SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 14, April 2, 2020

Racing News: Race Organizations Announce Revised Schedules

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  NASCAR
NASCAR and some of the tracks they race on are doing their part to help in the fight against the coronavirus.
   

NASCAR Foundation and Race Tracks Join Fight Against Coronavirus

Racing events throughout the world have been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. In light of that, NASCAR and some of the tracks they race on are doing their part to help in the fight against the virus.

The NASCAR Foundation: Through its website, The NASCAR Foundation is collecting donations to help families in need. Proceeds will go directly to delivering food, supplies, safety items and more to racing communities impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series Invitational race at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, proceeds went to Feed the Children in the Homestead-Miami area. In conjunction with the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series Invitational race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway, the foundation is working with Speedway Children’s Charities—the official charity of Speedway Motorsports, which owns Texas Motor Speedway. The organizations will partner with the American Red Cross to help “lifesaving missions” in North Texas because of COVID-19.

Charlotte Motor Speedway: In partnership with the speedway, Atrium Health has created a Coronavirus Testing Center at zMAX Dragway, part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex. The remote testing site provides a convenient location for residents of northern Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties to have their tests performed, when ordered by their physician. Testing for COVID-19 is conducted without patients having to get out of their cars, which reduces the possibility of infecting other patients and healthcare workers. Tests are administered by appointment only from your physician.

Martinsville Speedway: The Virginia track is working with The Harvest Foundation and other local healthcare providers and government leaders to turn the speedway grounds into a COVID-19 testing center. The foundation indicated March 30 that an opening date, operating hours and other logistics will be announced later.

The Texas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway all will have multiple blood drives. There has been a shortage of blood and plasma due to the pandemic. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan shared this video via twitter in case you have safety concerns donating blood.

NHRA Announces Revised Schedule for Pro Mod, Top Fuel Harley, Factory Stock Showdown and Mountain Motor Pro Stock

NHRA officials have announced the revised schedules for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service, the Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series, the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series and the Mountain Motor Pro Stock category. After announcing a revised national event schedule last week, NHRA officials have announced the schedules for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service, the Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series, the SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series, and the Mountain Motor Pro Stock category. The revised schedule will consist of 12 total events for Pro Mod, 10 total events for Top Fuel Harley (the category participated in the first two national events of the season), eight events for Factory Stock Showdown and four events for Mountain Motor Pro Stock. Tentative schedule announcements for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will be announced soon. All NHRA-sanctioned drag-racing series competition is still suspended until further notice. View the schedule.

The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals season openers kicked off in grand style over back-to-back weekends at Bradenton Motorsports Park. However, the huge momentum from each series was stopped cold as the COVID-19 pandemic tightened its grasp on the United States and around the world forcing our lives to adapt to a new normal.

  NMRA
Coming off the unscheduled break, the Power Festival in late May will now include both NMRA and NMCA at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Madison, Illinois) the weekend of May 28–31, now dubbed the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by HPJ Performance.
   

NMRA/NMCA Releases Updated 2020 Schedule

ProMedia Events & Publishing have made changes to the schedule to ensure the continuity of championship drag racing in both event series. The sudden change to the schedules are designed to ensure both sanctioning bodies offer the racers, sponsors and fans a full list of events in 2020 rather than shorten the number events. Coming off the unscheduled break, the Power Festival in late May will now include both NMRA and NMCA at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Madison, Illinois) the weekend of May 28–31, now dubbed the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by HPJ Performance. The Ford Motorsport Nationals has been removed from the 2020 schedule and the recently postponed Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals will run on that weekend of June 25–28 at Atlanta Dragway (Commerce, Georgia).

The series moves to Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Illinois) for the as-scheduled Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Nickey Performance. The All-American Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park will host both the NMRA and NMCA championship series. The final two events on the 2020 schedules, the NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance and the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival, remain unchanged and as scheduled. The NMCA season concludes at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis September 24–27 while the NMRA finale goes down at Beech Bend Raceway October 1–4.

View the complete schedule.

Irwindale Speedway Postpones All April Events

Due to federal, state and county-wide social distancing guidelines, Irwindale Speedway & Event Center will extend the postponement of events through the end of April.

“Throughout this process, we have maintained that our number one priority is the safety or our fans, staff and competitors here at Irwindale Speedway and Irwindale Dragstrip. While we certainly look forward to seeing all of our friends here soon, we all must continue to be patient and do our part to navigate these trying times,” said Irwindale Speedway & Event Center President Tim Huddleston. “Irwindale Speedway and Irwindale Dragstrip will be here to welcome everybody when the time comes.”

Ticketholders will be able to use their tickets toward future events. Visit the Irwindale Speedway & Event Center website for a full listing of postponements.

Ultra4 Releases Revised 2020 Schedule

In concert with the park owners in Kentucky and the Tourism Department of Baja Mexico, Ultra4 Racing has cancelled its upcoming events at Rush Offroad Park (April 17) and San Felipe, Mexico (May 16). All advance paid entry fees are being refunded.

The following is the event schedule for 2020:

  • Crandon, Wisconsin (June 18–21): This will be an optional non-point race open to all classes.
  • 4WP Adventure Offroad Park, Tennessee (July 23–25): Points Race
  • Lasernut Reno, Nevada (September 17–19): Points Race
  • Nitto Tire Ultra4 National Championships at Crossbar Ranch, Oklahoma (October 22–24)
  • 1st Annual Ultra4 Jamboree San Felipe, MX (11/24-11/28) – Non-competition fan/racer engagement, more details below.

For a full listing of event cancellations and postponements, visit the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) website.

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