Coronavirus hiatus over as NHRA plans to resume in July

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NHRA was supposed to release their new schedule on Wednesday at 2:30 pm EST. However, it was leaked by the Associated Press’ NASCAR reporter Jenna Fryer.

The governing body will resume in July. As we previously wrote, this was an option on the table.

Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. racing on Sunday at the 2019 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Tommy Johnson Jr. racing on Sunday at the 2019 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The sport, like much of the United States, has been on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic that has wrecked havoc on the country. More than 100,000 have died from the infectious virus.

It has even hit the NHRA community as Funny Car crew chief Todd Smith battled the virus. And Pro Stock Motorcycle crew chief Jock Allen is presently battling the virus in an Alabama hospital.

The NHRA will return on July 11-12, which would be their first national event since February in Chandler, Arizona. The very next weekend, the teams will be back at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis to compete once again.

Both Indianapolis events will be open to fans. This will include 2020 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals ticket holders and NHRA members.

There will be limited fans in attendance.

“We’re excited for our Mello Yello Series to return to action, not just for the racers and fans but also for everyone who loves and supports NHRA Drag Racing,” said NHRA President Glen Cromwell. “Because we are an outdoor sport, we feel comfortable opening these Indianapolis events to a limited number of fans who are the lifeblood of our sport and followingthe guidance of the state of Indiana to resume racing.”

The two newly-added Indianapolis events will take place on the FOX Broadcast Network. The first Indy event will have Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

However, the second Indy event will feature just Top Fuel, Funny Cars, along with Pro Mods, Top Fuel Harleys, and the Factory Stock Showdown.

There will be no Sportsman racing at these two FOX broadcasts in July. While Sportsman racing will not be at the two special Indianapolis events in July, they will compete through the rest of the schedule beginning on July 31st in Kent, Washington.

There will be 17 events with one event added back to the schedule. Atlanta was previously taken off the schedule, but it is back now.

That event will take place on Aug. 28-30.

Here is the revised schedule:

2020 NHRA Revised Schedule
July 11 – 12NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway (PSC/PSM)Indianapolis
July 18 -19NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing at Lucas Oil RacewayIndianapolis
July 31-Aug. 2Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals (PSC/PSM)Seattle
Aug. 7-9Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM)Denver
Aug. 14-16Lucas Oil NHRA NationalsBrainerd, Minn.
Aug. 21-23Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals (PSC)Topeka, Kan.
Aug. 28-30NHRA Southern NationalsAtlanta
Sept. 3-6Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals (PSC/PSM)Indianapolis
Sept. 11-13Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals (PSC/PSM)Reading, Pa.
Sept. 18-20NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSC/PSM)Charlotte
Sept. 25-27Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSC/PSM)Gainesville, Fla.
Oct. 2-4AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals PSC/PSMSt. Louis
Oct. 9-11NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals (PSC/PSM)Bristol, Tenn.
Oct. 16-18AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSC/PSM)Dallas
Oct. 23-25Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals (PSC/PSM)Houston
Oct. 30-Nov. 1Dodge NHRA Nationals (PSC/PSM)Las Vegas
Nov. 13-15Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSC/PSM)Pomona, Calif.

*** Schedule subject to change

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