NHRA - National Hot Rod Association

May 04 - 06

NHRA Southern Nationals Powered by Mello Yello

Atlanta Dragway
1,100 feet


FRIDAY - MAY 4, 2018

Full Racing Schedule

Sportsman Eliminations

8:00 AM

Midway Opens12:30 PM
Pro Stock Motorcycle Autograph Session - At the NHRA Midway Display1:45 PM
Top Alcohol Qualifying2:00 PM
NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display2:30 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM/PSC)

3:30 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC/TF)

4:15 PM

First Round Follow UpAfter Q1
NHRA Member Only Q & A with JR Todd - at the NHRA Midway Display
*Not a Member? Learn how to become a member at the NHRA Midway Display!
After Q1

Top Alcohol Qualifying Session 

5:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM/PSC)

6:45 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC/TF)

7:30 PM


SATURDAY - MAY 5, 2018


Sportsman Eliminations

8:00 AM

Midway Opens8:30 AM
Nitro School - Hosted by Richie Crampton and Alan Reinhart9:15 AM
Autograph Session at the Mello Yello Display
*Cruz Pedregon, Doug Kalitta, Erica Enders, Jerry Savoie and Don Garlits
10:00 AM
NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display10:15 AM

Top Alcohol Qualifying Session 

10:15 AM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM/PSC)

11:15 AM

Top Fuel Qualifying Session

12:00 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Session12:30 PM
NHRA Member Only Q & A - at the NHRA Midway Display
*Not a Member? Learn how to become a member at the NHRA Midway Display
After Q3
Top Alcohol Qualifying Session1:00 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM/PSC)

2:45 PM

Top Fuel Qualifying Session

3:30 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Session4:00 PM

SUNDAY - MAY 6, 2018


Midway Opens9:00 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 (TF-FC)

11:00 AM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 1

12:00 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Round 212:30 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 2 (TF-FC)

1:15 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 2

1:45 PM

Sportsman Eliminations - Semi-Finals2:00 PM
Top Alcohol Eliminations - Semi-Finals2:15 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Semi-Finals (TF-FC)

2:40 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:45 PM

Sportsman Eliminations - Finals3:00 PM

Top Alcohol Eliminations - Finals

3:15 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Finals

3:45 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Finals (FC-TF)

3:55 PM

Winner's CircleOn the Starting Line


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


NHRA Southern Nationals



 nhra Southern nationals



Event Info

One of NHRA’s long-established events, this belle of the South has gained a reputation as one of the tougher events on the tour to win. With summer approaching, warm temperatures can turn the event into “Hotlanta” and throw crew chiefs a curve as they try to glue their charges to the facility’s 660-foot concrete launchpad.

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! 


2017 Event Winners

Top Fuel: Steve Torrence

Funny Car: Ron Capps

Pro Stock: Bo Butner

Pro Stock Motorcycle: LE Tonglet

How to Get There: The track is about 65 miles north of Atlanta on ­Interstate 85 at U.S. Highway 441. From Atlanta, take I-85 north to Exit 149 (Highway 441). Travel north on Highway 441 to Steven Tanger Boulevard. Go left on Tanger Boulevard, then right on E. Ridgeway Road, and follow the signs to the track (approximately a half-mile on the right).

Visitor Information: Atlanta Dragway, 706-335-2301; Banks County ­Chamber of Commerce, 706-677-2108; Banks County Convention and ­Visitors Bureau, 706-677-5265

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 NHRA Southern Nationals Powered by Mello Yello through GovX. Click here to purchase.