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Indy LODRS Doubleheader Cut in Half to Accommodate New National Event

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    Only one Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event will be held Aug. 6-9 for Division 3 and North Central Region racers at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis instead of a doubleheader. The LODRS event has been folded into a special national event. / Photo by Fred Noer

When Division 3 and North Central Region racers go to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in early August they will not be competing in back-to-back points meets as announced earlier this season.

Instead, just one LODRS event will be held, and it will be part of the new national event called the Indy Nationals on Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 6-9. Sponsored by Dodge and presented by Pennzoil, the race will have Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, and Mountain Motor Pro Stock.

All of the Lucas Oil categories will be run. And, thrown into the mix are Super Pro bracket racers.

The status of the second points race that was eliminated from the weekend has not been announced by NHRA. The remaining dates on the LODRS calendar for the division and region are Aug. 28-30 at Beech Bend Raceway Park and Oct. 9-11 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Time trials and qualifying runs start taking place at the Indy Nationals at 8 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 6. Eliminations begin at the same time Friday. Later in the day is qualifying for the Top Alcohol categories.

Eliminations continue at 8 a.m., Saturday. The tentative run order is: Super Street, Stock, Super Comp, Super Stock, Super Gas, Top Dragster, Competition, and Top Sportsman.

The second cycle that day consists of S/ST, Stock, S/C, S/G, Super Pro, TA/D, and TA/FC. A session of pros will be run before continuing with TA/D, TA/FC, S/C, Super Stock, S/G, and Super Pro.

The second pro session follows. The day concludes with runs by the Top Alcohol cars.

Eliminations for the pros begin at 10 a.m., Sunday. Two consecutive sessions will be run before Super Pro takes to the track in the early afternoon. The category will be followed by the alcohol categories, Super Street, Stock, Super Comp, Super Stock, Super Gas, Top Dragster, Competition, and Top Sportsman.

After the third round of the pros, the finals will be run in Super Pro, S/ST, Stock, S/C, Super Stock, S/G, Top Dragster, Comp, Top Sportsman, TA/D, and TA/FC. A parade of champions will precede the pro finals, and the event is supposed to wrap at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Professional qualifying for the event will air on FS1 and final eliminations on the Fox Broadcast Network. The number of spectators will be limited in keeping with State of Indiana government guidelines to control the spread of CoViD-19.

The special national event occurs on the same weekend as what would have been the Mile-High Nationals, sponsored by Dodge and presented by Pennzoil, at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colo. The event has been postponed due to the pandemic.

The same applies to the national event at Brainerd International Raceway that was supposed to be contested Aug. 14-16 and sponsored by Lucas Oil Products. The race has been postponed till further notice.

The rest of the NHRA national-event schedule remains the same but may be changed depending on rules and regulations imposed by state and local governments. The events are:

Aug. 21-23 — Menard’s Heartland Nationals, Topeka

Aug. 28-30 — Southern Nationals, Atlanta

Sept. 3-6 — Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis

Sept. 11-13 — Mopar Express Lane Nationals, Reading

Sept. 18-20 — NGK Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte

Sept. 25-27 — Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, Gainesville

Oct. 2-4 — AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, St. Louis

Oct. 9-11 — Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol

Oct. 16-18 — AAA Texas Fallnationals, Dallas

Oct. 23-25 — Mopar Express Lane Springnationals, Houston

Oct. 30-Nov. 1 — Dodge Nationals, Las Vegas

Nov. 13-15 — Auto Club Finals, Pomona

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