Looking Ahead: 2021 Motorcycle Drag Racing
There is much to look forward to in the coming motorcycle drag racing season. There are no less than 165 motorcycle drag racing events in the USA alone at the creation of this story. With 52 weeks in a calendar year, motorcycle drag racers can find somewhere to race every weekend. There is no shortage of places to race on two-wheels for the fast and the furious for fun or profit. If you have the need for speed, get busy, and start making plans now.
A topical view of the sanctions reveals the following, the Man Cup, which is the only sanction that has an active point’s class for every configuration of drag bike in existence, has five races slated for competition. XDA, the highly popular east coast giant, has seven on its schedule, and the Mid-West, very active NHDRO is strong with six chances for class racers to butt-heads and get paid.
Fledgling SDBA offers up six events, Hog’s Gone Wild has seven events cocked & loaded. The V-Twin sanctions are ready to rumble with AMRA at six events and AHDRA at eight events and growing with regional events pending. The Orient Express Bikes in the Valley series that has been around since 2005 is still going strong with six events ready to roll. The I-65 series South will return for 2021 as well, featuring the Top Gas and 4.60 classes.
Single class specialty giant sanctions like the PDRA has eight events for the powerful Pro Extreme motorcycle. NHRA has ten Top Fuel Harley events on tap, and sixteen events for the very popular Pro Stock Motorcycles.
Kings of Grudge has nine events for our ‘No Time’ grudge racers. And outlaw grudge events that will indeed keep cropping up during the 2021 racing year. The No-Time racers and their fans are for real, and they will mix it up, no matter what, that’s Grudge Racing baby; they are here to stay and will race, no matter what. #PickALane
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If one were to begin to count up the number of racing events at local race tracks nationwide, the number of weekends a motorcycle drag racer could race, if they were so inclined, would be high triple digits easily. The point is this: there is no shortage of races or places to go motorcycle drag racing in 2021. But choose wisely. For you, the racers will determine which sanctions will succeed as a business or fail.
A racer’s decision on where they will race will also affect all the individual classes of racing. Every racing sanction is a business enterprise that keeps the tracks alive, so if racers abandon a sanction, then by ripple effect, that reduces the racing facilities’ income. Once drag racing tracks start closing, that’s a downward spiral that will have a disastrous impact across the board – don’t let it happen!
It’s most disturbing to note that one of the great NHRA signature race tracks, Englishtown, NJ or “E-Town” as it was known to the faithful, is now a parking facility for a few thousand cars. The disturbing thing about this is in the New Millennium Era; it’s more profitable to use a drag strip for a parking lot than a quality racing facility. Yes, someone can argue the semantics of this till the cows come home, but at the end of the day, E-Town is gone, and now other once top-notch racing facilities may go the same route.
Racers and racing fans need to be mindful about attending racing sanctions and doing their part. Where racers and fans spend their hard-earned dollars in 2021 will determine the future of our sport. In these troubled times, with a Pandemic still in effect, there is no telling exactly how many races could be disrupted. Be supportive of your favorite sanctions and race tracks.
With so many uncertainties ahead in 2021, the one thing we can be certain of is, it’s the desire to race and win that is the heartbeat of drag racing.
Good luck to all in 2021. Race hard, fast, and safe. See you in the pits and on the starting line.
– Tom McCarthy
|Until Next time…
– Tom McCarthy