Auburn Hills, MI – After four National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events were held consecutively in Indianapolis following the mid-July restart of the revamped 2020 season, the championship battle now moves to Florida this weekend for the 51st annual NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals. The Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge SRT race cars were headed to the staging lanes at Gainesville Raceway when the pandemic brought a sudden halt to competition, but even a six-month delay hasn’t lessened the anticipation and excitement that comes with competing at the historic event.
Ron Capps has put his DSR Dodge Charger in the winner’s circle at the Gatornationals three times, including back-to-back Wally trophies in 2006-2007 and a victory in 2015, Jack Beckman won in 2018, and Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. are hoping to be first-time winners. Leah Pruett is also looking for her first Gatornats event win in either Top Fuel or Factory Stock Showdown competition.
Also returning to the drag strip is the “Demon-possessed” Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye-themed DSR race cars of Hagan and Pruett. For a fifth straight event Hagan’s Funny Car and Pruett’s Top Fuel dragster will feature the fierce-looking red, black and chrome paint scheme in tribute to the new 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.
Santa Ana, CA – The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will be celebrating the 2020 World Champions during a special Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle party on Sunday September 27, 2020, at the conclusion of the Nitrous Supply NMCA World Street Finals Presented by Chevrolet Performance, held at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway just outside of Indianapolis. Class champions will be presented with the special Edelbrock Victor Championship Trophy and prestigious Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Champion ring. This special celebration is the replacement for the cancelled Performance Racing Industry trade show that normally hosts the NMCA Awards Ceremony.
NMCA racing officials will be processing points in near real-time in order to declare category champions as quickly as possible. A second Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle will be used to properly honor the 2020 champions, their family and friends, and sponsors. The NMCA Media Division will be recording exclusive interviews with the champions, giving them an opportunity to present their champion’s speech. These videos will be produced and circulated across social media, giving our champions a platform to properly recognize their biggest supporters.
Bowling Greet, KY – The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals will celebrate the 2020 World Champions during a special Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle party on Sunday October 4, 2020, at the conclusion of the NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival, held at the scenic Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Class champions will be presented with the special Edelbrock Victor Championship Trophy and prestigious Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Champion ring. This special celebration is the replacement for the cancelled Performance Racing Industry trade show that has hosted the NMRA Awards Ceremony since 2001.
NMRA racing officials will be processing points in near real-time in order to declare category champions as quickly as possible. A second Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle will be used to properly honor the 2020 champions, their family and friends, and sponsors. The NMRA Media Division will be recording exclusive interviews with the champions, giving them an opportunity to present their champion’s speech. These videos will be produced and circulated across social media, giving our champions a platform to properly recognize their biggest supporters.
CHICAGO, IL – Just over 1 week ago SFG Promotions had to make the difficult decision to postpone the running of the 2020 JEGS SFG500 due to weather produced by hurricane Sally. The decision paid off as the track saw several inches of rain during the week of our scheduled event.
After considering the reschedule options of either the end of October 2020 or April 2021, SFG has decided to contest the event April 12-18, 2021, and believe that this is the best decision for everyone involved in bracket racing. The next month of racing will be taxing on drivers, cars, finances, and vacation time. “SFG has always been on the mission to make life-changing money available to everyone. We feel we can better live up to that by running the event in April opposed to adding on another mega event at the end of October” said Kyle Riley.
The rescheduled JEGS SFG500 will have 2 major changes coming that will make it even more exciting to attend: The popular JEGS Performance $20K warm-up for a $100 entry will now become the JEGS Performance $50K warm-up for only a $175 entry. You read that right – $30K more in payout for $75 more in entry fees! Additionally, all racers who were already entered in the JEGS SFG500 prior to the weather postponement will be able to race in the $50K warm-up for only $100!
Five days of racing with social distancing and enhanced safety in effect
ENNIS, TX – After months of local and regional events with limited fans thanks to the support from Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Motorplex is set to host one of the largest outdoor motorsports events in the state with the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, October 14-18, 2020. Working within the approved State of Texas guidelines, Texas Motorplex will be able to welcome up to 50 percent capacity for fans throughout the race week which will mean thousands of drag racing enthusiasts can travel to the race track located in Ennis, Texas, just minutes south of Dallas/Ft Worth for 300 mph side by side racing action. The track will be instituting the standard safety measures that have become commonplace as Texans work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“We will be encouraging fans to wear masks when social distancing isn’t an option,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We have the advantage of 500 acres of outdoor space to host the NHRA FallNationals with our pits open to the public which provides a lot of space for our fans to spread out and enjoying great racing action. I want to thank Governor Abbott and his staff for the support they have shown us since we started racing in May. We have had over a dozen events with fans and could not be more excited to host a national event for North Texas.”
Quaker City Motorsports Park took a 66.5- 62.5 win over defending champions Dragway 42. Other tracks who participated were:, Beaver Springs Dragway, Lancaster Dragway, Thompson Raceway Park and Empire Dragway.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Early Bird Gambler’s races, Race of Champions race and “best of” awards.
Billy Leasure (Dragway 42) put together a winning package with a 4.892 elapsed time at 136.49 mph against a 4.88 dial-in, along with a .028 reaction time. Runner-up Mark Brewer (Keystone Raceway Park) raced down the track in 6.282 seconds at 108.28 mph against a 6.24 dial-in with a .028 reaction time.
Professional Racers Owners Organization explains efforts to provide best racing environment
GAINESVILLE, FL – The efforts to finish the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season began in earnest by the Professional Racers Owners Organization (PRO) leadership team weeks before the July 8-9 Indianapolis national event. Working in conjunction with the NHRA, members of PRO communicated with Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock team owners and drivers to talk about options for completing the season. The goal was to ensure the teams could commit to race, fields would be full for a national television audience on the FOX broadcast network and state mandated safety and health concerns were met. Originally, the plan was to host two national events at Lucas Oil Raceway but a third was added when the Denver NHRA national event was postponed.
“We were in almost daily contact with the NHRA talking about the feasibility of getting back to racing,” said Alan Johnson, president of PRO. “The convenience of racing Indy made that a natural choice for the restart of the season. We were also working to make sure we secured full fields of competitors and revised the purse structure with the NHRA since we wouldn’t have fans. We wanted to give our teams and sponsors exposure on FOX to restart the season. I was dealing with the NHRA and Chad Head was communicating with the teams. We would get information, evaluate it and then offer our suggestions or recommendations back to NHRA. It was working pretty well once we started racing again.”