NHRA Finals in November – Don’t Miss the Championship Action

This November marks the end of the NHRA season – it’s just about over so don’t miss all the action as these racers compete to see whose top speed will win this season’s finale.

Only two weekends remain:

From October 31stto November 3rd, NHRA racers go to Las Vegas for the Dodge NHRA Nationals. This event is the next-to-last event that will decide the season’s NHRA Mello Yello world and other championships, so there is plenty at stake. Each race really counts as the drivers compete for a slot in the finals coming up in just two weeks. This venue is the same as the Spring LVMS, though this time the race is cut to two lanes, and the potential for cooler weather makes for high drama at an event where world titles are on the line.

RV Camping at LVMS: You can camp beside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the Burnout RV Lot – which is reserved camping located next to the drag strip behind the general admission grandstands.  Race tickets are required in order to camp in this lot.Or you can camp in style for the 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals with a Trackside RV lot spot. This coveted camping area overlooks all of the action on the drag strip. You can witness your favorite NHRA drivers up close and personal as they speed past your RV site. Parking positions are extremely limited, so make sure to reserve one of the most unique camping experiences any drag strip can offer. (Price increases during week of event).

The NHRA Finals start on November 14thand run through the final day, Sunday, November 17that the Auto Club NHRA Finals Race in Pomona, CA. The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The race typically enjoys seasonably cool temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello world championships. Saturday morning’s schedule includes Nitro School®– with Alan Reinhart and Robert Hight at 10:15 am. It’s a good bet that the titles will still be in doubt at the beginning of the season’s final day on Sunday.

As in many NHRA venues, every ticket is a Pit Pass, and racers will top 330 mph as they race their more than 11,000 horsepower dragsters.

Don’t miss the amazingly fast-paced action as the top racers compete for the world championships to win the trophies on this home track to the NHRA.

RV Camping near Auto Club Raceway at Pomona: There are several options for camping nearby. Check out the KOA, the Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort and Campground or the Fairplex RV Park, all close by, or see others near Pomona.

And, while you are in Pomona, if the kids are with you, check out some other fun sights to see. Visit the NHRA Motorsports Museum, the Rail Giants Train Museum or the Fairplex Garden Railroad, a whole miniature city, constructed for year-round viewing and open on the second Sunday of each month. The trains travel through various eras of California history from the mid-1800s through the years. Up to 23 different trains can operate at the same time over 8,000 feet of track on nearly an acre of landscape. This is the oldest and largest public operating garden railroad in the United States. The exhibit is free of charge. It is located near Gate 1 on McKinley Ave.

Need to Rent an RV?

To rent an RV, visit our El Monte RV Rentals Location page to find a location near your selected track. For the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, our closest location is right in Las Vegas, and only 20 minutes from the track.

And in California, near Pomona, we have several locations around Los Angeles, the closest of which is El Monte RV Rentals, Santa Fe Springs, less than an hour from the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

To learn more about NHRA Racing with your RV, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

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NHRA Racing in October!

Welcome the cooler fall temperatures while the tracks heat up with these exciting NHRA races, continuing the countdown to this year’s championship. The action begins with the Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, NC on the weekend of October 11thto 13th. It continues on the weekend of the 17th– 20thin Texas for the Fall Nationals and culminates on October 31st– November 3rd, with the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Carolina Nationals at the zMAX Dragway: Witness the excitement as drivers fire up the track in NHRA’s best battle for supremacy at the Bellagio of drag strips during the fourth race of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000+ horsepower machines to their limits!

RV Camping for the Carolina Nationals: Camping World Racing Resort opens on Thursday the 10thand races begin on the 11thwith qualifying sessions all day and on Saturday. Then Sunday, September 13ththe elimination rounds begin, and end up with the finals for both Nitro and Pro Stock categories. The weekend will be exciting for both kids and adults, as kids get free admission in general admission areas. Racers will top 330 miles per hour with their 11,000 hp engines.

