44th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals
May 30-June 2
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Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
230 Pension Road
Englishtown, NJ 07726
Elevation: 60 feet
Tickets: www.racewaypark.com; 732-446-7800
Radio Frequency: 87.9 FM
One of NHRA’s original seven national events, this race is steeped in legend: a historic facility, some of the sport’s more knowledgeable (and definitely most boisterous) fans, and a score of dramatic moments. The event, known again as the Summernationals, has shifted on the schedule from its original scorchingly hot and humid July slot to May and June, and upsets have become the norm.
2012 Recap: Thanks to cool temperatures and an immaculately prepared racing surface, Spencer Massey (3.72) and Ron Capps (3.96) lit up the scoreboards with the quickest runs in the history of Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Johnny Gray (Funny Car) outlasted the unprecedented performances to find the winner’s circle, where they were joined by Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
How to Get There: Englishtown is about 20 miles south of Newark Int’l Airport, 35 miles south of New York City, and 55 miles north of Philadelphia. The track is on Pension Road, two miles north of Englishtown. From the New Jersey Turnpike, use Exit 8 (Route 33) or Exit 9 (Route 18). From Route 33, travel east to Route 527 (Englishtown exit), then north to the track. From Route 18, travel east to Route 527 (Englishtown exit), then south to the track. The main entrance is on Pension Road, which runs off Route 527 west of the track.
Visitor Information: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, 732-446-7800