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NHRA postpones Bristol's Thunder Valley Nationals

Jeff Birchfield • May 4, 2020 at 5:50 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The NHRA announced a revised 2020 schedule Monday that includes the postponement of all races for June and July, among them the June 19-21 Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

In a release, the drag racing body said it is working with local and state officials, tracks and teams on a new schedule because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The season is expected to resume in August with fans in attendance. Current plans are for 18 events total, which includes the already-completed Pomona and Phoenix races in February.

“In the wake of this ongoing pandemic, we are supportive of NHRA’s decision to postpone the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, which was scheduled for Father’s Day weekend in mid-June,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Dragway. “A number of our dragway events rely on guests and participants being in attendance, and with the uncertainty of travel at this time we felt this was the best course of action.

“We will continue to work with NHRA officials to determine a new race date for later in the year. Once we have those details we will share them with you through our website and social channels.

“We appreciate your continued patience as we navigate these challenging and unprecedented times,” Caldwell said.

Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway are still dealing with the postponement of the Food City 500, originally scheduled in March. NASCAR has yet to announce a new date for that Cup Series race or its accompanying events.

The other NHRA events postponed were races at Gainesville, Florida, and Houston, which led up to the Bristol weekend. An event in Norwalk, Ohio, was scheduled for the last weekend in June, and races at Chicago, Denver and Sonoma, California, were slated for July.

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