NHRA’s fan-favourite nostalgic drag racing alternative – the Hot Rod Heritage Series – has confirmed it’s 10th anniversary circuit schedule…

NHRA has announced the 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series season schedule, headlined by the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories. The series, celebrating its tenth season, includes classes for front engine dragsters, altereds and gassers, along with the Nitro burning dragsters and funny cars.
The season opens at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Jan. 14-15 for Groups 1 & 2, followed by the famed Good Vibrations March Meet and the kick off for the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Cars, March 2-5 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., and the Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento (Calif.) Raceway in early April. The series then heads north for the first of two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor with a second stop at Sacramento Raceway slated for June 16-17, a Friday-Saturday night event.
The series benefits the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California through a pair of Hot Rod Reunions that are produced by the Museum. The Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., is the first on the schedule slated for June 15-17 and will be followed by the popular California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California that will conclude the series, Oct. 20-22 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield.

Mission Raceway Park in Mission, B.C. will host the Funny Car class at its NHRA Lucas Oil National Open July 22-23 before the series heads back to Firebird for its traditional Nightfire Nationals event that features both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories in August. Rocky Mountain Raceways returns with their Funny Car Summer Send Off event August 25-26, while Group 2 classes will conclude their season at the Nostalgia Fall Championship at Auto Club Famoso in September as part of their Saturday Night Nitro event.
The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series consists of two nitro categories — Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and Nostalgia Funny Car — and two groups of additional classes. Group 1 includes A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, and 7.0 Eliminator, and Group 2 includes Nostalgia Eliminator I, Nostalgia Eliminator II, Nostalgia Eliminator III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod eliminator. Racers in each class will run a combination of events at which they will score points toward the championships.

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series was developed in 2008 to help preserve NHRA’s rich history and tradition while providing racing opportunities for those enthusiasts who enjoy nostalgia drag racing competition.


Event Locations – Date – Classes
Heritage Nostalgia Drags Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Jan. 14-15 Groups 1&2
Good Vibrations March Meet Auto Club Famoso Mar. 2-5 TF/FC/Groups 1&2
Nostalgia Reunion Sacramento Raceway April 1-2 Groups 1&2
NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Firebird Raceway May 5-7 FC
Nitro Night of Fire Sacramento Raceway June 16-17 Groups 1&2
Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Beech Bend Raceway June 15-17 TF
NHRA Lucas Oil National Open Mission Raceway Park July 22-23 FC
Pepsi Nightfire Nationals Firebird Raceway Aug. 10-13 TF/FC
Summer Send Off Rocky Mountain Raceways Aug. 25-26 FC
Nostalgia Fall Championships Auto Club Famoso Sept. 16-17 Group 2
California Hot Rod Reunion Auto Club Famoso Oct. 20-22 TF/FC/Group 1

Classes Key
TF – Nostalgia Top Fuel
FC – Nostalgia Funny Car
Group 1 – A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator
Group 2 – NE 1, NE 2, NE 3, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, Hot Rod

Posted by Eric Lotz

Photos by Dave DeAngelis & Bruce Biegler