San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., a global leader in performance fuels, lubricants, and additives, continues to supply race fuels, coolants, and lubricants to race series and teams, despite the economic challenges caused by COVID-19. VP continues to maintain sufficient inventory and transportation to supply all professional and amateur race customers around the world.
“Product quality and delivery excellence are what we’re known for,” stated Alan Cerwick, VP’s President and CEO. “Amidst this challenging business climate, we remain committed to providing our race and retail customers with product availability and on-time delivery to support their business operations. Our product demand remains stable, and we continue to sign new race series and distribution relationships in 2020.”
Over the past several weeks, VP has signed new agreements with World Racing League and American Flat Track and continues to fuel high profile series and events that are recognized around the world including the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, IMSA, SCORE, DIRTcar, MotoAmerica, AMA Supercross, NHRA Sportsman classes, and hundreds of other series and tracks in North America.
Marion, TX – With nearly every other thing in the state postponed or canceled, Alamo City Motorplex held a ‘Knock the Dust Off’ bracket race on the 1/8 mile speed plant, just outside San Antonio. As the regular points season is scheduled to begin on March 28th, the show gave drivers a final chance to shake down their cars. It also attracted several racers from the Houston area giving them the opportunity to race.
It was nearly an ideal day weather-wise with temperatures in the mid 80’s and a track surface that was nearly perfect. I can’t recall seeing so many drivers hit their numbers, just still end up on the losing end a race. It all came down to the crucial starting line advantage.
Besides the NHRA Super Pro, Pro and JR. Dragster, a street class and motorcycle class was added to the racing card. With a good number of Super Pro cars on hand a Quick 16 Shootout was included.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — US 13 Dragway has long been a supporter of grassroots drag racing and it continues to show that through a new sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
The Delmar, Delaware facility features a 1/4-mile drag strip, which was first opened in 1963. Longtime track owner Charlie Cathell was an early proponent of bracket racing and his track boasts a strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries program.
For 2019, IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions included: Alex Bradford (Top), Keven Yates (Mod) and Nicholas Bowie (Junior).
The track is usually jam packed with events on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the season. New for 2020 is the IHRA and SBRA Ultimate Points Series which allows racers once a month to compete for bigger purses during a 2-Day event.
In addition, there are multiple events for Grudge and N/T Shootout racers.
Onawa Dragway, Onawa, Iowa is just 10 miles from the Nebraska border, right across the Missouri River. It is a newer facility opened in August 2018 to a sold-out crowd and a car count of over 150. Located on the site of a former airport, it boasts a state-of a 1/8-mile drag strip.
The Western Iowa facility participated in the IHRA Midwest Summit Team Finals and has embraced the IHRA Summit SuperSeries. Chuck Collins (Top), Jack Underwood (Mod) and Taylor Hansen (Junior) were IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions in 2019.
The track also hosts the Midwest Index Series.
ProMedia Events and Publishing, parent company of the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, in association with Atlanta Dragway’s parent company NHRA, have decided to postpone the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals in response to growing restrictions on group gatherings and travel due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Effective today the NHRA has suspended all drag racing operations for 30 days at NHRA-owned facilities and events. The NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals is hosted by an NHRA-owned facility.
“We’re disappointed but fully support NHRA officials in their decision while agreeing with the local, state, and federal guidelines regarding large group gatherings,” said Steve Wolcott, CEO and founder of ProMedia Events and Publishing. “The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped our nation and disrupted everyday life but we are excited to continue the 2020 racing season for both sanctioning bodies in May. Our next two events are in St. Louis with the first one scheduled after the CDC’s eight week recommended restrictions for the pandemic and we are confident the crisis will work itself out by then.”
The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals returns May 14-16 and NMCA jumps back to action May 28-31 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison Illinois.
At the time of this writing a new date has not been made for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals due to the quickly evolving Coronavirus pandemic. NMRA/NMCA racing officials are working diligently with the Atlanta Dragway staff to determine an appropriate date that fits both group’s schedules and one that will be convenient for the racers, fans, and sponsors.
Glendora, CA – At this time, we are suspending all NHRA drag racing for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This suspension includes events at all NHRA-owned tracks and any NHRA-sanctioned events such as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. We intend at this time to resume the original schedule on April 17-19 in Houston, and continue thereafter, subject to developments in the interim. The spring Las Vegas event is postponed with new dates to be determined. Please go to LVMS.com for information if you have purchased tickets for the postponed event.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely, to listen to experts, and to be transparent as to when we believe we will be able to resume racing.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE REIGNING CHAMP ANDREW HINES ONLY FOCUSED ON 2020 APPROACHING AMALIE MOTOR OIL NHRA GATORNATIONALS
GAINESVILLE, FL – Andrew Hines put together one of the most impressive seasons in Pro Stock Motorcycle history
last season, and certainly enjoyed the best year in his remarkable career. In a year where nearly everything went right, Hines won half the races in the class, rolling to his sixth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world title.
With the 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle season set to open at this weekend’s 51st annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Hines is solely focused on this year and not trying to top his banner campaign. The way Hines tells it, he’s not attempting to raise the bar, in part because what he did a year ago on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson would be nearly impossible to exceed. But racing for another championship certainly isn’t out of the question.
“There’s no way you can top last year,” Hines said. “It’s just not going to happen. Now, you just try to continue that success and put on a show for all the Harley fans. Being around this sport nearly my entire life, I’ve seen the trials and tribulations that can happen, and you can never expect to have a year like that. It was just a phenomenal year, but this is a new year and you just have to focus on that.”
Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are defending winners of an event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage on Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. (ET). It is the first of 16 races during the 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle season and Hines feels confident coming off another productive off-season.