July 17th 2020

NHRA Postpones Denver, Brainerd Events; Adds Third Indianapolis Date

NHRA has announced that the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colo. (Aug. 7-9) and the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. (Aug. 14-16) have been postponed until further notice, for pandemic-related reasons. 
 
NHRA also announced the new NHRA Indy Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Aug. 6-9. Qualifying for the new Indy event will air on FS1 and final eliminations will air on the FOX Broadcast Network. The NHRA Indy Nationals will feature an extravaganza of professional and Sportsman racing over four days, with limited spectators per Indiana guidelines. 
 
The Bandimere family, owners of Bandimere Speedway, home of the Dodge Mile-High Nationals, stated that, “Given our long-standing relationship with not only the NHRA and our Chrysler/Mopar/Dodge Mile-High Nationals sponsor but also all the racers, fans and additional sponsors who give our event its support, we are dedicated to finding a date for our event to work this year. We recognize that by postponing the event, we stand a much greater chance of having an event with more flexibility for everyone and we look forward to some amazing racing action.”
 
“We are disappointed that we have to postpone our event,” said Kristi Copham, owner of Brainerd International Raceway, “but we hope that, by working closely with state and local authorities and NHRA, we can find a way to put on a Nationals race later this season, especially for our fans, who deserve to enjoy a great weekend of NHRA drag racing. We appreciate everyone’s patience – our fans, vendors, staff and race teams -- as we try to work through the issues that would allow us to hold the event, and we’re continuing to work hard on it every day.” 
  
 The remainder of NHRA’s 2020 schedule remains the same, but is subject to change based on state and local guidelines.
 
“NHRA has worked to create protocols for a responsible restart of the sport,” said NHRA president Glen Cromwell.  “We saw those protocols work at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals last weekend. We appreciate the support of the state of Indiana, our drivers, teams, staff and fans, as we all work together moving forward.” 
 
Event ticket holders will receive more information from Bandimere Speedway and Brainerd International Raceway soon via email, and are encouraged to visit bandimere.com and brainerdraceway.com to learn about their options. 
 
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition at both the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil (Aug. 7-9) at Bandimere Speedway and the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals event (Aug. 14-16) at Brainerd International Raceway have been postponed.  
 
The West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series division event scheduled to be run in conjuction with the Brainerd national event also has been cancelled. 
 
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors currently entered for either or both of the postponed national events will retain their entry/entries for the postponed event(s). The entry site will remain open for both events, allowing competitor to enter and withdraw.
 
Also, as a result of the new Mello Yello Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Aug. 6-9, the scheduled North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series doubleheader event set for Aug. 6-9 will now be consolidated to a single division event contested Aug. 6-9 in conjunction with the national event.

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