53rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries
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Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
2780 Fairplex Drive
Pomona, CA 91768
Elevation: 1,100 feet
Tickets: NHRATix.com; 800-884-NHRA (6472)
Group Tickets: Contact Andrew Zamarripa, 626-250-2220; email, email@example.com
Radio Frequency: 105.3 FM
Every February since 1961, fans have flocked to Southern California for one of drag racing’s grandest traditions: The unveiling of new cars, drivers, teams, and sponsorships at the season opener, where teams hope to use the season kickoff as a springboard in their pursuit of a spot in the Countdown to the Championship at the fabled Pomona facility known for its outstanding traction, smooth surface, and record performances.
2012 Recap: Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) kicked off the new season with victories. Fans also witnessed great performances during the four-day event, including the fastest Top Fuel speed and second-quickest pass, both of which were recorded by Massey in the semifinal round. Force scored his 134th career win on a final-round holeshot.
How to Get There: The track is about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. From Interstate 10 east, exit Fairplex Drive or White Avenue and go north; follow signs to Fairplex. From I-10 west, exit Fairplex Drive and go north. The track is about one mile north of the interstate. Arrow Highway provides access from the north.
Visitor Information: La Verne Chamber of Commerce, 909-593-5265; Pomona Chamber of Commerce, 909-622-8484