NHRA reveals 2016 schedule


The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has revealed its 2016 schedule at this weekend’s U.S. Nationals, with a handful of changes compared to 2015.

Las Vegas and Charlotte swap spots, with Las Vegas moving to the fourth round of the season on April 1-3 and Charlotte moving back to fifth, April 22-24. It’s about a week earlier for Las Vegas and a month later for Charlotte.

Epping, N.H. and Englishtown, N.J. also swap spots, with Epping moving ahead of Englishtown. Epping is now June 3-5 and Englishtown a week later.

After the four East Coast races and Chicago, the NHRA hits its traditional summer West Coast Swing at Denver, Sonoma and Seattle, then to Brainerd and lastly to back to Indianapolis for the 2016 edition of “the Big Go,” the series’ biggest race.

The Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship is identical in 2016 as it is this year: Charlotte, St. Louis, Reading, Dallas, Las Vegas and Pomona.

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.

TV coverage shifts from ESPN to FOX Sports next year.

The schedule is linked below:

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.
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