No Box Bracket Race

    November 14 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm