NHRA - National Hot Rod Association

Mar 15 - 18

Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals


FRIDAY - March 16, 2018


Sportsman Eliminations

8:00 AM

Factory Stock Showdown Qualifying10:30 AM
Midway Opens10:45 AM
Top Alcohol Qualifying11:00 AM
Pro Stock Motorcycle Autograph Session - At NHRA Midway Display11:15 AM
Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

12:00 PM

Mello Yello Guided Walking Tour - Starts at Mello Yello Display12:15 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session12:30 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

1:15 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

2:00 PM

First Round Follow-UpAfter Q1

NHRA Member Q & A with Matt Hagan - at the NHRA Midway Display
* Not a member? Learn how to become a member at the NHRA Midway Display!

Between Pro rounds

Top Alcohol Qualifying Session (TAD-TAFC)

3:00 PM

Factory Stock Showdown Qualifying4:00 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

4:15 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session4:30 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

5:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

5:45 PM

Jet Cars end the night featuring the Douthit Motorsports Black Pearl Jet CarAfter Q2

SATURDAY - March 17, 2018


Sportsman Eliminations

8:00 AM

Midway Opens8:30 AM
Nitro School - Hosted by Alan Reinhart & Rob Wendland10:00 AM

Top Alcohol Qualifying Session (TAFC-TAD)

10:15 AM

Autograph Session at the Mello Yello Display
*Steve Torrence, Scott Palmer, Eddie Krawiec & Chris McGaha
Don Garlits and Darrell Gwynn will also be attending!
 10:45 AM
Mello Yello Guided Walking Tour - Starts at Mello Yello Display11:00 AM
Factory Stock Showdown Qualifying11:30 AM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

11:45 AM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

12:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

12:30 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session1:30 PM
NHRA Member Q & A with Don Garlits & Frank Hawley
* Not a member? Learn how to become a member at the NHRA Midway Display!
2:00 PM

Top Fuel Harley Qualifying Session

2:15 PM

Factory Stock Showdown - Round 1

2:45 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

3:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

3:30 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session4:30 PM
Top Alcohol Eliminations - Round 15:00 PM

SUNDAY - MARCH 18, 2018


Midway Opens9:00 AM
Darrell Gwynn SealMaster Trackwalk - Join us in walking the track at Gainesville Raceway with our guests from the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter. Proceeds from the track walk benefit the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter at The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.9:30 AM

Pre-Race Ceremonies / Race Day Review

9:45 AM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 1

11:00 AM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 1

12:00 PM

Mello Yello Guided Walking Tour - Starts at Mello Yello DisplayAfter First Round of Pros

Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 1

12:15 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Round 1

12:45 PM

Factory Stock Showdown - Round 21:00 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 2

1:05 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 2

1:30 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 21:40 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:00 PM

Sportsman Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:25 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:30 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:45 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Semi-Finals2:50 PM

Sportsman Eliminations - Finals

2:55 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Finals

3:05 PM

Factory Stock Showdown - Finals

3:10 PM

Top Fuel Harley Eliminations - Finals3:15 PM
Pro Mod Eliminations - Finals3:45 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Finals

3:50 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Finals

3:55 PM

Winner's CircleOn the Starting Line

We are just one year away from the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals! To celebrate, fans who renew their seats for 2019 while they are at this weekend's race, March 15-18, will receive a limited-Edition NHRA Legends poster and a commemorative 50th annual ring*. The only way these collectibles can be yours is if you attend the #Gatornats at Gainesville Raceway this weekend and renew your seats before you leave. Ticket Renewals are taking place at the Mello Yello Welcome Center in the midway.

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* Pick-up your poster this weekend at this weekend's Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The ring will be distributed at next year's race.

Youth and Education

The NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program presented by the U.S. Army was founded in 1989. It is the only full-time education program in motorsports that provides quality programs and activities for schools and youth organizations nationwide. Not only is the YES Program FREE, it focuses on the importance of goals and continued education, while allowing students to learn about and explore various career opportunities. The program will show students how S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is applied to both, real world situations and NHRA Drag Racing, which they will have the opportunity to see live at the track. For more information, check the Y.E.S Program below. 

YES Program

Entry List

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 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals through GovX. Click here to purchase.


Event Info

Fans in the Sunshine State will be in for a treat at Gainesville Raceway as the world’s best drag racers power their 10,000 horsepower, fire-breathing machines down the strip in pursuit of championship points and early-season momentum.

The traditional East Coast opener and the season’s first of 16 races for Pro Stock Motorcycle, this event, one of the sport’s most revered, has entertained fans for decades with such notables as the first 260-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984 and the first 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, in 1986 and 1992, respectively.

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2017 Event Winners

Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher

Funny Car: John Force

Pro Stock: Shane Gray

Pro Stock Motorcycle: Eddie Krawiec

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 800-884-NHRA (6472)Purchase early and save! 

How to Get There: The track is on County Road 225, eight miles north of Gainesville Regional Airport. If traveling north on I-75, use Exit 382, Williston Road (CR 331), and turn left (east). Williston Road will become Waldo Road (State Route 24) after it crosses U.S. 441. Continue on Waldo Road to NE 53rd Avenue, turn left, then immediately right onto CR 225 and ­continue 3.5 miles to the track. From I-75 north or south, use Exit 390, 39th Avenue (SR 222), go east to Waldo Road (SR 24), turn left, go to NE 53rd Avenue, turn left, then immediately right onto CR 225 and continue 3.5 miles to the track.

Visitor Information: Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, 352-374-5231 or 866-778-5002, www.visitgainesville.com; Gainesville Area ­Chamber of Commerce, 352-334-7100, www.gainesvillechamber.com