21st Hot Rod Nationals Launches Goodguys Summer Racing Season

Clermont, IN – The Goodguys 21st Hot Rod Nationals is set to blast off June 12, 13 & 14 at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, officially kicking off another hi-revving trio of Midwest vintage drag races for the Goodguys. The Hot Rod Nationals is one of the country’s largest hot rodding events as it combines a massive car show featuring over 4,000 ’72 & earlier rods, customs, muscle cars and classics with a weekend long vintage drag race on O’Reilly Raceway Park’s vaunted dragstrip. Of course vendor exhibits, a swap meet and lots more fun is on tap.

A brilliant field of twenty-four fuel cars are confirmed in the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories. Both classes will be run as 8-car open shows with qualifying sessions scheduled for Friday, June 12th at 3pm and Saturday, June 13th at NOON. The first round for both Top Fuel and Funny Car eliminations is scheduled for 3:30pm Saturday afternoon with final eliminations commencing Sunday morning the 14th at 10am.

The Nostalgia Top Fuel field is led by defending event champ Roger Lechtenberg behind the wheel of Dale & Kat Suhr’s Waterloo, Iowa based “Orange Crate.” Other entries include Denver Schutz and Jim Cullen’s “Raisin Express” entry from Fresno, CA, Brendan Murry’s “Runnin’ Wild” from San Jose, CA, Art Dromgoole’s “Backyard Guys” entry (driven by NHRA Funny Car racer James Day), Iowa’s Kevin Brewer, Brad Green’s ‘Speed Merchant’s” entry from Arkansas, Jim Didio’s New York based entry, Butch Blair’s “Fugowie” and many others.

In Nostalgia Funny Car action, defending event champion John Dunn returns behind the wheel of his “Dunn & Gone” ’69 Nova. Other confirmed entries include Troy martin’s “Chi Town Hustler,” Kyle Wurtzel’s “Motown Shaker” Vega, Steve Nichols and the “Mill Road Boys” ’70 Camaro, Paul Romine’s new “Man O’ War” Mustang, Sean Bowens “Violator”, Danny Miller’s “Rear Gears” ’70 Maverick, and coming in from California is 2004 Goodguys/VRA Funny Car Champion Randy Walls and his “Supernova.”

Also on the Indy playbill is the featured Fuel Altered match race between Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” (which is coming out of retirement for the 2009 season) and Dave Hough’s “Nanook” entry. The AA/FA’s will run all three days of the event.

The popular Street Rod Shootout – an 1/8th mile heads up “run what ya brung” race for hot rods and muscle cars from the car show side of the event will return for its 15th year! To follow all the action from Indy, visit www.ggvintagedragracing.com and click “race results/blog.”

Event gates open at 8am each day. General admission is $20 per day, kids 7-12 $6.

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