Need to Rent an RV?Visit our El Monte RV Rentals Locations.

AAA Texas Fall Nationals: This race is the fastest race in Texas, held each year in Ennis, Texas at the Texas Motorplex. From October 17thto 20thNHRA action is focused on this all concrete quarter mile drag racing facility. The Motorplex has hosted national event racing since 1986 and has been the site of record-breaking passes, championship-clinching performances and jaw-dropping events.

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will feature some of the biggest names in racing, including Texas native and 2018 Top Fuel world champion, Steve Torrence, as well as Austin resident and 8-time Top Fuel world champion, Tony Schumacher, 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, Greg Anderson and many more stars of the fastest motorsport. The event is the fourth of six playoff events in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1 championship playoff system.

RV Camping for the Texas Fall Nationals: You can camp right in the Texas Motorplex Campground for only $50 for the entire weekend for this event, if they have room. All spots are first come, first serve. Direct track-side view motorhome spots are also available. Motorhome space options available for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are rented for single event only. Space is limited, for information about the Motorhome Corral, making reservations or information on their waiting list, please email tickets@texasmotorplex.com. You can also find several campgrounds near Ennis, if they are full. One option is High View Park; another is Waxahachie Creek RV Park, or you may prefer Hwy 287 RV Park and Storage. All three are within about a ten minute drive of the track.

For the last weekend in October NHRA Returns to Las Vegas for the Dodge NHRA Nationals. This event is the next-to-last event that will decide the season’s NHRA Mello Yello world championships, so there is plenty at stake. Every run is important. The venue is the same as in the spring, though this time the race is cut to two lanes, and the potential for cooler weather can make for high drama at an event where world titles are on the line.

As in many NHRA venues, every ticket is a Pit Pass at LVMS, and racers will top 330 mph as they race their dragsters with more than 11,000 horsepower.

RV Camping at LVMS: You can camp beside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the Burnout RV Lot – which is reserved camping located next to the drag strip behind the general admission grandstands.  Race tickets are required in order to camp in this lot.Or you can camp in style for the 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals with a Trackside RV lot spot. This coveted camping area overlooks all of the action on the drag strip. You can witness your favorite NHRA drivers up close and personal as they speed past your RV site. Parking positions are extremely limited, so make sure to reserve one of the most unique camping experiences any drag strip can offer. (Price increases during week of event).

Need to Rent an RV:

To rent an RV, visit our El Monte RV Rentals Location page to find a location near your selected track. To learn more about NHRA Racing with your RV, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

Whichever track you visit, you’re sure enjoy watching these dragsters attain top speeds on the track.

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NHRA Racing Burns up Tracks this September!

As summer is coming to a close, start this fall with a fun-filled, fast-paced family RV vacation to see any one of these exciting NHRA races, starting the countdown to this year’s championship. The action starts in mid-September at the Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton near Reading, PA from September 12th-15thwith the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals. Two weeks later the action moves to Madison, IL for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals: Maple Grove Raceway has a long history of record-breaking performances, including the first side-by-side quarter mile, four second and 300 mph top fuel passes. The cooler September temperatures offer great conditions to watch dragster racing at this Western Pennsylvania drag strip. The event is the first of the back-to-back races that begin the countdown to the championship.

The midway opens on Friday, September 13thwith qualifying sessions all day and continues these on Saturday. Then Sunday, September 15ththe elimination rounds begin, and end up with the finals for both Nitro and Pro Stock categories. The weekend will be exciting for both kids and adults, as kids get free admission in general admission areas. Racers will top 330 miles per hour with their 11,000 hp engines.

RV Camping near Maple Grove Raceway: There are several campgrounds close to Maple Grove including the Dutch Cousin Campground, Sun Valley Campgrounds and Shady Grove Campground, among others.

Need to Rent an RV? Visit our El Monte RV Rentals Kingston, PA Location.

