Whether immortalized in movies or for being the site of big name national races, some U.S. drag strips are known throughout the drag racing world. We’ve made a list of some of the most well-known drag strips in the United States. Have you raced at them all?
Pomona Raceway - Pomona, California
This quarter-mile drag strip opened in 1961 and is famous for hosting the NHRA’s Circle K Winternationals and Automobile Club of Southern California Finals (as well as being operated by the NHRA directly). It can accommodate up to 40,000 spectators and since 1984 has included Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock races.
You might also know it as: Auto Club Raceway at Pomona or The Fairplex
Gainesville Raceway - Gainesville, Florida
Gainesville Raceway opened in 1969 and held its first Gatornationals event in 1970. Long considered one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA circuit, it was from this legendary launch point that drivers clocked the first 260-, 270- and 300-mph Top Fuel runs.
Fun fact: During the 2000 Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, eight of 10 national records were set in the professional classes.
Bristol International Dragway (as it was known then) opened in 1965 under National Hot Rod Association sanction. At the time it was considered a state-of-the-art super dragway, the best in the country.
Did you know? The dragstrip sits between two mountains so the strip earned the name "Thunder Valley" because of the thundering noise cars made when they traveled down the strip.