NHRA - National Hot Rod Association

Aug '18

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals

Pacific Raceways
280 feet


Full Racing Schedule

FRIDAY - August 3, 2018

Pacific Time

Midway Opens

11:00 AM

Top Alcohol Qualifying Sessions

12:00 & 2:15 PM

NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display1:30 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

3:30 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

4:00 PM

NHRA Member Only Q & A with Shawn Langdon - at the NHRA Midway Display
*Not a Member? Learn how to become a Member at the NHRA Midway Display!
After Q1

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

5:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

5:30 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

6:00 PM

CacklefestOn the return road after Q2



SATURDAY - August 4, 2018


Midway Opens

9:30 AM

NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display11:00 AM
Nitro School - Hosted by Scott Palmer and Alan Reinhart11:30 AM
Autograph Session at the Mello Yello Display
*Featuring Tony Schumacher, Jim Campbell, Jeg Coughlin Jr.,Pat Austin, Jerry Ruth and Bill Doner
12:15 PM

Top Alcohol Qualifying Session

12:00 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

1:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

1:30 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

2:00 PM

NHRA Member Only Q & A with Pat Austin - At the NHRA Midway Display
*Not a Member? Learn how to become a Member at the NHRA Midway Display!
After Q3

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Round 1

3:00 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

3:45 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSC)

4:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

4:30 PM

CacklefestOn the return road after Q4



SUNDAY - August 5, 2018


Midway Opens

9:00 AM

NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display9:00 AM
SealMaster Track Walk9:45 AM

Pre-Race Ceremonies / Race Day Review

10:00 AM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 1

11:00 AM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 1

12:00 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Round 2

12:15 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Round 1

12:45 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 2

1:00 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 2

1:15 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Semi-Finals

1:30 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Semi-Finals

1:35 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:15 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:35 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Finals

3:00 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Finals

3:05 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Finals

3:33 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Finals

3:37 PM

Winner's CircleOn the Starting Line
Entry List

Event Info

After stops in Colorado and California, the Western Swing concludes at scenic Pacific Raceways. One of the tour’s most breathtaking environments, the facility is parked in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier and surrounded by towering trees that add more than beauty: They emit tons of power-enhancing oxygen to feed the appetites of the high-horsepower machines, resulting in prime performances.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as Every Ticket's a Pit Pass® at the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet! Get direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from your favorite NHRA drivers.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the TICKETS button above or by calling 253-639-5927. Purchase early and save!

2017 Event Winners

Top Fuel: Antron Brown

Funny Car: Robert Hight

Pro Stock: Drew Skillman

How to Get There: The track is 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on Highway 18. From I-5, use Exit 142A (Auburn exit) and travel east 10 miles on Highway 18, following the signs to the track. From other points, use Highway 18 and exit S.E. 304th Street.

Visitor Information: Pacific Raceways, 253-639-5927; Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 253-833-0700; Kent Chamber of Commerce, 253-854-1770; Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 206-461-5800

TV Schedule


All Qualifying Shows are 1-hour and Finals are 3-hours in duration unless otherwise noted


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First Responders

Throughout the 2018 season, the NHRA will pay tribute to the legion of first responders, the heroes who are among the first people to arrive and assist at the scene of an emergency.


NHRA Salutes First Responders will honor medical professionals, law-enforcement officers, firefighters, members of the armed forces, and a number of other professions charged with the safety and well-being of the public, much like the Safety Safari is charged with the safety and well-being of the racing community.


As part of the tribute, first responders will be eligible for discounted tickets to the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals through GovX. Click here to purchase.



At each of the 2018 NHRA national events, the NHRA  has been providing fans with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to meet the biggest names in drag racing through meet-and-greets, autograph sessions and more with the NHRA Legends Tour. The tour wraps up at the 50th Gatornationals, as Ed “Ace” McCulloch, Shirley Muldowney, Darrell Gwynn, Don Garlits, Kenny Bernstein, Joe Amato and many more come together for one colossal blowout to celebrate the 50th annual Gatornationals. Never before will so many NHRA legends be gathered in one place! Renew now to guarantee your seat in history! 

Get tickets for your chance to meet NHRA Legend Kenny Bernstein and other iconic NHRA Legends at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals!