Gainesville Raceway History

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.

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