The Goodguys 22nd Hot Rod Nationals, which takes place June 11-13 at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, will officially mark the start of a three-race series for vintage drag racers which includes the Hot Rod Nationals, the 9th Blue Suede Cruise August 20-22 in Norwalk, Ohio and the 3rd Nostalgia Nationals October 15-17 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Hot Rod Nationals is one of the country’s largest vintage hot rodding events, combining a massive car show with over 4,000 pre-1973 rods, customs, muscle cars and classics with a weekend long vintage drag race on O’Reilly Raceway Park’s drag strip. Vendor exhibits, a swap meet, car corral, special awards and live entertainment are also planned for the event.
A well-rounded field of over 20 entries is confirmed in both Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car, according to Goodguys. Both classes will be run as eight-car open shows with qualifying sessions scheduled for Friday, June 11th at 3pm and Saturday, June 12th at noon. The first round for both Top Fuel and Funny Car eliminations is scheduled for 3:30pm Saturday afternoon, with final eliminations commencing Sunday morning the 13th at 10am.
The Nostalgia Top Fuel field is led by defending event co-champions (due to a rained out final last year) Denver Schutz in the “Raisin Express II” and Howard Haight in the “Nitrodiction.” “Radar” Roger Lechtenberg will return this year behind the wheel of Dale & Kat Suhr’s “Orange Crate” top fueler
In Nostalgia Funny Car action, defending co-champions champion Paul Romine and Shawn Bowen will compete, along with other confirmed entries that include Justin Grant’s “Stardust” ‘Cuda, Anthony Bronge’s “Punisher” 1969 Camaro, Steve Nichols’ “Mill Road Boys” 1970 Camaro, Peter Gallen’s “Poverty Stricken” Vega, Troy Martin’s “Chi Town Hustler” Dodge Charger, Danny Miller’s “Rear Gears” 1970 Maverick and Bob Godfrey’s “Burn-N-Money” 1969 Camaro.
In all, 12 Sportsman classes including Pro Comp, B/GAS, Nostalgia Gas, Nostalgia Comp and Hot Rod Eliminator will also be contested. Exhibition classes include the popular Nostalgia Super Stockers, Nostalgia Pro Stock and “Geezer Gassers.”
The Street Rod Shootout 1/8th mile competition, which crowns the fastest street rods and hot rods from the car show side of the event, will take place Saturday at 11:30am.
For more information regarding the events, drag racing or class structure, go to www.ggvintagedragracing.com.