Season highlighted by prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis and tradition-rich opening and closing races at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Glendora, Calif. – NHRA officials unveiled the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule today during the running of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The 23-race series remains motorsports’ most geographically dispersed U.S. touring circuit and will make its traditional stops across the country, thrilling millions of fans with its unique brand of high-horsepower entertainment.
Highlighting the schedule once again in 2016 will be the tradition-rich Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious drag race, at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 5.
The season again will open and close at famed Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The season kicks off at Pomona with the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 11-14, and closes at the historic dragstrip with the final race of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 10-13.
NHRA officials are currently talking with the new ownership group at Heartland Park Topeka, and an additional race could be added to the 2016 schedule pending the outcome of those discussions.
The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in a 16-race schedule, with six of those races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
FOX Sports, through its national broadcast network and Fox Sports 1, will provide exclusive television coverage, with live coverage of as many as 18 of the events, featuring action from qualifying rounds Saturday and eliminations Sunday.
NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
Feb. 11-14 Circle K NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 26-28 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Phoenix
March 17-20 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM) Gainesville, Fla.
April 1-3 NHRA Nationals Las Vegas
April 22-24 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
April 29-May 1 NHRA SpringNationals Houston
May 13-15 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM) Atlanta
June 3-5 NHRA New England Nationals Epping, N.H.
June 9-12 Toyota NHRA Summernationals (PSM) Englishtown, N.J.
June 17-19 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn.
June 23-26 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM) Norwalk, Ohio
July 7-10 Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Chicago
July 22-24 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) Denver
July 29-31 NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM) Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 5-7 NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle
Aug. 18-21 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (PSM) Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 31-Sept. 5 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM) Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
Sept. 16-18 NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 23-25 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM) St. Louis
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 NHRA Keystone Nationals (PSM) Reading, Pa.
Oct. 13-16 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM) Dallas
Oct. 27-30 NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM) Las Vegas
Nov. 10-13 Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM) Pomona, Calif.
(PSM) - Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle