Four Legends, Four Lanes, One Day Only at the Bellagio of Drag Strips; Four-Wide Legends Walk Features Muldowney, Bernstein, Garlits and Kalitta
Die-hard drag racing fans’ dreams will come true when they have the opportunity to walk alongside drag racing legends Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, Don Garlits and Connie Kalitta on the world’s only four-lane concrete drag strip, Sunday, April 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to eliminations at the second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
The track walk, honoring the 60th anniversary of the NHRA, will be hosted by NHRA announcer and journalist Bob Frey. Fans that purchase a $45 or $55 Sunday grandstand ticket can share a walk down the Bellagio of drag strips with some of the biggest names in drag racing history.
“The NHRA is the leader in accessibility to the stars of their sport both past and present,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This just takes it to another level. Being able to walk with four of the biggest legends in NHRA history down the track where just hours later the current stars of the sport will be writing the next chapter at 300 miles per hour, that’s the ultimate fan experience.”
The queen of drag racing, Top Fuel legend Muldowney retired with three championships in the NHRA’s elite series. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Muldowney becoming the first female to win in the Top Fuel division.
Garlits, known far and wide as “Big Daddy,” was named the number one, all-time greatest drag racer by the NHRA in 2001. His career achievements include three NHRA Top Fuel championships between 1975 and 1986.
Former Top Fuel and Funny Car legend Bernstein won multiple championships in each division. He is still involved in the sport as the owner of his son Brandon’s Top Fuel dragster. Bernstein is also known as the “Bud King.”
Known as the “Bounty Hunter,” Kalitta was the first Top Fuel drag racer to hit 200 mph on the NHRA circuit. Kalitta is the current owner of Kalitta Motorsports, one of the more competitive and tradition-rich teams in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
All four NHRA legends will be on hand throughout the weekend for meet-and-greets and autograph sessions as part of the NHRA’s 60th anniversary celebration, which will also include a car corral fill with nostalgia dragsters and a parade of historical drag racing machines.
Autograph sessions with the legends will be located in the pavilion behind the John Force Grandstand and adjacent to the staging lanes. Kenny Bernstein and Connie Kalitta will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Shirley Muldowney and Don Garlits will sign from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Tickets for the second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 14-17, are on sale now at www.zmaxdragway.com or by phone at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), where nitro fans can purchase three grandstand tickets and get the fourth free.