NHRA “postpones” 2020 Denver, Brainerd events

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The NHRA announced on Friday that two more events have been postponed. But these events likely will be cancelled down the road. 

The events that have been postponed were the Mopar Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. And the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway aka The Zoo in Brainerd, Minnesota.

NHRA (Photo by the NHRA)

The events, according to the press release, will attempted to be made up later. The release also said that they are postponed until “further notice.”

“Given our long-standing relationship with not only the NHRA and our Chrysler/Mopar/Dodge Mile-High Nationals sponsor but also all the racers, fans and additional sponsors who give our event its support, we are dedicated to finding a date for our event to work this year,” the Bandimere family said in a statement. “We recognize that by postponing the event, we stand a much greater chance of having an event with more flexibility for everyone and we look forward to some amazing racing action.”

Bandimere Speedway is also in a legal battle after local officials said that their Fourth of July event violates the local restrictions. 

There will be an event in Indy to replace the Bandimere event on August 6-9th. There is no make up at this time for the Minnesota event. 

“We are disappointed that we have to postpone our event,” Brainerd International Raceway owner Kristi Copham said. “But we hope that, by working closely with state and local authorities and NHRA, we can find a way to put on a Nationals race later this season, especially for our fans, who deserve to enjoy a great weekend of NHRA drag racing. We appreciate everyone’s patience — our fans, vendors, staff and race teams — as we try to work through the issues that would allow us to hold the event, and we’re continuing to work hard on it every day.”

Since the NHRA wants to race in front of fans and there are restrictions in place for many locations on the schedule, the races will likely be cancelled or moved to Indy. The schedule is subject to change. 

“NHRA has worked to create protocols for a responsible restart of the sport,” NHRA President Glen Cromwell said. “We saw those protocols work at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals last weekend. We appreciate the support of the state of Indiana, our drivers, teams, staff and fans, as we all work together moving forward.”

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