Before car racing, checkered flags were used only as symbols of surrender following skirmishes between chess clubs. Revel in full-throttled flag waving with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $41, you get two adult general-admission tickets to the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals finals (up to a $98 value in advance, up to a $102 value at the gate) at Lucas Oil Raceway on Monday, September 5. Spectator gates open at 7:30 a.m., with pre-race ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and final eliminations starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until about 4:30 p.m.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the NHRA’s top pedal grinders compete for the checkers as Lucas Oil Raceway hosts the high-octane conclusion to this year’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, one of drag racing’s most prestigious events. The ghosts of former Model-T drivers race alongside novice and veteran speed demons such as champion Larry Dixon as they try to secure enough points to propel their teams into the Countdown playoffs and Full Throttle championships. The legendary track lives up to its reputation for smoothness as cars glide towards the finish line like sticks of butter on a bunny slope.
After a breakfast tailgate, spectators can watch with teary eyes as the sun begins to set on the pre-race ceremonies. The main attraction then kicks off with the final elimination races, in which drivers try to imprint the drag strip with their burnt rubber stamps one last time. Well aware that their careers will remain incomplete without a win at their sport’s oldest and grandest event, racers will stop at no lengths to secure victory—even if it means littering the track with banana peels. Attendees can plow their eyes through the schedule for five days’ worth of preceding racing events (not included in this Groupon).
Children ages 12 and younger are admitted for free to general-admission areas.
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