The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals started out with a bang over back-to-back weekends at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Unfortunately, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic forced these series to slam on the brakes, leading ProMedia Events & Publishing to make numerous significant changes to their schedules.
“We began the year offering six championship races in each sanctioning body and we’re determined to continue that commitment despite the Coronavirus temporary shutdown,” explained Steve Wolcott, founder and CEO of ProMedia Events & Publishing. “Thanks to our incredible track partners, we moved pieces around to give our country more time to recover from the pandemic and ensure a full schedule for racers, sponsors, and fans.”
The Power Festival in late May will now include both NMRA and NMCA at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Madison, IL) the weekend of May 28-31. The Ford Motorsport Nationals has departed the 2020 schedule entirely, while the recently postponed Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals will run June 25-28 at Atlanta Dragway (Commerce, GA).
As scheduled, the series will proceed to Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, IL) for the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Nickey Performance. The last two events on the 2020 schedules, the NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance and the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival, have not been changed. The NMCA season wraps up at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis September 24-27 while the NMRA concludes at Beech Bend Raceway October 1-4.
“Over the last 19 years, this company has been well-versed and experienced with operating two sanctioning bodies at one facility. Our track partners and their staffs – Chris Blair at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Kasey Coler at NHRA/Atlanta Dragway, Scott Paddock at Route 66 Raceway and Bill Bader at Summit Motorsports Park – are excited and ready to help us run two complete championship schedules with efficiency and offer high-quality racing experience for the racers, sponsors, and fans,” said Rollie Miller, General Manager and National Event Director at NMRA/NMCA.
Miller concluded, “Thank you to NMRA/NMCA track partners and all of our racers, fans, and sponsors for understanding these extreme changes as we adapt to these extraordinary times.”