Steve “Fast” Jackson backed up his 2019 season championship by repeating the feat in 2020, capping it off with a win at the Dodge NHRA Finals event. Jackson set low elapse time and top speed of the event at 5.789 seconds at 246.66 mph. Jackson also had the best reaction time during eliminations as he took out Khalid Albalooshi in the final. Jackson left first (0.050 to 0.075) and drove away to a 5.789 at 247.47 mph to 5.890 at 224.96 mph victory.
In Top Fuel Harley, Randall Andras started the season as the defending 2019 MT Tires NHRA season champion. Andras crushed the class as he won six of the first seven events he entered, including the season opening Winter Nationals. During that run he also scored five straight event wins. Andras also won both events at Indy, including the prestigious Lucas Oil NHRA U.S. Nationals. At this event, he qualified fifth but damaged parts in his opening round win against #1 qualifier Ryan Peery, preventing him from him making the call for his semi-final round match against Jay Turner. That was a bonus for Turner, as he went on to defeat Ricky House in the final round with a 6.390 (low elapse time of the event) at 214.96 mph to 6.444 at 214.79 mph. This was Turner’s second national event win of the season. Teammates, Randall Andras and Jay Turner, accounted for all eight event titles this season.
The NHRA 2021 season schedule will have 22 total events. The season starts in Gainesville on March 11-14, then goes to Atlanta on March 26-28. The Winter Nationals in Pomona is on April 9-11, followed by the Las Vegas four-wide on April 16-18. The Phoenix April 23-25 event wraps up an early back to back to back schedule. The uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation is the reason for these season schedule changes.
The complete 2021 NHRA “Camping World Drag Racing Series” season schedule can be found on The NHRA.com website.