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The latest update as of March 23, 2020

We're less than two weeks into the suspension of all - or almost all - drag racing activity. That hiatus began with NHRA announcing the partial postponement of the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on March 12th. They did run all the sportsman classes and eliminators - without any spectators in the stands - but the professional cars were turned around and sent home to await further developments and decisions.

The followup to that first bombshell was the 30-day halt to all NHRA events that began on March 16th, with the intention of resuming the national event season at Houston Raceway Park with the MOPAR Express Lane SpringNationals in mid-April. Following the postponement of the Gatornationals, the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Las Vegas was also put off to a future date that remains undetermined. In addition, there have been three Lucas Oil Series regional and divisional events postponed and the second event on the NHRA's Hot Rod Heritage Series calendar, Sacramento Raceway's Funny Car Fever has been rescheduled for mid-July.

But even moving an event nearly four months into the future may not be far enough to be truly past the COVID-19 pandemic. While optimistic predictions a week ago were predicting a resumption of many activities in a month or so, the reality is that it will likely be a minimum of six months before the crisis is truly on the wane, and a second wave of infections is very likely to occur. That would put us through 2020 and possibly as late as next spring. With the staggering effects on global economies and populations around the world growing daily - and even hourly - and increasing exponentially, we're most likely looking at a very long, very slow recovery from this crisis.

I sincerely hope that the scenario laid out above does not come to pass, but until we can see past the peak of the infection curve, then no one can predict with any certainty when "normal" life has any chance of resuming. In the meantime we've got a chance to turn off the outside world and get in touch with ourselves and our families. I was going to add "those close to us" but social/physical distancing precludes that option. Unless there's something MAJOR to report on the pandemic, I'm changing the subject back to what this website is all about: DRAG RACING.