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NHRA announces 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule; no venue changes

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There are still 10 races remaining on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, but that isn’t stopping the world’s premier drag racing organization from already thinking ahead to next year.

The NHRA on Wednesday announced the 2019 schedule. Other than a few minor date changes, the 24-race 2019 schedule will include all of the same venues from this year’s 24-race slate.

In addition to the annual U.S. Nationals in suburban Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend – the biggest race of the season – 2019 will also feature the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Nationals at Gainesville (Florida) Raceway on March 14-17.

NHRA officials have been planning the Gainesville festivities for over a year. Among its highlights is the NHRA Legends Tour, which began this season and will culminate at Gainesville next March.

“Never before have so many NHRA Legends been gathered in one place,” an NHRA statement said. “This is a ‘can’t miss’ event for any devoted NHRA fan.”

As for the minor date changes, they are:

* The NHRA SpringNationals in suburban Houston will move up one weekend and take place April 12-14.

* The Virginia NHRA Nationals in suburban Richmond, Virginia, will also move up one week on the schedule from this year’s placement, to be held May 17-19.

* The Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas, will be held one week later, from June 7-9.

* Lastly, the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals near St. Louis will move back one week to Sept. 27-29.

Also, the NHRA statement said, “As in years past, the 2019 season will begin at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona in Southern California at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 7-10, and conclude at the same renowned dragstrip with the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 7-10.”

Here’s the full 2019 schedule and dates:

2019 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE

NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season

Feb. 7-10–Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.

Feb. 22-24–NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix

March 14-17–Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.

April 5-7–DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas

April 12-14–NHRA SpringNationals, Houston

April 26-28–NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.

May 3-5–NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta

May 17-19–Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.

May 30-June 2–Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago

June 7-9–Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.

June 14-16–Fitzgerald NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.

June 20-23–Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio

July 5-7–NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.

July 19-21–Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver

July 26-28–NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.

Aug. 2-4–NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle

Aug. 15-18–Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.

Aug. 28-Sept. 2–Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs

Sept. 12-15–Dodge NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.

Sept. 27-29–AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis

Oct. 3-6–AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas

Oct. 11-13–NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte

Oct. 24-27–NHRA Nevada Nationals, Las Vegas

Nov. 7-10–Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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