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The new home of the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing is World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.
World Wide Technology Raceway Named Third Stop on NMRA/NMCA 2021 Tour
The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals have announced the new home of the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing is World Wide Technology Raceway (Madison, Illinois). The largest street-legal drag race event of the year happens May 13–16, 2021. The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals launches its 23rd season at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, Florida) with the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout over the weekend of March 4–7, 2021. The next event comes a month later, April 8–11, 2021, at Atlanta Dragway (Commerce, Georgia) for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. The third event on the six-race schedule goes down May 13–16, 2021, at World Wide Technology Raceway with the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. The fourth and fifth events will be announced shortly and the season will conclude at Beech Bend Raceway (Bowling Green, Kentucky) with the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival.
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals season will begin at Bradenton Motorsports Park, but officials haven’t revealed the date yet due to changes in the motorsport calendar that time of the year. The second event will be at Atlanta Dragway with the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals going down April 8–11, 2021. The third stop is at World Wide Technology Raceway on May 13–16, 2021, with the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. The fourth, fifth and sixth stops on the national event tour will be announced shortly.
LIQUI MOLY Becomes Title Sponsor of the MotoGP Race in Teruel, Spain
LIQUI MOLY will remain the exclusive lubricant supplier for the Moto2 and Moto3 motorcycle racing series until 2023. The company also secured the naming rights for the Aragon Grand Prix, held October 23–25, under the name Gran Premio LIQUI MOLY de Teruel. According to the agreement, LIQUI MOLY will remain the exclusive lubricant supplier for Moto2 and Moto3 until 2023.
Formula 1 Adds Four Races To 2020 Calendar
Turkey’s Intercity Istanbul Park will host a Grand Prix for the first time since 2011 this year, after Formula 1 announced four more races have been added to the 2020 calendar. The Turkish Grand Prix will be run on November 15, just before a back-to-back double header in Bahrain, with the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29 followed by the Sakhir Grand Prix on December 6. The season-concluding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit on December 13. Formula 1 also confirmed that the Chinese Grand Prix, which was initially postponed earlier this year, will now not be run in 2020, bringing the current race total to 17 for the season. The F2 season, meanwhile, will conclude with the Bahrain double-header, bringing their season to 12 rounds, as originally planned.
Nashville Superspeedway Announces Erik Moses as President
Dover Motorsports Inc. officials have announced Erik Moses, a sports executive and seasoned venue-management veteran, as the new president of Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. Moses will oversee NASCAR Cup Series’ return to the track in 2021. Moses, a longtime veteran in the mid-Atlantic sports and entertainment industries, most recently served as the founding president of the XFL’s DC Defenders (2019–2020). Prior to his position with XFL, Moses also held positions with Events DC, DC Sports & Entertainment Commission, and the D.C. Department of Small & Local Business Development.
Fans Allowed at Inaugural Drag Weekend 500 Set For September 11-13
The inaugural Drag Weekend 500 has been announced and is set for September 11–13. The event will require teams to drive their street-legal race cars on a 500-mile roundtrip from Byron Dragway in Byron, Illinois, to Rock Falls Raceway in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and back. A test of both performance and durability, Drag Weekend 500 begins on Friday, September 11, at Byron Dragway. After qualifying runs, racers hit the road and drive more than 25 miles to Rock Falls Raceway, where they will again qualify on Saturday, September 12. Following another 250-mile drive back to Byron Dragway, the event will culminate on Sunday, September 13, with final qualifying for all classes and a bracket race for the Street Eliminator class. Fans will be permitted to attend the competition at the tracks. Tickets are $15. Pre-registration is now open for Pro Street, Super Street, Street Class and Street Eliminator. For more information, visit www.dragweekend500.com.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps Named to Board of Directors
NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim France has announced the appointment of NASCAR President Steve Phelps to the Board of Directors. Phelps becomes the fifth member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors, joining France; Lesa France Kennedy, executive vice chair; Mike Helton, senior advisor to NASCAR; and Gary Crotty, chief legal officer. Phelps has served as NASCAR president since 2018 and has been with the sanctioning body in various roles, including chief operating officer, since 2005. He is only the fifth person to hold the position of NASCAR president. During his tenure as president, Phelps has pioneered important growth initiatives, oversaw the landmark merger and integration with ISC, instituted a Premier Partner model for the NASCAR Cup Series and spearheaded a number of innovative changes to enhance the competition on track.
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