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NHRA updates concerning COVID-19

A news archive of all NHRA press releases concerning the COVID19 pandemic and its effects on NHRA Drag Racing.
05 May 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff

News and information from the NHRA concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug. 10: NHRA Southern Nationals canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, scheduled for Aug. 28-30, has been canceled due the current COVID-19 pandemic. NHRA made this difficult decision after exhaustive deliberation with track representatives, health officials and government authorities.

July 29: Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals postponed until Fall due to county restrictions

The Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, scheduled for Aug. 21-23 in Topeka, Kan., has been postponed until the fall with an exact date to be determined, for pandemic-related reasons. 

July 20: Holley National Hot Rod Reunion canceled

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum officials have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky. 

July 17:  Denver, Brainerd NHRA events postponed; third Indianapolis date added

NHRA has announced that the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil (Aug. 7-9) and the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Aug. 14-16) have been postponed until further notice but also announced the new NHRA Indy Nationals to be contested at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Aug. 6-9

June 25: NHRA Northwest Nationals canceled due to state and county restrictions

The Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, originally scheduled for July 31–Aug. 2, was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Washington state and King County that would not allow fans to attend the event.

June 19: Rules, requirements, and guidelines for spectators attending NHRA national events

We’ve added new protocols like social distancing, health screenings, and sanitizing, but we’re excited to welcome back our fans.

June 4: NHRA announces revised schedules for Pro Mod, Top Fuel Harley, Factory Stock Showdown, and Mountain Motor Pro Stock

Revised schedules for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service, the Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series, the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series, and the Mountain Motor Pro Stock category.

June 3: NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing returns beginning with two Indianapolis events in July

NHRA Drag Racing will return to the world stage in a major way in mid-July with events on back-to-back weekends at famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis that will serve as the launch point for 15 more NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events that will follow.

May 19: NHRA announces revised Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule, addition of second JEGS SPORTSnationals at New England Dragway

NHRA announced a revised schedule for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series plus the addition of a JEGS SPORTSnationals event Aug. 21-22 at New England Dragway.

May 19: NHRA points-earning competition restarts with Lucas Oil Series May 22-23

The re-opening of NHRA Drag Racing during the COVID-19 pandemic will take a big step forward May 22-23 at Texas Motorplex with running of an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Region event

May 15: NHRA announces postponement of Sacramento Raceway Heritage Series event

NHRA officials have announced that the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series event scheduled for June 6 at Sacramento Raceway has been postponed. Dates for the postponed events will be announced at a later date.

May 11: Interview: NHRA President Glen Cromwell and the path to bringing back NHRA Drag Racing

In this wide-ranging interview, NHRA President Glen Cromwell shares the thoughts behind the decisions that have been made to NHRA schedules during the COVD-19 pandemic and offers a look at the roadmap for the times ahead.

May 4: NHRA announces revised plan to restart 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

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. 

April 24: NHRA announces postponement of four Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events

NHRA officials announced that four Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events scheduled in the month of May have been postponed.  

April 13: NHRA announces revised 2020 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series schedule

The series is tentatively planned to resume at the Nite of Fire event on June 5 at Sacramento Raceway.

April 11: Stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Series offer their thanks to front-line workers, fans

NHRA stars share some words of appreciation to front-line workers and NHRA fans.

April 2: NHRA announces tentative revised 2020 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will tentatively resume May 15-17 with events in Division 2 at Atlanta Dragway and Division 4 at Alamo City Motorplex.

April 1: Revised 2020 NHRA national event category schedule announced

NHRA has released the revised event-by-event class schedule, a matrix that includes which classes from all of its series will compete at which NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events in 2020.

March 31: NHRA announces revised schedule for Pro Mod, Top Fuel Harley, Factory Stock Showdown and Mountain Motor Pro Stock

A complete matrix showing the venues for each of these series

March 25: NHRA announces revised schedule for Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

NHRA officials have announced revisions to the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The series is tentatively planned to resume June 5-7 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

March 20: Letter to NHRA fans from NHRA President Glen Cromwell

NHRA President Glen Cromwell shares his message of gratitude to NHRA fans and looking forward to the resumption of NHRA Drag Racing competition.

March 20: 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.

March 16: NHRA National Dragster magazine: Still full speed ahead during racing break

Even though the competition side of NHRA Drag Racing has been idled by the coronavirus pandemic, the presses at National Dragster are still running full speed ahead.

March 16: Racing's on hold. What's next? NHRA on FOX's Brian Lohnes has the latest

NHRA on FOX host Brian Lohnes checks in with the latest news, outlining the plans in place for the next 30 days, including a commitment to continued content on NHRA channels.

March 16: NHRA statement concerning suspension of racing due to coronavirus pandemic

NHRA has suspending all NHRA drag racing for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This suspension includes events at all NHRA-owned tracks and any NHRA-sanctioned events such as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. 

March 12: NHRA postpones portion of Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

In consideration of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the recommendation of the Florida governor, NHRA officials postponed a portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.