The NHRA has been forced already to adjust it’s 2021 racing schedule on at least a couple of fronts…

NHRA and Atlanta Dragway have announced new dates for the 40th annual NHRA Southern Nationals. The fan-favorite event will be moved to April 30-May 2. Originally it had been pegged for March 26-28th.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the 40th NHRA Southern Nationals,” said Kasey Coler, NHRA Vice President of Track Management & Operations. “We believe the new dates will allow for more of our loyal Atlanta-based fans to attend the event and will allow us to comply with state health guidelines.”

Atlanta Dragway has been a staple on the NHRA tour for the past 40 years. NHRA and race teams alike look forward to returning to the historic facility, after missing the event in 2020 due to the global pandemic.

Previously (Jan. 15th) NHRA and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park made the difficult decision to not host the 2021 NHRA Arizona Nationals – which had been set for April 23-25th.

“We’ll miss our annual stop at Wild Horse Pass, but we are working on new options for 2021,” said NHRA president Glen Cromwell. “We hope that fans in the area will try to make it to another one of our events.”

The Gila River community, track and NHRA officials mutually agreed not to host the Phoenix event in 2021, primarily based on COVID-19-related issues.

Tentatively and some speculation does have it that that new opening within the 2021 schedule may be filled with a event at a facility that has not hosted a national event before. While details for all that is TBA, it is something which NHRA remains optimistic about.

“Our focus remains on making the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series a memorable experience for our fans, racers, sponsors, partners and tracks. We’ve gotten interest by other tracks in adding an event to the schedule. We’re not sure if this is possible for 2021, but we’re definitely looking into it,” Cromwell continued.

The 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season kicks off at the famed Gainesville Raceway at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 11-14.

All NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events will be posted to the Mopar National News subsection at : HERE You can monitor and keep tabs on any additional schedule adjustments (likely to happen) there.