27th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals
Firebird Int’l Raceway
20000 Maricopa Road
Chandler, AZ 85226
Elevation: 1,100 feet
Tickets: www.firebirdraceway.com; 602-268-0200
Radio Frequencies: 530 AM, 92.9 FM
NHRA’s annual duel in the desert has been a Southwest fixture since 1985 when it joined the tour in a late-fall slot. Since 1990, it was the second stop on the tour, but this year, it becomes a key race in the Countdown as the third-to-last stop of the season for all Full Throttle racers. Charlie Allen, a former Funny Car racer, constructed a track that makes people forget that it sits 1,100 feet above sea level.
2010 recap: Cory McClenathan and Jack Beckman completed a Don Schumacher Racing sweep of the delayed final rounds on Monday morning, but Pro Stock action was not completed until the next event in Gainesville, where Jason Line defeated surprise finalist Bob Yonke. McClenathan’s win gave him the Full Throttle points lead in Top Fuel, and Beckman got back into the win column in Funny Car for the first time since summer 2009.
How to Get There: The track is 10 miles south of Phoenix and minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l Airport. From Phoenix, take Interstate 10 east to the Wild Horse Pass exit (162). From Tucson, take I-10 west to the Wild Horse Pass exit (162).
Visitor Information: Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 800-963-4571