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals: Beginning on September 27th, the Midwest Nationals will begin at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL near St. Louis, MO.This multipurpose worldwide technology raceway, in the shadow of the famed St. Louis gateway arch, returned to the NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series schedule in 2012 after a one-year hiatus with a new event in the countdown to the championship. It quickly became known for terrific performances, including a former world-record top fuel pass by Clay Millican in 2017.

RV Camping Near Gateway:

Camping begins on Thursday, September 26thand ends on Monday, September 30th, at both NHRA Campgrounds; Nitro Farm Camping or General West Camping. Check out World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Campgrounds for more information. Or, to stay outside the park, there are several campground options in both St. Louis and Madison. The closest outside the park is the Safari RV Park in East St. Louis, IL. There is also Casino Queen RV Park in East St. Louis and St. Louis RV Park in St. Louis, MO. Check out which would be the best fit for your family.

To rent an RV, visit our El Monte RV Rentals Location page to find a location near your selected track. For Gateway, there are two locations nearby, the El Monte RV Rentals near Louisville in Elizabethtown, KY, or the one in Glen Ellyn, IL called Chicago West RV Rentals.

To learn more about NHRA Racing with your RV, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

Whichever track you decide to visit, you’re sure to have fun with friends and family as you watch these dragsters attain top speeds on the track.

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NHRA Racing Burns Rubber in August!

This August, take your family on an exciting RV vacation to see any one of these exciting NHRA races.  From Seattle on the weekend of August 2nd–4th, NHRA Northwest Nationals take place at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. Then two weeks later, from August 15th– 18th, take off for Minneapolis in your RV or ours to follow the Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN. The last weekend of August finds NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Don’t miss the heart pounding action of drag racing while camping out in your comfortable home away from home RV at one of these exciting spots!

Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

The first weekend of August finds the Northwest Nationals in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle at Pacific Raceways. As usual at NHRA races, Friday and Saturday are mostly qualifying races for both the Pro Stocks and the Nitro racers. Sunday is the main event with semi-finals and final races starting at 3:40 and 3:45 pm. Click to see the complete weekend schedule at Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

You can rent an RV nearby at our Ferndale/Bellingham, Washington location. For more information on pricing and availability, please check with the El Monte RV Rental Ferndale/Bellingham location. For camping in your RV, there are numerous campgrounds in the area or you may get lucky and be able to book into the Pacific Raceway Campground if spaces are available. If not, there are other RV Campgrounds nearby such as Cranmar RV Park and Lake Sawyer RV Resort. Book early as this will be a popular spot in early August.

Two weeks after this excitement on the west coast take off for Minneapolis in your RV or ours to watch the excitement at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN. The schedule opens on Friday, August 16th with the Pro Stock Qualifying Sessions and the Nitro Qualifying Sessions, and continues with more qualifying sessions on Saturday, capped off by the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations, Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday afternoon.

To rent an RV nearby, our closest El Monte RV Rental Location is near Chicago in Glen Ellyn, IL. Go to the Where to Rent an RV page of our website to check out that location and contact them to find out about available rentals and rates.

RV Camping near Brainerd: If you want to camp nearby, check out Rager’s Acres Seasonal RV Park, or Birch Bay RV Resort or you may try your luck to be able to put your name on a wait list to stay at the Raceway itself at their PleasureLand RV VIP Campground.

To see a fully detailed schedule of the action, see Lucas Oil Nationals.

Labor Day weekend this year is August 28th – Sept. 2nd and brings NHRA to Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Raceway. Find all the action you can imagine here for this long weekend of fun and speed. The home for the U.S. Nationals, this Chevrolet Performance weekend is packed full of non-stop action. The schedule opens with Sportsman Qualifying races on Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th, followed by Sportsman Eliminations and Hemi Challenges on Friday August 30th. Then the action heats up even more as Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying Sessions occupy Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The weekend culminates with Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations and Finals on Monday afternoon.

