Many Surprises During NHRA’s Return

NHRA’s July doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis was a collection of contrasts. By the time the doubleheader was finished, racers still were in limbo. The rain-postponed final rounds of the second event, the July 18-19 Lucas Oil Summernationals, won’t be finished until Labor Day weekend during the Denso U.S. Nationals on the same race track. A schedule that called for 13 more races included the postponement of three others — and the addition of another Indianapolis event, the Aug. 6-9 Dodge Indy Nationals. The weekend before the first drag race, both the IndyCar Series and NASCAR ran their races at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway with no spectators. “They get social media, certain number of races, certain number of race days, activation at races, and other commitments.

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