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Frequently Asked Questions about the current suspension of NHRA racing

When will NHRA race again? What do I do with tickets I’ve already purchased? How will this affect the Countdown to the Championship? The answers to these and other questions you might have.
25 Mar 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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When will NHRA race again?
We tentatively plan to resume the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on June 5. However, NHRA is closely monitoring the situation and working with federal, state and local public health authorities to determine the best time to resume racing. Our priority is the health and well-being of the global community while getting cars back on the track as soon as possible. Everything is fluid right now and no predictions can be made with any certainty. Revised schedules for other NHRA series will be published soon.

When will the postponed races take place?
Here is the tentative revised schedule for NHRA National Events in 2020. Stay tuned for more information on other NHRA drag racing series.

What specific National Events have been rescheduled at this time?

  • Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. - New date: June 5-7
  • Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas - New date: June 12-14
  • Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan. - New date: Aug. 21-23
  • Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn. - New date: Sept. 11-13
  • NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte - New date: Sept. 18-20

All NHRA-sanctioned series events are suspended at this time.  For further questions on event tickets, you may reach out to the NHRA Ticket Sales Center at 800-884-NHRA (6472).

What specific National Events have been canceled at this time?
In the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the following events are canceled for the 2020 season:

  • Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas
  • NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
  • Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va.
  • NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
  • NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte

 
What do I do with tickets I’ve already purchased for a national event that’s been rescheduled or canceled?
Tickets purchased for all rescheduled national events in 2020 can be used at the rescheduled date or towards the same national event in 2021. National Event track policies may vary; please check with individual tracks for more detail.

Tickets purchased for all canceled events:

  • Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas: go to LVMS.com for ticket exchange information
  • NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta: tickets may be used at the 2021 event at Atlanta Dragway or may be exchanged for the 2020 Night Of Fire event at Atlanta Dragway. To exchange tickets or for further inquiries, contact NHRA Ticket Services at 800-884-6472 or [email protected]
  • Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond: tickets may be used at the 2021 event at Virginia Motorsports Park. For further inquiries, contact NHRA Ticket Services at 800-884-6472 or [email protected] 
  • NHRA New England Nationals in Epping: tickets may be used at the 2021 event at New England Dragway. For further inquiries, contact NHRA Ticket Services at 800-884-6472 or [email protected] 
  • NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte: go to https://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/nhra-exchange/ for ticket exchange information

Does the suspension apply to all NHRA series?
Yes. The competition suspension includes all NHRA-sanctioned series. Here are the NHRA-sanctioned series affected:

  • Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
  • Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
  • E3 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service
  • Summit Racing Series
  • Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley
  • Summit Racing Equipment Jr. Drag Racing League
  • SamTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown
  • Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series
  • NHRA Jr. Street

Stay tuned for a list of specific events in these categories that have been postponed, rescheduled or canceled.

Are all tracks across the country closed and not allowed to run any events? 
Please check with individual tracks to learn about their plans for events other than those related to NHRA series.
Here is a full list of NHRA member tracks: https://www.nhra.com/member-track-locator

Are local events still happening at NHRA member tracks?
Please check with individual tracks to learn about their plans for events other than those related to NHRA series.

Which NHRA-owned tracks are a part of the suspension?
NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California.
 
How are NHRA employees handling COVID-19?
NHRA is recommending all employees work remotely. Our headquarters building in Glendora, Calif. is closed following the statewide Stay-Home order issued by California Governor Newsom.

Will I get a refund on my NHRA.tv event pass? 
Your NHRA.tv event pass will still be valid for the event which was postponed. For our year-long subscribers, NHRA.tv is a great way to catch up on NHRA races from years past and re-watch some of your favorite moments.

How will this affect the Countdown to the Championship?
Due to the new condensed schedule for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA will not reset points after the NHRA U.S. Nationals. Points will count throughout the season without a Countdown.

Why is the Mello Yello series only running for two days instead of three on several events?
Competition timelines have been condensed due to a number of economic and logistical factors that have come into play as we rework the schedule. However, plenty of exciting racing action will still be happening every day of the event including many of NHRA’s specialty categories and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
 
I bought a full ticket expecting to see the MYDRS run all three days. Will I get a refund?
Please contact the track from which your tickets were purchased to learn about your options. 

Will Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle run at all of the rescheduled events?
Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will compete in a schedule similar to what they were intended to run prior to the revision. Pro Stock will compete in 16 races total and the schedule for Pro Stock Motorcycle consists of 14 races in 2020.

How many qualifying passes will competitors in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories get for two-day events?
Drivers will make two qualifying passes on Saturday before competing in eliminations on Sunday.