US Nationals Dave Grubnick

US Nationals 2013 – A Photo Essay

If you have any interest in cars or auto racing, and haven’t been to the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, you must go.  For the price of admission, you can literally rub elbows with the “big boys and big girls”– the racers you see on TV and magazines.  You can talk to them.  You can have your picture taken with them.  Heck, you might even end up standing next to them in the concession line.

That’s the beauty of the NHRA.  NHRA Drag Racing is very family-friendly and family-oriented.  You can take the kids.  (Just don’t forget the ear plugs for them and you!)  The US Nationals is a special race– its the one that people remember.  I heard a quote awhile back, and unfortunately don’t know who said it, something along the lines of ‘No one remembers who won Pomona.  No one remembers who won Gainesville.  They remember who won Indy.  And, if you are lucky, they might remember who won the Championship.’

I cannot describe the feeling when the first top fuel dragster goes down the track.  Your very soul shakes.  You never truly forget your first one.  You come to crave it the next round and the next round after that.  The anticipation of the next race eats at you.  You smell the nitro in the air.  Your eyes start to burn.  Little pieces of rubber land on you as the tire smoke blows over the stands.  There is truly nothing like it in the world.



Troy Coughlin



Jeg Coughlin














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US Nationals Dave Grubnick

Alcohol is for drinking, gas is for cleaning parts, and nitro is for racing.”

-Don Garlits

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One Comment

  1. Don Gibson says:

    Had a great time, glad we were able to go. There is truly nothing like experiencing the sound and feeling you get when the nitro cars stand on the loud pedal. Had been a long time since we were last there, let’s go back soon. Great pictures too!!

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