By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The NHRA announced on Monday that they will not race again until August. The governing body previously announced that they would race in June with fans.
It was believed that the NHRA would release a new schedule on May 4th. However, that is not the case, as the press release said it is “coming soon.”
The release did state that the events in June and July are now postponed. With this postponement, the odds are very high that the NHRA would now have to race every weekend to complete the season.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the NHRA was able to complete two full events. Those events were at Pomona, California and near Phoenix, Arizona.
The NHRA has already lost five events thus far due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the second edition of the revised schedule whenever it is released, more races may potentially come off the schedule.
So far the national events near Atlanta, Georgia; North Dinwiddie, Virginia, and Epping, New Hampshire are off the calendar. Plus, one of the two national events at Charlotte and Las Vegas have been removed as well.
Since the NHRA wants to race with fans, they would have to wait longer than other leagues. NASCAR and other leagues have better TV deals than the NHRA.
With fans, it would cover their expenses and generate revenue that the TV end won’t. NASCAR has a multi-million dollar deal so they have the luxury to race with no fans, which they will do beginning on May 17th.
The NBA, which also has a huge TV deal, has not announced when they will return, but it’s expected they will compete with no fans in the stands. The NHL has been rumored to come back in July with no fans in the stands, while Major League Baseball has not even started their season — and that’s a lot of talk on when they might start.
MLB will also likely start with no fans in attendance.