The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) brings its signature event -- the 68th Annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals -- to Lucas Oil Raceway in Hendricks County, Indiana, from Sept. 1-5, 2021, and we have everything you need to know, plus discounted tickets!
Whether you're a devoted nitro-in-your-veins racing enthusiast, a first-time visitor or anything in between, here are 10 things to know about this year's Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals.
1. Just the Facts
So you want me to get right to the point about the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, huh? No problem.
- Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-5, 2021
- Lucas Oil Raceway, Brownsburg, Ind.
- Great information from Visit Hendricks County
- Facility map
- Ticket prices vary by day and by where you want to sit (click here for a full list of ticket and package options and prices)
- Get exclusive discounted tickets through Visit Hendricks County
- General admission for kids age 12 and under is free
- Every ticket is a pit pass
- Military and first responders: click here for discounted tickets
- Full schedule
2. COVID-19 Information in Hendricks County
Here in Hendricks County, as with everywhere else, we've had to adapt to some changes in everyday life, thanks to COVID-19.
Are you wondering about special requirements at various places? Are you looking for a dine-in restaurant, or are you more comfortable with takeout, instead? Would you like to know what local businesses, including hotels and restaurants, are doing to keep everyone as safe as possible?
Then you'll be very interested in checking out Visit Hendricks County's webpage with local COVID-19 guides and all sorts of additional valuable information ahead of your visit during U.S. Nationals.
3. Military and First Responders Get Discounted Tickets
I really love what the NHRA is doing -- honoring those who serve and protect our country, as well as the first responders who rush to the aid of those in need during emergencies.
This program provides discounted tickets to medical professionals, law enforcement officers, firefighters, members of the armed forces and a number of other professions charged with the safety and well-being of the public.
If this applies to you, thank you very much for your service, and click here to learn how to get discounted tickets to U.S. Nationals.
4. Wear Ear Protection
For the love of everything holy, wear ear protection. These dragsters are unbelievably loud.
I made the mistake a few years ago of absent-mindedly leaving my ear protection hanging around my neck when John Force stomped on the accelerator, and it took a week for my brain to stop rattling around inside my skull.
I'm pretty sure the thunderous avalanche of sound that slammed into my unprotected ears stopped time briefly and knocked a few dozen points off of my IQ. I definitely had to purchase a new pair of britches afterward.
Wear ear protection!
5. Let's Go Camping!
If you've got an RV, camper or tent that you'd like to stay in during U.S. Nationals, you have three camping options -- trackside RV parking (less than 80 feet from the drag strip!!), camping on the grounds of Lucas Oil Raceway and camping across the street from the track at Raceview Family Campground.
For more information about camping options, click here.
(If your idea of camping is staying in a hotel, click here for a list of hotels in the area.)
6. Championship Day
If you want to see the top qualifiers battle it out in each class for the hardware, affectionately known as "The Wally" at U.S. Nationals, you will want attend on Sunday, Sept. 5 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
7. Nearby Racing Tracks & Attractions
Racing enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that in addition to the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, there are all sorts of racing tracks and attractions within an hour of Hendricks County.
Stay an extra few days and enjoy all that Central Indiana has to offer!
8. Great Food, Racing Theme at Pit Stop BBQ & Grill
On your way to or from Lucas Oil Raceway, there is a restaurant near the track that I highly recommend: Pit Stop BBQ & Grill. Race fans will love the racing theme of the establishment, and everyone will love their fantastic food.
In case you missed it above, you can purchase discounted tickets that are exclusive to readers of this blog by clicking here.
See you at the track!
10. Other Hendricks County Events
While you're in town for U.S. Nationals, there are a couple additional local events taking place that might interest you.
On the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville, the First Friday Cruise-In for September takes place on Friday, Sept. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. During this free family-friendly event, the Courthouse Square is full of restored vehicles from days gone by, and their owners are happy to chat about their classic cars with admirers.
Additionally, the 44th Annual North Salem Old Fashion Days takes place in North Salem from Sept. 4-6. Three days of family fun features live music, craft and food vendors, tractor and horse pulls and so much more small-town, family-fun entertainment. Some of the key, not-to-be-missed events include the parade, the largest in Hendricks County, at 11 a.m. on Saturday and the bed race down Pearl Street on Monday. Be sure to arrive early whichever day you visit because parking around town fills up fast.