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FOX SPORTS, NHRA ANNOUNCE 2020 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Live Coverage of ‘Western Swing’ Highlights Four Consecutive Races on FOX
U.S. Nationals Coverage Includes Five Hours Live on Labor Day

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports and NHRA today announce the release of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule, highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of four consecutive summer events, including the “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle), as well as the iconic U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day Weekend.

The 24-event 2020 FOX NHRA season opens Sunday, Feb. 9, with the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals live from Pomona, Calif., at 5:00 PM ET on FS1. Fifteen of the season’s final 16 events are scheduled to air live, including the season finale Auto Club NHRA Finals from Pomona.

The 2020 season also marks the 50th anniversary of the NHRA Pro Stock Division.

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Penske Racing Shocks, Precision Racing Suspension Named Class Co-Sponsors of PDRA Pro Boost

DINWIDDIE, VA – Penske Racing Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension will serve as the class co-sponsors of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) Pro Boost class in 2020, series officials announced today. The two collaborative brands signed a multi-year agreement that also continues their role as a series contingency sponsor.

“Penske Racing Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension have had a major presence at the PDRA races for years now, and we’re thrilled to have them step up as the co-sponsors of Pro Boost,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “The Lambert brothers provide technical support for our racers in numerous classes, and I’m sure that will only continue to grow through this new partnership.”

The world leader in suspension technology, Penske Racing Shocks has been providing custom-built, high-performance shock absorbers to all forms of racing for over 30 years. In recent years, they’ve developed a reputation for riding along on some of the quickest and fastest doorslammers in drag racing.

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REINTJES NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF BROADCASTING

GLENDORA, CA – Steve Reintjes, who has served as NHRA’s Coordinating Producer for the past two years, has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Broadcasting.

In his new role, Reintjes will continue to oversee the NHRA’s production of all NHRA on Fox television broadcasts, as well as content created at the NHRA Wally Parks Studio, displayed at NHRA events and streamed online via NHRA.TV.

Reintjes has an extensive background in live broadcasting with over 19 years of experience in network television. He has produced over 500 live events covering 11 sports, including major college football bowl games, multiple FCS college football national championship games and NCAA national championship games in men’s and women’s soccer. He has produced the last two years of all NHRA on Fox television broadcasts.

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IHRA Summit Team Finals Schedule Announced

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has announced the 2020 IHRA Summit Team Finals schedule with IHRA-member tracks throughout North America scheduled to participate.

The IHRA Summit Team Finals kicks off with the Midwest Team Finals at Eddyville (Iowa) Raceway Park, September 10-13, 2020.

Each region hosts a Summit Team Finals for every IHRA division. Any Summit SuperSeries competitor, who has an IHRA membership and an “X” number registered and valid according to IHRA records from May 1 through his or her division’s Summit Team Finals event, can win the Summit Team Finals main event championship and become eligible for the Summit SuperSeries World Finals at Memphis International Raceway, October 15-17, 2020.

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Stroud Safety Joins PDRA as Official Safety Equipment

DINWIDDIE, VA – Stroud Safety, a safety equipment manufacturer with deep roots in drag racing, has signed on as the Official Safety Equipment brand of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), series officials announced today. The Oklahoma City-based company signed a multi-year agreement and will have a hands-on presence at PDRA races in 2020.

“It’s a big deal for us to have a company like Stroud Safety join the PDRA family for 2020 and beyond,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “MJ [Jerome] and everyone at Stroud work hard to understand the needs of racers and to deliver products that help keep them safe. Their mission and beliefs align with ours as a series, and we’re proud to have them on board.”

Celebrating 30 years in 2019, Stroud Safety was founded by Bob Stroud with the goal of creating innovative parachutes and safety equipment for drag racers. Since then, Stroud Safety has continued to introduce and acquire patents on many new items for racers in various forms of motorsports.

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RPM Act Introduced In US House Of Representatives

Washington – The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2019 (RPM Act) protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars and the motorsports parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete.

US Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) have introduced H.R. 5434, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2019 (RPM Act of 2019). The bipartisan RPM Act of 2019 protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars and the motorsports parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete.

SEMA is urging all racing industry members and enthusiasts to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support the bill. To send a letter to your members of Congress (it takes less than 30 seconds), visit sema.org/rpm.

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Summit Motorsports Park Named Racetrack of the Year by NMCA

Norwalk, OH – Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, was named Racetrack of the Year during the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs Awards Ceremony presented by Aerospace Components on Dec. 13 at the Indiana Convention Center.

The track is one of six on the series’ annual tour, and last summer warmly welcomed its impressive drivers for the 18th Annual NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Whipple Superchargers, which featured the Chevrolet Performance 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro Shootout presented by COPO Parts Direct and the Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Watson Racing.

“NMCA is proud to present Summit Motorsports Park with Racetrack of the Year for 2019,” said Steve Wolcott, CEO of the NMCA. “Summit Motorsport Park’s hard work and support has helped grow the NMCA All-American Nationals event each year, resulting in one of the largest racer turnouts on the series’ schedule. We also successfully celebrated the 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro Shootout with Chevrolet Performance in 2019 resulting in a truly historic event.”

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