The NHRA announced their 2021 schedule this week. For the Atlanta Motrosports scene this includes the 40th anniversary Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway March 26th thru 28th. The 2020 edition of the NHRA Southern Nationals was canceled due to COVID-19.
The 2021 NHRA Southern Nationals will be the 40th anniversary of the event, which has been held at Atlanta Dragway since 1981. It’s considered one of the premiere events on the NHRA schedule.
The Southern Nationals features the top classes in NHRA including Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. It also attracts the top drivers, an should hopefully include the return of John Force’s team. John Force teams opted out of the 2020 season due to the lower number of races. He primarily cited concerns about his sponsor contracts.
One other interesting note about the 2021 schedule is that Bristol, TN will not host a race. Bristol has historically been considered one of the premiere NHRA races on the schedule. It’s absence from the 2021 is unexpected. Bristol Dragway released a statement holding out hope that there was still an opportunity to be included in the 2021 schedule.
We’re in conversations with NHRA and others about Bristol Dragway’s 2021 schedule and will provide updates and customer information when available.Bristol Dragway Statement
Below is the full 2021 schedule
2021 NHRA CAMPING WORLD DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
NHRA Camping World Series Regular Season
March 12-14 – AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
March 26-28 – NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
April 9-11- Lucas Oil NHRA Winter Nationals, Pomona, Calif.
April 16-18 – DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 23-25 – NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix
May 14-16 – NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 21-23 – Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals, Houston
June 4-6 – Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
June 11-13 – NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.
June 24-27 – Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
July 16-18 – Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver
July 23-25 – NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.
July 30-Aug.1 – Flav-R-Pac Northwest Nationals, Seattle
Aug. 13-15 – Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
Aug.19-22 – Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
Sept. 1-5 – NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
NHRA Camping World Countdown to the Championship
Sept. 10-12 – NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Sept. 17-19 – NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C
Sept. 24-26 – NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 7-10 – Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas
Oct. 29-31 – Dodge NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 12-14 – Auto Club NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif.