6570 Bruton Smith Blvd.
5th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries
Elevation: 630 feet
Tickets: www.zmaxdragway.com; 800-455-FANS (3267)
Radio Frequency: 91.1 FM
In addition to the spectacular four-wide event in the spring, the newest facility in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series also hosts a crucial spot on the schedule as the first event in the Countdown and the race at which teams battle for traction in their title bids. The event is the first of what will be a grueling four straight weekends of Countdown racing that last until the first week of October.
2011 recap: Matt Hagan became the first Funny Car driver in NHRA history to make a three-second run, taking the No. 1 qualifying spot Friday with a 3.995-second run, then backed up his national record-setting run Sunday en route to his first win of the season. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Kurt Johnson (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the first of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.
How to Get There: From Charlotte (south) or Greensboro, N.C. (north), take I-85 to Exit 49 (Bruton Smith Boulevard/Concord Mills), then head east; parking is available on both sides of Bruton Smith Boulevard. From Charlotte, take I-85 north to Exit 46A (Mallard Creek Church Road); turn right off exit, then left onto Highway 29 North/North Tryon; parking is available on the left past Bruton Smith Boulevard. From South Carolina, take I-77 North to Exit 1 (I-485 East), then follow I-485 to Exit 32 (Highway 29/North Tryon). Take Highway 29 North to the speedway; parking is available on the left past Bruton Smith Boulevard. From Statesville, N.C., take I-77 South to Exit 25. Turn left on Highway 73 (Sam Furr Road), then right on Poplar Tent to Pitts School Road. Turn right onto Highway 29 South; parking available on the right.
Visitor Information: www.zmaxdragway.com