230 Pension Road
43rd annual NHRA SuperNationals
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, once known 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.
2011 recap: Thanks to cool temperatures and an immaculately prepared racing surface, record-quick fields were established in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, in which Allen Johnson and Matt Smith scored their first wins of the year, and two of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series tour’s hottest nitro drivers, Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Mike Neff (Funny Car), continued to sear the competition with their second wins of the season.
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; Monmouth County Department of Promotion/Tourism, 800-523-2587