NHRA has reversed it’s course once again with regards to it’s future plans for the Pro Stock class…..

Racing fans will recall that during October last season NHRA revealed some intentions to scale back racing for it’s Pro Stock car category — proposing both a reduction in the number of events and also to the size of some qualified fields — for it’s then intended 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing season.

Not soon thereafter however, due to various levels of protest received from within it’s class of racers, that notion was recanted and the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello class continued on per the norm (16-car qualified fields at all 2018 NHRA national events).

But NHRA has today announced another and similar intention — once again reducing Pro Stock racing overall for it’s 2019 season campaign.

Confirmation has come officially from NHRA that the Pro Stock category will compete in 18 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, which competitors believe is the “sweet spot” for the category.  These will all be 16-car qualified fields.

“We think the new schedule will increase participation by relieving the economic burden and time commitment that comes with 24 events, which will ignite more intense competition. All of that should make for compelling action and drive fan interest,” said Josh Peterson, NHRA vice president of racing administration.

 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – 2019- Pro Stock Schedule

Feb. 7-10 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 22-24 NHRA Arizona Nationals Phoenix
March 14-17 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla.
April 5-7 DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Las Vegas
May 17-19 Virginia NHRA Nationals Richmond, Va.
May 30-June 2 Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago
June 20-23 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, Ohio
July 19-21 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Denver
July 26-28 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 2-4 NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle
Aug. 15-18 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 28-Sept. 2 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Indianapolis

(NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship)

Sept. 12-15 Dodge NHRA Nationals Reading, Pa.
Sept. 27-29 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals St. Louis
Oct. 11-13 NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 17-20 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Dallas
Oct. 31-Nov. 3 NHRA Nevada Nationals Las Vegas
Nov. 14-17 Auto Club NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif.

DragRaceCanada File Photos – by Bruce Biegler