Date published: January 29, 2010
In addition to becoming part of an exciting community of racers and race fans, NHRA members are entitled to many valuable benefits, explained each week in Membership Midway. Members should refer to this page often for news and updates that will help them receive the greatest possible value from their membership throughout the year. In most cases, members must present their valid NHRA membership card to receive benefits. To join, see the ad on page 3.
Membership Hospitality Center 2010 Schedule
Have you been to the Membership Hospitality Center yet? It's available at select NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in 2010. Your membership card admits you and your guests to a casual, shaded, members-only area where you can relax with TV for watching the on-track action, enjoy snacks and beverages for sale, and enter the famous VIP Member of the Event drawing on race-day morning. The VIP Member of the Event wins a pair of instant upgrades to the best available seats for the day (reserved or Top Eliminator Club), a tour of the starting line and prerace ceremony when available, and the opportunity to stand between the first pair of Top Fuel cars as they launch.
The NHRA Membership Hospitality Center will be open to NHRA and NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League members at these events in 2010:
Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals, Pomona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb. 11-14
NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 11-14
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta . . . . . . May 14-16
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 1-6
Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Pomona . . . . . . Nov. 11-14
Want a chance to be the 50th Winternationals VIP Member of the Event?
If you're an NHRA member, all you have to do is come to the 50th Anniversary Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals Feb. 11-14, enter the drawing at the Membership Hospitality Center, and be present at the prize drawing at 9 a.m. sharp Sunday morning, Feb. 14, at the Membership Hospitality Center. Then cross your fingers and hope ND's Jeff Morton calls your name as the grand-prize winner.
That's what Richard Bennett of Cedar Glen, Calif., did at the 2009 Winternationals, and before he knew it, he and his buddy Robert Samsoe were standing on the starting line between the first pair of Top Fuel cars as they launched, rubbing elbows with Chief Starter Rick Stewart and having the time of their lives. Afterward, they lived it up all day with catered meals and premium seating in the all-inclusive Top Eliminator Club.
"My thought when Robert and I were standing on the starting line was, 'I can't believe we're standing here," Bennett, right, remembered.
Why can't that be you at the Winternationals this year? All you have to do is join NHRA, enter the drawing, and be there to hear your name called. Even if you don't win the grand prize, the Membership Hospitality staff always has a lot of other great prizes to give away, like books, diecasts, and even tickets to a future event.