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...