NHRA forced to cancel 2021 NHRA Arizona Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NHRA has announced that one race has already been lost from the 2021 season. There will be no NHRA Arizona Nationals national event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

The drag racing governing body announced that the event could be moved to a new location. However, at this time; it’s not clear where that national event will be located.

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Top Alcohol Funny Car competitors competing in a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event (Photo by Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park/Instagram)

While there are rumors, nothing has been confirmed yet. And it could be announced in the coming days or weeks.

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The reason why this Arizona event was canceled due to restrictions within the state from the coronavirus.

“We’ll miss our annual stop at Wild Horse Pass, but we are working on new options for 2021,” NHRA president Glen Cromwell said. “We hope that fans in the area will try to make it to another one of our events.”

The track — which is located on Native American land — will hope to have an event in 2022. Before the coronavirus got serious last March, the venue held an NHRA event in February 2020.

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“We have enjoyed being host to the NHRA Arizona Nationals for the past 36 years,” said Mark Grado, General Manager of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. “However, due to many circumstances beyond our control, including current COVID-19 restrictions, unfortunately the event is not feasible for the 2021 season.”

Cromwell said that the governing body has received interest to host an event elsewhere.

“Our focus remains on making the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series a memorable experience for our fans, racers, sponsors, partners and tracks,” Cromwell said. “We’ve gotten interest by other tracks in adding an event to the schedule. We’re not sure if this is possible for 2021, but we’re definitely looking into it.”

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The NHRA Arizona Nationals was scheduled to take place on April 23-25, 2021.

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