26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries
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Royal Purple Raceway
2525 South FM 565
Baytown, TX 77523
Elevation: 10 feet
Tickets: www.royalpurpleraceway.com; 281-383-RACE (7223); 281-383-2666
Radio Frequency: 87.9 FM
Royal Purple Raceway benefits from incredible atmospheric conditions because of its proximity to Trinity Bay, which feeds the facility cool air. The track’s first NHRA national event, in fall 1988, established RPR as one of the sport’s quickest with NHRA’s first four-second Top Fuel quarter-mile pass and a new national record. Since then, the track has been host to a dizzying array of record runs, including the first sub-4.5-second Top Fuel quarter-mile pass by Larry Dixon in 1999. This is race No. 3 for the Pro Stock Motorcycles.
2012 Recap: John Force Racing got off to a 6-0 start in Funny Car; Mike Neff led the way this time and avenged his red-light in the final round one season earlier. Morgan Lucas left no questions unanswered during his Top Fuel win by qualifying No. 1 and making the quickest lap of every eliminations round. Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) stayed undefeated at RPR by winning one year after scoring his first victory. Andrew Hines cut a perfect light in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final to beat Hector Arana Jr. on a holeshot.
How to Get There: Baytown is 25 miles east of downtown Houston. From downtown Houston, take I-10 east to SH 146 (Exit 797) and go south to FM 1405 (approximately 2 miles). Take FM 1405 east (left) to FM 565 and take another left. The racetrack will be one mile east on your left.
Visitor Information: Baytown Chamber of Commerce, 281-422-8359