NHRA Ready to Get Back to Racing Sooner Than You Might Think, Releases Updated Schedule
As if scheduling weren’t already difficult enough, it looks to get even more ...
As if scheduling weren’t already difficult enough, it looks to get even more challenging as the NHRA tries to get back to racing. The organization says that it has been working with state and local officials to pin down the best course of action. With that, it appears as if we may be back to racing in August according to a recent post from the NHRA. They also plan on having fans in attendance late this summer!
In the post, they tell us, “The season is expected to resume, with fans in attendance, in August, and will consist of 18 total events for 2020, including the two that kicked off the season. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will continue to be contested at each Mello Yello Series event.”
From there, we learn that all June and July races are to be postponed. These races include the following.
- Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on June 5-7 (Gainesville, Fla.)
- Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil on June 12-14 (Houston, Texas)
- NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on June 19-21 (Bristol, Tenn.)
- Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on June 26-28 (Norwalk, Ohio)
- Route 66 NHRA Nationals on July 9-12 (Chicago)
- Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil on July 17-19 (Denver, Colo.)
- NHRA Sonoma Nationals on July 24-26 (Sonoma, Calif.).
The NHRA describes the revised schedule as being “In flux” due to the nature of the pandemic. In other words, as of now, this would appear to be a loose plan to get back to action.
However, we are told that we can expect 18 events in total. Assuming that the season kicks back off the first weekend of August and ends with the Auto Club NHRA Finals November 12-15, that means that we will see 16 races in 16 weeks. If that’s the case then strap in because things are bound to heat up as we move into the fall season.