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How many NHRA national events will actually happen?

Well for a couple of months, we had the bliss of having a 'schedule' that seemed reasonable. I think we all hoped the COVID-19 would be subsiding dramatically and most states would be opened up enough to allow enough spectators to make NHRA National Events possible.

Well, here we are as the NHRA 'reboot' is about to kick off, and the COVID-19 situation has not exactly subsided, nor has the political and media circus surrounding it.

Here's where I insert my political disclaimer - I will only include politics in this on how they relate to whether or not a race may be able to happen in a state, not in regard to either party being right or wrong. If you want to argue about politics and how stupid the other side is, there's about eleventy billion other Facebook pages and websites you can argue till you're blue in the face. This post is not about or for that, we're talking drag racing!

The axe has already dropped on the Flav-R-Pac Nationals in Seattle. Most everyone I talked to after the schedule was released that it was a marginal proposition at best. Those concerns ended up being true as Washington state still has not reached a phase that will allow large gatherings. "Phase" and "Large Gatherings" are the keywords moving forward in this post.

NHRA added two events in Indy with limited spectators allowed to be able to take advantage of Fox network time they had purchased for the Western Swing. The event purse money is being covered by the year end purse fund. Luckily Indiana is allowing outdoor gatherings with social distancing. While this is good for the classes running them, there are no Top Alcohol or any other sportsman classes running these events.

With Seattle already off the schedule, the Mopar Mile High Nationals in Denver, Aug. 7-9, would be the next stop on the tour. While Bandimere Speedway has had sizable crowds for their Regional event and most recently a jet-car...
Open letter to all NHRA Top Alcohol racers regarding InsideTopAlcohol & Top Alkahaulin’ Race Coverage

First off, I hope this letter finds you and your families safe. I also hope your businesses and employment are weathering this crisis.

While the currently released schedule is certainly subject to change, I feel we all have something we can reasonably plan for. That said, I am trying to get a plan together on how to tackle the social media race coverage we have been doing along with continue the Top Alkahaulin’ reality show. With so many races being back to back, it is going to be a difficult proposition for everyone.

I certainly felt like we entered 2020 poised to grow our social media coverage and audience along with the Top Alkahaulin’ reality show. I feel we proved the concept in 2019 of both the coverage and the reality show, refining both along the way. Based on the feedback of you the racers and the companies in the industry, I made the decision to continue into 2020 based on that growth cycle.

Producing the Top Alkahaulin’ show is a tremendously time-consuming endeavor. I am not complaining. Just like learning to do the clutch, the first time takes you forever, and as you gradually learn it, you eventually can get it done quick. However, given the fact the 2020 national event season will not resume until early August at best, there is no way we could produce an episode for every race between August and Pomona (or wherever the season starts) 2021.

With that said, my plan is to produce an episode from the Ennis Regional next weekend. It will be more of a ‘tape delayed’ coverage of the race vs. our format of following a couple of teams through a weekend. Following that, it is our intention to produce episodes from Brainerd, Indy, Charlotte and Las Vegas. Those episodes will be condensed to following one team per episode vs. two. This will help cut down production time and based on feedback, some would rather have shorter episodes. (I...