NHRA Announces Complete 2021 Class Schedule
NHRA officials announced the details of the 2021 Camping World Drag Racing Series 23-event season, Nov. 11, revealing national event pro category qualifying days and specialty series schedules. In addition, Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories will be contested at all national events.
The NHRA Sonoma Nationals, scheduled for July 23-25, 2021 at Sonoma Raceway, will feature three rounds of professional qualifying across Friday and Saturday and final eliminations on Sunday. The weekend will consist of racing in the four professional categories Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle as well as in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Top Dragster.
In total, NHRA professional teams will run three qualifying sessions over two days, Friday and Saturday, with final eliminations on Sunday at 17 Camping World Drag Racing Series national events,. At five events, pro teams will run two qualifying sessions on Saturday with final eliminations on Sunday. This quick-draw format, which was utilized as NHRA first returned to racing in July 2020, provides racing excitement, and allows economic balance for all stakeholders in current times. NHRA expects to return to the customary four qualifying runs in the future.
The event schedule and venue for an additional event on June 18-20 will be released at a future date.
Races in Atlanta (March 26-28), the first stop in Pomona (April 9-11), Phoenix (April 23-25), Richmond (June 4-6) and Seattle (July 30-Aug. 1) are all scheduled three-day events with two qualifying sessions for the Camping World Drag Racing Series classes.
“We can’t say enough to thank the loyal NHRA fans who have stuck with us during the trying times of the 2020 season,” said NHRA President Glen Cromwell. “We are grateful to you. All of us at the NHRA look forward to a full season of drag racing in 2021. Thank you to our fans, racers, and partners for your continued support and cooperation.”
The 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series begins March 11-14 with the 52nd annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway and concludes Nov. 11-14 with the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. NHRA will celebrate its 70th anniversary with special treats and features throughout the season.
Teams in Top Fuel and Funny Car will compete at every 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event. Pro Stock, which celebrated its 50th year in 2020, will race at 18 events in 2021, returning to several venues, including Houston, Topeka, and Epping.
The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete at 16 races next season, starting with its traditional opener in Gainesville and including races at Pomona and Las Vegas in April.
Deposits for tickets and camping for the 2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals will go on sale soon. All 2020 NHRA Sonoma Nationals ticketholders will be contacted by Sonoma Raceway regarding 2021 tickets. For more information, visit www.SonomaRaceway.com or call 800-870-RACE (7223).
For a full list of the 2021 NHRA class schedule, click here.