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At this time, we are suspending all NHRA drag racing for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

This suspension includes events at all NHRA-owned tracks and any NHRA-sanctioned events such as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. We intend at this time to resume the original schedule on April 17-19 in Houston, and continue thereafter, subject to developments in the interim. The spring Las Vegas event is postponed with new dates TBD. Please go to LVMS.com for information if you have purchased tickets for the postponed event. 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, to listen to experts, and to be transparent as to when we believe we will be able to resume racing.

We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world, the country and our NHRA family. We believe this is the right decision since social distancing and reducing gatherings of people has been recommended as one of the most effective ways to protect everyone in the long run. 

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We look forward to the time when we all come together again in person to celebrate the most extreme sport on the planet. Though we will have to be physically apart we encourage you to stay connected with the community through NHRA.com, and all of our social channels, on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. NHRA.TV and National DRAGSTER will continue to deliver drag racing content for you. 

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The Racing Times - With the Arizona Nationals by the wayside and Gainsville next on the schedule, we spent five minutes minutes with Funny Car driver Alexis Dejoria. Alexis is making her return to the full Mello Yellow Drag Racing schedule after a year off. Let’s see what Alexis has to say on her return…

How did it go about for you to return to racing and how did you go about getting back together with Del?

(Alexis) I always planned on coming back. Talked about it frequently with Del and Nicky. The timing was right for us all. 

After being away two years from the sport, how did it feel to get back into a Funny Car? And how did you feel after your first run during Spring training?

(Alexis) Lots of sleepless night getting excited to drive again. There really wasn’t much to get used to again but the speeds. Other than that my first runs went very well and I felt right at home like I never left. 

Has anything changed in the last two years from a driver perspective?

(Alexis)
 The NHRA has tried to slow the Nitro cars down. Slight changes that keep the cars from going 340mph which they don’t want us doing. 

Beinga driver, reaction time is key, how are you feeling about where you’re at right now?

(Alexis) Surprisingly enough my RT’s have been good for not driving for 2 years. I can always improve.

Can you tell us more about your new sponsors ABK Beer and ROKiT Phones? Anything special we can expect from them this season?

(Alexis) Yes our new sponsors are getting involved with fan interactions at the track. You will be able to sample

Any track you’re looking forward to returning to?

(Alexis)
 All of them really but my favorites are Vegas, Bristol, and new on the list Virginia.

How has the fan base responded to you coming back?

(Alexis) The fans and teams have been very supportive and excited to have me back out there. Mixing it up in the FC class and adding some color to the tv coverage lol! 

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NHRA National Dragster's fourth issue of 2020, featuring coverage of the NHRA Arizona Nationals and a feature on comebacking Funny Car Alexis DeJoria, is online for NHRA members and in the mail to homes and shops around the world.

NHRA National Dragster's fourth issue of 2020, featuring coverage of the NHRA Arizona Nationals and a feature on comebacking Funny Car Alexis DeJoria, is online for NHRA members and in the mail to homes and shops around the world.

In addition to our wall-to-wall coverage of the  Phoenix event, with photos and stats of every class that competed, the issue goes in-depth with DeJoria about her comeback to the Funny Car class after a two-year absence, outlining her goals and mindset as climbs back behind the wheel of her 11,000-hp ROKiT/ABK Beer Toyota.

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Don’t bother asking Alexis DeJoria if she’s already back up to speed after a two-year hiatus from Funny Car racing. She is. The steely fan favorite has more laps under her safety belts already this season than any other driver after three test sessions dating back to late last year and is ready for everything her team can give her.

She’s already made two three-second passes on four qualifying attempts in her comeback race at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals and enters Sunday’s final eliminations ready to do battle.

“Obviously the first run in the car was ‘Oh man, this is loud and fast,’ but I already feel very comfortable in the car,” she said of her ROKit/ABK Beer Toyota. “Del [Worsham] and Nicky [Boninfante] have made this really easy. Almost from the start, it didn’t feel like I’d been gone two years. I was more worried about the warmup, stressing out and hoping that I remembered the procedures than the actual runs.”

That she would always come back to racing -– and to Funny Car –- was never in doubt even when she announced in late 2017 that she was taking a sabbatical to spend time with her teenage daughter.

“It definitely was always my plan to come back; It was just a matter of when, and this seemed like the ideal time,” she said. “My daughter is going off to college soon. She’s doing so well in life, getting good grades in school –- she’s even taking AP classes online -– and she’s going to come out to the race with me some this year before she goes off to college.”

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The ROKiT / ABK Beer Toyota Camry Funny Car made a stellar pass at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Alexis DeJoria debuted the new look in her return to NHRA Drag Racing. DeJoria ran a 4.18-second pass with crew chiefs Del Worsham and Nicky Bonifante looking on -- and you can see the full run below. The ROKiT / ABK Beer Toyota Camry Funny Car made a stellar pass at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Alexis DeJoria debuted the new look in her return to NHRA Drag Racing. DeJoria ran a 4.18-second pass with crew chiefs Del Worsham and Nicky Bonifante looking on.

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