Camping at Lucas Oil Raceway is a family experience with lots of choices of campgrounds to suit your family’s needs. Try to reserve early to get your choice of campsites in one of several campgrounds.

To rent an RV, you can visit our El Monte RV Rentals Chicago Location only about three hours or so from Indianapolis.

To learn more, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

Whichever track you choose to visit, have fun with your friends and family watching these amazingly fast dragsters as they burn rubber on the track.

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June NHRA Racing Action Continues to Burn Rubber

What could be more fun than driving to an NHRA race in an RV? Camping out in one for the entire race! This June, NHRA will travel to Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka from June 7th-9th, Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, June 14th – 16th, followed by Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH at Summit Motorsports Park the next weekend. Don’t miss the action of RV camping and watching the drag racing at one of these exciting spots!

NHRA excitement

NHRA excitement

First, June 7th to 9thMenards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kansas – Heartland Motorsports Park: Heartland Motorsports Park has been a Midwest favorite since it opened in 1989, but its drag strip has gained the majority of headlines. This event, originally held in the fall, featured numerous recordsetting performances, including the shattering of the quarter-mile four-second and 300-mph barriers in Funny Car in 1993 and record runs in Funny Car in 2017.

Check out the schedule for this fired up weekend of drag racing at the Heartland Motorsports Park page.

Camping for Heartland Nationals: There are many options for camping near Heartland Motorsports Park. You could check out Forbes Landing RV Park, Topeka/Capital City KOA Journey, or Lake Shawnee Campground, just to name the closest ones. Find one that will fit your family best.

Then, from June 14th – 16th, Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee will be packed with action for the entire weekend. Check the link above for the full schedule of activities and events leading up to the Nitro Eliminations finals on Sunday at 4:40 pm. Don’t miss the Top Fuel Harley Eliminations Finals before that and the Mountain Motor Pro- Stock Finals and Pro Mod Eliminations Finals, all from 3:45 pm on. These races are fast! Get there early and enjoy the whole weekend of non-stop action if you can.

Camping for Thunder Valley Nationals: The Bristol Motor Speedway is adjacent to the Bristol Dragway. There are many places to stay nearby and if the Speedway is filled up, check out “Start Your Engines” Campground super close by or the Dave and Kaye’s Family Campground, just about 10 minutes south of the Dragway. There are plenty of options near Bristol, Tennessee if these are filled.

The weekend of June 21st – 23rd takes the NHRA action to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH. This weekend will again be jammed full of non-stop, heart-racing action complete with Mello Yello guided walking tour and Pro-Stock Motorcycle autograph sessions, which are followed on Friday afternoon by the Pro-Stock and Nitro qualifying sessions. The qualifying and preliminary races continue on Saturday while Sunday is packed with Semi-Finals and Final races in several categories, including the top alcohol eliminations finals, factory stock showdown finals, pro-mod eliminations finals and finally pro-stock and nitro eliminations finals at 4:00 pm.

For the full schedule of all the Summit Motorsports Park action, check out the link.

Camping for NHRA Nationals in Norwalk: Lots of campgrounds surround the Summit Motorsports Park, from Indian Trail Campground to Homerville or Shelby/Mansfield KOA if the Summit Motorsports Park is already full. Check with them early to try to book your spot if you want to camp in the middle of the drag racing action! If they are full, Camp Conley in Collins, OH is also highly rated.

Need to rent an RV? Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations.   See our Where to Rent an RV page and check with the nearest one for available rentals.   And be sure to check out our NHRA RV Rentals page for more suggestions and information about the NHRA and NHRA vacations.

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NHRA Races from North Carolina to Virginia and Route 66

NHRA racing continues in late April and May with some really exciting races.

