Statement on 2021 NHRA NW Nationals

May 14, 2021 Published by

Dear NHRA NW Nationals Fans,

Like many of you, I was excited to hear the governor announce yesterday (May 13) a statewide opening for businesses on June 30.  This is big step forward and great news for the people and businesses in the State of Washington.

I took that announcement to mean that we would be able to host all of you, our fans, at the July 30-August 1 Flav R Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals. But as we got into the details, we couldn’t get a guarantee from the state or the county that an event of this size would be allowed.  There are a number of factors that go into our ability to host a national event like this such as whether fans are vaccinated or not, level of ICU beds occupied, the percentage of state vaccinations and meeting the county’s strict protocols.

Since we couldn’t get that guarantee, we unfortunately cannot hold the Northwest Nationals this year.  Quite frankly, we could not wait any longer.  The NHRA and race teams needed an answer and the vendors we work with to stage the race needed to know the event’s status.

Like you, we were looking forward to 330 mile per hour Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars as well as Pro Stock with all its local connections. The Big Show has been part of our track’s heritage for more than three decades and I am disappointed we have to wait another year to see them here. 

As hard as this is, the good news is that we have already secured our date for 2022. I’m pleased to announce, before the official NHRA schedule comes out, that next year’s race will be July 29-31. I am certain that our many Canadian friends, who are unable to attend this year, will be able to travel to Kent for the Northwest Nats and that together we can all celebrate big time drag racing next year.

If you still need your NHRA fix this year, we have made arrangements for current NW Nationals ticketholders who roll their tickets to 2022 to receive a free ticket to the Lucas Oil Winternationals presented by at the legendary Auto Club Raceway at Pomona July 30 – Aug. 1.

We will be sending out next steps within two weeks.  This will include the option to roll over your existing NW Nats ticket(s), and if you would like to receive a free ticket to the Lucas Oil Winternationals, as well as an option for those who need to request a refund.  For those who keep their seats, not only do you have the option to attend the Winter Nats, but you will also be invited to a special “Return in 2022” celebration at next year’s race!

While none of this can replace not seeing NHRA professional drag racing at Pacific Raceways this year, I hope you understand our gut-wrenching decision.  Though disappointed, I’m optimistic that our better days are ahead and that we can all celebrate “Return in 2022” together next year.


John Ramsey

General Manager