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NHRA suspends drag racing events for 30 days because of COVID-19

AUTO: NOV 03 NHRA - Dodge NHRA Nationals

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 03: Brittany Force (5 TF) John Force Racing (JFR) NHRA Top Fuel Dragster (bottom) and Steve Torrence (1 TF) Capco NHRA Top Fuel Dragster race down the track during the finals of the 19th Annual Dodge Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Sunday, November 3, 2019, on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Matthew Bolt/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 03: (Photo by Matthew Bolt/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The National Hot Rod Association has suspended all of its drag racing events for 30 days and postponed its next national event.

The DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals had been scheduled for April 3-5 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The makeup date has yet to be determined.

The NHRA said in a release that it currently plans to resume its original schedule April 17-19 with the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park.

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