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NHRA PRESIDENT CROMWELL CONFIDENT SPORT CAN SURVIVE CURRENT CHALLENGE

Thursday’s cancellation of the Flav-R-Pac Northwest Nationals near Seattle had some wondering if the NHRA’s ambitious plan of 16 races in 16 weeks would trigger a domino effect, that one state after another might not permit drag racing in front of spectators.

It’s too early to predict how the 12 other states in play now that Washington has disallowed the July 31-Aug. 1 event at Pacific Raceways will react with regard to coronavirus restrictions.

But NHRA President Glen Cromwell gave the organization a strong bill of health.

WATCH THE JULY INDY DRAGS AT HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK?

 

Houston-area drag racing fans hankering for some live action will get their first chance after 137 days of quiet on July 11-12 with a Texas-sized drive-in watch party and car show at Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil. 
 
The track will broadcast the NHRA's first professional national event since February live from Indianapolis on a giant 20x30 foot screen. Adhering to all the guidelines for safe social distancing, fans can watch the race on the movie screen and pick up the sound in stereo via the track's private broadcast station on 87.9 FM.

TOYOTA TO SERVE AS ASSOCIATE SPONSOR FOR TONY SCHUMACHER AT INDIANAPOLIS

Toyota has announced that the auto manufacturer will sponsor Tony Schumacher’s Top Fuel dragster at the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis, July 11-12 and July 18-19.
 
“This is an extension of the outstanding partnership Toyota has enjoyed with Antron Brown and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) for more than a decade,” said Paul Doleshal, Group Manager Motorsports, Toyota Motor North America. “We are looking forward to sponsoring Tony Schumacher, one of the all-time greats in the sport, in his return to the track at Indianapolis.”

AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR SEMA

Thousands of exhibitors and attendees are registered and planning to attend the 2020 SEMA Show, taking place Nov. 3-6, in Las Vegas, NV.

With health and safety precautions in place, the upcoming event will feature four days of innovation, inspiration, and education, at a time when analysts anticipate the marketplace will begin its path to recovery.

NO FORMAL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR ATCO DRAGWAY

 

There is no formal development application currently in place for Atco Dragway in Waterford Township in Atco, New Jersey, according to Paul Leakan, Communications Officer, New Jersey Pinelands Commission. The land that the drag strip and surrounding area is a part of the NJ Pinelands Commission. 

The Commission, which was formed with the Federal government in 1979, is to 'preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve, and to encourage compatible economic and other human activities consistent with that purpose." The Pinelands National Reserve oversees more than 1 million acres in seven counties in Southern New Jersey. 

There have been rumors being spread on the Internet that a potential deal is looming. At the time of publication, the track -- which just got approval to operate once again due to the coronavirus -- is expected to race this weekend. 

NHRA CANCELS EVENT IN SEATTLE

The Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, originally scheduled for July 31–Aug. 2 outside of Seattle, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in Washington state and King County that would not allow fans to attend the event. NHRA made this difficult decision after exhaustive deliberation with track officials, local, state and national health officials and government authorities.
 
For the event to proceed with fans in attendance, King County, where the track is located, would need to reach Phase 4 of Washington’s reopening plan. As of today, King County is still in Phase 2 and with the time required before moving into subsequent phases, it would be very unlikely, if not impossible, to arrive at Phase 4 in time for the rescheduled 2020 event.

MUENKS MAKES IT TWO-IN-A-ROW WITH MWPMS WIN AT ST. LOUIS

 

Ron Muenks could not have envisioned a better start to his 2020 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) schedule, winning two of three events held so far in a Coronavirus-interrupted seven-race season.

"It does feel pretty good after waiting so long to go racing," the Stafford, MO-based driver said upon beating Tommy Cunningham in the MWPMS "Heads Up Hootenanny" Pro Mod final June 20, to back up his second consecutive race title since last month in Texas. "But there are a lot of other good teams out here, too, so we've still got a big job to do. We're already looking forward to the next one."

WALLY PARKS NHRA MUSEUM TO REOPEN JULY 1

 
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, closed since March 1 due to COVID-19, will be reopening to the public on Wednesday July 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

CORY MAC IS BACK, FOR AT LEAST TWO RACES

 
Top Fuel veteran Cory ‘Mac’ McClenathan will return to Don Schumacher Racing for a two-event ‘redemption tour’ at the upcoming NHRA Indianapolis double-header at Lucas Oil Raceway next month. McClenathan, who had previously announced his drag racing retirement in 2019, is excited to temporarily rejoin NHRA’s winningest organization as he seeks his 35th Top Fuel victory.
 
“I had made the decision to hang up my driving shoes last year, but I ran the last three events of the 2019 season, and things didn’t go as I had hoped. I was left feeling like I had some unfinished business,” said McClenathan, who has continued to compete in the NHRA’s Top Fuel category, but on a very limited, part-time basis since his last full-time ride with DSR in 2010.

LUCAS OIL TO SPONSOR SUMMERNATIONALS AT INDIANAPOLIS

 

With 2020 racing action on the horizon, NHRA has announced Lucas Oil as the title rights sponsor of the July 18-19 event at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

The Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis will be the second of back-to-back events in Indy for the stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Racing action will include thrills from the ever popular Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions as well as the 2020 season debuts of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service and the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown and the resumption of the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series that competed at the season’s first two events.

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