Drag Racing: BIR loses Pro Stock next year but welcomes Pro Mod during Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Defending Lucas Oil Nationals Pro Stock champion Jason Line flies down the drag strip at Brainerd International Raceway last August.

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced that the Pro Stock class will not race next year during Brainerd International Raceway’s 2020 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, set for Aug. 13-16.

Instead, the NHRA has added the Pro Mod class to BIR’s marquee drag racing event, which includes Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.

The Pro Stock teams will only compete at 18 of the 24 events on next year’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, primarily to relieve the economic burden and time commitment that comes with competing at all 24 events. The NHRA hopes that will encourage more Pro Stock teams to participate.

That doesn’t mean Pro Stock will never return to BIR, though. The NHRA will rotate Pro Stock, as well as a number of other series, between different events each year to provide fans with a new and exciting mix of racing.

The loss of Pro Stock next year at BIR will be especially tough for the track and its fans because of the popularity of Duluth native Greg Anderson and Wright native Jason Line, who won the class for the first time at BIR’s Nationals event last month.


“We really hate to lose Pro Stock next year, but it’s the NHRA’s call and they felt like they had some really good reasons to shorten their schedule,” Copham said. “And we believe fans will really enjoy the Pro Mod cars. They’re wicked-looking and very fast.”

The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, presented by J&A Service, features an eclectic mix of powerful cars that will compete at 12 of the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events next year. The Pro Mod cars, which include everything from ’41 Willys coupes to ’63 Corvettes to late-model Ford Mustangs and Dodge Vipers, can use superchargers, turbochargers or nitrous-oxide injection to run more than 250 mph.

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