500 E. Ridgeway Road
32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
Elevation: 1,100 feet
Tickets: NHRATix.com; 800-884-NHRA (6472); 404-249-6400
Radio Frequency: 96.7 FM
One of NHRA’s long-established events, this belle of the South has gained a reputation as one of the tougher events on the tour to win. With summer approaching, warm temperatures can turn the event into “Hotlanta” and throw crew chiefs a curve as they try to glue their charges to the facility’s 660-foot concrete launchpad. The event is the third on the schedule to feature the high-revving 190-mph Pro Stock Motorcycles.
2011 recap: In front of their team sponsor, Jason Line won an all-Summit Racing team final over Greg Anderson in their second such meeting this year. In Top Fuel, Antron Brown scored at the event for the fourth time, and he was joined in the winner’s circle by his Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car teammate Jack Beckman and reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ LE Tonglet, who collected his first hardware of the year to break up the season’s Harley-Davidson domination.
How to Get There: The track is about 65 miles north of Atlanta on Interstate 85 at U.S. Highway 441. From Atlanta, take I-85 north to Exit 149 (Highway 441). Travel north on Highway 441 to Steven Tanger Boulevard. Go left on Tanger Boulevard, then right on E. Ridgeway Road, and follow the signs to the track (approximately a half-mile on the right).
Visitor Information: Atlanta Dragway, 706-335-2301; Banks County Chamber of Commerce, 706-677-2108; Banks County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 706-677-5265