NHRA has revised its schedule for the professional Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and will soon announce revised scheduling for its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series, Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series and Samtech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series.
The sanctioning organization had intended to restart Mello Yello competition in April at Houston; that’s not going to happen. Rather, the season is intended to resume the first weekend of June and be comprised of 19 total events, including the two (Pomona, Phoenix) already held.
Six of the events on the calendar will be compressed into two-day meetings, as NHRA considers the economic and logistical factors facing teams, ancillary participants and, of course, fans. Those dates are marked below with an asterisk.
Despite this condensed scheduling, the season will conclude, as is customary at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona with the Auto Club Finals, scheduled November 13-15.
What happens in between now and then will be far different from what was intended and, as a result of these adjustments, points will not reset after the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway during Labor Day weekend and there will be no “Countdown to the Championship” this year. NHRA has reserved two make-up dates on its calendar in anticipation of further delays from the date of this announcement.
For the time being, all NHRA-sanctioned drag racing series competition is suspended until further notice. Should competition be permitted to resume, this is what the current schedule contains:
June 5-6: Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, which will include Pro Stock Car and Motorcycle
* June 12-14: Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals (includes both Pro Stock classes), Houston, Texas
* June 19-21: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Bristol, Tenn.
June 26-28: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12: Route 66 Nationals, Joliet, Ill.
July 17-19: Dodge Mile-High Nationals (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Denver, Colo.
July 24-26: NHRA Sonoma Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Sonoma, Calif.
* July 31-August 2: NHRA Northwest Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Seattle, Wash.
August 13-16: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
* August 21-23: Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals (Pro Stock Car), Topeka, Kan.
September 3-7: NHRA U.S. Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Indianapolis, Ind.
* September 11-13: Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Reading, Penn.
September 18-20: NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Charlotte, N.C.
September 25-27: Make-up date if needed for the Gatornationals
October 2-4: AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), St. Louis, Mo.
October 9-11: Make-up date if needed for Houston
October 15-18: AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (all Pro Stock classes), Dallas, Texas
October 29-November1: Dodge NHRA Nationals (all Pro Stock classes), Las Vegas, Nev.
November 12-15: Auto Club NHRA Finals (all Pro Stock classes), Pomona, Calif.
As a result of these adjustments, there will be a single four-wide competition at zMax Dragway in mid-September. The Las Vegas four-wide race, which was intended to take place in April, has been scotched from this year’s competition. NHRA could make added changes to this published schedule as the situation warrants.