NHRA reverses decision to trim elimination fields in Pro Stock class in 2018

Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman

On Oct. 4, the NHRA announced that it was trimming elimination fields in its Pro Stock class from 16 to eight for nine select events in 2018.

Not so fast.

On Sunday, the decision was reversed.

NHRA has announced that the Pro Stock Car category will feature 16-car fields at all 24 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events in 2018. NHRA came to this decision after a collaborative and productive meeting with several Pro Stock drivers and teams.

NHRA has announced that the Pro Stock Car category will feature 16-car fields at all 24 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events in 2018. NHRA came to this decision after a collaborative and productive meeting with several Pro Stock drivers and teams. The group discussed a few initiatives that would serve as alternatives to NHRA’s previous decision to run 8-car fields at nine national events.

One of the ideas from the meeting involved the possibility of including a new engine platform that NHRA’s Tech Department is evaluating. NHRA will continue to work with Pro Stock teams and manufacturers this year, carefully evaluating key metrics and supporting initiatives to generate interest.

“We all share a common goal to make the Pro Stock category grow," said NHRA president Peter Clifford. “It’s exciting to see that the teams came to us with collaborative ideas and started an open dialog that resulted in new solutions."

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