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NHRA resumes season, small crowd in Indianapolis

President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity.
Credit: AP Photo/Mark Long
Drag racer Leah Pritchett does a burnout before making a pass at the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Gainesville, Fla.

INDIANAPOLIS — The NHRA resumed its season Saturday in front of an expected crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

Fans were not allowed at Friday’s practice session but returned in a limited capacity for qualifying NHRA President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity.

They also are expected to attend Sunday’s finals.

Most fans wore face coverings on a hot, sun-drenched day, complying with county guidelines, and observed social distancing in the stands, pits and at concession areas.

John Force Racing did not attend the first of two consecutive weeks of activity in Indianapolis.

The weekend ends a 138-day hiatus for America’s top drag racing series.

"The NHRA Task Force spent months going through detail after detail to get this done," Cromwell told The Associated Press. "It’s been a lot of work the past 3 1/2 months."

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