From April 26th – 28th the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Mello Yello Four-Wide Nationals will burn up the track at the zMax Dragway in Concord, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC. This Dragway is famous for its fan amenities and enormous grandstands, where tons of fans can watch the excitement. Racers try to qualify in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycles, as well as Pro Mod racing. The Semi-Finals and Finals take place on Sunday afternoon. Take the time to watch the Top Alcohol racers as well as racers in the Sportsman category at this NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race. The wheels will be spinning and tires burning as top racers vie for points in Charlotte.

Camping for your RV is available from 4/25-4/28 at the Camping World Racing Resort adjacent to the zMax Dragway. And, trackside camping is available at the Dragway where you can  enjoy the comforts of home while watching the fastest accelerating machines on the planet race all weekend. These sites are located near the top of the timing light on the east side. For more information on tickets and to reserve camping, see NGK Spark Plugs NHRA race.

The next weekend takes racers to the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway. This race weekend occurs on May 3rd through the 5th with Pro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday with the Pro Stock Motorcycle and Nitro Final races on Sunday afternoon. This is 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 launch pad.

For more information or to find out more schedule details or to see about on-site camping, check the Atlanta Dragway website.

As the temperatures heat up, so does the excitement while the NHRA’s best Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors battle at Virginia NHRA Mello Yello Nationals in Virginia Motorsports Park. This exciting event takes place on the weekend of May 17th-19th and will be full of fast cars, motorcycles and fun! Starting with Pro Stock Qualifying and Nitro Qualifying sessions on Friday, the excitement continues on Saturday and Pro Stock Eliminations and Nitro Elimination finals are on Sunday.

Camping inside is available and you can get all the details of the race and the available campgrounds at the Virginia Motorsports Park website.

And to wrap up May, from the 30th to June 2nd, don’t miss the Route 66 Nationals at the northeast end of Route 66 in Chicago. Friday and Saturday are qualifying rounds and Sunday will be the eliminations, semi-Finals and Finals for the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations races. For more information on the races, camping and tickets see Route 66 NHRA Nationals.

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to any of these NHRA events.

Need to rent an RV?  Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations. See our Where to Rent an RV page for all our El Monte Rental locations and check with the nearest one for available rentals.

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NHRA Races in Las Vegas and Houston in April

NHRA racing started this February with the Winternationals in Pomona, CA. In March the track was already ablaze with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL. But don’t worry; these two kickoff races will be followed by some really exciting races in April.

You still have time to plan to get to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV for the Strip’s famous DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on the weekend of April 5th – 7th. The Speedway offers seating for more than 130,000 fans to watch the excitement as racers try to qualify in both Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday, with Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday afternoon. Take the time to see Top Alcohol racers as well as racers in the Sportsman category at this NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race. The wheels will be spinning and tires burning as top racers vie for points in Las Vegas.

Camping for your RV is available on site, at the Burnout RV lot. Located next to the dragway behind the general admission grandstands, the Burnout RV Lot features reserved camping. This allows for easy access to the pits and main grandstands. Race tickets are required in order to camp in this lot. For more information on tickets and to reserve camping, see DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA race.

The next weekend takes racers to the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park near Houston, TX. This race weekend occurs on April 12th through the 14th with Pro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday and the final elimination races on Sunday afternoon. This weekend is the fifth race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

As the temperatures heat up, so does the excitement while the NHRA’s best Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors battle for an early season points lead at Houston Raceway Park. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower machines to their limits!

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

Camping inside Houston Raceway Park is already mostly sold out but there are some spots left in the Nitro Village Campground. If that is full, there are several area RV campgrounds nearby. Check these out in Baytown, TX. Highest rated is Buzzards Roost RV Park, which gets 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google. Also nearby is Pine Lakes RV Park, Mont Belvieu, Houston East and Texans RV Park, all rated with at least 4 stars.

For more information on camping and tickets see Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals.

Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to either of these NHRA events.

Need to rent an RV? Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations. Planning to go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway? Check our Las Vegas Rental location for rates and availability.

If you are heading to Houston, our closest location is at El Monte RV Rental in Dallas, only a 4-hour drive from the Houston Raceway Park.

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