Gainesville Raceway opened in 1969 and held its first Gatornationals event in 1970. Long considered one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA circuit, it was from this legendary launch point that drivers clocked the first 260-, 270- and 300-mph Top Fuel runs. It also was from this starting line, during the 2000 Gatornationals, that eight of 10 national records were set in the professional classes. Following the 2003 season, Gainesville Raceway underwent some significant renovations.
The concrete launchpad at the starting line of the ultra-quick drag strip was extended to 700 feet and the remainder of the racing surface, the shutdown area, and the professional pit area, were repaved. A new television compound was constructed on the north side of the drag strip, which frees up space in the pit area. In 2007 eight Skyboxes with outside seating were added to the top of the Southside staring line grandstands. Also in 2007 the Top Eliminator Club pavilion was constructed which greatly improved the race experience for our TEC customers. The storm drainage system in the parking lots was upgraded and several of the access roads to the sportsman pit areas were improved.
In 2008, the old tower was torn down, and a new, state-of-the-art control tower was built in its place. The new VIP tower holds race-control operations, track offices, and a spacious media center.
Prior to the 50th anniversary Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals the facility poured an all-concrete racing surface and repaved the full shutdown area.