SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 20, May 14, 2020

Racing News: NMRA/NMCA Power Festival at World Wide Technology Raceway Postponed

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  NMRA 
   

NMRA/NMCA Power Festival at World Wide Technology Raceway Postponed

ProMedia Events & Publishing is postponing the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by HPJ Performance at World Wide Technology Raceway, May 28–31, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current regulations. The next event for the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals takes place at Atlanta Dragway (Commerce, Georgia), June 25–28.

Pennsylvania Introduces Legislation to Allow Motorsports to Resume

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced PRI-supported legislation (H.B. 2489) that would allow outdoor recreational activities, including motorsports, to resume immediately under certain conditions. Currently, Pennsylvania’s emergency Business Closure Order does not allow any recreational activity businesses, such as spectator sports, to operate. The bill requires such activities to adhere to the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bill is currently awaiting consideration in the House Committee on State Government. For more information or contact lawmakers in support of this legislation, click here. For details, contact Christian Robinson at stateleg@sema.org.

Speedvideo   
   

DUCK X Productions and SpeedVideo to Broadcast COVID-8 Pro 275 and Radial vs. World Shootout, May 22–23

SpeedVideo will work with DUCK X Productions and Donald “Duck” Long who has gathered some of the biggest names in Radial versus The World as well as the Pro 275 classes for “COVID-8”—an event named in acknowledgment of the Coronavirus pandemic that has postponed numerous racing events—and will take place, May 22–23, at the Orlando Speed World Dragway. Speedvideo.com will broadcast the action from COVID-8 to annual or monthly subscribers. In addition, there will be free bonus content made available to non-subscribers.

NASCAR Realigns 2020 Schedule

NASCAR officials announced three tracks will have races reassigned to Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month as the sport attempts to hold its first events since the COVID-19 outbreak. The realignment shifts events away from Chicagoland Speedway, Richmond Raceway (spring), and Sonoma Raceway on the 2020 calendar. According to officials from the sanctioning body, future adjustments to this season’s schedule “will be released in the near future.” NASCAR initially announced portions of a revised May schedule on April 30, adding national series events at Darlington and Charlotte. Those tracks were chosen for NASCAR’s return to competition in part because of their proximity to the industry’s Charlotte-area hub, as officials try to minimize travel demands and limit the amount of at-track personnel with one-day events, according to a NASCAR press release. For more information, visit www.nascar.com.

World of Speed Museum to Close Permanently Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The World of Speed Motorsport Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, is permanently closing because of the coronavirus pandemic. The board announced this week that directors had voted to close the museum after it became clear it would not reopen for months under Gov. Kate Brown’s phased plan to restart the state economy. The museum had been shut down since March 16. According to the museum, many of its guests, volunteers, students and docents fall into the category of most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, which means efforts to keep everyone safe could push reopening further, even after OHA restrictions are lifted. After much deliberation, the board determined it would be unable to maintain the facility during such an extended closure. World of Speed’s assets and funds will be distributed to 501(c)(3) museums and schools throughout the next three to eight months, as required by Oregon law. This will allow the museum’s collection of historic race cars, boats and motorcycles to live on for future generations to enjoy. For the last five years, World of Speed Motorsport Museum served as a place for enthusiasts from all ages and all walks of life to come together and share their mutual love of all things motorsport. Opened by Dave and Sally Bany in 2015, World of Speed featured world-class exhibits that told the story of America’s motorsports culture. Over the years, the museum hosted several motorsport legends, including Mario Andretti, Janet Guthrie and Herm Petersen.

  Optima
Kern County public safety officials have allowed Willow Springs International Raceway in California to host OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car presented by Advance Auto Parts, May 29–30.
   

OPTIMA Search for The Ultimate Street Car Set For May 29–30

Kern County public safety officials have allowed Willow Springs International Raceway in California to host OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car presented by Advance Auto Parts on May 29–30, according to the Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA). Spectators will not be allowed and strict social-distancing practices will be put in place. Registration remains open online. For more information, visit www.driveoptima.com.

NTT INDYCAR Series Season Kicks Off June 6 At Texas Motor Speedway

The 2020 NTT INDYCAR Series season will begin Saturday, June 6, with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. INDYCAR's stars will take the green flag at 8:45 p.m. (EDT), with broadcast coverage provided by NBC Sports via NBCSN. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, INDYCAR will run a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. The event also will be conducted without fans in attendance. This will be the 24th consecutive year in which INDYCAR has raced at the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth, Texas. To accommodate the one-day schedule, the length for the race at Texas Motor Speedway has been adjusted to 200 laps rather than the previously announced 248 laps. The remainder of the updated, 15-race INDYCAR calendar for 2020, announced early April, remains on schedule for competition. For more information, visit www.indycar.com.

Holley  
   

Holley’s MoParty Takes Over Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 18–20

The inaugural Holley MoParty will take place September 18–20, at Beech Bend Raceway. Holley will incorporate a number of segments into the event, including its Grand Champion and autocross competitions, drag classes, a dyno challenge, an Australian-style burnout contest, show-n-shine and more. Holley’s MoParty is open to any vehicle with a Mopar engine. For more information, visit www.moparty.com.

Goodguys 15th Nashville Nationals Rescheduled

The Goodguys 15th Nashville Nationals, originally scheduled for June 12–14, at Nissan Stadium, thas been rescheduled to August 28–30, at the same venue. This decision is due to the ongoing COVID-19 health and safety concerns and mandates currently in place for the Nashville area. This collaboration with the city of Nashville will allow members, partners and event attendees to safely enjoy the event later this summer. As a result, all vehicle registrations, spectator tickets and vendor and swap meet spaces purchased for the original event date will be automatically transferred to the rescheduled date. For more information or to request a full refund, call 925-838-9876 or email info2@good-guys.com.

  Texas Motorplex
The Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals, presented by Driven Automotive Protection, a primarily participant-only event, will be held May 21–23, at the Texas Motorplex.
   

Texas Motorplex Set to Start Racing With Lone Star Nationals

The Texas Motorplex will be one of the first sporting venues in the state to host events following Governor Abbott’s new directives on public gatherings and sporting events. The Keurig Dr. Pepper Lone Star Nationals, presented by Driven Automotive Protection, a primarily participant-only event, will be held May 21–23. The event will be an opportunity for race teams to test and race for one of the largest cash purses ever offered to Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters. The Mid-West Pro Mods will also be competing showing off their 200-mph door-slammer speed. Fans will be able to enjoy the three days of racing action for $15 by purchasing the event Pay Per View livestream on TheFoat.com Ticketing with BangShift. The entire event will be broadcast with Al Tucci calling the action. For schedule, PPV info and social distancing policies, visit the Texas Motorplex website.

Mahle  
   

MAHLE Motorsport Announces Return to Racing Rebate

MAHLE Motorsport is ready to help racers make the most of their downtime to build their best possible engine with the MAHLE Motorsport Return to Racing rebate. Effective May 15–July 15, 2020, MAHLE Motorsport is providing a consumer rebate of $10 off for every $100 spent on MAHLE PowerPak Piston Kits and MAHLE Motorsport ring sets with a maximum savings not to exceed $250 and limited to to two qualifying purchases per household. This rebate is for all retail consumer purchases made in the United States and Canada (except where prohibited by state or territory law) on qualifying MAHLE PowerPak piston kits and high performance ring sets sold exclusively through authorized MAHLE dealers. To reference the full qualifying rebate part list, and download the rebate form visit fueledparts.com/rebate/mahle.

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