Denver, Brainerd, Topeka, Charlotte, Bristol, Pomona dropped....
I'm surprised Bristol was dropped because NASCAR is allowed to have fans there, so I thought that NHRA was a slam dunk to go there, but other than that not surprised at all. Happy that there's at least a plan that seems more likely to go through.
I'm surprised that Madison has made the cut, considering the C-19 numbers in St, Clair County, IL....
Yay Vegas is on!!
I wonder if this season will set a precedent for '21.
As much as this year has been a trainwreck, kudos to the NHRA and the racers for grinding it out. I certainly hope the racers get rewarded.
Two weeks off after Indy
Two in a row
A week off
Three in a row and that's it.
The restrictions in that area now is only for indoor activities. They had the Indy car race there last weekend. I just bought tickets for the NHRA race. I was waiting to see if they were going to have it for the same reasons you mentioned above, that region has seen increases in the positivity rate. My original plan this year was only going to be Joliet, it ended up being 4 Indy races and Madison.
I thought the reason for the abbreviated US Nats schedule was due to the, then, schedule having an event the following weekend. But that event's been scrapped for weeks now so I don't see the need for cutting the standard US Nat.s 5 rounds of qualifying to 3 and eliminating Monday. It would have meant another days worth of ticket and concession sales and given at least a little feeling of normalcy.
Will Vegas have fans....
I have tickets bought for the Vegas race. LVMS has not provided an update if fans will be allowed for the NASCAR race yet and they race in a few weeks. I'm guessing they have not been given the go ahead yet. If NASCAR is not permitted to have fans will it be any different for NHRA at the end of Oct?
I wish NHRA would have commented on fans at the remaining 6 races even if it was just we do not know yet.
NHRA is doing the right thing with shortening the US Nat's and I'm really old school. (remember... driving a 21 stud flathead)
By shortening the pro rounds in particular, they are saving those teams lots of money for the purse presented. Also eliminating as many chances of crashing/trashing their stuff.
The early day ticket sales were not that good anyway as most there buy a full event ticket. Add on that they cannot fill the bleachers with social distancing and they now effectively have a 1/2 size facility.
Losing Chevrolet as a presenting sponsor had to make a statement to NHRA and there are very few businesses that this Covid19 have helped. Most are taking it on the chin ...or lower... and smart businesses are being very careful where they spend their now critical marketing dollars. Shorter race makes for lower marketing prices and some are stepping up that probably wouldn't have at the higher prices typical for previous years.
Overall this is a smart move by NHRA for many reasons.
I agree with your comments. I go to about 10 National events a year and have to fly to 9 of them so initially I was bummed by the loss of a day of qualifying. However, I have grown to appreciate the shorter time away from home and reduced costs for hotel, car rental and meals. I'm fine with maintaining that format next year. Plus it makes Q2 more interesting than Q4 used to be since more name drivers are on the bubble after having a poor run in Q1.
Is IRP still at 25% capacity?
The unelected Nevada Health Board and the Democratic Governor just rejected fans at NASCAR. What are the chances fans will be allowed at the Vegas Finals race a month later? I say 0%.
Will NHRA still go to Vegas if fans are not allowed?
NHRA...Quit the embarasment now....end the season !!
It appears the current rules in Nevada only allow 50 people at events. If that doesn't change I see no way the Vegas race happens. NHRA has been clear and consistent about not racing without fans. If the race can't be held I can see them having the final back at Indy. Right now it appears that the other races on the schedule will all be able to take place barring a significant change in circumstances.
So more than 50 people can gather inside a casino and drop their masks to smoke and drink, but you cannot have a race outside!. This is all about control just like the ridiculous masks. Better wake up before it's to late.....
I called LVMS and spoke to a info babe about fans at both races 2 days before the overlords ruled on this matter. She said that she did not know and would not give a gut feeling.
The bars are reopening in Vegas because a bunch or them sued or were going to file a suit for being singled out.
LVMS, NHRA, NASACAR, and the track vendors should file a suit against the governor and the health board for the hypocrisy of having the casinos open and not being able to have races.
Their FB page hasn't been updated since Aug. 7th and the NHRA event is not in their Upcoming Event section. They have a couple events listed though.
Go to LVMS and the statement is posted. The Strip schedule has the big show, the little show, and the SCSN listed.
Indy the last weekend of October? Good luck with that!
Gator’s Two instead of Vegas if next weekend goes well.
Bring a coat and gloves. :)
lol... staying warm isn't the issue, getting 11,00 hp hooked to a 50 degree track is.
Just like racing at Maple Grove in early October.
11000 I think
"Following the U.S. Nationals the back and forth communication stalled and PRO was surprised by the announcement of a further decrease in the national event payout structure. A decision made with input from NHRA and independent track operators without full buy-in from PRO. Following the announcement PRO did negotiate a number of concessions from the NHRA that impacted the revised purse as well as hospitality and ticketing costs to help offset additional expenses.
We have reached out to a number of track operators to talk about our position with regards to payouts,” said Alan Johnson. “Many of them have been receptive to our concerns or requests.
We encourage maximum participation for the final five races of the season. We are working every day to get as many professional teams to every race. That has been and will continue to be our number one priority.
PRO understands that the diminished purse affects teams differently based on a variety of factors. PRO was under the impression discussions were still ongoing when the purse announcement was revealed. PRO will continue to look for ways to minimize expenses for all professional teams as the NHRA Mello Yello Series comes to a conclusion."
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