By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The NHRA announced on Wednesday night that they have officially changed the Pro Stock category for several of their 2018 races. Instead of having a 16-car field at all 24 events, there will now be nine events with just an eight-car field.
The change, the sanctioning body, believes that it will improve the competition. Also, it would elimination teams in the category not being able to fulfill the 16-car field.
Several of the races impacted by this news – which originally was leaked by Competition Plus on Tuesday – will be on the East Coast, including three-of-a-four race streak in June and July next year. It will also impact the entire historic Western Swing, as well.
The NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. will be impacted in back-to-back weeks next June. The NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., which was previously in June, moved to July next year and will also be impacted.
The other races impacted are the NHRA Springnationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas and the entire Western Swing.
The Western Swing, includes races at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. The Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash. were also affected.
The NHRA said in its press release that they have been working with teams in the past several years for ways to improve the sport through fan engagement and interest. The governing body has changed many things, involving the Pro Stock teams, in the past several years to change interest.
“We hope this change in field size at selected events will help increase excitement and fan interest,” NHRA president Pete Clifford said.
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