The NHRA has dropped Pro Stock from the racing lineup for next year’s 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals set for Aug. 13-16, 2020, at Brainerd International Raceway.

In an effort to ease the time and financial commitment for race teams, Pro Stock will only compete at 18 of 24 events on next year’s NHRA Drag Racing Series schedule, and BIR isn’t one of them. Pro Stock racing has long been a staple of the BIR Nationals along with Top Fuel and Funny Car.

Instead, the NHRA has added Pro Mod racing to BIR’s marquee drag racing event, which is sure to rankle some Northland fans who flock to Brainerd on a yearly basis.

Pro Stock racing is particularly popular at BIR, where Duluth native Greg Anderson and Wright native Jason Line are among the top competitors. Line won for the first time at Brainerd in August, and the crowd reaction to a Minnesotan winning was obvious.

However, Pro Stock will likely return to BIR at some point as the NHRA will rotate Pro Stock between different events each year.