30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 14-16 Atlanta
22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals May 21-23 Topeka
so far, no problem, but with only 1 week off......
13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals June 3-6 Chicago
41st annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals June 10-13 Englishtown
10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 18-20 Bristol
Fourth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals June 24-27 Norwalk
That's 4 races in 4 weeks followed by one more week off, then.....
23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals July 9-11 Seattle
23rd annual Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals July 16-18 Sonoma
31st annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 23-25 Denver
When all is said and done, that's 9 races in 11 weeks. I wonder how the teams are going to survive this.
I can't wait to see how the Div. 6 LODRS schedule is going to look. Possible Seattle June 18-20, and Woodburn the following weekend (June 25-27) because I can't see Livingston letting NHRA take his Independence Day Pinks date. After the Northwest Nationals is the Sonoma national event probably followed up by a Sonoma divisional, which finally leaves an open date of July 30 thru August 1.
This schedule change could help woodburn get it's pro stock race back if they come a week prior to Seattle. It would be a great shot in the arm to bring that race back although economics might play into that decision.
Woodburn has always had that new Seattle date since the race began in the 1970's. I can't imagine the track is very happy about it since you have to also factor in the 4th of July the week before so that puts the race in June or late July.
On another front, I still don't know why they are heading back west to pick up the first vegas race unless it has to do with getting some distance away from the NASCAR race. Having it after Pheonix would be more economical.
It's unfortunate that VA got nixed. Will they go back to IHRA? Could another track not happy with the schedule also make the move?
Mike Dunns take on the western swing change, it makes since.
The schedule change, which gives teams an easier road back home en route to Brainerd, will shake up the crew-chief routine a bit. As Mike Dunn wrote in his Final Take column after Seattle, a lot of teams have trouble backing off their more-more-more mile-high Denver tune-up when they head back to sea level in Seattle, but now they'll be going the other way and then heading to Brainerd, which also has a little bit of altitude.
is virginia motorsports park loosing their sanction or just the national event? god I hope it doesn't go back to the "I" side, but I guess it doesn't matter without a national event. at least ADRL is on the schedule for next year!
Joe, that was my thought too as I have family up in Charlotte and wanted to go there for the inaugural event last Sept. but could not swing it. Can't this year either, but next March is quite doable with this much lead time. The weather could play havoc with the race though based on what others are saying. Charlotte can still be cold in mid-to-late March although just like Gainesville, you never know what you are gonna get. Some years it is hotter than blazes at the Gators and others it can be frigid but most years it is the rain you have to worry about.
It's nice to see the end of the August/Maple Grove experiment. Some of the best years of that race (01, 04 and 06) were in October. Maple Grove's ability to draw during the college football season may have had some influence ih this decision. Charlotte in March would probably be good to go to as well. I wonder if they are setting Memphis up to be a lame duck, because that would sure be a nice time to run in New Hampshire in 2011.
It'd be cool if Dallas & E-town can swap places, and do a 2 race Northeast swing, plus RP in the fall is Backbreaking for the record books, I remember when RP ran the nationals final elims in 2000 in Sept. Rather have that than the Hot Humid "Summernationals-like" June
I'm not a fan of having Indy being the first race of the Countdown (not a fan of the countdown for that matter, but I've learned to live with it). I thought that having Indy be the last race to earn points into the countdown made even more valuable, plus being in the Motorsports Capitol of the world seemed like a smart place to end the regular season. IMO, that wasn't the smartest move.