Celebrating 25 Years of NHRA Drag Racing in Sonoma
It’s been a long time since Joe Amato defeated Dick LaHaie in the Top Fuel final of the inaugural NHRA Nationals at then-Sears Point Raceway. Twenty-five years to be exact, in 1988.
Amato’s victory will be celebrated, along with many other memorable moments, as Infineon Raceway marks its silver anniversary with the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series during the 2012 season, culminating with the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 27-29.
So much has happened over the course of 25 years of NHRA drag racing in Sonoma, but it all started in 1988 when Amato defeated LaHaie in a very close drag race. Mark Oswald defeated Don Prudhomme in Funny Car and Harry Scribner bested Don Beverley in Pro Stock. More than 32,000 fans witnessed the race weekend under sunny skies.
Since that time, drag racing has become synonymous with Infineon Raceway, headlined each year by the NHRA. The drag strip features more than 50 days of drag racing each year overall, including the popular STP Wednesday Night Drags, STP Bracket Drags and NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel.
But nothing is bigger than the annual NHRA Full Throttle weekend. The raceway will look back on some very special moments from the past 25 years, including John Force’s historic seven wins in Sonoma, which is a track record, as well as Doug Kalitta’s three consecutive Top Fuel wins from 1998-2000. Force and Kalitta are the only NHRA racers to three-peat in Sonoma. Both are on the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame.
In addition, look for special promotions on Facebook and Twitter to help commemorate the anniversary, as well a special Nitro Generation promotion that will feature one very important NHRA family. Will it be the Bernsteins? Will it be the Forces? Stay tuned for the important announcement on www.infineonraceway.com.
Finally, for the third consecutive year, the raceway will feature the popular Nostalgia Get-Together behind the main grandstand. This special area has featured a variety of historic drag racing machines, including the Schrank Brothers Top Fuel dragster and the Vagabond 1962 AA/Fuel Dragster formerly driven by Gary Ormsby. The raceway is hopeful of securing some of the race machines that have competed in Sonoma since 1988, as well as historical drag racing memorabilia.
Stay tuned to www.infineonraceway.com for updates on the season-long 25th anniversary celebration of NHRA drag racing in Sonoma and find out how you can be part of the fun, or call 800-870-RACE (7223) and ask for a race specialist.