NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Returns in 2016 with a Double Header

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series 2016 schedule


NHRA officials announced the 2016 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule, headlined by the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories.

Entering its ninth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars, and has become a fan-favorite among drag racing enthusiasts with classes for front-engined dragsters, altereds, and gassers.

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series consists of two nitro categories — Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and Nostalgia Funny Car — and two groups of additional classes. Group 1 includes A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, and 7.0 Eliminator, and Group 2 includes Nostalgia Eliminator I, Nostalgia Eliminator II, Nostalgia Eliminator III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod eliminator. Racers in each class will run a combination of events at which they will score points toward the championships.

The season opens with a new event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Jan. 16-17, for Groups 1 and 2, followed by the famed Good Vibrations March Meet and the kick off for the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Cars, March 4-6 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., and the Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento (Calif.) Raceway in early April. The series then heads north for the first of two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor.

The series benefits the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California through a pair of Hot Rod Reunions that are produced by the Museum. The Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., is the first on the schedule, slated for June 16-18, and will be followed by the popular California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California that will celebrate its 25th Anniversary event and will conclude the series, Oct. 21-23, at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield.

“The NHRA Motorsports Museum is proud once again to have our Hot Rod Reunions be a part of the NHRA Heritage Series,” said Larry Fisher, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. “The Hot Rod Reunions and the Heritage Series are just one of the ways that the NHRA Motorsports Museum and NHRA work with you to preserve and celebrate the story of American Hot Rodding. By being a part of the Reunions, racers and spectators alike help us share this uniquely American story with future generations.”

The series returns to Rocky Mountain Raceways with a doubleheader weekend in early June with two separate events for racers in Groups 1 and 2 along with Funny Car action on Friday and Saturday. A Funny Car only event returns to Mission Raceway Park in July for its fourth year on the schedule before the series heads back to Firebird for its traditional Nightfire Nationals event that features both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories in August. Group 2 classes then end their season at the Nostalgia Fall Championship at Auto Club Famoso in September.

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series was developed in 2008 to help preserve NHRA’s rich history and tradition while providing racing opportunities for those enthusiasts who enjoy nostalgia drag racing competition.

Event Location Date Classes
Heritage Series Opener Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Jan. 16-17 Groups 1&2
Good Vibrations March Meet Auto Club Famoso Mar. 4-6 TF/FC/Groups 1&2
Nostalgia Reunion Sacramento Raceway April 1-3 Groups 1&2
NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Firebird Raceway April 29-May 1 FC
Summer Kick-Off Rocky Mountain Raceways June 10 FC/Group 1&2
June 11 Group 1&2
Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Beech Bend Raceway June 16-18 TF
NHRA National Open Mission Raceway Park July 23-24 FC
Pepsi Nightfire Nationals Firebird Raceway Aug. 11-14 TF/FC
Nostalgia Fall Championships Auto Club Famoso Sept. 17-18 Group 2
California Hot Rod Reunion Auto Club Famoso Oct. 21-23 TF/FC

Classes Key
TF – Nostalgia Top Fuel
FC – Nostalgia Funny Car
Group 1 – A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator
Group 2 – NE 1, NE 2, NE 3, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, Hot Rod

Schedule subject to change

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Josh Herman – King of the Summer Send Off

Josh Herman – King of the Summer Send Off

By Jim Burton

Rocky Mountain Raceways2015-08-30 17.28.42

Josh Herman was prepared for a nice weekend at home in Pueblo. Colorado. Coming to Rocky Mountain Raceways for last month’s Summer Send Off wasn’t really a consideration.

And yet somehow the 27-year-old drag racer made it here and better still, he won here.

Racing in Super Pro, Herman cleaned up at the Summer Send Off. He picked up $2,500 for winning an Aug. 28 money bracket. He repeated the feat the next day and pocketed a cool $10,000.

He no-doubt went into the final day of competition feeling confident in himself, his car and his support team. But as is so often the case in racing, there’s a very thin line between perfection and dejection.  He won two rounds, but didn’t get any farther than that.

“I did a terrible job of driving (in the) third round,” he said. “But everything worked out.”

Yes it did.

Overall, Herman won 16 rounds during the three-day competition, which not only earned him $12,500, it also got him a royal title.

He was declared king … King of the Summer Send Off.

Along with the special title, King Josh also got a really nice price package that included, among other things, stuff from Hoosier Tires and Coca-Cola, plus a sweet watch from Rockwell.

2015-08-30 17.29.26 Oh and one other thing: Entry into the 2016 Las Vegas Spring Fling bracket races.

All in all, not a bad weekend for a guy who wasn’t even planning on making the trip until his friend Chris Whitfield talked him into it.

Yes, it’s true. If not for the intervention of a friend, Herman would have missed out on a lot of great things.

As it turns out, Herman’s girlfriend, Bri Bandimere, is also a racer. And although she did well at RMR’s 2014 Summer Send Off, this summer had not been quite so successful. Consequentially, Josh, being a good boyfriend, thought it might be better to simply stay home for the weekend.

“We were gonna stay home because she races too and she did really well here last year, but she’s really struggled this year,” Herman said in a matter-of-fact way. “I said, ‘you know what? I won’t come if you don’t want to come.’”

But Bri said she didn’t mind making the trip and when Whitfield then offered a friendly nudge, Herman basically had no choice but to start packing.

“My buddy talked me into it and, man, am I glad he did,” Herman said. “He made it happen for me.”

Herman said those words as late afternoon turned into evening on Sunday, Aug. 29. Suddenly, the starting line on the Young Kia Drag Strip was quiet and almost serene, a far cry from the raucous display of horsepower so often heard there.

Having just received a big trophy and a couple of even bigger checks, Herman offered a sigh of relief and a happy smile as he nodded over to his friends, who were waiting patiently.

That’s what good friends do. They wait when you need just a few more minutes; they encourage you to make the trip when they know that’s what you need and they always treat you like a king.