Skip to content

Boston fanfest set to promote NHRA drag racing’s first-ever race in New Hampshire

Jun 18, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

NHRAFanfest

When New Hampshire Dragway opened its doors in 1966, its goal was to eventually play host to a National Hot Rod Association national event.

It may have taken nearly 50 years to fulfill that goal, but drag racing fans wanting to see the sport’s biggest stars will finally get that opportunity in this weekend’s inaugural NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto-Plus New England Nationals at the Epping, N.H. track.

(Is that the longest sports event name you’ve ever seen, or what?)

To promote the event, some of the NHRA’s biggest stars will take part in a free fanfest scheduled for Wednesday (June 19) at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston. The event begins at Noon and will feature legendary and 15-time Funny Car World Champion John Force, daughter Brittany Force, a Top Fuel driver, along with Funny Car drivers Bob Tasca III, Robert Hight and Blake Alexander, and Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon.

As for New England Dragway, about an hour north of Boston, the four-day event (June 20-23) is the culmination of not just years but decades of lobbying NHRA officials that both the track and greater New England could support a national event.

New England has long been known as a motorsports hotbed full of diehard racing fans, but most of those have been followers of NASCAR and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or local late-model racing at well-known short tracks such as Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway and Waterford Speed Bowl, as well as the legendary Stafford Motor Speedway, owned by equally legendary racing and sports announcer Jack Arute.

The 8,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars are fast (in excess of 300 mph in many instances), loud (bring earplugs) and the nitromethane fuel that pumps through the motors is so potent that it’s sure to bring tears to your eyes if you’re anywhere within a whiff of the residual fumes.

Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle classes will compete in the 11th race of the expanded 24-race 2013 NHRA schedule. This weekend’s race is the second of a grueling four consecutive weekend stretch that began last week in Bristol, Tenn., and then moves on to events in suburban Chicago next weekend and Norwalk, Ohio the following weekend.

Other stars competing in this weekend’s race include Courtney Force, Tony “Sarge” Schumacher, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Morgan Lucas, Greg Anderson and dozens of other high-horsepower jockeys.

If you’re a fan of blurring speed, ear-shattering noise and ground-pounding vibrations, New England is the place to go this weekend. Those monsters are so loud and powerful, you may even hear or feel ‘em all the way back in New York City.

  1. wallio - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I’m sorry, but considering the long and extraordinarily detailed instructions both the NHRA and NH state police police put out, just for fans attending the race, its obvious Epping isn’t ready for the big time yet.

    • moezilla - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      It can’t be any worse than the Lucas Oil Nat’s in Brainerd….I think I’ve spent 15 hours watching the races and 5 hours driving out of the parking lots over the last 3 years…

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Today on NASCAR AMERICA

More from NASCAR America

It's the Jeff Gordon era

Featured video

Inside the Hungarian GP
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. J. McMurray (1066)
  2. D. Hamlin (1007)
  3. A. Almirola (920)
  4. T. Bodine (909)
  5. K. Busch (827)