NHRA Postpones Two Events, Adds Another In Indy

Steve Torrence (near lane) races Clay Millican in the Top Fuel final of Sunday's NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. (Don Holbrook photo)
The NHRA events at Bandimere Speedway and Brainerd Int'l Raceway have been postponed. (Don Holbrook photo)

GLENDORA, Calif. – NHRA officials have announced that the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil (Aug. 7-9) in Colorado and the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Aug. 14-16) in Minnesota have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The sanctioning body has also announced the creation of a new event, the NHRA Indy Nationals, which will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Ind., on Aug. 6-9.

Qualifying for NHRA Indy Nationals will air on FS1 and final eliminations will air on FOX. The NHRA Indy Nationals will feature an professional and sportsman racing over four days, with limited spectators per Indiana guidelines.

“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,” said the Bandimere family, owners of Bandimere Speedway. “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, 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,” said Kristi Copham, owner of Brainerd Int’l Raceway. “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 the NHRA’s 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 Glen Cromwell, NHRA president. “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.”