The NHRA has announced a 22-race calendar for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series in 2021, the organization’s 70th anniversary season. Details on Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying days as well as special exhibitions and specialty series that compete at national events will be announced in coming weeks.
NHRA enters 2021 with a new title sponsor on its premier professional series in Camping World, and an extended partnership with FOX Sports including amped-up coverage. All 22 events will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports with select events on the FOX broadcast network.
“We are grateful to the loyal NHRA fans and other members of the racing community who have stuck with us during the trying times of the 2020 season,” said NHRA President Glen Cromwell. “We’re looking forward to an exciting season of championship drag racing with fans in 2021. Thank you to our fans, racers, track operators, and partners for your continued support and cooperation.”
For the first time, the NHRA season will kick off on the East Coast with the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on March 12-14.
The traditional series opener — the 61st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona — will move to April 9-11 in 2021, starting a unique three-week spring stretch on the West Coast. The Winternationals will be followed by the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, the first of two four-wide events during the 2021 campaign, and the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, April 23-25.
NHRA’s Western Swing will includes events at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Pacific Raceways in Seattle over consecutive weeks.
The sport’s biggest race, the NHRA U.S. Nationals, will stay in its traditional place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-5, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
NHRA’s “Countdown to the Championship” playoff system, with the top 10 racers in each professional category competing for a championship over the final six races, will lead into the 2021 season finale, the Auto Club NHRA Finals slated for November 12-14 at Pomona.
One facility, Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, is not holding any drag racing events at its facility in 2021, so it is not included on the schedule.
NHRA Camping World Series Regular Season:
March 12-14 – AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
March 26-28 – NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
April 9-11- Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.
April 16-18 – DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 23-25 – NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix
May 14-16 – NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 21-23 – Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, Houston
June 4-6 – Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
June 11-13 – NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.
June 24-27 – Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
July 16-18 – Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver
July 23-25 – NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.
July 30-Aug.1 – Flav-R-Pac Northwest Nationals, Seattle
Aug. 13-15 – Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
Aug.19-22 – Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
Sept. 1-5 – NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
NHRA Camping World Countdown to the Championship:
Sept. 10-12 – NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Sept. 17-19 – NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C
Sept. 24-26 – NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 7-10 – Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas
Oct. 29-31 – Dodge NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 12-14 – Auto Club NHRA FinalsPomona, Calif.