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Racing News: Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Returns July 11–12 in Indianapolis

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Returns July 11–12 in Indianapolis

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be back in action at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, July 11–12, with Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series plus two special companion events. The event is the first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event since the COVID-19 pandemic and will be the third of 19 events that make up the 2020 schedule. The event also will be the first this season for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, which was originally scheduled to begin competition at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in mid-March before all racing was halted.

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2020 Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama Rescheduled for October 17–18

The seventh annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama, originally scheduled for April 25–26, will be held October 17–18, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. American Force Wheel will be a presenting sponsor. Show participants who have credentials for the original April show can use them for the rescheduled October 17–18 weekend. Any participants with credentials who are unable to attend the rescheduled weekend should contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 770-946-4211. Pre-registration is now open for new participants. All participant registrations include infield vehicle admission to park in the show area, a pair of two-day tickets and free autocross entry. Spectator tickets for the 2020 Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama are $15 per day or $20 for a two-day weekend pass, and kids ages 12 and under get in free. Admission includes access to all areas of the show. For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantamotorama.com.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Red Farmer and Mike Stefanik make up the Hall of Fame’s 12th class, and first with three members. In addition, Ralph Seagraves was named as the recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

NASCAR Announces Hall Of Fame Class Of 2021, Landmark Award

NASCAR has announced the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Red Farmer and Mike Stefanik make up the Hall of Fame’s 12th class, and first with three members. In addition, Ralph Seagraves was named as the recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met virtually to debate and vote upon the 15 nominees for the induction class of 2021 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award. The group also became the first to vote on two different Hall of Fame ballots. Beginning with the Class of 2021, each Hall of Fame class will feature two inductees from the Modern Era ballot and one from the Pioneer ballot. Earnhardt Jr. received 76% of the Modern Era ballot votes, Stefanik received 49%. Ricky Rudd finished third, followed by Neil Bonnett. Farmer received 71% of the Pioneer ballot votes. Hershel McGriff finished second. The voting panel includes representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, competitors, recognized industry leaders, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion (Kyle Busch) and a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com.

Flav-R-Pac Named Title Rights Sponsor of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Event at Pacific Raceways

Norpac’s Flav-R-Pac brand has signed a multi-year agreement to become the title rights sponsor of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Pacific Raceways, outside of Seattle. The 33rd annual FLav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals is set to take place July 31–August 2. One of three races on the famed Western Swing, Austin Prock (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Matt Hartford (Pro Stock) were last year’s event winners. Flav-R-Pac is a sponsor of John Force Racing’s Brittany Force and Prock. The Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals will feature racing from all four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition, showcasing future stars of the sport.

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