A source inside the NHRA has confirmed with CompetitionPlus.com that NHRA plans to have as many as eight more events following the Denso NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park outside of Indianapolis. This same source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said NHRA could hold at least one more event at the facility which has already staged three races since the global pandemic shut down the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Rumors have suggested the sanctioning body was going to close down following the U.S. Nationals, NHRA VP of Communications Jeffrey Young said the statement was absolutely false. Young would not comment on the number of national event races the sanctioning body plans to contest for the balance of 2020.
CompetitionPlus.com has been told by another source the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, scheduled for Sept. 25 – 27 will go as scheduled, with the season finale likely staged in Las Vegas with the Dodge NHRA Nationals, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1.
Whether the eight races will include stops in Bristol, Tenn., and Concord, NC, will depend on local health regulations. Currently, North Carolina is on a Stage 2 rating.
The two Texas races, Dallas and Houston, scheduled for back-to-back October races are on solid ground. Likewise, expect the NHRA Midwest Nationals outside of St. Louis to run as scheduled.
The NHRA Fallnationals at the Texas Motorplex will be held at 50% capacity.
“We are making plans for a great event that is safe and exciting for all our fans and racers. This will be one of the biggest NHRA events of the season when you consider the number of days and classes contested. We are especially excited to produce ‘Friday Night Live’ with all sorts of ground pounding fast race cars you wouldn’t normally see at an NHRA national event,” said Andy Carter Texas Motorplex General Manager. “You will not get a better playoff atmosphere than the AAA Texas Fall Nationals in October. All the professional class championships will be on the line and when you consider we are one of the last four races, you will be able to cut the championship tension with a knife.”
Multiple sources have also told CompetitionPlus.com there’s the possibility Heartland Park – Topeka could end up back on the schedule.
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