Getting to the Nats
Directions to National Trail Raceway
Participants and Spectators: National Trail Raceway is about 20 miles east of Columbus, Ohio, on old US Highway 40, 1 mile north of Interstate I-70 at the Kirkersville exit.
• From the North - Take I-75 south to the State Hwy. 15 exit. Go south, and the road turns into US- 23. Continue south until you reach the I-270 Beltway that circles Columbus. Go east on I-270 until you reach I-70. Take I-70 east to exit No. 122 (Rte. 158), and then go north to US-40 (Main Street). At US-40, go east about 3 miles, and the track will be on your left side with Gate C parking on your right and Gate A parking on your left ($5/day). The spectator entrance/ ticket booths are at Gates A and D.
• From the East or West - Take I-70 to Columbus, then either take exit No. 122 (Rte.158) or exit No. 126 (Rte. 37) northbound until you reach US-40. If you get off at exit No. 122, go east on US-40 until you see the track on your left, parking on your right. If you get off on exit No. 126, take US-40 west until you see the track on the right. Parking is available at Gate A or on the other side of the street.
• From the South - Take either I-71 or US-33 to the Columbus I-270 beltway. Then take I-70 east to exit No. 122. Take this north to US-40. Travel east on US-40 until you see the track on your left side. Free parking is available in Parking Lots F & G. Paid parking is in Lots A, C, and H.
Pets & Camping - There are no pets or camping allowed on the race track grounds.
Dates: August 9-11, 2013.
Location: National Trail Raceway, 2650 National Road Southwest, Hebron, Ohio, 43025-9639
Times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 8am – 6pm
Ticket Prices: Friday, Saturday or Sunday $20 for a day pass; - 2 Day Pass $30 - 3 Day Pass $40 (Children 10 years old and under are free with paid Adult admission) Sorry we do not accept credit card orders, but you can order your tickets ahead of time and save the wait in lines by sending a check/money order to The Nationals, P.O. Box 2303, Dearborn, MI. 48123 -2303. 313/278-2240. There is Swap Meet Field rights for the Thursday Move-In Day after 12 Noon. Cost is $25. Use the gate H entrance off refugee road.
The event takes place in August, and Ohio, has been known to be sunny and hot. So plan accordingly. Have sun block, hats and appropriate clothing. As this is a race track, shade is limited. Coolers are allowed that are 13-inches and under. The track does have the Hot Rod Grille and remote food centers located throughout the track serving food and beverages. Due to the venue (race track), action going on in the facility and sanitary reasons, no pets are allowed on the race track grounds. Make sure you purchase your event souvenirs early, as they always sell out of the popular sizes.
Car Participant Entry: There are three types of car entries into this year’s show, along with the Manufacturer Midway, Swap Meet and Car Corral.
Got a Mopar? Got $65? You’re in! The cost of the regular entry is $65 (if postmarked by June 30, 2013; $80 thereafter). No mail in entries accepted after July 12. Entries are also available at the gate based on Car and Driver pricing. Pre-registration entries admit two adults and one vehicle for all three days, as well as in the Trophy Race bracket if you choose to race your car or just make time trails during the scheduled open portion of the event on Saturday. NOTE: Your vehicle must meet NHRA rules to be allowed to run down the track. There is no judging on this car entry, but you may win one of the many trophies/plaques awarded by the various magazines. These entrants must park on the east side of the track and use their designated gate. If not pre-registered, use the Gate A entrance for registration (see map). A picture is required of all pre-registered entries unless you are entering the same vehicle as last year. Note: Tribute vehicles will use the Gate A entrance off US-40 for entry into the Race side where the tribute display is located. Within this entry is another feature at the Nats is the Original Mopar Owners area. Have an old Mopar that is at least 20 years old and you are the original owner, or the car has been in your immediate family since day one? There will be a special reserved parking area for those participants to display their cars. The Nats will again make available the “Car Club Parking Area”. If you’re a member of a Mopar Car Club and have at least 10 members entering into the 2013 event (applications must be sent in together), then you can park together in a reserved area on the Judged Show side of the track.
Think you’re fast? The race car entry is $100-$150 depending on the race class (if postmarked by June 30, 2013, add $15 late fee afterwards). No mail in entries accepted after July 12. Entries are also available at the gate Thursday, Friday, and Saturday based on car and driver pricing. This entry is for those participants who want to race their cars in one of the many different bracket classes or shootouts. Pre-registration entries admit two adults and the vehicle to all three days. The vehicle must pass all NHRA rules for its E.T. Cars entered will park on the east side of the track in the designated pit area. Use the Main Gate A entrance on the first day or until tech-inspected. Tech inspection will be on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; NO Sunday Tech inspections. After the vehicle passes tech inspection, park in the designated pit area and use the entrance gate on your confirmation letter to enter the grounds. This year’s event will feature the Super Pro, Pro, Quick 16, Street, Stick, New Hemi, and Young Guns classes, along with the Nostalgic and Viper Shoot-outs. A picture is required for all new entries. Vehicles entered in the race entry cannot compete in the Trophy class. RACE NOTE: You must check the trailer box for a trailer permit if you will be bringing a vehicle on a trailer. Only a limited amount of space for trailers is available, and they must park in the trailer-designated areas only. No Regular ($65 entry), Trophy, or ($100) Street class entries will be allowed in on a trailer. This is reserved for the non-plated Bracket drag racers only.